Sunday, December 31, 2006

Dome Pondering - 2006 Year in Review


2006. What a year it has been. It seems everywhere you turn, everyone has their own version of “year end” memories and awards. To follow in this ever so popular and cult-like trend, yours truly will also delve into memory lane and dissect the year that was 2006.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Arenas Showing World That We Are Indeed Fools

"You were fooled because you believed it was about me. I believe it takes five. But you're not a fool, are you?"

Many Adidas commercials boast this slogan promoting teamwork amongst the company's endorsers. Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady and Gilbert Arenas each reverberate the slogan throughout their individual commercials promoting their personally endorsed shoes. Arenas is part of Adidas' new strong campaign to corner the basketball market. With the Nike's of the world having stars such as Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kobe Bryant under contract, Adidas might have found themselves a true star under the radar.

With all the current news being about Allen Iverson and his move to Denver, many have failed to honestly recognize the type of season that Gilbert Arenas is having. Arenas has evolved over the past year and a half before the NBA fan's eyes. His true rise to fame came last year in an unforgettable series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards. Arenas has carried that momentum from last year's playoffs into this season and has improved upon it greatly.

29.2 PPG 4.1 RPG 6.4APG 2.1 SPG

The numbers speak for themselves.

Not Convinced? Well when your stat line reads 60 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists after a game which Kobe Bryant guarded you (and gave a lame excuse for Arenas’ performance), that should solidify your status amongst the elite.

Jerry Colangelo and the rest of USA Basketball skipped over Arenas for the USA roster. Big Mistake.

Vote Gilbert Arenas for the NBA All-Star Game. Only a fool wouldn’t.

But you’re not a fool, are you?

Thursday, December 21, 2006

'Understand, Learn, and Experience: Ten People to Spend 15 With'

Life is about understanding, learning and experiencing. To harness and benefit from these qualities, we seek others who have understood, learned, and experienced. We seek their mind, their guidance and their teachings from those that are where we are, where we are going, and where we hope to never end up. However, there are those that we wish that we can have fifteen minutes to pick their brain. When asked that proverbial question, "If you can meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?", these would individuals appear on that mental list.

With that said, I have compiled a list of individuals I would like to spend fifteen minutes to simply ask questions about their experiences, and life in general.

10. Darryl Strawberry - This seems like a shocker. However, Strawberry could have possibly been one of the greatest baseball players ever. His demons got the best of him, and his baseball career was basically wasted. The chance to ask Strawberry about his career, his addictions, his relationship to son, DJ, and his current efforts to better the lives of young athletes that get wrapped up in the fame would be interesting.

9 . Oprah Winfrey - The richest woman in the world. Oprah's take on her charities, her career and life in general would be beneficial to any aspiring businessman...errr, woman in her case.

8. Bret Hart - One of the greatest wrestlers alive, from one of the most historical wrestling families ever, now retired and far away from the business that made him and his family. Questions would include his career, his brother's death, his father's death, how wrestling built and tore his family apart, the current state of professional wrestling and what he's learned from the business.

7. Barry Bonds - There is no need for a description on Bonds. It would be interesting to see Bonds' views on the public, their opinion of him , his place in baseball history and how he wants to be remembered.

6. Patrick Ewing - The ability to just hear stories about his career and playing at the Garden would be enough. The question of what the Knicks needed to surpass the mighty Chicago Bulls of the past would definitely be asked.

5. Rudolph Guliani - The former Mayor of New York City is a man that I admire and espect greatly. His hadnling of September 11th, and his effort to help NYC in his eight years as Mayor were remarkable. Questions would include Guliani's experiences as mayor and his interest for the presidency of the United States.

4. Jay-Z - The King of New York. What more can I say? Jay-Z, Hov or Sean Carter, whatever you call him, he has meant so much to the borough of Brooklyn, and the city of New York. The ability to hear about his journey from the Marcy projects to being worth over $300 million is a story that must be heard.

3. Michael Jordan - Yes, I hated MJ, but that's only because he torched the Knicks every chance he got. Poor Patrick could have been wearing a ring or two if not for Mr. Jordan. However, you have to respect possibly the greatest athlete to ever walk God's green earth. Fifteen minutes to talk to him is priceless no matter what you discuss.

2. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - One of the most influential people ever. As a huge fan of Dr. King, it would be really beneficial to anyone to learn his teachings, and put to practice his teachings, dreams, and efforts. If the chance was possible, questions would include life in the 50's, the civil rights movement, his thoughts on life, and his opinions on today's world.

and finally, the person I would really want to meet...

1. Jesus Christ - I'm not sure what I would say to him. I would probably be in awe for the entire fifteen minutes. Nonetheless, he will always top this list.


Honrable Mentions

Spike Lee - Movie Director and loyal Knicks fan. "How about those Knicks?"

Chuck Liddell - UFC Lightheavywight Champion. "How does it feel to know you can knock just about anyone out?"

Any member of the NYPD or NYFD that took part in 9/11 - Their stories never get old.

Alex Rodriguez - Third Base, New York Yankees. "When we boo, how do you handle it?"

Beyonce Knowles - Actress/Singer. "Will you marry me?"

Stephon Marbury - Point Guard, New York Knicks. "How helpful has Isiah Thomas been?" "Is there more to expect from the 'Starbury' line?"

George Bush - President of the United States of America. "What exactly are you doing? Seriously."

Donald Trump - Very, very rich man. "Nice rip on Rosie."

Tupac Shakur - Rapper/Actor. " What has happened to hip-hop?"

