Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Hooper: A son fills in for his dad on Father's Day

Editor's note: Ernest Hooper's son Mat fills in today so his dad could take Father's Day off.

The apple never falls far from the tree. Contrary to that belief, my dad and I have a lot of differences.

He graduated from the University of Florida. I graduated from Florida State University. Go Noles.

He went to school for journalism. I went to school for creative writing.

He always wanted to be a journalist. I grew up dreaming of being a football player, then a novelist.

He writes his stories for the newspaper. I write for my own blog (shameless self-promo but hoopsbloops.com!).

He was distraught when Prince died. I was distraught when Drake dropped his disappointing album Views.

His tagline is "that's all I'm saying." I believe in letting your ending find itself organically.

He argues that Michael Phelps and Serena Williams are greater athletes than LeBron. I laugh.

He oddly really likes Pitbull. … I do not.

He doesn't know who Tyrion Lannister is. I watched Episode 9 after Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

He writes his story on a laptop. I wrote this on my Notes app.

He's a boomer. I'm a millennial.

See, we have plenty of differences. But there are similarities.

We both have a passion for writing. We both have a passion for the Tampa Bay Rays. And we share a passion for people.

I think I can give him credit for that. He raised my siblings and I as anything flies. We could like whatever we want, and pursue what we wanted.

I think we both agree: That's awesome.

That's all I'm saying … (The ending found itself here.)

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