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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

RF23 - It Was A Slow Sports Weekend..

RF23 – It Was a Slow Sports Weekend..

This Sports Report is brought to you by “Karo” Syrup, because when you want thick, heavy and slow syrup, Karo is for you.   And Karo was this past sports weekend, yeah it was a slooooow sports weekend, baseball is in full swing, heading to the all star break, the Heat polished off the Thunder in five games and I’m tired of talking about Lebron and myopic Laker fans, who are hatin’, strongly hatin’ on the Heat for winning their second championship. And, I simply refuse to talk about the WNBA!  So what’s to talk about?  Let me muster up something for my adoring reading public.

“He’s Creepy and Nahsty, It’s Jerry San duh sky..”   On Friday, twelve smart, moral jurors, based on the evidence presented to them found child molester convict, jerry sandusky guilty of 45 counts of child molestation.  The only break was that he was found not guilty of all 48 counts, but what the hell, life is life and hopefully convict Sandusky lives to be a rightful age of 99 or 100 and oh! The State of  Pennsylvania better not protect this animal!  put his nahsty azz in general population with the real criminals.   Let me ask you all this, where was the outrage and demonstration for Penn State University?  We got more angry demonstrators for Michael Vick for some damn dogs than Sandusky got for molesting over 10 children!   Is this what we’ve come down to? Protecting animals before children, at least a dog can bite to protect itself, what can a child do against a grown man?!!  I hope everyday of Sandusky’s stay on the tax payer dime is spent with him being taught how to shower...

“It Won’t Be Closure..But It Should Be A Start.”    What start?  Penn State University should just pony up and pay the victims.   The only closure received on Friday night was the public’s, not the victims, they have to live with what happened to them and although they weren’t convicted, they were sentenced to a lifetime of horror and mis-trust of people.  

 “Sandusky May Have Committed The Crime..But Penn State is liable..”  Twelve jurors may have convicted Sandusky, but Penn State is liable for their alleged cover-up.  The late Joe Paterno, didn’t commit any crimes, but he simply did not do enough to protect helpless children.   The school president, who knew and understood the implication is liable and possibly criminally negligent for his lack of actions.   There was a huge fumble in the Penn State administration and everyone tried to protect the end zone, instead of the children.  It’s a shame, because Penn State is a great education institution. 

“NCAA Should Punish Penn State Severely”  This is a no brainer, the NCAA should punish Penn State severely for its lack of institutional control.  You have an assistant head coach, who was the named successor to Joe Paterno, molesting children, you have administrators simply turning the page of his crimes and a legendary head coach, who simply just said, oh by the way, you might want to check into Jerry, I heard he did something in the showers with some kid...(That’s not an actual quote from Paterno).   I’m not expecting the SMU death penalty, but I’m expecting to not hear Nittany Lion sports for a good four or five seasons.

NBA:  This week is our second annual camping trip and almost assuredly someone is going to bring up last week’s Heat win and oh, the Lakers.  And I know for sure, that some myopic laker fan is going to moan about the lakers not getting Chris Paul and how the referees cheated for the Heat.  Question is, do I let them get away with their weak, untrue takes or do I swat them like mosquitos?  As sure as the next day is on calendar ,whatever it is, someone is going to bring up the aforementioned and be so serious about it that the conversation is going to be like this:

Myopic:  Man, the refs gave the heat that series, so Lebron could get his championship and the league bleeped!! the lakers over by not getting Chris Paul, man, ain’t that bleeeeeped up?!

And that’s my dilemma, do I take a successful General Custer  (Note, it ain’t my fault you fell asleep in history class, I’m not your encyclopedia, look it up!) stand and fend off the untruths, it’s already bad enough I gotta hear the same or more folks complain that obama hasn’t’ gotten a fair chance to make up for all the 43 presidents before him and clean up their mess..Here is the opening to that conversation:

Myopic obama supporter:  Man, these white folks ain’t going let that n-word-ga do his thing, he picked up all this mess from bush’ azz..

Although partially true, we know it’s not fully true, but hey what do you do? 

Monday, June 18, 2012

RF23 – Can’t We All Just, Just Get Along? Please.

RF23 – Can’t We All Just, Just Get Along?  Please.

Okay sports fans and social fans, today’s take is going to be a mixed bag of sports, political thoughts and social thoughts.  In the past, I have tried to stick with only sports, but since last week and events over the weekend, I feel compelled to force my takes on you all to ponder.  So let’s have at it.


