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First Thoughts of 2011, and asking for help-to hold me accountable

PLEASE JOIN ME:

At Helping my Buddy “Boxer”

The nominations are in for male radio broadcasters you would like to see guest co-host with Kelly for a day!
Show your support for your favorite broadcaster by sharing with your friends.
Please note: Voting begins on January 10th, 2011!
Sharing the Men of Radio information does not count as a vote.
http://www.dadt.com/live/contest/cohostsearch/11/index.html?id=14

AT investing in my services to MAKE YOU MONEY

As we are nearing the end of 2010, I am looking forward to 2011. In the first few weeks of 2011, there are MANY bridal shows. I have always done very well in booking my gigs for the year, however want to “take it up a notch” and become a vendor at a few local Bridal Shows to increase revenues. With that said I am looking for investors for this and wanting to work out a compensation package for your funding of this endeavor. Please e-mail sosaudio@yahoo.com if interested in helping me and make a few “easy dollars.”

AT GETTING IN SHAPE

Also looking towards next year, in the last 10-15 years I have always been in (physically) decent shape. I have worked through some injuries and learned what works and what does not. I also know how I feel when I am in shape and want everyone I know to feel the same way.

In 2011 I will be getting my personal training certificate and am seeking clients. I will work with YOUR schedule, and offer competitive rates while I am completing my certification.

I currently have 10 clients, and willing to take on another 6. Let me help you transform your life and make your fitness goals for ONLY $25.00 per session!

Utilize my FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE of what works and how to achieve your goals. If you are interested in this service, or want to schedule your personalized appointments e-mail sosaudio@yahoo.com.


I hope 2011 is off to a great start for you. I am excited about the opportunities for not only myself but for everyone in the upcoming year. I was reading e-mails, posts, etc about how many were “tired” ready to “get rid of” and “over” 2010. I gotta admit 2010 had MANY problems for me, and THERE ARE SOME HEAVY THINGS WEIGHING ON MY MIND RIGHT NOW. BUT it is not the events, trials or B.S. that can get you down it is how you handle it! 2010 was one of my best years despite all the adversity and challenges because I started to find comfort in my abilities to overcome and find peace with my faith in the Big Dude above. Right now, are things great HELL NO! But I wake up every day and discover a new opportunity to succeed; this is what makes me believe 2011 will be great!

In 2011 I hope to better myself and others by starting my non-profit (The Flame Foundation), by getting others in better physical shape, and by increasing revenues for my social networking clients. I also am making a pledge to mentor more, not just with kids but with anyone I meet. And by mentoring I don’t JUST mean lip service, remember…actions speak louder than words!

In 2011 I have MANY goals, ambitions, and wants. There are some who will, and have, told me I can’t do it. These same people cut down, because they feel they can’t. Well I am not you, you are not me. Don’t let anyone (including me) tell you you can’t do something. Dream it, Learn it, Find a way, AND DO IT!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3nQGiW9VIM (I also recommend this movie to EVERYONE! Rags to riches story EVEN BEFORE our local Golden Voice Triumph story-Ted Williams, that story is below under You Da Man)

What do you want to do for yourself this year? I am throwing out a challenge. Better the life of one individual. MAYBE we can’t save the world, maybe not even a group, but we all can change the life of one person. Maybe that person who needs help is you?  Find a need and find a way to meet that need, for others and yourself.

Listed below are my New Year’s Resolutions. I hope all my friends will help hold me accountable and assist me in meeting these areas where I hope to overcome some of my bad habits, or poor traits. I know my neighbors have already called me out on #43, AND THEY EVEN KNEW THE NUMBER WHEN TALKING WITH ME…OUT IN THE STREET (maybe this was not such a good ideer lol)

So I making a pledge to attempt to do the items listed below, and if I can do anything to help someone else out, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

I wish for you, 12 Months of Happiness,52 Weeks of Fun,365 Days of Success, 8760 Hours of Good Health, 52600 Minutes of Good Luck, 3153600 Seconds of Joy

RESOLUTIONS FOR 2011!

2011 RESOLUTIONS FOR MATT SEXTON. This is being published as a written acknowledgement of faults and areas wanting to better self and in turn others. By making public, I hope others will help me hold myself accountable for the things I want to change:

1.) Work on understanding, accepting, and appreciating my relationship with God

2.) WAKE UP EVERYDAY AND BE THE BEST I CAN BE (Always give 100%, but realize 100% of each day is different-and be ok with that!)

3.) Each day do something for someone else-in turn not only bettering them, but self as well

4.) Continue to ATTEMPT to find the good in EVERYTHING

5.) Everyday find/see the “God Today” in the Lil Moments of daily miracles.

6.) Three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.-Jimmy V

7.) Start the “Flame” Foundation

8.) Get Personal Training Certificate.

9.) Run an ORGANIZED Half Marathon

10.) Be THE FIRST DJ TO PLAY THE GRAND OLE OPRY

11.) Average 52+ Gigs this year, with 26 being on road-and continuing to

learn from experiences with tour activation folks

12.) Work less-or at least smarter. Be more diversified in areas where monies can be made, so as to not “depend” on any one area

13.) Work as hard for others as I do for myself (and Vice Versa)

14.) Make time for fun, and for work (Good Start from Last Year, but need to keep working on this, and even enjoy/be ok with downtime)

15.) Go on vacation (Take an extra Day or two on road trips, and go somewhere WITHOUT WORK)

16.) Learn that not everyone is a friend, and accept that sometimes you get screwed, but at no fault of anyone-and try every day to right any of the wrongs I have done to others

17.) Volunteer (Continue at Ronald House, Start at Zoo, and find other organizations to help)

18.) Be in better shape-not for vanity, but for health/fitness. Goal Weight is 150 pounds, 29inch waist, and be able to bench weight 15 times (and try not to care about my size-THIS WILL BE HARD!)

19.) Find my “One Thing”

20.) Personal

21.) Continue to Read/Write more (concentrate on songs, poems)

22.) Continue to be open with feelings/emotions

23.) Be so freakin positive it can help someone-or at very least pi**es someone off!!!

24.) Work on being more diverse with knowledge, interests, etc

25.) Go to away Buckeye Game (Miami in 2011?)

26.) Double my current “cooperate client list”

27.) Make Business Firsts 35 under 35

28.) Eat better, or at very least-more consistent

29.) Continue to pay down debt

30.) Let more “stuff” role off back-remembering being upset only hurts/affects me

31.) Develop side business’ and help others do the same

32.) Play following gigs (Cincy Blind Pig Marathon, Cleveland Rock & Roll

Marathon, Jamboree in the Hills, Country Concert, ALL Country Thunder Concerts across the Country, Arizona 1/2 Marathon, Country Jam, Red, White, & Boom (IN SOME ROLE), Capital City 1/2, Crew Games, All Buckeye Home games, continue to develop relationship with Jackets-don’t limit to this list! AND IF/when someone else does get over me, find out how/why and learn…WHILE BEING HAPPY FOR THEM.

