Lindsay Cash:

TIME FOR BASEBALL! Keith Law’s Top 100 prospects — wanted to reblog, here:

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

As yesterday’s top farm systems list, Keith Law’s annual Top 100 Prospects list also on ESPN’s Insider so, sorry, you gotta pay to see it all. But it’s also one of the annual must-reads in all of baseball, so not linking it would be bloggy malpractice.

The top: The Rangers’ Jurickson Profar. Number 100: The Orioles’ Eduardo Rodriguez. In between: 98 other dudes, all with Law’s assessment of them.

Nowhere on the list is Andy Marte. Which, frankly, is kind of a bummer. I think he’s about ready.

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28 things to cherish (Hello February)

February is HERE!

Skip over the jolting fact that January is already gone, and focus on the month of love – even though I’m a couple of days late!

I don’t know what feelings February gives you. But an overall theme (we can all agree) it reeeeks of is love. Affection. Pink (gross). Flowers and hearts. Candy. Now get excited because I want you to forget about all that, and think about things you love, plain and simple.

Here are a list of 28 things (one for each day this month) to cherish, to make you smile and be thankful for. Things we shouldn’t take for granted – and things I think all of us love, deep down.

1. You control your outlook. Kinda crazy knowing that nobody, nothing, has control of your attitude. Every. Single. Second. Secret – it’s contagious too.

2. Seeing a member of the Military, and seeing society show respect. It’s moving, and a small piece of what they truly deserve.

3. Waking up. Looking out the window and seeing sunshine. Seeing pouring rain. Seeing snow fall. They alllll make us feel a little different, don’t they?

4. We are free. You choose your path. Your thoughts and ideas are limitless, and they are yours. You can do what you want with them and work valiantly to see them develop a heartbeat.

5. Comfy clothes. Sweatpants at the end of the day. Hoodies while you sit and talk with your family. Fuzzy socks as you’re cooking dinner. Tennis shoes for your errands.

6. Technology. You can iAnything now – the opposite side of the entire planet is at your fingertips. Connecting doesn’t require much thought. Think about that.

7. Friends who are more than friends. When you don’t have your thoughts in order, and sometimes don’t even want to talk, they’re there anyway. No questions. THIS IS RARE, love them. Thank them!

8. Pictures of the past. Simply remembering where you came from can push you farther than you ever thought possible. If you’re only thinking about today, where you’re going, you’re missing a beautiful part of your story.

9. Admiring something vast. Overlooking a snowy town, standing at the edge of the ocean, or looking out of a hotel room in NYC. If it’s been too long, go do it! You are such a small piece in this massive world. Be inspired to make yourself great and do your part.

10. Old Music. When that particular line takes you back to that one time… I love those moments.

11. Random acts of kindness. The world would be a better place if we all threw a hand into this! Duh, you say?  It’s not about the act, it’s about your heart behind it… It’s a movement.

12. Seeing your family succeed. There is nothing that brings me more joy than seeing my siblings or parents honored for something. Of course I see how incredible they are every day, it’s beautiful when the world does, too.

13. Traveling. Vacation or business trip, you are flying in the air to see another part of the world. This is awesome. This place might not be your cup of tea – but the world isn’t glamourous! Be respectful, be interested, get lost somewhere.

14. Having a respectful disagreement. The ability to have a sound argument or conversation with someone you disagree with, without feeling like it’s personal. Stand up for your beliefs = Good!

15. Watching someone progress. This might just be an expectation, but progression means this person put their thoughts in order, decided to get better, and committed to it. Honorable.

16. Changing of seasons. Time flies by, and each season brings that back to the front of my memory. Reflect on things that you loved and things that inspired you this season.

17. I know somebody. The power of networking is indescribably powerful – whatever goal you have or place you’re headed, there’s a chance that somebody knows somebody. Use that to your advantage! Step out of your comfort zone and seek to connect.

