Looking Back as a Washed-Up Golfer

Story time!

I have been thinking about golf a lot lately because I keep seeing commercials for the Masters in April (CANT WAIT). That being said, here is a true story about a devastating moment in my high school golf career.

As I walked into the clubhouse, I looked at the “84” on my scorecard with pride; it was the best round of golf I had ever played. I signed the scorecard, confirming that the scores added up correctly, and turned it into the sectional tournament officials. Unfortunately, because so many schools were competing, I knew I had no chance qualifying for the district tournament–I had already seen two scores under 80 posted up on the scoreboard.

About an hour later, one of my teammates walked over to where I was sitting to inform me that my score was tied for the 4th spot with two other competitors–the top 4 scorers would be headed to the district tournament. In order to determine which golfer headed to districts, a playoff hole would be played to determine the spot. I could not believe that I had a chance at making it to the next tournament, but at the same time was very nervous about the sudden death playoff. I headed outside of the clubhouse to swing my clubs to loosen up my sore body from the four hour round played prior to the playoff.

Once the two other players and I competing for the final spot for the playoff approached the tee box, the nerves kicked in, as nearly 30 people surrounded us. Unfortunately, those nerves got the best of me, and I would go on to lose the playoff. But, as I walked back to the clubhouse nearly in tears, I realized that a playoff never should have happened. The stress– all the nerves building up to the playoff… none of that wasn’t supposed to ever happen.

It was the 15th hole; I had just birdied the previous hole, and the confidence continued to grow as I realized how well I was playing. I hit my drive just left of the fairway, another competitor hit his drive right down the center, and the other golfer–who had trouble with his golf game the majority of the day–barely got his golf ball past the tee box. We all headed to find our golf balls, but I had to stop to allow the struggling golfer hit his second shot. I should’ve known that his second shot would not be turning out very well.

Sure enough, his second shot nearly hit me, and it ended up hitting my golf bag; in golf, if you are to hit another player’s bag, the player whose bag was hit is given a two stroke penalty. Both players weren’t acquainted with some of golf’s specific rules, but I knew that it was a two stroke penalty. That being said, I enforced the penalty on myself, and finished out the hole with two extra strokes added on.

Honesty is key y’all.


I really miss golf. I was so hesitant to try out my freshman year, but I am so glad I went for it, because it is something I will forever cherish, despite the twists and turns my golf game took.


Uhhhh side note: How bout this National Championship game?!? Wow. Still not as good as the last National Championship ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Winter… Bout time.

As I look at the 5 day forecast, it seems as if Winter has officially begun and is here to stay. Hopefully we are done with these 60 degree December days because I have had enough of it! Bring on the snow! Cool temperatures and snow for me means three things: snow days (if we are lucky), skiing, and Christmas.

Snow days have been a flop these past couple of years. There have been a few delays here and there, but I don’t recall there being a snow day last year at all. Global Warming? Idk! Prolly just stupid Ohio weather. The Farmer’s Almanac seems somewhat promising, but I no longer know what “average snowfall” means. FarmersAlmanac.jpg

Please bless us with some snow days this year Mr. Estepp, thanks.

Cool temperatures also means skiing. Skiing is big in my family, and we are always looking forward to shreddin the gnar in the Winter. Perfect North plans on opening soon, and we are heading to Big Sky, Montana in February over Super Bowl weekend. It is early December, and Big Sky already has tons of snow. Looking forward to this…

Aaaaaaaaaand Winter means Christmas. Christmas is by far my favorite holiday of the year, seeing family members from all over and spending some quality time with them! I guess getting gifts is cool too….

Super short blog post this week, stay tuned for more.










Tomorrow, Nike and Off-White are releasing their coveted “The Ten” collection. Ten classic Nike shoes redesigned by fashion designer Virgil Abloh are being released between 1:00-3:00 PM on the Nike app. I am going to try to get a pair from the hyped collection (keyword: “try”).

Because this collection has been so hyped up recently, tons of people are going to try to get them tomorrow, giving me less of a chance to get a pair. My goal is to get a pair that is somewhat flying under the radar, which will be difficult to do because nearly every shoe in the collection is getting hyped up. I spent my Sunday watching football and figuring out which shoes from the Off-White/Nike collaboration I would be going for tomorrow.

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Right out of the gate I knew that the Air Jordan 1’s were off of the table. They are by far the most hyped shoe in the collection and just about every hypebeast will be going for these.

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I am not a huge fan of the Nike Air Presto’s, partly because of the inside-out Nike logo to the right of the shoelaces. I am also not a fan of the complex look they have to them, I feel like there is a lot going on at once. These are one of the most hyped shoes in the collection, so I wouldn’t have a chance even if I did like them.Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 12.04.31 AM

The Nike Zoom Fly’s have flown under the radar a little bit in this collection. The Nike Zoom Fly’s are a newly developed running shoe, and I was hoping to stick with the classics. But, at the same time, I have read that they are super comfortable… so I might have to give them a shot.

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I am not a huge fan of the high top Nike Blazers. This one was easy to cross off the list, because I am not a huge fan of high tops. If Virgil did a Nike Blazer Low-Top pair instead, I would’ve probably considered.

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I have had mixed thoughts on the Nike Air Max 90’s. There isn’t too much going on, but it is definitely a bulky sneaker. It is also getting close to the high-top category, and you know how I feel about high tops! I will probably pass on these in the end tomorrow.

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These are the Nike Hyperdunks, and I would only wear these for basketball. The ONLY way I’d be wearing high-tops would be for basketball. Unfortunately, I already have basketball shoes, so I will have to pass up on these.

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AGH! I love these Nike Vapormax’s, but if you see me around, I am probably wearing something very similar to these at some point during the week. If I didn’t already have Vapormax’s, I would FOR SURE go for Virgil’s deconstructed version of the model.

