Passion, Labor Day and College Football

by Al Smith

This is a slightly different twist on my usual posting. I’ve decided that every now and then (maybe once a month), I want to write something more personal.  I was going to publish this tomorrow, September 1st, the official “first day of college football,” but I woke up early and remembered that we are getting all of our services changed (hopefully, upgraded, and hopefully in time for the first game).  Yes – the big TV, phone and Internet switch is underway.  For those of you so inclined, please pray for me.  Heck, I really don’t need the landline, but I do need Internet and I REALLY need my TV, because college football kicks off tomorrow night. 

Woo Hoo!

 Most of you know by now, that The CARE Movement is all about CAREing.  Duh.  Communicate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage.  And yes, I really do CARE.  But another thing I REALLY CARE about is College Football. Okay, mostly SEC football and specifically the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide. 

Yeah, Baby. ROLL TIDE! 

Ever since my parents brought home an Alabama pennant from that 1966 Orange Bowl game (a 39-28 victory over Nebraska), this kid has been a die-hard FAN.  When I was 13, my dad and I flew to Birmingham to see Bama play So Cal.  I will never forget walking down to field level and being in awe of legendary coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant.  Wow, just got the chills again…  It’s finally here, with games starting Thursday night and going through Sunday, Labor Day weekend is one of my favorite holidays all year.

Bear Bryant

“There’s a lot of blood, sweat and guts between dreams and success.”        - Paul (Bear) Bryant

I have lived in Marietta, Georgia for the past decade, and if you are not careful, you can catch football fever (mostly SEC talk) around here – all year long. Come late August, people are full on Crazy about football! From grade schoolers to great grandpas it is a passion that runs deep in this area, and I love it.    Finally, some cooler mornings (you probably noticed it was HOT this summer); fall is coming people.  

Hang in there. 

So now you know, I am passionate about college football and The CARE Movement.  I would love to see a day when we (as a society) get as excited and passionate about helping others and making a real difference in the world as we do about college football or some of the other pleasures life offers.  

I, for one, am working on it.  How about you? 

It’s your turn.  What are you passionate about today?  Do you have a favorite college football team or other type of sports team?  (Tennessee and Auburn fans are limited.) What are you doing for Labor Day?  I really want to know because I really do CARE.



{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori Gosselin August 31, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Hey Al!
I’ll admit I’m not a sports fan (high 5? :o ) so I’ll have to find other things to compare to caring. In fact, my first choice is my family which goes under the CARE umbrella anyway! I’m also passionate about my writing and about community building. There! I’ve said it and I don’t care who knows!I’m inching closer to my book launch which will also launch me on a whole new adventure, or at least finish one, depending on what happens LOL
Enjoy the game on the big screen Al!
Good luck!


Al Smith August 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Thanks Lori. I can always rely on you for a great response and to follow instructions (Bill) So excited for you and the book launch. Can’t wait to read your book. Know it will be wonderful, just like you. Thanks again.



Kaarina Dillabough August 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Hey, what did I miss here Lori? You’re writing a book? How awesome! I’m obviously out of the loop on that…tell me more:)
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connie August 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Love this……….Al, When I need motivation, I either listen to Bear or Nick, or, I go to You Tube and pull up the 1985 Alabama-auburn game. It’s not only “the kick” that makes the game special The execution of the last drive is an example of sheer determination and teamwork. Performance under pressure at it’s peak! — 50 seconds to go. Bama trails by 1. 2nd and 10 from our own 20. Big sak on Shula. Then 3rd down from our own 12 with 37 seconds to play. Shula to Jelks. Great play. Next, 26th yard line 4th down and 4. Next first down made with QB Shula throwing a big block Bama at own 46 yard line with 21 seconds to play. 1st down-a blotched play by Bama. 15 seconds to play. 2nd and 10. No time outs. Must get to auburn 40. Pass to Richardson who gets out of bounds at the 35. AWESOME play. 6 SECONDS IN THE BALL GAME. And here comes Van Tiffin…… This is 52 yards into the breeze. Not strong but some. The kick is up. It’s long enough. It is good. He made it. ………………….Once again, your final score Alabama 25-Aubusn 23. they don’t get any better than this one. Did I mention that it was Mr. Keith Jackson broadcasting? I can still smell the bourbon in my hair which was drenched and I can still hear the cheers.


