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.

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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!

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

        

 

 

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To The President of the NCAA

For those that don’t already know, I am a die hard Alabama Crimson Tide fanatic. Last weekend played and lost to a good Ole Miss team. Why the title of this post is titled to the President of the NCAA is because of an incident that happened to one of our players.

Junior Running Back Kenyan Drake was injured during the second quarter. I understand that football is a dangerous game and players gamble with the chance of injury every time they step on the field, but there has been rules and guidelines set aside for what hits are legal and what are not. If you review the hit on Kenyan, he was hit low below the knee, which is illegal, also known as a chock block. This caused him to him to break his ankle. After the illegal hit, he was then kicked in the helmet by another opposing player.

In my opinion BOTH of these players should be suspended for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. Why? Because, they Kenyan can’t play the rest of the season. The only player that was punished was the player was the player that kicked him in the helmet and his punishment was for him to sit out for the first half of his following game. What type of punishment is this? All this is a smack on the hand and saying please don’t do it again.

These 2 players could have really done some extensive damage, but I’ve drifted off the subject at hand. Here is the email that I prepared to send to the President of the NCAA, but I failed to find an email for Mr. Mark Emmert or an associate of the NCAA:

TO: NCAA President Mark Emmert

FROM: Jared J. Gober (Concerned Fan)

SUBJECT: Suspension of Trae Elston

During the contest the Ole Miss Rebels versus The Alabama Crimson Tide there was an incident that was unacceptable by all standards at any level of play. After Alabama Running Back Kenyan Drake was injured and lying on the field in excruciating pain, Ole Miss Defensive Back Trae Elston kicked Kenyan in the helmet while he was down.

Was that really necessary? I’m not writing this letter because I’m an Alabama fan and we lost the game, but that type of behavior is childish and should not be allowed at this level of play. If I were watching a Division II or Division III game I would feel the same. This behavior is totally unacceptable.

I pretty much have an idea of what you’re going to tell me,”if the referee didn’t see it or call it, it didn’t happen.” Well Mr. Emmert we have now transitioned into the 21st Century and are now equipped with the greatest technology known to man.

With that being said plays can be replayed, slowed down and zoomed frame by frame; zoomed so far you have the ability to see the individuals pupils. Not using this technology to it’s fullest extent, we are discrediting these student-athletes. The majority of these student-athletes have dreams of playing at the next level, but if you as the president of the NCAA don’t do your job to protect them, that dream will quickly fade away.

I understand injuries are going to happen, that inevitable, but unsportsmanlike actions are uncalled for and need to be handled with a firm hand. I honestly think they should be handled by the NCAA and NOT the University. I believe this because the University is only going to give the student-athlete a slap on the hand instead of a punishment that is meant to show the student-athlete and the rest of the student-athletes that these actions will not be tolerated.

If a petition needs to be started to bring light to this issue them I’m prepared to do so. Your job is to protect to students and student-athletes. I would like to have Trae Elston suspended for his actions during the Ole Miss/Alabama game. The reason: unsportsmanlike conduct to a defenseless player.

In the mission statement below comes directly from your web page, but according to a lot of the behavior going on in college football today it’s just to “check the clock.” I challenge you to re-read and do your job and protect the kids because you were put in that position to do so.

“We are committed to enforcing the rules and creating fair competition for student-athletes across the country. It’s the responsibility of our universities, athletic programs, coaches, alumni, student-athletes, and ourselves to be fully accountable at every level as we promote student success both on and off the field.

No one is above the rules. The consequences for breaking them need to be clearly defined and consistently enforced. Our members in Division I revised their enforcement structure in August 2013 to focus on tough but fair penalties.

Our goal is to further strengthen our culture of personal responsibility and individual accountability. Unfortunately, some people will try to break the rules—but in order to ensure a fair system, the rules and the consequences have to apply to everyone. No exceptions.”

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Should College Athletes Be Paid? (Revisited)

Today’s subject isn’t new territory for me, but some of my views have changed slightly. The reason they’ve changed is because I’ve had a lot of time to think about it and I’ve done a little more research than I did in my previous post. This issue is, “Should college athletes be paid?” I still stand firm on my point of view that they should be paid. Here’s where some of my points have changed.

1. With these student athletes being paid, if that is ever incorporated, they should sign a promissory note saying they will give the University of their choice a minimum of 4 years. I don’t want to call it a contract, because they are considered amateurs. Why a minimum of at least 4 years because said University is spending thousands, some times millions on recruiting that individual.

2. Once the individual commits to the University of their choice they would be given 2 options: Option A is a 4 year Athletic/Academic scholarship. Included in the scholarship the student athlete would receive a small stipend for everyday expenses. That stipend would be very low, because everything is being paid for by the University. Option B, the student athlete would be offered 4 years of pay for play. If they choose this option, they would pay for their education. Now with that being said, they would receive enough so that they could pay for tuition, books, room and board, food, rent, etc.

3. How much would the amount for pay for play be? That’s a great question that is hard to answer and would the amount change with the fluctuation of the economy? I say the amount should be agreed upon and in order for it to change, it should have to go through a review and approval process. With the pay for play, can the student athlete be paid for autographs, endorsements, etc.? No, because their focus should be focused on the University and not themselves.

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Paying student athletes is a difficult subject because it would be hard to make everyone happy. I’m sure that collegiate athletes right now are getting paid. I say that because how is a player able to pay for a pimped out ride with the works? Their stipend right now isn’t paying for it! In addition to them being paid or taking the scholarship, grades would also be a factor. If you’re failing you would be put on probation and given extra help; however, their stipend would be lowered. In the case of the pay for play, it would be probation and reduction of pay. If that doesn’t motivate them then I don’t know what will.

Keep in mind as you take all this in, this is MY opinion. I would love to hear how you feel on this subject. Leave a comment in the section designated below. Enjoy.

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Who’s Ready for Some damn College Football?

posterAfter all the chaos of the National Signing Day put behind us, who is ready for some good ol’ College Football? I know I am.

The last two games of the season for my Alabama Crimson Tide really left a sour taste in my mouth. To top it off, the Alabama Coaching staff hired Lane Kiffin. I know many of the Tide faithful are looking as if we are going to have another subpar season. Last year, our record was 11-2. As an Alabama Crimson Tide Fanatic, that is unacceptable. Why, you ask? It’s not because we lost those two games, it’s how we lost those games. As fans, we hold the players to a standard that is sometimes unreachable. We expect them to win a National Title every year. Could we have done it last year? In my opinion, yes, but I don’t get paid to make those decisions so I am only looking at this from one point of view and that’s as a fan.

I would love to see the Crimson Tide win every game, but holding those players and the Coaching Staff to that standard is crazy. You can’t win all the time, not even having a team full of 5 Star athletes. I would love to sit here and say that we are going to dominate next season, but if you look at all the factors, those questions can’t be answered yet. Our “Game Manager” as some called him, A.J. McCarron is going off to the NFL, so we are going to have a hard time trying to nail down who will hold that elite title as the Alabama Crimson Tide starting Quarterback. We have a stable of capable Running Backs and Wide Receivers, but what about the Defense? Can Kirby Smart take the talent that we had last year and project those guys to a number 1 type Defense? I don’t know. Many people say that it takes a great Defense to win games and I believe that to be somewhat true, but you can’t win without having a strong Quarterback.

As much as I would love the Tide to capitalize at the Quarterback position and possibly use the same Offensive scheme that gave our Defense a fit last year. We have that ability with Redshirt Junior Quarterback Blake Sims, but do you actually think that Coach Nick Saban will use him in that way. Not quite. I see him taking some snaps to relieve the starter, but him becoming the starting Quarterback for a “Pro-Style” Offense, is not going to happen. I think that as the season progresses, he could possibly learn how to manage the game as A.J. did, but it’s too early to tell right now. He has a strong arm and sometimes reminds me of a Michael Vick type Quarterback. He can be elusive, but I don’t see him calling the right audible at the right time, just because he hasn’t had the opportunity to do so. A.J. came under the wing of New York Jets Quarterback Greg McElroy. While taking over the duties from Greg, he knew the Offense in and out. Blake didn’t get the same opportunity.

Many of you already know that I can talk about Alabama Football all day, but I will spare you and just say that we have a lot of hurdles to jump during the Spring and Summer workouts. Another monkey wrench thrown in is 44-14784-Fthe playoff system that will be incorporated this season. There are going to be a lot of factors that would have to be put in place for the Alabama Crimson Tide to be put back in the National Title picture. This is going to be an interesting off season, but I’m ready to see it all unfold.

“IF YOU CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME THING THAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE, YOU WILL GET THE SAME RESULT. GUARANTEED.” -The Alabama Crimson Tide Coaching Staff

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I really didn’t think that I would have to actually put together a post about this, but SOMETHING REALLY HAS TO STOP! Man, a team wins 11 out of 12 games in the regular season and they are doing something right. Don’t get me wrong, but what was your record last year? 3-8? Please, stop it. Let your skills speak for themselves on January 6, 2014, during the BCS National Title Game. Okay, what I will attempt to do in this post is do everything in my power NOT to take sides, but as you can see in the introduction, this will be a hard task for me to accomplish.

“We have faced some dynamic quarterbacks,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday, December 18, 2013. “They are a little bit different but have won a lot of games. I hope that will help us. Obviously, we are playing the Heisman Trophy winner, the best player in college football, so we have our work cut out for us.” Of course, it seems the Tigers have had their work cut out for them all season—first in September, when they were pitted against Zach Mettenberger and LSU in Baton Rouge. It was more of the same when Auburn traveled to College Station to face Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies as said by Justin Lee who is in his fourth year on the Auburn athletics beat, after previous stints writing for The War Eagle Reader and The Corner News. This fall, he is also interning with the Opelika-Auburn News. He has done freelance work for a number of publications including the Associated Press, the Tuscaloosa News and The Advocate in Baton Rouge.

Okay, on this issue: Yes, Auburn have faced some dynamic quarterbacks this year, but let’s look at the last 3 Games that the Auburn Tigers have played this year.

  • November 16, 2013: The Georgia Bulldogs vs. The Auburn Tigers, playing @ Jordan-Hare Stadium. During the 1st Half Auburn had the game won pretty much going into half time with a 27 – 10 lead. Coming out for the Second Half, the Georgia Bulldogs “woke” up and started playing some damn football. Going on a 21 – 0 scoring run  in the 4th quarter. If Georgia’s Defense, from what I could see, Single-High Safety and Defensive back were not playing out of position, then they would have lost that game. Nick Marshall would have over thrown his wide receiver, but with Georgia Safety and Defensive Back playing right next to each other and not bracketing the Wide Receiver or even thinking about playing a Single-High Safety with a Quarterback with the Arm of Nick Marshall, then we would not even be talking about this, but since the good Lord sends downs blessings to the less fortunate; they allowed that dog-gone Wide Receiver to be in the right position at the right time, as soon as that dog-gone Safety & Defensive Back tipped that ball, the Auburn receiver reacted to the ball caught it and scored. I couldn’t believe it. I had to rewatch that play over and over again to make sure that it was real. Keep in mind that going into this game, The Georgia Bulldogs were ranked #2 and The Tigers were #23. 
  • November 23, 2013: Bye Week in preparation for The Alabama Crimson Tide.
  • November 30, 2013: The Alabama Crimson Tide vs. The Auburn Tigers, playing @ Jordan-Hare Stadium. Going into this game Auburn had been bumped up to the #4 spot in the BCS rankings with Alabama still holding on to the #1 spot. Auburn got on the board 1st during the 1st Quarter, but Alabama finally got it together and scored 21 straight points over the Tigers going into halftime with a 21-14 lead. Coming out with the control of the ball at halftime, they scored the only points in the 3rd Quarter. Going into the 4th Quarter the score was tied at 21. Alabama scored early in the 4th to take the lead back. Auburn did what they do well and ran a perfect Triple Option Offense led by Quarterback Nick Marshall and tied the game at 28. Alabama ran a lot of time off the clock, with the intentions of kicking a field goal to try and win the game, but couldn’t get in position. With the kicking game of Alabama being shotty, Coach Nick Saban, considered kicking the ball, but called a timeout with 8 seconds left on the clock. Alabama Runningback T.J. Yeldon was given the ball to what I thought was to let the clock run out, but as he stepped out of bounds, the referees put 1 second on the clock. Instead of giving the ball to T.J. Yeldon or Kenyan Drake, Coach Nick Saban put the game in the hands of a Freshman kicker. Knowing this, one of the Auburn Tiger Assistant coaches put one of their best kick returners in the endzone in case the ball fell short. Guess what? The Alabama Freshman Kicker had the accuracy, just not the strength in his leg and it fell short, right into the hand of the Auburn player, who then brought it out of the endzone. There was no possible way for the Crimson Tide to stop him, because they just didn’t have the speed on the field to stop him and the rest is history. The clinch the SEC West Division Title and a spot to play the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship Game.
  • December 7, 2013: The Auburn Tigers vs. The Missouri Tigers in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Missouri Tigers couldn’t stop Runningback Tre Mason and Nick Marshall in that damn Triple Option Offense, but somehow went into halftime with the lead 17-14. I have no clue why the Missouri Tiger coaching staff didn’t make any adjustments and continue to play a 4-3 Defense to stop the Auburn Offense. The Auburn Tigers kept giving the ball to Tre Mason who ended the game with an Auburn and career record 304 rushing yards and 4 Touchdowns; and again the rest is history.
  • The Ohio State Buckeyes end up losing their title game to the Michigan State Spartans and give up the #2 spot to Auburn who will earn a chance to play in the BCS National Title Game.

Okay, here is my Final BCS National Championship Game Prediction: Auburn’s High Optempo, “Triple Option” Offense vs. Florida State University Multi-dimensional Offense, FSU’s Defense vs. The Auburn Tiger Defense, Both teams have a Special Teams that has the ability to change the tempo of the game, but can the Heisman Trophy winner Quarterback Jamies Winston make break the Heisman Curse to win it for the FSU Seminoles?

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Since 2000, only 6 Heisman Trophy winners have gone on to win their following bowl game. (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Mark Ingram, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III & Johnny Manziel.) Matt Leinart’s win at the 2005 Orange Bowl was later revoked and removed from records due to multiple rule violations by the University of Southern California (USC). The trend of post-award failure has garnered the attention of the mainstream media. Additionally, the Heisman Curse asserts that in most cases a Heisman winner will have either a poor career in the National Football League (NFL) or in fact not even see such a football career at all.

Every time an analyst talks about a National Title game whether it being at the College Level or in the National Football League (NFL) they always talk about there being an X-Factor. Well I’m not using the X-Factor, since I am analyzing this year’s National Title Game, I’m going to use the “G-Factor!” The G-Factor for the Final BCS National Title Game:

  • Gus Malzahn and the Offensive Coordinator for The Auburn Tigers are going to have to find a way score first and keep the momentum; keep the FSU Seminoles Defense guessing; use Nick Marshall’s strong arm and throw the ball down field for big gains; Yes, the Triple Option Offense is a hard offense to defend, but they are going to stop the run, so depending on your Running-backs and Nick Marshall’s legs cannot be your only option.
  • FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher is going to have to continue to have their Offensive Line protect Quarterback Jamies Winston so he is able to throw the ball to the taller Wide Receivers; you will have an advantage at the Wide Receiver position because on paper, they are taller than the Auburn Defensive Backs; the FSU Defense has not seen an Offense like Auburn is going to run, just trust that your front 4 and Linebackers are going to stop the run, if not at the line of scrimmage, but at the second level. If the Auburn running backs get past your second level, your Safeties and Defensive Backs are going to have to be quick enough to recognize the run and be that last line of defense and stop the Auburn running attack. Your defense is going to have to play their positions, don’t get caught slipping.

With all the factors in play, I think that Auburn is not going to be able to stop Quarterback Jameis Winston. They are going to take and keep the momentum in the 1st half, Auburn will get the running game going, but it will not be enough to stop the passing attack of the Seminoles. This will be a high scoring game, due to the high optempo of both offenses. My score prediction for the National Title game: Florida State Seminoles 45, Auburn Tigers 38.

Keep this in mind that this is just MY assessment. I don’t want the Auburn fans out there to think that I am hating because I am a die hard Alabama fan, this is based off of watching the highlights of both teams this year.

**Don’t get it twisted, I still think that my damn Alabama Crimson Tide should be playing in the National Title game and it’s still and will always be #ROLLDAMNTIDE!**

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So today was my second basketball practice. Our first practice went very well, because we had 9 out of 10 girls show up. Today, we had 5 show up, that’s including my 2 girls and the other coach’s daughter. I really hope that we have more girls show up at the next practice, because we can’t start touching on the basics of how to play defense or set up a successful offense with 5 girls. An advantage to having a small number of girls show up is, that we are able to spend 1 on 1 time with the girls as far as fundamentals go. My girls are the smallest on the team, so the plan was to play them in the 1st and 3rd Quarters; then have the bigger girls play in the 2nd and 4th Quarters. I’m not sure if we can even think that far ahead because we can’t depend on any of the other girls to come out.

I thought that this would be a lot easier than it’s starting out to be, but I am learning very quickly that this is going to take a lot of patience. It really doesn’t bother me if the girls don’t show up, because their parents already paid the registration fee, so it’s their money that was wasted. I’m not trying to be a sour puss, but a call to let me know that your child won’t be at practice would suffice. Since this is Recreation Basketball, every child HAS to be given the opportunity to play. I could go to the Recreation Director and complain, but what is that going to solve? Not a damn thing. If they don’t show up to practice, but can show up to a game, that’s something that I guess I’ll have to deal with. Next year, if my girls say anything about wanting to play Basketball, I am immediately going to shoot that dream down. Why? Because, I’m sure they won’t play unless I coach and “ain’t nobody got time for that!”

