Posts Tagged ‘Sports’

Have you ever heard of Cleveland, Mississippi? How about Delta State University? What about the Fighting Okra?

Last week I flew out to Cleveland, Mississippi to see my best friend, Solmaz! Below are just a few pictures to show you my time visiting and the fun I had. You will also find the TRUE STORY of  ‘Fear the Okra!’

Flight over Tennessee. Should have seen the farm land when I came down for landing in Greenville, MS. There were a total of THREE workers in the whole airport when I arrived. Thankful I did not have to go back to that airport!

And as soon as we arrived we went straight to the TRAIN ROOM. We played with Thomas, Dennis, Henry, Diesel and Edward. Of course, we had to send Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear in the Mr. Cranky elevator.

One of the favorite things I use to love to hear J-Bear say was Cracker (Quack-er). Don’t mind that Bear and R2D2 are along for the ride.

And there is the Delta State Football Stadium. Watch out Cleveland – you’ve never experienced Coach Chadwell.

Solmaz took me on the Cleveland tour of Downtown and Delta State. It took us about 8 minutes. LITERALLY! This town reminded me of the town of Dillon in Friday Night Lights. I told Solmaz she should open a BBQ joint like the Dillon Alumni guy in FNL and host fundraisers for DSU Athletics and host mixer events for the Greek Frats/Sororities. She didn’t like my idea unless I was going to move down and run it. Ha Ha!

I was told we were going to the pool one day. Yeaaaaaahhh about that! It was the kiddie wade pool in Fireman Park! We had fun anyway.

And while me and J-Bear were waiting on Mommy we made the World’s Largest Thomas the Train! He told me to sit and drive the train around the SQUARE house. :)

Pretty sure she did not think this picture would go anywhere, but I am just like that…She is a clown and she is my best friend!

He was not quite sure that he wanted to take ANOTHER pic with Aunt Tam.

had to have a picture together before I left.

With the boys right before Solmaz and I left for Memphis. :(

We found Memphis and we found Graceland. Oh hello Mr. Elvis.

Figured I would take a pic of the sign since we didn’t want to pay $40 to visit the house…excuse me, mansion.

Was told to check out the bbq in Memphis. We stopped at Interstate BBQ off of Third Street. Was kinda sketchy but it was pretty good.

Just another “sign” that we made it to MEMPHIS. Thanks Jamey for the thorough directions. HA! Rather thanks to my GPS.

One last photo before we head to the  airport for me to come back to the Chuck. I love my friend! I am so glad I got to spend my week of vacation with her and the family despite the rain and the lack of entertaining places to visit.

So now we have the TRUE STORY behind FEAR THE OKRA….

So the urban legend is that there was a weed out in the outfield of the baseball field that would keep coming back every time they would pull it up. They thought it was a weed but turns out it was an OKRA plant. Therefore, the FIGHTING OKRA was born. Their actual mascot is the STATESman but it is not very cool so the student body went with the OKRA. Since then, they have been featured on David Letterman, ESPN and the Food Network. The mascot has never been officially changed because the older donors don’t want that to happen so the motto is…

Respect the Statesman. Fear the Okra.

Here is just a taste of the videos that have been put out about the Fighting Okra…

Fear the Okra – Don’t Get Bit.

Or you can check out the website…

Keep up with Coach Chadwell this season by checking out the DSU Football program.

I know some people get so involved in supporting teams and become hard core fans of sports as if they are best friends with the players and coaches. They act like they know every thing going on in each of their lives and how the team is ran play by play. I find myself getting a little annoyed by people like that. Now, I realize that Charleston Southern University is not a major University and probably not on the radar for many in the United States. I also am the first to say that we do not have the largest fan base even for the surrounding area and directly related individuals who are affiliated with CSU. But I think one of the coolest things is knowing the players personally! 

