Monthly Archives: December 2013

Rick Mirer….What he’s up to now.

When his professional career began with the Seattle Seahawks in 1993, Rick Mirer may not have dreamed of where he’d be today, in 2013, but the long road of professional football brought him this far, why not keep going? After playing college football at the University of Notre Dame, under the direction of Lou Holtz, and then playing in the National Football League for 12 seasons, Mirer enjoyed the activities life brought his way off the field. 

While still playing in the NFL, Mirer started the Mirer Family FoundationAccording to the foundations website, MFF aims to “assist children in his hometown (Goshen, Indiana) and beyond and to provide Notre Dame scholarship funding for scholars in the surrounding area.” Once Mirer left the NFL, he decided he would put his college degree to use and started his own business in the wine industry: Mirror Wine Company was born in 2008 in the heart of St. Helena, California. 

“Wine making was not only something that I was interested in, but it was something I thought I could apply the marketing skills that I had been taught at Notre Dame and apply them to my brand, Mirror Wines,” Mire told NCB in an interview in 2012.

With little wine knowlegdge, Mirer needed connections that would allow him to start and grow a business based on expertise and quality of wine-making. While he lived in the bay area, Mirer decided to reach out to one of his connections that he met while playing football, Rob Lawson. According to Mirror Wine’s website, Mirer has adopted Lawson’s “humble approach to making the best wines possible.”

“I have surrounded myself with good people, and that adds to our success as well. Our expectations are not out of whack; we are just building out business one customer, one person at a time,” Mire told NCB. 

According to Mirror Wine Company’s website, the company has released six vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and four vintages of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. In 2012, the company introduced a third wine to its portfolio, and according to the website, the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Cimarossa Vineyard on top of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, California did not disappoint. 


Oscar Robertson and Dick Barnett meet again

It may have been marked as a historical meeting between two National Basketball Association greats, but for Oscar Robertson and Dick Barnett, reuniting in Gary, IN, Thanksgiving weekend was more than historical. Both men were scheduled to speak at the CN Lakeshore Classic that consisted of a series of high school and college games. Gary’s Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chuck Hughes hoped the meeting would also be educational for the cities younger audiences.

“It’s a shame because there’s (young) people in the NBA who may not know who Oscar Robertson and Dick Barnett are,” Hughes told the National Basketball Retired Players Association. “When I was talking to TNT and some of our sponsors, I was telling them our kids need to know the NBA didn’t start with Kobe and LeBron.”

The two former NBA basketball stars, and current NBRPA members, participated in a ceremony that honored the 1955 Gary Roosevelt and Indianapolis’ Crispus Attucks basketball teams that were the United States’ first two African-American teams to play each other for a state championship title. According to school records, Robertson and the rest of the 1955 Attucks team beat Roosevelt’s team, lead by Barnett, 97-74 at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

“At the time it happened, I was 17-years-old. It was a competitive game and I wanted to win,” Robertson said on Saturday, November 30. “When I got older, it meant a lot more then, because I thought about the game and what it meant.”

The tag-line for the weekend read: The men who played “the game that changed basketball,” and as Robertson and Barnett watched with their respective teammates from 58 years ago, this year’s Roosevelt and Attucks teams played the game both men shared and loved. Attucks again beat Roosevelt 75-54, but not before the 1955 teams posted for pictures at half court prior to the game. Barnett and his teammate, William Eisen,  both had their jersey’s retired and presented to them. According to NBRPA and Hughes, the meeting did not fall on round number anniversary date, but rather was coordinated because it was simply time to remember: Time to remember a historical moment in this country and for the basketball community.

One Last Time

As the final week of this semester begins in just a few short hours, I want to take a moment to reflect on what I have learned the most by taking J360 at IUPUI. This course has challenged me to use different social media outlets and to use them on a more regular basis. Although my use may not have been where it should have been, I would like to think that I learned a lot; I learned both personal and professional lessons. With the help of taking this class, I have found Twitter and blogging to be somewhat fun (more fun than I expected in total honesty). With blogging, I really like the idea of having a professional or even personal place to put my thoughts and ideas out there. With Twitter, I have come better understand the use of hashtags and have discovered that they can be extremely helpful and fun. They offer you a new way to connect with others besides just posting a tweet or picture. 

Prior to this class I was an passive Facebook user. I was the type of person to “creep” , if you will, on other peoples’ posts and pictures but not post much of either myself. Now, I find that I like to post more of my thoughts and things I want to share with others. One downfall of this has been that I have seen the bitter and dangerous side of posting your ideas and thoughts…Sometimes, certain people just don’t want to hear what you have to say and that can create conflict. But maybe that was my own doing or a long time coming: I can decide which yet. Either way, I have learned to get more out of Facebook and Twitter and the other social media outlets besides scrolling through the pages. 

My overall opinion about social media has not really changed much. I still see it as a way to connect with people and an outlet for which people can express themselves, for better or for worse (as my web video will demonstrate). I think this course was great for me and I was challenged more than I expected to be, because like I said, I probably fell short in the posting category of this class. But nevertheless, I did post more than I normally would have over the last three or four months. I plan to keep working and getting better with posting and with the content that I post and I plan to keep my blog going (because it’s FUN)! I truly do believe that social media is here to stay and the sooner we all embrace it, the sooner we can all start to best utilize it’s features!