Monday, July 29, 2013

Michelle Jenneke


She's an Australian Olympic Hurdler with enough ENTHUSIASM to power-up the Superdome. A Gold Medal may be in her future, but if not she can always be on Broadway or be a Cheer Leader, maybe a Model. What ever she does, it won't be lack luster:)))))))))))))))) Video produced by & the song is Sabrina - boys. Click the Link for the actual race where Michelle got famous quick. Is she going to win?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

42 Reasons Jackie Robinson is A Legend
1-He was the first black Major League Baseball Player in the modern era (1880 - ).
2-Before playing professional ball, Jackie was Athletic Director at Sam Huston College.
3-Robinson served in the US Military.
4-He married Rachel Isum and had 3 kids.
5-April 15 is Jackie Robinson day in MLB & many players commemorate this day by wearing #42 jerseys.
6-Jackie was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement.
7-He was the 1947 MLB Rookie of the Year.
8-Won MLB Most Valuable Player Award in 1949.
9-In 1955, Robinson helped deliver a World Series Title for his Brooklyn Dodgers.
10-Jackie was a 6-Time All-Star in MLB.
11-Finished his career with a .311 Lifetime Batting Average.
12-In High School Jackie lettered in Football, Basketball, Track and of course Baseball.
13-In College @ UCLA Robinson repeated that same feat, becoming the first in school history to letter in 4 Sports.
14-At UCLA Jackie won an NCAA Championship for Long Jumping 24 ft, 10 and a quarter inches!!!
15-After College Robinson played Semi Pro Football in Honolulu & Los Angeles.
16-When Jackie was drafted into the U.S. military in 1942, he decided to become an Officer.
17-Robinson endured racial bigotry & discrimination throughout his military and baseball careers.
18-He coached the Basketball Team at Sam Huston College when he was only 25 years old.
19-The Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues recruited Jackie to play Baseball.
20-Jackie played one season with the Monarchs making the Negro League All-Star Team.
21-Branch Rickey wanted Jackie Robinson to be the man to break the MLB color barrier.
22-In 1946 Jackie won the baseball International League's MVP Award.
23-Robinson hit .342 in 1949.
24-Jackie Robinson was the highest paid Brooklyn Dodger in 1950.
25-Robinson played most of his baseball career at 2nd Base, but his versatility allowed him to play over 333 games at other positions.
26-After his baseball career, Robinson became the first black person to broadcast on ABC's Major League Baseball's Game of the Week.
27-His Lifetime On-Base Percentage is .409.
28-Martin Luther King Jr. called Jackie, "A Legend and A Symbol in his own time."
29-Robinson sold the rights of his retirement story to the hugely popular Look Magazine, two years before the end of his career.
30-A Shrewd Businessman, Robinson attained an Executive position with Chock Full O'Nuts after retiring from baseball.
31-Jackie continued to speak out against segregation and racial discrimination during & after his baseball career.
32-Jackie was encouraged by other MLB players including Hank Greenberg, Larry Doby and Brooklyn teammate PeeWee Reese.
33-Jackie Robinson was not the best ballplayer in the Negro Leagues, but his character was the reason Rickey chose him.
34-During WWII, Jackie became friends with Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Joe Louis.
35-In 1941, Jackie accepted a government position for the National Youth Administration as Assistant Athletic Director at the age of 22!!!
36-Very few people realize, in College, Baseball was Robinson's worst sport.
37-Robinson could have played in the NFL, but he chose Baseball.
38-Jackie Robinson is a First-Ballot Hall of Famer.
39-Robinson played in 6 World Series' in 10 seasons with the Dodgers.
40-He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom & Congressional Gold Medal.
41-Jackie starred in several films about his life.
42-The latest film about Jackie Robinson "42" will be a Best Picture Nominee.

The History of Jackie Robinson is written, but his Legend continues to grow. The more we learn, the more we recognize & appreciate Jackie's heart, mind and soul. Once again, Thank You Mr. Robinson

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Zimmerman Verdict

I was shocked by the verdict. But the legal experts made the explanation quite simple, yet still troubling to me. "This was a self-defense case from the  very beginning," is the majority consensus among legal pundits.

