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I Wore a Porzingis T-Shirt Today

The comments came all day long, and from everywhere.
"Nice shirt! Love me some Kristaps! If they trade him tonight, I tell you what, I'll help you chant 'Fire Phil'". 
"They better keep the Unicorn in New York."
"Hey, did they trade Porzingis? Please tell me they didn't trade KP!" 
These were some of the comments to come out of random conversations I had with complete and total strangers today as I rocked my Porzingis T-shirt jersey and some bright orange nike's. The move served as a therapeutic last ditch protesting effort to accentuating my (unfortunate) feelings for this basketball team representing this great and wonderful city. I'm with Porzingis. 
The first comment was made by the spry female usher guiding me to my seat at the Barclay's Center. The second was a thirteen year old boy who stood behind me on the Will Call line sparking a conversation of angst, frustration, and disappointment with the team we chose to suppor…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/18/17

3 Up
1. Father's Day - Shout out to all of the father's out there who make so many sacrifices to help raising and mentor tomorrow's generation. Thank you for all that you do. 
2. How to Think About Bill Cosby... - A recent article in the New York Times discusses and opined on an issue facing many - navigating enjoying "The Cosby Show" and the recent development surrounding Bill Cosby. As a big fan of the show myself, the piece is extremely good, and touches on some interesting tidbits we ought to keep in mind regarding the show. 
3. America's Generosity - According to recent reports, Americans donated over $390 Billion to charity in 2016. In the face of all the negativity we see in the news each day, it's refreshing to hear of such generosity in our nation. 
3 Down
1. United States Sailors - Such a tragedy to hear of the U.S. Sailors found dead upon a ship that collided with another off the shores of Japan. After being missing, the bodies were found earlie…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/11/17

3 Up
1. Scooter Gennett - Yes, you probably already forgot his name if you didn't know it before. But Gennett put together one of the best games ever in the history of baseball hitting four home runs in one game for ten RBIs. Unbelievable. 
2. Aaron Judge - Speaking of unbelievable, how amazing has this guy been? Judge's home run today that went 495 feet, and quite frankly, was a majestic shot worth staring in awe over, earned him this number two spot. Oh yeah, he also hit another one today. The kid is unreal. 
3. Stanley Cup Finals - Rounding out a Sunday top three full of sports topics is the Stanley Cup Finals. Believe it or not, I watched them, was intrigued by them, and very much enjoyed them. It really was a lot of fun and I gained a new appreciation for the game of hockey. 
3 Down
1. Red Sox Commentator Jerry Remy - He apologized, and it happens, but it shouldn't. Remy's comment regarding Masahiro Tanaka and how he shouldn't be allowed a translator is the typ…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Hidden Figures (2016)

What is it about? 

The true and untold story of four black women and their role and contribution towards growth in the early years of the United States Space program.

Who is in it? 

Taraji P. Henson - Katherine G. Johnson

Octavia Spencer - Dorothy Vaughn

Janelle Monae - Mary Jackson

Kevin Costner - Al Harrison

2017 Bucket List #2 - Visit Rogers Centre

Oh, just another ballpark, but this one, north of the border in wonderful Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The tag team partner and I, on our quest to get to all of the Major League Baseball stadiums the way some try to catch Pokemon, made our way to Canada for a vacation, and as timing would have it, to see our New York Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays. 
As always, before arriving to these stadiums, I tend to have a pre-conceived notion from what I have heard about it, what I have read about it, what it looks like in videogames, what it looks like when I drop the Google Maps guy around the stadium (Yes, I do that - I often travel using that thing. I'm weird, I know...), and finally, whenever I watch a game from that location. 
The Rogers Centre is a unique stadium.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/4/17

