Friday Favorites

Welcome back to another edition of Friday Favorites with Allen, where I take a look at some of the awesome things in my world!

  • 10 Year Anniversary Present: As you may know, last Friday was our 10 year anniversary. While Rachel and I have a huge two week trip planned for late August/early September, we still wanted to get each other a little something. Rachel ended up getting me a gift from etsy, which I absolutely loved. It uses old license plates to “spell out” our anniversary date. The traditional 10 year anniversary gift is tin or aluminum, so this was a cool gift on multiple levels. She specifically requested Alabama and Georgia be included, as those are the two states in which we’ve lived together. Check it out below…

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  • runDisney New Balance Shoes: Every year since 2013, runDisney and New Balance team up to release a character or ride themed running shoe. Last year, they released the Dumbo Vazee Pace, which is a neutral running shoe. I tried them on at the expo last year and really liked them, but ultimately decided to pass on them. Lucky for me, they ended up at the New Balance Outlet a few weeks ago at a significant price reduction. We ended up heading to the outlets so I could pick up a pair for myself. I really like them!
  • Hillbilly Elegy: One of my February goals is to read 2 new books. I picked up my first book last night at Barnes and Noble…Hillbilly Elegy. I’ve been hearing great things about this book, so I’m excited to read it.

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  • 13.1 Mile Training Run: Rachel ended up taking off today from work. I typically take Fridays off since I work on Sundays, so we decided to go for a long run. Rachel hadn’t been able to get in her half marathon run since the January WDW Half Marathon was cancelled, so she suggested we run 13.1 today. I am always up for running with the wife. We had a great run this morning and she was able to knock out her 13.1 miles. I was so proud of her! Only 3 more weeks till we run the Princess Half Marathon at Disney in late February. Rachel has wanted to run this one for several years now!

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Greatest of all Time

Greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.). It’s such an interesting and subjective conversation. This person is the greatest. No, this person is. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in sports.

As the Australian Open ended last week and the Super Bowl is upon us, we have several unique arguments for the greatest of all time. Serena Williams won her 23rd overall major tournament, while Roger Federer won his 18th. Tom Brady is going for Super Bowl number 5. Nick Saban almost won his 6th overall College Football Championship. There is and has been a lot of history to be made.

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But are these 4 the greatest in their respective sports? You could definitely argue for yes. But at the same time, there are prevailing arguments against as well. Rafael Nadal, who Federer beat in the Australian Open, holds a 23-12 advantage head to head, including a winning record in the major tournaments. Serena, who passed Steffi Graff for number 23, has never really had the same kind of challengers that Steffi seemed to have. Even Brady, whose numbers are amazingly great, doesn’t have the overall numbers that a guy like Peyton Manning had. Saban still needs to one more title to tie Coach Bear Bryant.

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So here is my question…why does it matter so much to people who is the G.O.A.T.? What is it about sports, among everything else, that drives people to make these bold statements?

For the most part, I think it’s more about the competitive nature of people. My guy is the best and if you don’t agree, then you are wrong! But what about this? No, she’s definitely the best! And so on, and so forth.

My challenge to us is, why does it matter? Federer AND Nadal have had amazing careers. Easily two of the best tennis players I have ever seen. It’s great for tennis when they play each other. If Tom Brady wins Super Bowl number 5 (and as a Falcons fan, I hope this doesn’t happen), I will enjoy the history of a 5th Super Bowl title. It would be very impressive. Heck, Nick Saban very well might win 1 or 2 or even 3 more titles before he retires.

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So I say, let’s enjoy this! How great is this opportunity to watch history being made? And friends, sports give us great stories, year after year. From the Chicago Cubs finally winning a World Series after 100+ years to Lebron James bringing home a NBA Championship to Cleveland, you’ve got to love sports!

And yes, the discussions of who the best is will continue. But I, for one, will sit back and enjoy these players and teams for what they are. And when my team or player wins, I will celebrate as always. But most importantly, I will try to keep perspective. While sports are great, I have so much more to be thankful for in this life!