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.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Farewell To The Palace

It's an end of an era. 

Only in Michigan can they take something and reduce it to nothing.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, the once great home of the Detroit Pistons will soon be torn down. 

The demolition for the arena where the Pistons won 3 NBA championships and is expected to begin this week.

The former WNBA team, the Detroit Shock also played at the arena and won 3 championships.

The WNBa franchise moved to Oklahoma in 2010.

The Detroit Vipers also played at the arena too. They won the Turner Cup on 2007.

Tom Gores, the owner of the Pistons moved the Pistons to the LCA located in downtown Detroit back in 2017

He sold the arena to a developer last summer. The demolition of the arena is expected to take a few months.

Why couldn't this arena be still in use?
It was a great venue.

Even if the team doesn't play there anymore, it could still host other events like soccer, other sporting events or even concerts.

Why does everything have to be demolished?

What if a developer who bought the property backs out of the deal with the city at the last minute?

Then once again you'll have another empty area.

Don't we have enough of those already.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Prayers For Cardinals Owner Bill Bidwell

Prayers, thoughts, peace for the NFL Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell.

Bidwell had been the owner of the Arizona Cardinals since 1972.

Peviously his dad had owned the team since 1932, when it was known as the Chicago Cardinals.

Bidwell was an NFL icon who will be dearly missed.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Join The Team To Help Survivors Of Hurricane Dorian

Prayers, thoughts, peace for all who affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

On the left side of the website are links under Pay It Forward.

These are some organizations that are helping with disaster relief. 

Whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you for caring.