It’s Been A Minute……..

IMG_1363It’s been a minute since I’ve really had a chance to actually write. My life has changed drastically since my last post. I’ve gone through a divorce. It wasn’t an ugly one, it just left me in a place of asking Why? The only thing she told me was, “I don’t love you anymore. It’s taken me 5 years to come to this conclusion and I want a divorce.” That really threw me for a loop. Yeah, we had our problems, but I never stepped out of my marriage; meaning I’ve never lusted/thought about, had sex (in any form), or attempted to get emotionally involved with another woman. That’s what I always told myself and I lived up to it. When I got married, I wanted to it to be it. I don’t believe in divorce. I believe that if she would have opened up to me, I’m sure we could have made it work. I assume that she was tired of making it work.

One big reason I wanted my marriage to work was my parents divorced when they reached 8 years. My father used to hit my mother and talk/have sex with another woman. That’s why I wanted my marriage to work. Things started to change towards the end of 2013. I did everything I could during the first part of 2014 to make it work. Suggested taking marriage classes and/or talking to a Minister. She didn’t want anyone on the outside knowing what was going on between us. After doing everything I could, I gave her the divorce she wanted. Before I signed those papers I made it very clear that it was her that wanted this divorce. Now we are working together to raise our 2 beautiful girls. I can say that since we now divorced she seems to be a little happier. I mentioned to her that it was good to actually see her smile and her happy. I have moved past the fact that it will never work with her again. One reason is because I have it set in my mind that I wouldn’t consider a relationship again. I really don’t want to go through those same problems all over again. I am happy and don’t want to get into another relationship at this time. I don’t want go through that getting to know another person, at least not right now. Grantham University Logo

I started my quest to further my education. I am attending Grantham University to get an Associates in Computer Science. Right now I am 44% complete. This is a big step in my life. To some, an Associate’s degree isn’t that spectacular, but taking small steps is better than not taking the step at all. My classes so far have been okay. I just completed my 1 semester. Classes for my second semester start on March 11th. I will be taking English Composition I and College Algebra. I’ve already completed American Government I, Intro to Computer Applications, and a class required by the University called Student Success. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t intimidated by my next set of classes. I’m looking forward with just starting those classes.

2014 SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
The SEC Championship Game Final Score. Player of the Game: Blake Sims. Amari Cooper broke some SEC & Alabama records during this game.

In November of 2014 I won 2 tickets to attend the SEC Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an awesome experience. When they first told me that I had won, I thought someone was playing with me or it was some type scam to get my credit card information. I finally realized it was real when they sent me a Dr. Pepper link to confirm that I really won. Other than that, I’m a student and a busy father. I decided not to coach this year, because I wanted to support my girls and give them all my attention. We will see how this goes this year. If I want to coach next year, it will be based on how this year works out. I need to get back in a groove to start writing again. I don’t want to force it, because I don’t want the blog to seem “fake.”

My Alabama Crimson Tide didn’t win the big dance this year, but it’s all good. Blake Sims did an awesome job leading that offense. It also helps to have one of the best receivers in College Football. Coach Nick Saban and Coach Lane Kiffin are 2 different coaches and have a different philosophy, but he jelled right in with the Alabama Coaching Staff. I’m looking forward to next season because I know that a lot of things are going to be changed and the team will have the right focus. Until the next post………#ROLLDAMNTIDE!

2014 SEC Championship Game in The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Entrance to The College Football Hall of Fame
2014 SEC Championship Game at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Alabama Crimson Tide Runningbacks and Wide Receivers warming up.
2014 SEC Championship Game at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Alabama Crimson Tide “Millionaire” Marching Band during Pre-game.
2014 SEC Championship Game at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
The Alabama Crimson Tide Offense during the 2014 SEC Championship Game.

        

 

 

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LXXI

In today’s post I will be talking about trends. Some of us may be guilty of some of the trends I talk about, but it’s okay, because no one can tell you what to wear or how to wear it. Its that ,”Style” or “trend” that makes you, you. According to Webster’s Dictionary a trend is: 1 a :  to extend in a general direction :  follow a general course; b :  to veer in a new direction; 2 a :  to show a tendency; b :  to become deflected. Here are some examples of trend, according to Webster’s Dictionary: During the winter our school system trends toward canceling school at the drop of a hat—or at least a snowflake; The river trends east, then west again, forming an oxbow.

