Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
In my 27 years, I have NEVER watched an entire Pres. Address to Congress. I know everyone didn't vote for President Obama, but we must look in depth at the social impact of his Presidency. More young people voted in this election than ever before. That means the youth of America who have gone astray from being socially conscious are taking our country back.
My confidence has been reassured in our country and our leadership. If you watched and listened to yesterday’s address yours is too. In this time when banks are failing, businesses are drowning, and millions are losing their homes, decisive action must be taken. Since Pres. Obama has been in office, Congress has worked as efficiently and as timely as it has in a long time. Congress spent so much time in the last couple years investigating and wasting resources on steroids. That time could have been spent on issues that matter 1000 times more like alternative energy, health care, and education. America’s leaders have allowed "politics" and self interest to cloud their judgment and their decision making which puts us all at risk.
People will read this and say I’m a professional athlete and I'm not affected at all. Wrong. Like so many other people I have seen my investments and 401k crushed. So, that led me to look outside and think, if I'm affected by this so heavily, I can’t even begin to know how people who are hardworking, tax paying Americans who have lost or are losing their homes feel.
Our leaders, banks, and crooked people on Wall Street are at fault, but the reality is that we the people have to stand up and take some responsibility ourselves. As Pres. Obama said we knew we couldn't afford some of the houses and cars that were bought. It is time for us to stop trying to keep up with the Jones' or live like the Combs' (Sean "P.Diddy" Combs) when our income, savings, and financial plan don't allow it. If no one else will do their jobs, we have to take responsibility for ourselves and secure our futures. That means saving money and educating ourselves about investing, and investing in our most valuable resource, our children. We must invest our time, energy, and values into our children. Children need to be mentored and have POSITIVE male role models and be taught about God.
My car was just broken into a couple days ago. I am angry. But I'm concerned more for the future because crime spiking now is just the tip of the iceberg if we don't get this system fixed. I believe it is a result of us not investing in our children. I know there will always be crime, but these times are tough and people are up against the wall. Children see their parent(s) struggling and they want a way out. Kids feel like they have no hope because of absentee parents and the educational system is failing them.
There is good news. Since Pres. Obama has been in office there has been decisive action. You may not agree with everything and every bill that has passed or the amounts the government is going to spend, but the government is working. We will recover. The President and government doing something right is not going to be the answer to all our problems. It's time! It's time for us to stand up and be accountable. We have to help ourselves by investing in ourselves and families. Read a book, join a Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, spend more time building your relationship with God, go to school, do something that incorporates learning and fun with your family, and love one another as you want them to love you. Lastly, but most importantly, never compromise doing what you know in your heart is right for anything.
"Don't be afraid to stand on a mountain of "No's" for 1 "YES"." -B. Smith
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
There are 100s of NFL coaches and front office executives sitting in big comfortable chairs facing a stage like they are gonna watch a concert, equipped with note pads in hand, waiting for the show. On the sides of the stage are men who have been doing nothing but getting their bodies in shape and preparing themselves for this week.
One by one the men await their chance to parade across the stage with nothing but spandex on. As each man takes his turn, you see whispers among the crowd and occasionally you hear loud commotion as an unusual herculean man walks across the stage. Its the most bizarre thing you would ever see. Men who coach such a macho sport and teach toughness basically drooling and wooing over men with their shirt off. LOL!
The funniest thing is when its your turn to walk across the stage you look into the crowd and its the most uncomfortable feeling ever. You think..."this is wierd, why, why, why are these men looking at me like I'm a woman walking in front of a construction site or like I'm a gazelle and they are lions on the pride lands".
But that's the combine. 5 days of being poked, pulled, prodded, xrayed, MRI'd, measured, drilled, and timed. This year 328+ college players are vying for about 224 spots in April's NFL draft. After playing football for most of your life, it is one of the most important weeks of your life and little of it has to do with playing football. Sometimes players dont perform as well as they can or as well as they thought they would. Therefore, dreams come true for some players with a good showing but sometimes lifetime dreams are broken with a bad one. And the only way to recover is to hope you are picked up as a free agent and get an opportunity to show you can play.
Millions of dollars are at stake, jobs and livelihoods are on the line, and millions of dollars go into the process of finding the best players. After all this, plus watching tape, coaches still manage to draft players who cant play. You can do all the measuring and timing and interviewing you want, but the combine cannot measure the size of a mans' heart, his will to win, or his commitment to being the best.