Venus Trapped in Mars

27 March 2015

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: All of the Feels Edition

Everything in the sports world this week made me emotional. True, I would get emotional over a pizza buffet, but still.... these are some great stories you need to hear from this week!

The 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Go: All of the Feels Edition 
 
Let's start with THE best news of the week, month, year! We first met Leah back in September when the Cincinnati Bengals became my honorary favorite team in the NFL when they signed Devon Still to the practice squad so he could keep his health insurance and pay for his baby girl, Leah's, cancer treatments. Devon, just a week later, was brought back up to the 53 man roster, and proceeds from his jersey sales were donated to Pediatric Care Cancer Research. That story is still so beautiful to me.

But then....
June 2, 2014 and March 25, 2015 are days I will remember for the rest of my life. As everyone probably knows, June 2nd was the day doctors walked into the waiting room to tell me my daughter had cancer. It was the most devastating day of my life. March 25th , however, is feeling like the best day of my life. Today we received news from Leah's oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling. Funny thing is there is really no way of describing it because I never knew this feeling existed. When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her. It was not easy but every day, and every treatment Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers butt! I'm so proud and blessed to call her my daughter. She has made an impact on me and on the world, at the age of four, that I can only wish to make in a lifetime. Thank you to my family and friends for the support through all those tough days. Thank you to everyone who has sent a letter to give Leah and our family motivation to keep fighting, a toy that helped Leah get through her days in the hospital, and more importantly a prayer that helped God hear our cries for healing. Thank you to the doctors at CHOP for putting together the best plan of action for my daughter. Thank you to Child Life members Sarah, Laura, and Lindsey for really turning what could be a scary place into a place where Leah would enjoy going because she knew she would have fun with you guys. Thank you to the Bengals for taking on my situation and standing by me and my family and for helping to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. To every media outlet and persons that helped raise much needed awareness, thank you. Leah is not done with treatments yet. She still needs more to make sure the cancer cells do not return and to build back up her immune system and other damage from the chemo but I know my little warrior will get through it! #FistBump #LeahStrong #BeatCancer #TheFightAgainstChildhoodCancerIsFarFromOver #ThrowingTheBiggestKidPartyEver #WaitForIt
A photo posted by Devon Still (@man_of_still75) on

What a dad. What an incredibly strong, inspiring little girl. Go take on the world now, Leah! 

All of the feels. 


I'm sure you all know Dean Smith who passed away last month at the age of 83. He was the former UNC coach, and one of the most legendary basketball coaches of all time. Yesterday it was made public that he had left something in his will to every single player that he had ever played at UNC. 

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He left every single former varsity basketball letterman player of his a $200 check with instructions to have dinner out, on him. 

All of the feels.





I've got a player in the NCAA tourney I think you will LOVE. Meet Nigel Hayes, one of Wisconsin's best players and your new favorite person in the tournament. First, he got all excited that he would be occupying Kobe Bryant's locker during the sweet 16....


Then he started a press conference with a little test of the stenographer's spelling capabilities....

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And then, what you'll totally die of cuteness over....

He calls the stenographer beautiful, not realizing anyone can hear him, and then gets ALL embarrassed.



 
Holy adorable. I just cannot stand it. You just gained a fan, Wisconsin... and by Wisconsin I mean Nigel! 

All of the feels!!


Our girl, Mo'Ne Davis will have a Disney movie made about her, but that isn't what I want to talk about today. This douchenozzle (sorry, no other word for him) college baseball player sent out the most disgusting tweet about Mo'Ne and her Disney movie. I'm not posting the tweet, but it was foul and the school he played for immediately dismissed him from the team. 

What was Mo'Ne's response?

First, she makes an appeal to the school to reinstate him and says this on SportsCenter....

“Everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance. I know right now he’s really hurt and I know how hard he worked to get where he is. I mean, I was pretty hurt on my part but I know he’s hurting even more.”


WHOA.

I'm not adult enough to forgive the jerk yesterday who didn't wait in line like the rest of us, and cut me off to jump the line on the exit ramp... yet she can be this mature, compassionate and understanding about this douchenozzle??? Get it girl, I look up to you.

All of the feels. 
 


Images via: Ben Platt / MLB.com:




Will Ferrell played every position on the field, and played for 10 different teams on Tuesday. I'm not kidding. 

He started as the 5th batter for the A's, that's a pretty good spot to have, assuming you recall the baseball lineup according to Carrie Bradshaw! He was traded throughout the day to various teams, for various things..... yes, things.









Traded, released, picked up off waivers... Will traveled from team to team by van and helicopter. He did this all in partnership with HBO and Funny Or Die, in an effort to raise money to support the fight against cancer. A lot of money. As in nearly a million raised.

All of the feels!!
Want more Ferrell antics from the day? Go here



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18 comments :

  1. I've been LOVING all the funny moments that Nigel has been making during this march madness! I was JUST watching the video last night of him making the comment about the Stenographer. Too funny!
    BTW love your blog! I found it from the list of awesome bloggers Samantha from the Samantha Show suggested. You now have a new reader ;)

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  2. These are all great. All of the feels is right!

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  3. okay how cute is this? I love that story about Leah- almost teared up. and how sweet about the stenographer. I love when guys are sweet.

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  4. Great round-up this week! I'm sure the Will Ferrell stuff will be super funny to watch. And YEAH for Leah!

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  5. Girl why you got me crying at my desk? My besties went to Wisco, so I'm rooting for them to win it all (which is why I didn't pick them on any of my brackets). Sidenote, I hate Will Ferrell but that's pretty funny and awesome.

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  6. OK, I love this and so needed all this cuteness this morning. I especially love the Wisconsin basketball player! Adorable.

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  7. All of the feels! I love it. This was a great round-up. Will Ferrell is probably my favorite ever because he always makes me smile. And, you know, smiling's my favorite :) And Nigel definitely wins the cuteness award.

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  8. Definitely all, all of the feels! As a coach, I just about died when I heard about Coach Smith. That's incredible and I can only imagine what each of his players felt when they received that letter. Happy Friday!

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  9. I love that story about Will Ferrell! I love it when he's hilarious, but especially when he's hilarious for a good cause. I'm so awful with sports stuff...I'm going to link up a vlog my husband and I did about March Madness...basically, I pick the elite eight by the sounds of their team names, and whether not they have a pleasant climate.

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  10. I love all these things so, so much. The Will Ferrell thing made me ridiculously happy. I love it. And I'm so happy about Leah being in remission. And that thing about Nigel is freaking adorable. And Mo'Né and the will and just, everything is awesome!

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  11. Thank you for talking about Dean Smith today. It really makes my heart happy to know that people all over recognize how amazing of a man he was. Going to the Dean Dome for basketball games always makes me beyond proud.

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  12. I'd heard about most of these, but loved seeing them all together. Makes me all warm and fuzzy.

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  13. wow so awesome and I cannot even imagine how you stay on top of all this I had a hard time balancing the sens hockey, bruins hockey and march madness last night let alone all this random awesomeness you found

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  14. Listening to Mo'Ne speak on television about reinstating that Bloomsberg douche and how everyone makes mistakes was amazing. She is so mature! Also, Nigel is seriously my favorite. I might be pulling for Wisconsin if only just for him haha. Seriously, this is the best collection of "feels" news stories!

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  15. It makes me so happy that two of your five happy feels are Big10 related! I bought a Still jersey when PSU re-issued them last fall and I am so excited to break it out for the spring game in celebration! And I cannot get over the Wisconsin player, he is so adorable!

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  16. I'm so happy to hear that little girl is cancer free! Hooray! I remember hearing and loving how the team and fans gathered around her when she first got diagnosed. It was one of the most moving sports related stories I had heard.

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  17. I LOVE the Leah story, such a beautiful one! And #2...how freaking cute. Yes, ALL the feels.

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  18. You already know how I feel about darling Leah, so WOOHOO!!!! I hadn't heard about Dean Smith's will and now my eyes are tearing up in the office. Ugh. Mo'Ne Davis is my spirit animal and seriously, the Wisconsin guy cracks me up. He better have AT LEAST gotten a date out of the stenographer for that.

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