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Rising Above One Professional Baseball Player’s Stupidity…

December 14th, 2017 · No Comments

Originally I’d planned on writing about how there must be something in the waters ‘O Texas? As my eye certainly was on the Lone Star state, especially regarding the intolerable behaviour of its two National Football League’s Franchise’s top “Mucky-Muck’s,” i.e.; Jerry Jones and Bob McNair.

As Jones is going Nutzo’ over his Star Player having to serve out his Domestic Violence suspension, while McNair thinks there’s a bunch ‘O Inmates in the NFL…

But what really got my Goat, which is somewhat funny, especially since I have Zero interest in Major League Baseball, was the totally unwarranted behaviour of Yuli Gurriel during this year’s World Series.

Weirdly, since after all I was aboard a Big ‘Ol Jetliner; Uhm, the seating sure AIN’T B-I-g’ anymore! Not to mention the pitch between seats! As this was the first time I’d ever been subjected to flying for a few hours with my knees firmly pressed against the seat in front of me and the pathetic swatch of cargo netting that serves as the seatback; but I digress…

Flying to Houston ironically on a night Thar Astros were playing against the Dreaded Yankees, in this year’s MLB Playoffs, the male flight attendant was a Gynormous “Stick ‘N Ball” sports Fan, who constantly badgered the man seated an aisle behind me the entire flight on what’s the score now?

As our Aeroplane was equipped with In-flight TV Access via Seatback monitors, for which this passenger was happy to give him a running commentary between Coffee, Tea, Or What’s Duh Score?

Peanuts? Get Your Crackerjack Here!

As next thingy Yuhs know, said flight attendant spoke over the planes speakers, Astros just scored a three run homer! To which there was some applause, before he asked how many Houston Fans? GO STROHS!

Yet the Yankees would be victorious and as we began our final descent, he broke the news via the intercom by saying Thars No Tears of Joy in Mudsville Tonight, New York wins. (6-4)

As it was even funnier hearing the lady behind me squeal in delight, saying her husband’s a B-I-G Yankees Fan! Oh, I’ probably should be quiet, as we were awaiting departure of our 29min flight from Houston to Austin…

And since this was weeks before? The World Series, that was that, as I was ensconced in the crème de la crème ‘O Single Seater racing at the Circuit Of The Americas, where the yearly round of Formula 1’s USGP was being held in Austin, Texas.

Originally, I really didn’t have a preference, or care over who won this year’s World Series, since I couldn’t recall the last time either had won the Pennant?

But after initially learning of Yuli Gurriel making his totally unwarranted racist gesture towards Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Yu Darvish, during Game 3; for which I believe he should have been vanquished from the remainder of the World Series! I immediately wanted the Dodgers to be victorious.

Yuli Gurriel gets 5 Game Suspension in 2018 for racist gesture, escapes World Series Ban

Alas, unfortunately the Astros would go onto win the Pennant, and Gurriel just has to sit out five meaningless games next year, to which for Mwah, sends a mixed message at best.

Yet sadly, this unwarranted behaviour towards Asian Athletes isn’t new this year, albeit how many of Yuhs know about the episode this year’s Indy 500 winner was involved in?

As Takuma Sato became the first ever Japanese driver to win the Memorial Day 500 mile classic race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, defeating NO less the revered Helio Castroneves, who’s been flirting with making history at the legendous Brickyard for several years now.

IndyCar Drivers rally behind Takuma Sato after Denver Post Sports Writer’s Racist Tweet

Hey! You didn’t think I wasn’t gonna slip in some sorta motor racing reference did Yuhs? Hya! But seriously, if Y’all watch the video clip below, where the epic IndyCar Reporter Robin Miller does his typical interview with Sato, who’s also known as Taku-san, how can you not become a Fan of the diminutive Japanese IndyCar driver? Who simply oozes Charisma…

VIDEO: Robin Miller at Takuma Sato’s Borg Warner Trophy Unveiling

Thus, in what I enjoy bobbing about in, calling it The Seas of Synchronicity, I was drawn to an article that I listened to via my National Federation of The Blind’s (NFB) Newsline for The Blind telephone service, during my daily perusal of the Indianapolis Star Sports section.

for which naturally, I cannot locate said article on the IndyStar’s website, but here’s the story from another source instead.

