“I Hate Christian Laettner” Review

This 30 for 30 or ESPN film, whichever name you prefer, looks at one of the most hated college athletes in the history of the game. It explores many different reasons why the hate for Christian Laettner was so serious. After all, he was just a kid, what did he ever really do to deserve the hate? The film talks to many different people including Christian Laettner himself, his family, Coach K, Coach K’s wife, past teammates, the Fab Five, opponents of his, and many different authors, reporters, etc who wrote books and stories about their hate. Many different perspectives were offered during this film which is what I’ve always loved most about documentaries- especially sports documentaries.

The first reason that they look at is that Laettner was perceived as a rich kid because he attended Duke University and a prep school before that. In reality, Laettner came from a middle class family. His mom was a teacher and his dad was a journalist. He couldn’t afford prep school but they offered a type of work study where he would work these dirty type jobs extremely early in the morning in exchange for his tuition. He only went to Duke because Coach K offered him a full scholarship. This alone gave me personally some new respect for the guy. He didn’t have anything handed to him, he worked for everything he had which is something worthy of respect.

Another reason why people hate Laettner is that he’s a white kid. Some people thought he might be racist or view black people differently since the only black guys on his basketball team were called “Uncle Tom” and things of that sort. Laettner was actually extremely tolerant of other races, maybe even was more against white people than black. His teammates bragged on how impressed they were with his style and his knowledge of hip-hop.

The third reason explored was that he was a bully who preyed on the weak. I actually laughed out loud because they used Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift as the image for a bully. Yes, Laettner was an animal on the court and he was certainly a big trash talker. The way he carried himself and seemed to get away with so much stuff other players wouldn’t get away with was extremely disheartening and irritating. But he also seemed like a good teammate and actually a cool guy off the court. He just knew how to get under people’s skin.

After watching this documentary, I learned a lot about the background of this guy that got such a terrible reputation over the years. I think it’s sad how much people disliked him and how far some people took it. Like it’s actually ridiculous that his 12-year-old sister was called a whore just for being his sister. Like what did she ever do to deserve that? Sometimes the hatred people have isn’t rational and is fairly upsetting. Ultimately, people hated how good he was and I love that the documentary explored that. But I think it wasn’t just one sided, it also showed the reasons behind why people hate him by talking to the sources directly. Overall, it’s one of my favorite ESPN films.

My Favorite Things: Sports Edition

So guys, these are a few of my favorite things as far as it goes with sports. Feel free to comment on my favorite teams, athletes, sports, etc.

Sport to watch: Football, baseball, and basketball.

Sport to play: Basketball

Baseball team: Pittsburgh Pirates

College basketball team: WVU

College football team: WVU

NFL team: I don’t really have any one team that I love. I just like watching any team in general.

NBA team: Cavaliers

Active NFL player and why: J.J. Watt, Brandon Marshall of the Bears, and Russell Wilson. I love J.J. because he seems so down to earth and even though he’s crazy rich, he acts like a normal guy and doesn’t think he’s better than anyone else, he’s also hilarious. Brandon Marshall because he’s open about his struggles with mental illness and I respect that a lot. Wilson because he was really underestimated when he first became the quarterback for Seattle but he managed to get his team to back to back Super Bowls at such a young age. He’s also crazy humble.

NFL player of all time: Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Jim Brown. I think each of these guys made history with their methods of playing football and they will go down in history for that reason.

MLB player and why: Andrew McCutchen because he has such an awesome personality and attitude about life. The guy is always smiling and you have to respect the way he just turned around the Pirates organization in such a positive way.

MLB player of all time and why: Babe Ruth obviously and I love Sandy Koufax too. Ruth made a crazy impact on the game of baseball in such an intense and awesome way. Koufax had an unconditional way of pitching that was dominant and earned the respect of the world.

NBA player and why: LeBron James and Jeremy Lin. James has done so much for his hometown and I really respect his attitude and passions. Lin came out of nowhere to become a respectable NBA player.

NBA player of all time: Jerry West, Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson. I’m biased about Jerry West since he’s from West Virginia and I’ve done reports on him before. But he’s a very down to earth and humble guy. Jordan and Magic are both classic players for what they were able to do. Jordan is obviously the best basketball player of all time because he paved the way for so many other players.

I think my list of favorites is a rather basic one but I put a lot of thought into it also. I think it’s important to have players and teams to follow and look up to as they play the sport that you love. So I hope that you learned hopefully a little more about the athletes and teams that I look up to the most.

Random Facts About Baseball

Opening day officially kicked off yesterday. Baseball is known as being America’s sport. There’s many interesting facts that many people may not know about. Here are several of them that I found the most interesting of all.