33.) Manage Time Better

34.) Publish list of quotes (I say every year-I REALLY WANT TO DO THIS THIS YEAR)

35.) Better someone else’s career, and understand not everyone is me, and some will do better than me, others will fail-BE OK AND ENCOURAGE BOTH

36.) Rock at least 4 Major Events

37.) Organize a fundraiser for each quarter of the year (and find ways to take Army Navy Fundraiser to $5000.00!!!)

38.) Smile More

39.) Go to Doctor/get help when things/body parts ache/hurt

40.) Find acceptance can’t do what used to do FAILURE IS NOT ONLY HUMBELING-But also the first step to success

41.) BUFFETT (at least 3 shows, and start using his business plan)

42.) Manage Money Better

43.) Clean Garage

44.) Mentor More (in many areas; Business, Physical Fitness, being a better person, and help self/others FIND ACCOUNTABILITY)

45.) Go Back to School

46.) Learn to speak Spanish

47.) QUIT WORRYING-Everything happens for a reason, find the good in all.

48.) NEVER BACK DOWN!!! (NEVER Make anyone else feel they have to either!)

49.) NEVER BE BROKE!

50.) AS ALWAYS NEVER LIMIT TO JUST THIS LIST. Create a TO DO, or WANNA DO list daily


The question for you (and me) is: What are you going to do today that will make a positive difference on your life tomorrow?-Bryan Tracy

NEED HELP WITH YOUR OWN RESOLUTIONS?:

New Year’s resolutions: Tips for keeping your promises

Making New Year’s resolutions and keeping them…  easier said than done. How many people will actually stick to the resolutions they make in 2011? Will you?

Here are some tips from the experts to stay true to your goals:

1. Make them realistic

Make sure the goals you set for yourself are realistic and that you will be capable of keeping them.

2. Have a plan of action

Know how you will go about keeping your promises to yourself. Make a plan of exactly how you will follow through on your resolutions.

3. Write them down somewhere

Write down your resolutions in a journal or notebook. Write your resolutions on yellow sticky notes and post them in places you will see them often. This way, you will constantly be reminded of your goals.

4. Share them with friends and/or family

Voicing your resolutions to others may help to make you more accountable for them and more “on the hook” to keep them. You don’t want to disappoint yourself, but often you will be more likely to not want to disappoint others or feel the possible embarrassment of breaking your resolutions if others know them.

5. Put your resolutions out there publicly, for example, in a blog

If you have a blog, share your resolutions with the world! This may help you keep to your word when so many know what you have promised yourself.

Will you make New Year’s resolutions? Need some help with resolution ideas?

Here are some of the most popular resolutions that people make:

1. Stop smoking
2. Eat less and lose weight
3. Exercise more
4. Get out of debt

And the biggest reported resolution for 2011 so far:

5. Save money: Go on a “debt diet”

NEW JOB ASSPERATIONS FOR 2011?:

11 Ways to Hurt Your Career

While most career advice focuses on how to succeed, we can all learn valuable lessons by dissecting career failure as well. Workplace experts offer insights into some of the top ways workers undermine their own careers and jeopardize their career development.

1.       Not Taking Your Education Seriously

If you party too much in college and end up with a run-of-the-mill 2.5 GPA, you’ll be passed over for the best entry-level jobs, says New York City-based executive recruiter and coach Brian Drum, of Drum Associates. Not finishing your master’s degree is another way to hurt your career-development goals, adds Anne Angerman, a career coach with Denver-based Career Matters.

2.       Not Having a Plan

In the current poor job market, you may have defaulted into a career you aren’t crazy about. That’s OK, as long as you develop career plans to get where you want to be. “Think of every job you take as a stepping-stone to your next job,” Drum advises.

3. Lying

You’ll lose professional credibility in a hurry if you lie, from exaggerating on your resume to getting caught fibbing on Facebook. “If someone calls in sick to work and then that evening posts a photo on Facebook of their extra day vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, that’s a big problem,” says corporate etiquette specialist Diane Gottsman of the Protocol School of Texas in San Antonio.

4. Sullying Your Reputation on Facebook or Twitter

Social media can harm your reputation in other ways, too. Personal posts and tweets from work–when you’re supposed to be doing your job–can tag you as a slacker. And the content of your posts or tweets can come back to haunt you as well–you never know who might stumble upon those bachelor-party photos. “You need to assume that every boss and potential employer knows how to use Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, and post from the standpoint that everyone is watching–even if in reality they’re not,” Gottsman says.

5. Not Respecting Professional Boundaries

Sharing TMI about your personal life with colleagues is unprofessional. “Your coworkers don’t want to hear about your fights with your husband,” Angerman says. On the other hand, if you’re ultraprivate and work with a chatty group, join the conversations occasionally so coworkers don’t resent you.

6. Gossiping, Slandering, and Excessively Criticizing

If you publicly bash fellow employees, the boss, the board of directors, or even your competitors, you’ll be perceived as negative at best and a troublemaker at worst. The ramifications can be broad and long-term, Gottsman says. “Industries are tight,” she says. “You don’t want to be the one who started that rumor about the head of your industry.” As far as bad-mouthing competitors–what if your company merges with a competitor, or you want to work for one someday?

7. Carrying on an Inappropriate Relationship with Your Boss|

Never a good idea, but an especially bad one if your boss is married. “When you get involved in a drama or in something unethical that can be brought out in the open, you’re asking for trouble,” Gottsman says.

8. Not Controlling Your Alcohol Intake or Libido

Getting drunk at the office party or on a business trip damages your credibility. Ditto a romantic, ahem, “indiscretion” that your colleagues know about.

9. Job-Hopping Just for the Money

Job-hopping–in moderation–may not automatically disqualify you from a position. “But it gets to the point–like if you have seven or eight jobs by the time you’re 35–that employers are not going to want to invest in you,” Drum says. Also, if you have leadership aspirations, keep in mind that the top dogs of many large corporations have been with those organizations for long periods, he says. Additionally, many companies have “last in, first out” layoff policies, which could leave you out of a job if you never stick around long enough to build tenure anywhere.

10. Losing Touch with References

You’ll kick yourself later if you leave a job without collecting personal contact information from colleagues who can serve as professional references for you in the future. “If you were forced to leave a job and you can’t ask your boss for a reference, hopefully you’ve built up some rapport with a colleague and can ask them,” Angerman says.

11. Leaving a Job on Bad Terms

Don’t become a lame duck when you’ve got one foot out the door, Drum says. “The employer only remembers about the last five minutes you were there,” he says. Give proper notice and don’t leave a mess behind. And by all means, do not make a huge dramatic production of it when you quit, complete with cursing, slandering, and throwing things, Gottsman advises. “It’s very difficult to get another job when you’ve left destruction in your wake,” she says.

THOUGHT(s) FOR THE WEEK:

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

“Actions speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” – Mark Twain

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each year find you a better person ….Benjamin Franklin

When people are dicks to me, I like to kill them with sunshine ….and a GIANT magnifying glass!!!