3 Up 
1. British Authorities - Albeit for a terrible situation (See: #1 Down below), the reaction of British Authorities to the terrorist attacks in London were not only swift, but also effective, and very diligent. Also, the leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May in the aftermath is so commendable. 
2. Wonder Woman - Despite the obvious empowerment of women through the film, Wonder Woman broke some major records this weekend, including, ironically, one for highest grossing box office for a film directed by a women. I love it. Who doesn't love equality? See how awesome love and diversity can be? 
3. Nashville - Kudos to this city for showing the rest of North America what supporting a local team looks like. The energy and support coming out of Nashville for it's Predators in the Stanley Cup Finals is incomparable. I'm actually into this series over the snooze-fest that has been the NBA Playoffs. No, really - no lie. 
3 Down
1. London Terrorist Attacks - Just like last wee…

Pro Wrestling's Race Abroad - True International Expansion

Pro Wrestling often goes through it's phases, and it seems lately, going international is where the business is headed. Not in terms of television deals, and extended broadcast rights to various countries, but we're talking like really going international. You know, with diversity, travel, culture, and all of that good hearty stuff that really embodies the term.
This of course is weird, as "World" has always been apart of the wrestling game for as along as we can remember. Looking back on it, it seems that too was part of the kayfabe and the aura that was pro wrestling. Sure, companies toured and talent independently traveled to other countries to wrestle, but North America is where all of the efforts went into. I'ts where all of the wrestlers desired to be. It's where all of the champions for the most part, were still white men that fit the mold pro wrestling has had for years.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/28/17

3 Up
1. Memorial Day Weekend - The unofficial starts to the summer season, and of course, a weekend to give thanks and to remember those who fought and sacrificed for our freedoms. 
2. Heroes in Portland Attack - Speaking of sacrifice, kudos to Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, Rick Best, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher who intervened and gave their lives to stop such a senseless threat. 
3. Baltimore Mayor - I'm all about these statues, names of buildings, and other related things to slavery being trashed. It's amazing that it's taken so long, but hey, such is America. Glad to see Baltimore looking to follow in the footsteps of New Orleans. Now, can we please repeal the false "mythology" that surrounds Thomas Jefferson? 
3 Down
1. Manchester Terrorist Attack - Ugh...I can't. Senseless. Stupid. Ridiculous. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones. 
2. Portland Muslim Hate Attacks - Speaking of senseless, how ridiculous is this attack? This clown went out of h…

Turning Thirty-Two

Today, I turn thirty-two. There is just something odd about this age - like twenty-three was, or twenty-eight was, you know, the mile markers in between the rest stops - that just doesn't carry the super significance as 21 and 30 did. Although, at this stage of life, there are many mile markers, and those celebratory rest stops are much, much fewer in between. 
Though, it wasn't too long ago I passed a big one - thirty! And if you remember, I loved becoming AND being thirty. To be honest, I enjoyed being thirty-one, and really, thirty-two already seems kick-ass. Call me crazy, my thirties have been VERY enjoyable. 
But as I turn thirty-two, there isn't much significance in the number, but truly, it's about the changes in myself. Thirty was just two years away, and I am already better than that version of myself. This year marked ten years since I've graduated from college (Things I Would tell My college Self), and I am a much better version of myself compared to t…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/21/17

3 Up 
1. "My Family's Slave" - I urge everyone to take the 20 minutes and read this piece in The Atlantic. An insight to slavery, the affect of how it dehumanizes someone, and the true and sad story of all the edges and truth around it. This piece bring slavery to a new personal feeling, and makes you think about how it still is happening in our country. A great read full of truth and emotion. 
2. Aaron Judge - It's time I give this dude his props here on the SSR. He continues to mash, and yes, even today showed his value with the glove. Man, I am so excited for the Yankees future!
3. Ultimate X - Impact Wrestling's latest X-Division renaissance has been great, and is exactly what fans of the division, like myself, have been begging for years - focus! This past week's Ultimate X match was another example of the division's jump start. 
3 Down
1. Times Square Car Wreck - So incredibly sad that people are hurt and one person's life was snuffed out by this…

The Pondering 10 - Things I Would Tell My College Self

It's weird to the think that in the middle of celebrating the accomplishments of my senior-staff and commencement as a higher education practitioner, that I myself, graduated too, ten years ago. It's crazy to think about, but an entire decade has flown by since I walked across a stage receiving my undergraduate degree. 
So because it's what I do, what advice would I give if somehow, present me can appear ten years ago on the shoulder of freshmen me, as I sat in a third floor dorm room in Cazenovia, NY? Well, here are ten things things I would offer (and an honest letter ) in the latest Pondering 10:

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Everybody Wants Some!!

