Seeing the Alabama Crimson Tide hoist the national championship trophy at the conclusion of their match-up with the Georgia Bulldogs Monday night, the vibe in the air was of that of an expected surprise. The Tide were definitive favorites going into the game, yet for the bulk of it, Georgia had the “team of destiny” label in everyone’s minds as they rushed out to a 13-0 lead, but simply couldn’t create enough separation to halt the Tide’s will power to win this game. With the routine player turnover in college sports, the term dynasty isn’t quite a perfect fit for programs such as Alabama, but it still seems to be a look they’ve been pulling off for years.
“These kids really responded the right way. We said last year don’t waste a failing, they sure didn’t the way they played tonight.” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban post-game to ESPN.
Shortly after Saban’s comments, freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was named the offensive player of the game, highlighted by his 41 yard touchdown pass to win the game.
Having been the SEC Offensive Player of the year among many other accolades under his belt, Alabama starting quarterback Jalen Hurts was more likely the face being pictured as the hero of Monday’s game, but after severely struggling in the first half of Monday’s game, Saban took a gamble which paid off.
In another twist, standing opposite Tagovailoa for Georgia was another freshman quarterback, Jake Fromm, being coached by former Saban assistant, Kirby Smart. While not playing a perfect game, Fromm like Tagovailoa displayed a great deal of poise given the circumstances.
The game as a whole was one of opportunities. Georgia is known for running, yet had more success throwing the ball. Alabama had several plays that should have been converted in the first half that resulted in field goals or punting. Then in the second half, Alabama’s defense began to put the clamps down on Georgia who still managed a few good plays, but ultimately couldn’t stop the balanced attack from the Tide. The game would’ve even been over in regulation had Alabama connected on a field goal attempt by kicker Andy Pappanastos which veered wide left, but in the end things worked out for Alabama.
Saban is now in possession of his 6th national title, and while this is the time for celebrating with his team, the elephant in the room still remains in the question of how much longer this streak will continue.
In my interview with SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears who played for Saban’s 2003 LSU championship team, we discuss among other topics the dilemma with parity in the SEC in our upcoming issue.
Davidson Hotels and Resorts expands Portfolio with Hotel Zachary in Chicago
Hotel Zachary has an exclusive blend, thoughtful amenities and artistic touches in every guestroom to locally-infused dining and signature cocktails from the City’s Top Chefs
This Week Davidson Hotel & Resorts – one of the nation’s leading hotel management companies for delivering hospitality and creating value – announced the addition of Zachary at Gallagher Way, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, to its highly curated Portfolio.
It’s owned by Hickory Street Capital, this exciting new hotel will be managed by Pivot Hotels & Resorts – Davidson’s Lifestyle and Luxury Division.
Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way is a distinctive boutique hotel that brings history and style together to deliver an authentic Chicago neighborhood experience.
It’s situated in the heart of Chicago’s renowned Lakeview neighborhood.
Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way is inspired by it’s namesake, famed Chicago architect, Zachary Taylor Davis, who designed the esteemed Wrigley Field in 1914.
Located in the heart of the city’s Lakeview neighborhood and adjacent to historic Wrigley Field, the 173-room hotel celebrates world-renowned Wrigley Field architect and Chicagoan Zachary Taylor Davis.
Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way delivers a memorable guest experience to baseball fans, the curious traveler and locals in-the-know.
“My family and I are truly honored to bring the Hotel Zachary to Lakeview and the City of Chicago, “said Tom Ricketts, who is Chairman of Hickory Street Capital. “Hotel Zachary will pay homage to the neighborhood’s rich history and to Chicago’s architecture and design legacy. We’re excited to offer new chef driven restaurants and unique, year-round experiences for neighbors, families, fans and visitors.”
Hotel Zachary is situated within 238,000-sq-ft mixed-use development that also features some of Chicago’s best-known chefs and restaurants, including West Town Bakery & Tap, Big Star, Smoke Daddy, and Matthias Merges ‘new eatery, Mordecai. Hotel Zachary will deliver authentic local experiences on Chicago’s North Side, as a new in-town hub for city explorers, business travelers, visiting families and baseball enthusiasts to find entertainment, great dining and a distinctively personalized lodging experience.
Source: Davidson Hotels & Resorts
Photo Courtesy of Hotel Zachary. Photo Credit: Dave Burk Photography (PRNewsfoto/Davidson Hotels & Resorts
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Messengers Among Us
This week I have been amazed at the world around me. I am continually working toward self-actualization. On this quest, I seek to manifest clarity of my beliefs for my well-being. My work is to constantly detach from the world around me to find truth among the noise and chaos that consumes our lives and time.
