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9 of 10 v. R-word: Redskins Row a New Front in War on Choice

26 Jul

“Politics makes strange bedfellows.”

Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden and Calvin, A Study of Character (1870) and Edward de Vere, The Tempest (1590s) (Wikipedia).

— — —

“Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

Ed and Charlie knew what they were writing about. Perceptive Dudes.

Life is full of surprises, oh my gosh: Big and small, short and tall, public and nobody’s business at all.

........Redskins.ChiefZee.wc.2m.12.4.11.Katidid213Sometimes that surprise will result from the most unexpected amalgamations you could imagine, all converging peacefully upon that figurative berth.

Case in point: Meeting of minds these past 4 years in support of NFL’s Washington Redskins more recently embattled but long-standing motif (1932).

Conservatives like Dan Snyder and Don Trump speaking with the same voice, on this topic anyway, as progressives like Dan Rather and Kevin Durant about a bit of commercial art in defiance of the ongoing attack on freedom of choice, or worded another way, personal autonomy of thought.

The merge in mind is a response to the national niche that emerged after the “really big (shoe)” Nike contracted for control of the League’s uniform duties in 2012 (and look how that’s turned out, i.e., Color Rush, Bucs, Browns). It’s when PC promoters took a page outta’ the energy industry’s playbook (no warming) and began fomenting the myth that there was broad resentment on the DC moniker. Make another bed, get The Simpsons sheets.

........Reid&Kagan.wc.5.12.10.48k.OoSfHRCue an epiphany of outrage that burst upon the sporting scene, spearheaded by compliant sport scribes (P.King / D.Banks), self-serving special interest (R.Halbritter (Oneida)), célébrité in bad actors (J.Oliver), positioning politicos (H.Clinton / H.Reid), a mass of soc-media minionry and the bully bandwagon filled-up faster than you can say Jack Robinson. And all stubbornly still holdin’ on tight, even post-Post poll, likely fearful of vexing testy mandate-givers in snobbish defiance of a now vetted Indian consensus while heralding hypocrisy like we’re too dumb to notice most were mute pre-2012 on what they claim a race topic, one that if federally docketed is accorded the strictest of scrutiny.

But sincerity, “fatal” in quantity (O.Wilde), is for saps, right? And what would aboriginal Americans know about Indian sport logos anyway, eh, Harry? Ugh.

PC Battleground: Pro-Choice v. Politically Correct

For pro-choicers, their own entente, a pro-logo alliance fortified by the recent Washington Post poll (May), a serious sampling that threw cold water on hot-headed anti-choicers in merely confirming what most adults, sporting or not, had already known, that Indians (9 of 10) and otherwise are not offended by the moniker in opposite of dictates of NCAA and dictionary boards of editors, has been a curious kinship.

.......anti-abort.wc.1.20.13.B.Stansberry.KX.TN.3mBut while this Redskins ruckus works through Federalia, will remain a political football to kick about (See; P&TO) no matter who wins in November and brings together strangers more inclined to give “kindness” than pain, it may be having the opposite effect on the anti-Redskins contingent.

What looks the new litmus-test for the liberally-inclined may be driving a wedge between New Deal / Frontier – Great Society Dems (moi) and their court-appointed cousins, the politically correct who picket-in-hate (“That’s racist!”) just like the in-your-face (8ft “buffer zone”) anti-abortionists camped at Planned Parenthood, intimidating with selected scripture and blurting bloody “murder!”

One side slips under the covers, metaphorically speaking, cautious but content, the other discovering they’ve been “sleeping with the enemy.”

Talk about “strange bedfellows,” holy headboard, Batman!

“A (Poll) is a (Poll) is a (Poll)”

The Post poll isn’t just a poll, it is the poll. It’s the “mother,” father, grandma, grandpa and ‘old woman who lives in a shoe (1794)’ poll of all logo surveys.

