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Home is Where Your Heart is...

posted Oct 28, 2014, 11:30 AM by Matt Brumley   [ updated Oct 28, 2014, 6:24 PM ]

October 28, 2014 

By Jason Snyder 

Jason Snyder Coming Home

Home. It's a simple word filled with passion, love, and comfort. It's a place that makes you into who you are. Just ask Lebron James.

Me and Lebron are like brothers... Both cramp up when the pressure is on, and like Lebron I do own a pair of Nikes. Lebron and I both are the best athletes in our households. Both share the passion for some good Brussel sprouts and neopolotan ice cream.  We both just love home.

Lebron got criticized for leaving his home for a career in Miami. I too got criticized for leaving my hometown to play division 3 football in Chicago. Lebron lost his fans. I lost a chance to win intramural championships at SDSU. Pretty much the same thing and they both hurt a lot of people. I had to get my ring though... And I did... Just like Lebron. I played a grueling 3 weeks and 2 whole plays for the Elmhurst College Bluejays that year before seeing my career come to a halt. Still got my ring though.  Lebron won two championships and 2 NBA mvps in the process while I was the only freshman linebacker at my school who got above a 2.0 gpa. While the stats and accolades are comparable and unbelievable, nothing beats going back home.

Lebron goes home to millions of roaring fans and millions of dollars. I went home to free rent and a once in a life time chance to stock shelves at pottery barn. Lebron has a chance to win more rings and more mvps. I have a chance to lead my group of linebackers at the high school I coach at to a 3-7 record. The similarities between me and Lebron are endless and just proves how great it is to be back home!

UA Alum Snyder pledges 1,000,001 to McKale Renovation Project

posted Oct 21, 2014, 9:45 AM by Matt Brumley   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 2:13 PM ]


October 20, 2014

Article by J. S. Nyder
John and Gretchen Snyder

Inspired by fellow UA alums and (soon-to-be) best friends Steve and Margot Kerr, John and Gretchen Snyder have decided to “take it higher” by pledging 1,000,001 (in Vietnamese Dong) toward the McKale Center renovation project.

“I don’t like to get caught up in labels and stuff like that” Snyder said.  “Some people are saying our gift isn’t comparable to theirs and I ask why not?  They gave a million, and we’re giving a million.  Plus one.  It’s actually better since the number is higher and I plan on rounding up when I convert the amount to U.S. dollars.” 

Snyder attended the UA the same time as the Kerr’s and feels a real kinship with the power couple from San Diego.  “Even though we don’t know each other, Steve and I are like brothers” Snyder gushed.  “We’ve always been so competitive with one another and have had very similar career paths post our UA days.”   Kerr went on the win five NBA titles, served as GM of the Phoenix Suns, was a highly regarded play-by-play announcer for the NCAA and NBA and is now the head coach of the Golden State Warriors.  Snyder is a CPA and owns several ‘Breaking Bad’ t-shirts.  When pressed about these alleged career similarities with Kerr, Snyder was dismissive but did state he’s played “lots of hoops” since 1988.

“My wish is that this inspires others to give back, too.”  Also a San Diego resident, Snyder is hopeful to, one day, finally meet his fellow classmates.  “I’ve tried reaching out to the Kerr’s hundreds of times” and blames his lack of success on bad email addresses and a faulty home modem.  Snyder also says the restraining order is all a “big misunderstanding” and claims he really just needs to get his Camry smogged.

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