How the Reds could land Japanese star Shohei Ohtani

Naturally, having already admitted my Baseball prowess, I’d never heard of this alleged Japanese Rising Star Baseball player, simply named Shohei Ohtani. Although I immediately pondered why wouldn’t he wish to go to Seattle? Even if we have a tradition of not making the playoffs.

Since Shohei Ohtani, who’s noted as being a Dual-threat player, could potentially bask in the similar glory here in Seattle a la a fellow countryman of his did previously. As perhaps Y’all recall the name Ichiro? Who’s currently a Free Agent and definitely a future Hall of Famer.

Five things to know about Shohei Ohtani

As Seattle’s got a long history of having outstanding players upon its roster, as I’m not sure who’s more famous; “the Kid,” aka Ken Griffey Jr. or Ichiro Suzuki?

Alas, I’m happy to hear that Shohei Ohtani’s narrowed down his list of potential suitors to primarily West Coast teams, with San Francisco and Seattle apparently having made the cut. As perhaps, Shohei Ohtani could just be the ticket to land the Mariners in the playoffs next year?

Since I know of at least two top prospects on the current roster, Thanxs to Snowbyrd MJ’, a devoted Mariners supporter. Both pitchers, “King Felix” (Hernandez) and The B-I-G’ Maple-leaf, nee James Paxton. As Shohei Ohtani’s obvious talent couldn’t diminish from Seattle finally snapping it’s 16-year streak of not making the MLB Playoffs! The current longest Post-season Drought in the Major Leagues, since having lost to New York in ‘01.

Hence, I’m now momentarily interested in professional baseball, even if summer’s a long, long ways away. With Seattle currently ensconced in thou Damp chills ‘O Darkness for the next six month!

But hopefully the Mariners will land the 23yr old prospect, and the Pacific Northwest can once again gush the immortal words of Dave Niehaus’s “My, Oh, My!” Or better yet, when we’ll get the “Rye Bread out for Shohei Ohtani’s First Grand Salami!”

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Dustup in The Desert…

November 14th, 2017 · No Comments

Originally I’d intended to g-O Football Free this regular season, albeit paying minor Attenzione to the Blue team’s results, as Hey! How can Yuhs NOT Hear what Seattle’s Team, thou HAWKS’ are doing in The Jet City. Especially when their kicker muffs three field goals to loose in the snow. As ironically I’d heard that the visiting team between Hawks and Redskins had won the last four meeting, prior to the game commencing.

As a ‘lil birdie in my head told me whilst I walked to my local grocery store Thursday morning around 9:30AM in a brisk 42-degrees with mild precipitation, Thars’ a Pigskin game tonight in Arizona.

Hence, in this first of the twice yearly NFC West divisional matchups between “Mr. Seahawk,” aka Mister Sporty’s squad, and Artiste Dave’s Cards’, I decided I’d break down and listen via Thy ‘lil transistor radio to Duh Voice of ‘dem Hawks and his NFL Hall of Fame Colour Coordinator Warren #1 Moon, since I still recall attending my last Seahawks game with these two rabid fans on another cold, blustery night in Seattle.

Pigskin Delights…

Whilst the Hawks certainly were pleased being in warm, comfortable and dry Glendale, AZ. Which apparently wasn’t expecting any Haboobs’ since the roof was open…

Yet a smile crept across Thy Face when the game began, as I fondly recalled sitting upstairs 2yrs ago at Ye ‘Ol Tacoma Homestead, in the white “Lazyboy” recliner.

As I’d tried going home that morning, from our revered “Aroma Dome in The City of Destiny.”But we’d turned back upon discovering that the Tacoma Dome bus station was completely jammed with 12S’ Fans waiting to ride thou bus to Seattle nearly 6hrs before Kickoff; CRIKEYS! On a Saturday - During a Playoff game, not to mention the bus already being full!

