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OscarSports.com 1 Year Anniversary!

It was on June 10, 2014 when Oscar Sports had its first article published. The World Cup was approaching and I was desperately looking for a job. I saw that blogging was becoming a pretty big deal everywhere I looked and that the World Cup in Brazil was probably a good time to get my first words in. One year ago today, a dream became a reality in both English and Spanish.

OscarSports.com was created not only to inform but also to challenge the regular media outlets that in countries like Mexico talk about soccer the whole time. They only give 10% of their time or less to other athletes in other disciplines. As someone that has lived through that, it was my way of saying, there is a lot of ground to cover and it’s not just all about soccer.

The Beginnings

Since that day, I can probably count with one or two hands the amount of posts related to soccer, while the other 60 or so have been about everything but soccer. From the Mexico City Marathon to the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix, I’ve tried to cover as much ground as possible for one writer that still has other things to do. It is nice to see that people read what comes out in this site and that there hasn’t been more than three days in a full year where there is traffic in this website. So far, there have been 72 posts in this website and that number will exponentially grow next year.

Take into consideration that I don’t get paid for this, just yet. This project was born after fighting against many other media companies that felt I wasn’t ready for them. I’ve always believed I am ready for wherever life takes me, and this website is going with me. I wouldn’t like doing something without a purpose. This is my way to say I’m here, hope you are interested.

I’m not opposed to the idea of taking OscarSports to a FIFA World Cup. I would just focus on everything that goes around it, and not in the actual games. The amount of planning, logistics and expenses that derive from such type of events is beyond anyone’s imagination, which takes me to my next point.

The Idea

If you read the My View tab in this website, its says that this website is all about giving you a different perspective from what you hear and see in the news. If you are tired of listening to commentators talk about how awful a team played, here you will most likely learn about the background leading up to a game, tournament, race, etc…

I’m looking to create a space for people to understand the importance of other sports. How big athletes not only go by the names of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. We also have Dez Bryant (it was a catch), Roger Federer, Lewis Hamilton, Lebron James, Jordan Spieth, and the list goes on and on. Heroes don’t always chase a soccer ball. The swing bats, put on tennis shoes, hit a golf ball, drive a very fast car. Some of them have a very humble background and no matter how good they get, their salaries barely ever match their greatness.

I look at athletes like you and me, that may not ever make it big, but that want to enjoy what they do. In a marathon only 3% of the runners are widely known, the others are there to prove no one but themselves that they can do it. Amateur events keep growing in size and that is something you may start seeing more and more of in the future here at OscarSports.

The Future

As I said, this was not only a year to test the waters. With over 4,000 viewers in the first 365 days, I am more convinced than when I started about how big this can turn out to be. I will increase my presence in national and international events. With your help, this will keep growing. Some plans even include live broadcasts from events. Short and long stories in video format about every event that OscarSports gets to be at. Formula 1 in Mexico City, I’m going for you. There will be more people that will collaborate with the content. All I ask for you is to keep coming back, so I can keep this dream alive for as long as possible.

Some of the projects

Rolling With the Punches in 2014

If I could only use one word to describe the past 364 days of my life I could use either crazy or unexpected. Every year you want to become a better person, better at what you do and how you treat others, at least that is what I want. This year is hard to sum up in one blog with everything that happened but I will give it a try.

I feel thankful for most of the things that I got to accomplish this year. A year that was perfectly scripted the day it started but somewhere along the way that script got erased and life has not been the same. I wanted to keep my job, keep working in the United States, develop into a strong journalist and earn a reputation that could open me the doors more easily anywhere. I realized that sometimes no matter how good you are, your passport can hurt you.

I can’t complain of what I had to do to believe I was ready for any challenge. In the first half of my year, while I was still working at Telemundo in DFW. I covered the “Heart of Dallas Bowl” the first day of the year between my alma matter and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas where U.N.T. took the title. I had worked many games back at U.N.T. watching the program develop into what happened that first day of 2014 at the Cotton Bowl, so I was happy to be there.

Then came the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium, many Rangers games, a U.F.C. fight, Mavericks games including a playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs who would later win the championship. I was working on my own stories, I felt I was on my way to easily get a work visa once my student visa expired. I had gone through a lot of punches in my early career, I was starting to feel some stability in my life. Unfortunately that changed, after a great year and a half with Telemundo I had to say goodbye.

Before I knew it I was heading home not only after 18 months in Telemundo but almost six years living on my own in the United States. I wanted to say everything happens for a reason and more than six months after that happened that is still not so clear to me. I came back thinking my degree from a U.S. University would be my easy way in to a good job in Mexico. With the World Cup around the corner nothing mattered more for media corporations than what happened in Brazil.

i spent time at home thinking and trying to rebuild my life. Trying to find a meaning to whatever happened in this new era for me. It was and still is hard for me to understand why things happen the way it has. After half a year of sending resumes to many different places and not finding one full-time job many questions are raised.

Meanwhile I did have some nice experiences. I covered a triathlon, a marathon and to top it all off a Formula 1 Race. This last one was the best thing that could happen to me at any given moment, and after struggling with the job hunt, it was even better news. It was a one week job that I will remember for a lifetime. As a fan of the sport, having all the pilots, cars and celebrities (including Pam Anderson) walk right by me and stopping for pictures was like giving the key to a kid for a candy store. It felt surreal, but it could not be more real. At the end of the race I did not care about the outcome as much as I did not want it to end.

I like to say I went to heaven and came back the day after it ended and it is something that I believe truly adds to my curriculum. Since that trip I kept on traveling all over the place for almost two months. I was not staying in the same place for more than five days straight. I had a trip to shoot my first commercial, a project in which I am still working, and I was at home (Mexico City) to watch one of my favorite soccer teams win the national league championship.

After many weeks of being depressed by not finding a job I used travel to keep my busy and productive. I did everything including running a marathon where I had to sacrifice the will of qualifying for Boston due to an injury and now could only worry on finishing to remember how great that feels.

At the end of the year I am happy with most of the things that happened this 2014 but I am still seeking for that emotional, personal and professional stability. I know I’ve been through a lot and that this roller coaster will never end even if I want it to. That is how life goes, there are reasons to feel sad about 2014 but more to feel happy.

I started OscarSports.com to keep talking about sports, one of the things I love the most, and 2015 will be big for this project. This website will experience changes for the better early this new year. This is my new baby which I will keep feeding to make it grow. If work does not come to me I have to create it for myself and this is it.

I know I have to keep rolling with the punches, that is the only way to grow, to mature and to become a better version of yourself. I will not give up in the seek of better things and I hope that everyone that made it this far in this post does the same. Happy New Year everyone!