Football Fever! A Native Brazilian Shares His World Cup 2014 Experience

The World Cup has come and gone and boy did it sweep this nation. From massive watch parties to proud patriotism, this country had futebol fever. Now that it’s over, we American’s tend to move on and focus on other things or sports. For Brazillian’s, football is life. For those who didn’t understand, the devastation on the faces of people who’s sad faces went viral is real life in Brazil. Here to share how he experienced the games is Thomas Nielson, a native Brazilian living in Colorado. He hails from Joinville, Brazil and we met through the American game of football while students at Colorado Mesa University. I am always curious how Tom views not only daily life, but big events that occur living in the USA. Tom gave us great insight of what it’s like to witness the World Cup being from Brazil:

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Dom Lewis: For someone who does’t understand, describe what soccer means to your country?

Thomas Nielson: Soccer in Brasil or correctly said Football means much more than just a game, it is a religion. Since you are a little kid football is what you start playing, every Brasil jersey goes with the phrase “Nascido para jogar futebol” which means “Born to play football” and that is what you’re expected to do. 

DL: Clearly, soccer is more than a game there. How does it effect politics and every day life?

TN: Football and politics in Brasil live a “love-hate” relationship. In 2013 when Brasil hosted the Confederations Cup, protests against the FIFA event came to live and Dilma Rousseff’s government acted like they had nothing to do with FIFA. When the final came and Brasil beat the former 2010 World Cup champions Spain 3 to 0, Dilma (Brasil’s President) embraced the event and the win like if she was the main protagonist and showed full support for the Seleção and said her government was managed the same way Brasil’s Head Coach Luis Felipe Scolari ran the national team. Now I don’t know about other brasilians but it would surely worry me to have a country managed the same way I saw Brasil lose 7×1 against Germany.

Dilma’s four year term is about to end at the end of 2014, that means in October she will have some explanations to do about the approximate 12 billion dollars spent. More than the World Cups from 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa COMBINED!!!!

DL: How did it make you feel to witness Argentina playing in the world cup final?

TN: We are talking about our biggest rivals here “Los Hermanos” of Argentina. Witnessing Argentina reach the World Cup final was definitely frightening. I must admit that the Albiceleste (the white and sky blue) team ran by their captain Lionel Messi proved to be worthy of a championship game appearance. 

TN: After Brasil’s horrible and unexplainable 7-1 lost to Germany and followed by a 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands for 3rd place, seeing Argentina win the World Cup in our own soil would’ve been brasilians worst nightmare and argentineans gift from heaven. Very fortunately Germany came with the late game win to defeat Argentina 1-0 in the final game and the Machine surely saved me some explanations to my kids and grandkids of how Los Hermanos won it all in Brasil.

DL: How do you see the futbol team and the country rebuilding after this loss and the controversies surrounding the world cup?

TN: This was eye opening for Brasil and even though the results were negative the consequences should only be positive. It showed me how Brasil hasn’t had a top team since the last championship in 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup when we beat Germany 2-0. Since then Brasil’s World Cup campaigns ended in the quarterfinals in 2006, 2010 and with their “best” performance yet a 4th place in 2014. What I expect to see from Brasil’s futebol is the same thing the current champions Germany did since 2002. Start from scratch and rebuild but most important go back to our roots and show again a unique world class football.

TN: As a personal opinion, I would look for a completely new coaching staff letting go of 2002 champion coach Scolari and search for a more updated coach like current Chelsey coach José Mourinho or former Barcelona and current Bayer Münich coach Pep Guardiola.

DL: What did you learn whether from the world, from your country, or from yourself about the world cup 2014?

TN: This world cup is full of memories for me, some good and some bad ones that will haunt me forever. Futebol is a beautiful game that has the power to unite nations and let them put aside their differences for 90 minutes to come together as one. I sure discovered a new part of myself and renewed my love for my country and my passion for the game as well. I would like to see “Ordem e Progresso” order and progress as it says in our national flag.

 

DL: Before we wrap this up, is there anything else you want to say in closing about the entire thing?

