Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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We learned today that Michael Vick will be "partially" reinstated into the National Football League and this being an NFL story I had to weigh in. Michael Vick committed absolutely heinous crimes in dogfighting and as a dog lover I hate to see this kind of behavior from players that are supposed to set good examples for young children and people who own dogs. On top of engaging in this behavior he tried to cover it up and lie about the whole situation. That being said I have always been a big Vick fan and I believe the jail time was fair and he paid his debt to society. I support Roger Goodell's decision for further suspension and I am really excited for Vick to return whether it is week 1 or next season.
Another aspect of this Vick situation is who will pick him up. What is baffling to me is how the media and ESPN is making Vick out to be a huge risk for teams to pick up. How? He is not expecting to be a starting QB, he can be great in situational offensive formations and be a stable backup quarterback. He wont be expecting or be worth top dollar so it wont be a big risk monetarily. Also what Vick was in trouble for was an off-field issue and has never been cited or accused of locker room problems which should mean he isn't a bother in the locker room. Then to further baffle me ESPN, I herd, said Pittsburgh would be a good fit because they have a stable team and a winning QB already. Why would a stable team pick him up they are STABLE?You would think a team with more problems would pick him up so he can help them get more success. If he is such a risk, why would a stable team bring him in to risk it? I don't think he is a risk, hell I think Brett Favre is a bigger risk to the chemistry of your team then Mike Vick. Whenever Michael Vick can play again I will be interested to see what he can do and I wish him the best of luck for the rest of his NFL career.
Friday, July 24, 2009
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Saturday, July 18, 2009
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Wow, what a loss for everybody. Walter Cronkite was the definition of journalism. He was the man who everyone tuned into every night and trusted with the news. I was never alive to see him deliver the news live but the events he covered were just the beginning in describing his legacy. Not only did he bring you the news, but he brought it to you with unparalleled integrity and calmness even during the most horrific of events. Whether it was the Kennedy assassination or man landing on the moon, Cronkite brought you the news with the utmost respect. With todays cycle of 24-hour news stations and less in-depth journalism, Cronkite's death was just a reminder of the time we live in. He is the man who is the beacon of TRUE journalism and one of the reasons I pursued this craft I love. Cronkite will be missed by millions and there will never again be a person who delivered the news like Walter did.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
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With only the Tour de' France, mid-season baseball, and hot-dog eating contests being the major sports viewing interests these days (although Joey Chestnut is a beast, go USA!), I feel I should write about something else that has caught my eyes and ears, the recent mysterious resignation of soon-to-be former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Last Friday Palin dropped the surprising news that she would not finish her 4-year term as Alaska's Governor with 1 1/2 years left on the table. After blaming the mainstream media for giving her sensational attention and attacking her family, Palin recently threatened to sue such media outlets for publication of investigation rumors. This did not stop Palin from gladly inviting three major TV media outlets to her family's remote shoreline fishing ranch in western Alaska to talk about the reasons she stepped down as Governor, one of which being the news corporations she was talking to. Even GOP party leaders found themselves dumbfounded. Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee said the resignation, "Simply doesn't make sense in a conventional political setting." Even former Bush political consulter Karl Rove said Palin has engaged in a "risky strategy".
During Palin's interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell at her families fishing ranch, Palin told Mitchell, "My focus is on my state still and it always will be", even though Palin jolted her state to appear on the national stage with Sen. John McCain in the 08' Presidential campaign as his running-mate, returning months later to Alaska where she half a year later decided to forgo the rest of her term. When asked to explain her shocking resignation Palin replied, "I knew I wasn't going to run for re-election, I knew that everything changed on August 29th in Politics in Alaska." She also later explained that she wanted to be straightforward with Alaskans and "not wanting to play that political game that most politicians do." She explained she knew she wasn't going to run again and apparently was happy with her 2 1/2-year term as governor. I guess she wasn't playing the "political game" and was sure she wasn't going to run again for governor, but yet isn't playing the political game about a presidential run in 2012? She also said it was costing the state of Alaska millions of dollars in resources for her to continue her governorship. If Sarah Palin was so concerned for her state, she shouldn't have gone off to the national stage to attempt to be vice president. All of these ethics complaints she is mentioning, frivolous or not, did not come up until after she returned to Alaska. If she thinks ethics complaints are bad wait until she steps onto the national stage if she were to decide to run in 2012. As a US Governor her job is to continue to introduce legislation and make hard decisions and continue to be a "fighter". Palin can't quit in the middle of a term, she would be pulling a reverse Mark Sanford, resigning without doing anything devastatingly bad. This decision is not based on the best interests of the people of Alaska and her family, it is solely based on the interests of her family assuming she wasn't a lame-duck governor, oh wait thats what she called herself to make it seem Alaska would be better off without her being in office. Apparently she wasn't a lame duck governor on the campaign trail. These aren't media distortions these are words coming out of her mouth to reporters some of which she invited to her fishing ranch. If Palin wanted the media to be sure of what she was talking about, maybe she should have been prepared for questions reporters were going to ask. Instead she was lazy, she just simply was not prepared for what the media was going to throw at her. She was politically ignorant under her own control and tried to blame the media for distorting her words to cover up her ill-preparedness.
