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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/7/16

3 Up

1. Zion Harvey - Zion unfortunately lost his hands to a bacterial infection at the age of two. Zion then became the first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant. He went on to throw out the first pitch at an Orioles games this week. Awesome story. 

2. Katie Ledecky - So not only did Ledecky make us all feel insecure when she brought home a gold medal at the age of fifteen four years ago in London, but she decided to smash a world record she set in convincing fashion this week. Oh yeah, and she picked up another gold medal in doing so. 

3. Ichiro - What can you say? This dude is 42 years old, and still hitting, and now, the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club. Ichiro really is one of the best players to ever play this game. It's so amazing to think he began his career here in the states at 27. What could have been? 

3 Down

1. Paul O'Neal - Another young black man killed due to police violence. There needs to be a change, in both communities, and for all. This has to stop. 

2. NFL Hall of Fame Game - I'm not really much of a football fan, however, as a professional sport manager, how the NFL dropped the ball on this event, is beyond me. Completely unacceptable for a league that practically prints money. But you know, who cares? 

3. NBC Olympic Coverage - I really enjoy the summer Olympics, especially hearing the stories of the athletes and seeing sports not typically in the mainstream conscience. However, I wasn't a fan of the opening ceremony as NBC cut to footage of the US athletes every chance they go. Come on. It just felt like such propoganda. 

1 Sad

1. Alex Rodriguez Retirement - I can't believe it is finally coming to an end. A-Rod was the most fascinating athlete I've ever seen in my lifetime. After all, just check the Page of Fame here on this little blog. To understand that this is it is saddening. Will take the week to wrap my mind around this. 

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This weekend has been exhausting. Despite the constant systemic injustice that is the United States of America, it's a moment like this weekend that is delivered and must be unpacked and discussed carefully in the pursuit of social justice - justice that is long deserved. 
There is plenty wrapped up in everything that is Charlottesville, Virigina. This is deep, spans back to the beginning of this nation, and is a result of current times as well. 
I'm still decompressing it all. Here are a few quick thoughts as I too wrap my mind, my emotions, and my intellect and rationale around it:

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/13/17

3 Up
1. Los Angeles Dodgers - In a rough week where the real world just crushes us, the dominance of the Dodgers is one that leaves us in awe, and can take us out into something great for a few minutes. 
2. Derek Jeter The Owner - Is there anything that Derek Jeter loses at? The Captain is now part owner of the Miami Marlins, and get this - will be the first owner and CEO of color within MLB. That's HUGE. 
3. Married at 98 - These two are getting married at 98 (He's 94). How about they both workout at the gym twice-a-week, and met there. So cool in so many ways. Good for them! 
3 Down
1. Charlottesville - So many layers to this story. Hate. History. The ridiculous response from our President. And the apparent shock some in this country have that people are out there who still have this ideology. Point blank, this was terrorism. 
2. Trump and North Korea - Just before Charlottesville, Trump talked tough for absolutely no reason in a back-and-forth that unfortunately effects hund…

Pondering Picture #81

An establishment cannot uphold systemic injustice, and attempt to condemn it, simultaneously.

My prayers (and of course my thoughts...so many thoughts) are with Charlottesville, Virgina, and the many people of color who have endured through these scenes and images over the course of history.