Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 24th, Thursday/ I hate the X'mas holiday! Hate it! Outside of it being Christ's birthday, X'mas is lost on me.I cannot get into the family thing. My family just happens to be dysfunctional so what's the point in getting together? All we do is argue. I'm tired of that shit!
I would rather stay where I am, sit on my ass, and let the holiday pass.I don't get presents, I don't feel "warm and fuzzy" when we all get together and I hold grudges from past family transgressions and trespasses against me. Grudges is all I have to fight the fight with. I would love to put my foot in some body's ass but you can't do that to family, can you? So, what I would rather do is be left alone. I don't want to know about my family's problems... I have my own. I am not interested in who is sick and shut in... I am sick and shut in. I keep hearing the argument that the family is old; I am old too. Have respect for my age and my aging process. Why do I have to endure everybody bullshit and not receive what I give in return?
I know this may (or may not) sound petty but that's what families do. They act petty with the understanding that you should understand their pettiness while they remind you of how petty you are being!
Next year, I will be doing a very private holiday thing. I will sit on my ass and let the holiday pass me by. I have grown out of honoring a present rather than honoring Jesus. Besides, being a member of a dysfunctional family, there is no point in buying presents anyway. Who knows any one's sizes?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 8th, Tuesday/ Oh boy! The story is unraveling now! Tiger had chicks everywhere! And, don't say "Poor Tiger!" He is not poor. He has made enough money (so far) to be able to buy a 3rd world nation! He will never be poor.
The biggest mistake I think Tiger has made is he allowed his wood to become iron way too many times! (Get it?) He played golf with his sex life. He would hit, then follow his balls... Now he wants privacy. Of course he wants privacy! Wouldn't you?Whether he falls from grace in the eyes of the public cannot be as painful as the constant reminder he will have to endure just thinking about his life.He has been privileged most of his entire life and now... Well, he may still be privileged but he really blew it on this one. I mean, he is (was) thought of as the cleanest athlete in the world. He actually defrayed all scrutiny from everybody else. Not anymore! Everyone is suspect! Who's next? What's next? I swear, if I see any pictures of Tiger with a golf ball gag in his mouth...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 2nd, Wednesday? "FORE!" It's out! Tiger is hanging out!" It's in the hole!" This shit is kinda funny... Why? Well, what have we ever heard about Tiger Woods? He's the clean cut golf History chaser that will change what we think about heroes. He is THE representative of what we should want our heroes to look like, act like, and be like. Please... Truth be told, he is a high priced ball player! He plays for high stakes and he is good at it. Outside of that, he is disinterested in the public that worships him. And, he should be treated likewise. Tiger is not coming to your house for dinner, play with your kids, and enjoy your company. For those of you who are not over it, get over it. If you are looking for a hero, get with Charles Barkley. He can steer you in the right direction. To be honest, I'm glad that this happened. Now I can, maybe, watch a golf tournament with an understanding of who Tiger really is.Now-a-days it is difficult for me to think that any pro athlete does not have some dirt on him. You don't get "Tiger Woods" good and be squeaky clean.I admit, I was buying into the super geek thing. Now he is coming off more like a "stupid" geek. But I can not really blame him. Who can really live up to what he was living up to? I remember his mother proclaiming that he could never marry a black woman because she could not comprehend his life. How is it working out for the model?

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

November 30th, Monday/ Well, the sports world has been flipped on it's ass recently! Two extremes have erupted and rocked the sports psychic and no one seems to be able to put a finger on it. I'm talking about Allen Iverson and Tiger Woods.
The Allen Iverson saga is real easy. He is not really ready to retire but he does want to take his ball and go home... As well he should. He's done! No, not physically... He's done mentally! He wants to play the game on his terms only now. He wants to start and control the game, coaches and teammates be damned. Remember, this guy has won nothing by way of championships in the NBA. He only came close once in 14 years of service. ONCE!!! He was never nor will ever be a "team player!" Basketball, last time I checked, is a team game and everyone has to play their role. AI wants to define his role because he does not seem to understand that everybody gets him. He is a "warrior!" He has a big heart. He is tough. He is durable. Winning teams need that! But they also need everybody to be on the same page and AI is reading another book. He is not now nor ever been "The Answer." He is the question. Retire already and get it over with!
Tiger Woods had a car accident and will not talk to the police. Oh the drama! Why was he leaving his house at 2:30 am? Was he drunk? Is he seeing another woman? Why won't he talk? Should we care? Outside of their respective sport, athletes usually have nothing great to say. It may be cool but it is usually not great! (Rewind Michael Jordan's acceptance rant at the Basketball Hall of Fame Induction!) To those who felt some sort of connection with him during an interview and now feel slighted, get over it. Tiger was not talking to you then either. He was simply accommodating your request while he was on the job is all. (When was the last time you got invited to dinner at the crib?) So, don't feel bad because he is not talking and explaining his actions, or lack thereof. Golf season will soon be here. He will talk again about his (golf) swing and his (golf) clubs and his (golf) balls!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

September 12th, Saturday/ I watched the Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee Show last night. I usually don't watch shows like that but it was recommended by a friend so I watched. I missed David Robinson's speech but I did see and hear the others and I have to tell you, Michael Jordan's piece did not disappoint me! I used to work for a NBA team around the time Jordan played and aside from his competitiveness, style, athleticism and basketball intuitiveness, I remember him as the coolest guy in the lockerroom. He was the guy who told the jokes at any and everyone else's expense. I remember him pulling Glenn Rice's sweat pants down at an Allstar game! It didn't seem to matter to Jordan that Rice was also a professional basketball player who carried the same amount of basketball dignity as Jordan. All that Jordan wanted to get across to the other allstars was that he was the 800 pound gorilla in the arena!

After last night, I realized that Jordan is still the 800 pound gorilla in the room and he is also now the butt of the joke! He is not taking his basketball (final) retirement gracefully. He is still playing the game in his head and he is taking no prisoners. I would have never said this about Jordan but I now believe that he has every video (or CD now) of every game he ever played on any level in his life in his possession! Every one. (Maybe the excuse is that he is breaking down film?) He knows all of his moves and how he did what he did to his opponents... Even if the game was 10 years ago!

