My thoughts on athletes kneeling during the national anthem

Various U.S. athletes in various sports, namely the NFL, have used the exposure they have to television audiences recently to kneel or, in some cases, raise a fist, during the national anthem to show their disdain with our nation's racial inequality. ESPN, which reports weekly on who in the NFL protests during the anthem, sums… Continue reading My thoughts on athletes kneeling during the national anthem

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Friday night plight: Struggling in a sport? No one cares once high school ends

It's Friday, which typically means high schools here in Texas and in Ohio, where I grew up, have football games this evening. The games aren't for everyone, but they can be fun to watch, especially if you know a player. They most certainly are not fun, though, if you are watching from the sidelines. By… Continue reading Friday night plight: Struggling in a sport? No one cares once high school ends

The time I met Ohio State’s Mike Tomczak and being a good sport this season

Update: Apparently I mixed up my Ohio State quarterbacks from the 1980s whose last name begins with a "T." Turns out it was Mike Tomczak and not Tom Tupa I met when I was a boy. The text is updated to reflect that. On some weekends when I was a kid, my dad would randomly… Continue reading The time I met Ohio State’s Mike Tomczak and being a good sport this season

I was a 3rd-string quarterback, Part 2

Read Part 1 of this series with an obvious ending here! I had to throw the ball better. I worked on tightening the spiral of the football and being aware of when it left my hand—if I let it go too soon, the ball would go over the receiver's head; if I let it go… Continue reading I was a 3rd-string quarterback, Part 2

I was a 3rd-string quarterback, Part 1

For proof that dreams do come true—and that we should also be careful of what we wish for—I'm transported back to the 10th grade. The summer of 1995 is a sweaty, dusty blur that is forever ago yet easily recalled by Montel Jordan's "This is How We Do It." I was 15. A young woman… Continue reading I was a 3rd-string quarterback, Part 1