Category Archives: Sports

Mr. Fancy Pants

I listen to ESPN radio while I’m driving, and all the talk earlier in the week was about Cam Newton’s pants.

Cam-NewtonCam Newton, for those of you who don’t watch football, is the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers–one of the teams in the Super Bowl.

Cam Newton is one of if not the most controversial players in the NFL.

Football fans either love him or hate him. Nobody’s neutral. And given that he’s the odds on favorite to win Most Valuable Player, everyone who watches football knows who he is.

I’ll admit that at first I didn’t like him. But then Richie talked me out of my narrow-mindedness and encouraged me to enjoy Cam Newton for what he was–a man who loves life and loves football and isn’t afraid to show his joie de vivre.

He has his signature poses for first downs…

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 15: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

He does a dance called the “Dab” after scoring a touch down…

And he wears flamboyant pants that sell out hours after he shows them off…


Love him or hate him, you won’t have a hard time finding him in a crowd. 🙂

From the Washington Post

Cam Newton took fancy pants where other pros dare not go

By Leanne Italie | AP February 3

Lots of athletes have style, but could they rock the Cam pants?

Super Bowl 50 is just days away and already has a breakout star: the $849 Versace skinny pants of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Newton was snapped Sunday in the zebra stripe, gold swirl rocker pants as he boarded a plane to California, immediately setting off a frenzy on social media and among TV talking heads.

We know Newton likes his flashy shoes. We know he can pull off a bushy foxtail hanging down one hip, but those tight, hair metal pants came straight out of left field. Would other pros dare to try?

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, fond of old school rock, great tuxedos and a little cool, fun experimentation in clothes, said there will be no rocking of Cam pants for him.

“I don’t know if many people can, but I know he enjoyed wearing them,” Harvey smiled Tuesday night at a fashion presentation by designer John Varvatos during a round of men’s shows in New York.

He was joined at Varvatos by Eric Decker, a wide receiver for the New York Jets — and another underachiever when it comes to football’s most famous pants.

“Oh, I don’t know if I could rock those pants but Cam definitely put a statement on Super Bowl week for sure,” Decker said.

How about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?

“I don’t know if Tom would. I’m sure he could. He could rock anything,” Decker said. “I haven’t seen him in skintight pants like that yet so that would be a new style for him.”

Brady’s fellow Patriot, Julian Edelman, took in the rock-themed Varvatos show as well. The Patriots missed out on Super Bowl 50, but he considers himself a Cam pants contender.

“The Cam pants? … If you go out with a confidence I think I could. I think I could,” Edelman smiled.

As for Brady, he added: “Tom could rock anything. He’s Tom Brady.”

Newton kept the look classy up top, pairing his fancy pants with a V-neck sweater, a tie and some gold-tip shoes. His black leather motorcycle jacket added extra oomph.

So what’s the word within the fashion industry? We asked football fan Tommy Hilfiger to weigh in.

“I think he’s very cool,” the designer said ahead of his own fashion presentation, “and I think he’s not only an iconic athlete but he’s a fashion icon as well. People look up to him.”

The Panthers meet the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Could Newton’s nemesis, Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning, succeed in similar pants?

“Uh, I think Peyton might be a little old for them,” Hilfiger said, “but Peyton has rocked quite a few great things over the years.”

I Want One!

Called a Onewheel, this is a Segway, unicycle, and skateboard all-in-one!


And I want one BAD!!!!!!! Just think how quickly I could tire Sophie out on our walks… 🙂



Solid-state inertial sensors and algorithms balance the board around the wheel.

Intuitive Control

Hands-free. Just lean forward to drive forward, back to stop and press your heels or toes to turn.

Hub Motor

With only one moving part, a revolutionary new type of brushless hub motor provides power and reliability.

Freedom to Roam

State-of-the-art lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries provide extended ride time. Ultra charger charges in well under an hour.


Super Bowl + 9

Apparently there is a correlation between Super Bowl Champion cities and increase birth rates nine months afterwards… 🙂


NFL scores with ‘Super Bowl Babies Choir’ commercial

By Remi Merhi, Special to CNN

The highly anticipated Super Bowl 50 commercials have been preceded by a spot the NFL released Monday to remind fans of the excitement that a Super Bowl can bring.