He may even have the copyright to "I Wanna Be Like..." so that LeBron James and Dwayne Wade can't use it without a fee to be paid? I would not be surprised if he did. Sorry MJ, the game has passed you by as it will pass everyone who has ever played it on any level. The only thing I wonder about you is, did you want them to build you your own private hall of fame building for your induction? I ask that because, after you said your speech (rant) I thought you were the only inductee in the room!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

September 10th, Thursday/ Okay, if you have been sleeping and missed the confrontation between the representative from South Carolina and the President of the United States, check this out... Representative Joe Wilson (Rep. South Carolina) called President Obama a "liar" during his speech on health care the other day. Now... I don't know where people stand on this but this is where I stand. People are going to stand one way or the other on this. There will be many opinions about who said what and how it is disrespectful to heckle the President and whatever; but, The very fact that the Representative felt comfortable enough to say what he said is appalling to me. Yes, this is America and you have the right to do whatever... You also have the right to remain silent...Here is an elected official who doesn't even have the self respect or the intelligence to know what is appropriate in that setting to say what he said. How the fuck did he get elected in the first place? But it does not matter that he is elected. What matters most is how he will be treated after the fact. What is the perception of Joe Wilson now? Is he just a guy who made a mistake or is he a guy who harbors racist views?
Yeah, right, he will be forgiven and all will be forgotten by those who think the same way. He was insubordinate and probably should be kicked out of his position... But, of course, that wouldn't be American now would it?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

August 20th, Wednesday/ In hindsight, I have this theory. It can never be done but what if it were? I thought that it costs so much to do so little these days... What if money was never an option? What if there was no money but everything else stayed the same? There would still be work going on. Houses would be built, clothes would be manufactured. There would still be new cars to get... And none of these things would cost a dime. There would be healthcare, there would be food, there would be all of the things that Americans want and need without needing money to get them.

People would not have to worry about when they would get their next check. No bills to pay...No retirement, no investments, no accounts, no banks, no bad credit, no hounding phone calls, no rent, no leases, no mortgages... There would be nothing that required money to get! You could just go and get whatever you wanted and it would not be a problem. There would be no stress, no worries (mate!) Your wife would not complain, your husband would not want to kill you, your kids would have the best Christmases EVER! What if...?

Sorry, I have to stop here... I have a burial plot to buy because of the headache I have as a result of the stress I feel from thinking like this...

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

August 14th, Friday/ Okay, does Michael Vick deserve a second chance? Maybe, maybe not... Who should be the one to make that determination? First of all, America cannot make that determination. America is a country. You cannot personify America! There are dog lovers who want to crucify Vick! But are they justified in their opinion of him? Who is to say?Logically speaking, the mothers and fathers of the victimized dogs should have some say in the matter... But, that's not gonna happen.So, who should say?

I thought Michael should the one to give himself a second chance. And, I think, to some degree, he will be the one depending on his behavior. But now I am not so sure about that. I watched his press conference, and Vick said that he was mortified and "humbled" by his actions. But, wait a minute... That's in retrospect. He is "humbled" after he got caught and did some time in the timeout cell. He was not "humbled" while in the moment! How can you kill a dog and not be affected by the act itself? Maybe he has proven to have a conscious, after he got caught and heard the cries from the public and had a long talk with Goodell (NFL Commish) and Tony Dungee, the resident reform minister. But where was his compassion for the dogs he electrocuted and drowned and whatever else he did?

I was bitten by a dog once. I wanted to kill it for biting me. (No, I did not provoke the dog! He was mean!) I wanted to but I couldn't. It was a boxer and I was young and my fear was that not only could the dog bite me, it could also out box me! (These are the jokes people!)

I feel bad for Vick. He lost a crap load of money for his venture and a boat load of creditibility! He will never recoop what he has lost! He is a fallen man. Which only goes to show you that it is a dog's life! (Especially in a bad economy!)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

August 1st, Saturday/ Another one bites the dust! David Ortiz, Big Poppy, has been popping the big pilly and got caught! OMG... What news! What? News? It's not news... It's nonsense! Who (should) really cares? I will tell you who should not care... The fans!
Why should the fans care about this? Sports talk radio talking heads should care because they need BS to spin! The families of and the athlete, him/herself, should care because it is their body they should be concerned about. But the fans... Oh hell no!
Fans pay to be entertained. When they see a big, strong, strapping athlete step up to the plate, or foul line, or goal line, they want excitement, results and fireworks to take place! I am paying for homeruns! Swing away "Big Poppy!" If you are gonna go down, go down in flames!
But, I am listening to fans on the radio and all I hear is whining and crying about how the game of baseball is being cheated. So what? There is enough cheating going around for everybody on both sides of the plate.
Get the hell over it fan... It is not about you and how you feel. It is about what you pay to see! You paid, you saw, "you're out of there!" Go home and make sure your wife or girlfriend is not "cheating" on you because you spent the last 6 hours of your life at the baseball field instead if being home, spending quality time with your wife, girlfriend, and kids. Remember, it's only a (reality) movie... It's only a (reality) movie!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 26th, Sunday/ Now that this silly and unnecessary arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. is past and bygones are bygones, can it be said that racial profiling is a stupid thing to even entertain? I mean, come on... Henry Louis Gates Jr.? It was reported that Mr. Gates was seen breaking into a home with another man and they both had on hooded sweat shirts! Henry Louis Gates Jr. in a "hoodie?" Okay, he "broke into" his own home. Are you going to tell the world (me) that that situation could not be resolved at the scene? ID was provided (it was reported) at the scene so an apology could not be offered in the moment and everybody goes their separate ways? I guess not. Handcuffs had to be used and Gates had to be hauled off to the whosgow... The President had to weigh in and three (count them-3!)police unions had to confirm that the President realizes that the police have a difficult job to do in order for this to just go away?

The worry for Black men now is (or was it always?) no matter how much education you have and how much stature you may have mustered on your job and in your community, you are still subject to racial profiling! If I were President Obama, I would be extra careful about knowing where my house key is at all times!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 22nd, Wednesday/ Have you seen the new T.O. Show? I'm saying, are we finally going to get the truth about Terrell Owens? Will we get the truth about him? Do we want it? Should we care? I have to admit to being fascinated by this whole reality show thing. But my point of view is warped. I would rather have a reality show about Bobby Brown, post Whitney. He is far more interesting. He is the proverbial train wreck I would want to watch. T.O. is a subway compared to the freight train! I want my reality to be raw! Screw that "I still have money to throw away and a career!" shit! I want, "I don't have any damn money left, nor a way to get it!" shit!
American TV is a joke. The programming is all fantasy. Producers want to make bad guys look good. Who the hell is the target market? "Pardon the interruption but we would like to present to you the following BS for your viewing pleasure!" Hey man, c'mon! There is only so much of that one can shovel. After awhile the stench gets to you, you know? Lies stink worse than the truth. But, of course, I understand it when you have always lived a lie and you do not realize that you stink! I get that! But, please... VH1 is selling T.O. as a good guy. ESPN is selling him as a villain! Which one is it? (And why doesn't Jerry Jones have a reality show? What? Invasion of privacy of the sacred?) If I cannot get Bobby Brown, I want Jerry Jones! I would love to see and hear the bullshit he is slinging! However, I love the idea of the two player hating chicks he has in his camp. I guess they are his moral compasses? So what if an ass is bent over the pool table in rubber pants? Who is the show for? Men or women? Hell, it's because of the ass in the rubber pants that is the reason why I would watch it. What do I care if he (T.O.) confesses to his Grandmother that she made him the man he is today while dripping tears? (Unless it is revealed that she told him to make sure that he keeps a piece of ass in rubber pants bent over his pool table, I am not interested!)

