Monday, September 26, 2011


it's been a minute since I've been single and on the dating scene.

my single friends always tell me that "the game done changed" since I was dating.

maybe it has but the game is the game, right???

the following transcript was an email that I got from my boy Gee...who is single.


I met this 29 year old chick. Smart. Average looks. We chat on and off...but more off.

I hit her up to come over and watch a movie with me and some neighbors.

And she tripped!

She said "a real gentleman takes a woman out when he is courting her!"


We text off and on!! Court what??? When was it against the rules to watch a movie among friends? Did I miss something?

I don't even know her last name!!! And she is actually mad about it. Whutchu think man?

glad i ain't single, Gee. If I was single...I wouldn't be single.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gentle Giant


To say that Orlando "Zeus" Brown was a giant is an understatement. The man stood tall at 6 foot and 8 inches. He weighed about 325 pounds when I met him in the fall of 1991. We were on the campus of South Carolina State University. He was my teammate. He was the biggest human being that I had ever seen. My first thoughts when I saw him..."Damn, I hope this guy plays offense like me." Fortunately, he did.

His mother nicknamed him Zeus because of her love for Greek Mythology.

On September 23, 2011...Zeus left this earth. He was only 40 years young. The news of his death shocked me. I'm still in shock. And while the cause of his death has not been determined, we mourn. Many of you reading this know what the media has reported about him...he played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns & the Baltimore Ravens...he was once hit in the eye by an errant flag thrown by a referee that left his eye swollen, bloody and it caused him to push the referee and be suspended by the NFL...he sued the NFL for 200 million dollars (settled for 25 million)...he was one of the best to play his position when he played in the NFL...

I won't bore you with stuff that the media will tell you about the man. I'll tell you what I KNOW about the man.

Zeus was a GREAT player...but an even greater teammate. Zeus was one of the guys. He was a star but he always wanted to be one of the guys and not be treated like a star. One of my first memories of Zeus was during my freshman year. I had only been at school for a few weeks. I was getting homesick and I was down about not playing. Zeus stopped me in the dorm. He said "Aye young'n...where are you from? I saw you at practice today. Keep workin hard man. You're gonna play here." Those words stuck with me. I was surprised that an upperclassman would take the time to even speak to a lonely freshman! Two days later, he stopped by my room and said..."I'm going to get something to eat. Roll with me." I did. During that ride, I learned alot about my mammoth teammate. He was from DC (HD Woodson High School)...loved go-go music (which he blasted all the way to Burger King but I wasn't gonna tell him to turn it down) he earned his nickname, etc. I remember when we walked in...his 6 foot 8 inch frame dwarfed me at 5 foot 7 (150 pounds with rocks in pocket). I remember the looks and stares that we got when we walked in. Even though he weighed more than 300 pounds, Zeus wasn't fat. He was mostly muscle. Unlike most big people, he seemed very comfortable in his skin. He stood tall. Zeus was always smiling, laughing, and joking.

One of the other things that I remember about Zeus is that he was extremely competitive! He hated to lose! I remember being in the dorm one night and beating Zeus 3 consecutive times in Madden on Sega Genesis. I was talking trash. He said "Let's play again." I said "Man, I'm not playing you any more tonight, Zeus. It's almost 2am and I have a class at 8am." But he insisted...and I wasn't gonna tell the Big Fella 'no'. So we played and I won. The next day after we had both finished our classes...can you guess who was waiting for me in my dorm room to play again??? Big Zeus! He was determined to beat me! The ultimate competitor.

It came as no surprise to me that Zeus would be a success in the NFL. When you have the talent and the competitive nature that he had, he was destined for it. It wasn't a surprise that Zeus would go on to open a successful Fatburger restaurant in the DC area. I wasn't surprised to hear about his charitable donations to HD Woodson, SC State, and to the DC community. Zeus had it in him.

The last time that I spoke with him was a few years ago. Same ole Zeus. Crackin jokes and being who he was. You could hear the excitement in his voice when he spoke of his 3 sons. He was a proud father. I could only laugh because I remember him from school and I could see the growth in him. He was the SAME dude that he was the day that he stopped me in the dorm. No matter how much money he had. He was still one of the guys. He never changed. I never got a chance to hear him tell this STORY ABOUT HIS SCARY 9/11 EXPERIENCE in NYC (please click link and read). But I can only imagine hearing him tell it.

Zeus was a giant. A gentle giant off the field. He was almost like a big bear but you always wanted to be around a dude like that. I remember when he was in the NFL and he'd be on tv, I'd tell people..."That's my dude right there!" Since his death, I've gotten a few phone calls from former teammates who I hadn't heard from in years. I've been able to re-connect with some people on Facebook as well. Everybody had a story or a great memory of Zeus.

Guess you could say that this is mine.

Father, Brother, Son, Friend, Businessman, Teammate

Big Zeus...we're gonna miss you man! Rest in peace

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

off tha dome

random thoughts...

for as dope as Nadal and Federer are...I've never watched either of them play a full game.

sometimes i think about shutting this blog down. but then i think of something dope to write and i realize that i can't quit.

i watched about an hour of 9/11 anniversary coverage. that was enough for me. it's not that i want to forget what happened. sometimes it's hard to hear all of the stories and live it again.

ever notice how good some dog food smells?

the NFL is back and i could care less about the NBA lockout

Lil Wang sold like a million copies of his latest cd. ask me if i bought it...nope

really gonna miss Entourage. not only is it a great show but it reminds me so much of me and my friends...minus the money and fame

i have a friend who i really want to introduce one of my boys to but i won't b/c i know SHE'LL mess it up

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Kirk Franklin needs to stop stealin' hip hop songs and making them gospel songs. that ain't sampling, dude

i really wish the saggy pants/show your drawz/look ignorant era would end tomorrow

President Obama looks like a dude who could play a game of spades

grandparents let their grand kids get away with EVERYTHING they used to spank their kids for

awkward moment...when you see that person with a huge booger hanging from their nose. you say nothing...but you rub your own nose to see if they will "mimic" you

i told my boy Eclectik that Wilma Flintsone was wayyyyyyyy finer than Betty Rubble but he disagrees. i think he's crazy

ladies...stop comparing yourself to when you were a size 3 at age 18. you're 35 now. it's ok that you ain't as small as you used to be should NEVER wear uggs or crocs

ladies...don't give him your number if you don't want him to call. because he WILL call's ok to be sensitive with a woman...but don't be a sucker

if you're 33 and rappin and you STILL haven't made it...let it go, bruh. get a real job

that chill is in the air...

i've been called a smart ass...and i don't mind it. it's a term of endearment

if you ever see me in jeans and penny loafers...please slap me

*cues The Foreign Exchange*

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


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