Friday, November 25, 2011

A DP Outlook On The New MLB CBA


Tuesday, November 22nd, Major League baseball and the Major League Baseball Player's association announced the new collective bargaining agreement for the next five years. The sport has come a long way since its last work stoppage in 1994. A stoppage that not only broke my heart as the Yankees were poised to make a run to a championship for the first time, but entirely erased the World Series and placed the game of baseball on hard track back to respectability amongst its fans. Yet, 1994 seems like ages ago as the new CBA guarantees 21 years of labor peace for MLB. Who would of ever thought? Heck, who would ever think MLB would become the model for financial well-being in the sports world? However, that is exactly where we are today.

As a super baseball enthusiast, I am excited. Very excited. Commissioner Bud Selig, and MLPA President, Michael Weiner, ought to be applauded for simply getting this deal done (Looking right at you NBA!). And with a new CBA, comes various changes that will not only alter the game, but move baseball ahead into the future, changes, DP enthusiast know that I've been basically yelling for from my rooftop for years. With the many changes occurring, let's take a look - a closer ponder if we shall - at the various changes brought by the new official CBA, including some other fun changes not CBA related, and some wishful changes for the future.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

12 Years In The Making: Relax. Refresh. Return. Rejuvenate

Courtesy: A.Pic

It's been twelve years since I've been in the Caribbean. Over a decade. 4,383 days since yours truly experienced the culture, lifestyle, and aura that is the West Indies.

As a first generation West Indian child that was born and raised in the United States, my connection to the Caribbean has been fortunately, a strong one. From the customs of making your bed upon leaving it in the morning to the extroverted social kindness that was instilled throughout my youth, I had the opportunity to apply much of my family's heritage and background to my life. I enjoy foods like fried bakes, codfish cakes and aki, callaloo soup, curry goat, jerk chicken, and ox tail. Foods that Americans often would turn their nose up at in description, but foods that are overly enjoyable and downright terrific.

I grew to the sounds of reggae beyond Bob Marley, with others such as Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, and the Mighty Sparrow. There were also the vibrant sounds of calypso and soca music, which I distinctly recall (and love) hearing on Friday afternoons blaring through our living room stereo speakers as my mom made fresh bakes and bread.

I understand that "No pressure, no problem" is more than just a catchy phrase for a resort commercial, but a lifestyle that is beyond the proverbial sunshine and bikinis. I also understand that being West Indian is about being happy, and that happiness is not about material things, self satisfaction, or a specific status, but content of one's heart.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pondering Picture #15

The Rock returns after 7 years in MSG...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pondering Picture #14

For when we forget how big God is...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Help (2011)

What is it about? 

An aspiring author in Jim Crow Mississippi looks to introduce the perspective of black maids that tend to white families, and the hardships they experience.

Who is in it?

Emma Stone - Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan

Viola Davis - Aibileen Clark

Octavia Spencer - Minny Jackson

Monday, November 14, 2011

2011 Bucket List - #17 Play Tennis

#17 - Play Tennis
During my senior year of High School, yours truly made a controversial decision that was met with curiosity, disbelief, and well, some confusion. Upon the upstart of Canarsie High School's Men's Tennis program, yours truly not only decided to try out, but successfully made the team. Yes, the 6'5'' rail thin senior that quit baseball two years earlier to pursuit the greatest life experience in local missionary/peer counseling in Brooklyn, returned to play tennis. Not quite the expectation that most within my high school predicted or expected. You're playing what!?

Fortunately, despite not always having the greatest self-confidence, the good Lord has always given me a certain fortitude to never really quite care what others say or think about me. It is a weird blend of self-assurance, I know. 

The constant questions of why I didn't return to play baseball, the various sneers and comments others had, and of course the many, many individuals that scoffed at my choice never wavered or caused doubt in my decision - ever.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Horrible Bosses (2011)

What is it about? 

Three friends who have friends that make their lives miserable, come up with a plan that goes awry to kill their bosses. 

Who is in it? 

Jason Bateman - Nick Hendricks

Charlie Day - Dale Arbus

Jason Sudeikis - Kurt Buckman

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Penn State Saga: Football? We Talkin' 'Bout Football?


