Monthly Archives: March 2018


It seems like the days are gone when we would excitedly await new neighbors. That feeling that something profound is about to happen by mysterious chance. How will the neighborhood change? Will he, she or they become my new best friend(s)?

There are so many questions concerning new neighbors and the subsequent impact on our lives. Arguably no neighbor will have an influence equal regarding sincerity, warmth and overall goodness as Mr. Rogers. Thankfully, some moviemakers felt the same way…

My answer–along with everybody else–is yes (Hint: This, along with this blog post’s title, answers the film’s endearing question).

I was very happy that Mr. Rogers was my TV neighbor. He was the highest-definition of friendship.


#1: This Isn’t Lil’ News

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway has officially been named the head basketball coach of the University of Memphis.

This announcement comes after Tubby Smith was fired from this position a week ago. With this hiring, Penny has now made the coaching leap from the prestigious AAU and high school sidelines to the college game to great fanfare. The people of Memphis and its basketball team seem excited for his triumphant return (Penny played two seasons at Memphis when university was called Memphis State from ’91-’93).

“Hardaway was introduced at a Tuesday news conference that was open to the public, leading to a pep-rally atmosphere.”
–Jeff Goodman, ESPN Insider

And one well-known former competitor had some very nice things to say about one of Orlando’s famous Magic men.

FYI – Penny Hardaway is my favorite basketball player of all-time. And it still feels very wrong that he never won an NBA title. Add onto that list his unfortunate string of injuries. Despite all of that, in his prime, Penny was one of the best players on court at any given moment. But more than that, he’s proven during his post-NBA career that he’s an even better man off the court.

Memphis signed a winner in Penny Hardaway in ways that aren’t singularly measured on the hardwood, but equally away from it.

P.S. It would be fun to see Chris Rock reprise his role as Lil’ Penny in some way…

Happy Monday!

Exciting news involving Steven Spielberg? Yes. Always.

With Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford returning for a fifth Indiana Jones flick, that’s a recipe for success that will surely learn from its mistakes in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Although, most of the faults in that 2008 film were reportedly attributable to George Lucas. So, having already experienced a modern day revival of the series from its glory days of the ’80s, any dust and rust should be resolved in preparation for the declared 2020 release date.

With 20/20 vision, you could say.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.

Redefining the Sweet 16

It was destined to happen one day. My timeline was within the next 10-15 years. But it happened a little earlier than that…

For the first time in NCAA college basketball tournament history, a #16-seed has upset a #1-seed!

The UMBC Retrievers (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) not only defeated but dominated the overall #1-seed UVA Cavaliers 74-54 in Charlotte, North Carolina just moments ago. While UVA would’ve won 99 games out of 100 against UMBC, the Retrievers secured that one win at the most important time on the biggest stage to make college basketball history. Perhaps it’s fitting this game happened on March 16. As in march on, 16…march on.

And the college basketball Retrievers Underdogs for the ages will do just that in this tournament fittingly called March Madness.