I was once told that, "passion is hard to define but easy to see."
'Turbo Greg' Stanton's desire for life is easily defined by passion. The 52-year-old is not a household name nor does he make millions of dollars drag bike racing, but hearing him talk about the industry is something to appreciate it.
Stanton is entering his 30th year of grinding it out as a privateer and continues his quest to win the Manufacturer's Cup. Stanton's best finish was back in 2001 when he finished 5th (back then it was the AMA Cup) but did point out that, "I finished higher than the Monster team." In a sport where the factory teams or "Goliath's" pour millions into their racing machines and equipment this was a huge victory for the little guy paying his own way and simply following his passion.
Living the Dream
Stanton has prided himself on allowing his love for racing to fund his hobby. He turned down numerous collegiate scholarship's and now works two jobs for that, "eight seconds of glory." Most drag bike races only last eight seconds on the track, in fact a title is won in just 32 seconds.
Stanton's Beast-like nature well humbly instilled in him by Father, the first inaugural winner of the Bristol Motor Speedway drag bike race back in 1965. His Dad spent 35 years in the National Guard and made sure his son never gave up on his dream.
"I live the dream," he chuckles as he explains all that goes into his bike. He does all his mechanic work himself and even offers to help out other riders as they prepare to race. Never trained in mechanics, his dad taught him from a young age how to fix stuff. "When I was 18 I was fascinated by anything that went fast."
However, the native of Memphis, TN has always understood the importance of family and relationships. He has three daughters who have inherited his desire to be great; they own 10 national cheer-leading championships between them.
With his youngest daughter about to graduate, Turbo can finally return to where he belongs. Next year he will amount a serious challenge for the Manufacturer's Cup; excited at the prospect bettering his placing since he last participated.
This time he has some company. Now known as 'Grandpa' in some places, Turbo (shown right teaching Lane, one of his many gran-kids), gets to prove to the next generation of his family that life is about living out ones dreams and passions to the fullest!
Not all athletes are happy with being the greatest...some want to be remembered forever.
This is a great way to describe Roger Federer. The 33-year-old won his 23rd ATP 1000 event on Sunday needing two tiebreaks to beat Gilles Simon to win, "the biggest tournament in Asia."
"I got lucky to come through the first round after saving five match points," said the new World No. 2. "It has been a dream week."
The Fed Express defeated the World no. 29 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-2) in Shanghai. Federer gave a scintillating performance on Saturday as he destroyed the World no.#1, Novak Djokovic, 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals.
Federer's Shanghai surprise puts him above Ivan Lendl on the most 1000 Masters series titles list. However, he is second to current leader, Rafael Nadal, who sits at 27.
The 'Swiss Maestro' travels home next week as he joins Nadal and Wawrinka in the ATP 500 Swiss Indoors Championship.
The fight that could bost boxing back into the big-time is meant to finally happen.
Floyd Mayweather sr. has claimed that the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight will definitely happen and happen very soon. About time!
The undefeated, best pound-for-pound fighter's Father gave an interview to fighthype.com and did not hesitate to say, "I'm pretty sure he's going to get Pacquiao."
Mayweather has only two fights left on his Showtime contract and there is no question that if they were both with Pacquiao that the fight would be worth over a hundred million dollars each.
The talk on this fight has left many fans (such as myself) frustrated. If this had happened years ago we would have seen one of the best fights of all time. Both have speed and incredible punching ability. However, it is clear to see that now both fighters are not at the top of their games.
The reality remains that this is the biggest fight for Boxing. Everyone wins for it to happen and, as Skip Bayless mentioned on ESPN First Take yesterday, "Floyd has no excuse not to fight Manny."
I never bought the idea that Mayweather was scared of Pacquiao but this is a great test. He said he wants Manny, everyone says he will win, so what is the wait Floyd?
What a weekend for the state of Mississippi. Both SEC schools unbeaten, both now ranked inside the top 5.
Whether you are hailing state after they demolished #6Texas A and M or hotting your toddy as Ole Miss comes from behind the defeat #2 University of Alabama; the state of Mississippi celebrated all night long.
They were awoken to the knowledge that MSU are ranked third while Ole Miss are fourth. Mississippi State embarassed the then 6th-ranked Aggies 48-31. Add this to their defeat of LSU in Baton Rouge last weekend, the Bulldogs are living up to their pre-season national championship hype.
Ole Miss showed even more composure after trailing Alabama 14-3 at the half and did not allow the Tide a single point in the fourth quarter as the Rebels scored 2 touchdowns to end the game with a 23-17 win. Even Katy Perry celebrated the win. She must be a good luck charm.
It is great to one of the poorest states standing so tall in a major football conference. What is even greater to see Coach Mullen and Coach Freeze taking ownership of the state and creating such a strong sense of school and state pride .
This weekend provides more tests at Mississippi State host #2 Auburn while Ole miss faces the 14th-ranked Texas A and M aggies.
Hail State, Hotty Toddy.