Posts Tagged ‘Sports’

What does basketball have to do with second chances?

June 11, 2015
Why people are fascinated by LeBron James. (Photo Credit:  www.flickr.com)

Why people are fascinated by LeBron James. (Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com)

I know it ain’t over until the fat lady sings. She’s probably just warming up, but LeBron James has got to be feeling pretty good right about now. The NBA Finals aren’t over, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are holding it out over the Golden State Warriors, 2-1 in the series. All three games have been won by less than ten points, indicative of the thrilling nail-biting competitions these games have been.

 
Since my all-time favorite player is Magic Johnson and he hasn’t played in a while, it has been a long time since I regularly followed professional basketball. But there’s just something quite compelling about James. Whether foolhardy, cocky or simply drained from playing on a losing team, James left the Cavaliers in 2010. He left blazes behind, but it wasn’t a blaze of glory. People were actually burning photos of him and his jerseys all over town due to the abrupt and seemingly cold-hearted way he left.

 
He surfed on over to Miami amidst dreams of a “super team” comprised of James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Like many of the best laid plans this mighty threesome didn’t quite live up to all of the hype. Then James came back to Cleveland. Many fans still held a grudge over the fact that he’d left them in the first place. But the majority was just glad to have him back no matter how it happened. And then they started winning, and suddenly they are in the playoffs.

 
If the truth be told, I think the appeal of James’ journey goes far beyond sports. It reminds us all of that secret (or maybe not so secret) stupid decision we once made that we would give half of what we own to be granted a do over for, because we know it would have changed the trajectory of our lives. For many of us it may not seem like it’s possible to take a mulligan. However, when we see James getting his second chance with the Cavaliers, we can’t help but cheer to the top of our lungs because one day it just might be us getting that second chance in life. I thank you.

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Stiviano sheds visor for Barbara Walters interview; says she’s Sterling’s “silly rabbit”

May 3, 2014
Barbara Walters interviews Vanessa Stiviano on ABC's 20/20   (photo credit:  ABC handout)

Barbara Walters interviews Vanessa Stiviano on ABC’s 20/20 (photo credit: ABC handout/via Reuters)

Friday night on ABC’s ‘20/20’, Vanessa Stiviano, who now wishes to be known as V. Stiviano, was interviewed by Barbara Walters about her relationship with Donald Sterling.  Stiviano legally changed her name to the more Italian-sounding Stiviano because she felt that being a self-described black Latina; she was never accepted by society.

Walters pulled off the gloves early and asked, “Are you in love with him?”  Stiviano said she loved him.  Walters said, “that’s not exactly what I asked you.  Are you in love with him?”  After all this scandal, Stiviano said no she is not in love with him, but she does have love for him and sees him as a father figure.

Walters asked if Stiviano was still in contact with Sterling.  Stiviano said that she had just left Sterling and he was in a sad, confused and lonely state.  Stiviano said she doesn’t know why things happened the way they did, but she feels that she was put in Sterling’s life by a higher power.  She said her mission is to help guide him back to the right path.

Stiviano said that she started out being paid as Sterling’s personal assistant.  Later she started being paid off the books, hence the gifts such as the Ferrari and two Bentleys.  She said that she is his wingman, right arm, and helper.  She described herself as his “silly rabbit” because she likes to make him laugh.

Stiviano said that Sterling was overwhelmed by the situation of many negative people calling him saying derogatory things about her and that led to his frustrated outburst.  Walters asked what kinds of things people were saying to upset him.  Stiviano said that it wasn’t necessarily just about blacks or men.  She said people told Sterling that she was hanging around with gangsters, thugs, and fat women.  She said that Sterling did not think these types of people were a “good look” for her.

Stiviano said that she always tried to make sure Sterling talked to the right people, and she made sure that he only said the right things.  Walters asked Stiviano did she think Sterling should apologize.  Stiviano said that she does think he should apologize.  But when Walters asked is he going to apologize, Stiviano said that only God knows.

Stiviano says that people only heard the controversial parts of the recorded phone call.  She said they would see the type of good person Sterling is if they heard everything.  Stiviano said the world would think differently about poor Sterling if they could hear the over 15 hours of taped conversations.  Walters asked almost everything but the elephant in the room.  Did Stiviano routinely record conversations she held with Stiviano and, if so, what were her intentions?

‘Bandits’ booted from Boston Marathon 2014

April 16, 2014
VP Joe Biden was among the dignitaries commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.   (photo credit:  Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

VP Joe Biden was among the dignitaries commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. (photo credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

These are not the bandits seen in old westerns, handkerchiefs over their faces and hats pulled down low, pushing their horses to the limit to plunder the stagecoaches.  These bandits are unregistered marathon runners, and due to security concerns after last year’s bombing, they have officially been ousted from participating in the prestigious Boston Marathon 2014. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) first made its intentions known regarding bandits February 26, 2014, but reiterated it today in light of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Bandits were never encouraged to participate in the Boston Marathon, but neither were they prohibited from running.  Some of the official runners and watchers of the race were a bit bothered by them over the years because it was felt that allowing them to run wasn’t fair to the people who had put in the blood, sweat and tears to train hard enough to actually meet the rigorous qualifications.

On the other hand, the bandits just tagged along towards the back or joined friends and family who were authentic participants; popping in and dropping out at any point along the way.  They were more like mosquitoes at a barbeque; annoying, but not enough of a disturbance to shut down the party.

Some of these stowaways actually pounded the pavement with good intentions.  They used the race as a way to raise donations for their charity of choice.  One group of regular bandits through the years has been students from Boston College.  They ran in the Boston Marathon as a way to raise money and awareness for a special-education school.

Boston Marathon officials are tightening security this year and no unofficial runners will be allowed.  Every runner must wear a bib and number issued exclusively by the BAA.  This will make it easier for spotters (officials sprinkled throughout the race) to pinpoint those who are suspicious or don’t belong.  You can find a full listing of where to watch live online streaming and television broadcasts of the Boston Marathon here.

Obesity: The Winnable War at Home

August 18, 2012

Obesity in America

Photo Credit:  eBaum’s World

Hot off of the fantastic coverage and thrills of the 2012 Summer Olympics, most people are slowly settling back into their normal routines.  Yes, it was fun to watch our favorite athletes as they performed incredible feats, broke records, won medals and made their bodies do things that most of us can’t recall doing recently, if ever.  For many of us, jumping up and down as we cheered them on was the most exercise we’d had in awhile.  And therein lies the problem.  Whether we viewed the Olympic games from our sofa, bed, or the local bar stool, we were watching.  Not only the Olympics, but we watch football, baseball, hockey, tennis, and many other sports from our living room.  All of this watching, along with other lifestyle habits, has led to an increase in health problems in American.  One of the fastest growing threats is… continue reading more