For years I have talked about having my own blog to put out my opinions and thoughts on numerous topics. Mainly sports will be covered because that is my passion but I am sure I will hit on other major topics as I see fit. Since I have somehow managed to miss out on the opportunity to turn my passion into my occupation thus far I feel this will be a good start for me to maybe one day reach that point.
I figure the best way to start is to say a few things about myself and what drives me currently. I always figured that one day I would be a writer. Someone who would be able to put pen to paper in a quality enough way that others would enjoy reading what I had to say. That part of me has never changed. I always have something to say no matter what the topic. I am also a very passionate person so these opinions that I have are very strong and well rooted in what I believe in. And how does that link to sports you may be wondering? Well that part in quite simple. I’ve played sports since a very young age. On the field or the court is where I feel most at ease. It is where I am most social and by far where I have the most confidence. Granted confidence is not something that I have lacked in during the course of my days so you can just only imagine how much more it is evident while I am playing something. Some say that, that is a bad thing but I wholeheartedly disagree. If you want to be great at something you have to believe that it is possible. You have to not only be confident in your abilities but also be willing to fail. That is apart of having the confidence to try. Sometimes you do fail. It’s part of life. Those who are truly great in any endeavor in life are those who get up each time they fall and once again say “I can do it.” or “I want the ball in my hands while the game is on the line.” Those are they who know that all of their failures have led to the point where they know they will succeed. I have always viewed myself as one of those people. I know I can do anything when I put my mind to it. There is nothing too big that I cant conquer it as long as I am willing to work and dedicate myself to that end. That is probably why when I play sports I love to play the key positions. I enjoy the responsibility of having a teams fate in my hands on a given night. I’m sure this is why I play goalie in soccer, pitcher in softball and setter in volleyball as well as being about the biggest gunner on a basketball floor that you’ve ever seen (picture if you will Antoine Walker with even less of a conscience about where and when to shoot with a little more swagger). I want to be the one who makes sure we win.
Now on to the part of my life that pays the bills. While having no intention of this, somehow I managed to have an occupation where I can listen to sports and sports talk all day long. This can be both a wonderful and a very painful thing. Now don’t get me wrong, listening to games is one of my favorite things. It’s the discussion of those games afterwards that drives me to the brink of insanity. Most of the “so-called” experts don’t know the games of which they speak. They aren’t firm in their opinions but also aren’t willing to state when they are wrong. Now let’s be honest, none of us are right 100 percent of the time. its okay to admit when you don’t know something or you messed up. I for one am wrong all the time. One thing I do have going for me is a wonderful memory (which is very key when talking about sports, especially its history). And the other thing is I absolutely love to watch, analyze, and discuss games to no end. You can ask my wife. She can surely attest to that fact. I love discussions on who is the best third basemen of all time and how you quantify the defensive side of the game to get the right outcome. I relish talking about who the best point guards are and what is a more valuable trait too have at that position; is it more important to be a great distributor or a great scorer? Do you need to be great vocally to be the kind of leader to make your team great. these kinds of things fascinate me beyond comprehension.
I know that this fascination and passion I have towards sports has led me to the point where I need to put my thoughts and opinions out there. I have a voice that needs to be heard. Mostly so that I don’t drive my wife crazy, but also because in my (over-confident) mind I know that I’m insightful and funny and thought-provoking.