Progress

3 02 2009

I haven’t had a lot to say lately…sorry.

But, this morning, as I was catching up on my blog reading, a new thought struck me.

Two years ago, when Indianapolis and Chicago met in the Super Bowl, the big talk leading up to the game was the two black coaches.  Never before had a black man coach his team to the Super Bowl, and in that year, two of them accomplished the feat.  I must have heard this topic discussed a hundred times in the two weeks leading up to the big game.  And, of course, Tony Dungee went on to become the first african american man to actually win the Super Bowl.02032009-tomlin

Sunday, Mike Tomlin, became the second African American coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory.  And, you know what?  Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t heard a single mention of that fact.  I have heard all about his leadership, his youth, the way he relates to the players.  But, not a single utterance of the fact that he is black.  In just two short years, this has gone from an historic headline that dominated the media to a relative afterthought.

And, you know what?  I am glad.  I am celebrating the fact that the color of a man’s skin has gone more or less unnoticed while his achievement has not.  That, to me, is progress.





Rock, Paper, Scissors

1 12 2008

I have a question for you sports fans.  If Rock smashes Scissors and Paper covers Rock and Scissors cuts Paper, then which one has the highest BCS ranking?

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What we have been up to

14 10 2008

I haven’t posted in the last week, but it’s not because we haven’t been doing anything.

First, on Friday October 3, I took the day off and took my family to the State Fair of Texas.  We saw the dog show.  A few of us rode the big ferris wheel.  My 4 year old is scared of heights so he stayed on the ground with my mom and our newborn daughter.  All the comic book heroes made a guest appearance and my kids got to meet many of them.  We went through the farm exhibit where the kids get to “plant” and “grow” their vegetables and “milk” a cow, etc.  But, the highlight (at least for our 2 year old) was the firetruck.  They had a line of police and fire vehicles.  We went back 3 or 4 times for my son to climb back into that firetruck.  He loved it!

Then on Tuesday October 7, while the rest of the country was watching a presidential debate, my family was at the first mavs preseason game against the Washington Wizards.  It was fun to go and enjoy the atmosphere and not worry about the game so much.  We all had a great time.  We rode the train there and back and my 2 year old kept pointing out the window and saying, “Another one choo choo train”.  We finally realized he was seeing a reflection of the train in the buildings.

Which leads me to this last weekend.  We went with some good friends to the pumpkin patch.  We had a great time.  Here are some pics…





Soccer Tot and Little Slugger

1 10 2008

We have a new soccer tot and a new little slugger in our house.  Our 4 year old is the soccer tot and the two year old is the Little Slugger.

We decided to “invest” in activities for our children with some of our tax stimulation money.  They have each been to one session, but both appeared to really enjoy it.

Thanks to my wife for video taping the events so daddy could review after work!

The 2 year old was the example child for the coach.  He was the best at all the various drills they practiced and so she used him repeatedly as the example for the other kids.  He was very anxious to practice with his daddy when I got home!

He’s “The Natural”.

The 4 year old missed the first few sessions (long story) but he didn’t look like he had missed a beat.  He was the best (only) listener in the class and he was the only one to cheer on his teammates when they were running individual drills.

And, he was pretty darn good with the ball.  He excitedly showed me the video when I got home from work.  He explained every drill and walked me through each activity.  Everytime he touched the ball with his hands, he said, “I cheated there, dad”.

He’s the next Pele.





Josh Howard and racism

19 09 2008

I am a huge Dallas Mavericks fan.  But, I have about had it with Josh Howard.  I’ve known for a while now that he is completely brainless.  But, gee wizz Josh, can you please lock yourself in a gym somewhere?  Please?

For those of you that don’t know what I am talking about here is a list of Josh Howard stunts pulled in the last 5 months (really in 3 months if you consider this latest antic was pulled back in July and is just now coming to the attention of the public).

  1. April 25 – Josh decided that the day of Game 3 in the Mavs first round playoff series with New Orleans Hornets that it would be a perfect time to call up a local radio station and proclaim himself as an avid marijuana smoker.
  2. April 27 – During that same series, coach Avery Johnson found out that Josh was planning a birthday bash for himself on the same night as game 4 of the series.  In no uncertain terms, he specifically instructed everyone on the team to not attend any parties during the playoff run.  So, Josh responded by handing out flyers in the locker room and going forward with his party as planned.  In disgust, Avery cancelled practice the next day after several Mavs were out late at the party.  (Guess who got fired…Avery)
  3. July 31 – Josh got arrested for drag racing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  4. This week news got out that back in July Josh had disrespected the Star Spangled Banner during a charity event back in July.  On tape, Josh is heard saying “The Star Spangled Banner’s going on right now and I don’t celebrate that s***. I’m black.”  Here is the clip for your viewing pleasure (warning – the language may not be suitable for younger viewers…parental discretion is advised).

I think each of those events in and of themselves are forgivable.  Together they have taken Josh Howard from fan favorite to fan goat.  (That and the fact that he seems to have slowly and completely disappeared on the basketball court after signing his big $40 million dollar contract – but that’s for a different post).

So, I have been sitting back and absorbing all of these incidents and fairly quickly going from a Josh lover to a Josh hater along with all the other Mavs fans in these parts.  And, then I saw Mark Cuban’s latest post at his blog, and I was struck by something else altogether.  (Edit – Since this post, Mark has removed his original post and replaced it with this one).

There are a lot of racist people in this world.  How people can email Mark with some of this trash is completely beyond me.  Granted, not everyone in his compilation of “Josh advice” emails is racist, but a large percentage of them are.  I know what Josh said in regards to the Star Spangled Banner is appalling and a slap in the face to all the people who died to make it possible for him to earn his $10 million a year, but, come on, people.  I am not comfortable living in a world where there are so many people willing to call him a ni**** just because he said something stupid.

Good grief, people.  It’s not ok to think that way or say things like that.  It’s wrong.  Quit it…for God’s sakes…Stop.

So, to summarize, Josh, please seek help.  And, to you idiot racists out there, enough is enough…dig a hole and jump in.





Opening ceremonies

11 08 2008

I love the Olympics!  I really do.  Especially the summer Olympics.  My wife and I have been looking forward to them for a while now.

Well, even though I love the Olympics, I did something Friday night that I have never done before.  I watched the entire opening ceremonies.  I decided to sit down and watch it from start to finish.

I was absolutely blown away by what I saw.

The presentation that the Chinese put on was beautiful.  The scale of their performance was absolutely amazing.  Thousands of people choreographed to perfection with careful attention to the tiniest of details.  I was astonished at what I saw.

And, then Dirk got to bear the German flag.  That was pretty cool too!  Go Dirk!





Child of the 80s

19 06 2008

I am a child of the 80s.  This week has made me feel like a kid again.

Watching the Lakers and the Celtics battle it out in the NBA finals reminds me of those fantastic battles those teams had in the 80s.

And, then last night, my wife and I went to see the new Indiana Jones movie.

If I didn’t know better, I would assume that I have jumped through some kind of time warp and ended up back in the 80s.

It’s fun feeling like a kid again.  I don’t feel this way very often anymore!

Larry and Magic  Indiana Jones