Thursday, February 7, 2008

Feb 6 weird 'n wacky holidays

African American Coaches Day honors African American coaches across the world. I was certain I would be able to find out the history of this cause to celebrate; however, most mentions I found were just a simple listing. I must admit, I have never considered a coach's race a factor. I've always considered the job they do to be the important point. I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that one of my favorite coaches is Turner Gill, former Nebraska QB, former Nebraska assistant coach, current University of Buffalo head coach. It's part of the whole Nebraska love affair: he played here; he is 'one of us' in the nostalgic sense; he is a good coach who took a suffering program and is building it into something worth talkin' about.

Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season that includes 40 days of fasting and repentance. Ashes are smeared on a person's forehead upon entering the church. Some religions wash off the ashes prior to leaving, symbolizing forgiveness of sins.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day started in 1987 as a day to honor the memory of Flo Hyman, an Olympic volleyball player. Despite Title 9, female athletes still face discrimination. Even though we think we've come a long way, baby, we still have a long road ahead before female athletes receive equal treatment and equal pay.

Lame Duck Day offers respect to those individuals who are close to runnning out of tenure - you know - like those politicians who can't run again for office because of term limits.

Monopoly Day is a favorite of mine! Grab the fam and the board game and sit down for a marathon game.

Pay A Compliment Day remains a good way to bolster a relationship. A simple compliment can improve and enhance any relationship. My mom always used to say "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Constructive criticism is a welcome necessity, but if someone does something to the best of his or her ability, offer a compliment.

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