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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/20/15

3 Up

1. Viola Davis - Not only did Davis become the first black woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama, but Davis delivered a very classy and poignant speech when it comes to Hollywood and the "opportunities" given. Again, well earned, Ms. Davis. 

2. Carly Fiorina - Women are running the "Ups" this week as Fiorina clearly was the biggest winner from the 2nd National Debate. Her responses have been quick, short, un-politician-like, and most of all, intelligent. Fiorina's performances in both debates now have her number two in the polls behind of course, Donald Trump. 

3. Tracy Morgan Return - It was the moment on a big shows that are special. After a near fatal bus accident, Morgan's surprise return at the Emmys was a big moment for him, fans, and the industry. 

3 Down

1. Baby Doe Murder - It is so unfortunate the way this poor child's life was snuffed out. Punched to death? Wrapped in a bag? Thrown in the Boston Harbor? Seriously! What is wrong with people? I still really believe, in a perfect world run by me, people would need to be evaluated and approved before being allowed to reproduce. So sad, this story, so sad. 

2. Tony Romo - I'm not Cowboys fan, but you just have to feel for Tony Romo. The guy is super talented, but continues to have bad break (no pun intended) after bad break. This recent set back is just another blow. 

3. Trump Debate Questions - CNN's debate questions geared towards Donald Trump in attempt to drum up controversy was just embarrassing this past week. Presidential debates shouldn't be about fruitless pitter-patter, but quality content. CNN knew better, and should've taken the high road in that aspect. 

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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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Who is in it? 
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