While Palin said that her political future is open and, "doesn't know what the future holds", GOP Chairman Michael Steele had a different view saying, "Not having talked to the governor, I take 2012 off the table right now simply because given everything she's going through personally, dealing with the financial mess that all these ludicrous investigations have put her and Todd in, at the moment, I think she's trying to focus on getting her house in order, her personal house in order,"... Oops, looks like the decision was now made by Steele. Whatever decision Palin makes for a 2012 run, the decision has already been made. If Sarah Palin thinks she can take on an incumbent candidate and attack his policy, or whatever else she will desperately resort to attack, during a campaign run to be president, there is no way she can go through it without receiving overwhelming backlash from any campaign whether it be GOP candidates during the Primaries or from the Obama campaign if she was miraculously nominated as the Republican candidate. 2012 was taken off the table when Palin announced her resignation as Alaska's governor. Anyone who doesn't think that, I am open for bets, hit me up, Ill give the point spread of 40 percentage points of Republicans who think Palin hurt her 2012 chances by resigning.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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I know I am a few days late on this article, but my tardiness should not take anything away from my sincerity and respect for the late Steve McNair. To simply say goodbye to this man is not enough for me to get through this. Steve McNair was an idol of mine. I remember when I started getting into football specifically the NFL, Steve was at the start of his prime and I wanted to be just like him. I wanted to be a competitor, win by any means, and be a hard worker. Steve McNair exemplified these characteristics; he played the game with honor and unparalleled character. I remember when I got my Sega Dreamcast for Christmas and NFL 2K1 also came with it, I wanted to be the Titans and Steve was my favorite player. Steve was the guy you knew would pull out a win no matter what. Those Titan teams of the early 2000s were always competing in the AFC mostly due to McNair's gameplay. Steve McNair was a great quarterback in NFL and a great father to his kids. Steve I hope everyone remembers you not only as a solid NFL QB but a barrier breaker. As an African American you inspired many young African American quarterbacks to have the same success at the position. You were not only a great runner but a great passer as well. You would put that special zip on all of your passes that only few other QBs could duplicate. As we all leave you in peace, I hope everyone can see you for the great person you were and the great example you were for all young kids who want be like you. We may have lost you but Steve, we will never forget you.
Monday, July 6, 2009
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New faces in new places. Seeing all of these key players go from one team to another is almost as exciting as the actual basketball being played in the regular season. A new favorite pops up every week; First you thought it was Cleveland with Shaq, then you thought it was Los Angeles with Artest, now you may think it is Boston with Rasheed Wallace. All of these pick-ups and one thing stays certain... Nothing is certain! Right now to me LA looks like a vague favorite by the fact that they have the least amount of questions. But you have to think about all the questions now that you have to ask. Will Artest be an upgrade to Ariza? Will Garnet be back to 100% and stay productive and will Sheed actually help them rather than hurt them. Will Shaq be an upgrade or a media drama queen? The team that has taken the biggest step back has to be Orlando. Not only do you lose your playoffs MVP in Hedo Turkoglu but what the heck are you thinking trading Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee to New Jersey for an over aged Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson? You lost two future blossoms for your franchise to bring in a guy who's production has been dropping year after year for the past few years in Vince Carter; And Ryan Anderson? Who? But one other detail that is being overlooked is how they also lost (going to lose) Marcin Gortat. He was the guy who came off the bench and gave Dwight Howard a break without the Magic having to worry about a large decrease in production. I hope Orlando enjoys returning to that 3rd best spot in the East. The only real story line I can come to about these Free Agency transactions is the return of the big three; I am not only talking about the Celtics but the big three teams (Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Boston) These have to be the favorites for next season and ironically these were the favorites before all of these transactions; But now, the '09 season has a whole different flavor.