Randy Smith: The Uncertainty Of Life

Monday, January 27, 2020 - by Randy Smith
Randy Smith
Randy Smith
The world lost an amazing human being on Sunday. Former L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant died in a tragic helicopter crash along with eight other people including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. The NBA and fans around the globe today are shocked and in disbelief as they mourn his death. Bryant who was 41 years old, retired in 2016 after a 20-year career, all with the Lakers. He is already considered one of the greatest players in basketball history and a five-time World Champion.

Kobe Bryant was much, much more than a basketball superstar. He spoke three languages fluently, English, Spanish and Italian.
He won an Academy Award as the executive producer for his animated short film, "Dear Basketball." He taught himself to play "Moonlight Sonata" on the piano as a tribute to his wife Vanessa. He was a friend and mentor to other players. When you heard the name Kobe, you knew exactly who was being talked about. His death reminds me of the tragic death of baseball superstar Roberto Clemente who died in a plane crash in 1972 on his way to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicarauga. 

More importantly than anything else Kobe Bryant was a dedicated father. When he boarded that helicopter with his daughter, he was on his way to her AAU travel basketball game. Gianna and her dad had a special relationship. He embraced her amazing basketball skills and they were seen together, laughing and loving each other as only a father and daughter can do. Gianna was destined to carry on his legacy as a basketball star. She wanted to attend UConn to play for the Huskies and she would have certainly had a great career. 

Kobe would encourage anyone to be a superstar in anything they do. Be a superstar teacher, or doctor. Be a superstar store clerk, auto mechanic and especially be a superstar father and husband. 

Life is so uncertain. No one is guaranteed tomorrow, and in the blink of an eye life can come to an end. Approach each day as if it could be your last. As the Peanuts meme seen recently on Facebook has Charlie Brown saying, "You only live once." And Snoopy replying, "No you live everyday. You only die once."

So True.   

* * * 

Randy Smith can be reached at rsmithsports@epbfi.com

SEC Basketball Standings, Results, Upcoming Schedule

SOCON Basketball Standings, Results, Upcoming Schedule

UTC Wrestlers Win 26-10 Over Visiting Indiana


Southeastern Conference Basketball Standings as of games of: February 20, 2020 SCHOOL CONFERENCE OVERALL MEN: ... (click for more)

Southern Conference Basketball Standings a s of games of: February 20, 2020 SCHOOL CONFERENCE OVERALL MEN: ... (click for more)

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team scored a 26-10 win over Indiana in McKenzie Arena tonight. The Mocs earned wins in seven of the 10 matches to cap off Senior Night and ... (click for more)




Sports

SEC Basketball Standings, Results, Upcoming Schedule

Southeastern Conference Basketball Standings as of games of: February 20, 2020 SCHOOL CONFERENCE OVERALL MEN: Kentucky 11-2 21-5 Auburn 9-4 22-4 LSU 9-4 18-8 Florida 9-4 17-9 ... (click for more)

SOCON Basketball Standings, Results, Upcoming Schedule

Southern Conference Basketball Standings a s of games of: February 20, 2020 SCHOOL CONFERENCE OVERALL MEN: ETSU 13-2 24-4 Furman 12-3 22-6 UNCG 12-3 22-6 Western Carolina 8-7 16-10 ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Family Of 5 Displaced After Fire Damages Home Late Friday Afternoon

The Red Cross is assisting a family of five after their home was damaged by fire late Friday afternoon. It happened at 5:09 p.m. in the 4000 block of Renezet Drive, not far off of Highway 58. When firefighters arrived on scene, they saw heavy smoke and fire. Flames were coming from a bedroom and spread into the attic space. A quick and aggressive interior attack was ... (click for more)

13 Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipients, Including Charles Coolidge, To Attend Center Opening

Thirteen Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, including Chattanooga's Charles H. Coolidge, are set to attend the grand opening ceremony for the new Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center on Saturday at 10 a.m. at 2 West Aquarium Way. Medal of Honor recipients due to attend also Include Bennie Adkins, Barney Barnum, Patrick Brady, Gary Beikrich, Kyle Carpenter, ... (click for more)

Opinion

Infinite Gratitude To The Entire Memorial Hospital Team

To Memorial Hospital doctors, nurses, staff and executive leadership, I want to offer and to express my sincere and profound gratitude for the extraordinary care and caring that you recently provided to one of my dearest and most beloved relatives. Last week, my loved one, who was suffering from flu symptoms, suddenly became seriously and critically ill with pneumonia in both ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Earlier this week I received a wonderful lady who had read a “progress report” I had written on Sunday. It has been two months since my leg was amputated and among the small victories I celebrate in my recovery is that I can pee standing up. Her note began, “So glad to hear that you can stand to pee again! I am 63 and still cannot do it!” She also said she wouldn’t normally share ... (click for more)