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I had to take some time away from the Blog. It got to the point, that I felt like it was a chore and I stopped enjoying it. I felt like I was forcing topics to talk about. That’s not the reason I created this Blog. I created this Blog was for an outlet for me. I started talking about stuff I don’t even give a shit about. That’s not me!

From this point on, I will not hold any punches or tip toe around subjects or try to make sure that I am playing nice. Fuck That! I’m not here to make people happy or try to get the popular vote. This is my outlet! I know some of you are like, What The Fuck? Yeah, me too! It’s time to get back to the basics.

My goal is to put out a quality Blog that people will enjoy reading; not to make people see rainbows and unicorns. I want this Blog to be something that REGULAR people can relate to. I just wanted to let you guys know that I haven’t gone anywhere, just had to back away from the Blog, because I stopped enjoying it.

If you guys have any issues that you want me to write about let me know and we can work something out.

I’M BACK!

 
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(Photo Credit: James Dietz, 173rd Jumping into Iraq) Awesome Artist. His son was also apart of the mighty 173rd Airborne Brigade

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Since I have taken the backseat to be the Assistant Coach for the Long County All-Star Soccer team, I have learned a lot from the Head Coach. If your team loses, it’s not their fault that they lost. They were only doing what they were taught to do and they played exactly how they practiced. At the end of the regular season, my team did not win 1 single game. I will be the one who takes all the responsibility for an unsuccessful season, if you want to look at it as Wins/Loses; my players were only doing what I taught them. I had certain players that would only show up for game time. They didn’t feel the need to practice. So if we had a specific plan on how we are going to play that day, those players are not on the same sheet as the rest of the team, but I can truthfully say is that I didn’t have a choice. The reason I say that I didn’t have a choice was because it was my players that had experience playing soccer that decided that they didn’t want to show up; but playing for the Recreation Department, you have to be fair and everyone has to be given the right to play. Now that we are going to start our All-Star team push, all that is thrown in the wind.

The fair participation rule doesn’t apply on the All-Star team. If you don’t show that you want to contribute to the team, you can easily be replaced by an Alternate. Before I recommended my girls for the All-Star team, I asked myself and also talked to my wife if I was being fair. She told me that I was the Head Coach and if I felt that they had a chance to compete and contribute to being apart of the All-Star team, then it shouldn’t be a problem, because at the end of the day, I was the Head Coach. Another reason that helped with my decision was the Head Coach for the All-Star team wanted my daughters to play, though it was their first year playing serious soccer. They played when they were 4 & 5 years of age, but at that age, they aren’t really playing for a winner. They want all the players to get a chance to play and have fun. That’s the approach I took as a Head Coach this year. All I cared about was that my players gave me 100% and they had fun. If the players felt they gave 100% and the game was fun for them, then I said I accomplished my goal.

Now looking back on it, I wish I would have taken it a little more serious. I was thinking that no one is getting paid for this so why not let the kids have fun, right? The 3 Coaches of the U12 teams came together and submitted who we thought were the best players on our teams. So again, I asked myself, do I think my girls were better than other players on the team? I can truthfully say yes, because they never gave up and gave 110% every time they stepped on the soccer field. With my 2 daughters on the All-Star team, they are at a disadvantage, because they are smaller and weigh a lot less than some of the players on the All-Star team and that will be the same as we prepare to play other counties. Now that they are on the All-Star team, they are around a group of kids that love playing soccer and they know how to play the game. Being the Assistant Coach, I am able to work specifically with both of my daughters and make sure they understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.

At the end of day, I’m glad that I recommended the girls for the All-Star team, because they are around other good players and they are being taught the right fundamentals of the game. Yes, you can say that I did show a little favoritism, but it’s for their own good, because the Head Coach is focusing on the fundamentals. I know that they might not get the chance to start, but the Head Coach has told me that he would rather have a player that needs help polishing their fundamentals, rather than a player that has it set in his/her mind that the way they were taught to play the game is the right way or are willing to let something else other than school, take second place. Once you are recommended, the player and the parent sign a contract saying that they are willing to adhere to whatever the Head Coach deems necessary. The girls have a lot of potential and they not only practice on the days they are set to practice, but they go out of there way to make sure whatever we went over that day or in a previous practice; to make sure they can do what is asked if them, of course this is done after all their homework is done or during the weekend.

What sucks about our first tournament, it is single elimination. I think we will do fine with the talented players we have. Whether we win our first game or lose it, the girls and the rest of the players on the team are making history. How, you ask? This is the first year that Long County has put a Soccer All-Star team together. There has always  been a spot for them, but since Long County didn’t have a strong soccer program, they never filled that slot. Now hopefully the players that live in this county will stop going to neighboring counties to play and will see that Long County is finally taking the soccer program serious and hopefully this will keep the good players playing in their own county. I always thought that there was a “recipe” to win, but there isn’t. There isn’t a special drill that will make your players winners overnight. It’s all about fundamentals and how the players are coached. One thing that I can say that I took from the Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban is “The Process.”

