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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

RF23 - Perception Is The Key

During the 2013 NFL season a story broke across the nation that a NFL player left his team because he could not take....

Bullying.

That's right, bullying.   According to reports Miami Dolphin Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin quit the team because he was being bullied by another offensive lineman, Ritchie Incognito.   The news stories took off  like a wildfire with the media almost crying over Martin.  They were looking to make him the national face of the man who would be bullied that he walked away from his NFL contract because there was no one to.

Fight his battle.   That's right, no one stepped up to fight Martin's battle.  So the end result is Martin leaving, Incognito suspended and a coach buying boxes from U-Haul in preparation of being fired for this story.

I may be a little old school, but I remember the days, when a kid was bullied, they either fought back or it persisted.  If they were lucky, they'll have a friend to step to the bully and let the bully know that the person is their friend and if he/she messes with them, well you know.  But not today, today, we are bombarded by radio and TV ads.  We're hearing stories of kids actually committing suicide! because they didn't stand up for themselves or no one fought their battle.  Is it sad?  absolutely.  No one, including me wants to see parents bury a child because of bullying.  However, Jonathan Martin is no child! according to reports he gave as good as he got and when the kitchen got just little hotter. 

He quit.  he quit on his teammates and he quit on his offensive line brothers who are in the trenches.   I never played a down of NCAA or NFL football, but I do know that the fraternity and brotherhood amongst that group is close knit.  "All for one and one for all" if that was the creed.   In my opinion, Martin was for one, him.   The issue of Martin also resulted in finger pointing and accusations towards other teammates such as Mike Pouncey.  Pouncey defended Incognito and was immediately lambasted by black journalists, this is the same Pouncey, who wore a "Free Aaron Hernandez" T-shirt, Hernandez played for the New England Patriots and now sits in jail accused of murder.  Now what does that say about Martin? when a teammate would rather support another player on a different team! accused of murder! than Martin.   It says alot and Pouncey wasn't by himself, out of the 53 men on the Dolphins' roster the majority of them supported Incognito, why? because the locker room knows what going on and some of the players even said so, Mike Wallace said that if Martin was having that much of an issue with Incognito, he should have handled it and we're all grown here, we know what he meant!

Martin chose not to.

Tonight, NBC will air Tony Dungy interviewing Martin and one of the quotes from Martin was that he didn't have tools to handle the situation.

You right about that Jonathan. 

A pair.

Monday, January 27, 2014

RF23 - It's Been A Long Time

Wow, it's been a long time since I posted on this board.  I can't say I've been busy, but there have and are changes going on in my life that I don't want to divulge to the bloggo sphere.  Let's just say for me and the party involved it's a new road and direction that we're both going take by ourselves.   I hate to place blame and try to pin point as to why two people who say they love each other end up just loving, but from separate places.   This is not my first time going through this and I know the different emotions that one will have toward each other.  I'm trying my best, she is trying her best to keep it classy and so far the transition is going well.  

For you the why is not important, only she and I will know and hopefully at this juncture, we're happy with this decision for both.   For my standpoint, this woman, Godzwomyn was my number one fan on this site, put up with the bad grammar, screamed when I used the word "ideal" instead of "idea" and at times got heated when I got just a little controversial, but she rooted for me, when a few of my posts went national and received mention on radio shows.   She was my number one fan and I appreciate her encouragement for 10 years I posted on this site.  Thank You!

Now it's my turn, and although we'll be in different places, I will be her number one fan on the sidelines, rooting for her to obtain her degree and rooting for her in life period.  She has a very heavy yoke to carry and she is going to need the strength to endure whatever curve life gives her from this point and still carry on with her goals for her life.  

I don't know if this will be my last post on this site, but be ensured, I will go on.  Hopefully, down the road there will be new loves in the future for her and I, but as for me, I realize I got to deal with my own issues, rid myself of ghosts of pasts that I often think about and most of all.

Be Happy.    