AnyHoo, I gleefully sat upstairs in said recliner that evening with My Girls’, aka MAD Molly & Thy Pixolator on Thy lap, listening to the game via the radio, whilst reveling when mimicking KIRO radio announcer Steve Raible yelling TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS! In one of my favourite Hawks memories…

As I’m pretty certain this was when Seahawks routed those Dastardly Carolina Panthers 31-17 Wayback on Jan 10, 2015 at ‘der Clink, nee Century Link Field.

Y’all know the year the Hawks should have been World Champions again, ‘cept for that whimsical call by Darrell Bevel to throw the Pigskin on fourth down, right Marshawn?

Mad Molly, an extremely special Canine to Mwah, sadly takes the Chequered Flag…

And for Mwah,
part of the entertainment of listening to my first Hawks game in nearly a year’s time… Was trying to get up to speed on Seattle’s ever revolving lineup, with such luminaries as Earl Thomas, Cliff Avril and Eddie Lacey all on the sidelines.

With such names as Shaq Griffin, Bradley MacDougald and J.D. McKissic being completely foreign to me.

Also swear I heard thee Voice of The Seahawks Steve “HOLY CATFISH!” Raible say that Golden Tate was the receiver on Arizona’s Kickoff coverage team, taking a knee in the end zone, Eh?

After a slow start, No. 3, aka Russell Wilson went five-for-five, passing for 44-yards, capped by an Alley-Oop toss to Jimmy Graham. Allowing me to bellow in unison with Raible and his signature Tagline; TOOOOOOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS! With 5:07 remaining in the first quarter.

And Raible later asks, is that four or five penalties? With Moon saying that’s five! As Hawks are penalized twice for roughing the Quarterback, along with at least one more third down penalty letting the Cards’ off the hook, continuing their drive down to the Seahawks 14-yard line.

Then a 14-yard Screen-pass to Arizona’s Tight End Gresham tied the game up with 14:53 remaining in second half.

And whadda’ Yuhs know? Seahawks Luke Wilson gets another Personal Foul for Clipping on the next Hawks offensive drive, once again killing their momentum.

Got up and took my plate out to the kitchen, walked back to Thy “Office” to hear Raible say the scores 9-7; Huh?

As during Halftime, believe I learned it was Cam “Bam-Bam” Chancellor who’d stuffed Arizona’s Adrian Peterson in the end zone for the safety.

Now Raible’s going NUTZ’ over the plethora ‘O penalties the Hawks are incurring, with the Zebra’s tossing another yellow Hanky in Seattle’s direction… Before imploding on an ill-attempted end-around resulting in 2nd and 18; YIKES!

Then Hawks first rushing first down of game comes from Thomas “the Train” Rawls, with a 22yd run.. Followed by a 20yd Bomb to Tight End Benjamin Baguette; WHO?

Then on tenth play of drive, Arizona’s flagged for being offside, with Seattle electing to enforce penalty to make it third and five on the Cards’ 14 at the Two Minute warning.

And Seattle’s Wayne Brady; Err Dwayne Brown’s in the Sideline tent for players examinations…

After Seattle’s muff on third down, the 12S’ favourite player Blair Walsh; Uhm? Remind Mwah again why Seattle let Hooska-dooska (Steven Hauschka) go to Buffalo? Trots on to the field and calmly kicks a 33yd Field Goal down the middle of the upright’s to make the score 12-7 with 1:53 remaining.

then some more questionable Officiating proceeded Seattle taking over on downs before Paul Richardson makes a sensational catch to ultimately get Seattle into Field Goal range with Walsh going 2-for-2 with a 43-yard FG to make the score Seattle 15, Arizona 7 with two seconds remaining in the half before Stanton takes a knee.

Whilst Warren Moon berates the Officials by pointedly saying that when there’s a National TV Football Game, the Officials think they need to be in the Show…

WHEW!

And that’s just a Quick Slant pass to Halftime…

Opening drive by Arizona sees nearly seven minutes run off the clock, resulting in an Arizona field goal, making the score 15-10, with another Hawks player being injured during the drive.

As this game has quickly become a battle of attrition, as two of Arizona’s players have left the game with knee injuries during the first half.

