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Impact Comeback?

It wasn't long ago that I officially took my heart back from Impact Wrestling (then TNA). It was during this time in which Dixie Carter and crew had been taking the loyalty of it's fans for granted, and really, doing one of the greatest disservices in pro wrestling history when it came to the potential and positioning of the company.

Regardless, here we are with yet another chapter of this company (2nd under this new ownership). Yet,  in an intriguing way, this new era is easily my favorite in the company's history since, well,  maybe that 2002-2006 run when it provided an alternative to the mega giant that is Vince and friends.
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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/12/18

3 Up

1. ROH/ NJPW & MSG - I know, that sub header reads like a crazy jumbling of acronyms, however, kudos to Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling who sold out Madison Square Garden this week. The first sold out show at MSG by a company other than the WWE. If this isn't evidence of the massive change within the wrestling business in 2018, I'm not sure what it is. 
2. Ramon Laureano Throw - That throw was absolutely insane. Just insane. Right on the money. 
3. Wayne Rooney - Speaking of insane plays, how about Wayne Rooney continuing to do Wayne Rooney things in MLS with this insane clutch play. The placement on that cross was just crazy. 
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1. Unite the Right Rally - It's still insane to me how these types of rallies are still so common. Especially after Charlottesville last year. But yet, here we are. SMH. 
2. Laura Ingraham - I don't even consider some of these talking heads on cable news legit anymore. What bothers me is not what they say, but the viewer…

Pondering Picture #89

The other side awaits.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/5/18

3 Up 

1. Randy Moss' Tie - I don't care much for the NFL these days, but I did see the tie that Randy Moss wore for his induction. The tie acknowledged the many black men and women who were killed or died under various circumstances by law enforcement around the country. It's a nice gesture letting the families of those victims know they haven't been forgotten, and it's also one that once again brings to light the message that Kaepernick started. Not the anthem.

2. Jerry Jones Hypocrisy - Speaking of anthems...THIS was so fantastic. And so very true. By the way, remove the hat, Jerry! It's quite disrespectful to the flag and the anthem. Honestly, it's amazing how ridiculous this entire ordeal has gotten.

3. NRA Trolling - So the NRA is looking for money and are claiming they may cease to exist if they don't get the support. Kudos to the many who sent "thoughts and prayers" trolling the notorious organization. In a world where trolling is so co…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/29/18

3 Up 

1. Anne Hathaway - You know what's the best weapon against racism? Allyship from the majority group, specifically, yes, white people. And being a white mainstream celebrity isn't too bad, either! Kudos to Anne Hathaway for speaking out on the unfortunate situation of Nia Wilson, and on the privilege at play in our daily lives, and in our society. More importantly, the way such privilege offers different psychological pressures, and ultimately, a different lived experience. A different America. But I think we know this. It's really who chooses to accept it.

2. LeBron James School - Say whatever you want about his basketball legacy, what LeBron has done in the spectrum of social justice, in giving back to his community and offering access for the youth in Ohio is incomparable and immeasurable. I'm a fan of this dude. And yes, I appreciate that he doesn't "just shut up and dribble."

3. Hall of Fame Inductions - Six great ball players went into Cooperst…

Hogan, Hader, and the Unknown

Is prior racism forgivable? 
It's a loaded question and one that seems to have presented itself in the ever-evolving battle we have in our country. When do we allow and validate a person's change of heart from the the depths of previous discriminatory behavior? The question is an interesting one, especially when blended with the likes of white privilege and an underlying (thick) layer of foundational and systemic racism in this country. 
When the stories of Hulk Hogan being reinstated to the WWE and Josh Hader's controversial tweets from his teenage years made their way to the public forefront, it was an interesting dynamic in which left me very curious on how our society would approach the different social issues. I found myself thoroughly intrigued to watch the response, the reaction, and the fallout. 
Both men, at one time, regardless of when, stated nasty things. We're not talking about easy shades of ignorance and stereotypes, or even daily microaggressions that …

Pondering Picture #88

Different Angles. Different Summer.

Where is that line?

Thump. Thump. Thump.
Where is that line?  Have you found it? 
Thump. Thump. Thump.  Is it worth the frustration? Will you ignore it?
Thump. Thump. Thump.  What is forgiveness?  Do you understand it?
Thump. Thump. Thump. Why are you compassionate?  Can you continue to give it? 
Thump. Thump. Thump.  How much more can you take? 
Your body. Your armor. Your balance? 
Where is that line?  Have you found it?

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Candy Jar (2018)

What is it about? 