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 20th, Monday/ I know that this post is not going to go over well but golf is a sad, sad sport! It's difficult to play, it's expensive as hell to play, and the prejudice that exists within the game is difficult to watch. But that is not my problem with the game. My problem is how it is covered by the media! Unless the winner is Tiger, no one else has played... Hell, no one else has ever played!
Why even bother to watch the game if Tiger is not playing. Tiger gets bumped out of the British Open and the tournament goes to shit. Lets face it, Tiger is not right since his injury. He may never be the same "Tiger" we have come to know ever again. So, what does that mean? No one else is playing? Is there anyone else worthy being reported on if Tiger is not there? I guess not! I hate watching golf because the great shots I see are not worthy if Tiger did not hit them, according to the reports. "This guy is good but..." "That guy is in the thick of things but..." "Tiger is not playing against the field, he is playing against HISTORY!" Well now he is not playing well against anybody or anything (i.e. the course, the weather, the players, HISTORY!) right now and yet there is always this disclaimer reported that, sort of, qualifies our belief (or disbelief) that what we are watching is a misnomer! And I am not even going to comment on the BLACK thing, except to say "...Don't be another BLACK player (if you can get in!)." It just seems like the sport of golf is single handedly choking the Civil Right Movement! You can be BLACK in any other sport but... Sure Tiger is BLACK, but even he does not claim it! And why should he? He would never cash in!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 12th, Sunday/ I was flipping channels and I stumbled upon MTV. MTV, BET... I don't make it a habit to watch t.v. channels that are initials but I heard something that got my attention and gave me an idea. P. Diddy... Uhh, Puff Daddy... Uhh, Puff Diddy... Umm, P. Daddy... Whatever his name is is coming out with a new show called "Making His Band!" When I heard that I got to thinking, whatever happened to all of the other bands and groups that appeared on his shows? Do they still exist? Are they making music? Are they making any money??? What's up with that?
And then it hit me... I want to produce a show that, in the title itself, would not leave the viewing audience in a fog about where the participants are and how they are doing. The title would say it all!
Since reality shows are a bunch of bullshit, I want to parody them by producing a show called, "Making WHAT Band?" The twist to the show is that there is no band to make! The contestants are there under the guise of making a band. The deal is they just wasted their time! There is no band. There is no future in producing CD's... There will be no tours...No one will know the band's name! There is no band!!! Those who was down with the program, after it is over, is no longer down! You just go home... Your services are no longer needed... No one will contact you about doing a wrap-up show. Stick a fork in your ass, you're done! Wouldn't that be funny?
No, not the show! You sticking a fork in your ass is what's funny! I mean, every time I turn around, there is some show interviewing some fake ass "reality star(?)" who is talking about how much they are now recognized because they were on television... Hell, they did not do a damn thing! How stupid is that? So, why not admit that the show is going to be stupid from jump-street? What? You don't get the premise of my idea? How stupid are you?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 11th, Saturday/ In what seems like ages ago, I got into a huge argument with a friend (we are no longer friends due to this particular argument!) about Barry Bonds. His point was that Major League Baseball would suffer because Barry Bonds was no longer in the game. My argument was that Major League Baseball did not give a rat's ass about Barry Bonds and he would no longer be a member of the team. Any team!
And, here we are...Major league Baseball is still in existence and Barry Bonds is not. ( I mean in the context of being an active member of the game in some capacity!)
Whether Barry Bonds did what he is accused of is of no real consequence. He is not well liked and whatever he is accused of is the operating reason (used) as to why he is no longer around. He has alienated himself and he was arrogant in the process. But so what? Is Barry Bonds a viable reason for me to lose a friend? You know what? "I don't give a rat's ass!" If someone can use someone else's situation as a reason to not be my friend, why do I need that person in my life? The only thing I got out of this whole thing is that this particular situation brings a whole new meaning to the phenomenon that is Black on Black crime!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 9th, Thursday/ In the words of the rap group, Public Enemy, "Don't believe the hype!" Here is where those words apply... "King" James (basketball global icon LeBron James)apparently has used his (perceived) royal influence to disallow the viewing public to bear "witness" to him being "posterized" in a pick up game at the Skills Academy in Ohio, somewhere. It has been reported that a sophomore basketball player from Xavier University did the deed on LeBron and the "King" ordered his NIKE henchmen to confiscate the tape. BOOOOO!
Now, that particular incident does not make LeBron the bad guy. That opinion was solidified a while back when The Cavaliers lost to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals when LeBron would not shake his fellow Olympian, Dwight Howard's hand to congratulate him. Getting dunked on is just the exclamation point!
Whatever is being written about LeBron (even this) is just bullshit. He is, more than likely, nothing like what is being said about him. He has been spoiled long ago when the vipers got their hands on him, early. To have expectations that he is so loving and caring to the basketball viewing public is a knock on the viewing public, not "King" James. Those who bear "witness" hold out all hope that LeBron is a great guy and maybe he is. He is just not that to John Q Public. His money is not directly coming from the fans. I'm sure, if you ask him, he will tell you that. The public's deal with LeBron is a cash and carry deal. You pay to see him play and he plays. End of story. There will be no visits to your neighborhood and dinner at your house. He will not play with your children... When told, he will show up at an organized event, sign autographs, have light chit-chat with you then move on to the next scheduled appearance. "King" James is not the king! Hell, he doesn't even have the ring to prove it!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Warped POV/ Addendum by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 8th, Wednesday/ Okay, c'mon with the Michael Jackson tribute ad-nauseam! Let's honor the King of Pop for who he is (was). He was the straight up man in pop music, hands down. But MJ making Magic Johnson a better basketball player by inspiring him to be more of a showman on the court? I am willing to bet that every time MJ took to the playgrounds to "straight up" ballm MJ was no where in his thought pattern. Ballers are ballers! Now, if I saw Magic back his man down in the paint by "moonwalking," spin like a top and then do the ballerina toe move while making a layup...

