Ahead of its time

The west wing had this clip a while ago.


Short. Sweet. To the point. That’s the beauty Dave’s iPhone.

Ferguson and our country

Individually, we may have our opinions about what happened in ferguson. And it may be a touchy subject for many reasons, depending on what you think/believe/heard happened.

But keep in mind two things:

1. Our system of laws provides for a group of people to review the evidence and to decide whether to bring charges against the officer. What they saw apparently wasn’t enough to indict him. We may not agree with that, but we don’t know everything that they saw AND it’s entirely possible that we have preconceived notions, and/or have been influenced by the media. And my comment here would have been the same had there be an indictment.

2. We live in a great country that allows for us to disagree with outcomes such as this, to protest, and to voice our thoughts. There aren’t many other places in the world where you can do this.

I’ve heard talk that what’s happening there is new or perhaps unique. And to that I say poppycock. There have been other fairly similar situations like this – and most of them happened outside of recent memory or before social media took over our world.

I use as my example, Miami 1980. An unarmed black man was killed by a policeman who was white. Protests were ugly.

Then there was an acquittal of the policeman and three others who were also there.

Rioting destroyed parts of downtown, caused untold damage, and was on a par with the kinds of things that we’re seeing today.

My larger thought is that we overcame that situation in Miami and grew as a community. And as a country we’ve grown as well.

Hopefully, the same happens in present day. We still,have some growing to do as a society, but here’s our chance.

Shrewd move?

The dolphins reached out to their fan base recently – I suppose to anyone and everyone they have an email address for – and offered a deal.

Buy season tickets now for 2015, and get the three remaining games thrown in as a bonus.

Sure. It sounds like a decent deal if you’re a fan.

But it’s financially attractive for the team. Suppose you buy 2 seats in the $100 range. That’s $2,000 you’re giving the team now.

And suppose they get 1,000 people to signup. That means they have $2 million in proceeds that they can invest and make money on.

And surely it’s more than what they would have made selling the tickets to 3 home games.

So it’s shrewd and why not strike now when the team still is in the chase and things look bright?


What a joke

I posted over on my Dolphins blog a thought about the NFL’s personal conduct policy….

But the problems are pervasive in sports, and the NCAA is in this mix. How do they let Penn State get back into the bowl business? Why is the same thing never even considered for another university?

And there’s a lot of talk about where the money went that was collected in fines. It couldn’t possibly have gone right back to the university….could it have? Meaning the whole thing is a joke?

And now on the FSU story and their star QB. Its amazing how the police didn’t investigate. And then, the school, in violation of federal law, didn’t either. Oops. It seems likely that their failure to do so – I suppose to protect their profitable football program – will come back to hurt them.

I have no idea how this will play out, but it seems possible that the university might "sell out" the athlete in order to save itself. After all, they won a championship, and he’s disposable in a way.

And while we’re on the topic of him – how does "his family" manage to hire one of the most prominent attorneys when it comes to athletes? How can they afford it? Seems fishy to me. And if he did nothing wrong, why hire him? For publicity? Can’t miss that big payday in the NFL!