How many times do we hear athletes refer to their coaches as parent figures, role models and someone who positively impacted their entire lives? We hear that all the time because it’s true. We don’t expect to also say, ‘My Coach literally saved my life’ but that’s exactly what happened on Valentine’s Day, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL when three … Continue reading My Coach Saved My Life
Speaking as a Mississippi State University fan (and alum), I’ve seen my share of last place finishes, not only in the SEC West, but in the SEC as a whole. It is what it is, but my never wavering support of a college that historically has NOT been at the top of the SEC football food chain is exactly what defines me as a true State … Continue reading If You Ain’t 1st, You’re Last (or FIRED) in the SEC
Sports imitate life and prepare us in ways we cannot imagine. As a young boy in Florida, the now 58-year-old Bobby Pierce played whatever sport was in season, rode bikes with his friends, and went swimming at every opportunity. He believes his athletic ability and competitive nature was developed during those years. Little did he know at that time, he would emerge, not only as … Continue reading One Pitch at a Time, in the Extra Innings of Life
PLAYER TO PLAY-CALLING… Back on His Home Turf How many kids play the game of football, and later as an adult, get to coach others in the same sport? Actually, a lot of coaches were former players in their youth, but few have the opportunity to circle back around to lead athletes at their alma mater. After 28 years of coaching elsewhere, Loren Tillman, 1989 … Continue reading HOME TURF
When John Chapman was in the fifth grade, his dad, a boxer in the military, gave him a speed bag. This ignited a spark that would lead to 42 years in kickboxing. Little did John know, when he was nine years old, he would someday use boxing to manage his Parkinson’s Disease (PD), as well as positively impact others battling with the same diagnosis. I … Continue reading One-Two Punch at Parkinson’s Disease
It’s the championship game in the bottom of the ninth, the score is tied with two outs and the bases are loaded. The home team’s batter steps up to the plate and after five pitches, it’s a full count. One more strike and all hopes are dashed for the title. In baseball, there’s nothing like that exact moment and it’s a feeling Cornel Burnette knows … Continue reading HEART Behind the Plate
If you pay attention to the news media it’s likely you will hear frequent references to Millenials, also known as “Generation Me.” By definition, the term refers to people born in the early 1980s to the early 2000s and they’ve been characterized by their lack of work ethic, sense of entitlement, and a narcissistic outlook. In recent years, you can add to the list a … Continue reading Disproving the Millennial Theory
Most people have a desire to belong to something or participate in an activity aside from their daily jobs and roles at home. A group of FL panhandle women have chosen something more intense than a mainstream hobby. Members of the Panama City Sugar Sands Roller Dolls (SSRD) derby team are engineers, CEO’s, active duty military, stay-at-home moms, and resort directors, just to name a … Continue reading MAINSTREAM Women ~ EXTREME Sport
Last year a determined athlete tried out for football at Mowat Middle School in Lynn Haven, FL, but didn’t make the team. Some of the older players expressed criticism about this sixth grader who was trying out for the football team. They said, “What’s she doing out here?” Yes, SHE. Allison Boyer, now a seventh grader, remembered those remarks and it motivated her to work even harder … Continue reading Just One of the Guys!
Obviously, ‘fan’ is short for FANATICAL and sports seem to drive people to do fanatical things. There are too many instances to mention, but one recent fan brought victory celebration to the national forefront. Last weekend University of Georgia fan, Michael DiNardo, literally jumped through a glass window after the Bulldogs came back to score against the Missouri Tigers to win the game. He wound up … Continue reading What Makes a Sports Fan… FANATICAL?