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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/15/17

3 Up
1. Hollywood Victims - Much props to the many men and women who have taken the step in telling their story about sexual assault and being the victim of displays of power for sexual gain within Hollywood. It's tough, especially in such an unforgiving business like show business, but it takes guts to tell the truth - much respect to you all who did so.
2. Joe Girardi - Have you ever seen a more brutally honest manager or head coach during a playoff stretch? Girardi has been letting his soul bare on mistakes, feelings, lineups, results, decisions, his family, his time in New York, and anything and everything else. I have a feeling Girardi is walking away, after this season, and if he is, I'm glad he's doing it by just being him. 
3. Eminem - I've seen some new school fans insult Eminem and downplaying his ability. I'm still a fan. After all, no one - NO ONE - captures anger in their music like Em. No one. Still so captivating. And yes, his freestyle of President …

Damn, I Love This Team

Damn. I love this team. 
I don't know what it is, or what spurred this immediate attachment in Spring Training, but I just do. Maybe it was the idea of hope and all of the wonders and excitement it brings. You know, when your squad finally ditches the old expensive brigade and gives the keys to the prospects we've been hearing about. 
Maybe that was it. 
Or, maybe it was the excitement produced by Gary Sanchez just the year before. And the near-miss of the playoffs the team teased the year prior. 
Or...maybe it was just the idea of dancing around the word "rebuilding" and having no (not low) expectations for the 2017 season. Quite frankly, we were playing with house cards, and that's a fun position to be in as a fan. 
Of course, Judge happened (Sooooooo much fun). And it happened 52 times - really 53 if we count that one home run that didn't get counted and was ruled a triple. But whose counting? 
And one of my favorites in David Robertson returned in pinstr…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

What is it about?

When a pilot crashes into her world, Diana, an Amazonian Warrior, leaves home to help fight a war and fulfill her true destiny. 
Who is in it? 

Gal Gadot - Diana
Chris Pine - Steve Trevor

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/8/17

3 Up
1. Heroes in Las Vegas - Among the heartbreak in Las Vegas are the many heroes who helped shield and save lives during the gun fire, as well as the many in hospitals who did some serious work in aiding the hundreds who flooded the hospitals in the area. Please, please, please be sure to read a story or two of the many who saved so many lives on that horrific night. 
2. Jimmy Kimmel - Kudos to the Kimmel on his opening monologue following the Las Vegas terrorist attack (let's call it what it is). In fact, many of the late show hosts delivered rhetoric that the talking heads on 24 hour networks couldn't, and in many ways, were the words reflective of so many. 
3. MLB Playoffs - Man oh man. How great have the MLB Playoffs been? I've been a nervous wreck with every moment of my New York Yankees. I still stand by it - best playoffs in sports. 
3 Down
1. Las Vegas Shooting Terrorist Attack - Shake. My. Head. Just unbelievable. 
2. Cam Newton - The comment was so unnecessary.…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Big Sick (2017)

What is it about?

The true story of Pakistani-born, Kumail Nanjiani who falls in love with Emily. After she becomes ill with a mysterious illness, Kumail must come to grips with various truths and culture clashes he's been avoiding. 
Who is in it? 
Kumail Nunjiani - Kumail
Emily - Zoe Kazan
Holly Hunter - Beth
Ray Romano - Terry

We Can Change This, But Will We?

It's easy to say, "Pray for Vegas". Despite the actuality of doing so, it's also become so common place in rhetoric. Soooooo...you know, the thing to say to encapsulate our feelings, or even, to fill the void of what we're afraid to acknowledge - we CAN could have stopped this. 
There is a part of me that sits and writes this very post, finding myself in a mental daze, almost a somber state of mental over-paralysis by way of the evil doings and human shortcomings in the world. 
As of late, it's been Harvey. Irma. Maria. Houston. Florida. Puerto Rico. 
There are protests. Taking a knee. Injustice. White privilege. And "patriotism".
Not to be forgotten is Chicago. Immigrants. Charlottesville. And of course, Flint. 
They have YET to receive water. Clean water. 
Can we just get Flint some damn, clean water?

