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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 …

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 14th 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.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/5/17

3 Up 
1. Mets Prospect Bat Catch - This was just flat out absolutely awesome. Give it a look
2. Snap Chat Investment - With Snap Chat going public this week, it was announced that one High School who invested $15,000 in the social media company, now owns stock in the company that is worth millions. Not a bad investment. And of course, not bad innovation from Snap Chat. 
3. MLS Soccer - So happy to have the league back. Soccer Sundays have returned, and week one has been so much fun. 

3 Down

1. Jeff Sessions - I'm so tired of politics dominating the "down" section thus far this year. The whole entire Sessions ordeal has been a disaster. 
2. North Korea Missile Launch - Anytime North Korea does anything of this kind, it's cause for concern. Four ballistic missiles landing in Japanese waters - yes, cause for concern. 
3. VOICE - This program outlined by the President during this past Tuesday night's address in my opinion is shocking. A clear attempt to highlight so…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Manchester By The Sea (2016)

What is it about? 
An uncle is asked to take care of his nephew after his brother's death, while coming to grips with his own issues. 
Who is in it? 
Casey Affleck - Lee Chandler 
Kyle Chandler - Joe Chandler 
Michelle Williams - Randi Chandler

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/26/17

3 Up
1. Moonlight - I haven't watched it as of it, but I'm super happy for those connected for Moonlight for two distinct reasons: 1) Diversity and Inclusion!; 2) Watching an indie movie prove that you don't need large budgets to make great films. 
2. Jordan Horowitz - So yeah, there was a snafu, the kind that really is the epitome of event management 101.Obviously, that's what the world will focus on, because, that's what we do now. But, Jordan deserves plenty of credit for having his dreams crushed on national television, but he handled it with poise, class, and honor. Awesome job, Jordan. 
3. Spring Weather - How awesome was the weather this week?! And my goodness, baseball is back! College baseball. Spring Training. People are playing catch, taking swings! I'm so happy!!!!

3 Down
1. White House Media Ban - I try to give politics a break from this section every week. I really do. Even this week when I shared a conference space with CPAC. But, then the White H…

Same Building as POTUS, Didn't Care

Today, I was in the same building as the President of the United States of America. In any time, and probably in any other era, that used to mean something special. I would have been excited. Heck, I waited for twenty-eight minutes after work just to see President Obama's motorcade make it's way down the street of my office. Just to see the car he was in drive by. That was cool. I was excited. Just for the brush. Just to be in the same air with the most powerful person in the free world. 
Of course, you know where this post is now going. Today, I was not. I wasn't excited. I wasn't thrilled. Nor did I have the overwhelming angst to rush the area to see him. I just didn't. 
This past week, I attended a national conference within the field of which I work - Higher Education and Campus Recreation. As it goes, this year's conference was held in the National Harbor in the DC area. And as you probably know by now, so was CPAC, a conservative union conference which a…

Passing on Auto-Walk Rule

I very much dislike the idea of the automatic walk, baseball's new rule as part of the initiative to improve pace of play. Yes, I am all for increasing the pace of play, always have been, and I am a fan of the new commissioner researching and searching for ways to effectively help the game of baseball. As I've been saying, this is the first time baseball has been proactive, and I love it. 
But this new rule approved by both the MLB and the MLBPA (Important aspect to remember), in my opinion, doesn't solve that. In some ways, I think it takes away from the game. Here are some of my reasons:

Dope Sports Threads - 2017 NBA All-Star Game

So yeah, part of what inspired me to start doing these was in fact my infatuation with All-Star Games because of the unique gear and aesthetics that came with them. While the 2017 NBA All-Star Game (really, the entire weekend) was a complete dud, a few things did catch my eye. Of course, the game itself did garner the highest ratings since 2013 - go figure. No, that's legit. But hey, what do I know? I guess people really do like watching that display of "basketball". 
Anyway, sorry, back to what caught my eye this weekend. As always, I'm willing to share.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/19/17