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 8th, Wednesday/ I was listening to Magic Johnson's assessment of what dinner was like with Michael Jackson and it got me to thinking: What do the "superstar's" eat? People seem to be enamored with the notion that they, the "superstars," eat some sort of super food that us mortals have no access to. Why wouldn't Michael Jackson eat Kentucky Fried Chicken? I can see that. The question I would ask is, did he have white meat or dark?
Given his recorded actions, I would think that he liked white meat. But, is that for certain? White meat tends to be dry and woody tasting. (How would I know? I used to chew on wood when I was a kid!) Dark meat is juicy and succulent. (I would I know? I used to date a chick named Sheila!)
Of course there is no reason to discern Michael Jackson's choices in what he ate. The only question I would ask him, if he was still here, is why not Popeyes? Church's had it going on at one time. Not to mention New York Fried Chicken...Bojangles strikes a cord with me. El Pollo Loco does a nice thing with their chicken...and I am sure coming out of Gary, Indiana and hanging out in Detroit, there had to be some serious chicken frying going on! (You cannot tell me that Diana Ross never fried a chicken!)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 2nd, Thursday/ I gotta tell you... I thought MJ was bizarre in life but he is more out there in death! What the hell is going on? I won't even try to figure out the whole children thing! That I don't get at all but what I want to know is how the money thing works? Please, somebody explain to me how someone can have a compound go into foreclosure, be $400 million dollars in debt, pay $100,000/a month on one of the most exclusive mansions on the planet, be considered "BROKE" and have an estate worth millions? How does this happen in America?
Bad economy? Homes in foreclosure? People losing their jobs? MJ is broke, allegedly, and he has an estate worth millions? How? I'm broke and I can prove it. I have no estate. When I die, I will have nothing to divide up except my bones, if anybody wants them. It's a good thing I have no children. I just cannot imagine them being happy when they realize that they can fight over the division of my bones! "I want his foot bones that are connected to the leg bones, and the leg bones are connected to the thigh bones, and the thigh bones are connected to the hip bones..." (And you know the rest of the song!).
Man, I played my life all wrong. I should have majored in Economics, in college, like I started to but I let a, so called friend, talk me into majoring in English, which prepared me for writing a blog! Where is the estate in that?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

June 30th, Tuesday/ What is this disease going around? Correct me if I am wrong but I think it is called "Highgovernmentofficialstupiditious!" The latest to be effected by this medical mishap is the Governor of South Carolina, (R) Mark Sanford. Here is another (supposedly) high moral fiber, citizen in good standing, "do-gooder", family man who just cannot seem to keep his mouth shut and his zipper closed while condescendingly judging others. How does this stuff happen? Is it a strategy to keep people off of your stench by trashing others who commit adultery, cheating, and other acts of ill repute? I don't get it...
I thought you had to be "smart" to serve public office in any government capacity? (Buzzzzzzz!) Wrong! Apparently you have to be at some high level of "bobo-headism" status. I always thought that you were supposed to "take it to your grave" when you did something stupid? The wife is always the first to know. She sleeps with you. She is constantly reading you. Plus, the woman's intuition thing is always in full effect, especially when marriage is the platform.
Look fellas, if you want another piece of ass, stop making demands on your wife to lose weight! (Hey, I'm just trying to help out!)

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

June 1st. Monday/ Oh man, talk about a dream deferred! The Orlando Magic popped the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finale's bubble and will be facing the Los Angeles Lakers in the brawl for it all! But that is not the biggest bubble bust. The NBA's marketing department has to be kicking themselves in the (marketing) ass because they have been running Muppet commercial promos pushing for a Lebron vs Kobe matchup while licking their chops at the thought of a financial windfall these two titans could bring in! Well NBA potentates, "you can stop that trippin'...Ain't gon' happen!" "Superman" (Dwight Howard) has entered the building!
I dig Lebron. He can get down but Dwight Howard ain't chopped liver! He can get down too! (Ask Lebron!)So... Maybe there should have been a series of promos with each superstar? (I know, nobody asked me!)
But, what's up with the "Global Icon" ducking out the back door and brooding in the back of the team bus? I thought he was the face of the NBA? Instead he was hiding his (NBA) face in his hands. Yeah, I know... Poor Lebron. He lost! Got news for you Homeboy... You're gonna lose some more before you get the spoils you seek. That day after mumbo-jumbo you spewed about how you hate to lose and you cannot congradulate the man who beat your ass is weak. You're supposed to be bigger than that as a "global icon!" Wah, wah, wah...! Your squad is lame right now and cannot get it done. Your coach of the year is only as good as you are, in the moment, and right now you two are out.
So lick your wounds, lament about the fact that you looked like you weren't even in the game, and come up with some excuse... It will be accepted. I know... Become a witness! You'll see. Next season this time, when you don't even get this far, you will look back and see just how big of an asshole you acted like when you lost your chance to get to the NBA finals!

Friday, May 15, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

May 15th, Friday/ Uh... What size bubble do you wear Mr Phelps? I just saw a news cast about Michael Phelps' life after the Olympics. Here we have the most glorified swimmer in Olympic history being picked apart for his choices on how to live his life. Apparently he likes hookers, bonging cheebah, and knocking down shots... My bad! I thought that was what it was all about when you conquer your world? "To the victor goes the spoils" n'est-ce pas? I guess not in "double standard" land. There is a concensus that wants their heroes lean and clean and Phelps, apparently, has not gotten the memo.So now he is under the scrutiny of the moral police and he just does not seem to be able to navigate those waters.

C'mon baby, get it together... Get with the program! If you wanted the everyday, teenage, stonner, boozer lifestyle, you should have not chosen to be "the man!" (Did you freely make that choice?) If you keep this sort of behavior happening, you may end up having to melt down your gold medals to support your munchies habit. Now suck it up, get it together and get your ass back in the pool!

This is a rap song about safe sex:

Man, man the rubbers she cried,
Just, just in case homeboy lied,
It ain't about having your genitals fried,
Man the rubbers she cried!

1st Verse:
I went to the set, that's what I chose,
They was all there, the players and ho's,
Our eyes locked and then I froze,
What happened next everybody knows...

2nd Verse:
All he wanted was to get next to me,
He was fine, that's all I could see,
The good feelings I felt from the "G"
Resulted in a &*!damn STD!

3rd Verse:
I got syphillis, that's what I got,
All because the bastard was hot,
Now I live with this dreaded disease,
All because I aimed to please,

Yeah, yeah, the man was fine,
Tight abs and a hard behind,
And so, I was so inclined,
Now, now his disease is mine!

4th Verse:
Now I rue, rue the day,
When I consulted, consulted to lay,
And take that dreadful roll in the hay,
So now I am here to say,


Monday, April 13, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 13th, Monday/ DAMN! The Obamas are really messing up! A week or two ago, the First Lady put her hands on the Queen of England. OMG! How dare she? The audacity of that woman! Now, in an unrelated trip, the President has bowed down to the King of Saudi Arabia. DAMN! What the...
Are these people crazy? Don't they respect the arrogance that goes along with the job? Haven't they read the President and First Lady Handbook(s)? When America is in a crisis, the President's testicles are supposed to swell up like watermelons (pun intended)and he is supposed to spray other world leaders with presidential mumbo-jumbo while he tries to undo what has been done by the other president, who has sprayed other world leaders with his presidential mumbo-jumbo!
The President's bowing has been described as a sign of weakness as opposed to being a gesture of respect, according to what has been reported. So, now what are we to believe? The election of a black man was a mistake because he has defied protocol? Next thing you know, he will be criticized for putting a basketball court in the White House. Hell, he is already receiving fire from the animal rights people because he did not adopt a recycled dog from the pound. Not that that is a bad thing but why can't he have a new dog? It's funny... When did it become a criticism for a president to choose the dog he wanted?
Get in line folks. The president is Black, he is new, and he is not what you are used to. So get used to it already!

