FUN FACTS ABOUT ASHLEY
Favorite Basketball Team: Bulls
Favorite Football Team: Bears (unfortunately)
Favorite Baseball Team: Cubs
Favorite Hockey Team: Don’t really like hockey to be honest but I’ll take the Blackhawks because ya know, Chicago is my city.
Favorite Sport to Watch in the Olympics: Women’s Gymnastics by a landslide. I used to be a gymnast and a cheerleader myself so I really enjoy watching the sport.
My Role Models: On a personal level, I look up to my mom because she embodies all of the qualities I want to have as I continue to get older. She’s kind, generous and has a big heart. She loves unconditionally and doesn’t have a bad bone in her body. On a professional level, I look up to Doris Burke and Chelsea Handler. Burke is one of the most legendary female basketball reporters. She asks great, thorough questions on the sidelines while also providing superb analysis of the game she’s covering. There are not many women working in the NBA so she has definitely broken barriers not just on the sidelines but as a color analyst as well.
Comedian Chelsea Handler is also a huge role model. Her ability to tell jokes, make fun of herself and other people is one of a kind and I truly enjoy listening to her. She doesn’t give a shit what people think about her and that type of mentality is how she got to where she is today. I apply that mindset in my everyday life as well. After reading her books, she’s the type of person who always sees the glass half full and if there’s something bad going on in her life she will always turn it into a joke of some kind. I think it’s important to carry yourself the way Chelsea does everyday. Life’s too short to be serious all the time.
Favorite Current NBA Player: Probably Steph Curry. I’ve never seen anyone shoot like him before and I can see the same long shot off the dribble every time and I’m still amazed.
Favorite NBA Player All Time: Michael Jordan, duh. Don’t @ me!
Top 3 Things on my Bucket List: NBA Finals, UFC Fight, and go to a Kansas Jayhawks game at Allen Fieldhouse. That place looks wild!
Favorite Celebrity I’ve Met and Why: Michelle Beadle. She was so friendly and welcoming. I was working the Super Bowl in Phoenix and I was making my rounds throughout the media section to network. There were two girls standing near Michelle Beadle who were kind of standoffish and not very nice. I’m a super outgoing person and always smile at people so I find it weird when it’s not reciprocated and to be honest, those two girls were nobody in the industry. Now, Beadle, on the other hand, is a somebody and was beyond nice and funny. She included all of us in the conversation she was having and I will never forget that moment.
Biggest Pet Peeve: People who use the word, ‘panties.’ I know that’s so random but I hate it.
Craziest Thing I’ve Ever Done: I can’t say.
Favorite Color: Pink.
Favorite Sports Icon: LeBron James. He sets a great example for the league.
If I could choose to go anywhere in the world where would I go: Maldives, Costa Rica, Dubai or Italy.
What Made Me Go into Sports Journalism: I love sports and how it brings people together. I love telling sports stories and how an athlete got to where they are today. It takes a lot of sacrifice and discipline to make it to the top of your sport and I admire the people that are able to do that.
Best Advice I’ve Ever Been Given: To never give up no matter what life throws at you. As cliché as it sounds nothing worth having comes easy and god gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. I’m not a religious person but I do believe that saying wholeheartedly. I’ve been through so many ups and downs in my life and have hit rock bottom on more than one occasion. I’ve been told “no” hundreds of times but I keep pushing forward. I don’t wait for a “yes.” I do my own thing whether that’s produce my own videos, find my own interviews, anything. If I want to do something I will find a way to do it.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Anything involving chocolate, cake, cheesecake, Oreos or cookies of some sort. Anything involved with sugar. Oh and carbs.
Favorite Thing I’ve Covered: the NBA Summer League by far!! So much fun and everyone was so laid back and easy to talk to.
Most Memorable Sports Moment Witnessed: My family used to have season tickets to Cubs games when I was growing up during the Sammy Sosa and Mark Prior days (Can’t forget good ole’ Todd Hundley, too)! I used to miss school all the time to attend games. That was more acceptable to do than missing school for being sick… I’m serious. So, I decided to miss school for one of the most historic, scarring baseball games of all time. That game was Game 6 of the National League Championship series between the Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins. Most refer to this game as ‘The Steve Bartman Incident.’ It was October 14, 2003, at Wrigley Field and Cubs held a 3-to-2 lead in the best of seven series. It was the eighth inning of Game 6, Cubs were ahead 3-0 when several fans tried to catch a foul ball. One of those fans, Steve Bartman, reached for the ball and disrupted a possible catch by Cubs outfielder Moises Alou (who escalated the situation even more by acting like a 5-year-old at Toys “R” Us). If the ball had been caught, the Cubs would have been just 4 outs away from advancing to the World Series.
But, instead, they gave up eight runs in the inning (not to mention a HUGE error by Alex Gonzalez soon after) and ended up losing both games six and 7 to the Marlins, the team that went on to win the World Series.
I was sitting in the upper deck when all of the chaos went down. Since Wrigley Field didn’t have a jumbotron I was unable to see what actually happened when I was there (and had to wait for the news) but all I could see was beer and food being thrown down at him and all I could hear was the crowd going from excitement, to anger and then to silence within minutes. The whole mood changed and that’s when you knew the curse was in full effect and there was absolutely no way the Cubs were winning this series.
10 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME
1. My feet rarely touch the ground when I sit on chairs, benches or couches. (I’m fun sized, standing at 5 feet!)
2. I have never seen LeBron James or Kobe Bryant play a live game in person.
3. I got a tattoo with a fake ID when I was 17. (I guess you can say I lived life on the edge).
4. I have really bad hearing in one ear because of a concussion I got during cheerleading my freshman year of high school.
5. I learned how to do a backhand spring in less than a month for cheerleading tryouts.
6. I competed in two bikini bodybuilding competitions
7. There’s nothing I love more than good customer service and friendly people.
8. I’ve been turned down from over 200 employers.
9. I am obsessed with coffee, especially this place called Dutch Bros in Arizona. I get their white coffee with almond milk and sugar free white chocolate.
10. My grandma is the reason I got into sports.