NFL free agency officially got underway early Friday morning. The biggest splash on day one was made by the Washington Redskins as they signed Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Albert says goodbye to the Titans and Nashville where he called home for his first seven years in the NFL. The Redskins made Haynesworth the first 100 million dollar man to play defense.
The Titans deciding not to pay Albert that kind of crazy money is good in the long run because it would have caused major cap problems down the road. They’ve already made two keys free agent moves resigning starting quarterback Kerry Collins and defensive back Vincent Fuller. What money they have left under the cap can be spent in adding depth including possibly some help at wide receiver.
Daniel Snyder and the Redskins have always looked to win the press conference and they did that yet again with the signing of Haynesworth. On the other hand, the Titans have been smart doing their due diligence targeting and signing key free agents which have become staples in the community. I’ll take the way the Titans do business because they have had better results on the field since Daniel Snyder took over ownership of the Redskins during the same time frame. Best of luck to Albert in DC.
That’s especially true for me. I’ve been battling the soda addiction thing for some 20 years. This week I finally put my foot down and said no more. The caffeine addiction really got started in earnest when I was in high school as I worked a lot in the market that my parents managed for some 12 years. The first thing I did when I started working was to hit the soda machine and open up the first of many sodas that I would have while at work.
In the beginning Mountain Dew was the drink of choice and it was not uncommon for me to have three or four in a matter of hours. That addiction followed me on to college and only got worse as I no trouble drinking a two liter in no time. The recent addiction of late has been Diet Coke. One of my new year’s resolutions was to cut back if not cut out Diet Coke.
The main reason for the resolution is because the caffeine headaches had become more numerous of late and I wanted to put an end to those. This past Tuesday I drank my last Diet Coke and I haven’t looked back. The first 24 hours were especially difficult as the caffeine headache was stronger than ever, but after that initial period the headaches have stayed away. Hope this is the beginning of the end and on to a healthier lifestyle.
Mad props go to out to Morgan Levy and Christy Frink with Nashvillest who played host to the first ever Nashville Twestival event at the Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar Thursday night. It was great seeing so many fellow Nashville Twitters many for the first time. Here’s wishing there was a lot of money raised for Charity:Water . Thanks to all the sponsors who donated the various raffle prizes. Look forward to similar tweetups in the near future.
The first phase of Fast Pitch Nashville got underway last Friday at Belmont University with Pitch Camp. The event offered attendees the chance to hear about lead generation and presentation design from noted entrepreneur Dr. Jeff Stamp and Ethos 3 Communications CEO Scott Schwertly respectfully.
Since I’m not making a pitch my goal for going was to learn some new principles and how to be a more effective communicator. Both talks were homeruns in that regard. The workshop was also a great networking event too.
If you missed the event the presentations are available via the Fast Pitch channel on ustream.tv. I encourage everyone to come out for Open Pitch where everyone will have 60 seconds to pitch their refined idea. Selected finalists will then moved on to Fast Pitch where they will pitch their idea for a chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to present to the Angel Capital Group for funding. For more information check out FastPitchNashville.com .
If you’re on twitter then you’ve probably heard about @twestival. If you haven’t then you’re probably not following the right people. Twestival is set for Thursday, February 12th with the mission to have fun while generating money and awareness for charity: water . All together some 175 cities around the world will gather for a night of fun and fellowship for a good cause.
Nashville as always is stepping up to the plate. The goal is to raise $4,000, which is enough money to build one well in one of the poorest parts of the world. You can get real time updates by checking out Nashville Twestival. If you would like to volunteer then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. Hope to see you a week from Thursday.