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Glad Cofar is ok!

Feb 16, 2015 -- 5:21pm
 
That was a phone call I never thought I would get.....
 
Jason Cofar is a 38 yr old friend.  I mentioned friend first, because that's what he was, before he became my producer 5 years ago.  
 
My phone rang a week ago, Jason Cofar was on the phone.  He was in the hospital. He suffered a heart attack . 
Yes, I said he was 38.
 
I was on the phone with him for about 40 minutes.  I always made fun of Cofar for being a hypochondriac.  If it was a stomach bug, he immediately thought a stomach tumor.
Thank  goodness  Jason listened to his body. 
He drove himself to hospital .  Very scary.
 
I am writing this, because it's always a sobering moment , when you almost lose a friend.    I called my dad/mom more this week.  I encouraged my boyfriend to get a physical, and even scheduled one for myself. 
 
OUr health is the most important.  
And realizing how much you care for your crazy sports producer is another a-ha moment! 
Thank you God for saving my friend, Jason Cofar. 
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Mom, here's your hat~!

Feb 05, 2015 -- 4:53pm
 
LET'S HEAR IT FOR MOM AND DAD
 
 
I've been covering signing day in ATL for a dozen years, before that, In Panama City & Tallahasee, & West Palm Beach ... This dates back to  1994.
 
It's a stressful, beautiful day.
 
Let's me explain.
 
In 1993, it was a trip to two , maybe three high schools.  Mom and Dad were alongside their son, he would sign, put on a hat , done. 
 
Fast Forward to 2015.
 
My goodness.
 
Signing day 2015 at the College football hall of fame was a spectacle.  In a good way.
All that was missing was the Jets fans booing.
 
680, Fox 5, and the CFB hall of fame did an extraordinary job of 1]making the PARENTS feel welcome!!!!!  
2} the student athlete, future cfb player feel special
and 3} making the media happy to be there. 
 
over 200 young men came through.  Each with their respective college hats. So proud.  
And they should be.
 
AND 
off to the side,
Most with their iphones and ipads front and center to record the moment, were mom and dad.
or just mom...
or just dad.
 
I've learned that the greatest gift on signing day, is watching the parents. 
Watching the family.
 
Mom and Dad have sat through the pee wee football, the midget, the middle school, the broken bones, the headaches, the high school.
The recruiting process, the coaches calling, the girls calling.... the pressure.
 
And , after all is said and done, do you know that most young men will side with .........
their moms.
Mom is ALWAYS THERE.  Moms are the biggest presence at signing day. 
Moms have the Ipads up recording the day.
Moms cry.
Moms are proud.
 
I love watching.   These kids have no idea what they're about to  embark on.
The moms do.
Here's to you , moms.
You should grab a hat on the table that reads MVP~ 
Here's a kleenex.  
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She wants me to wear what?

Dec 15, 2014 -- 9:58pm
CHRISTMAS CARDS
 
 
I know, I know.... as guys you hate the whole process.... Wife says we're wearing white shirts..... we're beaching, or going to Phipps. 
They cost what??????? 
 
I have a tradition.  I save Christmas cards from year to year.  I put them all in a ziploc from year to year.  It's the top of the bin.  On top of all the Decorations, bows, paper, ornaments. 
 
Each Year!   I love looking back at your Christmas Cards.  Your pics. 
 
I don't have kids.  I had a cat,  I had a husband.  One I had to put down, the other... well I should move on... hahahah.. ( insert your own joke. )
 
but each day during the holidays, a highlight of the day is going to the mailbox. 
I LOVE GETTING CHRISTMAS CARDS! 
 
Your pictures, no matter how much you thought it was a pain in the neck and expensive.  I love looking.
I love putting up in my card holder. 
 
I love opening in 2015
 
Merry Christmas.
My friends. 
I love you guys! 
 
xoxoxo 
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Praying for you, Steve Byrnes

Oct 15, 2014 -- 5:58pm
Steve Byrnes is a great guy!
 
WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO ATLANTA BACK IN 1997, I WAS HIRED TO HOST A SHOW CALLED 'acc live" AT FOX SPORTS SOUTH.
 
IT WAS A SHOW THAT HAD A GREAT DEAL OF SOCCER, FIELD HOCKEY, LACROSSE.....
I'LL STOP THERE. 
 
I WAS OUT OF MY LEAGUE.  I KNEW IT, EVERYONE KNEW IT.  I'M SURPRISED I WASN'T FIRED ON THE SPOT. 
 
THEN I MET STEVE BYRNES.  HE WAS A SOCCER FANATIC. HIS PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE FOR THE SPORT BLEW ME AWAY.  HE WAS SO KIND AND PATIENT WITH MY LACK OF SKILLS.  WE LAUGH ABOUT IT NOW. 
 
STEVE HAS CANCER.  
HE WAS IN REMISSION.
IT HAS COME BACK, STAGE 4 NECK,THROAT, AND HAS SPREAD TO HIS LUNGS. 
 
Y'all know Steve from Nascar.  I know him from way back, on the pitch. 
 
THIS ARTICLE IS A GREAT TRIBUTE. THX MARTY SMITH.
http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/11703859/nascar-being-present-steve-byrnes-many-others-fighting-cancer
 
Praying for you , Byrnsie! 
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Finally, some GREAT news from the NFL

Oct 06, 2014 -- 7:32pm

On Sunday night, the Patriots hosted the Bengals.  

What the folks in New Englad did to honor Devon STill's daughter moved me to tears!

Take a moment and enjoy~ 

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/patriots-cheerleaders-honor-devon-still-s-daughter-by-wearing-bengals-jerseys-041411028.html

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No Coincidences~

Sep 17, 2014 -- 5:06pm
I don't believe in coincidences.
I've said it many times before.
 
My great friends, not good friends, great friends Steak Shapiro, Nick Cellini , and Chris Dimino were fired in June of 2013 for a really,really bad radio comedy bit.  What was lacking was the comedy, but, 9 times out of 10, they're really funny.
 
I'm not going to go over the details of that day.
what matters, I became aware of ALS.  
I had heard of the disease.  But, what did it really mean?
 
The crisis of three of my friends getting fired pushed the subject front and center.
My close friends were walking for ALS, talking about ALS, donating to ALS
 
then
 
The summer of '14 turned it up a notch.
the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE.
 
the rest is history.
 
OR IS IT?
a new story, I wanted to share.
 
http://mmqb.si.com/2014/09/17/tim-shaw-als-tennessee-titans-nfl/
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