18. Twitter/Skype/Whatever else you use. There are so many positive influences overflowing from these platforms. Influences YOU have the power to jump in on.

19. Sunsets. Stop and look, every night, without fail.

20. Your occupation. This is a vessel to add your influence to the world. It might not be the one you prefer at the moment, but it definitely provides you with a voice.

21. Sweets. I mean……… I couldn’t leave it out.

22. Health. Research, discovery, and new routines give us good odds with health issues. But seriously, if you have good health, you are indeed blessed.

23. Challengers. They’re all around and cannot afford to be taken for granted! Person you practice next to/guy you work with/yourself yesterday – if we are not getting better, what are we doing?

24. People who are unafraid to tell you what they think. From that time when you wished no one would speak, to the time you wished someone would just tell you straight on – the person who spoke up is a gem in our life. The person who cares enough about you to tell you the truth, ought to be cherished.

25. Sleeping in. Nuffff said.

26. Being able to laugh at yourself. Being able to step back from the tenseness, the seriousness of your stress will take you so far in life. I’d be happy to join you any time!

27. Having your family always be supportive of you. Truly. This is my No. 1.

28. Silence and gratitude. There is never too much going on to stop, get somewhere quiet and be thankful. And I can promise you, there is always, always something to be thankful for.

Have anything to add? Please do! Love to you all this month!

7 things we’ll see in SB XLVII

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Harbowl, Superbaugh, Brother Bowl, whatever you want to call it – I’m SO EXCITED! Look at these guys. Can you imagine? I feel like you can’t be exactly sure of a winner here. There’s so much emotion and buildup that has snowballed through the season for both teams. Whether you’re a fan of either franchise or not, I think Sunday will be exciting!

Here’s a few of the reasons why:

1. Since week 11, Kaepernick seems to be everyone’s new favorite word (he’s already filed to trademark ‘Kaepernicking’). He’s had quite a platform for the second half of his season – and done pretty well with it. Will his running style actually influence the way we think…?  Love that his college Nevada Coach Ault said, “Never thought I’d see my pistol offense in the Super Bowl.”

2. RAYx2. Retirement party postponed till Sunday/Hey Diddle Diddle! These guys are enough to keep me entertained and they’re in the same jersey. If your world doesn’t stop turning when Ray Lewis speaks, I don’t know if it ever will.

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3. BEYONCÉ. Is all that is woman!

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4. Is Joe Flacco an elite QB? You’ll hear plenty of discussion on this topic this elsewhere, so I won’t start overloading you now!

5. The 49ers are going for their sixth Super Bowl, while the Baltimore Ravens are going for their second. 25-year-old Kaep had 3 NFL completions before this season, and the Ravens have overcome a huge amount of obstacles and setbacks this year. The road to the big stage has been extremely difficult and eventful.

6. The chorus of Sandy Hook Elementary School will sing “America the Beautiful” before kickoff. It will be a part of CBS’s pregame show, followed by Alicia Keys singing the national anthem.

7. Nike has unveiled the innovative collaboration of uniforms for the two teams. I know it’s more fun to look at them, so go go go right now and check it out here.

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My Prediction- Baltimore 28- San Francisco – 21

Kyle Rudolph wins Pro Bowl MVP

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Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was named the 2013 Pro Bowl’s Most Valuable Player on Sunday. Rudolph recorded five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in the NFC’s 62-35 win over the AFC.

As many of you know, I’m a firm believer in AdvoCare products, and have been happy and healthy on them for over 15 years(!!!). (Would love to see you do the same!) Kyle is one of our non-paid endorsers, and I’m excited he had the opportunity to shine at such an honorable event.

Click here for a list of Kyle’s favorite AdvoCare products and career highlights. Congrats Kyle! 

you’re the only you

Image“Personality is destiny.” – Erik Erikson

To put it simply, I am the way I am for a reason. You are, too. I write better than I talk, I am heavily moved by emotions and inspiration and storytelling. And, I believe everyone, everyone has an unparalleled story waiting to be told.