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/1/17

3 Up
1. Saudi Arabia - So women were just cleared to drive in the country of Saudia Arabia. It's easy to pile on this story with cynicism, but it is a stark reminder the level of social justice issues still being fought around the world. Kudos for the women of Saudi Arabia for a step in the right direction. 
2. Deshaun Watson - Athletes in America have been on a roll as of late, and Deshaun Watson continues the trend by donating his first paycheck to the victims of Harvey. Well done. 
3. Toronto FC - Kudos to Toronto FC who won the MLS Supporters Shield (over my Red Bulls, nonetheless). Toronto will be a tough out come the MLS Playoffs. 
3 Down
1. Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief - The relief effort for Puerto Rico has been poor, and well, let's just say, negligent in many ways. Ahem...Mr. President. 
2. NCAA Scandal - It's incredibly ridiculous to see the lengths grown men will go to assure the allegiance of talented teenagers who can play some ball. The NCAA should be ashamed…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/24/17

3 Up
1. Efforts for Maria - Maria has been horrific for many of the Caribbean islands. Barbuda continues to get pummeled, and of course (and most notably), we've seen the images of devastation in Puerto Rico. But much kudos to people like Tim Duncan, Jorge Posada, Yadier Molina, Jenifer Lopez, and so many more who are leading the aid for some of these areas. 
2. LeBron James - Yo, LeBron James went from being one of my favorite athletes to one of my favorite celebrities in responding the President Trump's outlandish speech. Love the "u bum" part too. But seriously, everything about it was great, especially so because he's a public figure. 
3. Athletes and Politics - It was interesting to see the two mix heavily this weekend after our President decided to take the country to these intersection of life. Regardless, kudos to so many athletes (NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLS, MLB, and more) who handled the situation correctly, and even furthered the movement. 
3 Down
1. Mexico Ci…

Goodbye Melo

I've wanted this for the Knicks, and today I got it.

Carmelo Anthony is no longer a New York Knick heading into the 17-18 NBA Season.

No, I don't dislike Melo. In fact, if you go through previous posts you'll know, I find Melo to be a very, very good player. However, I just thought it was time for the Knicks to move past this era, and truly - like, really - rebuild.

Most importantly, build around Kristaps Porzingis.

But, again, for me, I've always - ALWAYS - believed that Carmelo Anthony needed to be the #2 (or #3) guy on a team. Watching him night in and night out as a Knick, he just never seemed to be the type of guy who lifts those around him. Again, he's a tremendous player but the track record is there. I don't buy into the "he's never had much around him" argument.

Have you seen the Knicks roster in comparison to the rest of the Eastern Conference the last few years?

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/17/17

3 Up
1. JJ Wyatt - Not only has the man raised over $37M for Hurricane Harvey relief, but unlike many of the various charities we have become accustomed to, Wyatt is very transparent in how he will spend the money, and what he plans to do. Still in such awe of this. 
2. Tim Duncan - In the same spectrum as Wyatt is one of my favorite athletes, Tim Duncan. A native from the US Virgin Islands, Tim Duncan has been instrumental in Hurricane Irma relief by donating 20,000 pounds of food to the area. Such awesome stories in the midst of all these Natural disasters. The power of the human spirit is so great. 
3. Cleveland Indians - 22 Baseball games in a row. The Indians record winning-streak came to an end  this week, but it is damn impressive. Are they NOT the choice to make it back to the World Series from the American League? 
3 Down
1. London Attacks - SMH on these terrorists attacks. My heart goes out to those affected by more senselessness in the world. 
2. White House on Jemele Hill -…

Dope Sports Threads - Nike NBA Uniforms

When Nike was announced as the new provider of the NBA uniforms, formerly designed by Adidas, I was very intrigued on what the super creative company would do. The team of Adidas and the NBA always felt a little...well, off. Nothing wrong with either brand, they just don't seem like a good fit for one another. Hence, we got jerseys with sleeves and such under their term. 
Go back to soccer, Adidas. It's where you shine. 
Enter, Nike. And this is the perfect fit for the NBA. And thus far, the designs, names of uniforms, and feel for the upcoming aesthetics within the NBA is awesome. Again, Nike just doing Nike things. 
With the the new uniforms, as always, here are a few notes on the latest:

I Don't Understand...

