Another AU where Jacky-Boy is a hockey player and Bitty has a job that involves hockey bc that’s my aesthetic. Anyway, I really know nothing about how the world of sports journalism works so there is probably some inaccuracies in here, but it’s an AU so who cares. Artistic license and all that. Very slightly NSFW (i just wanted to get all the warnings out there).
“Are you into men?”
Jack has been asked this question before, but in such a subtle way (and typically involving Parson) that it’s easy to avoid. No reporter has ever straight out asked him. Besides, he’s not gay. He’s bisexual. So when Jack usually tells them, “No.” it’s not a lie. However, this time it feels different. Maybe it wasn’t just this particular time, but all the times added onto each other that’s finally causing him to really think about what hole he’s digging himself into.
The blunt question has him feeling panicky and the other presser notice his reaction too. Jack can’t say no, because that’s not true. He is into men. Jack’s panic quickly shifts, and now he just feels like shoving the microphones away and storming out, because this is hockey goddammit. Not E! news.
“Excuse me?” Jack clears his throat, trying to buy himself some time to think of a properly crafted response. Over the years, he’s developed a talent for that.
But everything is on overdrive and he feels his breath start to quicken again–
“Areyou into men?” Another reporter asks, and it takes Jack a moment to realize that the reporter isn’t asking him. He’s asking the man who popped the question in the first place.
All attention, including Jack’s, turns to the small blonde that got lost in the bundle of people. He holds up his mic towards the reporter who popped the question in the first place.
Mary Garber was a pioneer in women’s sports journalism. She got her start working at the Twin City Sentinel in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, proving her talent in sportswriting when the paper’s sports writer enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. For 30 years, she was the only woman to cover the ACC Conference. Garber also covered two black high schools in the region, as well as the traditionally black Winston-Salem State University at a time when black athletes simply didn’t receive coverage in mainstream papers. In 2005, Garber became the first woman to win the Associated Press Sports Editors Red Smith Award.
clubs: photography club, earth coalition, did debate team for a while but only because he liked getting into arguments with doyoung in front of people LOL
is really popular, fun, and relaxed,,,,,,you can see him taking a stroll from the library to the lab looking absent mindedly at the trees or at the sky
but don’t underestimate him,,,,,because he’s actually really smart and organized
a lot of the research he does in his courses is praised by his teachers even though he’ll play it off and be like “ah~ i got it right? what luck!”
but in front of other students he’s like hell yeah im the prince of the plant biology major ~~
likes nature so decided he may as well make a career out of it, also taeil told him once that he looked good in white so getting to wear the lab coat kinda makes him giddy
but he frequently likes to hike and go to forests,,,even on days when it isn’t required for his major
flirts naturally with everyone, from the TA in class, to the people in his group, to people in completely different majors, once came in to check up on an experiment his group was doing on some eucalyptus plants and i shit u not he touched a leaf and was like “ahhhh, you look pretty today~” to the freaking plant
tried to tutor for plant ecology but yuta has this thing where he can plan everything perfectly in his head but when he gets to actually trying to explain anything he’s like ah,,,well,,,you see,,,,one plant,,,and other plant,,,,become friends??? wait no,,,,,biologically plants cant make friends,,,,,,they,,,,,,interact? first date? yEARS of EVOLUtiON haVE CREATed This pLANT,,,,,,,,,,,,does that not make sense
but hey,,,he tried his best
doyoung calls him “narcissist nakamoto” anytime they see each other on campus dfldskdg
but honestly,,,he’s not wrong,,,,,because every soccer game the uni has yuta somehow ends up flashing that handsome smile of his and ending up on the front page of the uni’s sports website, the uni journal, hell even the other teams school has photos of yuta because he’s undeniably attractive
esp in a soccer uniform with his hair pulled back, pretty sweat down his strong jawline, and his eyes that can go literally from ^__^ to the most sERIOUS expression
comes of cool~ and suave~ and like suuuuuch a smooth talker
but all of his friends just sneer when people gush about yuta because they’re all like “this is the dork who calls his mom at like midnight and says he misses her and cries” and also apparently enjoys kidlike things like amusement parks and kamen rider
“isn’t yuta soooo manly and dreamy~?”