3 Up 
1. Youth Basketball Team Inclusion - This story is remarkable. A CYO youth team from New Jersey forfeited their season after their league did not permit the two girls on their team to continue playing. After much resistance, the league gave in. Ahh, the power of resistance and inclusion. Gotta love it. 
2. UCONN 100 Wins - However you feel about the UCONN women's program, 100 wins in a row is pretty damn impressive. Seriously, thats one-hundred wins in a row! Just crazy. 
3. Charlotte and Bayley - These two lit it up on Monday night with their Women's title match on Raw. The WWE's women's division remains must-watch stuff, and as always, Charlotte continues to be one of the best pound-for-pound wrestlers (and overall athlete) in pro wrestling right now. 
3 Down
1. Presidential Public Relations - Ahhhh, another week, more stuff. Yeah, just stuff. From Flynn's resignation, to more DeVos, to a phony Sweden attack remark - it's only been a few weeks, and it fe…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Captain Fantastic (2016)

What is it about? 
A father who raised his kids in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, is forced to enter the real world, and is challenged by specific values he holds dearly. 
Who is in it? 
Viggo Mortenson - Ben
George McKay - Bo
Samantha Wisler - Kielyr

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/12/17

3 Up
1. Charles Oakley - Did anyone else win the week more than "The Oak Man"? As I briefly mentioned (Living Vicariously Through Oakley), Oakley gave us all a moment we wanted to live vicariously through, and even more ammunition against James Dolan and the Knicks brass. 
2. Yale - Kudos to Yale University on renaming Calhoun College because of ties to white supremacy and slavery. Hopefully, this starts a trend for many institutions who still have various ties on their campus to slavery and other forms of white supremacy.
3. WWE Elimination Chamber - Bray Wyatt?! What?! Where did that come from?! Not going to lie, throughly shocked by tonight's outcome. 
3 Down
1. Betsy DeVos Confirmation - Ugh. I can't even...I just can't. 
2. New York Knicks - Talk about a disaster of a week. From the entire Charles Oakley incident, to James Dolan making it all sooooooo much more worse - the Knicks are just an outright disaster. 
3. Twitter Wars - I'll refrain from getting …

Living Vicariously Through Oakley

Am I the only one who envisions an epic wrestling story line between Charles Oakley and owner of the New York Knicks, James Dolan? 
Okay, maybe I watch too much wrestling (I do), but how else am I supposed to deal with latest news to come out of my fandom that is the New York Knicks? We're not necessarily awful in terms of talent, but merely production and effort, thus being a kind of awful that is even more awful. Making this all so unbearable is the glaringly obvious issues that lie within this team, and even so, within the organization.
Yes, there is Phil Jackson vs. Carmelo Anthony. Of course, there is the ever-continuing debate regarding Carmelo Anthony's ability to lead. Sadly, there is the regression of (my guy) Kristaps Porzingis. Strangely, there is the obvious malcontent between the members of team. And obviously, there is Phil Jackson, and the daggers he throws at everyone from above, but has said nothing - NOTHING! - to explain any of it. And as always, there is J…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/6/17

3 Up
1. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick - The amount of dominance these two have reigned over the NFL is rather mind blowing when you attempt to wrap your mind around it all. Yet, I'm sure there are any two who have done it better than these guys. They simply restock the herd around them, and wham! Super Bowl. All the time. 
2. Super Bowl LI - So yeah, I released that post of me giving up on football this weekend. You should still check it out! Regardless, I decided to catch the big game this week, and I'm glad that I did - amazing game. I'm really glad I did. While I still stand by my feelings of struggling moving forward in being a fan of this league, I must admit, this game was very entertaining and for several hours, it erased the reality of the world's happenings. 
3. Erase of Subways Swastika - While this one typically would have the top spot, the world needed a break from it's reality, which the Super Bowl happily provided tonight. Nonetheless, the idea of a Su…

I Just Can't - Why I've Given Up Football

I pretty much quit watching football this year. I know, that sounds absolutely crazy to most sports fans, especially Americans to whom football is more religion that just sport and fandom, but yeah, I just stopped. In fact, the most football I sat and really watched this entire season was the drive in overtime of the National Title game between Clemson and Alabama. 
So, why did I give up football? 
Well, for starters, I was never the biggest football fan. Ranking my favorite sports, it's easily as follows:  BaseballMore BaseballBasketballSoccerEverything else... So yeah, quitting football wasn't all that hard. I'll root for the New York Jets from time to time (more reason to ditch the entire football thing from my life) but I've never been the guy too excited about football Sunday. Honestly, my fall Sundays were more so, really football Sundays in watching the MLS. But that's another post for another time.

Dope Sports Threads - 2017 Spring Training Wear

This is a section of the blog I've been looking to add for a long time. As you can probably tell from Twitter and from previous sections (like here and here among others) of the blog, I'm a big nerd when it comes to the aesthetics of sports and athletics (uniforms, courts, fields, stadiums, apparel, etc...) and I figured why not add it to the blog. After worrying about formatting and ways in which to present it, I just decided I'll just - as I typically do - just punched the keys on what comes to mind. 
First up, the newly released MLB Spring Training Caps and Jerseys. You can see the entire reveal here.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

What is it about? 
A man going through an incredible amount of loss takes on the care for a boy with physical disability. Their journey on a road trip helps both overcome their troubles and past, to see the world in a new perspective. 
Who is in it? 
Paul Rudd - Ben
Craig Roberts - Trevor
Selena Gomez - Dot
Megan Ferguson - Peaches

Would You Rather: Questions 71-80

71. Would you rather watch a long film of all the best moments of your life thus far or a short clip of the only most pivotal moments?

I would definitely go with a short clip of the most pivotal moments. I don't need a long film about myself. Although, a documentary about these pivotal moments would be very interesting. And yes, I love documentaries and knowledgeable pieces.

72. Would you rather go on a trip with your friends or your significant other?

Ha, easily my significant other. We've been to a handful of places around the globe already. She's an awesome co-pilot, and a tremendous travel partner.

73. Would you rather look young and beautiful and never age or have the ability to be invisible?

Invisibility. This may sound weird, but there is some grace in growing old. Plus, youth doesn't always equal beauty.

2017 Royal Rumble Review: Surprised, and Surprised

Who doesn't love Royal Rumble Sunday? It's easily my second-favorite wrestling event of the year (after Wrestlemania, of course), and as always, it's exciting because of the Royal Rumble match, and really, because it kicks off Wrestlemania season. 
But, you already know this. Regardless, the WWE built a tremendous card for this year's Rumble and did a tremendous job hyping an event that draws and attracts so many casual wrestling fans. 
This year's Royal Rumble was a great show. From start to finish, all of it was fantastic and I really enjoyed the variety and overwhelming talent that currently lies within the WWE. In fact, no one does these mega weekends in entertainment better than the WWE (Yup, not even the NFL and their big weekend coming up). Even, NXT on Saturday night provided another element that we've gotten used to

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/29/17

3 Up 
1. Serena Williams and Roger Federer - After another Australian Open win, it's now time we start saying the word "greatest" whenever we discuss Serena Williams. One of my favorite athletes, Williams, really is just that, one of the best athletes - ever. And of course, across on the men's side, there is Roger Federer who found himself holding hardware once again. 
2. ACLU Lawyers - Whoever these lawyers are, kudos to the work they did Saturday night in attempting to get the detainees at JFK released. My opinion on the immigration ban is that it's VERY un-American, and quite frankly, an example of the twisted definition of "patriotism" and who that belongs to, in this country. 
3. WWE Royal Rumble - One of my favorite events of the year, the Royal Rumble once again did not disappoint. And of course, John Cena vs. AJ Styles is worth an "Up" in itself. 

