Oh Well… (Sorta)

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 15th, 2008

K, I was going to originally go with the whole Wordless Wednesday theme, but then I realized I had something to say-which would defeat the purpose, right? But, I digress…

Tampa Bay Rays Pictures, Images and Photos

Photo by Ultimatum_VI.

I have something to say about the whole Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox match up… Oh, and yes, the realization that the Sox probably won’t meet up with the L.A. Dodgers, which was all we (Hubby, too) were waiting for.

The waiting was for the chance to see the Sox meet up with their ex-left fielder, Manny Ramirez. Now, you never can say die until the fat lady sings (You get the proverbial saying. LOL!), but it looks it won’t be Dodgers and Sox this year. Okay, go with me here… Have you ever been in a long-term relationship, just to realize that you would rather be somewhere else?… AND, and, after getting into a better, more lucrative relationship you find yourself wanting to see that previous love thang (Yes, thang!) so he or she can see you now. You feel me now?… Okay, so that’s what we’re thinking Manny is thinking (Maybe not. Maybe this is my own creative liberty… Hey, what would the world be without it?).

So, yay, for the Rays… I don’t have a bias here, it just would’ve been nice to see that ole love thang again!

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Categories: Baseball

Worth the Wait

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 13th, 2008

If you haven’t heard, the Saint Louis Rams finally won their first game for the 2008 NFL season (Finally is an understatement!). They weren’t expected to play this poorly, but for some reason that didn’t stop the “L”s from piling up. Fans were disgruntled, players appeared to be weary, and management was scratching their collective heads. There was no apparent rhyme or reason for this mystifying losing streak.

I tell you, when it rains it pours right (Well, that’s what the girl on the salt box seem to think!)? That’s what I thought after this win… The Rams were scrutinized and thrown out to the dogs-with good cause, I’m sure… People expect these guys to win. But, with all the media attention and all the naysayers, the team kept that faith in one another. Of course, that was a life lesson for me.

It’s clear that no matter where you are in life everyone’s not going to be pleased with your success. And, don’t make a mistake or two… You’ll never recover (Whatever…). The important thing is that you have a core of people (A team… Yay Team!!) who will be there and who will believe in you during your up and down times. It’s imperative to have this support, otherwise, you’ll fall victim to what’s being said about you… And no one needs any more victims (Smile!)!!

Go Rams!… Hey, you will find that DC over at Green Apples & Kool Aid has said all this in a few words… (Well, maybe not this exactly, but it’s close enough.).

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Categories: Football

Attack of the Girlfriends

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 10th, 2008

K, so I was at lunch today with a couple of my girlfriends and they (of course) gave their opinions on how I could make my blog better… (I mean, hand gestures and all… I had to bring out the paper and pen to keep up! LOL!). I must say, what they’ve suggested makes tons of sense and would, ultimately, make things better for you, the reader.

I just thought it was comical that “the girlfriends” were totally confident about what I needed (Hilarious!). And, you know girlfriends (whether they’re really your significant other girlfriend or your pal) won’t pull any punches. So, I stand grateful to my friends for their recommendations (And, yes girls, I will take heed and add the suggestions!)… Friends, how many of us have them??

So, since the door has been opened for suggestions, what’s yours? What do you think could be done or added to make my blog better? You might want to ask your friends what they think about your site as well (Hey, I shouldn’t have to go through this alone. LOL!).

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Uh, What? Who?

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 8th, 2008

So, the question was asked on a sports’ show whether the New Orleans Saints loss the Monday night game or whether the Minnesota Vikings won the game (The question only makes sense if you watched the game, but no worries, the relevance is coming.). I was really stunned by the outcome of the game (Yes. I thought my pick of the Saints was a shoe in! Not so much.) because the Saints were so close to winning. Who knew the Vikings would come back in the last minutes of the game to silence the fans and walk away with a “W”?…

Was there ever a time when you felt like you put so much into something, just to walk away with a loss (Note to reader: This is a good question to pose to your significant other, of course referencing the Saints’ loss… I’m telling you, it’s good stuff!)? It’s when these times roll around that you just want to pull the sheets back over your head and roll over. Well, here’s the relevancy (A short one today folks…)… football players have a way of dealing with these types of occurrences (No, not introducing the quarterback to the ground the next time they play… Heehee!) so that they aren’t haunted by them. They have a short memory. Yep! That’s it… They walk off the field, learn from the mistakes, and begin preparing for the upcoming opponent.

We should all practice just having a short memory… We won’t win ‘em all (And, that’s okay!). We show up, we learn, and we continue to prepare. This is how I like to say it, “Keep it moving”! Let’s say it together, Keep-It-Moving!

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Categories: Football

Dusting Yourself Off…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 6th, 2008

You know, one very real reason why I love sports is because so much of it parallels real-life situations. And, within sports, you are most certain to find your story.

All day I was lamenting (Well, that’s a bit extra, but we’ll stick with it.) over the fact that the Chicago Cubs had been eliminated from the playoffs. Yet again, the Cubbies just couldn’t pull through. They couldn’t break the century-long drought of just not making it to the World Series (Hey, Troy over at Troy’s Thoughts on Sports has a, let’s say, “different” view of the Cubs’ blues in Knocking Down Chi-Town, but a great view all the same…). I took in all the commentators’ analysis and I was struck by a common saying, a common thread if you will… Wait ‘Til Next Year

Although I know the players and the die-hard fans are foaming at the mouth over the phrase, I thought of how much that phrase has resounded in my own life of falling just a bit short-whether big or small-of that particular goal. Seriously, it may sound funny (in a sad way!), but I thought of when my dad was late picking me up so I could make it in time for my high-school senior ski trip and how miserable I was all weekend… thinking, “maybe next year”. But, there wasn’t a “next year” (Yes. I’m over it now… Let’s just not stay on the topic too long!). So many memories sprung up within me as I pondered on hopes deferred and dreams delayed. What I also realized was that patience was indeed working itself out within me and that I needed to allow it to happen.

