Monday, August 24, 2015

Sports Philosopher: Career in Review: Reggie Miller

Sports Philosopher: Career in Review: Reggie Miller: The game was virtually never over with Reggie Miller. He never quit, and he was solely out there to win the game. Okay, and talk a little s...

Friday, August 14, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 14th

This Day in Sports History on August 14th stays on a positive note.

August 14th, 1936 - The Olympics first basketball gold medal was won by the United States as they beat Canada 19 - 8. The final was held in Berlin in an outdoor venue. The final game was held on a sand tennis court. A total of 19 countries participated.

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August 14th, 1990 - The California Angels hit an inside the ballpark grand slam home run versus the New York Yankees. The Angles Luis Polonia hit the sprinting dinger off of Tim Leary of the Yankees, a team that he longed to play for. The Angels beat the Yankees that day 9 - 5.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 12th

This Day in Sports History August 12th

August 12th, 1956 - Mickey Mantle hits 7 Home Runs in the 8 days to reach the 41st Home Run of the year. The Mick ended the season with 52 tape measure shots.

August 12th, 1994 - The +MLB starts their 5th strike. This does not include 3 lockouts. The 1994-95 strike cancelled the entire 1994 post-season. It was the longest strike in MLB history lasting 232 days beating the record set by the 1981 strike. The strike ended on April 2nd, 1995.
This strike dealt with implementing a salary cap due to small market teams feeling that they would not be able to survive or become irrelevant. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 9th

On this day in sports history for August 9th we look at Jesse Owens, and Barry Bonds.

1936 - On this day in sports history, Jesse Owens gathers his 4th Gold Medal at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

Jesse Owens Artwork Link

2002 - On this day in sports history, Barry Bonds hits his 600th home run to be part of a group that included only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays at that time in history to hit greater than the 600 home runs.

Barry Bonds Artwork Link

Friday, August 7, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 7th

On this day in sports history, August 7th, Greg Maddux becomes the 22nd pitcher in +MLB history to reach 300 wins in 2004. 
22 might sound like a big number but it is over 100 years that the Majors have been in business. Maddux was one of the calmest precise surgeons on the mound. He did not over power hitters with speed, but it seemed like he made hitters guess at every pitch, and it was usually wrong. He put the ball in places consistently that were the worst places to go after the baseball as a hitter. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sports Philosopher: Coach Quotes

Sports Philosopher: Coach Quotes: "What is the best thing you can do in a close game? Drive to the basket and put pressure on the defense! Not jack up jump shots&quo...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sports Philosopher: This Day in Sports History August 4th

Sports Philosopher: This Day in Sports History August 4th: On this day in sports history Rod Carew comes through with his 3,000 career hit in 1985. Also on this day in sports history Robby Ven...

You Are Who You Want to Be. Video.

You can't be who you want to be unless you invest time in yourself. You have the talent, and intelligence in you, now go do it. You can do what you have to do, but strive and work at what you want to do.

 +Eric Thomas is one of my favorite speakers in the country. There are more videos of him that drive these points home. I would love to have him in my classroom just for a day. It would change minds.

The video will inspire these thoughts. Remember, you can.

This Day in Sports History August 4th

On this day in sports history Rod Carew comes through with his 3,000 career hit in 1985.

Also on this day in sports history Robby Ventura decides to charge then 46 year old Nolan Ryan after being lightly plunked on the shoulder by the legendary pitcher in 1993.

Nolan Ryan and Robby Ventura

Monday, August 3, 2015

Today in Sports History August 3rd

On this day in sports history for August 1st, we go back to 1959 when Yankee catcher Yogi
Berra hits a home run in the all-star game of Don Drysdale. It was not until Derek Jeter 41 years later until another Yankee had hit a home run in the Mid-Summer Nights Classic. Yogi's home run was hit in the LA Memorial Coliseum, and become the difference in the win for the American League over the Senior Circuit 5-3.
Another notable even on this day is when Satchel Paige in 1948 pitched his first game as a starter in the Major Leagues coming over from the Negro League. The Hall of Famer pitched 7 innings for the Cleveland Indians, leading them to a victory over the Senators 5-3.

It seems that Sports Philosopher covers Yogi several times on this blog, but he just seems to be one of the most interesting characters of baseball's past. Yes there are tons of interesting characters, but Yogi keeps popping up on the radar when we search for baseball quotes, and history.

Satchel Paige
Yogi Berra

The MLB Triple Play

The momentum plays in sports are tough to generate, and nothing is tougher in baseball than a triple play. As a coach, I never knew something harder to stop than momentum. It is like quicksand, the harder to try to get out the harder it is to get to safety. Enjoy the recent triple play highlights from +Smokey Dawg . +MLB 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 1st

On this day in sports history for August 1st the +MLB , and +NFL  are represented. These articles are probably the easiest to write.


On this day in 1945, the New York Giants outfielder Mel Ott hit his 500th career home run.

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On this day in 1972, Joe Namath signed a two-year deal worth $500,000 with the New York Jets.

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Curry's Injury and History of NBA Injuries

As I frantically read the updates on the Golden State Warriors star guard, Steph Curry, there was one update that said he was okay, but he needs to undergo further testing. As I saw the franchise walk off the court last night, he looked okay. However, I can't tell you what a detriment a concussion can be for repeat head injuries that used to be termed as minor in my playing days. It can affect an entire life in a negative debilitating fashion. Sometimes former players can not pinpoint why they have certain mood swings or ailments, because we take the brain for granted. We will ask is it because it is on kinesthetic limb that may not prohibit movement?
Our Sports Philosopher staff has pinpointed the most important NBA historic comeback from injury of all time. I do recall other sports comebacks of the top of my head like; Byron Leftwich at Marshall, Curt Schilling and the bloody sock, Rajon Rando vs. the Heat, Kirk Gibson with the Dodgers, Kerri Strugg in the Olympics, and the list can go on. However, for us at SP, the most storied NBA comeback was Willis Reed for the New York Knicks in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals.
Willis Reed had a torn muscle in his leg, and waited in the locker room as the teams warmed up. The Lakers were standing and watching as Willis Reed came running out of the tunnel. Whatever, psychological effect it had, the Knicks prevailed with a championship. Providing inspiration for players in the future to risk further damage or feats of courage and strength. Some players choose not to risk their bodies and is that wrong. Does that mean they are not true 'Warriors'?

Friday, July 31, 2015

NFL Rule Change

My son made the comment yesterday that when he has a kid, disregarding gender, that he is going to train him/her in the art of field goal kicking. Probably, the gene pool he was selected for wouldn't allow for Natural Selection for his offspring to be selected as a NBA Lottery pick or for a NFL running back contract. However, how many times have you sat on the edge of your seat watching the extra point that is needed at the end of a game to tie or win? You act like it isn't a big deal, but you know in the back of your mind that anything could happen.
Well, NFL, won't you back that kick up. The NFL ruled to move the extra point field goal to the 15 yard line from the traditional 2 yard line. 

As a competitive swimmer, I have learned to hold my breathe longer. I can offer tips if you would like.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sports Philosopher: The Best Season

Sports Philosopher: The Best Season:           A few years ago, after 16 years as a volunteer basketball coach, before I was hired by a high school; I thought I would take a y...

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness and Sports Philosophy

Photo by Chris Powers
Nature Pays Homage to Breast Cancer Sufferers
When my grandfathers, and grandmothers all had past, I kept a few keepsakes in remembrance. The sports world remembers it's past warriors that have succumbed to illness or tragedy.  Sports has an affinity for those that have contributed so much to the game.
Is it because those that have been able to get through life unscathed by personal tragedy feel they need to pay their sympathies or pay respect to those they admire? Or is it that we know someone close to us that has faced breast cancer tribulations? As in the photo posted in this blog of the pink clouds, it is of our nature to love initially. Hate is taught to us. Racial, personal difference or other learned hate is passed down. Those who hate the Cowboys; for their past brash arrogance, or the Baltimore Ravens; for stealing a beloved franchise, are holding on to 'keepsakes' that stirs the destructive emotions and energy zapping frustration and negativity. Maybe it was passed down from others.
Bubba Watson Clubbing Up to Pink

"Wherever there is a human being there is room for kindness." -Seneca

          The NFL's, MLB's, NHL's, NCAA's, NBA's etc.; players, coaches, fans, and all others are considered humans just like I am so golden rules apply. Kids all know this before they learn behaviors that you treat others the way you are to be treated, love your brothers and sisters, and you aren't supposed to judge even if you disagree. The pink display shows solidarity for others in the human experience that are fighting against an opponent with which a loss can mean their life is taken away. Their loss from this opponent, cancer, is truly life or death.

