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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/24/15

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1. Peyton Manning - There is something about redemption stories in sports that are truly inspirational. It's why sports movies continue to have the same plots. The latest chapter of Manning overcoming age, a backup QB who some think should start over him, wild HGH allegations, injuries, thoughts of impending retirement, a declining throwing arm, and the latest in beating a long time rival in Tom Brady for a Super Bowl berth is coming together nicely. Even if he doesn't win, its nice. But he's gotta, right?  

2. WWE Royal Rumble - One of my favorite wrestling events of the year, the WWE absolutely killed it with a spectacular show in Orlando, Florida. The road to Wrestlemania has begun! Looking forward to it. 

3. Panda Rolling in Snow - I'm not the biggest animal enthusiast, but for some reason I have an extremely soft spot for Pandas. I have no idea why. Despite my hatred for winter, snow, and everything that was this Jonas Blizzard this weekend, this video kept me smiling. 

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1. Flint, Michigan - The stories coming out of Flint, Michigan and their contaminated water is absolutely horrifying. Over 8,000 children now have permanent brain damage because of it, and much, much more.

2. Northeast Blizzard Jonas - I hate snow. I hate winter. So this snowstorm deciding to land the second largest snowstorm in NYC history on Saturday night. 26.8 inches. Ugh. When does Spring start? 

3. David Blatt Firing - Another NBA "down" this week as Coach Blatt found himself without a job after leading his team to a NBA Finals appearance in his first year, and a 35-10 record before being let go. A really, really bad look for the NBA culture, and the politics that go with it. 

1 Stupid

1. Stacey Dash - Stacey Dash has said some pretty dumb things in regards to race relations in the past. Her latest is just as bad, actually quite stupid, in stating society needs to get rid of Black History Month and BET in regards to fixing diversity within the Oscars. The BET comment has some credibility, but nonetheless, Dash is not only way off base, but continuing to spew stupidity. I think it might be her plan to stay relevant. 

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/23/17

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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. 
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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:

Turning Thirty-Two

Today, I turn thirty-two. There is just something odd about this age - like twenty-three was, or twenty-eight was, you know, the mile markers in between the rest stops - that just doesn't carry the super significance as 21 and 30 did. Although, at this stage of life, there are many mile markers, and those celebratory rest stops are much, much fewer in between. 
Though, it wasn't too long ago I passed a big one - thirty! And if you remember, I loved becoming AND being thirty. To be honest, I enjoyed being thirty-one, and really, thirty-two already seems kick-ass. Call me crazy, my thirties have been VERY enjoyable. 
But as I turn thirty-two, there isn't much significance in the number, but truly, it's about the changes in myself. Thirty was just two years away, and I am already better than that version of myself. This year marked ten years since I've graduated from college (Things I Would tell My college Self), and I am a much better version of myself compared to t…