Familiar Territory

By Meagan Lee

In high school I managed the men’s lacrosse team for two seasons. Throughout those two seasons I spent many days out in all different types of weather. Sunny days were my favorite; I got a nice tan and chilled on the sidelines as they guys played. Windy days were a little less fun; I got cold very easily and very quickly. 

One type of day that I absolutely despised having games during was rainy days. Too many times I stood soaked from head to toe, even with my big Red Sox rain poncho on. One time it rained so hard our scorebook dissolved. I’m not kidding. 

Today as it poured while I was outside at Super Bowl LIVE, I was taken back to my high school days. The feeling of water pooling in my shoes was all too familiar, especially how it would squish as I walked. 

It’s really crazy to think that three years ago I was hanging out, managing the men’s lacrosse team and today I finished my last shift of Super Bowl LIV. No matter how many times I remind myself, I still can’t believe this is real and it happened. 

I would have never guessed that standing in the rain on my high school football field would lead to standing in the rain in Miami after working a week at Super Bowl LIV. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity. I came to Emerson to chase my dreams, and I am doing just that. My trip to Miami led to new friends, crazy memories, and a full heart. Although I am sad to be leaving the warm sun and big city, I know there is so much more out there for me to experience.

Until next time, Miami.

The Least Famous in the Room

By Meagan Lee

My favorite fun fact to tell people is that I’ve been in a movie. This leads to a long conversation about how I was an extra in the movie Undrafted when I was 13 or 14 years old. To prove it, I show people the trailer. About halfway through the trailer, you can spot little me in a pink tank top running up to a fence. 

The fact that I was in a movie automatically makes me a celebrity, right? So when I was at the NFL Transportation booth surrounded by celebrities, I was obviously cool and collected, right? They were my people, we’re on the same level, right? Maybe not. 

I talked about being starstruck in my other blog, but today I truly was. I saw Hall of Famers, star players, music icons, and reality stars. Never in my life have I ever felt more irrelevant. 

Although my role here is important, being surrounded by celebrities really makes me feel like the lowest man on the totem pole. I only felt a little relevant when media members asked me where they can get the shuttle back to their hotel. 

I think I need to become a celebrity. My movie debut 6 years ago is the first check on my “I want to be famous” resume. Who knows, maybe next time I’m at a Super Bowl it will be because I’m getting interviewed by TMZ in Radio Row.

Calling In Reinforcements

By Meagan Lee

One thing I learned over the past few days here is to be ready for things to change in an instant. You have to be ready for anything, whether it means a change of locations or a change of uniforms. 

After spending most of my afternoon in the Social Media Command Center, Jaclyn and I went down to Super Bowl Experience  to gather content for social media. As we were walking over, we got a call from Abby telling us we had an important job to do. 

Come to find out, a group of us were needed to help run some of the activities in Super Bowl Experience. After a quick wardrobe change, we were placed at the Field Goal and Hail Mary stations. I stood on the side where the field goal kicks were happening; my job was to retrieve footballs and place them back on the tees. 

For someone who has never played football, I was definitely making a fool of myself when I was throwing and catching the balls. I may be a Sports Communications major, but in that moment it was evident that I am not great at football. I was classically trained in ballet for 14 years, not coached to catch or throw a football. 

Although I may have made a fool of myself, it was fun to experience something different. Sometimes you can feel a little restless at the Social Media Command Center, so socializing and seeing all the happy people enjoying themselves was worth it. However, from now on, I do think I’ll avoid playing football.

Accepting My Feelings

By Meagan Lee

I spent my afternoon at the NFL Transportation booth which is quickly becoming my favorite place to be. I love the face-to-face interaction, as well as Teacher Lisa’s and Jay’s frequent visits. 

While working the booth a lot of VIPs and players passed by,it was really cool to see them. I saw Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay, Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin, and Saquon Barkley. They were obviously there for important reasons, and the fact that I was within feet of them was exhilarating. I’m pretty good about keeping my cool while in the presence of “celebrities,” so it was no big deal when they were near us. I was very excited to see Rachel Lindsay because she’s just iconic. Nevertheless, I was cool as a cucumber. 