James Dolan - Owner of Cablevision empire (Cablevision/Knicks/Rangers). "Do you know that New York hates you?"

Terrell Owens - Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys. "What is wrong with you?"

Derek Jeter - Shortstop, New York Yankees. "How great is life?"

Steve Bartman - Infamous fan. "What were you thinking?"

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Do Something Right: Isiah's 'One Year' continues...

The New York Knicks. That statement alone used to be enough to represent prestige, tradition, honor and excellence. Today, it represents an ongoing circus of drama, poor basketball, and a skid mark on the World's Most Famous Arena.

Yes, the New York Knicks are at it again. It seems whatever they do, they can't do it right. Saturday's melee in the Garden was yet another example of this as the Knicks continue to mess up and give newspapers and sport writers more ammunition to fire away on the barely pulsating franchise. The replay has been shown many times in various angles and speeds, but no matter how you view it, the Knicks have done wrong - again.


Fans are upset. Front Office is a wreck. Team is in disarray. The Garden is empty.

We blame Isiah Thomas. We blame James Dolan. We blame whoever has finger prints on this tragedy.

Nonetheless, I will be that guy to stand up for Isiah. Although this is his team, he inherited an aging, nonathletic and huge salaried roster. He turned it into a young, gifted, random...high salaried roster. Yes, he did bring in a coach that proved to add to the bad chemistry, but Isiah has a vision that I truly believe has not been completed yet. However, Isiah has one year to bring that vision and reality together. One year, to prove to everyone that not only is he a good executive, but this team has the makings of excellence in the future. So far this season - not good. After 26 games, the Knicks stand 9-17.

The Knicks have endured jeers from their own fans, received scrutiny from the media, have been the victims of many punch lines and are written off by many NBA analysts. It's an interesting situation rarely seen in sports. A team fighting not only critics and analysts, but it's own city, its own league, and their own selves.

Saturday's fight in the Garden showed that this group refuses to be broken. After being embarrassed by a Denver Nugget team, the Knicks showed some pride similar to the old Knicks teams of Ewing, Oakley and Starks. Despite the unfortunate events (and I do mean very unfortunate), this might be what the Knicks needed.

Let's see where this saga continues. If the Knicks prosper, the fight in the garden will be looked at as the turning point. Isiah's "one year" has the potential for an unforgettable story...

...that is if they can do something right.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Dome Pondering Import - CNN Poll: Most Americans see lingering racism -- in others

Here is an article that I read on CNN.com. It is a recent study regarding racism in America and how the people of this nation have come to grips with the controversial feeling. It is quite the interesting read and quite the report on how far our nation has come, where it is headed, and where it needs to be in terms of diversity and social understanding. Also, notice the poll only includes Caucasians and African-Americans. Hmmmmm....

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Power of Trust and The Search of Life

Trust. It’s a concept so complex, so rich in meaning that it causes the mind to go into overdrive. Trust. It’s a concept so powerful, it causes a person to become so overwhelmed with paranoia. Trust. A concept so conquering, it can break up the tightest of bonds. Trust. A scarcity in life.

“Life is an amazing adventure. Each day a new journey unfolds”

Throughout life we experience and endure many challenges. Through these challenges we learn more about life, its purpose, and ourselves. Many of these challenges are tasks that are too difficult for one mere mortal to tackle. The tasks cause an individual to look deep down inside, swallow their pride, and admit that they need help. In order to be fully committed, one will have to trust someone to overcome the specific situation. Whether you do this with awareness, or subconsciously, we all come to this fork in the road called life not once, not twice, but numerous times. How we handle it, depends on the person.

Trusting another individual is the tricky notion of this concept of trust. Many people may claim to not have a problem trusting others. However, everyone has been burned once or twice and slowly but surely, when it is all said and done, that wall begins to build guarding yourself. You begin to show signs of an introvert, accepting others statements are semi-existent and ultimately questioning, who do I really trust?

Friends are usually the first victims of this idea. They aren’t family. These are the people that aren’t obligated to be nice to you, protect you, or defend you because of a blood line. These are the people that are genuinely close to you because well...they choose to. They enjoy your company, and care for you as if you were their family. However, with that come the backstabbing, the gossiping, and the lies. The constant pondering of the other person’s motives becomes a chess match. “Should I” and “Could I” are often statements which spurn thoughts on sharing with the other person. Mind games begin…

Family is the most valued form of trust. These people share your last name, your culture and sometimes, your life. They have known you for years. The bond of trust lies in the form of affection, loyalty, and unconditional love. However, your loved ones are human. They are victims of nature’s beast and the natural human instinct of selfishness. A mistrust of some sort is looked at as a swerve, a disappointment, and a life changing experience. Mind games begin…

Relationships are a different breed. Affection and anonymity are a combustible combination. Understanding an individual while developing certain warmth romantically is difficult. People carry over the experiences from friends and family into this relationship, thus creating a recipe for disaster. Problems arise, and self examination occurs constantly. Mind games begin…

Although there are the exceptions to the points above, trust remains a powerful concept in life. There are friends that are like brothers and sisters, family members that are there until the end, and relationships that turn into marriage. Trust is an intricate part of life. We need it. Somehow, someway, we can’t do it on our own. It’s another mere part of life that an individual must understand.

It’s life.

Trust. Years to earn, minutes to lose. Searched for so often, found very rarely.

“Live, Laugh, and Love with friends and family.” However, “like everyone, trust no one.”

Mind Games continue...

Life is amazing (Confusing), isn’t it?