Monday, April 21, 2014

An American Winner...In An American Classic!

Enough said....Boston..."Happy Patriots Day!

Things From the Week-end...That Was

It is a gorgeous spring day in this small, southern, college town.   Temps in the upper 70's...No humidity.

No flies...or pesky insects.

Absolutely wonderful.   Wish we could can these type days and open them up when the rainy season  overwhelms us.

Anyway...some "stuff" ...that made us pay attention to sports these past 2 days.

From our friends at the Huffington Post:


We still love a good baseball fight...Even if no punches are thrown:

WATCH: Fight Breaks Out After Brewers All-Star's Triple

Pirates Brewers
So Missing Craig Sager:
 

WATCH: TNT Crew, Popovich Pay Tribute To Craig Sager

Craig Sager

 Blake Griffin...is an idiot!

Accident? Blake Spilled Water All Over Warriors Fan

Blake
Happy Trails....Hurricane!

Famous Boxer Wrongly Convicted Of Murder Dies

Rubin Hurricane Carter
And....finally...Check out Sir Charles' reaction to the Indiana Pacers loss to the 8th seeded  Atlanta Hawks:

  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GAME ON! NBA Playoffs!

We're playing basketball!  My Atlanta Hawks win game 1 against the Pacers in Indiana!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Hawks clinch No. 8 spot in NBA Playoffs

“My” Atlanta Hawks  have made it to the Playoffs again!

Bubba Watson wins second Masters Crown!

This Georgia Girl is proud of this Georgia Boy!
 
Bubba Watson turned on the style to win his second U.S. Masters title in three years after a final round 69 gave him a three-shot victory in the opening major of the 2014 season.

Pacquiao Gets Revenge With Unanimous Win

Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision to retake the welterweight world title.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UConn Women are NCAA Basketball Champions!

The UConn women leveled Notre Dame, 79-58.  The Huskies are (40-0) for the year. Congratulations!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

40th Anniversary of Henry "Hank" Aaron's 715th Homer!

Today is the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron hitting his 715th home run.
He is now 80 years old.















UConn wins Men's NCAA Basketball Championship!

Final Score:  The University of Connecticut 60 ~ The University of Kentucky 54

Kevin Ollie is a successful coach.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

When We Were Kings

This is a little long...but worth every minute.  Ali versus Foreman...1974.  I had just finished high school.  Foreman had just destroyed Joe Frasier and Ken Norton.  None of us at the time thought Ali had any chance.  We all thought the worst case scenario...he would die in the ring.

But...he...did...not.

From the archives of HBO...and YouTube.

Sit back and enjoy a piece of history.  Trust me...you will be moved by this film.


 

The Madness...Of March!

My oh my.....the madness..the upsets!

And we're only in day 2.

Wow!!

 

In a New York...Minute

Only in New York... A few short years ago...Mark Sanchez was the toast of the city.  Today...he was fired by the New York football Jets.

The odd thing about this?

They've just signed....Michael Vick.

From the New York Daily News:

MARK SANCHEZ OUT, MICHAEL VICK IN: Jets release one-time Golden Boy quarterback and add veteran who served time in prison

Mark Sanchez knew this day was coming even as he wished in a strange sort of way that it wouldn’t. There was no shock when the Jets officially released him on Friday, no disbelief when the organization ended a strange five-year relationship with their erstwhile Golden Boy. read full story »

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kyle Korver...We Salute You!

Well...it's over now.  Our Kyle Korver... of our beloved Atlanta Hawks set an NBA record when he hit at least one three-point basket in 127 straight games.

Think about it.   That is a season...and then some. 

No...Kyle Korver will never end up in the same conversation as the greatest players ever...He will not go into the NBA Hall of Fame...

But what he accomplished?  We applaud.

These Hawks these days need a reason for us fans to simply give a damn.

Kyle has done that and more.   This white boy can shoot!

And Kyle...we salute you...and applaud you!

From FoxSportsSouth:

In appreciation of Korver's streak

MAR 8, 3:45a ET | FOX Sports South
In appreciation of Korver
Kyle Korver's NBA-record streak of 127 games with a three-pointer is over, but its impact is not. Jerome Jurenovich and Mike Glenn put the run by the Hawks guard into perspective.
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Daylight Savings Time...Once Again!

One of our favorite posts...

So we ...re post:

Springing............Forward


Daylight Savings Time.....

To be quite blunt.......Daylight savings time sucks! Tomorrow....check that...today..... at 2 am we will set our collective clocks forward 1 hour. Why? Our time pieces in our body will have to adjust needlessly for this ridiculous attempt to cheat mother nature.

How......exactly....... are we .......saving......daylight? And.....what are we saving daylight from? Is .....daylight ..... in danger? Does......daylight.....need to be rescued? Oh, my bad. We're not saving the daylight from an unknown enemy........We are saving daylight........for future use. So....should we freeze it ........or can it? Or put the daylight in a bank ....and earn interest.

Now, personally, I happen to like daylight. And for years now, I have done what most Americans have done for the last 30 years.......In March........I save an hour..........of daylight.
Only to give it back in October! And when I give it back........I have no return on my investment. I just........don't get it. Spring forward...........fall backward......why? And for.......whom?

Daylight.........could care less.......In a 24 hour day..........daylight shines for how ever many hours.......regardless if we humans manipulate a doggone clock.

Meanwhile.........the moon is watching all of this........and thinking........."Hey....what about "moonlight" savings time......." We want equal representation". We too..... want to be saved.

Imagine that..............then again.......just set that darn clock ahead ......save that hour of daylight........and be a zombie for a few days before your body adjusts......

Daylight Savings Time............