Around 3:30ish Rob Gronkowski passed by our booth, and I nearly lost my cool. I didn’t realize until that moment that I may have a slight crush on him. Nothing crazy, but maybe a little crush. I would be lying if I said my heart didn’t start racing when he was right there. If it wasn’t imperative that I stay professional, I would have totally fallen into fangirl mode. However, I kept it professional.

In situations like this where I’m working in a professional setting I need to remember that celebrities are just people too. They may have more fame and fortune, but they are just people. I can’t promise that I won’t freak out next time I encounter Rob Grokowski, but I can promise that I will do my best to contain myself.

Shelfies and an Octopus

By Meagan Lee

One thing I was not expecting on the drive to the Media Center this morning was a giant octopus perched on the roof of someone’s car. I have to admit it is the weirdest thing I’ve seen on someone’s car, but it wasn’t the weirdest thing I witnessed today.

I started my day at the NFL Transportation booth where we assisted the media in finding the best way to get where they needed to be, whether it was their hotels or the media party later that night. I love interacting with people, so it was nice to have brief chats with journalists while answering their questions. Teacher Lisa, one of our supervisors, taught us how to take a “shelfie” which became the first of many photos we would take that day.

In the afternoon, I worked in the Social Media Command Center monitoring Twitter and gathering content for them to post. We ran around the convention convention taking photos of the lobby, displays outside, radio row and fan experience. As the day grew darker, most of us in the Social Media Command Center started to hit a wall of exhaustion. Lots of giggling ensued, as well as some pretty crazy photos. I started my day with an octopus on the highway and ended it with an attempt at a picture on a moving escalator. We definitely had some good laughs in our tired haze.

Fly On The Wall

By Meagan Lee

If someone had told me on January 27, 2019 that in exactly one year I would be standing in an NFL press conference at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, I wouldn’t have believed them. Today, I did just that.

It was crazy that I was in a room filled with some of the most important people at the Super Bowl including all four mayors of Miami. Although we stood to the side listening to them speak, it was still so cool to be in there. 

Everyone who spoke at the press conference was just as excited as we were to be there in coming together to celebrate the 11th Super Bowl in Miami. The press conference was way different than I expected. When I think of a press conference, I think of media yelling questions and a panel of people answering them.  At this press conference, people gave short speeches that was followed by a few one-on-ones with the media afterwards. It was very seamless and went by pretty fast.

After the press conference, I headed right to BayFront Park to work at Super Bowl Live. That was quite the experience. I was suddenly thrown into the center of the action, and wasn’t observing from afar like I was in the morning.

We went around talking to people at all the different stands and booths. We learned a lot about their organizations and companies. I was in awe when I learned about all the green initiatives they are taking in the city of Miami and all across Florida. I also found out that Hard Rock Stadium is going to be entirely waste free from now on.  As someone who does her best to be eco-friendly, I think this is really awesome. I’m excited to learn more about it during the next few days!

 

Puppies, Pesto and Positivity

By Meagan Lee

Today was crazy. I have never experienced anything like what I did today, and I know it’s only going to get better as the week goes on. Among all the crazy things that happened, there were a few things that made my day especially great.

After we got settled in the NFL Transportation booth, two officers from Los Angeles County came over and introduced us to their bomb sniffing dog Brooke. Brooke was a gorgeous German shepherd, and she was such a good girl. The officers were super cool and came over multiple times during the day to chat with us. Everyone in the media center was really friendly which I love! Everyone passing by always asked how I was doing and smiled at me. It made me feel kind of important and that I could roll with the big dogs (no pun intended). 