And the injuries just keep Ah-happenin’, with Hawks Sherm’, aka Richard Sherman and C.J. Prosides both out of the game, whilst the rookie Speedster McKissic is suddenly putting some spark into Seattle, rumbling down to the Cardinals 49-yardline at the end of the 3rd Quarter.

Seahawks begin 4th Quarter by picking up a first down, before incurring a false start penalty, after Thomas Rawls comes into game.

Giving Seattle 11 Penalties for 88 yards now against the Hawks. Before Hawks penalized for another infraction; CRIKEYS! Making it now 2nd and 21; OOMPH!

then Raible goes BLUTO! Yelling Are You Kidding Me! Russell did more pirouettes then a Ballerina! With his trusty receiver Doug Baldwin saying I’m Open! Before Wilson connects for a 54yd pass completion down to Arizona’s 5-yardline!

As Moon chimes in, that was Shades ‘O Fran Tarketon! Before

the best Ballerina move we’ve ever seen Russell do! Not one, but two pirouettes to stay alive, and then capping the drive off with another Alley-Oop to Graham to go ahead 22-10.

Next, KJ Wright BLOWS UP Arizona’s drive with an eight yard loss, bringing up third and eighteen, before Michael Bennett smacks somebody named “Duke” Ellington? Forcing Arizona to punt again…

After Seattle’s Defense staves off Arizona’s march to the Red Zone, stopping their drive on 4th & 9, the Hawks were once again forced back onto the field after Russell Wilson & Co. went three and out, giving the Defense nary a chance to rest.

Which ultimately ended in the Cardinals scoring a second TD with barely any time on the game clock remaining. But the Hawks D’ didn’t quit, as Jeremy Lane sprinted in to block the PAT’, leaving the game knotted at 22-16 in Seattle’s favour.

As the Cardinals hopes were extinguished when their Onsides Kick Done Blew Up! With Seattle’s Tyler Lockett recovering the football, before Wilson ended the game by taking a knee.

And although Seattle won the war, moving to 4-0-1 vs. Bruce Arian’s Cardinals, and 7-1 in Thursday Night games. The carnage was quite staggering on both sides of the football, with Seattle suffering worst, with nine players being injured! Obviously with Sherm’ being lost for the season after rupturing his Achilles being the game’s low-point for Seattle…

Seahawks win in Arizona but lose Richard Sherman for season

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Star Strangled Insanity…

October 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Isn’t it GURR-REAT! to have the leader of your nation purposely trying to incite Racism in his country?

As it seems very well scripted and planned, that you would publicly say something divisive in the South, along with only being able to voice your thoughts in itzy-bitsy, 140 character nuggets ‘O TWIT-ER-DUMB!

Since obviously by now, we’re all completely aware of our glorious leader’s profane opening of his mouth in Alabama ’bout certain NFL Athletes bein’ Son of Bitches, right?

While I’ve mentally vacillated over the past weeks on whether or not to spend my time upon this nebulous subject, since I doubt as a nation, we’ll ever have a civilized, constructive Debate upon the topic of Racism in America.

Colin Kaepernick inspires a movement with his absence

But I’ll say one thingy’ for our glorious President, besides All Hail Caesar! He’s pretty clever since I actually broke down & turned my TV on for my first Football action this year Sunday, Sept 24th.

Having now become overly curious to see how our “Fair & Balanced” Mainstream Media would report on the Anthem and how those crazy Seattle Seahawks would respond to the President?

As I was so “Proud” of the Hawks’, and Sportyblog’s Senior Scribe Touchdown Tommy’s Tennessee Titans for not taking the field! While all Trump could be proud of was RASSCAR’, Uhm, you know that Roundy-round racing series steeped in Moon shining, the Rebel flag and Uhm, Oh Never Mind!

You heard Trump, now listen to the kneeling Colts

Although I’m not savvy enough to know how to find the ultimate answer to my question, which is When did we feverishly begin blindly Standing for the National Anthem during Sporting Events in the good ‘Ol USA?

