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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/29/17

3 Up 

1. Serena Williams and Roger Federer - After another Australian Open win, it's now time we start saying the word "greatest" whenever we discuss Serena Williams. One of my favorite athletes, Williams, really is just that, one of the best athletes - ever. And of course, across on the men's side, there is Roger Federer who found himself holding hardware once again. 

2. ACLU Lawyers - Whoever these lawyers are, kudos to the work they did Saturday night in attempting to get the detainees at JFK released. My opinion on the immigration ban is that it's VERY un-American, and quite frankly, an example of the twisted definition of "patriotism" and who that belongs to, in this country. 

3. WWE Royal Rumble - One of my favorite events of the year, the Royal Rumble once again did not disappoint. And of course, John Cena vs. AJ Styles is worth an "Up" in itself. 


3 Down

1. Immigration Ban - Look, this is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that we live in times where our country is blatantly singling out people and country, and refusing them access based on who they are. 

2. Emmett Till Lie - Unfortunately, because of the immigration ban, the news of a woman who admitted about lying about the Emmett Till case went unnoticed. This woman lied, and caused Till to be kidnapped, tortured, mutilated, and killed. Such a shame. Such a damn shame. 

3. Facebook Political Posts - Obviously, in this intense political climate, everyone has an opinion and a story to tell. But you just have to love those who become enraged with the posts of others, then posts a political post of their own. Come on folks, social media is a public space. If you can't take the garbage that comes with it (and there is a lot of it), you're best staying off of it. 

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4:44 - Jay-Z Pulls Me Back

I admit it. At one point, this Brooklyn-born-and-raised guy who narrated his growth to the tunes of one Jay-Z, believed that those days were gone. Over the last two or three albums, I sort of gave up on Jay-z being that voice that I can identify with. That voice that always speaks and holds truth to what I can relate to. Upon growing into a possible billionaire, and rapping about having money and whatever it was, I was one of those fans who decided, you know, will just listen to the hits. 
Partly, I was disappointed. He went from reaching in and representing the inner city heart of anyone who understood the words and sounds beyond just the catchy hooks and killer beats of what mainstream (and white) America heard.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/16/17

3 Up 
1. Surprised Mother/Bride - I'm not one for sappy stories, but I am a sucker for a good story that reflects the circle of life, and the meaning of everything happening for a reason. Give this story a quick read - a mother who recently lost her son, has the recipient of her son's heart in a transplant show up at her wedding. Good stuff. Just good stuff. 
2. MLB All-Star Break - The MLB hit it out of the park earlier this week with an amazing time that included an awesome Home Run Derby, and some shenanigans that made for a good All-Star Game.
2A. Aaron Judge - Kudos to the big man for not only going along with the budding hype, but adding some legitimacy to it with that Home Run Derby performance. 
3. Roger Federer - Another Wimbledon Championship for the vet as he continues to hold off the young flock on the rise, yet continuing to add to an already super impressive legacy. 
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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…