March 10, 2011 | Tom Federline

“I’m Winning” – Steve Winwood. Ok, had to get that out of the way, so that song can play in your head throughout this blog. Win – “to succeed by striving or effort, to gain victory.” I had to remind myself and now I have reminded you the dictionary meaning of the word – winning. The St. Johns basketball team – last night and Carlos Irwin Estevez (Charlie Sheen) – rant last week, peaked my interest in rekindling the actual meaning of the word. Who is “winning” in your book? Who is losing? Boy this one is loaded, isn’t it?

Winning – the Orioles, UNC bball, UConn (men) – just knocked off Pitt, Ohio State bball, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, NFL owners, NFL players, Johnny Vegas, Rickie Fowler, Danica Patrick – all winning at their specific games. Now the St. Johns mens basketball team claimed victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last night………..with help from the referees. Oh yeah, they blew this one. I first have to thank the refs for reinforcing “The Fix”. Their problem was they did to blatantly. If you haven’t seen it, find it and watch it. They “missed” two fouls prior to the ” travel/time still on clock/end of game” debacle. Can’t have the home boys going down early at the Garden. Apparently those 3 refs have “withdrawn” themselves from the Big East Tournament. So what? They made their money. Oh and Big East Tournament? You can’t call that a tournament when 4 teams are receiving “double byes”. It’s just wrong man.

Losing – NFL fans, Villanova (mens bball), Terps bball (ok they could pull something out tonight) – but they have been losing, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen – all on the downswing. Charlie Sheen? Had to address that train wreck. His claim to “winning” could be interpreted as – he did “succeed by striving or effort” to claim top spot on the Internet/social media medium. But losing your job, your family, “banging seven 8-balls of cocaine”, 2-3 day drinking/sex binges and disrespecting your family………cannot be construed as winning by any stretch. And to think that goofball gets 2.5 million dollars+ for a TV sitcom. It’s just wrong man.

Winning? What a topic – ACC Tourney mens (UNC), NCAA mens (Ohio State), NBA (San Antonio), NHL (whoever has hotest goalie), World Series (Baltimore Orioles), Super Bowl (try 2012 season). Winning? “Follow the money!” Winning? I’m about surviving. You win some and you lose some and that ain’t no big deal. Show me character. Show me truth. Most of us are winning and we don’t even know it. And yes, I did say – Baltimore Orioles World Series Champs – gotta lay off the orange Kool-Aid.