Friday, April 10, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 10th, Friday/ I'm sorry... I cannot do it anymore! I have been doing it for years and now I have to draw the line. I can no longer sit and listen to pro athletes interview for the media. I mean, I don't know what I am listening to anymore? There used to be a time when I could not wait to hear what a popular athlete had to say. Could not wait... Now, what the hell am I waiting for? Do I want to hear Terrell Owens whine about all the attention he is getting for not attending "voluntary" training with the Buffalo Bills, when it is he who manages to be in the right place, right time, when a camera and mike are present? Do I really want to hear that over and over again from him? Change the channel...
Just yesterday I was listening to the sports news and Tiger Woods was being interviewed. I get it! He is the man! Golf was boring until he showed up. So I am sitting there listening to him explain something about his putting or whatever. My freakin' eyes rolled into the back of my head! He just kept rambling on and on... I was wondering when he was going to relate his putting to solving the economics of the globe!
Maybe it's NOT their fault. I remember when MJ was playing. He was never asked about his political position on ANYTHING! Maybe he had an opinion, maybe he did not. Maybe he was reminded about who was paying him and how much his opinion would affect his cash flow if he said yea or nea about an issue. I remember being party to conversation about my race and the expectation of me not repeating it or else.
Whatever. make your deal with the devil and live with it. All I am saying is stop beating "Joe the Fan" over the head with this bullshit. I mean, I do not want to hear an answer from an athlete about anything when I know he/she can be reprimanded and/or fined for "Tweeting" at half time while on the gig. In as much as I understand that there is a question about professionalism, I also understand "plantation" mentality and everyone involved needs to understand their place in it!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 9th, Thursday/ Here's when you know the economy is bad. You and your boys decide that you are going to hijack a ship. You go out on the high seas, find a ship and hijack it. You ransack the ship, find some booty, you're talking smack... Maybe you are a little drunk, you take hostages. You're not thinking straight. You're caught up in the moment. The hostages see an opportunity to overtake you. They go for it. You manage to escape their grasp, with a hostage! You jump into a life boat. you have money, you have a hostage. You got away! Then, BOOM! The life boat runs out of gas and you are left drifting in the ocean with no gas station in sight, a useless hostage, worthless booty and a freakin' American destroyer bearing down on your ass! And at the price of gas these days you probably couldn't buy enough gas to get to where you need to get to anyway! Maybe you should have hijacked the Destroyer that's full of gas. But then you probably could not afford the price of parking!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 8th, Wednesday/ Well... This is a sad day for me. It should be a glorious day but it's not, for me. After watching that sad excuse for a final game in the NCAA Elite tournament Monday night, I slept on it then started to recover on Tuesday. I turned on ESPN and watched them scroll through the sports events... And then I saw it! They showed the press conference for MJ (Michael Jordan) being interviewed about his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. We are talking about, arguably, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a person for his/her respective sport. So, here he is being interviewed and he says the strangest thing...
MJ is tortured and conflicted and depressed about being inducted into the H of F because it represents his life being over as it pertains to basketball! I could not believe what I was hearing. C'mon Mike! Are you serious?
So I got to thinking... When is it enough? What has to happen for it to be over for someone doing what they like to do, to be satisfied with not doing it anymore? He was actually lamenting his own career because he could no longer "deceive" us common folk who watched and applauded him. He wants more.!
Okay, whatever floats your boat. Here is a suggestion: Arrange pickup games with all of those ex pros who would still like to play. Get the media and Madison Avenue involved to promote the event and find a venue to accommodate the thousands of fans he still thinks he has. Then, have at it! Regardless of the results, I'm sure MJ's ego will be fulfilled. Then, maybe, he can make the "Overtime H of F" and be satisfied with that! I am sure he will get inducted.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 7th, Tuesday/ PHEW! The NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament is finally over and, man, what a ride! The University of North Carolina took the top prize by beating the crap out of Michigan State and all is right with the world. Well... Not really.
For whatever reason, there is a lot of drama attached to the tournament. Maybe there is a general concensus that the games are not enough to create the kind of anticipation the NCAA tournament committee thinks is necessary to make the games a success. Here is what goes into building the tourney: First, the college basketball season has to start. The Division I members are the only division that is deemed important, according to who is in charge of making that determination.(All of the other divisions in college basketball have a tournament!) However, Division I gets all the play!/ There is a pre-conference schedule, a conference schedule, a post season conference tournament, and then the BIG ONE... THE NCAA DIVISION I TOURNAMENT! Taa daaaaaa...
Now the fun starts. First it has to be determined who is going to play in the tournament. There is a set mumbo-jumbo criteria the teams have to follow to be selected. If they meet said criteria, the committee selects the teams. Then there are the brackets. The brackets place the teams in the order of games that are to be played. The drama that goes along with that is stifling. There are the favorites, the bubble teams, the conference winners, the selected teams, the seeds, who gets what seed, what region each team is going to, the 4 regions, who has an advantage who is at a disadvantage, who belongs, who does not belong, what is fair, what is not fair, blah...blah... yap...yap...
Then there is the mystery of the seeding. There is a (dubbed) "Cinderella" team. That is a team that will go deep into the tournament surpassing everyone's expectations. There is the dreaded 12-5 seeding. That's the bracket selection where a #12 seed will beat a #5 seed. How that happens I have no idea. There are the #1 seeds, who are supposed to be better than everybody else. Which brings me to the favorites... Which team is supposed to win? Who the hell knows? It's a tournament! All things being equal, it's a crap shoot. Really?
Okay, all of that being said, it turns out that Michigan State makes it to the finals to play UNC. Michigan State, a #2 seed played Louisville, a #1 seed and beat them to get to the Final 4. Then they beat UCONN, another #1 seed to get to the championship game to play Mighty Carolina who was the preseason pick to win it all! Nice setup!
THEN... Some spin doctor decided to add extra pressure on Michigan State... Michigan State was mandated to save America! That's right! They were told that they were the cloud with the silver lining that would make the people of Michigan feel better in spite of the failing economy, in general, and the crumbling car industry, in particular! Never mind that Carolina was steam rolling over everybody in the tournament and that should be Michigan State's focus. Save the world boys from something you had nothing to do with creating! Help people forget the dire straights they are in for a few days through your representation. HELP!!!
So, here we are... The day after... Carolina gutted Michigan State like a fish! It was surreal to watch the Spartans forget everything they knew how to do and suffer through 40 minutes of pain! Why not just go to the dentist and have all of your teeth pulled out? (Without gas or the needle!)And then... and then... Wake up the next day, look out of your window and realize that the state of Michigan is no better off than it was the day before, you played the worst game of your life on the biggest stage of your life and be recognized as a failure, just like the economy has failed the people you were mandated to represent! DAMN life ain't fair!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

