Is A-Roid Back? Did A-Roid Ever Leave?

New Yorkers.  We seem to be distinguishable for various reasons.  Whether it be our accent, our quickness, our no nonsense mentality, you can normally figure out who’s from the empire state.

New York sports fans.  Completely recognizable for our dedication, pride, and more specifically, our brutally honest criticism towards teams and players.  Most New York athletes are well aware of this.  However, we all know Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez likes to be different.

A-Rod has admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs when he was a part of the Texas Rangers back in 2001 – 2003, but has said that as a Yankee he’s been clean. Well, recently reports have surfaced that state otherwise.  There is speculation as to whether or not A-Rod has taken steroids after the time frame he admitted, and in fact while wearing pinstripes. Major League Baseball Commissioners are now investigating this issue further.  However, do we really care what the outcome is?

I can tell you, as a New York fan, I don’t care about the conclusion in this investigation.  You know why?  Because either way, I will still dislike A-Rod.  Aside from his arrogance, he proved this past postseason that he can’t be counted on in key situations at all.  But let’s not forget my favorite A-Rod moment of 2012, him saying the line up is better when he’s in it, after of course striking out countless times.

Being his hip injury (which by the way, he made note of once Jeter was in the spotlight from his injury – really Alex, you couldn’t just let the captain have the limelight for a little bit?) could potentially keep him out the entire season, it looks like we will be able to see how that theory pans out.  I think we all know how it’s going to turn out, and to say it nicely, A-Rod may be a tad embarrassed. 

It’s one thing to not perform well as an athlete, it’s another to deny it.  It’s also another to act like A-Rod did and walk around like he’s alpha dog.  I believe this is when all New Yorkers gave up any hope that A-Rod could perhaps represent the pinstripes well once again, like he had when he would homer every other at bat.  Arrogance is not attractive A-Rod, so even though you’re writing your number on baseballs and tossing them to models thinking that you’re doing quite well among the crowd, your actual career fan base is not impressed.

So, MLB Commissioners – don’t bother investigating.  It does not matter if A-Rod should be granted the nickname A-Roid again or not.  This entire situation holds no weight on our already formed opinions regarding him letting us down on and off the field repeatedly.  

This may be a little harsh, but I am a New Yorker and a New York sports fan… so really what did you expect?


That’s It!

The other day my friend asked me, “Why do some people have it, and some people don’t?”

I responded with, “Have what?”  

She replied “IT!”

I said “It? What is it?”

Her response was “Everything!”

After some clarification I finally caught on to what she was saying (and then had sirens go off in my head thinking about blogging about this….writer problems).  She was referring to that “it factor” that some people seem to just have, while others strive to simply make it appear that they have it.

It.  The “it factor.”  Can you pinpoint what it really is? What makes certain people so compelling? What makes certain people seem to just command the room? What makes certain people capable of just having it all?  

Is it luck?  Are people born lucky and unlucky?  Is it a matter of fate that distributes who gets the lucky factor, and who gets the unlucky factor of life?  Is it based on a past life?  Is it based on your family?  

Is it confidence?  Is that only sprinkled over some people’s destiny?  Is that based off of experiences?  Are those experiences only given to certain people, so those certain people can have that confidence? 

Is it good acting skills?  Is it all about acting like you’ve got it all together?  Is it all about seeming to know every detail about everything?  Is it acting like you’re the greatest thing since the napkin?

Is it appearance?  Is it based on looks?  Is it based on how well you dress?  How put together your make up is?  How perfect your hair is?

Is it all of the above?  Is it everything all combined into one?  

After a lot of thought, I formed my opinion on what exactly that “it factor” is…

I think the “it factor” is different to each of us.  I think it’s a quality we feel we don’t possess.  So when we see someone else that seemingly has the world on a silver platter, we figure it’s because they have that one quality we don’t.  It’s a defense mechanism for ourselves so we don’t have to feel like we either were just short of achieving something or that we were undeserving.  Truth be told, we’re all big crybabies.