Forgive me, but I just don't understand.
I don't understand how a President can repeal an act he deems unconstitutional, but believe in this action so much that he sends his Attorney General to make the announcement - then hours later, attempt a backtrack by "giving Congress 6 Months" to legalize it. 
I don't understand how a President, who ran under the oath of Christianity and God, can somehow find it in himself to continue to regulate and deregulate policy that is offensive, bias, and a clear message to people of color, that they are not of importance to him.

I don't understand how a government can work for only some of the people for as long as it's existed without repose. 
I don't understand how some within the Christian community continue to rally behind this in the name of faith.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/3/17

3 Up
1. J.J. Watt - What started out as a mere fundraiser for Houston with a goal of a few hundred thousand dollars has turned into a mega-story with Watt raising over $18M for Harvey relief in Houston. Watt deserves so much credit. An athlete truly in-tune with his city and community. And really, one that just does good for others. 
2. Frances Tiafoe - Monday night's 1st round opener against Roger Federer was absolutely classic. The 19 year-old American took the great Federer into the final moments of a fifth set with some serious swag. Tiafoe surely made a name for himself, and I'll definitely be looking for him in the future. 
3. Yale University - Look, I'm all for changing names and tearing down statues of people who don't deserve it - like, those who really don't deserve it. Not because of our distorted version of history. Kudos to Yale taking a step in this direction removing Calhoun, a big time slavery advocate, as a name from one of their buildings. 
3 Down 

Drake, Standout Pro Wrestling Needs Right Now

It's very rare in today's world of wrestling to see or experience something that is different, that is must-see, that is unbelievably different from everything in it, and entertainment around it. That's not a knock on the wrestling business, which is as strong and diverse as it's been a very long time - some may say, ever, but it's true. Wrestling today lacks unique personalities. 
But for this fan, what once felt special in watching an episode of Monday Night Raw, or witnessing a world championship title change, or that excitement when your favorite wrestler's theme song hits and blares across the building and through your television, is few and far between. 
We can get into criticizing booking, or decision making regarding wrestlers, or brand awareness, but the truth (again for this fan) is that with so many options of wrestling, it all just feels, well, the same. 
I very much dislike being that fan who tries to play both sides of the coin. You know the type…

Pondering Picture #82

It's Welcome Week at the institution that I work at, and it's been quite the hectic week of meeting, greeting, and providing programming for new students. I'm also continuously amazed at the amount of international students we have, and the hearing the journey and testimony of their road to this point in their lives. 
Despite the rigorous joy, I sort of miss that peace of hiking the Ithaca, NY area just before this time. Loved chasing waterfalls...
Sorry TLC.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/27/17

3 Up
1. MLB Players Weekend - The (insane) traditionalists had a problem with it, but the weekend produced plenty of fun games and moments, and gave fans and players a really cool weekend to be themselves and enjoy the game. I have a ton of stuff to share in the next Dope Sports Threads. Overall, can't wait for the next one...
2. MTV VMA's - Look, there were moments I had no idea what was going on, and I thought Katy Perry was incredibly awkward as the host. However, the moments that promoted fights against hate and empowered people to be themselves were awesome. Especially, Pink's speech - such good stuff. The VMA's still have plenty of work to do though under their new management.
3. Giancarlo Stanton - I think he just hit another home run. The guy has 50(!) and we're not into September, yet. Can he hit 63? Should be interesting going forward if he can stay hot. 
3 Down
1. Hurricane Harvey - The devastation and flooding going on in South Texas right now is so unfo…

Unpacking Thoughts on Charlottesville

This weekend has been exhausting. Despite the constant systemic injustice that is the United States of America, it's a moment like this weekend that is delivered and must be unpacked and discussed carefully in the pursuit of social justice - justice that is long deserved. 
There is plenty wrapped up in everything that is Charlottesville, Virigina. This is deep, spans back to the beginning of this nation, and is a result of current times as well. 
I'm still decompressing it all. Here are a few quick thoughts as I too wrap my mind, my emotions, and my intellect and rationale around it:

