Monday, December 10, 2007

Bowls and Boxing

A lot has happened since the last time I wrote. You all know that we are playing against Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., on New Year’s Eve. I cannot wait to get there! Throughout the week we've been participating in strength and conditioning workouts in addition to practices on the weekends. Coaches have been very good getting the older guys a little bit of rest, but also getting them some quality reps to shake off the rust.

I'm excited about playing Oklahoma State. It's nice to get the opportunity to play a quality team from a different conference. I'm so excited to play against players from the Big 12, whom I see playing somewhere across the country on TV almost every Saturday after our games. I always say to myself, "I'd love to play that team." Whether it is a team from the Big 12, Pac-10, Big East, etc. It's nice to watch film and break down an unfamiliar opponent.

I want to switch gears to something other than football. On Saturday night I went over to my teammate, Matt Kurz's apartment to watch the BIG fight; my favorite fighter of all-time and one of my role models, Floyd Mayweather Jr., faced Manchester, England's Ricky Hatton. Kurz ordered the fight and I went with a group of friends to watch the fight on his 52" HD TV with booming surround sound. I had an amazing time. To keep a long story short, Mayweather knocked Hatton out in the 10th round! I stood up and sang, "THERE'S ONLY ONE MAYWEATHER!" I was so hyped, as I was one of the only people in the house rooting for "Pretty Boy" Floyd.

I'm a very big boxing fan. In case you don't know, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is known for his flamboyant, arrogant, money-waving ways. He's also known for having the quickest hands in the world. I love his fighting style and his attitude. He's very outspoken, talking trash to every fighter he's ever faced. I don't call it bragging though because he backs it up.

You might be wondering why he's my favorite fighter and one of my role models. It's because I see him as my alter ego. Every athlete has a little edge to him, a little cockiness at times, a lot of confidence. In my opinion, you have to! Every athlete has those moments where they just know they're unstoppable. There will always be times when an athlete or anybody for that matter, must believe that. It's more about believing in yourself than anything else.

"It's only arrogance if you're wrong." -Anonymous


Anonymous said...

Mr. Payton ,

Good luck in your upcoming bowl game . I live close to Tempe but my boss needs me to work but iI will be cheering for you guys hard as hell on the 31st from Vegas. Good job on "PLAYING 13" now let's go and "Win the 13th" . For coach and for the TEAM!!! HOO HOO HOOSIERS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

We'd love to hear how your "two a day" practice sessions are going? Are all of you excited? :-)


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