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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/24/15

3 Up

1. Peyton Manning - There is something about redemption stories in sports that are truly inspirational. It's why sports movies continue to have the same plots. The latest chapter of Manning overcoming age, a backup QB who some think should start over him, wild HGH allegations, injuries, thoughts of impending retirement, a declining throwing arm, and the latest in beating a long time rival in Tom Brady for a Super Bowl berth is coming together nicely. Even if he doesn't win, its nice. But he's gotta, right?  

2. WWE Royal Rumble - One of my favorite wrestling events of the year, the WWE absolutely killed it with a spectacular show in Orlando, Florida. The road to Wrestlemania has begun! Looking forward to it. 

3. Panda Rolling in Snow - I'm not the biggest animal enthusiast, but for some reason I have an extremely soft spot for Pandas. I have no idea why. Despite my hatred for winter, snow, and everything that was this Jonas Blizzard this weekend, this video kept me smiling. 

3 Down

1. Flint, Michigan - The stories coming out of Flint, Michigan and their contaminated water is absolutely horrifying. Over 8,000 children now have permanent brain damage because of it, and much, much more.

2. Northeast Blizzard Jonas - I hate snow. I hate winter. So this snowstorm deciding to land the second largest snowstorm in NYC history on Saturday night. 26.8 inches. Ugh. When does Spring start? 

3. David Blatt Firing - Another NBA "down" this week as Coach Blatt found himself without a job after leading his team to a NBA Finals appearance in his first year, and a 35-10 record before being let go. A really, really bad look for the NBA culture, and the politics that go with it. 

1 Stupid

1. Stacey Dash - Stacey Dash has said some pretty dumb things in regards to race relations in the past. Her latest is just as bad, actually quite stupid, in stating society needs to get rid of Black History Month and BET in regards to fixing diversity within the Oscars. The BET comment has some credibility, but nonetheless, Dash is not only way off base, but continuing to spew stupidity. I think it might be her plan to stay relevant. 

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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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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