taeyong somewhere: he collects anime figures don’t trust him
but it’s cute,,,,yuta is all flower boy charm in his pressed lab coat and brilliant big smile and always trying to show off that he’s a gentlemen
but also squishing winwin’s cheeks during lunch because wahhh so cute and getting all happy over the new pokemon release like,,,,,how soft
his dorm is slightly disheveled but it proves that he works hard with stacks of books and highlighters alongside the many trophies and medals he’s won for the school
(and ofc,,,,,his kamen rider figurines lmfao)
but yep it’s summer!!! which means a lot of kids have left the campus but some classes are still going on
you happen to not be taking any,,,,but you get a job at the local fair that’s going to run all summer a couple blocks away from the uni so you decide it’d be better to just stay in the dorm and well,,,,,make that Money
yuta,,,,,,,is also staying but that’s because one of his group studies is being conducted by a teacher who won’t be back in the fall
and tbh you only know yuta vaguely,,,,you’re friends with jaehyun who has talked about him and you’ve seen him in the school news
but,,,,,you’ve also “heard” rumors about him,,,,,how apparently he likes to flirt as much as possible and isn’t really interested in anything serious
someone once said something about how he accepted ten confessions in a day but then broke up with the girls through text
and you don’t???? know him???? but those rumors feel weird and full of jealousy
but at the same time like what is it your business anyway not like you and yuta have ever interacted
see your job at the fair is pretty simple,,,,you sell tickets to the ferris wheel and tell people which cabins to sit in
the ferris wheel is pretty tiny considering this isn’t a permanent fair,,,,and the rides like 5 minutes tops,,,,,but it gets fairly popular
esp at night when all the couples walk by sharing ice-creams and cuddling up close when they buy tickets
and secretly you’re like blEGh,,,but at the same time cant lose this job so u just smile and sell tickets
and??? that’s when you notice that almost every night
yuta comes by
and you know it’s him from the face but also,,,you’ve heard him speaking japanese on the phone when buying tickets,,,,,and you don’t think anything of it
but he keeps only,,,buying,,,,one ticket,,,,,every night
and idk you don’t want to say anything because maybe,,,,this is his stress relief from summer classes????? but at the same time everyones saying this popular boy who could have anyone he wants on campus is spending his nights. alone. on the ferris wheel
somehow, without either of you saying much to each other you memorize the time he comes by and save a ticket just in case
like two weeks into this whole ordeal you dont even ask him to pay you just hand him the ticket and yuta gives you a look but you’re just like,,,,,go
because honestly you start thinking up ridiculous scenarios like,,,maybe he cries in there???? maybe the ride reminds him of a lost loved one??? maybe,,,,,,,,he uses it as a place to scream out all his frustration
and the tickets are way 2 overpriced anyway college kids need to help each other out
but ,,,, the night before the third week of summer classes starts yuta finally says something to you
and when he does you almost fall down,,,,because????? but as you slide the ticket over he goes “this place closes in half an hour, right?”
and he’s like “ill be by the entrance. let me treat you to dinner.”
at first you think you’ve heard wrong - maybe that he needs to treat someone to dinner
but when you meet his gaze, yuta smiles and is like “i promise to be there.” before walking off like it’s the moST Casual thing to ask a STRANGER to dinner
it shocks you so much that you barely manage to stutter out a “ok” when he’s literally gone
as,,,,he promised yuta is standing at the entrance as you come out still wearing your uniform t-shirt with the fairs name sprawled across the front
and yuta motions to it and is like “cute” and you’re like um,,,,,,what is happening
and he smiles again,,,so bright even though it’s nearing ten pm and he’s like “i know you,,,,,not from the fair but from college. you go to the same one as me.”
you nod slowly but you’re still obviously confused
which only makes yuta chuckle, throwing his head back a bit when he does but he’s like “don’t worry, im not being creepy or whatever. it’s just,,,,,i know you’ve been giving me the tickets for free for a while so i thought i should do something nice back.”
the sentiment calms you down a bit,,,even though you try to say it’s fine you don’t need to be treated but yuta just throws his hand around you
pulling you by the shoulder closer and he’s like “nah,,,,we college students need to jump at any chance we get not to waste money - so c’mon!”
and that’s how you end up at a small stall at the night market,,,,yuta piling food onto the tiny plastic table as you watch him balance drinks in his other hand
for a moment you think back to those photos you’d seen of him on the school website. the star shining athlete of the soccer team
yet here he was,,,,looking something close to a fool,,,,,but in the most endearing way
you don’t expect to talk with him for a longtime,,,,but you do.
yuta has a way of making people feel comfortable,,,,he’s obviously sociable and sweet and it’s hard not to like someone who gives compliments and actually seems interested in you
especially since the summer semester has left you pretty lonely on campus,,,,
but when you check your watch you’re shocked to see it’s nearing 1am and you have a shift tomorrow at the fair
so hurriedly you and yuta clean up and practically sprint back to the dorms,,,,yuta making a joke about how he hasn’t run this much since soccer practice ended
but as you stop in front of your dorm yuta says your name,,,,,smiling and adding that he’ll see you tomorrow before heading off into the other direction
and it’s not till your brushing your teeth,,,,,looking in the mirror that you realize,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,that you just hung out with nakamoto yuta
the next night yuta shows up as usual,,,,this time he slips something toward you in exchange for the ticket,,,,,,a ice-cream bar from the grocery
he says that it must suck to not be able to leave and take snacks and you look at the ice cream and go “how did you know my fav-”
and he grins and is like “ah, did you forget, you told me yesterday~ i personally like their green tea flavor more but,,,,”
and with that he waves,,,,going toward the ride and you sit there,,,,looking at the ice cream
and before you know it,,,there’s a small smile on your face
yuta is even waiting for you at the entrance again so you guys can walk back to campus together
this,,,happens for a bit,,,,,and then there’s a day when you have off and you pass yuta on campus only to have him call out to you and pout because you’re not at work~ he won’t see you later??
