I often refer to my athletic family which dates back to my grandfather, George Lackey (and his siblings in Lauderdale County, MS), including my mom and her sister, our many cousins, my brother, my four sisters, my own sports involvement, my son and even with my husband (former competitor, soccer/track coach). Now, the tradition continues with my nieces and nephews. I’m the oldest of my … Continue reading Losing is a (Good) Life Lesson
I’m not sure where you live, but I’m in the FL panhandle and the weather is super HOT right now – beginning of October and I saw 100 degrees in the car this weekend. Regardless of where you are and what your weather is like, I want to know if you’re a TRUE FAN or a FAIR WEATHER fan?! I’ve been blown away lately at … Continue reading TRUE Fan or FAIR Weather?
In the weeks preceding the College Football Playoff rankings all we have is the AP Top 25. For what seems like FOREVER NOW, guess who’s sitting at the top position?! Yep, Alabama. Saban Nation. Crimson Tide. Bear’s Boys. Recruiting Phenoms. Five Star Player Overload. Facilities out the ying-yang. National Championship Mega Trophy Case. I could go on and on, but I won’t! I have many … Continue reading Current Rankings Don’t Matter – Who’s Gonna Beat Bama?!
I grew up in the South and I’ll be honest and admit that I was surrounded by others that were hyperfocused on football, basketball, (and maybe softball along with track and field)! Back in my high school days we didn’t even have a soccer program, but things have definitely changed over time… and for the better! I relocated to the Emerald Coast 11 years ago … Continue reading Building a Strong Foundation… One BRICK at a Time
Remember the sports headlines from 1986? If not, let me refresh your memory and enlighten those that have no recollection of it whatsoever because they weren’t even born yet. The year was 1986. The NCAA college football national champ was Penn State, the Mets won the world series, Boston Celtics were the NBA champs, and Becker and Navratilova took Wimbledon by storm. Ronald Reagan was … Continue reading It was 1986
Finally, after months, all the college football fans got their fix a few days ago during kickoff weekend with Week 1 (post Week Zero) of NCAA College Football. If you’re not a true fan you won’t understand, but for those of you who do, you can relate to the feeling I experienced leading up to that day…. chill bumps, hair standing up on my arms and … Continue reading Not Panicking with Hurricane Season – Mild Gusts from Week 1
I’ve been waiting (very impatiently) for College Football to start and now it’s upon us… THANK GOODNESS! While it’s hard to fathom December weather at this point, with current Florida temps in the upper 90’s and 100% humidity, the fact of the matter is… it’s Officially FOOTBALL SEASON! ~ THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR ~ It’s the most wonderful time of the year. … Continue reading ‘TIS THE SEASON – FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Considering football is over, along with NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball, I’ve found myself watching sporting events I don’t normally tune into… like GOLF. It’s not that I don’t like GOLF – it’s a little slow for me in the ‘action category’ and everyone speaks softly so it’s hard to hear at times, with the exception of the occasional clapping and spontaneous cheer in the … Continue reading Flip Flops Hole in One…
It could be said that Relief Pitchers need to have a short memory – to forget about what happened prior to being called from the Bullpen and instead, to concentrate on what’s ahead of them to get the win. Florida native, Zac Curtis, is making a splash in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Philadelphia Phillies as a Lefty Relief Pitcher. Ironically, it’s his obstacle-filled past … Continue reading From Big Obstacles to Big Leagues
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