Coach & Player Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 27

The Schmo catches up with former Laker point guard Gary Payton a fresh, new take on the world of sports. the Schmo, gives viewers a fresh, new take on the world of sports. When Schmulenson realized that his dream of becoming a professional basketball player was never going to materialize, he figured his thirst for sports would be quenched by diving into the world of Jerry Maguire. Yes, the Schmo almost became a sports agent. Schmulenson’s love for basketball, as well as for awesome weather and scantily clad coeds, led him to Arizona where he did prep indeed for a career as an agent. During his senior year in Tucson, Schmulenson was studying for the LSAT, the law school admissions test, when he took a chance and auditioned for Cat Nation, University of Arizona’s own in-house sports pregame show. Schmulenson got the gig and with it a realization that he was destined for a completely different career. With a burning desire to succeed and the uncanny ability to make connections, the Chicago native made one that would change his future. An internship at a Comcast network Chicago area affiliate led Schmulenson closer to the alternative sports personality that would become known as The Schmo. No stranger to hard work, Schmulenson began a regimen that is tiresome even attempting to put it into words. He was up at 4:30 a.m. putting a personal training certification he had earned to work. By 3:30 p.m., he had navigated Chicago traffic to work his internship shift that often ended after midnight, especially if the Bulls or Blackhawks were playing out west. When the internship ended, the Arizona grad received exactly one offer to work in network sports in rural Alabama. The Schmo had other ideas. If he was going to make it in the industry, Schmulenson figured a move to Los Angeles was the ticket. It turned out to be the right move. Schmulenson figured a move to Los Angeles was the ticket. It turned out to be the right move. Schmulenson took a job with the Starz Network to pay the bills while also working as a game day logger for the NFL Network on weekends during the 2013-14 season. That same year, he would catch the break that Coach & Player Magazine • Summer 2017 27