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Normally, the NFL Draft is a bit of an insider’s broadcast. After the first round selections, the repetition begins to overwhelm interest in watching—in effect—the NFL’s annual ‘Groundhog Day.’

But this year’s NFL Draft wasn’t entirely normal, aside from the Cleveland Browns wasting another #1 pick. There was a very special guest announcer.

(Because of the NFL, please click “Watch on YouTube” after initially clicking Play. Then return to Jimmy’s Daily Planet

That seemingly casual-looking walk is a wonderful showcase of the power of sports.

Pittsburgh Steeler and Ohio State Buckeye Ryan Shazier, who has been recovering from a spinal injury from last December, is living proof of the inspirational nature of the human spirit. Even writing the words “spinal injury” sends a paralyzing chill through one’s body. That pain and accompanying fear are unimaginable for anyone who has not experienced that kind of living hell.

Forget the draft picks, over-saturated analysis and the newly minted millionaires this year. If you remember one thing from the 2018 NFL Draft, remember Ryan Shazier for his movement off the football field.

A Sister’s Charming Act

In every NCAA tournament, there’s at least one lower-seeded team–a Cinderella–that captures the heart and imagination of the nation whilst we watch our brackets crumble under the pressure of shocking upsets. Normally, this Cinderella of sorts solely references a men’s basketball team. However, this year, March Madness may finally have a true Cinderella in 98-year-old Sister Jean…

Good News: The Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago narrowly defeated the Nevada Wolfpack 69-68 tonight to reach the Elite Eight.

Better News: Cinderella’s slipper heartwarming and quick-witted spirit will continue to be in the international spotlight, befitting the uniquely-special character of college sports during this time of year.

Happy Monday!

Need inspiration this Monday?

Whether you are dealing with tight deadlines in the office or getting kids ready for school, we can all use some motivation to get us going. Instead of attempting to cater to each person’s individual circumstance, it seems like a better approach to spotlight someone who appeals to a larger audience. And in the case of today’s post, the featured speaker received quite the revival this past year with starring and supporting roles via two highly-acclaimed movies (Dunkirk and Darkest Hour) and a highly-acclaimed show on Netflix (The Crown).

Now go be the master of your fate.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Happy Monday

Winston Churchill’s resolute strength + Hans Zimmer’s emotional instrumental inspired by Christopher Nolan’s dramatic storytelling of Dunkirk =

Wise people say that history repeats itself. That’s certainly an eternal truth. However, what these wise people don’t specify is the manner in which this repeating occurs. Therefore, in whatever fashion this epic musical and oratorical collaboration inspire you, let it. And then do something positive to change yourself and the world around you in a profound manner.

Bravery and sacrifice never get old.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.