Heat/Thunder:  Last week and Sunday I can honestly say the two best teams in the NBA are playing for all the marbles.  The Heat took a two games to one lead over the Thunder, and quite frankly, take away the melt down in game one, the Heat should be up three games to none. Probably against any other team that shouldn’t be playing this would be true, but Oklahoma City is not that team.  The Thunder reminds me of that young, inexperienced team that has all the talent, knows they have it, and don’t know any better.  They keep coming at you in waves, until they wear you out.  Need an example, ask San Antonio.  Need a better example? Aask the Lakers, still not convinced?  Ask Dallas.   In each one of those series, the Thunder were either on the ropes against San Antonio and just plain better than the Big Three or the Lakers.  You can slap them around and like someone who doesn’t know better, keeps coming back.  And that’s OKC. Unfortunately, they’re playing a team, that is hated and looking to give a bunch of naysayers and lets call them what they are haters the big EFF YOU!.  Lebron James came of age, when his team was staring at elimination against Boston and took over a team that was labeled Dwyane Wade’s.  With Wade struggling and Bosh out with a strain muscle, Cleveland Cav fans got a reminder of what James could do with little support and saw the player, who rightfully packed his talents and moved to South Beach, do what he did for Cleveland.   I suppose that pissed them off more.   I picked the Heat, cause I want James to get that monkey off his back, so he can play ball without the pressure of needing to win one and just playing ball to just win championships.  Many great players have walked in the NBA and come up short of a championship.  Problem with that, they end up on TNT, giving their take on how to win championships, oops, sorry to Barkley fans.

Rome v. Stern:  Most of you don’t listen to sports talk radio, so I’ve taken the task to listen to the shows for you.  I think it’s a fair trade of, some of you listen to Lil Wayne or Drake, so I won’t post my thoughts on their greatest hits like, “I ate Ice Cream”  “That’s a Rock” and “Giligan’s Island.” Now I know those aren’t any of their songs, but you get the gist.   Last week nationally syndicated sports radio host and CBS Sports show host Jim Rome had NBA Commissioner David Stern on talk about the finals and other NBA issues, when Rome mentioned the NBA lottery.   Rome asked Stern if the lottery was fixed because conspiracy theorists believe the lottery is rigged after the NY Knicks picked up Patrick Ewing in 1984.  This year the New Orleans Hornets was given the golden envelope and conspiracy folks really went off due to the fact that the League at the time owned the Hornets, and oh this is the same league that denied the Lakers Chris Paul.  I don’t know how to say this, but Stephen A. Smith summed that trade up very well, when he pointed out that Stern works for the owners, the league is the owners, so when the Lakers/Hornets and Rockets attempted to make that trade it was bad timing.  Bad timing due to the CBA was not signed and one of the owners reason for locking the players out was fair competition and revenue sharing!  So when the Lakers, who has a history of taking advantage of teams in the past by grabbing good players and winning championships, other owners rightfully protested.  Did I mention that the CBA was not signed yet, so the Commissioner under orders from the league (Owners) had to nix that deal.  Now, I’m sure they weren’t happy about the Clippers getting Paul, because that in turn gave them a big two or three.  So you have Rome asking the commissioner, on behalf of conspiracy theorists, if the Lottery is rigged and Stern takes exception by asking Rome if he still beats his wife.   Rome took the question as Stern meant for it to be: ridiculous!  But then it got worse. Stern accused Rome of doing things for cheap thrills and then clarified his remark by saying Rome uses cheap tricks and to make matters worse, Stern invoked Stephen A. Smith into the verbal altercation.  Smith had nothing to do with the argument, but drew the ire of Rome Clones.  On Thursday, Rome mentioned the incident, however has not at this point addressed the commissioner use of cheap trick and cheap thrills.  He seem fixated on the beating your wife question.  This is yet another bad incident for Rome, in which he may not recover.  If you Ram fans remember, In 1994, Jim Rome got into a fight with then Rams quarterback Jim Everett, when he referred to Everett as tennis player Chris Everett.  Chris Everett is a female tennis champion. 