The “Super Bowl Babies Choir” commercial features babies, children and adults who were born nine months after their parents’ favorite team won the Super Bowl. According to the NFL, birth rates in winning cities increase nine months after the big game. The ad also shows snippets of reactions to past wins to show the excitement that could have caused this surge.

The “Super Bowl Babies” come together in choir form, each wearing apparel of the team responsible for their conception, and sing to a parody of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” with Seal himself singing along.

The combination of the adorable 2014 Super Bowl babies and cute lyrics left viewers praising the commercial.

The ad also prompted some viewers to ponder whether they might be a Super Bowl baby as well.


The commercial is successfully getting fans excited for the 50th Super Bowl between the Panthers and the Broncos. Now the only question is whether there will be a surge in birth rates in Charlotte or Denver nine months from now.

Gaining a Competitive Edge

I’m struggling with becoming more competitive in pickleball.

This isn’t a new problem. It’s an old one.

But it’s one I need to change.

There are times when I’m playing that I won’t take a ‘kill shot’ just because I want to keep playing longer rather than winning the point.

I’m FINALLY starting to see that my non-competitiveness is hurting my game–in the short run and, more importantly, in the long run.

So I started Googling ‘how to become more competitive in sports’ and most articles addressed being too competitive and, therefore, being a jerk.

While I might be a jerk, it’s not from being too competitive. 🙂

I changed my query to ‘how to become more competitive’ hoping that removing the ‘sports’ component would help me find an answer.

Finally I found a reply to that question that really resonated with me.

It’s from Michelle Gaugy (art gallery owner, author, art consultant, lifetime of self-employment) on

There seem to be two types of naturally ambitious people: some who just seem to pop out of the box naturally competitive (probably this is also fostered by their families) and then there are those who have a kind of emptiness inside that spurs them on – some void that they strive to continually fill by achievement.  If you are not already one of these two types, then your chances are slim indeed.

There is only one other way I know of, or have ever seen (and I’m no youngster and have had a wide life) that has transformed someone previously moderate into someone filled with ambition. And that is the discovery of an all-consuming interest, or a passion, which sets them on fire. IF (and that’s a very big “if”) you can discover something – and it can be anything – an interest – a product – a place – a ???? that overwhelms you with curiosity, love, gratitude, devotion, commitment and every other positive adjective you can think of – so much so that you cannot bear to be without it, and your every thought is consumed by your schemes for it, well……then you have the basis for becoming ambitious and competitive, as you attempt to figure out what to do about your obsession.

But that is the only way I have ever seen.

I definitely wasn’t born competitive. Maybe that has something to do with being a twin…

And my sisters and I weren’t raised to be competitive.


So the only other way “is the discovery of an all-consuming interest, or a passion” which sets me on fire.

Pickleball fits that bill perfectly.

It has overwhelmed me! And I can’t imagine living without it!

Realizing and embracing that will help me become more ambitious and competitive.

And as I become more competitive, I will use the following ways to establish a competitive advantage against my opponents.

Backup, Backup, Backup

Kellen Moore got his first NFL regular season play yesterday.


Moore is the backup to the backup to the backup to Tony Romo on the Dallas Cowboys.

After Romo broke his collar bone, not just once but twice, the Cowboys have gone through multiple backups to fill his quarterback position.

Kellen Moore was the quarterback at Boise State Football from 2008 (as a red shirt freshman) through 2011, and he has the record as the most wins by an FBS team’s college quarterback ever with 50 wins.


I’ve been intrigued with Moore since his days at BSU. He was a communications student and the Department of Communications was within the college I worked at. Some of his professors talked about what an excellent student he was, and his quiet and articulate manner at first glance seemed out of place on the football field.

Legend has it that a defensive BSU coach approached head BSU coach Chris Peterson to look at Moore. Peterson looked at Moore’s stats and was not impressed.

He was small at barely 6′ and a skinny 176 pounds. His running speed was slow and his vertical leap was only 21″.

Peterson talked to the coach and said, “I don’t know…” The defensive coach said, “I’m so convinced that you’ll love this kid that I’ll give up one of my defensive scholarships if I’m wrong…”


The rest is BSU history. Moore started as a freshman and BSU went on to win many games including bowl games.

It was fun to watch his debut in the NFL yesterday. He made some good plays and he  made a few bad ones, but overall his coaches, the team owner, and the fans were pleased with his results.