and you’re like nope i have the day off, you’ll actually have to pay for your ticket tonight
he makes a face that makes you burst into giggles and he’s like ill have to call my sister for more money at this point,,,,,,,or oh,,,,,should i try and get doyoung to use his card,,,,
you shake your head because what street fair accepts cards???? and he’s like rats ur right,,,,,,
but it’s cute seeing him like this,,,,, in the daylight,,,,,eyes sparkling and pretty,,,,,,,
bUT you shake that thought off as soon as you see a group of underclassman walking by and calling out to yuta,,,,,saying something about how he still owes them all lunch or something
and the rumors you’d tried to forget come back to you,,,,,,,because hey he probably isn’t treating you any differently than how he treats others
catching feelings for him???? Big No No
but yuta turns back and says he’ll see you tomorrow then and there’s a hint of happiness in his tone,,,,,but again you’re sure you’re imagining it
so why is it that the next evening,,,,your stomach is full of butterflies,,,,,,you’re practically straining your neck to see if yuta is coming,,,,,,
the moment you see the familiar silhouette you start adjusting your hair and shirt,,,,,,,,god it makes you feel embarrassed but also,,,,,when his face appears in the window,,,,,smiling and happy
it makes your heartbeat surge and you mentally have to keep yourself in check as yuta tells you about something doyoung texted him this afternoon
tbh as you hand him the single ticket,,,,,you get the sudden urge to ask ‘why don’t you ever take someone with you on the ride? like on a date?’
but you know you shouldn’t say something like that
but when you feel his hand brush against yours,,,,,you just,,,,,,you burst
“yuta, why don’t you ever ride the ferris wheel with someone else? someone,,,,,,special?”
yuta seems taken back,,,,,for a split moment even speechless but he just looks down at the ticket and you,,,,snap back into reality
and start to apologize because that was,,,,,rude of you,,,,,super rude,,,,,god why do you never thinK properly before speaking
but yuta just chuckles and is like “ok, you’re right i should take someone special can you give me another ticket?”
your heart literally drops into your stomach,,,,because,,,,,he does have someone special,,,,,,,,,,,,
but hiding your trembling hands as you print the ticket you hand it to him only to have yuta give it back and he’s like “let’s go.”
honestly speaking you shouldn’t ever leave your post at the ticket stand but the park is closing in ten minutes and there isn’t another person in sight so when yuta pulls you in behind him ,,,,,,
you find yourself sitting in the see-through cabinet,,,,,the lights of the two flickering below you as the wheel starts to turn
and you’re too busy looking at the view to notice yuta is staring at you
funnily enough,,,even though you’ve worked most of your summer there,,,,you’d actually never gotten to ride it before
so with the sudden invitation to get on,,,,,you kind of got excited,,,,,taking your phone out even to take photos
until you hear yutas voice
“so, ive taken someone special now. are you happy?”
and you look at him and blink,,,,,,,because wait,,,,,,,,are you that special someone???????
but ur like no no no way and so you change the topic and you’re like “why do you ride this every night? does it help you think?”
but yuta just shrugs and is like “no. i just like it. i,,,,,,like it enough to ride it twice,,,,,three times but,,,,,,,”
and you look up from your phone at him and suddenly he’s leaning over
hand coming up to hold the side of your neck
and just as you reach the top you feel his lips against yours before he’s pulling away and whispering “but i like you so much that i thought if i come everyday,,,,if i ride this everyday,,,,,won’t they notice me in time?”
and,,,,,,,,no one has ever,,,,,,so straightforwardly,,,,,,,said something like that to you so you’re shocked,,,,,
nearly dropping the phone in your hands but,,,,,,,,,but also,,,,,,you manage to ask “w-why?”
and yuta laughs,,,,,,hand on his stomach and he’s like “seriously? why? because,,,,,i saw you and it was like i was looking at my dream,,,,,,the person of my dreams,,,,,,,,and then when we got to talk i knew it was right. that you’re the one.”
the ferris wheel starts moving slowly again and once you and yuta get to the bottom you step out of the cabin,,,,,still trying to process the confession from him
when yuta’s hand slips into yours and he’s like c’mon your shift is over. let me treat you again.
and,,,,,,,you follow him but suddenly halfway down the streetyou stop and yuta turns to look at you and you’re like,,,,,,, “don’t play around.”
and he’s like ? what
and you yank your hand from his and you’re like “don’t play around with me. i don’t want to be just another person you woo and then,,,,,and then dump.”
yuta watches you,,,,,nervously looking toward the ground and he lets out a sigh and is like “do you think im playing? do you know how much money i spent on that ferris wheel in the first two weeks? 6 bucks for 6 days out of the week. that’s 36 a week, that’s 72 for tWO YOU KNOW WHAT 72 DOLLARS IS FOR A COLLEGE GUY DONT YOU”
and you look up and he’s like “listen,,,,,,some rumors about me are true. like how i stare out the window during class like a moron but am also ranked in the top five of my major. yeah i tend to fall over things because im not looking, but im still the ace of the soccer team. and yeah,,,,,,,,,i like to talk and be nice to lots of people but im not a player. my feelings for you are for real.”
you swallow the lump in you throat,,,but you’re also like,,,,,,,r-really?
and yuta is like yES really now do you feel the same or no?
you look at his outstretched hand,,,,,,,and you look at him,,,,,,,the smiling boy who’d treated you to dinner, who’d come everyday not to ride the ferris wheel but to see you,,,,,,,,,,,,and you take his hand
because what is there to lose in trusting this handsome, sweet guy,,,,,,who just happens to love corny things like the ferris wheel LOL
and most people cant believe yuta is actually dating,,,,,,,,,but not because of those stupid rumors but because he seemingly has never been interested
and when you meet his friends for the first time johnny asks if yuta didn’t perhaps pay you on the downlow to pretend-
but yuta is like heY im not you mr. chicago and ur like ????? and johnny is like fine fine fine
taeyong pats your shoulder and is like “good luck, he’s a handfull.”
you also learn of yuta’s undying fondness when it comes to transfer winwin which you dont mind because,,,,,the kids adorable and you and yuta are both like “he’s so cute” like 24/7
much to the disdain of literally everyone else,,,,,,,,winwin is lowkey savage though he told you once that you were too good for yuta who apparently is much more airheaded than it seems
but you were sure he was joking
until yuta literally almost burned down the dorm trying to make homemade takoyaki,,,,,,
but boyfriend!yuta is just,,,,,the best
he’s so fun and upbeat and never,,,,,like,,,,,,pushy
like sure he makes jokes about being prince of plant biology or the only man worthy of your attention
but he’s coming from a place of genuine love,,,,,and his want of your attention
which is kinda cute because if you ignore him for more than like twenty minutes you meet aegyo!yuta which,,,,,,,can either infuriate you or melt you it’s always a 50/50 draw on that one
yuta also loves taking photos which is something you leaned when everytime you’d go on a date he’d start taking candids of you
and you’d be like babe im just ordering off the menu we don’t need to take pic- but yuta is already like its fine i took one of you and it’s up on insta i tagged you check it out
his sister calls to check up on him and you’re always nervous to talk to her,,,,even though she roasts yuta to you and it’s amazing,,,but you’re always like i want your family to like me,,,,and yuta is like how could they not like you when i like you so freaking much
his sister told you about his flowershop job in highschool which you think is just the CUTEST so you always jokingly ask him to get you pretty custom bouquets
but the thing is,,,,,,,,he does,,,,,,,he really does
and he surprises you with this big arrangement on the 100th day of dating and each flower has a meaning for what he thinks about you and it’s so beautiful,,,,,,,,yuta no matter how greasy he comes off secretly is a big sappy romantic. fight me on this
takes you hiking with him and if you get tired he’s always trying to get you to let him carry you and you’re like NO and he’s like “why not i am a man of nature, man of the mountains-” and ur like man of the mountains when you drop me accidentally off the cliff hell no nakamoto
if anything you do like hearing him talk about his major,,,,because people think he’s good looks and athleticism
but he’s also so smart,,,,,and his notes are all over the place sure but he knows what he’s doing and it makes you so proud
you caught him dancing in the lab once when he thought no one was alone. did he serenade a plant? he most def did
the hottest thing about him though,,,,is during his soccer matches it’s like 0 to 10000. at the beginning he smiles and waves at you blows air kisses and does the usual cringy sappy stuff
but,,,,,once the game is in heat,,,,,he changes completely
the softness in his eyes and smile are gone,,,,,,it’s just a fierce stare and raw determination
and,,,,,,it’s ,,,,,,,,,a turn on especially when he wins and runs up the bleachers right up to you to get a kiss and slip his medal off to put around your neck
liKE,,,,,,,how idea,,,,,,,,,also getting to shower with him afterward?????? even more ideal
even though yuta can get pretty interesting,,,,intimately he’s always mush and goo for the kisses you give him on the tummy
