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30
Sep
09

How Being A Redskins Fan Can Prepare You For Marriage

skins_facepalmOk, so I’ve never been married and I can’t claim to know all there is about being married. I hope to be one day in the distant future, so learning all I can now about how to be happy and sustain a successful marriage will be better for me and my future spouse (whoever that lucky man may be, *smile*) in the long run. What I do know is that if I love him half as much as I love my favorite football team, the Washington Redskins, he will never have to worry about a thing. And yes, I said the Washington Redskins. The same team that just lost to Detroit Lions, who were on a 19 game losing streak over the past two seasons prior to them defeating us 19-14 this past weekend.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a die hard, lifelong Redskins fan, but our relationship has become strained as of late. Between a clueless owner and coaches, a handful of players who aren’t giving their all on the field every play and a backup linebacker calling some of us dim wits for booing a half-hearted effort during a nail biting win over the lowly Rams, I’m  not so sure I’m feeling the love being returned.

My parents are Washingtonians, so I grew up cheering for this team and have never been a fan of any other team in my 27 years.  I have tons and tons of Redskins paraphernalia and season tickets that are out of my budget. I follow them all year around, not just during football season. I support them through the good times and the bad times; the ups and the downs. When game day comes, they get my full, undivided attention. Whenever fans of other teams try to put them down, no matter how much the team is struggling, I fight to the end to back up my team. I don’t flirt with any other teams and do what lots of other people do and have a “second” team. I do have a couple teams that I like and hope they do well, but we’re “just friends”. I even have friends of mine who tell me I need to ditch the ‘Skins because they aren’t winning and their teams are, but I dismiss that notion in a heartbeat with no hesitation. No other team can hurt me like the Redskins do when they lose and no other team can make me feel as good when they win.  I am deeply devoted and committed. So in essence, I feel like I’m married to the team.

I do all of this and what do I get in return? A 1-2 start to season that feels like its over already because of the lack of direction and identity the team has. I don’t even recognize them anymore. Things aren’t the way they used to be. I wish we could get back to how things used to be during the Joe Gibbs era that I grew up loving. The days of smash mouth football with John Riggins toting the rock, lead by The Hogs. Dominating defenses lead by Darrell Green and his tootsie rolls. The team is full of tradition, so if I have to, I’ll go back and watch old highlights of the good ‘ol days. It hurts to know that we’ve come to this point, but no matter how bad things get, I just can’t love another team or another sport the way I love Redskins football. No one ever said relationships or marriages are easy. But if its one thing I do know, its even when there seems to be no relief in sight for our problems, I have to love them harder, even when no one else believes in us. I already know I’m not going anywhere as a fan, so I won’t deny what team has my heart. As I was doing my daily reading of the Bible (or nightly reading since I’m a night owl), it was time to read 1 Corinthians 13, also known as, “ The Love Chapter”. In my reading, I came across a quote that applies to life and love in general, but also applied to the love I have for my team. It read, “It’s better to believe in someone and have your heart broken than to have no heart at all.” That ain’t nothing but the truth folks. I can’t help but root for my squad with all I have, no matter what. So the moral of the story is, when times get hard with something or someone you love, don’t quit on them. Remember what made you fall in love in the first place and love harder. I will say this though–with the way my favorite team is playing now, they’re sleeping on the couch until they get things turned around, lol. Hail To The Redskins! 😀

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25
Sep
09

Flashback Friday – 9/25

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Happy Friday All! Time for me help you get through the day with some throwback Hip Hop and R&B, as you agonizingly watch the clock every3 minutes til go time, lol. Today features songs from Babyface, Doug E. Fresh, Janet Jackson, Junior M.A.F.I.A. and The Firm. Ya know what? I’m not even going talk anymore, cause I gotta run, lol, so I’m just going to  get out of your way and let you get to listening to the songs I’ve posted for the day. Please don’t forget to vote, comment, suggest and pass this on. Oh and have a blessed weekend! 😀

*Exits outta the firescape*

Babyface – Soon As I Get Home (1989)

Doug E. Fresh  – The Show (1985)

Janet Jackson – Pleasure Principle (1986)

Junior M.A.F.I.A. – Get Money (1996)

The Firm – Phone Tap (1997)


24
Sep
09

10 Things I learned from NFL Week 2

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Okay, okay…I know it’s a little late in the week to be talking about what happened in week two. Well, I don’t really care about that because I promised you’d see my week two findings, and dammit that’s what’s going to happen. So here goes.

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10. Reggie Bush still plays for the Saints. – The hype that surrounded this kid coming out of USC was preposterous. He hadn’t played a game and BSPN was already anointing him as the next Gale Sayers. Now he’s in his fourth season and can’t beat out Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas for the starting job. I’m no Reggie fan, but I feel sorry for the kid. He’s had a more interesting love life than NFL career. Some would say that a win in its own right. I on the other hand call it a life lesson, other young NFL prospects should take a look at Reggie, and try to avoid believing their own headlines because there nothing more than that…headlines.

On NFL.com they give out game balls, a key stat, noteworthy tidbit, and when they believe the game was over. Well, for Sunday’s Saints/Eagles game they said it was over when Reggie reached the endzone for the first time this season, on a 19 yd TD that put the Saints up by 21. I guess you could say Reggie’s hype was over when he was relegated to Mike Bell’s backup. Hope you saved that Subway money, Reggie.