It’s a sampling, claims not otherwise, publicized its method but is likely closest we’ll ever get to eliciting in a national, seemingly neutral, skilled manner the feelings of aboriginal Americans on the issue of Indian sport monikers.

.......Clinton.6.10.16.PP.wc.11.2m.L.ShaullAnd forget about a national plebiscite on word definitions. No interest from either side. Not so crazy a notion, considering we’ll soon cast ballots (if the Diebold® permits) for a President who’s essentially a button-manager (nukes) and ‘yes man (or woman)’ for corporate consumerism. Besides, a vote on Redskins would open a Pandora’s Box. Wouldn’t want our democracy too pure, would we (See; the Fed & Chiefs)?

To dismiss a poll out-of-hand as flawed as some feebly contend when conducted by an entity who was publicly opposed to the motif’s continued use, i.e., no bias, a paper with long record of liberal endorsement and top reporting (Watergate), well, that’s an opposition that can claim only one valuable but potentially abusive attribute on its credit ledger: Power, unchecked variety (Watergate, etc.). In this case, a power that found much of its fuel in the workings of virtuality.

The internet & social media have their upside. But it’s a double-edged sword. The lives of the < 25 set are permeated by gadgetry and their applications. A study at Baylor found college-age users spend about 8 (M) to 10 (F) hours a day on their phones (“The Invisible Addiction” / Roberts – Yaya – Manolis / JoBA / 8.26.14 (cited on Your Health w/Dr. Richard and Cindy Becker)). Where the good doctors got “invisible” from I can’t imagine. Call it the send n’ snub.

.......iPhone.wc.D.Zanetti.3.47mThis addiction to information and communication technologies makes malleable users susceptible to trends. Followers on Facebook, Twitter, countless web boards are swaddled with a sense of community but in its virtual state those cozy covers can be pulled off in an instant when unseen leaders, i.e., site managers, get bored then bulldoze the neighborhood. And yet minds and opinions have already been shaped with little or no time to reflect.

And it’s in that world of trends & texts where the petite anti-Redskins campaign found its footing and will forever forage for converts to feed its big appetite.

More Than Dictum

Sport monikers can invoke themes outside the world of “tumultuous merriment.”

It’s not hard to see how topics like sociology, art, money, history, can be partial basis for their creation and then source for a fuller inquiry in retrospect.

......fan.football.TXA&M.9.3.15.wc.6.46m.CommerceMCPRedskins opponents have been attempting to introduce civil rights onto the scale of justice when pleading and panning the famous Indian portrait.

It’s been my experience in reading through historical usage of redskin that’ve appeared online since the DC motif was put in the cross-hairs, that racial slur rarely reads as intent of writers unless coupled with words like blood-thirsty, savage, heathen and the like, slurs themselves, not redskin. I can’t write to all references posted but identification appears the common if not universal intent in use, just as color words black (Negroid) and white (Caucasoid) do today.

History matters, not so much to recent Presidents who, where education’s topic, are still bear-hugging math & science, but rather, to those who realize answers to societal issues & ills lay often in appreciating the past. While it matters, so too does a balance of relevancy when weighing past or isolated harsh intent against a more current and prolonged purpose, as in how the Redskins name & image have been intended and read by what would appear a super majority of Americans since rostering in 1932: As a positive for over four generations.

That written, one can’t fully appreciate a logo topic and render informed opinion without seeking out an appreciation for the current sport fans’ perspective on such and how, for many, these symbols enrich the experience. And it’s that perspective and its present-day intents (tribute, strength & charm) that should provide assistance to the jurist who presides over an Indian moniker case.

......fans.Saints.wc.9.9.10.USMC.5.8mThe wise and, in some cases, the brave Court ruling will result from the adjudicator(s) having gone beyond the requisite application of the facts to the procedural and substantive law. Some might term this a ‘living’ view as opposed to strict construction of the rules as written. In fact, it would be more akin to simply caring about your job performance and becoming well versed on the material at hand.