when you both are just lazing around and he’s playing some 3ds game and you heads on his stomach going through your phone and you just lift up the hem of his shirt and kiss his tummy
he makes the cutest,,,,,,,like the CUTEST hehehehe laugh,,,,,,,
“yuta,,,,don’t you have lab hours to do?” “yes,,,,but i also have cuddle hours to do so get over here”
when you’re upset,,,,,,yuta is,,,,,actually really good at comforting, he reminds you that he’s here,,,,,,by your side and nothing will hurt you and he’ll help you no matter what
and no matter how childish his interests are like video games and amusement parks,,,,,,he’s a serious man when it comes to you and your happiness
his mom texted you like 40000 baby photos of him which you love and cherish and yuta isn’t actually embarrassed at all tbh he thinks it’s adorable you fawn over him
(aka he lives for your attention. if you don’t give it to him, like i said, he turns into a mess of bad attempts on getting you to show him your love LOL)
sleeps in class and still gets straight A’s - it’s infuriating
but also,,,,,whenever you guys have time you’ll head into the city to the amusement park and get on the ferris wheel because no matter what yuta remembers it as your “first official date spot” even though that’d technically not be true
but it’s cute and it’s important to you two even though doyoung is like “go to a restaurant like ADULTS” but you and yuta aren’t rushing to grow up
any1 who spreads rumors about him gets you super worked up and you’ve screamed at a good number of people and yuta and the boys always hold you back
but afterword yuta is always kissing you madly because “wow i love you so much you stand up for me all the time and wow i love you ok im gonna keep kissing you no-”
you guys are a fun couple ok
still flirts with u even tho ur dating but he does it with plant puns to be cheesey. “will you never leaf me?” “if you were a flower you’d be a damndelion” “we were MINT to be”
what im saying is yuta comes off as not being a dork, but he’s the biggest dork
OH wearing his soccer team hoodie and people being like “wait, you’re dating nakamoto?” and you getting to be like yes ;-) yes i am ;-)
Utah Jazz Reporter Didn't Realize Team Had Black Players
Gobert after being told he looked like Francis I of France
Utah Jazz reporter
Chip Buzz is under fire for a racially charged assertion that the
Utah Jazz, set to take on the defending NBA Western Conference Champion
Golden State Warriors, had no Black players.
The outcry occurred
after a segment in which Buzz noted that, “despite what happens,
for the Jazz to reach this level with just five players is amazing.”
After being challenged on his outlandish statement, he went on to
reference Gordon Hayward, Joe Ingles, and Jeff Withey – three white
players – as well as Brazilian Raulzhingo Neto and Afro-French
player Rudy Gobert.
After he was asked
why he left out the Jazz’ Black players (aside from Gobert and Neto),
he looked genuinely surprised, saying “I didn’t realize we had any
African-Americans. I guess they’re just so ‘normal’ I haven’t noticed
them since Chris Brown left.”
When KSL reporter
Glenda Kelly told him Chris Brown was a singer, Buzz argued her down
until it was unveiled that he was talking about point guard George
Hill – who never left the team, but simply stopped dying his hair
they could retire anywhere in the world, but when they do, they retire in hasetsu, where the summers are sticky wet heat and full of cicada song. the first thirty years it goes roughly unnoticed–they raise tomoko and riku in a modern house with air conditioning, and spend most of their time in the bleachers of ice castle as the two learn swizzles and slaloms from the triplets.
but then tomoko is suddenly in her twenties studying sports journalism across the ocean, and riku gets married and moves to the main island when his wife has a job opportunity, and yuuri’s knees can’t handle the stairs anymore, so they move to a much smaller house that’s only one story with no air conditioning.
victor’s long since lost any hair to be ruined by the humidity, and doesn’t mind the days where he and yuuri lay down on the tatami and sweat through their jinbei as the heat rolls over them. sometimes victor gets up and pulls ice cubes out of the freezer and traces them all over yuuri’s skin with his knobby, curled fingers and feels 27 all over again.
“vitya, you disgusting old man,” yuuri teases him as victor traces the characters for ai, and anshin, and chinpoko across the soft, thin skin of his back, and asks yuuri to guess what they are.
mari’s son comes over three times a week to help tidy up, and drives them down the hill for dinner with his family. his wife makes perfect zarusoba, which is a great relief from the heat, and sometimes yuuri still drinks enough shochu to get handsy under the table before mari’s son clears his throat and offers to take them home.
victor can’t imagine anything being awful enough as long as yuuri is there with him to endure it.
it should be too hot to sleep together, but they try anyway, sweat-slick bodies against each other and ancient bones tangled. victor takes yuuri’s face into his hands every night and says the same thing he’s said since he was young and stupid in love for the first time. “i love you, and i’ll love you even more tomorrow,” he murmurs against yuuri’s shochu-sweet mouth.
yuuri hums. “i’ll see you in my dreams.”
