WTF, April 8… UConn, BABY!

 

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Go UConn…

I live in Connecticut.. Southern Connecticut to be exact… we have no Major League sports in our state. Being caught between the Boston metro area and the NYC metro area, its hard for major league teams to really exist in Connecticut.UCONN1

So, what happens is the state gets divided between rooting for Boston or NY for the most part. Southern Connecticut is kinda sorta NY and Northern Connecticut is kinda sorta Boston.

But, we do have one sport where there is hardly too much disagreement…UConn basketball… especially UConn Women’s basketball.

The women just won their 10th national championship last night.

joe11) Lots of folks are now saying that the coach of the team… Geno Auriemma… is now in the rarified company of UCLA’s coach from yesteryear… John Wooden (10 rings)… and… the NBA’s Phil Jackson (11 rings).

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Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma

Then there is Breanna Stewart… or Stewie as she is known to her teammates and Geno.

When she told Geno she wanted to play for UConn it was after a campus visit in 2011 and she simply said: “I would like to commit if you’d take me”.

Once when she was asked “Why UConn” … She stated when she came to UConn that her goal was to win four championships.

Damn and tarnation if that ain’t ballsy… huh? Besides the fact, it had never been done.

She’s now one title away from being the first ever to win four straight.

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Breanna Stewart

Geno even has said that when when he was recruiting her that he asked her what drove her; what were her goals and she said… “You know I want to win four national championships.  I want to be Player of the Year.  I want to make the Olympic team.”

Some folks were just a tad taken back by her goals… said it was more than just being bold, confident or ambitious… it was unheard of… even at Connecticut.

Stewart says… “That’s what I came here for.”

As she stood on the court last night with a part of the championship net around her neck she said, “I think it’s really surreal and I haven’t had a chance to even think about that. I’ve won three national championships, but said I wanted to win four, you can’t win four without winning three first.”

And… oh, yeah… she also won her 3rd straight MOP award… MOP being Most Outstanding Player.

No one in NCAA basketball, except for Lew Alcindor… aka Kareem Abdul Jabbar ever did that.

Stewie has joined Kareem. NCAA-Notre-Dame-UConn_Byun41-1024x652

Just understand this… say what you want about Breanna Stewart but… It ain’t ballsy or over confidence when you back it up.

And know this… all year long… except for one damn game… these women kicked ass. Beat teams by 20, 30, 40 points. Some damn good teams, too. However these women are that damn good, themselves.

And last night… Notre Dame did something not a lot of team did this year… they gave UConn some game back…

They kept the UConn Women down to only 63 points… 41% shooting for the field… but, in the end, UConn answered back… they worked the defense… held ND to 53 points. .

Auriemma always tells his team to not be afraid to lose, and, last night they refused to lose.

Auriemma, regardless of the game, is now among the legends of the coaching game…

Stewie is now among the legends of the college game.

And I just gotta say it… UCONN BABY!

2) Last week, in the wake of the hullabaloo over Indiana’s so-called religious freedom law… aka anti-gay law… two pizza shop owners were interviewed by news peeps and were shown on local TV saying that if a gay couple were to come to them and asked for pizzas to be brought to their wedding that they would say, “no.” One of the proprietors added, “That’s a lifestyle that you choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. You can’t beat me over the head with something they choose to be.”

The comments earned Kevin, and daughter Crystal, O’Connor plenty of enemies, who flooded the Yelp page for their business with negative, mocking reviews and erotic photos of mostly naked men. Some of which beyond the pale of decency and were in fact hateful.

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Kevin & Crystal O’Connor

Love it when some peeps try to battle ignorance and hate with more ignorance and hate.

Among the worst of innuendos was when an assistant softball coach at a school tweeted, “Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? “That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE” Ignorant.”

That got the coach fired. Can’t say I feel overly bad about her being fired but I do think that if this were some isolated situation and just something the coach did out of an extremely misdirected drive to make a statement about what she perceived as an injustice hen it might have been an overreaction by the powers that be for her to be fired… and… maybe a good strong bawling out by these nabobs of education and a suspension without pay might have been a tad more appropriate.

