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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/25/16

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1. Betty Shelby Booked - It's only justice served that this woman was charged with murder for her actions against Terence Crutcher. Those who are claiming otherwise have political agendas or are just not privy to the understanding of what has been going on in our country for years, decades, even, centuries. That Terence Crutcher video is still horrifying. 

2. Eduardo Perez - Kudos to Eduardo Perez in keeping his emotions together well and long enough to really educate and drive home the person - not the player - that Jose Fernandez was this morning. The story he shared about Fernandez jumping overboard to save a stranger when defecting to America, only to find out it was his mother was just crazy. Fernandez is gone way too young. 

3. Jason Brown - Brown quite playing football at the age of 29 with $25 million in the bank and has since been running a farm to help feed those in need. Much respect to Brown who chose to get his money, and get away from the possible long-term ailments of football. 

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1. Washington Mall Shooting - Have we come to the point in our society when mass shootings don't even raise a blip on our national conscience? It's so sad. But you know, gotta find out about Brangelina! Ugh. My heart goes out to the families of the victims of those involved. 

2. Charlotte Riots - It's unfortunate what is happening in Charlotte, North Carolina, but I completely understand that it is necessary. From the innocent people being shot and abused in the protests, especially among the innocent protesters, is the fact that all of this was needed to put pressure on Charlotte PD to release the videos. Whether the PD are right or wrong, these videos should be released. Just my opinion. 

3. North Dakota Black Face - Still amazing that this sort of stuff still exists. In 2016, nonetheless. I've always said, there are several states I have no interest in ever visiting. Yep, North Dakota is one of them. 

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1. Jose Fernandez - Obviously, this is tragic. You hear all of the personable stories about Fernandez today and realize not how much he was loved and adore in Miami, but that he was a better person than he was a player - and he was a really good player. And of course, he was ONLY 24. Such a sad story to wake up to on a Sunday morning. 

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1. JJ Watt - Watt is just a stand-up guy. No other way to say it. An athlete that embraces the city he plays in, in times of good, and when he is needed. Paying for the funerals of all of the victims in the latest school shooting is just another example of the kind of dude Watt really is. So much props. 
2. Sante Fe Admins - So many times in these shootings, the efforts and bravery of the many who help to keep students safe, calm, and diffuse the situation often goes without praise and notice. Once again, much love and praise to those who did so once again. And yes, to those who lost their lives doing so as well. 
3. Las Vegas Golden Knights - In their inaugural season, the Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup Finals, and quite frankly, could possibly win the whole damn thing. It's so impressive, and speaks to the parity of the NHL. But really, if you're a fan of a team currently in a drought (say, like my New York Knicks?), this run is absolutely remarkable. 
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Dear Son, On Location

--36 Weeks (Before Birth)--
Dear Son, 
You've been acting up as of late, and really, something tells me that it won't be the last time I have to say that to or about you in the upcoming years. That's parenting, I guess. But you've become quite the active guy inside your mother's belly - kicking, shifting, spinning, and making her uncomfortable in the most random of moments. 
I'll never forget you intentionally blocking your face during the recent sonogram photo. Or even, when they attempted to shift your body, you bending over and showing your butt to the monitor. 
Already, such a proud father. That's my kid. But yeah, you're an active fella.

Thoughts on Latest NFL Anthem Policy Change

There is a part of me that didn't even want to EVER touch this topic again. I said what I said in the past on the highly controversial topic, and then followed up a year later, and vowed there was no point. After all, no matter how many times issues of clear social injustice is brought up, there will be those who will look to thwart it, especially by draping themselves in a false sense of "patriotism". 
But, here we are. Another post on the this entire ordeal. I'm at a point where I simply laugh at callers on sports radio, political pundits on air, or even the casual individual who voices their opinion against the situation - thank you random guy at the gym, your commentary and viewpoints keep my grounded in America's pulse. 
And now, the NFL, emboldened it all of it's arrogance, in it's lack of understanding, in it's negligence of player understanding or safety, and yes, it's fear of President Trump and it's supporters has managed to take so…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

What is it about? 
A mother challenges the authorities in town to capture the suspect responsible for her daughter's murder with three controversial billboards that stir up many feelings and a series of events in town. 
Who is in it? 
Frances McDormand - Mildred
Woody Harrelson - Willoughby
Sam Rockwell - Dixon
Favorite Scene: 

After the billboards stir up much controversy in town, the local priest stops by to also attempt to use faith to get Mildred to take down the billboards. She then erupts in an awesome monologue comparing the Catholic church and it's authorities to the Crips and Blood gangs.