3 Down
1. Immigration Ban - Look, this is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. I still can&#…

Making Sense of This

It seems like everyday there is something new. And depending on which circle of beliefs, or what "America" you live or believe is just, the last few days have been an absolute whirlwind. Again, that could be for the good, or the bad - that is clearly up to you. 
For me, I find myself having plenty of conversations with students and colleagues - and often asked about my opinion on the current political climate. Truthfully, I am not exactly at the point of exasperation, anger, and overall burnout as I was in 2016, but in a severe state of incredulousness. 
Currently, everyone has an opinion, every is passionate, everyone is fiery, and with that comes the incredible amount of fake news, untruths, misguided comments, "alternative facts", and an overwhelming realization of the vast emptiness where empathy ought to be. 
If you read this blog, it's pretty evident where my opinions and core passions lay. Yet, I am currently trying to remove myself from the process, fr…

Pondering Picture #76

When you're working on social justice theory and research, and the power of change and resistance is in true form just outside your window.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/22/17

3 Up
1. Worldwide Women's March - This was really cool. Not only were the marches on Washington, but they spread throughout the country and even overseas. These are issues for all, and it's good to see people use that power to make their point and to be change they would like to see. 
2. Teacher Educating Children Under Bridge - I loved everything about this story. The idea of underprivileged children being taught is heartwarming. It's even more surreal when you view the pictures. 
3. President Trump's Speech - Look, giving props to the current President doesn't seem to be en vogue right now. However, I'm going to give the guy some credit for his inauguration speech, which I felt was his best speech yet. 
3 Down
1. "Alternative Facts" - My goodness, the world has gone mad when it comes to information, truth, and the dispensary of it all. "Alternative facts" is a ridiculous term, and yes, even more so is the moronic debate over attendance at t…

Inauguration Mood - SMH

It's rare that I use a GIF to accurately describe how I'm feeling, or as the kids say, "mood right now", but that's exactly what I had to do this weekend. Just check the Twitter feed. Of course, after much of the hyper-politicized atmosphere that was 2016 began to mellow as the calendar turned, all of it erupted once again this weekend when Donald J. Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States. 
Now, if you're expecting a verbal backlash, or some rant on President Trump, I'm sorry, this post won't be that. I've already been there, moved on, and am attempting to not start this calendar year with the political unrest and rage that I carried in 2016. Or at least, maybe, I'm saving it for when the time calls for it. 
My issues with Trump are short and sweet, but effective - I have a deep passion for social justice and educational equality. If you're a longtime follower of this little blog, or if you know me personally, and…

Thoughts on the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

Another year, another Hall of Fame class decided, and as always, there are all sorts of eyebrow raising shenanigans going on with it. Of course, this is all my point of view, the way everyone else has an opinion and viewpoint whenever these results are revealed in January. 
First, let me say congrats to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez. All of them are tremendous players, none carries any doubt of their legitimacy for the Hall of Fame. Just tremendous ball players who deserve the day they have coming to them in Cooperstown in July. I'm actually super stoked for Raines, who was such a complete player.

Stuck with Melo, For Better or For Worse

Haven't we been here before? The Knicks on a losing binge. Some ridiculous scandal or scenario that only happens to the Knicks occurs (see: Derrick Rose). Not even a whisper from Phil Jackson and/or management about the losing or said wack scenario. Carmelo Anthony looking like an overrated superstar. And as always, Knick fans growing frustrated with everything that is Knicks fandom. 
Yup, I'm there with you all. 
Of course, as each year goes by, the contentious argument that is Melo's tenure as a Knickerbocker ensues, with the latest being that Phil Jackson is not too fond of Melo's game, perhaps even wanting to find a way to get rid of him. 
And as expected, they met, and Carmelo Anthony reassured us all that he still wants to be a Knick. Wash. Rinse. Cycle. Repeat.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/15/17

3 Up
1. Obama Farewell - It was an absolutely well done speech by the President. The open gathering in Chicago was a nice touch, and as always, he delivered with an awesome speech. The closing line of "Yes we can, Yes we did" was the kind of line every debater or speech-giver gives dreams of. Again, well done by the President. 
2. Paul Ryan Town Hall - So much props to Speaker Ryan for his open town hall on CNN this week. Ryan received some very heavy questions from the audience, especially some that pinned him into distancing himself from President-elect Trump on specific issues. He handled himself gracefully, honestly, at times, humorously, and also, provided a new side which everyone can respect, despitedyour political affiliation or stance. 
3. "Diversity" Coin - OK, so it's not going to change race relations in America, but featuring lady liberty as a black woman is a nice beginning to a series of coins to present our our country's diversity. Now, if w…