Just as a judge will in other actions involving any number of underlying subject matters like…say, medicine or automotive repair, often vest herself with the necessary insight on pertinent skills, sense & standards that are concomitant, she too must walk a mile in the moccasins of the sport aficionado to fully vest in the moniker‘s essence, then discover the truth and see that justice is done.

That’s the legend, anyway.

The last thing America needs in 2016 is another reason to conceive hate. But when avarice & arrogance get underneath the covers it’s four sheets to wind and what’s spawned ain’t pretty. Thankfully, the “village” is big with lots ‘o bunks.

......NFL-symbol.wikiproject.6kbSteven Keys
NFL HunchLine
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Posted: 7.26.16 @ 6:56pm, edit 7.27 @ 5:31pm EST; Copyright © 2016

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NBA17: Too Many Cooks Spoil the Splash But Cavs & Wars Are Rubbermade for Re-Match

11 Jul

The McGinnis Moral

New Oakland area teammates Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry just might be the awesome version of the dynamic George McGinnis and Julius Erving duo that took Philadelphia and the NBA by storm forty years ago. A little less muscle but the finesse factor is fairly even, Steven.

To people of the 70s, those who followed the pro hardwood game, Dyan Cannon and Jack Nicholson for example, the names McGinnis and Erving side-by-side speak volumes about the risk in packing a roster too liberally ($) with star power.

........Durant.wc.K.Allison.2-14.thmOwner Irv Kosloff (‘63) already had his Philadelphia 76ers well stocked for the 1975-76 NBA season with the likes of All-Stars Doug Collins, Steve Mix, World B. Free, ‘67 champ Billy Cunningham and then big new addition from Indiana in former ABA superstar George McGinnis. But that team would exit early in R1 of those playoffs to Bob McAdoo’s Buffalo Braves (SD-LAC). So later that year new owner Fitz Eugene Dixon would “add another hue unto the rainbow (de Vere)” in corralling the other decorated ace from the closing-for-business American in the person of New York Nets’ Julius “Dr. J” Erving under the theory ‘you can’t have too much of a good thing.’

The consecutive annual signings of players the caliber of McGinnis & Erving appeared at the time to be a straddle of that fine line between bold and desperate. Only question for the more optimistic of Philly faithful was exactly how many NBA titles they’d win by the time their dynamic duo’s contracts expired. Sound familiar (See; Durant & Curry)? Some things never change.

Sadly for McGinnis and owner Dixon that much anticipated championship never materialized in their respective Sixers tenures.

.......McGinnis.smIn George’s three years in the City of Brotherly Love (‘75-78) the Sixers reached but one Final (‘77) and though they jumped out to a 2-0 lead would lose to the Jack Ramsay – Bill Walton – Maurice Lucas Portland Trailblazers, 4-2.

The grand experiment would be terminated with the former Hoosier’s shipment to Denver (‘78-79) in exchange for forward and defensive specialist Bobby Jones who’d help Philly and newer owner Harold Katz (‘81) achieve that elusive 3rd NBA championship in 1983. More importantly, it was the signing of another former ABA’er in the incomparable Moses Malone (HOU) to start that 1982 season that proved the master stroke.

Which all toggles the question, is it too many cooks (stars) that spoils the broth (team chemistry), or more particularly, having too many chefs in the kitchen with the same specialty (ball control) that can turn the porridge pudgy?

For today’s Golden State Warriors it may be the latter maxim that proves prophetic in 2016-17: Too many shooters looking to load-up n’ fire with limited ammo: Just one Spalding to go around.

......Durant.Tokyo.2010.C.Johnson.wc.thmWith Big Cheese Kevin Durant opting to leave the only team he’s known in his career (‘08-16 (OKC – SEA)) and join a well-stocked club in GSW with leadership baton well-in-hand of the MVP (x2), champion (‘15) and co-Face of the NBA in Steve Curry (See Also; LeBron), those who remember ABBA and brewmeister Billy Carter will appreciate that any talk of a coming dynasty is as premature as getting your boogie shoes out of storage in anticipation of a ♫ disco revival ♫.