What is it about? 
A group of college baseball players navigate their way through college, taking advantage of their personal freedoms and learning to navigate their sudden unsupervised life in the 1980's. 
Who is in it?
Blake Jenner - Jake
Tyler Hoechin - McReynolds
Ryan Guzman - Roper
Glenn Powell - Finnegan

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/14/17

3 Up
1. Derek Jeter Ceremony - What a well done ceremony by the New York Yankees this evening. Despite the score of the actual game, the Yankees put on quite a show that honored Jeter. Very few in sports can do it like the Yanks, and they proved this to be true. 
2. Bryce Harper - Not only has Harper been raking this season, he just set a record with an arbitration agreement that will pay hime $21M for the 2018 season - the highest salary ever. And we forget, Harper is still younger than most of the "young" talent we are holding as the future of the game. The free agent bidding war in the winter of 2018 is going to be madness. 
3. Melissa McCarthy - Her role as Sean Spicer is downright hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. Honestly, her role has been able to take what has been an absolute disaster and turn it into some comedy. IF Spicer does get let go (rumored, of course), I'm pretty sure this will just add to the over-the-top character of Spicer that she plays. 
3 Down 
1. C…

My Heart is Full

Hey, I'm back! I have returned! While I've continued posting over the last few months on current events, especially via the Sunday Sunday Rundown (which I love doing), along with a few posts here and there, truthfully, I've gotten away from punching the keys from the heart.
There have been a few things going on, as life typically throws our way, that took away my time from the keyboard. And if I did have time, it was spent decompressing. Recently its been work (as always), studies (a recreational pursuit of a second masters degree - of which I've yet to thoroughly post on) and honestly, after the political and social climate that was 2016, I've been trying to decompress from all of it. It's been five months now... and its still tough. 2016 sucked for social justice. But, such is life. 
Regardless, I sit here punching the keys today with a full heart. As is always every May, a part of me goes through the mixed emotion of joy, sadness, encouragement, and reflect…

Dome Pondering Import - Derek Jeter Budweiser Commercial

Just when the wounds of "letting go" of Derek Jeter in Yankee Universe were beginning to heal from the separation Jeter has created in going incognito in his celebrity, they all have been ripped open this week. Here we are, during Jeter week and a few days away from retiring The Captain's number at 161 and River Avenue, and all of those moments come flooding back making us feel all nostalgic, and tingly inside from those memories we've been trying to move on from. 
As always, anything Derek Jeter is awesome - especially the well produced videos for him. As always, here is yet another one sponsored by Budweiser saluting #2 prior to the number getting placed in monument park for good. 
Enjoy! 

Would You Rather: Questions 81-90

81. Would you rather be 4'5" or 7'7"?
I would prefer to be 7'7". On this weird spectrum, I'm already used to being taller than the average person. I can deal with the extreme height. It'll be nice to play some pick up basketball. 
82. Would you rather be tall and fat, or short and well built?
Tall and fat. I can always lose the weight. Plus, short and jacked dudes often have to fight the stigma of being jerks on first appearance. 
83. Would you rather be poor and work at a job you love, or rich and a job you hate?
Poor and work at a job you love. Take it from someone who has their dream job, the sense of purpose and peace of mind is indeed worth much.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/7/17

3 Up
1. Captured Girls Return - The evil that is the gross, disgusting, group that is Boko Haram released 82 of the 300-plus they kidnapped over a year ago. Many are still missing, but giving these girls a chance at life away from the clutches of this group deserves the plus this week. 
2. Dear White People - I got around to checking out this show on Netflix and boy was I happy to do so. DWP is VERY thought provoking, truthful, honest, authentic, and yes, very funny. And it's a great show, visually. Can't wait for season two. 
3. LeBron James - Because most of us are just waiting for the eventual Cavs/Warriors NBA Finals, we're losing sight of really how awesome LeBron James is. The dude really is the difference maker in this league. It's quite astonishing to think about. The Cavs are rolling, and he's just toying with opponents. 
3 Down
1. Trumpcare - Look, I'm not going into this full on. But it just seems to me that this administration is more in love with re…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: A Country Called Home (2015)