Kay Yow, Read About Her
          I have heard ill statements like: This pink symbolism, has no place in the game. Unfortunately it is the ultimate game. Throwing beverages on opposing fans at games, and getting ejected from a stadium has no place in the game or is that how we all want to be treated?
I'm not one to judge. I was asked to leave the sidelines as a coach once in my 16 years of coaching by a very kind official. I merely was in disagreement, I didn't hate but expressed my disagreement that interfered with the game. (No derogatory comments though.)
My Great Cousin's Foundation
Kay Yow's Team
          My point in regards to fans wearing jerseys in the stands not being part of the game, is due to fans do not get to play. However, wearing game jerseys is still cool. I wish I had more. The fans' role is to support the team by showing support by wearing them, and that is the same as wearing pink. Some show support by yelling at opposing teams and opposing fans. Those types of example are what I would rather not see in my players because it would sacrifice some of their playing time, unless they understood where I stand on this issue, and mimicked as closed to perfection as they could. 
          How then shall I show my allegiance, support, and love for my team? Root hard and support my team, and that seems rudimentary; but do that because there is no need to degradate, or hate the opponent nor their fans. People will know who you follow. 
          So regardless of how tired of the symbolism that the pink garb brings every year that you may endure, remember there are people; women and men alike, that need to endure and overcome more than the Seattle Seahawks, or the North Carolina Tarheels, or Rory Mclroy, ESPN Broadcasters etc. in order to maintain a life that is normally taken for granted at some time during any human's day. 

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life." -Charles Darwin

In conclusion, as a service; I am posting a list of cancer charities to donate or read about.

Click to donate to the Kay Yow's Foundation
Click to donate to the Noreen Fraser Foundation
Click to donate to the Jimmy V Foundation

Mark Herzlich, A New York (Football) Giants' Linebacker Cancer Survivor


If RGIII, So Can You and Me

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Tweet

Photo Provided by +Newsday 

At Sports Philosopher, finding the good for the soul stories are a priority. The +MLB players provided just that, and it was the use of technology and social media that is predicted to be the end of civilization that provided the warmth.

"...the end of civilization."

It was the tweet heard 'round the league. A pitcher for the +New York Mets, Noah Syndergaad, beened Carlos Gomez of the +Milwaukee Brewers. After the game, the pitcher and the batter had this twitter exchange:

The age of reason speaks through forms of communication that were not around when I played. There were many times I wanted to send a message to a rival or a friend, and I would have to wait until I saw him or her weeks or months later if I didn't have their home number. Now your conscience/soul can be instantly brought to solitude in an instant. The exchanges can go the other way that can escalate horribly, but these things can happen for the best. With this good exchange, I can finally quote the band, Styx, "These are the best, of times!"

Good show Noah and Carlos, from us at Sports Philosopher.
(Thank you +Newsday)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I Will

"In high school, in sport, I had a coach who told me I was much better than I thought I was, and would make me do more in a positive sense. He was the first person who taught me not to be afraid of failure." -Mike Krzyzewski

          What did I do? What am I not doing now? and, What do I want to do in the future?
          Aaron Kallhoff, +NCAA assistant coach of the Arkansas State Red Wolves Women's Basketball team, (+SunBeltConf) told me that I will get there someday. He didn't mean that I am going to succeed in life, he was referring to coaching, and particularly college coaching. It was the most positive thing I have heard mentioned about what I want to do in the future that is higher than the high school level. What I am doing now is attending graduate school, working as a high school science teacher, and tutoring for 4 hours after school professionally. I decided to take a year off of coaching basketball to focus on finishing the educational leadership masters degree, which will advance my professional career in spite of what other people have told me.

          In your life, in; sports, professional career, and home life; it is best not only to get the job or situation, but the right job or situation.  It may be the right time but wrong job/person/place, or the wrong time but right job/person/place, but the pursuit for what you want and need can never cease or you have been defeated. Yes, I have taken some jobs that I was forced to take in order to survive, and that also took me farther from what I wanted to be doing, in other words, there is no straight line. There are no straight lines in the stock market or your path in life. 
          Will the right time and situation happen for me and my goals? Maybe, and what Coach Kallhoff said brought about great peace of mind, but it is the pursuit of the goals that must be your pleasure, because if you "get there" life doesn't stop there. Continue your pursuits in all phases in life, and I wish everyone well on your pursuits of happiness and fulfillment.

