What were your all’s thoughts on the Super Bowl?

I’d love to hear your all’s thoughts on the Super Bowl!

I know I’m weird, but I’m a pretty big Tom Brady fan, so I’m sad he didn’t win another ring. (But I know this is probably the least popular opinion in the world, so please don’t shoot me.)

Hats off to the Eagles. They played a GREAT game, and they definitely earned it. Any big Eagles fans following the blog? Would love to hear your thoughts about tonight and your team’s season! (I honestly didn’t really keep up with them much this year, so I’m not really aware of their ups and downs other than the quarterback situation.)

Also, what was your all’s favorite Super Bowl commercial? I felt like they weren’t as good this year. I mean, no Clydesdales this year?!?!

I think this was probably my favorite commercial:

It was followed closely by this one:

What were your all’s? (You should be able to post it in your comment by finding it on YouTube, hitting the “share” button, and copying and pasting in the link that comes up. That way others can see it!)

Bottom line, even though the Patriots lost, I will go to bed knowing that tonight’s loss probably fed Brady’s desire to play for even longer than he was already intending to!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell


Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series was also picked up by Audible.com for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thrillerdetective series, and World War II story. Learn more at http://stanrmitchell.com.

I’m going to do my best to remember Sam Berns…

This Sam Berns story nearly brought tears to my eyes:

We won it for Sam! Patriots fans dedicate play-off victory to brave teen, 17, who died of rare aging disease a day before he was due to be team’s honorary captain. (Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of the story. It’s short and so unforgettable.)

And the statement by team owner Robert Kraft, who donated $500,000 to the foundation started by his parents in search of a cure, is a must read, as well:

Robert Kraft: “I loved Sam Berns and am richer for having known him. He was a special young man whose inspirational story and positive outlook on life touched my heart. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend time with him and to get to know his incredible family. Together, they positively impacted the lives of people around the world in their quest to find a cure for Progeria. The HBO documentary ‘Life According to Sam’ shared his incredible story with a national audience. It was so beautifully done. It made you laugh. It also made you cry. Today, it’s the latter for all who knew Sam or learned of his story through that documentary. Earlier this week, I had extended an invitation for Sam to be the Patriots’ honorary captain for tonight’s playoff game. I was looking forward to spending more time with Sam and his family. News of his passing came as a complete surprise. It is another reminder that we can’t take anything for granted. Be sure to give your loved ones hugs and kisses and tell them how much you love them. My heart aches for his parents, Scott and Leslie, his aunt Audrey and the rest of Sam’s extended family. Words cannot express the sadness or the depth of sympathy I feel for them today.”

I think we can all learn a lot from Sam Berns, and his attitude toward life. And his Mother’s words about how we all take time for granted are spot on.

Today, I will hold my wife a little longer, write a little more, and take more time than normal to count my blessings, all in honor of Sam Berns.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Soldier On” follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to survive the final, miserable months of World War II. And, “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron.

My favorite Super Bowl commercials and the lessons they teach

I need to post one more thing about this year’s Super Bowl before I let it go. And as the headline gave away, I’m talking about commercials here.

My two favorite commercials from the Super Bowl can teach you just about everything you need to know about life, in my opinion.

The first one is, of course, the Dodge Ram one. I so relate to its message with the small business that I’ve poured my heart and soul into. I’m, in fact, throwing this post up from work — our paper has a special section this week, which means double the work, but when you can make a little extra money in the newspaper business, you suck it up, shut your mouth, and hide it away for a rainy day. (And for the snarky commenter in the back who asks why I’m posting this when I should be working? Well, big guy, the blog helps me get my name out and sell books. It also takes me about fifteen minutes to post, because, um, I’m a writer. This is what I do. By the way, exactly why are you so quick to criticize others? That’s really not cool, you know.)

My second favorite video contains another important life lesson. In short, have fun no matter where you’re at in your life. And tonight, work was made much more bearable because my bestie April Snellings stopped by to say hello for a few minutes. And just like in the video below, make sure you’re having fun. Don’t play the the typical misconception of a writer… You know, the one that goes like this… I’m a writer, which means I’m a loner;. As such, I have to sit in my basement and be miserable. I can’t have any friends or ever not be writing. Well pal (or gal), you’re missing out. And you’re probably not going to be successful.

Writers hang together. We uplift each other. We party and try to relax even when our books are rejected or aren’t selling well. And then the moment we’re done getting the encouragement (or space) that we need, we pick ourselves up and get back into the saddle. So, as the video shows below: You can (and should) have fun, regardless of what age you are!

So, what was your favorite commercial? And if you don’t mind, when you comment, go to youtube first, find the clip, and link to it in your comments. I’d love to see the one that meant something to you. Now, I’m back to work. Well, after I go grab that snarky punk back in the corner and have a few words with him out in the parking lot… Hopefully, we leave with a handshake and a smile, but sometimes people just have to learn the hard way. After all, it’s slipperier than hell out there right now. : )

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.