Hannity is A Tycoon, Racial Bias Training at Starbucks & A Pardon for Jack Johnson – 10 Thoughts for the Week of April 16 to April 22

This week, I had my share of events and I was glad to make it to my Sunday nap. The delay in the publishing of this post comes from working on a sports podcast with my son. Here are my 10 thoughts for this week:

  1. 24-Hour News Cycle Update – The last couple of weeks, I have used this blog to try to help me keep unforgettable things in my mind.
    • Puerto Rico – There was professional baseball played in Puerto Rico. There were quite a few Puerto Ricans were there to represent their teams. There was also a power outage that left more than 50,000 people without electricity.
    • Syria – We bombed Syria last week and then everything is quiet.
    • Ryan Seacrest – All quiet on the Western Front.
  2. Sean Hannity is a Michael Cohen Client – Somehow it is not surprising that Cohen testified that he represented Michael Cohen. Hannity tried to make it sound like its not a big deal. Later it was discovered that Hannity is a mini-Trump who owns hundreds of property.
  3. Racial Bias Training at Starbucks – Bravo to Starbucks for closing all their stores on May 29 for a day of racial bias training. While it took a terrible incident to get there, maybe a fairly nationwide training session will go a long way.
  4. NBA Playoffs – Here are some thoughts from the 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs.
    • Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards are going to go seven games and there is a weird chance the Wizards will win.
    • I am pulling for the Greek Freak even though it is cool to see the Young Celtics play some real ball. They are going to be a force for a long time.
    • The Sixers are the new favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. The Heat are a good team, but they are a star short.
    • Lebron James is playing the best basketball of his life and it is barely enough to beat the Pacers. 
    • James Harden is going to have to play like an MVP for the Rockets to put the Wolves down.
    • The Warriors will have no problem beating the Spurs without Steph Curry. I appreciate Manu Ginobli  balling out at his age. His passion for the game is an inspiration.
    • The Pelicans demolished the Blazers. Playoff Rondo, the Brow and Jrue are playing like their own super team right now.
    • The Jazz are a good team and the Thunder are a smorgasbord of talented parts. As I said in my preview of the 1st Round of NBA Playoffs, Melo is the key and he is a shell of his former self.
  5. NFL Mock Draft- Top 10 – Thursday’s draft is going to be interesting. They say more people watch the draft than watch the final round of the Masters. The Browns have the first pick and they are notorious at picking quarterbacks. Therefore with my latest mock draft, I take the choice out of the Browns hands.
    1. CLE – Saquan Barkley – The best athlete in the draft. A can’t miss prospect.
    2. NYG – Bradley Chubb – The Giants always build on their defensive line.
    3. NYJ – Josh Rosen – The Jets get their quarterback of the future.
    4. CLE – Sam Darnold – The Browns get the quarterback they wanted.
    5. BUF – Josh Allen – The Bills move up and get their quarterback.
    6. IND – Quenton Nelson – The can’t miss guy to protect Andrew Luck.
    7. ARI – Lamar Jackson – The Cardinals move up to get a quarterback.
    8. CHI – Derwin James – The Bears get an impact guy for their defense.
    9. SF – Tremaine Edmunds – Niners get a Rueben Foster replacement.
    10. OAK – Roquan Smith – The Raiders get another piece for their defense.
  6. Genesis 11:31 – In my bible study this week, Terah’s, Abraham’s father, gets a chance to take his family to the land of Canaan and he stops short. Then a verse later, one of the most epic verses in the bible, Abram gets his call to go to the land of Canaan. I was wondering if Terah got a similar call and didn’t see it through.
  7. Tennessee House Votes to Withhold Funds From Memphis – The Tennessee House votes to withhold funds from the city of Memphis because they tried to take down two Confederate statues, and when the House refused, the city sold the park to a non-profit that took down the Confederate statues.
  8. Gorsuch Votes With the Good Guys on Immigration – A Trump nominated Supreme Court Justice put a smack down to the administration’s immigration policy because the law was “too vague”.
  9. Trump May Pardon Jack Johnson – After a telephone call with Sylvester Stallone, President Trump is in favor of pardoning Jack Johnson. Knowing how Trump changes his mind, this will not happen. However, after seeing Unforgivable Blackness, I would love to see Jack Johnson pardoned.
  10. What Happened to Harriet Tubman on the $20? – I read an article about what is going on with the Harriet Tubman $20 bill. The bill is supposed to go into circulation in 2020. I doubt that Trump is going to let that happen. He is an Andrew Jackson man.