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/13/17

3 Up
1. Los Angeles Dodgers - In a rough week where the real world just crushes us, the dominance of the Dodgers is one that leaves us in awe, and can take us out into something great for a few minutes. 
2. Derek Jeter The Owner - Is there anything that Derek Jeter loses at? The Captain is now part owner of the Miami Marlins, and get this - will be the first owner and CEO of color within MLB. That's HUGE. 
3. Married at 98 - These two are getting married at 98 (He's 94). How about they both workout at the gym twice-a-week, and met there. So cool in so many ways. Good for them! 
3 Down
1. Charlottesville - So many layers to this story. Hate. History. The ridiculous response from our President. And the apparent shock some in this country have that people are out there who still have this ideology. Point blank, this was terrorism. 
2. Trump and North Korea - Just before Charlottesville, Trump talked tough for absolutely no reason in a back-and-forth that unfortunately effects hund…

Pondering Picture #81

An establishment cannot uphold systemic injustice, and attempt to condemn it, simultaneously.

My prayers (and of course my thoughts...so many thoughts) are with Charlottesville, Virgina, and the many people of color who have endured through these scenes and images over the course of history.

Dope Sports Threads - MLB Player's Weekend Gear

I love everything about MLB Player's Weekend. From the moment it was rumored way back over the winter, I have been anticipating the announcements of what I feel is baseball finally - FINALLY - looking to modernize itself. Well, at least just a bit. Baby steps.

While I love MLB Uniforms and the tradition that comes with them, I do get annoyed with the over-abundance and wacky uniforms we see from the NBA. With that said, I like the idea of keeping this to one weekend. Where it becomes sort of a spectacle. And it is thus far.

Ultimately, I like that players are getting more say so in changing the antequated mentality that baseball currently has here in the States. Regardless, I'm sure most have seen the names, the uniforms and the gear. Here are my thoughts on the ones that caught my eye:

Not Surprised: Latest Thoughts on Kaepernick

Let's quickly put football aside. As you know, I've given up on watching the NFL, so I'm not sure exactly how well - or terribly - Colin Kaepernik played last season from the eye test. But let's be honest, truly honest, he's not the worst quarterback on the market. In fact, I truly believe that no one thinks he's still looking for work because he can't play. 
The Miami Dolphins just fished (pun intended) a quarterback out of retirement, and even tossed around the idea of doing the same for Tim Tebow, who now plays baseball. So there's that. 
So yeah, this isn't about football performance. I'm not letting anyone fool me on that one. And neither should you. 
And all you have to do is look at the recent newswire to see other players with domestic violence charges, sexual accosting, drug use, and various other offenses, who are receiving second, third, and even, fourth chances! Wasn't Adam "Pacman" Jones suspended, again?!

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/6/17

3 Up
1. Baltimore Cease Fire Movement - Our inner cities desperately need help. The Cease Fire Movement in B'More is a nice one that hopefully gets the pendulum swinging in the other direction for positivity for the next generation. 
2. Cute Kid Fist Bumpin' - In a heated week of social justice topics that left me deflated and annoyed with mankind, this video gave me all the feels that life can be so awesome. Why can't we be like this?
3. Austin Jackson - Man, this catch was so sick. So, so sick. 
3 Down
1. Affirmative Action - After a New York Times article broke the story that the current administration will look into the possible discrimination of whites in the college admissions process, we saw plenty of opinions that came out in support of this. Shockingly, there are people who believe whites are discriminated against. White privilege such a crazy thing, man. So crazy. 
2. Pretending to be Black - So just when some are trying to make an opinion of special treatment for…

Affirmative Action and Facebook Rants

Facebook rants aren't my thing. I'm actually one of those people who find the platform to be filled with just that - overshared rants and unintelligent or ill-advised comments. There are of course exceptions - depending on who you're friends are - but yeah, that's Facebook. 
However, what lead to me to the rant was the recent news of the current administration in the White House using the nation's highest resources delegated for civil rights endeavors to be directed towards an attack on affirmative action - most precisely, the college admissions process. 
As you already know, I'm pretty passionate about social justice, and education. After all, I work in higher education. The comments were based on the recent New York Times article.

Yes, I Adopted a Dog

So, I adopted a dog. 
Yes, me. The kid from Brooklyn who was once terrified (and in some ways, still am) of the species. The same kid who once ran so fast, the puddering sounds of steps might have been non-existent from never really touching the cement of Brooklyn's holy sidewalks, as a loose Pitbull chased me down a Canarsie neighborhood street. Legend has it, I never hit that speed ever again. Probably true. 
Yes, me. I adopted a dog and came to peace with my fear of dogs. Who said you can't evolve in life? 
And oh yeah, a dropped book bag and some nifty high stepping onto a later-to-be-upset person's minivan, I escaped that Pitbull - or really, rendered myself uncatchable on a literal island.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Between Us (2016)

What is it about? 

