Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Why Celebrity Suicides

An article I read at the website "The Federalist" had one paragraph I felt hits the mark on why having a deeper understanding of life helps guide us through the darker phases of it. 

As Kate, Anthony, Robin, and so many other entertainers show, even giving joy to others, in the end, is not enough. So in the end, why bother? How can we not be defeated when we set our eyes on the brokenness of this world? The answer: to fix our eyes on another world. The writer C.S. Lewis famously said that, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” If we believe this life is all there is, the darkness will blind us to the majesty and beauty of life.

What we "fix our eyes on" in this world can be the difference in whether we feel surrounded by hope or despair.

Maybe you don't necessarily need to believe in a traditional God, but there must be Some Thing in our being for us to set our sights on and look up to that's indestructible and eternal. That thing cannot be another person or product of a person(s) because as we all know, persons and their products are not indestructible nor eternal.

The only Thing inside myself that I've glimpsed as being indestructible and eternal is the soul. And it might sound crazy but I don't believe it belongs to us. As I watched the soul of my mom depart I felt like a witness to a solar eclipse. A shift of perspective occurred before my eyes that was felt deep in my soul. I was stilled by a familiar presence as it passed before me.

There was light, then shadow, then light again. Some Thing happened that connected with and touched me the viewer. Some Thing was making Itself known again to me; a reminder if you will. It was wonderful. Maybe if we know what it means to die a glorious death we can envision what it means to live a glorious life. 

The article reminds me of a quote I used to put at the bottom of emails. It's from the society called "The Christophers" - A single sunbeam is enough to drive away shadows.

What Took Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain Wasn't Mental Illness  by Caroline D'Agati

Monday, June 04, 2018

Lebron's Eyepopping Game 1 Finals Stats

Lebon James (center) of the Cleveland Cavaliers before Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on May 31 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. 
Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Via The Undefeated

Down to his socks and shades, here’s a breakdown of the complete outfit James rocked into Game 1 — and the price that each piece of the look cost the King.









Grand total: $46,964.95. Moral of the story: Not all of us have pockets as deep as LeBron James’.

UPDATE: Watch connoisseur FakeWatchBusta told the Undefeated that James’ accessories included a rare Audemars Piguet, called the Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Chronograph, which retails in shops for “right over $40,000.” The accessory brings the minimum total of his Game 1 outfit to nearly $87,000 — not including James’ custom jewelry.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Damn Best In The West 2018

It's all bout that 3rd Qtr Boss!

The Golden State Warriors launched another comeback attack that grounded the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. No explanations needed. Sure you could say it was Rockets fatigue, panic, inexperience, coaching, Paul injury you name it. But none of those things could erase the lights out long range shooting of Curry, Durant and Thompson when the game was on the line. Curry especially led the charge that reminded the sports world of just who these Golden State Warriors are; possibly the best team of NBA players ever to be assembled. What you've gotta love about them is that they're not indestructible. They have their faults and yet when it seems all could be lost they simply turn on the talent and the opposition just wilts away. 

In the 3rd Qtr they become machine like with an automation that seems almost inhuman. If I'm at home gasping and choking trying to grasp the impact of what's happening to the once dominant opposition imagine what those poor opposing players and coaches must feel like. With total shock and disbelief written over their faces after losing the game, they're left vacant eyed wondering what the freak just happened on the court just now. Their fans are experiencing that same inquisitive dream state, wondering if maybe there's some basketball conspiracy working against them. Guess it might take a few days for it to sink before they get it together and realize the cause of their crisis; 



Friday, May 25, 2018

A Raiderlegend Repost- "Lest We Forget"

NFL Draft A Quarterback Crapshoot - by Raiderlegend

Above is what one of the expert football analysts said years back about an unproven young quarterback named Russell coming out of the draft.  No, this wasn't the prediction for the small of stature recent super bowl winner Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.  This was a Russell of an entirely different mold.  A quarterback who stood 6'5 and weighed 223lbs coming out of high school.  A quarterback who could throw 70 yards from a kneeling position.  A quarterback who's unbelievable workout was called "star wars" by former Raiders coach Jon Gruden. Jon "Chucky" Gruden....   

This was all the talk before heading into the 2007 draft.  ESPN, now with the benefit of hindsight, looked back on twelve quotes from the experts heading into the 2007 NFL Draft.  As a Raiders fan both then and now, I learned two lessons from the #1 draft pick of the Raiders that year; 1> Expert analysis/prediction is a crock 90% of the time  2>Irregardless of talent there's no way to predict the success or failure of a college quarterback entering the NFL.   

You may be wondering just who the heck am I to rebuff the word of so-called football experts?  I am the fan who witnessed first hand the Russell that was said to have thrown the football with a strength unheard of and marveled experts with his fantastic footwork for a big man.  I am the fan who sat and watched this football Adonis fail miserably over and over in a #2 silver and black jersey.   I watched and waited, for all the great expert predictions about this Russell to come to fruition.  