As can’t Y’all just wait for the nation chanting USA! USA! USA! During the fast approaching 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea…

Nonetheless, I did find an interesting article from America’s premier “Stick ‘N Ball” establishment; Err Sporting authority ESPN, written some six years ago.

The History of the National Anthem in Sports

As ironically, when being asked if I’d heard any of our typical BOOM-BOOM! Fireworks celebrating another regular season victory this year by the Hawks Sunday Night vs. the LA Rams? I replied No, albeit having zero clue of the game’s outcome.

Yet what are Fireworks made from? Gunpowder Me thinks… And what was gun powder originally intended for? And why is it Not surprising that the person credited with starting this national anthem fever was in the U.S. Military…

While A-L-L of this senseless Noise ’bout kneeling before a game just makes me wonder what this Oil laden Smokescreen is really designed to Obscure? As the President AIN’T getting Shit done politically?

Instead, making fun of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s female Mayor Carmen Yulîn Cruz, then bein’ all Slap happy whilst tossing out paper towels to some of his 3.4 million U.S. Citizens living in Darkness and horribly short upon important commodities like water, food, sanitation, etc.

But instead, at our expense, the presidents Sidekick, and ex-Governor of Indiana, decides to waste approximately $100k, as look up how much it costs Taxpayer’s for Air Force Deuce to fly per hour!

As this great man named Mike Pence, who rose to fame for stupidly signing into law Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 2015, decided we needed to be further distracted by his political Shenanigans upon flying home to witness some ceremony occurring, NO! Not that one, but something being done for some Dude named Payton…

Before the Vice President promptly walked out of the San Francisco 49ers National Football League game vs. his Indianapolis Colts - in order to keep the Spotlight firmly shining brightly on continuing to incite the nation…

What are We Fighting For…

Alas, did you know? As I just learned this recently, during our president’s Wind bagging, via The Guardian’s Sports section that somebody named John Wooden kept his championship winning teams inside the locker room during the playing of the Star Spangle banner in deference of supporting his player’s individual beliefs.

As this revered national icon did this for years, beginning when some dude named Lou Alcindor sat on the bench and refused to stand, for Uhm, racial injustice some 50 years ago!

Will Skipping the Anthem become NFL’s new Normal?

Hence, once again I’m very impressed over the Seahawks, Titand & Steelers staying off the field completely!

Whilst I’ll spare Y’all my dribble over how this nationalistic furor isn’t exactly a healthy thing, as just look at what occurred in a country called Der Fatherland during the 1930’s, when citizens would attack others for not promptly standing and saluting during the singing of their national anthem “Horst-Wessel-Lied”Ja Volt! As can Y’all say Fascism? And are You Experienced?

VIDEO: Jimi Hendrix National Anthem Song

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On the Eve of Another NFL season’s Kickoff, Will America ever Conquer it’s Racial Divide?

September 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Obviously I don’t know the pulse of the entire nation, but it was refreshing how everyone I came into contact with on Monday, August 21st managed for a few brief hours to focus solely upon the phenomenon of the Solar Eclipse.

As I watched it being tracked via television beginning in Madras, Oregon, before watching it occur again at the Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Followed by a brief passage at Casper, Wyoming and then my final visage occurred in Carbondale, Illinois, where I marveled to myself what reporters would later write.

That the Sold Out Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s (SIUC) raucous crowd of 14,000+ attendees, replete with marching bands, musical performances and hundreds pounds of BBQ, went absolutely Berserko’ like somebody had just run back a 4th Quarter late game winning 98-yard TD when the clouds broke for the final 15 seconds of Totality!

Southern Illinois puts on solar eclipse party for ages inside football stadium

Yet as we’re All aware of, a racial divide continues its second season in the National Football League, with ex-San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick at the Eye of The Storm.

Jesse Jackson: NFL Owners have Colluded to keep Kaepernick out of league

Although I have zero idea if the ex-49ers Quarterback, who’s professional playing career’s zenith apparently was losing to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII? Nonetheless is certainly a polarizing figure, while I find it interesting that so far, only black NFL players have publicly supported him.

And even more intriguing is the fact that Kaepernick’s past team, for whom he opted out of his contract, has just hired the first female coach Katie Sowers, who’s subsequently come out, becoming the NFL’s first openly Gay, active member of its Male fraternity.