TN: I had to hear and watch Argentineans sing their anthems about how Brasil lost to Germany and their belief of Maradona being greater than Pelé. They made fun of us when we lost 7-1 to Germany, but Hermanos lets think about that special number you guys are so happy about, the number 7. Seven is the number of world cups Argentina has played since their last championship in 1986, after that Brasil won two World Cups, 1994 and 2002. I won’t be that mean to them and I will mention the fact that they played in two other championship games 1990 and 2014, both lost to Germany.

Pelé, unarguably the best football player to ever play the game, the guy they claim to be inferior to their best player of all time Maradona, scored a total of a thousand goals in his career, more than any other football player has ever scored and Pelé also won 3 World Cups with Brasil, one more than Argentina has (2) until this day.

Brasil is a five time World Cup Champion, most by any team in World Cup history.

2018 World Cup in Russia will come faster than we think and I believe Brasil will come as a renewed team with something new to show and bring back home the world cup.

DL: I can definitely hear the burning passion when you speak of football. Thank you, Thomas, for sharing this with me and readers of this blog.

TN: Thank you to my good friend Dom Lewis and Tyson Moll from Just 2 Guys for this opportunity.

“Eu sou brasileiro, com muito orgulho, com muito amor!”

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Growing Up an Athlete

Tyson:

So I came across this article on Facebook the other day, titled How parents are ruining youth sports, and sent it to Dom right away. We talked back and forth for awhile as I was driving (sorry mom!) from work to the Olympic lifting gym and we both had some thoughts on it. It starts out well, telling the story of two dads who run a hockey league who’s sons are “hockey-crazed best friends.” Apparently this lasted until one kid didn’t make the mite team, and the two boys and parents never talked again….

OK, I can see where this is a problem. I’ve seen this happen too many times. It’s sad, demoralizing for the kid, and frankly kind of immature in my opinion. Why should that get in the way of a friendship? One of my best friends and I were always on the “A Team” growing up but our other best friend never made it. Did that eliminate our friendship? Absolutely not. Not making the team isn’t the end of a friendship. The article continues to point out that the professionalism of youth sports and single-sport specialization has become detrimental to the kids. OK, again I can get behind this.

“In 20 years of coaching youth and high school sports, I can say unequivocally that adult expectations are the number one problem. As we approach summer, when the living is supposed to be easy, too many families are searching the Internet for a private batting instructor, a summer hockey program, an expensive strength camp, and that elusive AAU coach who can get their 11-year-old to improve her jump shot. This is a misguided attempt to accelerate a process that may not even be occurring, since most young athletes will never reach the elite level.”

“But the fact is, approximately 1 percent of high school athletes will receive a Division 1 scholarship. And those scholarships, on average, are worth much less than the family’s investment in private lessons, sports camps, and other training.”

Woooooah, pump the brakes there. I’m all for athletics being fun, really I am. But the notion that kids aren’t, and shouldn’t be, competitive is a joke in my opinion. I met very few kids when I was young that didn’t treat schoolyard ball as a competition. Growing up, I played AAU basketball, AAU baseball, compettitive BMX, Ute Conference Football, and took hitting and catching lessons year round. Did I have some notion that I wouldn’t make it to the next level? Sure, every kid does. Does that mean I should up and quit trying to get better at my sports? Absolutely not. The journey to trying to become an elite athlete was the best part of it! I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons, training, and summer programs. I made amazing friends, stayed in shape, and was having the time of my life traveling around with my family to play.

Maybe I’m missing the point of this article, but as I read it I just got more and more turned off by it, seeing the message as “don’t let Johnny play competitive sports because he most likely won’t make it to college and professional.” I don’t agree with that. One of, if not the, greatest lesson I’ve ever learned was if you’re not good enough, make yourself good enough. That was drilled into my head from little league through college, and that easily applies to life. I wouldn’t be the person I am today, if my parents didn’t put me through all those sports, lessons, and competitions. You get far in life through hard work, not by picking daisies. And you know what? You can ALWAYS make time for that anyways.

When I have kids, would I do anything different than what my parents did, and sacrificed for me? Nope. Not even close. Take the article for what you want but those are my thoughts! Now allow Dom to give you his thoughts on growing up as an athlete.

Dom:

I believe I went about it the right way, starting young and learning the fundamentals of the game. At a young age it was relatively unknown the effects that hits could have on the brain but when I was a kid that was the lats of my worries. My mom who was the one who pushed me into the game that I loved and hesitated to play. Once I got out there I knew that my destiny was to play football for a real long time. A career spanning 15 years, football was part of my identity.

