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New Beginnings

At the end of last year’s season, the reality of the situation in Cleveland was that the Browns had holes all over their roster — despite having 14 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft — and they were still a long way away from being able to compete in the AFC North. The offensive line was ragged and the defensive…

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Early Success

Each week a football team faces different challenges from the opposing team. Each game plan is different. It might be a strong emphasis on passing. Or perhaps an almost superhuman running back tipping the odds. Or the defensive line that’s a powerful force to be reckoned with. UCLA has had a phenomenal win or two in the beginning of the…

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Block the Punt

I get excited and enthused about something I’m doing, an activity I’m involved with. Something that piques my curiosity and encourages me to learn more about it. It could be a project, a trip, an interest. Something quite vast or tiny. It could touch my heart or be an intellectual pursuit. Sometimes when I share this, others may rain on…

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Being Grounded

It’s Rockport, Texas after Hurricane Harvey. The small town was desolated. In the words of a young football player, “It looks like a bomb went off.” The Rockport- Fulton Pirates looked out of their homes and nothing looked familiar. Homes were gone. Streets torn up. Trees strewn across lawns and highways. Landmarks whisked away. It would have been easy to…

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Riding on Past Success?

I achieve a big goal. Something I’ve always wanted. If you’re like me, maybe it’s losing the X number of pounds you wanted to shed. Or kept to your three times a week exercise program. Or kept your promise of a positive attitude for 3 weeks. It’s like a team taking stock after winning the Super Bowl. They achieved the…

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Don’t Get Stuck in the Past

The NFL season is about to begin, and the season opener is the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the New England Patriots. Flash back to September 7, 2008. These same two teams were pitted against each other for the first game of the season. Tom Brady, MVP quarterback for New England, took a tremendous hit on his left leg as he…

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Fall is Here

Autumn is just beginning to make itself felt, with light fingers of cooler weather in the mornings. As I step out for my morning jaunt, I pull on my hoodie for some warmth. Halfway through the sashay, off it comes for my body is moving right along by then. The afternoons are still warm, punctuated by monsoon thunderstorms. But early…

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