Monday, July 15, 2013

RF23 - We Don't Want To Overcome


RF23 – We Don’t Want To Overcome

I guess if you were in space or found a way to enter some unknown planet in some unknown galaxy, you would have missed the verdict that was issued on the People (Florida) v. Zimmerman on Saturday.  A jury of six women said that the people did not prove their case beyond reasonable doubt and acquitted George Zimmerman, a 29 year old volunteer neighbor watch-man, who shot and killed a 17 year old young man, named Trayvon Martin.    Now we all have our own different accounts of what happened that rainy day and we heard or was told via the news outlets of what really happened that tragic day for both Zimmerman and the Martin family.    It is something George Zimmerman would have to carry for all the days of his life, he may seek and probably receive forgiveness from the Martin family for what he did.  It not unusual for families of the victim to forgive the person who took a loved away,  for those families are the true definition of what a Christian or fill in the blank religion is.  My thoughts go out to both families as they go on different roads of putting the pieces of their lives together.  One having to see the void of a missing young man on holidays and birthdays and one having to deal with being infamous for a wrong reason.

                I don’t want to spend this time writing about the George Zimmerman case because it’s fruitless.  I want to talk about where we as “African Americans; Black Americans” are as a people.  You know the one thing that upsets me is that no matter how tragic the story is or was.  We as a people dismiss the real concrete tragedies of what’s really going on.   It seems that we are stuck in 1865 to 1965 time periods.  We don’t want to overcome, we just want to be a people of victims! forever and ever, amen!  Never mind the triumphs, never mind the victories and never mind the fact that we elected someone of color not once but twice to the highest office in the land.

We’re still victims.

                Nowadays we mock Jesse Jackson, but in the 70’s his “I Am Somebody” poems, were meant to be inspirational, just like he used to be.

Now we’re relegated to being happy as victims.

                In the 60’s, the Original Black Panthers gave us “Black Pride” “Black Power” in their contribution to the civil rights movement in the inner cities.

Now we’re Black Powerless and based on the buffoonery by some blacks in entertainment, black pride is gone.

                And last but not definitely least, the old civil rights song, “We Shall Overcome.”  A song that was meant to tell the young generation that heard it and generation after it that it’s your (our) duty to honor the young black negro that was sold into slavery, honor the enslaved black family that were auctioned, sold and separated from their family, honor the brave freed men and runaways slaves that picked up a rifle and manned up in the Revolutionary, civil war and all the wars after, honor! those men and women who were turned away from voting, told that they were equal but separate!  Honor those innocent young and old men who were lynched not because of a sexual choice, but just for being black! Honor those civil rights leaders who sacrificed IT ALL!! just because they in their heart of hearts, they knew that one day, their son, their daughter they left behind….

Would overcome.

                And as people, we failed.  I failed, you failed, we all failed because we didn’t say no!  We didn’t say no! To the selling and use of drugs in our neighborhoods, we didn’t say no and no more murders of a young black men at the other hands of other blacks.  Oh! we’re quick to up-rise when it’s at the hands of someone not black.  We didn’t say no! To ineffective black politicians, who say they have our interests, but enrich themselves only to show up when said young black person is killed by a non- black. 

                We don’t want overcome.  We’re happy with the images of being victims to German Shepherds, water hoses and lynchings.  

                Dr. King in his last speech said and knew that he wasn’t going to get to the promise land with us….

Neither are we.

               

Friday, June 21, 2013

RF23 - Lebron Has Been Here

The Miami Heat has captured its third NBA Championship and quite frankly, this series with the San Antonio Spurs will go down as a classic.  I don't think San Antonio's west coast rival the Lakers and the new up  and coming Thunder would have pushed the Heat more than the Spurs did.   Having said that, Lebron James literally grew up in our eyes with this series.  Problem with that last statement is that he's been here all the time.  He was here, when he single handedly willed the Cleveland Cavaliers to its first NBA Finals appearance in his what? second or third year!  and he wasn't jacking up air balls like the individual he's compared too.  

Back in the day, I loved the play of one Michael Jordan, there will never be another like him.  A few back in days earlier, I was entertained by the play of Earvin Johnson and Larry Bird, there will never be an era in which two great players on rival teams brought the NBA from tape delay to prime-time TV.  