You see, the “it factor” is a mental game as well.  We focus on that one quality we don’t have, rather than realizing all the qualities we do have.  So, no the “it factor” is not something you’re born with.  It isn’t based on luck.  It isn’t based on confidence.  It isn’t based on good acting skills.  It isn’t based on appearance.  It isn’t everything rolled up into one.  It is simply based on your attitude and your perspective.

Life is not a game of tag.  No one is going to tap you on the shoulder and say “You’re it!”  You’ve got to realize your own “it factor.”  It’s there, we all have “it.”  We’re just simply too pessimistic to choose to see “it” and we fail to embrace “it.” 

So finally, I guess my answer to my friend is that we’ve all got “it.” Yeah, that’s it!  


All I Really Need To Know, I Learned…. Through A Sports Movie

I recently came across one of those “All I Really Need To Know, I Learned In Kindergarten” pictures.  You know what I’m talking about, the big picture with all the lessons you’ve acquired in Kindergarten that are enough to get you through life.  Lessons like, “don’t run with scissors,” or “treat everyone like you want to be treated,” or “play fair.”  While those lessons are extremely important to get through life, it made me wonder where else we can find valuable life lessons, without having to actually experience any sort of obstacle first hand.

In light of all the happy sports news, whether it be the ending of the NHL lockout, or the Ravens beating the colts and advancing (let us cheer for a second), I realized how important sports really are in our lives.  I know for a fact, sports play a huge role in my life.  It could be dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, ice skating (yes, these are indeed sports, I promise you) football, basketball, or baseball; sports automatically just put me in a better mood.  I think that’s the case for most people.

Sports teach people a lot, and so do sports films.  And while Kindergarten was a vital year for life lessons, I think you can learn just as much, maybe more, through a sports movie.  From a sports movie you can learn…

…that every second chance begins with the first step (Step Up).

…the importance of Spirit Fingers and originality (Bring It On).

…that if you’re going to do anything, do it big and always stick the landing (Stick It).

…that in the pursuit of exploring one passion, you sometimes find another passion (Ice Princess).

…that you don’t have to look the same to be family (Remember The Titans).

…that the most unexpected person can truly change your life (The Blind Side).

…that even if you’ve been given a bad break, you still have an awful lot to live for (The Pride Of The Yankees).

…that if you build it, they will come (Field Of Dreams).

…that great moments are built from great opportunities (Miracle).

…that if you have to cry, sometimes that’s okay (The Longest Yard).

…there’s not much of a difference between “dream team” and “mean team” (Space Jam).

…being perfect is not about winning, it’s about your relationship with yourself, your family, and your friends (Friday Night Lights).

…that the environment you’re placed in does not dictate your future (Gridiron Gang).

…that everybody gets one chance to do something great, but most people don’t take that chance because they’re either too scared or don’t recognize it (The Sandlot).

…that you have to believe in something (Angels In The Outfield).

…age is just a number (The Rookie).

…the importance of strategy and research (Moneyball).

…that a sport can mean so much more than just a sport (Trouble With The Curve).

…that we should never underestimate any animal, especially a dog (Air Bud).

…we are all meant to shine (Coach Carter).

…you can be down, but it doesn’t mean you’re out (Rocky).

…girls can kick butt just as much as guys (Million Dollar Baby).

…walking away and giving up are not the same thing (Never Back Down).

…you should always embrace the talent you were born with (Bend It Like Beckham).

…there is nothing wrong with a girl dressing up as a dude to prove a point that they’re equal (She’s The Man).

…sometimes the price is wrong (Happy Gilmore).

…you never know how far you can run until you run (Secretariat).

…wax on, wax off (The Karate Kid).

…that we all have more in common than we think (Save The Last Dance).

…that life can change, but dreams don’t have to (Make It Happen).

…that love is bigger than any tidal wave or fear (Soul Surfer).

…that you never get to see what could have been, so appreciate the right now (Charlie St. Cloud).

…we all start out with a dream (Wimbledon).

…it’s not about what you have, it’s about what you make of what you have (Step Up 2).

…you can find someone to blame, but that doesn’t make the problem go away (Take The Lead).

…just be yourself, because life is too short to be anybody else (Step Up 2).


Looks like the lessons learned in Kindergarten have some serious competition.