Yuck!!!!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Thoughts on a Friday

In this small southern college town...this is the final day of the shortest month.



February.  The month with only 28 days.  The Black History Month.

You know why they gave us this month...28 freakin' days?!?

We could not have a month with 30...or 31.  Oh no!    Those months are reserved for the established white holidays.

But...we're not complaining.   At least we have a month.  A month to celebrate our heritage.

Five things....I ....think I think:

The Sochi Olympics....were...extremely ...boring.

The NFL....and this pending "nigga" rule is so ridiculous.

NASCAR....and the Daytona 500...with Dale Jr. winning was great!

Comcast and Time Warner ....merger...bad.  Very bad.

Best shows on TV?   Still the nature shows on NatGep Wild.

So ....that's that.

Have a great Friday...this last day of February.

The Feathers are Coming Off

These birds of prey...are done.  Too many injuries...too few superstars.

These are...our Atlanta Hawks.

Lets just see how many games we can lose.  Just might help out in the NBA draft.  But for now...it's just plain pitiful. 

Hawks edged out by Celtics
Jeff Teague had 26 points but the Hqwks fell 115-104 to the Celtics, losing for the 10th time in 11 games.

The Mask...LeBron Style

Leave it to LeBron James to make a fashion statement out of a mask designed to protect his broken nose.

You gotta give him his due.  It is an intimating image.

Our guess it is now the entire Miami Heat team will be sporting these masks before the season ends.

LeBron James' Black Mask Looked Like It Belonged In A Comic Book

It may not have been the Bane masked he wanted, but the black mask LeBron James wore on Thursday night still looked like it belonged in a comic book.

It might be unclear whether the hero or the villain would wear it.



lebron james


Nigga...Please!

So now the NFL wants to penalize teams and players that use the "N-word" during games.

Our response?

Nigga please!  These are grown ass men.  And there are two distinct words here.  Nigga....and nigger.  

"Nigga" is a word used by blacks among our own.  "That's my nigga".

"Nigger"  is a word used by whites to degrade blacks.  "We got ourselves an uppity nigger here".

Shane Paul Neil makes some excellent points in his blog.

From the Huffington Post:

 

When Good Intentions Go Wrong: The NFL 'Nigga' Penalty

Posted: Updated:
Before I even get into the proposed NFL rule accessing a 15-yard penalty for using the word "nigga" (I refuse to say "N-word" as it is a complete cop-out) in all its iterations on the field, I offer a moment of full disclosure: I don't use the word, or at least I make conscious effort not to. This is mostly in deference to my mother who grew up in the midst of Jim Crow and my great-grandmother who was born into slavery (yes, my family is only three generations out of slavery). I have friends and family who do say "nigga" unflinchingly, and for the most part I pay it little mind.

This week at the behest of John Wooten, whom I have a great level of respect for, and on the tails of the Martin/Incognito controversy, the NFL rules committee is considering the idea of a 15-yard penalty for saying "nigga" during a game. The proposal has, to no surprise, re-sparked conversations and debates about the use of the word ranging from its morphing etymology to who can say it and how.
I really hope the league sees all the reasons why this can't work, including...

The rule already exists
The NFL has rules addressing player conduct during game play including...
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Pretty straight forward to me.

If you ascribe to the idea that the word "nigga" is offensive what part of this rule doesn't apply? Creating a rule addressing one word or phrase is redundant at best. It also creates an unwanted hierarchy of offensiveness. It's not ok to call Michael Sam "nigga" but there is no "fag" or "homo" rule, so...
For those who argue that the NFL needs to conform to the laws that govern workplace culture 1) it's by no means a standard workplace 2) the rule does not address the NFL workplace as a whole but rather one relatively small, though important, portion of the overall NFL work environment. It is the equivalent of saying that there is no cursing in the office bathroom on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The rule enforced by (very) rich (very) white men
I am under no delusion that Roger Goodell or any NFL owner has ever owned any of my ancestors. That said the word gained its prevalence and pervasiveness during a time when some -- if not all -- of their ancestors owned the ancestors of the black players who make up 70 percent of the league. Should an organization with no black majority owners and a very small handful of black coaches and executives be legislators of black culture? And yes, regardless of where you stand on the "nigga" line it is in fact a matter of culture.

No NFL referee will (or wants to) throw that flag
Consider this part two of the previous paragraph. There are a relatively small number of black referees in the NFL and I have a hard time picturing Ed Hochuli calling a 15-yard "nigga" penalty on the offense. Add to this the number of judgement calls a football referee has to make during the course of a game as 22 incredibly large, incredibly fast men collide into each other and I would venture to guess that how players address each other is the least of their concern.

The rule will do nothing to curb the word's use
The John Wootens of the world would love nothing more than to see the word and all its forms erased from the lexicon. So much so that it has become the Lord Voldemort of language (he that shall not be named). To that cause, this rule is the most ineffectual option possible. This cause is a cultural one, not one of fair play or competition. This rule is the equivalent of cutting the top off of a dandelion and ignoring the roots that choke off the flowers around it.

There are so many other issues the league needs to address first
If the NFL is in need of addressing cultural taboo, there are a plethora of issues that are staring the league in the face that trump how black players acknowledge each other. The Washington Redskins sorely need a name change (and possibly the Chiefs as well). Again I call attention to the lack of minority ownership and executives. The specter of domestic violence (hello, Ray Rice). Marijuana use among players (hello, Bears/Ravens). Add to all of this, the entire world watching to see where the league's first openly gay player will get drafted and subsequently treated among his peers.

When cleaning a house it's best to throw out the garbage before you worry about sweeping up the dust.

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