As I sat on my couch this past week watching students on the Penn State campus and many more in the small town of State College, PA chant, protest, riot, and voice their opinions over the release of Joe Paterno, it somehow caused a slight infuriating feeling that forced me to shut it off. I immediately tweeted the following to release those feelings: 

"Penn State students who are protesting might be the most delusional human beings on earth right now. Wow. Football? Missing the point, huh?"

Over the last couple of days, I had the opportunity and insight of listening via sports radio to a man from State College, PA who grew up in the area and attended and graduated from Penn State. He discussed the aura and legend that is Joe Paterno and explained just a little bit of the culture in rural State College, PA.  In his precise words he stated, "on our mantle, similar to most of the families in State college, there was a picture of our family, Jesus Christ, and Joe Paterno." Now, to me, that is laughable, but to someone that grew up in that area, I can understand the notion. Joe Paterno has done a lot for the area, the people, the students, and the University.

Friday, November 11, 2011

2011 Bucket List - #25 Eat Something I Never Have Before

#25 - Eat Something I Never Have Before
Growing up, we each had the foods we liked to eat, even though they were terrible for us, and the foods we attempted to stay away from, despite being nutritional for our growing bodies. Regardless of the preference, we often had to eat both, and basically took the bad - vegetables and fruits - in order to enjoy the good - pizza, burger, and fries. Somewhere in between the teenage years and young adult-hood, our eating habits were formed based upon our new found freedom to make choices without influence from mom and dad (or because they just said to do so).

As the years continue, our eating habits are somewhat formed for the long haul as we return back to those old habits of trying to eat healthy to keep off the pounds, while still keeping a terrible side of the diet to keep things enjoyable. And with that, comes the shameless likes, dislikes, and usual norms that any pattern-filled interest cycle has. Add the reasoning of cultural influences with the nurturing norms, and our eating habits and interests slowly see boundaries evolve. 

Which brings me to #25 on the 2011 Bucket List: Eat Something I Never Have Before.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Larry Crowne (2011)

What is it about? 

A man who recently lost his job reinvents himself by enrolling and attending college. 

Who is in it? 

Tom Hanks - Larry Crowne

Julia Roberts - Mercedes Tainot

Cedric The Entertainer - Lamar

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Hangover Part II (2011)

What is it about? 

Two years after the infamous bachelor party in Las Vegas, Alan, Stu, and Phil get into trouble again before Stu's wedding in Thailand.

Who is in it? 

Bradley Cooper - Phil

Ed Helms - Stu

Alan - Zach Galifianakis

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Remembering The 2011 MLB Season


After one of the best World Series in my lifetime, the 2011 Major League Baseball Season is now complete. In a season that gave us many stories, milestones, and moments, the ultimate prize being won by the St. Louis Cardinals is the biggest and most memorable of them all. A team making the playoffs after being seven and half games back of the wild card spot heading into the final month of the season - impressive. A team making the playoffs after being out three games with five to play - remarkable. A team beating the likes of the Phillies rotation sporting names like Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, and Hamels - stunning. A team outlasting the Brewers offense - astonishing. A team that was a strike away from losing the World Seriese - twice! - and managed to win the entire thing - awesome! The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals is a team that I will always remember for their fortitude, their incomparable spirit, and their never say die attitude led by a Hall of Fame manager/innovator in Tony LaRussa.

Here are some other moments that yours truly will remember from the 2011 MLB Season:

Monday, November 07, 2011

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Easy A (2010)

What is it about? 

A clean-cut intelligent teenager uses rumors and gossip to advance her standing and finances while helping others. 

Who is in it? 

Emma Stone - Olive

Amanda Bynes - Marianne

Penn Badgley - Woodchuck Todd

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Half Past Dead (2002)

What is it about? 

While going undercover in a hi-tech prison in order to exact revenge on those who killed his wife, a man becomes wrapped up in a plot involving the FBI and a $200 million pot of gold.

Who is in it? 

Steven Seagel - Sasha Petrosevitch 

Ja Rule - Nicholas "Nic" Frazier

Morris Chestnut - Donald Robert Johnson