“Oh my God look at those dragons!”
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“Oh my God look at those dragons!”
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Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.
Inspiration from a man who’s existence is inspiration.
perspective. vision. choices.
Sending Wyclef Jean good vibes today as he awaits the results to see if may run as candidate in the upcoming election in Haiti.
“Imagine Leadership, imagine yourself leading, leadership is an art. Will you be the leader?”
Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership to address some of societys most pressing problems.
“It is my desire to inspire people of all ages and social demographics to think about leadership on a broad level, contemplate what it means to them and what individual impact they can have when it comes to leading,” says Nohria.
So Monday August 9 marks the 15th year of the passing of Jerry Garcia and it really got me thinking about the precious amount of time we all have on this earth and how it really just melds together in our own daily life, drama, work, love, family, triumph’s & tragedy’s and all the other crazy shit we all cram into a 24 hour period.
In the past 15 years I have loved, lost, been homeless, lived in 5 star hotels, ate at 5 star restaurants, been to jail, panhandled change for food, bought a house, had 2 great children and have met some of the greatest friends along the way. In some strange way or another it all comes back to Jerry.
Some people grow up with hero’s. I never had one myself. but in 1994 when I saw my first GD show I knew in my heart that this was something that was going to stick with me the rest of my life and it has in one way or another it has.
Now that I am growing up and trying to be the best father I can be for my 2 little girls I don’t get to tour as much or see old friends, or get to reminisce of the many friends have lost along the way. So I figured I’d post some videos to share with you all as I take a trip down memory lane.
(R.I.P. Jerry, Katie, Little Dave, Issac, J.B., Keith, Snickers, Damien, Ryan)
Here are some great clips to check out enjoy everyone!
Quite an interesting off-season for a team like the Steelers, a team that normally is scandal free and hard-working, much like their city. Ben Roethlisberger allegedly tries to rape another woman at a bar, Santonio Holmes gets himself in trouble with the law, and all of a sudden TMZ is opening an office down the street. It all resulted in Holmes departing for the Jets and Big Ben suspended 6 games. So understand if the Steelers get off to a rough start. Playoffs are in doubt due to the emergence of the Ravens new offensive toys and the Bengals making a (somewhat desperate-seeming) push for the Lombardi Trophy. That plus James Harrison getting older, LaMarr Woodley complaining about his contract and Troy Polamalu starting to have knee problems are all signs of a decline in the Steel City. Question marks at the cornerback position persist, with nobody emerging from camp battles or last year. Polamalu missing really exposed them last season, and there is little they have done to improve.They are a linebacker plus Polamalu defense, and if that takes a step back, the team does. Dick LeBeau is a good antidote for that happening, but even if they play at a 2008 level when they were part of a historically great defense, not having Ben for almost half a season is crippling. Still, even if the linebacker corps slips, Casey Hampton in the middle will help to keep running games quiet, a good thing in a rush-heavy division. The offensive line is once again a problem, after years of getting their QB knocked around. Flozell Adams will add something at left tackle maybe, but he is getting a little long in the tooth and pisses defenders off too much and may become a liability late in games. Charile Batch, the probable winner of the camp battle for starting QB through the first six weeks, is going to have his hands full despite a typically stout defense, especially one facing the problems this defense is. After all, only two teams in the first six weeks had sub-.500 record last year, and includes the Falcons, Titans, Ravens and Dolphins. Then, Ben’s first game back it’s the Saints in New Orleans. They’ll be lucky to make it through October with 4 wins. Predictions : 7-9
It seems like the Ravens have taken on the persona of Ray Lewis. The future Hall of Famer is a freak, going 100 miles an hour all day andstill having time to philosophize post-game and dress like a king. And this Ravens team looks like the most potent he’s been on since probably the 2000 version, when the defense was a juggernaut, teams averaging less than 11 points a game against them. Baltimore has an offense, ladies and gentlemen, with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin the crowning piece. Joe Flacco has proven to be a very resourceful QB, going very far with a weak receiving corps and running off screens half the time with the help of the emergent Ray Rice and veteran Willis McGagahee. The inclusion of Boldin and Donte Stallworth is going to make him better, and force the defense to play off the line. Ray Rice will be freed up here, and even though I’m still not sold, fantasy football palyers everywhere are, and he is a gamer, no doubt about that. Ed Reed’s injury raises an eyebrow, as his presence makes the entire secondary better and allows the front seven to do their work. Six weeks, as with the Steelers and Roethlisberger, is a long time but losing your free-safety is less damaging than losing your quarterback, so it shouldn’t cost them more than a win. Luckily they get to play the Steelers, Browns, and Broncos in those first six weeks, all teams with question marks at the QB position. The offensive line will be as stout as ever, with Michael Oher moving to left tackle and the rest doing what they do best; block of course. Coach Jim Harbaugh is a tough as nails leader, perfect for this forged-steel squad, and will not let anybody let up even with Reed missing. The Bengals will be the favorites for the divisional crown, but the wildcard is always there for second chances, something the Ravens will need with Reed missing. With this team, once they reach the postseason, Reed and Lewis will not let anyone let up. They will put a scare into higher ranked opponents, and make another deep drive through January. They may be old, but strength of will doesn’t age, it only gets stronger, more resolute. They’re contender, and would also make for a fun team to watch in February. Prediction : 11-5, playoffs