A couple in their sixth year of being together, deals with the pressures of not being married, what they each desire, and the conflict of love, as they realize who they love may not align with what they want out of life.

Who is in it? 

Olivia Thirlby - Dianne

Ben Feldman - Henry

Favorite Scene: 

After pressure from friends, the two just lay at home on their couch shooting down the societal pressures, before both just dancing and singing in a wacky way - something that was just them.

Favorite Quote: 

"You wanna be beautiful, but respected as a woman. And then you... you wanna be sexy and skinny but smart and desired and rich and eventually a mother and it's... maybe you just want too much."

Review: 

Between Us is a very, very interesting and authentic film in pulling out emotion anyone in a relationship has had, or has. The film, though not complex in any way, dives right into the issue of how we each have dreams and desires, and how love can complicate or …

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/30/17

3 Up
1. USA Soccer - From the men's win of the Gold Cup, to the women pulling out a gutsy (and entertaining) performance tonight against Brazil, it was a tremendous week for US Soccer and the game within these borders. Oh, and MLS had quite the week, too! 
2. Los Angeles Dodgers - These dudes keep rolling. It's time we start saying it, this is feeling like a special year for the Dodgers. A bunch of come-from-behind wins, forty games above .500. It's been a fun year for the Dodgers. 
3. Adrian Beltre 3,000 Hits - Well, he didn't need to move any on-deck circles this week. Regardless, 3,000 hits in this game is still special, and Beltre joined the club this week. The Hall of Fame is definitely awaiting him when his career is said and done. He has my support in that. 
3 Down
1. President Trump - Look, I dislike this, but such is society. The transgender ban was ridiculous, and his irresponsible and idiotic speech endorsing police officers to "not be so kind" to t…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/23/17

3 Up
1. Boy w/Double Hand Transplant - This is an amazing story! Not only is the young man the first to receive a double hand transplant, but he has functioning mobility in both hands. Better yet - he can now swing a bat! How cool is that?! And even better, what does this mean for others in the future? So cool. 
2. Aaron Judge's Blast - Judge has been giving Yankee fans - and baseball fans - thrills all year long with the blasts he's been sending into orbit. His latest home run in Seattle, which broke STATCAST, was epic, and will surely be one that will have mythical proportions in the future. 
3. What is America To Me - I love the opinion section of the New York Times - naturally as a blogger, why wouldn't I, right? Regardless, give this one a read regarding immigration, and the real life results of an issue we think of in just politics. 
3 Down
1. John McCain - It's tough hearing that the senator has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Here is to hoping he battles, and …

4:44 - Jay-Z Pulls Me Back

I admit it. At one point, this Brooklyn-born-and-raised guy who narrated his growth to the tunes of one Jay-Z, believed that those days were gone. Over the last two or three albums, I sort of gave up on Jay-z being that voice that I can identify with. That voice that always speaks and holds truth to what I can relate to. Upon growing into a possible billionaire, and rapping about having money and whatever it was, I was one of those fans who decided, you know, will just listen to the hits. 
Partly, I was disappointed. He went from reaching in and representing the inner city heart of anyone who understood the words and sounds beyond just the catchy hooks and killer beats of what mainstream (and white) America heard.

Page of Fame Class 2017 - New York Knicks

They're not even my favorite thing in sports (obviously, the New York Yankees and the game of baseball is), but there is no denying the impact my fandom of the New York Knicks has had me over the years, and overall, throughout the lifespan of this blog. You can search through out my tiny slice of the internet that is called Dome Pondering, and here you will find countless rants and reactions to whatever mess this team was currently in.
A franchise always in peril, with the recources to be something truly great if it had competent management (see: 2015 Page of Famer, James L. Dolan), the Knicks have always been a fascinating project to follow, an inspiration to punch the keys on, and for this basketball fan, a nightmare to have given his fandom to as a little boy. 
1973 remains the year this franchise last won an NBA Championship. And I really, really really, really, really, really believe if it were to happen, a June parade down the Canyon of Heroes for the city's game would …

