Ohio at Miami (Oct. 27)
Alex Alvarado (@ARAlvarado13)
On September 20th, I was selected to be part of Jeremy’s Social Media Road Tour when he stopped by Ypsilanti for the Eastern Michigan vs. Army game. I always go to games as a fan hooting and hollering with my friends, my usual game day atmosphere. Being up in the press box, down on the track, being up-close and personal was definitely a change. I had the opportunity to meet Warrick Dunn for a little bit, which isn’t something I get to do everyday. If that wasn’t my favorite part of the day, aside from my school winning, my favorite part of the experience was being at the post-game interviews. Pursuing jobs to be a radio broadcaster and sports journalist, it was awesome seeing people who do these things on a normal basis. I’m very thankful for the Mid-American Conference and Jeremy Guy for giving me this opportunity; it was one of the highlights of my college experience.
Lance Vought (@lvought)
My experience on the MAC Social Media Tour was fantastic. I felt like a kid in a candy store. It allowed for me to see the multiple perspectives that exist in the game, rather than just a fan cheering raucously in the stands. It's great to see the action on the field and experience how the players see the game (without taking any hits). Additionally, it gave me a glimpse into how the media covers the game, and it isn't exactly easy. People demand or desire real-time information with pictures, stats, and reactions; keeping up was definitely a struggle, but still loads of fun. Meeting a former NFL player (Warrick Dunn) and being in the media room for the post-game press conferences was a bright spot in the day as well. The best part of the day for me was getting to be down on the field with the team as they sang the fight song in front of the band after an EMU vic-tor-y! I thank the Mid-American Conference for their efforts to giving fans like myself a special opportunity to experience the game from a lens that the casual fan never sees and never appreciates. It is a day I won't forget!
Marissa McNees (@MarissaNM)
The opportunity to watch the game from the field and interact with the press and other MAC fans is one I won't forget. I am, of course, a huge EMU fan but I'm also a huge MAC fan, and @ExperienceMAC gave me the opportunity to interact with fans from all over the conference and give them an inside perspective to my school. It's something I think sets the MAC apart from all other conferences, and they can take note from the efforts put forth by the MAC to engage fans and really bring them together. This was my third social media event with the MAC and it has been better and better each time. It's a great feeling to know your school and your conference truly care about its fans.