It’s been quite some time. It feels weird, but I feel it’s time to give this another try.
I haven’t spoken on this issue, but I feel the urge to speak on it today. With police brutality against black Americans being highlighted by the media, it’s unfortunate that a life, regardless of race, is taken away from what could have possibly been a misunderstanding from both sides. It’s also unfortunate that we as black people only want to protest #BLACKLIVESMATTER when that life is taken away from an individual in a position of power. Does the care stop when black on black crime is still running rampant throughout America?
How can we as a race earn the respect of an entire nation when we don’t respect outselves? It’s all starts with us. It shouldn’t just be about “us.” It should be about “all.” #ALLLIVESMATTER! If America was united as it once was, things would get better. A lot of black Americans are stuck with the, “my ancestors were oppressed for 400 years,” mentality. We can change that. I’m not attempting to discredit or belittle what has happened in the past, but that is history. No one on this earth owes you anything.
You can’t live in this world and think it’s going to be given to you. Nothing in this life is free. It all starts with us. #ALLLIVESMATTER!
It’s becoming more and more of a chore to keep my blog updated and full of information that keeps a readers attention. I haven’t really had the time to actually sit and watch the happenings of this world in order to write about them.
It’s been a minute since I’ve really sat down and put something meaningful down. We’re almost at the halfway point of 2015 and A LOT has happened. It’s crazy how police brutality is being brought to the forefront of every news outlet there is. Before I get started, I would like to make it inherently clear that I in no way condone police brutality or provoking law enforcement. The only thing I am doing is voicing my opinion. The last time I checked, that was still a freedom I fought for and lost brothers for. If you have something to say, in MY forum, keep it to your damn self.
First off, let us look at what is shown in the media when it comes to police brutality. Usually we don’t see how the event transpired. All we see is the climax and the ending. In no way am I condoning the behavior of law enforcement, just asking to see all the facts before people make decisions to violently riot and destroying a city. I honestly feel the media plays a big role into how individuals react to certain situations. I’m sure by this point, if you’re a close-minded individual, you think that I am attempting to justify the actions of the “rotten apples” of law enforcement. It’s not that at all. I just want EVERYBODY to look at these events from a neutral position.
Does every stop by law enforcement have to end up with an individual being seriously injured or killed? What causes a law enforcement individual to go from “0-100” in a matter of seconds? Are law enforcement individuals allowed to pick and choose from a standard operating procedure as they please or when they feel the need to skip certain steps? Not all law enforcement individuals are bad, but there are a TON of bad apples in the bunch.
We as people have come to the conclusion that when a certain color individual is stopped it’s for reasons just to harass or to provoke. The way I see it is, if you are wrong and your are caught doing something wrong, own up to it so that the situation doesn’t end up escalating and putting you or the law enforcement individual in a position that could change your lives forever. As a law enforcement individual, more restraint should be used. Meaning, If you really feel that a situation is about to get out of hand, ensure that your dash camera is on or recording device is working properly so if the situation goes bad ad you feel that the use of force can be justified.
This post wasn’t meant to educate, but a way for me to some stuff off my chest regarding this whole police brutality issue. Like it or not, it’s all my opinion.
It’s been a while since I’ve had time to sit down and give my blog the attention it needs. I promise I’m going to get back on my grind. Since my absence, I’ve done a lot. I’ve taken a class on the “proper” way to write. I now have a little more confidence in my writing.
I’m putting something together in order to share what I’ve been up to during my absence. If you’ve been waiting on me to put something down, your wait is over. I’m back. For real this time.
It’s been a minute since I’ve really had a chance to actually write. My life has changed drastically since my last post. I’ve gone through a divorce. It wasn’t an ugly one, it just left me in a place of asking Why? The only thing she told me was, “I don’t love you anymore. It’s taken me 5 years to come to this conclusion and I want a divorce.” That really threw me for a loop. Yeah, we had our problems, but I never stepped out of my marriage; meaning I’ve never lusted/thought about, had sex (in any form), or attempted to get emotionally involved with another woman. That’s what I always told myself and I lived up to it. When I got married, I wanted to it to be it. I don’t believe in divorce. I believe that if she would have opened up to me, I’m sure we could have made it work. I assume that she was tired of making it work.
One big reason I wanted my marriage to work was my parents divorced when they reached 8 years. My father used to hit my mother and talk/have sex with another woman. That’s why I wanted my marriage to work. Things started to change towards the end of 2013. I did everything I could during the first part of 2014 to make it work. Suggested taking marriage classes and/or talking to a Minister. She didn’t want anyone on the outside knowing what was going on between us. After doing everything I could, I gave her the divorce she wanted. Before I signed those papers I made it very clear that it was her that wanted this divorce. Now we are working together to raise our 2 beautiful girls. I can say that since we now divorced she seems to be a little happier. I mentioned to her that it was good to actually see her smile and her happy. I have moved past the fact that it will never work with her again. One reason is because I have it set in my mind that I wouldn’t consider a relationship again. I really don’t want to go through those same problems all over again. I am happy and don’t want to get into another relationship at this time. I don’t want go through that getting to know another person, at least not right now.
