Happy Birthday

Another year has past and as much as I’d like to think the worst of it is over, I know there is much more in store for me.  You need to stay positive no matter the outcome.  I learned that a long time ago.
Going forward I know that I am truly grateful for what has been provided to me and for what I have earned.  It seems from my perspective that some of my generation, not all, but some have either given up or are waiting for something to fall in their lap.
I was in your shoes for an entire year.  I wasted an entire year of my life waiting and not acting.  Thankfully I had a strong support system to wake my lazy self up and get moving.  I know that some folks don’t have that support to help them through it, but there are great people out there ready to help.
Why am I writing this?  My words are not the most influential, but I can relate to the way people are feeling these days.  I’m here to tell you that going through tough times and coming out on top will give you the greatest feeling in the world that you can accomplish anything.  Keep your chin up and good things always come to those who seek it.
Thank you for listening and checking in.  Football is right around the corner.  October baseball will be here before you know it.  The NBA and NHL season will be starting as well.  Lots of previews coming down the pipe and maybe some surprises along the way.
Check out the Instagram feed tomorrow for some incredible throwback photos of this former bat boy (see above).

Relaunch

I told myself a while back that if an opportunity arose that would keep me from actively being involved with this site, I would step aside.  And by ‘opportunity’ I mean a job related to sports.  I don’t have a job yet related to that field, but that’s not to say that I haven’t found a new job.
Sadly I was optimistic that this new job would allow me to continue to stay up to date with this site and in fact give me more time with it.  That isn’t a knock on my new job.  I love it in fact.  I just made the mistake of thinking that jumping in to a new job would allow more time with this site.
Thankfully with time passing I have a new found energy to get back into the mode of continuing to bring the most opinionated and outspoken view of sports out there today.  You won’t find the same content here on ESPN, NFL Network, MLB Network or any sports network for that matter.
The website has a more simplistic look with some new features and ways to follow me on social media.  And as a token of my gratitude I’ll be giving you a massive preview of my favorite sport for the rest of the month of March.  I’m all in.  Thank you for continuing to check back.

 

It’s Over

So Lance Armstrong has decided to throw in the towel.  The USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) has been after him for allegedly taking PEDs during his 7 straight Tour de France victories.
Lance didn’t want to fight them anymore through arbitration and will let the USADA take away his Tour de France titles, earnings and be banned for life.
Now I can understand not wanting to go through more insane court hearings and spend all that time and money to defend yourself. But you’re Lance freaking Armstrong.  That shouldn’t be a concern for you, but I don’t know the man’s finances.  He could be in financial ruin or pretty close to it.
If you’re truly innocent, why stop fighting?  Nothing has been proven and he hasn’t failed any of the drug tests he has taken while racing.  But I have to think that he has something to hide now that he has given up.
He seemed to be pretty hell bent on proving to everyone that doubted him that he was clean and those wins were legitimate. Now all of that is done.  The sport is done.  Not that I actually cared, but it was easy to root for the guy.
He’s no better than any other prominent athlete who has been ruined by testing positive for steroids.  There is a lesson to be learned from Lance and it’s a simple one.  Unfortunately you are now guilty until proven innocent in society.  However, he had his chance to do it in the court of law where you are innocent until proven guilty.  He decided it wasn’t worth it.  Why?
We’ll never know the answer.  Probably not until he writes another book.  His idol status is gone, to me at least.  Yeah he beat cancer.  I’m not taking any of that away from him.  Yet he didn’t want to protect his innocence.  What kind of message is that?
Life gave him many lemons.  He made lemonade most of the time, but this time he chose to let it fester and just quit.  So long Lance. You’re no different than any other alleged steroid user.