More and More Lightning…..

 

Roy Hobbs, in the building........

Roy Hobbs, in the building........

Ha ha!!!!  Happy April Fools’s Day, kiddies!!!!  Not that I celebrate; it’s kind of dumb to set people off into mass panic or random hysteria and mayhem for the sake of a chuckle…..but hey, what ever floats your boat….here we go, another round ‘o’ lightning, sure to please:

 

Ryan Moats, pleading his case to an unsympathetic ear

Ryan Moats, pleading his case to an unsympathetic ear

The police officer from Dallas who stopped NFL running back Ryan Moats before he had the chance to say goodbye to his dying mother in law resigned today from the police force.  Robert Powell, who had been on paid leave pending his department’s investigation of the incident, gave a statement through his attorney, saying that he made the decision in the hope that his fellow officers would be able to move on.  Hmmm……I see…..let me get this straight;  you are, supposedly, falling on your shield to spare your colleagues further grief from the press’ scrutiny…..meanwhile a dignified, strong young couple, rocked by the death of the wife’s mother, remain poised and waiting for the personal apology to them, which was promised from Mr. Powell.  They suffer through the trauma and sadness of their loss, complicated by the strange and unfair circumstances heaped upon them by an overzealous law enforcement officer at the least opportune time imaginable…..how come Mr. Powell isn’t working to spare the Moats’ grief?  I don’t think, given the situation, that it is too much to ask.

 

Sheeeit.......I would have picked her up, too, fugit.....

Sheeeit.......I would have picked her up, too, fugit.....

Andrew Bynum caused quite the sports media storm earlier this week when a photo surfaced of Bynum at the Playboy Mansion with Playmate Nicole Narain hoisted upon his shoulders.  Bynum, who is rehabbing from a knee injury, has taken shot after shot in the media, being accused of everything from selfishness to downright negligence.  Never mind that he’s almost fully recovered after a vigorous rehab designed to bring him back in time for this year’s playoff run…..never mind that he’s a red-blooded, male human being, bathing in the glory of what has to be one of the more coveted prizes amongst most heterosexual male American men (and a lot of foreign guys, too): an invite to the Playboy Mansion….call me, Hef!!……never mind that the woman in question is 110 lbs soaking wet and a great deal less heavy than some of the apparatus that Bynum uses in his recovery efforts….in fact, this is a grown assed man, having a grown assed time, legally and safely; what more could one really and truly ask for….he didn’t do anything most of us would do, lay off of him already.

 

If you look really closely, you can trace the tracks of this baby's tears

If you look really closely, you can trace the tracks of this baby's tears

The Denver Broncos came to the conclusion that the breach between themselves and their star quarterback Jay Cutler was beyond repair and made an announcement that they were trying to trade him.  I was on Cutler’s side at the beginning of this; he had every right to be upset, given how sloppily the team’s new coach, Josh McDaniels, a brash 32 year old prodigy hand picked to replace the popular Mike Shanihan, handled an attempt to trade Cutler.  As the team’s leader and face, Cutler deserved better than to be casually tossed aside in the midst of regime change.  But where he lost me was in his refusal to answer the team’s owner, Pat Bowlen, when Bowlen attempted to call him.  When the guy that signs your check calls, you answer, period.  This whole petulant spoiled child act is embarassing when it comes from kids, let alone a professional athlete.  So, the Broncos caved and decided to grant the cry baby his wish to be traded…..I hope he winds up in Detroit….or better still, Oakland.  If he thinks that he got a raw deal in Denver, wait til ole crazy Al gets ahold of him….he’d be really crying then.

 

Can't run from this one, homey

Can't run from this one, homey

An arrest warrent was filed today in Miami-Dade county in Florida for Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth, who is accused of DUI manslaughter, connected to an incident last month where a vehicle Stallworth was driving struck and killed a pedestrian in Miami Beach.  Stallworth’s blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit of .08 at the time of the incident and he faces up to 15 years if convicted.  Drinking and driving just do not mix, no matter who it is or how much money is in your pocket A car is a weapon in the hands of the impaired and no one is immune from the tragedy that awaits in the path of a drunk driver. If Charles Barkley’s recent legal woes weren’t an effective reminder of that fact, then maybe this will be.

 

Finally, a word in reflection on two titans who are no longer with us:

 

Among the smoothest voices we'll ever know

Among the smoothest voices we'll ever know

Today marks the twenty fifth anniversary of the death of one of the best singers of our or any other time, Mr. Marvin Gaye.  His songs are our songs, and that voice echoes throughout the span of memories that I have of my childhood.  His cool and grace and style were effortless, or at least seemed so, and when Marvin came on, we all got a little cooler, a little sexier, a little more smooth.  The harmonies, the lyrics, the emotion…..Marvin Gaye mastered the art of the Serenade, he was the seducer’s seduction, the vocal tour guide on the road to love and fulfillment.  The power in his music will live on and we won’t ever be able to forget him or to thank him enough for it.

 

Among the more important historians we've ever had.

Among the more important historians we've ever had.

A week ago today, John Hope Franklin, noted scholar, historian, and intellect whose works chronicled the history of African Americans in a way that legitimized its study the world over, died of heart failure at the age of 94.  When I was a freshman in college at Delaware State, I received the first A that I ever got in the course African American History 101.  The professor, whose name escapes me, was a beautiful Black women who wore the most striking Afrocentric garb and spoke in a way that was inspirational and riveting.  The text in that course was a book called From Slavery to Freedom, and it’s thorough, in depth immersion into the slave trade and its subsequent effects brought me closer to what came before me in the most profound way.  I will never forget that book or Mr. Franklin’s equally masterful autobiography, where his descriptions of times and place and people are unparalleled and remain an inspiration to me to this day.  

For now, that’s it….but there’s always tomorrow, right?

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~ by darrylthewriter on April 1, 2009.

One Response to “More and More Lightning…..”

  1. BRAAAAAAAAVOOOOO, PUGS-leyyyyyy!!!!

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