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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/14/17

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1. Derek Jeter Ceremony - What a well done ceremony by the New York Yankees this evening. Despite the score of the actual game, the Yankees put on quite a show that honored Jeter. Very few in sports can do it like the Yanks, and they proved this to be true. 

2. Bryce Harper - Not only has Harper been raking this season, he just set a record with an arbitration agreement that will pay hime $21M for the 2018 season - the highest salary ever. And we forget, Harper is still younger than most of the "young" talent we are holding as the future of the game. The free agent bidding war in the winter of 2018 is going to be madness. 

3. Melissa McCarthy - Her role as Sean Spicer is downright hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. Honestly, her role has been able to take what has been an absolute disaster and turn it into some comedy. IF Spicer does get let go (rumored, of course), I'm pretty sure this will just add to the over-the-top character of Spicer that she plays. 

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1. Comey Firing - I was torn on where to place this. On one hand, many felt Comey should be fired, or really, never have been selected. Now that he's actualy fired, those same people are complaining. But I do agree, I do find it very convenient for the current President to get rid of the former FBI Director who was investigating him. Can't make this stuff up. And we're still only five months into this thing...

2. Bethune-Cookman - Of course FOX News painted the graduates of Bethune-Cookman as the bad guys in this situation. Truthfully, why is Betsy DeVos a commencement speaker, or really, at any institution's ceremony? Especially, at a HBCU which the current administration is already on record in not supporting. Shame on Bethune-Cookman administration. I don't blame the students and those in attendance at all. At all. 

3. LaVar Ball Coverage - The following comment is a bit contradictive - but why are news outlets and other carriers continuing to give free publicity to this guy? Seriously, why? Again, I respect his intentions for entrepreneurship, but the outlandish comments are too over the top for my taste. With that said, Lonzo Ball becoming a New York Knick would just be one of those Knick-ish things to happen. 

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/15/18

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1. Thailand Boys Rescued - This story was captivating, and even becomes downright addictively intriguing when you really get into the research methods used to save these boys and their coaches. And let us not forget some of the fatalities that occurred to get this done as well.

2. World Cup - How absolutely phenomenal was this event? I'm already sad to see it go. With a newborn in tow for myself, I watched so much of it, and it all, was so, so, so good. Best in my lifetime, for sure. Congratulations to France - albeit via immigrants of African nations. But that's a different message for another post on immigration hypocrisy.

3. Isner vs. Anderson - 6 Hours and 36 Minutes. Just as great as the World Cup has been, Wimbledon was just as fantastic. Isner and Anderson provided an absolute classic.

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Dear Son, Prior Generation

--22 Days Old---

Dear Son,

It's been three weeks since you entered this world, and ever since then, you've given us joy, smiles, love, countless Google searches, plenty of shoulder shrug I-give-up moments, countless "spit-up" shower/laundry drills (we have this down now - it's such a tight operation), a lifetime subscription to sleep deficiency and an immediate annoyance to parenting advice from those who wish to give it unsolicited.

But you know what, between all the unknowns, the shrugs, and the fatigue, you flash a moments smile, and we're back in the game. And if we capture it on our phones, it's like a bases loaded, 3 RBI, triple.

Yet, as the days peel off the calendar board, and sunrises and sunsets aren't exactly lining up mentally in our place in comparison to earth's time continuum, this third week of your existence brought you visitors - your first! - in the likes of your grandparents.

By now, you probably know you are lucky and that yo…

The Pondering 10 - Favorite MLB Uniforms

Unlike most sports, baseball uniforms carry a lot of tradition and history. It's rare that you see baseball teams deviate away from the history of a club, and if they do, it's usually an ownership change. For the most part, in baseball, the uniforms are sacred. Because of that, Major League Baseball has many teams with uniforms that are very, very significant, and also, very stylish. As we did for the NFL (Pondering 10 - Favorite NFL Uniforms), the following Pondering 10 will take a look at my favorite MLB uniforms.

What if A-Rod Joined the Red Sox in 2004?

So, A-Rod...
Yup, the most fascinating athlete in my lifetime (in my opinion of course) is giving us more material and more head shaking fodder than we can digest these days. As I've stated before, I've long written and wrapped up A-Rod's career once all of this Biogenesis stuff began (Homeless: A-Rod's Legacy Is defined). 
However, it was in a conversation with my brother-in-law and my wife's cousin (Cousin-in-law?) about all things baseball in which a light bulb suddenly went off in my head. In the midst of discussing on base percentages, the relevance and applications of WAR and defensive metrics, the ideal number two hitter, Tony LaRussa's quirky use of the pitcher in the eight spot, and of course, A-Rod, it occurred to me how much his failed trade to the Red Sox changed so many things in the game.  
Back in the early parts of 2004, the Red Sox and Rangers had a deal in place to swap Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, only to see the deal fall apart. Don…