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  1. Chant of the week is inspired from Footballcrazy from beinsport and is to Nadia Nadim, you can find her chant on Round 3 from my thoughts. Linked in the ebook you are listening to or the post in social media you are accessing https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/richard-murray-thoughts-round-3 Episode19 Listen to "Richard Murray Chant" on Spreaker. Enjoy the weekly thoughts , free from Kobo LINK Enjoy my poetry and comics concerning the London Blue https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kings-of-london-epic-poem-cfc-2012-2013 https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kings-of-london-epic-poem-cfc-2013-2014 https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kings-of-london-epic-poem-cfc-2014-2015
  2. I just read Cynique's lamenting I also watched the last few minutes of the Knicks win over his royal majesty Lebron James' Miami heat. Spike Lee was in the audience giving birth over the games -- sitting in a seat worth a mortgage payment. The Knick's game was close and kept the injury prone team from breaking their own record 13 straight playoff losses and a 0-7 season spanking by the Heat. But other than those observations the game really meant nothing for me. Sure there were some great shots and moves made, but the game could have been played by two completely different teams and I would have been just as unmoved. I did not care who won or lost -- the only time I do is when I have money on the game. Sometimes I think I would care more if all the Knicks actually came from and lived in New York. But maybe not. The coaches and the players come and go, switching teams so frequently it is hard to become invested an any given team's outcome. I just accept the fact I can never get very worked up over a game that I'm not actually playing in. It also makes me think about all the recent coverage over the idea of getting rid of college athletics. As a former D1 athlete I agree with the idea. I have kids at Syracuse University and Williiam & Mary. SU has a huge arena were ticket prices can exceed $100. W&M has a field that a High School might brag about. Student attend for free and Tickets cost $20. I think, net-net, W&M's system benefits the students/athletes/alumni/university more as it pertains to academic achievement. SU might send more students to the professional ranks. But the numbers are too small to really matter and SU should not be in the business of training professional athletes. The University of Chicago got rid of there football program. Was there any ill effect? What is with our nation's obsession with sports? The obsession is not explained by our concern for fitness or participation because we are a nation of overweight couch potatoes. Is it that our lives are so empty that we live vicariously through the lives of the competitors? Men seem to be effected more than women. I go to pro football games from time to time and it is mostly dudes there. Dudes who talk about the game as if they were actually in it. "We" should have done this or "we" should have done that. Or this was a great win for "us". Some people dedicate entire rooms in their homes to the activity of watching sports. Entire weekends are dedicated to watching games. I know guys who barely graduated from a low performing inner city high school but can speak with great alacrity, depth and insight on why one team is better than another. I don't get it would anyone care to explain?
  3. http://aalbc.it/vernondavis Check out our interview with Vernon Davis who was the big star in the SF 49ers upset win over the New Orleans Saints. Vernon scored the 1st touchdown and then the final one (with just 13 seconds left) before breaking down and crying on national TV. While Tim Tebow has been enjoying most of the NFL limelight lately, perhpas you'll be more inspired by Vern's story of overcoming the odds and his commitment to giving back. Plus he is a reader :-)
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