Wednesday, December 18, 2013

off tha dome...12 RADIO SHOW

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TOPIC - Off tha Dome (random topics) co-hosted by eclectik. You don't want to miss this show! We'll cover all topics (pop culture, music, childhood, dating/relationships, sports, sex) in a comical yet informative way.

You can listen online ( or via phone
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This is the FINAL SHOW FOR 2013! Don't miss it

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

keeping up with the Carters...Beyoncé & Jay Z

Say what you want about the Carters. A lot of people don't like them...but there are more that do like them. And they are loved by more than a few.

The Carters...Shawn Carter (Jay Z) and his wife Beyoncé Carter.

And their daughter, Blue Ivy.

2013 has been a great year for them.

Jay Z's latest album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," wasn't popular among music critics. But the promotion of the album, his 12th, has been a intriguing ride to say the least.

First there was the unveiling of a massive, $5 million business deal he secured with Samsung, in which the telecom company bought 1 million copies to be released a few days early through an exclusive Samsung app. The maneuver caused the RIAA to change its rules on how it counted its album sales and "Magna Carta Holy Grail" went platinum before the album was even officially released.

More than just the $5 million upfront, it got people talking about the album – which was announced only a few weeks ahead of its release, in a summer already packed with big rap albums from Kanye West, Wale and J. Cole – without hearing much of anything about its actual music. The fact that business story trumped all early buzz for the album had some feeling cynical. No matter, the deal gave Jay-Z the best first week sales of his career.

Beyoncé has managed to outdo her husband.

Last Friday, Beyoncé dropped her new self titled album, Beyoncé, with NO marketing and no promotion on iTunes. The move set social media on fire across the globe. She broke some ground with her straight-to-iTunes surprise album, and now she is also reaping the benefits of her strategy.

According to Billboard, the self-titled album "is all but guaranteed a No. 1 debut."

On Monday, iTunes announced the album has become the fast-selling worldwide on its site "with an unprecedented 828,773 albums sold in just its first three days." "Beyoncé," which is the superstar's fifth studio album, also broke iTunes' first-week sales record in the United States, with more than 600,000 copies sold.

Most artists WISHED they could sell they could sell music like this. The Carters are ahead of the curve. I'm a HUGE Jay Z fan and I was amazed at the marketing of his album. I didn't like the album. I thought it ranks as one of his worst. But that doesn't take away from what he accomplished. Conversely, I'm not a fan of Mrs. Carter. I can't name 10 songs that she's done. However, I respect her hustle as an artist. I gained a new found respect for her after viewing an HBO documentary on her this summer. I think they are a great couple. One of the things that impresses me most about them is that we know very little about their marriage. They don't speak on it publicly. Rarely do they speak about their love for each other. It's hard for most of us to keep others out of our business...I can't imagine how hard it is for them.

Like them or not...the Carter Administration ain't going anywhere.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

graduation day

17 years ago today...I did it. December 14, 1996

I accomplished one of the biggest goals that I've ever had.

I graduated from college.

I totally enjoyed every minute that I spent at South Carolina State University. I went there as a young boy and left as a man. When I graduated from high school, I really didn't appreciate it because it was just a stepping stone in my eyes. But this was different. This was where I wanted to be.

As a football player, I spent many hours in Oliver C Dawson Stadium. But there were none more important than the 3 hours of our commencement ceremony. I was happy to have my family, friends, and crew there to see me graduate. Many of them watched me play on Saturdays in that stadium. But the cheers that I got when I crossed the stage were the most important cheers that I'd ever receive.

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was in the low 50s so I tried to stay warm during the ceremony. Ken Chenault, the first African American CEO of American Express, spoke at the ceremony. I don't remember much of what he said but I do remember one thing. 

He said...

"Never be too busy blazing your trail to stop and look back at where you have come from." 

Those words never left me.

pictured here with 2 of my partners in crime...teammates & homies for life...Moe & Russell

I'm thankful for the 5 1/2 years at South Carolina State (the business department was no, the good and the bad experiences...they were life lessons. I'm thankful for the people who were in my life before I got to college and those who came into my life during college. The experiences helped me into the man that I am today.

