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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 feels like so much longer. 

2. NBA All-Star Weekend -What. A. Dud. From Saturday night, to the lame All-Star Game, the NBA does a great job with the events and hype, but this year's break lacked punch. 

3. George "The Animal" Steele - Another pro wrestling great gone. The greatly underrated Animal will always be original, and forever be remembered. 

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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: