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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/13/16

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1. Homeless Man Resume - I came across this story and instantly knew it was this week's top "Up" spot. You just have to love a story of second chances. A homeless man creating resumes; a person giving him a shot; and ultimately him, beginning his redemption story. Great stuff. 

2. Erin Andrews - I can't imagine having to go through what she did this week, or even over the last few years. This is a sick world with some awfully sick individuals in it who feel no remorse in violating other individuals. Forget the money, Andrews taking the stand was pure guts, and I admire her courage in doing so. 

3. Bryce Harper - Thank you, sir! Baseball needs a wake up call on the tired "unwritten rules". I shared my thoughts this week on this (Baseball's Unwritten Rules - Harper Nailed It), but baseball needs one of it's big time young stars to send this message. Kudos to Harper for being honest.


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1. Terrorist Attacks - I hate the world we live in sometimes. Reading of the events that happened in the Ivory Coast shootings and the bombings in Turkey, this terrorist stuff is still here, and it's still real. 

2. Maria Sharapova - Not only has she been doping for a while, she was knowingly doing so. So far, she has gotten off pretty lightly. It amazes me how she hasn't received the backlash a cheater ought to. Can you imagine if Serena Williams was in this spot? 

3. Kim Kardashian Enablers - I won't even get into Kim K's recent photo, which is ridiculous. However, those that enable her with attention is what makes it all incredibly bad. WHY? Kudos to people like Chloe Grace Moretz, Pink, and others who have the courage to stand up, to refute the nonsense that it is, and look for more ways to empower women. 

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/17/17

3 Up
1. JJ Wyatt - Not only has the man raised over $37M for Hurricane Harvey relief, but unlike many of the various charities we have become accustomed to, Wyatt is very transparent in how he will spend the money, and what he plans to do. Still in such awe of this. 
2. Tim Duncan - In the same spectrum as Wyatt is one of my favorite athletes, Tim Duncan. A native from the US Virgin Islands, Tim Duncan has been instrumental in Hurricane Irma relief by donating 20,000 pounds of food to the area. Such awesome stories in the midst of all these Natural disasters. The power of the human spirit is so great. 
3. Cleveland Indians - 22 Baseball games in a row. The Indians record winning-streak came to an end  this week, but it is damn impressive. Are they NOT the choice to make it back to the World Series from the American League? 
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Dope Sports Threads - Nike NBA Uniforms

When Nike was announced as the new provider of the NBA uniforms, formerly designed by Adidas, I was very intrigued on what the super creative company would do. The team of Adidas and the NBA always felt a little...well, off. Nothing wrong with either brand, they just don't seem like a good fit for one another. Hence, we got jerseys with sleeves and such under their term. 
Go back to soccer, Adidas. It's where you shine. 
Enter, Nike. And this is the perfect fit for the NBA. And thus far, the designs, names of uniforms, and feel for the upcoming aesthetics within the NBA is awesome. Again, Nike just doing Nike things. 
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Pondering Picture #82

It's Welcome Week at the institution that I work at, and it's been quite the hectic week of meeting, greeting, and providing programming for new students. I'm also continuously amazed at the amount of international students we have, and the hearing the journey and testimony of their road to this point in their lives. 
Despite the rigorous joy, I sort of miss that peace of hiking the Ithaca, NY area just before this time. Loved chasing waterfalls...
Sorry TLC.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/3/17

3 Up
1. J.J. Watt - What started out as a mere fundraiser for Houston with a goal of a few hundred thousand dollars has turned into a mega-story with Watt raising over $18M for Harvey relief in Houston. Watt deserves so much credit. An athlete truly in-tune with his city and community. And really, one that just does good for others. 
2. Frances Tiafoe - Monday night's 1st round opener against Roger Federer was absolutely classic. The 19 year-old American took the great Federer into the final moments of a fifth set with some serious swag. Tiafoe surely made a name for himself, and I'll definitely be looking for him in the future. 
3. Yale University - Look, I'm all for changing names and tearing down statues of people who don't deserve it - like, those who really don't deserve it. Not because of our distorted version of history. Kudos to Yale taking a step in this direction removing Calhoun, a big time slavery advocate, as a name from one of their buildings. 
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