Bringing forth FanIQ's greatest asset every week - you! This week we bring you Jess! Please join me in getting to know FanIQ's Community Manager a little better - Jess!
General Location: Pacific Northwest
Job: FanIQ Community Manager
Favorite Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Anaheim Ducks, Seattle Mariners top the list, but there are several
Least Favorite Teams: Dallas Stars
Favorite Experts: Scott…no, seriously
Least Favorite Experts: Is Rich Eisen considered an expert? If so, him.
Favorite Movie: Lots of faves, but Troy and Lucky # Slevin rank high.
Favorite TV Shows: Rescue Me, BONES, Grey’s Anatomy, Seahawks All Access, NFL Total Access are top 5, but it’s a long list.
Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
When I was little, I absolutely loved Walter Payton. I think that may very well be where my draw to the number 34 stems. I liked Warren Moon, Deion Sanders, and Jerry Rice a lot too. I was also a big fan of Barry Sanders. Then when I got into Jr. High and started developing crushes, Bo Jackson took over my entire room.
If you had your choice to attend any sporting event, anywhere, what would it be?
As an avid fan of two sports, this question is so hard to answer – I want both! I would love to go to a Super Bowl, of course…it would be great if my team was playing, but it would be a dream to go even if they weren’t. A Stanley Cup Finals game would also be amazing. I’m not picky there either.
Some may say that you have a "curse" of sorts when it comes to players jerseys…tell me, why do you think that say that?
Literally every jersey I've bought or even thought about buying has led to the injury/trade/release/retirement of a player. The first jersey I ever bought was a Spokane Chiefs junior hockey jersey, and the guy got spinal meningitis two months later. The first Seahawks jersey I wanted to buy was Cortez Kennedy, and he retired. Then Shawn Springs and he left. Then Chad Brown…The first Seattle jersey I bought was Trufant, and he was injured within a week. I bought a Hasselbeck jersey for my daughter the week before he went down with the knee injury that took him out for a few weeks in 2006. I said I wanted a Mack Strong pro bowl jersey, and not a month later he sustained a neck injury that eventually forced him to retire. Finally my husband got smart and bought me a Steve Largent jersey, but then he bought me a Francois Beauchemin Ducks jersey for Christmas last year and now Beauch’s in Toronto. It can only happen so many times before you start to believe in the curse...the list goes on and on. The only players that are safe are jerseys I buy for my husband. Go figure.
Many sports fans have a moment in their teams career that makes them proud to be a fan. Is there a moment like this for you? If so which moment?
Of course a championship will always make you proud to be a fan, so that’s kind of a no-brainer with the
Ducks. Other proud Duck Fan moments were when Babcock was coaching, and a few former Spokane Chiefs were with the team. It was cool to know some of the guys out there on "the pond".
With the Seahawks, being part of the 12th man is actually a pretty amazing feeling. To know that no matter what, you belong with these people who are die-hards and proud fans of our team; even when they don’t win a lot or they are all but forgotten by the rest of the league. There have been many moments that the team has made me proud to be a fan, but one of the most recent was when I was in Seattle last month. These guys practiced so hard at what’s being claimed by many Seahawks to be one of the toughest training camps ever. But after practice when they could go back and shower, relax in a whirlpool, etc. they stayed out there at least 30 minutes longer just to sign autographs and talk to the fans. While I was there, I saw an article about Nate Burleson and a fan that made me realize just how much they appreciate their 12th man.
As a follow-up, there are also moments that your team has let you down; do you have any moments like this? If so what?
The Ducks have let me down a lot with some of the transactions they’ve made in the past and by condoning some of (and participating in) the dirty play that they’re so famous for lately. There’s a line between gritty and outright dirty, and they’ve crossed it at times. My teams don’t let me down when they lose or have a bad season, as long as they play hard and smart.