Ladies and gents of St. Louis (and all over the world), The A-Train would like to introduce a young lady who is a very talented sports media personality on the rise…AND SHE’S NOT EVEN FROM THE US OF A…but she hopes to one day to dominate over your American TV screens with her charm and voice, she is none other than Canada’s daughter in the sports world…Nadine Liverpool.
A-TRAIN: How you doing today, Nadine?
NADINE: I’m doing good thanks.
A-TRAIN: From what I have seen, you have an impressive resume already in just 3 years, and dammit, not going to lie, you are an attractive female.
NADINE: Aw, shucks.
A-TRAIN: Not trying to flirt with you, I hope you understand.
NADINE: Yea we gotta keep it professioNAAL.
A-TRAIN: Exactly. As long as you know. Let’s move to the questions: What made you want to get in this business?
NADINE: Well, I’ve played soccer my whole life growing up and was actually pretty good. I played on the Canadian national team in high school and then got a soccer scholarship to play at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Go Blazers!) The thought of doing beep tests for the rest of my life scared the sh*t out of me, so I decided to stop playing soccer and pursue another path. I moved back to my hometown of Toronto and my plan was to save up for a year and then move back to the States and get my masters in sports management but a lot of people were like, “You should pursue sports broadcasting.” I guess people think I’m bubbly or what not. So I ended up taking a post-graduate sports journalism program in Toronto and fell in love with it. I always used to watch Hannah Storm on NBA Inside Stuff or Robin Roberts anchoring Sportscenter when I was a young lad and think, “Wow, they have the coolest job.” But the thing was I had no idea how to pursue it and this was my chance so I went for it and haven’t looked back.
I then created my own YouTube channel called SportsNAYtion, where I talk about the sports topic of the day. I guess you can call me a sports vlogger. It started to get a lot of attraction and the channel has grown a lot. Besides that, I also host, report, do play-by-play, produce, shoot, edit, a whole of bunch of stuff. You can say I’m the jack-of-all-trades trying to become the master of one.
A-TRAIN: Yep, I can actually say that you are. But knowing who I am, I have to ask you this… Who are you blaming for what is going on with the NFL? The refs? The fans? Roger Goodell?
NADINE: Roger Goodell hands down. The NFL is a billion dollar industry and it’s ruining the integrity of the game to have these incompetent referees on the field. And over what? Some chump change? It’s not fair to the teams, the players, and especially the fans.
A-TRAIN: Sooooo…..Would you rather be watching the CFL or better yet…college football?
NADINE: The CFL? What’s that? Lol No just kidding I know what the CFL is but three-down football is not my cup of tea. I watch NCAA football every week. Alabama is going undefeated this year. Member you heard it here first.
A-TRAIN: Duly noted. I’ll remember to mark this on my calendar. So, is the NFL hurting your fantasy football team?
NADINE: I’m in three leagues right now and I’m doing good in 2. My third one is a 20-team league and if you don’t draft well, you’re pretty much screwed. And lucky me, I have Fred Jackson and Aaron Hernandez who are both injured, so I’m taking constant L’s.
A-TRAIN: Damn. Are you saddened that there is a work stoppage in the NHL…again? Stating that you are Canadian and you love hockey, right? Or am I making assumptions?
NADINE: I like to call myself an Anti-Canadian sports fan. Meaning I’m not a big fan of hockey or baseball. Basketball-Football-Soccer. That’s all me. So quite frankly, the NHL could go on strike for 10 years and I wouldn’t really care.
A-TRAIN: Hmmm interesting. Let’s move away from that for a sec, so if you were not covering sports like you are now…what would you be doing?
NADINE: I would probably be working for a women empowerment non-profit organization. I’m really big on females having their own voice and paving their own path and I would want to help conduct events to teach ladies how to find their inner Beyonce. (Who run the world? Girls!)
A-TRAIN: You are about to make me bring out my inner James Brown. Because (singing) THIS IS A MAN’S WORLD! I’m sorry I forgot I was doing an interview. (Clears throat) So, ummm your best sports interview?
