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I am a self proclaimed coffee addict and Executive Director of a non profit missions agency working primarily in the Mexican cities of Oaxaca, Guadalajara, and Ensenada. I've been married for over 30 years to Chelle, and we have one grown son, Joseph, a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Thrill of Victory... The Agony of Defeat

Growing up in the 60's, sports were an important part of my life. You see for me, and the majority of the other 40 or so kids who lived on my street, instead of video games and surfing the web all day, you played sports. Outside. In the sun. Boys, girls, young, or old.

It didn't matter. When you left the house in the morning until you returned sometime before dark, you lived and breathed sports. Oftentimes the entire day was consumed with things like baseball, football, badminton, or even croquet.

Except on Saturdays at 3:30. That's when we all headed inside for a little break to watch "The Wide World of Sports."

It was ESPN before ESPN. This was where I learned about the boxer Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali. Where I watched golf and became a fan of Arnold Palmer. Where I spent Saturday afternoons watching stuff like barrel jumping, figure skating, auto racing, and of course, the lumberjack championships.

In short, if you could compete, Wide World of Sports covered it, all hosted by Jim McKay. McKay was also the voice of the Olympics for ABC Sports, winning an Emmy for his coverage of the 1972 Munich Massacre.

Jim McKay died this week. His voice forever silenced for all of us. But I can imagine that somewhere in the heavens today at 3:30, the games will begin.

Athletes from all time will once again hear the opening music and the familiar catch phrase "Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… This is ABC's Wide World of Sports!"

And while those athletes ready themselves for a little celestial competition, all the regular folks will sit down, grab a cold one, and wait to see the skier dude crash one more time.

Jim McKay, rest in peace. You will be missed.

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