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

SONG FOR THE WEEK:

This is just a great song with a great message!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw

Keeping the positive vibes going…even in a hectic world
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al2DFQEZl4M

HELP:

Maturity begins to grow when u can sense your concern for others beginning to outweigh ur concern for self-Rev Run

Donate your car, truck, boat or RV to RMHC “Where Cars Help Kids”

If you think that old car in your driveway isn’t worth much, we would like to turn that thinking around. By donating your car, truck, boat or RV to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, you can help provide families a home-away-from-home at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House and keep them together during the hospitalization of a seriously ill child. And on top of that, you can claim a tax deduction for your charitable donation. We’ll even come pick up your vehicle at not charge. To donate your vehicle, or to learn more about the program and how it helps, please call 614-CARS-HELP (227-7435) or toll free 855-CARS-HELP (227-7435).

PASSING:

Man Suspected of Killing Deputy in Ohio Shootout Is Identified

Authorities on Sunday identified a man suspected of killing a sheriff’s deputy and injuring a police officer in a gunbattle at a trailer park.

The Clark County sheriff’s office provided few details about shooting suspect Michael Ferryman, who also was killed during the New Year’s Day standoff in the Enon Beach mobile-home park, in western Ohio.

Ferryman, 57, lived in the trailer where the gunfire broke out with police, Chief Deputy David Rapp said.

The standoff started after Deputy Suzanne Hopper was called to the trailer park to investigate a report of gunshots, authorities say. Hopper, who was married last year and had two children, was shot dead as she tried to photograph a footprint at the park, about 50 miles west of Columbus.

Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Suzanne Hopper was killed Saturday in a trailer park standoff.

Sheriff Gene Kelly told reporters at a Sunday news conference that Hopper and the officer who accompanied her to the trailer park believed the shooter was no longer in the area when they began their investigation. Then, Kelly said, Ferryman’s trailer door opened near Hopper.

“One shotgun blast was fired at a very close proximity, striking the deputy, and it was a fatal wound,” he said.

Kelly has said responding police officers tried to talk to Ferryman – who had “a history” with the sheriff’s office – when he fired on them from inside the trailer. A German Township officer was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, in which “many, many, many” shots were fired by the suspect and eight officers, Kelly said.

The wounded officer, Jeremy Blum, was listed in fair condition Sunday at a Dayton hospital.

Authorities had yet to determine whether police gunfire killed Ferryman or he killed himself. Agents from the state crime lab are helping with the investigation into Hopper and Ferryman’s deaths and are looking into Ferryman’s background, Kelly said.

Eight sheriff’s deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, Kelly told reporters. That’s common procedure when deputies or police officers are involved in shootings.

No telephone listing for someone with Ferryman’s name and date of birth could be found Sunday.

A girl who lives in the trailer park said she knew Ferryman and he had a temper.

“He was a quiet person, but if you made him mad – he wasn’t very pleasant,” 15-year-old Chelsea Bagley said Saturday.

Her mother’s boyfriend, John Burkhardt, said police spent several minutes over a loud speaker asking Ferryman to come out of his trailer and surrender. He said police gave Ferryman “25 chances to walk out of there” but he refused and then “all hell broke loose.”

On Sunday, various law enforcement officials provided Hopper’s body with a six-vehicle escort as it made its way from the coroner’s office in Dayton to a funeral home in Springfield, Rapp said.

Hopper, 40, started with the county in 1999. She was known for her dedication to the job and adherence to keeping herself safe, Kelly said. The former officer of the year was wearing a protective vest Saturday, but it didn’t shield her from the gunfire that killed her, Kelly said.

Iconic face of Rosie the Riveter poster dies

A Michigan factory worker used as the unwitting model for the wartime Rosie the Riveter poster, seen …

CHICAGO (AFP) – A Michigan factory worker used as the unwitting model for the wartime Rosie the Riveter poster whose inspirational “We Can Do It!” message became an icon of the feminist movement has died.

Geraldine Doyle died Sunday, a spokesman for the Hospice House of Mid Michigan told AFP. She was 86.

Doyle didn’t realize she had a famous face until she was flipping through a magazine in 1982 and spotted a reproduction of the poster, her daughter told The New York Times.

But while Doyle recognized her face under the red bandana, the strong arm held up in a fist wasn’t hers.

“She didn’t have big, muscular arms,” Mrs. Gregg said. “She was 5-foot-10 and very slender. She was a glamour girl. The arched eyebrows, the beautiful lips, the shape of the face — that’s her.”

Doyle was just 17 when she took at job at a metal pressing plant near Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1942.

She quit about two weeks later after learning that another woman had badly injured her hand on the job — she was worried she’d lose the ability to play the cello, her daughter said.

She was there, however, when a United Press International photographer came to the factory while documenting the contribution of women to the war effort.

A picture of Doyle was later used by J. Howard Miller, a graphic artist at Westinghouse, for the poster which was aimed at encouraging women to enter the workforce and deterring strikes and absenteeism.

The poster was not widely seen until the 1980’s when it was embraced by the feminist movement.

The term “Rosie the Riveter” stems from a 1942 song honoring the women who took over critical factory jobs when men went off to war.

Another Michigan woman, Rose Will Monroe, was the best-known “Rosie” after being featured in a wartime promotional film about female factory workers.

Doyle was quick to correct people who thought she was the original Rosie the Riveter, Gregg told the Lansing State Journal.

“She would say that she was the ‘We Can Do It!” girl,” Gregg said. “She never wanted to take anything away from the other Rosies.”

A funeral service is set for Tuesday. Gregg did not immediate return a request for comment.

YOU DA MAN!:

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE STORIES OF ALL TIME!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rPFvLUWkzs

A voice from the streets has the sound of a fairy tale

The smooth baritone of Ted Williams became an Internet sensation today when a Dispatch.com video compelled millions of viewers to take a closer look (and listen) at a homeless panhandler who sometimes works the Hudson Street ramp off northbound I-71.

Carrying a hand-scrawled cardboard sign touting his “God-given gift of voice,” an otherwise ragged Williams was recorded last month offering up his radiant pipes to an idle commuter for spare change.

When you’re listening to nothing but the best of oldies, you’re listening to Magic 98.9!

That voice delivered.

Eclipsing the initial awe over Williams’ “gift” were the scores of phone calls that followed – media inquiries and potential job offers that could ultimately provide the one-time radio announcer with a second chance.

“My boss said to me: ‘If you don’t get him hired, you’re fired,'” said Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production films for theNational Football League. He contacted The Dispatch last night in search of Williams.

“I can’t make any guarantees, but I’d love to get him some work.”

The 97-second clip – posted Monday on Dispatch.com and copied yesterday morning to YouTube by an anonymous user – was filmed on a whim by Dispatch videographer Doral Chenoweth III.

As blog entries, Facebook posts and Twitter exclamations turned viral, so did the calls from news producers at ABC, CBS and CNN, as well as national talk shows.

“We run into these guys at the exit ramps and we pretty much ignore them,” said Chenoweth, who was en route with his wife to the grocery store when he first saw Williams. “This guy was using his talent.”

We’ll be back with more, right after these words!

That voice, however, remained elusive yesterday.

A sporadic resident of a camp behind an abandoned Hudson Street gas station, Williams had declined offers to relocate to a shelter, said Ken Andrews, a volunteer for Mount Carmel Outreach and a 15-year veteran of local homeless-assistance work.

“He’s a good guy,” Andrews said. “But we never knew he had ‘the voice.'”