Sports and The Jedi

Star Wars, nothing but, Star Wars!
          Yes, my inner geek is coming to the surface, and I am going to make an analogy to the beloved Star Wars characters called the Jedi vs. the event that I will undergo this Saturday and Sunday.
          For three months, I trained for a swim meet for the State Championship of South Carolina for the US Masters Swimming organization.
You will be.
Okay, so I am middle aged and swimming in a competition for the first time, however, I played basketball all my life and have knees with the bone touching bone without an ACL in my right knee. There may be other ligaments missing but I know the ACL is gone. Therefore, swimming became my exercise of choice. I picked up workouts from google searches from Jason Lezak, Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, and Gary Hall Sr. and cut them down by 50%. I watched videos on +YouTube from Gary Hall Sr. from the +theraceclub. I also watched  +GoSwim videos for technique in the pool. In essence, I was my own coach. The internet is a powerful informational tool that can be used for good and not just for the Dark Side of the Force.
          Again, I am 42, and I hear Yoda in my ear telling me I am two old for the training. I will never be able to become a Jedi/swimmer. My aging body doesn't have enough recovery ability to get through a day to day training regimen. This is probably due to a low midichlorian count. (A midichlorian reference.) Olympic swimmer +Nathan Adrian was the Jedi Master that I watched on YouTube that brought balance to the force. Basically it was a really zen style, and I focused on the technique. (So don't sweat the technique.)

"Easy to say, hard to control."

Na na na na na na na na...
          It's the same in golf for me. It isn't the power and anger that help me play better, it is the calm approach and technique that raises my levels from awful to a hacker. Easy to say, hard to control.
          However, when the first pitch is thrown, and I am at the pool with my toes over the starting block; it's time to hike up the speedos and play ball like a wild man.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This Day in Sports History July 6th

This weeks 'This Day in Sports History' gives a double dose of history regarding Major League Baseball's +MLB mid-summer night's classic, the All-Star Game. We start by going to back to 1933, and then 50 years later to the 1983 for the mathematically challenged. I am going to plagiaristically (new word, contact Websters) take from the articles on the website: Sports History Today and there is a video to accompany the article.

"First All-Star Game Babe Ruth Homers July 6, 1933

The First All-Star Game was played in 1933 at Comiskey Park, in Chicago. Never intended to be an annual event, its whole purpose was to lift attendance at the struggling Chicago Worlds Fair.
While the “Century of Progress” World’s Fair was in full swing, anevent occurred on this day that changed baseball history: the first All-Star game. A few months earlier, Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly had gone to Col. Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Tribune, with an idea. He wanted to arrange a sports event as an adjunct to the fair. “`We’ve got the man right here,’ McCormick said.
Ten minutes later, sports editor Arch Ward was in McCormick’s office,” as Ward’s biographer, Tom Littlewood, recounted the meeting.
Ward knew what he wanted: a matchup of the best players in the American and National Leagues.
Chicago Tribune
The Giants legendary skipper, John McGraw, came out of retirement to manage the National League. Connie Mack was at the helm for the American League. The National League lineup included Hall of Famers Frankie Frisch, Gabby Hartnett, Carl Hubbell, Chuck Klein, Bill Terry, Pie Traynor, and Paul Waner.

If you think that lineup wasn’t too shabby, compare it to the American League’s which featured Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Jimmy Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Gomez, Lefty Grove, Tony Lazzari, Al Simmmons, and oh yeah, a 38-year-old veteran outfielder by the name of Babe Ruth. The old boy hit a second inning two run homer that put the American League ahead 3-0. The game ended with the AL on top, 4-2."

This Day In Sports History (July 6th) – 1983 MLB All-Star Game

"It was on this day in 1983 that the 54th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played.  The game took place at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, home of the Chicago White Sox.
This game took place exactly 50 years to the day that the first All-Star Game was held, also at Comiskey Park.  Fred Lynn, center fielder of the California Angels, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, as he hit the first grand slam in All-Star Game history.  Incredibly, Lynn’s grand slam still remains the only one ever hit at a Midsummer Classic.
The American League would go on to win the game by a score of 13-3, snapping the National League’s 11 game winning streak.  The 13 runs scored by the A.L. were the most ever scored in the Midsummer Classic and has since been matched by the A.L. in 1992 and again in 1998."

Monday, June 29, 2015

This Day in Sports History June 29th

On this day in sports history, Pete Rose plays in record 3,309th game, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski. Pete Rose exemplified how baseball should be played, and he has Hall of Fame statistics.
Let the debate begin again about why he is not in the Hall of Fame. Pete Rose put nothing in his body to enhance his ability to play the game, nor did he cork a bat that I know of, yet he is banned from baseball. Is it because of the Black Sox scandal that baseball is so sensitive to the gambling issue? If you don't know about the Pete Rose story I encourage you to find the history and arguments on both sides. I found this interesting perspective from +ESPN .com.
ESPN Article

Whatever you think is okay, because you will probably find folks in agreement with you. I am simply asking the questions. Besides, you can't deflate a baseball.