Though football gave me a life I truly enjoyed, when I have a son someday I will go about it differently. Kids now a days are more competitive than ever, so are the injury rates. NFL’s concussion crisis has led to rapid decline in youth football numbers and justifiably so. Starting at a later age would be best in my opinion. Letting him lift weights while learning the bare fundamentals would benefit him more starting in 8th or 9th grade.  Less hits on the body and developing physical strength I feel would put him at advantage in the high school world. NFL star Adrian Peterson started playing youth football at age 12, meaning it’s ok to start a bit later.

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 10.15.56 AM (2)Rather than develop lingering injuries early in their career or get “burned out”, let kids decide when they would like to play. Kids should be playing as many sports as they can to develop differing parts of their athleticism and not focus solely on one sport.

When it comes to youth sports, make it fun! Make it something they enjoy. At the end of the day it is the kid playing the games and if they earn an athletic scholarship it will be on their shoulders.


How do you feel about kids’ participation in youth sports?

 

A Personal Hero and a New Top Show

Hailing from the Big Apple, where Dom currently resides, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is one of the most well-known scientists of our time. One of my personal heroes after learning about him through my degree in chemistry, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Harvard University, a Master of Arts degree in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) and a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University, Tyson is a champion for science communication. He is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate for astrophysics at the Museum of Natural History, both in NYC (Dom I’m looking right in your direction right now) and constantly appears on The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher, advocating science education and knowledge. On top of these, Tyson hosted the NOVA ScienceNow on PBS from 2006 to 2011, and currently hosts one of my new favorite TV shows, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on FOX, a continuation of Tyson own personal hero Carl Sagan’s 1980’s show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, produced by none other than Seth McFarlane of Family Guy and Ted, premiered on FOX on March 9th, and I was instantly hooked. Seeing the previews and knowing that Neil DeGrasse Tyson would be hosting it already had me very interested, but that first episode sealed my Sunday night plans from 8 to 9 PM for the next few months. Starting with the episode “Standing Up in the Milky Way” Cosmos immediately shows the aspect that I love most about it: the production value and the way the information is presented. Tyson uses the “Ship of the Imagination” to explore our world and universe’s history. Telling the stories of scientists, some famous, others undeservedly much less well-known, along with animations, Cosmos caters to the general population very well. Using this, it makes the information much more appealing than a lecture in a classroom!

Topics covered by Cosmos include:

  1. Condensing our universe’s history into a single calendar year – using the Big Bang as the first second of January 1st and present day as midnight of December 31st, did you know that our whole written history would be the last second of the last minute on December 31st?
  2. Artificial selection, selective breeding, natural selection, and extinction – one of the more controversial episodes, Tyson explains things such as evolution and mutation on a molecular and DNA level, five great extinction events the Earth has seen, the possibility of life on other planets, and the “Tree of Life”.
  3. Pattern recognition in early civilizations – the fact that our distant ancestors, THOUSANDS of years ago, were able to use the stars, the seasons, and primitive astrology to explain the happenings around them is amazing to think in my opinion!
  4. Those less well-known scientists I mentioned that shaped our world – people like Jan Oort, who discovered comets and the Oort cloud, Edmond Halley who collaborated with the great Isaac Newton to put the laws of physics in mathematical terms, Ibn al-Haytham whose ideas on light and optics in the 11th century, led to the invention of the telescope, Joseph von Fraunhofer whose work led to the discovery of the composition of stars and other planets using astronomical spectroscopy, Clair Patterson who was the lead investigator of lead occurrence on the earth and its effect on humans, and the team of ladies including Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, and Cecilia Payne whose work led to the classification of the stars, the means to measure the distance from a star to the Earth using spectra which was used to identify other galaxies, and the determination of the composition and temperature of the stars. Tyson begs the question in one episode “why do we know the personal lives of celebrities and athlete’s, but have no idea who Jan Oort is?” Powerful question.
  5. Black holes – the discovery of black holes by X-rays, and the postulations about the warping of spacetime and time dilation inside a black hole, as they are so dense and massive that even light cannot escape their gravitational force!
  6. The Electric Boy – an entire episode dedicated to the life of Michael Faraday! Faraday is the ultimate overcoming adversity story. Coming from absolutely nothing, and told his whole childhood he wasn’t smart and wouldn’t succeed, Faraday went on to harness electromagnetic power to create the first electric motor and electrical generator. Faraday also discovered the connection between light, magnetism, and electricity called the Faraday Effect (obviously!) which also led to the discovery of the Earth’s magnetic field. Faraday was a bonafide boss!

