Random Thoughts

Work Ethic vs Raw Talent

Work Ethic. It is imperative to have good morals and apply them to your ambitions and career to truly succeed in anything in life. Don’t you agree?

Recent conversations, movies and discussions I have had the last two weeks really have me diving deep into the importance of morals and work ethic; Especially in the realm of sports. As we know, raw talent is a special gift, however when it’s coupled with positive, good work ethic, there is no stopping that person. However, when it is simply raw talent… well you are only as strong as your weakest link and not having a good head on your shoulders or playing bad politics in any industry will only hurt you, and most people around you, in the end. 

twitThe “Official Home of Nets Basketball” on Twitter recently started a discussion on which is more important. I immediately, without hesitation, go with work ethic. Not only can you use this in every area of your life, but you can also improve upon a skill easier than improving your morals. Do you agree? Would you personally rather have raw talent or naturally practice positive work ethics?

Are Men Afraid?

This is something that I should have talked about earlier, but you know how that old saying goes, "better late than never". Let me set the scene for you. I'm driving from Pennsylvania to North Carolina to stop by and see my cousin on the way back to Florida. I find myself driving through West Virginia and I'm sick and tired listening to the music I have. At that point, I decide to start scanning through the radio.

National Running Day: What Do You Run For?

We're taking a break from the NBA madness for a moment today (at least until Game 2 tonight.)

Yesterday, June 1, was National Running Day. This event was organized for those who love to run to join each other all over the country and share their love of running. The event website states, "We may run alone, but on National Running Day, we celebrate together! On this day, runners everywhere share their passion for a lifestyle that is one of the best, and simplest, ways to stay fit—and so much more. You can head out solo to clear your mind, gab with your regular running buddies, or turn an unsuspecting friend into a running fiend. This day is for us!"

I Told You So

I hate to sit here and tell you I told you so. So I won't do it. On two occasions I feel I have the right too. One being Jim Tressel and two being Dwight Howard. Right now I'll just focus on D12 because I'm sure I can go on and on about Ohio State. 

I am just so happy that Dwight finally came out and said he doesn't want to leave Orlando. The man made no indication that he wanted to, he never said he wanted too, and the media was just acting like a bunch of hungry lions making up stories. Now the media gods are going to flip turn all his words around. I'm sure the next Sentinel article will read "Dwight only staying until he closes on house in LA, that's what he meant." 

Money, Money, Blah

When I thought about what to chat about here today a few things passed through my mind. But there's only one that I think we all can relate to, paying college athletes. How can we all relate to it? Most of us were probably college students at some point. A lot of us probably paid for it ourselves, or are still paying for it, and I'm sure we all wish someone would have just handed us $5000 a year for clothes and transportation. Are you kidding me? Five thousand dollars? Whoah.

Anatomy of a Point Guard Final Tally

I know the playoffs are in full swing and things are getting crazy, but I am back with the final stats on "Anatomy of a Point Guard" for the regular season. It took me so long because of my lack of internet capabilities for almost two months (talk about withdraw). Anyways for those of you just joining us, I came up with my own little equation to see just how productive a point guard is every minute of the game. 

The equation is
[(APG/TOPG)(PPG)]/(48 minutes)
Got it? Good.

Social Media's Influence...

A tweet caught my eye last week from @patmuldowney and I was intrigued to click because I agree with just the teaser:  "This is SO true. Social media has changed the way I watch sports and get my news." I was excited to see it was a blog post by a female: "breakintheaction."

socialsportsFrom the opening lines "I’ll be the first to admit: I’m addicted to the Internets" I knew this girl was in my head. She goes on to mention that when at a sporting event she tries to not tune into social media with Twitter updates and FB feeds but in some instances fails and gives into the technology even though the action is going on right in front of her face. I do the same thing; I attempt to shut out social media during live sporting events but it's so impossible now since it's so accepted in the world to just be distracted by your phone. You want everyone to know what is going on where you are at and share your excitement even though there are 200,000 other people updating the same social media outlets. It's crazy that technology has changed the way I not only get sports and news reports and updates; it actually changed my entire sporting experience. Yes, even the chatter before sporting events just get you so excited and pumped. I still even get tickled when I see all the sports reporters at their computer switching back and forth from chats to twitter to FB, it's so crazy to me.

Enough Already


I've never been more excited to see the meaningless date of February 24th come and go. I am so tired of the spectacle that NBA players put on about being traded. Whatever happened to the days when a team was a team and when a trade happened it rocked the boat. When did the NBA become such a prime time drama series? And what is the deal with teams completely changing their roster midway through the season?

Anatomy of a Point Guard All-Star Break


Wow! Can you believe the All-Star break is here already??

It seems like the season just tipped off yesterday. Since this is the so-called midway (or three-quarter) point of the NBA season I figured it is time for another installment of "Anatomy of a Point Guard".

For re-cap check out the first two posts:

Anatomy of a Point Guard 1

Anatomy of a Point Guard 2

Let's go through a quick recap of what I believe the anatomy of a point guard should be;

Fan From Cradle to Grave

I saw the most adorable picture on the Today Show of newborn babies in Pittsburgh wrapped in Steelers Terrible Towels, and it got me thinking. Some fans really are die-hard, all or nothing, fanatical fans from the cradle to the grave.