Craig Sager’s Inspirational Speech at the 2016 Espy Awards

Batavia, Illinois product and TNT NBA broadcaster Craig Sager delivered an inspirational speech at the 2016 Espy Awards.  The fight against Cancer continues, and it continues to be a theme at the Espy Awards.  The funding of Cancer research and treatment needs to be a consistent focus in the U.S. society and worldwide, as it has impacted so many of us humans, directly and indirectly.  Cheers to Craig Sager for his message of positivity, faith, love and fight in both pre-Espy’s and Espy speeches.

Mark 8:36

Work hard. As Americans, it’s just what we do.  We are hard workers.  We are driven.  We are ambitious.  Capitalism and the freedoms we are afforded in this country reward us for this.  A lot of the world doesn’t like this.  That’s not our problem.  But as you are working hard and kicking ass (figuratively) in school, business, life, remember to have balance.  Never lose yourself.  Don’t compromise your soul.  At the end of the day, and at the end of your life, money isn’t that important.  It’s necessary, like air, sure.  But remember that your integrity is more important that your net worth.

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36King James Version (KJV)

Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ featuring the Arizona Cardinals – Free

Whether you are a casual football fan or a diehard, I think you will enjoy Amazon’s new series, “All or Nothing,” for which they followed around the Arizona Cardinals for the entire 2015-2016 season.  If you like HBO’s Hard Knocks, you will definitely like this unrated look into the Cardinals’ season.  And the best part, right now, is that it’s completely free until August 31st, as long as you have an Amazon account.  I’d recommend signing up (if you haven’t).

This show is also included in Amazon Prime after August 31st.  I can also recommend Amazon Prime.  It’s an incredible service for just $99 a month (and no, nobody is paying me to write this–unfortunately).

So, check out Amazon’s “All or Nothing” if you are looking for some solid football content this offseason.  Here in Arizona, it’s helping me avoid the heat.

And by the way, I’m actually a Chicago Bears fan, but I do root for the Cardinals since I live here.  My Chicago friends like to give me a lot of shit about that…but the Cardinals originated in Chicago, so they can’t really knock me for this one.


Follow me on Twitter – @blaesch

I’m starting to resuscitate my Twitter account.  So if you enjoy Tweets about NBA basketball, college basketball, sports, business, politics, ASU, Scottsdale, Arizona, things that happen to me, motivational quotes, jokes and NetSuite ERP consulting, go ahead and follow me @blaesch.

If not, then I’ll work on my range.

Inspiration through Rocky Balboa

By now, this speech from the 2006 installment of the Rocky film franchise, “Rocky Balboa,” has circulated the Internet and made it’s rounds as a solid motivational/inspirational clip.  This version of the scene, posted on YouTube, has 1.4 million views alone.  But I figured I’d post it as well.  I seem to watch this speech, at minimum, once every 6 months to check myself.  It’s been watched in some dark times.  It’s been watched in some lighter times.  But it has definitely cemented it’s place in the foundation of motivational/inspirational material I use on a frequent basis.

Rocky’s motivational speeches could be called simple, but there is no way to argue with the wisdom and important messages they deliver to us as human’s, working to do our best to succeed at this thing called life.

Thoughts after Dallas police killings

After the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and 5 Dallas police officers this week, an African-American friend of mine posted on Facebook that, essentially, white people can never fully understand the plight of the African-American and what it’s like to live in the U.S.  Naturally, a series of comments followed.  A lot had been bubbling up inside me, as I’m sure it had for a lot of American citizens. I ultimately responded with the below comment.  These are just some of my thoughts on the current situation.  It sickens me, but I believe we as American, truly are better than this.

As a white man in America, I wholeheartedly agree that I will never completely understand the African-American struggle. It is impossible for me to have the same perspective. But what I very much do understand is human struggle. And while I can never totally understand, I do empathize and I do deeply care about it. The killings of innocent black people by police officers disturbs me, deeply. The killings of innocent police officers in Dallas disturbs me just as much. The whole situation right now sickens me. I wish I had a magic solution but there is none. But the killing of innocent people, of any color, is completely wrong. So in my opinion, there needs to be major systemic change in police departments across the country to weed out bad or racist officers, and stop the unnecessary use of excessive/lethal force. And, in my opinion, the way these stories are portrayed by the media and by politicians needs to change. As long as it’s “us versus them,” “blacks versus whites,” black versus police,” there will continue to be tension. There will always be that misguided, frustrated person who will hold onto that, easily find a gun and take action. Killing innocent, unrelated officers in Dallas does not bring back the innocent who have been killed by officers elsewhere. And it does nothing to unite the people against the real problem officers out there. All the focus in the world should go towards the individual police officers who abuse their power, and in seeing that they are removed from the force, and ensuring that their precinct takes responsibility and action. We have to, have to, have to come together as a people, have a real conversation, and focus on removing those who do wrong from power, instead of blaming an entire group. The killing of innocent people is wrong. The stereotyping and profiling of an entire people (Black, white, police officers, Jews, Muslims, Christians, etc.), it’s just wrong. It’s not honest. It’s an excuse. We need to find a way to unite, fix these issues, recognize the progress that has been made in this country, and be honest about how far we still have to go. It may be 2 steps forward, 10 steps backwards, but progress continues to be made. As long as we have checks and balances in this country, we should have the means to continue to root out those who do wrong. The good things happening in this country do seem to get drowned out by the 24-hour news cycle, but progress can’t really be stopped. I still believe that most of us in this world want to see justice. And by justice, I don’t mean revenge. My post here is more of a response to the entire comment section, not necessarily your post. I still think there is more good in the world than bad. And I know the United States is better than this.

11 Things To Remember When Going Through Tough Times

My family and I have been through a seemingly endless streak of what I’d characterize as extreme traumatic/trying/stressful situations in the past couple years–especially when you list them all together.  But even through all the pain and stress and depression, I hold onto something a friend told me a few years ago when he reminded me, “your life is still better than 90% of the people in the world.”  And it’s true.  No matter how you slice it, I’m blessed. And we are all blessed, just to be here.

So in that vein, when my Mom shared this video in a family Facebook  chat group, I watched it, and figured it was a good thing to post.  These are simple reminders, but things that anybody going through tough times should be reminded of:

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper

Here’s another great bible verse I like to read from time to time.  Whenever I’m in tough times. When I feel the world is against me. When I feel that I’m in a social situation where I’m the outsider. When a woman I wanted to date not only rejected me, but threw her new relationship in my face for months, for reasons somewhat unbeknownst to me.  When I’ve been in personal or professional situations in which I’ve let my guard down and people have taken advantage and thrown me under the bus.  Whenever I feel flat-out attacked, period, I find strength in this verse (among others):

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”

Isaiah 54:17King James Version (KJV)

For more on this verse, here’s some good analysis:

Studylight: Isaiah 54:17


San Diego to celebrate America

I’ll be heading to San Diego in the morning to celebrate American Independence Day (the 4th of July).  I’ll be staying in the Pacific Beach area.  This is an incredible place to celebrate the 4th of July.  Beautiful beach. Incredible summer weather.  Laid back, oceanside bars/restaurants.  San Diego is a great American city. Blessed to be able to make the trip.  Looking forward to an early morning drive over to “America’s Finest City,” and an extended weekend by the beach.  Happy Independence Day, everybody.  America!