When Moses led the Philly-steens to the Promised Land (’83) he filled a big man need that the Caldwell Jones – Darryl Dawkins tandem had not met. Possessing of a soft shooter’s touch, Malone was a feared force inside (24.5 / 15.3 reb) the likes of which the Assc’n had not seen since days of Bob Lanier, a game which complemented Dr. J’s drive & dunk (21.4). Big synergy, for one year, anyway.

Likewise, when James, Riley and Spoelstra turned the Heat into familiar Eastern Finals foes (‘11-14) their run of success turned on the big three in Bosh, James & Wade knowing and then maintaining distinct roles which rarely came in conflict.

.....Curry.3.2.11.wc.K.Allison.thmbBut in Oakland, the 4-time scoring champ’s arrival presents a conundrum: How do the NBA’s two premier scorers and bona fide #1 guys concede point pile-ups and then those all important leadership reins?

Two master chefs in the same kitchen can whip up delightful concoctions but when they frequently grab for the same condiments, tempers can flare and the entrées will suffer in flavor-drain (faux-reality TV is a plague). For Durant & Curry the flavor of choice flows from the trendiest bottle on the shelf, the one labeled 3-point “zowie!”

In Kev’s nine NBA seasons he’s launched over 3000 tres (.380 (27.4)), Steve over 3500 (30.1 (‘15-16)) in just seven campaigns. While they diverge on the boards (KD: 7.0 (4.3)) and assists (SC: 6.9 (3.7)), it’s hard to imagine, however they fire ‘em off, that these two point machines can co-exist harmoniously.

From Fire to Frying Pan?

That Durant may’ve wanted a bigger market to showcase / compensate his top talent, optimize chance at winning a ring or even just a simple change of scenery, are all tenable reasons to sign with the Warriors.

......Westbrook.James.1.25.15.E.Drost.thm.wcAnd if escaping the Russ Westbrook Show, a performance like Kyrie Irving’s where the co-star never passes a chance to prove he’s a leading man, was an impetus for cleaning out his locker at Chesapeake Energy, KD would’ve been wiser to rectify that state rather than taking his talents to a theater (GSW) where #1 is set-in-stone (Curry) and he may simply re-create the same clash in talents ceded in OKC.

It was always Durant’s prerogative as Thunder’s franchise-man to have roles defined and enforced or send someone packing. That he and not Westbrook was the one who exited OKC, a city Kev was, as I suspect is RW, desirous of bringing a title, speaks to the uniqueness of Lego® LeBron who builds his own champion confections (MIA / CLE) instead of window shopping for already-made.

As for Russ, now you‘re a #1. Careful what ya’ wish for, big guy.

If It Works…

Who needs who? Does Golden State need Kev or does Kev need Golden State? Talented as is Mr. Durant, most would answer ‘no – yes’ to that query.

.....Kuhn.wc.MLB.1982.thmAnd if Bowie Kuhn were alive today and occupying the NBA Commissioner’s chair instead of Adam ‘Hi-Yo’ Silver, the Durant-to-Golden-State deal would’ve been nixed as contrary to “the best interest of (the Association).”

Just when it looked like NBA was gonna’ get interesting again with this 7-game 2016 Finals, the wealth of talent coalesces and we get a further shrinking of the field of competition in its aftermath, like life’s blood squeezing through an ever-narrowing artery. The succinct critique: Rich get richer, mediocre multiply.

Kevin, with all good intentions at team play, may actually make the Warriors a lesser team by working the same effect-in-awkwardness that did the teaming of Erving and McGinnis in 1976, talented men just as determined to championize.

