Parking Lot Party

Heather, Austin and I are headed to our first NASCAR event on Sunday. I had the privileged of hanging out with Elliot Sadler before the Parking Lot Party yesterday. I’m waiting on my back to heal up after that name I just dropped (ha-ha). If you’re wondering what a parking lot party is, just think of the “Rust-Eze” tent in the movie “Cars”. The Executive Leadership Team had the honor of spending about 30 minutes with Elliot before he went out to meet the 2000 fans waiting in the parking lot.  Check back next week for a recap of our … Continue reading Parking Lot Party

Random Sports

I confirmed my tickets to the Brickyard NASCAR race on July 27th today. Now if I could just find my cup holder hat. Odds are pretty good I will be somewhere in Ford Field on December 3rd with my son for The Tar Heels vs. Michigan State game. How far is it from Charlotte to Detroit? I’m going to hold a garage sale  to unload all of my Raiders gear (Zubaz anyone?). I have officially left the “Raider Nation” to follow the Carolina Panthers. We also keep an eye on the Indianapolis Colts (it’s a Dungy thing). Been a busy … Continue reading Random Sports

Your Moment

I like the commercials for ATT Small Business where the actors say “Welcome to my moment“. I couldn’t help but think of them today while I was cutting the grass. No, I didn’t have “my moment” cutting the grass. Actually, I was reflecting on Austin’s “moment” on Thursday night when they won the Hilliard Little League World Series. During the big rally inning (came back from down 12-4 to go ahead 15-12) Austin had a key double in the gap to clear the bases. When I looked in the stands his Mom and his Aunts were both crying with joy … Continue reading Your Moment

Marlins in Real Time

Our Fightin’ Marlins won again tonight to win the National Little League Title. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one and never looked back. They closed it out by winning 13-0. It has been a summer to remember and so much fun for all of us (players, parents and coaches). The kids play tomorrow night at 5:45 for the World Series Title. You have got to love the internet and mobile technologies. Tomorrow night I’ll post some real time game shots and scoring updates for out of town family and friends that cannot make it to the game. … Continue reading Marlins in Real Time

Marlins Advance!!

Those Mighty Fightin’ Marlins of the Hilliard Little League live to fight another day. Facing possibly the toughest team in their bracket, the Marlins went up 2-0 in the first inning and never looked back. They closed out the heavily favored (and League Commisioner stacked Coached) Cubs. It’s on to the National League Championship game on Wednesday night. I’m not one to brag, but I was proud of “The Boy” tonight. Someone said he made 12 of the total 15 outs I think it was closer to 9, but either way, he was a defensive wizard. Hit well at the … Continue reading Marlins Advance!!

3rd Base Coaching Box

This summer marks season 3 of little league baseball for “The Boy” and I. It all started with T-Ball and now we’re in our second year of “Coach Pitch”. Each game I take my place in the 3rd Base Coaching Box to do my best to bring our kids home. For the most part I enjoy it. Then there are nights like last night. Being on the 3rd Base side means that I get to hear the comments from the parents of the other team. Most nights it is good fun. Last night was brutal. Being that I am not … Continue reading 3rd Base Coaching Box

NASCAR Update

In case you missed it….My new favorite (*cough* bandwagon *cough*) NASCAR guy didn’t do so well at the race in Dover. Checking out the results, Kasey Kahne came in 31st overall. The other big news of the day came from our primary driver Elliot Sadler. Kind of ironic that this was the Best Buy 400 race and the guy driving the Best Buy car wrecked on lap 18. Two thoughts: 1. Thankfully he was not hurt. 2. I’m sure glad that this wasn’t our weekend to sponsor his car (we split the season with Best Buy). I guess it would … Continue reading NASCAR Update

Blog Karma

How about a quick shout out to my new favorite NASCAR Driver Kasey Kahne winning the Coca Cola 600! Must be some blog karma workin’ after my post about him late last week. Could have something to do with the fact that the race was held in none other than Concord, North Carolina. Coincidence? I think not. As I said last week, my employer sponsors Kahne (more specifically Evernham Racing) so it was good to actually watch him finish on top. Elliot Sadler (our primary driver) finished somewhere in the top 5 as well. I am also admitting that I … Continue reading Blog Karma

