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Day 7: Name, Image and Likeness

Recently, a Supreme Court ruling along with a change in the NCAA rules allows college athletes to profit off of their name, image, and likeness. The argument in favor of this change was that universities were profiting off of the name, image, and likeness of certain high profile players and that all athletes should be able to profit themselves from their own image. This no doubt will drastically change college athletics; not sure if the change will be for better or worse, but different nonetheless. Some athletes, like Alabama's redshirt freshman quarterback who has never played a down have already signed million dollar endorsement deals with companies and agents. Seems to me that student athletes are quickly changing over to student entrepreneurs who also happen to play a sport.
Day 6: Life's High Wire

You may have heard the story of Philippe Petit, a French acrobat and high-wire artist. In the early 1970s, he heard about the construction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. When he saw a picture of their design, it was like he heard a voice calling him to do something startling and risky.
Day 5: Leaving a Godly Legacy

Proverbs 13:22 says "A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children."

When we think of the word legacy, we normally think of material possessions left to the next generation. Or you think of wealthy folks who have left their names on buildings , bridges, or boulevards.
Day 4 – God and Analytics

Technology is changing our world rapidly. One such use of technology that is drastically changed in the last 10 years is the use of analytics. Analytics is the use of mathematics and statistics to analyze a game or task and come up with a competitive advantage. Maybe you've heard of Google Analytics where they figure out exactly what it takes for a 46 year old male who shops at Bass Pro to click on something and buy it! The University of North Carolina, my alma mater, was one of the first collegiate baseball programs to begin using analytics to gain an advantage over their opponents on the diamond. Cameras, radars, and sophisticated GPS equipment was installed all over Boshamer stadium to allow the Tarheels to analyze thousands of data points for every play in baseball. They have statistics on the tendencies of pitchers and hitters.
Day 3 – PGA MVP Index
We live in a society of self-promotion. In 2001, a new reality based talent show emerged called "American Idol." We grew up watching TV shows where folks just won money. Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and the Price is Right were staples of my childhood. However, they just won money┬░.none of the winners became an idol. Something was different about the show American Idol┬░.they didn't just win money, they became instant celebrities.
Fellas welcome to Day 2.

On December 29, 1913, Ernest Shackleton took out a small ad in the London Times trying to recruit men for his expedition to the South Pole. The words in the ad simply said "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in event of success." In speaking of it afterwards, he said that so overwhelming was the response to his appeal that it seemed as though all of the men of Great Britain were determined to accompany him.
Stone Cold Steve Austin

Recently, A&E did a Biography on Stone Cold Steve Austin. In the mid 90's, he went by several different stage names including Stunning Steve Austin, was a part of a tag team called the Hollywood Blonds, and also went by the name of the Ringmaster. But Steve felt he needed to reinvent himself to become a bigger name in the wrestling world. One day his wife at the time served him hot tea and said you better drink it before it gets "stone cold." And that was the beginning of Stone Cold Steve Austin, a persona that embodied beer-drinking, the middle finger, and a bad attitude towards the man. He convinced the WWE producers, including Vince McMahon, that this persona and attitude would change the entire wrestling world, and it did. In 2019, Sports Illustrated said that if there was a Mt. Rushmore of Professional Wrestling, Stone Cold Steve Austin would be on it.

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