Thursday, February 17, 2005

 

Steroids in Baseball?????

Asterisks? We don't need no stinkin asterisks!
I grew up admiring players on the Boston Red Sox, and Mike Greenwell was one of those players. He was a great baseball player and I clearly remember the 1988 MVP season he had. Jose Canseco has come up with a "shocking" announcement - Baseball players took steroids. Well, let me tell ya, anyone who knows anything about athletic and the body knew these guys were on 'roids. As a teenager, I knew McGwire and Canseco were on steroids. Look at them, HELLO. Wait, Breaking News just in... Barry Bonds .... People wake up. Look at his career, his physique over the years. The physique is the key. Look at Reggie Sanders. He works out. His arms are cut and defined, they are not swollen with water. If you were to squeeze Bonds, Canseco, Sosa, or McGwire they would pop like a pimple. Now these sports reporters want to "break the story" and ooh and ahh on this news. They are the guys who refused to do their job and reveal these users so that they could get as close to the players as possible. They didn't do their job, they looked the other way so they could be "cool" with these athletes they were star struck with. Now, steroids is the hip story and they don't need to be close to these record breakers anymore . So, now they are asking and trying to persuade the public to buy into the asterisk concept. Well, it was completely wrong to place an asterisk next to Roger Marris' Home Run record. That was prompted by the sports reporters who wanted to hold onto the glory of Babe Ruth. The argument was that Marris played more games and that allowed him to break the record. True, but that is the game. The asterisk served to remember something great. If we keep an asterisk next to these cheaters names, we are not punishing them for breaking the rules. They cheated, simple enough. By leaving them in the record books with an asterisk, you dishonor every true legit baseball player who ever played the game as well as every player who followed the rules, did it right, and was cut from the sport. We don't need no stinkin' asterisks, they need to be removed from the record books of Major League Baseball completely.


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Our Thoughts Are With Tedy Bruschi

FOXSports.com - NFL- Bruschi recovering after suffering mild stroke In the 1990s Tedy Bruschi was the emotional leader and hard hitting backbone of the Arizona Wildcat desert swarm defense. Tedy has kept up his intense, hard nosed football with the Patriots and has three Super Bowl rings to prove it.

Bruschi apparently suffered a small hemorrhagic stroke on Wednesday which was discovered after he started experiencing numbness, blurred vision and headaches. This type of stroke is not the type of stroke suffered by your grandparents, which is due to blood being cut off by a blood clot or atherosclerosis. Rather, hemorrhagic strokes are essentially burst blood vessles in the brain caused by such things as high blood pressure or weakened blood vessel walls. According to the team spokesman, Tedy is doing fine and they have not mentioned any permanent loss of faculties.

All current and former Wildcats should be proud of Tedy's accomplishment through hard work and unselfish dedication to his team. We here at Three Men and a Blog wish Tedy a speedy and full recovery. Bear Down.

Update: The Tucson Citizen has a more comprehensive report on Bruschi's medical condition. It appears he will do well and make a full recovery.

 

Howard Dean Remarks A Slight to Blacks and Ignored by Mainstream Media

NewsMax.com is about the only news source covering Howard Dean's racially insensitive remarks given at a DNC dinner.

During a meeting with the CBC on Friday, Dean joked: "You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here."

The flap over Dean's "hotel staff" remark isn't the first time critics say he has crossed the line on race.
During the primary campaign last year, the former Vermont governor repeatedly told audiences that he wanted to be the candidate of "white folks in the South who drive pick-up trucks with Confederate flag decals."


What do you think the MSM reaction would have been if a prominent Republican - let alone the RNC chairman - made the exact same comment. Dean's comments speak volumes of how he sees the average African American: working in a service job and likely uneducated. Just as stereotypical as the pickup truck and confederate flag rant.

There are quite a few of the right-leaning talking heads and pundints who are hesitant to criticize Dean as the new DNC chair. I'm suspicious that most of them agree with me that Dean is a psychopath and will be a disaster for the Democrats - but they are just hedging their bets. Not only has he shown himself to be a loose cannon on several occasions, he has been isolated in the Northeast for his whole life. He has no idea how people think and how things get done outside of Boston. The last election clearly showed that the path the Dems choose was rejected by America. Now they have chosen a DNC chair who lives at the end of that rejected street.

Deans comments have drawn the attention of at least one prominent black politician. Maryland's Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has called for a public apology, calling Dean's remarks " racially insensitive and intolerable." I agree.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

 

American Prisons in Mexico?



ARIZONA TAKES A STEP FORWARD

Unlike California who refuses to fix 2 holes in the border fence to stop illegal immigration, Arizona adds to their movement to deal with the growing problem. Recall Proposition in November that was passed making people show they are citizens before receiving certain services. It passed overwhelmingly in Az. and even the ACLU (better known as the group without A CLU) took it to court and lost, Arizona has proposed another way of dealing with illegals. The State has even billed the US Gov. We'll need to keep an eye on this.....

