Champions never let obstacles get in the way of greatness. They find a way to overcome them and continue to flourish. Hunter Woodhall
of Syracuse (Utah) was born with a congenital birth defect called fibular hemimelia, a condition where all or part of the fibula is missing. Doctors didn’t believe he’d ever learn to walk. Now he’s the state record holder in the 400 meter dash.
On April 29, Woodhall defied the odds, like he’s done his entire life, and set the Utah state record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.56 seconds, the 10th fastest time in the country this season, according to athletic.net.
A few days ago there was a post that featured 4 of the best runners in my lifetime and it said that if you had to choose any one of them to cut in their prime who would it be? The choices were Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and Bo Jackson. Immediately without thought when I saw it I let Emmitt go. As I stared at the picture more and more, I started to ask myself why? Why Emmitt?
Everyone attributes Emmitt’s success to his offensive line. Upon further review, I decided that maybe before making a rushed decision based on what I remember, maybe I should go watch a little film. I can honestly say that I was in middle and high school when Bo was relevant and I was in elementary school when Walter Payton was relevant. Continue reading
Last night as I watched the Women’s National Championship game I was intrigued by the multitude of match ups prevalent in the game. The giant killer Mississippi State (who knocked off UConn) and the juggernaut South Carolina Lady Gamecocks were going to square off for the third time of the season. Several factors made this game unique:
- Both teams were from the same conference. It happens sometimes but very rarely do you get teams who are from the same conference in a National Championship game.
- Mississippi State has never won a national championship of any kind in any sport.
- South Carolina had never won a women’s national championship.
- Both coaches were competing to win their first ever national championship.
- Dawn Staley was trying to become the second African-American female to ever win a national championship in women’s hoops.
I was excited for both teams but the fact that Dawn Staley was coaching the Gamecocks Continue reading
Yesterday my homie Kenny Masenda and I came up with this theory of how an HBCU could actually win the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. In theory it sounds so ridiculous but in reality it’s all about selling the dream. All it will take is 3 5 star players committing to come to the right program and balling with a coach who can lead them. Look at it like Jalen Rose, Chris Weber, and Juwan Howard coming to any HBCU as a group and pairing with the one or two legit ballers that were able to sneak throug the cracks. I used the three members of the fab 5 as examples because that was their initial plan but for some reason they decided on Michigan instead of an HBCU last minute. The question is…. What is it going to take to get those 5 star kids who are already going to the NBA regardless to consider an HBCU and make this a reality?
As we made our way through the information there were a few things that were stated as constants. Continue reading
Being a part of something small is easy and can offer success. There are guys who deliver in a big way on the small stage. This past year I’ve seen first hand how guys can be spectacular on the small stage and occasionally step up in big situations but for some reason they melt down when given the biggest of stages.
In order to make history you have to be willing to accept a challenge, meet it head on, and excel in the process. What does that mean? It means that the people who lead have to be able to lead and carry when the opportunity presents itself. Continue reading
I am that person that hates to see the end of a era. There’s something bittersweet about saying goodbye to the people you grew to love especially in the sports world. The end of an era is coming for a lot of my current sports heroes. In the NBA the classes of 2002 and 2003 are by far my favorite classes. They were loaded with guys that made me enjoy the NBA again. A few guys from years before are still relevant in the NBA but that class is about to reach the point where you start circling the opportunities to see them play the next few years because father time is ready to start calling them to the land of the retired.
The NFL is a different animal all together. Sometimes players have to be moved because they are just too expensive or because the team needs to switch things up. Today I have to let go of my quarterback. Tony Romo has been the centerpiece of my fandom for the Dallas Cowboys for almost 8 years now. Continue reading
Earlier this week we watched the release of 2 of the greatest running backs of the modern era. Both Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson have been staples of NFL running games for the past 7 years. Now Charles, 30, and Peterson, 31, have found themselves in the unemployment line. Considered washed up and used goods. On the exterior they have to feel as if they have lots of life left in their bodies. The reality is that very few runners are productive past their 30th birthday.
Why? The reality is that the wear and tear of a running back is extreme. All it really takes is one max carry season and the next season will be riddled with injuries. There are many that subscribe to the thought that the curse of 370 is just a hoax. I’m here to tell you that the curse of 370 is real. Just ask Demarco Murray, Larry Johnson, Terrell Davis, Jamaal Lewis, Curtis Martin, Earl Campbell, Barry Foster, and Shaun Alexander. Continue reading