“not like this, i hope,” victor says, sweeping his hand dramatically over his bald forehead.
“exactly like this,” yuuri says, and he pinches victor’s gut and kisses him again before falling asleep.
You guys, I have had this open in a tab for days since reading it, because it was so transcendently, life-changingly good that I can’t let go. YOU GOTTA READ THIS ARTICLE. It doesn’t matter if you don’t watch basketball. I don’t watch basketball. JUST TRUST ME ON THIS.
One thing (Of many) that I loved about 17776 was that it never stopped talking about the sports. Every chapter contained at least some sports mention and they were linked with the wider themes of the story so well in a way that still made it interesting for people who didn’t know or care about them.
As well as being one of the best studies of mortality in fiction it was a genuinely incredible work of sports journalism and I hope Jon gets the recognition he deserves for that
This fic is for kazliin, who is an incomparable goddess and responsible for the amazing Until My Feet Bleed and My Heart Aches, one of the best yuri on ice fanfics. It’s been a wild ride these past few months, and everything you gave us, we want to give back, in as many ways as we can. I hope you like this, and everything else we’ve made you <3 <3 <3
i wrote this in between Chapter 13 and 14, so a lot of it got spectacularly jossed. but by the time chapter 14 came out i had already written 4k of it OTL. it seems a shame not to put it out, if only to show kaz that her fic has been pushing us to create and produce even before UMFB officially ended.
EDIT: it’s kazliin’s birthday today, and i only found out! happy birthday kaz and thanks for everything in the rivals verse you are a gift.
a quiet life, a lonely life, a loving life
Summary: Morooka has been following Yuuri’s career. He doesn’t plan to stop.
Christine Brennan (b. 1958) is the
first woman to become a sports reporter in the United States, which happened in
1981 when she began working for the Miami
Herald. She also worked for the Washington
Post, covering sports from American football to the Olympics.
In 1998, she became
the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media. She also
started a programme of scholarships and internships for female students of
yuuri katsuki quits skating after his last and only trip to the GPF, reeling too much with embarrassment. when he does move on, he moves into sports journalism, eventually becoming an announcer for international ice skating competitions. victor also moves on, becoming the coach of yuri plisetsky, and eventually others.
twenty years in the future, one of victor’s latest prodigies has taken home the olympic gold and yuuri was there to witness it. he watches the replay that night in a bar outside of the olympic village.
he’s only a little surprised when victor shows up at the bar. there have been rumors for years about him, about his drinking. yuuri politely ignores him.
yuuri IS surprised when victor doesn’t let yuuri ignore him, he sits down next to yuuri and buys him a drink. “yuuri katsuki, right?” he says, and yuuri’s old heart almost gives out right there.
they drink together, quietly at first, but as the night goes on they get more familiar, and the words come easily. by the end, it’s the backs of yuuri’s knees pressed against his mattress as victor holds his tie taught like a leash, commanding a dog to heel.
“yuuri,” he says again. he’s said yuuri’s name so much tonight, and each time it’s felt like a blow. “do you not remember–? years ago, you and i–”
“no,” yuuri says, and he grabs victor by the hips and pulls them down on the bed together. “but you can remind me.”
Prompt: You were hired as an in-host arena and a certain maple leaf shows interest in you.
Mentions: Auston Matthews, Various Maple Leaf Players
Warnings: Slight Cursing
Preview:You thought you were finished but you were mistaken. Your boss found your way over to you when you had finished your video. “So we want to do a new video series for during games during intermissions, have you ever seen James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke?”
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You walked into the ACC arena, it was the first day of your new job. Fresh out of college with a degree in sports journalism. You always were a fan of hockey and were hoping you would land a job in the field but never would you imagine that you would land a job with your hometown team with such a major role. You had sent in your resume and application video when you had heard that the Maple Leafs needed a new in-host arena. You never thought you would actually get a call back let alone get the job itself.
So here you were on media day, a few weeks before the season began. You were here to take pictures and record your introduction video for the maple leafs website, or so you thought. The season hadn’t even started and you were already nervous. What if the fans didn’t like you? What if the team didn’t like you? You shook the thoughts from your head as you got ready.
Soon you were in a cute pair of jeans, a maple leafs t-shirt and a blue leather jacket, and you opted for white converse instead of heels. You wanted to have your own flair here, and not follow in other arena hosts footsteps. You had your hair down and slightly curled. You slipped a cute maple leafs beanie on and touched up your makeup.
