How is everyone’s Saturday so far? Go Dolphins at 9:30am tomorrow!
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….
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,
Good morning everyone and welcome to Saturday! Sorry that I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days but it has been a bit of a crappy stretch for me health wise and just didn’t have it in me to write anything. I’m about 85% or so; still have the lingering cough and of course the hip issue (which I will get to in a minute) but overall feel like I’m at least on the right path again. Hope everyone is doing well out there and would love to hear from you guys. You can communicate to me through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course right here as well.
So, apparently I am officially mortal…..For those that don’t know a lot of my backstory, one of the more finer moments in my life happened when I thought it would be a great idea to not tackle other people but instead up the ante and try and tackle a car. Didn’t work out real well for either of us but I think the car probably got the worst of it lol. Seriously though I was getting off the city bus at the ripe old age of 14 and didn’t look both ways, darted out and BAM! Got flipped up in the air, somehow landed enough on my feet that I was able to walk about 20 yards before collapsing over a railing….I don’t remember much after that except for waking up in the hospital about 12 hours later not having any idea what happened. I was truly blessed that day because one half second either way in time and I would not be here writing this blog. God was in control even then….
I tell you this backdrop story of mine because I had thought that all my wounds had healed; not so much. See many people have told me I waddle rather than walk because one leg is shorter than the other. Really though its not my leg but my hip and back area got knocked pretty good and I never really got it taken care of; so now at the ripe old age of 46 its back and back with a vengeance…
Now, keep in mind my pain tolerance is pretty low, even for a guy, but this pain I knew was different so I went to doc about it. He did some X-rays and I got the call yesterday that I have some “very significant” arthritis in said hip and need to go to an Orthopedic specialist. I do understand this is not life threatening or anything like that, but it did give me my very first sense that “hey, goofball, you really won’t live forever”. It also reminded me of a very dark time in my life where by all rights I should have died that day. (Satan has been trying to take me out ever since). It reminds me that I’m over half way done with this crazy thing called life and my physical body will never be the same. Again, there are those in my life that are dealing with so much worse, but for me, this is a little bit of a sobering reminder of my mortality. Make sense?
I’m very aware that me losing weight couldn’t hurt the situation, however, I also know I would be dealing with this heavy or not. Back in the 80’s cars were still made with steel and so were not as forgiving as they may be today. This pain in my hip is that constant reminder; maybe the new doc will be able to help, maybe not, but as for me the first reminder that my days are not as many as they used to be just creeped up and said hello. Cute thing though that I will continue to remember as well that even though my earthly days are getting smaller, my eternal days are just around the corner. Maybe someone out there is also dealing with a similar experience? I would love to hear from you about it! Leave a comment in the comments section or however you see fit. In the meantime remember also that God is still in control and while the earth will reclaim your body, God has your eternal soul which if given to Him will live for all eternity where pain does not exist…..
Peace and love my friends, Happy Saturday!!
Good morning everyone! Well we made it through the work week (apologies to those that have to work weekends). It has been a very trying week for me and my family and now on top of it I have this frustrating cough and had to have hip X-rays done to find out what is causing me this pain. Typically I would lead off with a Bible verse and then get into a deep element of my faith. Well, since this week has been so stressful, I thought with everything going on with my beloved Dolphins, I would write about them and the latest heartbreaking news. I don’t know how or why but writing about my favorite team brings me joy so here goes. 🙂
So until yesterday, this looked like the most promising season my Fins have had before them in YEARS. Finally we have our franchise QB, loaded at almost every skill position, and to top it all off FINALLY have a Head Coach that can lead a team partnering with a front office staff that is finally competent. Then our QB had a little misstep……
To understand how devastating this is I have to take you back to last season. Ryan Tannehill was having a career year and leading us towards our first playoff birth since I was changing my kids’ diapers (or least it seemed like it). Anyway, he was having a fantastic year despite having an offensive line that was getting him beat up all year long, receivers that always seemed to have a case of the dropsies and a defense that quite often forgot how to tackle. With ALL of that we were on a playoff run at 7-5 after starting at a miserable 1-4. Most thought another high draft pick was in order (myself included) but our new Head Coach and Tannehill took this team on their back and played lights out football. Then came Arizona….
I don’t really blame them, the hit was not illegal or ugly, but after getting beat up all year, Ryan’s ACL could take no more and as “sprained”. Another word for partially torn but whatever, he was OUT. Thankfully we do have a great backup in Matt Moore and we went full steam ahead into the playoffs but a much healthier team, the Steelers, handed us our hats and we went home. So then Ryan has a new age type procedure instead of having typical surgery. Many athletes have had this including Kobe Bryant who went on to still have a great career. Rehab went great, OTA’s, workouts, mini-camps all went great. Then training camp came, one month or so away from what could be an All-Pro year for this kid from Texas A&M. Well, until he rolled out and ran past the linebacker and hyperextended said knee….As of this writing many are blaming him for not having the traditional surgery; well, that is BS. What happened to him the other day could have happened regardless of his knee situation. Just a stroke of bad luck, nothing more. We all like to play doctor in social media, but most experts say the two injuries are unrelated. Got to feel so bad for this guy that has worked his butt off to become great only to have some really bad luck thrown his way….
With all of this I still feel like Ryan will be our QB into the next decade (barring any unforeseen health issues). Problem now that faces the Dolphins is what now? Well it seems like Jay Cutler may be coming on board. I really, really hate this idea. We have a strong locker room and Jay is known for his tearing locker rooms apart. He is also known for not playing his best when it counts. I mean with Kap and a few other quality players out there, why Culter?? Well our Head Coach has a history with this guy, in fact the last time they were on the same organization Jay had his best year by far. He also, quite frankly grew up a lot that year. He got married and had a kid which will change even the most pathetic of personalities. So, you really have to support this decision if that is indeed where Gase goes. I mean, you bring in Kap, you alienate your fan base because of reasons I just don’t have time to go into, plus in reality he really hasn’t done much in recent years just like Jay. So bringing in someone that basically already knows the playbook and can compete at a relatively high level is what we need right now. I still say give Matt Moore the job until he loses it but we need more than just him and our new Head Coach has earned my trust and so has this new front office. Until they get stupid again, I’m on board no matter what….
Well folks, that is it for now. I will be anxiously refreshing my Twitter feed this weekend to see if Miami makes a decision or not. I have been a Miami Dolphins fan my whole life; through the great times and through the bad times. This time is no different; I would say that if you are a praying person, pray for Ryan Tannehill and his family. They are great people with great character even off the field. How often can we say that today in professional sports? Let get behind this kid and this team and shock the world again….Have a great day friends and if you have liked what you have read, share my blog with others and keep the train moving!
Peace and Love,