The entire world paused to honor Muhammad Ali, this weekend, after his passing. He was undoubtedly one of THE most single influential athlete ever, and quite possibly one of the most iconic figures, in 20th century history. He was a person of such high honor, and wide-spread appeal, that everyone had something kind to say about the G.O.A.T. However, journalist, Nick Wright, made a very interesting (and in my opinion, extremely accurate) observation. He said, “If there was a 25-yr old Muhammad Ali today, (people) would hate him.”  (more…)

Since the untimely death of the musical icon, Prince, last week, there has been usual comparison talk. Who was a better dancer, Prince or Micheal Jackson? Who was a greater songwriter, Prince or David Bowie? Who was the best entertainer? I heard it all weekend? Why do we do this? Why do we reduce the lives of great people down to a competition, as if it isn’t enough to be great in one’s own right? Competition has its place, competing in life is ultimately unproductive. Here are 5 reasons NOT to compete in life: (more…)

The following is a short story written by my youngest son, who at the time was a ten-year-old fourth grader. The message is encouraging, so I would like to share it with you : (more…)

Normal. Most of us strive to be normal. We want to fit in; we don’t want to standout. Normal is such a comfortable place so why deviate. However, for some of us, normal isn’t normal at all. (more…)

You are about to run the race of your life, and your heart is beating in your ears. Your senses are heightened, your mind is focused and you are ready. Your feet are in the blocks and you are set. The shot is fired and you take off with all your might. After running a few meters there stands a barrier: what do you do? (more…)

“We fix our eye on athletes and entertainers, watching every single move that they make. But we’re so quick to criticize the moment that they make a mistake. This is not who they are, not who they’re meant to be.” – B. Reith

Let me begin this by saying I honestly don’t have much of an opinion on the Ray Rice situation. While I will never condone physical violence in any relationship, I haven’t really probed deep into the issue for particular points or facts for the purpose of arguing, so I will not be splitting hairs over hearsay, rumor, or personal opinions. Let’s just settle from the onset that everyone is entitled to have one about Rice, his (now) wife and the NFL, but please keep them out of this blog’s comment section.

What is bothersome is the public’s readiness to hang athletes, entertainers, and celebrities out to dry for their mistakes and poor choices.
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“Any Given Sunday!”

Ever heard that before? In the world of the NFL, this couldn’t wring more true than it did Sunday, October 30, 2011. (more…)