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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/22/15

3 Up

1. John Oliver Rant on NCAA - This was epic, and in many ways, brilliantly explained much of the hypocrisy that is Division I athletics, specifically, basketball and football. If you're up for a good laugh, Oliver's rant is worth it. 

2. Chris Borland - Yours truly touched on this a bit this week as Borland's early retirement is admirable. Forgoing millions at the risk of long term health risks is something many of us won't have the guts to do, but Borland was able to prioritize the important things in life. Kudos. 

3. Children Bracketology - This was just hilarious to me. So yeah, it made the ups for this week. And if you do watch it, how about the cute kid who keeps mentioning "Tate...his sister"? Too funny. 

3 Down

1. Pregnant Woman/ Craiglist - This story is just so sad and horrific to think about. A woman who was answering a craigslist ad in Colorado had her fetus cut out by an attacker. What. In. The. World. Is. Wrong. With. Our. Society?

2. 8 Children Killed in Fire - This is another downer, especially since it occurred a mere few blocks from where I reside. A fire ripped through a home killing a family's eight children. So sad. 

3. Perro Aguayo - I get annoyed when non-pro wrestling fans attempt to dismiss the art form as "fake" and no risk. Yes, we know it's scripted, but fake it is not. Unfortunately, we were reminded of the risk these men and women take every night when they perform as Mexican Wrestler, Perro Aguayo, died in the ring this past week suffering a snapped vertebrae. Such a crazy week for untimely deaths. Treasure everyday everyone. 

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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

3 Up 
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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What is it about?
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Who is in it? 
Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel Esq. 
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