Bulldog for life.

I bleed GARNET & BLUE.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WOMEN vs MEN - 750 Understanding Each Other...12 RADIO SHOW

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TOPIC - WOMEN vs MEN - 750 Understanding Each Other
co-hosted by MzKayotic

Join us as we interesting conversation about Women & Men and how we relate. You don't want to miss this show! You can listen online ( or via phone (347)215-7162. Press #1 if you want to speak to the host. You can also send tweets if you want to have your questions answered or comments addressed to @12kyle.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Happy Birthday, Brandon

Seven years ago today I became a father for the first time.

My third son, Brandon, was born.

Brandon is a star! If you ever met him, you'd agree.

Happy Birthday, Brandon! Daddy loves you!

Monday, December 9, 2013

thank you

I just wanted to take a second to thank everybody for the phone calls, texts, emails, tweets, and posts today wishing me a Happy Birthday. I really do appreciate it. You have no idea! I am thankful to see 41 years on this planet.

I am also thankful for each and every day.

Thanks for making a special day that much sweeter.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

no winners

I'm a diehard Florida State football fan. I've been a fan since I was a kid.

You can imagine that I had more than a passing interest in the case against Jameis Winston.

Winston is Florida State's 19 year old redshirt freshman quarterback who has led the FSU team to being ranked number 1 in the country. Winston's phenomenal play has led him to being the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Florida State, who is undefeated with 12 wins, is one win away from playing for the national championship game. On December 7th, 2012 a FSU student files a sexual battery incident report with the Tallahassee Police Department after initially contacting FSU Police Department. In January 2013, the complainant identifies FSU redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston as the suspect to Tallahassee police. Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen, representing Winston, is contacted about the case in February of this year. A week later, Jansen says, he was told by a TPD detective the case was closed. Winston was not interviewed by police or prosecutors. It wasn't until November that the case was reopened after several media outlets had inquired about the case.

On December 5th, it was announced by the district attorney that Winston would not be charged. There is a lot that happened here but I will spare you the details. After reading the police report, you have a 19 yr old female who said that she got into a cab and went to an apartment with Winston and 2 other men. She said she had been drinking and was raped. Winston's attorney said that Winston had consensual sex with the female. His story was backed up by the two men in the apartment, two Florida State teammates. They said that the door was open and they saw the female perform oral sex on Winston then voluntarily take off her clothes and have sex with Winston. At one point, the men said they walked in the room to "embarrass" Winston only to be yelled at by the woman who told them to "get out". The sports world was a buzz when a report leaked that they found Winston's DNA in the woman's panties that night. But they did not report that there was another man's DNA in her panties as well. It was from her boyfriend. This was all found in the report. The district attorney stated that they could not bring forth a case because of inconsistencies in the accuser's story. She had memory lapses and could not remember much of what happened that night.

She has a story.

Winston has a story.

The case took an ugly turn in two separate press conferences. Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, announced the move during a news conference at the Leon County Courthouse. Winston had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting the woman at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.

"We've carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be filed against anyone in this case," Meggs said.

Meggs began to take questions from the media and things got bad. Meggs had several jokes and there was laughter in the room. My thought was..."Why are you joking?" Even if you didn't believe her story...that's HER story. She said she was raped. Tell me the last time you've heard a good rape joke. It was tasteless.

Forty five minutes after Meggs' presser ended, Tim Jensen began his press conference. He stood and answered questions from the media. When responding to one question, Jensen began to insinuated that the accuser could be "like some women who go after athletes because they are targets." Huh? She said she was raped. I don't think she ASKED to be raped.