Cosmos has two episodes remaining, and it’s saving the best for last! It’s never too late to start watching and I one million percent recommend watching the next episode that airs on June 1st, taking Memorial Day weekend off, and it’s a doozey. According to the preview at the end of the last episode, Tyson will delve into the ultra-controversial issue of global warming, an issue that he has a very strong view on. Tyson, along with Bill Nye, constantly appears on TV opposite people claiming global warming isn’t a pressing issue, attempting to educate us all on the imminent issue at hand. This will be a can’t miss episode that I implore everyone to check out! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Cheers!

Live long and prosper everyone!- Neil DeGrasse Tyson (probably)

Live long and prosper everyone!- Neil DeGrasse Tyson (probably)

The King Is Back!

At long last, the king has returned! Months of anticipation are finally over, he’s here! No not Elvis. Not Jesus. Not even talking about Burger King. I’m talking about the greatest monster that has ever graced the movie screen. For some, this Japanese icon was downright scary and terrorizing. Others know him as just this giant lizard with colossal strength and sheer size that makes you tremble. To me, this perfect combination of controlled rage and radiant (very punny) charisma made for a childhood hero I could always look up to. Look up to Godzilla? Sure!

My childhood was founded on WWE wrestling, candy, football games galore, & any and all food I could get my hands on. To say I used to look like baby Godzilla wouldn’t be very far from the truth! Godzilla was always a constant for my brother and I, it bonded us. Whether it was in English, Japanese with English subtitles, or Japanese and zero subtitles. Godzilla spoke one language we both understood: mayhem!

We would watch for hours upon hours of these gripping films. My brother and I watched every title at least twice. We had the toys, posters, t-shirts, and even had some lines memorized! To say we are passionate about these movies would be a drastic understatement. I mean I have this tattoo to represent all of this! I can explain the rest for another day.

Zilla Ink

All month long all I could think about was this movie. It only adds to the excitement or fuel to the fire, when across the street from where I work is a giant Godzilla banner on the side of a building. A Godzilla poster on a phone booth by that building. A banner one the side of another building nearby, and a massive display in Times Square. I mean if this wasn’t the ultimate tease, I don’t know what is! New York somehow found out I was a big fan and pin pointed my location. Genius!

 

I was ready and had the right mindset but so many questions I couldn’t shake. Was it going to be good? What does Godzilla look like? What if it didn’t meet expectations? Do I  have enough popcorn for this?!

I did attend the movie premiere and here are some thoughts I had about it:

Things I liked

  • The film speaks very clearly to the destruction that mankind wills itself upon nature, exactly like the first Godzilla film.
  • His atomic fire was incredible. I had goosebumps the size of Mount Everest when his spines lit up. Not to mention it was the perfect shade of blue
  • It paid a homage to the past great Godzilla films with the structure and flow. It was exciting to see that preserved.
  • Godzilla looked great in his debut back to the big screen

 

Things I would Change

  • Develop the main characters more. The protagonist left me with no impression, compassion, and virtually no remembrance. Not a memorable/gripping character.
  • Just an eensy weensy little more ‘Zilla please! Also dive more into his background.
  • Get the big man a personal trainer. He looked bulky which is fine, but maybe a low carb diet before filming wouldn’t hurt.

 

Overall this was a killer production and was well done to restore credibility and respectability. Specifically speaking to the American involvement in the Godzilla franchise. This was an exciting film for me personally and one I will see again shortly. I would like to see the main characters developed more and less pan from monster battles to military on the ground action. Also, lets be honest, he could shed a few pounds. I read this was a complaint from the Japanese audience but only noticed it when he swam back into the Pacific Ocean near the end of the film.

With all that said, this Godzilla design was phenomenal, from teeth down to the tail. The detail was exceptional! Expect excitement to build from his rise from destruction, which only leaves the window open to you guessed it, a sequel! With injecting new enemies like MUTO into this movie will this leave the opportunity for a foe from the past to reemerge?

