Posts Tagged ‘Football’

I am a good ol boy who was brought up with a pigskin in my hand. Football was just a part of life. (as it should be…haha) I firmly support taking time out to catch the game today…I also encourage taking the day to have a full on celebration…If my Packers were playing today, there would be no way, I wouldn’t have started the party last night…unfortunately, my boys didn’t make it this year…that’s another topic though.

Those early moments in the young stage of your business or company are vital. You need to give your self to the business in order to propel it to the successful level to which you desire it to be. If you are a single man or woman, you have got to give it all you’ve got. If you have a family, you cannot neglect said family to grow your business. You need your family’s support for you to give all you can to the growth of your business.

With all of that being said, for your own sanity, whether you have a family that is needing your attention or you are single, you still need to take a moment to breathe. Take a moment…. watch the big game, catch a movie if you are not a sports fan. If you are like my lovely wife, take a moment to sit and read a good book. Your business needs your attention, but it can survive for a moment without you.

Don’t get so overwhelmed that you walk away from what is truly important to you. Remember why you are building this business in the first place.

I’m gonna go grab a plate of chips and some homemade queso that my hot wife just prepared and kick back to enjoy the game with her and our boys.

My friends…Enjoy the game

My homeboy is an extremely brilliant man and ambitious on levels I have rarely ever seen the likes of…We went to school together for a few years. We went to Austin Community College before I transferred to the University of Texas at Austin and he eventually went on the University of Texas at Dallas. I watched him fight for every inch he got in school. He fought to maintain a good work ethic while trying to work multiple jobs getting himself through school and fought for every A he could wrap his hands around. For him, unlike many students I encountered while in school, was never satisfied with passing or even getting a great grade…He wanted the best…He was not only a perfectionist at times, but he was extremely competitive…which is what many might have thought is what drew us together in the first place…none of our friends or fellow students knew of anyone more competitive than the two of us. The lengths that we had found ourselves going to at times to win, was well…. let’s move on from that.

But you know, it wasn’t his competitive nature that got me…there was just something about this guy…I just knew…That was my homeboy from the first time we met. I knew that there was something special. We were in Phi Theta Kappa together which for those who don’t know, is the International Honor Society for the two-year colleges…Apparently, someone told them that I was smart…We studied together…we worked on many projects together. Together, we came up with some of the most innovative fund raisers that our chapter had seen to that date. We were determined when we became officers of the chapter that we would leave our mark. He even wrote the essay that got me recognized internationally as a Distinguished Officer.

This man had my back when I was a single Dad trying to figure out how to care for my daughter whom I had just gained custody of. Dropped everything to drive four hours when I told him I have found the woman I love, and I am getting married in four days…. He was there. He took that same drive when I lost my Mom and needed him by my side for the services.

He has had my back during the rise and fall of several business ventures I have had… and every time, he has vowed to do whatever he could to help me rise to success.

What is the relevance to all of this?? Well, truth is…You will probably never find yourself with such fighter in your corner…They truly don’t make many people like him. But I will tell you this…although this is the story I have chosen to share tonight, there are so many people who have come and gone throughout the years…the key here is not those who have gone…. but rather those have stayed. They may not all be brilliant…. but are they fighters? Do they have that killer instinct? Are they willing to fight with you? Will they fight for you?

I would love to quote a piece of a speech….It is one of the most beautiful speeches in my opinions:

You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game
life or football
the margin for error is so small.
I mean
one half step too late or to early
you don’t quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don’t quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in ever break of the game
every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know
when we add up all those inches
that’s going to make the fu**ing difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

I’ll tell you this
in any fight
it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know
if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
because that is what LIVING is.

Now, in the context of such a beautiful speech…not nearly as beautiful read off a page rather than spouted from the passion Al Pacino…but still…
Life as is football…and works the same in business is a game of inches…Who is on your team? Who has your back? Do they have that killer instinct? I have a team that has my back and I know they will claw for every inch right along with me. They are willing to fight and die for that inch… Does your team back you?

Thank you Garrett, David, Z, Poncho…. Much love and respect to my squad

Boys, we’ve got a lot happening…2019 is our year! I hope you laced your J’s and ate your Wheaties… It is time to Get Cocky!

Anyone who has known me for a minute or two, knows that I am a die hard Cheesehead. I am a truly devoted fan and have been since I was about 3 or 4…I was lucky enough to have chosen one of the greatest sports teams that organized sports have ever known or seen…. I have also been blessed to have lived through an amazing era…I watched Mike Holmgren, Bret Favre, Donald Driver, Jennings, Ahman Green, Sterling Sharpe, Reggie White, Clay Matthews, David Bakhtiari, Aaron Rodgers, and Mike McCarthy….

Being a huge Packer fan, I follow multiple Packer forums so I can keep up the latest updates and stay involved with other fans and what is going on…On several forums, I have listened to many fellow so-called Cheeseheads bash on McCarthy for some time now, and it truly rubs me the wrong way… Putting aside the fact that I actually like McCarthy, lets just evaluate the abundance of disrespect that these whining fans are showing to our great organization…It is just ridiculous. All these couch surfing, wannabe coaches talking all the trash about play calling and who we should’ve drafted or shouldn’t have traded and so on and so on….just get a reality check to the fact that there is a significant reason that you are watching football from your couch instead of from the sidelines…you aren’t an expert. Big shocker…many of you thought you were…many of you will disregard what I am saying and assume that you still are an expert…so sad when people are that clueless. We are privileged enough to be fans of the greatest team in football…Be proud…be thankful…and show respect. Trust in our team and the administration and personnel; there is a reason they are there and you are not.

All in all, I have grown tired of the ungrateful whiny fans. Stay strong and cheer our boys on in the rough times just as we do in the good times. They struggle far less than they bring us victory. They deserve better from us as fans.

Regarding McCarthy, I truly believe he is a great innovative coach. I do not believe he is the cause for our recent struggle, but it is his responsibility to change and adapt to challenges and problems to keep our team rising to Greatness where we belong. HE has done so in many cases over the last 13 years with the Packers…when he decided to go with running back by committee opposed to have an actual starter…very cool and creative. When we had all three of our running backs injured and he decided to try out Ty Montgomery at running back which he proved to be a great asset to the team in as a versatile threat. Then the next season, he decided to keep Ty listed as a receiver as to afford them the opportunity to find other players that can be signed to fill those running back spots while Ty can still run the ball as a receiver. These are just a few of the recent creative ways he has been there for our team. Not to mention the endless practices with Aaron Rodgers throwing the impossible throws and practicing being extremely calculated in the receivers catching the ball outside and dragging their feet inside and Aaron throwing the ball without ever having looked at the player or even in that direction…So many write how Aaron Rodgers is extremely lucky or he is a God to football…He is neither.  He is extremely talented, but he is also well trained…he practices the so called Hail Mary and the outside throws and even the plays that appear to the fans at home to be broken plays, even Aaron has said himself in several interviews…”We practice that play all the time.”

Mike McCarthy is a great coach and will be missed with the Packers….with that being said, I am a true Cheesehead and will stand by my Packers. I trust that they know what they are doing and that is why I am at home watching them. I wish McCarthy all the best. And no doubt, the Pack is only facing these obstacles for a moment as they are on their way back to the top where they rightfully belong…Go Pack! GO!!! …..SuperBowl Bound