I will just stick to coaching soccer and maybe try my hand at coaching softball. I’m getting better at coaching or dealing with other peoples children, so as soon as I get my coaching style down, I will then become the Black Nick Saban of Southeastern Georgia. I will put my own “Process” together and have other coaches coming from the other side of the United States to find out how I do what I do. First, I am going to have to find my sport that I want to coach and get real serious about it. I don’t want to just win, I want to dominate. I know it’s only Recreation Sports, but I want to be “that” Recreation Coach that everybody wants their child to play for. I want the kids I coach to master the fundamentals, because if they master the fundamentals at the recreation level, then it will be a lot easier for them to grasp what they are being taught at the High School/College level of athletics, if that’s the route they choose to go.

I will only take it as serious as the kids. If they want to get better and they show me that they want to get better, then that’s when I will start going above and beyond. I know that I could possibly be that coach that  could have an impact on a child in a positive way, but why put everything I have into it, when their own parents won’t give me the same support? I’m still trying to figure out my coaching style, so when that hurdle comes I guess I will deal with it then. As for now, I will just learn as much as I can and find out how to get the best out of the kids that I coach.

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So as most of you already know that the soccer season for our county is done. Our All-Star Team played their hearts out. Though we lost, it was a win for our kids. The reason I say it was a win for our kids is because this is the first time that our county has EVER had a soccer All-Star Team. I told the kids that NO ONE can take that away from them. They were the 1st set of kids to do it, if you think about it, they made history. The team we played was against a neighboring county. The awkward thing about it is that the kids on that team, our All-Star Head Coach, coaches 7 of the 12 kids on a traveling team.

We were already at a disadvantage, but our kids didn’t care. The kids took every practice serious and learned a lot. I know I did. I’m going to take some his coaching points and add my own little touch to make it my own. He won’t be coaching next year, so if I get a good set of kids, we can do it big! Just kidding, I really believe that if you are playing any sport at the recreation level the focus needs to be on fundamentals. Once they have mastered the fundamentals, then that puts them a couple of steps ahead of other kids when and if they decide to play in middle school or even high school. Next year, I plan on coming up with my own version of  “The Process” something similar to what Coach Nick Saban has. You can hate him all you want, but he knows how to win. That’s what type of coach I want to be. I want to be able to take an inexperienced player and by the end of the of the season that player has made a 180 degree turn around, because he has mastered the fundamentals and has worked on the small things.

If I remember correctly, I think it was in maybe my 3rd or 4th posts I said that I was 33 and I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. The reason I said that is because I hadn’t found my niche or found anything that I was passionate about. Now that has changed. I want to Coach, not just Coach, but teach individuals how to be better. I hope that doesn’t sound weird to anyone. Whenever I am Coaching, I have no worries and I am not thinking about anything else but the kids that are in front of me. It makes me feel pretty good to have a kid come up to you after the season is over and say to you, Coach Thank You for taking the time to teach me, I know that you volunteered and didn’t have to do it. You took the time out to teach us. I’ve mentioned this once before, that having a parent say Thank You for Coaching their child who had never played a sport in their life and now they are passionate about that sport and they want to play next year, but they only want to play if you are Coaching. It is pretty rewarding.

Last week I ate lunch with my girls. On Monday I ate with one, Tuesday I ate with the other then on Friday I ate with them both. On those three days that I was at the school, I had kids I had never ever seen or talked to walking up to me saying Hi Coach Jared. It felt kind of weird, but of course I returned the greeting. I think it is crazy when my daughters come home from school and they tell me that their friends are asking when is your dad coming back? They get mad, because their friends aren’t supposed to like their dad. On several occasions I’ve been told by the faculty that I would be a great substitute, but I think they were trying to subliminally plant that seed in my head, because I went to the board of education and asked for an application. I don’t know what it is, I think I do pretty well with children, even though I don’t like watching or interacting with other people’s kids during my free time. When I’m coaching that’s different, but if those same kids asked if they could come to my house, I would say NO!

Also, the principal said it would be a “shock and awe” moment for the children to see a male sub, because they usually treat the women any kind of way. It feels good to finally have something that I am passionate about. Before anyone makes any crude or stupid remarks, I like to teach children, not touch them. I’m no pedophile. I have A VERY STRONG HATE for those individuals. I felt the need to say that because I know there is an immature individual out there that is either thinking it or is brave enough to post a stupid-ass remark of that sort. Its crazy that I even have to mention that, because of the immaturity of a lot of so-called adults in today’s society. Now that I have found my passion, I am going to continue to do it and seriously get into it; get all required certifications to coach on different levels. I don’t even care if I were paid or not. My goal is to set a good example and do my best to have a positive impact on a child’s life for the better. Who knows, maybe I’ll coach the next Michael Jordan or Abby Wambach.

 

#ROLLDAMNTIDE!

 

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