Meridian Star

February 28, 2014

Get in the game

By Mike Giles
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt.

    Teddy Roosevelt summed it up very appropriately when he voiced these words many years ago and they are still appropriate today. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, are words that we’ve all heard voiced by many people. Unlimited opportunities abound for outdoors men and women in our area. You’ll never win the game or tournament or harvest that big buck by staying on the sidelines.

    “You miss 100 per cent of the shots that you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzy

    Today I want to focus on three local people who have excelled in things they enjoy doing. While their triumphs won’t change the world, they do show successful people enjoying what they do and being rewarded for it in the process. Mark McPhail, Ken Murphy, and Jordan Vick have all “Imagined the Possibilities” and made a difference. Congratulations to these three talented individuals for their accomplishments.

    Contact  Mike Giles at 601-917-3898 or e-mail him at