Giving Spree 2009

26 10 2009


I’ve been on hiatus the last few weeks, but I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on the amazing run the New Orleans Saints are having this season.  I’m not a Saints fan, but you just have to give credit where credit is due.  Drew Brees is still looking for the shoe he “lost” while matching against the Giants’ defense last week.  Miami gave it the best try I’ve seen so far, but it is hard to compete with a team that makes scoring close to 50 points look easy!  I’m not sure if Drew Brees acknowledges it, but by bringing the aura of winning to a town that is still rebuilding from tragedy – he is presenting a very special gift to New Orleans.  Winning is contagious and even something as simple as a football performance can inspire resilience.

Giving is also contagious, but instead it inspires love and gratitude.  Giving reminds the recipient that they are cared for, but it also reminds the giver of the amazing connection humans are able to have with one another.  In my very worst times in life, I could still find ways to give.  That act of giving was often the thing that helped me turn a pity party into genuine gratitude for the life experience we get to have here together.

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to appreciate all that has been given to us, but it is also a great time to renew a commitment to giving more.  For the next 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving, I will be dedicated to maximum gifting.  I’m not talking about going to the mall and buying up all the sweaters I see.  I’m talking about keeping my eye out for opportunities to give of myself.  I’d love it if you took the journey with me.  You don’t have to commit to the entire 30 days, but choose what would work best for you.  Try a single day, a week, or just a sporadic endeavor.  No attempt to give is too small (like a genuine compliment or holding the door open for a stranger) or too big (like ending poverty or striving for world peace).  Look for ways to give as much as you can and as often as you can!  I will report on my journey through this blog, but you can tell me about yours through email ( or the comments section of each entry.

Please pass the word on so this Giving Spree can become highly contagious.  I’m trying to rival the Swine Flu! Speaking of Swine Flu, take a minute and go wash your hands.   See even that tip is a gift!  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.


QB Recap: Week One

15 09 2009

“They are who we thought they were!” I sometimes have to remind myself that people usually turn out to be EXACTLY who we thought they were.  Kanye West proved that in his not-so-shocking stunt at the VMAs this weekend, where he simply reminded us that he is the same unstable egomaniac he always was.  Really, why is everyone so surprised?!

I can’t tell you how many fantasy football articles pointed out how unlikely it is that Drew Brees (NOR) or Adrian Peterson (MIN) would put up the kind of big numbers they had in previous years.  I’m not sure what their scoring rules are, but in my league six touchdowns for a QB is a good thing.  Actually, hold on let me check my scoring rules – ok turns out 180 yards and three touchdowns is pretty dang good for a running back too!

Week One was filled with many things I could have seen coming, but these are a few more of my favorites.

-Carson Palmer (CIN): He definitely is who I thought he was!  Watching him play was like running into your ex that dumped you, just to find that he put on 60 pounds and is now living out of his car.  Boy, did I dodge a bullet by swearing off this guy!

-Donovan McNabb (PHI): This guy gets hurt more that my five-year-old riding without his training wheels.  I knew Vick had hit a gold mine in Philly.  I could not imagine that McNabb would stay healthy two seasons in a row.  Did that fool actually break a rib in Week One?  Yes, he did.  We’ll see how long he is “down and out” in coming games.

-Jay Cutler (CHI): I tried to warn all the Washington fans not to lust after Cutler.  He was no better than Campbell in my opinion and would sorely disappoint.  All I can say is – when you’re right; you’re right.  Who gets a new franchise QB just to watch them throw four interceptions in the first game?  Only in Chicago, baby

-Tom Brady (NWE): I think I saw Tom Brady throw a game winning (perfect) TD pass on Monday Night Football.  If I didn’t know better, I would think he was almost as good as – Tom Brady.  He may not be back to his original form, but he is definitely still “who I thought he was.”


What did you see this week?  The floor is open…leave it in the comments.


WEEK ONE QB TIP: Want to tell someone who loves you that you “are who they thought you were?”  If you don’t have the nerve to say it yourself – look for the long rectangular cards in Hallmark.  They have lots of words on them and are guaranteed to make most women cry.  All you have to do is sign your name!  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

Drew Brees

1 07 2009

Drew Brees Action Figure

I was recently prompted to consider the possibility that Drew Brees is the first great quarterback that New Orleans has ever had.  Wow, the first!  Being that I’m a Dallas fan and we have such an amazing history of talent (no bias there), the idea of a modern NFL franchise just now celebrating their first high caliber quarterback seems ridiculous.

It is hard to deny that Drew had a great year.  He not only had ten 300+ yard games last season, but he also welcomed his first born into the world.  Baby Baylen was actually born on Drew’s 30th birthday.  This may sound cute, but I would really hate it.  The LAST thing I want to do on my special day is spend it enduring a kid’s birthday party!

You may be lucky enough to have someone else around that buys presents for the children in your life.   For those who have to make solo selections on kiddie gifts, I have a simple idea for you.  It will help you avoid having to enter any toy stores or launching online gift hunts.  Simply go into a major movie rental store (Blockbuster is a safe bet) and pick up the bucket style microwavable popcorn and one (or two) boxes of candy.  Grab a $5 or $10 gift card and throw the candy and gift card in the bucket of popcorn.  Not only do you have a great kid’s gift (ages 3-13), but you don’t even have to wrap it.  I tried it recently and the kids at the party got excited at the mere sight of the $15 gift.  Kids love the treats, but they also enjoy the power of making their own selections at the video store (especially if they have siblings).  Trust me, it’s a winner!  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.