That Sound You Hear

That large crashing sound you hear is the Cleveland Indians tanking this season. No sooner had they reached first place (with a .500 record), as of last night they had lost their 5th in a row. As if that wasn’t bad enough, 3 of those losses came to The Reds and two came to the division rival White Sox. Good times. Why is it that the teams that were expected to rip the cover off of the ball this year (I’m looking at you Detroit) have been terrible at the plate. I figured that the winter off would help Hafner … Continue reading That Sound You Hear

Good News, Bad News

Quite a week in Tar Heel Country. First the bad news. I just caught this article from Danny Greens father saying that D Green is as good as gone to the NBA. If you happen to stumble across this blog Danny, let me give you some advice. Stay in school. I’m no NBA scount, but dude, you were the 6th man. Give your old buddy Marvin Williams a call. Last time I checked he is still trying to live up to expectations in Atlanta. He too was a 6th man. Your decision making at times last year was questionable and … Continue reading Good News, Bad News

Just Wondering..

This struck me as funny the other day. I don’t follow a whole love of NASCAR, but I caught the celebration at the end of the All-Star race in Charlotte (Gods Country). Really the only reason that I watched this was because Kasey Kahne won and the organization I work for sponsors his car (about a foot long banner near the rear windows). While they are interviewing him after the big win, dude is chugging a Budweiser. I’m sure it’s in his contract somewhere that he has to shotgun a 12 ounce while the cameras are rolling. So here is … Continue reading Just Wondering..

A Retraction

I have to print a retraction to a statement that I made last night. Actually, I really just need to retract the statement from my wife since she is the only one that heard me say it. I was watching the coverage of the final 3 outs of the no hitter that John Lester threw last night and I simply said “that is what makes sports great”. Big deal right? Let me give you some context. In case you missed it, John Lester beat cancer last year to return to the mound for the Boston Red Sox. Incredible story. To … Continue reading A Retraction

Priceless….

I may bleed Carolina Blue, but no matter where I may roam, a large part of my heart belongs to my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Thanks to the ultimate hook-up from my friend Brian, “The Boy” and I had a chance on Saturday night to soak it all in. Check this out: Brian won four tickets from the local sports station to take part in their “Fan Bus to Jacobs Progressive Field”. Knowing I love the Tribe, he was kind enough to extend his winnings to “The Boy” and I. So Saturday we took off for C-Town with a bus … Continue reading Priceless….

Newest Recruit?

Obama must really want my vote. Funny I don’t see any video of him playing pick up with the Jayhawks. Oh, that’s right…they were probably celebrating their championship at the White House with the President. I’m not bitter…. I can hear him now…”Um, give me that Psycho T guy and 3 other dudes….Ball out” Roy could at least have gotten him some practice gear. He was probably sweatin’ in those running pants. Then again, Roy might have given him some Kansas gear or something. I’m not bitter…. Continue reading Newest Recruit?

Not Cool…

There has been much debate (even among Tar Heel fans) about this image. In case you missed it, the man in this picture would be Roy Williams. Roy is the current coach of UNC. Roy used to coach at Kansas. Roy’s team (UNC) lost to Kansas on Saturday. While Roy’s team was flying home after a stunning upset, Roy was sitting the Kansas section laughing, wearing a Kansas logo and really enjoying himself. I am not picturing or mentioning the fact that when Roy’s team (UNC) showed up to play on Saturday (some would say didn’t show up to play), … Continue reading Not Cool…

For The Love Of…

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane…shall we? For those that have followed this thing since the beginning, you might remember when I wrote a post 3 years ago about a dilemma I was having (HERE). Matter of fact, last time the Tar Heels played for a championship, Heather almost had a baby…literally! (Details HERE) So it just seems appropriate that we are steamrolling our way into Final Four weekend and the Karma is everywhere. See if you can follow the bouncing ball on this one. You might have noticed that I am trying to discern a major decision which … Continue reading For The Love Of…

My Picks

I know this is probably dangerous ground, but I am going to go on record publicly with my picks. “The Boy” and I went through the brackets last night in a brainstorming session. We did not agree on all of our picks, which makes it even more fun. One standard in the Conrad household every year is to take Carolina all the way to the finals. We do our best to be fair, but generally have Dook getting upset early. This messes up the entire bracket, but our inner Tar Heel just cannot help it. Below are my picks for … Continue reading My Picks

