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Tyson vs Douglas Turns 25

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I just wanted to let all my readers here know that I’ve got a new sports piece over at bingemedia.net.

It takes a look back at the fight that changed the course of boxing forever: Mike Tyson vs Buster Douglas. It’s been 25 years since that night in Tokyo and you can relive all the drama right HERE.

Thanks for reading. Talk to you again soon.

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Vote for the winners at the Oscars at Binge Media.

OscarIt’s almost that time of year again. We’re two weeks away from Oscar night and over at my other writing gig at bingemedia.net, I’m giving my readers a chance to vote for the winners in each and every category. So I wanted to include my readers here as well. So if you have a few minutes over the next two weeks, just click the link below and cast your votes. And coming very soon to The Luke Norris Experience will be the 2015 version of The State of THE Luke Norris Address. To read the 2014 version, click HERE. I’ll see you again soon. As always, thanks for your continued support.

http://bingemedia.net/2015/02/08/working-the-weekend-with-luke-2815-oscar-talk-part-2-the-oscar-fan-vote/

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A Busy Week at Binge

As I said earlier in the week, I’m going to start posting links to the work that I do at Binge Media as often as I can. And I had a busy week over there with the sports stuff.

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On Wednesday, I wrote previews for the upcoming weekend’s games in the NFL Playoffs. Click the link below to check it out and you can also vote for who you think is going to win.

http://bingemedia.net/2015/01/07/binge-sports-nfl-playoffs-the-divisional-round-fan-vote/

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Yesterday, I wrote my fourth story on Lauren Hill. If you don’t know this story, please follow the link below to check it out. This story also has the links to the first three. She is so unbelievably inspiring.

http://bingemedia.net/2015/01/08/binge-sports-coach-lauren-hill/

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And just today, I gave readers another chance to vote for the winner of the College Football Playoff National Championship between Oregon and Ohio State. Click the link below to cast your vote.

http://bingemedia.net/2015/01/09/college-football-playoff-national-championship-game-oregon-v-ohio-state-fan-vote/

They’ll be some more things from Binge Media over the next week or so and you can always check out the latest by following me @BingeSports and/or @THElukenorris, but also stay tuned for the 2015 version of “The State of THE Luke Norris Address”, coming soon to The Luke Norris Experience. As always, I thank you for your continued support. I’ll see you soon.

 

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Binge Media–My Take On “The Interview”

I know it’s just another plug for the work that I do for another site, but I’m going to start linking most, if not all of my posts to The Luke Norris Experience. Binge Media is a big part of what I do these days, so if you see this post and have already read the article(s), then just disregard this, but if you haven’t, follow this link over to Binge Media and check out this week’s edition of “Working the Weekend with Luke” for my take on the controversial movie, The Interview. Enjoy.

http://bingemedia.net/2015/01/04/working-the-weekend-with-luke-1415-an-interview-about-the-interview-spoiler-alert/

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Merry New Year!!

If you think the title is wrong, then you’ve never seen Trading Places and that’s your fault, not mine. But I digress.

I’m short on time, so I won’t keep you long. I’ve got a couple hours of driving ahead of me as I’m headed north to spend the new year with some of my favorite people in the world and I’m pretty excited about that.

I could spend this time breaking down my 2014 and believe me, there’s plenty to break down. I could go over my road trip or my new job or how much the kids have grown. There were certainly some surprises, some positives and some negatives, but I’ll hang onto that for a few weeks when I bring you the 2015 The State of The Luke Norris Address. If you’re not familiar with the 2014 version, click HERE.

But all I really want to accomplish today is to tell everybody that’s reading this that I hope you had a wonderful 2014. I know it gets hard from time to time for everybody, but I hope you were able to fight through and come out smiling.

I also ask one favor from all of you. Be safe tonight. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about making some bad decisions. Some of those can be the most fun, but just don’t make getting in a car and driving one of them. It’s just not worth it. Beyond that, do what you do and I hope you’ve got someone to share tonight with.

Well, that will do it in 2014 for The Luke Norris Experience. And don’t forget to keep checking me out at bingemedia.net. I wish every single one of you the best 2015 you can possibly have and I’ll see you on the other side of midnight. But for now, I’m out the door. Have fun kids.

