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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/30/16

3 Up
1. Bullpen Use - I love this post season for how the philosophy of baseball bullpens are being used. In my opinion, the idea of labels is rather ridiculous other than "closer". Throw your best arms, even if it's your closer to win the game. Terry Francona and Joe Maddon are definitely managing that way, and it's fantastic to watch. I'm not ready for baseball to end. 
2. Moise Morancy - Give this dude some credit for standing up for a little girl who was being groped by a pervert on a New York City bus. Morancy stopped the man, apprehended him, and kept him at bay until NYPD arrive. Of course, the police placed him in handcuffs as well upon arriving (profile much, America?), but later let him go.
3. Manny Pacquiao - Apparently Pac Man has a fight coming up soon - not sure I'm interested. Boxing needs to do better, but that's for another post, at another time. Regardless, Pac using funds from his Mayweather purse to build homes for 1,000 poor individua…

Would You Rather: Questions #21-30

21. Would you rather live in Harry Potter's world or a life of fame and wealth?
Umm, I have note yet read any of the Harry Potter books or see any of the movies. I know, I know. Though, I've gotten the gist of the film by being around it, and of course, seeing many playing the game of quidditch. With that said - yeaaaaaaaah - give me a life of fame and wealth. Keep your sorcery. 
22. Would you rather date a celebrity of your choice or the hottest person you know?
The hottest person I know. I know them for their physical attractiveness, as well, as for who they are. Win, win. Plus, celebs are nuts. I don't need that type of drama in my life. 
23. Would you rather fly or be able to read minds?
Fly. Reading minds is way to intrusive for me. It removes too much of the mystery that makes life interesting.

Dome Pondering Picture #73

My goodness, the Chicago Cubs are in the World Series!

I was lucky enough to be in Chicago the night the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2015. Walking through the city that night was so much fun. I can't even imagine what tonight, and this weekend must be like. Congrats, Cubs fans. You deserve it. You really, really do.

Pondering Picture #72

I say every freakin April that I should watch more hockey. I decided to really do just that by heading down to the Barclays Center for New York Islanders hockey. Sure, I needed to Google a few rules, question a few calls, and ponder what I would change, but what I know for sure is this - Hockey is 345,872 times more entertaining live than it is on television.

Thoughts on Third 2016 Presidential Debate

Well, this trilogy comes to a close, and for me, I cannot wait. As stated from my last two posts, everything about these debates have been utterly ridiculous. The only word that comes to mind to accurately describe a debate season I geek out over has been this - disaster.
Nonetheless, it's the last one, and to be fair, it was the best one. It really was. For some reason, it was the debate that had the least build, the least drama surrounding it, and one in which both candidates needed to really make their push for election day. 
My goodness, I know we joke about it as a society, but really, one of these two individuals will be President very soon. I still can't wrap my mind around that. 
Nonetheless, here are my quick thoughts on this final debate:

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/17/16

3 Up
1. Andrew Miller - Who is hotter than Andrew Miller right now in all of sports? I miss Miller terribly on my team, but watching what he is doing this October for the Tribe is absolutely historic and satisfying. 
2. Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jensen - Both of these dudes have been absolutely tremendous this week by strapping the Dodgers on their backs and pitching some tough innings. From Game 5 of the NLDS, to tonight's Game 2 of the NLCS, both Kershaw and Jensen have been rock solid. 
3. Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon - I'm not a huge fan of Alec Baldwin, but the job that he has been doing as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live has been absolutely tremendous. It's been downright hilarious. Ditto for McKinnon as Hillary Clinton. 
3 Down
1. Second Presidential Debate - What. A. Disaster. Lucky for us, we get debate number three this week. Yay. Ugh. 
2. Tyson Gay's Daughter - Such a sad story to hear about Tyson Gay's daughter, Trinity, who was killed at the youn…

Thoughts on Second 2016 Presidential Debate

Disaster. What an utter, and complete, and ridiculous, and outright embarrassing disaster this second debate was. And here I was, as stated in my thoughts after the first debate, championing this second debate  as the one that should bring some substance to the forefront for this election. I was not only wrong, but this debate completely pushed me further into the abyss in despising this election, and both of these candidates. I'm completely torn, as I want this election to be completely over, but I don't want any of these two anywhere near the title, President of the United States. But, we're going to have to swallow that pill. 
Nonetheless, as always, here are my thoughts on last night's debate:

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/9/16

3 Up
1. Madison Bumgarner - Atop the list this week is MadBum who solidified his legacy as the greatest post-season pitcher, ever. Seriously, EVER! His Wild Card game against the Mets was downright ridiculous. Quite frankly, the guy is probably the best big game pitcher I've ever seen in my lifetime. 
2. Baseball Playoffs - You all know I love October. And with the games that have occured, how can anyone deny this sport has the best postseason. Also, kudos to the country of Canada and Blue Jays fans. The Rogers Centre must be a horror for visiting teams. So much energy. 
3. 5 Year Old Not Happy with the UK - Kid's say the darnedest things. And this video is part of that...and some truth involved. Worth the watch for sure. 
3 Down
1. Hurricane Matthew on Haiti - Heartbreaking. Absolutely, heartbreaking. The country of Haiti has endured so much. The country needs help, and needs it fast. 
2. Second Presidential Debate - Disaster. Embarrassing. Ridiculous. I'll leave it at tha…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/2/16

3 Up 
1. Dee Gordon's Home Run - From paying tribute to Jose Fernandez by hitting right handed for the first pitch, to turning to the left side and blasting one out, this moment couldn't even have been scripted. What a really, really cool moment. Baseball is so special in that way. 
2. Homeless Man Rewarded - This is great story. The man who found the New Jersey bombs in the trash helped with acquiring an apartment and a job. I'm always a fan of these humanitarian stories. Especially, one which helps rewards those who may have saved lives with his actions. 
3. Bobby Lashley - With all of the rumors and speculation surrounding TNA, Bound For Glory still happened, and what once Lashley delivered. The dude, right now, is my front runner for Dome Pondering Male Wrestler of the Year. 
3 Down
1. South Carolina School Shooting - What is wrong with us? I have no more words to attempt to navigate these situations. We need to get it together. My heart goes out to the six year old boy…

Can't Go Back to 2002. I Just Can't

In 2002, my love and interest for pro wrestling dwindled. It literally hung from the balance the way we see the Undertaker walk the top rope. Things just weren't as exciting anymore with one brand, one stlye, and one philosophy be presented to and for wrestling fans. Wrestling fans know the story and history, the WWE owned everything, and thus, the urgency and innovation in the industry came to a complete halt. 
Then TNA Wrestling came around for this pro wrestling fan. Unlike many, I've followed the company since night one. For this pro wrestling fan, it helped revitalized a dismal pro wrestling business.
Yet, here we are in 2016, and rumors are rampant about the financial troubles for TNA Wrestling. For the Nashville based company, this marks the fourth year in a row the end of summer has brought controversy, gossip, instability, and sheer concern for fans of the product. In some ways, the cyclical alarm creates a desensitized feeling towards the company which always kicks …