But if you want to be straight up and honest about the treatment of Lebron James by the media, you have to scratch your head.   It all started with the "The Decision" and ESPN sponsored and hosted TV event where James announced that he was leaving Cleveland to play in Miami.  Why? because he was being crushed by the media for "Over-achieving" way too early and his game was better than air ball chucking Kobe Bryant when he was the same age as Lebron.  If memory serves me correct, Kobe sat the bench his first year and played sparingly.   So if the media is crushing Lebron for his off the court decision to rightfully leave Cleveland, how does that compare to other off the court bad decisions the follwing made:

Michael Jordan:  After winning his third championship, it was reported that Jordan's strong will to compete at everything from betting the next car will be red to marbles, gambled. Gambled a lot!  If you are conspiracy theorist, you may not buy his reason for retiring because he was grieving over the loss of his father, but was secretly suspended for two seasons.  Media gave a hall pass like no other.

Earvin Johnson:  How is it possible for a man to announce he has AIDS and not one reporter bring up that Johnson used bad judgment by having unprotected sex.   Media hall pass, the pass is so strong that every year, his announcement of having AIDs is celebrating like Black History Month.

Kobe Bryant:  Colorado.  No need to say more.

And Lebron is the one castigated for his earned right to move on from Cleveland.   Lets look at all the criticism after that ESPN hosted show:

1.  The Decision which was supposed to bring awareness to a local Cleveland Boys and Girls Club was criticized to no end.

2.  After the Decision, comments about his in game aggression came up, because how dare he be a facilatator and want to involve, I dunno Wade!

3.  Questions about his leadership.

All of this was going on, while he was racking league MVP honors back to back to back!

Lebron has been here, folks, it us who are late and still in love past eras.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

RF23 - It's Showtime!!


Is it me or has the pendulum swung to Showtime in regard to its boxing programming?   Remember it was Showtime that took a chance of ELITE MMA which is now producing household names in the UFC.   But it’s boxing where Showtime is now making its mark and with the signing of Floyd Mayweather, it seems that the CBS owned cable station is looking to send HBO back to England with a Money May “Chin up.”  Let’s look at the action over the weekend.  HBO had a doubleheader, in which its first fight received more boos than punches thrown and the main event, well..I’ll come back to that later.

 
Meanwhile on Showtime, it also had a double main event starring Cuban Erislandy Lara and hard puncher Alfredo Angulo and although the first co-main event ended with a gruesome eye injury suffered by Angulo in the tenth mar.  Angulo, prior to this withdrawal had sent Lara to the canvas two times, with the most recent knockdown coming in the ninth round.   The fight was entertaining and the crowd was still buzzin’ when the main event kicked off with Josesito Lopez and Marcos Maidana, now this fight lived up to the hype, with the more experience Maidana scoring a knockout, over a game and ready to throw down Lopez.  Lopez had Maidana hurt in two rounds, however could not put it together to put Maidana out.  Now lets roll to HBO, their main event consisted of Chad Dawson putting his title against  Adonis Stevenson and before I give my take on on the fight, let me get this out.   Once again, I’m still complaining that Jim Lampley is still calling fights and my main concern was that he was going to report or give a take on a boxer who, well done the same thing he’s done.  Abused women.   Stevenson was charged, tried and convicted for 3 years for essentially being a pimp and abusing women.  This was not the story Lampley should be reporting on, since he plead no contest for abusing his ex-girlfriend and then breaking the restraining order and allegedly doing it again.  HBO should do us a favor and get rid of Lampley and his dumb boxing show.

 
Now for the fight, apparently Dawson is, what we thought he was.   A bum!  Dawson should have taken a page from Jermaine Tayler and quit while he was getting his behind beat by Andre Ward.  But no, he didn’t see the writing on the wall and on Saturday, got what everyone knew was going to happen to him.  Knocked out.   And that was HBO boxing for Saturday and this includes going against FUEL TV which had UFC fights on.

 
When Mayweather left HBO, he took it all and now it’s Showtime!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

RF23 - All This Hatin'


RF23 –  All This Hatin’
In this episode of “As Tiger Wins,” Playa hater Sergio Garcia continues his verbal jabbing of Woods and this time goes too far.  Yesterday at a banquet, Garcia was asked about his favorite hated golf enemy and said that Woods would be invited over  for dinner and they’ll serve, wait for it….