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PreservingThe Benefits Of Student Athleticism

Below, I talk about a Motivation seminar I attended today, while at times the "Rah Rah Rah" stuff seemed quite cultish, and while the infomercial-esque sales pitches worked on thousands searching "fix" to their lives for $499.00 on another seminar, there were some great speakers. Zig Ziglar, noted speaker worked the room like a Baptist minister. He talked about spirituality, positive thinking, acting and behavior. Walk up to someone and say "good morning" in the middle of the afternoon. See what they will say. I immediately went to Track practice and tried it with 3 athletes. They all responded at 4 p.m. with "Good Morning". The message is simple - you get what you give. I quickly used that to influence their practice work ethic when I was not in the immediate vicinity of their practice.
Rudolph Giuliani: People follow positive people, not pessimists. Courage is making the right decisions despite political winds. He may have been the most impressive speaker this day.
Joe Montana: Preparation - you must have a work ethic based on preparation. The 49ers prepared ad nauseum and that's why we were so good. We worked from 7:30 am until 4 p.m. We never let anyone out work us. Jerry Rice came in as a rookie and couldn't catch a cold. When he finally caught a 10 yard pass in practice he turned and ran 60 yards into the end zone. We all laughed at the rookie and got on him because practice was long enough. But he did it on every catch. It is not a coincidence that he is the NFL's all time leading TD scorer. Soon John Taylor would catch a pass in practice and go to the end zone, then Roger Craig did the same. I knew it paid off when we were playing the Rams in L.A. We had the ball on the 4 yd. line. John Taylor caught a pass on the 10 and went 96 yards for a TD. He would never have gotten into the end zone had it not been for Jerry Rice throwing a block on the far 20 yd line. Next, we got the ball on the 6 yard line and I threw a pass to Taylor and he went the distance again and Jerry was there throwing a block again that sprung John to the end zone. If those guys hadn't practiced that every day and gotten into that habit we wouldn't have won that game.

The real point is, out of the speakers who were there for motivation, not selling something, all but one referred to a coach they once had who motivated or inspired them. Other speakers referred to coaches such as the great Vince Lombardi. Ironically a friend of mine pointed out that all of the referrals were about football coaches. We are in a society today that continues to devalue what our coaches do for our kids. Funding is being cut back. Our leaders played sports. Our feeder elementary schools are removing PE, Band, and Art. Kids are loosing out on those opportunities. With sedentary lifestyle and obesity issues killing higher numbers every year, and countless dollars being spent to fight and treat the results of inactivity and overeating, why are we killing athletics, particularly PE. We push technology to our kids but childhood obesity is as high as it has ever been. Americans spend millions on diet drugs, programs, and anything they can get their hands on. Parents have no problem letting their kids sit home and play supernofriendo while they lose their physical fitness. It has gotten to the point where no funding leads to these cuts and the parents are okay with it. As a result, our district has allowed student to get PE credit for taking 3 years of Band. They also allow over 300 kids per summer to take PE and "get it out of the way". You should see the physical state these kids are in - its pathetic. They cannot run, throw or jump. Not that these are keys to a successful life, but without PE, where do they learn lifelong activeness. We teach bowling, hiking, softball etc. It isn't just about playing a game. It is lifetime fitness and activeness. If the elementary schools lose PE, the parent natural response will be - why should they have to take it in high school. I promise you that is the next step. The obvious loss is physical fitness but there are other consequences.

Cutting PE & Health classes cuts those teachers out of the school. In addition, most of these people are the coaches at our schools. A sister district school that has a population of students that cannot afford summer school PE has 1000 less students than my school and they have more PE teachers. So what happens when you loose those coaches. Well, ask those gentlemen I disucussed earlier: what influence - good or bad - their coaches had on them? Will we get coaches to replace them? It will be hard, but can be done. Who are these people? There are some great off campus coaches, don't get me wrong. But, they are not educators. There is a huge difference in many coaching aspects when the coach does not have the entire child in mind. Without education in the way, win at all costs prevails and that is certainly not in the best interest of the student/student-athlete. In addition, teachers go through a thorough screening process, and while not perfect, it is better than opening the door to off campus coaches.

Keep athletics and PE. Get involved in what is going on in relation to this issue in your community. Support student athletes and their coaches and find our what your community coaches philosophies are about. Ask how you can help ALL extra curricular activities in you schools. Give tax credit donations to your program. Call you school board and see what they are doing to preserve extracurricular activities. Assist your local school by volunteering at athletic or other extracurricular activities. Being around kids, particularly these kids, is rewarding. They are doing something very difficult that a majority of their peers are not. That is what makes them different, they are striving to be better and enjoy doing a little extra. If everyone does a little, no one has to do it all.

