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When Quarterbacks and TV Personalities Act Out: My thoughts on the benching of Mark Sanchez & Rob Parker

Rex Ryan didn’t even wait until the team had left Nashville to inform Mark Sanchez that he had lost his job. Never mind the fact that the Jets skipped over Tim Tebow to start Greg McElroy, Jets fans should be rejoicing. The emotional, turnover machine will be taking his talents to the bench, where he should have been two seasons ago. Crazy thing is, the guy is owed $8 million next season. EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS.

Here were my two main issues with Mark Sanchez:

1. I’ve never saw any signs

Signs of what you might ask? Signs of him having potential to be a great quarterback. As a NY Jet fan, how do you watch Andrew Luck, RGIII, Russell Wilson and to some extent Ryan Tannehill and not be disappointed about your quarterback situation. When the ball is released from Sanchez’s hand, sure it looks pretty. But all of those pretty thoughts wash away once you watch it land ten yards away from the nearest receiver. And I’ll admit, he doesn’t have the greatest supporting cast (Shonn Greene is terrible) this season. I’ve also said from the beginning that the signing of Tim Tebow would have an effect on the psyche of Sanchez so him having his worst season as a pro is no surprise to me. But with Mark Sanchez, did anyone expect anything much better than a career game-manager?

2. He turns the ball over at an alarming rate

The guy has 80 turnovers over the past two seasons. EIGHTY. Including one of the worst I’ve ever seen. If I hear the Jets lost a football game, there are two things I always know: He’s thrown an interception and his total passing yards are under 250. It’s like death and taxes, Mark Sanchez turnovers are certain. Rex Ryan warned him after the Cardinals game two weeks ago that turnovers would not be allowed. Since then, Sanchez has had six turnovers….FIVE in last night’s Titans game.

 

Do I think Mark Sanchez’s career as a pro is over? No. But he has a tough, long long way to go before his career is defined by his skill set and not what the rest of his team was able to do for him.

 

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Last week, the world heard Rob Parker talking out of the wrong hole again.

I’m not the biggest fan of ESPN’s First Take. An avid viewer from the Cold Pizza days, the show lost me once they hired Stephen A. Smith full time. I have no serious issue with Stephen A, I just preferred the former format which involved bringing in other opinions to combat Skip Bayless. My favorite guests: The 2 Live Stews. My least favorite? Rob Parker.

I’ve never cared for any of his opinions. He always seemed as if he was coming from left field on any issue for the sole purpose of shock. Last Wednesday was the worst example of this as he described Washington Redskins star Robert Griffin III as maybe being a “cornball brother” and not “down with the cause.”  He also said Griffin doesn’t seem like the type of brother anyone wants to hang with although his jersey sales say otherwise. This is what he says is being discussed in the barbershops. His reasoning? He has a white wife and he THINKS he might be a republican.

 

I‘ve already explained why I don’t listen to anything in barber shops. There is no rich and poor barbershop, there is just the barbershop downtown, everyone goes to the same shops. So all kinds of opinions will come up. As I’m sure some idiot somewhere had this opinion, I’m sure someone else in whatever shop Rob goes to said the opposite.

Now…..Cornball brother?

Stop. For those who didn’t get it, Rob Parker was trying to see if Robert Griffin was an “Uncle Tom” or “sellout.” A black person who has forgotten where they came from and will do anything to support the white man over the black man, essentially putting down his people. It’s a very offensive term as no one wants to be called something with such a deep history behind it without any evidence. This was my main problem with Parker’s comments – He doesn’t know Robert Griffin. One of the main reasons I’ve been a fan of Robert Griffin is because he’s a black quarterback that actually looked like he had potential to be truly great. If he came out and said he didn’t want to be black, it would hurt me. But when did he say this? Not one time did he say he didn’t want to be black. He only said he wants to be recognized for being a great quarterback and not just a great quarterback. Is there something wrong with that? Is there something really wrong with wanting to be compared with Steve Young(who is the best comparison) rather than Warren Moon? When someone compares RG3 to Michael Vick, I just assume they haven’t watched him play football.

Robert Griffin has a white girl by his side. So what, who really cares about that? You should get your mental priorities right if you’re worried about who some man you don’t know is going to bed with. Fact remains is he wants to marry someone who he loves. Much better than some other ball players who can’t seem to keep “it” to themselves and have multiple children by multiple women. And the notion that Robert Griffin is a Republican is ridiculous because he’s specifically said he’ll never comment on his political allegiance, and even if he was, what does that matter? Just because you have different beliefs doesn’t make you an Uncle Tom.

If anything, we should all want to be more like the guy. He seems to have his head on straight, is exceptional on the field and seems to be a great oral communicator. Thankfully most people realized Rob Parker is ridiculous and not an accurate representation of the black community. Sad when you have to see a black man trying to take another black man down.