Several visits to the site and the highway ramp yielded no sign of Williams. Yet he supposedly was found by the promotions staff at radio station WNCI (97.9 FM), which will host the virtual star as a guest at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday on the Morning Zoo.

WNCI program director Tony Florentino said the station wasn’t housing Williams or providing a ride to the Downtown studio, which has since fielded queries from ESPN and MTV. “A friend” providing temporary housing didn’t give a phone number, he said.

“We’re on pins and needles,” Florentino said. “I think he really has no idea how big this is going to be.”

Finding an agent to navigate the undoubtedly complex – and predatory – landscape ahead is vital, said Shane Cormier, a Los Angelesagency owner whose clients have done voice-over work for Ford, Sprint and Western Union. He sent an e-mail to The Dispatch today.

“We could make him a millionaire,” Cormier said.

WBNS-TV (Channel 10) wants Williams to provide narration for promotional spots during its first-ever “One Day to End Homelessness” telethon on Jan. 31, said Frank Wilson, director of operations. (WBNS is owned by The Dispatch Printing Company, which also owns The Dispatch.)

And a $10,000 offer for voice-over work for the Ohio Credit Union League will be presented this morning on WNCI, where camera crews from NBC’s Today show and other national networks are expected to be on hand.

Although such work is contingent on a background check, league spokesman Patrick Harris said, “his voice would be a perfect fit for us.”

Don’t forget: Tomorrow morning is your chance to win!

That voice has little known history.

The native of Brooklyn, N.Y., became infatuated with radio at age 14 during a field trip that included a talk with a station announcer who looked nothing like his voice would suggest.

“He said to me: ‘Radio is defined (as) theater of mind,'” Williams says on the Dispatch video. “I can’t be an actor; I can’t be an on-air (television) personality.

“The voice became something of a development.”

Williams says he attended broadcasting school but doesn’t elaborate. He once worked filling in on overnight shifts in Columbus at WVKO (1580 AM), a former soul-music station now offering Catholic programming.

Problems with drugs, alcohol and “a few other things” derailed his ambitions long ago, he says, but he recently marked two years of sobriety.

“I’m trying hard to get it back,” Williams says.

FOLLOW UP

Advice To Golden-Voiced Ted Williams: Listen To Your Mom

January 7, 2011

Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice who’s gone from the streets of Columbus, Ohio, to nationwide fame this week because of a Columbus Dispatch video, made another appearance on NBC’s Today Show this morning — this time with his 90-year-old mother Julia.

As we’ve reported, they were reunited yesterday (after 10 years apart, not 20 as previously thought). Today, they talked about his years of drug abuse, petty crime and homelessness and the shame they brought on his family.

“I felt like I brought so much disgrace to this woman,” said Williams, 53, that he avoided speaking to her in recent years. And his mother confirmed that. When they talked in years past, she said, “all I got was promises” that he would get his life together.

This week, when she saw the video of him on the street in Columbus with a sign asking for money, Julia wondered “how could you get so low to do a thing like that?”

“He’s a good person and he’s easily pulled into things,” Julia told Today’s Meredith Vieira. Now, Julia tells her son: “don’t disappoint me … hold your life together.”

And Vieira picked up on that: “You have the pipes,” she told Williams. Now, “when this lady speaks to you, listen.”

For his part, Williams said he’s going to seek therapy and wants to “pick one particular situation” from among the many job offers he’s received, rather than try to cash on on all of them at once. He’s already done some voice-over commercial work for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and for MSNBC. An announcing job with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers “is still an option,” Williams said

BOOKS:

Body By Design: Kris Gethin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTcP1BbnIU

A Q&A with Author Kris Gethin

Q: What sets Body by Design apart from other books in the fitness category?

Gethin: When I set out to create Body by Design, I soon realized I have one tool at my disposal that no other fitness book before has ever had – a community of hundreds of thousands of people who know that this stuff works. I’m the editor in chief of BodySpace, the largest fitness-focused social networking site in the world (think of it like Facebook for fitness). Every day I’m talking with our members — giving them advice, listening to their concerns and challenges, and learning what works (and what doesn’t). In addition, I’ve been training athletes, fitness professionals, and regular people who just want to get healthy for more than a decade. I’ve seen people undergo the most amazing transformations when they use all the tools at their disposal — the right diet, a smart exercise regimen, and the lasting mental motivation they need to stick with the program for the long term.

In Body by Design, I’m combining my own expertise with the crowd-sourced wisdom of hundreds of thousands of BodySpace members to create an utterly unique and incredibly inspiring book. The core of Body by Design is the 12-week workout plan, fully illustrated with four-color photos (and, in the enhanced eBook edition, video). I’ll also give you a simple eating plan, dozens of delicious recipes, and motivational tips you won’t find anywhere else to keep you on track. In addition, you’ll read more than 20 Transformation Stories, from people just like you who actually achieved the body of their dreams.

Q: How did you first get involved with fitness and training?

Gethin: Several years ago, I suffered a bad back injury and severe asthma – and then I transformed from an active guy to a couch potato, gaining a circle of friends who liked to party. Soon I was overweight and depressed. I knew I was too weak to change my habits on my own, so I decided to change my social network and surround myself with people who enjoyed working out and taking care of their bodies. Soon fitness was a lifestyle, not just a passing fad for me. I lost weight, eradicated my back pain, regained energy, improved my outlook on life … and then I made it my life’s work to inspire others.

Q: Why do so many people have trouble sticking to a fitness plan?

Gethin: Too many people focus on short-term goals. Trying to reach some “perfect” physique or losing weight for a big event can only motivate you for so long – then you’re right back where you started. I call these kinds of short-term goals “fixed motivation.” True motivation — lasting motivation — is something quite different. If you can tap into your long-term goals and create a group of friends you can relate to, you will never have to make another New Year’s resolution to lose weight, or put all of your hope in an exercise gadget from an infomercial — and you certainly won’t find yourself going through the perpetual cycle of yo-yo dieting.

Extra support can be found online at places like BodySpace (www.bodyspace.com). When you tell yourself that you aren’t going to eat cake anymore, it’s easy to give in to temptation, especially if you are having a bad day or happen to be at a social gathering. Now imagine telling 10, 100, maybe 1,000 friends (who are supportive) that you’ve set healthier eating goals for yourself. All of a sudden, accountability takes on a whole new meaning — it becomes Radical Accountability. You don’t have to log on to BodySpace to enjoy the benefits of Body by Design –- but it’s there if you need it!

Q: How important is diet vs. exercise in a fitness plan? And what changes should someone make in their diet to complement their workouts?

Gethin: One isn’t more important than the other. Trying to get into shape without a strategic nutrition plan, an ever-challenging exercise routine, or a support group is much like shaving off the leg from a stool – you’re going become unstable and likely to fall over. The majority of people focus on removing things from their diets, but Body by Design focuses on adding -– adding more meals to keep the metabolism firing, adding more quality calories to provide energy and recovery from the accompanying training routine, and more adding instrumental training phases to the workout routine to ensure the body doesn’t adapt and plateau.

Q: Any last words of advice?

