Archive for November, 2008

When You Just Know…

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Have you ever actually sat down and taken stake in your value?… You know, what you feel you’re really worth and what you believe you bring to the proverbial table? Are you in situations where you know you are being valued and feel appreciated (I hope so… [sweet moment])? I’m sure on some level we all have (Maybe not, but who knows, right?).

I ask because there’s a similar thing happening in Cleveland Ohio that has me asking myself just where I could be (my dreams and all) and what I could have because of the value I bring.

Well, LeBron James (…in my opinion, the second best overall complete player in the NBA [second to Kobe Bryant, of course]) will be a free agent (This means he’ll be able to be shopped around the other NBA teams.) in 2010. Now, with his age, he’s guaranteed-aside from health issues-to be the dynamic future of the NBA. Rumors are spreading that he’ll take a crazy deal with the New York Knicks, the mecca of everything basketball (and pretty much everything else!!). Of course, he hasn’t confirmed or denied said rumors, but what would keep him in the mid west? Fans, family, loyalty? One can never tell…

For me, I’m just all about finding and knowing your value… Make sure you find (and appreciate) yours.

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Get On Your Mark…

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I have to be honest (No, I wasn’t inspired by my previous post, but now that you think of it…). We just moved into our new home and (Seriously.) there’s only been one type of sport on my mind-marathon.

This weekend was filled with several varied-sized boxes, disappointing movers, cleaning products, cable/television/telephone/security guys, and all the wonderful family peeps that helped us get settled. With all of this, our world has been non stop, a marathon.

Where do you want this?…

Is this trash?…

Would you sign this?…

Where are we grabbing take out?…

The questions were unending (Still are…) and the race to get some type of normalcy is long and steady to the finish line. Obviously, we’re still up to our eyeballs with boxes, but we’re so glad the move is finally over. I decided to stop staring at all the clutter (I’m so over the boxes!) and take time to give you guys an update.

Now I’m going back to watching Monday Night Football (New Orleans Saints are up by a field goal to the Green Bay Packers) with Hubby. The rest will wait until tomorrow.

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Speechless…

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I just have to get right to it… Golfer, J.P. Hayes, disqualified himself during a PGA qualifying tournament in Texas (Yes!… you have to read this!).

Hayes was playing for a full-time spot on the PGA Tour and discovered that on two shots he had mistakenly (unknowingly I might add) used a ball that wasn’t approved for competition by the USGA (You, too? I didn’t know you had to have a certain type of ball… learn something new, huh?). He says he believes anyone in this sport (golf, of course) would have done the same thing.

The consequence: Because of this disqualification, Hayes is ineligible to play full time on the Tour in 2009.

Uh, just one question (Maybe not just one because I am pleasantly surprised and totally taken aback [both] at the same time!)… In what other sport would this had happened? I can think of so many examples where trying not to get caught by referees is part of the game, so??…

Note to self… Do not eat that one grape at the market when, you know, you’re checking to see if the grapes are sweet or not. Hilarious!

Wow!

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Doing It All Again…

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Okay, I’m riding to work this morning listening to a particular sports talk show (Not sure if I can say the name, but I’ll give you a hint… Both of the hosts first names are the same and the first letter begins with “M”.) and Jimmie Johnson, a NASCAR dude, was the special guest.

Johnson won his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup title (This is huge… Like only a hand full of people have done this.). This is an enormous feat for this exciting and dangerous racing sport. And, I was really taken aback by his humility about it all. Actually, it was quite refreshing to see… but, at the same time I was curious.

My curiosity centered around “why do it all again”. I know, I know… the money, the fame, the thrill of it all, but to me (someone who has a fast driving streak too… 90 all the way, baby! LOL! That’s hilarious because these guys would think my car was in park for as fast as they race. Crack up!), once I would’ve won the coveted championship I think I would be good… You see it all the time-for example, Jerome Bettis “The Bus” (You have to have seen him in action in order to get the nickname… Beast of a back.), the former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, played for over 12 years until he won that ring and guess what? After that, he retired. There are so many more just like The Bus, so I ask, why continue?

I’m not naïve to think that the competitive edge doesn’t just take over and a person believes that he or she can do it again (I understand that.). I guess I’m just referring to the overall danger of this particular sport, which in my opinion, is one of the most difficult ones out there.

Just a thought…

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Who’s The Guard?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

You know, I was thinking about my previous post on Allen Iverson and the position he plays on the court. He’s a guard, but for those of you who don’t know what his role is all about, he’s basically the coach on the court.