After a few years I and the rest of Raider Nation knew that the experts had sold us a bag of damaged goods.The fresh sparkling fruit penned with the #1 draft pick ribbon was rotten inside.  It never fully developed and had to be thrown out of the Raiders barrel for fear of spoiling the whole bunch.  It didn't matter to onlookers what caused its insides to rot, the fact was that big money was spent and expectations were through the ceiling.  There came a time to cut bait.

By now, most reading this know of whom I speak. The Russell who left his rotten mark on my Oakland Raiders never even came close to the expert predictions and expectations.  He might have had the potential at one point, but something got inside his head and caused his skills to simply rot away.  

I learned from no other than LSU's Jamarcus Russell, to trust absolutely 10% of what any and everybody says about the draft class coming into the NFL any given season.  Each has the potential to be great. Most will prove to have one and done NFL seasons.  At least one that shined so bright in college will be a complete bust.  And a few of the strangest fruits deep down in the barrel will outshine the entire draft bunch.  

I owe Jamarcus Russell a thank you. Because of him I no longer get too caught up in the NFL draft class and expert analysis. Because of that kneeling bomb throwing freak, I give my full attention to college and pro basketball along with pro baseball spring training, instead of watching the draft board fluctuate.  And because of JR I cannot be baited into discussing with friends what college player should go to what pro team.  I am the unfortunate 'fool me once' recipient who refuses to carry the twice fooled label of shame. 

I am a reformed draft day enthusiast who lost his draft passion with one bite of rotten fruit.

And with the fifth pick of the first round the Oakland Raiders Select!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Gruden/McKenzie Call-In A Blast

Today at 4:00 p.m. PST, Head Coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Reggie McKenzie hosted a Season Ticket Member conference call. It was all good! 

A heartfelt Thank You goes out to Lincoln Kennedy for emceeing yet another great conference call-in with Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie and new head coach Jon Gruden. The "Big Fella" done got good with a mic in his hand. He kept it moving with a rhythm and flow that would make the top chart rappers jealous. Good job Linc!

This year's conference call was extra special because it featured "CHUCKY" being back in black, reminding us Raiders fans why we love our team so much; we got history. Gruden hasn't lost his touch with communicating his thoughts and passions for the game of football and it's players. He came across as excited to be back with a genuine love for Oakland. Sure he threw a sales pitch for buying tickets to the games but whaddaya expect, he's on the job.  

The call-in went great with many questions asked that Raider Nation felt were important for Reggie and Gruden to give their take on. It wasn't an interrogation type call but an informative one. Nothing but respect on both ends. Reggie McKenzie has gotten better at answering questions and even welcomed the joking criticism of his son being drafted a Kansas City Chiefs. Reggie was great when asked how it felt to see his son go to a rival; "come game day it is what it is!." 

The callers were very respectful as usual and 99.9% were definitely on top of their game with questions that needed to be asked. Maybe it was due to good caller screening by the Raiders organization for there to be no questions about the team moving. That kept the conference call positive and upbeat, smart move.

Although the Raiders had a disappointing season last year there was nothing but love for Reggie and the direction the team is heading. A lot of that probably had to do with Gruden being back. Chucky is likely the best addition the Raiders have made during the offseason. He's looking to prove to himself and doubters that the game has not past him by. He trusts the pedigree of his assistant coaches. They've put together a football teaching clinic in Oakland; teaching our guys to win.

For those who couldn't listen in on the conference call, a season ticket members only event, trust me when I say we Raiders fans will see an improved football product wearing silver and black on Sundays come this fall. Gruden is not making any guarantees nor is he shying away from the notion of a Raiders return to Super Bowl greatness in the near future. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Yeah, Go Talk To Him Charles, He's Downstairs"

Finally, basketball commentator Charles Barkley was silenced after asking a chump question of a Golden State Warriors player. 

The Question:  "Is Draymond Green as annoying in person as he is on television?" 

The Answer:  "You should go talk to him, he's downstairs.

And you guessed it, Charles didn't move one ounce of his big biscuit eating butt toward the stairs. You know why?

Yep, Draymond Green don't take kindly to someone wanting him punched in the face. Even if the wanna be perpetrator is slinging a mock punch from upstairs behind a desk. Dray is simply Ol'Skool when it comes to anybody throwing threats his way. He knows talk is cheap and his feeling toward that type of cheap talk is simply they know where to find him. 

Because Dray ain't hiding from nobody. His teammates know it, us Warriors fans know it and now I suppose Charles Barkley knows it. And if Chuck knows what's best for him he'll finish up his game 4 visit to Oracle Arena Tuesday and go directly to Oakland Airport to get out of the bay. And don't even think of catching a bus or train. Because as Cyrus once said in a legendary speech of the streets;