Let the madness begin…

We arrived home tonight and the kids were all very excited to see us. We were just as excited to see them. After getting all of them to bed, the reality and madness of being home started to creep in. From the stack of mail on my desk, to the exploding email inbox, it was clear that we are back to reality again. This is a warning that as long as Carolina is in this tournament, there is going to be no shortage of posting here regarding their run to the championship. This is, for me, the most wonderful time … Continue reading Let the madness begin…

Let the madness begin…

We arrived home tonight and the kids were all very excited to see us. We were just as excited to see them. After getting all of them to bed, the reality and madness of being home started to creep in. From the stack of mail on my desk, to the exploding email inbox, it was clear that we are back to reality again. This is a warning that as long as Carolina is in this tournament, there is going to be no shortage of posting here regarding their run to the championship. This is, for me, the most wonderful time … Continue reading Let the madness begin…

By Request

Okay…I really was trying to do my best not to brag or boast. The video below was the play of the night. It was awesome on so many levels. Even the Carolina fan in me will admit that it was probably a charge. Even if it was…it would have been worth the foul. It was a “statement dunk” to say the least. Continue reading By Request

Have a Nice Day

Yesterday was a great day. It all started yesterday morning with Columbus being covered in snow. I smiled as I shoveled the driveway knowing that in a few short hours I would board a plane for Phoenix, Arizona. My biggest concern was what I would do with my winter coat when I got there. I got an early morning laugh when my son asked me if I was going to watch the Carolina game that night on my plane. I explained that they didn’t have TV’s on airplanes, but I would probably be able to watch a movie. Little did … Continue reading Have a Nice Day

He said "Thanks"!

Big moment last night at our house. Halftime of the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game hit at the kids bedtime hour so we all headed upstairs for a story and prayers. Since the Buckeyes were getting beat by 20 when we went upstairs, my sons request to stay up and watch the rest of the game was denied by management (me). It wasn’t received well, but was received none the less. Off to bed he went. I’m not sure how it is with your kids, but I wish I had a dollar for each time I have had to … Continue reading He said "Thanks"!

He said “Thanks”!

Big moment last night at our house. Halftime of the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game hit at the kids bedtime hour so we all headed upstairs for a story and prayers. Since the Buckeyes were getting beat by 20 when we went upstairs, my sons request to stay up and watch the rest of the game was denied by management (me). It wasn’t received well, but was received none the less. Off to bed he went. I’m not sure how it is with your kids, but I wish I had a dollar for each time I have had to … Continue reading He said “Thanks”!

Easter Eggs

You may or may not know this, but many DVD’s come with a hidden feature called an “Easter Egg“. They are hidden gems on DVD’s that might include additional features or commentary. Well in case you missed it, I put an Easter Egg on this blog yesterday too. A few people found it already so maybe I didn’t do a very good job hiding it. After some conversation with Jeremy, I pulled the trigger on something I have been wanting to do for a long time now. We both are trying something and it will be interesting see how it … Continue reading Easter Eggs

We Went to a Fight…

What an exciting evening this turned out to be! Stef and I went to a Fight and a Hockey game broke out! Actually it was the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks. This would be my first professional Hockey game and Stef even prepped me by sending some instructions. We had a great time watching some fights, a little hockey and sharing stories. The Jackets lost the game, but we had some good laughs. I now know what a “blue line” is and can tell you that overtime ends when the first team scores. Thanks to Stef for … Continue reading We Went to a Fight…

By Request – Game Recap

I was going to let the TAR HEEL WIN go by with nothing more than the pictures in my previous post. That being said, I have been getting emails, phone calls and text messages all day. You’d think I would be the one sending them out boasting. It’s cool though. The reality is, I live in Buckeye country, which makes me a Buckeye. However, in case you missed it, I am a Tar Heel fan, living in Columbus. Talk about a man without a country! (Insert village idiot jokes here). As you can see, we stayed true to the rules … Continue reading By Request – Game Recap

Time’s Up….

In the movie “Pretty Woman”, Richard Gere surprises Julia Roberts by taking her on a trip to see an opera. She gets all dressed up and as they are boarding the elevator to leave for a trip to a destination which is unknown to her, she delivers one of the best lines in the movie. She simply says: “In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight” I know most of you will be glad that today is finally here so I will quit blogging about it. That being said, the day I have … Continue reading Time’s Up….

Time's Up….

