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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/30/16

3 Up

1. Bullpen Use - I love this post season for how the philosophy of baseball bullpens are being used. In my opinion, the idea of labels is rather ridiculous other than "closer". Throw your best arms, even if it's your closer to win the game. Terry Francona and Joe Maddon are definitely managing that way, and it's fantastic to watch. I'm not ready for baseball to end. 

2. Moise Morancy - Give this dude some credit for standing up for a little girl who was being groped by a pervert on a New York City bus. Morancy stopped the man, apprehended him, and kept him at bay until NYPD arrive. Of course, the police placed him in handcuffs as well upon arriving (profile much, America?), but later let him go.

3. Manny Pacquiao - Apparently Pac Man has a fight coming up soon - not sure I'm interested. Boxing needs to do better, but that's for another post, at another time. Regardless, Pac using funds from his Mayweather purse to build homes for 1,000 poor individuals is awesome. 

3 Down

1. Hillary Clinton's E-mails - So apparently, the Department of Justice will reopen their investigation of Hillary Clinton's handling of, you know, "the e-mails". I'm not defending her, but I'm so sick of the things surrounding this election. Has anyone else really wrap their minds around the fact that election day is mere days away. Ugh. Not excited to vote at all. 

2. Roger Goodell - I can honestly say I have not watched one game of football this season. That might change, but I find no interest in the league lately, especially considering how shady the NFL really is. Look no further than his latest interview in which he attempts to defend domestic abuses cases in the NFL by stating "fans don't understand". Ugh...

3. Dixie Carter - The current majority of TNA Wrestling has mismanaged the company into the ground with some extremely shady practices. Tomorrow, the company's fate comes to ahead as a court will determine who will be given majority ownership. For me, I'm rooting for Billy Corgan. But, my guts tells me it's Carter. 

2 Unfortunate

1. Jose Fernandez Autopsy - It doesn't take away from the sudden loss or the moral of life's unpredictability that comes with it, but, hearing of cocaine and alcohol being a factor in the crash is troubling and well, so unfortunate. 

2. Cleveland Indians - The story is great, but how is no one questioning the ridiculous microaggression-filled name that is the "Indians". How about the Chief Wahoo logo? If it's my call, the franchise needs to lose it. 

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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 - 9/24/17

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. 
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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? 
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1. London Attacks - SMH on these terrorists attacks. My heart goes out to those affected by more senselessness in the world. 
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