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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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Can We (sports)Talk

Sep 07, 2014 -- 6:56pm
Can we (sports) Talk?
 
JOAN RIVERS DIED THIS WEEK.
 
She made me laugh....out loud.  
Alot. 
 
I remember she and Johnny Carson , I remember her own talk show, I remember her on Arsenio Hall.
She made me laugh. 
 
You know when you look back on life, and you don't really know why you choose a certain road, a certain profession, heck, a certain man?
There's usually someone along the  way that influenced you.
Whether you know it or not.
 
There were NO women doing comedy.
No stand up, no late night shows, nothing.
and then there was Joan Rivers.
 
Because of a last minute cancellation, Joan Rivers was called to do the tonight show.
by Johnny Carson! 
 
She killed it.
The rest is history.  Or is it.? 
 
Her husband commited suicide, her show was canceled, she was broke. 
 
Joan Rivers reinvented herself.  Through QVC, Through documentaries, through stand up, through having manners.
She wrote thank you notes.  
She gave an enormous amount of money to charity, without anyone knowing.
She encouraged so many WOMEN !!!!  to conquer the world.
 
And she made me laugh. 
 
My cousin, Sharon Rothberg, who is SO, SO TALENTED, has been doing impersonations for years. She has made a living off of Joan Rivers. 
Joan met Sharon, and was so impressed with her act that she helped her , I mean she made personal calls, she HOOKED her up.
But more importantly, she was personal with Sharon.  With face to face discussions, and hand written notes. 
 
Who does that? 
 
Joan Rivers.   You are such an amazing lady.~   You have no idea the impact you have made on so many lives.  
You made me laugh.
You made me try to do something that is awfully scary, Sports Talk Radio.  
And I've done it with a sense of humor.
 
Because, let's face it, Sports is an UNBELIEVABLY funny subject! 
Can WE sports TALK? 
 
Thank you Joan! 
 
You have NO idea how many people you have Helped! 
 
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The Family of College Football

Aug 24, 2014 -- 6:12pm
THE FAMILY COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOND
 
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.*
(*NCADV)
 
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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