Jozy Altidore and Sloane Stephens Made their Picks and It’s More than Just a First-Round Choice, But Also Passion at Its Best


Not many job opportunities get live-streamed or broadcast for hours. But such is life for those in professional sports. This year’s NFL Draft is history with some teams still scrambling to finalize their training camp roster. If your fav team picked the player you hoped, then all’s well with your fantasy draft.

That might also be what Jozy Altidore and Sloane Stephens are thinking after announcing their engagement. In their words, each was the other’s first round pick to spend their lives together. Altidore the soccer star met Stephens the tennis pro many years ago. Now they’re headed to the marriage altar.

A marriage between player and team made in NFL draft picks or one made in life’s travels comes with a similar excitement and joy. Altidore has been doing big things in Major League Soccer and recently re-signed with the Toronto club. He’s also played on the U.S Men’s team as a leading goal scorer.


Stephens made a name for herself in winning the 2017 U.S. Tennis Open. She’s seen in chocolate milk commercials selling it as an alternative sport drink of choice. Now she’s part of the squad showing U.S. star-power with her performance at the 2019 Fed Cup, which is the World Championship of Tennis.

No matter what’s your passion, hustle or what started out as your first love career-wise, these two give us a sense for passion rollout and work-life balance. Whether it’s being picked in the Draft or getting hired after graduation, sometimes it’s not only about having big stats, it might also be about having:

  1. Game

The top picks in the draft certainly know how to play the game. Altidore and Stephens have been playing their game for a long time. The professional game no matter the career isn’t always about being a high pick. It might also be about bringing something special to the game that could make you a double-threat.

  1. Smarts

Sometimes you’ll hear players described as having a high game IQ. They know the game and things you can’t teach in the game. They’re good at some of the intangibles of the game. They’re good at making-up for any shortfalls by drawing on the strengths of teammates to create windfalls in scoring.

  1. Fun

Altidore and Stephens might approach their games differently. But at the end of the day they know it’s important to have fun doing what you love. When the thrill is gone, fun might follow. Stephens says when she was injured, they were still able to make fun of things or fun of each other to keep the passion strong.


  1. Soul

After knowing each other and losing touch as kids, they re-connected and began dating. Their roads crossed again and it’s as if their souls were waiting to re-unite. Sometimes that’s how it is professionally. Things might go off-course or dreams might get delayed, but the universe will re-unite passion and soul.

Some fans still wondering about picks made by their fav team. Even before the ink dried, there were player trades and team upgrades. Altidore and Stephens aren’t wondering anymore about their picks. Their hustle-love on the field and forever-love in life bring together heart, drive and soul to hustle hard.

Tip: Whether it’s from hustle-love on the field or forever-love in life, passion gives you an edge by having game-smarts and being a fun-soul.

Talkback: Who were some of the winners and losers at the recent NFL Draft?

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Serena Williams Sure to Welcome the First Female Army Rangers into an Exclusive Club – #WUWECAST

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (Old-School Flava)

This year is being billed as the “Summer of Women in Sports.” With the success of women’s soccer and breakout female coaches in the NBA and NFL, now we have the first female Army Rangers. As the U.S. Tennis Open is set to kick-off in NY, Serena Williams would welcome these women into an exclusive club.

Even before this tournament, Williams had already joined “Club10” of Least Expected, Well Respected where these female Rangers now belong. They’ve met the same high standards as men for rising higher and running things. As winners they know success comes with equal expectation but different sacrifice.

What 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest have done is big time stuff! Training Commander Sgt. Maj. Colin Boley was quoted in the Business Insider saying “I didn’t think that they would physically be able to bear the weight, and I thought they would quit or get hurt, and they have proved me wrong.”

Meanwhile for Williams it’s a chance to make history. She’s going after the Grand Slam of winning five major championships in a row. That hasn’t been done since Steffi Graf in 1988. Williams told CNN “I’ve faced a lot of adversities. I’ve learned that I have a tough mind and if I win I’m going to take a vacation.”

As if Williams isn’t busy enough, she’s also taking a pre-med college course. She wants to find medical options for her sister Venus who’s suffering from a rare condition. So whether people advance through Military School or Big Time University, it’s about making waves by moving closer to the top of their game.

Groove-Track: Mary J. Blige – “Just Fine” –

Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (New-School Flava)

The year for “Summer of Women in Sports.” To be found in ESPN reports. Success seen in women’s soccer team win. Others on the rise so stick a pin. Female coaches in NBA and NFL ranks. First female Army Rangers working with tanks. Serena greets them in the club. As U.S. Open set to pack-in the pub.

Long ago Williams among least expected. Now becoming one of the well respected. Where the female Rangers now belong. Williams might breakout in Karaoke song. Same high standards met as men. Rising higher, running things, in “Club 10.” Equal expectation with a twist. From different sacrifice on the list.

What 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest have done. Is big time stuff as before them there’s none. Their Training Commander kinda heard saying. Maybe these ladies need a lot of praying. Didn’t think they had the chops to make it. Proven wrong ‘cause they had the guts to shake it.

For Williams it’s a go at history in the making. To rack-up a Grand Slam in winning. It takes five matches in a row. Hasn’t been done since ‘88 in the Steffi Graf show. Williams tells CNN she’s had her ups and down. A tough mind on adversities won’t make her frown. If she wins, time for vacation and to skip town.

As if she’s not busy already. Chick finds other ways to be steady. Taking to college-level pre-med study. To find medical options for her buddy. Sister Venus suffering rare condition. So Williams uses that for motivation. As people advance through life’s best shot. Making waves, moving closer to hitting the spot.


Tip: Being best ‘among the boys’ is to be tough minded, not quit and thereby prove others wrong.

Talkback: How much do you agree with John McEnroe that Serena is the greatest tennis player ever?

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One Direction – ‘Drag Me Down’ –

This production of “Wise-up Wednesdays” Blogcast by Douette ‘Doc’ Cunningham is a presentation in “social media entertainment from the groove-track of life!” #WUWECAST