Miranda Furtado, Creator of BabesDigBalls.com
Miranda Furtado, BabesDigBalls.com Creator, Canada.com Sports/Entertainment Editor, @mirandafurtado on Twitter
First and foremost, thanks for checking out my lil ol’ site www.BabesDigBalls.com! This originally started as an idea on Tumblr in the summer of 2012 and quickly grew to a .com. Since then we’ve grown, acquired Sports Babe of the Day, started a radio show and have even signed on over 30 amazing writers. We’re consistently growing and this project has turned in my passion. My main goal for starting BDB was to add some sports to my already lengthy resume. Being in front of the camera and talking sports is pretty much at the top of my wish list in life, at this point. So ESPN/Fox Sports/The Score, TSN etc., if you’re lookin’ — have your people call my people ;)
So, I guess you want to know a little about me, huh? Well, here goes nothing….
By the age of 10, I owned my own dirt bike. Growing up, I played soccer for as long as I can remember, joined the high school hockey team and eventually moved into extreme sports (and yes, at one point, I had the blue hair to match.)
During my high school years, I fell in love with wakeboarding (wakeskating to be exact!) and snowboarding — heck, I even taught for nearly 5 years. Eventually the snow in Onterrible (Ontario, sorry non-Canadians) just wasn’t cutting it. I dropped everything and moved to Whistler, BC. I’ve worked at some pretty cool places including SBC Media (Snowboard Canada), West 49 head-office and I even became the 2009 Face of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
TWSSF (Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival) was where I realized my passion for broadcasting and was lucky enough to end up being hired by one of the best employers (Dose.ca/Postmedia Network). My ultimate dream is to do broadcasting — for sports, of course!
22 QUESTIONS WITH MIRANDA FURTADO:
(1.) In three words, how would your friends describe you?
Driven. Loyal. Hilarious.
(2.) Who are your favourite athletes or sports teams to watch?
I live super close to the Rogers Centre and the ACC. So, I pretty much go to any games that I can (Raptors, Leafs and Jays). I also really like watching Miami Heat games. LeBron is the man — and the only dude that can pull off the neck beard. #FACT
(3.) Peanut butter: crunchy or smooth?
Ha! Peanut butter isn’t really my thing, but I usually keep it in stock for when I’m dog sitting. Get your mind outta the gutter!
(4.) I love BDB but I pay my bills by:
During the day I’m a journalist for Canada.com! We’re part of Canada’s largest newspaper company (Postmedia Network).
(5.) What’s in your DVD collection and/or what’s your favourite book?
I’m not huge on DVD’s. I’m all about Rogers On Demand.
When it comes to books — there are too many to list (just ask anyone who has seen my book shelves!) If I had to pick just one (outside of my girly rom-com crap) it would have to be the autobiography by Slash. I had the chance to interview him for Dose – so, it was pretty epic reading about someone who is so legendary. Basically – ANYTHING. BUT. TWILIGHT.
(6.) Growing up, did you have a role model or someone who inspired you to be who you are?
I would probably say my mom. She was a single mom and I was a bit of a terror growing up. I put her through the wringer, but she always kept her cool.
(7.) Who would you bring back from the dead and what would you say to them?
Dead people scare me. I would tell them to back the eff off.
(8.) What song do you sing at karaoke – or would you sing if you had to?
Dixie Chicks — Goodbye Earl. Unfortunately, there is video proof of this…and it’s not pretty!
(9.) If you won a million dollars in a lottery, what would you do with it?
I would work on BDB full time.
(10.) If you could interview any athlete, who would it be and why?
LeBron friggin’ James.
(11.) If you could be a fly on the wall in any sports team locker room, which one would it be and why?
(12.) Is there a motto, saying or core truth you try to live by?
I lost my grandma while I was in college and she was one of my biggest supporters. I have the saying “Any Dream Will Do” tattooed on my foot, in memory of her. Another biggy for me is “Be true” – also inked on my skin. Hmm, I see a trend here…
(13.) Are you single, dating, or locked down? What do you notice first about the opposite sex?
Single. I date crazies — so, I’ve just stopped trying. First thing I notice? Hmmm…I’m a big sucker for a great smile (cliché?) I like a guy that’s a little rough on the outside – so, a little bit of *well-maintained* scruff is great (think Blake Shelton or Zac Efron!) I also think that passion is a really sexy trait. I’m super driven — I could never date any guy that acted like a housewife.
(14.) What’s your idea of the perfect date?
Something fun, active and preferably outdoors! I like to be competitive.
(15.) What has been your proudest accomplishment to date and what are your goals for the future?
This site is getting up there…
For the future, I want to continue to do broadcasting. I’m so lucky right now that I get to do journalism while gaining experience in broadcasting — at Dose.ca and CTV — but ideally, I would love to go into sports broadcasting.
(16.) Name something you do when you’re alone that you wouldn’t do in front of others?
HA! When I’m stressed out I blare the music, close the blinds and dance around in my undies a la Bridget Jones style. (Wow, I can’t believe I just admitted to that!)
(17.) What are your three biggest pet peeves?
1. Manners! Where have they gone?!
2. Poor “sandwich artists” at Subway (seriously, do NOT get me started on this…)
3. Being stuck behind a slow walker
(18.) If you had a round trip ticket to any destination in the world, where would you go and why?
I love travelling and exploring. I’ve been to a lot of places, but I’m DYING to take a trip to Africa and go on a safari — and I mean like the whole nine yards — camping out in tents near lions and tigers (and bears — oh my!)
(19.) What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?
Blue hair will be cool one day; you’re just ahead of your time.
(20.) What’s your most memorable moment as a sports fan?
I was the Face of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival a few years ago, and I have to say that being up close, while the pros were throwing down in the super pipe, was pretty epic.
(21.) What are your guilty pleasures?
I have so many. I’m kind of a nerd, but here are a few:
1. Bad 90’s music
2. Shoes & perfume
3. Sugar-Free Red Bull
4. Toby Keith (What, he DIDN’T write “Whiskey Girl” about me?!)
5. Jack Daniels
7. Ferrero Rocher’s and Pocky
8. Very Mary-Kate
9. Infomercials (I suggest Googling Kerney Thomas. “GAAAWWWWWWD!”)
(22.) What do you want to be remembered for?
Note from Missy Deyo: Miranda is extreme in every way – from her choice of sports to her talent for writing and broadcasting to her kind heart and sense of humor. She’s a blast to be with on the slopes and at the karaoke bar or just shooting the shit by the lake. I’ll never forget calling her for the first time for a five minute conversation and realizing when we hung up that an hour and a half had slipped by. We love to follow her on Twitter – you should too! Keep up with her at @mirandafurtado on Twitter and mirandafurtado on Instagram.