Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The IM East

     Michigan State University, on the banks of the Red Cedar, holds a dear spot in my heart. I attended the university as a freshman before I transferred to a small college to play basketball. I was asked to play on my friends intramural basketball team. We rolled through the season at the top of the league and entered into the single elimination tournament. The campus at MSU has an estimated 40,000 student enrollment in a given year. Therefore, the bracket was too large to post so we didn't know how far we were progressing.

     We came to the IM West to play a game in the tournament and found out it was a final 4 game. It was against last year's winner and we played well. When we won, the tradition at the MSU intramural league was that the championship was played in the old Jenison Fieldhouse where Magic Johnson, Greg Kelser, and Scotty Skiles used to play before the Breslin Center was built. However, we
played the finals in IM West.

     You may be asking why this article is called IM East. Mainly, it was because after the championship, I was invited out to the IM East which was across the street from my MSU dorm called Holmes Hall. As I walked into the gym to meet my friend there were some other people warming up in the gym. Two players that I  recognized were Steve Smith, NBA All-Star, and Ken Redfield. They were getting ready to play 5 on 5. I watched the first game and the duo lost to guys that were from other colleges around the area.
     I watched Redfield dribble against pressure. He was low to the ground with a wide base. There would be no way for a defender to get threw him to get the ball without contact. He was extremely strong. It was what seperated me from big Division I basketball. I was 30 to 40 pounds lighter with similar skill but less experience.

     I had next and I was guarding Steve Smith. He drove baseline on the right side. I cut him of outside the lane on the low block. He put his elbow into my chest and I stood my ground. Then he showed the pump fake and lowered the shoulder into the chest. He paused to see my reaction but I stood still again. He made sure he froze me and rose to shoot the ball and knocked it down form 10 feet.
I wasn't in their class of athlete and it made the decision to transfer rather than try to walk on much easier. I felt that I walked away from MSU without giving it the college try by not trying to walk on but my road in life was not going to be traditional.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Buy Lavar Ball?!?

     First, here is the facts of this man's story. He has a son, Lonzo Ball, that is a potential NBA Draft pick and has the chance to make millions. Lavar went on talk shows and made statements that brought attention from many people in the sports world and in other interest areas. Some of the attention has been controversial and became a deeper story when he announced his own shoe line that would retail at over an estimated $300 for his new company.
Big Baller Brand Shoes

     Well...this article is about the pros and cons of what Mr. Ball brings to the table. Everyone brings pros and cons to the table. There are no exceptions in life simply due to the fact that there is always; a, yin and yang, right and wrong, dark and light, good and evil etc... However, I'm going to give the reader license to decipher what is a pro and con of Mr. Ball's journey. I'm not going to dictate what that is to the individual reader. I believe in the philosophy of individual thought with the goal of unity.

     Lavar Ball's entrance into the public eye may have hinged upon the success of his son's athletic career. Shouldn't family help family get stronger? Hasn't the original family model fit all people into roles based on what the family needs? Lavar's son is probably going to make 7 figures playing in the NBA, but that's his son's money. Lavar is trying to make his money, to make his family stronger, is that wrong? Are we jealous as a society for his spot in the limelight, and potential to breakthrough as a shoe maker? Is that wrong, Honey Boo Boo?

Lavar Ball & son Lonzo Ball
     The method of his vault into the headlines and discussions on sports talk shows may have put some people off. In fact, that was expressed by opinions in most social media outlets. I tend to think 10 years from now and the impact of this gentleman's pursuit of happiness. Will the manner in which he started his company be the lasting point or will his legacy continue with the growth of his company brand. Do most people know how Nike started? I'm not going to equate Lavar Ball with Nike, but isn't that a good goal to have? Doesn't everyone have to start somewhere? Maybe this is his dream. Didn't he do what he could to seize his moment and this has led to the general population's attention and some discontent.

     Lavar is my contemporary; and, like him, I feel sometimes like I want to leave behind a legacy or pursue what I want to do instead of what I have to do to survive. Kudos to you; Lavar, from my end, for that fact.

     Finally, the thought that there would be no one out there that would buy what this man is putting down can be narrow focused and egocentric in my philosophy. There are many other aspects to this debate that I will leave on the table for further thought and discussion.

So, what is your philosophy on this issue, if it is?

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