There was some uproar when US Men’s National Soccer coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, didn’t include US soccer legend, Landon Donovan, on the final 2014 World Cup roster, but in reality that shows progression. Donovan’s omission wasn’t much of a surprise because Klinsmann has made it clear that over time that US players need to play against players they will be facing in the World Cup, hence they need to join European leagues. The roster reflects that as one of the young players being questioned, Julian Green, plays for Bayern Munich. Even though he may not have experience, the fact that he is part of the Bayern Munich program means that he has a type of talent that possibly no other US player could match, so he has to be on the roster. Green had a choice to play for Germany, so obviously he needed to be on the US roster. But the bigger question is why do we think Donovan is the greatest American soccer player when Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard have both had superior careers against better competition.
Clint Dempsey – USA Soccer – The Captain
Tim Howard has enjoyed a successful career in England at Everton in the Premier League one of the top leagues in the world, while Clint Dempsey made his mark at Fulham also in the Premier League. But in America we salute the player who couldn’t cut it abroad and made his mark at home in the minor leagues. It is that mentality that Klinsmann has to battle to try to bring soccer up in this country. That is why in an interview with 60 Minutes Sports, Klinsmann mentioned that he wants to change the way that soccer is played in this country. Therefore it makes sense that Donovan isn’t on the team because it signifies a new era. These young players need to figure it out, and Donovan can’t really help them because he hasn’t been where they are trying to go. The US has been waiting to take the next step and be competitive on a world stage, and maybe that will happen now that they have let go of the past.
Bill Weir premiered a short documentary for CNN, “Brother’s Keeper“, about the rise and fall of the rap group The Clipse. The Clipse, consisting of Pusha T and Malice (No Malice now), are brothers, who were drug dealers turned rappers. Their story is unique because at the height of their popularity, Malice found religion and quit rap. Malice feels so strongly that he changed his name to No Malice and even refuses to rap his old verses for shows, saying that he doesn’t want to glorify that ‘life’. Considering Pusha T almost always glorifies that ‘life’, it is doubtful that there will ever be a reunion.
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Aaron Hernandez formerly of the New England Patriots was indicted for a 2012 double murder. Not the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, which he is currently in jail awaiting trial, but a separate double murder from the year before. The alleged story is that Hernandez and associate Alexander Bradley were together in the club, and for some reason they followed the victims out of the club and executed them drive by style.
The story is even more damning for Hernandez because Bradley is suing Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face, and causing him to lose his right eye, and then Bradley was shot again in February 2014 at a Connecticut night club. It should be noted that Bradley was charged in that incident because he allegedly returned with a gun and opened fire, but it still looks bad for Hernandez.
Even if Hernandez didn’t commit the crime, what do you think Bradley is going to say? Plus there are whispers that Hernandez may have been responsible for multiple shootings in Florida. The more that comes out about this story the worse it is going to get not only for Hernandez, but the entire NFL in general because this story seems like a gangster movie.
The Hernandez case is a black eye on the NFL in general because now that we know what Hernandez is capable of, we have to wonder what everyone else in the NFL is capable of. A byproduct of that is the fact that incidents that do occur will have increased significance. Remember Sam Hurd of the Chicago Bears? He got 15 years for a drug distribution ring, but that story was under the radar considering the significance of the case.
Ray Rice probably wouldn’t be in the NFL if this indictment came out earlier. He knocked his wife unconscious in public. DeSean Jackson felt the effects already by getting cut by the Philadelphia Eagles after a career year because of supposed ‘gang’ ties. It’s a new era for NFL because they are all going to be under increased scrutiny. Not just the players, but the NFL offices will have to explain how they didn’t know anything about what has been going on in their league. The NFL suspended Michael Vick before his court case like their security had all of the facts, but they miss a murderer playing in their league? It doesn’t make sense, and now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak, the entire NFL is going to have to answer for Aaron Hernandez actions.
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Aaron Hernandez Ruined It For All NFL Players
Donald Sterling is trying to get his side of the story out, but he probably should have stayed quiet. Sterling has nothing to apologize for; if that is how he feels that is how he feels, but he has to realize that he isn’t helping matters. This is really a sad story because Donald Sterling is becoming a scapegoat for all racists, when he is doing the same thing he has done for years. Donald Sterling is not alone in his views, but he has a history, and he is old, so he’s the fall guy. This is a different era, so old school views seem arcane and barbaric, but no one has explained the new landscape to Sterling.
If there was anyone in his circle that cared about he wouldn’t have done this interview, or at the very least have talking points laid out for him. Sterling looked totally unprepared and was just speaking off the top of his head. It’s almost like Sterling did the interview for the NBA, so he could look more villainous as to justify why they are taking the Los Angeles Clippers from him. The irony is that what he was saying about Magic Johnson wasn’t necessarily wrong, but Donald Sterling can’t say it, and it was definitely the wrong time. This situation ties into another race issue the use of the N-word because sometimes the offense is in who says something not the actual words that are said.
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Donald Sterling with Anderson Cooper
Kevin Durant NBA MVP gave the world a touching moment with the speech he gave to accept his award. In Durant’s motivational speech he reflected on his journey and thanked everyone who helped him make it. It was emotional as Durant thanked each one of his teammates, and it culminated with him speaking on how much he appreciates Russell Westbrook.
Then he thanked his family and friends as he reminisced about how far he has come. His speech culminated with a tribute to his mother where he proclaimed her the real MVP for keeping food on the table. That was a powerful moment and everyone in the room was fighting back the tears. The speech was very revealing as Durant really let his guard down. It was refreshing that he was so free with his emotions and spoke from the heart. It is very rare for that to happen in today’s image conscious society.
Check out ‘The Top 20 Cartoon Conspiracy Theories‘ from @blameitonjorge. Some may think that analyzing cartoons is insignificant, but cartoons and children shows are the first step to the indoctrination process. Even though the concepts introduced in the children shows are to complex for children to understand, it puts ideas in their mind for future reference when children grow into adults. Watching this documentary was eye-opening because it shows that many of us don’t understand what we saw to as children.
This video is crazy and it will ruin your childhood thinking about a deeper meaning, but it makes sense. Dr. Claw is the real Inspector Gadget and the character we know as Inspector Gadget is a robot created by his niece Penny? Scooby Doo was making a statement about life after the depression? The Smurfs were Nazis? Dora the Explorer has down syndrome? Donald Duck has PTSD? It’s crazy to think that these were shows for children that many of us grew up on.
It gives a different perspective on life today because the moral decline of society may not just be happen stance. Who knows the impact these cartoons had on development? Even though children don’t understand what is going on in the cartoon, just seeing the cartoons can put an idea in their head that will manifest itself later in life. It’s crazy to even consider the possibilities if cartoons have an agenda.
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