The sad thing about this case is that we'll never know what happen. Rape is always hard to prove. Based on what I've heard and read, I believe that Winston. That's not the fan in me. That's just what I see. I was once a football player at South Carolina State University. I was a high visible athlete on our campus...similar to Winston. I also found myself in a situation where I could have had sex with a woman who had been drinking...just like Winston. I didn't...but I could have. But I don't know the accuser nor do I know Winston. He seems to be a charismatic young man who happens to be a phenomenal athlete. But I know that as an athlete, you wear two faces. There is the face that you want people see and the face that you really have. It doesn't matter if I think this young lady is telling the truth or not. She said she was raped. That's no laughing matter. Her life will be changed forever. I feel for Winston. His life will be changed too. People will always associate this with him. Winston was never charged nor was he ever questioned by the police. If you believe his story then you see a young man who feels like he did nothing wrong.

There are no winners in this case. Judging from both press conferences, as a society, we have all loss.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

off tha dome

random thoughts...

this blog is coming up on it's 6 yr blogversary. the problem is...i can't remember when it is

i haven't worn a turtleneck since i was in the 7th grade.

it's mind boggling that people will wait in line for hours for black friday but won't attend a PTA meeting

one day it'll all make sense

that game between Alabama and Auburn was the second best finish in college football...behind the California vs Stanford game

i remember when me and my boy would call the girls that we liked on a 3 way call. not sure why we did that

if you have not seen this show, The Blacklist, do yourself a favor...check it out. i'll put it right behind Scandal as far as must see tv

glad to hear that Outkast will be touring next year. no mention of a new album but i'll take it.

if a woman sleeps with 4 different dudes each year...starting at the age of the time she's 39...she's got 88 bodies under her belt. sounds like a lot, huh? it is...but if you meet a 39 woman who said she's been slayed by 88 dudes...that's how she got there

somebody told me the Soul Train Music Awards came on tv the other day. i didn't even know Soul Train still came on tv...

i don't do music award shows. too many wack artists winning categories that they shouldn't even be in

what is your first memory of being on the Internet? mine? i remember getting in a Black Planet chat room. scared the hell out of me.

do people still talk on the phone? i do. gimme a nice long convo on the phone any day. text msgs are cool but i like to talk

i went to the gas station yesterday. the vehicle ahead of me was a Hummer. dude only put $10 in his tank. i hope he wasn't planning to go far

i slide into the age of 41 on monday. i'm having a party and you are invited. just bring a nice gift. i need more ties. and wine. that's all

The Best Man Holiday - MUST SEE MOVIE! I plan to see it again.

thanks for reading. i'm glad that you do. i see you!

potty training for girls seems to be soooooo much more easier than it is for boys

while scrolling through instagram the other, i found somebody who had like 500 "selfies". no lie. that seems a bit vain. do you love yourself THAT much? lol

i want a piano

me and the homie, eclectik nailed this podcast (The Blend Tape - hip hop and r&b collaborations)

most used app on my iPhone...Flipboard

the new Entourage movie starts production next month. can't wait

it's been a disappointing NFL season for the Falcons and the Giants. but the Cowboys will fall on their face. and that makes me smile

the two best Christmas songs ever...Silent Night - The Temptations & This Christmas - Donnie Hathaway

if you can't be happy for your friends success...who can you be happy for?

still praying for you! the breakthrough is coming. i believe it. i do

i'm very careful with the words i use...

i am moved by words

2013 is almost over. where did the year go?

you think you're good? you wanna play me?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sex 800...12 RADIO SHOW

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TOPIC - SEX 800 co-hosted by ShellyShell and Diggame. Join us as we have a comical, intimate, and grown discussion about sex. You don't want to miss this show! You can listen online ( or via phone (347)215-7162. Press #1 if you want to speak to the host. You can also send tweets if you want to have your questions answered or comments addressed to @12kyle.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

5 Ways Orgasms Will Save Your Life

This article is from the good folks at This one is for the ladies but the fellas can appreciate it as well.


Ever have a week when you're so busy you forget to have an orgasm? We didn't think so. And it’s a good thing you two are getting busy all the time, because having orgasms on a regular basis can actually save your life. And unlike other things that are fun and good for you -- like glasses of red wine or handfuls of antioxidant-rich Halloween candy (chocolate's good for you -- look it up) -- you can't have too many orgasms. Plus, they won't result in back fat or gin blossoms. (And no, fake orgasms don't count.)