Clearly there wasn't an ounce of critical thinking, morality, ethics or BALLS among the 6 female jurors. Reports have come out that 2 of the 6 wanted manslaughter and 1 of them wanted 2nd Degree Murder. The CNN interview with juror B37 proved most enlightening as to the thinking and decision making process of the jury. She described how she was 1 of the 3 whom had
made up their minds that Zimmerman was not guilty. The insight she gave to Anderson Cooper was flawed and biased. B37 contends, "George had no choice," and "Trayvon could have run away." She intimated to Cooper that she identified with Zimmerman and according to the law she had no choice but to find him not guilty.

My initial reaction to the verdict was shock. Then I thought back to the presidential election of 2000. Floridians tend to be either stupid or corrupt. Either way, the majority of them don't really contribute to the human race. To the point, the 6 jurors chose to follow the letter of the law, rather than exercise a miniscule bit of human judgment or common sense to the crime that was committed.

It's common knowledge The Law is written in such a way that innocence is always presumed and guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The Language used in Law Books and Statutes is so extensive and verbose it literally requires an extra 4 years of graduate study to master. To the layman and to the jurors, the law is the law. They didn't use any logic or analysis. They didn't read between the lines of the Law, or balance their interpretation of the Law with real world experience. No critical thinking or empathy toward the victim, only the law the law the law verbatim. They took the easy way out. The 3 jurors who believed Zimmerman was guilty of something had the right instincts, but didn't have the gravitas or moxie to illustrate their point to the other 3.

I wouldn't have left that court without Zimmerman being charged with something, but the 3 jurors whom believed pre-verdict Zimmerman was guilty were much too gullible. They compromised. Ethics. Morals. Values. Common Sense. Justice. Human Decency. Ultimately, none of these things we hold most dearly meant anything to those 6 individuals I hesitate to call people.
I wasn't there. I didn't experience what they did. But I know George Zimmerman killed a boy that was not a criminal. He killed a boy who was walking home. He followed a boy with a hooded sweatshirt whom he believed was a criminal. Zimmerman profiled Trayvon as a police officer would, but Zimmerman had no authority or right to do so. George put Trayvon and himself in a vulnerable state and he pulled the trigger. He didn't say OK stop. Ok I'll leave you alone. Wait, please wait I don't want to hurt you. He didn't communicate. He shot. Zimmerman's paranoia & recklessness cost a boy his life. You don't need a Law book to see the guilt in that.

Monday, July 15, 2013

American Ninja Warrior

Ninja Warrior.  Mt Midoriyama.  If you've seen the course, you know the obstacles. The Quad-Steps, The Salmon Ladder, The Warped Wall, The Ultimate Cliff Hanger, and the list goes on of treacherous man-engineered structures built only to frustrate and beguile mortal beings. I've set a course to reach these places. My training is rigorous and specific. I don't lift to get big, I lift to get stronger. I don't run to get faster, I run to be more explosive. My pull ups are not for show, they are for the ropes and ledges I must climb.

Stage 1 is like a basic test of all around athleticism. Right out of the gate your agility is tested in the Quad Steps. Parkour guys like to show off and do them
with a one-legged jump for each step.  It's been proven a dangerous proposition as many great athletes have stumbled & failed the first obstacle by rushing and
jumping recklessly.  Rope Swings, Jump Hangs and Rolling Logs test balance, grip strength and overall conditioning. The stage wraps up with the competitor-
dreaded Warped Wall, which eliminates all female and vertically challenged athletes with its 14 foot height.

Stage 2 separates the men from the boys with the Salmon Ladder & Unstable Bridge, back-to-back, testing the limits of upper body strength and endurance. Then just for fun, they throw in an inclined Metal Spin for everyone lacking in balance & coordination.  All the push ups and pull ups in the world won't prepare you for navigating a good, old-fashioned spinning aparatus that you have to stand on while it accelerates down an incline (Calling all Log-Rolling competitors!).

