How I Would Make Sports Better

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comLet me take you back to two Sundays ago. I was visiting family in Birmingham, AL. We all went to church on Sunday and the Pastor finished his sermon with, “Because of what happened in this state this weekend, you should all check out my article online about having good character.” I automatically thought to myself, “What happened in the state? What did the supreme court do now? Did I miss something in the news?!” Then I lean over to my mother-in-law and ask what he means, and she says, “Oh, both Auburn and Alabama lost this weekend.”

What in the world?! Football deserves a sermon mention..and a character article?! Well….apparently it does in Alabama. So, I decided since we’re in the midst of football season, this is the perfect time to share how I would make sports better…because honestly, there could some improvements.

1. All sport teams need to represent the community in which the players come from. None of this Green Bay Packer that lives in Mississippi crap. If you were raised there, you play there! And if you aren’t from there- get outta town son and join your own home team!

2. Olympic teams should also represent where they come from. For example, one year the Chinese volleyball team trained in California with American coaches….doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of representing your country?

3. Football needs to just keep running the clock no matter what. We need to get rid of this “stop every 2 seconds” stuff and learn how to tell time…and stop wasting my time! Or I’ll compromise, and let you keep your terrible sense of time if you take out one quarter!

4. Baseball should be 2 innings shorter. Seriously- if you need a seven inning stretch- shouldn’t that tell you something? Let’s end the game there so we don’t have to stretch just to make it to the end of the game!

5. Basketball should be harder. Obviously basketball is too easy if a team is scoring  hundreds of points in a game! Let’s make the nets higher, or farther apart, so then maybe points will become more meaningful when they are won.

6. Soccer should become easier. Sometimes soccer games end at 0-0. Are you kidding me? I watched this whole game for nothing? Why don’t we make the nets bigger? Smaller field?

That’s all I can think of for now. Someone go make these things happen, and then maybe your girlfriend will actually watch sports with you.

About Erica Bryan

Erica’s passion for performing started when her mom brought her to her first theatre audition in Pennsylvania when she was eight years old. She didn’t make the cut. But the next year, she went back to the same audition and got the part. From an early age, Erica learned that with hard work and persistence, anything can happen. After her first show, there was no question that performing is what she would do for a living.
When she was twelve years old, her family moved to Roswell, GA, where she heard Country music for the first time. After listening to Reba and singing lots of Shania Twain karaoke, Erica decided she wanted to be a Country singer. Some years went by and, although Country music was always in the back of her mind, she started focusing more on her theatre opportunities, which led to her decision to study Musical Theatre in college.
While still in college, Erica performed professionally with Opera Birmingham, and spent her summers performing at theme parks and theatres. After graduation, she moved to New York City to continue her professional theatre career. While in New York, Erica got to train with Broadway’s finest actors and was cast in leading roles in Regional Theatres around the country. During one of her shows, Erica had the opportunity to perform with a Country band on the side. Call it coincidence or fate, but Erica was back singing Country music in the middle of a theatre contract, and she fell in love all over again.
After another year in theatre, it became clear to Erica that it was time to move to Nashville, TN and pursue her original childhood dream of being a Country artist. Shortly after arriving to Nashville, she landed a day job working for country hero, Reba McEntire, at Starstruck Entertainment. By night, she began crafting her own songs and writing skills. Within a couple months of songwriting, Erica’s songs started receiving the highest honors from the Nashville Songwriters Association. She recently released her debut single “This House Is Haunted,” and is receiving radio play in multiple countries. For the Country Record describes Erica as, “one of those rare multi-talented people who most only dream about becoming.” Erica is currently touring with her original music and plays keys, ukulele, and guitar to anyone who will listen.

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