So according to Webster’s Dictionary when we use the word “trend” we are talking about to extend in a general direction and to follow a general course, basically you are following what is going on at that time. You are trying to be like everybody else. I know that the “trend” that a lot of people talk about is about fashion. I’m not going blog about fashion, because I don’t have know enough about fashion. What I am going do is point out some “trends” that individuals are following now.

  • The first trend I will talk about is one that I am guilty of. The trend I am talking about is leaving stickers on hats. After you buy the hat, you keep it as is. You don’t take anything off of the hat. The hat always looks like you just bought it. I am guilty of this. Why? I don’t know, I just like to leave the stickers on my hat. Sally always points it out whether it be in person or in a picture and she spots the price of the hat. I can’t explain why I don’t take the stickers off, it’s just what I do. I will forever keep the stickers on my hat, because they’re my hats and it’s what I do. If you don’t like it, I don’t care! It’s just like back in the 90’s whenever someone bought a starter hat, the price tag was attached to the outside of the hat and people never took it off, because it was the trend of that era. I can say that I never bought a starter hat, but if I did, I would’ve definitely taken the price tag off.
  • The second trend I will talk about is a trend I don’t understand. Why in the world are grown ass men wearing skinny jeans? Not only are grown ass me wearing them, they are sagging them. Why? Can anyone answer this question for me? I can say this: YOU WILL NEVER, EVER SEE ME, JARED GOBER, WEARING SKINNY JEANS. I don’t care if someone offered me a large sum of money to put them on, nope, not happening. I don’t understand it and will probably never understand it.
  • The third trend I will talk about is Twerking. All you are doing is shaking your rear end really fast. Why do you do it? It’s not only girls doing it, men are doing it too. I always see a vine video or a video on youtube of someone twerking whether it be a man or a woman. Why has this become so popular? Can someone answer that question for me? Is it because Miley Cyrus is shaking what she think is a butt, is doing it? I personally think it is ridiculous. The only time I ever saw this was in a strip club. Yes, in my younger days, while at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, I went to my share of strip clubs, but that’s not the issue right now. It went from the strip club to trending on every social site you follow.
  • The fourth trend I will talk about, well in certain parts of the United States it’s not a trend, but apart of a culture. I’m talking about Dreads. I don’t understand why everybody wants Dreads. Some people are doing it because they see other people do it, but don’t know the reason why they want them. In some cultures there are many reasons among various cultures for wearing Dreadlocks. Dreadlocks can be an expression of deep religious or spiritual convictions, ethnic pride, a political statement, or be simply a fashion preference. In response to the derogatory history of the term dreadlocks, an alternative name for the style is locks.
  • The fifth and last trend I will talk about I am also guilty of. I’m talking about the use of the hastag. I know that people that are my friends on Facebook know that I do a lot of hastaging on Saturdays while watching the Alabama Crimson Tide lay the smack down on their opponents. I know that it’s a trend that will fade away or people will get tired of you using it and will tell you to stop using the damn hashtag! #ROLLDAMNTIDE! I had to do it; it was only right.

If you have trends that you want to add to this list, please feel free to add then in the comment section on this Blog or on Facebook. I would love to hear about other trends. I know there are more trends out there, I just wanted to cover the ones that I always see and encounter on a day to day basis. As I said, if you know more trends, feel free to add them in the comment section or on my Facebook.

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Thirty-Nine

Today was only right for me to Blog about my displeasure with College Football yesterday. I know you readers that don’t care for sports or College Football will not enjoy this Blog, but please bare with me. I am not a Sports Analyst and in this post I am not trying to be one. I am giving you a REGULARS point of view, who happens to love College Football. Let’s get this show on the road, here we go:

I will start off with my favorite team The Alabama Crimson Tide, The 2009, 2011 & 2012 BCS National Championship Winner and the current Number 1 team in the AP and Coaches Poll:

