Last Monday I traveled to Charlottesville, VA (some 80 miles) to take in the Maryland vs. Virginia women's basketball game. As a season ticket holder this was nothing exceptional on my part. Plus I was in need of a break from my golf social media assignments. This promised to be a close encounter with both teams sporting very young lineups. It was. UVA shot 31% from the floor and Maryland had 28 turnovers but the Terrapins still won by a single point. The night belonged to Virginia fourth year superstar, Monica Wright, who set the Virginia total scoring record and surpassed Dawn Staley's long standing milestone. Staley is now the head coach at South Carolina.
The game was on ESPN and I had the opportunity to meet and visit with two of the folks I follow on Twitter. Having lived in Connecticut for many years I naturally became a fan of the UCONN women's highly successful basketball team. The first recognizable star and ambassador of this program was Rebecca Lobo who was serving as the sideline reporter for this game as well as tweeting updates on the contest. We chatted for a few minutes after the game and I shared with her I was one of her 12,394 followers. Hey, how many of them actually met her, like me? I congratulated her on her recently announced induction into the collegiate basketball hall of fame and mentioned how much I enjoy her commentary.
Also spent some time with Carolyn Peck, ESPN analyst. As one of her 1,927 followers, I mentioned how much I enjoy her tweets, especially her trials and tribulations traveling to all her games. Peck, a former coach, led the Purdue Boilermakers to the 1999 women's national championship.
These two gracious women were kind enough to spend a few minutes with me before they headed off to their next assignment. Exciting for me; most likely not a big deal for them. Perhaps this was a social media encounter of unintended outcomes. Just a few enjoyable minutes with 2 of the 1,624 people I have been following from my desktop.