It's not going to be much of a tribute since I didn't know much about the cat beyond his gaming skills. It's more of an acknowledgment to Kevin Duckworth and what image he left me with while he was here.
With all the DNC news going on this past week, this important information got lost in the shuffle. Duckworth passed away from congestive heart failure Tuesday in Oregon just hours before he was scheduled to hold a basketball clinic. He was only 44-years-young.
A lot of people that have a basic knowledge of basketball always associate Clyde Drexler with those Portland Trailblazers of the 90s that would occasionally give Jordan's Bulls a run for the money. What those folks fail to realize is Drexler had a heck of a supporting cast around him. One of those ballers was center Kevin Duckworth.
At 7-feet tall, Duckworth was never the imposing force that Shaquille O'Neal eventually became, even though they had similar builds. The reason being that Duckworth had a much more softer touch. He may have even been a little before his time. He possessed the skills that a Vin Baker wish he had at the small forward spot. It was almost like a KG in a Shaq's body.
It was with the help of Duck's steadily improving at center that the Blazers were able to advance to the NBA Finals in 1990. They had the misfortune of going up against an also improved Bulls team and a very determined young Air Jordan. Had it been any other squad they were facing, Duck could have very possibly added World Champion to his resume.
I don't think in all the time that I have been doing this category that I have ever had an animal take home the weekly award. There have been some pretty unlikely candidates, but never a non-human. I'm sure there are probably more stories like this one which would lead to more animals getting the recognition, but they are pretty hard to come by unless you keep your channel solely on Animal Planet.
A baby had been born prematurely to a 14-year-old girl in a small town in Argentina just outside the capital of Buenos Aires. The mother panicked and abandoned the boy in a field. That's where a dog called La China entered the picture.
La China somehow managed to pick up the baby and carry him 50 yards to place him alongside her own puppies. When the baby was found, he did have slight injuries, but not a single bite mark. The baby has since been taken in by the authorities and the mother eventually appeared shortly after.
The eight-year-old dog has now become an instant celebrity in the small town. As well she should be. The best thing about it is since she's not a human, she won't fall victim to the trap that we often do which is getting a big ego. In fact, her owner said the attention is making her so nervous that she now has problems eating. Hopefully she will overcome that and will be able to take care of her own puppies.
Who needs Lassie when you got dogs like La China around? She could have been content just worrying about her own litter, but the motherly instincts took over instead. No regards whatsoever to the fact that the baby in question was not even a canine. It's a good thing for that baby, and even the mother, that that was the case. It's pretty sad to say this, but that mother could learn a lot from that dog.
Anyone that knows me well enough knows that I will get random things cross my mind entirely out of the blue. Most of the time sparked by some memory of a scene from a movie I enjoyed. Well I've found a scene to coincide with this particular one that just popped into my head.
I will let you know that "Beautiful Girls" will be the pick for next week. I absolutely LOVE that movie and I will go into more details why once I highlight it. For now, this particular scene is the sole reason I actually went and downloaded the only Neil Diamond song to grace my Zen...
Everyone I'm sure has heard the news about McBush picking his running mate. Mitt Romney was probably pretty crushed when he got the information that dude was going with renown (yes, tongue has been inserted in cheek) Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. There are so many things "interesting" about this choice that I'll try not to go off on too many tangents...
First off, it's obvious that McBush is trying to tap into those one-time Clinton-backers who were still on the fence. His camp has already been trying to use her strategy that she used to tear down Obama during her campaign run. Now he's trying to appeal to her fan-base and give them a viable excuse for switching to the dark side. Because, you know, the fact that he has a woman running mate should be good enough for women voters to vote for eight more years of the same thing.
Not only that, he is also trying to get more sympathy votes. It's not enough that he (and/or his camp) can keep pounding home the point that he was a POW. Now they can also harp on how family value oriented she is. The fact that she has a baby with downs syndrome and juggles caring for him and her political career. Let's start counting now how many times that comes up in the next 67 days.
Let's just take a look at the woman herself for a second. One would have thought that with all the criticism McBush is already facing, he would have went with someone who's not going to bring more controversy to him. It seems Palin is currently under investigation in her own state. She "allegedly" fired Alaska's public safety commissioner because he refused to fire the governor's former brother-in-law. Naturally, Palin denied doing anything wrong. Imagine that.
If you were following my twitter, you saw how I mentioned that McBush was a known sexist. This may be hard to believe, but ther are probably some people out there that didn't know that. Those are the folks too busy drinking the kool-aid to see the truth. Either that or they didn't hear about how during his 1992 Senate bid, he told his wife "At least I don't plaster on makeup like a trollop, you c**t". I suppose he was joking though, so that makes it okay. Or because it happened in 1992, it's alright.
At any rate, there are going to be people out there who will only see that McBush has a woman running mate so he should now be more credible among women. They will use that as justification that it is now okay to support him because it's proof he's in touch with women voters. Those people would be wrong. But unfortunately, they are also voters and that could make it a closer race then it should ever be.
I had put this song on here some time ago back when the video first came out and it was popping up on the internet everywhere. In case you missed the original version, you can check it out here.
The original was even more powerful because of the diversity of the different people it feautred in the video. However, the live version just gives you chills because of the electricity being generated from the excitement and power of the historical moment. Check it out...
That's what you should be able to ask in years to come. There are only a few momentous events that we experience in our lifetime that are so influential that you never forget where you were when it occurred. That's where we are tonight as we watch a brotha accept the nomination of the Democratic party. The only event more important that would occur in my lifetime? When he's giving his inaugural address.
Words cannot even express how it feels to be able to witness this moment in time. 45 years to the exact day after King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech and here we are watching the future President of the United States deliver his party's acceptance speech. Yes, I said it. Barack Obama WILL be our next President.
I can only imagine what it must be like to be there at Invesco Field to hear the speech live. I'm getting goosebumps just enjoying the significance of the event on television so I KNOW it would be indescribable to be there. I would be grinning ear to ear the entire time just realizing that I was there to take part in an incredible historical event.
Obama did an EXCELLENT job of rebuking the image that the McCain has been trying to set up for him. As he stated, it was more than just his humble beginnings but also the hard lessons he learned as a result. Obama hasn't led the life of a celebrity and because he wasn't privileged, he is more in tune with the average American that is the TRUE middle class, making less than $5 million.
That's the first time I have EVER heard a candidate say that Americans will get the same kind of health coverage that Congress gives themselves. That's how it should be. We elected them yet they have better benefits than us? At the very least it should be comparable. Break it on down, Barack.
"We cannot meet 21st century challenges with a 20th century bureaucracy"
That summed up the entire theme of Obama's candidacy right there. That's what the change is all about. That's what Republicans don't understand. They want to keep moving in the same direction and keep doing the things that aren't working. Obama's innovative ideas for better education, healthcare reform, creating more jobs and especially less foreign oil dependency are what this country needs in order for us to get out of this depression.
Barack Obama has proved that he is the one candidate who has the vision to cross party lines and unite the country. It's not only in his words but his actions from his time with community service and in the Senate. He is the one to effectively lead the United States into the next century as it should have been done eight years ago. Just as he said, eight is enough. Now it's time to make things better.
I don't care if you are an Obama supporter or not (even though you should be), there is no denying that we should be celebrating this moment for the historical ramifications. I am so proud that all of my grandparents with only the exception of one (rest in peace, Grandpa Turner) were able to see it. I'm sure many of their generation thought it would never happen and yet here we are.