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April 5th, Sunday/ What the hell is going on in the NFL? Mike is getting out of jail, Plax is going in...What has the Penal system become, Motel 6?Not only do we have a disgruntled QB demanding to be traded because... Well, he found out that he might be traded! What the...? We have dog killings and self-inflicted gunshot wounds... When was the last time a pro(football) player wanted to stop playing football in mid-season, left the team, went to a club and shot himself in the leg? I guess it was not exciting enough to collect a check big enough to buy a house in one felt swoop every two weeks? Man, what I could do with a 3 or 4 hundred thousand dollar check right about now(?).
Carrying a gun to a club or killing dogs cannot be the mindset of a clear-thinking individual, is it? I mean, I have heard a dog owner say, in a fit of rage to his dog,"I will kill you!" I even heard a friend say, after his kid spilled juice on his white carpet, "...If I had a gun, I'd... (thinking)... I'd... shoot myself!" (No specific place was mentioned and no child was harmed.) (This just in: Oklahoma's women's basketball team just lost in a semi-final game against Louisville! I want to see the camera pan to her father, in the stands, writing the check made out to the University of Oklahoma for $64,000.00 for repayment of her scholarship!)Hey, I don't make this stuff up!
Is the pressure of bigtime sports too much for fragile thinking athletes to the point where it makes them say and do weird things? There have been days when I thought, "I could just kill myself for doing something that stupid!" But I never pulled the trigger! NEVER!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 28th, Saturday/ I just read one of the saddest articles ever. The economy has taken hold of some of the rich and infamous, to the point where they are forced to sell worldly possessions they once loved. The latest victim to our crushing money crisis is Mrs. Spelling, widow of the late Aaron Spelling.
Mr. Spelling is the producer of such TV shows that brought us immeasureable amounts of pleasure. Remember Charlie's Angels? And how about Beverly Hills 90210? Remember that one? Of course his name is on other highly rated shows back in the day, and to you Mr. Spelling I say "thanks for the memories!"
Anywho, Mrs. Spelling is selling the Manor, that spralling home her husband had built back in the early nighties. I remember attending a party that was near that property when it was being built... UNBELIEVABLE! Now it is up for sale for a wopping $150 million! I know, that is a lot of cash. However, there is more distressing news...
Mrs. Spelling has placed the burden of choosing a real estate agent, that is apparantly much too stressful a task for her to deal with off her hands and left the difficult task to her, quite capable, strong shouldered, wise decision maker, and all around best friend Wheaton Terrier, Madison! Taadaa!
It's times like this when I wish I could have been a fly on the wall in the room on the night when Mrs. Spelling and Madison had the conversation about her decision to allow it (Madison)to become "power of attorney" over her affairs. Were they watching TV (Aaron Spelling reruns) in the bedroom when she brought it up? Was there alcohal involved? Was there popparrazzi lurking around her bedroom window, taking pictures of that night the decision was made? If there are pictures, where are they? I would like to know if she was drunk and in a compromised position? Did Madison hold her hostage and force her into making that decision? And... Where will they live that will even remotely suit Madison's needs?

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 27th, Friday/ It finally happened! Billy Gilliespi was fired by the University of Kentucky's Athletic Director,or the Chancellor of Kentucky, or the Boosters of the University, or the rabid fans of Kentucky basketball, or maybe it was the horses of the State of Kentucky... Who knows?
The atmosphere of college basketball in Lexington Kentucky is unlike the atmosphere in any other state. Basketball at the University of Kentucky is it's own universe. If you cut any fan of Kentucky basketball he bleeds blue blood. It's just a fact! Trust me...
The word is that Gilliespi was never accepted by those who matter in the state. He was considered "an outsider" whatever that means. I thought (they thought) he was the right man for the job at the time? Apparently not! After just two years, he's out. So...
All of that having been said, I think I have the solution for the seemingly fickled Kentucky basketball fanatics. Just, please hear me out... What they should do is go to the grave site of Adolph Rupp, the deceased, and still beloved basketball coach from back in the day, dig up his bones, take him to a well respected haberdashery in downtown Lexington, dress him up in their finest threads, get him up to speed on the new and forever changing recruiting rules (Place a call to UCONN) and plop the bag of bones on the Kentucky Wildcats bench for the 2009-2010 season! That seems to be the only way to satisfy those fans who are all and forever consumed by U.of K basketball!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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March 25th, Wednesday/ It finally happened! I was waiting for it to happened and it finally did. Eight years and I have not heard a peep but now the silence is broken. I was watching 60 Minutes Sunday night and I heard Obama get reprimanded for giggling. I'm on line today and I read that the president of the United States is being questioned about his lack of a timely response relating to the AIG bonuses. I do not recall any challenges to "W" when it was revealed that his side kick was riding the Halliburton horse all the way to the bank. Where were the questions then? I guess it is a little difficult to hear the criticisms when your head is buried underneath a desk in avoidance of another 9/11 occurrence.
Seems to me like the President is under siege for something he is just gaining knowledge of and he hasn't even been in office six months! Okay, there was Ebron and a couple more companies that made a splash and then... Nothing! The bad guys were caught, so it was reported and no more questions were asked. I do not recall the President, at the time, being held accountable for what he knew and when he should have responded to what he knew.
It's funny. I also do not recall "W" being interviewed about where his bedroom was located in the White House and whether he and his wife had breakfast in bed. I also do not profess to remembering seeing every interview every president had in my lifetime. However, it just seems odd to me that this particular president is fielding questions scrutinizing him before he has had a chance to absorb the magnitude of what he is facing.
Is it fair? Probably not. Life is not fair. But can fair play at least be considered?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 24th, Tuesday/ I was thinking about the state of the economy and the bailouts and all of that; and then, I got to thinking about the stock market. How does it work? It seems like, to me, the slightest thing that can happen all the way across the world affects America's stock market. It's up, it's down... The Dow, NASDAQ, stocks... I don't get it.
Anyway, I was wondering, considering the climate of a portion of America's population, who are still seething over the election of Barack Obama and the way the Market is affected when a high profiled dignitary sneezes all the way across the ocean... If the President was on his way out of the country for some high powered Summit, and he got sick while walking to the helicopter and had to take a crap right on the White House lawn, what would that do to the market? I don't know... It's crazy!

