Dunk City – Some Of My Fave IU Basketball Moments

So, we’ve already established that I love music.  One of my other loves is Indiana University basketball.

I’ve been an IU fan since I was in the womb and went on to be a fourth generation Hoosier graduate.  The beautiful campus and all it has to offer feels like a second hometown to me.  I never even applied to any other universities during my senior year of high school.

Two days ago, #13 IU beat #3 North Carolina at Assembly Hall.  My parents were lucky enough to be at the game, and it looked like an amazing atmosphere.  One of the highlights of the game for me was OG Anunoby’s alley-oop dunk from Josh Newkirk.  I freaked 🙂  (One of the differences between my husband and I…when a highlight-worthy sports play happens, he tends to do a Tiger Woods-esqe fist pump and a simple “YES!”…I am not so subtle.)

After calming down, I started thinking of some of the other monumental dunks I’ve seen over the years from my beloved IU basketball teams.

Here are a few of my favorites:

(And to head off any doubters, I did not Google ‘best IU dunks’…these were all in my memory…I’m not one of those girls who says they’re a sports fan but is really only doing it for show.  And no offense to those who are – you do you.)

Tom Pritchard, IU vs Minnesota, February 2011

Marco Killingsworth, IU vs Duke, December 2005 (I actually saw this one LIVE 😀  Fast forward to about the 1:10 minute mark in the vide0.)

Victor Oladipo, IU vs Michigan, February 2013 (so yes, technically he didn’t make this dunk…but the anticipation and attempt was enough to count in my mind 🙂 )

Cheers!

SMR

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Music Monday: Happy 4th of July!

Wishing the weather was better here in Indiana for the holiday weekend…when was the last time we had multiple rainy days in the 60s in a row, in JULY?!?

We’re not going to our usual concert and fireworks show, but I’ve enjoyed listening to some patriotic music throughout the day.

These are two of my favorite renditions of The Star Spangled Banner, by Whitney Houston and Chris Botti.

Do YOU have a favorite rendition of our National Anthem?  Comment below.

And because I can’t let this holiday pass without listening to this song a few times… Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A”, sung at a World Series game in NYC shortly after 9/11.

These three videos give me chills every.single.time.

I wish you a safe and happy July 4th Holiday.  God Bless America 🙂

Cheers!

SMR

Having the Courage to talk about Mental Health.

This week’s Wednesday Words are brought to you by US tennis great Mardy Fish via a website called The Players’ Tribune.  (See the end of this post for more info on this website.)

highly encourage everyone to read his contribution/essay that was released yesterday in which he speaks about his challenges with anxiety, a mental health disorder that affects millions upon millions of people.

READ THIS. NOW:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/mardy-fish-us-open/

The short version is that in the middle of his rise to a top ten player in the world, he started having anxious feelings that grew into full-blown panic attacks.  It culminated with him withdrawing from the US Open in 2012 prior to a match with Roger Federer.  Over the past few years, he has learned to manage his anxiety with a combination of the right treatment, support, education, and conversation, and he’s returned to the US Open this year as a ‘farewell’ of sorts to the game of tennis before he retires.

Kudos to Mardy Fish for having the courage to talk about mental health, a subject that is often avoided because of the feelings it evokes.  I don’t know him and I never will, but I appreciate his openness and his desire to help others through sharing his own story.

Cheers!

SMR

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Taken from the ‘About’ section of The Players’ Tribune website:

Welcome to The Players’ Tribune, a new media platform that presents the voices of professional athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before. Founded by Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and publishes first-person stories directly from athletes. From video to podcasts to player polls and written pieces, The Tribune strives to be “The Voice of the Game.”

Why I Love Peyton Manning – vol. 1

Peyton Manning is one of my favorite football players.

Aside from being a badass NFL-er and one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, he’s just an overall really decent human being.  He made an impact on the Indianapolis community from the moment he signed with the Colts back in 1998, when I was just 14 years old.  Even though he is no longer technically an Indianapolis Colt, he will always have a special place in the hearts of people in my city.  There’s a reason that in most sporting goods stores in the area carry Denver Bronco gear, too 🙂

Journalist Bob Kravitz, former sports reporter and columnist of The Indianapolis Star, recently reflected on Manning’s outreach to the Chattanooga community, citing that it’s one of MANY stories of his generous spirit and care for people who are in need.  It’s a great glimpse into a different side of Peyton Manning, one that is sometimes overlooked.  Definitely worth reading!

http://www.wthr.com/story/29586593/kravitz-blog-on-peyton-manning-a-man-in-full

(Note, this is labeled ‘vol. 1’ because I’m SURE there will be other “gosh I love Peyton” moments to share in the future.)

Cheers!

SMR