Stage 3 is a freakazoid of walls and chains only a 150-pound, free climbing muscle hamster can annihilate. Japanese course designers engineered this stage with their own countrymen in mind. Obstacles like the Cliff Hanger, Arm Rings, Rumbling Dice, Vertical Limit and Hang Climbing were implemented to promote a competitor of small stature with superior quickness and great strength. Americans being of larger stature and heavier weights never completed this stage.

The Final Stage has evolved from a 49 ft rope climb to a mixed Ladder/Rope climb to the current behemoth 79 foot rope climb, with only 30 seconds to reach the summit.

An American has yet to even reach the final stage, but with the increased exposure and mainstream movement to network tv, more people than ever are
becoming familiar with the show and the competition. For the millions who've failed at becoming professional athletes, American Ninja Warrior is another
avenue to achieving success in professional athletics. The Obstacles don't necessarily require pinnacle hand eye coordination, but more basic strengths and agilities that regular joe's can acquire with training. As a personal trainer who once dreamt of playing professional baseball, the skills & disciplines required for Ninja Warrior are a welcome challenge. I will relish the opportunity to compete in 2014 if American Ninja Warrior comes back to Baltimore for the Qualifiers. And I'm kicking myself this year for not following the Qualifier Dates posted on Next Year Baby!!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

George Zimmerman Trial

The case of Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman is tragic in every sense of the word. A boy was killed. The man who killed the boy will be subjected to scrutiny
for the rest of his life. Trayvon Martin will not get to live his life and his family must go on living without their beloved son. George Zimmerman's life will never be normal again, but he still has the opportunity to live and make something of himself, where Trayvon does not. All parties involved have had their lives turned upside-down in this case of wrongful death and public outrage due to the racial undertones and media outcrying for justice.

After following the case and evaluating the evidence presented to the public, clearly George Zimmerman must be punished. The question is how much?
Zimmerman acted in an irresponsible manner that contributed to the death of Trayvon Martin. As a neighborhood watchman, he was performing a civic duty by keeping a close eye on the streets and houses in his area. But Zimmerman crossed the line when he followed and stalked Trayvon Martin throughout the Sanford, Flordia community. Zimmerman followed Martin in his car, dialed the non-emergency dispatch to inform them what he was doing, then proceeded to get out of his car to continue following Martin into the yards of the housing. Zimmerman disregarded the order from the Dispatcher to "stop following the person," and that the proper authorities were on the way to investigate further.

The Defense for Zimmerman is this: He was attacked, beaten up and acted in self defense to save his own life. Pretty thin. But then again the evidence has shown Trayvon Martin was on top of Zimmerman during the confrontation. Evidence has shown the injuries Zimmerman suffered during the fight. Eyewitness accounts during the trial have proven to a great extent that though Zimmerman was following Martin, it was Trayvon whom engaged Zimmerman physically.

It appears the Defense has proven Reasonable Doubt to the charge of 2nd Degree Murder. Police interviews and Investigative experts have ripped this case apart to prove Zimmerman did not act with mal-intent. The Evidence has shown this is a case of a decent citizen overstepping his boundaries to assist in the protection of his neighborhood. However, the actions of George Zimmerman, while not malicious according to evidence, were still unlawful. He should not have been following Trayvon Martin. He should have stopped his pursuit exactly when he was instructed to do so by the Dispatcher. Had Zimmerman listened to the directions of the Law Enforcement Dispatch, Martin would still be alive and that is where George Zimmerman must reap what he has sown.

If I were on this jury, my decision would be George Zimmerman is Guilty of Manslaughter and must serve 5 to 10 years incarceration. Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin because he put them both in vulnerable positions. If someone is following you, you are immediately put into a state of mind of self preservation and protection. Trayvon, according to evidence, acted in a way that most people would deem perfectly reasonable to protect himself. Zimmerman, according to evidence, believed he was following a criminal so I wouldn't be surprised if the Court's punishment is even more severe than 5 to 10 years. 

It's a horrible tragegy and my heart goes out to the Martin family. Hopefully people can learn from this to let Law Enforcement do their jobs. It's not a bad thing to be a Neighborhood Watchperson, but you must know where to draw the line. And carrying a firearm in public is always a dangerous proposition when one looks to be an aggressor in pursuits & confrontations.