What Warriors could use is another strong rebounder to complement Draymond Green, something the 6’9” Longhorn has never made a priority (7.0). Kerr might also look into finding Dray a stable-goat of sorts, someone with head screwed on straight and battle-tested who can calm the high-strung b-ball star and help keep him outta’ trouble (“Draymond…arrested” / Mlive / 7.11.16 / B.Quinn).

.....Kerr.wc.2.24.15.wc.thmb.K.AllisonBut alas, while James is NBA’s best player the Wars are, even with an excess in talent, the Association’s best team, runner-up trophy, notwithstanding. Kerr & Company run it all like a top.

The weary factor: It’s why Warriors failed to close the deal on what might’ve been the greatest season in NBA history. Ironically, those 73 RS wins that put them on precipice of immortality were also the reason why they fell short. Winning that many takes its toll, as previewed in the WC final versus OKC (4-3) where the champs had to pull their fat outta’ the fire just to move on. Of course, those 1995-96 Chicago Bulls piled a weary-worthy total themselves in their super season (72-10) and still managed to take the title versus Seattle (4-2). Just sayin.’

If It’s Broke…

As for the champs, even the car that sits in the Indy 500 winner’s circle can need a new gear-box. Cleveland’s clank? Absence of a floor leader who appreciates importance of running plays and the self-sacrifice necessary to get the ball into the right hands at the right time (assists). Cavaliers won in spite of deficiency.

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NBA’s powers-that-be are salivating over the thought of a Cavs – Wars 3-peat. Who’s gonna’ stop ‘em anyway, besides the injury bug? That the Association’s overall quality of competition rating is at its lowest ebb since the scaling was first calibrated by this writer a few years back, matters not in the least to the Cufflinks, the same frat-boys who think tanking’s a joke, as long as the Big Celebrities make it to the Big Party, i.e., LeBron, Stevo, Durantula, Kyrie, etcetera.

.....rubber-ball.wc.6.30.7.Oroo.thm.colorEven if Durant does work a small drain of the splash-pool and Tyronn Lue takes no action to teach Kyrie who’s #1 (James) and fundamentals of point play, i.e., ‘See the ball, set a play, pass the ball,’ these two teams should have little trouble making it into next season’s Finals, again barring any notable injury issues.

And if they both do meet, it’s the Warriors who likely take the rubber-match.

Kyrie Irving’s not about to learn that kindergarten starter-skill called sharing and former All-Star Kevin Love is now so marginalized by team & press that LeBron’s likely to lose whatever hair he has left by season’s end.

For the Oaklanders, they’ve already got 73, the one with substance (See; Bonds (‘01))), and Kerr will make damn sure his guys are better rested this time in event they make the WC finals. Sixty-plus should get home-court East or West. No tanking, mind you, but SK will give his starters and select subs respites as needed to avoid the weariness that turned splash into a prolonged belly-flop in G5-7.

......straight_shooter.thmbSteven Keys
Straight Shooter
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Posted: 7.11.16 @ 5:32pm EST; Copyright © 2016

NFL16: Tom Brady’s Grounded, What About Your Quarterback?

6 Jul

“Brady, Brady, Brady!”

“To be or not to be, that is the question
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take (legal) arms against a sea of troubles.”
     Hamlet, Edward de Vere (Shake-a-Spear), 1590s

Barring an unexpected reversal in his pending court case (Deflategate), a turnaround that would be analogous in football to a Herm Edward’s game-winning scoop & score of a Csonka – Pisarcik fumble (11.19.78), Tom Brady’s 4 game suspension for NFL 2016-17 will be implemented.

.......Brady.wc.3.30.16.DeanAdams21.thmThe starry New England signal-caller will likely make his return in W5 to take the reins from 3rd-year backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo (EIU) in resumption of the starter’s role Tom’s carried out with expertise (172-51) since supplanting the capable Drew Beldsoe in 2001. That would mean Brady’s first foe would be the Browns in our nation’s newest city of champions (See; Cavs (Trump hopes it’s trending (RNC 7.18-21))), his on-field arrival marking the final command performance of NFL 2016’s opening act.