Fried Chicken…
Sergio? that’s all you got?  Fried Chicken smack to come at Tiger with, you could have hit Tiger where it would most likely piss him off and that’s hittin’ Tiger with some ol’ Johnnie Taylor, “Who’s Makin’ Love to yo’ ol’ lady, while, you were out makin’ love!”   Now that would piss Tiger off! because you got him with a known truth.   Not some stereotypical bullbleep about some damn chicken!  Everybody loves chicken, it ain’t only for black folk like the gheri curl or Afro was.   Hell chicken is so popular, that, get this Sergio, we equate other cooked animals such as rabbit, snake and alligator as tasting like…

Chicken.
So you failed to get an emotional reaction from Woods that you were looking for, just like you failed to get to get him to break his concentration on the last tournament.   You can’t shake him Sergio, and here’s something else, you of all people ain’t going to shake him.   I’m pretty sure the next time Tiger sees you, he’s not going to shake your hand, he’s not going buy your wolf cookies about being sorry.  He’s going to beat you badly in the game, you both play.  He’s going to make you feel inadequate as a golfer and make you feel like you have absolutely zero business being on the same course.    That’s what you did Sergio and while you’re busy hatin’on him.  I’m sure other competitors will be doing the same hating towards you, because essentially what you did two weeks ago was be Tiger’s alarm clock and he hit the snooze button.  This time, you actually woke him up….

And it’s gonna suck to be you.   Well, I imagine it does suck to be you. 

 

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

RF23 - Not The Same Sport


RF23 – NOT THE SAME SPORT

Writer’s Note:  The following views like others are mine and mine alone.  However the subject of homosexuality and its placement in the Civil Rights Movement might disturb some readers.  And for that I apologize, I only write to start dialogue and maybe come to an understanding. 

On Monday, It was revealed in a Sports Illustrated story that Washington Wizard reserve center Jason Collins admitted to being gay.   With that announcement, Collins became the first American active athlete in any of the U.S. major sports to be openly gay.   Upon hearing of the news, which was treated as breaking news I wrote on my facebook page the following: 

I thought the point was to become acceptable and tolerant of peoples differences? Having said that, can someone pass Jason Collins a cookie. Last week Brittany Griner surprised exactly no one with her sexual orientation and now we're supposed to herald Collins like he's some type of modern day hero?”

Well are we?  I say no!  What Collins and Griner did, was let us know their sexual preference.  That’s it!  They’re not the first ones to declare their open attraction to the same sex and here’s something, WHO. CARES?!   I certainly don’t with some degree.  I care if the person who represents to a woman that he is heterosexual, but in fact is gay is infecting women with HIV and spreading it.   Why?!  Because according to the Department of Health and Human Services, of those newly infected women, about 2 in 3 are [Black] American women.  The reasons why could vary from unprotected sex and yes, even in this day and age, ignorance about sex.  But does anyone remember the term “Down Low.”   Let me give you a quick definition of the term, it’s black men who claim they are straight but have sex with other men.   It wasn’t long ago that when the numbers of Black American infected with HIV were going up, men on the “Down Low” was the reason why.   Which brings me to this,   TMZ reported that Collins had a girlfriend and was engaged to be married.  They were together for eight years before Collins broke the engagement off, declaring that he was gay.   Question, was Collins in steady relationship with his ex-fiancé, Carolyn Moos or was he on the “Down Low” satisfying his now natural urges with men.  I’m assuming there were no questions asked if he stepped out on Carolyn with other men. 

Jason Collins is no hero.  He is no great civil rights leader and he’s definitely not Jackie Robinson.   What Collins is, is a free agent looking to latch his 1.1 points per game, 1.6 rebounds per game and at 7 feet tall, his .3 blocks per game ass on someone’s team to hold down their bench.  I have no ill will toward him, I remember him and his brother when they played for Stanford University, from all told he is from one of the nicest families and he’s liked by his teammates and every coach he’s played for.  But don’t compare him to the likes of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Malcom X.  Don’t put him the same category as Rosa Parks, because last checked, I have yet to hear a bus driver tell a person he believes is gay to give his or her seat to a straight person.  I have yet to read or see “Straight Only” signs.  So don’t insult me and others who honor and never will forget the sacrifices of those who were on the front lines for civil justice.  Don’t insult my intelligence by telling me my beliefs on homosexuality whether it’s religious or whatever are wrong!  ESPN Chris Broussard said it best when he appeared ESPN's On Outside The Lines on Monday when he said, “If you're openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that that's a sin," comparing homosexuality to any other sex outside of marriage. "If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ."

Hell, I agree.  

 
Sources: Department of Health   http://womenshealth.gov/minority-health/african-americans/hiv-aids.cfm