Think about that for a moment – the noise and chaos consuming. Like a heterotrophic bacterium, eating and absorbing dead matter, the noise and chaos consume our lives and time in that same manner. Look at your life and examine how much time social media, the news, entertainment, gossip, work politics and the like consume your mind and time. It is as if your mind is constantly being pulled to the left and the right, jerking itself to keep up with one distraction after another.
In moving so fast, we are also distracted from the beauty and perfection that is the foundation of all that is. We miss the important things in life and instead become conformed to what we are consuming, noise and chaos. Chaos is disorder and confusion. In life, it shows up as confusion of who we are, where we are and how we are. Constantly out of order. Not only in our minds, but in relationship to the universe itself.
In my discovery this week, I realized that my rush to reach goals, achieve heights and make the most of my time here on earth has caused me to miss out on what makes the journey beautiful. I was missing out on the hands that push me along the way, the voice that draws my attention forward and the lights that guide my feet. The little things that assure my safe travel and help to lift me above life’s heavy pull to complete the voyage. These impressions I neglected. I let them drown in the noise.
In my haste, these hands and voices appeared to be talking trees. An oddity that became normal to ignore. After a few interviews this week and conversations with some amazingly insightful and determined individuals, I realized I was not walking past talking trees. In my day to day, I was walking past individual spirits in human form with messages for me. Their niceties, their conversations, their encounters, I shrugged off as part of happenings of life. I forsook their importance and my importance in these moments. I disregarded the work of the universe to perfect these moments. I overlooked how important I must be for the universe to send a message to me in such an orchestrated manner. I discounted how valuable the messenger must be to hold such information and maintain a life appointment neither was aware.
I imagine that from the beginning of time, their life was formed, and their path perfected to be a messenger for me and me for them. We for others. Our meetings converted to a special remembrance to renew our lives and minds and assist in opening the eyes of others to messages all around them.
This week I became clear and grateful to the universe and the messengers for helping me to see what I had made myself blind to see. Taking for granted the souls that surround me on any given day. I became grateful for why I am pushed to help and connect with others. For, in the end, they actually help and connect me to me. I am giving to no one; everyone is giving to me. When I am giving to others, I give to myself and they to themselves. My hand to them is a key that unlocks the message they hold for me.
I have a few stories I am writing that will be published in the coming weeks. I wanted to use other people’s stories and messages to continue to have readers question themselves and their beliefs. Have readers find hope, purpose, and well-being through the eyes and lives of others. I wanted to put a spotlight on unique journeys and stories. In actuality, I received light and answers to my questions. I was sent their way to be fed. Though their stories will be told, my story, in turn, has been enriched by their passage through my life.
This week I interviewed a blind man who had greater vision and clarity than those with eyes. A man who helped me to see that my eyes are not for seeing at all. They are for realizing and becoming aware of what I have already created. A man that could walk you into your destiny, guided by his foresight within. He caused me to see where I was blind.
I interviewed a woman whose personal path was destined by her ancestral past. It was so intense, that when she did not listen to its call, it pulled her into death to ignite the gift and shift her mind. It called her to death to give her a message and clear the confusion she walked in. She returned to life with a power and message that only she specifically could hold. Her life, her heritage, her persona perfectly orchestrated to be the messenger of this message. Her gift and light gave me life.
I met a group of activist advocating for assisted suicide. Their stories were informing me of points of view and processes that drew levels of compassion and questions of my belief system that I would never have challenged without their meeting. I met groups of advocates for children, politicians and school leaders sharing hopes, dreams, limitations, and struggles. These individuals were destroying biases and shifting my views. They helped me release limiting thoughts and walk boldly into uncharted territories. I offered my help, support, and conversation, not knowing that, in turn, I would be lifted.
Though all of these individuals have different stories apprised from their life perspectives, I found them all speaking to me. Their lives, their stories, their pains, their joys and gifts all held messages for me. Some were whispers of Spirit leading or directing me. Some held confirmations. Others held fingers of light directing me toward a future I was unaware possible. Their messages released doubts, strengthened, encouraged, empowered, opened doors of my mind and destroyed biases.
I learned through this experience to slow down and hear those speaking. Stop rushing past so fast, that the voices become talking trees in the forest of my life. I will listen from now on. I will see and connect to the messengers around me. I will be grateful for them. Because of them, I know I am never alone, and a message is always waiting for me to question, to answer my questions, to direct or inform me of me.
Exposure Magazine Exclusive with The Mother of Black Hollywood Jenifer Lewis On News Stands
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Legendary actress and star of the hit sitcom Blackish sat down with Exposure Magazine to talk about her memoir The Mother of Black Hollywood. We had a VERY candid conversation about her bout with bi-polar disorder and sex addiction. When speaking with her you get one thing from her you expect…Strength and courage. We also talked about the life lessons that helped her cope with her condition. She had a very special message to former President Barack Obama and some rather hard hitting words for the current President. Get your copy of her book
The Mother of Black Hollywood.
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