35 Happy thoughts, thought 22

Hello there, my name is Miranda Holloway, and as a junior I am a member of the 500 something most stressed out people in school. Not only am I a junior but I am a student, along with about 2100 other kids, at one of the top ten high schools in the state and while the stress at any school can get rough, everyone knows that the pressure can be intense and the workload can be high. So in the spirit of staying sane, I have started this blog to remind my fellow knights, and myself for that matter, to stop and smell the roses, take a walk in the park or watch a funny movie; essentially want everyone to take a deep breath and smile. Inspire d by the website 1000awesomethings.com, I will be posting this blog once a week until the the end to the school year, 35 times in all, about things that are meant to make you grin. Happy moments, enjoyable memories, blissful feelings; you name it, I’ll post it. So, overall, take a minute to just relax and think happy thoughts.

Thought #22- Epic sports commercials
    As some one with extremely limited physical abilities, I have a great amount of respect and admiration for the athletic-ly inclined. I make up for my lack of sports play by obsessive sports watching and loving.
    In a more depressing note than usual, not being good at sports has always kind of killed me. As a youngin’ I’d watch the likes of Mia Hamm, Courtney Kupets (my creepy ode to her will come in the future) and Sasha Cohen and want to be JUST. LIKE. THEM.
     I even had a ten minute period where I wanted to be Warren Holloway of the University of Iowa after his famous catch.  We have the same last name, so we have the same athletic ability, right?
    I then remembered that I am a small, blond, 10 year old who can’t even stand being punched by her seven year old sister. My football career started and ended that night.
    Not to say I didn’t try, though. I played softball for a solid five years, soccer for six, and dabbled in gymnastics since I was four. In all of them, I was completely hopeless.
    I reworked my plan as such: do not be an athlete, obsess over athletics. Let me tell you, I am damn good at obsessing over things.
    While the Olympics and artistic gymnastics are the main targets of my fixation, football , soccer and hockey are not far behind.
    I’ll choose watching a college football game over Modern Family or Psych, and I’ll chose gymnastics over pretty much anything else. In the rare occasion that a worth while competition is going on, stalking the results ranks somewhere above sleep and below food on my list of priorities.
“Make it or Break It” doesn’t count. It makes me angry and this is a happy blog. End of discussion.
    Let’s get back to the real topic of this blog though: the epic commercials that sports lend themselves to. Sports are intense; the moments of pressure, the exuberance of victory and the crushing pain of defeat are what makes sports more than just highly muscled people competing against each other.
    These commercials give me the chance to appreciate moments I don’t get to experience as an uncoordinated, whimppy person, and also makes me want to go shopping.
    I love shopping. Hey, that’s my sport!
    Anywho, seeing these commercials can send chills up my spine, when done well. The take the intensity of the game and put is into just a few seconds all while promoting an event, shoe, brand or team.
    Here are my top three sports commercials and the reasons why I love them:

#3: As much as I love hockey, I understand nothing about it. The thought of large people hitting each other at high speed on ice is fascinating and this is the point of this commercial.
#2: Living in Chicago, I was born to think that Michael Jordan is a God. This reaffirms my belief and makes me want to drink Gatorade.
#1: A true combination of my loves: gymnastics and commercials.