Philadelphia Sports Nation March Spotlight – Section Manager – Eagles Nation: Jesse Giuffrida

Hi! My name is Jesse Giuffrida and I contribute to Eagles Nation.
*This is Jesse Giuffrida’s 1st WegENT Spotlight Selection

Where Does Your Fandom Stem From?

Jesse Giuffrida - 1I’m a born and bred South Philly kid, and if you know anything about South Philly, it’s that we don’t play about our sports teams. The Sixers, Phillies, and Flyers are all beloved by the city, but nothing and I mean NOTHING compares to the love that this city has for the Eagles. I would liken it to a religion or cult, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve been watching Eagles games for as literally as long as I can remember. I wish I had some cool answer like “I remember watching my first Eagles game” but the truth is, I have no idea. I was born on Wednesday, September 2nd, 1998, 4 days before the Eagles opening game. I have no doubt in my mind that on that Sunday, my parents had me perched up somewhere in the living room and I was the second most important thing in the room, after the Birds on TV. Unfortunately, we lost that game 38-0 to the Seahawks. It would be the start of a very long life of losing as an Eagles fan. But no need to worry, because about 20 years later that period of pain ended.

How Did You Get Started With Wegryn?

I had been in “Eagles Twitter” and subsequently following PHLEaglesNation on Twitter Jesse Giuffrida - 2for a while, it was one of my favorite bigger accounts. Every day, I would have so many ideas for quality content, but just had no platform big enough to make them. One day, they tweeted out a link to apply to join the Eagles Nation team. I hopped on board, had an extremely successful run with social media content, and a short while later I was blogging.

After success with that, I was promoted to Section Manager of Eagles Nation. It was a pretty surreal moment as a 21-year old college student at Temple to be given the opportunity to manage one of the biggest Eagles related pages there is, and I haven’t taken it for granted. I’ve gotten to interact with several players, current and former. I’ve helped connect numerous big-name companies and work to manage promotions, advertisements, and much more. Wegryn Enterprises has truly been one of the best opportunities I could ask for as a young person seeking a career in the world of sport one day.

What Are Your Aspirations?

Jesse Giuffrida - 3(Even if it has nothing to do with sports.) My ultimate goal is to work for the social media, digital, or promotion staff of a sporting organization/team. I currently am a Junior at Temple University as a double-major, seeking degrees in Business Administration & Sport & Recreation Management. I could not be more excited to see what my future holds.

 


Philadelphia Sports Nation March Spotlight – Blogger: Tommy Tomasino


Hi everyone! My name is Tommy Tomasino. I am a Blogger for Flyers Nation.
*This is Tommy Tomasino’s 1st WegENT Spotlight Selection

Where Does Your Fandom Stem From?

Tommy 1I started following NHL hockey in 1987 as a very young teenager. Growing up in Montreal, Canada, EVERYONE loved hockey and almost everyone I knew was a Montreal Canadiens fan. As I started watching and following the game, I left my heart and mind open when it came to which team I would choose to follow closely and cheer for. The Flyers fascinated me because of the way they played. They were hard-hitting and didn’t back down from anyone. I completely fell in love with Tim Kerr and his incredible shot. Kerr scored 58 goals that season and youngster Rick Tocchet scored 21 goals while accumulating 288 penalty minutes, while Ron Hextall revolutionized the goalie position with his stickhandling skills. That spring, the Hockey Gods made it so that the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens faced each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs. A friend’s father worked for a company that had a skybox, and I was lucky enough to have been invited to watch game 4 of that series. I will NEVER forget it. The Flyers won that game 6-3 with Pelle Eklund scoring a hat trick to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. I WAS HOOKED!

The Flyers officially became “MY TEAM.” They won the series in 6 games. The fierce brand of hockey they played with an “In your face” attitude, was something you had to see live. I attribute that exact moment as the moment I fell in love with the Flyers. I went home, and I begged my parents to buy me a Tim Kerr #12 orange jersey that I have to this day. In Montreal at the time, every teenager played street hockey, and every single time I played, I had that jersey on. I wore that jersey so proudly. By the time I retired it a few years later (in favor of my new Eric Lindros jersey), it was full of bloodstains (mostly my own).  My mom was beside herself as I refused to let her wash it, for fear the bloodstains would come out. It gave my jersey some Flyers character, or so I thought, and I wasn’t about to lose that. As you can see, all these years later, I still bleed Orange & Black. 

How Did You Get Started With Wegryn?

It really started with Twitter. I had been following PHLSportsNation, Eagles Nation and Flyers Nation for quite some time, and always enjoyed their content and tweets. I found it to be very interactive compared to some other platforms. So much so, that after a while, I found it difficult to watch a game without having my iPad on my lap while following Flyers Nation’s play-by-play and commentary. I love all the GIFs and, more

Tommy 2importantly interacting with other fans in the comments section, live as the game is happening. All three of those twitter accounts quickly became my favorite follows. Then a while back, I saw an ad on the PHLSportsNation Twitter feed that they were looking for a blogger. I applied and went through the process, and a short while later, they contacted me and made me part of the team.

What Are Your Aspirations?

I write my articles with pure love. What I mean is that I really think the love I have for the Flyers manifests itself through my writing. As I write, I like to think that at some point it will be read by the inspiration of that particular article, whether it’s a player in specific or someone in the Flyers organization, and I really want them to know what I think and how I feel as a fan, because chances are, if I think and feel that way, there are other fans who think and feel the same way. It’s important for them to know. My dream is to one day work for the Flyers or Eagles, such as a writer for the team’s official website, or do some reporting and interviews and bring new content, through my point of view and be an official part of the organization that has brought me so much joy over the years.


 

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