One Pitch at a Time, in the Extra Innings of Life

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

One-Two Punch at Parkinson’s Disease

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

HEART Behind the Plate

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

Disproving the Millennial Theory

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

MAINSTREAM Women ~ EXTREME Sport

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

Pee-Wee Team Steps Offsides with the Whip/Nae Nae

Pee-Wee football consists of pint-size players, resembling bobble heads, running around the field dressed in gear grossly disproportionate to their bodies, with jerseys sometimes hanging down to the knee. Sports fan or not, if you’ve never been to a Pop Warner league game, you don’t know what you’re missing! The miniature football players do attempt to execute plays and should one of them break a long … Continue reading Pee-Wee Team Steps Offsides with the Whip/Nae Nae

No FUTbol = No FOOTball

Jamaican-born girl’s high school soccer coach, Leon Powell, tells his Lamar School Varsity team that if they don’t ‘kick up their game’ he will require extra practices that would conflict with the ‘other Futbol’ game times – American football. That would mean players would miss out on Friday Night Lights AND College games on Saturdays. Needless to say, they rose to the occasion and delivered … Continue reading No FUTbol = No FOOTball

KICKBALL – NOT Just for Kids

Remember childhood days of playing kickball? In the past, if you didn’t grow up to be a professional athlete you were limited on options to play competitive team sports… as a grown-up. In recent years, adult recreational co-ed sports leagues started popping up all over the country and they’re continuing to boom in popularity; mostly Kickball and Dodgeball. These sports provide a creative way to … Continue reading KICKBALL – NOT Just for Kids

I Want the Green Jacket

It’s no secret I’ve never graced the beautiful and perfectly manicured greens along side the sandy bunkers at Augusta National Golf Club… ahhh, the MASTERS. This invitation-only tournament is to golf as the Super Bowl is to football. While there are several parallels, there are also differences – the biggest one that stands out to me is the fact that the winner is the one … Continue reading I Want the Green Jacket

Ice, Ice BABY!

Southern Belle newsflash: I don’t do hockey because it’s too cold. Anything that involves below freezing temps is not for me – hence, the reason I moved to Florida. HOWEVER, I did watch a hockey game that I’ll never forget. It was one for the record books and still considered the greatest hockey moment in Olympic history. After 35 years, it’s actually one of the … Continue reading Ice, Ice BABY!