ESPN Isn’t Supposed to Make Me Cry!

24 Sep

It’s officially fall.

That means cooler temps. It got down to 40-something last night! Brrrrrrrrr!

Gorgeous fall foliage.

Seriously, could this be any more gorgeous?!


Saturday mornings at our house consist of wearing The Shirt* and drinking an entire of coffee while watching College Game Day.

I love Game Day. My favorite part of the show is the last few minutes where Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit make their predictions. The best part is when Lee picks the winner of the location game by putting on helmet, jersey, mascot head of the team he picks to win.

This morning’s Game Day had me in tears. In. Tears.

Oklahoma State has a receiver, Justin Blackmon, who (in my understanding) is pretty darn good player. In my opinion, he’s an even better human being.  Game Day did a story profiling Blackmon and Olivia. Olivia is nine years old, has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is currently enduring 104 weeks straight of chemotherapy. Olivia and Blackmon first met at a Coaches v. Cancer basketball game. According to the story, Olivia was rather shy and Blackmon went to visit Olivia a few times in the hospital, they completely hit it off and have created an awesome friendship. Olivia went to one of Blackmon’s games and left a pink bracelet saying Liv’s Laugh Cures A.L.L. A bracelet Blackmon always wears because it’s in support of his awesome friend. *Sob!*

Seriously, this was such a touching, heart-warming story that it had me in tears. Blackmon didn’t, and doesn’t, have to spend time with Olivia. He doesn’t have to wear the bracelet. Blackmon certainly isn’t letting his football celebrity go to his head.

I wish I could have found more video from the story, but here’s some of Blackmon talking about Olivia. If you’re anything like me, you may want tissues handy.

*Notre Dame alum put out a shirt known as The Shirt in support of Notre Dame athletics. As avid ND fans, we wear The Shirt every Saturday. As a converted Michigan State to ND fan, I only have 4 Shirts. I think B has and wears The Shirt for at least the last 10 years.


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