I started my quest to further my education. I am attending Grantham University to get an Associates in Computer Science. Right now I am 44% complete. This is a big step in my life. To some, an Associate’s degree isn’t that spectacular, but taking small steps is better than not taking the step at all. My classes so far have been okay. I just completed my 1 semester. Classes for my second semester start on March 11th. I will be taking English Composition I and College Algebra. I’ve already completed American Government I, Intro to Computer Applications, and a class required by the University called Student Success. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t intimidated by my next set of classes. I’m looking forward with just starting those classes.
In November of 2014 I won 2 tickets to attend the SEC Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an awesome experience. When they first told me that I had won, I thought someone was playing with me or it was some type scam to get my credit card information. I finally realized it was real when they sent me a Dr. Pepper link to confirm that I really won. Other than that, I’m a student and a busy father. I decided not to coach this year, because I wanted to support my girls and give them all my attention. We will see how this goes this year. If I want to coach next year, it will be based on how this year works out. I need to get back in a groove to start writing again. I don’t want to force it, because I don’t want the blog to seem “fake.”
My Alabama Crimson Tide didn’t win the big dance this year, but it’s all good. Blake Sims did an awesome job leading that offense. It also helps to have one of the best receivers in College Football. Coach Nick Saban and Coach Lane Kiffin are 2 different coaches and have a different philosophy, but he jelled right in with the Alabama Coaching Staff. I’m looking forward to next season because I know that a lot of things are going to be changed and the team will have the right focus. Until the next post………#ROLLDAMNTIDE!
This year, the College Football Playoff Committee have caused this season to be an emotional roller coaster to a lot of fans. You never know where any specific University will end up due to the inconsistency of the inaugural College Football Playoff Committee. Each week the criteria for a team to stay in the Top 4 Playoff Spots changes. Nothing has remained the same. They have no transparency or concrete facts as to why they have placed certain teams in each spot.
During the BCS Era, everyone complained about it, but I am willing to bet that due to the headache the committee has caused, the return of the system would be a welcomed site. Was the BCS system perfect, NO, but it was a lot better than what the committee has come up with. Yes, the BCS and individuals working with it, favored certain conferences over others, but it was easier to deal with than what the committee vomits each week. I know a lot of you are asking yourself, “Why in the world is he complaining, Alabama is #1.” I’m not complaining, but do you actually think it’s fair for an undefeated FSU team be placed at the #3 spot over a one loss Alabama and Oregon? Does that make any logical sense? You would think that because FSU is undefeated, no matter how they won their games, they would hold that Top spot with no questions asked, but it’s far from that way. The committee seems to forget that a win is a win is a win. Whether it be by 1 point or 30.
There wasn’t a real concrete ranking until October 15. Yes, the committee said that they were not using or taking into account the AP Top 25, Coaches Poll, etc., but that’s not true. Their first honest ranking didn’t happen until October. Here is what they have based their rankings on: Game control, Body of work, Top 25 wins and what their opponent was ranked when they played said opponent. You’re looking at that and saying how it is not fair? The criteria they are basing each team upon is fine. Each of the topics were for a specific week; not all the criteria was used at the same time. Example: This week they were taking into account what a team was ranked when they played their opponent. So if you played Ohio State at the beginning of the season and they were ranked #4 and now they are ranked #6 that takes away from your argument to stay in one of the Top 4 spots. Should that matter, NO, because when you played them, they were ranked in the Top 4, that win should hold the same weight when you beat them all the way until the completion of the season.
The current system needs to be revamped. I know that a lot of fans are giving the committee the benefit of the doubt, because this is the first year. They have a lot of bugs and deficiencies to work out before the end of this season and the start of next season. I have a friend that came up with an awesome idea to fix this broken system. I agree with this outline. Here it is:
This system will consist of the Top 8 Conferences in College Football. The FBS Power 5 Conferences would have automatic bids. The remaining 3 slots to finish out the 8 would be selected from the remaining FBS conferences based on their Conference Power Index which will be based on the schedules of the teams in those respective conferences as well as records of the respective Conference Champions. The three teams that meet this criteria would make up spots 6, 7 and 8.
• In order for this to work out, each conference would have to be adjusted to have 12 teams. (Add or take away as needed)
• Teams would have to play 10 Conference Games (this would eliminate a lot of the out of conference play; mainly for the teams that like to play tune-up games instead of playing within their respective conference).
• Game 11 would be the Conference Championship Game.
• Game 12 would be a lottery draw of conference champions to play each other. This would be considered Bracket 1. This Bracket would consist of 8 Conference Champions.
• Game 12 (Bracket 2) would be the winners from Bracket 1, which will consist of the 4 winners from Bracket 1.
• The winners of Bracket 2, the two winners, would then play for the National Championship.
Of course, it wouldn’t suit everyone, but this is a whole lot better than what is currently going on with the committee of “intelligent” individuals. I hope for the sake of all college football fans that the committee works out the bugs before the end of the season. Next year, we shouldn’t have many headaches such as this year. If you feel that you can come up with a better option, I challenge you to do so. We all have complaints and will complain, but won’t provide a possible solution. Instead they would rather complain with the rest of the crowd.