In the spirit of Thanksgiving happening tomorrow, I wanted to get the ball rolling on the true reason for the season, and that is celebrating what we're all thankful for. In the spirit of this blog and community, let's talk about what we're thankful for in the sporting world. Who or what are you most thankful to have this Thanksgiving season? It can be anything sports related, but I'll list a few here:
The Kansas City Blues Rugby Club/Rugby in General
The Blues, if you do not already know, are my rugby club. Established in 1965, they have touched thousands of lives both on and off the rugby pitch with quality rugby, quality atmospheres, and quality people surrounding the club. We're a family, and I appreciate that more than words can describe. All the people I have met through the sport of rugby have impacted my life in an overwhelmingly positive manner, from high school to KJRFC to the Blues, I could not be more thankful I found this sport and this community. Speaking of, you can see a fraction of what rugby is all about if you go down to Brady & Fox off 63rd St. in KCMO on Friday for our annual Don Bosco Toy Drive and Black Friday Bash. It will truly be a FUNdraiser, and as long as you bring a toy you can take in one of the best aspects of the rugby community, the social aspect. Come join us, and see what it's all about.
2. KU Basketball Winning the National Championship
The Hawks in general I am thankful for, from Lance Leipold and the football program finally making a turnaround we've been waiting 13 years for, to Gradey Dick having one of the best names in college basketball. However, one event in particular makes me exceptionally proud and thankful to be a KU alum, and that is the National Championship KU Basketball took home in April. At the Double Nickel in Olathe with a few of my close friends, we took in the comeback win over North Carolina, and afterward I called my mom ecstatically exclaiming how happy I was the Hawks won. It was the best I've felt about KU Basketball since well...2008, and I hope I don't have to wait too much longer for another dose of that euphoria.
3. My blog, the Burn KC, making its debut and everyone who has taken the time to check it out.
Okay, okay. I'm kind of cheating in a way here, but truly one of the things I am most thankful for, in general not just in sport, is the amount of love and support I have received for my writings and ScorchCasts. This undertaking made its debut in March of this year, and already we're over 500 weekly readers, over 100 followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and over 50 site members on the website itself. Not to mention regularly getting 50+ views on every ScorchCast I put out, how you guys put up with that raw of material I put out I have no idea, but I promise it will get better with time. I sure appreciate it though, and am beyond thankful for each and every one of you that have invested their time, energy, money, and viewership towards what started out as a passion project. I hope to see further growth in 2023, and I hope we can see this community and this site turn into something truly great. From the bottom of my heart, thank you dear readers and viewers, truly. I wouldn't be here without you.
On that sappy note, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you are most thankful for in sports this year. Shoot, while you're at it, what you're most thankful for in life. It's the season of giving and humility, and the time to share your positive thoughts will never be out of season. Shoot your shot, and be featured on this week's ScorchCast. Again, thank you to each and every one of you that invest in this page, your support means an incredible amount and I hope I can return at least a fraction of that energy towards you all. Peace and blessings, Happy Thanksgiving!
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