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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/9/17

3 Up 

1. Dierdre Larkin - Obviously, as an advocate of physical activity, I find this story amazing. Larkin has run over 65 race since turning 79, and also owns the half-marathon world record with a time of 2 hours and five minutes. Amazing. I can only wish to be Larkin when I get older. 

2. Kyle Freeland - The young pitcher was undressed in front of the home crowd by his own manager, Bud Black, in his last start. This time, Freeland went out and nearly threw a no-hitter. Damn you Melky Cabrera. Melky is so loveable, and honestly, one of those dudes in the league who is primed to do something like break up a no-no in the ninth. Nonetheless, great effort by Freeland. 

3. WWE Great Balls of Fire - Despite the ridiculous event name (like, really, really ridiculous), the event was a good show, and actually took a leap in offering so compelling TV with the Stroman/Roman angle. It was just sooo pro wrestling. When it was fun. good stuff. 

3 Down

1. Miositis Familia - Nothing else to be said...heartbreaking. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to the family of the fallen NYPD officer. 

2. Klan Rallies - Even though they were outnumbered by anti-Klan protesters, the idea that the Ku Klux Klan is make efforts to stop the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Virginia is just head scratching. The existence of the KKK in 2017 is so, so head scratching.  I'm not naive, but yet, the reality of it, when do we label these folks terrorists? 

3. Knicks - I have no idea what my beloved basketball team is doing. Really, I haven't know this for two decades now, but it's now in a new form of stupidity. Tim Hardaway Jr. for $17M? And now, chasing off David Griffin. I may have to pick up another sport in the winter. 

2 SMH

1. NBA Free Agency - The money in the NBA is unbelievable. The Steph Curry deal had me reeling, but now I'm completely floored after the James Harden deal. He'll be making $47.6M in his final year of the deal. Ummmmm WHAT?!!!!

2. ESPN - Every time I give ESPN a sliver of a chance to be somewhat respectable in my eyes in covering sports, they dedicate an entire segment to Lonzo Ball and his highlights in a game the Lakers lost. I can't even...

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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.

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/15/18

3 Up

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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81. If you could enact one law in your country that does not currently exist, what would it be?

There would actually be quite a few. However, I would go with gun control. Nothing too elaborate, but the type of control that requires screening and effective security of allowing firearm usage in this country. 
82. If you could own only one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I would probably choose a good pair of pants. Weird? Yes, most definitely. But a good pair of pants sets the tone, and for a big and tall guy like myself, dictates the comfort for the day. As hard as pants are to find for us big guys, I'd like to own one pair, thus renting or borrowing everything else. If you happen to be one of those folks that has your perfect pants size in every store, you most likely won't understand this.

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On the magic food truck.