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SLAM reporter, Eric Woodyard gives viewers a glimpse of what it’s like in Auburn Hills, Michigan as the Detroit Pistons host their annual “Media Day” on Monday, September 27, 2010. Woodyard interviews Tracy McGrady & Rip Hamilton on their shoes for this season, Ben Gordon on his off-season, and Will Bynum on his growth as a player.

*This post can also be viewed on SLAMonline.com!

*A visual collection of the work from sports reporter, Eric Woodyard during his stint at several different internships. Woodyard’s video resume includes a series of packages and stand-ups covering college basketball, pro baseball, pro football and pro basketball.

*Sports Reporter, Eric Woodyard, showcases his talents in front of the camera as he participates in a mock sports anchor segment at the Channel 3 newsroom in Kalamazoo, Michigan during his internship.

In my last episode of “Flintstone TV,” I introduced the world to Western Michigan University’s women’s basketball team. In this episode, I am introducing you to WMU’s leading scorer Miame Giden.

Averaging 12.4 ppg, Giden was also named to the All Mid-American Conference Freshman Team last season while holding the 15th-highest scoring average among freshman nationwide.

As she prepares for her sophomore season, this is what she had to say…

Sincerely,
Eric Woodyard — “The Flintstone”

The secret to success in the game of basketball is plain and simple: Practice!

The women’s basketball program at Western Michigan University is well aware of this. To get better, the school’s athletic department hires male practice players to help push the females in the many intense practice drills.

“Most schools, including us, want their players to compete against players that are bigger, faster [and] stronger, and often times there aren’t too many females in the normal population that are usually bigger, faster [and] stronger than your scholarship players,” Western Michigan head coach Tasha McDowell said. “So it’s great to have males that know the game and are willing to be a part of a practice squad to benefit the team. It helps us to react quicker, to defend harder and to be able to go against an elite level of athletes.”

This has become an integral piece to the organization, and it is not often recognized. In my spare time, I like to help the team and it is a joy to see them implement the skills that we have worked on in practice into a game. In a sense it’s like coaching… but not quite.

With the help of WMU senior Marcus Voelz behind the camera and the genius of Chyn Wey Lee on the editing, I was able to put together this piece.

Sincerely,
Eric Woodyard-The Flintstone

For the past year, I have been thinking about starting my own web show. This has been a dream of mine and I have had the vision of what it would look like down to the smallest detail.

With so much work that it takes to produce a successful show, I understand why more people aren’t running such a thing. It’s a grind! This is from first-hand experience because I am also trying to juggle a full-time college schedule.

Although it takes a lot of hard work, the feelings that you get when you see the final results are unmatched. This is why I had so much fun shooting my first episode of “Flintstone TV with Eric Woodyard.”

This first episode took place in the Chrysler Arena for the University of Michigan’s basketball media day. Out of all of the events that I have covered this had to be one of the best. Helping me with all of the footage was my homeboy Mark Taylor who was a rookie behind the camera but I appreciated all of the help. Mark is also from Flint and he attends school at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC).

Helping with all of the editing was my friend, Chyn Wey Lee who also attends Western Michigan University with me. Lee is an editing genius who can take pictures and shoot video. My dreams wouldn’t have been put into affect without his participation in this project. You can check out more of his work here.

Hit him up! He is out cold…

With that being said, I hope everyone loves the video and I had a lot of fun doing this. I would also like to thank the University of Michigan for allowing us all of this access.

Sincerely,
Eric Woodyard, The Flintstone