NBA Bunny Ranch
Monday the NBPA issued a statement that they reject the CBA offer proposed by the owners, are beginning the decertification process, and will look to the courts to settle the dispute. Commissioner David Stern in turn replied with subtle concern by stating the players are just posturing, willing to bring about the NBA’s “nuclear winter” in attempts to be greedy. And for some reason after all of this a handful of girls just outside of Las Vegas come to mind.
2:10 am • 17 November 2011
The Strife of Obama Apologists
Here’s the scenario. A piece of legislation come up for discussion in congress. The national media takes to the discussion with ferocity. The Democrats demand one thing, the Republicans demand another. Inevitably there’s a compromise that’s typically a let-down compared to the potential gains (from a progressive point of view) but is still technically a baby-step away from how radically conservative the current law is written.
Conservative scream about how the President’s liberal agenda is going to destroy America. Liberals scream that Obama is the weakest President ever, question his loyalties to the progressive cause, and claim he’s betrayed them. Obama’s numbers in the polls continue to drop. And nothing changes.
5:37 pm • 19 October 2011 • 35 notes
Bay Area NFL: Take Two
Bay Area football is back baby! After my Week Two disgust in both the 49ers and Raiders it seems they have gotten back on track. In the last three weeks the 49ers have gone undefeated, including an impressive win of Philadelphia and a beatdown on Tampa Bay, and the Raiders are 2-1 with only a loss to New England between their victory against the Jets and the emotional Al Davis win over Houston. Though I’m hesitant, it seems that rooting for either of these teams will no longer come with the risk of being a target for a beer bath at my local sports bar. Here’s my read of the two teams at present.
San Francisco 49ers:
Jim Harbaugh has done an excellent job developing the talent already present in the Niners. They look more focused. Alex Smith has been performing much more consistently. He’s making smarter reads and making less risky passes. Frank Gore is getting a solid amount of carries per game and is averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Ted Ginn, Jr. came out of nowhere with a kick return and a punt return touchdown back to back a few weeks ago and it’s been clear that future punters have been afraid to give him room to work with. However, with Braylon Edwards out until the end of October due to his knee surgery and now Josh Morgan out with a broken leg their passing ability is going to be really strained. They currently only have three receivers active on the roster so even healthy these three have major fatigue issues to worry about. Luckily they still have one of the best tight ends in the business in Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker has also quietly stepped up his production. The 49ers’ defense is a formidable foe to any opponent most recently holding a 3-1 Buccaneer offense to 3 points. Here’s a great stat – 49ers are +10 in turnovers. Eight of those are interceptions. Smith has only thrown one.
Oakland has finally been playing true Raider football. They’re clearly not the most disciplined as their 50 penalties for 445 yards have shown but they’re running faster and hitting harder than the other teams. The Raider defensive line has brutalized QBs all season, helping to disguise their weakness in their secondary. Offensively Jason Campbell has played intelligently with his limited passing reps minus a mental lapse in the New England. But of course the real strength has been the running game. Darren McFadden has blown up for 519 yards rushing and nearly 150 receiving – including two games over 150 yards rushing. His dual threat as a downhill rusher and receiver has been difficult for defenses to cope with and has opened up the passing game. Oakland has shown lucky with another receiver pick (5th round) with Denarius Moore showing up in week 2 to be an extremely talented young receiver. Combined with Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey the Raiders are looking like one of the most talented receiving corps in the league. It would also be a crime not to mention that the Raiders have the best kicker and punter in the league. The real MVP for the team though is Coach Hue Jackson. He’s brought back the Commitment to Excellence. This team doesn’t give up. It’s very clear the players respect and connect with Jackson.
California certainly seems to have a lot more to look forward to on Sunday than in previous years. Seriously, did anyone north of Oceanside really care about the Chargers? I’m sure they’ll matter when they move to LA but until then it’s nice to see the Bay holding down the gridiron. The amazing thing of it all is that they’ve done so in large part due to their running games. In a passing league where so much emphasis has been placed on having a superstar quarterback and a set of all star receivers both the Raiders and 49ers have used a more balanced approach to the game. Now surely the Niners don’t measure up to the Raiders’ rushing game but it’s been the balance that’s allowed Smith and Campbell (both non-sensational QBs) the room to shine. If the Niners can figure their upcoming receiver issue and the Raiders can improve their back line defense both can make a good run into the playoffs. I know we’re not there yet, but I dream of the day I can attend a 49ers vs. Raiders Super Bowl….
