Some days, deciding on a blog post is challenging. There may be so many topics to choose from that isolating what you want to write about is hard. That’s a good problem to have mind you but, with the limited amount of time I have after working all day, I have to decide quickly so as to have enough time to write about it. Other days, there’s not enough going on in sports (check back with me in July), that it’s almost like looking for the elusive end of the rainbow.
But, not today.
No follower updates today. Today, is about the human side of sports; life.
Life is precious. And it feels, quite often, too short. Take the story of Maggie Dixon, former Army women’s basketball coach. Written by Liz Merrill for espn.com, it’s the story of a young coach, who, albeit briefly, changed the lives of a team, a school, an assistant coach and countless others who we’ll never know. For those who don’t know, Maggie is the younger sister of current University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball coach, Jamie Dixon. For one season, Maggie, the 28 year-old coach at Army, took a team that nobody had high expectations for and took them to the NCAA women’s tournament. Cut down by a heart arrhythmia at the age of 28, 5 years after her death, many of the people interviewed are still impacted by her presence, her words and her life.
A second chance is all some people ask for when given a death-sentence diagnosis like former CNN Sports anchor Nick Charles was in 2009. Diagnosed with incurable bladder cancer, he was given 20 months to live. In an article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, Nick talks about his life before and after his illness. Like so many of us, he has made mistakes. Fortunately, he has lived long enough, 21 months post-diagnosis as of the article, that he has been able to make amends somewhat for them. Whether you or a loved one are facing or has faced a diagnosis such as this, or even if you haven’t experienced it whatsoever, to hear the words of a man who understands and, shall we say “gets it”, you learn to appreciate life as a whole.
I encourage you to read those stories. Tweet about them. Post them on your Facebook status. Whatever it is you do, do it. Because in this crazy world and even this crazy sports world we live in, we need to share these stories to sometimes remind us that life is too short and you never know what tomorrow will bring. Read, count your blessings and share. God’s blessings to the Dixon and Charles families