Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wrestling is Madness in March

Wrestlemania. It is the biggest event of the year in the wrestling business. The crown jewel, the Super Bowl, the "grand daddy of them all" - the event. It's an event that gathers the entire industry, blurring company and organization borders, in a celebration of the most important date in the industry.

Except for this year.

With a legit number two and three organization in North America (albeit very far behind) Wrestlemania for the first time, has become a larger weekend event. With all three major promotions running huge shows in Orlando, the new "Wrestlemania weekend" (March 26th-30th) can potentially create a form of legit competition in the industry again. Orlando, Florida will be the capital of the wrestling world for this one week with four huge shows and neither company wanting the title of "worst show of the week", especially between TNA and ROH.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dome Pondering Import - Transcript of Sen. Obama's Speech

This is the transcript and video of Senator Barack Obama's speech regarding his feelings and thoughts to reports regarding his former Pastor, race in America, and the future of the United States of America.

Sen. Barack Obama's Speech
March 18th, 2008


Sunday, March 16, 2008

How the Chips Fall: The Tale of Two Young American Lives

Following what has been a media circus regarding the Eliot Spitzer scandal, the whirlwind that was the media, seemed to have eased up on its proverbial "full-court press" on Ashley Alexandra Dupre. For now, that is.

After all, Dupre's story, which is tailored for a future New York Times best seller, is one that follows a troubled, lost and aspiring singer that gave new meaning to "do whatever it takes", and her journey to super stardom. The catch - besides her two downloaded songs, her dream of becoming a singer hasn't become reality, but the one of being rich and famous have surpassed her imagination.

Dupre, the young 22 year old that has captured the interest of America with her pictures, stories and aspirations, has become a house hold name by way of drugs, prostitution and the moral failure and fall of another individual. Her journey of choices, anchored by raw motivation from the heart, led her down a path that reaped short rewards. It was a mere shortcut for cash to someday help support her dream and efforts to be a famous and wealthy singer. Instead, Dupre is preparing to cash in on millions not because of where her heart is, but because of a lifestyle in which most end up dead.

One the other hand, there is the subdued story of Jamiel Andre Shaw Jr. A young seventeen year old that excelled in his studies, and had a God-given gift of performing on a football field. Shaw, along with his father Jamiel Sr., lived in Crenshaw, California. Jamiel Jr.'s mother, Anita Shaw, is a United States solider serving her second tour of duty in the war on terrorism in Iraq.

Jamiel Jr. had huge aspirations and dreams to become a sports agent. Football was that vehicle that would someday help him realize that dream as well as making it out of his neighborhood in Crenshaw. Described as, "not only an outstanding athlete, but a great person" by his football coach, Jamiel Jr. stayed on the straight and narrow road of working hard in school and football, staying true to the pact between him and his dad.

Jamiel Sr. stated, "I would tell him, I'm going to get you to 18. And if you do what you are supposed to do, you'll get to college."

Jamiel Sr. continued, "He was almost there."

Jamiel Jr. was gunned down outside of his home by two gang members in an attack that was unprovoked.

According to the Associate Press, Jamiel was all-city first team selection last season after he rushed for 1,052 yards, averaging more than 14 yards per carry, and scored 10 touchdowns. He also ran track.

Jamiel Jr. was being mulled by Stanford and Rutgers universities.

It's a tragedy too surreal, too reminiscent of Boyz N' The Hood.

Another promising individual dead. Another dream no longer alive.

It's the tale of two young lives in America.

Most say it is just how the chips fall.

Is it? Or is it how we stack the deck?

It's a question worth asking. To save our ourselves. To save a life. And to save a dream.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Dome Pondering Import - "Her Sad Path to Respect"

Here is an article from The Daily News regarding the latest Eliot Spitzer controversy, and the woman that lead the former governor to his downfall. The article, in the midst of the layers being removed from the entire situation, looks at the life of Ashley Alexandra Dupre, and the twisted road she followed for the respect she always wanted.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

No Longer the Favre-orite: Replacing America's Hero

Brett Favre's run in the National Football League is finally over. After 17 seasons, what else can you say about Favre that has not been said already by reporters, newscasts, documentaries, sport columns, talk radio and passionate fans of all sports?

There is one - humility.

Favre was a man that exemplified a true essence of sports. A nakedness without the contracts, the endorsements, the commercials, the glitz, the glamor and all the baggage that accompanies professional sports today. Favre embodied a charismatic persona that involved class, hard work, dedication, toughness, imagination, and heart.

However, it was his humility that poured through his passion for the sport over everything else. He had an uncanny ability to live in the moment. Never once did he take any situation or any moment for granted or out of its proportions for self promotion or self-indulgence. His ability to understand failures to overcoming adversity, Favre remained calm and cool through it all. Unscathed through his experiences, Favre always put the love of the game before him.

The game was first.

Much can be said for his legacy throughout the sport and about the way he played the quarterback position with such flair. However, Favre's connection to the American people was much more than a number 4 green jersey lining up and taking snaps every Sunday, it was a blue-collar, child-hearted dream coming to fruition, as Favre played the way anyone would in the confines of their backyard, slinging, running, smiling, excited, improvising, and passionate, as if nothing else mattered. Because in his eyes, nothing else did.

The game was first.

With Favre now gone, is there anyone else that can replace his status in Americana? Looking across the broad spectrum of sports, and the thousand of athletes that compete each year, as of now, the answer seems to be no one.

A huge gaping whole now exists in the sports world.

Favre will be missed for his legacy, for his realness, but most importantly, for his humility.