Officer Buys Gym Membership for Teen Instead of Arresting Him

Teenager Vincent Gonzales was repeatedly caught sneaking into a gym, X-Sport Fitness, in Skokie, Illinois. Employee, Justin Pritchet warned him time and again, but Vincent kept returning. So, when Vincent snuck past the front desk again one October afternoon, Pritchett called the police. When Officer Mario Valenti arrived, he decided to take out his wallet instead of handcuffs. “He pulled out …

What Will Be Your Last Words?

David Cassidy died this week at the age of 67. While I don’t expect you to remember him, he was a bonefied teen star back in the 1970’s. He is best remembered for his starring role as Keith Partridge on the sitcom, The Partridge Family. He toured America as a pop-singer, selling out arena after arena. It didn’t last very …

Baker Mayfield, Composure & the Heisman Trophy

On Saturday, Oklahoma played Kansas in college football. The quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners is Baker Mayfield, the clear favorite for this year’s Heisman Trophy (the most valuable college football player). Before the game, captains from the Kansas football team decided that they would not partake in the customary shaking of hands with the captains of the Oklahoma team. This …

“We’re going to Win and Lose with Class”

Michigan State University hosted #7 ranked Penn State University on Saturday. With no time on the clock, MSU kicked a field goal to defeat the Nitany Lions, 17-14. Following the tough loss, members of the Penn State hung their heads and began to walk off the field. Head coach James Franklin sprinted toward these players, directing them to get back on …

She Beat the Boys, but no Trophy

Emily Nash is a junior at Lunenburg High School in Massachusetts. She plays golf on the boys team because there aren’t enough girls to field a girl’s team.  So, she plays on the boy’s golf team. She is apparently pretty good.  She plays from the same tees as all of the boys and plays by the same rules. She won …

The Starting Line of Life

A teacher provided an exercise for his students. It is an instructive one and I hope that you watch the video. Joe’s Perspective – Wealth and Privilege: It’s the old adage, you can’t choose your family. We are born into the family we are born into (period). You didn’t choose your parents and you had no impact on the choices …

Be Grateful for What You Have

Inky Johnson is a young man who had a rough upbringing. His mother was 16 when he was born and his father was not involved in his early years. He went on to play football at the University of Tennessee, but suffered a career-ending injury, leaving him unable to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL. Joe’s Perspective: This …

Walk-On Players Receive Scholarships To Reinforce Core Values

All across college football, walk-on players are being rewarded with scholarships. Walk-on players are players who are not “good enough” to receive an athletic scholarship right out of high school. They typically report to camp and try out to make the team as a “walk-on.” They receive no money to do this and typically serve on the “scout” teams for …

Football, Politics and First Amendment Rights

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem. He did this to draw attention to what he perceived as an injustice in America. He believed that young black men were being unjustly killed by white police officers. A handful of players joined Kaepernick in his protest. This became a hot political issue. Throughout the 2016 season and …

New Football Tradition in Iowa

The University of Iowa started a new tradition this year. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the fans turn and wave to the children watching from the top of the Children’s Hospital.  It is a small gesture, maybe even a token one, but those sick and struggling kids know that 70,000+ fans are waiving at them.  To be sure, …