Bill Dorman August 31, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Ok, since this is Al’s site I won’t even bring up last year’s game………..oh wait, I just did, didn’t I………………..:)
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Al Smith August 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Bite me ! you were suppose to say who your favorite teams are. Doofus. a lot of people don’t know what W.D.E. stands for. Yes, i will always cheer for Florida State, unless of course, they are playin BAMA.



Jack @ TheJackB September 1, 2011 at 3:17 am

You guys do know that they don’t play real ball in the South. Bunch of namby-pamby fellas rolling around and grunting as if they are doing something.

The Pac-10 is where it is at.
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Al Smith August 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Wow ! Thanks Connie. I remember that game, too. Not as vividly as you do. That was a great win for the Crimson Tide. remember that one, Bill ? Hope to talk soon.

Thanks so much for coming by and leaving an awesome comment.




Bill Dorman August 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm

W. D. E. and that’s all I will say about that since it’s your site. However, we both can root for the Noles, right?

In the deep south, football is a religion. If we could only get people that passionate about things that really matter. Ok, football matters but you can be passionate about more than one thing, right?

Yes, I am more than ready for the season to start; it is always an exciting time.

Thanks for CARING and sharing you passion for football.
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Al Smith August 31, 2011 at 8:21 pm

And thank YOU for CARING. Despite your ties to that “other” team in Alabama. Of course, you can be passionate about more things. So share with us, please.

Thanks for comin over Bill. I am so ready for the season to start.



stacey August 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Thanks for sharing your passionate with us Al. I know nothing about football, but my brothers are die hard watchers of the English style game at home, and when the season starts…well you can kiss goodbye to the remote control if you at any of their houses! lol

Hope your team win Al!


Al Smith September 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Thank you Stacey. Love your blog and the videos. I take over the remote on college football Saturdays, too. Ha ! Appreciate your support and everything you do to make this world a better place. Take CARE.



Kaarina Dillabough August 31, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Toronto Maple Leafs hockey (yeah…I’m Canadian) and any and all Lacrosse teams: box and field. I’m passionate about everything I undertake, and I have a lot of passions…helping people be the best they can be, watching someone light up with self-confidence, family, friends, music, books, painting, photography…oops…was I supposed to go on like that?

Labour day (“Canadian” spelling on purpose, although I’m starting to become more “international” and dropping the u’s in lots of words…did you see that Bill?)…I’m running in a 5K charity race…woohoo!

Oh, and I love football, just don’t have ties to any specific team, so if someone wants to woo me to theirs, woo away:) Cheers! Kaarina
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Al Smith September 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

What can I say. I just love me some Kaarina. You are so kind and you give excellent comments. Really. I can feel your passion in your writing and all you say and do.

And please cheer for my teams. College: Alabama NFL: Miami Dolphins

Thanks again. Best of luck in your run this weekend.



Al Smith September 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

What can I say Kaarina. Your passion shines through in all you do, say and write. You are a CAREing and compassionate person. So glad we connected. We are going to have to skype soon. (guess I should get it first, huh ?)

Best of luck this weekend with your race. Know you will do great.



Kaarina Dillabough September 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

Fire up that Skype Al, and we’ll be all over it!
Race is tomorrow; exciting! Thanks for all the support:) Cheers! Kaarina
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Al Smith September 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

Yeah, I need to sign up for skype. My bad. I will soon. Congrats again on your race and great time. You are an Inspiration.



