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Losing with Dignity

28 Oct

As most of you know from reading previous posts, I have an extreme disdain for football. I think the sport is unnecessarily long and I have a serious problem with my college being associated with this sport over academics. <End of Rant> However, there are few moments when you are being forced to watch a game because everyone else in the room wants to watch it even though most of them are socializing and not even paying attention to the screen that you get to see a heartwarming moment occur. Yesterday, I witnessed one of these moments.

No, I’m not talking about how close to beating South Carolina that UT was (look at them losing respectfully. You go, UT!). During this game a better representation of how football should be played occurred in the second quarter. As I’m sure all of you have heard from either witnessing or reading a post about it, South Carolina running back, Marcus Lattimore, suffered a horrible injury to his knee due to a helmet crushing into it during a tackle. What happened after this play was what resonated with me most.

In spite of an SEC rivalry, Tennessee players swarmed the field to pay their respects to the severely injured player. In spite of all the trash-talking and fights that usually break out at most football games, these players and fans actually showed a little dignity. Never have I showed any semblance of emotion while watching a football game, but when Lattimore left the field crying, I almost broke down with him (don’t judge me). The sportsman-like conduct that was portrayed at this moment was one that should be witnessed by all sports fans alike. Yes, it sucks that UT lost (I could really care less) but I think Vol fans should be proud of the attitudes displayed during the game (and that we only lost by a field goal).

I may loathe every aspect of football, but I can respect a good game. While it wasn’t my decision to watch the game to begin with, I am glad I did. UT’s record may be 3-5, but at least we know how to lose with class.

For those of you living under a rock, here is a clip of the Lattimore injury:

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

16 Oct

Fall break has come and gone so now the next thing we can all look forward to is THANKSGIVING Pre-Christmas (did I mention I love Christmas?)  Four days of binge eating turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and leftovers galore! I can’t wait!

My 5 glorious days of fall break was spent in Tunica, MI where I gambled with the best of them. After a catastrophic blow to my bank account, I traveled to Starkville where I witnessed a catastrophic blow to Volunteer spirits… and probably Dooley’s career. After all was said and done I learned that Mississippi exists on the 3 C’s: Casinos, Cotton, and Corruption. The only things outside these main staples are dirt and air. I was honestly surprised that Mississippi State even existed after spending an entire weekend in a town that didn’t even have an Applebee’s (but they had casinos!!). It’s amazing how much service one building can provide. The casinos host restaurants, clubs, spas, gyms, pools, and more. They provide everything you could ever want to ensure you can never leave. Luckily, Hotel California didn’t suck me into the deep abyss of an alcohol induced bank account purge, and I made it back to Knoxville!

My much needed break was concluded with my LAST ADVISING APPOINTMENT EVER which led me to registering for MY LAST CLASS EVER. It’s a crazy feeling knowing that my 17 years of education is finally coming to a close… finally! Yes, I know, college will probably end up being the best years of my life but I am eager for the adventures that are in store for my future.  Maybe this blog will lead me to a career in social media at a large agency in NYC, or maybe I’ll end up back at the Gold Strike casino wishing I hadn’t blown my last $20 on a steak buffet.

Whatever the cards have in store (pardon the pun) I am ready to take it on. I am excited and nervous to make this life altering change; I just need to figure out where I’m going.  For now, my concerns are finishing out this semester so I can start the grueling process of filling out job applications (if you’re an employer, I could use a job).  Then it’s off to Campaigns in the spring and I’ll be one step away from hopping off the big orange bus.

Let’s just hope the bus doesn’t end up running me over.

Things to look forward to!

Halloween: 16 Days

Thanksgiving: 45 Days

End of Semester: 57 Days (UTK students only)

Christmas: 72 Days

Just another manic Monday…

18 Sep

Well, it’s Monday. It’s raining. And a lot of stuff has happened in the world of social media this past week, so it’s time for a MONDAY MID-DAY MASH-UP. A complete mash-up of this weeks past events (well, at least the ones I care about).

First up on my list: The iphone 5 was released.. and subsequently not bought by me. Congrats to Apple for making another version of an already expensive device and placing an even larger price tag on the new one. The only justification I can make for this frivolous release is that I may now be able to afford the iphone 4S (wishful thinking).

It’s official. PSY’s release of the song “Gangam Style” has officially gotten on my last nerve. Aside from completely blowing up YouTube, he performed at the VMA’s, Saturday Night Live, and The Today Show. Seriously???? Aside from not knowing the lyrics other than the token “oppan gangam style” (not even sure if that’s what he says), the whole song is just down right annoying. And here I am giving recognition to it… It’s a vicious cycle.

Another thing that really ANNOYS me: the NHL Lockout. I’m not saying that this is the worst thing to happen to me since McAllister’s closed on the strip, but hockey is the only sport I actually like… and this kind of sucks. I don’t even think this will be like the NBA lockout, either. I think this one will be for the whole year, just like in 2004…. I hate football.

Speaking of football… The much anticipated Gator loss ended up leaving many Vol fans eating their words, and perhaps losing a lot of bets. The Gator’s chomped us in the second half, making it the 7th year in a row that they have crushed Volunteer spirits, hopes, and dreams. So naturally, I have been seeing a lot of blame on Dooley. If it were up to Knoxville, the Vols would have a rotating coaching staff that would switch every time we lose. As I stated earlier though, I hate football, so my opinion on the matter is invalid.

In other news, today was my first day of my internship with the Knoxville Ice Bears (at least the SPHL has it together). I got to freshen up on my InDesign skills and made flyers for the upcoming season. I am told that I will also be able to help out with their social media campaign, which just works perfectly with the class I am having to write this blog for (490 Social Media). It’s all coming full circle!

Oh, and for those of you keeping track, my Klout score is now a 26. I need to set a higher goal for myself… Eh, maybe next week. Until next time!

Here is a HILARIOUS skit of Seth McFarlane’s impression of Ryan Lochte… Couldn’t upload the real video due to copyright infringement, but you need to click the link.

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