You know it’s a weird NFL season when the Bengals are a contender. After years (and years and years) of toiling in mediocrity the Bengals seem to have assembled a crew capable of threatening the NFL’s elite teams. Sure, its also a gathering of what some consider malcontents. Adam (formerly Pacman) Jones, Terrell Owens, Tank Johnson, Andre Smith. All have either faced problems with the law or with teammates through their careers. Smith in particular walked away from the NFL Combine 2 years ago, damaging his draft prospects. Still, if he works out it’s a heck of a steal, since he was supposed to be a top-5 pick. Carson Palmer is still around as probably the most overlooked QB in the game despite nasty amounts of talent, while Chad Ochocinco will be taking time away from reality TV work and Twittering to play some football for another season in the Queen City. Cedric Benson, so maligned on the Bears, should continue his punishment from the half back position, and if the aforementioned Smith and the rest of the O-line hold up, the Bengals could steal a divisional crown for the second straight year. I can’t gloss it over, the presence of T.O. is going to make a difference on the offense. Sure, he’s a fearsomely divisive influence in the locker room when things aren’t going his way, but the flow of T.O.’s career on every team he’s played for has started with positivity. He’s on a one-year contract, so he should be on his best behavior if he wants to get all the bonuses for catches, appearances, et cetera. Plus, he may be aging, but you can’t sleep on Mr. Owens and this will free Chad up to do work on opposing secondaries. The defense should see Antwan Odom return at defensive end, and as long as he is healthy and performs like he did last year pre-injury the Bengals will have a sack specialist that all contenders need. Ray Malaluga is around, another steal by Cincy in the draft. A high-motor guy in the mold of Troy Polamalu and also part of one of the greatest linebacker corps in college history while he was at USC (playing with Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing) Malaluga is a beast and a keystone of this defense. A young secondary has continued to surprise, and being able to practice opposite gamers like T.O. and Ochocinco will only make them better. I see big things for this team despite their falling flat last year in the playoffs. They plan on going back to the pass a little more, as they should with the golden-armed Palmer under center, but with that running game this will be a tough team to slow down. Last year’s offensive line showed its inexperience against the Jets in two straight weeks, but if anything that will make them better, learning experience and all. The only real dangers for this team’s Super Bowl hopes are being from Cincinnati, a perennially snake-bit football town, and coach Marvin Lewis. Despite several years of experience, he still hasn’t wowed me much. Who knows, maybe we’re all missing something he has going for him. He’ll have to channel Phil Jackson to deal with all these egos, but with that and the solid coaching staff around him, the rest of the North should keep a weathered eye on southern Ohio. Prediction : 12-4, playoffs.
Brown Town has suffered a decade of sports misery, capping a long history of ignominy and disappointment. Luckily for the Browns, the departure of LeBron James from the Cavs should grant some reprieve in terms of how they perform since the city will be focusing on hating LBJ from late October on. Even so, Coach Eric Mangini can’t really suffer another miserable season. Mike Holmgren has moved in to take on the position of football czar, much like Parcells did in Miami, and seems to be doing a good job. The switch to a 3-4 defense and some smart signings will take advantage of the few good things the Browns have going for them, namely nose tackle Shaun Rogers and bringing in guys like Scott Fujita from New Orleans. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was stuck using a 4-3 in Oakland and early in his time in Cleveland, but the 3-4 should allow him to be creative like his brother Rex over in New York with the use of blitz packages to keep the offense off-balance. It’s the secondary where the true question marks lie, and this is a team that has to face Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees, not to mention Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez. It’s a faceless, ineffective piece of the team, and will probably be their Achilles heel. Likewise, the offense is looking a little sparse in terms of threat. Jake Delhomme is coming in to start at QB, and even though I am a fan of his personally, it’s doubtful he will have another season like in 2003 when he went to the Super Bowl with Carolina. The Browns O-line has some good things going for it notably Joe Tomas at left tackle. His arrival three years ago solidified this line, and their ability to protect Delhomme is key to any success, as with any NFL team. He didn’t have much protection behind an old line down in Charlotte, so this should be a nice departure for him. Weapons-wise, Josh Cribbs will continue to be an every-man in the Devin Hester mold, and if he can improve his catching, good things lurk in the future for that young man. The running game is looking pretty empty since they released Jamal Lewis, but he was old anyway. They have a competition at the halfback position again, with Jerome Harrison’s breakout season last year already fading from memory. It should have a boost for all those participating and the Browns will benefit. Down the road they have Texas product Colt McCoy to look forward to at QB. He’s perfect for this city because he’s such a sweetie, nobody can yell at him. Look for him in a year or so, but right now, it will be another grind for the Browns. Mangini has been able to assert his will over the team after a very combative 2009 season, and with Braylon Edwards and some other Romeo Crennel guys gone he is the unquestioned leader. Playoffs are a long way off, not to mention a championship, and it’s Cleveland so the word championship is one fraught with misery anyway. Also, they have 6 games against what has become possibly the toughest division in football. The Steelers missing Ben Roethlisberger when they first meet in week 6 should be a boon as well. They won’t start 1-11 again, but more than a 7 win season is way out of the question. This is a team in search of an identity on the field, not just in the front office, and until they find that, its going to be a tough going. When they aren’t playing divisional opponents, its NFC South and AFC East, so it’ll be a rough season for the Browns. It’s a rebuilding year, and the future is still a long way off, but at least something could be making a turn in Cleveland. Prediction : 4-12.
Next: AFC South. We just keep rolling.