Paul Ryan Resigns, Cohen’s Office Raid, Wendy Vitter Has Personal Feelings about Brown v. Board of Ed & #Blessed – 10 Thoughts for the Week of April 9th to April 15th

This week was amazing! I had a great time at work. My five year old had a birthday party. Trump bombed Syria. A lot has raced through my head. Here are the 10 thoughts for this week.

  1. 24-Hour News Cycle – This week when I was thinking of the 24-hour news cycle, I thought about Ryan Seacrest. A new season of American Idol is premiering this week and I wonder what happened to the allegation by Seacrest’s former hair dresser that he sexually harassed her. I remember the big kerfuffle about whether the actors would or would not talk to Ryan on the red carpet. Well, the Oscars have come and gone, and I have to admit that I had forgotten what had happened with Ryan. Shortly after the Oscars, the hair dresser, filed a police report. Since then….silcence.
  2. 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs – I already posted 10 thoughts on the weekend of Games 1’s. The Celtics/Bucks and the Rockets/Wolves series look like they are going to be must watch television.
  3. Paul Ryan Resigning – The Speaker of the House submitted his resignation this week. Ryan announced his resignation and said that he had accomplised all he set out to do as Speaker of the House. He’s a fiscal conservative and he is leaving office with the country heading for a deficit that is headed for $1.5 trillion. I am hoping that his resignation will give him the balls to stand up to the President.
  4. NFL Mock Draft Top 10
    1. CLE – Sam Darnold
    2. NYG – Bradley Chubb
    3. NYJ – Josh Allen
    4. BUF – Josh Rosen
    5. DEN – Saquan Barkley
    6. IND – Quenten Nelson
    7. TB – Derwin James
    8. ARI – Baker Mayfield
    9. SF – Roquan Smith
    10. Denzel Ward
  5. Michael Cohen’s Office Raided – The President’s personal attorney/fixer had his office raided by the FBI. The President is complaining about attorney/client privilege. Unless there was something serious going on, the last place an investigator would want to investigate are the records or an attorney because of the attorney/client privilege. Therefore there must be really be something here. There was a criminal investigation be conducted againt Cohen.
  6. Wendy Vitter & Brown v. Board of Ed. – A nominee for a federal judge appointment did not want to share her personal feelings regarding the Brown v. Board of Education case. She did however said she would respect the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. I guess she has personal feelings regarding de-segregation.
  7. Reid & Kap on Kneeling – We are four and a half months from the start of the NFL season and kneeling has become an issue already. Both Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick had negative experiences with teams over kneeling. Reid visited the Cincinnati Bengals and spent the day with the team. When he was asked about the kneeling issue, he declined to comment whether he would or would not kneel during the national anthem. He left the visit with no contract offer. Kaepernick had a workout scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks. When he declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem, his workout was cancelled.
  8. #Blessed – When you look up #blessed on Twitter, you see a lot of people celebrating some great things. However I was listening to a podcast about being blessed and it referred to the Sermon on the Mount. Being blessed on Twitter and being blessed according to the Sermon on the Mount are two very different things.
  9. Dez Bryant Released – The Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday and he is looking for a team in the NFC East so he can have two revenge games a year.
  10. Syria Bombing – So the President bombed Syria on Friday night and Twitter was a rage with tweets from 2013 when Trump gave Obama hell for bombing Syria. There is a lot of madness happening in Syria and I feel for all the people in the refugee camps. I am not sure if bombing was a good thing or a bad thing.

10 Thoughts on Game 1 Weekend

After a great weekend of Game 1’s, I decided to write a little something about what jumped out to me about the games.

