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June 18, 2014

Washington Redskins and Political Correctness

Well, today, 6/18/2014, the US Patent Office decided to strip the Washington Redskins American Football of its name because it was disparaging to Native Americans. I call BS! With that, I leave you with the following commentary that I got from my mother in law, that I think is perfect fit to today’s POLITICAL CORRECTNESS-CRAP! Enjoy the read:

I agree with our Native American population—I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins.

One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as warriors, but oh no….

We must be careful not to offend anyone, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of the militant Blacks from the 60’s alive. Gone. Offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war between the states that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our football team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. The fact that there are birds on their shirts does not protect either the Arizona or the St. Louis Cardinals—gone!

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged as their way of life. We are talking the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children—and it is all about the children.

The Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams–promote gay men. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

The Pittsburg Steelers promote stealing. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible spending habits. Wrong message to our female children. Gone!

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity–a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

The Cincinnati Reds name promotes downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

The Milwaukee Brewers—well, that goes without saying…. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. A high priority directly behind efficiently managing our country’s health care.

All,

Let’s not forget the “Fighting Irish.” I know, they’re not NFL, but we need to identify offensive college team names too. It makes people from Ireland sound like thugs and bullies.

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February 4, 2010

ProBowl

I just took a trip with a buddy to South Miami Beach to see the ProBowl this past Sunday 1/31/10.  It was a pretty neat experience being in SoBe(South Beach)  There is tons of Art Deco buildings everywhere and the pretty pastel lights that light up the night everywhere.  The people were nice when spoken too, but seemed stand off-ish when just passing by them on the street.  Money was prevalent everywhere as Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s were driven up and down Ocean Dr, Collins Ave. & Washington St.  The whole ESPN Sports Center crew was there broadcasting and we even saw Ron Jaworski at a local Starbucks.

The AFC beat the NFC in a high scoring game and the Houston Texans’ own Matt Schaub threw for 2 TD’s and almost 200 yards including a 33-yd bomb to Andre Johnson which netted him the ProBowl MVP Honors.  Great game and Sun Life Stadium(Dolphin Stadium) was pretty cool too as it was a completely open stadium.  This was the main purpose and reason I went, along with a bud named Rob.  This also was the first time that the ProBowl was held anywhere outside of Honolulu, HI.

I enjoyed the experience of the ProBowl and SoBe and glad I did it, but don’t think I’ll be back to that area again unless there is a reason to, as it seemed to be enough on this trip for me.  Being on vacation was good, but glad to crash my head back on my pillow in my own bed!!

September 13, 2009

NFL Season begins

I just got back from the first game of 2009 for the Houston Texans.  I got season tix this year with my buddy Joe Buffa aka Bubba.  🙂

They lost horribly to the Jets and rookie QB Mark Sanchez from USC(great school!)  27-7 was the final.  Tough loss, but glad to see football season has started.  Look forward to many more fun games in the future.  Let’s hope the Texans do better after this disappointing loss.

Cheers!

June 14, 2009

lakers win

Los Angeles Lakers win their 15th title in their storied franchise!   Go Lakers!!  Of course I root for my hometown boys in the Lakers and proud of Kobe winning the MVP of the Finals.   Champs AGAIN!!!!!!

June 2, 2009

Basketball

My Lakers are in the Finals AGAIN!!!!!!!

This is their 30th trip to the Finals, more than any other team in the History of the NBA!  That is a huge feat!  They have the second most Championships behind their arch nemesis Boston Celtics, but that’s because of Red Auerbach doing such a fabulous job with a great team in the 50’s and 60’s.  

I’m very excited to see Kobe get his 4th title under his belt as they go head to head against a real good team in the Orlando Magic.  I don’t think it’s going to be a walk for LA, so I’m picking them to take the series in 7.  LA has the home court advantage, but they have proved that they can lose it quickly in these 2008-09 playoffs.  They lost Game 1 at home to Houston and Lost Game 2 at home to Denver.  They did however, recover and win on the opposing team’s home court as well to bring back the home court, but still, they did lose at home.  I think both teams will win at home and that’s why I’m saying LA in 7, due to home court.