Gethin: Be transparent with your goals — tell as many supportive people as you can. By putting your reputation on the line and staring in the face of certain embarrassment, you are much more accountable to see your goals through, for life.

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME?:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNQuzJd70rY

Great White Shark Attacks Fishermen’s Boat

A group of Australian fisherman have been left shaken after a great white shark attacked their motorboat.

The men were fishing off the coast of Busselton in Western Australia when the animal began circling their vessel.

They managed to catch the shark on camera as it swam near the fishing lines before attacking the boat’s motor.

The force of the attack caused the cameraman to lose his balance and almost fall overboard.

The shark was estimated to be about five metres long and it apparently left bite marks and parts of its teeth lodged in the propeller.

In the video the men can be heard describing the eerie image of the shark circling as “pretty scary”.

One man panics when he realises they have left a fishing line dangling overboard.

Seconds later the men powered up the boat and drove off at speed.

WHAT THE HELL?:

Suicide jumper saved by pile of trash bags

The snowstorm that mangled New York saved the life of one Manhattan man.
A troubled Hell’s Kitchen resident jumped from his ninth-floor apartment window yesterday — but survived because he landed atop a mountain of trash bags that had been piling up since the Dec. 26 blizzard, cops said.

“Maybe it was lucky we had this snow and they hadn’t cleared the garbage,” said Katharina Capatos, the aunt of the victim, Vangelis”Angelo” Kapatos.

It was about the only good news from a torturous postblizzard week marked by a lackluster response to the storm, which included a catastrophic breakdown of snow-plowing that kept ambulances from getting patients to hospitals.

Kapatos, 26, of 325 W. 45th St., jumped just after noon, landing on his back on garbage bags heaped high outside the 10-story building, authorities said.

He left no note and no one was home when he fell.

Kapatos was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, and was in surgery hours later.

His aunt, who spells her last name differently, said he’d been released from Bellevue’s psych ward last Wednesday after spending about a month there following a nervous breakdown.

“I think he’s lonely. I think he has manic depression,” Capatos said.

She also said a dispute with his landlord — who she said wants to evict him from the $572-a-month, rent-stabilized unit that technically belongs to his parents — had been weighing on her nephew.

His next eviction hearing in Housing Court had been set for tomorrow.
“I want to live, but what is going to happen to me?” Capatos, 64, recalled him asking her recently.

Kapatos’ lawyer, Charles Small, received a frantic voicemail and e-mail from him Friday asking him to “reassure me that everything will be well.”

“I told him that there’s nothing to worry about, that his landlord has no case,” Small said he responded by e-mail.

But “I have no idea” if he got the message, Small said.

Neighbors described Kapatos, who moved from Greece with his family when he was 3, as quiet and withdrawn.

“He kept to himself . . . always had his headphones on,” said one building resident who asked not to be identified.

Kapatos’ miraculous survival was the silver lining in a storm cloud of bad news stemming from the blizzard.
“This was the perfect storm — excessive amounts of garbage between the Christmas and New Year holidays and nearly 2½ feet of snow,” said Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-SI).

In other storm-related news, the city announced alternate-side parking rules are again suspended today but “limited” garbage collection is resuming as of this morning. Some 700 trucks will be put to work out of the usual 1,300 for trash pickup.

As of yesterday, the city’s 311 hot line had received 13,032 calls about missed collections since Christmas — compared with a typical week of about 1,000 complaints.

“People are fearful, particularly with the weather now turning warmer, [that] it’s going to attract vermin, rats, raccoons,” said Ignizio.

But the city said statistics from 311 calls don’t back up the fear.
In the week after Christmas, there were 56 rat complaints out of a total 435 for all of December.

IRONY:

Michael Vick can’t have a dog but Ben Roethlisberger can get engaged.

FUNNIES:

Do not walk in my footsteps. I am a klutz. I have a tendency to fall, walk into walls and occasionally walk off cliffs.

JUST FOR FUN/MUSIC:

Mash Up of the top songs of 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLA7JMPE_xU

SPORTS:

Sorry Browns fans, or should I say congratulations Browns Fans

‘SportsCenter’ anchors celebrate news of Mangini firing (see video link below)

The news of the Cleveland Browns firing head coach Eric Mangini was met with an unexpectedly jubilant reaction by ESPN anchor Hannah Storm and NFL analyst Adam Schefter:

The on-air high-five, setting a new standard in journalistic integrity since 2011.

Storm and Schefter aren’t celebrating Mangini’s firing (at least I don’t think they are). It looks like they’re heralding the fact that the announcement came while they were live on the air, something that had clearly been discussed earlier with somebody off camera named Josh. (Who is evidently in a position to give out 50 bonus points for such a happening.) The anchor and analyst quickly apologized, although you can still hear Schefter’s excitement when he tries to get all solemn by repeating “good point” and talking over Storm’s initial apology.

Some people will rip on Storm and Schefter for the unprofessional reaction. But, both have good reputations, quickly realized their mistake and apologized. These are the perils of being on live television for hours every day.
And it’s not like the firing of Eric Mangini is a tragedy. It’s a mediocre football coach with a 10-22 record getting paid millions of dollars not to work next season.

Update: An ESPN spokesman issued a statement about the incident later on Monday:
“Their actions were inappropriate, and they immediately recognized this and acknowledged it on-air. While they were not making light of the firing itself, everyone involved understands how difficult it is on individuals to lose their jobs and the effect it can have on their families, and ESPN apologizes for the incident.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXWi8I2KhiU

Neat spin on “Gatorade Bath”…this time it was NOT a coach but an owner!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx8q0QM9zwc

He will always be an “All Star Red” to me!

Kids with special needs have friend in Casey
Ex-big leaguer bringing field of dreams to children in Pennsylvania
For 8-year-old Buddy, normalcy is very much an ideal.

Born with Down syndrome, Buddy spends countless nights and weekends sitting in the stands with his parents, watching his two sisters — one 10, the other 7 — participate on various local sports teams. Youth leagues are prevalent in the South Hills area ofPittsburgh, as is the case in just about any suburban community.

But those leagues and facilities aren’t designed for Buddy.

The one field where Buddy can both fit in and function isn’t down the road. It’s not at the local park. It’s certainly not convenient. Yet in that quest for normalcy, Dave Hall spends many Saturdays making the two-hour round-trip drive with his son up to one of the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh so that Buddy can play baseball.

There, in Cranberry Township, Pa., sits a Miracle League Field, one with shortened dimensions and a rubberized surface. It is handicap-accessible and available to be used by children with varying needs and disabilities.

Here, Buddy can feel normal. Here, he can be a baseball player.

“It’s awesome to see him out there and be a part of baseball and have something that he enjoys,” said Hall, once a collegiate baseball player himself. “He loves it. He loves being around the other kids.”

But logistically, the commute commitment isn’t one that many of the families in Hall’s community can make. That includes Scott Bishop, whose son, Matthew, also has Down syndrome.

“The fact that Cranberry is so far away makes it hard for people that live in this area,” said Bishop, who also has three children. “It’s just too hard to make that trip up there.”

Former Major League first baseman Sean Casey is out to change that.