9:36 pm • 10 October 2011
It’s Wednesday! Once again it’s time to express all the frustrations of someone getting no action on the so-called “hump day”. Here are the new complaints…
Bay Area NFL:
Oakland Raiders. San Francisco 49ers. What the hell is up with these teams?! Both have a long tradition of winning just not in the last decade - which just so happens to coincide with the rise of online fantasy football. Now they are both fantastic examples of how team loyalty can screw a fantasy team. This last weekend looked very promising for Bay Area football. That is until these teams realized who they were and gave their games away.
Is it just that the Bay Area is opposed to having any quality sports teams anymore? If the Niners and Raiders can’t do it who else can? Golden State Warriors? Oakland A’s? Is it really necessary to look to the SF Giants in their home run friendly park as the savior of Bay Area sports? That’s sad.
Don’t even think about bringing up the San Jose Sharks. Hockey is boring. The NHL missed an entire season due to a labor dispute and no one noticed.
Hopefully the Raiders and Niners can get their act together so we can stop laughing whenever someone brings up the “Commitment to Excellence” or mentions that maybe this year SF can win the abysmal NFC West.
How does anyone think these are sexy?! I get it, big lips are in. However, there is a difference between Anna Faris and Angelina Jolie. Angie’s lips look like a soft, fluffy pillow just begging to be placed on a bed for nap time. Anna’s look like an angry clown stapled a balloon animal to her face. Real lips fold, stretch, and pucker naturally. The only fold in fake ones is the fold that looks like the top of the mouth is trying to hide behind the lip for defense.
In general, isn’t the goal of cosmetic surgery to be discreet and create the illusion of natural beauty? To get a reaction of approval and attraction? It certainly can’t be to cause further negative criticism. Yet that’s the first response to such overt surgeries. Now not only is the person unattractive on the outside, they’re now even worse on the inside due to their desperate need for physical approval. This is doubly so for actors. All the camera time and extreme close-ups bring all the flaws out. Why add personality flaws to the equation?
Yeah they’re great as stuffed animals. Everyone loves them as tattoos. And if that little Bee-otch rear-view mirror hanger isn’t the cutest thing ever I don’t know what is. However, actual bees suck. They’re stupid and about as annoying as a Britney Spears song stuck in your head all day. They all need to die.
Guess what? DADT is officially over and we weren’t immediately nuked. Jesus didn’t come down and piss fire on America for our insolence. Hurricane Irene came before it ended, not after. And our military is actually more effective for it because perfectly good and skilled soldiers aren’t being fired for an arbitrary reason that has nothing to do with their ability as a soldier.
Quit acting like gays ruin the lives straight people or the precious institution of marriage. Marriage has a 50% success rate. Straight people have Flavor of Love, 99% of rape cases, trophy wives, and 24 hour Vegas marriages. The least we can do is offer this to our gay brothers and sisters so they can share in the self-delusion of happiness.
This is where social media pretends it’s reality TV. More specifically it’s when people use Facebook, Twitter, and the like to pretend everyone cares about them. Ever see a status update that just says, “Wow”, or “OMG”? What it really says is, “Please correspond with me and validate who I think I am by inquiring about my life in response to this intentionally ambiguous update”.
Get over yourself and quit being sneaky about your neediness. Go make a blog and be straight forward about it like a respectable attention whore.
That about does it for today. Like Queen Latifah, I’ve had it up 2 here. Remember, bullying isn’t cool, just really funny. (Have a sense of humor)
5:37 pm • 21 September 2011
Vick, Plax, & Newt
Ahh, the sweet smell of vindication…
If something to that degree is not going through the heads of Mike Vick, Plaxico Burress, and Cam Newton after this Sunday they are all either extremely focused on the upcoming weeks or robots posing as humans.