1. Orgasms are good for your lady parts.

A recent study found that women who have orgasms during menstruation are 1.5 times less likely to suffer from endometriosis, a potentially dangerous uterine condition that can lead to infertility. But they also make you 3 three times more likely to suffer from whistling and skipping and annoying your friends.

2. Orgasms help manage pain.

An orgasm can more than double a woman's woman’s tolerance for pain,according to a recent study. Seems likely, given that orgasms more than double your tolerance for your mate’s habit of leaving his underwear on the floor.

3. Orgasms can prevent a heart attack.

Research shows that the female orgasm lowers your blood pressure. And we all know that high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks. And by calming the runaway electrical impulses that lead to a rapid heartbeat, orgasms can also cure hiccups, which sure beats having your man “scare” you

4. Orgasms may treat addiction and depression.

Sounds like a stretch, but researchers say that being able to activate your brain's brain’s feel-goodery center just by touching your own nipples has broader implications: Being able get instant pleasure this way may keep you from seeking that dopamine high from other places, like, you know, drugs orDoritos. Although while you can eat Doritos in public, you probably shouldn't shouldn’t play with your nipples.

5. Orgasms burn calories.

An orgasm can burn up to 200 calories after 30 minutes of strenuous stimulation (which should hopefully include an orgasm). Yes, this sounds like a lot, but think of it as "strenuous stimulation" vs. "strenuous squats with hand weights and the choice is clear. Or unclear, depending on the sexual position you prefer.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

5 Ways to Save Your Kids from Alzheimer’s Now…

5 Ways to Save Your Kids from Alzheimer’s Now...

Alzheimer’s isn’t just a disease that starts in old age. What happens to your child’s brain seems to have a dramatic impact on his or her likelihood of Alzheimer’s many decades later.
Here are five things you can do now to help save your child from Alzheimer’s and memory loss later in life, according to the latest research.

1. Prevent head blows: Insist your child wear a helmet during biking, skating, skiing, baseball, football, hockey, and all contact sports. A major blow as well as tiny repetitive unnoticed concussions can cause damage, leading to memory loss and Alzheimer’s years later.

2. Encourage language skills: A teenage girl who is a superior writer is eight times more likely to escape Alzheimer’s in late life than a teen with poor linguistic skills. Teaching young children to be fluent in two or more languages makes them less vulnerable to Alzheimer’s.

3. Insist your child go to college: Education is a powerful Alzheimer’s deterrent. The more years of formal schooling, the lower the odds. Most Alzheimer’s prone: teenage drop outs. For each year of education, your risk of dementia drops 11%, says a recent University of Cambridge study.

4. Provide stimulation: Keep your child’s brain busy with physical, mental and social activities and novel experiences. All these contribute to a bigger, better functioning brain with more so-called cognitive reserve.’ High cognitive reserve protects against memory decline and Alzheimer’s.

5. Spare the junk food: Lab animals raised on berries, spinach and high omega-3 fish have great memories in old age. Those overfed sugar, especially high fructose in soft drinks, saturated fat and trans fats become overweight and diabetic, with smaller brains and impaired memories as they age, a prelude to Alzheimer’s.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Off tha Dome...12 RADIO SHOW

Make sure that you check out tonight's show!

TOPIC - Off Tha Dome (random topics)

co-hosted by MzKayotic

Join us from 9pm-11pm EST as we cover random topics that are sure to make you laugh, reminisce, and think deeply.

Call in (347)215-7162 to listen via phone (press 1 if you want to speak to the host) or join everybody in the chat room. We will post the questions on twitter (@12kyle) and on my personal FB page. Don't miss it.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Blend Tape Podcast

Do you remember when R&B and Hip Hop was blended?

Do you remember when R&B artists and Hip Hop artists collaborated and made HITS?

Check out the latest podcast from eclectik co-hosted by me...PODCAST - THE BLEND TAPE

Click this link and listen at your leisure. Spread the word!!!


