Sunday, April 10, 2022

Prayers for Dwayne Haskins

 Prayers, thoughts, peace sent to the loved ones, teammates, fans of Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Dwayne Haskins.


Haskins left us too soon after being stuck by a truck while walking along a highway in South Florida. He was 24.

Haskins was drafted by the Steelers in 2021 and was in Florida to practice with other Steelers players.

He will be dearly missed.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

MLB Lockout Hurts Everybody

 Spring means different things to many people.

Some look forward to longer days, warmer weather.

Some look forward to flowers blooming and birds singing.

Some see it as a chance for renewal, a new wardrobe and to start their spring cleaning.

And some look forward to watching their favorite baseball team back in action.

With the way the baseball lockout is going, we might not be able to see opening day of baseball until the middle of spring.

The lockout’s approaching it’s 100th day which began on December 2nd, 2021. 

The lockout started over the owners disagreement with the collective bargaining agreement with the players union.

The players union has been in meetings with the team owners as of this week to save the entire 162 game season. 

Despite making some progress, talks have broken down. 

The players and team owners agreed to a higher starting salary for players but disagreed on an international draft. 

The owners want the international draft, but the players union doesn’t. 

In response to missing the deadline to keep opening week games, the league postponed the first two weeks of games including opening day on March 31st. 2022.

The team owners action doesn’t just hurt the players, it hurts many including fans.

From stadium staff, players, team staff, vendors who sell  team merchandise, media outlets who broadcast games or writers who cover baseball, bars and restaurants around stadiums, many depend on game day to make ends meet.

Even team owners are affected by the lockout.

I know it’s only a couple of games missed. 

But if there’s no games, there’s no revenue coming in. 

Without revenue, families will be hurt financially.

And don’t forget the fans who go to games, watch it on tv, watch online or tune in to games on the radio. 

Fans watch games, go to games, buy team merchandise, frequent bars and restaurants around stadiums.

Watching the game on opening day is a ritual for many. 

It brings hope for the new season. 

It’s a bonding experience for many and a rite of spring.

Hopefully they can get a deal done and we can all enjoy baseball again soon.











 



Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Prayers For John Madden


Prayers, thoughts, peace sent to the family, friends, fans of football legend John Madden 

Madden left us this week. He was 85.

Madden coached for the Oakland Raiders and led them to a Super Bowl Championship in 1977.

After retiring from coaching, he was a legend in the broadcast Booth and even lent his name to a series of video games about football.

He will be dearly missed.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Team Democracy

Democracy’s not a spectator sport, we’re all part of the team.

In some states, Tuesday November 2nd. is Election Day.

If you’re still in line by 8 pm., they have to let you vote, stay in line.

For election info:


https://iwillvote.com/


In some states, Tuesday November 2nd. is Election Day.

If you’re still in line by 8 pm., they have to let you vote, stay in line.


For more election info:


https://iwillvote.com/

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Politics And Sports Meet Yet Again

Once again sport and politics meet.

The NAACP sent a letter to professional sports leagues asking them to urge upcoming free agents, players not to sign with Texas teams.

The letter came in response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott signing strict anti abortion and voting laws that many see as oppressive, draconian.

Professional leagues and the NCAA should do what’s right, take a stand against the abortion and voting laws. 

The leagues should pull events out of and not do business with Texas. 

The new abortion law would limit the amount of time a woman can get an abortion, up to 6 weeks after conception.

It would also create a bounty by allowing a person to sue the person who helped a woman get to an abortion.

The strict voting laws came after Republican losses in the 2020 presidential election.

Texas along with other GOP led states passed voting laws.

The laws restrict options how voters can cast their ballots.

Texas Republicans argue the voting laws would make elections more secure.

However many see the abortion and voting laws oppressive to voters and women and minorities.

Abortion was made legal by Roe vs. Wade in 1973.

Many Texans made their voices heard by voting in 2020. Many Texans voted absentee.

Republicans ought be ashamed of themselves.

What they’re doing is going against everything that America stands up for.

Voting is a right. Citizens want and deserve to be heard. 

By passing these laws, Republicans are proving they don’t give a damn about Texans.

The laws are restrictive, abusive, disgusting and dishonest.

We all want fair, honest elections.

 We all want to see our democracy thriving.

The opportunity to vote should be expanded, not restrictive.

One way to do that is by expanding the right to get an absentee ballot and voting opportunities, not restricting them.









 




Thursday, September 2, 2021

Join The Team To Help Louisiana, Hurricane Ida Survivors


Prayers, thoughts for Louisiana and everybody in the path of Hurricane Ida.

The storm knocked out power to many, caused flooding, homes were damaged.

It will take many weeks for homes, businesses to recover from what happened.

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

Some of the organizations are helping familes.

Whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. 

Friday, July 9, 2021

Prayers For Matiss Kivlenieks

Prayers, thoughts, peace for the loved ones of Matisse Kivlenieks.


Kivlenieks, a goalie for the Columbus Blue Jackets, died Sunday after being hit with a stray projectile from fireworks on Sunday.

He was watching fireworks while he was in a hot tub with others.


Kivlenieks will be missed.