My All Time Favorite Post Athlete Is–

Kareem Abdul Jabbar:

Via a post on his Web site, KareemAbdulJabbar.com, the legendary Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks center said he will be selling his championship rings from 1980, ’85, ’87 and ’88. All of those titles were earned while he was a member of the Lakers. In addition, he will be auctioning other items including game-worn uniforms and jerseys. One such item is the game-used and signed ball from his final game in the NBA in 1989.

Why is this sporting legend unloading the tangible reminders of his glory days?

“My sports memorabilia also have a history. My history. My life,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “And, oddly, since my life is still happening and ever-evolving, I am less personally attached to those items than I am to my desire to create new history for myself — and futures for others. Much of the proceeds from my auction will go to support my charity, the Skyhook Foundation, whose mission is to ‘give kids a shot that can’t be blocked.’

“So, when it comes to choosing between storing a championship ring or trophy in a room, or providing kids with an opportunity to change their lives, the choice is pretty simple. Sell it all. Looking back on what I have done with my life, instead of gazing at the sparkle of jewels or gold plating celebrating something I did a long time ago, I’d rather look into the delighted face of a child holding their first caterpillar and think about what I might be doing for their future. That’s a history that has no price.”

Abdul Jabbar was an unfairly brilliant athlete.  He has been an awesome post-athlete for a long time.  This is just the latest in a story I hope goes on for many years to come.

I thought we could all use a story of a good human doing good.  Open thread.

Abbot Handerson Thayer, Lunar Caterpillar, study for book Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom, 1909, revised 1918.








Something good today

Let’s celebrate something good this week. It could be small. It could be big. Just make sure it is something good.

For me, I’ve become an uncle again. I have two absolutely amazing new nephews. Their big brother is adjusting to the trauma of not being an only child. If everything works out well, I’ll see them all this spring after the grandparents and other, far more, helpful relatives get out of my brother and sister-in law’s way.

So tell me something good about your week!








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Something good this week

Let’s take a break and celebrate something good from the past week.

For me, I was able to head up to DC for a couple of days. There was a decent size conference that I did not directly attend but I wanted to be around for the social events. I got to see a bunch of people I follow on twitter, several collaborators and informants that I’ve never met in person and a bunch of friends I’ll see once or twice a year. We laughed, we geeked out, we ate, we drank and we were merry.

So tell me something good about your week….

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Mid-week good news

I think that we should celebrate unabashed good news more often.

So today’s thread and comments section is only for good news, things that made you smile, things that brightened your day sometime in the past week.

I’ll start.

Last week at a parent-teacher training event, my son’s teacher was describing how a student in her class finally had everything click.  This student had been struggling with a core concept for the entire year but all of a sudden, the student put everything together and practiced all of the skills that had eluded him for months and was able to do something that had been frustrating the living crap out of him.  And at the end, he Dabbed in celebration.

I was fairly certain she was referring to my son.

When I went up to talk with her after the training event, I was 80% sure it was my son.  She saw me, smiled and even before I asked, said she had been referring to him.

And my eyes glistened and I was smiling as I know he had been struggling with that concept all year.  And the discussion we had about him Dabbing in school made way more sense now that I had the concept.

As soon as I picked him from childcare, I told him how proud I was of him.

That is my good thing of the week….

What about yours?