Until Tom takes to the turf it‘s just not the NFL, making one wonder why Roger Goodell and the disciplinary folk are so determined to see their punishment of Brady et al upheld? Answer: Standards, and already having so much loot ($) that giving your top star an extended off-season is a bearable cost if it bolsters appearance of the League‘s blind-justice policy.

With Peyton Manning having decided to hang up his cleats, with little objection from Denver brass whom I suspect showed the legendary QB that proverbial ‘thanks for the Super Bowl win but just retire already’ door, the sure-fire 1st ballot HOF’er foregoing one last shot at a full season and victory tour after one of the most memorable leadership displays on record, it leaves TB as the undisputed face of the League.

A fitting state of affairs given both well decorated AFC field generals are the two most recent to hoist the coveted Lombardi (SB 49 (SEA) & 50 (CAR)).

.......PatsHOF.wc.10.24.8.thm.LeoparmrFor the Pats the early schedule will be challenging (@ AZ, MIA, HOU & BUF) but with the W-L result being of only marginal consequence. Criminy, it’s the Patriots, the juggernaut that just keeps on juggering…or nauting.

The New England product that Bill Belichick, Brady, owner Bob Kraft and the rest of the Foxborough folk have built is so sound, self-sustaining and of such stature that even in an AFC East fast becoming one of the League’s best, a rough start (1-3?) can be diluted in the wealth of wins to follow.

And by all appearances Brady, though somewhat pressed by the legal wrangle, still looks to be fit as a fiddle and well grounded for the upcoming NFL season.

Not grounded like Dad & Mom might mete out penance for Junior in those days of youth when he may’ve strayed off the straight & narrow by engaging in a bit o’ tom-foolery and was daffy enough to get caught (Ding-dong ditch-it?).

Nor grounding by a spouse (Gisele Bündchen) with that emotional ball & chain when your much-in-demand hubby is, through sense of obligation, giving too much time to the celebrity gropers seeking to profit from his fame & fortune.

And no worries that Tom’s laidback head coach and matriculator mentor in Bill has decided to ground his QB’s proficient aerial show and revert to the Halas – Lombardi principle: Ground it out with the run attack. Not gonna’ happen.

......grounded.girl.repos.WA.Bouguereau.1865.Philbrook.wc.thmNo siree-Bob. Tom Brady is the good grounded.

Still in the dark? It’s a happening thing, right there with spirituality, awesomeness, pro-biotics, automotive gadgetry (See; Honda, etc.) and gluten-free munchables (Pretzels can be epic, but bread & pasta…Ughsville).

Making sure one of your jumper cables is grounded when giving a car-battery a boost o’ juice is sound, safe procedure, but it’s also becoming a common practice for more & more people seeking to put body & soul in electron harmony with the “spinning world” and its forever flowing invisible field of charged molecules.

Here’s a better description of grounding, a practice in wholeness and well-being that our pre-industrial age ancestors had been engaging in for thousands of years and many humanoids today are now re-discovering the benefits.

“When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. Living in direct contact with the earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electro-physiological changes that promote optimum health (“The Ultimate Antioxidant” / Dr. Joseph Mercola / 11.4.12).”

.....Brady.8.28.09.K.Allison.wc.cca.thmbIs Tom Brady intentionally grounding, earth-hugging with the holistic crowd?

I’m no groupie nor groper so I couldn’t say for certain but even from afar it’s easy to see the ring-laden QB carries himself with such a confidence, dignity, discernable self-awareness on and off the playing field that if he’s not walking barefoot on his palatial estate to connect with earthy electrons he’s doing something akin to keep it all in balance.

Simply deciding to stay clear of any political convention is sign enough the man’s got both feet firmly planted on terra firma.

......NFL-symbol.wikiproject.6kbSteven Keys
NFL HunchLine
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Posted: 7.6.16 @ 1:17am EST; Copyright © 2016