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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 clown driving high off his rear end in the middle of Times Square. I've always thought Times Square should be off limits to cars, but really that's a moot point. In this situation, can we just lock this guy up and throw away the key. Moron. 

2. Comey/Trump Fiasco - Look, this whole thing looks bad. This Presidency has been awkward since inauguration day. Unfortunately, those who support him will continue to point to "the media" excuse. Me? I'm over the whole "fake news" stuff. Both sides need to get over using excuses through the media. Really, this whole ordeal has been such a disaster five months in. Disaster. 

3. NBA Playoffs - Boring. Truthfully, this whole entire NBA Season has been lame. And the NBA is typically my #2 in sports. But, like most, I'm just not a fan of the two super teams making their way through the playoffs, with the whole world waiting for the expected Finals matchup. Also, Kevin Durant telling fans "not to watch" if they are bored with the blowouts in the playoffs is the type of arrogance the league currently has. Not a fan. A terrible look for the NBA. Absolutely, terrible. 

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Dear Son, 
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Truthfully, your mother is definitely more willing to share news than I am, and you'll eventually see that one day. Maybe I'll change, who knows? But the truth is, because of the nature in how I grew up, in the neighborhood that I did, and really, the independence that I had to attain early on, I've always been late to share things with others. That's just who I am. It's probably why I have had this very blog since I was sixteen - to let those thoughts out somewhere.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/18/18

3 Up 
1. UMBC - I'm really struggling to watch these tournament games. The games have been entertaining, but morally, I can't stomach the exploitation of these young men (more on that some other time). Regardless, kudos to the young men of UMBC who made history this week. I'm thrilled to see such a program make headlines, and of course, for a coach from the DII and DIII ranks who did it the right way. 
2. UMBC Social Media Team - Yo, whoever is running the UMBC Twitter following their defeat of Virginia deserves a raise. There was some serious shade being thrown, and to be honest, everyone who was in their way in some ways, deserves it. 
3. 2018 Paralympics - Oddly, I watched a tremendous amount of these games and was totally in awe of the athletes. Shockingly, the hockey games were super entertaining to me. So much love and credit to those who participated, and even more importantly, continue to persevere despite disabilities. 
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1. Florida Bridge Collapse - So sad. I…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/11/18

3 Up
1. Basketball Student-Athletes - I'm not talking the programs, or the fans that support these programs. I'm giving the "Up" to those student-athletes who sacrifice and give their all for an experience they are about to embark on. Good luck to all of those who competed up onto this point, and those moving on in the NCAA Tournament. 
2. Unsolved - This weekend, the wife and I started this latest series on the USA Network about the Murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac. So far, it has been especially good. Well done, well detailed, and very dramatic. Giving a personal recommendation on this one. 
3. MLS Soccer Sundays - Good to have Soccer Sundays back. And the first weekend, the MLS provided some very entertaining games, including Atlanta FC setting a new record for single-game attendance at over 72,000. Who said soccer isn't big in this country? 
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1. White House School Safety Plan - I CAN NOT believe our leaders believe gun training for teachers is a viable…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Coco (2018)

What is it about? 
A little boy aspiring to be a musician is baffled by his family's ban on the art form, thus, enters the land of the dead to find his great-great grandfather to get his blessing. 
Who is in it? 
Anthony Gonzalez - Miguel
Gael Garcia Bernal - Hector 
Benjamin Bratt - Ernesto De La Cruz