And the good news is that he’s now the starting quarterback for the Cowboys in their next game against the Buffalo Bills/

Talk about a dream come true!

Turkey Day 5K: Stroll + Run

Melissa, Richie, and I participated in the Turkey Day 5K on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Boise.


Melissa has done it since it started six years ago. The rest of our family has done it a couple of times.

It’s a great community event with other 4000 participants, some strolling like in a parade and some speeding like a a lion’s prey…

Lots of people get dressed up in costumes. Check out the piece of pumpkin pie and the turkey.

There’s always a Boise State Football fan proudly wearing blue and orange wherever he/she can.


Many families dress in similar head gear so that they can easily find one another at the end of the race.



Lots of dogs run the race as well. This dog won the cutest puppy award!


Here we are at the start of the race in the 20 degree chill.


Richie is a gazelle and ran the 3.1 miles in just over 21 minutes.

Melissa and I were very pleased with our under 50 minutes time. We chatted the whole time we quickly strolled, and she took oodles of pictures for this post. 🙂

Mirna! My New Inspiration!

I miss hiking and trail running in the mountains!


I’ve been using the hot weather as an excuse to take a break from pickleball and go for a hike.

I’ve also been postponing going because I get frustrated with how slow I am and how winded I get because of the changes in my body since my bicycle fall four years ago.

Last night I watched a story about a runner named Mirna on NBC News that has inspired me to go next week regardless of what the temperature is or how slow I am…


Mirna is a fantastic woman who loves to run and measures her time running in hours, not distances. A good long run is three to six hours–yep hours.

She has inspired me to load Sophie in the Jeep, drive up near our old house, take a long, slow jog along what I used to call The Ranch Run. Pictures soon. 🙂

‘Fat Girl Running’ Blogger Challenges Stereotypes Miles at a Time

On a recent foggy morning in the mountains of rural Georgia, Mirna Valerio was doing what she loves: running. On this particular morning, she led a small group of women on a jog across the picturesque campus of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, a prep school where she works as a teacher.

The women diligently followed her lead as she changed course, uphill and downhill, pounding the pavement despite the muggy conditions. Most of the women said they were there because of Valerio.


“I didn’t do much running before meeting Mirna,” said one, while another credited Valerio with “always getting us going.”

Valerio, 39, does not fit the mold of a cross-country runner. She is overweight and keeps a slow pace as she methodically traverses mile after mile. She says when passersby see her running, they see “a fat girl running” and she’s comfortable with that label and even embraces it. When she started a runner’s blog in 2011, she aptly titled it “Fat Girl Running.”

The video below is what aired on NBC News:

It was not until a July 2015 profile in Runner’s World, however, that she became a well-known figure in the running world. The article sent a flood of traffic to Valerio’s blog. Runners of all shapes, sizes, and genders expressed their solidarity and support.

Overnight, Valerio became the voice for a whole class of athlete. “I too am a 250 pound runner,” wrote one reader. “And examples like yours make that a little easier.”

“Mirna, you have no idea what you have done to inspire literally every woman, not just women of size, but every woman to get out there and accomplish and achieve,” wrote another.


For those uninitiated in the world of distance running, Valerio’s accomplishments are impressive. Her own personal record is 35 miles, a run that took her more than 13 hours to complete. She admits it sounds crazy — doing anything for that long — but says she is drawn by a love the outdoors and a passion about the challenges that long distance running brings.

Valerio was not always an avid runner. In 2009, she weighed more than 300 pounds. She says she often suffered from sharp chest pains, signs that led her doctor to issue her a blunt warning: She would not live to see her young son grow up if she didn’t lose weight. That scare set her in motion on to the path where she finds herself today.

She took up running. Getting on the treadmill for that first mile, she says, was slow and painful. She clocked in at 17 minutes, 45 seconds. Within the course of the next six to seven months, she lost 41 pounds.


Miles don’t phase Valerio now. She says she craves the physical, emotional, and mental challenges of getting through a 26.2 mile marathon — a physical feat hardly matched in all of sports.

Next month, she will run the Javelina Jundred, an annual 100k race in the Arizona desert. Despite the impressive mileage she clocks, her weight remains mostly stable.

Valerio knows most people view her as fat. And she has no problem with that.

The video below is an excellent up close and personal expose of Mirna.