What is it about? 
A young girl learns of her fathers death and returns home where her stay helps her put to rest things in her past to help her move forward. 
Who is in it? 
Imogen Poots - Ellie
Mackenzie Davis - Reno 
Mary McCormack - Amanda

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/30/17

3 Up
1. Chris Coghlan - Yo, Coghlan's jump over Yadier Molina will live on forever. FOREVER. If you haven't seen this play yet, you should. An obvious for DP Play of the Year. 
2. Paul Allen - Kudos to Allen, co-founder of Microsoft who pledged $30M to build homes for the Seattle homeless. Allen's contributions are more awesome work from those at Microsoft in helping the nearby community, as well as beyond. 
3. Anthony Rendon - Rendon had quite the week for a baseball player in one day! 6 for 6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. No, Rendon is not a create-a-player. He's real, and he unleashed it all on the division-rival New York Mets. 
3 Down
1. ESPN - The self-proclaimed leader in Sports laid off hundreds of talent, mostly very good journalists this week in a much-needed cost-cutting endeavor. Gone are some very credible writers and journalists, and of course, still on-board are the those who scream, make outlandish comments, and are the antithesis of journalism. They …

Pondering Picture #79

There are times I do get a bit of envy and wish I had things someone of my status would have access to - such as a home, a yard, a spacious garage to complete projects I always wanted to do. The thought of moving - finally! - out of New York City does cross my mind once in a while. 
Then I take an adventure out on a nice day and get greeted with the view above. And my love for this city comes rushing back. Suburbs? Nah. Keep it. For now.

Pondering Picture #78

This is YOUR life.

Drive it like you stole it.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Little Boxes (2016)

What is it about?
An interracial family deals with the effects of leaving New York City and moving to a Washington state suburb. 
Who is in it? 
Melanie Lynskey - Gina
Nelsan Ellis - Mack
Armani Jackson - Clark

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/23/17

3 Up
1. Serena Williams - Just when Serena Williams' legend couldn't grown any larger, we find out this week that not only is she pregnant, but yes, she won her last major while pregnant. I've said it for awhile, but Williams is one of the best athletes of all-time. Certainly one of mine. 
2. Russell Westbrook - Yes, he's down 3-1 to James Harden and the Rockets, but the way he's putting up triple-doubles is unreal. It's basically video-game like at this point. 
3. Fox News - A slight minor hit for Fox in finally - FINALLY - doing away with Bill O'Reilly and cleaning up the good old boy club they allowed to dominate the station, while also sexually harassing many. White old men...the privilege and power it produces never ceases to amaze me. 
3 Down
1. North Korea Threat - So now North Korea is threatening to sink a U.S. Aircraft carrier. Anything North Korea typically makes me shake my head, and in the same though, concerned. It's amazing how weird the w…

IMPACT Wrestling: First Impressions Under New Management

I wanted to wait for a full set of tapings to air under the new Impact Wrestling regime before making a judgement on the new product. After all, if the history of this company has taught me anything, it's never to really trust any sort of reset, new direction, or changeover it endures. As a follower since the very first show in 2002, this company has provided me with some of my favorite wrestling moments, but truthfully, has given me more heartache as of late than memorable moments. 
Nonetheless, here we are...again! This time, the "new beginning" is legit, with the key aspect being the removal of Dixie Carter, and the insert of Anthem as new owners, and the return of Jeff Jarrett in a weird Steve Jobs-sort of way, to do it the way he wanted to the first time. Maybe with a bit more seasoning and understanding this time around. 
After several weeks, I have to say, I am very pleased with the product. Very pleased. For this fan, dare I say, there is hope once again. Like, …

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Sing Street (2016)

What is it about? 
A boy in Dublin starts a band to impress a girl, but ends up finding out much more than he intended. 
Who is in it? 
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo - Conor
Aiden Gillen - Robert
Lucy Boynton - Raphina

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/16/17

3 Up
1. Easter - Although my last few Easters have been a bit different than what I've experience my entire life, I still enjoy the Holiday. It's a special time, especially to be renewed in faith. He is risen! 
2. The Fate and the Furious - So I haven't seen the film yet, and most likely won't until it hits on-demand. Regardless, it's amazing to read the $532.5M opening weekend revenue the film generated. Especially for a film that isn't the best, but now has a reputation to be a must-see. 
3. Chase Headley - Yes, THAT Chase Headley. Twelve games into the season, and the Yankee third basemen is raking, playing steller baseball, and currently owns a .489 OBP. 
3 Down
1. Fox News - So apparently marginalizing muslims continues to be a thing, and is now accepted on national television. What is wrong with people? Ugh...
2. Facebook Killer - This is the type of thing everyone worries about with social media providing the ability to provide personal live content. Now …

Porzingis' Concern is Cause For Concern

Here we go. Strap yourself in for yet another development in this utterly disastrous New York Knicks season. I often wonder if this franchise were anywhere else BUT New York, would it even survive? 
Regardless, after giving us garbage all year, even exit interviews and the end-of-the year process has given us Knicks fans more New York Knicky things to digest. First, Phil Jackson is back for the remaining two years on his deal. Yay. That was utterly sarcastic by the way. 
Then, Jackson went all President Trump on us by dropping the bomb on the topic that has been danced around for the passed three years - openly admitting he's not in the corner of Caremlo Anthony in any way. 
I think with the direction of our team, he would be better off somewhere else.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Fences (2016)

What is it about? 

A working-class black man in the 1950's tries to raise and support his family in the 1950's while coming to grips with the events in his life that lead him to this point.

Who is in it? 

Denzel Washington - Troy Maxson

Vola Davis - Rose Maxson

Stephen Henderson - Jim Bono

NBA MVP Race, and Right To Be Called "Superstar"

There are many who very worthy of the NBA's Most Valuable Player for this season. A viable argument can be made for LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook, all players who bring forth impressive resumes as candidates for the honor of the NBA's top award. 
For me, my selection for MVP is indeed Westbrook. Don't get me wrong, the others, as stated above, anyone can make a very good case for. In fact, you can even go as far as saying LeBron James is the game's MVP every single time he touches a basketball court. I'd be totally cool with that if that were the situation and angle you want to take in this role.  
But back to Westbrook. I am completely buying in on the season he's put together. Everything about this season, and everything he has done screams "valuable" in my eyes. The impressive triple-double record, the super-impressive accomplishment of averaging - AVERAGING! - a triple double, and the super-duper impressive task…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/9/16

3 Up
1. Russell Westbrook - I know the NBA's MVP debate is a good one. Really, a suffice argument can be made for all the options in the discussion. However, Westbrook is my guy. 42 triple doubles! Averaged - AVERAGED - a Triple Double this season! And yes, has led the Thunder to the playoffs! That's my pick - my guy. And I hope to have a post up this week with more on Westbrook. Unbelievable. 
2. Girl with Black Doll - Kudos to the two year old girl who selected a black doll for her mom to purchase, and defended her choice against the cashier, who questioned her choice, and did so with the innocence only a child could have. The gall of adults sometimes? Unbelievable. 
3. Warm Weather - It's FINALLY showing some signs of life in the weather department. Spring is definitely on it's way. Can't wait. Had to give this some love. You all know I love me some warm weather. 
3 Down
1. Syria Gas Attack - What else can I say that hasn't been said, or isn't already kno…

Predictions and Wild Guesses For the 2017 MLB Season

This offseason wasn't too bad - Thank You World Baseball Classic. And yes, thank you college baseball, you know, for those true baseball nerds like me who watch these levels of the game. But here we are. Another start of the season (well, after the season) and poised for warmer weather, baseball games, and the greatest game on earth.
As tradition goes around these parts, here are my predictions (and a few wild guesses) for the 2017 MLB Season:

Wrestlemania 33: Average, Memorable, and Stuff in Between

After this Wrestlemania faded to black, I had the most difficult time remembering or recollecting my thoughts on the entire show. Wrestlemania 33 by no means was terrible, however, it wasn't well, special. And from the reputation that precedes the event, and quite frankly, hearing JBL discuss having a "Wrestlemania Moment" every seven seconds, as a viewer and pro wrestling fan, the standards are pretty high.
After all, it's the biggest show of the year. 
Nonetheless, all I can remember is The Undertaker, and him finally walking away for good. And really, I strongly believe in ten years when we do look back upon this Wrestlemania, that exactly will be the consensus thought and memory. Whether that was the plan of the WWE is up for debate, but one thing is for sure, Wrestlemania had that feeling of being, "not bad."
Regardless, here are some quick notes and thoughts on the show:

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/2/17

3 Up
1. Women's College Basketball - Anyone who thinks UCONN's win streak was bad for women's college basketball should look no further than the Final Four game between Auriemma's ladies and Mississippi State. What a game! Despite losing the championship to South Carolina (congrats SC!), the game seems to now be entering some competitive parity. 
2. The Undertaker - Of course, it's Wrestlemania Sunday, and I just finished watching the spectacle that is Vince's creation. Despite an average show - more on that in another post - witnessing The Undertaker's last match was rough. The dude is just another piece of my childhood. Thanks so much, Taker. 
3. Baseball is Back - It was 62 degrees out, and baseball is back. Yes! 
3 Down
1. Mike Flynn - What in the world is going on with this regime? Now this dude wants immunity? Ugh. 
2. Derrick Rose - What a shame. I was all for the Knicks NOT resigning Rose following this disastrous season. However, never did I wish ha…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

What is it about? 
A young girl struggles with the idea of her best friend and her brother dating, all while dealing with the issues of being a teenager. 
Who is in it? 
Hailee Steinfeld - Nadine
Haley Lu Richardson - Krista
Blake Jenner - Darian
Woody Harrelson - Mr. Bruner

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/26/17

3 Up
1. USA Baseball - I'm selfishly putting this at the very top. The World Baseball Classic as a whole was superb entertainment. However, with the USA (finally) winning it all, it was a nice story, especially for those who chose to represent the country in the tournament. 
2. NCAA Tournament - As stated last week, it's nice to have such an eclectic mix of teams in the tournament. This is especially a great change from the "usual suspects" we have become used to in college basketball. The Final Four should be fun. 
3. Ted Koppel - Kudos to Koppel for saying it like it is - especially to Sean Hannity (of all people). Unfortunately, many have become desensitized into accepting political rhetoric rather than deciphering facts. And for the record, Hannity claiming he's not part of the "media" is insanely laughable.  
3 Down
1. British Parliament Attack - I'm so over terrorism. So over it. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones in the recent atta…

Dope Sports Threads - World Baseball Classic 2017

As you probably know already, I LOVE the World Baseball Classic. I love everything about it. The tournament. The culture. And especially, the early access to competitive baseball. And of course, with it comes an opportunity for some dope threads we don't typically see - cleats, uniforms, catcher's gear, accesories, etc...
Unlike Major League Baseball and some of the rules from it's clubs, the WBC provided an opportunity for some fun new stuff, including some customization and personalization from players. With that said, here are a few of the things that I really liked from the 2017 World Baseball Classic: 
Uniforms were interesting. Most of the uniforms in this tournament had a template-like feel, especially the road jerseys which featured a dark gray and colored sleeves. Part of this change was Team Japan, whose uniforms were unlike everyone else in the tournament, and easily in my opinion, the best. 

