Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/27/16

3 Up

1. Easter - He IS Risen! Happy Easter to all of you, your families, and your loved ones. 

2. Teacher's Photo - In a world where terrorism is on the front burner, whether good, like this story of a top ISIS commander being killed, or all of the horrifying attacks this week, it's a photo like this from a teacher in Mississippi which reminds us that hate is often taught.

3. Syracuse Basketball - Having both the women's and men's teams in the Final Four is very, very impressive. Especially, the way in which both teams are doing it with grit, and a bit of drama. Kudos to the student-athletes, the school, and of course, the Central New York area. 

3 Down

1. Terrorism - From Brussells, Iraq, and the bombing in Pakistan on this Easter Sunday, I am so sick of this nonsense. The part that really sends me over is that fact that these terrorists scum are just blowing themselves up to take out as many as they can. Ugh...My prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones from each incident. 

2. Craig Sager - Sad to hear that the cancer we thought Sager defeated has returned. Even more sad is the statement made from his doctor that he has 3 to 6 months to live. Cancer sucks. So much. 

3. Bad Politics - The latest new-low in the Presidential run popped up as Ted Cruz was accused of having an affair, with alegations that the story was planted by Donald Trump. This whole entire race, both sides-both parties-all involved, has gotten utterly ridiculous. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Dome Pondering Celebrates 1400


1400 and still going. The world continues to change, and my outlook continues to evolve, but the DP stays true in continuing to reveal whatever it is that is on my mind. Here are some of my favorite posts over the last one-hundred.

Top Five Posts Over Last 100

1. Dome Pondering - 2015 Year in Review - 12/23/15

2. One Third of My Life - 9/24/15

3. Rock Solid - 10/28/15

4. Thoughts on Race and Inclusiveness Awareness on College Campuses - 10/18/15

5. Pondering with Plumtree - Time to Reconnect - 1/21/15

Friday, March 25, 2016

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Sicario (2015)

What is it about?

An FBI agent is recruited by a government task force to help aid in the escalating, developing, and unethical war on drugs at the border between the United States and Mexico. 

Who is in it?

Emily Blunt - Kate Mercer

Benicio Del Toro - Alejandro

Josh Brolin - Matt Graver

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Grandma (2015)

What is it about? 

A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her bold Grandmother who eventually must face some of her past issues in order to help her daughter. 

Who is in it? 

Lily Tomlin - Elle

Julia Garner - Sage

Judy Greer - Olivia

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/20/16

3 Up

1. Cuba Visit - For the first time in 88 years, a U.S. President has visited Cuba. As relations begin to thaw between the two nations, it's nice to see history made as the official mending of the fences begins. 

2. Paris Attacker Caught - This clown has been on the run for too long. It's sad to see that it took this long, but regardless, it's nice to see this scumbag captured, and hopefully, brought to justice very soon. 

3. Basketball - March Madness has been absolutely tremendous. Also, the NBA was on full display last night in that epic Warriors vs. Spurs showdown. Whether it's college basketball or the pros, basketball is absolutely so much fun right now. Yay, roundball! 

3 Down

1. Donald Trump Riots - Without getting too political, the protests and riots that are coming out of Donald Trump's campaigns are very unfortunate. One, for the fact that this is part of a Presidential race, and also, for the idea that it has become the norm. Just ridiculous. 

2. NFL Brain Disease Admission - So a high-ranking NFL exec FINALLY admitted that the game is direcly linked to brain damage? Of course, this is announced during Cuba visits, the Paris attackers, Trump riots, and all that is March Madness. Yeaaaaaah, the admission seems very suspect to me too. Even if it's honest timing, we all know that they KNOW. It's what are they planning to do about it! Until then, save your admissions. 

3. Madonna - Look, if anyone were to pull the stunt that Madonna did, there would be public outcry. ESPECIALLY, if it were a male performer. How is this NOT considered sexual assault? AND the victim was seventeen! Oh yeah, she's Madonna...no big deal. The world can be so ass backwards sometimes. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Triple H's Intriguing Run to Wrestlemania 32


I wasn't at all thrilled the night that Triple H won the Royal Rumble to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The thought, at the time, of Triple H being in the main event was not one that I was interested in at all. Especially, if it were Triple H vs. Roman Reigns. I actually loathed the idea if I'm being completely honest. 

Well, here we are, a couple of weeks out from Wrestlemania, and it is in fact Triple H vs. Roman Reigns at the top of the bill. However, now, I'm not only very intrigued by the match up, it's actually one of the better matches on the still-in-progress card. I tip my cap to you, Vince. 

And really, that reason is in fact Triple H's return to the ring. Look, we all know the reputation - the one that is amped up on the internet - like most other things when it comes to pro wrestling along with hardcore wrestling fans who believe they know more than they really do - it carries accusations and memes about him putting himself over and being in the spotlight whenever possible. Sometimes it's fun, other times it's just typical internet wrestling discussion aka. insane hyperbole.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pondering Picture #65


Tonight my Knicks play the Golden State Warriors. Annnnnnnnnnd the 2009 NBA Draft comes flooding back to me like a nightmare...

I hate my relationship with the New York Knicks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Madness 2016 - The Official DP Bracket

For the first time in a really long time I find myself genuinely excited for March Madness. I'm not sure if it's the lopsided and top-heavy NBA regular-season, the fact that the 30 second shot clock has made college basketball much more enjoyable, or that my New York Knicks are again looking for help - actually, who am I kidding? - the Knicks are always in need of help. 