Yankees have won the most World Series

They’ve won 26 titles so far. No wonder so many people dislike them, they are pretty dominate.

Nolan Ryan is the best 

He played 27 seasons in the MLB and he has the most strike outs out of all pitchers in history.

Pete Rose banned for life

Rose played for the Cincinnati Reds. He holds the all time record for hits and games played. He was unfortunately banned from the game for life for betting on games while he was managing the team.

George Herman Ruth

Better known as Babe Ruth and one of the best players ever. He played in 2503 games total and had a lifetime batting average of .342.

Chances of getting hit by a ball when at a baseball game

You are 300,000 to 1 to be hit by the baseball and injured if you attend an MLB game.

Shortest MLB player

The shortest player in baseball history was a guy by the name of Eddie Gaedel. He was a shocking 3 feet 7 inches tall.

The baseball itself

A baseball has 108 stitches on it. Those stitches are easily destroyed but make beautiful decoration regardless.

Baseball in radio and television history

Baseball was first broadcasted on radios in 1921. It wasn’t aired on televisions until 1939.

 

10 Reasons Why I Love Johnny Cash

There’s a lot to love about country legend Johnny Cash. Here are just 10 of those reasons why I personally love him. Johnny Cash was an incredible storyteller and he paved the way for many other country artists who stepped onto the scene after him.

1. He was never afraid of being himself

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As the picture shows, he was never afraid of letting you know who he is. He didn’t care what people thought of him, he didn’t ever sell out. He sang songs that he cared about and that meant something to him. That’s something to be celebrated.

2. He knows where he came from.

Johnny Cash:  Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, Don't Take Your Guns to Town, Tennessee Flat Top Box, Hey Porter, Big River, Get Rhythm, Man in Black, Give My Love to Rose, etc...

This Blank On Blank interview shows that Cash was very aware of his gospel roots. He also automatically credits gospel music and is not shy about admitting that it’s a big part of his music. He also admits that he wasn’t called to be a preacher, he was called to share and connect his songs with other people.

3. He helped out with the new rebellion

Mamma gave me Barbra and daddy gave me Johnny

The outlaws in country music is a big part of what the genre is about. Johnny Cash was a big leader in that whole thing. In my opinion, he gave a face to the rebellion thing and made it kind of cool for everyone else.

4. His bond with Elvis

Johnny Cash & Elvis. They are so young. We didn't get to watch Elvis age, he died too young. Johnny Cash was an icon til the day he died.

In the interview I already mentioned, he talks about how he and Elvis didn’t talked about anything other than gospel music. Well, besides girls, but mostly gospel music. The two shared similar roots and therefore bonded over it while they toured together early on in Cash’s career.

5. He valued learning

Expand your mind.

I gained even more respect for the icon when I learned of this quotes and his general stance on learning. He believes in learning more and more and just expanding your mind. I think people don’t stress this enough and it’s really cool that someone as awesome and iconic as Johnny Cash believed in this.

6. He fought his demons

Be grateful for the time you have.

The man in black had a lot of demons due to his alcoholic past and also his struggle to be a good father. Despite all this, Johnny didn’t become a member of the 27 club, he didn’t become a tragic star who never lived long enough to see what an impact his music made. Cash fought through all of his issues for a long time but he never gave up. He kept fighting and that’s why he lived a long and complete life.

7. He forgave himself and moved on

Forgive yourself.

This obviously played a big part in why he was able to fight his demons and move on from his past. He forgave himself, something difficult but not impossible to do. He kept moving on in his life which is something that you can’t help but respect him for doing.

8. He wasn’t distracted by material possessions

Avoid materialism.

He obviously wasn’t poor but he was wise about how he spent his money. He stuck to the simple things in life, hence his predominately black clothing of choice. This quote pretty much sums it all up.

9. He kept his priorities in order

Keep your priorities in order.

Now that’s how you make a to do list.

10. His love for June was the cutest thing EVER

It's always the small things that we end up missing the most when its gone.

Letter transcript:

June 23 1994

Odense, Denmark.

Happy Birthday Princess,

We get old and get use to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

Happy Birthday Princess.

John

There’s a reason why that letter was voted the most romantic love letter of all time. Johnny Cash talks about his love for June in the most simple yet beautiful way. This makes it so obvious as to why we often say that we want a love like Johnny and June. Who doesn’t? The couple was straight up perfect.

Quotes About Learning

As I’ve continued to stress, learning is important, even more so than education. It’s something that we continue to do throughout our entire lives even when our education is finished. So, here are some quotes about learning, which is just a little different from education from some of the greatest minds.