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 16th, Monday/ Alright... It's on! The brackets are set for the 2009 NC2A basketball tourney and for the most part, the brackets look good. Of course there are some disagreements between the basketball faithful but that's every year. This year, the consensus believes that Arizona should not have gotten in because of yap, yap, yap. St. Mary's should have gotten in because of blah, blah, blah...
Look, get it through your thick skulls. The NC2A Division I basketball tournament is a tournament of the elite, picked by elitists to satisfy the constituency of their elite peers! The rationale for their picks is simple: We will pick who we want because "...that's the way we like it!" (Thank you KC and the Sunshine Band!) To hell with the SOS and screw the RPI! "They are who we say they are!" (Thank you Dennis Green.")
So, my advice to all parties involved is suck it up, strap your jocks on and "...get your popcorn ready," (Thank you T.O.) because March is about to get madder! If you don't like the fact that your team was left out, invest your time in the NIT tournament... And, if your team was left out of that, and you are really upset, you need Jesus!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 5th, Thursday/ DAMN! Terrell Owens was released by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL... Oh boohoo already! What's next with this guy? Will it be a suicide attempt? (Wait a minute, didn't that already happen?) Will he stab another quarterback in the back? (Ahh, been there, done that!) Oh... I know... His full length narcissus mirror will break and he will be ugly for seven years! That's it, right?
And, what is it with the Dallas Cowboy's owner anyway? He actually makes Barnum AND Bailey look like rank amateurs!
Maybe it's just me but I think that all pro sports have gone from the ridiculous to the... well, even more ridiculous! "Step right up and see the greatest Bros on earth!" And, " Manny and Alex and Barry and Charles and ("The Big Shaqiwakki") sell their integrity for several million dollars! Come one and all and spend a couple of hundred bucks for a couple of hours of fun and excitement. To hell with the concept of a challenge. Be amused by the death defying flop of the 300 pound man! Then watch as the 300 pound man and the former coach of the 300 pound man take (cannon) shots at each other and call each other names at their respective press conferences! And... Watch as the press instigates the whole exciting spectacle!"
Now that's entertainment!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 4th, Wednesday/ A former friend and I had a conversation (argument) about Barry Bonds and Major League Baseball last summer. His position was that professional baseball would suffer if Bonds did not get to keep playing. My position was, and still is, that baseball did not give a rat's behind if Bonds played or not. I also said that he would not get another job in baseball as a player.
Now there is talk of Barry wanting back in because of the delay in his court judgement. So I'm thinking, why not let him back in? What did he do that is so terrible? Should there be concern that he took steroids, and if so, why should we care? So what if his head blows up like a hot air balloon? It's his head! So what if he broke the home run record while on steroids? Put the asterisk by his numbers and get on with it! Nobody's kid wants to be like Barry Bonds! Kids do what they want because they do what they want under whatever jurisdiction, or lack thereof, they are under.
When you are teaching your kids about what is good or bad for them, you do not need to cite anyone as an example for them to see to prove your point. You don't need to mention Charles Barkley when you talk to your kids about drunk driving. If you are so inclined to use Barry Bonds as the (bad) example for steroid use, take them to meet Mr. Bonds so they can actually see the size of his head. That might be a more effective way to prove your point. So what if he hit a lot of home runs? Your kid may not ever see a professionally pitched ball, steroids or no steroids! Unless Charles Barkley's arm is dangling from his car while wrapped around a pole, and your kids are on the scene to witness it, using him as an example is a moot point. Oh yes... And please stop badgering Alex Rodriguez for the truth about his steroid use. The point about steroids being bad will be better served when Alex's bones crumble to dust and his flesh serves as a dust bag! (By the way, the last time I checked, pro baseball was doing just fine without Barry Bonds! So there!)

Friday, February 27, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

February 27th, Friday/ I was watching ESPN this morning and there was coverage on the Lakers/Phoenix game in the NBA played last night. At the beginning of the piece, they showed a press conference featuring The Big "Whatever" and the "Black Mamba." When asked if these two wished that someday they could be teammates again, they both replied "NO."
You see, a "long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" these two players were teammates for the LA Lakers and won championships together. They were touted as the super heroes of the NBA. They were better than Batman and Robin, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and even Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor! But, alas, the relationship did not last and the two broke up in a messy divorce.
Well, for whatever reason, there always seems to be some member of the press who feels compelled to bring up the subject of these two getting back together when they are cornered in a press conference.
Look, even Robin wanted to be separated from Batman! (Oh yeah, it's true! I saw it in the movies. It was the flick when Robin's family was killed and Robin joined Batman to get his life together but became jealous of Batman when he discovered who Batman really was! I saw it! I did!)
C'mon fellas, let this go. Shaq and Kobe have moved on. Why can't you? Please stop blasting them with the subject of them wanting to get back together. That's your fantasy. In real life they do not want to share the light with each other. (I am wondering how they are going to share the All Star MVP trophy in these bad economic times? I mean, they both held up only ONE trophy for the photographers after the game and David Stern did just borrow several million dollars for the league the other day!) What you probably should ask them is what is what schedule did they work out for when the MVP trophy will be displayed in their respective homes?

Friday, February 20, 2009

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February 20th, Friday/ I just heard about a cartoon published by the NY Post the other day. The cartoon was of two cops shooting a monkey and the caption referenced that the country had to find someone else to sign the stimulus package. (The package was to be signed by President O'Bama!) Then I heard their excuse for publishing it. The excuse for publishing the cartoon was that they were referencing the monkey in the cartoon to the chimp that is in the news for ripping the face off of her owner. (By the way: The chimp has nothing to do with signing the stimulus package!) So, the inference is that the cartoon is a racist remark directed towards the President of the United States, who just happens to be a Black man. Now Al Sharpton is involved and there are picket lines in front of the Post's office building, to which the Post objects to and has dubbed Al Sharpton as a publicity hound. (Another animal reference towards a black man!)
Racism aside, there is another problem here; well, two really. There is a woman in Connecticut without a face and there is a chimp that has not received the proper therapy it probably needed for quite some time!
And, is yet another message being sent, by the cartoonist, that the President has the capacity to go crazy and rip off the face of his significant other, be shot by the SS, and thereby not sign the stimulus package? Where would we be as a nation if that were to happen?
Just look at the domino effect that could happen because of what someone considered to be a harmless joke!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