But for Mwah, as I won’t try arguing the Constitution’s First Amendment; Y’all know the one ’bout Freedom of Speech! Instead, there’s obviously a way bigger issue at heart, what’s affectionately known as “The Elephant in the Room!” And in another nod to what I find myself constantly swimming in the Seas of Synchronicity, naturally I finally got my turn to listen to a CD Audiobook I’d requested several months ago from my Public Library…

Ironically, I retrieved said book one day prior to a most Despicable occurrence in the state of Virginia, for which the book simply titled Hidden Figures points out how Virginia was arguably the most opposed state towards desegregation, in our Nation during the 1950’s.

In case you haven’t heard of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and The Untold Story of the Black Women who Helped Win the Space Race, it’s an amazing book regarding the untold story of African American women with amazing mathematical skills, who ultimately helped analytically compute NASA’s path to landing on the Moon!

Uncovering a tale of Rocket Science, Race and the 60’s

As the book portrays the “West Computers,” an all black, female computing group born out of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 88-02, mandating NO Discrimination in the Hiring of any Federal Employees during World War II.

Led by Dorothy Vaughn, and two of her star employees, Catherine Johnson and Mary Jackson’s perseverance through the racial segregation of the 1940’s as “NACA Nuts” and the slow as Molasses movements towards desegregation of the 1950’s, up to the triumph of Neal A Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s Moon landing of 1969.

Yet overt racism still loomed large, especially in the south, for which perhaps the influential Gil Scott-Heron’s song titled Whitey On the Moon, mentioned in the book so appropriately points out.

VIDEO: Whitey On the Moon - Song

As the most poignant story of ardent racism for me in the book revolves around the incident taking place in Little Rock, Arkansas, beginning September 3, 1957. While the entire nation was abuzz over a silver, Russian ball hovering overhead the morning of October 5th, formally known as Sputnik 1!

Yet after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v Board of Education, that White’s Only Public Schools were Unconstitutional, mandating the racial integration of All the Nation’s Public Schools, the Governor of Arkansas defiantly called out the National Guard to block the admittance of nine black children trying to legally enter a white school!

As then President Dwight D. Eisenhower was forced to send in the 101st Airborne’s “Screaming Eagles” Paratrooper regiment to federalize the Arkansas National Guard in order to enforce the Supreme Court’s ruling, as I simply cringe over the thoughts of the school’s white students Vociferously Jeering, Spitting On and throwing objects at these nine brave black students who simply wanted the chance to attend Arkansas’s Central High School in hopes of getting a better education!

Little Rock Crisis, 1957

Another Black Trailblazer was the late Dick Gregory, who I’d never heard of before last year, and was amazed to discover that he broke a different colour barrier by becoming the first African American to perform Stand Up Comedy in a White’s Only Nightclub; NO less Hugh Heffner’s Chicago Playboy Club!

What Stupefies me even more, is a second colour barrier he broke by steadfastly refusing to appear on the Tonight Show hosted by Jack Paar, until it’s producers finally agreed to let the black comedian stay after his act and sit on the show’s legendary couch and chat with Paar, which had never occurred before!

VIDEO: Back in The Day Dick Gregory, 1962

As both Gil Scott-Heron and Dick Gregory were highly intelligent men who both attended College, with Scott-Heron earning a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from John Hopkins University, despite never having completed his undergraduate degree.

Meanwhile Gregory’s collegiate studies were interrupted by his being Drafted into the Military in 1954. And upon his return to Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, (SIUC) he dropped out to pursue his comedy career instead.

Gil Scott-Heron, Voice of Black Protest Culture Dies at 62

As both men persevered thru their lifelong struggles with racism, blazing paths in entertainment whilst campaigning for their Civil Rights.

Which I suppose is why I burst out in laughter when reading Gregory’s obituary’s section that wryly noted he didn’t last long as a Postal employee after having a penchant for filing all of Mississippi’s mail in the Overseas Slot!