Another highlight of my day was the pesto pasta I had for lunch. If you know me, you know I have a really weird love for pesto. Add it on pasta, add it on chicken, add it on pizza- I don’t care because I will consume all of it. A few weeks ago I tweeted that I wanted someone to inject pesto directly into my bloodstream and that tweet still reigns true, especially after the pasta we had for lunch. 

Overall today was a really awesome first day. I know it’s going to get even crazier as the week goes on, but I am so excited. I’m having so much fun meeting new people and growing closer with the other students on this trip. I can already tell I am going to have some amazing stories to tell when I get back to Boston.

Me and the Sky

By Meagan Lee

I am not a morning person. I don’t like getting up early, I really don’t like having my sleep disturbed and I hate being stressed out. I did not get the best night of sleep last night. I woke up constantly during the night. And as a result, I woke up incredibly stressed. Needless to say, it was not a great morning for me.

Thea, Emily, and I called our Uber at 5:25 a.m. and he ended up going to the wrong location to pick us up. Instead of going to the Colonial Theatre on Boylston Street, he went to the Wilbur Theatre on Tremont Street. Once again, not the best start to the morning.

Once we found the Uber we drove to the airport and thus began our journey down the eastern seaboard to Miami. I had never stepped foot in an airport before so this was all very new to me. I was most nervous about going through TSA, but it was actually a breeze. I hope it’s just as easy when we fly back to Boston.

Unlike many first time flyers, I wasn’t that nervous waiting for our flight to depart. Usually I am a little wary of doing something so unfamiliar, but I was excited for what is to come during this week. Once the plane took off and hit altitude it was all smooth sailing from there, minus a little bit of turbulence. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I think flying is really neat. There’s something so peaceful about sitting atop of the clouds and looking down on the world below. I’m sure other people agree with me, or maybe I’m just crazy.

Meg is Off to Miami (and is Finally Escaping the Northeast)

By Meagan Lee

I’m thinking of changing my name to Miami Lee because ever since I told my friends and family I would be going to the Super Bowl in Miami, that’s all they want to hear about. This is by far the coolest thing I’ve ever got to be a part of, so naturally I love telling people about it, but it seems that it’s becoming my only personality trait. 

Over the holidays I got to see lots of family and friends and they all somehow heard from someone else that I was going on this trip. These conversations were followed by a lot of questions, some of my favorites being “Are you going to be on TV?” and “Can you get me tickets to the game?”. Everyone seemed very disappointed when my answers to both of those questions were “no”, but they are excited for me nonetheless. 

I myself am extremely excited, as this is the first time I’ll be going somewhere that is farther south than Virginia. I am definitely not a well-traveled person, and I’ve never been on a plane before, so this trip is really opening up a whole new door for me. Everyone is so shocked when I tell them I’m 20 years old and have never traveled more than 8-hours outside of my small town in upstate New York. It’s a new year, and what better way to kick it off than doing something I’ve never done before while also gaining valuable career and life experiences. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I’m ready to learn what it’s like to work at one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

Procrastinating Packer Is Trying Her Best

By: Meagan Lee

If I learned anything from going away to school, it’s that I am the worst at packing. I always overpack and want to bring things with me that I absolutely don’t need. Or, I leave things at home that I find myself needing three days into the semester. 

Packing for this trip to Miami is a lot different than packing my things to move to school, but I know the night before my flight I’m going to be staring at an empty suitcase on the floor not knowing what to put in it. In order to avoid this, I’ve already got a list of things I need to bring so that when it comes time to pack, I’ll have everything ready to go. My mom definitely does not want to get a phone call at 2 a.m. when I am freaking out about packing. She has been reminding me constantly of things I’ll need to bring and I am very appreciative of that. 

So far my list includes my uniform, toiletries, and pajamas. I know there is so much more that I’m going to need, including chargers, my homework and shoes. My last few days at home I am going to focus on compiling this list even more, so when I go back to Boston, I’ll hopefully have one less thing to worry about at the start of the semester. The last thing I want to do is pull an all nighter the night before I leave because I can’t seem to get my life together.