Totally Different

Taking a short break today from the serious spiritual posts to give a shout out to THE Miami Dolphins for a great draft! So pumped for the regular season!!!

Fins Up!!!

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Miami Sports

Good morning again everyone! I am going to get right to it but before I do please note the following:

1. This blog post will be a bit longer than normal so know that going in

2. It deals with WAY different subject matter than I normally post on but I’m trying to expand my writing skills and this is something I am very passionate about.

3. Hold on!

Ok as someone that grew up in Miami in the 70’s and 80’s I have a unique perspective on sports in my hometown. Growing up we didn’t have many options as football was all we had. Quite honestly though its all we needed; the Dolphins were dominating the NFL and there wasn’t really a need or want for anything else. That did change though as Miami grew into a nationally recognized city for movies and things other than football. Honestly I still to this day can only get real passionate about football but the other sports are growing on me.

I say all that to lay the foundation of what sports in Miami has become. Yesterday, Derek Jeter did to our Miami Marlins what the previous owners did the whole time they owned the team; displayed the level of ignorance that makes one wonder why MLB even has a team in Miami. For those that don’t understand, basically every time the Marlins are on the cusp of something special, they trade all the great players and start over in the name of the almighty dollar. Yes we have won two World Series Championships but even they were tainted by the fire sell that came the next year.

What has happened with the Marlins is a joke; a joke played by people that don’t care about the sport and more importantly the fans that pay their hard earned money to go to these games. Now Miami will always be a football town; if the Marlins were playing a World Series game at home and down the road the Dolphins were playing a playoff game at home NO-ONE would be at the Marlins game; its just the way it is. However, there is a large segment of the population that would love to see a new tradition started in baseball; Derek Jeter seems to be doing all he can to stop that however and its a travesty against the great fans in Miami.

I guess what makes it hard is the Dolphins have been mediocre for so long; the city is just in search of a winner. For those like me that grew up in an era where Miami could do no wrong, its a bitter pill to swallow sometimes. Miami fans deserve better; like it or not sports is a vital part of our society. It can bring us together in ways that nothing else can; all we need is a little hope that the people running our teams care about their fans and are willing to do what it takes to get us where we need to be.

All that said, last night we had some hope as my Fins took down the mighty Patriots. No one is giving them any credit this morning but us true fans know it had nothing to do with them having an off night but us giving them a hard night. For now, that is enough for this writer. Interestingly enough Derek Jeter was at the Dolphins game last night; hopefully he saw how fans react to a winner and took some good notes. This city deserves better; make it happen Jeter.

Thanks everyone for reading my diatribe in local sports. Let me know what you think at my first stab at it. Until then. SMILE!

Peace,

David

Dolphins Win!!

Good morning! My boys shocked the world last night!! Stay tuned for my post on this and other interesting takes on the state of sports in my hometown. Something different? You bet! Full of SMILES and LAUGHS today!

Peace,

David

Enough!

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Hello everyone and welcome to Monday. I bet you are wondering why I have Kylo Ren on the screen first thing (you do know who Kylo Ren is don’t you?) I have him on the screen because after yesterday this is the way I am feeling. Yes the Dolphins lost but its not like they were going undefeated anyways so go ahead and get the crap game out of the way and let’s move forward. No, I feel like this because, and I hope I’m wrong, I feel like the last refuge I had from reality was stripped away from me right before my eyes…..

So I know not everyone feels this way about sports, but for me football and Sunday have always been the one thing I could look forward to every week throughout the season that no matter what was going on in the world I could look to for solace. A day that I could let loose of my emotions and cheer on the team I love (and watch others as well). Yesterday I felt as if that was lost because of all the coverage of the kneeling (or standing, or exercising or staying in the locker room or insert method of protest here).

Now listen closely, I get it! I grew up in a Jewish household so I can be the first to tell you how discrimination works based on race, religion, or lifestyle. I would hazard to say that in most parts of the world, my heritage is the most hated one on the planet so I know all too well about the frustration the Black and Hispanic communities feel. Also, because we live in America, people have the right to peacefully protest however they want; that is why the military continues to make these sacrifices so even people we disagree with can have the freedom to speak their minds without fear of being thrown into a lion’s den.

The point this morning is not to argue whether the players should be standing or not, the point is that the Enemy has found yet another way to divide us. I respect the office of the President but he has allowed the evil one to divide our country in every way possible and now my Sunday freedom from reality may be gone as well. I get the players are mad, they should be! Their leader just called them a “son of a bitch”; I would be pissed as well and would want to make a statement, however it consumed the WHOLE DAY. No one was even talking about the games themselves even after it was over. I mean, my Fins got their butts handed to them by a team we should have destroyed and all the media was doing was asking the players how they were going to protest next week. WHO CARES? Not on this day, not on the day that we look to sports for a release of the ugliness of the world. Not on the day where we normally all come together to unite for our teams, not to divide us which is exactly what is happening….

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Friends, again, please don’t get me wrong I am ALL for peaceful protest and racism does not take a day off, I also get that. We live in a country where everyone should be treated equally and we are not. We need to get our head out of the sand on that one folks. Just because a black athlete is getting paid millions of dollars a year, does not mean that all of a sudden racism went away. However, at least from this person’s perspective, can we have our day back? Can we get our day of release and unity and fun back? Do we not have enough days throughout the week to cause division? Hopefully we can and for this writer we can get back to football….

Peace, Truth, and Love,

David