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.
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
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
The other day we were watching NBA games and realized that there just weren’t many white players on the court. Even looking at the teams benches, it became apparent that there just aren’t that many white players in the NBA. Most of the white players in the NBA who contribute at a high level are not of American decent.
Looking closer, I got more interested in who were the top white players in the NBA. Here is the Top 10 list that I came up with. Continue reading
A few times in our lives we get a chance to stand for something great. Whether it be something political, moral, or something that provides self gratification. Sometimes we have to let go of something we love in order for the stance to take on the meaning in which we intended.
The CIAA Tournament is a tournament of pageantry, tradition and celebration. While attending the CIAA Tournament you are guaranteed to find yourself in a good time. Fun ranges from step shows, concert entertainment, to day parties and fish fries within minutes of the basketball action. Continue reading
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