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‘Twas The Night I Wrote A Letter To Santa

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, as I sat in my house

Writing a letter to Santa, this is how it came out:

Dear Santa, I know that you’re busy, but I just need a minute

First, I don’t want to know a world that doesn’t have you in it.

The rosy cheeks, the cherry nose, the merry dimples

Take me back to a time when life was so simple.

So full of joy, that bowl full of jelly,

” But Santa’s not real” is what they continue to tell me.

But I’ll always believe, maybe that’s just me

I suppose this is when I tell you what I need.

I don’t really need presents, but this is the thing

What I really want are things you can’t bring.

I want to stop being sad every time my kids go,

I want to forgive myself for the things no one knows.

I want to forget some of the things that I’ve seen,

From tears to a last breath and things in between.

I don’t want pity, and I don’t want to be too sappy

But all that I want is for people to be happy.

I think I’ve been a good boy, and believe me when I say

That’s all people want at the end of the day.

But please don’t think that I don’t have it good,

I’ve got people that love me, as everybody should.

I’ve got bills that are paid, a roof and a floor,

I’ve got a job and a car, and oh so much more.

But some people don’t, and this is what I ask,

Can you take care of them, is that an easy enough task?

There’s people that I know that deserve so much more,

Whether it’s love or just a break, is that so much to ask for?

I know it’s not your job to provide these things,

But maybe some hope is what you could bring

To those who need you, because overall, I don’t,

And to those who tell me to stop believing, I won’t.

So as my daughters sleep in their beds tonight, go ahead and pass us by,

I’ll take care of things down here, just go to those who cry.

I raise my glass to you, good sir, as you ride with such delight,

Merry Christmas to all, here’s to the good life.

 

 

 

 

A Talk With Pop

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Hey Pop, I’m sorry that I was so quiet at the cemetery today. Honestly, I really don’t know what to say sometimes when I’m there. I think maybe it’s because I still think from time to time that you’re going to talk back, and that’s one of the hardest parts of the past two years. The fact that we can’t engage in one of our epic conversations is still really difficult for me. Even as I’m sitting here attempting to write this, I’m not quite sure what to say. I guess what I really want to tell you is that maybe I’m still not quite past your passing. I’m trying really hard to get there, but I think there may always be a little part of me that will always be angry with myself for not getting past some things that happened between us a hell of a lot earlier than I did. I think that’s why I wrote what I did last year about forgiveness and I really did mean it. Or maybe I just miss you more than I could ever fully express and everything I just wrote is complete nonsense.

But overall, Pop, I’m doing okay. There’s still some things that get at me but I know I’m better than I used to be. I really wish you were here to see how much the girls have grown. They’re just getting so big so fast. And they’re so smart and so beautiful. It pains me to no end when they have to leave every week. Honestly, that’s a feeling that I know I’ll never be able to shake, but I think that can be a good thing.  The fact that I cry every single Wednesday lets me know how much I love them, I think.  They really are amazing and I know they would just love you so much and I know that Patrick and Dominic would too. You would be so proud of Kimberly. She is an amazing mother and I don’t think our relationship has ever been better. It’s so amazing when the four kids are together and I know that would make you very happy. Matt has got some very cool things going on as well and you would be so proud of the man he’s becoming. And Mom is still Mom. She’s the most amazing grandmother to these kids and still the best mother a guy could ever hope for.

I still contact Patti from time to time and she seems to be doing okay. A very cool thing is that I’ve actually hung out with Angie a few times (she’s a grown woman and actually calls me “Uncle Lukey”, which I know you would find as hysterical and adorable as I do) and met my great-nieces. They actually came out to my birthday party for a little bit. And just this morning, Derek messaged me asking for a copy of the video I made about you. He says that he wished he could have had a relationship with you and I’m sure that would have happened. I’m extremely proud that you chose to get back in touch with Patti after all those years and I’m happy I was able to be there for it.

I suppose the point I’m trying to make is that even though life always goes on, there are so many people that wish you were here to witness it. And as for me, I’m still just a boy that wishes his daddy was here. Through everything that happened, I always loved you and I always will. There was so much good in you, even if it was easier sometimes to see the other side. That’s what I forgot sometimes, but never again. There’s so much that you passed down to me and as the son became a father, I can only hope that Ashlyn and Brooklyn love me as much as I love you. I miss you every day Pop, and for that, I know I’ll never have to be sorry.