I know that I’ve already talked about The Process in one of my earlier posts, so I will briefly remind those who already know what it is and briefly explain it to those that don’t. In its most basic form, the Process is Nick Saban’s term for concentrating on the steps to success rather than worrying about the end result. Instead of thinking about the scoreboard, think about dominating the man on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage. Instead of thinking about a conference title, think about finishing a ninth rep in the weight room. Instead of thinking about graduating, think about writing a great paper for Intro to Psych. Pretty much all he is saying is worry about the little things and not so much on the end result, because if you are making sure that you do your job and make sure you’ve done all the little things the end result will be what everyone as a team wants and that is success.

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Okay, I’ve been holding this in since the start of Collegiate Football. A lot of you may not care, but Alabama is playing LSU on Saturday @ 8:00 EST (2000hrs for the military personnel). They have been a rival of Alabama since I could remember. There are two games, well actually three that the rest of College Football is looking forward to; Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas A&M (W), Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU (?) and the SEC Championship game. I predict that it will be Alabama vs. Missouri, that’s if they continue to be undefeated or South Carolina and Georgia start playing like they belong to the SEC.

I know, I got it, who cares? I do! A lot of my friends care also. I would much rather sit and watch a Collegiate Football game over the NFL. That’s a bold statement, right? Well the reason I feel that way is, because I honestly think that the players are doing whatever it takes to make it to the next level. They are giving 110% every time they get the chance. They also know that while some players are just gifted and don’t have to practice, there are those that still do whatever they can, legally of course, to maintain or get the edge over some of the gifted athletes.

I have already shared my thoughts on whether Collegiate Players should be paid or compensated in some way. I still think they should. Anyone that loves the game already knows that some players are getting extra benefits. Some of you may be asking yourself, how does he know that? Well, tell me how a Collegiate Athlete is able to afford a brand new truck and put rims on said truck? The players may not be getting it directly, but they are getting it through family members or close friends. It sucks, but it does happen. I know that a lot of Bama Nation is on pins and needles right now, because D.J. Fluker said that he was given extra benefits while he played at Alabama. Once the NCAA completes their investigation and it’s true, every game that he played in, would have to be vacated. That would take away our 14-0 Season in 2009 – 2010 and last years Championship.

If that does happen, yes I would be devastated, but as a TRUE Fan, I always hope for the best. Another issue is Nick Saban’s agent said that he was considering going to Texas. Well, if you know Nick Saban, you know that when he says he’s not going to this place or that place, in the end, he usually does. Money talks and to get him to leave the University of Alabama, you would have to pay him a lot more than he is getting now. The University is paying him like 5.3 million dollars a year and he gets a bonus for winning the SEC Championship (2009 he received a $250,000 bonus for winning the SEC and for a National Championship he gets a $500,000 bonus). If Texas wants him bad enough, I’m sure they won’t have a problem with paying him more than he gets now. He is the highest paid coach in College Football right now. For the Dolphin fans out there, you saw how he did you guys, so there could be some truth to that statement. He had a big press conference saying that he would NOT be leaving the Miami Dolphins organization to become the Head Coach at the University of Alabama.

Like I stated before, I really hope that his consideration is only a thought and he let it float away, just like a ballon in the wind. Another thing would be, I don’t think the University of Texas is ready to give up on Coach Mack Brown, YET, but they are looking for someone that could change their Football Team. He would then have to get the players to buy in and them teach the “Process” to a whole different team. I really hope that he isn’t considering leaving Alabama. Here’s the link if you want to check it out yourself: http://tracking.si.com/2013/11/05/alabama-nick-saban-facing-pressure/. Another note is that he updated his contract last season and agreed to Coach for another 4 Seasons.

I know I did a lot of rambling, but you can see that I am excited about this weekend’s game vs. LSU. I hope that we spank that ass at the crib! I hope that him considering coaching at another school doesn’t overshadow the team and become a distraction. The players have bought in and invested a lot just for him to up and leave. I hope that these are just rumors and he stays and retires at Alabama.  I can’t wait for this weekend. Of course, I’m nervous, why? I have no clue. I’m not even on the team, with this pressure to win against a rival at home.  Okay, I have bored you enough about college football and all that goes with it.

#ROLLDAMNTIDE, #RTR, #RMFT

 

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Today was an awesome day. I know that I was putting together Words of Wisdom by Sheezy, Part 2, it’s still a work in progress, but I would like to share a special moment that I had today with all of you. Today, my family and I went to a certain city here in Georgia and went on boat ride about this city and awesome facts about this place. Well, I was talking to this older couple on the boat; regular conversation, where you from, all that good stuff.