We look back on some of the best collaborations in music history...songs like One More Chance (remix), If I Ruled the World, Fiesta (remix), Hey Lover, Still Not a Player, You Got Me, You're All I Need to Get By...etc

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

THROWBACK - Childhood Memories...12 RADIO SHOW

The 12 RADIO SHOW is the most innovative and interactive show on BlogTalkRadio. Join the host, 12kyle, as he informs and entertains you. Don't miss this show!

TOPIC - THROWBACK - Childhood Memories co-hosted by eclectik. Join us as take a trip down memory lane as we discuss the great memories of our childhood. You don't want to miss us. Don't just listen to show...log into the chat room and participate in the discussion.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

end of the road

It's over.

Just like that.

Our football season is over. We lost in the first round of the playoffs. 12-6 in overtime.

While it was tough to lose a heartbreaking game like that, I was proud of the kids. They fought hard until the last play. They were prepared and they played their hearts out. Our coaching staff told them to "leave it all on the field" and they did. The kids were truly a pleasure to coach. It goes without saying that I enjoy coaching my son, Kameron. He started at tight end and cornerback for the team. He even got his first interception last week. Much like most of his teammates, I saw him develop and get better each week. We had so many kids get better from the beginning of the year. As a coach, that's what you want to see. It's not all about wins and losses. It's about watching these young 10 and 11 year olds develop into young men. Wins will come. We won 6 games and loss 3. It wasn't the season that we had expected but it was a good season nonetheless. I'd take all 28 kids and go to a battle with them. I love them just as if they are my own.

The future is future on the sidelines. Kameron is 11 yrs old but was able to play in our 10 and under league. He could play for the 11 and under team next year or he could play for his middle school. Unlike most of his team, he's already in middle school (6th grade). There are only 3 other kids who are in middle school on our team. We have been able to keep the core of our team together for 6 yrs. We have coached almost all of them since they were 5 yrs old. And our coaching staff has been together for 6 yrs. There are about 15 kids who make up the core. Honestly, some will be back...some won't. Some will move on to middle school football. That includes Kameron. He's expressed his desire to play for his middle school team next year. Will he do it? I'm not sure at this point. He'll make that decision next spring. If he does, then I'm not coaching. My days of coaching will be over. My youngest son, Brandon (who's 6 and under team is still in the playoffs after an 8-0 season), will continue to play if he likes but I have no desire to coach on his team. His coaches have a staff in place and they have been together for a few yrs. I enjoyed coaching with the group of men on our staff. We are close. I couldn't see me coaching with anyone else. There is a bond that extends beyond the football field.

As many of you know, I had major reservations about coaching when I was approached about it 6 yrs ago. I wasn't sure how my knowledge, experience, and love for the game could be translated to a bunch of kids. Football is my first love. I played the game for the love of it. Nothing else. But this ain't 1980. It's a different era. I didn't know if I could do it.

But I did it...and did it well. I won a championship and several divisional championships. More importantly, I was able to give myself and my time to kids. Nobody can put a dollar on how much that is worth. It's going to feel weird to not be at practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30. We've been conditioning since the beginning of June and practicing since July 8th. I have free time on my hands now. Is it the end? It could be. I truly won't know until next spring but if it is...I'm ok with it. I'll hang up the whistle with pride and happiness. I'm done.

Unless Skyler plays football...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dating and Relationships 730...12 RADIO SHOW

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TOPIC - Dating & Relationships 730 

co-hosted by ShellyShell

Join us as we discuss the good, bad, and the ugly from it all. Listen to the show on line ( or via phone (347) #1 if you want to speak to the hosts. If you have any questions or topics you'd like to add to the show, send a tweet to @12kyle

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Likes and Dislikes

I stole borrowed this idea from the homie, Minus the Bars. Thanks, Don. LOL


long, hot showers

ole skool hip hop

football on my tv screen on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Grandma's Mini Vanilla Creme cookies

talking on the phone

cooking on the grill

the new Foreign Exchange album

poetry & photography

the new Range Rover

iOS 7

New York City


corporate politics

fake people

chocolate chip cookies, chocolate candy, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake...