Dick Gregory, 84, Dies. Found Humour in Civil Rights Struggle

Thus, as Y’all watch some Football: Are, You, Ready! For some Football? Instead of fuming over selected professional athletes consciously declining to stand for our National Anthem, in the immortal words of the late Rodney King, which I’ve typed before here on Sportyblog. “Can’t We All just Get Along?”

I’d like to point out the obvious, which was so eloquently pointed out by the noted Cosmologist Carl Sagan, regarding his revered tagline ’bout Billions and Billions of Stars, “We’re All Connected!” Via the Universe’s creation…

VIDEO: We’re All Connected - song

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Oh Lonzo, It’s gotta be Duh, Uhm…

July 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Seriously? While I understand the impetus to command your price in professional sports, and strike while the proverbial iron’s hot. I simply cannot ascertain the ego’s leading to overt greediness! Especially when you’re simply a rookie in the NBA, and even if you’re supposed to bring the Lakers back to greatness with “Showtime” 2.0, or is that 3.0? As somehow I’m thinking Kobe and Shaq might not like being overlooked?

As I’ve attempted to completely ignore the rapture over Lonzo Ball, even if Erving “Magic” Johnson’s Mega-Watt smile has been re-illuminated while gushing enthusiastically over LA’s No. 2 NBA Draft Pick this year.

As it just really makes my head spin that somebody can believe he’s worthy of having a tennis shoe “sneaker” named after him retailing for $495; Seriously?

As it’s gotta be Duh Shoes, right? Yo Lonzo’, those are Michael’s shoes you’re wearing, you know, as in Air Jordan’s…

Lonzo Ball says he’s wearing Jordan 31’s in hopes of starting a Bidding War

And if that’s not bad enough? It makes me sick hearing how on Day-1 of the National Basketball League’s Free Agency “window” this June, an Astronomical $769m - as in Million! Was shilled out to various Free Agents by the frothing NBA Franchises! For which Y’all know, are paying these vast, ridiculous, and insanely out-of-control amounts via you, “the Fans!” And everything NBA Y’all consume; SIGH!

As over half-a-Billion alone was spent upon the Top-3 Offseason signings, led by the Houston Rockets $228m six-year extension with James Harden. Whilst the reigning Golden State Warriors gave Steph’ Curry a five-year, $201m extension. And netting only a paltry $173m in third place was Blake Griffin, re-signing with the LA Clippers for a further five years.

As Griffin’s “Alley-Oop” deal Bumps the newly inked Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward to fourth at $127m and the New Orleans Pelicans Jrue Holliday’s $126m signing rounding out the “Starting five.” Before the Washington Wizards signed John Wall to a four year extension for $173m.

While now comes word that the Houston Rockets Billionaire owner Wesley Alexander has decided to put the Basketball Franchise he shilled out a meager $85m for in 1993, up for sale, with an asking price potentially in the $1.65b, as in Billion range!

Which Forbes estimated the No. 8 valued franchise at this past February, while Nope! I won’t say anythingy’ about Seattle and Chris Hansen or the pending Key Arena renovation; Oh Never Mind!

Houston Rockets owner Alexander says he’s selling team

Ah, “My Oh My!” How the times of professional sports have changed from their Heydays, or meager beginnings, eh? As imagine a time when sports stars had to play multiple series just to make a decent living?

and NO! I’m not talking ’bout the likes of Michael Jordan, “Neon Deon” Sanders, Jake “the Snake” Plummer, Chris Carter, Hershel Walker or Bo Jackson, etc. But Wayback instead during the resurgence of sports following the second Great War, nee World War II.

Since ironically when perusing the New York Times Obituary section recently, I came upon the name of Gene Conley, who I’d never heard of before, who even more Karmically was a Washington State product! Even if he was with those Dastardly KittyCatz’, simply known as the Cougs’, or formally Washington State Cougars, or WSU.

When I think of professional athletes to come out of WSU, I typically think of Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf, while I’ve almost forgotten ex-Seahawks Great “Dr. Dan,” aka Dan Doornink, a prolific Running Back from Seattle’s Jim Zorn NFL Football era Who got the nickname due to his Medical Degree, and now serves as an MD in his hometown of Yakima, WA.