Casey has had the idea for a while. In fact, the pull to dedicate his time to children with special needs began when he was a 21-year-old senior at the University of Richmond. Looking for a way to spend his extra time, Casey volunteered to work with children with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects the nervous system.

From there, he went into the Indians’ farm system and shot up to the Majors in less than two years. But he did so changed by that volunteer experience.

“I got more out of that than those kids,” Casey said. “That experience changed my life. That was my first understanding of those kids.”

Opportunities to interact with special-needs children continued to present themselves to Casey throughout his 12-year baseball career, which included stops in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Boston.

There was the time in 1997 when, as a member of the Akron Aeros, Casey pushed a young girl in a wheelchair around the baseball fieldduring a game for kids with special needs. There were the opportunities he had to work with the Miracle League organization during his stops with the Tigers and Reds. There was a personal tie, since Casey’s wife, Mandi, has a younger sister, Genny, with special needs.

And there was the Miracle League video he saw during one particular fundraiser that really set things on course.

“It was really a tearjerker, and it hit me in the heart,” Casey said. “That was the first step for me as far as, ‘Wow, that would be awesome to be a part of that or to build one.'”

Casey retired after the 2008 season and began preparations for constructing a Miracle League Field in his hometown of Upper St. Clair, Pa., not long after. The work began in 2009 as Casey went through the process of getting approval from the local commissioners to purchase land near a newly constructed community recreation center.

With Casey’s $50,000 donation, the land was purchased and the plans developed. Those plans include building a Miracle League Field as well as a playground designed for children with special needs. A full scoreboard, dugouts and bleachers will surround the field.

With more than 90,000 children in Southwestern Pennsylvania living with a disability, the need for such a facility is overwhelming.

“It started off as a great dream of doing that and has really become a reality now,” Casey said. “I had a guy once tell me, ‘Isn’t there one of those in Cranberry?’ That’s the problem right there. These fields should be everywhere so these kids have the ability to go out and play and do something and be a part of a team.”

The focus now is on fundraising. The construction of such a specialized field isn’t cheap, and the goal is to also hand over ample financial resources for the field to be maintained after it opens. Altogether, the fundraising goal sits at $1 million.

Various local companies — including Highmark, CentiMark, PJ Dick Inc. and Rohrich Lexus — have already promised sizeable contributions.

“You have corporations willing to donate, which is great,” Casey said. “But the grassroots part — the $100 check — is as good as the $50,000 check. We want this community to really rally around this cause. With every dollar that is given, you’re going to see that it has a tangible effect on this area.”

If the fundraising goes as planned, construction for the Miracle League facility will commence in the spring. The field — which will be named Casey’s Clubhouse — will then be ready to open in time for the Miracle League’s fall season.

“It’s really important to note how lucky we are to have Sean and Mandi in this region, because we’re going to get this done in a timeframe that blows away most timeframes because of Sean’s stature and his popularity and his status,” Hall said. “The presence of Sean and Mandi on this project is essential or else it doesn’t get done. It’s as simple as that.”

For Buddy, Matthew and others in Pittsburgh’s South Hills who benefit from Casey’s endeavor, the work must go beyond fundraising and construction. Part of the attraction of the Miracle League program, Casey explained, is the buddy system, which pairs each special-needs baseball player with a local volunteer.

That’s why Casey envisions this project uniting a community. It will take a community coming together to get the field funded and then sticking together to make sure it serves its purpose to the fullest extent. Casey has set up a website (www.caseysclubhouse.com) for those seeking more information on how to make a donation to Casey’s Clubhouse or volunteer.

“I hope that this place and seeing the spirit of these kids is life-changing for everybody,” Casey said. “I hope it’s life-changing for the kids that play. I hope it’s life-changing for the people that volunteer. I hope it’s life-changing for the people that have helped us support this financially.”

BUCKEYES:

WE BEAT THE SEC CURSE!!! Ohio State beats Arkansas in 2011 Sugar Bowl (or should I say, Arkansas beat Arkansas in Sugar Bowl)

THE ARTICLE MANY ARE TALKING ABOUT!

Pryor’s acts expose charade of college athletics

Terrelle “The Truth” Pryor is my favorite college football player and it isn’t just the way the Ohio State quarterback can shred defenses.

Pryor is a godsend to anyone who believes the business of college athletics is little more than a smoke-and-mirror show of situational ethics, selective enforcement and tightly controlled public relations designed to dodge taxes and make millionaires out of administrators.

Perhaps no player has ever exposed the system and its handlers more clearly than Pryor leading into Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. He may not have consciously planned to do what he’s doing – although I suspect he has a clue – but he’s become a WikiLeaks in shoulder pads; a “30 For 30” special in real time.

Every time Terrelle Pryor says something, the system responds in some embarrassing way that only makes things worse.

When he isn’t violating some NCAA rule, he’s shining a light on the absurdity of how the sport’s power players managed to rewrite said rule so its cash flow could continue unabated. Each Pryor quote seems to prompt the system to respond in some bumbling, embarrassing way that only makes things worse.

Consider The Truth’s last two weeks and the suits constant scramble to clean everything up.

On Dec. 22, Fox 28 in Columbus reported Ohio State was dealing with a compliance issue involving a number of players receiving tattoos from an area parlor in exchange for signed memorabilia.

The move sent Buckeye Nation into a panic as rumors swirled of potential mass suspensions for the bowl game.

Pryor took to his Twitter account and boldly declared: “I paid for my tattoos,” a seemingly innocent man putting speculation to rest. OK, everything was cool.

At least until the next day when Pryor and four teammates would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling gifts and memorabilia. In Pryor’s case, he netted $1,250 for dealing his 2008 Big Ten ring, his 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants.

So that might be where he got the money for the tattoos. The tweet was deleted, naturally.

We’ll use this moment to remind readers of our longstanding opinion that most of these rules are ridiculous and players such as Pryor, who earn millions for their schools, deserve a better compensation model than just tuition, room and board. This isn’t an argument justifying the NCAA. If it’s going to have rules, though, shouldn’t it enforce them? And, yes, Ohio State’s creative defense would be employed by nearly every other school.

The initial reaction was that a five-game suspension for selling trinkets seemed rather harsh. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples noted the irony of selling a “sportsmanship” award from the Fiesta Bowl, which is currently facing a grand jury probe for violating federal and state campaign finance laws.

The strange part, though, was that Pryor and the others would remain eligible for the Sugar Bowl, effectively pushing their suspensions back. That allowed most of them the choice of avoiding any penalty by simply turning pro.

Ohio State and the NCAA cited an obscure rules interpretation that claimed a suspension could be postponed to preserve a “unique opportunity.” They then decided a bowl game was such an opportunity. Ohio State further claimed Pryor and the others hadn’t been properly educated on the rules, an excuse that caused laughter across college athletics.

It isn’t easy to focus on the Sugar Bowl with all the off-field stuff about Terrelle Pryor.

After all, we’ve seen entire NCAA basketball tournaments stripped from the record books for such acts. And what about the “unique opportunity” two seasons of Southern California players can’t have because Reggie Bush once took money from agents? Or as Rich Brooks, who spent 25 years as a head coach before retiring from Kentucky last year, tweeted: “You are kidding that players at Ohio State did not know it was illegal to sell their rings and awards!! Can play in bowl game?? Crazy!!”

