Category: Who are we?

Statement of Intent

About a week ago, the Miami Heat played the Knicks in the first game in New York after Superstorm Sandy.  The Heat expressed concerns about whether it was appropriate playing that night, the Knicks rode a wave of emotion, shot lights out and beat the Heat by 20.  I have high hopes for the Heat this season, but on that night they missed an opportunity to make a statement of intent.  You may still favor the Heat to win the NBA title this year, but had they gone to New York on that night in that emotional cauldron and beat them by 20, you and every other NBA fan would fear them.

I do not want you to fear me or this blog, but I am making a statement of intent all the same.  My name is Brian Pink.  Until last Monday, I coached basketball at Winter Springs High School and wrote a blog with some friends at fbgmcoaches.com.  I was fired for writing the blog as it was apparently deemed in appropriate to refer to the players I coached by name and some of the content was believed to be questionable.  I removed the blog so that my writing partners would not be fired or disciplined. 

Keepinitcoaching.wordpress.com is a new project, but will maintain the same concept.  Fortunately, I have been able to transfer my FBGM content on to the new blog.  I will post about sports professional, college, high school and youth.  At times, I will be funny, analytical, sentimental, insightful and on rare occaision quite profound.  I cannot promise you that I will not offend, but it is certainly not my intent.  My intent is to share my thoughts and to entertain.  Fortunately, I have been able to transfer my FBGM content on to the new blog.

I have lined up a few friends that will be writing with me, Juan Bernal and KTA are already on board, and I am interested in more contributors.

Who is LittleWolverine?

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As this is my first official post on FBGM Coaches I feel it’s only appropriate to explain who I am and where my views come from. As I’m sure you’ve already read the arrogantone has taken issue with my username/nickname and frankly I kind of enjoy seeing him confused and agitated. That means this post is for everyone else.

Let me start by clarifying that as much as the arrogantone would contest I stand 6’1 and 225 pounds. I will admit that I would prefer to be down to around 200 pounds but my current figure hardly resembles that of a Golden Corral regular.

In college I had the bright idea to go to school for digital media (think film but with digital cameras and more computers) as I had already been working in television for several years and felt this was the direction I wanted my life to go. One of my class projects required us to write, shoot, and edit a short film in one long weekend. During the course of this project I was more focused on the task at hand than my personal hygiene, and as a result my facial hair and the hair on my head became unwieldy. One of my good friends who was working on the project with me made the statement that I resembled the comic book character Wolverine. Seeing how I couldn’t fill the shoes of a classic character nor those of actor Hugh Jackman who plays the iconic Wolverine on the big screen, my friend crowned me LittleWolverine. It also doesn’t hurt that my real name is Logan, the same as Wolverine’s.

I’ve joined the other FBGM Coaches to blog about our musings on and off the court in the world of basketball. I am very thankful for my position alongside mrfncharm as his assistant. This is my first year as a coach in a public school system. My previous coaching experience was at a youth level where I mentored several middle schoolers who are now contributing players in our basketball program at Winter Springs High School. After playing alongside mrfncharm in high school and graduating in 2007 my life has taken several unexpected turns over the years. Many of those stories could be saved for future posts. But the end result was that I found myself away from basketball for a long time and I missed it dearly. There is a rare brotherhood and camaraderie that is found in basketball, and after many of life’s curve balls had passed I found myself looking for a basketball family again. That’s why when the opportunity came this season to reunite with the arrogantone and mrfncharm I had to take it.

I know this has been a long introduction and I promise my future posts wont be as long. But I felt the need to explain who and why I am here. A lot of my posts will feature my perspective as a new coach and my personal growth. It also will contain views related to sports media, as I am currently a volunteer coach and my day job is at Bright House Sports Network. I look forward to my future posts and to the rest of the season. LittleWolverine damnit.