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The Family of College Football

Aug 24, 2014 -- 6:12pm
The conversation started this week when Steak Shapiro told me how jealous he was that I had a school like FSU to cheer for, to have a history with, to share experiences about. 
I hadn't really stopped to think about that.
Not everyone gets to experience the College Football Bond. Case and point .  I just visited my parents in Panama City.  My father is a Nole. Therefore , I am a Nole.
Our relationship now, usually begins and ends with FSU talk.  From Crab Leg jokes, to a trip on Saturday night to TJ Maxx to load up on FSU Gear ( they have the best stuff, best price ;)
He had his media guide out, reading it from cover to cover. We talked about national championship trip in Jan to Dallas, should we go?  Should we plan to go? 
It's fun.
I am so thankful for the College football family tradition.  It's just another way to say, I'm so excited for this week, as we kick off the college football season.  I'll be on the phone with friends and family all bleeding the garnet and gold. 
So, Yes, Steak.  You probably should be jealous.  It's a wonderful habit that I hope I never break.
The habit of loving a team, loving my family, and loving the Nole T shirt that I got at TJ Maxx for $7.99. Heck, I even bought my dad one.
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NFL Fail!

Jul 28, 2014 -- 7:54pm
Feb 15th Ray Rice allegedly struck his then girlfriend, Janay Palmer , unconscious.  They were in a casino.  The video I watched was from an elevator, where he dragged the limp body of Palmer out of said elevator.  
I was horrified .  I assumed that Ray Rice would be kicked out of the league.  That video was so disgusting, I thought the NFL King , Roger Goodell would have none of it. 
I was wrong. 
Ray Rice will be suspended for the first two games of this season.  He will be fined $529, 411.24.
His now wife, Janay Rice, HOPEFULLY  will pay the ultimate price.  Statistics show that once a man hits a woman, he will do it again.  It's called a repeat offender. Nicole Brown Simpson could probably explain more, but we know her fate.  More that case in a moment. 
Janay defended Ray to Roger Goodell during a closed door meeting  on June 16th.  Janay, you just did what most victims of domestic violence do. 
They defend their attacker.  
Your husband attacked you. 
Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to a third degree charge of aggravated assault.  
Roger Goodell should plead guilty to making a bad decision. 
I don't know what Janay told the NFL head honcho.  I know that Roger Goodell could have explained to both Mr. and Mrs. Rice, that the message has to be , that THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
Instead, it's a two game suspension.  A slap on the wrist.  Not nearly as hard a hit as Janay took that night. 
Mr. Goodell, the numbers stats don't lie when it comes to domestic abuse. Men Hitting Women.
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.*
An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.*
85% of domestic violence victims are women.*
Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.*
Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.*
Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.*
Ask Nicole Brown Simpson if she would have repeatedly defended OJ?  She did. 
She is dead.
Nicole had called the police  7 different times to report abuse by OJ> The most notable, was on New Years of 1989.  
You saw the pictures.
The Bruises. 
That was 4 years before she was killed.
I don't know Ray Rice. I've never met him.  All I've seen is the video from the elevator and what he's done on the field. 
Roger Goodell saw the same video I did.  
He missed a great opportunity to use his power for good.  To send a message to both men and women, the NFL will not tolerate hitting a woman.
A tougher suspension would have had all men, not just NFL'ers take notice, instead, he told Ray Rice to go ahead and take the field. 
He will be there for game 3 against Cleveland on Sept 21.  
Hope Janay is still ok by then. 
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Put down that phone!

Jul 16, 2014 -- 6:42pm
Just came off of a glorious 10 day vacation!    And this year, I really went out of my way to getaway from social media. 
No Facebook, no Twitter. 
And I lived to tell. 
It's a real re-charge when you can put the phone down.  
Apparently, not everyone can pull that off.  Case and point,   I was with my boyfriend on Rosemary Beach.  We had 5 days of beautiful sunshine, it was truly picture perfect.
I love people watching.  Or in this case, watching people watch their phones. 
Each day, I would sit at breakfast, and watch families each with their smart phones.  NO conversation.  Just scrolling away on the phone. 
At the Beach, under umbrellas, the gulf just as clear, a slight breeze .... and the phone. 
I just don't understand it.  We are missing out on looking up. 
It's going to be the downfall of this generation.  The neck problems, and hand /thumb cramps alone will hit by the thousands. 
What a shame.  You don't know what you're missing.  And it's not on that phone. 
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Fathers Day Gift Giving Guide! (you're welcome ;)

