Saturday, February 17, 2018
Freedom Is Yours, Do With It As You Please by Southside Slugger Tony Graves
2:50 pm est
Football season is finally over, and the
champions of the NFL have been crowned. This past year in the NFL, there has been a change in atmosphere because of the climate
that exist in America. This is the subject of policing in America and protest showcasing of NFL players across teams.
Players feel as though they
need to use the platform of television to showcase their concerns with Police and the United States government in America.
Now, I’m not here to say which side of the field I’m on, but the fact remains that players in the NFL or any sport
for that matter have every right to protest and kneel for the mistreatment of people in America whether we agree with it or
we don’t. That is a freedom that has been fought for, for them to do.
Before Southside Slugger was Southside Slugger, I spent 6 ½ years in
the United States Army, a time that I don’t regret because I felt it was my duty as a citizen of this country to do
so. Knowingly knowing I’d put my life on the line to preserve all the freedoms that we love each and every day.
Sometimes it saddens me to
see everyone at each other’s throats for opinions and gestures that people like myself have fought for every citizen
in this country to do and say. Sometimes we look at our own lives and we often are narrow minded to the fact that people may
not share the same viewpoints as ourselves.
The point is, is that wherever you may stand politically or a decision someone makes, we have to step outside
and look at the situation from others point of view and understand and empathize the concerns that they may face every day.
We live in a place that is supposed to protect those decisions and freedoms.
At the end of the day, you would want the same thing for yourself. In conclusion,
we as a country have spent the best part of 200 plus years protecting the rights and freedoms of every citizen in America.
Do with it as you please.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Who Are You by First-Class Justin Adams
11:01 am est
It is essentially everyone’s goal
in life to find a purpose, YOUR purpose; in other words, who you are. This is not an easy thing to accomplish, and many people
feel that by the time you finally figure this out, unfortunately, it’s too late. I, however, do not believe this to
be the case. I believe that you have a feeling deep down inside you that tells you the answer to this very question. Some
people choose to ignore this feeling, others decide to embrace it.
When I was younger, I watched the Sister Act films, and in the second film
Whoopi Goldberg’s character, Deloris
Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence, spoke with a girl about being a singer. She quoted a book (Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke) and said, “If when you wake up in the morning you can think of nothing but writing…then you’re
a writer.” (Clip of the scene can be found by clicking here)
This line had stuck
with me because all I could think about was becoming a wrestler. I was always told that me being a wrestler was nothing but
a ‘pipe dream;’ that I ‘can’t be a wrestler.’ However, I just knew that was what I was meant
to be. Now the question was, what was I willing to do to make this ‘pipe dream’ a reality.
Dr. Tom Prichard believes
there are three types of people: those who try and say at “least I’ve tried,” those who give it their best
shot and say “at least I gave it my best shot,” and those who do whatever it takes. I wanted to be a wrestler
so badly, because I felt that was what I was meant to do, I always told myself I’d do whatever it took. I feel that
in the two years I’ve been wrestling, I’ve done just that. I’ve made personal sacrifices, transformed my
body, and mentally prepared for the struggle I would be enduring. I may not (yet) be where I want to be, but I am on the right
track and am getting closer to that goal every day. I’ve won championships, wrestled at the same events as wrestling
Legends and Hall of Famers, and have even worked for WWE. I’ve pushed myself as hard as I could, and try to go even
further. I am the third type of person mentioned above, which one are you?
I am a wrestler, who are you?!