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Nate Robinson keeps dunking over Dwight Robinson. Harrumph!

In African American interest, Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Dominican Republic, Entertainment, Grenada, Haiti, Humor, Jamaica, Sports, Trinidad on February 20, 2009 at 7:47 am

Gosh, is it me or are things feeling a tad more somber than normal? I’m dragging. Need  more coffee. 

It’s been a pretty funky news week with the Connecticut chimp mauling, the ensuing New York Post racist cartoon, the jacked-up Rihanna photo, and the GOP’s seemingly never-ending whining about all things President Obama. Need a picker upper.

Um…Oh, I know…I’ll get a little dose of humor from The Onion. It’ll help me wile away the hours and get through this day.

Here’s what I dug up. 

 

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And now read except from a mock Onion  article. 

ORLANDO, FL-Since leaping over Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to claim his second NBA dunk title Saturday, 5-foot-9 New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson has apparently dedicated himself to the sole task of jumping over Howard as the 7-footer goes about his daily life.

According to Howard, Robinson bounded over him roughly two dozen times on Tuesday alone, most notably while the All-Star center was putting gas in his car, as he was standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, immediately after he woke up in the morning, two minutes later when he was taking a shower, and right afterward as he began to shave.

“I can’t do anything without that guy jumping over me,” said Howard, who glanced over his shoulder every few seconds during his press conference Wednesday. “He’s everywhere. When I took my mom to her doctor’s appointment last Monday, at church communion, and every time I get off my couch to put in a new DVD. And I watch a lot of DVDs.”

“Today I thought it was finally over because Nate hadn’t jumped over me once-not at the cleaners, the skate park, the gym, anywhere,” Howard said. “Then I sat down to a romantic dinner with my girlfriend and as soon as I stood up to light the candles, he comes flying in, breaks the dishware, and gets baked ziti all over the carpet.”

“It’s upsetting,” Howard continued. “But you know what angers me most? It’s that he really isn’t jumping over me. His crotch is barely clearing the top of my head, and he is putting his left arm on my back for an extra boost. You people are seeing that, right? You’re seeing that I need to lean down so he doesn’t bang his waist into the back of my head and fall to the ground and embarrass himself in front of everybody? You saw that I dunked on a fucking 12-foot hoop, right?”

Chuckle, chuckle.

Funny stuff. Happy Friday! – MJ

Don’t know much about baseball but here’s what I think: Don’t blame A-Rod, at least not solely.

In African American interest, Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Dominican Republic, Entertainment, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Politics, Sports, Trinidad on February 18, 2009 at 10:56 pm

In all honesty, I can’t stand baseball. 

Actually, no, that’s not it. I can’t take watching baseball on the telly. My dad is a major baseball fan. He loves New York baseball whether it’s the Bronx Bombers or the Flushing, Queens crew, the Mets sluggers. He totally revels in the game in the comfort of his living room and I suppose having a cold brewski in hand makes his at-home spectating that much more fun.

But MJ has to be in the stadium cuz that’s the only way I’ll get it –  America’s fascination with the game that is and trust that I have. 

So even I can understand fans’ disappointment that A-Rod with aid from his phantom cousin did the steroid okie pokey. Bummer for the Bronx Bomber. Bummer for his fans.

Gotta say that I’m not surprised that A-Rod’s name has been added to that roguish roster marked ANABOLIC STEROID USERS: NO HALL OF FAME FOR YOU! This is baseball after all where contract dollars are as high as you can dream and drug oversight as far as the eye can see. Like you gotta squint to see it in spite of all the loose paper stamped Mitchell Report falling from the blue skies.  


But I gotta admit even MJ felt a little soft for the Yankee metrosexual slugger as he teared up during his press conference in Tampa on Monday or Tuesday (cuz like I said I really need to be at the actual baseball event for these sort of details to stick). 

Howeverrrr, I wasn’t buying his hackneyed excuse of I-was-young-and-stupid-and-didn’t- know- that -sticking-myself-with-needles-with-help-from-my-cousin-who-I-ain’t-naming act. It doesn’t wash. Tell me you had a fill-in-the-blank energy drink, not realizing that fill-in-the-blank energy drink was laced with fizzy anabolic steroid ingredient. Don’t tell me that you were bending down while your cousin poked you with a needle and alarm bells even at the not-so-tender age of 25 didn’t go off. 

All in all, I found A-Rod’s press conference, which I watched about half-way through the media Q&A part, bewildering. Yet, I gotta agree with A-Rod on one front: baseball is bigger than Rodriguez – like a gazillion baseball diamonds way bigger. 

I’m not saying brush this aside or hurry up and move forward. Steroid use in the MLB and beyond is a big, major deal and it creates physical disadvantages among players, is unsportsmanlike, among many other reasons I’m too lazy to lay out that makes it bad, bad, bad. 

But brouhaha over one player – no matter how major of a star he is – with little attention to the club as a whole including managers, etcetera, does nothing to correct the problem or alleviate pressures (and greed) these athletes feel that drives them to furtively go druggy.

Whatever became of that Mitchell Report any way and the subsequent stringent regulations it was suppose to usher in?  Never mind. I’m going shopping. What do I know about baseball? Nada, that’s what! – MJ

Lessons from A-Rod: Stop blaming it on youthful thinking!

In Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Entertainment, Sports on February 13, 2009 at 5:08 am

It’s one of my many pet peeves: Senescent mofos who come up with trite excuses to explain why they did something utterly stupid and immature. I just had to share snippets from a New York Times blog post I recently read that gets across nicely my point on this very issue. 

Earlier this week, we saw a lip-biting, brow-crunching Alex Rodriguez, arguably the best player in baseball and certainly the game’s most insincere human being, explain why he took performance-enhancing drugs in his prime.

“I was young, I was stupid, I was naive.”

Whoooaaa, A-Rod. Stop the tape. For the record, he was pumped up on steroids and other drugs from ages 26 through 28, while the highest-paid player in baseball, with a 10-year, $252 million contract.

He was a man in full, but wants us to think of him as a boy. He was a corporation unto himself, a very calculated one at that. He cheated to get an edge. Then he lied about it.

But if nothing else, the A-Rod ‘roid admission this week — after he famously looked Katie Couric in the eye in 2007 and denied ever taking drugs to help him perform — gives us a chance to parse the oldest of lame excuses: young and stupid.

I always say hold yourself accountable especially when you’re 21 and up. And if you’re over 25, there’s even more reason to act like an adult cuz, ahem, you are an adult. Skip the hackneyed excuses please.

By the way, the NY Times blog on A-Rod is so worth reading. Also check out this satiric take by The Onion on the A-Rod Fiasco. I loves The Onion.- MJ