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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/2/15

3 Up 

1. Bailey Matthews - Not only did this eight year old with cerebral palsy complete a triathlon, he ditched his walker and finished the race unassisted. Kudos to you Bailey, you're an inspiration to us all. 

2. Ronda Rousey - I refuse to write a description longer than her fight last night. Rousey went in enemy territory down in Brazil, look Bethe Correia in the face and punched her lights out in 34 seconds.

3. Vin Baker - Those who mocked Baker's latest development in his career in becoming a Starbucks manager after his NBA career don't understand life. I applaud Baker who admitted to blowing $100M and losing his life to alcohol while in the NBA, and using his story to help others, all while turning his life around.

3 Down

1. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper - I touched on it this week (Remembering "Rowdy" Roddy Piper), but it's getting harder and harder to see those who were prominent fixtures in your childhood perish. Thanks again for all the memories Hot Rod. 

2. Sheldon Richardson - Richardson is a great player. But one has to wonder the idiocy involved in speeding upwards of 140mph with a firearm, smoking weed, and oh yeah...YOUR TWELVE YEAR OLD SON IN THE BACK SEAT!! Idiot. 

3. "Cecil" The Lion "Outrage" - The story is indeed sad. It really is. The dentist's kill was nothing but arrogance. However, I find it highly disturbing that many are creating outrage over this when there are people dying in Africa. Jimmy Kimmel crying? Come on. How about we put those same efforts into helping the people of Zimbabwe?  

1 Overrated

1. Drake vs. Meek Beef - Sooooo, yeah, I heard all of the tracks exchanged in this feud. I admit, Drake won this battle as Meek Millz's return was lame. But this "beef" was lame and overrated, and I am usually up for a good rap battle. But whatever. Just my opinion. 

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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

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?
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 
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