1.Yes, No.1 Alabama did beat an unranked Colorado State, 31-6, but it was an inconsistent and UGLY win. Out of 10 3rd Down Conversions we only managed to convert 2 and not only that, we only had 16 First Downs. I can truthfully say being a lifelong Alabama fan, that I haven’t seen them play this way since 2007, Coach Nick Saban’s first year as The Crimson Tide Head Coach, which was a 7 wins, 6 loss team. Here is a breakdown of other areas of our game:

  • PASSING: Senior Quarterback A.J. McCarron did throw for 20-26 for a total of 258 passing yards, with 1 touchdown to Junior Wide Receiver DeAndrew White and 1 interception. Not his best game, but decent stats for having an Offensive Line not playing every down consistently. Junior Blake Sims did get his number called in the last minutes of the 4th Quarter and produced; he went 1 for 1 with a 14 yard touchdown to Junior Chris Black.
  • RUSHING: Sophomore Running Back T.J. Yeldon only had 49 rushing yards, but he only had 7 attempts with his longest run being a 38 yard trot; those are mediocre stats for a running back of his caliber; overall as a team we rushed for a total of 66 dismal rushing yards. This was the fewest rushing yards by The Alabama Crimson Tide since The South Carolina Gamecocks held them to 36 on October 9, 2010. Sophomore Running Back T.J. Yeldon didn’t get the start at running back and had to sit out the First Quarter, due to him receiving an unsportsman-like penalty last week against Texas A&M “the money sign, with a double throat slash”, which cost The Crimson Tide a 15 yard loss on the following kickoff to A&M. He did give an apology for that unusual display for a team coached by Nick Saban. That’s one of the many new rules implemented by the NCAA. According to the experts we’re supposed to have one of the best set of running backs in the country, but as you saw yesterday, it sure didn’t seem like it. Junior Running Back Jalston Fowler got the start, but couldn’t get us rolling with only 5 carries for 10 yards. True Freshman Running Back Altee Tenpenny had 2 carries for 7 yards. True Freshman Derrick Henry had 1 carry for 4 yards and Sophomore Running Back Kenyan Drake had 3 carries for 3 yards, but he was the only running back with a reception, 22 yard catch, and a touchdown. Alabama Total Rushing attempts 21 for a total of 66 yards with a 3.3 yard average per carry. This is NOT Alabama Football
  • RECEIVING: Junior Wide Receiver Christion Jones emerged yet again this game with 9 receptions for a total of 90 yards. Junior Wide Receiver DeAndrew White had 2 receptions for a total of 65 yards and a Touchdown. Senior Wide Receiver Kenny Bell had 2 receptions for a total of 21 yards. Junior Wide Receiver Chris Black had 1 reception for 14 yards and a touchdown. True Freshman Tight End O.J. Howard performed well for his 2nd Start ending the day 3 receptions for 38 yards; he and Junior Wide Receiver Christion Jones were clutch at the right times when their numbers were called. Junior Wide Receiver Kevin Norwood and Sophomore Wide Receiver Amari Cooper didn’t play due to injuries, but Cooper’s status on the roster was available, but Coach Saban did not want him to irritate his injury, but Coach Saban stated that if he needed him to go in, he would use him.
  • DEFENSE: Senior Guard Anthony Steen, Senior Defensive Back Deion Belue, and Junior Safety Jarrick Williams did not play due to injuries. With 2 key and experienced players of the secondary and a key Offensive Lineman out, it forced young players to step up. It definitely didn’t help our case to the rest of College Football about our Secondary being unproductive and effective. At the beginning of the season it was in question, but yesterday, they didn’t perform anywhere near the Coach Saban standard of Football. Senior Linebacker C.J. Mosley had 9 tackles, True Freshman Trey Depriest had 6 tackles and a strip causing the Colorado State Quarterback to fumble the ball, giving it back to our Offense with decent field position. Though our Defensive Line didn’t have consistent play, they only allowed Colorado State to rush for 51yards, which is a plus.
  • SPECIAL TEAMS: Senior Kicker Cade Foster went 1 for 2, missing a 43 yard field goal and making a 46 yarder, he went 3 for 3 on extra point tries. Freshman Kicker Adam Griffith had a chance to get some playing time and went 1 for 1 on extra point tries. Senior Punter Cody Mandel had 5 punts for a total of 225 yards with a 45 yard average. Junior Wide Receiver Christion Jones had 2 kick returns for a total of 46 yards and 4 Punt Returns for a total of 26 yards. Junior Wide Receiver DeAndrew White had 1 kickoff return for a total of 19 yards. Sophomore Running Back Kenyan Drake blocked a punt and Sophomore Linebacker Dillon Lee scooped it up for a 15 yard Touchdown.
  • OFFENSIVE LINE: Our Offensive Line couldn’t give a consistent effort and protect the quarterback allowing the Colorado Defense to sack Senior Quarterback A.J. McCarron numerous times. Against Virginia Tech their play was awful, but did pretty well against Texas A&M, but was sputtering against the Colorado State Defense.
  • OVERALL: Alabama had a total of 48 plays, 338 total yards (272 passing yards and 66 rushing yards) and Time of Possession: 28 minutes and 50 seconds.
    Yesterday was not the way Alabama is known to play football. Especially if you compare it to their play against Texas A&M. I am confident that Coach Nick Saban, Coach Kirby Smart and Coach Doug Nussmeier will get it together. Yes, it’s still early in the season, but at this point Alabama is usually fine tuning each position instead of trying to figure out the right person to play certain skill positions. We need work on all three facets of football Offense, Defense and Special Teams (small things like consistently doing YOUR job to the best of your ability and making sure you continue to remember the fundamentals, because being consistent, remembering and continuously implementing your fundamentals of your position, everything else will fall into place.) if we think that we are going to have a chance to even be a contender for the BCS National Championship. If I had to give an answer to this question now: Will the Alabama Crimson Tide make it to the BCS National Championship and win, I would have to truthfully say No. We are far from Championship form right now, but DON’T THINK FOR ONE SECOND THAT I AM GIVING UP OR LOSING FAITH IN MY CRIMSON TIDE, HELL NO!!!
    We have some of the best coaches in the country and they will get this group together!
  • All Alabama Crimson Tide Haters, Alabama will get it together and continue to Reign as the King of College Football.