The wide stripes are so dope and the font compliments it well. Some c…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Moonlight (2016)

What is it about? 
The following of a young black gay man from youth, through adolescents, and into adulthood inMiami, Florida. 
Who is in it? 
Mahershala Ali - Juan
Trevante Rhodes - Adult Chiron
Ashton Sanders - Teen Chiron

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/19/17

3 Up
1. Adam Jones - Can we give it up for Adam Jones and the way he has been the leader for this USA team during the World Baseball Classic? And that catch! THAT CATCH! Move over David Wright, we have a new Captain America. 
2. Spring Breakers Doing Good - I was in Miami last week, and I saw how crazy Spring Break can get. Kudos to those students who went without the debauchery and opted to serve those in need. 
3. NCAA Tournament - I've been enjoying this year's NCAA Tournament thus far. Honestly, the college game is wide open, and there doesn't seem to be a clear and top heavy few teams. Plus, with my Knicks destined for another lottery pick (ugh!), I'm interested in the talent to be available. 
3 Down
1. Confederate Flag in South Carolina - I still can't believe that there are people still defending this symbolism of the worst event in our nation's history. I just don't get it. America is just crazy, man. 
2. Budget Cuts - I'm not sure where we are g…

Pondering Picture #77

I'm not sure how far we'll go, but this catch to help get us to this point is unforgettable.

USA! USA! USA!

Takeaways From WBC Experience

I found myself in a mix of emotions. Disbelief. Frustrated. Excited. And overall, in awe. The World Baseball Classic and my experience over this past weekend spanned the realm of each of these feelings, and much more. 
I have to admit, I had no idea what to expect. Filled stadiums? Lack of energy? Constant Vuvuzuelas? Ironically, my time in Miami at Marlins Park provided, much like the emotions, all of it. The two games I attended, USA vs. Dominican Republic and USA vs. Canada, were tremendous games to attend, and quite frankly, an experience I would recommend for any baseball fan. 
Of course, if you follow this blog, or the Twitter account, you know that I am a huge fan of the World Baseball Classic. I love the culture of the tournament. I love the passion it produces. I throughly enjoy the styles it produces. And honestly, I'm all for competitive baseball as early as possible. Especially when my New York Knicks are doing typical New York Knicks things.

March Madness 2017 - The Official DP Bracket

As tradition goes, here is the official Dome Pondering March Madness bracket. I'll be honest, I kind of tuned completely out of the college basketball season once Spring Training began, and even more so once the World Baseball Classic began. Truthfully, I forgot it was Selection Sunday this past weekend. Ah well. 
Regardless, like the millions of sudden know-nothing-pretend-experts on college basketball, here is my bracket. Part of me believes (maybe even slightly hopes) Lonzo Ball and his dad becomes an even bigger figure during this stretch. That would make for some extra fun to the sometimes boring finale to the college tournament. I guess we'll see.

2017 Bucket List #1 - Visit Marlins Park

My 13th MLB stadium (not counting the ones that are no longer - RIP old Yankee Stadium) was in fact Marlins Park in wonderful Miami, Florida. I had the opportunity to check off two bucket list items in my visit by seeing the park, AND being present for the World Baseball Classic opening round. Of course, I'll have more on the latter in another post.
Regardless, back to Marlins Park. My first and major takeaway is in fact tied to the bureaucracy that has surrounded the building since it's inception. The park is located in a peculiar location in Miami. Very apparent of the cheap land acquired, and the socioeconomics of the neighborhood that surrounds it. Though, much like the two games I went to, the ballpark has given many of the neighboring folks revenue-generating opportunities, renting out their front yards for parking and other tailgating opportunities. Makes for a unique concept.

Off to Spring Break

I am about to turn thirty-two years old in several weeks, and I will be enjoying my first Spring Break starting today. Yes, that's right. That opening sentence was correct. I'm thirty-two. Spring Break. 
This is indeed happening. Ironically enough, I work in higher education, so my life has perpetually become segmented by semesters, and driven by things such as "J-term" and "summer vacation". It's a far cry from the missed opportunities during my undergraduate career which was committed to college baseball, and my graduate career which included me simply trying to finish in order to start my career. 
And of course, as a professional, Spring Break just means no students are around, and it's an opportunity to take a breather before the stretch towards commencement.