Once you were ready, you went to the media room to find your boss. “I love the look Y/N!” he smiled and gave you a hug. “We are so happy to have you aboard! Let me introduce you to the guys.”
You suddenly found your nervousness again as you followed your boss through the media room. You saw a bunch of familiar faces sitting around in their jerseys and jeans. “Everyone this is Y/N. She is going to be our new in-arena host. We are very excited to have her here.” You smiled and waved, getting hellos in return. You caught the eyes of number sixteen. You blushed slightly as you were ushered to get your photos taken.
You finished your photos and had recorded a quick introduction video for the site. The entire time you felt eyes watching you. Every time you looked over, you were met with Mitch’s eyes. He would look away after you caught him. You even saw Matthews and Rielly nudge him afterward a few times.
You thought you were finished but you were mistaken. Your boss found his way over to you when you had finished your video. “So we want to do a new video series for games during intermissions, have you ever seen James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke?”
You nodded curiously to where he was going with this. “We want you to do it with the players, we are going to call it Golf Cart Karaoke, hope you can drive one.” He laughed.
“I can try.” You giggled
You spent the next few hours driving around the ACC on a golf cart singing and interviewing different players. You sang One Direction Songs with Jake and Morgan. You talked about shoes and rapped along to Drake with Naz. You, Willy, and Connor did your best spice girls impersonations. You were getting tired when the last two players for the day jumped on the cart and suddenly you were wide awake.
Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner were sitting just a few inches from you and for the first time all day you felt butterflies and you were nervous. You had felt so comfortable with the rest of the guys but this 6 foot, 120 lb. boy was making your knees shake.
You tried to start off the video like any of the others you had recorded but you were stumbling with your words. You tried to put it off as being tired but you had a feeling Auston was seeing right through you and he took the opportunity to make the situation even more awkward.
After rapping along to “Auston Matthews” Matts began talking about romantic comedies.
“Secretly me and Mitch watch romcoms all the time at the house. He’s a huge Love Actually fan.” Auston laughed as Mitch whacked his shoulder.
“That’s my favorite too.” You answered with a smile. “How about you Auston, what is your favorite?”
“I like the classics like Titanic or The Notebook” he answered.
You raised an eyebrow. “Are you guys actually fans or are you just saying that to impress girls?” you questioned. “I think you two should prove you are fans and act out some of the most famous scenes from romantic comedies.”
Mitch and Matts took turns acting out scenes from Titanic, Notting Hill, and The Notebook. You had to hold in your laughter.
“You know this is getting pretty awkward between me and Marns here. Since you are an actual girl maybe you two should do a scene,” Auston smirked. You almost choked on your water.
You noticed Mitch’s rosy red cheeks that matched your own. The crew had called to cut and you thanked your lucky stars. Matts was called over by some other crew members and you put your head on the wheel of the cart. You didn’t notice Mitch was still sitting with you.
“You have a really nice voice Y/N” Mitch stated suddenly startling you.
“Oh.. Why thank you” you answered with a smile.
Mitch placed a hand on your thigh. “I think I am really going to enjoy home games this season” he smiled getting off the golf cart. “Hope to see you around, and keep the converse”
This job was going to be even better then you expected.
AND I’M BACK!!!!! i’m officially on summer vacation yay. tbh i’m a bit rusty so this is just a thing i pulled outta my ass lmao send in more prompts WOO
Among the many things that Jean Moreau did not embody, it was the hatred for being single.
He supposed he wasn’t missing out on anything, given the fact that being a new addition to the USC Trojans didn’t mean he should be big on putting himself out there. The Ravens — moments and memories, people and places — were what he wanted behind him, and this, if anything, was a chance at a fresh start. He wanted to do all of this right.
He knows he can. Jeremy thinks so.
In fact, if anything, Jean thought he should completely erase the possibility of being taken. Being a new backliner meant he had to focus on learning the ropes - the team’s dynamic, how he factored into the hierarchy, who he shouldn’t cross, who he should befriend.
Getting a boyfriend was, for all the reasons there should and would be, far from his list of priorities.
Jean supposed it was something else tugging at his heart then, when at an Exy college teams mixer, Jeremy looked just about ready to charm his way into the pants of some goalkeeper.
Well, no. That was probably an exaggeration. Jeremy was, after all, only flashing said goalkeeper one of his signature glinting smiles.
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1. First things first, if someone wanted to read your stories where can they find them.
Archive Of Our Own (AO3) my username is saltwaterkid95 and I post links to my stories on Tumblr.
2. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Morgan I am 22 years old from California. I have a degree in film and electronic arts, I have worked on student films, TV, and sports broadcast in the Los Angeles area. I have lived in England and Germany. I am about to get my masters degree in sports broadcast journalism in the UK.
3. What do you never leave home without?
My small purse that has my money, credit card, and driver’s license in it. Also my phone.
4. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Night Owl definitely. I have really bad insomnia so I just don’t really sleep that much haha.
5. If you could live in any fictional world which one would you choose and why?
So I have always loved Peter Pan since I was little. I would love to live in Neverland because I don’t want to grow up and live in the “adult world” haha. No adults to ruin the fun that sounds amazing!
6. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met.
I’ve worked on several sets with famous people, but probably the most famous person was LL Cool J. I have seen Justin Bieber at a restaurant before if that counts?
7. What are some of your favorite movies/TV?
Riverdale obviously is my favorite tv show at the moment. I love foreign films and tv. I am so happy that Skam is being appreciated worldwide.
8. What are some of your favorite bands/musicians?
The National and Artic Monkeys are my favorite bands.
AU: Clint is a big-league big-city athlete whose career is ended by an injury. Phil is the 6:00 news anchor in the same city and also a Clint fan, but he's professionally insulted when the station hires him for their open sports director job several months later because come on, he worked his way up from East Podunk like everyone else, and Clint... is hot. What Phil doesn't know is that Clint legit did study sports journalism in college, and also, he doesn't want charity, ugh. (then, kissing.)
“Jesus, Nick, you hired Barton without a screen test? And Sports Director? I mean, color commentary maybe, but to run the whole shebang?” Phil was on a tear, pacing across the office and glaring at the station director. “What happened to upping our game with degreed personnel and real reporting?”
“I know you, Phil. This is really about the fact you’re attracted to Barton. I’ve heard you waxed poetic about his arms after a six pack of beer.” Nick kicked his feet up on his desk and put his hands behind his head. “He’s a great addition to the team and will bring in lots of viewers; you’re just worried you’ll drool on air.”
Damn it, Nick was right about the viewers. Ever since the first promo aired with Barton’s smiling face, calls had poured in about when to tune it. Not only was he handsome as sin, he’d been one of the leagues best pitchers until the accident that ended his career. Phil had been at the game when a sliding cleat caught on the base and Clint’s knee was shredded.
“You’re an asshole,” Phil muttered, stalking out of the office. “Work hard, get ahead … fuck integrity, I should have taken that job on Inside Edition.”
Turning the corner, he plowed into the very man in question and wound up on the floor.
“Oh.” Barton offered a hand. “I’m so sorry. Let me help you.”
This close, Phil could see the varigation of colors in Clint’s eyes, the blues, greys, and greens. He could smell Clint’s aftershave, the clean scent of the sea, and feel the rough calouses on his hands.
“Not a problem. I wasn’t watching where I was going.” Phil stepped back and tugged his suit jacket back in place. “Welcome on board; I’m …”
“Phil Coulson.” Barton winked and leaned into Phil’s space. “The voice of K-Calm. I’m a big fan. Been watching since you were the eleven o’clock anchor.”
“You’re a … oh … um … thank you.” For a journalist, Phil suddenly had no masterly over the English language. “I’m a fan too. Of you. Your game. I mean, baseball. Not your dating game. Not that I follow the tabloids or anything. I just … fuck.”
“You fuck?” Barton chuckled. “That’s good to know.”
Just hearing the word from his lips sent a jolt of awareness to Phil’s cock. “Oh God, can we go back and start over?”
“Sure. Hi, I’m Clint.” He held out his hand. “I was hoping to talk to you about the summer fun run the station sponsors. I’ve got some ideas about how we ramp up the publicity …”
THREE MONTHS LATER
“… successfully raised over 750,000 for pediatric cancer research!”
As the Governor continued with his speech, Phil wiped away sweat with his towel. The run had been a huge success; between Clint’s connections and his brilliant idea to turn the run into a celebrity team relay. He’d cajoled big names from both local and professional teams into participating; even Steve Rogers, Super Bowl MVP, had run with his fans.
Beyond the money going to charity, Clint had energized the station’s reporting, nabbing exclusive interviews and hiring some amazing talent. He’d broken the story of a local doping ring and sexual harrassment in the University locker room.
“You made great time.” Clint nudged him; he was wearing a tank top version of his jersey, white numbers emblazoned on the purple background.
“I try to keep in shape.” Phil smiled; despite their first encounter, they’d become friends and, sometimes, Phil hoped maybe more.
“It’s working.” Clint’s eyes roved over Phil’s sweaty shirt that clung to his chest and his silky basketball shorts.
“Next year, I’m bringing Dodger,” Rogers said, stopping by them. “He’d love being out here.”
“Celebrities and their dogs?” Clint grinned. “Now that’s an idea. A shorter run with the pets. Proceeds can go to Angel Ridge Rescue.”
“You’re amazing.” The words slipped out before Phil could stop them. “I mean …”
Clint cut him off with a kiss. “Want to get dinner later?”