The amount of negative commentary, bashing, and pure hatred the three of these men received in the preseason was phenomenal. “Cam Newton doesn’t have what it takes to be an NFL quarterback.” ” Plaxico Burress will never show any semblance to the Plaxico of the past.” “Michael Vick not only doesn’t deserve his $100M contract, but he deserves to be in jail forever!”
Yet all three rose to the occasion this last Sunday and showed they deserved to be where they were. Newton through for 400+ yards. Vick led his team to a decisive victory showing proficiency as both a runner and a passer. And Burress had a great showing in the second half of his game proving he still can be a threat to NFL defenses. Though surely this will fuel further negativity from their detractors. Why though? Why do we love to hate people so much. How did we become a nation that despises the idea of second chances?
The truth is that we love the idea of redemption stories. Our movies display our affinity for the story well. Just look at the public reception to movies like American Gangster, The Wrestler, American History X, or The Shawshank Redemption. It seems that our double standard applies more severely to athletes than elsewhere. How else can you explain the large amount of people that’ll never forgive Tiger Woods or Kobe Bryant (though the case was dismissed and never actually went to trial).
It’s seems there’s not only a jealously aspect to the situation but a clear assumption that athletes don’t really earn all the money they make. Their skills are regarded as solely a gift from god not the results of hard work. We don’t bat an eye at a corporate consultant that makes millions for giving advice that makes a company money but if a player elevates the value of a franchise or league by playing a sport the assumption is that the money they receive is over compensation for their efforts. Thus when an athlete does something to put that money in jeopardy it’s doubly offensive as if they spit in the face of a charitable benefactor.
The vast majority of professional athletes work very hard for their money. It’s simply unlikely that a person can compete at the highest level of of any profession without working to develop their skills when there’s also the option to have great natural talent AND highly developed skills in an environment that’s by definition very overtly competitive.
It’s time to acknowledge athletes as the professional workers as well as the human beings they are. Mistakes are made and elite professionals are elite for a reason. If a girlfriend or boyfriend can be forgiven for breach of trust, or the bonehead second cousin in the family that is always in trouble, maybe we can come to forgive and (dare I say) encourage that athletes that make mistakes. Acknowledge their hard work and their humanity. Support their climbs from negativity. And when they get that million dollar contract again see it as an example of how people can empower themselves to overcome their mistakes and be better human beings. More of us need that in our lives.
10:13 am • 15 September 2011
Cam Newton and Replacement Racism
It’s been reported that in a previous exchange with QB Cam Newton the Carolina Panthers owner essentially asked if Newton had any tats or piercings. Newton said didn’t, then the owner told him to keep it that way. It’s been a huge media story ever since discussing the potential stereotyping or racism of the comment.
I can see both sides of the story. Yes, tattoos and piercings are a personal preference and really should not be controlled or regulated by an employer. Yes, it is peculiar that this question was directed at a black youth by a southern old white man. Yes, it is also reasonable for a business owner to want to craft a certain image for the man representing his product. But the beauty of the story is that it’s a story at all. It acknowledges the presence or soft racism or as I like to call it ‘replacement racism’.
After the mid-sixties civil rights movement it’s become socially taboo to hold or express views that are overtly racist. And the social consequences of such behavior have become increasingly more severe. But numerous studies have shown that the actual rates of people holding racist beliefs have declined very little if at all.
So how does all this get expressed? Through a series of code words and protocols that serve to indirectly disenfranchise minorities. An unsubstantiated quickness to blame any problem on gangs. Banning rap music at work. Dress codes against culturally non-white attire. Particular photo IDs at voting booths. Spending 2 years discussing Obama’s birth certificate.
Clearly not every single issue is racist. And whites do not need to live in fear of the term ‘racist’ as if it’s the boogyman. But a social acknowledgement of institutionalized, social, and corporate replacement racism is a good start toward minimizing it.
And then maybe it won’t have to be called in question when the next Cam Newton is approached about his appearance.
11:37 pm • 7 September 2011