 

A True American - General Tommy Franks

Today I had the extreme pleasure of attending a "Get Motivated" seminar in America West Arena here in Phoenix. Among the noted speakers were, Jerry Lewis, noted speaker Zig Ziglar, Rudolph Giuliani, Joe Montana, and noted sales expert Tom Hopkins. More on them later. The day was made with the 45 min. Speech of General Tommy Franks. If you EVER get a chance to listen to this authentic Texan, pay whatever it takes. He is a true inspiration to all Americans. He added great humor to his presentation and was a real "hoot". However, it was not some stand up act. (he could have made a great living doing that) General Franks discussed his 5 C's in working to great relationships. They start with conflicts and end up with cooperation. That was his plan, while commanding 20 countries in the Middle East during our most troubled times in this last decade. I will give highlighted comments from his discourse. Some serious, some reflective, and some ....Humorous.
- I love it here in Phoenix, so many cactus here... where I am from in Texas, all we have are Bushes.
- I saw my high school principal, he said I can't see how you became a 4 star general. Isn't this country great. Where else can you come here, I can come here and we can get ideas, we can express ideas in our system.
- I am proud to be a Clinton 4 Star General (this got about 3 cheers in a crowd of 18,000), yes, I love George Bush, I really do, but that is what is great about our country, no matter the politics... we can be for war/against war, for Presidents or against, but we have the opportunity for discourse here and I am so proud that other places in the world are getting those opportunities. On Oct. 9th, Afghanis got that chance.
- Americans have no business shrugging their shoulders and being embarrassed for what we do, we should hold our heads up high and be proud. Yes I am arrogant because I know what we do is right and it will allow my grand kids and their grand kids to grow up.
- I was asked how I like being a bully, I reply - in 1983 remember Lebanon, how bout 1993 and our airmen in the Ryaid (Saudi Arabia) towers, in 1998 I know you remember our embassy's in Africa, and in 2000 the USS Cole in Yeman. We knew about Osama Bin Laden in 1993 and he was behind the trouble in Somalia ... Black Hawk Down.. We did nothing in 93, 98, 00, and in 2001 after September 11th, we finally did. We have gone down the do nothing road. No we are and if my grandchildren and their grandchildren will continue to be able to come hear to places like this, grow learn, and listen to each other in discourse... I have no problem with what we are doing.
- Believe it or not, I can speak for a while.. there aren't any of those national media people here are there.....................how bout any French.......?
- Then we got a new administration (applause), that's right... we got a woman from Stanford and she is the BEST NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR WE HAVE EVER HAD, we then got a friend of mine, Colin Powell and he is the best Secretary of State we have ever had, and then a guy came on board with nobby elbows, yep, Donald Rumsfeld and he is the best we have ever had.
- I learned to read in Texas, 'bout at age 14, and the first thing I read was Julius Caeser. What I got from that was he talked a lot and was killed, so I'm going to get out of here now.
- One thing I learned from being retired, if you want the car to move, you need to sit in the front seat.
- My wife and I are the youngest people in Tampa Fla.
There is so much more and he was very American, and inspirational. It is clear the media was crude with Gen. Franks portraying him as uneducated, not a good communicator, anti-Bush, and retiring because he didn't agree with this administrations policies. NOTHING could be further from the truth.
If you ever get a chance to listen to General Tommy Franks, GO.

 

Harvard Professors Demonstrating Higher Education Elitism

Professors at Harvard Confronted Lawrence Summers in a recent faculty meeting. You may recall, Summers had come under heavy fire from libs, feminists and elitists for suggesting that inherent differences in men and women may explain the disparity in representation in scientific fields. This suggestion was made as part of a conference addressing such issues and Summers was asked to provoke discussion with his talk.

The most amazing and hypocritical part of the Harvard faculty's newest attack on their president is their assertion that his leadership is adverse to an open discourse of ideas:
Most speakers took aim at Dr. Summers for what they described as an autocratic management style that has stifled the open debate that is at the core of the university's values. While their comments were respectful, they were forceful and were greeted by strong applause.

I wonder if any of these people who so value an open discourse of ideas are the same people who walked out on Summers' presentation , or any of his colleagues who subsequently berated him in the press, or any of the people who called for his resignation. Apparently the standard is that if you suggest ideas which are considered politically incorrect, you are maligned and forced to retract anything you have to say. If, however, you are one of the smarty elites, anything you have to say must be worth open discourse. Discourse being the complete acceptance of your views and no criticism or debate of your ideas. Any suggestion that an elite's ideas are incorrect is called stifling and censorship. We all know most of university faculty are lefty elites, this just proves that the same holds true at Harvard.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

 

Fellow University of Colorado Professor Thinks Affirmitive Action to Blame in Hiring Ward Churchill

Professor Paul Campos contends in his rocky mountain news article that Ward Churchill was hired because he stated he was native american.
The privileges created by tenure are supposed to insulate faculty from political pressures in general and censorship in particular. Yet those of us in the academy, if we were candid, would have to admit that few places are more riddled with the distorting effects of politics and censorship than university faculties.

Academics claim to despise censorship, but the truth is we do a remarkably good job of censoring ourselves. This is especially true in regard to affirmative action. Who among us can claim to have spoken up every time a job candidate almost as preposterous as Churchill was submitted for our consideration? Things like the Churchill fiasco are made possible by a web of lies kept intact by a conspiracy of silence.


Professor Campos is absolutely correct. There will probably be more calls for his job after writing up this criticism of affirmative action than for the loon Churchill's job.

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