To The Woman Who Kept My Love For The Game Strong Through The Years

To The Woman Who Kept My Love For The Game Strong Through The Years

To you Momma Amy: Thank you for everything

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Momma Amy,

There are so many things I want to say to you to express my gratitude, but no words will ever suffice. I was introduced to softball before I met you, but you helped me to continue my passion for my first love through the years. I owe so much to you because you helped me keep my love for this beautiful game going through the years.

I have so many amazing memories on and off the field with our Hotshots, and none of those ever would have been possible if it wasn't for you. You brought together a group of girls, some of us who had never met before or even played, and you made a team out of us. Were we always a great team? No, but that didn't matter, because we had fun on the field and we played as friends. You fostered a love for the game and a love for each other. I remember the time that my high school boyfriend broke up with me, and you and the girls helped me through that first day by cracking jokes and making me laugh through the entirety of our game. It's that kind of atmosphere that you held as the standard for us as a team, to love one another and lift each other up.

You also made the game fun. You made sure to do team bonding and to incorporate fun drills into our practices. We practiced hard, but we practiced fun because we made sure to carry that fun over onto the field. Not to mention, whenever a rainy November night came, we always took advantage of the wet field for sliding practice, which would then turn into my mother having to lay a towel down in her car so I didn't track clay into her car (sorry mom!). It's these things that you did that helped to foster a true love for our team and for the beautiful game.

My love for softball is stronger than ever, and though I don't get to play it as often or as competitively as I used to, I will always look back on the game so fondly, because of the memories and the fun that you helped to create. So thank you, Momma Amy, for being an amazing, loving coach.

Love,

Your Pitbull

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A Thank You Letter To The Best Teammate I've Ever Had

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We all have those amazing memories when it comes to sports. Sometimes it is from winning tough games, but most of the amazing memories that we have come from the teammates that we shared those wins with. Teammates are the people who you spend so much time with that you eventually become a family. Teammates do more than help just win a game; they can be there through everything. There's always that one teammate that stands out from the rest, and this letter is for you.

Thank you for being selfless.

Looking back, I remember a lot of teammates. Some were great and some were not that great. I've had teammates who have only cared about their playing time. I've had teammates that have only cared about if they score more goals or more points than anyone else. You did not care about that. If the coach told you to play a position that you did not want to play, you still played it without a complaint. If I was tired at a certain position and wanted to switch you, you did it. You never complained about where you were playing or how many goals you had; you just wanted the team to win.

Thank you for having my back.

The best kinds of teammates are the ones that support you no matter what you do. I got a red card? That referee is stupid. I got into a fist fight during a game? You were the first one next to me swinging. Some girl makes fun of me on social media for messing up in a game? You were roasting her in her mentions. Even if I was right or wrong, you always supported me no matter what I did.

Thank you for seeing me at my worst and building me back up.

There are always times in an athlete's life where we run to the point to where we need to throw up. There are times where we go through games and miss too many shots. There are times where we get a little too mad at our coaches and feel as if we cannot deal with it anymore. You were the one that got me through it. When I was in the middle of a run and my lungs were burning, you stayed right next to me and reminded me that there wasn't much longer to go, even if there was. You always reminded me how capable I was by yelling at me and telling me to go score. You've seen me tired, sweaty, crying, screaming and throwing up. After all that, you still went out of your way to build me back up and I cannot thank you enough for that.

Thank you for making me love the game.

Without people like you, I would have had a very rough ride through my sports career. I have had teammates that have made me go home crying because they were so mean and rude. I have had teammates who have only cared about themselves. Without you, I would've forgotten what a good teammate is. Looking back, all I remember is the celebrations, the screaming random songs in cars and us hating each other's exes automatically... Then talking about all these things at practice. Thanks for being a leader with me. Without you and the rest of the team, I would not have loved the sport that I played.

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This Year's Stanley Cup Playoffs Have Been An Enigma — And It's Great

Safe to say everyone's bracket has been busted at this point going into conference finals.

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Well for starters all the top conference teams got beat out by some of the lowest seeds and wild cards like the number-one team in the NHL, Tampa Bay, who got swept 0-4 by Columbus. Carolina somehow got past Washington (no one really knows how), Colorado beat Calgary, and the New York Islanders beat Pittsburgh? Well, it was interesting, to say the least, but that was only the first round. What's great is that we have some new faces chasing after the Stanley Cup and some great hockey to be played.

I guess having all the top teams out of the playoffs is a nice change. For once we don't have Pittsburgh or any top conference team for that matter who people would normally be betting on like Tampa this year, and look where that got them. This year is different. We have a bunch of teams who are basically underdogs in this pool and in turn have a chance to watch some great hockey. I mean, who didn't like watching St. Louis and Dallas in game seven and seeing the Sharks lead a historical comeback against Las Vegas and play another series to game seven against Colorado? Yeah, everyone's brackets are busted but who cares? This is hockey.

The crazy thing is that Boston and Carolina are the only teams left that have won the Stanley Cup before. Boston in 2010 and Carolina in 2006. Neither San Jose or St. Louis have ever one it before and since both are in the Western Conference Finals together, the series is expected to go the distance as both teams are yearning for a chance to win the Cup for the first time (personally... go Sharks because that's my team).

Whether or not you're team is still in the playoffs, definitely continue to watch. In playoff hockey, sometimes it only takes half a second for a team's history to take a new direction.

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