Kaarina Dillabough September 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Thanks Al: your kind words and support mean so much. I look forward to that Skype call:) And now I’m going to have to brush up on my Alabama and Miami Dolphins! Cheers! Kaarina
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Kim Davies September 1, 2011 at 1:40 am

Hi, Al.

I am not much into sports, but I am passionate about being the voice of underprivileged people (although I haven’t done that much lately), which is why I am working on my book (albeit a bit slowly) more regularly now. It is about an incest victim, so I hope this will raise awareness that incest does exist and that many young lives have been destroyed because of it.

I am also passionate about dancing, reading books, writing poems (I have been opening my posts with poems), sketching, painting and so many others. In fact, I consider Kaarina a soul-sister friend because we share so many passions, although I can never be an Olympian. ;)
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Al Smith September 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thanks for sharing your passion with us, Kim. You are doing some great things. Continued success and keep on smilin that beautiful smile.



Frank September 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm


University of Michigan all the way baby. Although, they are not the powerhouse that they used to be, I still can’t shake my love for them. Another thing I am passionate about is helping others. I hope to do so in many more ways in the future and that’s why I am excited about the CARE movement. I hope more people passionate about helping others as well.
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Al Smith September 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thanks Frank. Appreciate the support. I see your wolverines won the battle on the field and the one with the weather. Crazy, huh ? I can tell you are passionate about helping others, Frank. It shows. We need more people like you in this world.

Thanks again and take CARE.



Jk Allen September 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hey Al,

Boy am I late…but I love this post. I love college football. Bet you didn’t know I played a little ball back in the day??!!??

My favorite team is Colorado State University (Mtn West Conf). I grew up in the Northern California, in Oakland, so I grew up loving the Cal State Bears…but since I didn’t go to school there, I rep my alma matar. Plus my brother played there (just graduated last May).

I love college football because it’s so entertaining. The level of competition isn’t as fierce as its NFL older brother so the scores get high, meaning the action was high!

I had a great Labor Day. Did some BBQ’n and had some friends over for to share a meal with us.

Keep up the great work here Al. You’re doing a fantastic job with your new blog.

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Al Smith September 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Thanks JK. thought you might have played. We discussed this a bit earlier and knowing you, you gave it your all and were quite the ball player. Something about college footbal isn’t it ? you can feel the passion in the stands and on the field.

Thanks again for all your support, man. Glad you had a good Labor day.



Jermaine September 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Hey Al,

In my world it is all about the University of Michigan. They had a weather shortened game this weekend in which they received an expected win. I know caring and sports shouldn’t even be worth comparing, yet, the reality is that there were over 100 thousand people jammed into a stadium in Ann Arbor on metal seats with lighting striking in the area. Thus, I’m convinced there are still some people on the globe that care a whole lot about college football, lol.



Al Smith September 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

You are a Michigan fan too ? Like Frank. Whats up with that ? Yeah, the weather this weekend was crazy everywhere, it seems. Four different games were delayed. They still get that 100K at the games, don’t they ? Amazing fans and loyalty. Good luck with Big Blue this year. Thanks so much for stopping by. Your encouragement and support mean a lot. your last blog post was awesome, too.

take CARE.



Craig McBreen September 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Hi Al,

Love college football. In fact I’d say it’s my favorite sport to watch (2nd to October baseball). I live in Seattle, so I normally root for UW and do like several teams in the PAC 12. The exception being the Oregon Ducks, who were just spanked by yet another SEC Tiger team.

I’m passionate about getting my damned blog off the ground. Next Monday or sooner :)


Al Smith September 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Hey Craig. Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate the comment. College football is my #1 sport, by far. Go Huskies ! Hope they will be good this year.

Yeah, Lets go with your blog already, Geez. everyone is waiting. Ha ! Just messin with you. My site has only been up for a month. I know the difficulties. Thank goodness I had JK helping me. Good luck and I am looking forward to reading your awesome content.

Conceive it, Believe it, Achieve it. From the great Napoleon Hill.



Craig McBreen September 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

And Al. Thanks for your support today!


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