Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/31/14

3 Up

1. Iraq Breaks ISIS Seige - After weeks of ISIS slowly invading the region of Iraq, running rampant, and doing unspeakable things, it was refreshing to hear that Iraqi forces ceased the siege a bit. Even just a little is good. Especially, when they were able to free thousands who have been trapped without much food, water, or basic supplies. 

2. Mike Trout - My man has been awesome this week. Leading the Angels to some key wins over the Athletics, and doing so in the usual Mike Trout way - using all five tools of the game, and using them spectacularly. 

3. Productive PE Class - Kudos to a school in Iowa who will begin using heart rate monitors to grade students in physical education classes. We MUST get kids active in this generation of hand held devices, and I'm a big fan of schools leading the way. 

3 Down

1. Forgetting Ferguson - I know the rallies and protests have calmed as it is understood that they can't go on forever. And the story progression and updates have stalled as well. But it seems what I feared s coming true, that this issue was nothing more than just a hot-button issue for the moment and not a revolutionary movement. It's disheartening. 

2. Nude Leaks Frenzy - A hacker has apparently hacked and released many nude and revealing photos of celebrities to the public. Regardless of content, the invasion of privacy is disgusting and the uproar and excitement about them says it all about our society. 

3. Summer End - Where did summer go? Seriously, this summer really seemed to have flown by. I'm really not ready for Fall, the academic year, cold weather, and everything else that is NOT summer. But, oh well, it's over. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quick Thoughts From 2014 Little League World Series


This post is a bit late, but better late than never, right? 

Nonetheless, the sheer epicness that was the 2014 Little League World Series could not go by without yours truly dropping a few lines about it. Typically, as most of you DP devotees know by now, I am a baseball junky. I'm an addict. I admit it. I'm that guy that enjoys the Caribbean World Series in the midst of the winter months. I find the NCAA College World Series to be the best and most exciting sporting format in college sports. And yes, I enjoy the Little League World Series. All of this in addition to the normal MLB season. I like baseball, sue me. 

However, this year's Little League World Series had a bit more juice than prior years. It crossed over from being an event for the die hard into having mainstream appeal. It was filled with drama, emotion, talent, and tremendous kids that made us fall in love with the sport of baseball all over again.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/24/14

3 Up

1. James Foley - What a courageous man who stood for truth, honor, freedom, and for this country. Even in the face of evil. 

2. Little League World Series - This tournament was flat out amazing. With multiple (and very important) storylines, great play, and tremendous sportsmanship, this year's edition was riveting television all the time. 

3. Suits - It's been given a "hit" in the "up" section in the past and it deserves it again. The show closed another strong season this summer which exhibited awesome screenwriting, fantastic storylines, and great acting. Not to mention, tremendous characters. Who can hate Harvey Spector? 

3 Down

1. ISIS - A common "down" as of late, someone needs to stop this evil - and fast. 

2. Earthquakes - Between the rumble that was out West in San Francisco that is more significant than originally thought, and the one that now has hit Peru, further devastation and destruction has been added to a world already in chaos. 

3. VMAs - Wow. The wife DVR'ed it to sift through the performances and what we ended up watching was rough. MTV has really fallen in covering music. Well, fallen, period. The building looked a bit empty, and it seemed pretty lame with only a few select "stars", all whom were nominated for every award. Blah. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Stuck In Love (2012)

What is it about? 

A famous writer, his ex-wife, and their children deal with the issues and complexities of love as they deal with family and professional issues. 

Who is in it? 

Greg Kinnear - Bill Borgens

Lily Collins - Samantha Borgens

Nat Woff - Rusty Borgens

Jennifer Connelly - Erica

Friday, August 22, 2014

The IF Factor: Questions Answered 421-430

421. If you could realize a dream that you have had while asleep, what dream would you pick?

Walking the aisle at Wrestlemania. I'm don't remember what that dream was about, I know, strangely enough,  but I always felt walking the aisle at a Wrestlemania would such a cool moment. 

422. If you could choose two colors and one symbol to represent a new country created by you, what two colors and symbol would you choose?