Page of Fame Class 2017 - Mariano Rivera

Finally getting his call to the DP Page of Fame is the greatest closer of all-time, and yes, my favorite athlete of all-time - Mariano Rivera. 
We all choose our favorite athletes and have reasons for them. Mine are very simple. Rivera was dominant, likable,  never got in trouble, carried a talent that was indescribable. Also adding to the connection is that Rivera is a man of God, with strong ties to his faith and to humanity. For me, that made his so special in this world of sports. 
I always think about the day when I will have to pass on this appreciation for Mo to my future children and the fairy-tale-like description that may sound like I am making things up, the way elder folks are always accused of, or romanticize about. 
Rivera was a closer for our New York Yankees (of course, have to raise the kids as Yankees fans), and for much of his career, he through one-pitch. That one pitch was so strong, so dominant, all the hitters in the league could not hit it, even when they knew…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/16/17

3 Up 
1. Surprised Mother/Bride - I'm not one for sappy stories, but I am a sucker for a good story that reflects the circle of life, and the meaning of everything happening for a reason. Give this story a quick read - a mother who recently lost her son, has the recipient of her son's heart in a transplant show up at her wedding. Good stuff. Just good stuff. 
2. MLB All-Star Break - The MLB hit it out of the park earlier this week with an amazing time that included an awesome Home Run Derby, and some shenanigans that made for a good All-Star Game.
2A. Aaron Judge - Kudos to the big man for not only going along with the budding hype, but adding some legitimacy to it with that Home Run Derby performance. 
3. Roger Federer - Another Wimbledon Championship for the vet as he continues to hold off the young flock on the rise, yet continuing to add to an already super impressive legacy. 
3 Down
1. Donald Trump Jr. Situation - And...politics is back on the list. The continuing Russia p…

Dope Sports Threads - 2017 MLB All-Star Break

You knew I had to post on everything aesthetic during the MLB All-Star Break festivities. I just had to! Yes, I am a nerd for this stuff - always have been, always will be. And unlike some baseball fans, the All-Star Break is still must-see for me. I enjoy the Home Run Derby. I enjoy the All-Star Game. I appreciate seeing the guys enjoy the game that I love as well.

I'll leave my continued feelings (and rants) for fans who continue to push back against the progression of the game of baseball. For now, I'll just leave it be. I'm sure the rest of this post may drive them nuts too. Oh well. Here are some things that caught my eye this week:

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/9/17

3 Up 
1. Dierdre Larkin - Obviously, as an advocate of physical activity, I find this story amazing. Larkin has run over 65 race since turning 79, and also owns the half-marathon world record with a time of 2 hours and five minutes. Amazing. I can only wish to be Larkin when I get older. 
2. Kyle Freeland - The young pitcher was undressed in front of the home crowd by his own manager, Bud Black, in his last start. This time, Freeland went out and nearly threw a no-hitter. Damn you Melky Cabrera. Melky is so loveable, and honestly, one of those dudes in the league who is primed to do something like break up a no-no in the ninth. Nonetheless, great effort by Freeland. 
3. WWE Great Balls of Fire - Despite the ridiculous event name (like, really, really ridiculous), the event was a good show, and actually took a leap in offering so compelling TV with the Stroman/Roman angle. It was just sooo pro wrestling. When it was fun. good stuff. 
3 Down
1. Miositis Familia - Nothing else to be said.…

Dope Sports Threads - July 4th Weekend MLB Gear

It's been awhile, but I am back with another Dope Sports Threads piece. I've been caught up in the highs and lows of this Yankee baseball season which has been a whirlwind of emotions. We're actually good! Maybe we weren't THAT good! Ah well - Yay Judge! 
Nonetheless, as baseball has now done - and in my opinion, better than the NBA - they've taken advantage of the Holidays and opportunities on the calendars to offer different trends, looks, and gear. People like me love this stuff! 
Of course, there is the week to come in September where the players will be allowed to wherever whatever - YES! - whatever they want. We're talking nicknames on jerseys and such. Cue to the "baseball is a holy grail" section. Can't wait to hear and read all of the complaints, because we know they're coming.

Pondering Picture #81

I love summer nights. It's been a trying summer, and one of immense growth. But as always, sitting on my rooftop and watching the many fireworks displays across the city leaves the mind and imagination in awe.