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February 19th, Thursday/ Alex "Roid" Rigues. This guy is funny. Aside from what he has said that is a lie or not a lie or whatever, there is one thing he said that has flown over the heads of everybody listening. If there are parents that want to make a statement to their kids about how to live life in this society, here is the statement they should be making: In light of all the technology and general access to information, there is no longer a reason to think that it is acceptable to be young and stupid! Rodrigues said that he was "young and stupid" several times in his defense for what he did. I don't know... Maybe I'm stupid but I'm thinking that if I signed a "lottery money" contract with a pro team, I would think that I would be able to afford whatever technology that would keep me in the know. Alex said that he did not know what he was taking at one point, then said he knew and named what he did take.Sure I think he is lying but I have to get back to the lesson that should be taught here. You cannot be young AND stupid anymore. Is is now, officially, an oxymoron! You can either be young or stupid but you cannot be both! There are too many ways to educate yourself these days that negate the possibility to be young and stupid!
That being said, Rodrigues has planted something in my brain that I cannot get out. I would love to receive millions of dollars by any means necessary but I am now fearful of the results after receiving said money. My fear is that I will become "stupid!" Here is what I think. I think that Rodrigues was a fairly bright guy before he signed for the big money. Then, after he got it, he lost his moral mind and became stupid. I mean, look at all of what has happened to him since becoming a mega millionaire. He is exposed as a steroid user. He lost his beautiful wife and family. He does not seem to be a very endearing guy to his teammates and... and, he is linked to Madonna! Damn! Of all the women in the world to be linked to, he is linked to Madonna! All I have to say is if I were linked to any woman, I would at least want to be linked to a woman that I would want to ride in the same helicopter with when on a date. That's another reason why it is not attractive to be young and stupid. Young and stupid turns into old and stupid at some point if preventive measures are not taken.
So, get educated young people. Remember "...a mind is a terrible thing to waste" and "youth is wasted on the young" and stupid!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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February 17th, Tuesday/ Oh that wacky world of the NBA! What a weekend! All of the fanfare and the activity this past weekend has my brain spinning... What? The Allstar Game? What about it? wait a minute... You think I'm talking about the allstar game? Noooooooo... I'm referring to the four month hiring and firing of Terry Porter! What the hell was that? How do you fix what is not broken, get rid of "The Matrix," bring in Shaq, bog the offense down, run a coach out of town (D'Antoni), bring in a new coach (Porter), expect massive improvement with all of the changes, not get it; then, fire (Porter), hire from within the system, shop (arguably) your best player and expect all to be well? Hire a blog writer named Steve Kerr , that's how!
Okay, I get it! He played in the league with MJ, who is teaching classes at the MJ School of NBA Business on how to be a NBA general manager. My question is, who is overseeing Kerr? MJ?
So, the other question I have is, when is Kerr going to be held accountable for his actions? If Porter is to take the hit for being the wrong man for the job, how is Kerr the right man for his job?
My hat is off to the NBA marketing machine. They do a great job of promoting the NBA. I wish I could make a suggestion to them for a promo: I would like to see them do that Where (Whatever) Happens promo. I would suggest that they do "Where Kerr Happens" and have his profile picture with his old uniform number underneath like they do on those police blotters! That would be (NBA) fan-tas-tic!

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February 17th, Tuesday/ Private education, as well as public education, seems to be a big mess in America. I understand that money is always at the base of many problems so... Considering the state of the economy and considering the priorities of those in charge of the money, it only stands to reason that the children will ultimately suffer./ I had the opportunity to have a conversation with two 11 year old boys that I know who attend a private "Christian" school. There is a school master who has no other adults working at the school. There are about 20 students ranging in age from 8 to 17and the school master is the only teacher. The students are divided by two classrooms and they are not taught any one specific thing by the school master. They are instructed to watch a selected DVD about "whatever," then they are to study and be tested on whatever the homework assignment is, based on the DVD. They receive grades based on how they do on the tests that are based on how they do with their homework. What I do not understand how they can receive grades based on what I described if no specific one subject is discussed? I mean, I asked if they learned anything about math formulas' and sentence breakdowns, to which they replied "no!" My question is how will they be able to get in an "accredited" college if admissions is based on a GPA that is not in place at their particular school? In other words, how are they going to achieve higher learning if they are not prepared in the early stages of their young lives? / Then there was some conversation about their recess sessions where there was no "present" adult supervision. One of the two boys had a broken arm and the other had lacerations and a torn coat received during a couple of those recess sessions. No accountability was was offered to the parents relating to those altercations. / Now, the other side to this phenomenon is how could a parent allow their child to attend such a place, with or without this knowledge, based on the, seemingly, lack of accreditation? When checked into, there was no knowledge of a governing body to regulate the school's curriculum. / So, what should be done? Should those kids stay in that particular school or should they be exposed to the harsh reality of public school and receive an accredited education while getting their collective asses kicked, while under adult supervision? In other words, where can a child attend a school their parents can be assured that they will be safe while studying to insure their future? The answer to this question is with those who are in charge of the money. For some reason they do not seem to think that this dilemma is all that important. I mean, let's get real: What is the alternative to any of this? What was that? Home schooling? Who's got time for that? Last time I checked, kids need to eat so that they can have the strength to learn but where is the money going to come from if the parent(s) have to work even when the economy is so screwed up?(By the way, is a Catch 22 related to Murphy's Law?)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

February 3rd, Tuesday/ Okay, now that the reality of having a Black president has set in, let's get back to reality. When are we, as a society, going to get off the deal of having a surrogate image raise our children? I am talking about this Michael Phelps person (character, caricature, whatever...). Olympic swimming champion? Right. Multiple gold metal winner? Right! Role model? Wrong! Don't get me wrong. What Michael Phelps has been able to accomplish is remarkable. It's damn near unbelievable! I'm thinking that it will be quite some time before we see another human being even come close to what he has done in a swimming pool./ That being said, he is also a drinker and a pot smoker. Now I raise the argument: Should he be allowed to just apologize for his transgressions and go on his merry way and be allowed to maintain his role model status in good standing, or should he be recognized for who he really is and afford the same scrutiny like everybody else? OR, should alcohal and canabus be reevaluated and reclassified as a necessity in the spirit of athletic achievement, therefore allowing the "average joe" to live his, or her, wildest dream of being super human in the pool, or on the court, or on the field? I mean, is apolgizing in an appropriate time frame (You know, like the five second rule when you drop food on the floor and be able to pick it up and eat it in five seconds) enough time for him to be able to repeat an offense out of the eye sight of a camera or video recorder to be posted on You Tube for the world to see? If image is driving sales of whatever product other than alcohal and weed, should he still be allowed to sell whatever product and rake in millions of dollars in the process while others his age be burned at the stake for the same offense?/ My bad! Maybe what I should be asking is could someone please explain what "double standard means?"

Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

January 31st, Saturday/ Happy New Year everybody! (I'm saying this like I have a whole bunch of readers!) Anyway, another year has gone by and I am truly blessed to have been allowed passage. My whole opinion has flipped since Obama slid in as President> What the France? What is going on? How did that happen? Is change really coming or am I just caught up in a weird dream that I cannot wake up from?
Don't get me wrong. I'm feeling the change but I am not feeling like because Obama is Black, Black folks in America have some sort of an advantage. I mean, I'm thinking that if I went to the White House, they would still frisk me down and ask me what the f#&k do I want with him? There are still some people who are angry that Obama got in. Here's some advice: Get over it because he can do no worse than Bush! We're lucky he even wants the job! And, squash all the talk about being qualified for the job and being ready for what is ahead. It may take 2 presidents to straighten this sh!t out! If the condition of the country was such a priority, the Texas cowboy should not have been allowed 2 terms! But hey... Let's be real. This is America! There is still racial prejudice and racial profiling and biased opinions and bigotry and deception and whatever else that is vital to keeping our great country divided. Black President, White President... What's the difference? Save some of that negative energy when a Hispanic gets in, then a White woman will get in then maybe a white gay woman will get in or maybe even a Black gay man... What do I care? I'll be dead by then.