Sunday, December 31, 2017

THE BEST OF SPORTSRIP 2017


2017 was defined by natural disasters, everything Trump, mass shooting and salacious sexual harassment scandals involving the likes Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Matt Lauer, and a cast
of what seemed like thousands in the news and entertainment industry.

Believe it or not, there were some positive stories that inspired many of us during the year.
Here are a few that caught my attention and motivated me to put into words.

Please click on the headline of story to read.

A DAD'S GREATEST CHRISTMAS GIFT Chris Pinder had a successful baseball career but
came up short in his bid to make the Major Leagues. His son, Chad, made it, though, and last
Christmas presented Pops with a gift he'll cherish forever.

MIKE VITI - DEVOTED TO SCHOOL, TEAM AND COUNTRY. During a blistering hot
July afternoon, I traveled to West Point to interview Mike Viti, who is the running backs coach
at the U.S. Military Academy. He played for Army and served the country in Afghanistan. He
also walked across the country to raise awareness Gold Star families. Viti is one amazing person

MY DAD'S BEST FRIEND PASSES AWAY Jack Graham was a man of class, integrity
and honor. I will never forget how he cared for my father when he was battling Alzheimer's
disease.

BRIAN BILL AMERICAN HERO. Like Viti, Brian Bill served his country but made the
ultimate sacrifice, killed during a mission in Afghanistan. I remain in awe of the person Brian
Bill was.

KATY SULLIVAN: BLADE RUNNER Katy Sullivan was born without lower legs but that
didn't stop here from representing our country in the Paralympics and setting American records.

LUKE MAYE: THE SON ALSO RISES  Mark Maye became a high school football legend
as a quarterback in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the most coveted recruit in the country
but  never lived up to the lofty expectations with the Tar Heels. His son did, though, becoming
an instant legend after hitting the shot against Kentucky that sent the Tar Heels into the Final
Four.

SUPPORTING GRAHAM HARDEN, LACROSSE LEGEND The small town of New
Canaan, CT. steps up to support Graham Harden who was diagnosed with ALS.

THE BIRTH OF CAFE MARTIN  There's a new hot spot in Boston honoring one of its
favorite sons who is battling ALS.