Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That

 A potpourri of activity from throughout UC Davis Athletics:

• Creative fun, some good-natured men's soccer players and Aggie Stadium were the ingredients Monday for making a promo video for the team. We can't divulge what was produced quite yet - it should debut on the www.ucdavisaggies.com and our YouTube channel later Tuesday - but suffice to say we had a lot of fun pretending to be actors and directors. I mean, at one point I even had to do a double-take when Assistant Athletics Communications Director Mark Honbo - our sound man whose sound we didn't end up needing - said "Give me a 'roll sound' before you start." Roll sound? I wasn't even yelling "Action!" half the time, instead opting for a rather subdued "Go." Now, if he had said "Roll Tide" I would've had a better chance of understanding him.

The players (Tommy Sirgusa, Alex Henry, Ethan Shawlee, Dan Reese, Lance Patterson) were great and special thanks to Asst. A.D. Scott Brayton for stepping in after one of our "stars" was a no-show for non-contractual reasons. Hopefully the video will bring some attention to the men's program which has an early-season showdown with No. 2 UCLA on Sept. 4 at Aggie Soccer Field.

If you go, tell 'em the video sent you.

BTW, we're working on more videos for other teams. Those of us in the business refer to it as "pre-production.".... or maybe it's "Roll Tide."

• With cross country and men's water polo reporting for practice over the past few days, we now have eight of our 23 teams up and running. Hickey Gym has gone from "library-quiet" to "where did all the primo parking go?" in just a matter of a few weeks. But it's a good thing because it means the 2011-12 year is underway and lots of chances to get out and support the Aggies.

One way you can do that is through desktop wallpaper for your computer. Just go here on the athletics website and download background wallpaper for Aggie football, field hockey, volleyball, men's soccer and women's soccer. We'll be adding more sports as they get produced. 

• For those of you old enough to remember (and maybe I'm just talking to myself here), do you recall having to wait until the 'late local news' to get your scores? Or the morning paper? Nowadays, it almost seems impossible not to be able to follow every game on some sort of smart phone or computer, or at least get the score from some social media outlet within minutes after it's over.

We try and do the same for Aggie fans. Once again, we'll have live stats for many home games throughout the year, post stat links when they're available for road contests, and have live audio and live video as much as we can.

And we want to make sure you have all the scores as soon as possible. If you'd like to receive an email or text for any Aggie score (you can choose which sports you want or pick 'em all), then we invite you to use e-Score. As soon as we get the score, you'll get the score - wherever you are. The score will also find its way to our Twitter feed and, of course, we'll have a recap on our website just as soon as possible after that.

Whatever method you choose, rest assured you'll know the score!

• "Being grateful" was theme for the football team last week when it visited Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento. The Aggies make a trip to the hospital during preseason camp each year, interacting with patients and their families. Sometimes it's hard to tell who's having more fun, the players or the kids. 

Either way, the Aggies come away with an appreciation for all that they have but, more importantly, are glad they are able to spread some cheer to some very deserving kids. 

Assistant Athletics Communications Director Ryan Burns joined the team on Aug. 16 and put together a wonderful recap you can watch on our All-AGcess or YouTube sites.

- Mike Robles, Assistant Athletics Director

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