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Saying Goodbye to a Legend

Usually I don't mention personal things that involve myself when it comes to this website. This article I am writing her isn't entirely too sports-related, but I just felt like I needed to write this.

If you follow me on any of my social media, you probably know by now that my dog passed away on Friday night. Christy, a German Shepherd, was 10 years old at the time of her death. 

It was around the spring of 2015 when we found out that she was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM), a disease similar to ALS in humans. By December of that year, her back legs had completely gone out. 

Putting her down came into consideration around that time, but I am glad was able to extend over 7 months to her life when buying her a wheelchair, so she can still be active and mobile. 

On Friday, the disease progressed towards its final stage. With my family, we decided it's best to have her put down peacefully instead of suffering for another few months. 

Of course during this time as I was filled with emotions, I didn't want her to be put down. She was still the same dog as when we first got her—always joyful, hyper, hilarious, caring and loving. But I understood what had to be done. 

She was put to sleep peacefully. Knowing that she didn't have to suffer anymore and seeing that her last moments were her family caring for her, I understood.

Today and yesterday has made me reflect on the amazing memories. 

I still remember coming home from elementary school in third grade and seeing her in the living room. I knew she was a good luck charm, because within the year I got her, I got into sports at that exact same time while crazy events occurred, too. 

Within the time period of March 2006-March 2007, I remember one of the most exciting NBA Finals series I've seen in my lifetime when the Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks. I wasn't a Heat fan, but for some reason I was rooting for Dwyane Wade to win it all as a 9-year-old. 

I knew Christy was a good luck charm when my favorite NFL team, the Indianapolis Colts, won the Super Bowl. My favorite athlete of all time, Peyton Manning, won his first ring.

I also started playing football that exact same year, and did throughout for about the next seven years. I grew up with my dog being there for it all. I don't think there hasn't been a day where I didn't spend time with her. 

Other great sports moments happened that I will forever remember, such as LeBron James winning his first championship. I remember watching it in one of the rooms in my house and, of course, my dog was sitting right next to me.

The next year was the same in the 2013 NBA Finals. I was chilling with my dog while watching Ray Allen hit that shot in Game 6, no lie. Game 7 was no different. 

Throughout it all, I could say that my dog was my best friend. The saying, "a dog is a man's best friend," definitely speaks true. While others will say, "It's just a dog," they probably don't know what it's like to even have one. 

She was truly family, and all the major moments in my life she was there for it. Before I went to my high school graduation, I took a selfie with her right before it all. 

As you can see in the picture above, I always took hilarious pics of her in my sneakers. The funny thing was that she didn't even mind it all. Her personality is just funny. Up until her last breath, she always remained youthful.

The coincidence in it all is that my last year with her was the first year where I truly started adulthood. Moving to college at Indiana University was tough since I was away from home, but I always came a couple times a month just to see her and my family.

Another coincidence is seeing sports legends go in the same way. I grew up watching the likes of Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James play. 

In 2016, I saw Manning close out his career with another ring, winning the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. The first year I got my dog, Manning won a ring. The last year with my best friend, my favorite athlete closed out his career with his second ring.

Two months later that same year, I witnessed Kobe drop 60 points in his final game. A couple of months after that, I saw LeBron bring home a championship to Cleveland. While he's not retired, this victory solidified his legacy. 

I grew up a lot in college during my freshman year as well. I learned a lot, and the fun I experienced coped with me forgetting about my best friend's terrible disease. 

It just hurt me knowing that she had DM. I knew that there would be a time where it would all end, so being at college helped me not wanting to think about that terrible reality. 

Despite it all, I never would of thought this summer would end up being my last with my best friend. From the start of my summer break in May up until now, I was able to spend tons of time with my dog, such as giving her walks often as well as just chilling at her when watching TV and what not. 

It's still hard to believe what happened. It feels like my home is empty—like a major part of the house is gone. It's weird all the little things a dog could do for someone socially. Learning through her, it helped me become a better person. I know she lived a great life.

At 19 years old, I have so far spent more than half of my life with my best friend right there chilling with me. I know time will heal all wounds, and I can always look back to the good times I had with her. Tears were shed the day of her passing, but I'll never forget the amazing memories she brought for me and for everyone. 