But… the reality is hate on either side is not just or right and it can’t be tolerated. So, like I said I ain’t overly sorry for her either. You have got to be responsible for the stuff that comes forth from your brain when you spew it.

But…. back to the O’Connor’s… mixed with the flak that was being directed at them was also support and at last count over $30,000 was pledged in donations to an online fundraising begun by a local conservative news station after they had heard the couple had shut down their busienss due to threats they were getting.

Crystal told conservative radio station The Blaze, adding “I don’t know if we will reopen, or if we can. We’re in hiding basically. Yep, staying in the house.”

And… the O’Connor’s say they have nothing to be sorry about and that they ain’t discriminating against nobody… it’s just that they wouldn’t cater to a gay wedding.

Crystal said, “We said we would serve anyone that came in that door, even gays. But we would not condone a wedding. We would not cater to that.”

Now… guess what… I’m not sure how this works when it comes to catering but I am of the opinion a caterer can more or less chose what they want to cater and what they do not want to cater. And… that they can simply brush off any job they chose to without making a comment on the reason why one way or t’other.

And… now hold onto your arm chairs here… I agree with them when they say it’s about choices… a gay couple chose to be what they are and that’s gay… and that they chose to be what they.. hetereo… are and that’s fine.

AND… they should not be beat over the head… literally or figuratively by anyone who thinks differently than they do.

No matter how ignorant some one wishes to be there ain’t a damn thing can be done about it. If, ignorance is bliss, then, Crystal and Kevin are probably very happy… or… blissfully engaged in their heterosexual lifestyle.

But, it goes both ways they can’t be beating on anyone who is gay either… literally or figuratively.

Ya don’t wanna serve them in your public place of business then that’s wrong, but, from what I sees they will serve them, if, they… any gay folks… come into their joint for a slice, or, even to sit down for a entire pizza or more.

And, that’s a good thing.

They just won’t cater a wedding for same sex couples. And, I don’t see where they say won’t cater any functions for gay folks… it’s just not weddings for same sex couples.

And, while I think that’s a bad way to think, I also think it’s their choice to refuse that type of business if they so desire… and… other peeps, on both sides of the arguement, gay and straight, should not be waging in a war of hatred words.

I may be on shaky ground here… but… while I personally believe they are discriminating when they say they would refuse the catering job… if it were offered … I don’t think it is the same thing as if a gay person were being refused in a public establishment.

The thing is this… everyone has to make decisions based upon what they believe… then they have to live with those decisions.

However, when peeps make those decisions no one should be spewing out hatred and making threats against no one because they don’t like certain stuff other ones be saying or doing… because that shit just ain’t gonna fly no how…

Sort like when the man sings…

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But, when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right?
All right, all right

 

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re all doing what we can
But if you want money
For people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right?
All right, all right

You say you’ll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right?


All right, all right!
All right, all right, all right!
All right, all right, all right!
All right, all right!
All right?

 (John Lennon/Paul McCartney; Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)

ALL RIGHT?

3) In today’s (4/8) NYDN there is an article about another white cop.. this time in South Carolina… who shot and killed another black man.

The cop… Michael Slager… gave this version of what went down… at about 9:30 a.m. last Saturday (4/4), Slager says he pulled over Walter Scott for a broken taillight and opened fire after Scott took his Taser. He said he shot Scott because he feared for his life as he was involved in a struggle with the suspect and victim.SC Cop

Then, a citizen came forward with a cell phone video of what went down… it contradicted …by a lot… the cop’s version of events…

Scott, the deceased, is seen in the video rnning awasy from the cop and there seems to be about 15 foot of separation between one another when Slager, the cop, fires his weapon. I nal l8 shot were fired.

Scott stumbles and falls and then is face first on the ground.

“Shots fired,” can be heard as Slager goes to Scott’s body. Then, “Put your hands behind your back!” as the cop is seen circling the still body with his gun still drawn.SCcop

Then the video shows Slager cuffing Scott’s hands and then running back to his original position where he picks something off the ground.

As another cop arrives, Slager is seen going back to Scot and tossing something… it’s assumed it’s the stun gun at this point… next to the body.