Regardless, I've watched a tremendous amount of college basketball this season, especially plenty of late nights doing work alongside PAC-12 games. It's just been that type of year. I even went to the Big East tournament! Yup!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/13/16

3 Up

1. Homeless Man Resume - I came across this story and instantly knew it was this week's top "Up" spot. You just have to love a story of second chances. A homeless man creating resumes; a person giving him a shot; and ultimately him, beginning his redemption story. Great stuff. 

2. Erin Andrews - I can't imagine having to go through what she did this week, or even over the last few years. This is a sick world with some awfully sick individuals in it who feel no remorse in violating other individuals. Forget the money, Andrews taking the stand was pure guts, and I admire her courage in doing so. 

3. Bryce Harper - Thank you, sir! Baseball needs a wake up call on the tired "unwritten rules". I shared my thoughts this week on this (Baseball's Unwritten Rules - Harper Nailed It), but baseball needs one of it's big time young stars to send this message. Kudos to Harper for being honest.


3 Down

1. Terrorist Attacks - I hate the world we live in sometimes. Reading of the events that happened in the Ivory Coast shootings and the bombings in Turkey, this terrorist stuff is still here, and it's still real. 

2. Maria Sharapova - Not only has she been doping for a while, she was knowingly doing so. So far, she has gotten off pretty lightly. It amazes me how she hasn't received the backlash a cheater ought to. Can you imagine if Serena Williams was in this spot? 

3. Kim Kardashian Enablers - I won't even get into Kim K's recent photo, which is ridiculous. However, those that enable her with attention is what makes it all incredibly bad. WHY? Kudos to people like Chloe Grace Moretz, Pink, and others who have the courage to stand up, to refute the nonsense that it is, and look for more ways to empower women. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Baseball's Unwritten Rules - Harper Nailed It


Bryce Harper nailed it. 

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/for-petes-sake/article65184292.html#storylink=cpy

"Baseball’s tired. It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself."
                                                                                                  - Bryce Harper

I've been pounding the "baseball needs to evolve" pavement for years now. The sport, well before it's recent moment of clarity under new commissioner, Rob Manfred, needed to come out of the dark ages on this nonsense dictated by it's unwritten rules. Rules which are utterly ridiculous and yet, held as high law within the sport, making some of the most skilled athletes in all of professional sports robots. 

Folks, we're talking about a sport that frowns upon entertainment and showing raw emotion in some of the most heightened moments the sport has. I've heard many argue the reference, "have respect for the game" as if this justifies the end result. As if players everywhere else besides the United States, and our wacky, ridiculous, and utter boring unwritten rules, do not pay homage to the greatest game.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Spectre (2015)

What is it about?

Bond finds himself in a position where he must uncover the depth of the Spectre terrorist organization while M battles political forces to keep the Double-Zero agent service alive.

Who is in it?

Daniel Craig - James Bond

Christoph Waltz - Bloefeld

Lea Seydoux - Medeleine

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/6/16

3 Up

1. UFC 196 - What a double main event! I'm pretty sure that Dana White lost lots of money when it came to the endings of both fights, but the fights themselves, and the shocking endings were very, very entertaining. Probably the best double main event I've ever seen in MMA. 

2. Norma - This story is fantastic. A 90 year old woman named Norma who has been recently diagnosed with cancer, decided to skip treatment to take a long road trip across the United States. There is so much to learn from in this story, which makes it all the more awesome. 

3. Peyton Manning Retirement - It's just felt right at this time. It's always terrible watching a great athlete struggle in the latter years of his career. But the fact that Peyton won the big one on his way out, and is leaving on that note, is a nice bow on the end. 

3 Down

1. Presidential Race- I'm not sure what it is, but the Presidential race on both sides have gotten to the point where I am exhausted. The race is now ridiculous, and no longer one of integrity. I actually fear for the options we as Americans will have. Just bloggin'.

2. LeBron Rumors - So here we go again with the rumors of LeBron leaving Cleveland again. And of course, the sporting talking heads are now ALL about speculating his next move. Ugh. 

3. OJ Simpson Trial Revival - It's been that type of week in the shoddy/ridiculous news realm of life. A knife was found, and a 24 year old case may have possibly been turned around? Ummm, yeah, thanks for the loud noise. Of course, NOTHING to see/hear/read here. 

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

What is it about? 

A father dealing with bi-polar disorder attempts to win over his wife and kids by taking on the responsibility of taking care of his kids while she attends graduate school in New York. 

Who is in it? 

Mark Ruffalo - Cam Stuart

Zoe Saldana - Maggie Stuart

Imogene Wolodarsky - Amelia Stuart

Ashley Aufderheide - Faith Stuart

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Pondering with Plumtree - Only One Angle

Pondering with Plumtree is a column on the popular blog, TNAsylum, that is written by yours truly. The blog is focused towards being a fan site for TNA Wrestling fans where they can get news, rumors, opinions, and any and everything else, TNA Wrestling. Known as "The Haven for TNA Wrestling Fans", I'm hoping to bring some of my thoughts to an already impressive roster of columnist for as long as the site will have me. You can read the latest column here, or in the text below.