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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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Put down that phone!

Jul 16, 2014 -- 6:42pm
COMPLETELY SHUT IT DOWN
 
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
HAPPY FATHERS DAY! 
 
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
 
and 
 
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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