banner
Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: Izzy, Manning and Hope

Posted March 3, 2013

This will serve as my weekly column for notes about things I find interesting outside the Triangle. Enjoy my insights. I will enjoy sharing them ..

Izzy Powell

This is a truly heartbreaking story to read. Raleigh native Landon Powell opens up about the death of his baby daughter last month. It is hard to read, but the article explains why he is telling his story so soon. Powell wants people to be aware of what caused little Izzy to die. I really hope he catches on with the Mets. This guy has been through so much. He dealt with his own health issues and now he's coping with the loss of his daughter. It's definitely the kind of story that makes you think.

"Hope" is a bad word

I've always been a huge Bob Knight fan. Indiana was the first college basketball team I followed when I was a kid. I'm not as big a fan anymore, but I still find the guy fascinating. He is coming out with a new book "The Power of Negative Thinking". The New York Times interviewed him about the book this week. He explained why "hope" is the is worst word in the English language. His point is he wants people to work more and stop hoping for good things to happen. It's an interesting message in a world that often encourages "hope". He also talks about how he doesn't plan to return to Indiana at any point. The way he left IU was pretty sad. I'm hoping he changes his mind at some point and makes some peace in Bloomington.

Shabazz Muhammad

UCLA announced Shabazz Muhammad would not be around for another season. That makes him the latest less than shocking "one and done". He's really had a rough year of college basketball. The guy had to deal with an NCAA investigation when at the beginning of the year and he's been questioned about everything including a designer backpack he was wearing after one of UCLA's games. There is one thing I hadn't heard about Muhammad until I saw  this article from the student news paper this week. Apparently he suffers from Tourette syndrome. It was so bad at one point that his father didn't think he would be able to play basketball at a high level. I guess he was incorrect.

Manning: A year later

A year ago this week we were dealing with the drama that was Peyton Manning leaving the Colts. Colts owner Jim Irsay was very open about the process but we never got a chance to hear exactly what went down in that situation. The  USA Today did a great job of detailing the drama this week. The most interesting part of the story is when Irsay claims Bill Polian wanted to trade Manning back in 2004. Probably a good thing they didn't do that.

4 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • VT1994Hokie Mar 6, 2013

    I agree with all others on this one Mandy. Izzy makes us think about how life is so precious.

  • Toddler10-21 Mar 4, 2013

    Agree gunny. I have been following Landon since high school. My thoughts,and prayers go out to the entire Landon Powell family! Manning, and Muhammad, and Knight really doesnt compare!!

  • StunGunn Mar 4, 2013

    The story about little Izzy is truly heartbreaking and serves as a slap in the face to those of us who "sweat the small stuff". After reading that story, the ones about Manning, Shabazz Muhammad and Bobby Knight don't seem to matter as much.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Mar 4, 2013

    Ooooookay, sooooo what did I just read and why do I feel I will never get that 5 minutes of my life back? Is this lady new to the area and this is her way of saying hello and let us know she knows a bit about sports? Of course it's almost 1am so i'll admit i'm totally confused.

TV
  • NCAAT: Louisville v. Michigan State

    Today at 2:20 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NCAAT: Duke v. Gonzaga

    Tonight at 5:05 on WRAL-TV

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 115
ATL 100
Final
CAR 3
NJD 1
5:00pm Tonight
CAR
BOS
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUKE
GONZ
 
Final
NYY 2
BAL 10
Final
TAM 6
BOS 9
Final
MIA 1
HOU 1
Final
MIN 7
PHI 1
Final
DET 4
STL 3
Final
PIT 8
TOR 3
Final
TOR 3
ATL 5
Final
NYM 10
WAS 2
Final
CIN 9
CHC 5
Final
MIL 2
CLE 3
Final
CHC 18
COL 4
Final
CWS 4
OAK 10
Final
TEX 2
SDP 3
Final
SEA 8
SFG 9
Final
ARI 5
KAN 10
Final
ANA 4
LOS 5
1:05pm Today
PHI
DET
 
1:05pm Today
WAS
MIA
 
1:05pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:05pm Today
STL
NYM
 
1:05pm Today
HOU
NYY
 
1:05pm Today
ATL
PIT
 
1:05pm Today
BOS
TAM
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
BAL
 
3:10pm Today
ANA
CIN
 
4:05pm Today
KAN
CHC
 
4:05pm Today
CLE
CWS
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
MIL
 
4:05pm Today
SDP
SEA
 
4:05pm Today
LOS
TEX
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
Final
CHA 115
ATL 100
Final
CHI 111
NYK 80
Final
MIL 95
GSW 108
Final
UTA 94
OKC 89
Final
POR 120
DEN 114
12:30pm Today
WAS
HOU
 
3:30pm Today
BRK
LAL
 
4:00pm Today
NOP
MIN
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
PHI
 
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
DET
 
6:00pm Tonight
BOS
LAC
 
7:00pm Tonight
IND
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
SAN
MEM
 
9:00pm Tonight
PHO
OKC
 
Final
WISC 85
ARZ 78
Final
YALE 78
CAN 73
Final
KENT 68
ND 66
2:20pm Today
LOU
MSU
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUKE
GONZ
 
Final
WAS 3
NAS 4
Final
NYI 2
ANA 3
Final
PIT 3
ARI 2
Final
BOS 4
NYR 2
Final
PHI 2
SJS 3
Final
DET 4
TAM 0
Final
MON 3
FLA 2
Final
CAR 3
NJD 1
Final
TOR 4
OTT 3
Final
STL 2
CLB 4
Final
MIN 4
LOS 1
Final
COL 5
BUF 3
Final
VAN 3
DAL 4
3:00pm Today
NYR
WAS
5:00pm Tonight
CAR
BOS
 
5:00pm Tonight
NAS
CAL
 
5:00pm Tonight
NYI
DET
 
5:00pm Tonight
OTT
FLA
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
ANA
 
7:30pm Tonight
WIN
CHI
 
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
SJS