So recently I became “friend official” with one of the star athletes at CSU. Kelvin Martin is a senior on the Men’s Basketball team at CSU. Kelvin, aka K-Mart, has always been one of my followers on Twitter and Facebook, but not until recently had we actually known each other outside of Social Networking. Below is a picture of us together…


Since that night it has made watching the game more interesting and meaningful. He knows I am there to support and be proud of him and I know that he recognizes when I am there. To me it just makes the game more appealing and eternal to know I have invested in a worthwhile relationship that the Lord might one day use to draw him closer to the Lord. Check out his profile here.

Keep up with the CSU Men’s Basketball team! 

Fall Blog Themes

Posted: September 10, 2011 in General
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So I have been so bad about blogging because time slips away each day. I am going to try harder now that the Fall themes are here I should have a little more direction and motivation to write.

Monday – Mind Over Matter

Tuesday – Take a Photo Tuesday

Wednesday – Wildcard

Thursday – Top Ten

Friday – Fan Day

Saturday – Shabby Shipyard


What should you be mindful of this day…
2006 Dow closes above 11,800 for the first time
1997 Farm Aid 10 concert cancelled due to weak ticket sales
1996 Shahid Afridi scores century in 37 balls for Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka
1995 29th Country Music Association Award: Krauss Jackson win
1995 Jim Leyritz homers with a man on in 15th inning to give Yankees 2-0 Division Series lead over Mariners
1994 7.9 earthquake strikes Koerilen, flood kills 18+
1994 Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting
1994 Soyuz TM-20 launches
1993 Troops of President Yelsin occupy Russian White House (parliament)
1992 “Anna Karenina” closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 46 performances
1992 “Real Inspector Hound” closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 61 performances
1992 1st time AL East and West champs have same record (96-66)-Tor and Oak
1992 2nd Solheim Cup: Europe beats U.S., 11 -6 at Dalmahoy CC Scotland
1992 El Al cargo plane crashes at Amsterdam Bijlmer, 43 die
1992 Miami Dolphen Louis Oliver returns record tying interception 103 yards
1991 NHL New York Rangers trade Bernie Nichols to Edmonton for Mark Messier
1991 San Jose Sharks lose 4-3 to Vancouver Canucks in their 1st NHL game
1991 Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, wins Kentucky Futurity
1990 “Stand Up Tragedy” opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 13 performances
1989 Giants Will Clark hits 1st NLCS grand slam since 1977
1989 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1988 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
1987 1st “Scrub Sunday” of NFL football with replacement players
1987 Blues Jays lose final 7 games allowing Tigers to win AL pennant
1987 James Jefferson of Winnipeg scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals)
1986 New York Yankee Dave Righetti saves doubleheader for then record 46 saves
1986 Queen Beatrice installs dam at Oosterschelde
1986 Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America
1985 Henry G. Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia
1985 Shite Moslems claim to have killed hostage William Buckley – CIA station chief in Beirut
1984 U.S. government closes down due to budget problems
1984 Yankees clinch AL East
1983 Richard Noble reaches record 1019 kph in jet-powered car
1982 Helmut Kohl elected chancellor of West Germany
1981 Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ
1981 Meadowlands Arena opens in New Jersey
1981 Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest International gymnastics participant

This is a quick recap of our trip to Liberty …CSU Volleyball FLIPPED for Big South website.

It is here… CSU Fall 2010 semester is underway! We all survived the long hours and consecutive days of working non-stop for Freshman Move-in, Orientation and the first week of classes. Now that we are getting closer to a routine…

What do you want to look out? I am going to try to blog daily if time allows but each day will focus on something different so that we don’t get bored with the monotony of the daily grind AND it forces me to be stretched to think outside of the box.

Mondays  – Mindful Monday (deeper into my thoughts OR ways to be mindful of others)

Tuesdays – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… (photography)

Wednesdays – Where am I…? (in my walk with the Lord)

Thursdays – By popular demand…Top Ten Thursday (things 2 check out, things 2 do, people 2 meet, songs 2 hear, etc)

Fridays – Fan Page (talking about TV shows)

Saturdays – Simply Sports (Learning a sport, CSU sports, Christian Competitiveness)

Sundays – Will be my Sabbath (or Catch up day).