Inside Coach Rav’s Head

· Someone asked me the other day, “if you could be anyone in the world, who would you be?” My response was, “ME… why would I want to be anyone else…I’m happy with ME!”

· Papa Joe…Thanks for the memories, be certain to go to YouTube to listen to Phil Knight’s (Nike CEO) speech at Joe Paterno’s memorial…Simply marvelous!

· What am I presently reading? “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson and “Taking People with You” by David Novak. Both are providing me with valuable life lessons.

· I’ve always viewed life as a one act play.

· Did you know that “potato chips” was first introduced by a black man in 1853…YES… George Crum introduced them to the world.

· Do yourself a favor, purchase Etta James latest CD (album), “The Dream” – I’m loving it!

· Did you know Denzel Washington played on the basketball team at Fordham University?

· Rarely do I change planes in Chicago without purchasing a “Chicago Style Hot Dog” – Love them.

· Yes, Billy Crystal and Larry Brown (basketball coach) played on the same high school team.

· The most loyal human being in my life has been, Michael Jordan. You would be blessed to have a friend like him.

· Something I do at least twice a week…visit a bookstore.

· Silently, I’m rooting for Tiger Woods to return to his dominant positions his golf.

· A recent Pew Internet report states that 30% of adults own at least one tablet or e-book reader.

· Black History month is only relevant if we study, read, discuss and promote Black History.

· Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if each of us were our own role model?

· Don’t tell me you love me, show me…

· Confession – I cried during the last 10 minutes of the movie, The Help.

· There is so much I still have to learn, to do, to see, I’m fearful, I’ll run out of time.

· Two things you will always find in the left pocket of my pants, three writing pens and twenty five business cards. These are part of my relationship tool kit.

· One thing I know about you…you wish to be loved, appreciated and respected.

· ITS HAPPENED…I made the switch from the Blackberry to the iPhone 4S. My communication toy has changed.

· As a youngster, living in Washington, DC. I used to sell baseball scorecards and pencils outside Griffin Stadium, Home of the Washington Senator Major League Baseball Team.

· I still remember people voicing this statement about the Washington Senators baseball team, “First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League”.

· One of life’s hardest lessons to learn is “sometimes you have to be wrong, so someone else can be right”.

· Recently, my wife paid me a marvelous compliment. She said to me, “You don’t act like you are 75 years old”…Thank you Dear.

· Two cheap gifts to give away – saying THANK YOU with a SMILE.

· By the time I was 12 years old, my mom and grandmother had taught me how to iron, cook, make a bed, wash dishes, dry dishes, wash clothes, set the table and shine shoes.

· I can still remember our family and friends huddling around the radio listening to a Joe Louis heavy weight Championship fight. Television did not exist.

· Something you did not know about me, I once was a Golden Glove boxer.

· Every day, I grapple with these questions, “Who am I?” and “Why am I on earth?”

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