Monday Bacon: Team

A little news article caught my eye this weekend. Maybe because it’s not related to horrific images and thoughts of terrified children; or idiotic rhetoric about tighter gun control; or especially having to hear or read anything from Il Duce Bloomberg using the CT deaths to get more press for himself.  Ass.

Anyways.

The story is about a 51 year old transsexual by the name of Gabrielle Ludwig who has just been cleared to play on the Mission College (Santa Clara, CA) Women’s basketball team. Now, I don’t care what your opinion is on this entire situation, that’s not what the post is about. I’m sure both Gabrielle and her teammates have taken more creative shit than anyone else can dish out including an “it” comment from two ESPN radio commentators. By the way, ESPN clearly needs to conduct an entire personnel enema. More on that another day.

The part of this story that caught my eye, was that Ludwig humbled herself and told the team (when the heat was rising about her being there) that if it would help, she’ll quit the team. Their response? If she doesn’t play, they don’t play.

Well done. That’s team.

I’ve been a part of various teams since I was a little tyke. Some of them were better than others. Some had drama, some didn’t. Some were fun,  some weren’t. We had a kick ass intramural co-ed softball team in college, that was fun. I had a hippie, clog wearing, pot smoking coach for my swim team when I was in junior high, that was crazy. His pre-race coaching advice? “Just Pablo Cruise jules.” Brilliant.

softball

My besties, Char and Sheila, and I had some pretty awesome softball teams growing up made even better by Dairy Queen visits after each game. Solid. But I’ve never been on a team with such solidarity. We should all be so lucky.

Thanks to them and their story of unity. Best of luck for a successful season!

On this team, we’re all united in a common goal: to keep my job.

Lou Holtz

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. jep6095@gmail.com tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. Juli has been coaching teams and athletes for over 20 years. She grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. She is a 2-time Master's Amercian Weightlifting Champion and holds six Master's American records. She is a Master's Weightlifting National Champion and holds three National records. She is a Master's Weightlifting World Championships Silver Medalist in 2016. Juli is also a Masters Highland Games World Champion and holds three World Records in the Braemar Stone; Heavy Weight for Distance, and Light Weight for Distance in the 45-49 class. Her 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe has honed her coaching skills to be a top choice for you to reach your strength and conditioning goals. Juli will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However; tosabarbell is also for those who just wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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3 Responses to Monday Bacon: Team

  1. Mary Ferguson says:

    I think you should def go back to the feathered bangs…..just sayin’

  2. Throwback pictures!!!!!! Love it!!!!

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