Thankful for things large and small
Pulling a double shift has given me time to think of some things that I can share that I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving season.
And away we go ...
Of course, like many others, I am thankful for my family, my wife Jill, and my our little black and white sidekick, Maximus.
I've never truly been as thankful for anything as I am for friends and readers — even people whom I've never known before. Thank you for your prayers, kind thoughts and gifts after the birth of our daughter, Kenzie Parker. Our angel couldn't wait to meet everyone, so she came 9 weeks early. I'm also thankful to all of the nurses and doctors who treated her in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for her first 31 days at Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC. Thank you for everything you did for my family.
On to the sports world.
• I'm thankful for the return of college basketball. More specifically, I'm thankful that I can finally watch my Duke Blue Devils and Pitt hoops again. Without hockey, I really didn't want to resort to watch the NBA.
• As bad as it is for the Steelers, I'm thankful for Ben Roethlisberger's injury. Trust me, I don't want Big Ben to be critically injured. I just don't want to hear all the yinzers complain if he misses a game to be with his wife when their son is born. Here's hoping Baby Ben comes within these next two weeks.
• I'm thankful for Pitt Coach Paul Chryst and the work he has put in attempting to bring the Panthers back to prominence. Add to that how thankful I am that BVA's Dorian Johnson chose Pitt. Here's to hoping other talent follows his lead.
• A big thankful shoutout to the Miami Marlins for becoming more of a joke than the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club.
• As bad as their end-of-the-year meltdown was, I'm still thankful that the Buccos managed to put on a show for at least half of the season. It helped give younger fans something to cheer about and showed that the Bucs are getting closer.
• I'm thankful for the Mon Valley's local athletic directors, especially Bill Wiltz, Jesse Cramer, Gina Naccarato, Ron McMichael and Tom Evans, who still realize the importance of local coverage for their sports teams in their schools. They go out of their way to make sure accomodations are made for the reporters who cover their games. Also included in that list is Cal U Sports Information Director Matt Kifer.
Until next time, just one Sellewtion to get you through your tryptophan haze — be thankful for everything and everyone you have in your life because one day you may wake up and it's all gone. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2667.
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