When I look back at my life when I'm older, I can always know that my childhood will forever have my best friend involved in almost every memory. 

Ironically, I always called her the Kobe Bryant of dogs, especially in what ended up—unknowingly to me, of course—being her last year. Kobe and Peyton, two amazing sports legends, have said their goodbyes. 

It's time I say goodbye to another legend, my best friend Christy. Rest in paradise bud, because I know you're in a better place.

02/15/2006 - 07/22/2016 

-- Josh Dhani

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Twitter Reacts to Retired Tim Duncan Shopping at Old Navy (Photos)

Where did you expect to see Tim Duncan—at Tom Ford or Macy’s?

Twitter reacts to everything, and social media lost it’s mind after a fan noticed and photographed the future Hall of Famer grabbing some cargo shorts in Old Navy.

Laugh all you want, but Duncan will never be on an episode of "Broke."

-- Glenn Erby

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Cops Pulled Guns on Iowa DE Playing Pokemon Go, But There Are Plot Twists

University of Iowa DL Faith Ekakitie detailed a harrowing experience while he was playing Pokemon Go in a park recently that could have gone very wrong, if not for cooler heads by everyone involved. 

Taking to Facebook, Ekakitie described a run-in with police in which he had four guns drawn on him while he was attempting to play the game, oblivious to the danger inches away.

Ekakitie admitted that he was wearing headphones, amid the confusion leading to him initially fearing for his life.

"Today I was surrounded and searched by approximately five Iowa City Police Officers. My pockets were checked, my backpack was opened up and searched carefully, and I was asked to lift up my shirt while they searched my waistband. Not once did they identify themselves to me as Iowa City Police officers, but with four gun barrels staring me in the face, I wouldn’t dare question the authority of the men and woman in front of me. This is what happened from my point of view," he wrote. 

Ekakitie says he wrote the post on Facebook, to describe his experience, but to also point out the restraint and precaution used by the police.

Ekakitie’s hope was that the media wouldn’t mix-up the details or leave out the fact that he was wearing headphones, going on to thank the police for their handling of the situation.

"From the police officers point of view, all they knew was that a bank had just been robbed less than ten minutes ago. The suspect was a large black male, wearing all black, with something on top of his head and the suspect is armed. As they drive past an Iowa City park that was less than 3 minutes away from the bank that was just robbed, they notice a large black man, dressed in all black, with black goggles on his head. They quickly move to action and identify themselves as the Iowa City police and ask me to turn around and place my hands up. I do not comply, they ask again, and again no response from me. So they all draw their guns and begin to slowly approach the suspect.

"In this situation, what the media would fail to let people know is that the suspect had his headphones in the entire time the Police Officers approached him initially. The suspect had actually just pulled up to the park because he was playing a newly popular Game called Pokémon Go. The suspect didn’t realize that there were four cops behind him because his music was blaring in his ears. The suspect had reached into his pockets, for something which was his phone, but for all the cops could have known, he was reaching for a gun. The suspect could very well become another statistic on this day. I am not one to usually rant on Facebook or anywhere else, but with all of the crazy things that have been happening in our world these past couple of weeks it is hard to stay silent. I am thankful to be alive, and I do now realize, that it very well could have been me, a friend of mine, my brother, your cousin, your nephew etc. Misunderstandings happen all the time and just like that things can go south very quickly. It is extremely sad that our society has brainwashed us all to the point where we can’t feel safe being approached by the police officers in our respective communities. Not all police officers are out to get you, but at the same time, not all people who fit a criminal profile are criminals.

"So with that, I would like the thank the Iowa City Police department for handling a sensitive situation very professionally. I would also urge people to be more aware of their surroundings because clearly I wasn’t. Lastly, I would urge us all to at least to attempt to unlearn some of the prejudices that we have learned about each other and now plague our minds and our society. I am convinced that in the same way that we learned these prejudices, we can also unlearn them."

The broad and stereotypical description of the suspect could have made thing murky, as authorities stated that Ekakitie fit the typical profile of a black robbery suspect: “a large black male, wearing all black, with something on top of his head.”

Thankfully, police didn’t shoot before doing their due diligence, or overreact to the big defensive lineman not responding because of his headphones.

-- Glenn Erby

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