  1. The Raptors finally broke their Game 1 losing streak. It took a record three-point performance, but they got that monkey off their back.
  2. Outside of the Warriors and Thunder, I am hoping for upsets in every series of the 1st round.
  3. The Warriors are too much for the Spurs without Kawhi, who has just been ruled out for the playoffs.
  4. The way the Sixers played on Saturday, the Process may be complete. The entire city of Philiadelphia owed Sam Hinkie a big apology.
  5. Playoff Rondo is a real thing. The guy has ten triple-doubles in less than 100 playoff games.
  6. Can Terry Rozier channel his inner Kyrie Irving  for an entire playoff series.
  7. Playoff Lebron cannot carry the defensively retarded Cavs over the Pacers.
  8. The OKC Three plus Melo made a big splash in Game 1.
  9. Derrick Rose balled out for the Wolves in Game 1. Too bad Jimmy Butler and KAT didn’t get enough touches.
  10. James Harden had to put in an MVP performance in order to carry the Rockets through Game 1.

10 Thoughts Preview on the 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs start tomorrow and I had 10 things I am thinking about as they are getting started. These are not predictions or what others have written getting ready for the playoffs. Just thoughts that popped in my head when I thought of each matchup.

  1. I always have to remind myself that Chris Paul is a future Hall of Famer. I always thought he was a good little point guard, but I guess I have never seen a game that makes me think this guys is the best point guard in the NBA.
  2. I have heard that Andrew Wiggins is scared of the moment and I want to see if he will shrink or step-up in the playoffs. If Minnesota has any hope of upsetting the Rockets, Wiggins has to rise to the moment.
  3. When it comes to Golden State vs. San Antonio, Klay Thompson is going to be the X-factor for this series. I don’t think KD will be enough. The Warriors are going to need Thompson to drop bombs on the Spurs.
  4. Will Playoff Rondo make an appearance in the series between the Blazers and the Pelicans. Rondo has the uncanny habit of taking his game up four and five levels in the playoffs. I remember when Rondo was the best player for the Celtics during the playoffs even with the Big Three on the court. He made an appearance last year for Chicago; who may have upset the Celtics if Rondo didn’t get injured. I would love to see Rondo outplay Dame Lillard and Anthony Davis and lead his team to the 2nd round.
  5. Carmelo Anthony is going to be the difference between whether OKC wins their first round series with the Jazz or not. Much as he has been the X-factor all season, Melo will be attacked by the Jazz on defense and OKC will need him to hit the open three pointers the Jazz are going to give him.
  6. Will the Raptors continue their streak of losing Game 1’s? They have lost 10 straight Game 1’s. Washington has enough talent to stretch the streaak to 11 if they can put things together for a couple of games.
  7. Do the Wizards like John Wall? I am not sure the rest of his team like him right now. A great series from Wall could help his teammates warm up to him.
  8. The best match-up in the Eastern Conference is The Greek Freak against Brad Stevens.
  9. I know Playoff Lebron will show up and try to make another appearance in the Finals. I just wonder if the Cavs can play enough defense to get him there. They are 29th in the league in defense.
  10. I wonder if Tristan Thompson’s infidelities brought bad ju-ju to the Cavs. However he left his then pregnant girlfriend for Khloe in 2015 and the Cavs won the Finals that season. So maybe this is good for the Cavs.

The Masters, The Joy of Manscaping and a Fire at Trump Tower – 10 Thoughts From the Week of April 2nd to April 8th