I would choose dark blue and light blue, with white being a given color. I would choose a cross bar along with a old-English style cross in front of it. Because there are sites out there that allow you to actually design your own flag, I messed around and brought my vision to life.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pondering with Plumtree - Changing TV Habits: Breaking Traditional Model

Pondering with Plumtree is a column on the popular blog, TNAsylum, that is written by yours truly. The blog is focused towards being a fan site for TNA Wrestling fans where they can get news, rumors, opinions, and any and everything else, TNA Wrestling. Known as "The Haven for TNA Wrestling Fans", I'm hoping to bring some of my thoughts to an already impressive roster of columnist for as long as the site will have me. You can read the latest column here, or in the text below.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This Week in IMPACT Wrestling - 8/20/14 (For TNAsylum.com)

As one of their signature columns, "This Week in IMPACT Wrestling" is one of the signature columns reviewing that week's IMPACT Wrestling broadcast for TNAsylum.com. Yours truly was asked to cover the TV Review of the show for the week of August 20th, 2014. Luckily, the show was a special edition, Hardcore Justice, which was an awesome episode of IMPACT, making my assignment so much easier and so much fun to accomplish. The can read the final piece here, or in the text below.

Monday, August 18, 2014

WWE SummerSlam 2014: It's Finally Here!


I'll be honest, the WWE product hasn't really been must-see television for me for the past few months. I'll tune into RAW, but often enough, I'll lose interest. Really, it wasn't because of anything other than it just felt like the WWE was waiting on SummerSlam. Everything built to this show, and until then, everything else was kind of in neutral and stalling until then.

So with SummerSlam finaly here, I was excited. Despite the lackluster interest, SummerSlam is one of my favorites of the year, it always has been. Also, we all finally get some payoff to what has felt like a long time coming - too long actually. Nevertheless, it's (finally) here. Below are some quick thoughts on the night that was SummerSlam.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/17/14

3 Up

1. Mo'Ne Davis & Pierce Jones - These two little leaguers have been tremendously awesome this week. From Davis, who not only is first black female to pitch in the Little League World Series, but threw a 6 inning, 8 K shutout,  to Pierce Jones who produced the impressive stat of 4-4, 3HR, 1 Triple, 14 Total Bases, and only saw 9 pitches in all four at bats. Both have become household names at only 13. Rock on! 

2 .Protesters - Kudos to those who have traveled to Ferguson, Missouri and have done so by protesting peacefully. So many sit at home and complain, but many decided to take action, and did so in a productive way. 

3. ALS Awareness - The social media craze has been what you expect from social media fads - some people just doing it to be seen. But if you can get around that, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has done wonders for raising money and awareness for ALS. Kudos to those who participated and donated. 

3 Down 

1. Ferguson Rioters - Let's just be VERY honest - You guys are morons. Go ahead, destroy your community. Yup, that's going to make changes. Idiots. 

2. SWAT Team Decision - I discussed this early in my thoughts on the Ferguson/Mike Brown Situation - Who thouht bringing in the SWAT team would bring a sense of peace. SWAT teams are synonymous with last resort and violence. Answering violence with violence was just a bad idea. Terrible idea. 

3. Robin William's Death - I'll be honest, it's hard for me to truly feel for those who take their own life. However, Williams seemed to have touched tons of people through his life, his charity, and his work. He'll definitely be missed. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2014 Bucket List - #34 Attend a ROH Wrestling Event


For a company that frequents New York City often, one would think it's somewhat rare that I've never attended a ROH Wrestling event. I've seen the product countless times and well, it caters to insane wrestling addicts like myself. You know, the fan that doesn't necessarily need the bells and whistles the major promotions offer. Just wrestling. 

I came close to attending several times in the past, especially for Final Battle 2013 in the Hammerstein Ballroom, and again for the collaboration show with New Japan Pro Wrestling called, War of the Worlds, but never made it. So after ROH decided to pick up the ball in which TNA willingly tossed aside by hosting an event called "Field of Honor" at MCU Park here in Brooklyn, I figured, why not? 