Now the social:

Disclaimer, I’m not a huge of fan of Barack Obama, we don’t agree politically and like most black folk there are some social issues we definitely don’t agree on.  In the past month or so, this president, has, well, come out the  closet in regard to his stance on gay marriage and most recently, after saying in 2010, that he had no executive power to provide amnesty or change the law regarding amnesty, Changed the law by giving blanket amnesty to illegal aliens.  Now some of you agree with this action and with that, I have one question.   Can we let U.S. citizens serving time for theft out of jail or prisons?  And this includes repeat offenders.   Why?  Because if we are willing to grant illegals blanket amnesty for whatever reason, we should be able to grant and restore the rights of those who are in jail or prison for theft.  I see no difference in the two.  And oh, since we’re excusing kids who were brought here by their parents, illegally and allowing them to have all the rights offered as if they were United States Citizens, then we should return any and all loot to the children or family of the thief in prison.   Again, I. see. no. difference.    One more question, how is this the fault of the American people that these kids were brought here by their illegal parents?  Where is the accountability?  I’m sorry, but if you were brought here by your parents, illegally, sorry! The free ride is over, it’s time to continue paying the price of the wrong doing of your parents, sorry.  Secondly, this is simply an election ploy to get reelected.  This president cannot run off his record and neither can his supporters.   The only thing this president and his minions are going to run off is racism.  That’s right, last week, if you’re white and you say, the president looks cool...racist! And if you disagree with this president on anything, racist!  If you refer to Obama Care as Obama Care, racists!  If you use his middle name, racists! And lastly, if you ask a question, where everyone perceived him to be done with his press conference, racists!   So it’s going to pretty interesting to hear Obama supporters give their support for this guy based on his record, it’s gonna be like hearing them give his campaign issues (which by the way, a good majority of black Obama voters admitted to voting for him because of his race).   Last heard was hope and change.  I now believe the American people are going to use that same slogan to rid ourselves of this failed presidency. 

Rodney King: (Extra Disclaimer: The next opinion does not reflect the good men and women serving in our  law enforcement or the Los Angeles Police Department, like other organization there are a small minority that the public remembers the bad and not enough atta boys or girls.  Good officers like the late Randall Simmons who was shot and killed on duty and the LAPD officer who for charity sat in a Santa Monica Beach Ferris wheel). However, there was sad news over the weekend, 1992 Police brutality victim, Rodney King passed on what I think may be under suspicious circumstances.  According to reports King was found by this girlfriend at the bottom his pool in his Rialto, CA., home.    Also, according to friends and family, King was a good swimmer.   I don’t need to go into this long drawn out recap over what this man means to history and in February I may place him in my Black History Month Person Profile.  What King did or is responsible for is the reform of, if not all Police Departments across the country, then at least the LAPD.  Now I don’t agree with the method or the circumstances of King’s actions, but regardless of his actions, it did not equate to the brutal beating placed on him and two other passengers that night.   And to add insult, the lack of morals of a jury of  twelve citizens to acquit the cowards behind a badge, carrying a gun is just as reprehensible.  In my opinion that jury is equal to the OJ  and Robert Blake juries.   These were men who were entrusted to protect the citizens and for them and all others like them to sully that badge is just plain sad.   What’s sadder, was that King probably had turned the corner of his troubled life. I last heard him on the Larry Elder Show talking about his ordeal that happened twenty years ago.  He owned up to his part and answered the tough questions, the one thing that really stood out was his last statement on Elder’s show, “…when I put my hands out and complied, the beating was supposed to didn’t and I thought I was going to die, I knew at the time what death felt like.”  

Monday, June 11, 2012

RF23 - Narrow Minded

Okay, I’ve had enough of sports talk radio hosts and for now, I’ve had my fill with one Roger Lodge, failed actor and host of reality TV porn show, “Blind Date.”   This morning Lodge berated the judges for their role for possibly giving a split decision to Timothy Bradley on Saturday night.  Two judges scored the fight 115-113 Bradley, giving the challenger Manny Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title.    You know, I could take bad radio sports hosts, like Lodge and Petro Papadankas, but when it gets real bad, my patience is all but gone and with Lodge it’s gone.  He’s not original, and I bet a good majority of you wouldn’t know Lodge, but not for his reality TV Porn Show.  He copies off other national or regional sports talk show hosts and just because he can recall an athlete or a moment in sports history, does not make him the right guy to be sitting behind a microphone, spewing his idiotic opinions.   Besides that’s for me to do.  He’s not controversial, he’s not likeable and he’s not even up on all sports.  

