The Blog About Nothing 8/22 Edition

What up world? This Earl and I’m back with another edition of The Blog About Nothing. This week I’m jamming some Lil B in my headphones, and going to be blogging about the Little League World Series, Ohio State losing quarterback Braxton Miller, and why a boxer I like really needs to sit down somewhere and shut up. Let’s do this!

As I’ve said on several occasions, I used to consider myself a baseball fan. I’m not into the game anymore because I find it boring to watch, and honestly I don’t have too many players I can attach myself to. As a Mets fan I keep an eye on David Wright, but not because he’s the best player on the team. No, it ain’t that simple. The reason I keep tabs on Wright is because we were born on the same date. I’m a year older, but we both were born 5 days before Christmas and I can’t help but think that’s pretty cool. Another reason I don’t relate to the game, and I know I shouldn’t say this but damn it I’m going to say it, is because I don’t see too many guys like me out there. We here at www.7poundbag.com have a baseball roundtable that posts every week, and in one of the recent ones the question was asked was: does Major League Baseball do enough to encourage African Americans to play the game? Now, I read that question, and the participants answers and I couldn’t help but feel that they were wrong. I’m not being critical of them, but I disagreed with the fact that MLB is doing enough to promote the game in our communities. Other than the Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard appearing in the occasional Subway commercial, I really don’t see Major League Baseball doing anything to promote the game in the black community.

Major League Baseball has a program called Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, known simply as MLB’s RBI program. RBI was founded in 1989 and according to MLB they have served over 1 million youths in it’s 25 year history. All 30 clubs support the program and less than half their participants were African-American, but RBI does include international participants and honestly 1 million youths in 25 years? Doesn’t that number sound surprisingly low to anyone else other than me? Only 1 million youths in a country of over a couple hundred million people? How great of an impact is that, really? The black community supported baseball, well before the other major sports in the United States but I can’t help but feel that they allowed themselves to take the back seat once basketball and football made their rise in the ‘hood. Go through any black neighborhood and you’ll hear plenty about LeBron, or Durant, or one of the guys off of the local football team, but where’s the promotion for the black baseball player? Right here in New York for example we’ve had Curtis Granderson, a man who has played for both the Yankees and Mets and there ain’t no kids walking around here in Granderson jerseys. Willie Randolph used to play for the Yankees, and manage the Mets and he’s a man who spent time in my own community, yet there wasn’t much done to market that to us. If the youth saw that you can play a game like baseball, make it out of a rough environment, and become a star (if they are good enough) maybe you would see an influx in blacks playing the game. MLB has to do more because the future is there.

Watching last night’s (Thursday Night’s) Little League World Series game between Philadelphia and Chicago, I saw many talented black youths that can easily be playing in Major League Baseball 7 to 10 years from now. Philadelphia may have been led by Mo’Ne Davis, a talented pitcher, and a young woman who is destined for greatness with an elegant personality, but look at Zion Spearman. Little man looks like a star. So does his teammate Jahli Hendricks. Chicago’s team is entirely African-American and they got a kid in Pierce Jones that makes the game look easy. The game isn’t dead in the community, and it was great to see young black kids excelling at a stage where they’re often a minority (if I’m speaking honestly). However, will MLB step up and nurture those talents? Will Major League Baseball promote the game to a point where those kids can stick with the sport as they enter high school, enter the MLB draft, or go to college? Or will they look elsewhere because all they have to do is turn on the TV and see LeBron, Durant, or the NFL star du-jour in commercials, or hear these stars names mentioned in the rap song of the moment? Promote the game more to us MLB. The future is there. Don’t fail them.

Moving on to College Football, The Ohio State University lost the two time Big 10 Player of the Year in quarterback Braxton Miller. Miller who injured his shoulder in the bowl game against Clemson last season, was throwing a pass in practice when he doubled over in pain. Miller wasn’t hit in the shoulder, but in his rush back from the injury he re-aggravated the shoulder and is now out for the season. Plenty was riding on Miller being healthy and hopefully leading Ohio State to an entry in the four team playoff format that is debuting this season. Without Miller the chances of Ohio State winning the Big Ten and finishing top four in the nation appears to be in grave danger.

Miller will be replaced by redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, and Barrett looks like a good quarterback in his own right but the next pass he attempts will be his first at the college level. Although that shouldn’t count the Buckeyes out. Who knows? Barrett might have the same impact on the Buckeyes that Jameis Winston had on the National Champion Florida Seminoles as a redshirt freshman last season. I’m sure Buckeyes fans everywhere would sell their first born if Barrett led their team to a title and won the Heisman in the process. Urban Meyer would probably sell his soul to the Devil, if he hasn’t already, for that kind of result.