And while a bumbling compliance staff is always an easy scapegoat, the Ohio State student newspaper, The Lantern, quoted former Buckeye Thaddeus Gibson (2007-09), who claimed players were repeatedly told not to sell items.

“Oh yeah, they [OSU athletic director Gene Smith and the coaches] talked about it a lot,” Gibson told the paper.

Oops.

AD Smith promptly declared that the issue with memorabilia sales and free tattoos was “isolated.” That led to former Buckeye Antonio Pittman to tweet to the contrary: “cats been getting hookups on tatts since back in 01.”

Then SportsByBrooks.com reported the tattoo parlor’s owner had pictures of all sorts of Ohio State player memorabilia, including some from Pryor, on his Facebook page. The website also reported Gibson, among nine Buckeyes, got tattoos to the same tattoo parlor.

Every OSU fan message board became filled with tales of signed stuff hanging on the walls of area restaurants, bars and car dealerships.

Conspiracy theories on why the players were eligible for the Sugar Bowl emerged immediately. They ranged from the Big Ten fearing another possible ugly loss to the SEC to the need for the Sugar Bowl to produce a reasonable television rating in the face of sagging numbers for bowls overall. Plus Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and OSU president E. Gordon Gee are the chief defenders of the BCS.

Then there’s the general cronyism that exists between bowl games and the college administrators who keep them financially alive. On Dec. 30, PlayoffPAC revealed that the Orange Bowl provided a free, five-day Caribbean cruise in 2010 to 40 athletic directors, conference officials and their wives, in violation, the group alleges, of IRS rules.

On Dec, 29, the NCAA responded to the backlash by issuing a rare statement declaring: “the notion that the NCAA is selective with its eligibility decisions and rules enforcement is another myth with no basis in fact … Money is not a motivator or factor.”

Within hours Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan had blown that out of the water when he confirmed everyone’s suspicions and said that not only did he lobby hard for Pryor and the others to get a reprieve but also that the powers that be listened to him.

“I made the point that anything that could be done to preserve the integrity of this year’s game, we would greatly appreciate it,” Hoolahan told the Columbus Dispatch. “That appeal did not fall on deaf ears.”

Oops.

Hoolahan went on to deem Ohio State fan concerns about their school putting the integrity of a bowl game in front of the integrity of Woody Hayes’ program as “Midwestern values.”

By this point, the usual rally around the player and/or program had fallen apart. While some Buckeye fans still defended Pryor and Ohio State, there was a huge negative backlash on message boards, talk radio shows and in letters to the state newspapers. Not even fans were buying the circular excuses.

Then Pryor showed up at the Sugar Bowl and proceeded to cast doubt on the promise supposedly made by the suspended players that they’d return for next season (a supposed condition on their bowl eligibility). Later he appeared to hack at Ohio State’s claim the players didn’t know the rules in the first place.

“I already knew what I shouldn’t have done back two years ago,” he said.

He even responded to criticism by former Buckeye quarterback and current ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit by mocking, “Has he beat Michigan?” (OSU went 0-4-1 against UM during Herbstreit’s career). The positive for enraged Buckeye fans: Pryor may sell the gold pants given to him for beating Michigan, but he obviously does consider it a measuring stick.

Just as things were quieting down, the Dispatch reported on Jan. 2 that Pryor had been pulled over by police three times in the last three years driving “loaner” cars from a local used car dealer, Auto Direct. Pryor told the paper he only borrowed the cars when his own car (currently a Dodge Charger) was in the shop with repairs.

Ohio State said it was aware of two of the incidents and would look into the third. If we’re led to believe the borrowing of cars were again isolated incidents, then Pryor has some bad luck with local cops. He seemingly gets pulled over every time he receives a nice loaner. Either that or he drives them all the time, of course.

The car dealer did tell the newspaper that he also allowed Pryor, in 2008, to drive a Dodge SUV back to Pryor’s home in Pennsylvania. “I wanted advice from some of my family and friends I trusted to see if it would be a good vehicle for me to maybe buy,” Pryor said.

Unsupervised, out-of-state test drivers of used cars are common practice, correct?

Oops.

Pryor didn’t buy the car, of course. Ohio State, quite naturally, declared everything on the up and up. How? Well, they just did. This wasn’t a violation of NCAA rules.

It is apparently just a coincidence that the dealership, according to the Dispatch, has more than two dozen autographed Buckeye jerseys on display, including ones from Pryor and a couple of the other “suspended” players. Or that there are player autographs all over the walls of the showroom.

It’s also just a coincidence that the used car loaner system Pryor enjoyed is eerily similar to the one former Buckeye Maurice Clarett detailed to ESPN the Magazine back in 2004. “When you’re hot in Columbus, you just go,” Clarett told the Magazine. “Somebody’s going to recognize your face. You say, ‘I need to use a car.’ ‘OK, here you go.’”

Yep, here you go.

While Pryor has received most of the criticism, you can only blame him so much for either breaking or putting himself in danger of breaking NCAA rules that the very administrators he earns huge salaries appear to care little about. A rule is only as strong as the consequences and from his school, to his conference, to his bowl game, to the NCAA itself, there’s no lack of positioning to avoid real penalties.

If the adults don’t take the rules seriously, why should the players?

At this point, Pryor is set to play Tuesday but miss nearly half of next season. (Ohio State is appealing, of course). Meanwhile the entire absurdity of his situation churns on. The school wants its star player on the field. The bowl wants its money. ESPN wants its TV rating. The league wants a victory over the SEC.

Perhaps only Gordon Gee, Jim Delany a few assorted BCS reps believe Terrelle Pryor is an actual eligible student-athlete at this point. At least if you applied the NCAA rules as they previously had been enforced for decades.

Everyone else is expected to play pretend, ignore the man behind the curtain and eagerly await the next chapter of the Terrelle “The Truth” Pryor Show. First he gets to run and throw, then, hopefully, he gets to keep talking.

We’ll gladly loan him our car all next season if he’ll stick around and continue exposing this charade. Let the unwitting whistle-blower play on and on and on.

Of course they are…

NCAA Rebuts Critics Of Ohio St, Auburn Rulings
The NCAA defended its recent rulings in violations cases involving Ohio State and Auburn, saying it does not play favorites or make decisions based on financial considerations.

The NCAA posted a statement on its website Wednesday responding to critics. It says “the notion that the NCAA is selective with its eligibility decisions and rules enforcement is another myth with no basis in fact.

“Money is not a motivator or factor as to why one school would get a particular decision versus another. Any insinuation that revenue from bowl games in particular would influence NCAA decisions is absurd, because schools and conferences receive that revenue, not the NCAA.”

Last week, the NCAA suspended five Ohio State players for five games next season for selling their championship rings, trophies and other memorabilia items, but is allowing them to play in the upcoming Sugar Bowl.

Before the NCAA handed down its penalties, Ohio State officials informed Sugar Bowl organizers that the school was lobbying for the players to be eligible for the Jan. 4 game.

Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hoolahan told The Columbus Dispatch that he encouraged Ohio State officials to push for the players to be allowed to play against Arkansas.