As the video continues Salger is seen leaning down to check Scott’s pulse… more than three minutes have now gone by since the shots were fired.

According to reports, 5 of the 8 shots fired hit Scott… 4 in the back and 1 in the ear.

On Tuesday (4/7) Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday… just hours after the cell phone video surfaced.SC COP1

The Mayor of North Charleston announced the charges and said, “When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And if you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision.”

I whole heartedly agree.

Now, I could go on and on about this thing and that thing…. I could rage on about injustice and be this and that about that and this… I could even speak calmly about how we still need to come much further then we all think we have come in America…

I could talk about a lot of things, and maybe, I’d be right about most of everything I talk about but ya’ll wanna know something…

I been talking about all that stuff but there’s one thing I wanna point about it all… something I wanna say… it’s this…

In almost all of the incidents that cops have killed peeps… especially black peeps… that are controversial… if not peppered with falsities… or outright lies… I have been saying why didn’t they just call for backup instead of thinking they needed to do something that involved using deadly force?

Why?

4) Saw this little piece of info come out last week… several of the elephant govs… who btw are probably gonna be in the run for role of the future occupant in the Casa Blanca… took hundreds of millions of dollars under the Affordable Care Act … Obamacare… while at the same time that they tried to repeal the law.

Scott Walker (WI), Chris Christie (NJ), Bobby Jindal (LA) and Rick Perry (formally TX) have gotten a total of $352 million through grants set up by the law. And, this seems kinda at odds with their public stance where they blast the law as an unprecedented expansion of government and call for its repeal.

Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Chris Christie
Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Chris Christie

Now, on the one hand, I guess, ya gotta take where it can be taken… but, still… it seems kind of hypocritical to me that they gladly pocket the money while crying about about the injustice of it all.

Shouldn’t they stick by their guns… so, to speak?

I mean… if you believe something is wrong then why take any tainted money associated with that wrong? Shouldn’t a person stand for what they believe is right, if, in fact, that is what they believe?

Just saying…

5) Just be aware Ya heard “Don’t fuck with Mother Nature”?

I am here to add “Don’t fuck with any mother’s child for that matter…”

Ya think hell hath no fury than a woman scorned? Ya ain’t seen hell until ya seen a mom fighting for a daughter’s life…

Case in point…

19-year-old Kanta Vankar was washing clothes near the banks of the Vishwamitri River and a sneaky ass big old croc chomped its jaws down the girl’s leg and tired to pull her into the water.

As could be expected Kanta screamed bloody murder… and her mom… Divali… heard her child and ran toward her.mom and daughter

She grabbed one of Kanta’s hands and began hitting the croc with a washing bat.

After 10 long minutes the crocodile finally gave up and let go of the teenager’s leg.

Kanta was taken to hospital and is said to be in a stable condition.

They say ya don’t tug on superman’s cape… welllll… ya don’t fuck with no mother’s child either… they kick your ass and take no names.

6) Kentucky is not the National Champs in NCAA basketball for the 2014/2015 season.

Not big news to me. I didn’t pick them any way. I just thought it’d be Notre Dame who beat them and not Wisconsin. Oh welll…

But, as big as the news that mighty Kentucky had fallen, this, in some ways, was bigger…

Shortly after having their bid for a perfect season burnt by Wisconsin’s 71-64 stunner in the Final Four in Indianapolis, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison muttered “Fuck that nigga” after a question was asked about Wisconsin’s star Frank Kaminsky in the post-game press conference.

The question was not directed to Harrison, but, to his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns.

And… Harrison delivered the comment while covering his mouth unaware that the mikes at post game conferences are mighty sensitive little pieces of electronics. They picked up his words and before ya could say “Jack be nimble; Jack be quick” the words quickly made the rounds on social media.

And… btw… Harrison is black and Kaminsky is white.

Lots of folks got all up in arms about his words…kentucky-andrew-harrison

A lot of folks said that what he said was racist… some took the position that it was said in jest… others said that his words were poorly chosen but still…

Harrison has since apologized to Kaminsky by phone, and, everyone else in general via Twitter.