DMX on crack

people who have to "log in" to an account to be somebody

rain on the weekends

the "reply all" feature on text messages. Don't text me if I don't know you

gun violence

sorry ass parents (you know who you are...and if you don't I'll tell you that you're sorry)

reality tv

Friday, October 18, 2013

off tha dome

random thoughts...

was the government really shut down for 2 weeks or was that just a bad dream?

it's getting cooler. fall is here and i love it

i love the weekends because i can overdose on football

the sad part about the government shutdown is that the tea party crew who led the charge will probably get re-elected in 2016

i don't watch it...but is it just me...or has Atlanta become the home of reality ratchet tv

rumors are that Adidas may give Andrew Wiggins a 10 yr, 180M contract after he leaves college despite the fact that he hasn't played ONE minute in the NBA. if you give a kid that kinda money, he may lose the motivation to get better

i wish bank of america would have given me 500k after i graduated from South Carolina State University. i would have just showed up at work just to get the check. forget getting better at my job

Christmas is right around the corner

for somebody who doesn't like to be surprised...i've come to realize that i like surprises.

"I ain't no joke...I used to let the mic smoke..."

Me & Kameron...only two more weeks before our playoffs start. Can't wait!

there is NO WAY IN HELL that republicans will call the health bill Obamacare 3 yrs from now

not a fan of Beyonce...but when Love On Top comes on...

i can't and won't pass judgement on Adrian Peterson for playing in an NFL game just two days after losing his 2 yr old son who was tragically murdered.

bucket list item...learn to play the piano

i tried the new fries at Burger King the other day. not bad at all. but i don't know why they charge an extra 40 cents for them

nothing better than the smell of a tailgate for a football game.

two weeks ago, South Carolina State beat one of our rivals, North Carolina A&T here in the Atlanta Classic. Let me tell you about the weekend...

well...I won't. just know that it was off the chain and i partied like i was a kid. i felt like i was 19 again. i saw old friends and teammates who came in town for the game. by Monday morning, my body reminded me that i'm 40 yrs old.

i've never been to San Francisco but i'd like to go..

i laugh when people say they don't understand the tv show Scandal after watching ONE episode. i wouldn't understand it either. you have to start from the beginning, dummy.

planning a trip to Los Angeles. you wanna come??

the NBA season is right around the corner

if you aren't checking out the 12 RADIO SHOW every Wednesday night, then you are missing out. *shameless self plug*

i'm also hosting a new show. it's called Dead End Sports. Every Tuesday night. Tune in. And check out the website *another shameless self plug*

you can just call the EBT awards...the RAP Cyphers can't have pictures on social media showing off your body and expect a man to take you serious

fellas...get in the habit of thinking beyond today.

i love living in Atlanta. but if i ever move, it'll be to New York with a view like this

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Best R&B and Hip Hop Songs from the 90s...12 RADIO SHOW

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TOPIC - Best R&B and Hip Hop Songs from the 90s

co-hosted by eclectik

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9pm -11 pm EST

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sex 700...12 RADIO SHOW

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TOPIC - SEX 700 co-hosted by ShellyShell & Diggame

Join us as we have a sensual, erotic, and comical discussion about sex.

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9pm -11pm EST

Friday, October 4, 2013

the black quarterback...

I remember the era of football when black quarterbacks were referred to as "black quarterbacks". Thankfully, we've moved past that era. But this new wave of quarterbacks will face many challenges...

Here is a pretty interesting read from William (Bill) Rhoden of the New York Times.

NFL protects the pocket as black quarterbacks transcend it

William Rhoden

New York Times

A reporter called recently and said he wanted to talk about a golden era of the black quarterback. A record nine African-Americans started at quarterback in Week 1 of the N.F.L. season, signaling to some that this was the beginning of a dynamic new day in the N.F.L.

