On the Broncos, Seahawks and Richard Sherman

Broncos SeahwaksThose that know me, or follow along just for all the excitement on Facebook, know I’m a long-time Denver Broncos fan. Yet I’ve been spotted in my newish home town of Seattle, wearing a Seahawks’ shirt and cheering them along as well.

Now both teams are headed to Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. Who the heck is Jay T. going to root for?

Why the Denver Broncos, of course.

Of course? But aren’t you sort of a closet Seattle Seahawks fan?

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On the Benefits of Having a Heart Attack

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Check that title again… On the Benefits of Having a Heart Attack.

Benefits? WTF?

Really?

Yes, really!

For those not aware, I had what an emergency room cardiologist described as a “massive heart attack” back on April 21, 2012. I’ve written about it here, there and pretty much everywhere. I can’t lie, that was one of the shittier days I’ve had, ever.

It wasn’t the thought of death that was the hard part. To be honest, you don’t have a lot of time for clear-headed and cognizant thoughts during the actual heart attack. I do recall being wheeled out of the emergency room to the cardiac cath lab, and telling my wife and kids, “I’ll see you later” when I honestly thought I probably wouldn’t ever see them again. But I was trying to be all tough and stuff. You know, for them. I’ve never really asked any of them what they thought that day, we don’t dwell on it much — far better to dwell on living life every day since then.

And therein my friends, lies the truth. The benefit of having a heart attack. It’s about living. Or more precisely, having a greater appreciation for living.

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Texas 36, Oklahoma 20

It’s THE college football game of the year for any true University of Texas fan (especially since A&M bailed to the SEC).

OU has won the last three games by a combined score of 146 – 58. It’s been quite ugly.

Most expected more of the same today. Going in to today’s game, OU was 5 – 0 and ranked 12th (or 10th, depending on which poll you prefer) in the nation. Texas was 3 – 2 and unranked.

The line? Oklahoma by 14.

But they say lines don’t really matter in college rivalries.

And they are right.

The final score: Texas 36, Oklahoma 20.

Texas dominated.

Well done fellas, thanks for making my college football season.

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My First Race

Labor Day Half Medal

For the ones who had a notion, a notion deep inside
That it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.
I wanna find one face that ain’t looking through me
I wanna find one place, I wanna spit in the face of these Badlands…

On Labor Day, I completed my first organized “race” (well, unless you count the 100 yard  dash in the elementary school field day as an organized race). I put “race” in quotes because I hardly sprinted. Barely even ran. I’m a walker, mostly, but still it was organized, and timed, and there were prizes for winning, and medals for finishing. That’s a race people.

It was a half marathon — 13.1 miles of pure pleasure. And torture.

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An Open Letter to BioMarin Pharmaceutical – BMN 673 and Compassionate Use

UPDATE: Jan 2, 2014. Sadly, after a gallant 7.5 year battle with cancer, Andi Sloan passed away last night. Her mother posted this on Facebook:

Thank each of you for enriching Andrea’s life in more ways than we know. She took every friend, every blessing, and every challenge, including her 7-1/2 year battle with cancer, and turned them into a ROCKSTAR life. Too brief? Yes. But she lived each day she was given with “no regrets.”

Andi never received the experimental medication discussed below. Another pharmaceutical company stepped up with a different med, and bless them for that. But it was apparently too late.

Rest in peace, Andi.

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Dear BioMarin Pharmaceutical -

Have you seen this video? Please take 7 minutes and 13 seconds to watch it. I know you’re busy. But it’s just 7 minutes. I’ll wait for you.

Fair warning, you might want to grab a couple of Kleenex first…

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