 

 

R.I.P. to the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Hopefully we as a nation can come together and figure out why psychotic sociopaths keep slipping through the cracks.

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What I Hate about the Barber Shop

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Every two weeks, I need a haircut.

A new haircut is a beautiful thing to a man, specifically to a black man such as myself who probably needs his hair cut more often than my brethren of other races. The right hair cut can boost your confidence; you feel like a new, more attractive man. I’ve gotten some haircuts that have made me feel like I should have earned a spot in People Magazine’s Top 10. With some clippers and 30-45 minutes, a barber has the power to make you feel like a million bucks.

 

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But with great power, comes great responsibility.

I hate going into most barbershops. Let me repeat that, I hate going into most barbershops.

I’ve said to myself many times, once I become a millionaire and not a dollanaire, I’ll hire a personal barber. Minus my time up north, I have a so-so experience in barbershops 70% of the time. It all starts when you walk in the door.

1. Getting skipped over on the haircut list

When you enter a barbershop, most of the time you’re supposed to sign a list. The list usually requires your name, time you entered and preference of barber. Sounds like a great system, right? Only problem with this is sometimes, you get skipped over for the homeboy of the barber. After a while, you notice you’ve been sitting down for 45 minutes with no haircut, even though you know you were the only one who signed up for “Teddy.”  To prevent this, what works for me is to come in, sign up and immediately go shake up the barber who I want to cut my hair so that he knows his loyal customer has entered the building. Being assertive in barbershops is key.

 

2. The Lonely Barber

You all know the lonely barber. In a barber shop, usually you have two-three reliable cutters. And then there’s that fourth guy in the corner sitting in his own chair. The high school dropout who the shop owner is doing a favor by giving him a job. The guy who on the busiest day for barbers, Saturday, is reduced to taking lunch orders. You can usually find the lonely barber sweeping hair from yesterday just to feel busy. There is no worse feeling than being in a rush and trying to slide in the shop, only to find the only available barber is The Lonely Barber. Dialogue goes as follows:

(LB looks away from his twitter account on his cell phone and over at you)

LB: I got you over here.
(You pretend you didn’t hear)
LB: Hey you need a haircut?
You: Nah, I’m good.

“I’m good.” Worst words he can hear. Unless you  want to end up with the Andrew Bynum special, I’d stay away.

 

3. Uninformed Barbers

Do I really need to explain what a 1.5 Taper fade is to a barber? Doesn’t barber school teach these things? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to sit in a barber’s chair and explain simple concepts of a haircut to a BARBER. When I’m having to explain to you what “cut it low” means, we have a problem.

 

4. Ridiculous Sports Conversations

Understand, everyone thinks they’re a sports expert in their own right. But trust me on this, you won’t hear more ridiculous sports opinions than in a barber shop.

Examples of things I’ve heard in a barbershop:

“Allen Iverson might be the greatest basketball player of all time.”
Football is a mental game, you have to use your brain and your smarts.”
“Alabama wins National Championships off of their QB play.”
“Tyson Chandler would shut down Patrick Ewing in the post.”

It’s statements like these that keep me silent and zoned out while in a barbershop.

 

Moral of this post: When you find a good barber, keep him or her.

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Why I’m rooting for the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals

I don’t have a favorite NBA team. Haven’t for about 10 years now. My aunt(who got me into sports), was a fan of the Orlando Magic, led by point guard Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway & center Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq became my favorite player and through the years I would follow his career up until his final championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat.

The last team I would say I was a fan of? The Los Angeles Lakers in 2002. Since then, I’ve become an NBA observer, more fascinated with the journeys of individual players rather than teams.

This year brings an interesting dynamic to the NBA finals as the two current best players that the league has to offer battle it out for the crown of NBA champion and best player in basketball.

Lebron James vs. Kevin Durant. The Miami Heat vs. The Oklahoma City Thunder.
The quiet, but deadly assassin versus the pompous, self-proclaimed “King” James.

Kevin Durant has been quietly building a reputation as the most dangerous scorer the NBA has to offer. His jump shot and overall basketball game has been referred to as beautiful while some fans consider Lebron’s game to be ugly and clunky, without any sort of finesse. The man who coined the expression “taking my talents to South Beach” is considered the villain in this NBA finals whereas Kevin Durant is looked at as a savior to some. The last hope of preventing Lebron from winning that elusive first championship.

So why am I rooting for Lebron James & the Miami Heat?

The answer is more complex than you may believe. To put it simply, I’m tired of the hate. There is a difference between dislike for a player and hatred. This is one of the most scrutinized athletes of all time. Lebron entered the league during a time when social media was taking off. Myspace. A few years later, Facebook. Followed by Twitter. Every single move that Lebron makes is documented and judged by the fans.

