Unscripted with Joey Powell – Me Fine Foundation

Several years ago I began following Joey Powell on twitter. As an empath, I find deep connections with those that I follow on twitter. It’s just the way I am wired. Their stories become stories I follow too. Their passions become things I am passionate about as well. Joey Powell is not only the host of multiple podcasts for Inside Carolina, he is also the Executive Director for an amazing foundation called “Me Fine.”
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Why Grown Men Cried

It’s been over 24 hours now. My wife is probably glad I’ll quit talking about if he will or if he won’t return. I wanted to write this yesterday but this is my first chance to get enough time to put it all into words. Before I really get into it, I need to unpack a few things. Hopefully you’ll stick around for the whole post. Especially if you’re not from Cleveland or Ohio. Even if you swore you’d never forgive what Lebron did or if you care less about basketball. Maybe after reading his essay (which will be 100 … Continue reading Why Grown Men Cried

Storming The Court

Last night UNC beat duke in the first of their two meetings this season. It was a great game and the rivalry never disappoints. Immediately following the game, the fans “stormed the court.” As soon as ESPN cut to the highlights of the game, they began to question if this should have been done. This, after all, is North Carolina. Just so we’re clear, I tweeted this as soon as I saw it: https://twitter.com/AaronConrad/status/436716914111303680 As you can see, I didn’t agree with it. I think it gives a more talented rival fuel for a game that will take place in … Continue reading Storming The Court

Kinda Like Camelot

I love this town. Last night around 9:45 I was less than pleased. Chris Perez had just blown a critical save for the Indians…..again. With so much riding on every win and loss at this point in the season, our beloved Indians cannot afford to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It doesn’t help when the guy serving up the home runs (2 in the 9th inning last night) has been less than appreciative of the fan base and his own teammates. But there we were. As Bob Baptist tweeted… So I tuned in in the bottom of the … Continue reading Kinda Like Camelot

What Danny Green Can Teach Us

Have you been watching the NBA Finals? Even if you haven’t you’ve probably seen an unfamiliar name trending on twitter and featured in the highlights on ESPN. Former Tar Heel Danny Green is literally setting Finals records with a 3-point shooting display beyond imagination. He passed “being on fire” around game 3 and it now flat out getting buckets. Everyone is surprised….but me….and Danny Green. It’s been well documented, but Danny was drafted in the second round out of The University of North Carolina (pause for respect….) by the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s right, my favorite NBA team drafted one of … Continue reading What Danny Green Can Teach Us

Embracing Your Two Point O.

Have you ever quit a dream job? Ever get let go from a job? Ever end a relationship or quit training for something only to regret or miss it after time passed? Today I watched a press conference for new Cavaliers Coach, Mike Brown. Look, I’m a Cleveland guy so I still follow the teams (except the Browns, I left that camp a long time ago) and all the drama. Yes, I sat there tonight and watched a 30 minute presser and I’m not sure why. Yet I did take some lessons from that 30 minutes so it wasn’t a … Continue reading Embracing Your Two Point O.

My 2013 Tournament Predictions

You have no idea how much this sickens me. Honestly. For a guy that bleeds Carolina Blue, it was very difficult to fill out this bracket. But it is that season and we are diehard college hoop fans at our house. The other 4 members of my house actually completed their brackets Sunday night. In true form, the girls usually win the challenge and Princess 2.0 usually takes home the crown. That tells you what my picks are worth. Disclaimers out of the way, here it is…. (Printable Version HERE) Full Analysis: Every year, I automatically take UNC and pencil … Continue reading My 2013 Tournament Predictions

I’m also an agent

In all the books I’ve ever read about fatherhood, I have yet to find one that listed “agent” as one of the duties. Maybe the world has changed and evolved since those books were written. Maybe it’s just our town, but based on what I’m hearing, it’s everywhere. It’s a little crazy, but it is what it is. I am my kids Dad and I’m also their agent. For a small price, I will be your kids agent too….(not true). The great Jerry Maguire once said… I will not rest until I have you holding a Coke, wearing your own shoe, … Continue reading I’m also an agent

When It Was Just A Game

We didn’t have “flat bills”. We folded ours and put them in our back pocket. Our hats weren’t fitted. They were mesh in the back and had snaps to make them fit. We didn’t have fancy logos, letters or numbers on the hats. Our teams didn’t have fancy names. We were sponsored by a local car dealer or business. You didn’t pick your team or teammates. You were put on a team and made new friends. When you hit a home run, you got a banana split at Dairy Queen – not recruited to a new team. Our bats were … Continue reading When It Was Just A Game

The Program

PHILADELPHIA – In 2000, three janitors at the football building at Pennsylvania State University saw Jerry Sandusky engaged in activities that one said he found more upsetting than the worst combat injuries he witnessed in the Korean War. Read the Freeh report here. This janitor watched Sandusky pinning a young boy inside a locker-room shower and performing oral sex on him. At the time, none of the janitors said anything to anyone. Bringing bad PR to coach Joe Paterno “would have been like going against the president of the United States in my eyes. … Football runs this university,” one worker … Continue reading The Program

With Grace

We just got done watching the Olympic Qualifying coverage on NBC. The Olympics are always a great inspiration and carry incredible story lines of courage, perseverance, failure and achievement. Now that we have an aspiring gymnast under our roof, that set of events gets major airtime in our home. As I just watched, I couldn’t help but think of one word to describe the moment… Grace In case you missed it, an American sweetheart from the 2008 games, Nastia Liukin, was making one final push for the 2012 games. She’s not the favorite any longer. In a sport where the … Continue reading With Grace

Tyler Zeller is Second

I’m not going to lie, I’m still pretty cheesed that the Cavs totally dropped the ball last night in not drafting Harrison Barnes. Obviously I am biased. I bleed Carolina Blue. Even if you removed that, you’ll be hard pressed to find many sites today that think Dion Waiters was a good choice there (besides Cavs.com). Even Thomas Robinson would have been a beast in the low post next to Tristan Thompson and the guy you’re about to meet. I’ll get over it, but trust me when I tell you that Cleveland will regret that 4th pick last night for … Continue reading Tyler Zeller is Second

Super Bowl Squares Contest

Tis the season… With the Super Bowl just a few short weeks away, I have an opportunity for those interested to possibly win some cash while sponsoring the Hilliard Red Baron’s baseball team. Because I’m not really smart enough to understand how this whole thing works, see the link below for the full details of how it’s going to run. This much I know, it’s $20 to get a square and you have a chance to win $200 each quarter. Not a bad return on your investment. All of the proceeds of this fundraiser go directly to your Back-to-Back Big … Continue reading Super Bowl Squares Contest

Flagrant thoughts…

Several thoughts here…. 1. Wasn’t this kid in the movie “Teen Wolf”? 2. How exactly did he make this team in the first place? 3. If you thought he was big, check out the dude that checked in for him. 4. How many times did we need to see the replays? It was like the Theisman video. 5. I’m pretty sure I saw Coach K there recruiting this kid. Look close. He’s there. 6. All kidding aside. If this school has any backbone, they will at least suspended him from the team until he learns to move his feet and … Continue reading Flagrant thoughts…

6 Points in 30 seconds.

Day two of the Capital Tournament was insane. Austin and his Wildcats teammates went into today needing 3 wins to win the championship. The first two games were hard fought. Austin won the first game with a steal at and layup with time running out. It was the second straight game he did that. The next game was close for awhile, but the Wildcats were able to hold on for the win. The the Championship game came… From the jump ball, the Wildcats looked completely gassed. The first two games had taken their toll and they looked totally flat. They … Continue reading 6 Points in 30 seconds.