Of Course I was repping my state with my Alabama hat and this older gentleman asked me if I was from Alabama? I said, Roll Tide! (That means yes in Alabamian) He asked what brought my family and I to this area? I told him that I was active duty military, but I was medically retired because of some injuries I sustained while deployed. The boat ride was a little over an hour. We came back to the dock, I gave the hostess a tip and me and the family went to our favorite restaurant, which is TOP SECRET and will not be disclosed in this format.

The older gentleman walked in behind us and asked if we were going to be eating some lunch and we all in unison said Yes! The next thing he did, I could not believe. I’ve had it happen to me, by myself, but not with my family. This gentleman and his wife said, that we had to let them pay for our lunch. I said, no I can’t let you do that. He then said that’s the least he could do for a fellow Veteran. We ordered our food, but while we were waiting for our food, the couple had already gotten their food and was about to leave. He walked over to me and said, Thank You for your service and sacrifice for this country. I told him, that I was only doing what I felt was the right thing to do.

Before he walked off, I asked if I could have his email address so that we could keep in touch. He was a little shocked because he didn’t think that I would be interested in to talking to an older couple. He then said to me that he fought in Vietnam and that the welcome he received when he returned to this great country of ours, was not what he thought a person that did what he did and see what he saw should receive. As he was saying this he started to get choked up. I then told him, Thank You for your service and that he did what he thought what was right; I also told him that he wasn’t the one that volunteered to go and fight. His country called and he answered.

I’ve had numerous people come up to me and say, Thanks for my service, but this time, it was different. It felt different. To have a Vietnam Vet say to me Thank You for your service, knowing that he didn’t get that same welcome humbled me. I was speechless. When I reached out to shake his hand it was almost like I felt the same pain that he felt when he came back from Vietnam. I took down his email address and I am going to do all I can to keep in touch with he and his wife. I don’t know if any of you understand what I am talking about, but it’s a very humbling experience.

I felt this same way when I was chosen to jump into Normandy on the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. Being able to walk on the same beaches that many men paid the ultimate sacrifice, touch the water, having the opportunity to have a moment of silence to myself and let the water touch my boots that was filled the blood, sweat and tears of men that didn’t know that that day would be their last, is a feeling that many will never understand. It doesn’t matter what era you fought, whether you were a soldier, sailor, marine or airmen, a special bond  is shared.

I hope for the sake of the people that actually read my Blog posts understands where I am coming from and understand that if I was all over the place, that it wasn’t meant to be that way. I just let my fingers type what I was feeling.

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I know that I may be speaking to the choir, but why is it always the people that are quick to criticize, critique and are quick to let you know what’s wrong with your life and what you need to do to fix it; when in fact they are speaking about themselves of course without realizing it, LOUDLY? I never give my opinion to anyone about a life decision or call out their faults, unless they ask for my honest opinion.

There are times when you as a friend, brother, sister, etc., knows when something needs to be said. Not because  you think you are the “know it all”, but because real friends or individuals that share a brotherly or sisterly bond, knows exactly when that time is needed.  To some of you, this may feel like you are reading a foreign language and jump to conclusions and automatically say, it’s not me. What I need you to understand that I am not talking about, offering advice to an individual in a situation you know about, because you have already experienced that same issue or something of the sort, you pass on friendly advice. That’s not what I’m talking about.

Maybe this will help you understand, “Arm Chair Quarterback”. Men do it a lot, I know I do it, and I am not afraid to admit it. I’ll be the first person to say, damn, if dude did this then he would already have that. I know that I do it so I work on it, because you never know the individuals situation. This is what real men and women call being an adult. Some people will never grow up, mentally, because they saw this person go through this, and this other person do it like this, but are too full of themselves to admit that they have been in the same or similar situation. I’m not trying to be Mr. Perfect, but seriously, we need to do a better check of self, before calling someone else out.

For instance, the economy is all jacked up and our men and women in uniform are usually the main ones to feel it, I have personally felt this and know what it feels like to get half a paycheck, because our current administration is too afraid to look itself in the mirror.  What can I do? I can send tons of emails or letters to the President and his posse, but as we all know that won’t do anything. I have offered to house a soldier and his family, because I know they are barely making it one a regular paycheck, a place to crash until the administration finally realize that they are not helping, but hurting them more.

I’m not trying to point fingers at anyone. The main objective for this whole tirade was to make sure that we, as REGULARS, are doing a “Thorough Self Check” before we critique or offer unwanted advice. Once you get yourself right, then go help someone else, not because you think you have to, but because it’s the right thing to do.

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