Happy July 4th everyone.

Slammiversary XV Review: Like Old Times

It might be safe to assume now that what longtime TNA fans (or Impact, or...umm, GFW?) have longed for was a return to simpler times. A time when the company had a unique vision, felt different from the other mega-company up in Stamford, and overwhelmingly put on pay-per-views like a renegade company on the rise. 
That's what Slammiversary felt like to me. From the opening video package narration, to the car crash of an opening match, right down to Shark Boy and James Mitchell, this event gave a fan like me hope - an element long gone in regards to this company - that things may in fact be turning around. 
Heck, dare I say? This pay-per-view felt like old times. I'm not ready to go crazy about this company again, but it feels that way, and honestly, I'm into it. All of it.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

What is it about? 

A spin off from the Batman character in the Lego movie, Batman learns to deal with his past and embrace those around him willing to help him.

Who is in it? 

Will Arnett - Batman/Bruce Wayne

Michael Cera - Robin

Rosario Dawson - Batgirl/Barbara Gordon

Pondering Picture #80

Heaven turning two.

Latest Impact Thoughts | Slammiversary XV Predictions

Sometimes things are just meant to be, and often times, some people ought to be in specific places. I truly believe that. This is the case when it comes to Jeff Jarrett and Impact Wrestling (formerly, of course, TNA Wrestling). The two simply belong together, and the two work the best when they are hand in hand. 
This has been very evident (at least from this wrestling fan) since Anthem has taken over ownership, and the entire regime has changed over. This company feels, operates, and has a certain energy and vision around and behind it that hasn't been there since the old days of TNA Wrestling, which many enjoyed and believed in. 
I'm not ready to proclaim that it is at that same level, but THAT feeling is back. The company feel organized, has a vision and game plan, and outright, and quite frankly, it feels like the company gives a damn about it's fans again.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/25/17

3 Up
1. 88 Kids Adopted - This story of a couple adopting 88 kids, all with special needs, over the past four decades is downright remarkable. Enough cannot be said about the big heart and commitment to humanity that this couple embodies. Can we get more news like this in the mainstream cycle? 
2. Big 3 League - I have to say, I absolutely love the idea Ice Cube has made into a reality. The idea of 3-on-3 basketball with former NBA players who can still ball is very intriguing. I missed out on attending the first event which was here in Brooklyn today, but plan to catch the airing of the broadcasts. Again, much respect to Ice Cube. I love innovation in sports. 
3. NBA Draft Experience - As you say in my latest post, I had the luxury of attending the NBA Draft this week and it was a fun experience. I still wouldn't pay to attend (which I doubt many in attendance did), but the production and the fandom was great. The NBA definitely knows how to put on a spectacle. 
3 Down
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Dome Pondering Celebrates 1600

Wow. Sixteen Hundred. Life keeps happening, and of course, I keep rolling. It's been an interesting year and a half for myself, and of course, the reflections here on the DP represent that. With that said, before heading for 1700, here are my favorite posts from the last one-hundred:

Top Five Posts Over Last 100 Posts

1. Dome Pondering - Year in Review 2016 - 12/27/16

2. My Heart is Full - 5/12/17

3. Reaction to 2016 Presidential Election - 11/10/16

4. Turning Thirty-Two - 5/25/17

5. I Just Can't - Why I've Given Up on Football - 2/4/17

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. 
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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…

2017 NBA Finals Thoughts and Reactions

The NBA Finals are over and I can't say that I'm surprised. Really, is anyone? The Golden State Warriors are your NBA Champions. The victory feels - of course, expected - but also, as if we watched the long drawn out process of the inevitable. Because, it was. This whole season simply felt similar to when you have an almost unrealistic team in Franchise mode of [pick your favorite sports video game here], and you simulate the season. Sure there is that chance you can lose, but let's be honest, the likelihood of that happening is slim.

Sorry for the video game analogy. But, after all, it's quite accurate, isn't it? Because the Warriors roster is just that...videogame-like.

Regardless, the conclusion of the Finals brought about several thoughts from yours truly. Like everyone has already does, here are some quick reactions:

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. 
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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. 
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1. London Terrorist Attacks - Just like last wee…