Picture Posted On: We Got This Covered

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Non Super Bowl Video

          The +NFL and Johnny Manziel, Basketball Movies Top 5, and MLK Day are the headlines for Sports Philosopher this week. If you feel like you didn't get enough football this can help, but the clip has more of a soap box feel than anything.

          What should Johnny Football do next? Should he quit or try harder? What is the meaning of education?

          Although the +Superbowl was going to be one of the topics it was left out to make the video brief. There will be time to discuss the +NewEnglandPatriots and the +Seattle Seahawks, but the more current news involved the Cleveland Browns (+Cleveland Browns FanPage).
          I hope you enjoy the second Sports Philosopher broadcast, and if you don't it will serve as a good example of what not to do. You learn more from failure than you can from success anyway.

This Day in Sports History June 22nd

1999Although he has been dead for fifty-one years, Hack Wilson is awarded another RBI, increasing his major league RBI record to 191. The commissioner's office revises the total after baseball's historian Jerome Holtzman discovered the Cubs outfielder did not get credit for driving in Kiki Cuyler with a third-inning single in a game played in July of 1930.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

SP NFL and Movie Top 5 SP Video

The +NFL and Johnny Manziel, Basketball Movies Top 5, and MLK Day are the headlines for Sports Philosopher this week. If you feel like you didn't get enough football this can help, but the clip has more of a soap box feel than anything.

          What should Johnny Football do next? Should he quit or try harder? What is the meaning of education?

          Although the +Superbowl was going to be one of the topics it was left out to make the video brief. There will be time to discuss the +NewEnglandPatriots and the +Seattle Seahawks, but the more current news involved the Cleveland Browns (+Cleveland Browns FanPage).
          I hope you enjoy the second Sports Philosopher broadcast, and if you don't it will serve as a good example of what not to do. You learn more from failure than you can from success anyway.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sports Philosopher: Ankle Breakers of the 2015 NBA Season

Sports Philosopher: Ankle Breakers of the 2015 NBA Season: You have to have fun coaching or playing this game. If you don't then it isn't a game and you forget why it was invented in the beg...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Four Corners: Dean Smith

          If you were rooting against the North Carolina Tarheels basketball team in the early 1980s, and you were losing by a couple possessions at the end of the game, it was time to panic. As soon as you would see 4 players get to each corner of the half court from the Tarheels and one guy in the middle, I could hear thousands of remote controls hitting the walls across the country in unison. It was over. There was no shot clock, and the North Carolina Tarheels were not going to give you the ball without shooting some free throws.
          With Dean Smith passing away at the age of 83 today, I have this nostalgic feeling about his coaching and can think of all the great superlatives that I can use to describe his life and coaching. I feel for his family and his players. Dean Smith seemed to be the guy that every coach tried to act or coach like, and the more I coach the more thoughts creep into my head about how in the heck he did it like that, and did it so well.
          I am going to post the video in dedication to Dean Smith, but I will say in this instance for Dean Smith, rest in the peace you brought to those that saw you on that bench and knew you were going to do the best that could be done. The peace was mostly with the Tarheel fans, but the class you brought most everyone who knew of you can appreciate your life and success.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wearing it Out (Video)

         When I played sports in college I was on the track team and walked on to the basketball team at +AquinasCollege. I took a second year premed curriculum, did two sports, and worked 20 hours a week at a retail men's clothing store, +EXPRESS. Back then it was called Structure. I know I could do it then, and I wasn't afraid to do it in the future. How about 20 years from that time?
          I can tell when I am "sucking wind". I start looking for motivational stuff. It is 9PM on the East Coast, and I am just starting my third job. I am a grad student, as well as teaching, and tutoring; but I wouldn't have it any other way, because I love my day. Also, throw in trying to help raise two step sons, and my life is even better. I am not kidding. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I am so optimistic it would make my old self disgusted. In fact, I just gave a pump up speech to a young student who feels overwhelmed. I feel like the new Tony Robbins. (I wish you the best, Nye.)
          However, I sit here tired. I sit here apathetic towards the work that will take me to the next level, although the level I am at is good, in fact, tremendous compared to where I started. My wife knows this feeling as she isn't done from her third job today. Yes, I will get milk, honey.
          The video, thank you +MotivationGrid, will abbreviate and summarize my story, but only because I've got to go to work!!

