I’ve often said that if for some reason RSR fell apart and ceased to exist, I would still deem it as a wildly successful venture if for no other reason than it has enabled me to work with some great guys and gals.
Plus it has afforded me the luxury of meeting so many wonderful people whose paths I would otherwise have never crossed.
One of those people is a man named Harry O’Sullivan.
I connected with Harry through what was then Ravens24x7.com. He would often write in to share his thoughts on our favorite team and along the way a cyber friendship developed followed soon thereafter by a more traditional friendship.
Harry is a passionate, feisty Irishman, deeply devoted to his family, his loving wife Audrey, his community and of course the wonderful people of Ravens Nest 14. He’s David v. Goliath. He’s the USA v. Russia in The Miracle. He’s Rocky Balboa v. Clubber Lang.
Harry is a man of principle and his passion certainly spills over into his sense of decency and his political persuasions, which he doesn’t force upon you but will eagerly debate if you open that door.
And that’s a door through which our friendship has yet to venture.
I have never had to touch that doorknob because Harry, as long as I’ve known him and I suspect as long as he’s walked this planet, has always been a man who seeks the greatest good for the greatest number. My guess is that his sense of fairness is rooted in his faith, the Golden Rule and his umpiring skills.
Unfortunately for Harry, fairness on a personal level has unfairly eluded him in recent months as he battles his fiercest competitor to date – melanoma.
Yet in his typical give ‘em hell Harry style, he fights and claws for every single inch in a ferocious battle — one in which a lesser man might lose his will. Not Harry – think David, the USA and Rocky.
This Wednesday Harry is taking on another beastly opponent in the form of a difficult surgery. And I have no doubt that once again you will Play Like a Raven and kick ass!
My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend!
(special thanks to Brian Billick)