Interestingly, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith added his own words of apology in Harrison’s behalf… kinda sorta…

He said that what Harrison said was “unfortunate and wrong”, but, that the word nigger… or nigga… has a different context for blacks in America than it does if a white person had said it.

Maybe… and… maybe it shouldn’t.

I don’t know, and, I don’t think I especially care.

I have made my position clear on the word and most peeps who read my words should know by now that I say use the word at your own risk. It is what it is.

But, I also wanna say… ya’ll don’t think that what Harrison said is not commonly said by young and old folks all over the place? On the asphalt courts of NYC… Chicago… LA… big towns and small towns all over the damn place? Ya’ll don’t think his words are commonly heard in locker rooms and at pickup games all over the country?

The man said, “Fuck that nigga” … said “fuck that nigga”… I hear that phrase almost every day of my life… spoken by black folks and by white folks…and peeps of all the other different colors. I see it on Facebook every single freaking day.

And, just one other thing I needs to ask… if a white dude said this about a black dude is it that much more wrong than if a black dude says this to a white dude.. or.. a black says it to another black dude? Or… a white dude says it to another white dude?

Just asking?

It’s time we stop having a double standard and its time we stop lying to ourselves. It’s time to either shit or go blind.

One more time.. ya wanna use the word then use it. And, accept the consequence for how and for why you use it. But, if it’s just a throw away comment… no more than that… like “fuck that son of a bitch”… then fuck it and accept it for what it is and let’s move on to bigger and better issues to discuss.

Just my opinion.

7) A California Easter egg hunt was organized by Blue Heart International as a fund raiser to fight human trafficking. The group had hoped to break a Guinness World Record for largest hunt in the world but fell short because it wasn’t registered in time, according to media reports.

It also fell short in another aspect… as a learning experience for children… for parents to be with their children and teach them a thing or two or three about how to be competitive yet have fun and how to problem solve as they search for the eggs.

The fund raising part was due to the fact that for parents to enter their kid in the hunt they had t o pony up $20.egghunt

For that $20 they and their child got to search for the 510,000 eggs that were hidden. Well… plastic eggs that held candy, maybe some trinkets and even some that held food vouchers.

But, when they hunt was announced as begun… greedy grownups rushed the field to “help” their kids sweep up as many of the 510,000 eggs as possible. Parents were literally shoving and pushing peeps, and their kids, out of the way so they could get what they could. Trampling and stomping madly around so that the kids who should have been finding and collecting eggs either got no eggs or maybe just two or three at the most.

Need I say anything more? Do I really have to comment on the atrociousness of some peeps who try to pass themselves off as grownups.. .adults?

Then we wonder why some of the kids today have no respect for anything?

Look at who be teaching them about how to get on in life… their parents. These peeps are their role models.

Like the saying goes… the acorns don’t fall far from the tree…

8) Speaking of Easter Egg stuff… The Washington Wizards were at the White House recently for the traditional Easter Egg Roll. The Bamster has been known to play some hoops from time to time so the guys got itn oa little shoot around.

Then they all broke into teams, with his prezness on the same team as John Wall and with Paul Pierce being on the other. Well, as things worked out it was the Bam Man who got the winning bucket and lo and behold what went down… the Bamster’s inner smack talker came out… he started talking smack… real shit…

“That’s three in a row!” … ” What you got to say?!”

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Obama talking smack

To Pierce… who just smiled at the leader of the free world.

Wall on @BarackObama :”He trash-talked Paul (Pierce) when he hit the game-winner. ‘I’m clutch. I’m clutch.’ #WizardsTalk @CSNWizards

Yeah, that Bammer… when he got them suits with the mirror glasses around… he be bad… let’s see him go one on one out on a NYC court without that backup. He be bad or he be what?

But, maybe I oughta back off… I mean it won’t be long before some peeps be all “there be wars to fight, economies to fix, laws to pass and he’s playing basketball???”

9) And more basketball… sorta…

Russell Westbrook is a nice guy. Don’t care what anyone says about the dude.

See… Westbrook was in this year’s NBA All-Star game and was so good that he won an SUV as MVP of the NBA All-Star Game.

