Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Friday, July 9, 2010
With LeBron being a free agent, he certainly had the right to go where ever he wanted. I think he is getting a lot of heat for how he did it. Having a one hour special on ESPN at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, Connecticut with a not so enthuiastic look on his face wasn't a very good idea. People, though, also questioned his choice of going to Miami and joining Wade and Bosh. Was it for a championship? Was it for his legacy? Was it for the money? If he wanted a championship right now, some have said that the place to go was Chicago. If it was for his own legacy, he would have gone to the bright lights of New York. If it was for money, he would have stayed in Cleveland where he gotten a max-deal and be paid more than any other team could offer him. I think he kind of chose the easy way out. Instead of going on his own and even having one sidekick with him, and challenging a team like Chicago or a Wade-Bosh combo in Miami, he chose to create a super team. A super team currently with only four players and three rookies, who are looking to sign players for a minimum salary.
I do prefer the old-school days, where Michael Jordan took on the challenge of the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics of the 19080s. Nowadays, it doesn't seem as special anymore. LeBron James can get his money, win his championships and create his own legacy, but what does that all mean? I know he won't care what others say or think about him but if he does want to create that legacy and build his own world-wide brand then he should care.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Ok, I'm sure at some point in your late night channel surfing you've come across the P90X infomercials. It looks intense and believe me, it is! But more about that later! Anyway, a couple weeks ago, my dad saw the informercial and told me to get it. He is diabetic and needs to lose some weight, I looked at him and asked if he could handle it. He said that he could and I replied, Oook! So, I ordered it and it finally came last week. We started this past Monday, and wow, did it kick my ass! I started with the chest/back DVD and made a mistake of not pacing myself, on the first set, I did about 20-25 push-ups with many, many more to go. I did learn my lesson! I'm on day 5, feeling a bit sore, but feeling great! I've lost almost 3 pounds so far! My dad is taking it slowly but still going at it. He's lost a couple pounds as well! We're definitely making our way! More updates coming...
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Recently, my mom gave me a case of my old school-work from grade school. Going through it all, I found this cute little poem and got a good laugh out of it.
Short Love Poem
It's hard to love
The tallest girl
When you're the shortest guy.
For every time
You try to look
Your true love in the eye
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Last week, Armando Galarraga, of the Detroit Tigers, was on his way to pitch the 21st perfect game in baseball history. But, what was supposed to be the 27th and final out was blown by umpire Jim Joyce. It was a routine grounder hit to the second baseman by Jason Donald, who was called safe by Joyce but was clearly out.
There have been many debates about the call, the issue about replay, and even about reversing the call and giving Galarraga the perfect game. However, for me, the bigger part of the story is the reaction of Armando to the bad call. Instead of over-reacting and going crazy, he gave a sly grin to the ump Jim Joyce. I believe that small act allowed others to feel for Joyce. After the game, Joyce felt really bad and knew that he cost Galarraga the perfect game. The next day, he was emotional before the game as Armando presented him with the lineup cards.
Deep down, I feel this story is about being humble and not letting things, big or little, get in our way and living life. In life, sometimes things don't go our way but we can't let it ruin or disrupt our lives. We must go on with our lives and just enjoy the ride.
These two men will forever be linked. And I thank Armando Galarraga for teaching us this lesson about humility. He is not only what the sporting world needs but also our self-absorbed, celebrity obsessed society needs.
We all strive to be perfect but we always can't be.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
In honor of John Wooden, who died yesterday at the age of 99, I would love to share his classic sayings in the coming weeks and months. In his 99 years, he has shaped not only the game of basketball but the lives of so many. Being a basketball coach, I have certainly shared some of his sayings and teachings. Here is one:
Be quick, but don't hurry.
RIP John Wooden, 1910-2010.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
My latest project with Cornerstone Promotion is working again with Nneka. Her new album, Concrete Jungle, is out in stores now. She is currently out on tour with Nas and Damian Marley on the Distant Relative Tour.
Usually, one of the perks of the job is getting into the concerts for free. Unfortunately, for this show, the record label wasn't able to get us tickets. It was definitely a bummer but I thought it would be fun to work the show anyway.
I got to meet a few people, give out posters and tell people about Nneka, who was opening the show. It was a nice evening on the streets of Oakland.
Make sure you go and pick up Nneka's album, Concrete Jungle and look out for her on the Distant Relative Tour.
For more info, go to nnekasworld.com/us.