Archive for August, 2008

Talent Kicks Character’s Butt Once Again!

Posted in Football, NFL, people, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2008 by Rick

Thank you Mike Brown! That is, Cincinnati Bengal team owner Micheal Brown. After making strides to change the image of his NFL team most noted for filling the Cincinnati police blotter than the Bengals’ win column, Brown decides to re-sign serial arrestee, wide receiver Chris Henry. Whether it’s gun charges, possession of marijuana, DUI or providing alcohol to minors Henry keeps the ‘Nati Blue Boys busy. His off field escapades lead to 3 suspensions in 2006 and an 8-game-whopper of a suspension in 2007 for violating the NFL’s conduct policy (only to be out-done by former West Virginia teammate Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones with a full season suspension). After an April 2008 assault arrest, owner Mike Brown stated “Chris Henry has forfeited his opportunity to pursue a career with the Bengals. His conduct can no longer be tolerated.” A seemingly mandatory move for an owner that wants to make-over his teams image. Thanks to key injuries to three of the Bengals’ receivers, including pro-bowlers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Mike Brown returned to his own vomit and re-signed Chris “Can’t-get-right” Henry. Brown’s gesture sends a clear message of what’s most important to him. Alienating himself from coaches and good players…or winning, it’s hard to assess right now. Henry is in training camp and will return to the Bengals after serving a four game suspension for violating the conduct-blah-blah-blah….

I am in full support of people getting another chance and getting opportunities to redeem themselves. Besides, if God held me to the letter of the law for each of my transgressions I’d be doing life in purgatory right now. The Bengals gave Chris several opportunities to change and prove that he’s more than a privileged thug. He swiftly spit in their faces with more indiscretion. After his last assault arrest he was not remorseful. He tried to justify his actions by saying he mistakenly assaulted an 18 year old thinking he was a different guy that owed him money. He doesn’t deserve another opportunity with the Bengals organization. The fans, players and coaches deserve better.

This Chris Henry knows that

This Chris Henry knows that

THIS Chris Henry can get him out of anything!

THIS Chris Henry can get him out of anything!

So if you’re keeping score, chalk one up in the win column for talent and give a disapproving glare to character. Is dog fighting the only unforgivable sin in sports?

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Makes Me Wanna Holla…

Posted in Early Death, Football, Fox Sports Radio, NFL, Sports, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by Rick

Fox Sports Radio wants me to remember that when former Oakland Raider Guard and NFL Players’ Association head, Gene Upshaw died, FOX SPORTS RADIO broke the story FIRST!!!

because that’s what’s most important right?….it was crucial that I find that out at 5:30am instead of 6:30am…right?

God’s peace to the Upshaw family.

Ashlyn Jade Trotter!

Posted in children, Faith & Religion, Family, Life with tags , , on August 21, 2008 by Rick
8.3lbs of loveliness!

8.3lbs of loveliness!

Joshua 1:8

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Romans 12:2

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Revrend Run Wants Memphis to Take Back Their Families!

Posted in Entertainment, Faith & Religion, Family, Life, parenthood, people with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2008 by Rick

I visited a book store last week to pick up a “2009 Mom’s Agenda” for my wife and purchase a book for a friend. As I was preparing to leave I spotted a new book by Rev Run, of Run DMC fame, and his wife Justine. I immediately thought of another friend of mine who has become quite the fan of the MTV hit show Run’s House which chronicles the life of Rev Run and his wonderful family. I also saw that Run was coming to lil’ ole Memphis to sign his book and talk up his book! Knowing my friend would be out of town, I decided to buy the book for him and get it signed myself. I enjoyed the first couple seasons of Run’s show but lost interest shortly after. As a hip hop buff I appreciate Run for a different reason. That was all until I heard his heart. I as I stood amidst a couple hundred fans I listened intently as Rev passionately gave his motivation behind the book. He spoke about how he searched his second home (the bookstore) for self-help books on raising a family and was left severely wanting. So he and his wife set out to give a frame work for family success using their own experiences and methods as a guide. He lovingly fielded several questions about the show, his opinion of today’s emcees, his ordination as a minster, and others. There were a couple of answers that really piqued my interest.

