A Great Memory of Wayman Tisdale!

Posted in Early Death, Life, Music, NBA, people, Sports, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by Rick

Another great memory of former NBAer and musician Wayman Tisdale, shared by his friend, saxophonist, Kirk Whalum. This is one of Wayman’s  first public messages after having most of his leg removed due to cancer. Inspiring!

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Wayman Tisdale: You will be missed!

Posted in Life, Music, NBA, people, Sports, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by Rick

R.I.P. to Wayman Tisdale. One of the few professional athletes that finish a very respectable career in sports and move on to equal or greater success in other areas. I enjoyed him as a basketball player but I laughed when I first learned that Wayman was a jazz bassist. I was too young and naive to believe an athlete could be great at something other than sports. That was probably my way of dealing with being good at music and bad at sports. Wayman was one of the guys that first alerted me to the simple reality that people often have more than one talent/gift and can be successful at various things with talent and hard work. He played the game of basketball and displayed his musical art with so much passion and integrity that many people will never know him (tragic truth of our society). We share a mutual friend and acquaintance and I hoped to have the chance to share with him how he inspired me. Alas, cancer claimed his leg and now his life. Thank you Wayman, for loving your wife and children with integrity and sharing your passion for the game and for music with a crazy mix-up kid and the rest of the world! God bless the Tisdale family as they grieve and bask in the afterglow of a strong legacy and a life well lived. http://www.waymantisdale.com/

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Star Wars Weekends!

Posted in Entertainment, Life, parenthood with tags , , , , , on May 11, 2009 by Rick

My son is only two years old (27 months) right now. I am anticipating the day he’s old enough to love and appreciate the marvel that is the world of Star Wars. Selfishly, I want him to grow up faster so we can hit Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park on one of these awesome weekends!

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Branford Marsalis’ Take on Students Today

Posted in Entertainment, Life, television with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by Rick

You may know Branford Marsalis, the musical great, but do you know Branford, the social commentator? He comes to some wise conclusions after observing the patterns of his students and the flow of pop culture. He uses a colorful and objectionable term (“full of ___”), about 11 seconds in, to describe his students’ feeling sense of entitlement, the rest is expletive free.

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For the record, I wholeheartedly agree with his assessment. I have determined that I will fight the war against Western disillusionment and entitlement on my own fronts. You’ll never catch my wife, children, or anyone that consults me, wailing painfully  on American Idol or America’s Got Talent thinking they have something they don’t. If they do, you won’t find me in the crowd cheering that person on. It’s got to stop somewhere? Doesn’t it? Okay, I admit, I lose a little interest in American Idol after the audition rounds. I am part of the problem!

Philips ‘Carousel’ Commercial – Adam Berg

Posted in Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by Rick

This is pretty captivating. It’s, no doubt, a tool to tempt me to deem my current technology obsolete and sell my soul for something new. I’ll fight that battle while marveling at the wonder of modern cinema. Here’s the interactive weblink introducing you to the world’s first Cinema Proportion TV: http://www.philips.co.uk/cinema

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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.

#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!!!