As a Michigan Wolverines fan, you’d think I’d be overjoyed with Miller being out for the season. I’m not though. I have a weird respect for Ohio State and I like Miller. He’s proven himself to be a talented runner, a solid decision maker, and has a strong enough arm that he would be a good enough QB prospect at the NFL level. Seeing your rival lose a player like that is tough. Yes, you want to beat Ohio State but you want to beat them at their very best. Without Miller, and if Ohio State stumbles like experts predict they will, will beating Ohio State feel as sweet. Likely not. So, get well Braxton. You said you will return to Ohio State for the 2015 season but I hope you go pro once you heal up. You’ve got nothing to prove. You were the best player in one of the tougher conferences in College Football, two years in a row. That’s good enough. Time to move on.

Finally, I really like Floyd Mayweather Jr. I like his arrogance, and I admire his dominance but this dude really needs to shut the fuck up and stop going after rappers. One of those guys is going to hem him up if he keeps pushing them. Why am I saying this? Well, Floyd has a thing for antagonizing people. If you watch his All Access programs for Showtime, or the 24/7’s when he used to fight on HBO, you’d already know that but right now Floyd has an ongoing beef with three rappers. Yes, three. Currently, Floyd is verbally sparring with 50 Cent, T.I., and Nelly. Why? Well, Floyd and 50 used to be friends until they had a falling out over Floyd’s then fiance. The same fiance who is now dating Nelly. Now, that Floyd is a single man he’s been boasting about sleeping with T.I.’s wife. Get it? In an interview with mlive.com, Floyd stated that rappers come and go but he is still here.

He is right in that regard, but you can’t help but feel like he’s egging on and inviting unnecessary controversy. 50 Cent stays going after him. His recent challenge to Floyd was an ESL Challenge, and not an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Basically, he dared Floyd to read a whole page of Harry Potter without messing up, since “Floyd can’t read.” T.I., a man that has gone to jail on numerous occasions for gun possession, had to deal with Floyd constantly mentioning that he slept with his wife Tiny (an ugly woman to be honest, and not something I’d brag about if I had Floyd’s money, but to each their own). Floyd also had to deal with his former fiance Shantel Jackson who publically left him before the first Maidana fight, hooking up with Nelly. The fallout of their relationship likely clouded Floyd before the Maidana fight and led to a performance that saw Floyd nearly beaten, but instead of moving on he continues to bring the both of them up in press conferences.

Why I say Floyd needs to sit down somewhere, is because he’s too talented for this shit. Yeah, his mouth helps bring in business but he’s dealing with some irrational men on some very personal matters. Their personal beefs shouldn’t be regurgitated for our public consumption. Instead of egging on men, and their entourages who’d probably have no problem harming Floyd for their benefactors benefit, Floyd should just shut up, deal with Maidana in their upcoming rematch, and focus on whoever he wil fight next. So, Floyd Mayweather Jr. as much as I like you, you need to sit down, shut the fuck up, and just box.

I’m done. Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting www.7poundbag.com and I wish you nothing but Peace. Til next week.

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About Earl (EJ) Brewster 284 Articles
Born, raised, and still reside in Brooklyn, New York. I'm in my mid 30's, and I love sports, music, politics, and blogging about real life. You can find me on Twitter at @EJ_Brooklyn_Own

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  1. I hear what you are saying about black folks in MLB but is it really the job of the MLB to “promote” the game to those kids? Does football promote itself that way? Does basketball?
    Or, are those just the sports that, right now, black children gravitate toward rather than baseball?

    Having said that… I’ve been watching the LLWS and I noticed the decidedly inner city and very black teams that were involved. That, in itself, is a big… an enormous… change from LLWS recently gone by.

    So, maybe the cycle is changing and they are gravitating back…

    Sometimes, I think it’s a tad easier to put up a hoop on any telephone pole or tree and get a few kids to start shooting some baskets…… or, start chucking a football down a side street between four or six kids ala a Bill Cosby routine.

    Baseball is a bit different… you need a diamond and more than just three or four kids to really play the game. It’s just not that easy to do in a city environment sometimes.

    Even though hitting a spaldeen with a stick has always been a big deal in NYC.

  2. I normally agree with you Joe but as far as I see it you couldn’t be more wrong here. If it wasn’t MLB’s job then what is the point of the RBI program? If MLB is going to go at least that far, then they need to complete the job and show a better example of the end result. It is their job to help grow the game in the inner city and as far as I see it they are not doing a good enough job of that at all.

    As far as playing baseball in the hood it is pretty easy. I grew up in the ’80s with nothing more than a wiffle ball bat and a wiffle ball. I saw baseball played on my block with nothing more than a stick and a tennis ball. No diamond needed. We made a diamond on the street. Imagine if MLB came to these communities, invested, build a diamond if necessary, and brought in coaches to train those kids. It isn’t hard nor is it rocket science. They are losing kids to those simpler sports because they aren’t trying. Instead they seem more willing to just keep bringing in talent from the Dominican instead of investing in communities right here at home.

  3. Congrats to the young men from Illinois making it to the title game. They ultimately lost to South Korea, but it was great to see the boys from Chicago win the United States Championship. May they stay safe as Chicago is probably the most dangerous City for young people in our country, and I hope these young men stick with the game of baseball going forward in their lives.

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