Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fall Football Pa-Looza


Hey friends-

Though it may be a little toasty outside this late August evening, there is a buzz in the air for none other than you guessed it-COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF! That’s right peeps, it’s time to show your true colors, bring your pompoms, and get your stadium cake baked and iced (oh wait-that’s just me) and ready for what promises to be another great year of NCAA PigSkin Pandamonium!

Not only do I love Fall for the crisp, cool air that takes over Middle Tennessee, but it also means that Saturday’s are either spent on West End cheering on my team- the Vanderbilt Commodores (oh, and did I mention my birthday falls in October-just sayin’), or in front of the big screen yelling at the refs for a bad call!

I’m giddy with excitement for all the football I’m about to consume over the next few months! And this summer has pleasantly proven to be a little different than most. There is actually hype like I have never seen before surrounding the ‘Dores program. Hype on TV, hype on the radio, hype in the newspaper, shoot even on ESPN!

Albeit, we did make it to a bowl game last year, which was considered a large success considering Coach James Franklin was in year one at the helm, but this year seems a little different. Almost like the entire city of Nashville wants to see us do the unthinkable- have a WINNING season! Like they finally are ready to believe the hype!

Now before you giggle or gasp for air in shock, think about a time when the cards were stacked against you, and all you needed was a little pep in your step, and wag in your swag! You probably built up some courage, a little hope and boom, you overcame an obstacle!

This is what I truly believe could happen on the gridiron this year with Vandy! I could of course be wrong, and we could see the same ol’ Vandy lose the same ol’ games, but a girl and a city can have a little hope right. Besides, you know what they say?!?!

‘He who does not hope to win, has already lost’

See you at the game!




My Fo’ Real OIympic Moment


Hey peeps- I don’t know about you, but when the Summer Olympics come rolling around every four years I jump for joy! I can remember it starting back with the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. I was awkward 13 year-old with nothing to do during the late summer months, and organized a backyard Olympic of sorts with all the neighborhood kids! We had a “official” professional walk down the street  to a clearing in the ‘hood, with signs and banners of our teams, and partipated in relay races, jumping bag competitions, a horseshoe toss, and other “highly” competitive events. and I don’t use the term competitive loosely! Imagine 15 kids between the ages of 10-13 vying for a shot at backyard Olympic gold?!?!? It got ugly at times!

Anyways, who knew then that 16 years later I would be competing against myself in a sprint triathlon onImage the banks of Lake Chickamauga in Chattanooga, TN. Why competing against yourself you may ask? Well I set a goal/New Years Resolution for 2012 to compete in my first sprint tri which I did in May (Cedars of Lebanon-great tri for beginners), and got the urge to do another one, hence the SportsBarn Chattanooga Sprint Tri this last weekend. SportsBarn however would deal me a different deck of cards in that it was double the distance to swim (which I am not very strong at), and low and behold it was in open water, not a pool (which is what I was use to training in). I figured given the extra swim distance and my fear of algae-filled water, I may get it done in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Well guess what? I found out this morning that I set my own personal record in 1 hour 2 minutes! Woo hoo!

Just call me Michelle Phelps…BOOM!