NADINE: It would have to be with Deion Sanders. He was a guest on a radio show I used to host and he was just so much fun, had so much energy. I idolized him when I was a kid, so the opportunity to interview him about making the Hall of Fame was pretty surreal.
A-TRAIN: What or who would be your ultimate interview?
NADINE: KOBE BRYANT. He’s my future ex-husband, you didn’t know? LOL
A-TRAIN: Ummm no I didn’t.
NADINE: My friends always tell me I’m a Kobe groupie like it’s a bad thing.
A-TRAIN: It is a bad thing, LOL. Just kidding.
NADINE: But yea Kobe Bryant, hands down.
A-TRAIN: From your resume, you have worked with The Bottom Line Sports Show, what was your best experience from that?
NADINE: I got to interview some pretty high-profiled athletes like Maurice Jones-Drew, Dwight Howard, Deion Sanders like I mentioned before plus more. The best experience was just to be able to be me and be the female voice on the show. It was a great opportunity to represent and show that ladies know their sports too.
A-TRAIN: I see that you are a huge soccer fan. By the way, I have seen some pics of you in uniform (Looks around) Promise you, I’m not stalking you.
NADINE: Hmm mmm. I swear it was you that liked 25 of my pics the other day Lol
A-TRAIN: (spits out drink and laughs) Ummm, any World Cups in your future?
NADINE: Every World Cup I say I’m going and I never make it. It would be my dream to be able to go and report on it. Who wants to start a donation pot so I can go to Brazil 2014?
A-TRAIN: I can’t. I would love to go though. NBA season is just around the corner…any early predictions?
NADINE: Lakers all day every day, even on Sunday. LA-MIA final with the Lakers winning in 6. The black mamba wins Finals MVP and let the ‘Is Kobe better than MJ’ debates begin!
A-TRAIN: Lord, that better not happen. Favorite sports teams? You know I have to ask.
NADINE: I like all the teams that everyone hates. Lakers, Patriots, Duke, Alabama Crimson Tide, Liverpool FC. Their god-awful but I also root for my local teams like the Raptors, Toronto FC, Leafs, Jays, etc. And can’t forget my Blazers!
A-TRAIN: You not making this easy for me especially all the teams that people hate. SMH Just kidding. Favorite athletes?
NADINE: Kobe Bryant, Steven Gerrard, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, and Charmaine Hooper.
A-TRAIN: Alright…before you go, let’s step outside the box. You ready?
NADINE: Born ready.
A-TRAIN: Top 5 songs you listening to right now.
NADINE: My Top 5 is pretty much anything Meek Mill and I’ll throw in Rich Forever by Rick Ross.
A-TRAIN: That’s not 5 but I’ll take it…the 5 TV shows you watching.
NADINE: Well, all the fall premieres are starting up and I’m excited for that. My list would go 1. Scandal 2. Dexter 3. The Newsroom (First season just ended) 4. Family Guy 5. Seinfeld (Can’t go wrong with a classic)
A-TRAIN: Now that’s a top 5. (laughs) Alright, Nadine…I know you are a busy lady and you have a lot going. Where can we find you?
NADINE: Youtube.com/SportsNAYtion. Subscribe! And you can follow me on twitter @SportsNAYtion and LIKE my Facebook fan page (facebook.com/sportsnaytion) For any bookings or inquiries; peeps can email me at Nadine.firstname.lastname@example.org. My blog sportsnaytion.com is being done right now and should be up in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
A-TRAIN: Any shoutouts to give?
NADINE: Shoutouts to you for having this dope interview with me.
A-TRAIN: Awwwww. You trying to make a man blush. Don’t do that. (clears throat) Well, thanks for your time, Nadine. Definitely will give you the support. Once I get my show back, you’re on as a guest. Cool?
NADINE: Oh for sure.
A-TRAIN: That’s Nadine Liverpool from SportsNayTion and Sportsnet. The A-Train signing off.