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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 Subway car coming together to erase a hate message scrawled across an advertisement is the kind of gesture also needed. It's moments like that make me love this city. 

3 Down

1. UC Berkeley Protests - The events that happened on the campus of UC Berkeley are absolutely ridiculous. While you don't have to agree with the message of a speaker, preventing him/her from speaking by destroying a campus is rather outrageous. It further demonizes and 

2. Tomi Lahren - “As we sit here today, I do think that there is an element of racism against white individuals. I do see it." Yup, she said that. Seriously, she did. And yet, there are people who follow her every word. Unbelievable. 

3. Lauryn Hill - At one point does the greatness of the "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" album run its course? That album was really good, but Ms. Hill has done NOTHING since. In fact, she's broken the law, and this past week, was three hours late for her own concert. Unacceptable. 

1 Collapse

1. Atlanta Falcons - Wow. Man, what happened? Honestly, I've lived through the Yankees collapsing in the 2004 ALCS. I'll never forget that feeling. Not sure if this is worse, but I can empathize, Falcons fans. I can empathize. 

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/18/18

3 Up
1. Aaron Weiss - It shouldn't be hidden or gone unnoticed - Weiss is a hero. The football coach shielded many students during the shooting, and saved the lives of many students. Again, Weiss is a hero, that should not go forgotten in this entire unfortunate situation. 
2. Emma Gonzales - How frickin' cool is this girl?! Her speech this weekend was passionate, it was raw, but most of all, it was filled with empathetic truth. Emma, and the many students recently involved in this shooting have called out our government, and that is so incredibly commendable. Honestly, it is quite amazing to see the political movement of fifteen year olds calling out the President. But this is the new America we are now in. 
3. LeBron James - Kudos to King James on how he handled the situation between him and Laura Ingraham. He could have stooped to Ingraham's level, but instead his refusal to be "just an athlete" is one that is needed to be heard. 
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Dear Son, Wild Imagination

--22 Weeks Old (Before Birth)--
Dear Son, 
As the weeks go by, the reality of YOU is beginning to settle just a bit more. I still don't think I fully understand it all yet, or even comprehend the transition that is taking place in my life right now in awaiting your arrival in a few months, but I am appreciating the journey. I am already seeing subtle changes in me, not overt lifestyle amendments - although, I'm sure that's to come - but simply, a renewed vigor of happiness, and of course, an all new mindfulness perspective. 
After all, I see how happy you make your mom. I can't understand this current stage. How can I? I'm not connected to you as she currently is - obviously - but you make her happy. And that makes me happy. And ultimately, it all makes me happy.

Dear Son, The Beginning

So I decided to start this series because after all, this blog has chronicled my life and my thoughts since I was sixteen years old. And while that is amazing to think about - almost, somewhat crazy to believe - here I am almost seventeen years later as a thirty-two year old man on the verge of having his first child. 
With that said, I wanted to continue that open and honest venture that has been here since day one, and plan to lay out all the thoughts, all of the feelings, and everything in between that will be this venture towards fatherhood. 
I've done similar series in the past such as The Unity Road Writings during my engagement, or even The European Chronicles, tabbing my time through Italy and England. But, this one just feels a little different. A little more personal, if you will, and again, that is rather obvious. [Insert "duh" here].
I have no idea how long this will last, or what will happen, or what I will write about in this open space, but I hope to shar…

"Just Shut Up and Dribble"

Laura Ingraham of FOX News really stepped in it this week. Her comments to LeBron James and Kevin Durant in regards to their political opinions and her direct message to them of "Just shut up and dribble" has caused a stir among many on both sides of the political divide - a divide that seems to grow daily in this nation.
Rather than wait to pen my thoughts, mainly because I was so fired up to do so, I shared took to Twitter (ugh..I know, sorry y'all) on a Subway ride home after seeing her rather ignorant remarks. 
See below for the quick rant: