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Californians Know Best

With a population of nearly 40 million, California is one of the most popular living destinations in the country. Many people there know about the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and maybe some unique restaurants to dine, but how much do residents know about the actual state? We sent Taiye Ojomo to the local streets of Los Angeles to ask people what is the state motto, animal, bird, and capital.

Dan Lovi: On and Off the Court

For many, the city of Los Angeles is the sacred land of dreamers. For Dan Lovi, it is most importantly the home of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Originally from the San Fernando Valley, Lovi grew up as a die-hard Lakers fan. He deems star player Kobe Bryant as one of his favorite players growing up and says his dream job would be a beat writer for the popular team. Yet, he credits much of his infatuation with the Lakers to his father, a long-time sports fan.

“Some of my earliest memories with my father were sitting on the couch when I was four or five years old, watching the Lakers game with him, cheering,” he says, smiling from ear to ear. “It was just like a ritual for us.”

His father, David Lovi’s love for sports was the foundation of Dan’s heavy involvement in athletics as a child. From basketball to soccer to baseball—Dan Lovi has played them all. He proudly speaks of these experiences, laughing and joking as he reminisces. Yet out of them all, basketball was always his favorite.

“It’s [basketball] aesthetically pleasing to the eye…like ballet,” he says laughingly.

His childhood experiences with sports deepened his passion and pushed him to pursue the field further. Following his graduation from Hofstra University in 2012, Lovi worked as a writer and a social commentator for two sports news sites, Rant Sports and Hoops Addict. Reflective of his natural aura, his articles often combined knowledge with humor, a unique writing style that he believes will set him apart from an average sports reporter.

His career path got sidetracked by the illness and subsequent death of his father in 2012. Lovi is lost for words, and speaks in a more reserved tone as he describes this painful time in his life. He explains his father’s passing as very difficult to deal with, even leaving him detached from the sports world he had loved so much.

“Before he got sick…my passion was on the forefront,” he says subtly. “When he finally passed, I completely shut off everything that made me happy.”

And it took a while before Lovi returned to sports; in the meantime, he sought comfort in his family, dedicating most of his time to running the family restaurants. Lovi found comfort in working there, especially since food has always been a part of his happier times.

“I like to tell a joke that, most children had pacifiers in their mouth, and I had pastrami and deli meat,” he laughs.

As a natural introvert, he says working in the restaurant helped him to overcome his nervous nature. But, his love for sports reporting never fully disappeared, eventually steering him back into his old passion.  His desire for a more dynamic platform of reporting led him to USC Annenberg, where he is pursuing an M.A. in Specialized Journalism.

“My background is in print so I really needed a lot of experience in radio and broadcast,” he says.  “I felt that Annenberg was really the best place for me to get all that information in such a short period of time.”

He believes his experiences at USC will prepare him for a versatile and expansive future in sports coverage.

When it’s all said and done, what will Dan Lovi’s name and brand represent? His answer is simple—hard work.

“My father always told me, ‘Nothing in life is handed to you, unless you win the lottery,’” he says jokingly. “So I want it to be known that I worked hard to get where I am [and] where I want to be—it wasn’t handed to me.”

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Dan Lovi: On and Off the Court

For many, the city of Los Angeles is the sacred land of dreamers; For Dan Lovi, it is most importantly the home of the Los Angeles Lakers. Originally from San Fernando Valley, Lovi grew up as a diehard Lakers fan. He readily deems star player Kobe Bryant as one of his favorite players growing up and says his dream job was to stand as a beat writer for the popular team. Yet, he credits much of his infatuation with the Lakers to his father, a long-time sports fan.
“Some of my earliest memories with my father were sitting on the couch when I was four or five years old, watching the Lakers game with him, cheering…It was just like a ritual for us,” says Lovi.
His father’s love for sports in general was a leading factor behind his heavy involvement in them as a child. From basketball, to soccer, to baseball—Lovi has had his fair share of them all, most of time playing for the little leagues in his area. His childhood experiences with sports transcribed into a deeper passion for the field, leading into his most recent positions as writer and social commentator for sports news sites, Rant Sports and Hoops Addict. His articles reflect thorough knowledge of basketball and often incorporate humorous writing style, a quality he believes will set him apart from your average sports reporter.
But, the passing of his father shortly after caused him to take a hiatus from writing and focus more on family. Lovi describes this time as a very difficult one for him, even leaving him detached from the sports world he loved so much.
“Before he got sick…my passion was on the forefront,” he says. “When he finally passed, I completely shut off everything that made me happy.” And it would be a while before Lovi returned to sports; in the meantime, he sought comfort in his family, dedicating most of his time to running the family restaurants.
Despite the tragedy, Lovi found comfort in working at the restaurant, more so using it as a coping mechanism. Deeming himself as a natural introvert, he says working in the restaurant greatly helped him in overcoming his nervous nature. Yet, his love for sports reporting never fully disappeared, steering him back into his old passion, this time on a grander scale. His desire for a more dynamic platform of reporting led him to USC Annenberg, where he is pursuing his M.A. in Specialized Journalism. Lovi believes his experiences here will prepare him for a versatile and expansive future in sports coverage.
So when it’s all said and done, what will Dan Lovi’s name and brand represent? His answer is simple—hard work.
“My father always told me, ‘Nothing in life is handed to you, unless you win the lottery,’” he says jokingly. “ So I want it to be known that I worked hard to get where I am [and] where I want to be—it wasn’t handed to me.”

Jack of All Trades: Meet Dan Lovi

The world of sports meets heavy acclamation and critique at the hands of student sports fanatic, Dan Lovi.
Lovi is the epitome of a sports enthusiast. Having written dozens of articles on men’s athletics over the last few years, Lovi’s passion for sports is discernible, to say the least. From soccer, to football, to basketball—you name it, he’s had something to say about it. Lovi has thoroughly indulged in the dynamic of these sports and their players, mostly through his expansive articles.
Finding him was no easy task; yet, after thorough search on Google, Twitter, and LinkedIn, his profile began to surface. And of course, there is no trace of his name without a sports reference attached to it.
From 2012 to present, Lovi has held countless sports writing positions, his most prominent being as a writer for online sports news sites, RantSports and Hoops Addict. His articles reflect extensive knowledge of the professional athletic industry, but an even greater passion for sports in its entirety.
Lovi recently graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in print journalism. He now attends the University of Southern California where he is pursuing his M.S. in journalism—focusing, of course, on sports reporting.