You’re Not The Boss of Me…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks December 17th, 2008

My boy, Terrel Owens “T.O.” (not really, but it seemed like a good opener), has been under so much scrutiny about his antics off the field surrounded around him and his teammates. Apparently, T.O., in my opinion, the best receiver (A receiver is the guy who catches the ball and then runs towards the end zone.) in the National Football League (whatever… that’s why its called ‘my opinion’), is becoming more and more of a distraction to his team, the Dallas Cowboys.

I have my thoughts about this in that a lot of players are distractions to their teams, not just T.O… I believe when you mix an enormous salary with fame and accessibility, without established consequences for contrary behavior, you’re going to see lots of distractions in action.

Well, T.O., self-proclaimed “sexy devil”, was said to have accused his quarterback (coach on the field) of not throwing as many balls his way as those thrown to another player. For me, it’s just hilarious that this story is getting so much play (I guess I’m adding to this story getting play, huh?… LOL! Don’t judge me!). I have a more black and white approach… My mother always says it takes two people to argue, which implies that if its only one person arguing, they’ll soon quiet up. If T.O. is such a distraction, ignore what you can’t change… he’s in a contract and he’s a superstar athlete, who makes outstanding plays.

… This goes for you, too. Ignore what you can’t change. All the effort put into something you have no control over is maddening and very close to insanity. Instead, keep a positive outlook (fake it ‘til you make it), hope for better times, and keep it moving… You can only control yourself. I think that’s worth whispering to your significant other…

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Categories: Football

Just Got Paid… (Sing along)

Posted by VeRonda Wicks December 15th, 2008

There has been so much chatter about these “gi-normous” contracts that MLB players have been receiving (And, yes, it is Major League Baseball.)…

I’m a little on the fence with this one because… yes, the contracts are ridiculously large (Uh, would you say Carsten Charles CCSabathia’s $161 million for 7 years is a bit on the plump side?), and yes, the economy is experiencing a down spell… but, do you feel like you’re being paid what you’re worth to do your job and if you could make more, wouldn’t you?

I know, I know… these athletes are getting PAID (I just yelled, putting a lot of breathe into it!) to play ball for goodness sake and are living the grand life, but I’m still not sure I’m ready to hate on them because their particular employers (…the New York Yankees in CC’s case) aren’t suffering the same down spell as other employers.

I’m not totally convinced that it’s fair, but (but, wait for it…) I have to take into account the fact that I can turn on the television or go to the ball park (stadium, court) and get great entertainment, which is priceless during those stress-filled times (among other reasons of course).

Now, you have my permission to take these numbers in to your boss and see if you can haggle your income rate a bit… LOL (Don’t you dare.)!!

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Categories: Baseball

Wealth Unknown

Posted by VeRonda Wicks December 10th, 2008

Shaquille O’Neal, explosive and veteran center for the Phoenix Suns, is experiencing what we rather not deal with at all, but have on some level… and that’s death. He took off some time from the team to be with his family after his great-grandmother’s passing.

When I heard the news, after the initial feeling of sadness for O’Neal’s loss, I thought of how wonderful it must have been to have a great-grandmother (Wow!)… All the stories and memories and things cherished. What a treasure he had to have had her ear and her love and support.

I remember losing my grandmothers (four weeks apart) and the pain I felt for my parents along with the weird feeling that a layer of protection had left me… (I think it’s a feeling that one can only experience.). I believe that’s indeed what happens. You lose a layer of strength that protected you all of your days, but in the same breathe, you take on the strength that they passed on to you. Its an unwavering strength that reminds you of lessons learned, of dreams deferred, and precious loves.

I mourn with O’Neal and anyone, for that matter, who loses someone dear… and, with this, what a cherished thing to have had such wealth.

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Testing… 1, 2, 3

Posted by Project Manager December 9th, 2008

Sports… they are about (for me) competition, survival, discipline, skill, talent, emotion, wins, losses, etc. Professional athletes have been doing this for a major part of their lives, and now it is paying off for them in a pretty lucrative career. I think a lot about why we, as fans, get so emotionally tied to the success and failures of our favorite teams and athletes. We have very high expectations for them. Sometimes our expectations are maybe too high… these athletes are people who are affected by life and things that we humans go through. Bringing out the lighter and better human sides of these athletes is what this blog is about. Learning as we look at the athletes off the field all the while giving some definition to what these players do “on the field, court, etc.”

What are some of the words you would use to describe what sports mean to you?

Oh, by the way, I am the hubby of this blog’s author just saying hello to all you readers out there.

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Categories: Life Insights

Big Man, Big Difference

Posted by VeRonda Wicks December 3rd, 2008

Dikembe Mutombo, one of the NBA’s premiere big men at center position and currently with the Houston Rockets, (He has played all over the NBA!) is a humanitarian… The end (Actually not, but I really could end there because his efforts have been far reaching and speak for themselves… Hence, the picture.).

As one of the oldest players in basketball today, Mutombo has used his wealth and name to help others all over the world… especially for his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has impacted Africa and from education and sports, to computer and AIDS awareness, Mutombo is doing what matters.

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Categories: Basketball

Despite It All…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks December 1st, 2008

Hubby and I were thinking about what I should share today when I came across a story that really moved me (not to tears, but almost… almost). You know, Wait ‘Til A Commercial isn’t just for you all. I learn so much and it just supports my initial heart for this site, for people to see the person behind the athlete… Dwyane Wade’s story didn’t disappoint.

Wade is a guard (coach on the court) for the NBA’s Miami Heat and has experienced his share of unimaginable hardship… (Man, where do I begin?)… You have to get a little background to appreciate this…

…From the time he could remember his mother was a crack and heroine addict. She served stints in jail and was obviously not a great caregiver for her children. His slightly older sister took care of him, in their mom’s absence, and one day she just had enough. She told Wade they were going to the movies, but as they came upon the bus stop to their dad’s home (They saw their dad on some weekends.), Wade’s sister asked if he wanted to get off to go play with their step brother. She said she’d come back to get him, but never did. As his father got him involved with basketball, his mom continued the downward spiral of drug abuse. She admits hitting rock bottom when she became a drug tester, someone who tries the drug before its distributed and if the drug is bad she could die. After having an experience at church, Wade’s mom dropped drugs and alcohol from that day and has been clean since (7 years).

Crazy story, right (In a good way…)? It just confirms that you never can assume anything about anyone. On the court, he appears to be void of those crazy family problems and, wow, to the contrary. Wade’s mom began preaching and after developing a following she opened a church, with the help of her son.

His story just helps to remind me that you never can tell and that everyone has a story…

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When You Just Know…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks 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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Categories: Basketball

Get On Your Mark…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks 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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Categories: Life Insights


Posted by VeRonda Wicks 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!


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Categories: Golf

Doing It All Again…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks 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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Categories: Racing