Jun 10, 2014 -- 4:47pm
Here's my first ever {but going to do it annually ;) }
Gift Giving Guide for dad!  
Stumbled up on BIRDIEBOX.COM
You can custom the box (Bubba Watson is part of it) and they send a box full of golf stuff... it's really cute, too! Starts at $75 and you can go from there. 
Speaking of Golf...Top Golf in Alpharetta is unbelievable!  Great night out, private course for guy/buddies.. great food, and you can hit golf balls til you can't swing anymore.  Go get a gift card! 
Spa Sydell has a ton of 'BAD BOY " gift packages.  You can choose one of them, or keep it simple and get a 90 min massage! 7 locations, I love spa sydell...   spasydell.com
( Big Burgundy Gift Certificate, it's very nicelooking!}
At Solomon Brothers... they have a $150 gift card toward a watch priced $500 or up.  They have the Techno Marine watches that are so nice!  Prices start at $290, but the play here is the $620 chronograph, then take advantage of the $150 off. 
They also have the Tacori cuff links, that I'm obsessed with!  Turquoise my fav!But they have black onyx, etc.  They're pricey, but you're dad's pretty great, right? 
Also, I would set up a dinner , maybe with his guy friends.  Call other wives, buy gift cards to say Davio's ,Dantanna's,  NY Prime, and take care of the 'GUYS NIGHT OUT! Get a $100 gift card, and he'll be thrilled. 
Very hot right now, are the bright colored, printed sox.  He will resist at first , but they've got a ton of them at Nordstrom Rack ( I was just there ) and they start at $7.99.  Great gift from kids!   You wear them with suits, Yes! Suits. 
Sports pkgs are great, too! 
Go get a cool Braves T shirt, then set up a family outting to future Braves game!  
Dollar Shave Club is awesome on line!  They send new razors, and cool shaving creams, candles, books, etc... Very affordable!! 
It's dollarshaveclub.com
Rick Reilly's new book "Tiger, Meet My Sister...: And Other Things I Probably Shouldn't Have Said" is fantastic.  It's a compilation of the best columns from the last five years.  It's on Amazon, also , at Target, and Bookstores everywhere! 
**Hope that helps! 
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Are you always like this?

Jun 02, 2014 -- 6:33pm
I usually arrive at the 680 offices between 8-8;30 each day.  
Good Morning! 
I smile, usually chatting with someone, making a joke, usually louder than I should be. 
Jeff Dauler from q100 asked me, ' ARE YOU ALWAYS LIKE THIS".
What , in a good mood?
 I responded... 
Usually.  Not always.... But usually. 
Last week I read the book ENERGY BUS, by Jon Gordon.  Falcons head coach Mike Smith makes this a must read for the new rookies, then he brings in Gordon in August to speak to the team 
It's a really, quick easy read.  I recommend it. 
It reminded me about being happy and high energy.  It reminded me to be grateful and kind to others.  It reminded NOT to let folks that are negative and narrow minded bring me down. 
I have certainly been through my share of bad times.  A very tough divorce, losing jobs, putting my cat down last year, my grandmother passing.....but, at each tough turn, after the tears, I'm ok. 
Not only ok, but I refuse to let the Energy Vampires around me bring me down. ( book reference, i'm telling you, you'll love the book! )
So, Jeff Dauler , tweeted on Friday, " you know that person in the office that is always smiling, and says good morning, @sportsandra is that person".
Made my day! What a nice thing that someone would say about me.  That I'm always happy. 
I certainly am today. 
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Nothing to look at , move along.

May 14, 2014 -- 9:59am
Just finished watching Michael Sam at his first press conference with the St. Louis Rams.  Nothing to see here..... move along.  They're talking football. 
A standing room only crowd was there are Jeff Fisher, Les Snead , and Michael Sam took questions.
Most were about Sam, to Sam. 
The SEC co defensive player of the year was flawless.  No matter the question, no matter the tone, he redirected the answer to football.
I know everyone is curious as to how this is going to work, the first openly gay football player in an NFL lockerroom.  
Ask Missouri how it worked.  The majority of Mizzou's football team knew about Michael's sexuality.  It wasn't a factor. 
As the Tigers won the SEC East, and competed for a Conference title.
Michael had 10 1/2 Sacks and 18 tackles for loss.  Teams would have to game plan for him.  He was that good at Missouri.
After the presser was over, the ESPN cameras panned over to the group picture of all the rookies.  No one was avoiding Michael, no one was treating him difference, no one was awkward.
What I watched was a football player being introduced to the world at his rookie press conference. That's all. 
That's it.
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