Auburn vs South Carolina

Unless a loved one is dying, I’ll be tuned in to the Auburn vs South Carolina game this evening.  Well, even if someone is dying, what are the odds I could help?!  And given I live quite a few hours from most of my family, they probably wouldn’t even know if I stayed to finish the game first, before driving to their aid.  But I digress.

Auburn needs to win this game pretty solidly to, after the loss to now #1 Mississippi State, re-solidify the fact that we (yes we) are serious about being a National Championship contender.  The reality is that at least a couple one-loss teams are likely going to be in the 4-team playoff this year….so it might as well be Auburn!

War Eagle!!


Tim Hudson pitching tonight for SF Giants :)

In case you’re not aware, the World Series (of baseball) is happening.  The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 between (my beloved) SF Giants and the Kansas City Royals.  Tonight is Game 3…and the starting pitcher for the Giants is my homeboy, Tim Hudson.

tim hudson pitching

Ok, let me clarify… Huddy, as they call him, has no idea we’re homeboys… but we have so much in common we’re homeboys by default.

8 things Tim Hudson and I have in Common

  1. We were both born in Columbus, Georgia
  2. We graduated high school and are ‘from’ (sweet home) Alabama
  3. We both went to Auburn University (maybe even at the same time) – War Eagle!
  4. Tim calls Peachtree City, Georgia home…I used to race BMX in Peachtree City
  5. Tim has pitched for the Atlanta Braves and the Oakland A’s…those are two of my fav non-Giant teams
  6. The SF Giants is our favorite baseball team
  7. We are both followers of Jesus…that’s cool
  8. We are both “old”…I’m ~ 1.5 years more ‘seasoned’ than he

See, it’s almost like we’re brothers from another mother.  Seriously, the fact that he went to Auburn, alone, makes me wanna pull for him.  Plus, he is a really nice, humble dude, which I love to see in an athlete.

I honestly didn’t know anything about Tim until he came to the SF Giants this year.  And just so happens I’ve followed baseball more this year than any other, so he became my favorite player right away early this year.  (Hunter Pence is a close 2nd as my fav.)

Cool historical fact, he’ll be the 3rd oldest pitcher to make his World Series Pitching debut.  In other words, he’s lucky to be getting there at his age.  Hudson has pitched quite a bit in the post-season (i.e. with the Braves), but his team has never made it to the World Series….till now!

Anyway, here’s hoping Tim Hudson AND the SF Giants do well tonight!!



giants v cardinals nlcs

It’s almost time for Game 3 of the NLCS (National League Championship Series) between my favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, and the St Louis Cardinals.  So far the best of 7 series is tied at one game each.

On top of that, my favorite pitcher & favorite player (along with Hunter Pence) is pitching today…I’m referring to fellow Auburn Alum Tim Hudson!  War Eagle!

On that note…I’m out.   Let’s Go GIANTS, Let’s GO!!


The Slight Edge…One of the BEST Books I’ve Ever Read

I don’t get overly hyped about many things…and I’m very judicious about things I recommend.  But with that being said…

slight edge bk cover

If I could recommend just one modern-day book for you to read, in almost any situation it would be The Slight Edge written by Jeff Olson.

Whether health & fitness, business, relationships, or just life in general, it’s simply an incredible book…one that will help you understand what leads to success vs failure, despite the endeavor.

Once I completed my college education (which I stretched out as long as I could – ha), I began reading quite voraciously…and I still do in spurts.  Point being, I’ve read a LOT of books.  And practically all of these are of the non-fiction variety.  More specifically, I tend to read things that might help me become a better person…so whether it’s self-help, productivity, business, etc. I’ll probably enjoy it…or already have.

With that being said, these days it takes something really special about a book to make me excited about it to the point where I wanna tell others about it.  So when Pete from my small group at church showed up with a stack of these to hand out to us, I admittedly thought “oh that’s very nice of him, but I’m sure this is gonna turn out to be another mediocre book rehashing the same ol’ stuff.”  But I was wrong.

The Slight Edge points out that the line between failure and success is a very fine one, indeed.  Having had my share of both, I’ve found that to be the case in my life, too, when looking back in retrospect.

In closing, if you’re someone who struggles with up and downs in the exercise/nutrition part of your life, I’d consider this book a must read.  And for that matter, if you struggle with up and downs in any part of your life (who doesn’t?!) then you should also read The Slight Edge.

It’s not a “Rah, rah, you can do it!” kind of book.  Instead, it takes a practical, no-nonsense look at how to succeed (or fail) at anything by making the smallest changes.

Your friend in fitness,

Dr Clay


You Can Call it a Comeback

“Don’t call it a comeback…I’ve been here for years” rapped LL Cool J in his song Momma Said Knock You Out.  In my case, however, the term comeback is quite warranted…given that I took a break from pretty much everything for almost two years.

For now I won’t bore you with the details of my sabbatical; I’ll save that for whenever I get around to writing my autobiography.  But I will say that I’m excited to be back!

It’s kinda hard to believe that almost two full years passed since my last update here at  Given that amount of time away, I’m sure you unbookmarked this site, stopped checking in, and probably forgot about little ol me altogether…and I wouldn’t blame ya.

However, go ahead and (re)bookmark, add it to your favorites, tie a string around your finger, or whatever you wanna do to make it easy to swing by here regularly.  I’ll do my best to make it worth your while.

Till next time…Peace :)

LA Cool Clay