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.

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.