I used to be one of these haters. It took a Game 7 45-point outburst in a losing effort against the Boston Celtics before I realized I was a hater. If you asked me in 2009 why I hated Lebron I’d tell you one or more of these three things:

1. He’s a crybaby.
2. He’s overrated.
3. I just don’t like him.

Now tell me, which of these three reasons carry weight?

None of them.

For the same reasons I stopped hating Kobe Bryant, I stopped hating Lebron James. We’re privileged as NBA fans to watch one of the greatest NBA players of all-time as he continues his career and we as fans are content on criticizing him every step of the way.

So why do we hate Lebron James so much? Ask any fan and I’m sure they’ll say something similar to these reasons:

1. He quit on Cleveland.
2. He’s not clutch.
3. He’s a crybaby.
4. He had to join up with other great players in order to win.
5. He doesn’t live his life how we want him to.

According to , a “quitter” is a person who gives up easily. At one point in his career did he “give up easily?” Couldn’t have been in Cleveland. Lebron carried the city of Cleveland on his back for 7 long years. SEVEN YEARS. And the best help you got him was an over-the-hill Shaquille O’Neal and ANTWAN JAMISON?? Think about this, this man brought the Cavs to the finals with Mo Williams in a starring role. Mo Williams. Just keep repeating that to yourself. Cleveland fans should appreciate what Lebron brought to the city and not laugh as owner Dan Gilbert acts like a 14-year-old in a written letter.

He’s not clutch? Sure, he had a dramatic meltdown versus the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. Since everyone seems to use this Game 6 as the sole reason Lebron isn’t clutch, have we forgotten about the 2007 Eastern Conference finals?

Did this just never happen?

In a potential closeout game for the Boston Celtics during this year’s Eastern Conference finals, I guess Lebron didn’t completely dominate the game at Boston. I guess this just never happened.

He’s a crybaby? What NBA star do you know that doesn’t whine after every foul call? Is Lebron James really the only NBA player who flops?

Argument #4 is the worst. Let me ask the haters this, have you ever been to Miami? If I had a choice between Cleveland & South Beach, I’d have informed Dan Gilbert before the 2009-10 season ever ended that I’d be leaving. So what if he went and played with one great player and another pretty good player.

Did Michael not play with Scottie?
Kobe and Shaq never happened?
Magic, Kareem & Worthy was a dream?
Hakeem didn’t play with Clyde Drexler???
And don’t even get me started on the starting fives of the 80’s Pistons & Celtics.

If Lebron figured out that the best way to win that ring was to align himself with D Wade & Chris Bosh, then so be it. At the end of your career, all that really matters is if you won or not. I’d rather play 15 years for Miami and win two championships than 15 years for Cleveland and never win anything.

But you know why I think people hate Lebron deep down inside? People don’t like it when an athlete divulges from the norm. Lebron & Chris Bosh took destiny in their own hands and joined forces, doing something fans aren’t used to seeing. People don’t know how to handle themselves when a player makes a move for himself. Lebron’s press conference comments reminding fans that at the end of the day, they still have to wake up to their jobs while he wakes up to his own was one of the realest things an athlete has ever said. You get mad at athletes for being fake, but when they say some real shit, they’re out of line.

Let this man live. Stop getting caught up in the hyperbole that the media creates and form your own opinion. The haters have become so ridiculous that I’m switching sides and rooting for Lebron James to rise above the hate. I’m rooting for Lebron James to win his first championship over the likable Kevin Durant because I realize we may not see another complete player like him for years and it would be a shame for him to not win a ring.

And if you must hate on the guy, hate him for a valid reason. He raises millions for charity while taking less money for a better chance to win. Don’t hate him for controlling his own destiny.

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My Fave Five: College Football Players

With the 2011 College Football season over halfway completed, it’s about time I name my Fave Five. That is, my favorite five players to watch in college football today.

When you finish this list, one thing you will notice is that I don’t go off of typical Heisman candidacy lists. My list is based off players I’ve seen that consistently keep me excited during the course of  a game.  When these guys are in possession of the football, you have to hold your breath because you never know what’s going to happen.

A former offensive player myself, I seem to lean towards offense so don’t shoot me either. Without further ado, here is my Fave Five:

#5. Christine Michael, Junior RB, Texas A&M :

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Has any fan from outside of a Big 12 school seen this kid run a football? Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Hip-Hop and Sports

Here are 20 of the most random, current thoughts I’ve had on Hip-Hop music and sports within the last month:

1. The game needs T.I. Never thought I would say that but it does.

2. Big Sean is growing into his own as an artist.

3. Jeezy is going to push back TM103 once again. #shotsfired Continue reading

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