My relationship with the Chicago Bliss is not your usual reporter-team relationship. That's okay with me though. Actually, that is great with me.
I don't have to be an unbiased reporter. I love the Bliss. I respect these women and the entire Bliss staff, too. The ladies are as tough as can be. The coaches are completely dedicated to the team and the players follow that lead. It really is an awesome experience to be around all of this.
I almost wrote "a part" of all of this. I will not stretch it quite that far. I am not part of the team, but I have been accepted and, dare I say, embraced by the team.
There have been many instances when members of the Bliss have done something extra nice for me. These instances are very much appreciated.
One such instance occurred at a practice a couple months ago. Jack and I passed out the Johngy shirts to a few of the ladies and they immediately donned them and joined me for a photo.
Thank you Dominique Collins, Kira Brabeck and Jess Price.
I love this photo for so many reasons. I love the rainbow of Johngys (or is that Johngies?) I love that three Bliss players are wearing a Johngy.
Most of all, I really love what it represents. These women did not have to take a shirt. They did not have to pose. They did not have to pose together with me. Yet they did it all.
I appreciate the show of support. I think they do appreciate what I do and the picture shows that.
I know I appreciate the team. These women deserve your appreciation, too. Come out to their game tonight. I can't guarantee they will wear one of your shirts (if you have one), but I am pretty certain they will take pictures with you. Most importantly, they will give you one great football game to watch.
Dominique Collins, Kira Brabeck, me and Jess Price in Darien, IL-April 2014.