The Importance Of Sports After A Tragedy

April 19, 2013

May we never get used to tragedy: explosions, suspicious packages, acts of terrorism, attacks on where we live and attacks on who we are. America is a mighty nation and the eyes of the world are always upon us. The desire of most in the world is to come to America. The desire of some in the world is to destroy America. Yet, attack after attack we always bounce back. We become more determined and resilient. Resilient has two meanings. One: to recover quickly from difficult conditions. Two: to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed. I like the second definition. Americans may bend but we will not break.

I believe sports play a major role in our ability to bounce back so quickly. Before anyone objects, this blog is about sports. I also believe in family, faith, friendship, and patriotism. All of these make this country great and a great people makes this country strong. Even though we are from different walks of life, sports enables us to find a common ground. (Defeating the enemy is also common ground). I live in Kentucky but have an affinity with and connection to Cubs fans all over the country. Through Facebook and Twitter, we share joys, triumphs, sorrows, and tragedies. We can be there for one another and we have never met in person. In times of tragedy, we can even show support to the fans of the teams we cheer against. Our common ground: sports. Read the rest of this entry »


Uneducated or Unamerican: How Can Anyone Not Love Baseball?

May 14, 2010

I could not believe my ears recently when I overheard two friends discussing their lack of love, even disdain, for baseball.  Of course, I immediately informed them that they were no longer my friends.  Just Kidding.  However, it did get me to thinking.  I’m like the next guy.  I love sports.  Can’t play them; but love them.  Whether it’s pro-football, college football, college basketball, golf or bowling, I’ll watch and cheer like everyone else.  I even watch some ‘not so favorite’ sports during the playoffs like pro-basketball, hockey, and soccer.  BUT, how can someone who lives in America not love baseball?  I asked my non-baseball “friends” if they were stupid or unpatriotic.  We had a good laugh, but I now have the challenge to help them see that baseball is the greatest game ever played.

 Each sport has its unique exciting moments: 3-pt buzzer beater, hail mary for a touchdown, flip-kick for a goal, power play goal, etc.  However, there are nuances in baseball that are not found in any other sport.  Recently, we all witnessed another perfect game.  Not just a shut-out or no-hitter; but the perfect game.  It’s even more exciting if both pitchers have a no-hitter going into the late innings.  Boring? NO! Thrilling? YES! Read the rest of this entry »


Top Baseball Movie Voted By Cubs Tweeps

April 12, 2010

I love baseball.  I love the Chicago Cubs.  I love talking about baseball, watching baseball, and dreaming about baseball.  There is nothing like heading to the ballpark, taking in batting practice, standing for the National Anthem, and staying to end to see your team get the W.  I even love watching movies about baseball. Whether fiction or true story, there is nothing like watching a movie that gives a glimpse inside the greatest game ever played.  Kevin Costner has almost made a career out of baseball movies.  I thought it would be fun to put out a simple question to all the Cubs Tweeps. “What is your favorite baseball movie?”  There has always been a special bond between Cubs Fans.  No matter the city. No matter the state. No matter the country.  One glimpse of Cubs logo gear and immediately you know you have a brother or sister who has had every emotional you have ever felt during a game.  You desire the same thing: Cubs Win! Cubs Win! You both dream of the day when the Cubs will win the World Series.  So, I think Cubs Fans are the smartest fon the planet.  Who better to judge baseball movies?  Here are your winners.  I could not resist also throwing in my top ten.

Cubs Tweeps
6. Little Big League
6. Bad News Bears
6. The Rookie
4. A League Of Their Own
4. Bull Durham
3. Major League
2. The Natural
1. Field Of Dreams

CubNationKY Top Ten
10. A League Of Their Own (I like Tom Hanks)
9. Eight Men Out (Shows the good & the bad side of the game)
8. The Pride Of The Yankees (A Classic)
7. Bad News Bears (C’mon! You know you like it)
6. For The Love Of The Game (Costner)
5. Bull Durham (Costner)
4. The Natural (‘Nuff Said)
3. Major League (You’re in good hands – Dennis Haysbert)
2. Field of Dreams (Costner)
1. The Rookie (Awesome True Story)


“We Believe” Trailer

April 10, 2010