2. LSU, of course, beat Auburn 35-21. Sophomore Jeremy Hill rushed for 184 yards with 3 Touchdowns against the Auburn Tigers Defense. I guess the Auburn fanbase thought since Coach Gus Malzahn had come back and they were 3-0, that they would go into one of the toughest places in College Football to play, and beat LSU at home. I knew that dream would be flushed, because it’s LSU and the game was played at night. I think this is a pretty accurate statement, LSU only has 1 Loss in Death Valley games at night out of 22. 22-1 is a PRETTY good record. The one loss was given to them by Alabama, last year in one of the best comebacks, in my opinion, in Alabama Football history. Zach Mettenberger has become and is still developing into the Quarterback that Coach Les Miles wants him to be. He is starting to be clutch when he needs to be. They are clicking on Offense and their Defense is doing some damage to weak Offenses. If we don’t get a handle on our Offense, Defense, especially D-Line, more help with Linebackers and solidify a strong Secondary and just be consistent on Special Teams it will be a LONG night on November 9, 2013.

3. Ohio State University, Miami, Washington, Baylor, UCLA and Louisville did score 59+ points against their opponents on Saturday. But in reality, which of these teams listed, played against a quality opponent. Of course, you know, if you follow College Football, that everybody schedules a “fluff” game. If you don’t understand what I am talking about, it means that a Division 1 team pays a Division 2 or 3 team $900,000 – $1,000,000 to show up and the majority of the time, they are crushed. In my opinion, I think these teams allow it to happen because they use the much needed money for their sports program and school, which is a good way to make some quick ends.

Keep in mind, that this is MY opinion, so if you don’t agree with it, I don’t care. Overall, I think this week in College Football was full of a lot of “fluff” games. Now that we are getting into the 5th week of the College Season, the cream of the crop will start to rise and the best teams will come to the top and stay there. Do I believe that Alabama will continue to stay the Number 1 team throughout the season? Yes, I do. We just have some work to do. Like Coach Nick Saban preaches, it’s all about doing your job, making sure you are continually and consistently doing the small things and everything will fall into place. Remember that this is the opinion of a REGULAR, I’m not analyst or don’t claim to be a College Football dictionary, I am just giving you, the reader, my point of view.

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