Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Charlie Banks, now a college student, experiences and must deal with old problems when the past he thought he escaped from in high school shows up on his campus, and teaches him what he cannot learn in a classroom.
Who is in it?
Jessie Eisenberg – Charlie
Jason Ritter – Mick
Eva Amurri – Mary
Chris Marquette - Danny
Monday, March 29, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The issue of “Sex Addiction” is one that has become quite popular after the Tiger Woods saga. A topic that has been around for sometime now has become a forefront issue, and still has varying public opinions on the “addiction”.
In the past year, we have seen many public figures admit to being “Sex Addicts” in Tiger Woods and Steve Phillips, as well as shows dedicated to the topic such as Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew. Yet, despite the sudden boom in being a “sex addict”, there still lies many doubters over whether this is a serious addiction, or just another sham to explain our society's lack of responsibility and self-control. And for that reason, we’ll keep the title within quotes.
Today, ESPN.com featured a very interesting and powerful ten minute clip from their superb documentary series, Outside The Lines. The piece touches base on former basketball player and coach, Winston Bennett, and his struggles with “sex addiction”, and how it affected his life, and those that love him.
The aspect that really brings the situation out is Bennett’s ability to openly share his life. Most have used “sex addiction” as a reason to escape from infidelity and twist the situation into making themselves the victim.
While the notion of being addicted to whatever it may be, alcohol, drugs, or painkillers, are understandable, real, and scientifically supported by the body’s dependency for the addictive substance, “sex addiction” is described as being a compulsivity within the mind that triggers a person to act on their resting thoughts.
Maybe I am being a bit cynical, and slightly sarcastic, but if that were the case, couldn’t we slap “addict” after about anything a person does that they shouldn’t act upon?
or maybe thoughts that constantly consumes a person’s mind such as:
I often describe myself as a , “professional wrestling addict”, hey, maybe it is a real diagnosis. That’s my excuse, I just can’t help myself, I just need to see body slams, clotheslines and chair shots.
In all seriousness, whether being a “sex addict” is real or not, is yet to be determined. However, in a society where many of our mistakes, wrong doings, and transgressions are finding there way to being placed in the “It’s not your fault” pile, its no wonder the next generation is lacking responsibility and self control.
However with that said, Winston Bennett’s story is one - out of all the many that has been told - that has truly brought “sex addiction” to a real stature. One where a man lost everything, admitted it, has received help, and has created a support system to keep him accountable.
For the first time in hearing a story about someone being a “sex addict”, I didn’t roll my eyes or listen in cynicism.
And if this “addiction” is real and just that – an addiction – I shutter to think how many people out their in our “sex sells” society that are not in the public eye are suffering from this.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Over a year ago, yours truly wrote a post titled, “Linked in More Ways Than One: Sabathia Can Influence R.B.I. Result on The Mound”. The piece touched on Sabathia’s opportunity to influence baseball’s impact in inner cities on a big stage like New York.
It’s been roughly fourteen months since that has been written, and the recent comments by Torii Hunter and personal experiences has sparked a review of Sabathia’s impact so far as a Yankee. Hunter, who has been very outspoken when it comes to baseball’s efforts of bringing the game to people of color in the sport, specifically blacks, made the following comments:
“As African-American players, we have a theory that baseball can go get an imitator and pass them off as us. It's like they had to get some kind of dark faces, so they go to the Dominican or Venezuela because you can get them cheaper. It's like, 'Why should I get this kid from the South Side of Chicago and have Scott Boras represent him and pay him $5 million when you can get a Dominican guy for a bag of chips?' ... I'm telling you, it's sad”
While, the issue of blacks in the sport of baseball has been a hot-button issue in the past decade and really not so much so moving into the 2010 season, Hunter has always been honest and forthright with his comments. And in this one, he was once again absolutely right.
Yes, they may sound harsh and direct in attacking Latin ballplayers, but the truth is just that – don’t confuse darker Latin players with that of blacks. Hunter, for lack of better words is saying, the issue of baseball lacking black participation is still there.
I’ve touched based on this issue several times throughout the history of the DP, and for the first time in a long time I believe there is some progress being made as stated here last April (Alive, Well, & Healthy: The Survival, Recovery, and Future of MLB).
With the likes of Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Curtis Granderson and the emergence of budding stars such as David Price and Jason Heyward, there are numerous faces that kids in the inner city can look to. However, non have, and has the most influence as C.C. Sabathia.
In fact, Sabathia’s effect can be huge.
Fourteen months since writing that original thought, C.C. Sabathia has gone on to contend for a Cy Young Award, have dominant playoff performances, and win a World Series title. All the perfect recipe for the beginning of what could be a huge attraction for blacks to the sport.
Sabathia recently commented that he waited one year to settle in and become comfortable in the New York – Metropolitan area before getting involved in the communities and promoting baseball through the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program (R.B.I.). This year, he begins do so by donating to the restructuring or building of new baseball fields, and hosting his own tournament.
Many claim that Sabathia’s gift of giving back and having an impact on communities that will begin this year should help make him much more marketable in the NYC area, as well as nationwide.
On a Saturday morning as clinics and practices are being held for the upcoming tee-ball, little league, and Babe Ruth seasons here in Brooklyn, yours truly has seen an influx of not only black faces, but number 52 Sabathia t-shirts, as well as an overwhelming sight of straight brimmed hats cocked to the side.
Never mind this year. Forget marketability. The Sabathia effect has already begun.
And the ironic (and exciting) part is, he hasn’t yet.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Hopefully it happens, so January 4th could be just the beginning, and Never Never Land can reopen every Monday Night.- Never Never Land (Part II)