This monster never ceases to amaze me. From a child to a grown man, my passion for this 55,000 ton beast will never subside. Forever, he will be the king of the monsters.
GOJIRA!!!

 

My Fitness Journey

I’ve been an athlete my whole life. Played football, baseball, basketball, and raced BMX bikes as a kid so I was constantly active. Once I got to high school, BMX took a back seat to the other three (although I would occasionally go back and race every once in a while. Never forget how to ride a bike right?). I chose to go to the University of Redlands, a small D-III school in Southern California, so that I could play both football and baseball at a collegiate level. While I did end up leaving the baseball team so I could concentrate on football, which was more than enough to keep me active. Growing up that way had put in my head the thought that becoming overweight would NEVER happen to me. Welp….

Yikes...

Yikes…

After making the switch from running back to fullback after my freshman year, the coaches told me I needed to put on some weight and get stronger. So for the next three years I hit the weights and the cafeteria hard, gradually going from 200 pounds to 240 pounds as a senior. I still had my athleticism though. Enter second semester senior year and my senior thesis as a chemistry undergrad. A whole semester of many all-nighters fueled by a diet of Adderall, energy drinks, pasta, pasta, and more pasta, and of course weekends full of copious amounts of beer because, college. The end result is what you saw above. TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY pounds. That far off thought had become a reality and I had been in denial that it was happening the whole time. I was uncomfortable and unhappy, and needed to do something about it.

Enter summer of 2012 and a now great friend of mine, Neil Anderson at GPP Fitness in Centerville, UT. General Physical Preparedness uses a combination of cross-training, body building, weight lifting, and core work, and that worked wonders for me. I dropped 25-30 pounds within the first three months, combining workouts 6 days a week with a diet that cut carbs almost completely out of my diet (except for drinks with friends on the weekends. Let’s not get crazy here). I couldn’t get enough of the workouts! I was getting more and more in shape, feeling more and more comfortable, and slowly but surely getting back to my old self again. One of the many outside sources of inspiration was actually my co-blogger Dom. He was/is also achieving his own fitness goals, and always offered encouraging words and motivation whenever I needed it. After these few months, I needed a change and decided it was time for that change. Moving back to California at the end of that summer proved to be another step in this journey.

That’s where I found CrossFit. I got a small taste at GPP, but I needed more, something more intense and competitive. I still had that competitive edge in me from college football. CrossFit was everything I could’ve asked for, especially after finding CrossFit Intersect in Long Beach, CA owned by Joey Altobelli. Right off the bat I loved it. The community was amazing and the workouts were fun and challenging. Keeping a somewhat clean diet and intense workouts all week, I continued dropping the pounds and getting in better shape. After about 4 months of work, I entered my first competition. What a rush! Nothing like a legit CrossFit competition! Having friends and workout buddies around you, cheering you on while you enter the pain cave and finish a workout is an incredible feeling, and one that took me through 5 competitions, including coed teams, male teams, and mixed teams.

So a year after starting this journey, I came to this….

Don't mind the face. It was 4:30 AM ok?

Don’t mind the face. It was 4:30 AM ok?

This was taken exactly a year after the first picture. I was down 55 pounds to 215, dropped about 9-10% body fat, and increased every one of my lifts and workout times. Since that picture (which is about the same as it looks now) I have lost an additional 7 pounds, some more body fat percentage, and haven’t been in this good of shape since I was in high school. And it feels absolutely AMAZING. I am now back at GPP in Centerville, this time as a trainer, my fitness experience being trusted enough by Neil to help other people reach their goals. Along with my training at GPP, I have taken up Olympic weightlifting at Praxis Olympic Weightlifting in Murray, UT, taking on another challenge that I love. I have also picked BMX back up, racing at Rad Canyon BMX, as well as playing competitive sevens rugby with my good friend Sean Sellwood. I still have some fitness goals to accomplish, but I know that I can get there through hard work and dedication, which is what it takes to accomplish ANYTHING. Thanks for reading!