“I made the point that anything that could be done to preserve the integrity of this year’s game, we would greatly appreciate it,” Hoolahan was quoted was saying in Wednesday’s editions of the newspaper. “That appeal did not fall on deaf ears, and I’m extremely excited about it, that the Buckeyes are coming in at full strength and with no dilution.”

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long told the AP he had no problem with Hoolahan looking out for the Sugar Bowl.

“He’s the leader of the Sugar Bowl and probably needs to do that,” Long said. “I also don’t think that his lobbying, so to speak, would carry a whole lot of weight with the NCAA when they make their decisions. I don’t mean that with any disrespect to Paul Hoolahan, but I would be surprised if the NCAA took that into consideration when making their decision.”

Last month, the NCAA did not punish Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, even though it ruled his father had solicited money from Mississippi State while that school was recruiting his son.

In the Ohio State case, the NCAA said players – including quarterback Terrelle Pryor and three other starters – had been inadequately educated about the rules and that was a mitigating factor in the case. The NCAA reiterated that point in its statement Wednesday.

It also said bowl games, the postseason and NCAA championships are evaluated differently when determining a student-athletes’ punishment.

“This policy was developed and implemented by the Division I membership, specifically the Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement and approved by the Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet, in 2004,” the statement said.

In the Newton case, the Heisman Trophy winner was allowed to continue playing because there was no evidence that he or Auburn knew about Cecil Newton’s attempts to get Mississippi State to pay $180,000 for his son’s commitment out of junior college.

The NCAA said Wednesday that efforts are being made to strengthen rules “when benefits or money are solicited (but not received).”

“Put simply, had Cam Newton’s father or a third party actually received money or benefits for his recruitment, Cam Newton would have been declared ineligible regardless of his lack of knowledge,” the NCAA said.

THIS JUST IN:

Terrelle Pryor to have surgery on injured foot today

Sugar Bowl MVP Terrelle Pryor will have surgery Friday to “stabilize a ligament” in his right foot, an Ohio State spokesman confirmed to The Lantern.

Pryor injured his foot during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 31-26 win over Arkansas. He sat out a play on OSU’s penultimate drive, replaced by backup Joe Bauserman.

Pryor was limping considerably following the game and said he was in a lot of pain.

POLITICS:

Once again, Uncle Ted Wins! AND I HAVE THE SAME HAT HE IS WEARING
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2011/01/05/barr.nugent.fight.cnn.html

RELIGION:

Consider it pure joy, whenever you face problems of many kinds #Simple #Christain #Arithmetic (James 1)

MILITARY:

Ohio National Guard ceremony calls to duty soldiers assigned to train Afghan army

The Ohio National Guard held a call-to-duty ceremony this morning for the sixth group of its soldiers assigned to help train the Afghan National Army.

The 12 members of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team will leave Sunday for Louisiana and will stop in Hungary before reaching Afghanistan. The total deployment will last about a year.

This team will work with members of the Hungarian military in training an Afghan battalion, said Maj. Gen. Matthew Kambic, an assistant adjutant general for the Ohio National Guard.

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HEALTH:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHg-9CFFONA

Obesity Statistics: 3 in 4 Americans Battling Obesity or Overweight

A women walks down the street on Michigan Avenue 19 October, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

Overeating, consuming high-caloric and unhealthy foods, and the lack of exercise and other physical activity are contributing to a dire obesity epidemic in the United States.

According to the CDC, in the past 20 years, instances of obesity have skyrocketed, triggering a wave of debilitating conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and many forms of cancer.

Consider these obesity statistics:

-Nearly 3 in 4 Americans are either overweight or obese.

-More than a quarter (25.6 percent) of all Americans are obese, which means they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

-More men (26.4 percent) than women (24.8 percent) are obese.

-Only two states or territories had obesity rates of less than 20 percent: Colorado and Washington, DC.

-The Deep South had the highest obesity rates: More than 3 in 10 residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia are obese.

-Louisiana (33 percent, or 1 in every 3 people) and Tennessee (32.3 percent) are the states with the highest obesity rates.

-Colorado (18.6 percent) has the lowest obesity rate of all states.

Want to meet your New Years Resolution for health/weight loss/more income? Try the products of Visalus.

To learn more or to check out some of the products from Visalus OR have the chance to make an extra income…www.sexton.bodybyvi.com  Or www.sexton.visalusgiving.com

INSPIRATION:

“I have a GREAT TIME with my LIFE…I love Living…”-Wil Smith

Take just under 10 minutes to watch this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPTTN8WZ7kM&feature=related

People will achieve anything if they think it’s worth it & that their capable. Capability comes with information. Educate yourself about your goals so you can make powerful choices that affect the changes you want in your life!

“My responsibility, our responsibility as lucky Americans, is to try to give back to this country as much as it has given us, as we continue our American journey together.” – Colin Powell

QUOTES:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoDsUYTiE7U&feature=player_embedded

when writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen

When we dissolve the need for any “if only’s” – we set ourselves free to take the only step that needs to be taken in any moment… that is the next step. Like that journey of one thousand miles beginning with only one step… the journey of any journey – in any moment – requires only the next step. – Guru Singh

We all want new and better experiences in our lives. Here is the trick: If you want new things, you have to think new thoughts. If you want a different result, you must begin to think differently. Its not so much what you do as what you think. Better thinking=Better doing=Better life! – Rex Crain

It isn’t what you know that counts, it’s what you think of in time. ~ Benjamin Franklin

“A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.” – Douglas MacArthur

“You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage. Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted you mean to do right…Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one; the man who requires you to do so, is dearly purchased at a sacrifice.” – Gen. Robert E. Lee

CLOSING:

“All glory comes from daring to begin.” – William Shakespeare

tonyrobbins: Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.

Not all talents are God-given. Most are well earned ~ Hannah Shaul

Today, be encouraged because what you are facing is only temporary. Victory is on the way, and it’s closer than you think! Keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping, and keep confessing His Word because He is faithful, and He will complete what He’s started in you! Joel Osteen

TO DO:
Not much to do this weekend, just bundle up and watch some football, but if you really are looking….

THURSDAY:
Mash Up DJ “Girltalk” plays the LC. For more info www.promowestproductions.com

SATURDAY:
The Band Perry plays Marion Palace Theatre (no info available)

SUNDAY:
The Band Perry Plays The Midland Theatre SOLD OUT

FUNNY WEEKEND:
Last Comic Standing star, Josh Blue is at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton

MORE TO DO:
SATURDAY:

Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds
Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more info http://www.thewilds.org

ALL WEEKEND:
The Columbus Bride Show at Veterans Memorial
Go see the rest then call me for GREAT service, individual care on your BIG DAY, and competitive rates

Warm up from the cold at The Ohio Boat & RV Show
at The Ohio Expo Center. For more info www.ohioboatandrvshow.com

DVD:

Like most horror movies, ‘The Last Exorcism’ is very good with twists and turns until the last 5 mins. “Exorcism” is rated “R”

Two movies to wait till on cable-then I am not even sure;

‘Dinner for Schmucks’ rated “PG-13”

‘Machete’ rated “PG-13”

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January 7, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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