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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/7/14

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Derek Jeter Celebration - "Derek Jeter Day" was awesome, bias feelings aside, the Yankees are always terrific in these ceremonies and events. Even better was Jeter's speech which was brief, right to the point, and of course, well done. Very surprising to see the Yankees not retire #2 the way they retired Mariano Rivera's #42 on his day, but I'm guessing another ceremony is in the works for next year. 

Sarena Williams - The 2013 Dome Pondering Athlete of the Year continued her dominance by winning another grand slam tournament. For the third straight US Open, Williams took home the title. 

5th Grade Planking Record - This is just tremendous. A 5th grade girl planked for one hour and twenty minutes to set a new world record. She watched Scooby Doo episodes while doing it. Amazing. Kudos to the little girl for her determination and accomplishment. 

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Facebook Accident - When will we learn as a society the dangers of using our smartphones and driving at the same time? Is Facebook really that important? Such a sad (and frustrating) story of what happened in North Dakota. 

Bruce Levenson - OK, so I'll give him credit for turning himself in and selling the team before this became another "Donald Sterling" discovery. However, one has to wonder how many of these racial discussions are pandered around in the offices of NBA organizations? 

Yankees Offense - Putrid. Awful. Nothing else to say here. Seriously, nothing. 

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President Obama's ISIS Plan - Well, it's been long overdue that it can be considered a "down", but we'll give it a wait and see approach as the President reveals his plan to take on this ISIS issue. 

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Dear Son, Letting In and Letting Go

--25 Weeks Old (Before Birth)--
Dear Son, 
The word is now spreading to more and more people about your existence, or eventual arrival - however, you prefer to look at it - and it feels like a fire that is now out of our control. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but as mentioned in prior letters to you, your mother and I are pretty methodical in how we divulge news about our private lives. 
Truthfully, your mother is definitely more willing to share news than I am, and you'll eventually see that one day. Maybe I'll change, who knows? But the truth is, because of the nature in how I grew up, in the neighborhood that I did, and really, the independence that I had to attain early on, I've always been late to share things with others. That's just who I am. It's probably why I have had this very blog since I was sixteen - to let those thoughts out somewhere.

March Sadness

This post has been coming for awhile, and it now seems like the best time to do so...
So, here goes...
Division I Basketball is getting more and more difficult for me to watch and support. 
Just like I once laid out regarding my ethical feelings towards the NFL (and really, football, overall), thus is the same credence and feelings I have developing for Division I Basketball - mainly the NCAA's approach to it. Now of course, my feelings aren't something new as many share my thoughts and opinions on this - the NCAA is corrupt and college basketball is a sham. But for me, it goes even deeper - certain programs, coaches, and communities enable this exploitation of young men. And yes, many shy away from that word, but that's exactly what college basketball has become, an exploitation of services.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/18/18

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1. UMBC - I'm really struggling to watch these tournament games. The games have been entertaining, but morally, I can't stomach the exploitation of these young men (more on that some other time). Regardless, kudos to the young men of UMBC who made history this week. I'm thrilled to see such a program make headlines, and of course, for a coach from the DII and DIII ranks who did it the right way. 
2. UMBC Social Media Team - Yo, whoever is running the UMBC Twitter following their defeat of Virginia deserves a raise. There was some serious shade being thrown, and to be honest, everyone who was in their way in some ways, deserves it. 
3. 2018 Paralympics - Oddly, I watched a tremendous amount of these games and was totally in awe of the athletes. Shockingly, the hockey games were super entertaining to me. So much love and credit to those who participated, and even more importantly, continue to persevere despite disabilities. 
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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Roman J. Israel Esq. (2017)

What is it about?
An unusual but driven and idealistic lawyer finds himself in a series of events that forces him to his extremes, and ultimately, to make a decision on what he stands for. 
Who is in it? 
Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel Esq. 
Colin Farrell - George Pierce 
Carmen Ejogo - Maya Alston