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1710, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Canadian Cannabis, Lessons of Vietnam, Biles Busts USAG

By | October 17th, 2018|

Those who have covered the sport for any great length of time, or even a short span of time when Larry Nassar was still around, all know the raging leadership cesspool that was USA Gymnastics. Those at the top have been turning a blind eye to the treatment of their athletes for decades, all in the name of keeping that cash machine in motion. That's why jaws dropped when Mary Bono was named CEO of US Gymnastics recently. Her personal protest against Colin Kaepernick and Nike aside, Bono worked for [...]

1610, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Chuckling Saudis, Warren Takes the Bait, Cultural Comic Nonsense

By | October 16th, 2018|

I honestly did spit out my coffee this morning when I heard news that the Saudi Arabian government was preparing to admit the murder of Washington Post journalist Adnan Khashoggi was an accident. All I could hear was a Saudi representative reading something to the effect, "Yes, his body was dismembered into plenty of tiny little pieces and then placed in an attache pouch with the final destination being fed to crocodiles somewhere along the Bosphorus River, but it was nothing more than a tragic accident". Not even the best [...]

910, 2018

The generalization of all men condoning sexual assault must stop. Now.

By | October 9th, 2018|

At first, I thought it was an overreaction. Then, it happened to me. I can, therefore, no longer stay silent. There is a dangerous wave sweeping America at the moment. It's been building in strength for some time, and has finally washed ashore, seemingly taking it with it a common sense and ability to parse the seas of what is fact and what is hyperbole. It brought me back to late 2017, and a magazine expose that was yet another seminal moment in the battle against those who use their [...]

410, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Mississippi Minions, Hello Hockey, Fast Food Foolery

By | October 4th, 2018|

For me, 2018 took a needed turn to the positive Wednesday night with the opening of the NHL season. I've been a fan of the Boston Bruins since the early 2000's when I worked in Boston, hosting a nightly live cable talk show "Sports Pulse". I got to know the organization, the players, the reporters, and it all culminated in a renewed love of hockey. The Bruins opened their season in Washington against the Stanley Cup champion Capitals, and it meant a 12-pack of Sam Adams IPA and the geek [...]

310, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Pulling the plug, Teflon Don, Riding the wave

By | October 3rd, 2018|

So this was the day where I, at one level, "pulled the plug" on social media. I haven't stepped away completely, but made the conscious decision to stop a lot of the engagement in posts. First and foremost, the art of respecting opinion is gone. At least for the moment. As I noted to a good friend in making this decision, the posts start out with a concept of thought, but then about 10 entries down, they become nasty and so judgemental. Can't and won't do it for awhile. It's [...]

210, 2018

Social Media Addiction: We ALL need to step back

By | October 2nd, 2018|

There has not been a major sports league around the world that has used social media to it's advantage better than the NBA. Star players and those who want to become stars use the medium, especially Twitter and Instagram, to it's full advantage. Perhaps TOO full. Veteran JJ Reddick has stepped away completely from social media, finding it distracting and "not healthy". He has wiped his accounts in the desire to no longer be part of what he calls a voluntary activity that is "not healthy". The quote could not [...]

210, 2018

Has the World Become too Distracted for Real Heroes?

By | October 2nd, 2018|

Since I can remember, I have always been one who reads a little deeper into words and comments. I have always sought the true meaning behind speeches, offhand quips, novels, or just a short conversation between people at the bar. I have no idea where it came from. I wasn't raised in an environment where listening was valued, or where like in so many stories we hear about people gathering around the dinner table to talk about issues of the day. At my house, it was always mostly useless [...]

2709, 2018

Ageism: Making Experience & Desire Disposable

By | September 27th, 2018|

When we're young, all roads are open to us. We are, if lucky, encouraged to seek every avenue, try every gamble, become part of something. We are valued, and always considered to be full of possibilities.   When we're older, those roads are closed to us because of years. We are far too often discouraged from seeking something new, told the gambles aren't worth it, blocked from paths we'd like to try because there are younger alternatives for traveling those roads. We are less valued, and often looked upon as [...]

2609, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: “Fastest Show” returns, The Immaculate Reception, Flying Elephants

By | September 26th, 2018|

- It's not for everyone, but "This Is Us" is such exceptional film making. It's not just a TV show. It's wondrous writing and incredibly deep acting skills on display. The "time jumping" sometimes means the viewer has to work instead of just sitting back and taking everything in. That's OK. In our fast food world, it's refreshing to have something billed as entertainment and speak to such an emotional depth. What's not to like when the last few minutes of the season premiere showed "The Immaculate Reception"??? THAT floored [...]

2509, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Appalling local TV, Hellish heat, Winter means good honks

By | September 25th, 2018|

The lack of simple language skills on local television newscasts is appalling. I've worked at newsrooms where after every show, there was always a post-mortem to discuss what went right and what was missed. I know for a fact this doesn't happen in most newsrooms anymore, specifically the local ones, because, and I was told this recently, "management is afraid of someone being pissed off on being called out in front of everyone and gong to HR". The writing is abominable, the performances have become more bad acting than news [...]