  1. 24-Hour News Cycle – Last week, I started talking about the 24-hour news cycle and my lack of concern of things that disappeared all too quickly from the cycle and my mind. I was particularly thinking about Puerto Rico and Syria. However, things have heated up in Syria and I saw some buzz on my Twitter timeline about Puerto Rico. I want to write something about the 24-hour news cycle.
  2. NBA Playoff Picture – Eastern Conference – With only a few days left in the season, the best matchup of the first round appears to be Sixers vs. Bucks. Giannis against Ben Simmons seems like a nice fit for prime time. The rest of the matchups just don’t seem all that compelling. Raptor vs. Wizards would be a good match-up if the Wizards could play up to their talent. It is just hard to believe they could put together for more than one game.
  3. Brandin Cooks Trade – The Patriots once again made a first round trade. The weird thing is that they gave away Brandin Cooks, not because he is not a good receiver, but because he is expensive. Now the Rams appear to have won the offseason two weeks before the draft. It seems like the Patriots cannot pay anyone more money than Brady or Gronk. Not that Cooks is worth more than those guys, it is just what the market bears.
  4. NFL Mock Draft – Here’s my weekly update of the Top 10.
    1. CLE – Sam Darnold -QB
    2. NYG – Bradley Chubb – DE
    3. NYJ – Josh Allen
    4. BUF – Josh Rosen
    5. DEN – Saquan Barkley
    6. IND – Quenten Nelson
    7. TB – Derwin James
    8. ARI – Baker Mayfield
    9. SF – Denzel Ward
    10. OAK – Roquan Smith
  5. The Masters – I was excited about last week’s Masters event; especially with Tiger as the favorite. I really need Tiger to make a comeback. He doesn’t need to comeback and break Nicklaus’ record. He simply needs to win another major or two and show that he still has that magic on the golf course. Jake Reed fought off the world and he won the Masters in a definitive way.
  6. NCAA Tournament – Villanova has won its second championship in the last three years. They were so much better than everyone else in college basketball. They are quietly becoming a blue blood in college basketball. They are making a bigger impact than Gonzaga.
  7. Comparisons of President Trump to King David – I read an article that was a response to evangelicals comparison of President Trump to King David. It is funny how people make an excuse for such an unexcusable person.
  8. Fire at Trump Tower – There was a fire at Trump Tower in New York with one fatality. In a move of no class, the President raced to Twitter to talk about how well built the building was. No mention of any condolences for the person who lost their life in the fire.
  9. Manscaping Can Make You Happy – I read another article about the path to joy can be as simple as a little manscaping. I experience a certain amount of joy when I get a haircut. I am not sure if I feel the same way after a manscaping session.
  10. How to Talk to Your Kids About Porn – I listened to a great podcast about talking to your kids about porn. Good stuff! Every dad should listen to it.

Wine Tasting, LiAngelo Ball and Citizen Trump – 10 Thoughts from the Week of March 26th to April 1st.

I took a road trip from So-Cal to Nor-Cal this weekend. I spent a lot of time in the car which influenced my 10 thoughts this week.

