I have met a lot of interesting people while covering the Chicago Bandits. Last season, I met softball legend and broadcaster Barbara Jordan in the press box at Bandits Stadium.
Since 2010, she has covered sports, including NPF softball, for many networks and media outlets. I have grown to love watching the NPF, even on television and even non-Bandits games. A big part of that reason is the excellent work of Jordan. She is interesting and (obviously) knowledgeable. She gives great insight without going overboard. It's a pleasure listening to her during broadcasts.
Prior to broadcasting, she was a standout player at Cal State Northridge, on Team USA and in the professional ranks. I'm relatively new to women's softball, but I have done my research. She was elite. As a little piece of trivia and as testament to just how good she was, she was the only member of the 1996 Olympic Softball Team who did not compete at a Division I University.
I had the opportunity to meet Jordan and her broadcast partner Eric Collins last season. It was cool to meet these two who make the NPF come alive on television. Of course, my dream would be to join them even for one at-bat during a Bandits broadcast, but for now, I am just happy to join them in the collective sense in providing coverage of the NPF and the Bandits!
Next season, I am also hoping to land a short interview with Jordan. I am putting this out there, hoping to get an early start on my request.
Barbara Jordan and me in Rosemont, IL-July 2016.