Dear future Menace interns,
You don’t have to be crazy to work in sports, but it sure does help. The wisdom behind these words was never more apparent than during our summer with the Des Moines Menace.
Now, as our internships with the Menace sadly come to a close, we wanted to take a moment out of our day to pass on some of the lessons and knowledge we gained over the past three months.
Perhaps the biggest lesson we learned was to slow down, relax and witness the process at work. The creation of the game day experience is marvel to behold. It’s made up of hundreds of different pieces falling into place at just the right time. As easy as it is to get wrapped up in your job during games, it’s important to take a minute to stop working and simply see what you’ve created.
But in order for that game day experience to be created, it’s important to plan ahead. A good rule to live by is “if you’re only planning for this weekend’s game, you’re a couple weeks behind.” It’s a weird thought, but remarkably accurate. Looking forward on a Friday there may be a game that weekend, three different camps starting Monday, a couple of player appearances on Tuesday and the team’s leaving for a road match on Wednesday. As packed as that week may seem, it’s surprisingly average and without a ton of planning a head, nothing would ever get done.
Even with all the planning in the world, it’s still important to remain as flexible as humanly possible. Because all sports organizations, whether they admit it or not, operate in a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants mentality. The Menace is one of the best-run organizations in the PDL, but even we still have the occasional scrabble episode. Whether it’s finding out GPS doesn’t work in Canada, personally driving a player to Minneapolis, or discovering the Maniac’s shorts are missing five minutes before his appearance, it’s incredibly important to remain on your toes and think as resourcefully as possible.
The last piece of advice we have is to enjoy the experience. Our internships with the Menace have been amazing. In the span of three months, we’ve learned and experienced more than we ever thought we would. We’ve met some great people on the staff and in the stands and gained incredible friends. But most importantly we’ve created some very special memories with some very special people that none of us will forget for a long time.
All of this thanks to the hard work and remarkable patience of Adam Small, Abby Johnson, and Matt Homonoff. They are the driving force behind everything that happens with the Menace. Without them, the Menace simply couldn’t exist. So a special thank you for all the work, time, and effort they put into the Menace organization and putting up with us for three months. No one knows how they do such a great job, but they still achieve outstanding results. It simply wouldn’t be the same with anyone else.
As you may have realized, the Menace organization is like no other and this internship is the same. Apply if you dare; but know, it’s not an internship to be taken lightly. It’s a life decision that will challenge you in every way imaginable. But when you’ve survived it, you will be a better person. But honestly, how could you not be after meeting the Small family?
Good luck and GO MENACE!
Maniacs for Life,
Jordan Guy, Matthew DeWitt, Lyle Hunt
Left: Game day interns enjoy a group picture before the final game of the season. Front: (Left to right) Sergio Romero, Alex Heston, Kyndal Clark, Katie Klose, Brittany Morgan, Hali Dolder, Jonny Macadam, Jacob Richards Back: Matt Pisaski, Conor Thomas, Steve Sanburn, Skylar Lewis, Matthew DeWitt, Jordan Guy, and Lyle Hunt. Right: Full time interns (left to right) Jordan Guy, Lyle Hunt, and Matthew DeWitt share a moment in the office.
Top Ten Memories from Menace 2013
1. OPEN CUP MATCH IN SPORTING PARK: Nothing better than seeing your team play against professionals in the $200 million Sporting Park.
2. SING-SONG PLAYERS: What better lunchtime entertainment is there than watching four of the PDL players sing while swaying in unison?
3. GOLD CUP FINAL: Watching America hoist a cup while cheering with the American Outlaws is pretty tough to beat.
4. PECULIAR FAN MAIL: Being told we should find an ownership group for a professional indoor soccer team in St. Louis isn’t always what you expect on a Wednesday morning.
5. STAYING UP TO DO LAUNDRY UNTIL 3 AM: After watching your team play a professional and stay up all night to get laundry done is not the best idea. Packing when tired will result in leaving something behind; therefore we brought you the “flip kit” in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.
6. USA MATCHES AT THE KEG STAND: The Red Army turns its full attention to harassing other countries rather than neighboring cities.
7. DRIVING A PLAYER TO MINNEAPOLIS BECAUSE HE FORGOT HIS PASSPORT: “Do you have a passport?” “No?” “OK, then you’ll have to catch the bus before it reaches the border.” Best response to hello on the phone EVER.
8. PLAYING QUIDDITCH AT TEAMWORK ACRES: A late-afternoon quidditch break is just what the doctor ordered for the mid-season fatigue, coordinated by Kum & Go interns.
9. POST GAME PARTIES AT THE OTHER PLACE: Grabbing a bite to eat and celebrating with all the interns after a very long game day is the perfect scenario.
10. MANIAC APPEARANCES IN 90 DEGREE WEATHER: Just remember you can’t talk, so no complaining, and you can’t take off your head. But don’t worry it’s only for like an hour or two.