Tough Times Call For Tough People

Tough Times Call For Tough People

Uncertainty does not equal defeat
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"You're going to need surgery." Those five words are probably the most disheartening and frightening words that an athlete can hear. It means that your season is likely over and sometimes, your entire career too. This is the same scenario that I faced four weeks ago on August seventh when I underwent surgery to repair my labrum in my left shoulder. The tearing was extensive; nearly 360 degrees around and had been left untreated for well over a year. I had already needed to sit out of my freshman year of collegiate competition due to this injury, and now faced with a long eight month recovery time, I would be forced to sit out my sophomore season as well.

At first, this was an absolutely crushing and overwhelming perspective. Knowing that half of my collegiate had been taken away was infuriating. I felt like a disappointment to all my coaches, teammates, and myself for not being able to compete and deliver on the expectations we all had. After leaving a legacy in high school, I felt like I had turned into a pretty big bust. I've had a lot of down time to reflect on the potential outcome of these two years away from competing and I have made peace with those emotions during this time.

Sports transform our bodies into incredible precision machines capable of fantastic feats, but they also sharpen our minds to be tough and unafraid. Sometimes you are faced with a seemingly impassable wall and feel unsure whether or not you can break it down. This is the big life lesson of sports thought!

Ultimately, in life, you will be faced with forms of adversity; some more imposing than others. The outcome lies in the choice to either stand up and fight and break down each wall stone by stone, or to lay down and let it overcome and consume you. My wrestling career so far has taught me to never settle, never give up, and to always attack every challenge wholeheartedly.

This surgery is just one of many obstacles to overcome and even if I am unable to wrestle again, I can still say I faced it head-on, just like I was trained to. As Robert Schuller once said, "tough times don't last, tough people do."

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If You Wear XL T-Shirts And Shorts, You're The Woman Of My Dreams

Enough with the war on comfort!
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Comfortable can be sexy, simply put.

For some reason there are people complaining out there about the Southern college trend that has been happening the past few years: big t-shirts and shorts, also known as the "srat uniform." There seems to be a clash between the girls who dress "nice" most of the time and girls who dress for comfort. As a guy, I don't see what the big deal is?

For college in the South, there are two reasons to dress up: college football (Roll Tide) and date parties. Any other time, you can find a majority of the female population in shorts and a big t-shirt that makes it look like they're not wearing pants. As a man, I personally don't see anything wrong with this. I love being comfortable as much as the next person, and most guys find the baggy t-shirt and shorts outfit to be cute. There's always a time and place for dresses and rompers.

But for all the haters out there that call these girls in XL t-shirts and shorts lazy, you've got it all wrong.

There are 4 reasons why the girls who don the "srat uniform" have it all figured out.

1. Girls have it rough.

See, it's tough being a girl. I don't know from experience, but I hear it enough and I've seen it enough to know it's true. When girls aren't dealing with f***boys, periods or having to do their hair and makeup routinely, they are being overly criticized by our society. I think society owes girls a break, and that break comes in the comfortable baggy t-shirt and shorts.

2. Southern Not-So-Comfort(able) weather.

Also, for all of the haters, maybe y'all haven't noticed that it's hotter than Satan's balls in the South! Tight, dressy outfits and pants constrict the body and cause you to sweat. I'd rather see a dry girl in a baggy t-shirt than a girl drenched in sweat trying to look cute with her outfit.

3. Perfect doesn't exist.

It's admirable when a girl can unapologetically be herself. A girl in an XL t-shirt and shorts is a girl that is saying "yes, I may have just rolled out of bed and brushed my hair, but I'm here dammit." Social media tells us we all have to be the dolled up, most "perfect" version of ourselves all the time, so it's nice to experience that reality check.

4. Guys think it's cute, regardless.

9 times out of 10, guys in college do not care what you're wearing. Trust me, we aren't doing much better. You could probably put on a garbage bag and we still think you're cute. Any guy that dates a girl that dates a girl only because she dresses nicely all of the time is a shallow man. You're cute, you're comfortable, and that makes for a much better vibe. We all win.

So, in the battle of dressing "nice" and dressing comfortable, I think that the girls who wear an XL t-shirt and shorts chalk up a win in my record book. No, I'm not bashing on girls who have a true sense of style and wear nice clothing... that's a great thing in itself! But, this is college and there are more important things to focus on besides what we're wearing.

Ladies, wear your srat uniform with pride. Some us think it's cute :)

*I want to thank the beautiful ladies at the University of Alabama for inspiring this article.*

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Sorry, The World Cup Just Isn't My Cup Of Tea

I'll say it... I don't like soccer.

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The media has been buzzing non-stop for the past few weeks about few things other than the World Cup. I don't know anything about soccer other than hand usage is a no-go, and I won't pretend to know anything other than that, but I get the feeling there are some people out there who have better poker faces than I when it comes to talking about FIFA.

I've never played soccer, no one in my immediate family has ever played soccer, and few people in my extended family have ever played soccer, let alone been enthusiasts of the game. I'll say it, I don't like soccer. I've been immersed in a football-centric family from the get-go and that will never change, but that has rarely been a good enough reason for people to not become offended when I say that I don't like soccer.

Listen, I get it, soccer has its fanbase just like every other sport, but I have never seen people get heated quite so quickly as they do when I say I don't like their favorite sport. I never understood soccer, I never enjoyed watching it, and I never enjoyed the very few times I played it when my friends or a gym teacher made me participate in my least favorite activity. That being said, I have met few people who are genuinely passionate about soccer all of the time, so why is it so many soccer enthusiasts come out of the woodwork when the World Cup comes around?

Every sport has its fans and its bandwagon fans, those who are all in for the sport all the time, and those who jump ship once the major events close up shop and the season is over, as does every sports team. For example, people who rarely ever watch a football game become suddenly invested in who might win the Lombardi Trophy, or not-so-diehard hockey fans are way more interested in who may win the Stanley Cup in the spring, but not so much in the fall the fall.

But there's something about soccer that draws out fans from the deepest and farthest corners of the world, and the number of viewers from regular season games to the World Cup games grows exponentially. It is incredible to see how people connect over the Cup, the individual games, and their support of their chosen team, even if they are complete strangers, but where do all of these fans come from and where do they go once FIFA is over and soccer goes back into regular season games?

All the amazing statistics and surprises the World Cup has thrown at us aside, I'm sorry but it just isn't for me, and I really don't care what country wins. I know the world is abuzz with the excitement and anticipation that the finals are creating, but I just can't get into it. Like I said, everyone has their thing, their sport, and something that gets them going. I could watch football or a golf tournament all day, but soccer just doesn't do it for me, and I can already hear the roars of protest because I don't care whether Croatia or France wins the final. And, yes, I had to google who would be in the final.

Sorry, but I'm not sorry that I just can't get into the world cup.

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