Competitive high school debaters move through their senior year at odds, while attempting to do everything possible to get into the colleges of their dreams.

Who is in it?

Jacob Latimore - Bennett

Sami Gayle - Lona

Christina Hendricks - Amy

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/22/18

3 Up

1. U.K. Supermarket - A supermarket in Britain has committed to one hour dimming the lights, sounds, and everything that contributes to sensory overload to allow customers with autism to shop. I love everything about this, as we all - all of us - often place ableism on the back burner of the equality fight. So much respect for those in leadership at Morrisons.

2. Home Run Derby - How awesome has the derby been since switching over to the timed format? Another HRD provided us yet another great moment with Bryce Harper's 60 second onslaught to win the crown. And oh yeah, Cubs fans need to calm down on the complaining/nit picking of the rules. It's supposed to be fun, folks.

3. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - The Brahma Bull (can us pro wrestling fans still call him that?) according to Forbes is now the highest grossing actor in the world. $124M! The Rock has come a loooooong way. Even before pro wrestling, it's hard to imagine the dude once had just $7 to his name…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/15/18

3 Up

1. Thailand Boys Rescued - This story was captivating, and even becomes downright addictively intriguing when you really get into the research methods used to save these boys and their coaches. And let us not forget some of the fatalities that occurred to get this done as well.

2. World Cup - How absolutely phenomenal was this event? I'm already sad to see it go. With a newborn in tow for myself, I watched so much of it, and it all, was so, so, so good. Best in my lifetime, for sure. Congratulations to France - albeit via immigrants of African nations. But that's a different message for another post on immigration hypocrisy.

3. Isner vs. Anderson - 6 Hours and 36 Minutes. Just as great as the World Cup has been, Wimbledon was just as fantastic. Isner and Anderson provided an absolute classic.

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1. Papa John - This dude is an absolute clown. This story is such a reminder of how these scenarios only result in action due to public backlash. And of course, how recording, …

Dear Son, Prior Generation

--22 Days Old---

Dear Son,

It's been three weeks since you entered this world, and ever since then, you've given us joy, smiles, love, countless Google searches, plenty of shoulder shrug I-give-up moments, countless "spit-up" shower/laundry drills (we have this down now - it's such a tight operation), a lifetime subscription to sleep deficiency and an immediate annoyance to parenting advice from those who wish to give it unsolicited.

But you know what, between all the unknowns, the shrugs, and the fatigue, you flash a moments smile, and we're back in the game. And if we capture it on our phones, it's like a bases loaded, 3 RBI, triple.

Yet, as the days peel off the calendar board, and sunrises and sunsets aren't exactly lining up mentally in our place in comparison to earth's time continuum, this third week of your existence brought you visitors - your first! - in the likes of your grandparents.

By now, you probably know you are lucky and that yo…

Pondering Picture #87

On the magic food truck.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/8/18

3 Up

1. Independence Day - So, it wasn't on a weekend. And it yes, if you look passed the shady propaganda of immense filtered propaganda, there is some real ish there. However, despite it's imperfection, oppression, and disregard for truth, America is great. Happy Birthday to a special nation!

2. Boys Rescue in Thailand - As of this post, only four of the thirteen boys have been saved. However, the rescue missions have captured the world in the lengthy and tremendously daring attempts to save these boys. The quest will continue well into next week.

3. Golden State Warriors - I wrote about it this past week (Applaud the Golden State Warriors), but these dudes just added another - ANOTHER - all-star! As mentioned, what the Warriors are doing in the modern era of sports, and salary caps, and of course, egos, is absolutely tremendous.

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1. Race-Blind" Admissions - I can't believe this hasn't gotten more push in talks on the mainstream front. This administration i…

Applaud the Golden State Warriors

Quite the title for this post, huh? Maybe you're wondering if I'm OK. No worries, I'm totally and completely fine. I'm thinking rationally and clearly. But yes, applaud the Golden State Warriors on their latest acquisition of Demarcus Cousins. Maybe even a standing ovation. Again, totally feeling normal.

As the NBA world and sports fans clamor, and at times cry, about competitive balance and the 2018-19 season being over, I'm not in that same mind frame. I found what the Warriors did to be absolutely genius, downright bold, and quite frankly, something that should spark appreciation, and even dare I say, competition - YES, COMPETITION - around the league.

So no, I'm not going to quit basketball. I appreciate the game too much, and quite frankly, it get's me through the Winter until baseball returns. And no, I'm not fed up - after all, let's be honest, I'm a Knicks fan. Along this theory, I would've given up a long time ago.

What I am, is im…