Self analyzing is always the truest way of getting to know the real you… good and bad. And like with this process, the Cubs (in a real way) will need to do the same in order to figure out just what the deal is… You never know, Cubbies… next year!

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Categories: Baseball

Brightness in Dark Waters

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 3rd, 2008

This week we’ve seen sporting events, of sorts, and what I’m about to share is no different… We ventured into the lagoons of Mexico, where we saw men and women living and surviving. I thought to myself that this survival technique was indeed a severe sporting event (and, a humbling one for us), as the natives competed to be first to get fish and other scavenger-like foods for them and their families.

The people were so friendly and offered to share what they had… I don’t think we’ve ever experienced such kindness and sacrifice… They make you feel welcomed and all they want to do is make sure you’re enjoying yourselves. Our captain even let me man the boat for a while, which I was no good at (The picture shows my inadequacies!). People here really believe in the adage, you don’t work; you don’t eat.

We left the lagoons feeling grateful and fortunate for the smallest of the small…

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Categories: Fishing, Life Insights

A Day on the Edge

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 1st, 2008

So we know about the Hispanic culture in MLB, Football, Soccer, and other renowned popular sports (Wait for it… Wait for it…). But, I’m sure you weren’t aware of a certain pastime that is all the craze in Acapulco, Mexico (No, not bullfighting.). Today, Hubby and I and the in-laws ventured to the ends of the cliffs (I’m building excitement here.), yes the ends–to see what all the hype was about… it was diving going on (No, not the type of diving that occurs in the Olympic-sized pool.)! Yep! Men risking their lives in the sporting event of jumping off cliffs. We had to capture it because we knew no one would believe us when we said, “Men dived off of uneven cliffs into raging ocean waters.”

Mom-in-law and I couldn’t resist getting a photo with the diving celebs.

Warning: Hubby’s camera is older, but shows the action from beginning to end… so please excuse the poor quality.

 

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Categories: Diving, Life Insights, Sports

It Just So Happened…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks September 29th, 2008

Greetings from Acapulco, Mexico! Hubby and I invited ourselves on my in-laws trip (Thanks, Dad and Mom! Heehee!) and we’re having a blast!… What a beautiful country this is. And, with all of its beauty and culture I got to thinking (Uh, of course. I have to remind myself that I’m still blogging on vacation.) about the Hispanic culture and their role in sports.

And, it just so happened that this month is Hispanic Heritage Month (You learn something new everyday, huh? Okay, well it’s not exactly Mexico-specific, but you get the picture.)…

Anyway… there are a lot of Hispanics who play in the Major Leagues (baseball). And, like any other culture, there are those who came before and paved the way for the ones who benefit today. For this, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate Roberto Clemente and Hiram Bithorn. The former has been established as a pioneer, while the latter isn’t as celebrated-but is just as much a pioneer.

Now some will argue the technicalities of these guys nationality (Please don’t… I’m sensitive. Okay, I’m really not, but I am on vacation!!), but I am just here to bring honor and kudos to those who made it easier for different cultures to be great and lucrative (Let’s not forget “lucrativity”! I really had to make this word up here!]) in the world of professional sports.

Okay, I’m going back to vacation mode… ESPNdeportes Rock!

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Categories: Baseball, History

Show Me The Money

Posted by VeRonda Wicks September 26th, 2008

So, the New York Yankees didn’t make it to the playoffs (Wow, uh!) and there has been quite a lot of dialogue about the ends and outs of this team… You know, how they’re like the highest paid team ever or how the celebrity list of the team just goes on and on. My blogging counterpart over at That’s What I Think has a good grasp on the Yankees state of being with the Let’s Talk a Bit About the Yankees post… be sure to visit when you get a chance.

With all this Yankees talk, I was thinking about a profession that has also been in the news, but on the other spectrum of celebrity and income. It’s a profession that some consider to be most important and without it a lot of us would be loss (Any takers?)… Yep! I’m sure you guessed it! Teachers!

They give the most and for some reason aren’t rewarded with a reasonable salary… I wonder what the world would be like without them… those who care and spend time before and after school to make sure students get what they need.

So, I give a big “shout out” to teachers for all they install and sacrifice…

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Categories: Basketball, Heroes

A Day to Reflect

Posted by VeRonda Wicks September 24th, 2008

So, yesterday was the funeral for my Hubby’s grandfather (Yes, you’re at the right site!) and it was actually a wonderful day as Granddad’s children and grandchildren honored him and remembered his life. He lived a long life… serving in WWII and marrying in 1940, but what was also so surprising was that he involved himself with so many sports and activities.

Hubby and I were surprised when we realized all these things about his grandfather… You know, just how active he was. He lived quite a full and interesting life!

There are so many things we don’t know about our loved ones… What is something interesting you recently found out about a loved one? And if not recent, what is something you were surprised to learn about a particular loved one (whenever you found out)?

By the way, Hubby spoke on behalf of the grandchildren and he just blew me away as he so eloquently recalled the memories of him and his granddad. It was a day of great reflections.

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Categories: History, Life Insights, War