After all, TNA's events were tons of fun there, it's a Friday night, and I didn't have much on my agenda. Plus, there is something cool about wrestling events that are outdoors. Baseball and wrestling? Of course, I'm there.

Friday, August 15, 2014

So Sad, So Damn Sad: Quick Thoughts on Mike Brown/Ferguson Situation


Over the past week, the images, video clips, tweets, and overall concern coming out of Ferguson, Missouri have been troubling. Until last Saturday, I have never heard of Ferguson, MO. But upon learning the immediate details of the horrific tragedy that was the killing of Mike Brown, I had a feeling Ferguson, Missouri was about to become household knowledge soon. 

I laid in my bed last Sunday night with my tablet on hand doing the usual - a few readings of current events, social media, and other writings, articles, and pieces I hadn't gotten to during the week. I never got around to any of it as I found myself attached to social media and "#MikeBrown", swiping down on the screen constantly to refresh my feeds in hopes of getting updates on what was occurring. I was and am enthralled with it all.  But really, I was searching for answers. How can this be? 

As we come upon one week, this story still seems perplexing, troubling, and baffling. It is one wrapped up in so many social issues that plague our country, so many demographic failures, so much injustice, so much ignorance, and so much raw emotion, that right and wrong right now might be clear, but the deeper, rooted underlying issues in our nation are very, very, very, very glaringly apparent.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

2014 Bucket List - #5 Watch Star Wars For The First Time


So yeah, I've never seen Star Wars. Yup, not a single one of George Lucas' well-known films. Now sure, as a reader, you're probably thinking how could this guy born in the eighties never see Star Wars? He must be living under a rock! One would assume that I would at least run into one of the films, right? Nope. Nada Zilch. Nevvvver!!!

Truth be told, sci-fi has never been my thing. It's always been that one genre I've had trouble really engaging in. Diving further in this pool of truth, I have never seen The Godfather either - any of them. Yes, yes, I know. I'll get around to that too. Bucket List 2015 is already forming. 

Nevertheless, after a student-worker at my job who majored in film hyped up the film as one of the greatest cinematic pieces ever produced, I had to now watch it and vowed to do so this year, 2014. He equipped me with all I needed, a pseudo "Star Wars" starter kit I suppose, explaining the essentials as well as mapping out which movie to watch and how to proceed thereafter.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Kings of Summer (2013)

What is it about? 

Two friends and an odd acquaintance run away from home and their annoying parents. They end up building a house in the middle of the woods and live off the land for one week during summer vacation. 

Who is in it? 

Nick Robinson - Joe

Gabriel Basso - Patrick

Moises Arias - Biaggio

Nick Offerman - Frank

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dome Pondering Celebrates 1100


Eleven Hundred. Ahhh, the DP continues to roll, and roll on it shall. For those of you who have been through all 1100 posts, you know the drill - review at your heart's desire. For those that haven't and this is completely new to you, the following are my favorite posts since we celebrated 1,000. Enjoy! 

Top Five Posts Over Last 100





Monday, August 11, 2014

A Suspect When You Don't Even Know You're One

I was riding my bike across a major street in my neighborhood and began picking up speed as I knew my friend's house was a mere blocks away. I was en route to return a video game he loaned me earlier that week. It was summer, and with plenty of time during summer vacation as a freshman in high school, playing video games and borrowing/sharing them with friends was ideal. 

After crossing, I heard a quick siren and a voiceover urging someone to pull over and stop. Wooooooop Wooooooop!! Pull over immediately! I quickly turned back and noticed the officers pulled over on the corner and gesturing for me to return to their vehicle. Slightly confused and partially intrigued, I did. I rode back towards the vehicle where the officers were waiting in the vehicle. 

"Hey....", I approached and said. 

"Where are you you headed?" 

"To... my friend's house..."

"Where is your friend's house?" 

"East 85th Street. A few blocks down that way", pointing in the direction I was previously headed. 