And that’s it! Knowing nothing about their long list of luminary athletes, primarily “Stick ‘N Ball” Stars, i.e.; MLB, NBA and NFL, along with Track & Field and the CFL and Arena league Football.

Although when double checking for Ryan Leaf, I stumbled upon the name Jack Elway, as in Uh-huh, his son’s name is John Elway, as in that Elway!

Y’all know thee John Elway who the long forgotten Bryan “The Boz” Bosworth bestowed the moniker of “Mister Ed” upon the devious Denver Broncos QB, before Elway went onto winning two Super Bowls and Bosworth went; Uhm? Where’d he go?

As “bo Knows!” Where The Boz’ went; WHOOPSADAISY! As Oakland; Err Los Angeles Raiders Running Back Bo Jackson ran Roughshod over Bosworth and the Seahawks on National TV NO less long ago in the Kingdome! But I digress…

As the elder Elway, whose full name was John Albert “Jack” Elway, Sr., was born in Aberdeen, WA, home of some “Grunge Band” Nirvana’s ex-lead singer Kurt Cobain, played QB in High School and one year for the Cougars before a career ending knee injury.

Oops! I forgot about Mark Rypien, who led the Washington Redskins twice to victory in Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXVI, along with being named MVP of Super Bowl XXVI and the UPI’s Player Of the Year in 1991.

But back to the man who got me started on this WSU “Rabbit Hole,” as Gene Conley was first discovered by another previously unknown name to Mwah, the legendous’ Bill Sharman, a ten-times National Basketball Association world champion, four times as a player for the Boston Celtics, once as the LA Lakers Head Coach and five more times as a Lakers executive.

As Sharman was the first person to ever win titles in those three capacity’s, also the only person to win titles in the ABL, ABA and NBA as a Coach, making for a staggering total of twelve championship titles overall!

Even more amazing, Sharman is just one of four persons to ever be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, joining John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens and Tommy Heinsohn.

As suppose it takes a Basketball great to see someone else’s Hoops’ potential, as ironically it was Sharman who approached Conley Wayback in 1951 when he was also an aspiring two sports star. As Sharman, then playing third base for the Brook land Dodgers Farm team, with Conley pitching for the Boston Braves Farm club.

As Conley, who towered on the mound as a 6-foot 8-inches tall pitcher with a devastating fastball; Hmm? Makes me think of the legendous’ Randy Johnson of Seattle Mariners fame; but I digress… Was looking for work during Baseball’s Offseason, since back during the 1950’s players struggled to eak out a living.

As Sharman reportedly first took notice of Conley when he played Hoops for then Washington State College, before becoming WSU, during his Sophomore year battling John Wooden’s legendous’ UCLA Bruins in the Pacific Coast League.

As the rest they would say is History. As Conley much to his Major League Baseball teams displeasure would play professional Basketball during the Offseason, cramming 18-seasons worth of play into 12-years time.

First becoming an MLB World Series winner in 1957 with the Milwaukee Braves, a team that included somebody named Hank Aaron!

He then became a titlist in Two Pro Sports, Who Hardly Took a Break between his eleven years in the “Majors:” 1952-63, before winning three world championships with the Boston Celtics between 1959-61. Ironically with Sharman on the team, that saw Conley sharing time at Center with somebody named Bill Russell.

Gene Conley, Dual-Sports threat with World Series and NBA titles, Dies at 86

As Conley is one of only two men to have won major professional championship titles in multiple sports, with the other being the legendary Otto Graham, who claimed championships in Football and Basketball.

Yet Conley achieved this Uber rare feat whilst contesting both series during the same time, while Graham accomplished his feat of winning in the National Basketball League, precursor to today’s NBA, first in 1946 with the Rochester Royals.

Then Graham was immediately snapped-up by the Cleveland Browns the same year, as Graham would focus solely upon tossing the Pigskin for the Browns the rest of his entire professional playing career, as the Browns devastating Quarter Back between 1946-55. Where he led Cleveland to the Playoffs every season, including winning three National Football Championships in 1950 and 1954-55, before retiring to become a Head Coach…

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