Recent Examples of Inspiration: Perseverance, Persistence and Generosity

Need a little inspiration? At the ripe age of 92-years, and 65 days, Harriette Thompson became the oldest woman to ever run a marathon. She finished in a time of 7 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds. This time is more than 2 hours faster than the previous eldest woman to run a marathon. In Harriette’s free time, she is …

Tom Brady is Guilty: So What?

For those of you non-sports fans, Tom Brady, quarterback of the Superbowl Champion New England Patriots, was accused of leading a conspiracy to deflate footballs to unacceptable levels prior to the AFC Championship Game. For the sake of this blog, I am going to agree with the 242 report (yes I read it) provided by independent council that fully investigated …

Floyd Mayweather is No Role Model!

Did you see the big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao Saturday night? The cheap seats sold for $1,600 and ring-side seats were going for $100,000.  Bars and restaurants had to pay $10,000 to broadcast the fight and you and me could watch the fight at home for the small sum of $99. Millions of people around the world …

Girls High School B-Ball Teams Try to Lose #Sportsmanship

Earlier this month Smyrna met Riverdale High School in one of the Tennessee district finals.  In a weird twist of fate, the winner would soon meet defending state champion, Blackman. The losing team would be sent to the other side of the bracket, avoiding Blackman until the state championship game, assuming they would win out. Apparently, both teams figured out …

Phil Hughes – The Right Thing To Do #$500,000

The Story: Despite the dramatic finish to the baseball season (sorry to my friend Mark Wills, who waited 29 years to see KC return to the post-season), I was more struck by another baseball story that occurred in the final week of the regular season.  Phil Hughes, a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, was pitching his final start of the …

Two Prominent NFL Cases #DomesticViolence

Two prominent NFL players have been severely punished for “off-the-field” family issues. Super Bowl winner, Ray Rice, has been terminated from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL Office after he punched his wife and knocked her out cold in a hotel elevator.  Adrian Peterson, the 2012 league MVP, has been put on the exempt list (suspended with …

The Man Behind The Ice Bucket Challenge – Pete Frates

For the past two weeks, every time I open up my Facebook page, I see a new video of one of my friends accepting the ALS Water Bucket Challenge and then dumping a mixture of ice and water over their heads. In turn, they get to nominate 3 other individuals to do the same thing within 24 hours. It’s interesting …

Mom…You’re the Real MVP #Gratitude

Ladies and gentlemen, that is how you do it! A Very Cool Story: Keven Durant recently provided a speech after receiving the 2014 Most Valuable Player Award from the NBA. Let’s just say it was one of the most emotional speeches I have ever seen, and I have seen way too many. The crux of what he said could be …

Commissioner Silver Banns Sterling for Life #Leadership

Well, everyone is talking about it today, so let’s join the fray.  Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, made several racist remarks to his girlfriend over the weekend. She recorded their conversation and shared it with TMZ. On Sunday, TMZ released this recording. In the following 48 hours, almost the entire world united to condemn Sterling’s comments and …

Lacey & Adreian – A Symbiotic Relationship

If you are a college basketball fan, you probably know two things this morning 1) UConn won the national championship on Monday night and 2) little 8-year old Lacey Hollsworth died yesterday after battling cancer.  America got to know this emotional story as Lacey played such a pivotal role in Michigan State University’s late season run and because of her …