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Thoughts for Thanksgiving Season

November 15, 2014

As we enter the Thanksgiving season, I felt it would be appropriate to talk some about this special holiday – perhaps the only major holiday that has yet to be tainted by commercialism and consumerism. Somehow, Thanksgiving has managed to retain its innocence and its dignity, which is why it is my favorite of all holidays. It is what it claims to be – a time to reflect, to take note of all there is to be grateful for.

For me, this time of year always brings me back to November of 1983, when I spent almost the entire month at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, receiving treatment for a rare and potentially fatal blood disease, aplastic anemia. The treatment was highly experimental at the time. My doctor, who was head of hematology, said it had only been in existence for three years.

I was fed horse serum intravenously twice a day for eight days. Somehow, the horse serum was supposed to reactivate my bone marrow, so that it would once again produce new blood cells on its own.

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Rodney Milburn Biography

October 19, 2014

So I’ve finally posted all chapters of the biography I wrote on 1972 Olympic high hurdle champion Rodney Milburn. I’ve had several chapters of the biography buried for years in the “Stories” section of this site, but had lost a later chapter a few years ago when my computer died. Recently a friend of mine was able to retrieve a copy to send to me, allowing me to put all the chapters up here now.

I initially began the project in 2004, conducted dozens of interviews and did tons of research between 2004 and 2006, and visited Milburn’s hometown of Opelousas, LA on two separate occasions.

To read the bio, check out the menu bar above: Rodney Milburn: The Quiet Champion. All chapters are there, in order. For more info on the process I went through in completing this project, read the intro.

You Know You’re a Hurdler If… #3

September 9, 2014

For today’s blog post, we’re back with another round of “You know you’re a hurdler if…” Came up with ten for this set. Got a bit of a football theme going on in honor of the beginning of the NFL season. Hope you can relate!

You know you’re a hurdler if:

  1. You’ve been accused of not being a team player because all you want to do is hurdle.
  2. You have a stash of practice hurdles in the trunk of your car.
  3. You’d rather stay in and watch hurdling videos than go out with friends.
  4. All your favorite NFL players ran hurdles in high school or college.
  5. You think Robert Griffin III made a mistake by sticking with football.
  6. You’ve broken a hurdle and kept the crossbar as a souvenir.
  7. You have posters/pics of hurdlers on your bedroom wall.
  8. You get annoyed when you see teammates using hurdles for plyometric drills. HURDLES ARE FOR HURDLING ONLY!!!
  9. You view days off from team practice as golden opportunities to get in some hurdle work on your own.
  10. When you saw this vid from last weeks Steelers vs. Browns game, you were critiquing Antonio Brown’s technique.
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