He ensures that everyone is where they need to be on the court and he’s able to see what plays would benefit the team the most and help them win. Guards are very smart and they usually possess the trust of their teammates through great decision making and positive team morale. Words can’t always describe how much they actually do and they’re definitely not always acknowledged for what they bring to the table. Without guards, the other players would just run up and down the court without any direction…

Allen Iverson - 2005 All Star Game - Goes Up For Two Points

So, now you’ve got it, right? You now know what the guard position is all about!

Now, you can catch a basketball game or two and tell your significant other all about how that guard is working stuff out on the court, right (You know it, I’m cracking myself up!)? Along with this though (Seriously!), I really want you to identify the guards in your life. I’m all about self awareness and I believe everyone has a process… Everybody’s different. So, I can’t judge you for the time it takes you with your process and vice versa (Stop judging people! LOL!… K, I’m back.). But, what we can do is appreciate those folks who help to make our lives easier. Life is crazy sometimes and a quick “Thank You” goes a long way.

Hey, you never know (That’s all I’m saying!)… You just never know how much your words can help someone else. Go find that guard in your life!

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More Than The Answer

Monday, November 10th, 2008

The lack of gun control around the nation is no surprise, right? Parents worry about the balance between wanting their children to play outside and the reality of harm confronting their children everyday while being outside-or inside, for that matter. Children, on any given school day, can be greeted by a classmate’s weapon. But there are some out there (I’m soooo glad there are…) who choose to use their celebrity to help fight in the effort for positive change.

Allen Iverson, (Yes, you guessed it, A.K.A. The Answer or A.I.) the veteran and dynamic guard just recently traded to the Detroit Pistons, donated $100,000 to support the Newport News Police Department’s “Gun Buy Back” program (Yay, A.I.!). The program is a joint effort between the police department and the Peninsula Community Foundation and is geared toward major urban centers… The idea is to offer residents money in return for guns-no questions asked.

Iverson says he can remember growing up in Newport News, and that if his donation helps to prevent one less child from being killed, then it is more than worth it. You know I like to find the good out there, and no matter the various ways you can take this, I feel like this extraordinary and resilent basketball star has made a statement off the court that far outweighs his genious and skill on the court.

I hope he finally gets that championship with Detroit!

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This Moment

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

I was watching ESPN today and was amazed that the historic election of the first African-American president (elect) even reached the wide world of sports.

Now, apart from Barack Obama’s love for basketball and his desire to see the college football rankings done differently (The rankings process has been under great scrutiny.), I was shocked that he had  become a serious part of sports media analysis. I really didn’t think this event would have received much air time on the sport shows… but, indeed, this news brought out the best of the best in professional sports…

Kobe Bryant, who openly voted for Obama, expressed how this time in history shows young people that they can do anything and that “thing” doesn’t have to be sports’ focused. Michael Irvin, National Football League Hall of Famer, discussed the pride he felt about this moment in time and how far his people had come. Athletes and sports’ analysts alike were divulging what the election of the 44th president meant to them.

While I sat there watching all the sports’ news of the day, I was glad to have been part of this historically moment.

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Brute Force of Perseverance

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Strength is a magical thing, isn’t it?… It shows up in different forms. There is influential and perceived strength. There’s also mental, emotional, and physical strength. And strength wouldn’t be just that without a patient strength or an amazingly hidden strength that we may only see once and a while. One of the NBA’s top finishers around the rim, Amare Stoudemire-ironically donning #1 on his jersey-seizes the magic of strength personified… (Yes, this is a feel good one for ya!).

Amare Stoudemire

This guy, Stoudemire, power forward/center for the Phoenix Suns, amazed me as I learned the story of his undeniable strength acquired at an early age. His father died when he was 12 and his mother endured hard ships from her actions for surviving. Although he was without his dad and often left without his mother, Stoudemire possessed treasures that were already instilled in him from his parents… His father taught him and his older brother to stand tall and talented. Standing tall is what this virtually unstoppable, 6 foot 10 inches of solid man carried into adulthood.

His reality of survival and staying above water is what made Stoudemire such a shoo-in for the professional world of basketball straight out of high school. His work ethic and determination for better tomorrows served to be well thought out. Stoudemire represents that no matter how difficult and unrealistically unfair the world can be there is a way if there is a will.

I just wanted to share some goodness, y’all.

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