8th Annual Samsung Four Seasons of Hope Gala – Arrivals

06/16/2009 – Jamal Mashburn – 8th Annual Samsung Four Seasons of Hope Gala – Arrivals – Cipriani – New York City, NY, USA – Keywords: Jamal Mashburn is a retired American professional basketball player – 0 – – Photo Credit: Donna Ward / PR Photos – Contact (1-866-551-7827)

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  1. I am a Flight Qualified Supervisor, Asst. Chief Pilot, and Check Captain at UPS Airline. I operate editxpeed feeders and help to oversee what could be a logistics nightmare; thankfully, it is not because of the discipline, planning, skill and training of the partners with whom I work. We have successes and disappointments; we try to invest the lessons learned from both in the operation each new day. I am not a great sports fan; I moved to Kentucky from Tennessee in 1976, a time when it was beneath the dignity of the U of K teams to even play the U of L teams; an attitude that was quite foreign to me since, in Tennessee, we cheered FOR ALL our schools! What was even more bizarre was the fact that many of the U of K fans I came to know actually cheered AGAINT U of L, wishing them to be beat by everyone they played! It was much more than just a game; U of K sports was their primary reason for living, and their school was the ONLY one, or so it appeared by their actions and the passion of their attitudes. That was 36 years ago.Now we find ourselves in the midst of an insane tsunami of emotion, hatred, accusation, and calls for boycott simply because my company chose one of the most famous examples of logistics, teamwork, and execution in basketball history to illustrate the importance of teamwork and logistics. Sadly, because of the deep emotional scarring as a result of this shot 20 years ago of the BBN , who see nothing but hating upon their school, their pride, and their emotions, this ad cannot be seen for what it really is. That is your free choice and right in America, as is your right to trash UPS, call for millions to grind their axes and prove their point by leaving the traitor to the pride of Kentucky, U of K. Listen up, my friends. I’m sorry you feel that way. I hope you won’t leave, but you’re free to do what you wish. We’ll miss you, keep improving while you’re gone in hopes we’ll be better when you return. Just as U of K fans feel you’re the best, so do UPS employees; where we diverge is that we also know we’re not the ONLY! There are 2ways to have the tallest building in town build you’re own or attempt to tear all others down. The hatred displayed so widespread in this current controversy, as well as over the last (at least) 36 years is like an acid; it does more damage to the vessels in which it is stored than on the entities upon which it is poured. What unspeakable pain it must have caused you to carry the grief of that loss to Duke for the last 20 years; what misplaced priorities and unnecessary stress on your lives! THAT, my friends, is what’s TRAGIC! Relax, Relate, Release!With some, reality will again soon reign; with many, retaliatory anger will always rage; that’s just the way life is and people are. Education is sending your emotions to school; I thought that’s what Universities were supposed to do, not foster this insanely manic behavior we see displayed. I truly thought better of you. Remember, nobody is ever a total failure; s/he can always serve as a bad example. Sorry for your loss, sorry for your pain, even sorrier for you actions and attitudes, as such do a grave disservice to your cause, school, it’s sports program, and both it’s and your reputation. I support UPS in this ad, as well as our commitment to excellence, quality, and unsurpassed service. I support both U of K and U of L in the NCAA Tournament. I support all that is good and right; I challenge you to come forward with me in that journey! No hard feelings. The first 4 words of Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life say it so eloquently and succinctly It’s not about you. Have the day of your choice.

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