Richard Sherman and DeSean Jackson: We Ain’t Gangstas

 

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You can take the boy out the hood, But you can’t take the hood out the homeboy are the lyrics to the chorus of The Comrads’ 1997 single “Homeboyz”.

It appears that both Richard Sherman and DeSean Jackson both of whom have been embroiled in controversies surrounding their alleged gang affiliations, associations and their inflammatory behaviors on and off the football field—are exactly what the Comrads were rapping about.

You can take Jackson and Sherman out of their respective hoods but you will not find them turning their backs on their childhood cronies or shunning current potentially shady associates. Continue reading

Baseball Season Begins: Football Dominates Americas Psyche

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In what was nothing short of a brilliant and funny skit on the differences between baseball and football, comedian George Carlin hit the ball out of the park.

Carlin might not have known it at the time, but his skit spoke to why football and not baseball has become America’s sport.

Opening day and another glorious baseball season is upon us, yet football even during baseball’s curtain riser, continues to challenge for America’s media market share.

And for good reason, it has literally dominated our minds and hearts. Continue reading

Phil Jackson And Chuck Dolan: Zen Meets Lost MSG Heir

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What happens when a silver spooned, narcissistic owner of a basketball team who is not a mensa, hires a free thinking, outspoken, counter culture persona in Phil Jackson who puts the “we “over individual needs and goals?

On the surface it seems like a titanic blowup in the making but that is why they “play the games” so to speak. And the game between Phil Jackson and Chuck Dolan the owner of the New York Knicks has just begun. Fasten your guitars straps and Zen books. Continue reading

Pete Rose: A Hall of Fame Gambling Addict and Narcissist

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At 72 years old Pete Rose banned for life from baseball spends his time signing autographs and talking to anyone who will listen. He is a man who for the last 25 years has been on the outside looking in while chasing a buck at baseball memorabilia functions; much in the same manner he played the game.

What now is an indelible part of baseball history and lore, Rose was confronted with overwhelming evidence that he bet on baseball and made a deal with then Commissioner Bart Giamatti.  Rose reneged on the deal which led Giamatti to ban him for life.

Rose remains a widely popular yet polarizing flawed persona reviled by some, loved by others. But he presents as both an addicted gambler and narcissist who is struggling to come to grips with his problems as he nears the end of his life. Time is truly running out on “Charlie Hustle”. Continue reading

Jonathan Martin’s Finger Prints All over Incognito’s Hospitalization and Dolphin Stench

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Jonathan Martin is one troubled individual.  He attracted other troubled individuals including Richie Incognito and his merry band of misguided fiends in the toxic cesspool that was the Miami Dolphin organization.

Martin’s prints are all over the Miami Dolphin crime scene fiasco and are integrally intertwined with Incognito’s current pathological issues, actions and hospitalization. Continue reading

Seriously Troubled Incognito Reflective of Dysfunctional Dolphins

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The verdict has come down and Richie Incognito is a man in denial and diagnosable. This is why he took things too far. He consistently exhibits a pattern of thinking that leads to misguided actions-which have now been well documented in Ted Wells report.

Incognito has indicated, all along,  that he meant no harm to Martin his dearest friend, until most recently when he took to twitter to ream Martin out, another sign of his instability.

Incognito has also consistently attempted to clarify for us that the culture of his work place environment, which involves among other things; racial slurs, threats against one’s family and questions about others sexual orientation, is the norm. It is not. Continue reading

Derek Jeter Announces His Retirement: Big Boys Do Cry

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When Derek Jeter announced via Facebook that this would be his last season there was more than a collective sigh that came from the Yankee nation in fact there were tears from choked up grown men-which goes to show that big boys do cry, and some very hard.

Contrary to popular belief and pseudo pop psychological advice we may be receiving, celebrating Jeter’s greatness is not the way to feel better, it is, in fact, contra-indicated. Continue reading

Michael Sam: The NFL’s Version of Kinky Boots

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Michael Sam has chosen to announce that he is homosexual right before the NFL draft. Although both homosexuality and heterosexuality have been around since the beginning of time, it seems that the NFL as it is being portrayed is the last bastion of untouched, purified heterosexuality where only true men are allowed into the club

Only in a true men’s club does an outwardly gregarious leader and SEC defensive player of the year who is projected to go in the high rounds of the NFL draft get treated like a drag queen starring in Kinky Boots.

Although we are more than half a century removed from Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner some in the  NFL boys club are still repulsed by that movie, and perhaps in the recesses of their minds condone Twelve Years a Slave?
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An Emotionally Exhausted and Dead Alex Rodriguez Gives Up

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Alex Rodriguez has prudently dropped his law suits against his own union and Major League Baseball, he was never going to win but when one’s emotional life is on the line, they will do just about anything to feel better—and Rodriguez was doing just that.

The irony of it all was that it was never going to make him feel better as Rodriguez is much more than a disgraced baseball player he is an emotionally damaged individual-and that hurts a lot more than all the tangible penalties that he has endured. Continue reading

Why We Really Shoved Richard Sherman Back In The Box

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The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions easily defeating the Denver Broncos in a one sided affair. While the game was nothing short of a dud the back stories that dominated the game were much more telling than the game itself.

We managed in a two week period prior to the game to shove Richard Sherman back in the box in a manner that had little do with Sherman, but surely spoke volumes about us.

If you are worried about what Sherman is saying then perhaps you are not smart enough to embrace the idea that we are looking for different, divergent thinkers who honestly express themselves which Sherman seemed to be doing.  Even if it was in a heated emotionally reactive moment. Continue reading