Thursday, May 28, 2020

Join The Team to Tackle Hunger

When most of us are hungry, we can go to our refrigerators or order takeout.

Some Americans can't do that.

1 in 6 Americans are facing hunger or can't afford even basic needs.

Today's World Hunger Day.

On the side of the page under Pay It Forward, there are links to food banks and organizations that want to strike out hunger, poverty.

Be an all star, donate if you can.

Nobody should ever go hungry!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Note To Ron DeSantis: Stay At Home Saves Lives

Ron DeSantis ought to be ashamed of himself.

The Republican Florida governor wanted the WWE to resume despite his state being under his month long state home order.

 The stay-at-home order was put in place to combat the covid-19 virus.

The governor wanted the WWE to resume taping without an audience. He claimed they're an essential business.

He also opened the beaches back up too on Friday.

What he's doing is not only selfish, but irresponsible too.

There's a reason why there's stay home orders and many practicing social distance. 

This virus is affecting millions of people including his fellow Floridians.

We all have cabin fever and want to venture out.

We all want our country to get back to work, our economy strong again.

 We all want to be with loved ones and watch sports again.

We all want to get back to being somewhat normal, but not right now.

 What if one of the wrestlers, one of their family members or the camera crew has the virus, what then. 

How is that going to affect the WWE organization?

 Is it worth putting others at risk, no it's not.

Soon everything will be open again and many will gather together and root for their favorite athletes.

Until then, wash your hands, stay home and be safe all.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Farewell Mr. Tiger

Prayers, thoughts, peace sent to the family, friends, former teammates, fans of Tiger great Al Kaline.

Al nicknamed Mr. Tiger, left us on April 6th, 2020 from undisclosed causes.

Al played for the Tigers as a right fielder from 1953 - 1974 and was part of the World Series winning team in 1968.

He remained with the organization until his passing.

Al will be dearly missed.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Stadium Staff Are Heroes Too

Didn't Thomas Paine once say "these are the times that try men's souls". 

240 + years later, it very much holds true.

It's been a wing dinger of a March 2020 in the United States.

Not only is our country dealing with a presidential primary, now we have to deal with a devastating crisis called the Corona 19 virus. 

Across the 50 states, in several countries around the world, events are cancelled. 

Thousands have been infected, some have lost lives.

Across the country, schools, offices, restaurants, bars, stores, businesses, arenas, stadiums are closed or have reduced hours of operations.

 Millions of workers are without a paycheck during the next few weeks.

That includes sports arena staff.

March is usually a very busy time for sports.

Whether it's the NCAA March Madness, the playoffs, spring training, the Masters Tournament, Opening day of the MLB, or the NFL draft, there's always something for the fan to be excited about.

This year instead of fans gathered around watching the games, stadiums are silent. 

Social distancing, empty arenas, bars that once were filled with fans have become the new normal.

It takes a village to run a stadium. 

Whether it's somebody who's working security, concessions, custodians, office workers, management, team personnel, etc.., they're all fellow human beings who are doing their jobs. 

They have families to feed and need to be paid. 

Some team owners such as the Ilitch family and Mark Cuban are generously paying the arena staff even though the games have been cancelled. 

Some NBA players have helped arena workers too.

It would be so wonderful to see more team owners or the commissioners of the NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL, NCAA step up to the plate and follow their examples.

Even if they don't pay arena staff for lost wages, they should have something in place to compensate for them.

What about starting a fund or having assistance to help the families? 

Hopefully the virus will run its course and end.

But the economic repercussions of what the country is going through will take time to recover from.

Then once again, we fans will root for our teams and fill stadiums.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Prayers For Kobe Bryant

Prayers, thoughts, peace sent to the family, friends, former teammates, fans of basketball great Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, who played for the Lakers left us too soon when he along with his daughter perished during a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.

The five-time NBA champ played for the Lakers for his entire 20 year career.

He also earned gold medals playing for the USA Olympic men's basketball team and recently won an Oscar. 

Kobe will be dearly missed.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Sports Heaven Just Got Busier

Sports Heaven just got more crowded this week. 

Prayers, thoughts, peace for the families of George Perles, David Stern, Don Larsen, Sam Wyche.

David Stern, a former NBA Commissioner passed away on New Year's Day. He was 77.

Wyche, who was once head coach of the Bengals left us on Jan. 2nd. He was 74.

Larsen, the only man who throw a no hitter during a world Series also left us on Jan 1st. Larsen was 90.

George Perles is the latest person to have left us on Jan 7th. 

George was a once head coach of the Spartans, athletic director and a MSU trustee. Perles was 85.

Each man left their mark in sports and will be dearly missed.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Russia Banned From 2020 Olympics

Russia banned again.

This time the Russian Team is banned from international competition for 4 years.

Russias' team can't compete in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, the 2020 Para Olympics, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and 2022 World Cup Finals in Qatar by WADA (World Anti Doping Agency).

They also can't host any sporting events either. The last event the country hosted was the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The reason for the ban, it was found that they falsified info, deleted files regarding the probing of alleged doping of Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Russian athletes that are found clean have to compete under the flag of neutral countries.

My question is this, what happened to the integrity of countries? What happened to fair play? 

Why did Russia cheat? Are there going to be safeguards to make sure this doesn't happen again? 

What happened ti training and putting in hard work for decades to achieve a medal? 

What does that say to the Russian athletes who were clean? Was their sacrifice and hard work done in vain?

Is the lust of national pride more important than integrity?

What message does this send to the young?

By taking action, the Olympics can get back to what it should be really about, fair play.