The 2016 Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. Absolutely incredible. I was able to watch the Game 5 win from Wrigleyville and watch Games 6 & 7 with my Dad in Indianapolis. My Dad and I are both White Sox fans but it doesn’t matter. It played out perfectly. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Incredible.
You’re not supposed to be here, but you are. This new Nike Basketball commercial featuring Lebron to kick off the 2016-2017 NBA season is really well done. Dare I say, it even left me sentimental, and almost with a tear in my eye, as I reminisced over my own high school basketball career (career is a loose term) and a time I came out of nowhere to block a shot, pinning it against the glass in a summer league game. The stakes weren’t quite as high, but this took me back there. Great commercial.
Make the most of every day. Life is a gift. Be in the moment. Stay hungry. Stay humble. Keep working. Believe.
The Miami Marlin’s Dee Gordon hit his first home run of the season on Monday night, right after honoring late teammate Jose Fernandez. It’s an all around great moment, and the response from the dugout is the definition of TEAM. If anybody ever tries to tell you that the negatives of sports outweigh the positives, don’t listen.
Then, just a night later, Aledmys Diaz, childhood friend of Jose Fernandez, in his first game back after the memorial service, honors his friend and hits his first career grand slam to put the Cardinals up 5-2 in the bottom of the 4th. The Cardinals went on to win 12 – 5.
Say what you will. Even if you chalk it up to coincidence or happenstance, it makes these individual acts of hitting home runs under these circumstances no less incredible. These are uplifting moments.
Sometimes in life, you’ll be in a situation with your team, company, support system, friends, whatever the group, and you’ll just have this overwhelming sense of self belief, in knowing that you can accomplish what may not be believed, or thought to be the best approach, by anyone but yourself. I always remember a time in elementary school when I raised my hand to answer a teacher’s true or false question, and I was the only one in the class who raised my hand, and I was right. I also always remember this scene from Hoosiers (my favorite movie of all time), which is even more fresh in my memory after watching it on a recent flight back to Phoenix from Detroit. Sometimes you just have to say it. “I’ll make it.”
Just heard an awesome story on the NBC Olympic coverage. Michael Phelps alternated between watching Olympic coverage and the movie Hoosiers for motivation last night, prior to his record-extending 23rd Olympic medal, and 19th gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro tonight.
Hoosiers has always been one of my favorite movies. And growing up a Midwestern basketball player, in the heart of Illinois, with an entire family of Hoosiers and Indiana connections, it’s always been my favorite sports movie. Hands down. I grew up as a kid with a framed Hoosiers movie poster on my wall. (My mom was a cheerleader for the 1975–76 Indiana Hoosiers basketball team, led by Bobby Knight, who went 32-0 and won the National Championship.) My entire family went to IU (except for me).
Hoosiers has always been an inspirational movie for me. It goes without saying that it was pretty cool to hear that Phelps used it as motivation. If you haven’t seen the classic from David Anspaugh and Angelo Pizzo, I highly recommend it.
Go Team USA.