“Any fool can learn. The point is to understand.”- Albert Einstein

“Self-education is, I firmly believe the only education there is.” – Isaac Asimov

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“I am always ready to learn although I don’t always like being taught.” – Winston Churchill

“It’s what you learn after you know it all is what counts.” – Harry S. Truman

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.” – Ernest Hemingway

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” – Phil Collins

Best YouTube Learning Channels

YouTube has a big affect on learning. I’ve learned so much from many of these different channels. Some of these are really random education channels that teach you facts you didn’t know you should know! Regardless, it’s safe to say a lot can be learned from all of these and I hope you love them as much as I do.

SciShow

https://www.youtube.com/user/scishow

I’m not a big fan of Science but SciShow brings up so many fascinating topics that I can’t help but love. The videos are always short and informative. Prepare to fall in love!

List25

https://www.youtube.com/user/list25

The title alone is just a little bit self explanatory. List25 is all about lists of 25 random facts about different world leaders, life hacks, history factors, and many random and bizarre facts. Yes, the lists can get a little lengthy but I promise that each topic is so intriguing that it isn’t all that long at all.

Khan Academy

https://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy

I can’t recommend this enough. Khan Academy has it’s whole own website. However, it also has tons and tons of videos on it’s YouTube video as well. Khan Academy has videos on just about any topic in Math, Science, Psychology, English, and much more. It’s most well known for it’s Math and Science videos since they include so many different interesting topics.

TED-Ed

https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation

This channel is a little more educational than the normal TED videos. TED is known for it’s conferences and lectures given by top experts on it’s specific topic. This channel is a lot shorter and provides illustrations and lots of well researched information. It brings up a lot of interesting points and I love it.

Mental Floss

https://www.youtube.com/user/MentalFlossVideo

Mental Floss is also a magazine but it makes memorable videos here as well. The videos are mostly random misconceptions, life hacks, and myths. Always entertaining and weird, you can count on the Mental Floss to come through with the facts about everything.

PBS Idea Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/pbsideachannel

They don’t post as many videos as I’d like them to but the ones they do post always are amazing. PBS is filled with educational things and none is as cool and interesting as this one right here.

Crash Course

https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse

Who isn’t obsessed with Crash Course? You’re seriously missing out if you haven’t heard of this YouTube channel. The Young Adult author John Green hosts this channel and his brother hosts as well. John typically covers the English and History topics while Hank covers Psychology and Science topics. These are all informative and well illustrated videos that teach you tons of information in around 12 minutes or so.

March Madness Cinderella Stories

Since March Madness is currently going on, I thought it’d be an appropriate time to highlight some of the most incredible Cinderella stories in the history of the tournament. We all like cheering for the underdog and in each of these cases, the underdog was able to achieve awesomely unexpected things and win us all over in the process.

1985 Villanova

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This was a brutal Nova team that depended a lot on their defense. They didn’t often score but they also kept their opponents from scoring as well. They were an 8 seed and they easily made it to the title game against Patrick Ewing and his favored Georgetown team. The game was pretty close, but Villanova came out on top and beat them by 2.

2011 VCU

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This team had to win a play-in game just to make it into the tournament. That alone shows you just how much of an underdog they were. They didn’t let that slow them down, instead they came out swinging. They took out great teams such as USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State, and then top seeded Kansas. The Kansas game was the most famous one due to how good the Jayhawks were that year. They would eventually lose in the final four against another big underdog Butler, but that doesn’t take away from what VCU was able to accomplish.

1983 NC State

This video gives me chills and makes me cry a little bit everytime I watch it. The 6th seeded NC State was able to pull off a buzz beater in the final seconds of the championship game. This is by far the best game as far as being neck in neck in a championship game that I’ve ever seen. One Wolfpack player attempts a three-point shot that is obviously something done just on a whim and probably not going to make it. Then all of a sudden, another Wolfpack player pretty much comes out of nowhere and dunks it up to win the game. It’s so heartwarming to see coach Jimmy V run out on the court where he famously ran around looking for someone to hug after the big win.

2010 and 2011 Butler University

Nobody predicted that Butler would have the success that they did two years in a row. The first time, they beat out number one seed Syracuse in the sweet 16, then Kansas State, and then Michigan State before the team took on yet another number one seed Duke in the national championship. The game came down to the wire, but Butler lost after a heartbreaking half court shot by star Gordon Hayward hit off the backboard. Despite this, Butler still came back the next season and eventually lost to Connecticut in the championship game. Although they never won, they still made history. The team became the first team that wasn’t a one or two seed to make it to back to back Final Fours. They also became the first team to beat one and two seeds before the Final Four in consecutive years.