Friday, February 24, 2017

Same Building as POTUS, Didn't Care


Today, I was in the same building as the President of the United States of America. In any time, and probably in any other era, that used to mean something special. I would have been excited. Heck, I waited for twenty-eight minutes after work just to see President Obama's motorcade make it's way down the street of my office. Just to see the car he was in drive by. That was cool. I was excited. Just for the brush. Just to be in the same air with the most powerful person in the free world. 

Of course, you know where this post is now going. Today, I was not. I wasn't excited. I wasn't thrilled. Nor did I have the overwhelming angst to rush the area to see him. I just didn't. 

This past week, I attended a national conference within the field of which I work - Higher Education and Campus Recreation. As it goes, this year's conference was held in the National Harbor in the DC area. And as you probably know by now, so was CPAC, a conservative union conference which attracted a rather political crowd to the area, along with the Vice President, and of course, the President of the United States.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Passing on Auto-Walk Rule


I very much dislike the idea of the automatic walk, baseball's new rule as part of the initiative to improve pace of play. Yes, I am all for increasing the pace of play, always have been, and I am a fan of the new commissioner researching and searching for ways to effectively help the game of baseball. As I've been saying, this is the first time baseball has been proactive, and I love it. 

But this new rule approved by both the MLB and the MLBPA (Important aspect to remember), in my opinion, doesn't solve that. In some ways, I think it takes away from the game. Here are some of my reasons:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Dope Sports Threads - 2017 NBA All-Star Game

So yeah, part of what inspired me to start doing these was in fact my infatuation with All-Star Games because of the unique gear and aesthetics that came with them. While the 2017 NBA All-Star Game (really, the entire weekend) was a complete dud, a few things did catch my eye. Of course, the game itself did garner the highest ratings since 2013 - go figure. No, that's legit. But hey, what do I know? I guess people really do like watching that display of "basketball". 

Anyway, sorry, back to what caught my eye this weekend. As always, I'm willing to share.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/19/17

3 Up 

1. Youth Basketball Team Inclusion - This story is remarkable. A CYO youth team from New Jersey forfeited their season after their league did not permit the two girls on their team to continue playing. After much resistance, the league gave in. Ahh, the power of resistance and inclusion. Gotta love it. 

2. UCONN 100 Wins - However you feel about the UCONN women's program, 100 wins in a row is pretty damn impressive. Seriously, thats one-hundred wins in a row! Just crazy. 

3. Charlotte and Bayley - These two lit it up on Monday night with their Women's title match on Raw. The WWE's women's division remains must-watch stuff, and as always, Charlotte continues to be one of the best pound-for-pound wrestlers (and overall athlete) in pro wrestling right now. 

3 Down

1. Presidential Public Relations - Ahhhh, another week, more stuff. Yeah, just stuff. From Flynn's resignation, to more DeVos, to a phony Sweden attack remark - it's only been a few weeks, and it feels like so much longer. 

2. NBA All-Star Weekend -What. A. Dud. From Saturday night, to the lame All-Star Game, the NBA does a great job with the events and hype, but this year's break lacked punch. 

3. George "The Animal" Steele - Another pro wrestling great gone. The greatly underrated Animal will always be original, and forever be remembered. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Captain Fantastic (2016)

What is it about? 

A father who raised his kids in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, is forced to enter the real world, and is challenged by specific values he holds dearly. 

Who is in it? 

Viggo Mortenson - Ben

George McKay - Bo

Samantha Wisler - Kielyr

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/12/17

3 Up

1. Charles Oakley - Did anyone else win the week more than "The Oak Man"? As I briefly mentioned (Living Vicariously Through Oakley), Oakley gave us all a moment we wanted to live vicariously through, and even more ammunition against James Dolan and the Knicks brass. 

2. Yale - Kudos to Yale University on renaming Calhoun College because of ties to white supremacy and slavery. Hopefully, this starts a trend for many institutions who still have various ties on their campus to slavery and other forms of white supremacy.

3. WWE Elimination Chamber - Bray Wyatt?! What?! Where did that come from?! Not going to lie, throughly shocked by tonight's outcome. 

3 Down

1. Betsy DeVos Confirmation - Ugh. I can't even...I just can't. 

2. New York Knicks - Talk about a disaster of a week. From the entire Charles Oakley incident, to James Dolan making it all sooooooo much more worse - the Knicks are just an outright disaster. 

3. Twitter Wars - I'll refrain from getting too political, but I would like if the President didn't pick fights with Mark Cuban and simply worried about the issues at stake. 

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Living Vicariously Through Oakley


Am I the only one who envisions an epic wrestling story line between Charles Oakley and owner of the New York Knicks, James Dolan? 

Okay, maybe I watch too much wrestling (I do), but how else am I supposed to deal with latest news to come out of my fandom that is the New York Knicks? We're not necessarily awful in terms of talent, but merely production and effort, thus being a kind of awful that is even more awful. Making this all so unbearable is the glaringly obvious issues that lie within this team, and even so, within the organization.

Yes, there is Phil Jackson vs. Carmelo Anthony. Of course, there is the ever-continuing debate regarding Carmelo Anthony's ability to lead. Sadly, there is the regression of (my guy) Kristaps Porzingis. Strangely, there is the obvious malcontent between the members of team. And obviously, there is Phil Jackson, and the daggers he throws at everyone from above, but has said nothing - NOTHING! - to explain any of it. And as always, there is James Dolan...well, as you know from this blog, there is ALWAYS James Dolan.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/6/17

3 Up

1. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick - The amount of dominance these two have reigned over the NFL is rather mind blowing when you attempt to wrap your mind around it all. Yet, I'm sure there are any two who have done it better than these guys. They simply restock the herd around them, and wham! Super Bowl. All the time. 

2. Super Bowl LI - So yeah, I released that post of me giving up on football this weekend. You should still check it out! Regardless, I decided to catch the big game this week, and I'm glad that I did - amazing game. I'm really glad I did. While I still stand by my feelings of struggling moving forward in being a fan of this league, I must admit, this game was very entertaining and for several hours, it erased the reality of the world's happenings. 

3. Erase of Subways Swastika - While this one typically would have the top spot, the world needed a break from it's reality, which the Super Bowl happily provided tonight. Nonetheless, the idea of a Subway car coming together to erase a hate message scrawled across an advertisement is the kind of gesture also needed. It's moments like that make me love this city. 

3 Down

1. UC Berkeley Protests - The events that happened on the campus of UC Berkeley are absolutely ridiculous. While you don't have to agree with the message of a speaker, preventing him/her from speaking by destroying a campus is rather outrageous. It further demonizes and 

2. Tomi Lahren - “As we sit here today, I do think that there is an element of racism against white individuals. I do see it." Yup, she said that. Seriously, she did. And yet, there are people who follow her every word. Unbelievable. 

3. Lauryn Hill - At one point does the greatness of the "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" album run its course? That album was really good, but Ms. Hill has done NOTHING since. In fact, she's broken the law, and this past week, was three hours late for her own concert. Unacceptable. 

1 Collapse

1. Atlanta Falcons - Wow. Man, what happened? Honestly, I've lived through the Yankees collapsing in the 2004 ALCS. I'll never forget that feeling. Not sure if this is worse, but I can empathize, Falcons fans. I can empathize.