EJ’s Notepad: Happy 2019
Happy New Years to one and all. It’s been a very VERY long time since I blogged on here. For many reasons. For starters my work schedule in the last month did pick up quite a bit over the holidays whether it was filling in for others or maximizing my own schedule. All in all it was worth it money wise and myself and the entire Christian family had a wonderful Christmas season.
Now it’s back to the grind as they say and give some quick hits on the things that are on my mind.
Sidenote: I’d like to commit to doing this weekly but between work, being a father and husband and even the podcast there’s not enlightened hours in a day and not enough days in a week. We just got to make the best of what we have available.
•If you haven’t seen “Surviving R. Kelly” on Lifetime you must. Whether you are/were a fan of his music or not I think aside from the lurid and disgusting material that was once again exposed of the singer is the notion that our women, especially black women are not prioritized in today’s society. That said, R. Kelly is a disgusting human being. Definitely worth the watch though I will say it will be uncomfortable for some.
•Selfishly I am really stoked that Oklahoma QB and this year’s Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray decided to declare for this spring’s NFL draft. There’s no doubt he’s a solid baseball player and I am sure the Oakland A’s could work wonders for his career. That being said. The kid is electric. Oklahoma football this past season was must see TV because of him. He deserved to win the Heisman. The NFL rules today also heavily favors the offensive side of the ball. The gripe of short quarterbacks succeeding in the NFL is diminishing with the recent successes of guys named Brees and Wilson. Kyler Murray could succeed in the pros. At least I hope he can. He would be good for the sport both on and off the field.
•Earlier this week FS1’s Jason Whitlock declared Tom Brady our modern day Muhammed Ali. I’ll say this much. If he is talking solely on the field/in the ring I have no problem with that whatsoever. In fact I place Mr. Brady himself who is a five time Super Bowl winner on the elusive Mount Rushmore of all time American athletes. Alongside Brady? Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and you guessed it….Muhammed Ali. The only push back I will give Whitlock’s comment is that Ali’s social and in some cases political impact outside the ring trumps ANY athletes. Not even Jordan compares.
•I am really stoked for this year’s AFC and NFC Championship games. The four best teams are in. On paper these games should be competitive from start to finish. Rams/Saints. Patriots/Chiefs. Both games opened at (-3) for the home teams. Right now as of this writing I lean both home teams although I really have a hard time doubting the New England Patriots and their championship pedigree and DNA.
•Living in South Florida my one lone annoyance this time of the year is snowbirds. Listen, I love our neighbors from the north. Hell I’m born in New York so I can relate. That said, learn how to fucking drive. Please!?!? You’re going to get someone killed out here.
•This month is the 20th Anniversary of one of the greatest shows ever put to television in The Sopranos. Yet I have never finished the show. As we speak I am currently binging the show for the 3rd time in hopes I can finally finish all 6 seasons. Everytime I start I get to the mid way point of Season 2 and stop. Not because I don’t like the show because that is far from the truth. I get easily distracted by something else. But I am dedicated to getting it done
•Can’t get over the Clemson football team being greeted with fast food at the White House. That said, people are making a bigger deal about it than it should. Find more important things to bitch about it.
•RIP to the great Mean Gene Okerlund. As a huge fan of old school WWF (to this day) big piece of my childhood is now gone. He made sport entertainment seem bigger than even I imagined it. Truly a legend in wrestling lure considering he was an announcer.