Well, he decided that… damn I got me enough vehicles why the heck do I need this one, too.

So what’s a well-off athlete to do?russell-westbrook

He decided to contact a charitable organization in the Oklahoma City area… Sunbeam Family Services… and find out if they knew of someone who could use a new vehicle.

At first she thought it was a joke… someone fooling her… a prank… but here he was big old Russell Westbrook… standing before the single mom of two, gifting her a brand new car,

Then she started to cry.

Kerstin Gonzales, a 19-year-old raising two young boys who was selected by Sunbeam Family Services to receive the vehicle said, “When he showed me the keys, I was like, ‘This is real.’”

Westbrook told NBA.com, “There were definitely tears of joy and I could tell some tears of hard work and all the different things she’s been through in her life. Today was a stepping stone in showing her that everything is going to be all right.”

Kerstin’s car had recently stopped working, and she had been borrowing vehicles to get to high school and to pick up her sons. So it was needed and appreciated.

Kirstin, who juggles being mom to two kids, work a job and try to study hard and get itno college added, “It’s so touching and so amazing knowing that there are people out there willing to help the ones that are in need.”

Westbrook said, “When you see somebody working hard toward a goal and finding ways every day to keep everything afloat for her two boys and her family, you can’t do anything but help them out.”

Amen to that, my man.

no-kardashian-parking-signs10) Lifelike street signs declaring “No Kardashian Parking Anytime” appeared bolted to signposts around Hollywood this week

the street artist Plastic Jesus told media sources that seven signs were hung beneath regular parking notices on Melrose Avenue and other posh commercial stripsand are meant as a shot at both the media and the public’s hunger for celebrity news.

So far, the LAPD hasn’t received any complaints about the signs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

I love it!

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Rachael Leigh Cook (35) is an American actress and model…

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  1. Joe,

    The topic of most interest to me in your post was 7), the Easter Egg Hunt. I have long felt that referring to children as “kids” was patronizing, especially when there was no corresponding familiar term for adults. After some thought, I adopted the term “grup” (short for grown-up) from the classic Star trek episode “Miri.” So my daughters grew up understanding that all people made mistakes, whether they were “kids” or “grups.”

    Further, treating adults as familiarly as children allowed them to realize that grups sometimes did some things ever stupider than what kids did. What the grups did at the Easter Egg Hunt is a good example of that.

  2. Joe –

    I’m not sure what this manifesto is all about but I was led here because some clown sent me the link. That said, I think I should bring a few things to your attention. First, dead Becca wasn’t dead. She was probably some guy named Karl who lives in Michigan. Second, at no time should you ever argue with an angry Jew who spits out hatred like a jacked up sprinkler sprays piss. Thirdly, just because a guy has the initials JFK, does not mean you should vote for him or look directly at him when he’s mounting a goat. Lastly, you need to go back to the DLFL and apologize for your sins before God smites you with a plague of epic proportions. The last guy who didn’t, got a case of the runs and spend eternity having to wipe with Brillo pads. That is all.

  3. Of this Becca, let’s just say that that person is of no concern to me…

    I have come to understand that arguing with an angry anybody who spits out hatred like a jacked up anything is more or less asisnine… you will never get any where. It’s like pissing in the wind, in fact, you’ll just get most of it all over yourself. So, I take that piece of your advice under sincere advisement…

    JFK’s persoanl predilictions should be left unsaid.. if’n ya’ll catch my drift…

    About DLFL I have nothing to be sorry for so I won’t be…

    And… if whatever God there is was about to smite me for any sins I would have been smited a damn long time ago.. but… be that as it may.. My relationship with what I conceive to be God is a personal one, so, I’m cool with God as far as I know.

  4. I think you were too easy on Captain, Joe. Perhaps because Captain is not a regular and thus is not familiar with the culture of this site. I hope that Captain will quickly get up to speed, learn what he/she needs to know, and become an ongoing and contributing member of 7poundbag.

  5. FanNation has gone to that great social website in the cloud and is no longer available to mortals like us.

    Get used to it. It will make us a better site.

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