"Where are you coming from?"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/10/14

3 Up 

1. Generous College President - There are a lot of people in executive positions who talk about making change for their staff financially, but only do so with just that, talk. The Kentucky State President did so by action in taking a pay cut to help fund the school's lowest paid workers. Kudos to him. 

2. People Power - It is so easy to lose faith in humanity at times, especially when it comes to helping one another. However, stories such as the recent one in which commuters banded together to rock a train enough in order to free a man whose leg was trapped between the platform and the train.

3. "Apparently" Kid - I'm sure you've seen this by now. If you haven't, take a look. This kid was adorable, and downright hilarious...and for the record, I apparently have never been on live television before either. 

3 Down

1. ISIS/Iraqi Situation - As ISIS moved from claiming territory to unspeakable actions of murder, rape, and other disgusting actions as they run rampant, now we see the U.S. getting involved with air strikes to cease ISIS's destruction. Everyone knew this situations was heading down this road. We can nw only hope an pray this situation doesn't get more extreme. 

2. Mike Brown - What can be said here? These killings of minority young men continue to occur throughout our nation, and all with very cloudy details of what really happened. Not a good thing for race relations and societal harmony in our nation. 

3. NASCAR Incident - Such a tragic incident in the world of NASCAR this week. Tony Stewart will never be the same again. And of course, condolences to Kevin Ward Jr.'s family and loved ones. 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

2014 Bucket List - #33 Visit Nationals Park


After our visit to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the tag team partner and I hopped in the ride and immediately made our way down to Washington D.C. After staying an awesome hotel and spending the day visiting the monuments and chowing down at District Taco (which is absolutely phenomenal!), we took the Metro over to Nationals Park to enjoy the pre-game atmosphere around the park and of course, visit the home of the Washington Nationals. 

Upon hopping on DC's subway line, you already get that feeling, you know, that feeling as Nats fans pile on the train as we all head to the ballpark. Luckily for us, the game featured the Nationals vs. the Phillies, and plenty of fightin' Phils' fans made the trip for the game which made for a fun atmosphere. And of course, you know Philadelphia fans, they brought all of their certain "charm" that comes with their fanhood as well. 

[side blog: If only the Phillies could have stayed home and played someone else, we had plans to stop at Citizens Bank Park to catch another game. It's a favorite ballpark of ours.]

Monday, August 04, 2014

2014 Bucket List - #32 Visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards


I've been to Oriole Park at Camden Yards before this past weekend, but oddly, not for a game. The first time, was on a visit to Baltimore to visit family. I took a walk down to the park with some cousins. I walked around, gazed at the numbers outside of the back entrance, and of course, peeked in through the gates. Very similar to my visits to Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium. The other time was when I played baseball in college, and our then coach scheduled a tour of the stadium. Both times, like every baseball fan could attest to, Oriole Park was awesome. 

So as the tag team partner and I stopped in Baltimore for the first leg of a two-part-two-city baseball-filled weekend, I was excited to be at Oriole Park for a game, or in my mind, officially at Oriole Park. And of course, as I remembered, Oriole Park was just as beautiful. Just as charming. And just as everyone always claims it is - one of the best places in baseball to watch a game.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Pondering Picture # 42

The London Tower Bridge
For some reason, I missed London today. Outside of New York City (of course), it is my favorite city in the world (so far).

Friday, August 01, 2014

The IF Factor: Questions Answered #411-420

411. If you could be on the cover of any magazine next month, which magazine would you want it to be, and what would the caption say?

Athletics Business Journal - "Hardest Working Man in Collegiate Athletics" 

A the very least, it's my motivation as a professional to someday make that be true. 

412. If everything in the world had to have the same color, what scent would you want it to be?

Grey (or Gray). The color seems like a neutral one that ends disputes and also doesn't start them. Just imagine if we were all, well, the same shade of grey? How would racism fit into that? 

413. If you could give your parents one gift, what would you give them?

A new house - all paid for - in the Caribbean, specifically their home, St. Vincent, where they can go during the winter months here in New York City. 

I know that's my hope for retirement.