I’d like to thank 970 WFLA’s AM Tampa Bay and their crew, Jack Harris, Tedd Webb, and Corey Dylan for reblogging I Remember Tampa yesterday. It was in May of last year that I originally posted the video on YouTube. In early June, it started skyrocketing in views after Jack mentioned it on his morning show and posted it on his blog. Since that time, it has been seen over 24,000 times, and that number has been steadily climbing every month. I’d also like to thank Dan Perez for posting it and identifying the sources of all the pictures on his wonderful Tampapix website, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this month. And, of course, I’d like to thank The Tampa Natives Show and its hosts, Mario Núñez, Sally Núñez, and Steve Cannella for inspiring the song through their efforts in preserving Tampa’s rich history, and for believing in my work enough to embrace I Remember Tampa as the show’s theme song. Last but not least, I’d like to thank all the fans and followers of these programs and sites for taking the time to view, comment on, and share the video. I know all this activity stems from our mutual love for this city. Something tells me that this video has only scratched the surface of potential views, and that as long as it remains archived throughout the web, future generations will gravitate towards it and keep coming back when they want to reminisce about the experiences here in Tampa.
Our Mississippi Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs came up 1 game short of a MACJC state title last night, losing a hard fought battle with the Jones County Bobcats. I had almost forgotten how tough a big loss can be, especially one that hits so close to home. I don’t ever remember a time when I’ve seen my daughter so physically and emotionally drained after a game. And although I know that she will recover, I have never seen her quite so devastated by any one loss. This is the only part of the game I will not miss when her playing days are over. The fact that we still move on to regional competition is of some consolation, but it does little to soothe the agony of this particular defeat. Of greater consolation perhaps (to me at least), is the fact that after traveling 9 hours to attend this 2 day tournament, I left the fields content to have had the opportunity to see this very gifted group of young ladies compete. It was an absolute blessing to be there. Up until these past few days, I’d been relegated to a steady diet of Game Changer play by plays. I could imagine the passion our girls were playing with, but I couldn’t really feel it. Being there at The Perk, watching the games live with all the families and fans that have supported our team put things into perspective for me…I got to see that passion in 3D. And it was SPECTACULAR!
It’s very easy to see how a competitive sport like softball can parallel our lives. There are so many lessons learned on the field that apply to life off the field. One of them is the cold, hard fact that we can’t always get what we want, no matter how much we want it nor how hard we work to try to obtain it. We just have to keep moving forward and do our best to become better human beings in spite of that fact. I pray that all our girls have gained something of value from this sensational season , and that they are able to move forward from here, using what they’ve learned to better themselves. And now I put an end this long winded post with a reference to one of my favorite passages…The Serenity Prayer…which seems appropriate for how I feel today…
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
That’s about as valuable a life lesson as one can take away from this entire ordeal.
Good luck in the regionals, girls. I’ll be rootin’ for ya…
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