I think the Bynum/Howard match-up will be big as both guys will go head to head.  I like Howard in that match-up, but keep in mind that Howard has 6 Flagrant’s and needs one more to be suspended for 1 game.  I have a feeling that will happen before these Finals are over.  That will be devastating to Orlando because a huge part of their offense goes through Howard.  If Howard is suspended early in the series, I will take LA in less games.  No one stopped LeBron and I feel the same about Kobe.  The role players in Gasol, Ariza and Fisher will be big versus a solid lineup in Pietrus, Alston, Turkoglu and Lewis.  I can’t wait for the series to start on Thursday!!

There’s a lot of talk about how Orlando has taken the regular season series 2-0.  From what we have all seen, the regular season doesn’t matter!!  LA took Houston 4-0 in the Regular Season, yet  the series stretched to 7 games against LA.  The regular season doesn’t matter in my opinion.  It’s Win or GO HOME in these Finals and Kobe has a lot to prove.  He has to win this title to cement him as one of the best to play the game.  He has to win to prove all the nay sayers that he CAN win without Shaquille O’Neal.  He has to prove to himself that he can win with a great team around him and that he IS a team player and is a more mature Kobe Bryant than in any other year he has ever played basketball.  He has to win for the Lakers and He has to win for Los Angeles!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    You can also follow their twitter @Lakers

May 1, 2009

rockets

I went to my first playoff game ever last night.  It was the Houston Rockets vs Portland Trailblazers.  It was Game 6 of the first round of playoffs and the game was great.  It was close at the end of the First Quarter 21-19.  But the Rockets took charge after the 2nd Quarter and never looked back.  They must have shot 50% from the field too, crazy.  Me and my buddy Ed Moore from work went together and grabbed some Italian for dinner beforehand.  Good times, good friend, good fun.

The unfortunate part is that the Rockets get the joy of playing my LA Lakers in the 2nd Round of Playoffs.  Should be fun, but the Lakers have taken the regular season series this year 4-0.   Gonna be a tough fight for the Rockets, but I think the Lakers will pull it out in 6.  

It’s Friday and I’m off on my 9/80, loving it!!

April 7, 2009

Opening Day Baseball

I went to the Astros game last night with a couple buddies, Dwayne and Tiger.  It’s Opening Day of the season for the Astros!  I was all excited to go and we had fun for sure!  I ate a Star Dog, which was great.  Going to a baseball game you must eat a hot dog, period!  They played the Cubs, and Carlos Zambrano pitched against Roy Oswalt.  The first pitch of the game Roy O. gave up a home run.  Not the way you want to start a game, let alone a season.  Oh well, they did end up losing to the Cubs, but hey it’s a 180 game long season.  They will win more.  Let’s hope the rest of the season goes better than their 4-2 loss to the cubbies.

February 22, 2009

houston aeros

I went tonight with a bunch of guy friends from church tonight to the Houston Aeros game. We won in a shootout 2-1, over the Iowa Chops (what a name-chops) and there was all the drama and a fight occurred as well.  It was a lot of fun and good guy hang out time too.  It’s been a nice weekend so far and I’m looking forward to tomorrow to take the day of ‘rest’

September 28, 2008

NFL

I am loving that the NFL’s Football season is in full swing.  I have to say that living in Houston, watching the Houston Texans NFL football is pretty painful!!  Unfortunately, my home town in L.A. doesn’t even have a professional football, which is incredible being that it is one of the biggest markets in the states.

Let’s hope the Houston Texans can win a game sometime soon or even this season?!?!?!

September 21, 2008

good things

I was watching football today and noticed that in a commercial that David Garrard(QB for Jacksonville Jaguars) was speaking about Crohn’s disease.  He stated that he had the disease and that every time he scores this season, donations will be made to help fight the disease here.  I didn’t know he has Crohn’s, like I do and that really hit me.  What a great spoke person for the disease and for David to do good for something that has plagued him in his life, as it has mine. 

Let’s use our sicknesses, ailments, issues, diseases and problems to do good for our world and help to improve it!