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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/20/16

3 Up 

1. Cast of Hamilton - Kudos to the Broadway cast who decided to use their platform with Vice-President-elect Pence in the house to deliver a perfect statement. Regardless of what some will say, the statement was articulately stated, and definitely speaks for many Americans within the country. 

2. WWE Survivor Series Weekend - I'm so happy as a fan to see that Survivor Series has some meaning once again. The WWE delivered big time this weekend with a fun NXT Takeover Show, as well as tonight, with a VERY enjoyable Survivor Series event. How about that Goldberg/Lesnar match, huh? 

  • 2A. Randy Orton - Class act by Orton breaking character for a moment to console Shane McMahon's kid who was ringside after McMahon suffered what looked like an obvious concussion. 

3. Kate Upton - Look, the tweets were funny, but not exactly something kids should see. Regardless, Upton was dead on in that Justin Verlander should have won the AL Cy Young Award. Some think she's out of line, but personally, I think it's pretty cool that she cares and actually understands the BBWAA voting system, and by that, I mean that no one does. 

3 Down

1. Cops Shot - It's so damn unfortunate to see police officers shot in active duty as a normal thing now. And don't give me that "this is what the Black Lives Matter movement encourages" garbage either. This is sad, all the way around. Lets leave the BS politics and media driven rhetoric out of it for once. No one wants this. 

2. Overt Racism - From the West Virginia governor who called First Lady Michelle Obama an "Ape", to the Maryland teacher caught on tape calling students the N-word, to the Alabama police officer tweeting that Michelle Obama speaks "ghetto", to the multiple hate crimes seen across the nation, it's all so damn sad. It's like we turned the clock back 40 years. 

3. Kanye West - This dude is nuts. When will some of these unconditional Kanye fans open their eyes and quit placing this dude on such a pedestal.

1 Sad

1. Sharon Jones - An absolute favorite of mine, the awesome performer lost her fight to cancer this weekend. So glad I had the opportunity to see her live this past summer. Cancer sucks. 

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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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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/11/18

3 Up
1. Basketball Student-Athletes - I'm not talking the programs, or the fans that support these programs. I'm giving the "Up" to those student-athletes who sacrifice and give their all for an experience they are about to embark on. Good luck to all of those who competed up onto this point, and those moving on in the NCAA Tournament. 
2. Unsolved - This weekend, the wife and I started this latest series on the USA Network about the Murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac. So far, it has been especially good. Well done, well detailed, and very dramatic. Giving a personal recommendation on this one. 
3. MLS Soccer Sundays - Good to have Soccer Sundays back. And the first weekend, the MLS provided some very entertaining games, including Atlanta FC setting a new record for single-game attendance at over 72,000. Who said soccer isn't big in this country? 
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What is it about? 
A little boy aspiring to be a musician is baffled by his family's ban on the art form, thus, enters the land of the dead to find his great-great grandfather to get his blessing. 
Who is in it? 
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Gael Garcia Bernal - Hector 
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