-Tyson

Final Stats:

Before: 270 pounds, 25ish% body fat, size 40 waist, 9+ minute mile, 155# snatch, 200# clean and jerk, depressed

After/Current: 207 pounds, 12% body fat, size 36 waist, 6 minute mile, 225# snatch, 290# cleans and jerk, happy

 

From The Mountains To Manhattan


Picture this. You’re lying on a couch, waiting for the phone call that will directly change your future. Hopes and dreams lie in the balance. Life is on pause, feeling like suspended animation. Whether you move forward or remain stagnant all lies on this moment.  Then with a blink of an eye *POOF* you’re taking a train into the heart of one of the world’s biggest cities. A massive array of skyscrapers and bridges like none other. For some this is daily life, but for a kid from Salt Lake, this changes everything.

Fast forward to today, nearing my 8th month in New York City and it has been a whirlwind.  It’s no wonder this place was recently slotted at #2 on Forbes’ America’s Most Stressful Cities. I would describe my time here as challenging, advancing, emotional, certainly stressful, and definitely helpful. Moving 2,000 miles across the country has been eye-opening to say the least!

The opportunity to live in this city at a young age would have been foolish to pass up. To accept the opportunity to challenge myself in every aspect of my life is truly something I am grateful for. With challenges comes triumph, one great lesson learned from living in this city.

The question I get asked the most from friends and family is “what is New York like?” Well…I have a few answers. Here are some observations that quickly grabbed my attention.

  • New York is fast, fast, fast: Whether it’s cars, people, events, or the work week. Time flies here and if you can’t keep up you’ll get lost before you know it. So much is going on and so much is happening, the days feel like a blur. Out west, things move at a much slower pace.
  • People don’t smile. Throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping it sticks is the saying best used in this situation. You can throw many smiles around while walking down the street but your chances of getting a reaction are slim to none. Cheesy grins on the subway? Fuhgettaboutit! Most people here are all about business, just getting from point A to point B with no BS in between.
  • Public transportation? Yes please! In Salt Lake, I don’t know too many people that take public transportation. Here, it’s a way of life. Driving a car in this city is comparable to taking on Xerxes’ army in the Battle of Thermopylae in the movie 300. The outcome is not good! I’m too scared to even try. I would rather eat a bowl of chocolate mints combined with coconut, two enemy foods I despise the most.  Instead, there are a zillion subway stops that take you all over the city. Need to get home after a late night on the town? Stumble to the subway. Terrified that a snow leopard happened to escape the Central Park Zoo? Sprint to the subway. Need a ride after filling your stomach to max capacity at Dinosaur Barbecue? Roll your way over to the subway.
  • Culture check: This city is truly one of the most diverse in the world. In comparison to Salt Lake which happens to be well recognized as….not. A complete 180 of where I grew up and went to college. There have been countless times where i’ve been on a subway and not heard a single word of english spoken. Thinking of saying the phrase “you’re in America, speak the language”? Yeah…that won’t fly here. Other times I’ll walk in a restaurant and have absolutely no clue what’s on the menu. Trust me, Bún bò Huế, is one of the tastiest dishes i’ve ever eaten. Restaurants, music, and events of all cultures can be seen and heard. The “melting pot” of American culture is stirred here.

Now don’t get me wrong, this place is no utopia by any means. There is plenty of cigarette smoke in the air to give you a buzz. The term formerly known as “personal space” goes out the window. EVERYTHING IS SO EXPENSIVE! I still get lost from time to time and it’s very easy to do so. The dreaded POLAR VORTEX you saw all over your TV’s this winter was easily the worst winter storm I’ve ever experienced. No snowstorm in Park City, UT or Denver could rival this villainous combination of snow and wind. Every day you see something new that catches your eye, it could be both good or bad.

With all that combined, it’s given me an incredible 8 months thus far. Though my heart will always be loyal to the West, this loud, chaotic, busy city has certainly grown on me.

Photo op: At Madison Square Garden following a Utah Jazz loss to the NY Knicks. Pictured here with Isaiah Wright, a good friend of mine from Salt Lake.

 

 

Well You Know, Welcome!

Hello! To any and all reading this blog.

Welcome to Just 2 Guys!

The inspiration behind creating this blog was simply to share our thoughts and opinions that we feel are best expressed through writing. Whether it be sports which we are VERY passionate about, music, news and opinions, life, or whatever it is. There is no topic that is safe from our reach!

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