This Girls Likes the Tigers!

As any college basketball fan knows, there is a huge game this weekend! Saturday, February 23 cannot get here quickly enough. At 8:00 pm, the #1 University of Memphis Tigers will take on and (hopefully) defeat the #2 University of Tennessee Vols.

Although I don’t remember every stat of every player who has ever played for the Tigers, much less the stats of their opponents, I am still a true-blue fan. I might not remember where Chris Douglas-Roberts went to highschool, but you better believe I know his jersey number and support his game 100% every time he’s on that court. Do I remember how many rebounds Joey Dorsey had in the last game? Nope, but I do know that I love his dedication to the sport and to Memphis so much that I named my beautiful English Bulldog after him.

Remembering every stat and every fact doesn’t make you the biggest and the best fan out there. Fans, well TRUE fans (don’t get me started on fair-weather fans), are the dedicated supporters showing up at ballgames or watching with a crowd in a restaurant (Buffalo Wild Wings, anyone?) or watching at home with their families. Support is what matters–through the good, the bad, the highs and the lows. GO TIGERS GO.

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They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…

But why can’t you teach old tricks to a new dog? In a day and age where everything is ‘new and improved’ or ‘latest and greatest,’ a few things remain constant:

  • Relationships matter. It doesn’t matter if you and a colleague are meeting face-to-face, via webcam or via conference call. It doesn’t matter if you and a friend keep in touch via e-mail or via blog posts. Those things don’t matter, but what does–and always will–matter is the relationship.
  • Words are important. You can write a novel, host a workshop, upload a video on YouTube or call your mother on the phone, but to do those things WORDS are necessary. Words, once spoken, may not be forgotten. Words, once published, will never be lost. Choose words wisely, and if you must say something negative–at least do it tactfully.
  • Actions are most important. The old saying says, “Actions speak louder than words.” Yes it’s a cliche and yes we’ve heard it a million times, but when you get down to the heart of matters–it’s still true. Because the words that come from your mouth may never be forgotten by someone–be sure to back it up. And if you can’t back it up, have a really good reason.

Keep these things in mind while taking advantage of the ‘new and improved,’ ‘latest and greatest’ ways of communicating. Those things are constants. As constant as the fact that my oh-so mature (1 and half year old) English Bulldog Dorsey will be highly irritated at our young and silly puppy, Bailey Mae, when I get home and there’s a mess. Embrace those constants in our lives because so many things waver on a daily basis.

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