In the movie “Pretty Woman”, Richard Gere surprises Julia Roberts by taking her on a trip to see an opera. She gets all dressed up and as they are boarding the elevator to leave for a trip to a destination which is unknown to her, she delivers one of the best lines in the movie. She simply says: “In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight” I know most of you will be glad that today is finally here so I will quit blogging about it. That being said, the day I have … Continue reading Time's Up….

Ray of Hope

You all know that I bleed Carolina Blue. So whenever I see an article, picture or anything related to the Tar Heels, I follow it. I just read a story today that is simply amazing. It’s the story of Jason Ray and it will move you. The story is featured on ESPN.com as well as in the upcoming new TV show called E:60 on ESPN. I have posted the links below so you can read it, print it, or watch the video for yourself. Even if you are a Duke (booooo) fan, you should watch this. It’s a story about … Continue reading Ray of Hope

I’ve Seen This Movie…

WordPress has this really cool feature that shows how people came to your blog from a search engine. I am always intrigued, and sometimes perplexed, by the results. To my amazement, 73 people (and counting) have come to the blog today alone searching for “Joe Borowski Scares me to death“. I wish I could say that I was brilliant enough to plan that, but I can’t. The rabbit trail led me to this article on ESPN (comment roughly halfway down the page). Then I figured I would “google it” myself and there was “Arms Wide Open” at number two! Good … Continue reading I’ve Seen This Movie…

I’ve Seen This Movie…

WordPress has this really cool feature that shows how people came to your blog from a search engine. I am always intrigued, and sometimes perplexed, by the results. To my amazement, 73 people (and counting) have come to the blog today alone searching for “Joe Borowski Scares me to death“. I wish I could say that I was brilliant enough to plan that, but I can’t. The rabbit trail led me to this article on ESPN (comment roughly halfway down the page). Then I figured I would “google it” myself and there was “Arms Wide Open” at number two! Good … Continue reading I’ve Seen This Movie…

Super Sunday!

If I thought this coming Tuesday was going to be good, I had no idea that today would turn out as great as it did too! Talk about a big day! First off the Indians capped off an amazing August and September by clinching the division on Sunday. There is a paver brick outside Jacob’s Field that reads “just once before I die”. Those are my thoughts exactly! October here we come. Now this next part is going to sound strange since I am a CLEVELAND Indians fan, but when it comes to football, it’s all Raiders baby! We are … Continue reading Super Sunday!

Being Cavalier

This is awesome!!!! I don’t know who did it, but hopefully they are getting paid WELL by the Cleveland Cavaliers. You can read the entire article HERE. The Cavs just moved into their new Gazillion dollar training facility yesterday. GM (and former Duke player) Danny Ferry walked into his new office to find it completely decorated with North Carolina colors and logos. According to the article, he was none to pleased. I think it looks great! Wonder if I could hire their decorators for my office? GO HEELS!!!! Continue reading Being Cavalier

Fathers Day 2007

I am about a week early for this, but it’s never to early to honor our fathers. I wanted to make sure to get this one to the web so others can see it. In all my years, I have never seen a more fitting analogy of what fatherhood is like. To watch our children leap out of the blocks and run on their own. To see them stumble and fall. Then to be there when they need us to finish the race. Though this clip is not in English, it doesn’t need to be. Pick it up right at … Continue reading Fathers Day 2007

That’s Gonna Leave a Mark!!

While we were at little league practice (first year coach pitch) last night, I hit my son in the shoulder with a pitch. They were taking batting practice and it’s safe to say that I was struggling with the command of the ever changing strike zone. We made a call to the bullpen not long after. If there was any good news, it was that it was one of the “softer” hardballs (isn’t that an oxymoron?). I had actually taken that one out of play, but somehow it made it back in and happened to be the one that “got … Continue reading That’s Gonna Leave a Mark!!

That's Gonna Leave a Mark!!

While we were at little league practice (first year coach pitch) last night, I hit my son in the shoulder with a pitch. They were taking batting practice and it’s safe to say that I was struggling with the command of the ever changing strike zone. We made a call to the bullpen not long after. If there was any good news, it was that it was one of the “softer” hardballs (isn’t that an oxymoron?). I had actually taken that one out of play, but somehow it made it back in and happened to be the one that “got … Continue reading That's Gonna Leave a Mark!!