HB2 Robbed NC From A Memorable 2017

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All star weekend is upon us and it’s officially a bust for me. Why? Because it was supposed to be played in NC. It was supposed to be an event that would allow me to pay homage to my favorite era of players (classes of 02 and 03) as they get ready to pass the torch on to the next generation of great ball players.

Chances are this year will be the last one that any of those guys are All Star worthy with the exception of Lebron James. When you look at the roster, Melo was a late addition, D Wade didn’t get enough votes, Chris Paul is notably absent, Bosh no longer hoops, and D Howard is no longer the elite big man in the NBA. Continue reading

Finding The American Dream

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What is the American Dream? Why can’t we achieve it? Every day we wake up and 80% of the people in America dread going to work. We work our whole lives to position ourselves to do what it is that we want to do and yet 80% of us are still unsatisfied with working the hours we have too.

I went to college for 4 years and got a degree in political science. I was sure I wanted to be a lawyer. It would have probably been a great move right out of college but my experiment at professional football failed miserably and by the time I returned to school things had changed for me. Continue reading

Recognizing Your Flaws While Building Character

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Losing in life is tough. I am a sore loser and I know it. Many times we lose things we covet for weird reasons. We can lose things because we’re careless, greedy, or because we’re impervious to our feelings about the things we care about the most.

My greatest flaw in life is greed. I recognize this even more when I evaluate my life as a whole. You gain weight because you’re greedy. You lose friends and time because you’re greedy. Continue reading

Almost Fed Up: A Knicks Fan On The Brink

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I hate very deeply that I am a Knicks fan. I have a million reasons to quit being one, but I can’t just let go of something that I’ve cried with, battled with, and spent so much money on over the years. However, this year it’s becoming easier to want to walk away from the team that I’ve loved for so many years.

Being a Knicks fan was everything up until around 2000. We were always competitive and we always had a team that you could be proud of. When Dolan bought the franchise in 1999 there were so many reasons to be excited about the future of the Knicks. After making the finals the year before, the Knicks traded away Patrick Ewing and since then it’s been Continue reading

Small Town USA Is Becoming An Endangered Species

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Small towns in the United States have become obsolete. They are the real reason that the American economic system will never reach its intended potential. Sounds like rubbish to some, but the small town in the United States survived on blue collar workers who were willing to do things for small wages that were necessary.

From textile industry, oil fields, farming, or even cultivating resources the need for small town workers was always a bonus to the annals of American industry. So what happened? The answer to that is simple. Outsourcing. Continue reading

Who’s The Next King of the NBA

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Every few seasons the king of the NBA or dueling kings of the NBA have to pass the torch to the next in line to control the way the NBA is viewed. Every era has had its king or dueling kings. Go back to the 70’s and it was Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

The 80’s brought us Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and if Julius Erivng hadn’t been late to the party, there’s a very good chance he might have been able to have a say so in that argument as well. The 90’s brought us Michael Jordan. Jordan stood alone on the throne but there were several who would have been able to claim it, had his airness not been so dominant during that era.

The turn of the Century brought us Kobe and Tim Duncan. Continue reading

Getting Recruited and Making The Right Choice

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The last few weeks reminded me of a very important aspect of college athletics and recruiting. There are millions of dollars that are spent on attempts to get the best college athletes to attend particular universities. The events and speculation leading to the hype of a national signing day is remarkable, but how does a kid or school know they invested in the right person?

I have frequently been asked by parents of high school athletes about the “ins and outs” of college recruiting.  While there is no substitute for outstanding talent and great grades, there are additional steps parents of high school athletes can take to help their kids get recruited. Continue reading