Archive for July, 2013


July 30, 2013

10) Calvin Murphy is the team chaplain.
9) Stephen Jackson is in charge of “team spirit.”
8) Phil Jackman is the coach.
7) You play for the Milwaukee Bucks.
6) Your family and friends don’t ask for tickets.
5) You’re drafted in the 3rd round – there are only two rounds.
4) Bill Walton’s son is a starter.
3) Kris Kaman is the best-dressed player.
2) The youngest member of the dance troupe voted for Reagan.
1) Your ball boys are taller than your point guard.


Random Thoughts – July 26, 2013

July 26, 2013


“George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God.” – Zimmerman juror B-29 aka Maddy

After showing great promise as an actor in the 2007 film “This Christmas”, singer Chris Brown’s acting career has virtually disappeared.

Am I the only one feening for a “Height-Off” between Kirk Franklin, Kevin Hart and Prince?

By the time Aaron Hernandez goes on trial, there won’t be any evidence of his ever having played for either the Florida Gators or New England Patriots on any of their media sites or in their facilities.

Does anyone remember the first winner of “The Voice”?

Exactly what was going through Rae Dawn Chong’s mind the day she woke up and said, “Hey, I think today’s the day I say some really idiotic things about Oprah Winfrey”?

Has there ever been a bigger contrast between superstar teammates than Derek Jeter and A-Rod when it comes to team relations and public image?

I can’t remember the last time I saw anyone under 40 reading a daily newspaper.

I hope Matt Kemp can get and stay healthy so he can help the Dodgers win the NL West and get into the playoffs.

I really, really hate algebra.

I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but ABC’s “Mistresses” and Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” have become two of my favorite guilty pleasures this summer.

I’m heartbroken that the royal baby wasn’t named LaPrince or Junebug.

I’m not optimistic about the Chargers’ chances this season because I just don’t see “playmakers” on either side of the ball.

If I join another church anytime in the near future, it will be Holman United Methodist Church under the leadership of its dynamic pastor, Reverend Kelvin Sauls.

If I were running a college or professional sports team, I would insist that my players’ parents not tweet about anything having to do with team operations. I mean, if I see one more tweet from RGIII’s father, I’m going to scream.

If there’s a better reality show today than the GOP, I don’t know what it is.

Lakers sifting through the bargain bin of NBA free agents is a sight I thought I’d never see and must have Dr. Jerry Buss spinning in his grave.

Let me know when the NFL regular season starts.

Listening to Pete Rose on the radio this week claiming he didn’t realize that a lifetime ban from baseball “…really meant my lifetime. I thought I could apply for reinstatement after one year” was pure comedy gold.

Pharrell is having one hell of a summer on the airwaves of America.

Re-signing A-Rod in 2007 was the single worst decision the Yankees made since signing Ed Whitson.

Ryan Braun should change his last name to Fraud because that’s exactly what he is.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, Geraldo Rivera and Anthony Weiner walk into a bar…

The more I read about the 2012 presidential campaigns, the more I realize just how out of touch Ann and Mitt Romney were (are) with the average American voter, especially those of color and under the age of 40.

To those Laker fans who really think Carmelo Anthony and/or LeBron James are going to take less money to join the Lakers if they “opt-out” of their current contracts next summer: there’s a better chance of George Zimmerman receiving a standing ovation at the next NAACP Image Awards.

Watching the film of O.J. Simpson before the parole board this week was like watching the worst job interview ever. “I’m a great prisoner, taking classes and counseling other prisoners…”

What did anyone expect Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the Patriots to say about Aaron Hernandez other than what they said?

“Monday Monday”

July 15, 2013

Up early studying and listening to the Steve Harvey Show via Hot 107.7 (Birmingham, AL) through the iHeartRadio app on my iPad (ain’t technology grand) and trying to control my emotions this morning.

Thinking to myself – How many times as a kid growing up in San Diego did I say to a friend, “Walk me to the store” when my mother sent me to get something or I just wanted some sunflower seeds and a soda pop? Or how many times did I just go by myself either on foot or on my bike? Would George Zimmerman had left Trayvon alone if he were with another kid or would he have hunted them both down because instead of seeing two black kids walking back from the store, he would have seen two thugs or a “gang” up to no good? Sadly, we’ll never know the answer to that question.

Let’s accept, for the sake of argument, that Zimmerman was actually on Neighborhood Watch patrol and thought he saw a suspicious person. Okay – call 911, make a report and then as the police dispatcher said, “We don’t need you to do that [follow him]. The police are on the way.” If he stayed in his truck and met the police when they arrived, maybe the police look at the situation and do 1) nothing because they don’t see him doing anything wrong, 2) stop and question Trayvon and either let him continue walking home or take him home, 3) stop and question Trayvon and take him in, 4) take a field report, or 5) take Trayvon and Zimmerman to the 7-11 and question the clerk to see if Trayvon had caused any problems in the store.

Keep in mind that there weren’t any calls about Trayvon or any other suspicious person in that area at the time of this confrontation. The store where he’d just made his purchase didn’t call the police nor did any other person. Other than his own suspicious mind, George Zimmerman had absolutely no reason to confront Trayvon Martin as he walked back to his father’s home.

Why did the prosecution allow this to turn into the “Trayvon Martin Trial”? Why didn’t they counter the defense’s brilliant move of having an African-American woman as part of the team? I mean, maybe the jury said to themselves, “Well, if she doesn’t think Zimmerman’s a racist and didn’t profile the kid, maybe he really isn’t.”

Ever since the verdict was read, I’ve had a knot in the pit of my stomach. Apparently, it’s now okay in the state of Florida to follow a black kid who’s just walking along minding his own business, confront him and then kill him and get away with it.

The only solace I have this morning is the memory that the cops who beat the hell out of Rodney King were, like Zimmerman, originally cleared in state court. It was the DOJ who brought the charges that they were eventually convicted of in federal court. I can only hope and pray that in this instance, history will repeat itself.

Rest in Peace Trayvon Benjamin Martin – we will not let your murderer rest a single moment. We will make his life as uncomfortable as legally possible and justice WILL prevail. Your life and death will not have been in vain.