But calling attention to “golden eras” for blacks in sports has had mixed results. There once was a golden era of black jockeys, which ended at the turn of the 20th century when they were squeezed out of racing. The golden era of blacks in organized baseball ended in the late 19th century, with blacks banished until 1947. And a similar gentlemen’s agreement froze blacks out of professional football from the early 1930s until 1946.

Indeed, shortly after Jason McIntyre’s article appeared on the Web site, the ranks of black starting quarterbacks in the N.F.L. shrank by one. On Wednesday, Tampa Bay Coach Greg Schiano announced that Josh Freeman, the Buccaneers’ first-round pick in 2009 and their starter since that season, would be replaced on Sunday by the rookie Mike Glennon, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound pocket passer.

The former N.F.L. coach Tony Dungy said the move would have created an outcry a decade ago.

“Is this racially motivated?” said Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “If he were white, would they be sticking with him longer? Would they have gotten more weapons around him?”

Dungy once coached the Buccaneers and later led the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory. He said what happened to Freeman was less about race and more about politics.

“I think the Freeman case is really just a case of Football 101,” Dungy said. “New coach comes in, he didn’t draft Freeman, he doesn’t like some things about him; maybe he isn’t his guy and he prefers to start out with his guy.”

Schiano tried to recruit Glennon to Rutgers when he coached there, drafted him for Tampa Bay and is choosing to sink or swim with him. But Tampa Bay lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 13-10, on Sunday to fall to 0-4.

Dungy said he believed that racism had significantly disappeared from quarterback selection in the N.F.L., largely because coaches are desperate to win. The larger issue is how, for all of the talk about golden ages, the pro football establishment has resisted a revolutionary style of play emerging from the quarterback position.

“It’s not as much a black-white issue as it is an unwillingness to trust in quarterbacks who don’t conform to the traditional idea of what a quarterback is,” Dungy said. “If you are not 6-5, 230, you better have something really fantastic and special that people can hang their hat on. Because they don’t want to go out on a limb with what’s not prototypical.”

Defenders continue to become larger and more lethal, capable of delivering violence from any point on a field. The statuelike pocket passer is becoming an endangered species. The logical antidote would be a quarterback who could run as well as pass, putting defenses back on their heels. Instead, the N.F.L. has put in rules to protect quarterbacks in the pocket while allowing defenders to annihilate those who dare to venture out of it.

This is what the current crop of black quarterbacks — Michael Vick, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Geno Smith, Terrelle Pryor, E J Manuel and Freeman — is up against in the so-called golden age. The wide-open, freewheeling play associated with many black quarterbacks — and adopted by white players like Tim Tebow — is largely shunned by the football establishment.

Everyone is for the versatile quarterback in theory. But at the moment of truth, franchises routinely retreat into the pocket.

“I think we have gotten over the black-white issue,” Dungy said. “I think that most owners, general managers, even fans are past that. But it is still the perception of what the quarterback is, and what everybody’s looking for and what wins in the National Football League.

“You have to fight that, whether you’re Robert Griffin or Johnny Manziel, that is still going to be there. That’s what we have to overcome.”

I was pulling for Tebow. If a white, athletic quarterback became wildly successful, a mold would be created. Instead, Tebow was treated the way black quarterbacks used to be treated, and he is out of the league, three years after entering it.

“Johnny Manziel is the next hope,” Dungy said, referring to Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy winner. “Manziel is going to be the test case, no question about it.”

The greatest and most persistent obstacle to acceptance is the news media’s reluctance to expand its vocabulary of praise to include this new generation of African-American quarterbacks.

“It’s hard for the general American media to portray that and hard for people to accept it,” Dungy said. “You look at Russell Wilson, and why is he successful and why is he better than everybody thought? It’s because he’s sharp, he’s on top of things, he’s a leader. Pete Carroll said he took over from Day 1. But nobody wants to say that, nobody will tell you how smart and how great a leader this kid is.”

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and even Philip Rivers are routinely referred to as brilliant strategists, coordinators on the field — geniuses. Andrew Luck, the Colts’ second-year quarterback, is already being referred to as a great field general in the Manning mode. Wilson and R. G. III, for example, are largely described in relationship to their amazing physical skills: strong arms, speed, quickness and versatility.

