Archive for March, 2009

Give-It-A-Rest-Gate

Posted in politics, random with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by Rick

stop_sign1The recent FBI reopening of Memphis’ Garage-gate has caused me to ask a couple of questions. Really!?! Garage-gate!?! The aptly named Watergate scandals broke in 1974 and ever since, thought-ophobes have labeled hundreds of lesser scandals “___-gate.” The suffix fades in relevancy every day and, for me, serves as a reminder of an American political embarrassment I’d rather not think about so often. This suffix needs a moratorium as much as Michael Jackson jokes do (these things require no thought or creativity). It wreaks of the laziness that plagues the faith community when it comes to taking a secular concept, adding some lame Christo-twist and calling it cool (Yes, Godtube and Guitar Praise, I’m talking to you!). I just get annoyed when terms get recycled ad nauseam to the detriment of originality.

TOP TEN SCANDALS WITH THE “-GATE” SUFFIX:
#10.  Whitewatergate – Better known as the Whitewater controversy. It had a decent name then some clown felt it needed more flair. This is the only “-gate” scandal nearly as scandalous as the Watergate scandals.

#9.  Travelgate – The 1993 firings of White House Travel Office employees at the start of the Clinton administration. Why is this a scandal?

#8.  Tasergate – a reference to the allegation that an Alaskan State Trooper, who was the brother-in-law of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, used a Taser on his 10-year-old stepson. I include this one because I think Governor Palin is fun!

#7.  Fajitagate – In November 2002, three off-duty San Francisco police officers allegedly assaulted two civilians over a bag of steak fajitas (which were mistaken as drugs), leading to the arrest of the chief of police. If these were Mariano’s Mexican Cantina fajitas in Dallas, TX then I understand. They had me tweaking like a fiend!

#6. Blagogate – In December 2008, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich allegedly attempted to sell the seat of recently elected President Obama to which he had the right of appointment. How people named this without a reference to his hair is a mystery to me!

#5.  Hookergate – The U.S. Cunningham scandal in which defense contractors paid bribes to members of Congress and officials in the U.S. Defense Department, in return for political favors in the form of federal contracts. A terrible misnomer.

#4. Katrinagate (or “FEMAgate”) — Used by people who disapproved of government response to Hurricane Katrina. This one should be on trial right now! Forget what I said about #10 this one is much more scandalous in my opinion.

#3. Fiascogate – Rapper Lupe Fiasco flubbed the lyrics to A Tribe Called Quest’s song “Electric Relaxation” during a performance at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. This one holds the crown for insignificance.

#2. Jerseygate – A Boston Red Sox jersey placed under a concrete slab in the New Yankee Stadium by a Red Sox fan wishing to put a curse on the New York Yankees was removed in 2008. Should have been dubbed Get-a-lifegate.

#1. Nipplegate – Justin Timberlake reveals Janet Jackson’s nipple during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII. Huge media coverage for something so…small. Sorry.

For The Record…

Posted in NBA, Sports with tags , , , , on March 9, 2009 by Rick

In light of the recent firing of Dan Leone I want to reiterate that my job as Public Address Announcer for the Memphis Grizzlies is incredible and I love working for this organization and with the NBA! Ticket deals available NOW! GO GRIZZLIES!!!

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Identity Crisis: A Thundering Message From The Hood

Posted in Uncategorized on March 9, 2009 by Rick

I am abstaining from buying and listening to new music for Lent. Since I sat through the production of this album before the Lenten season this doesn’t violate my vows. Tedashii’s sophomore release is nearly ready for release and here’s his first single. There are some other songs I hope will be included on this new album featuring yours truly. More on that later. Enjoy!

Tedashii Identity Crisis Cover

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Don’t Miss the Identity Crisis Release Party in Nashville at the GMA’s!

Wed. April 22nd 8-10 pm at B.B. King’s. Click here for map

Special Guests: Sho Baraka, Trip Lee, Lecrae, Flame, J.R.

Post As If…: The Horror of Social Network Irresponsibility

Posted in ESPN, Football, Life, NFL, people, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2009 by Rick

I have long thought about the new phenomenon of social networking, web logging and comment threads that has become a normal part of life for anyone that frequents the internet. Because it’s still fairly new, the rules/code of conduct are still being written. Most sites have a general, politically correct code of conduct forbidding crude and offensive language, hate-speak and such. But after that anything goes in most cases. This makes way for, otherwise normal people, to broadcast their brilliance, creativity, compassion and humor or their ignorance, shallowness, hatred, and lack of humor (and the death of English syntax). I’m sure time will produce more social networking norms and mores but until then keep the following in mind.

Things you post on the internet can normally be seen by anyone and are usually permanent. Years from now someone, with the will and desire, can dig up Myspace comments you’ve posted, blog posts, Tweets and Facebook status updates. With that in mind, don’t post anything that may get you divorced, arrested, expelled, excommunicated, or…drum roll please…FIRED! A recent ESPN report tells of a former part-time employee of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dan Leone, who was dismissed by phone for expressing his disappointment with the teams decision not to re-sign Pro Bowl Safety Brian Dawkins (this act falls a close 2nd to getting expelled via text message). This is what Dan’s Facebook friends saw that day: “Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver … Dam Eagles R Retarted!!” Ironically, the last phrase of Dan’s criticism can be used to describe his act as well, right down to the insensitive and misspelled term ‘retarded'(maybe he wanted to add emphasis by misspelling the word).

Firing a, relative, peon in these tough economic times is not the best look for a sports franchise many people regard as overpaid. They could have handled this in-house, reprimanded the guy and allowed him to keep his part time position. But Dan could have helped his own cause by understanding that big businesses take crap from every direction and will not stand for harsh critical words from a person under its employ. Dan learns a tough lesson for the good of posterity. God bless him as he tries to make ends meet and love a team that spurned him. Maybe Brian Dawkins can shoot him a bone of support to a foolish fan.

When it comes to the internet, I post as if God is standing over my shoulder. If you don’t acknowledge God, post as if your boss is standing over your shoulder.

Social Network Rule #1. Don’t Trash Your Employer Online Unless You Have or Intend to Resign.

What do T.O. and Dan Leone have in common?

What do T.O. and Dan Leone have in common?