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NCAA Had Their “One Shining Moment”

By Cheval John

The one shining moment has happened.

Duke Blue Devils won the national championship after defeating Wisconsin 68-63.

Many have called this national championship epic.

Others might called it one of the worst officiating games in NCAA Tournament history.

No matter what, we were left with another great tournament and lasting memories from this year’s “March Madness.”

Which leads me to this.

The NCAA made their money this year thanks to high level basketball and the ratings from the three-weeks of the tournament.

They are still in the middle of their 14 year, about 11 billion deal with CBS/Turner Sports to broadcast the basketball tournament.

With that kind of money, you would think that the collegiate athletes would see a dime of that money.

That is not the case.

I will be honest.

At first, I was on the side of those who believes that college athletes gets a full ride scholarship to play sports at their respective universities.

I have seen how “well” they have it to a large degree because I have spent the last four years covering collegiate athletics as a freelance writer and as a blogger for my website/media company.

However, I am starting to have a change of heart on this.

It seems to me that these byzantine of rules that the NCAA has in place are designed to keep the collegiate athletes poor while they are making the money.

For example, a family friend can’t take out the college athlete to lunch or dinner because that is against the rules.

What is really interesting is that while I was buying my lunch a few years ago on campus, I had notice that a couple of basketball players that I had recognized were there buying lunch.

I saw that they could not pay for their lunch.

I was thinking about helping them out.

However, it struck me quickly that if I had done that, I would have broken one of the NCAA rules.

What these people want us to believe is that they are looking out for the student athletes.

“In reality,” they are looking out for themselves.

With all this talk about college athletes, mainly basketball players spending a year at college and then bouncing for the NBA, many are wondering why they are not staying.

I am normally of the mindset that people should spend four years in college and earn their degrees.

However, I don’t blame them one bit if they go for the NBA after one year of college because they will have a chance to make money for their talents.

If they are not able to make money during their time in college, then why should they stay for an entire four years.

When higher ups in the NCAA can make money off of student-athletes and then penalize them for trying to at least gain some cash from their own likeness, then something is wrong.

I am not encouraging any student athlete to break the rules of the NCAA.

What I am saying is that the NCAA should fix their byzantine rules.

One thing I wish would have happened was that one of the teams would have refused to play in the national tournament just to show their disgust with the NCAA.

In closing, I want to say congratulations to everyone for a great tournament and also the NCAA for making more money this year.

I just hope one day that student-athletes will have a chance to make some money from the success of the basketball tournament.

To finish this post, the NCAA has one of the best “passive income models” of any organization.

Video courtesy of T3SportsNCAA

Islanders Takes Series With Double-Header Sweep

By Cheval John

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi took the series from Sam Houston State after a 6-0 win in the second game of the double-header yesterday at the Bearkat Softball Complex in Huntsville, Texas.

The Islanders are now 6-8 in the Southland Conference while the Bearkats drops to 2-11 in league play.

The Islanders struck for two runs in the top of the second inning for a 2-0 lead on a two out, two run single by Jessica Mendez.

The theme of the double-header meeting has been the inability of the Bearkat offense to produce any runs.

They were shutout for 14 consecutive innings.

And when they had a chance to score, they squandered it as they left 9 runners on base.

Sam Houston’s best opportunity came in the bottom of the third inning.

Ashley Kopps led off the inning by reaching first on a error.

She advanced to second on a single by Dani Allen.

The bases was loaded after a one out infield single by Peyton Webb.

The Bearkats could not capitalize on their opportunity as Angelica Gonzales struck out and Hilary Adams flied out to end the threat.

“When the offense is not clicking, lot of things aren’t clicking,” Sam Houston softball coach Bob Brock said.

A&M-Corpus Christi added another run in the top of the fifth inning to increase the lead to 3-0 on a RBI ground out by Cosette Hernandez and added three more runs in the top of the 6th inning to increase the lead to 6-0.

Stephanie Flores went the distance and got her second win of the season.

Flores had eight strike outs.

The Bearkats will try and get a win in today’s final game of the series which starts at 3 p.m. central.

Islanders Takes First Game of Double-Header 3-0

By Cheval John

Sam Houston State softball team dropped the first game of their double-header against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by the score of 3-0.

Islanders struck for two runs in the top of the third for a 2-0 lead on a two run single by catcher Brittney Morse.

Both runners advanced to second and third on a ground out by left fielder, Dani Tefft, that allowed them to score on Morse single.

A&M-Corpus Christi added another run in the top of the fourth inning with two outs to make it 3-0 on an error by second baseman Dani Allen.

Sam Houston had plenty of chances to put a run on the board and even take the lead.

However, they squandered those opportunities and left 8 runners on base.

One of those opportunities came in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Hilary Adams led off the inning with a walk.

Catcher Tiffany Castillo followed with a single that advanced pitcher Taylor Atkinson, who pinched ran for Adams to second.

