A New Credential: 99 Word Flash

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On September 30, 2015, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted us thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about returning home.

Here is what I came up with:

A New Credential

With summer’s recent springing, I applied for a new credential: MMA media.

The media pass I was issued.

Traveling halfway across the Golden state, I walked onto my fresh campus for the evening, knighted myself in a lanyard, and shuffled to my cage side seat. Cold steel and rubberized matting smelled nothing like a classroom.

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My position for the night’s affair.

From the opening bell to the final bout, with no recesses, I presented the evening’s action to those tuned in, targeting a championship-caliber performance.

A photo of me with Alex Reyes, King of the Cage junior welterweight and lightweight champion.

Returning home, I realized a link between teaching and media: a thinned pocketbook, audience engagement, a passion for participation, and a refusal to be intimidated.


Click the link below for a recap of the evening:



5 thoughts on “A New Credential: 99 Word Flash

    julespaige said:
    October 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    It must be fascinating to be able to report on the action with so many distractions.
    Teaching is an art – every single subject!

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      DMaddenMMA responded:
      October 6, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      I was definitely consumed by the action at times. There were a couple of times I cheered, but the guy operating the clock and the bell cheered, too, so I figured it was ok.

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    Charli Mills said:
    October 6, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    An interesting yet apt comparison. Your students are lucky you have passion for both teaching and MMA.

    Liked by 1 person

    Return to Home « Carrot Ranch Communications said:
    October 7, 2015 at 7:27 am

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    rogershipp said:
    October 12, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Well done. Such an original take. Would loved to have been there!


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