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Serena Williams Is Feeling 22…

I know I’m probably the 49974729596734th person to use that line, in the past 48 hours, but I don’t care! My girl, Serena Williams, has finally won her 22nd Grand Slam title! She had been super close over the past 3 slams, but it appeared the pressure had really gotten to her. She adjusted her game and her mindset for Wimbledon and voila, she successfully defended her title from last year to equal the great Stefi Graf in Grand Slam Championships!

And as if that wasn’t enough, three hours after raising the Venus Rosewater Dish, Serena returned to Centre Court, with her sister Venus, and won the doubles title as well. Everything is coming up Williams Sisters!

I’m so proud of Rena. I hope this win took some of the anxiety and pressure off of her, so she can get back to how she was playing in late 2014 and most of 2015. She was carefree and enjoying the sport. And with the Olympics coming up, that’ll be needed more than ever.

Anyway, I just wanted to take time to post my excitement for Serena and Venus. My family and I are going to London next year, and we are timing it so that we can hopefully catch a match or two at the All England Club. In doing so, we would be crossing a key event off our Bucket Lists!

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Starting To Get Olympic Fever!

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Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with the Summer Olympic Games. It’s almost like I retreat into a bunker for 2 weeks, and I shun all human interaction until the Olympics are over. Your girl is dialed allllll the way in, y’all!

But my excitement has been a little tempered this year. I’ve never been a fan of the IOC. They are corrupt and stay awarding the games to host cities who have no business hosting an Olympics. That issue aside, the issue with the Zika virus (and high profiles athletes dropping out), as well as the contamination in the water (what about the open water swimmers?!), and the security situation are all leaving a sour taste in my mouth.

I want to be my usual excited self for the Games, but I really am concerned for the safety and well-being of the world’s athletes. At this point all I can do is pray all will be well and the Olympics will go off without incident.

So, I’m easing my way back into things with some of Olympic Trials taking place this weekend. As I type this, I’m watching the Women’s Gymnastics Trials. And, come Sunday, I will be reunited with Swimming as their Trials get underway.

GO USA!

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My Top 10 Super Bowl Ads: 2014 Edition

I did this last year, so why not do it again? Exactly!

I didn’t think the selection of Super Bowl commercials were that great as I was watching the game. The day after, I still am underwhelmed, but that didn’t stop me from having some favorites.

Here is a list, in no particular order.

Coca-Cola: Going All the Way

Budweiser: A Hero’s Welcome
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7L5QByvXOQ

Budweiser: Puppy Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQB7QRyF4p4

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Ohio Stadium Needs To Improve Their “Improved” Cellular Connectivity

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Now, I know I said I was going to take some time off before I started blogging again, but dangit, I’ve got something to say!

I attended the opener of Ohio State’s 2013 season, on Saturday. There’s just something about sitting in 90 degree heat and 80% humidity, with 105,000 of my closest friends, that makes me look forward to this time of year. Nah, I’m a college football addict. I’d sit through just about anything to see my Buckeyes play!

And while I enjoyed myself at the game, I did come away with one huge gripe, and it wasn’t related to the weather or the team’s performance. It was how I had absolutely NO CELLULAR SIGNAL for the majority of the game! That’s simply unacceptable! And especially on the heels of Ohio State promoting their efforts to improve connectivity within and around the stadium. FAIL!

Now, most of the talk was around improvements provided by Verizon for their users. They set up 300 antennas, around the Horseshoe, that were the equivalent of eight cellular towers. However, the Verizon subscriber I was sitting next to, and another one I spoke with after the game, said they couldn’t even send text messages! If that’s what passes for improvement, I’d hate to see an announced setback! Ohio State should immediately demand a refund.

I didn’t expect my connection troubles to magically disappear for the first game. But I also didn’t expect expect things to be markedly worse than last year! Seriously, Verizon, get it together! How is Ohio State going to request fans, inside the stadium, tag tweets and Instagram photos with #TheShow (so they can show up on the big video board) if we can’t even connect to the Internet?

I understand that infrastructure adjustments take time, but don’t promote instant improvement if there indeed isn’t any. That’s all I’m saying. Do better.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK!

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It’s no secret, especially if you follow me on Twitter, that I am a huge college football fan. Gigantic. So much so, that my new followers numbers trail off after football season ends, and start picking up again, once it returns. I’m not mad. I think I’m far more interesting during football season. And apparently, the Internet agrees!

As I type this, the goodness that is college football, is on my TV. I couldn’t be happier! I don’t even care that I’m watching Minnesota football. I don’t care whose team is playing tonight. I just want to see as much of it as possible!

My team, THE Ohio State Buckeyes, get things started on Saturday, and I will be there! I don’t really care which games I attend. I just want to be in that stadium, w/ 105,000 of my closest friends, as often as possible. I love, love, love being able to go to the opener. It’s like our long, national nightmare (of no football) is over, and we are all being cured by the mighty hand of the Lord together. Was that overboard? Whatever. I don’t care. FOOTBALL’S BACK!

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The 2013 US Open Is Underway!

While I didn’t make it to the Western & Southern Tournament, in Cincinnati, a couple of weeks ago, I’m still just as tuned in as I usually am come US Open time.

Even though, as of this posting, Venus Williams has bowed out, she electrified NYC with her first round upset of the #12 seeded player in the world. But that wasn’t the only story to come out of that match. Did you see her hair? Va-va-va-voom!

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And she wasn’t done! For her second round match, today, this is how she wore her hair. It wasn’t enough to push her into the third round, but I’m just glad she’s still even playing. (Please don’t retire anytime soon, V!)

The next huge storyline I’ve seen so far is the surprised win by 17 year old American Victoria Duval. She upset the 11th seeded player, and former US Open Champion, Sam Stosur. It was just her 2nd US Open match ever and she’s ranked 296 in the world!

Look at the sheer bliss after her big win! You can’t replicate that type of passion! I look forward to seeing more from her!

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And watch her post-match interview below…

How cute is this child? I will definitely be keeping an eye on her! The US needs girls like this, along with Sloane Stephens, to take the torch from Serena and Venus in a few years!

P.S. Can y’all believe there are only 3 days left in the #31WriteNow challenge? I have not missed a single day. Go me!

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