A one out single by Sarah Allison loaded the bases.

However, they couldn’t capitalized as Jennie Kieval struck out and Allen flied out to end the inning.

Liz Carter secured her 8th win of the season after going the distance while Meme Quinn suffered the loss.

Every Four Years Isn’t Bad For Michigan State

By Cheval John

The majority of everyone’s bracket has been busted by now.

This year’s March Madness has been excited to some degree because of the fact that the only captivating thing is whether anyone can beat Kentucky.

Notre Dame came close when they went toe to toe with the Wildcats.

However, the Wildcats found a way to stay undefeated and make it back to the Final Four.

For anyone who had chosen Kentucky to win it all had a little scare from that matchup.

Now if anyone chosen Michigan State to make it to the Final Four this year were really smart.

The Spartans beat Louisville yesterday 76-70 in overtime.

The reason why they were smart is that Michigan State were destined to make it back.

Under head coach Tom Izzo, who is in his 20th year at Michigan State, they have made it to the Final Four every four years, which one of them led to the National Championship (2000).

Do not know why that is, but it is really impressive.

Maybe we should not have write them off of making it back after losing in the Big Ten Tournament final to Wisconsin, who are in the Final Four for the second straight year.

What we should have done is look at history and see the pattern of Michigan State’s final four appearances.

Whether they make the national championship game or not, you can’t take away the accomplishments that Michigan State has experienced under coach Izzo.

If Kentucky was not this dominant, Michigan State would have had a much better chance to win the national championship.

So if the pattern continues and coach Izzo is still at Michigan State, then I will say that they will make it back to the Final Four in 2019.

Video courtesy of NCAA On Demand

Always Reinvent Yourself To Maintain Success

By Cheval John

Photo Courtesy of Frame Angel

Photo Courtesy of Frame Angel

The most popular advice when starting out as an entrepreneur or podcaster, etc. is to pick a niche.

That is great advice to a huge degree because you do not want to spread yourself out too thin.

The thing about it is that sometimes that advice could get outdated in the long run.

Many college students have been specializing in a major which they believe will allow them to get a quicker path to getting the job of their dreams.

At first, it works out to a degree because they land a great job with an awesome starting salary.

When that skill is shipped off overseas, they are in trouble because they only are good in that particular skill.

One of the things a person can do when they are about to get laid off because of their department getting shut down is to reinvent themselves and learn new skills.

The reason being is that they will avoid being caught off guard when that layoff occurs.

They will be in a fantastic position to be at the right place at the right time when the company posts a job opportunity that they are qualified for.

Like Carlos Gil and Hank Blank.

Mr. Gil was working as a banker before he unexpectedly got laid off from his job.

He took great advice from his mother and set up an account on LinkedIn and connected with important people which allowed him to become a thought leader, speaker, and also landing a job in St. Louis.

Unfortunately, he got laid off again earlier this year in St. Louis.

Though he was surprised, he did not panic because he already had a strong social media presence and had established himself as a thought leader which led him to his current job as a Senior Social Marketing Manager at the very place which help him to reinvent his skills, LinkedIn.

As for Mr. Blank, he also is a strong advocate for reinventing your skills because he has been reinventing himself for over a decade as a self-employed consultant.

Before that he was working in advertising for about 25 years before he was unexpectedly fired from the agency where he was partner in 2001 over the phone.

Undaunted, Mr. Blank created his own business cards and launched his consulting practice.

He has leveraged LinkedIn and has built a solid reputation as a consultant.

Even though it is important to have a niche, it is always important to go outside of that niche and learn a new skill because when times get tough and you are looking for something new, you will be ready for the “hard times.”

Now, I want to share about another person who has reinvented their skills: myself .

I consider myself a sports writer because I have spent over two years freelancing for a daily newspaper in Huntsville, Texas.

Thought it was great and I loved the fact that I could cover sporting events and share stories of athletes who have succeeded, I was “trapped” because the sporting events happened during the fall and spring seasons.

So in the summer times, I was out of work.

I was over-specialized in one skill, which was covering sports and I could not continue to freelance for the paper during the summer times.

That was when I learned the importance of being knowledgable in other subjects in addition to sports.

That way, I would be able to better my chances at gaining other gigs which could supplement the “dry” months while waiting for sporting events to happen.

Now, I can say that I am learning other subjects like social media and I am a contributing blogger to Millennial CEO, which deals with social media, business and leadership.

It is also safe to say that I had reinvent myself because I am about to be a guest on a Twitter chat called “Content Chat” tomorrow at 3 p.m. eastern, 2 p.m. central to chat about podcasting.

So you see why it is important not to overspecialize in one skill.

Though it is important to have a strong expertise in one skill, it is always important to reinvent yourself and learn new skills everyday even if it is outside your comfort zone.

When you reinvent yourself, you will be in a much better position when the company decides to cut your department.