I love to read, I enjoy different perspectives and challenges. I thrive on defying odds and proving that there is goodness and beauty and simplicity in our seemingly senseless society.

Why am I saying this? Because my personality pushes me to write, to tell stories, and to prove. It makes me happy. I am a journalist. Not because of my major, or because I know the ABC’s of telling a story. But because I believe it’s a beautiful vehicle for me to leave my mark. Hope you agree :)!!

It is SO interesting to think of the millions of intricate ways God formed us, for goodness. I’m thinking of my best friends right now – coaching, teaching, encouraging through their incredibly different occupations.

I don’t know the last time you thought about your most influential qualities, but I’m so glad you are now! God doesn’t operate on worldly time – He may be taking you through a season right now to uncover your gift He wants you to give. But one thing I’m sure of – you have one that ONLY you can do.

greatness gives

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

Not one for corny quotes, but WOW! That’s as real as it gets for someone at the start of anything! No matter the place you serve or work or spend your time, you have to make a constant effort to give of yourself to be great.

Without intentional contribution, thoughtful service and motivation to make yourself proud, you’re left producing mediocrity. I’ll go even further to say you’re left being just ‘good’. When I worked at Madison Square Garden, there was a sign in the middle of the corporate offices that read, “Good is the enemy of GREAT.” I’m sure you’ve heard it a ton. But it was different seeing it come to life… The few people that truly lived by that found themselves working at the world’s most famous arena, where most of Manhattan wants to spend their time. It’s a simple concept.

Giving of yourself takes time and effort. It takes more intentional thought – brainstorming of how to be more, come up with more, create more, serve more. And obviously you’ll have to dedicate more time to your project, team, family or work group when you’re constantly giving your best. But deep down, isn’t that what you want? To be the champ who never left anything to chance?

We all know someone who has had something huge just handed to them. Thank you Lord for blessing someone in that way. But for you and your situation, you put in sweat and hard work and overtime to get where you are – which might not be far in comparison to where you want to be!

I want to encourage you by saying greatness gives. Sometimes life takes and takes and takes and it feels like the rivers runnin’ dry. But let it play in your mind when you feel yourself getting tired. You can’t compete with the way someone else’s life works. But you can compete every single day with who you were yesterday. Do not be afraid to start, do not be afraid to give it your all. It seems difficult and overwhelming, but I think it’s secretly the vehicle that takes you to where you want to be.

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back at it, let’s do it

When life gets heavy, burdensome, or just plain drives you crazy, it’s so important to step back. Breathe. Remember. And evaluate.

And we’re just in time for all of those things!…That’s what the month of January is for! Resolutions are in full swing, my gym is waaay overcrowded, and we automatically get that sense of a new, clean slate. I know at the top of my slate, I have it written to spend more time here. A common thread of desire for people all over this world is (in very vanilla terms) to ‘do good’. What do you do?

Singing, painting, leading, researching, supervising, traveling, teaching studying, and serving are a few of the beautiful gifts you may have that come to my mind. I write. And when you’ve decidedly nailed down your gift, it can take you MUCH further than just ‘doing good’. You’re able to provoke, instill, inspire, and let your heart be contagious.

2012, you were adventurous and testing and challenging and I’m glad to say bye-bye to you! But I’m not naive enough to think that flipping the page on the calendar solves problems. Life takes you through a long, winding, never-ending road of seasons. Without dry, desolate still ones, you’ll never dig deep enough to tap into the depths of your soul. Exhibit A: Me, here, writing. Because I love it, and because God loves when I do it.

I am so grateful for new beginnings, mysteries and opportunities. You should be, too!! Look around harder tomorrow, and harder the next, with this little passage on your heart. You’ll be surprised to see all the bright and beautiful avenues God has created for you to enjoy.

See you very soon…