EJ’s Weekly Notepad + Week 14 Picks
REMEMBERING MANDELA (1918-2013)
Even though I was expecting to hear news of Nelson Mandela’s passing at some point in recent months due to his publicized failing health, it still hit me rock hard with sadness once reality set in. Mandela was a hero for many including myself. I still remember the day he was released from 27 years of incarceration battling apartheid in South Africa in the name of freedom with my mother at age 10. It was an event. My mother recorded all the live footage on VHS and to this day we still own that beautiful piece of footage.
Whatever political opinions folks may have about Mr. Mandela, one things is certain: he was a champion for human rights and equality. For a man who spent a large portion of his life in prison, it would’ve been easy for him to be bitter about the ways of the world. Instead Mandela used his remaining years off his life preaching those same values he went to jail fighting for. All in all, Nelson Mandela was influential in my own life and shaped alot of my diverse thinking and spoken word playlist of my life. Some of his greatest quotes were ones I took and ran with at a young age which in turn enriched my own life.
Thank you for the inspiration and your beautiful soul Mandiba!! Rest peacefully!!
JAMIES WINSTON SAGA FINALLY OVER
Very happy we can all put this Jamies Winston investigation behind us. But what bothered me throughout this whole saga was the seemingly reality TV feel it had over the last 72 hours. Let’s keep some perspective here: win or lose (regardless of what side your were on)there are REAL LIVES affected by this forever and as people we need to act much more responsible and be very careful to draw to conclusions just based on a hunch. Now back to championship weekend…..
NBA POWER 5
(1) Indiana (2) San Antonio (3) Portland (4) Miami (5) Oklahoma City
•Whether or not the Knicks were really going to dismiss Knicks coach Mike Woodson had they lost to Brooklyn last night, we will never know obviously as they beat down their cross town rival Brooklyn Nets on national television. But what I did take away from the game was this was the first time all season New York looked like a team in last season’s form. This could be a season changer and to be fair it’s not gonna take much to turn their season around considering just how bad the rest of the Eastern Conference is. I also do expect the Nets to figure it out at some point but at this point there’s Miami, Indiana and then everyone else.
•Didnt watch one minute of last night’s Jaguars-Texans Thursday Night snooze fest. And for the love of God, NFL please do not add more Thursday Night games. In fact I’d be ok if there were no Thursday games.
• I must admit, normally I don’t watch much college basketball this early in the season but there have been some great early season matchups. Now if we can get that whole one and done rule flipped it’ll be great for both the NBA and the NCAA as a whole.
…..and this week’s NFL picks
**HOME TEAM IN BOLD**
Chiefs (-3) over REDSKINS
Vikings (+7) over RAVENS
PATRIOTS (-12) over Browns
Raiders (+3) over JETS
Colts (+6) over BENGALS
SAINTS (-3.5) over Panthers
Lions (+3) over EAGLES
Dolphins (+3) over STEELERS
BUCS (-2.5) over Bills
BRONCOS (-12) over Titans
Rams (+6.5) over CARDINALS
NY Giants (+3) over CHARGERS
49ERS (-3) over Seahawks
Falcons (+4) over PACKERS
Cowboys (-1) over BEARS