My Teammate, My Friend, Forever

We started playing against each other in the third grade. For almost a decade in duration we competed against each other on the basketball court. Eventually we enrolled in high school, and our years of being teammates began. And that's where our story begins...

It was 1989 and I had known my teammate for eleven years, but I was always playing against him. My high school had close to 1100 students. There was no diversity whatsoever. My teammate was probably 1 of 10 African-American students that our high school served. However, I am not writing this in regards to race relations but it is more of a story of brotherhood and the connection between teammates.

Growing up, my teammate lived across the street form Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which professed the best basketball in the city. For a white kid walking out to call next was almost a joke to the players around the court. The intensity and the verbal altercations could be predicted by the amount of broken forty ounce beer bottles on the side of the main court. He knew I would not get a team to pick me so he told the teams that would ask him that he would not play unless I was taken with him.

When we got on the court with a team he turned to me and said, "Coop, we got next. Just do what you do best." Which meant to shoot.

In our senior season he and I had to petition the school district to attend, because we moved outside of the school zone. As we started our season we had our normal two-a-day practices. He needed a ride on most mornings. Practices started at 6AM, and it took me an hour to get to practice in the morning, because the adjusted route to pick my teammate up took an extra 30 minutes. At the end of the day I wouldn't get home until 8PM. This would happen every so often throughout the year. 

That year we got deep into the state tournament only to be stopped by a potential NBA Hall of Famer.  We went farther than any team in our school in 20 years, and our school has not gotten that far since we played in 1990.

After high school we ran across each other on three very important times in my life. We survived a gang related ambush, that was regarding one of the people we were with at the time. I have been told what I did saved our lives, but I didn't feel that way.

The second crossing came after my divorce in 1997. I saw him on a playground basketball court where we just shot around, and we discussed our next moves. I don't think it was a coincidence that he showed up to an empty elementary school out of the blue. I don't know why, but I felt better and moved on from the loss with confidence.

13 years from that last meeting, I lost virtually anyone would value as possessions, and another relationship was terminated to compound the issue. I assumed I was at a low that would be a considered the end of the world by most. I did not think I could dip into a deeper hole. I did not think I could recover. I spent hours at night in the local chapel with rosary in hand. Then, out of the blue, I got a message from my teammate. I had not even thought of him in over a decade. In the email he said he heard I was going through a tough time. He said he wanted me to have faith, and that he knew I would get through this. He asked if there was anything he could do for me.

I was touched and the memories of our successes came flooding into my mind, and the positivity began to resurface. As strange as it may seem another teammate emailed me, as well. He wished me well, and said he was doing great. I told him that my friend had emailed me, and he replied that a few weeks before my teammate and friend emailed me, he had lost his home to a fire, and everything was lost. Pictures, papers, and furniture were gone. He and his wife and young children had to move in with his pastor.

When I think about these stories I can't help but to be touched to the point that I am moved to emotion. Maybe someday when I tell this story enough I will be able to fight back tears, but it doesn't get past me that we became teammates in high school. However, I never knew how much his friendship would mean to me throughout my life.

Just because he contacted me at that perceived low in my life, it didn't mean my life was going to get better. However, the memory of us at MLK and his confidence in me reminded me, that; although I was on the sidelines as life went on, I started to gain the confidence that I had next.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sports Philosopher: This Day in Sports History June 15th

Sports Philosopher: This Day in Sports History June 15th: 1996 — Roy Jones Jr. completes a unique doubleheader, successfully defending his IBF super middleweight title after playing in a pro basketb...

This Day in Sports History June 15th

1996 — Roy Jones Jr. completes a unique doubleheader, successfully defending his IBF super middleweight title after playing in a pro basketball game. Jones stops Eric Lucas in the 11th round after scoring five points in a United States Basketball League game in the afternoon, helping the Jacksonville Barracudas beat Treasure Coast 107-94.

Unbroken Passion

Thank you C-Will
          "The hardest thing we do as humans is take adversity and willingly take responsibility for what happened. No matter what happened there are things that you could have done differently to alleviate the failure. Trying to stop how you feel, for example; the anger, the depression towards what happened to us controls how we proceed. This will divert us from making the right decision to pursue our passion, and will debilitate us to the point of losing your dreams, and stop growing as individuals. Don't do that, it's that simple." Chris Powers

           Thank you +Mateusz M  for the following video.