Now one guy, who I expected a lot from, really let me down over the weekend.  If you follow sports talk radio over the years or hung out at Phil Trani’s in Long Beach, you would know Big Joe McDonnell.  You would know that Joe has been on every sports radio station over the years and in my estimation failed to keep himself on the radio, giving his sports opinion.  McDonnell is better than Lodge, I guess the insult is that Lodge is on the air and McDonnell is posting his show on the internet, using his bathroom as a sound set.   So what did McDonnell do to let me down?  He posted on his facebook page, a TMZ report that former slugger Vladimir Guerrero has multiple kids with multiple women.   Question, when is that sports news?  Where is the sports story in this?   What does this have to do with baseball, in which Guerrero played?  Nothing!  but yet, it made it to McDonnell’s facebook page.    What did I do?  I posted on his wall this:

*non sports story*

He replied, within minutes saying I didn’t have to read the article, which he’s right, I can use my individual right and individual choice to not the read the article, which I replied, I didn’t read the article and thought a sports guy who reports on sports and or gives opinion about sports should not putting this junk on his facebook page or be a subject on his show.  McDonnell thought differently, as a  matter of fact, he tried to sell me that he’s more than a sports talk guy.  He said that he does entertainment and news.   Really Joe?  You wanna go that route?  I replied:

*And your claim to fame is....?*

His reply was that I was narrow minded and to have a nice day.   Let me help those of you who don’t know what McDonnell’s claim to fame is.  When Magic Johnson announced that he had the AIDs Virus, it was McDonnell who broke the story and it’s his proudest moment! He’s so proud to be one of the go to guys in the sports world, that he had the Johnson and other stories as his background on his webpage!  Not Joe McDonnell, the political, entertainment, sports host guy!  The day, any of Joe’s fan wants to hear his political views will be the first and the same goes for his entertainment views.  Hell Joe McDonnell ain’t interested in his political views!

I maybe a lot of things, but narrow minded ain’t one of them. 

For instance, I’m not so narrow minded to keep berating the fact that sports radio is lagging!! on the lack of minorities hosting their own shows.  Sports radio is so dominated by whites, that it looks like Obama’s campaign headquarters.  Oh, there are a couple of minorities sprinkled in there, but ain’t enough. 

Narrow minded? 

I’m not so narrow minded to see discrimination in sports reporting.  Joe?  you posted about Guerrero’s kids.  Guerrerro is african-hispanic.  I wonder if the same story would be there if the player was fill in the blank, white player.  Need more?  How many ESPN or other reports did we see about Barry Bond’s trial?   Now how many of Roger Clemons? 

Narrow minded?

RF23 - It's Coming..

This may be hitting your local news or newspaper...


Anywhere (USA)  Visitors were appalled and angered at the treatment of a man, who some recognized to be a prominent member of the community as he was turned away from a favorite local eatery.  BF Belly, was turned away by restaurant staff for being over-weight and not meeting a new ordinance passed by City Officials one year ago, which states that no restaurant or any establishment that serves food or drinks may not serve individuals or groups that are not within the weight guidelines.  The City passed the ordinance citing the high number of obese cases in the country and more specifically in the City.  The Ordinance also states that the employee or management of the restaurant can use the eye test and determine whether an individual  can be served in the establishment.   


As customers sat down for a meal and witnessed Mr. Belly come in, witnesses saw the exchange between the restaurant staff and Belly.  “It appeared, they were visibly shaken to have to turn BF away and folks in the restaurant shouted to let him in,” said Mary Saw, “it was just sad, because everyone knows BF, as a good member of our community.   The press was not able to contact Mr. Belly or the restaurant, but the restaurant issued this statement.  

“We at this local eatery are extremely sadden and upset over the incident involving the customer, In the past, we have enjoyed serving Mr. Belly, his friends and family over the years and our staff and officers are sadden to have to enforce this ordinance, however our hands are tied due to the new ordinance, which is tied to keeping our license to operate in the city.  We offer our apologizes to BF. 


Although Anywhere, USA was subtle, in Los Angeles, an overweight family of four were ushered to a new section of a local restaurant, that was called the “Non-Compliant Only” Section.  This section is separate from the compliant section of the restaurant, where customers meet the new federal guidelines under the 2011 Healthcare Reform Bill, signed by former President Obama.   The “Non Compliant” Section consists of more greens, less portioned meats and 8 ounces of water.  Folks ushered into those areas are given a healthy menu in comparison to the menu offered to “Compliant” guest.