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I have no idea why it says vulcanized either.

Converse Chuck Taylor HIGH TOPS. ‘Nuff said. I also learned that these aren’t even going to be released on the Nike app tomorrow so it doesn’t matter!

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Yawn. I have never been a huge fan of the Nike Air Force 1’s. The soles on the AF1’s bother me big time. Hard pass.

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Bingo. The Nike Air Max 97’s have flown under the radar big time. This is a classic Nike shoe with a clean look, and I know that they won’t be as hard to get as some of the other pairs in the collection like the Presto’s or the Air Jordan 1’s. Throughout my Sunday this shoe has grown on me, and I will for sure be focusing on these tomorrow.

That is it for the blog, I am praying that I can somehow manage to get a pair from this collection tomorrow!

For Jake’s take on “The Ten,” check out his blog.





Reminiscing about my time abroad…

Over the summer, I was beyond fortunate to travel to Greece and Italy for ten days. My trip featured stays in Athens, Rome, and Milan. It was a blast, and right now, as a write my blog post at 11:17 PM, I can’t stop thinking about it. Below are pictures that I captured on my beautiful trip overseas.


The Trevi Fountain
The Pantheon

The Colosseum was breathtaking. It is hard to get a reference for the size of the structure  by these pictures… but I promise, it is MASSIVE!


This is a picture of my forehead in the Sistine Chapel. They specifically told us not to take pictures of the ceiling…but cmon, I had to.
The main square at the Vatican. I was hoping that the Pope would make an appearance for me.


In Athens, we had the opportunity to visit a Greek market. At the Greek market, we were given a sheet of paper with Greek foods written on it in Greek. We had to communicate with the Greeks at the market to figure out what each word meant and then we had to buy the food. It was really really cool. The food is a little different there… sorry that you had to see that picture of the lamb heads.

We also got to visit the Parthenon. Despite the temperature being 110 degrees, it was a beautiful sight. Prior to my visit, my grandmother sent me a picture of my great grandparents at the Parthenon and wanted me to replicate the picture. As you can tell by the pictures above, a lot has changed.


This was by far and away the best part of the trip. Cinque Terre is made up of five small villages on the northwest coast of Italy. The views were INSANE.


That wraps things up for the blog. I really wish I could go back to Greece and Italy right about now!!!


Wake Up Call

It has been a week since the United States Men’s National Team failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1… I, along with many US soccer fans, have yet to get over this.

I think it is fair to say that this photo taken after the loss to Trinidad and Tobago encapsulates the US soccer community’s feelings right now.

How did this happen? Trinidad and Tobago? Seriously? There are more people living in Manhattan than there are in Trinidad and Tobago! We have over 323 million people in the United States, and we seriously can’t produce 11 good soccer players? This is just one of several pathetic losses the USMNT encountered during their failed journey to qualify. What is going on?

It all starts with player development. All of these kids who have A TON of potential are being put onto these club soccer teams at very young ages, with hopes to develop a superstar, right? But, instead of focusing on the player’s development, coaches/managers are focused on the club’s success as a whole–effective, right? Parents are paying thousands of dollars to put their child into these programs, and that money needs to be put to good use. In order to produce more potential superstars, coaches need to be more focused on individual player development.

There are ZERO excuses for the struggles the USMNT has encountered over the years. The system needs to change in order to get successful results back.

Quick side note- I LOVE that this is the goal that Panama “scored” to help them qualify for the World Cup over the US.

Honestly, we deserved this. This serves as a great wake up call for US soccer.

I apologize for the rant. More positive blog posts are coming, I promise!







Getting Fishy

On August 13th, 2017, we added another member to the Campbell family. The newest member of our family happened to be five dollars at PetSmart and happens to be a fish. His name? DeAndre of course.

DeAndre is a Siamese Fighting Fish, more commonly known as a Betta fish. If you are not familiar with Betta fish, they are known for being very aggressive around other fish. If you want to get two Betta fish in one tank, you have to buy a divider for your tank so that they don’t kill each other.

No, I’m not joking. They will rip each other apart if there isn’t a divider like the one above.

Nearing his two month anniversary with the family, DeAndre is staying strong. Prior to his adoption, Dre went through a rough conditions at our local PetSmart. He was living in a tiny cup, surrounded by dozens of other feisty Betta fish. I knew I had to take him home with me after seeing how rough he had it at the pet store. When I put him in my tank at home, he swam around the tank rapidly, shocked at how much room he had. I don’t even want to know how long PetSmart had DeAndre in that cup for.

DeAndre was living in one of these small cups prior to his adoption. Say no to animal cruelty PetSmart! Despicable. 

I look forward to seeing DeAndre continue to grow and thrive as a member of the Campbell family!

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DeAndre swims gracefully across his roomy tank. 


Favorite NFL Celebrations So Far

Over football’s offseason, Roger Goodell and the National Football League loosened the rules on celebrations. Prior to this, the “No Fun League” has been known to have strict rules on celebrations (how long they could celebrate, appropriateness, etc). After over 5 weeks of football (both preseason and regular season), plenty of players have taken full advantage of the new rule. Below are some of my favorite cele’s so far.


After making a sack, defensive end Taco Charlton prepares some tacos for some teammates. How fitting.


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict celebrates with the Washington fans after scoring a defensive touchdown.
Minnesota WR Stefon Diggs sent this ball flying after scoring a touchdown on Monday.

Detroit WR Marvin Jones Jr. celebrates with fellow players, bringing back some elementary school memories.

Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris gets his shimmy on and hoops after scoring a touchdown against New England on Thursday.


Hopefully the players continue to impress with the new rule in effect!