“It’s just not seen that way,” Dungy said. “Part of Robert Griffin’s brilliance is his leadership and guys following him. And he is smart, but we can only look at the fact that he runs a 4.3 and has a strong arm.”

Dungy played quarterback at Minnesota but switched to defensive back in the N.F.L., where he played for Pittsburgh and San Francisco. He was heartened when the Washington Redskins drafted Griffin.

“Maybe we are ready to look at guys who win and lead, who are exceptional and exciting and put points on the board,” Dungy said. “That still is the bottom line.”

I wonder. Or is the new bottom line creating stars with whom the majority of fans can identify? Is that partly why Schiano made the switch for Week 4? Or is it a combination of the two? From Randall Cunningham to Donovan McNabb to Vick, versatile, highly athletic quarterbacks have had marvelous success in the N.F.L.

“We’ve had that, but I think in people’s minds, ‘O.K., it’s an aberration,’ ” Dungy said. “They say: ‘O.K., you can be successful, you can make some highlight plays and go to Pro Bowls. But you can’t win a championship.’ I think it will take winning a championship to legitimize this style in a lot of people’s minds.”

Until then, the so-called golden age will remain fragile.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

english 101

Thanks Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Townsend

Both women taught me English when I was in 4th grade and 9th grade, respectively

Mrs. Harris was my all time favorite teacher. 

These two women came to mind as I thought about what to write on this blog. They both had a huge impact on my education. I'm not sure if they knew it or not. Mrs. Townsend would often say..."English is a beautiful but extremely complex language. Don't mess it up." Those words always stuck with me. 

I was reviewing Brandon's homework a few days ago and I was looking at some words that he was using in his sentences. He was using the words...THEIR and THERE ; YOUR and YOU'RE. Surprisingly, he was using them correctly. He's in the first grade. I was baffled at how he knows which words to use at the age of 6 when there are people much older than him who can't do the same thing.

There is not a day that goes by when I get on Facebook or Twitter and see people using words incorrectly. These 4 words are often misused. It's understandable when people are using slang. I get it. More often than not, this isn't the case. Sometimes I read Facebook posts and I wonder aloud if some of these people even WENT to an English class. I'm not saying that you should proof read your posts or tweets. Can a word be misspelled from time to time? Sure! I'm sure I've misspelled more than a few words on this blog because I normally write late at night before I go to bed. But when it's clear that you don't know the difference between THEIR and THERE...then that's a problem. 

I remember Mrs. Harris used to always fuss at us about writing our names in cursive. I hated to write in cursive then and I still do now. But she explained to us that it was important to write your name neatly because it was your signature. She said you'd be using your signature for the rest of your life. If we turned in a paper and our signature was sloppy, then she'd make us write it over again. Little did we know then that she was teaching us to have pride in our names. I don't even know if schools teach kids how to write in cursive anymore. My cursive writing was terrible back then and is still terrible to this day. But my signature isn't. I remember asking her if I could put a star above the "I" in my last name instead of a dot. She asked me why did I want to do that. I told her that I wanted it to look different from any other signature. She said it was fine and I've been doing it since that day. It's funny how these things stick with you.

Sometimes I get frustrated when I read my sons' writings. None of them write like me. They all write well for their age. But not like me. Then, I remind myself that they aren't me. They don't have Mrs. Harris nor Mrs. Townsend. I try my best to show them what I learned. Being able to write well starts with being able to speak well. You have to know which words to use. You also have to read extensively and retain what you read. I've always done that. I'm not saying that you can't use slang because I use it every day. But if that's all that you know then that's all that you'll use. No matter the profession that you are in, it will involve writing and you have to be able to effectively communicate what you want people to know. When you write something...much like with this are taking people on a journey. It's your job as a writer to get them from the beginning to the end their destination. 

Mrs. Townsend was correct. English is beautiful and complex. Learn it. Master it. Don't mess it up. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Blended Families...12 RADIO SHOW

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