He explained how he felt called away from the lifestyle he was leading into a lifestyle more pleasing to God. He shared how he didn’t believe he chose the clothe but how it chose him. He felt it was a natural progression of his passion for God’s will and God’s people. He served as a church member, an usher, a deacon and eventually a minister. He thoughtfully told us how he felt his mission was to those the church would not or could not reach and how he felt lead to live an example before his “church” instead of condemning them, their music and their lifestyles. For example, he would not call contemporary rappers to the carpet over the misogyny in their music but he would open his home to MTV’s cameras to show how a woman should be cherished and respected. He also acknowledged that he would not start a church right now because he can make greater impact by living life before the nation on a “racy network like MTV.”

I don’t know if Rev leans on the gospel when offering true lifelines to people. On the surface his approach seems not unlike Joel Osteen and several other “I’m-not-here-to-condemn-you-put-God-first” motivators. I am very glad to have positive portraits of family living on a network as accessible as MTV. I am very proud of the commitment Rev Run has made to reaching out to the greater community. I do know that there was something familiar about him. I believe the Jesus in me recognized the Jesus in him.

Ironically he retired and kept rockin’. (“I won’t stop rockin’ ’til I retire”-Joseph “Run” Simmons-King of Rock 1985)

Put A Bell On Your Prius!

Posted in random with tags , , , , on August 17, 2008 by Rick

I was nearly hit by a car today. I was minding my business walking through a fairly crowded parking lot when I caught a glimpse of something green in my periphery. It was a Toyota Prius, silent as a ninja and centimeters away from my leg. It would have struck me but I put my hand on the hood and stopped it.

TOO MUCH HD!!!

Posted in people with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2008 by Rick

I was in an electronics store drooling over the latest technology in flat panel HD tvs when a comercial came on boasting that the local news was “Now available in High Definition!” I thought for a moment “what could I possibly want to see on a news broadcast in 1080i?” (or whatever the latest resolution is that makes me resent my 32″ tube). Then it happens. Breaking news of a house fire shows a family grieving and I could vividly see the sorrow soaked tear tracks on the mourners faces. SERIOUSLY!  Some trends should left to the entertainment people.

Woeful Weekend pt. 2…

Posted in Early Death, Entertainment, Movies, Music, people, television, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2008 by Rick

This one hits hard because I love music (almost unhealthily). I am especially sensitive to the pioneers and trailblazers of the art form and there aren’t many more significant to the last 40 years than Isaac Hayes. News reports state that he was found by his current wife in his home. He was pronounced dead at 2:08am here in Memphis at Baptist East Hospital. Ironically, Rick McCory, our church’s bass player, joked that he thought the song “I Stand Amazed” on our song list read “I Stand Accused”. I proceeded to dust off my best “Black Moses” baritone and sing the song, oblivious to his passing just hours prior. Black Moses, as he was affectionately known, used soul and funk to minister to the emotional and social hearts of pop culture during the late 1960’s and 70’s. He helped popularize Memphis-based Stax Records keep America groovin’ while giving African Americans something to be proud of. He composed the theme for the movie Shaft and made everyone wish they had a personal theme song. His orchestral arrangements reshaped the soulful sound. He took Burt Bacharach classics like “Walk On By” and “The Look of Love” and transformed them into epic, 10+ minute, soulful-symphonies.

Hayes was a shining (literally) example of black pride, prestige and influence. He was not just another rich guy wearing a chain (literally). He used his celebrity to motivate people and support contemporary causes like Youth for Human Rights International and the One Campaign. During his eventful life, Isaac compiled a very respectable film and television career, despite having no formal training. He appeared in Keenen Ivory Wayans’ comedy I’m Gonna Git You Sucka as well as Oscar-worthy indy-drama Hustle & Flow. He most recently noted for his voice role as “Chef” on the controversial animated comedy South Park. One of his final film appearances is in the yet-to-be-released Soul Men in which he shares the screen with recently deceased Bernie Mac. They will both miss the premier. God bless these men’s families.

Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008)

Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008)