  1. I went wine tasting while I was in Nor-Cal and it was disturbing to me. I paid $70 to do some wine tasting at a place recommended by a friend. I thought $70 would get me a lot of wine. Instead, I got lectured on the process of making California sparkling wine for 45 minutes before I got to taste a drop of wine. I was pissed that it took 45 minutes to taste the wine. I didn’t come wine tasting to learn about the winemaking process; that is why it is called “wine tasting”.  Then I only got to taste 5 wines. I felt shorted for paying $70. For $70, I expected to at least question whether I should be driving after the tasting. Looking back on things, I paid for a “cave tour” which I guess should be viewed as different than wine tasting. I once did “barrel tasting” and that is when I drank so much wine I could taste it anymore. You have to pay attention to what you get into.
  2. The Final Four: Michigan and Villanova are meeting today in the national championship game. Michigan ended the very impressive run of Loyola Chicago. I was worried for a moment that Loyola was going to make it to the championship game before they collapsed and had six straight turnovers. Kansas balled out; but they still could not keep with Villanova and the record-breaking three-pointers. Michigan plays hella-defense but Villanova is on another level.
  3. LiAngelo Ball entered the NBA draft this week. The only way he gets drafted is if the Lakers do his family a favor.
  4. I have been thinking about the 24-hour news cycle a lot the last couple of weeks. One of the things that amazes me about the cycle is how quickly people forget about some things that at the time seem pretty unforgettable. I am pretty convicted about how easily I forget unforgettable stuff. I forget about hurricanes and scandals and other soul-scarring events.
  5. The NFL has finally changed the catch-rule which should kill the controversies of the last couple of years.
  6. NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Update: As I said last week, the Raptors and the Bucks don’t seem like much of a series unless Eric Bledsoe gets a jump shot. I want the Bucks to make the playoffs though. It would be a tragedy not to have Giannis in the playoffs. I am not sure what will happen to the Celtics. I could see them beating Miami and I could see Old Man Wade ending them with his playoff experience. The Cavaliers and the Wizards are the most appealing match-up of the first round. The Wizards talked a lot about the Cavs ducking them last season. I know how good Lebron is in the playoffs, but the rest of his team is not good on defense and I cannot see them getting back to the Finals without someone teaching Jordan Clarkson how to play defense.
  7. NBA Western Conference Playoff Update: All the matchups in the Western Conference are intriguing. I feel the same way about the Rockets and the Pelicans that I do about the Raptors and Bucks. It is just good to have Anthony Davis in the playoffs. The Jazz will give the Warriors trouble if they are not 100%. Portland and Thunder are going to war in the first round. I am scared of the Spurs with or without Kawhi. They work that Spurs winning voodoo all over the place.
  8. NFL Mock Draft Top Ten: Some changes from last week’s Top 10.
    1. CLE – Sam Darnold
    2. NYG – Bradley Chubb
    3. NYJ – Josh Allen
    4. BUF – Josh Rosen
    5. DEN – Saquon Barkley
    6. IND – Minkah Fitzpatrick
    7. TB – Derwin James
    8. ARI – Baker Mayfield
    9. SF – Denzel Ward
    10. OAK – Roquan Smith
  9. Steven Spielberg doesn’t think that Netflix movies should not be eligible for the Oscars. It feels like the old man doesn’t want new and unique ideas on his lawn.
  10. During my road trip, my wife watched Citizen Trump in the car. I got to listen to a couple of episodes and all I could think is that we elected a guy who does not care about anything but himself as President of the United States of America. What struck me was Trump probably ran for president because Obama torched him back in the day.

10 Thoughts for the week of March 19-25

  1. March For Our Lives –  Gun control may not happen overnight, but I believe this is the beginning of something. Even polls on Fox News are favorable to make some changes.
  2. The Final Four – So excited about the Final Four. Loyola Chicago is taking the tournament by storm. Villanova is the best team left; but anything else can happen. I have to confess, I am so glad that Duke is done for the season.
  3. Stephon Clark Shooting – Makes me afraid to be around police with my phone in my hand. Dude was shot twenty times in his own backyard.
  4. NFL Free Agency – Eric Reid says he hasn’t found a team yet because he was taking a knee next to Kaepernick. He doesn’t realize that Earl Thomas may be traded and Tyrann Mathieu is looking for a team. There is also Kenny Vicarrio.
  5. My NFL Mock Draft – Top Ten Picks
    1. Cleveland – Sam Darnold
    2. NY Giants – Nick Chubb
    3. NY Jets – Josh Rosen
    4. Cleveland – Quenten Nelson
    5. Denver – Josh Rosen
    6. Indianapolis – Minkah Fitzpatrick
    7. Tampa Bay – Derwin James
    8. Arizona – Josh Allen
    9. San Francisco – Denzel Ward
    10. Oakland – Roquan Smith
  6. Russell Westbrook is almost averaging a triple-double.
  7. NBA Playoff Western Conference Thoughts – Melo is shooting the Thunder out of the playoffs.  I have watched Melo lose two games for the Thunder. As close as the standings are in the West, they need those wins. The Spurs are back. Even without Kawhi, they are ballin out and made sure they made it to the playoffs. I love James Harden, but, sometimes I hate watching him play. He looks like all he is trying to do is catch fouls. I find myself screaming “just ball out!”.
  8. NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Thoughts – Eric Bledsoe cannot shoot and it is hurting the Bucks. Really impressed with the Wizards and think they are going to take off when John Wall comes back. Not sure about the Celtics now that Kyrie is out of six weeks.
  9. Rookie of the Year –  This year’s race for Rookie of the Year is going to be the closest I can remember. I could give it to either guy right now.
  10. The Shape of Water – I finally saw The Shape of Water and I could see why it won Best Picture. The story is good and the visuals were artsy. I enjoyed it, but I am not sure I will be talking about it in five years.