This is so typical of the left. They trot out a victim of a tragedy willing to spout left-wing talking points, then tell the rest of us that we can’t criticize the victim because he/she has been traumatized; and in this case, he’s just a high school student. I’m talking about the 17-year-old kid CNN is using to advocate for gun control (not going to use his name here). I know he witnessed something terrible that no one should have to witness, but when you turn political, you lose your supposed immunity from criticism. Actually, I’m criticizing the #fakenews media more than the kid. He’s just a kid, and I’m convinced he’s being fed his talking points by the media. You can tell me I can’t criticize if you want, but when you advocate that I should lose my Second Amendment rights because of a crime committed by someone else, I’m going to say something about it. Yesterday, I joined the NRA for the first time in my life for this very reason.
My next half-marathon is the annual Rock-and-Roll marathon in Nashville the last Saturday in April (now officially next month). This will be my fifth year in a row running that race. I always begin my training March 1, but owing to my work schedule and the trusty weather forecast, I began two days early this time, on Tuesday, with a 10K run. It was my longest run since the half-marathon in Memphis on December 2, and my first of six planned long runs (in addition to a bunch of 5K’s) during the next 8+ weeks. The training is difficult, and some parts of it aren’t much fun, but I won’t regret any of it come race day.
When the college basketball season opened and I got to watch the new-look Memphis Tigers in action, I thought, my gosh, we could finish with a losing record this season. We haven’t had a losing season since 1999-2000. We won a series of razor-thin games against low-RPI teams, all played at home, and I figured we’d get killed as soon as conference play began. This roster features exactly two players with previous Division I experience, including Jeremiah Martin, the AAC’s leading scorer, whose season ended two games ago when he broke his foot. As it turns out, we aren’t going to have a losing season. In fact, there is a good chance this will be our first 20-win season since 2013-2014. Memphis is 18-11, including 9-7 in the AAC, which is good enough for 5th place in the 12-team league. This is our 5th year in the AAC, and before this season, we had never won 4 straight conference games. We’ve done that twice this year. Last week, the Tigers won their first game against a ranked opponent in 4 years (Houston), which was the same game in which Martin broke his foot. He went out in the first half with the Tigers losing, and we came back and won that game without him. We finish the season at home with back-to-back games against the league’s two worst teams (USF & ECU), but you can’t take these games for granted, for sure. So even though the Tigers aren’t where I’d like them to be quite yet, the last few weeks have certainly provided some encouraging signs.