9. Redskins fans are dimwits. – I never knew Redskins fans were dimwits. The ones I’ve come across are quite knowledgeable and insightful on the state of their team. Skins LB Robert Henson seems to think differently. After the Skins failed to reach the endzone against the hopeless Rams, Skins fans booed their beloved team because of their lackluster performance. Henson took offense and hit the twitter-waves saying,

All you fake half hearted Skins fan can .. I won’t go there but I dislike you very strongly, don’t come to Fed Ex to boo dim wits!!

Since when did someone who didn’t step on the field once in that game, get to call out his team’s fans? I saw more action Sunday than Henson, and I sat my fat ass on the couch while watching football all day. Where’s my million dollar contract? I could cheer on my teammates just as well as Henson can. Hell, I can give a better high five than that scrub, in my sleep. Rob, let me drop some knowledge on you. Those dimwits who you say “work 9-5 at McDonald’s”, spend their hard earned money to pay your salary. So I guess you could call them your boss. Your fellow employees, who are actually contributing to the outcome of a game, can say the things you said because they have opportunities to get back on their boss’s good side. Unfortunately you don’t have those opportunities so you’re left to be your boss’s bitch for the rest of the year. Hmm…who sounds like the “dim wit” now?

8. Tiger’s a groupie. – Who is Tiger Woods a fan of? Wasn’t he a Bucs fan last year? So why in the hell was he on the Colts sideline sporting a blue Nike shirt? Let me tell you who Tiger really is. He is to the NFL, what Alyssa Milano was to baseball. He sees someone is pretty good, and he “dates” them. He dated Jon Gruden last year, and this year it looks like Peyton is his new crush. If Drew Brees keeps putting up mind blowing stats, Tiger might be try show Drew his 9 iron next year. NFL fans, don’t feed the Tiger or get your hopes up that he really cares about your team. You’ll only look silly the following season.

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7. You don’t have to be explosive to have the 4th ranked offense. – To my surprise the Bucs have the 4th best offense in the NFL, according to total yards. The problem with total yards is they don’t take into consideration what those yards produce. You can compile 99 yards on a drive, and they’re meaningless if you don’t get that last yard to get you in the endzone. So far this season the Bucs have averaged 20.5 points a game. That’s 13th best in the NFL, which means they’re a top 4 offense that 12 other teams are more explosive than. Total yards rankings are fraudulent. I base the best offense on points. And according to that stat, the Bucs are impressive, but they are no where near the “4th ranked” offense. So while Raheem is retooling the defense, there is still room for improvement on the other side of the ball.

6. Frank Gore has the worst luck. – Frank Gore is one of my favorite former Miami Hurricanes, due to the fact that ever time he steps on the field, I think back to what he’s endured to get where he is. Sunday he was on pace to have a career game, and challenge Adrian Peterson’s single game rushing record. Sadly, he was pulled after suffering a right ankle sprain. It seems like the story of his football career is some sort of injury or tragedy derails him once he gets going. It happened at Miami when he beat out Wills McGahee for the starting job, but had to sit out the season due to a torn ACL. Then when he was coming off a breakout season for the Niners, he loses his mom. It just seems like when something good happens for him, bad things happen as well. Hopefully his luck will change soon.

5. Ocho-Gate 2009 has begun. – In case you missed it, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson promised he’s do a Lambeau Leap, if he scored a touchdown Sunday. He made good on his promise, as you can see in the video.

It turns out those Bengals fans whose arms Chad leaped into, where planted there. Chad paid for their trip to Green Bay and gave them those tickets. Clever move by Chad, but he’s left himself open to criticism. How did he know he would score in that endzone? And at any point did he dog it so he could only score at that end of the field? Two questions you’ll hear asked on the sports radio shows but I could care less about them. Chad is a breath of fresh air. It’s great to have him back to entertaining us and saving us from the No Fun League.

4. Peyton should star in Mission Impossible IV. – That’s essentially what Peyton did, right? The Colts had it 15 mins to score 24 points, and put up 27.  If I’m Chad Pennington I’m wondering what more I can do to win this game. When you control time of possession and score 23 points. You’d expect your defense to hold your opponents to 22 or less. That wasn’t the case Monday night. The Dolphins were very poor in their clock management in the 4th quarter, while Peyton was as cool as a breeze. You could say he was throughout the entire game. He hit his receivers in stride and allowed them to pick up huge chucks of yardage with each play. In the second h they had the ball a grand total of 13 plays. Thirteen plays lead to 14 points. You can’t be much more efficient than that. Now, if we could only get Peyton’s head thru the ceiling without setting off any alarms.

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3. Despite losing, the Titans have the bigger Johnson. – Yea, I know I’m not the only one who heard Keith Olbermann ask who had the bigger Johnson. Well Keith, it’s the Titans because Chris Johnson is a man beast. No disrespect to Andre Johnson, but Chris was putting in work Sunday. He made the Texans defense look silly. I don’t know who scripted their defensive gameplan, but that bad boy was thrown out by the 3rd quarter. At one point the Titans lined Chris Johnson out at receiver and the Texans didn’t seem to notice it. With a mistake like that, little man took it to the house for 6. All day it was the same thing over and over again. Chris Johnson would see a lane and thrash the Texans with his world class speed. So after Sunday I’m on the sipping the Chris Johnson lemonade. Want a glass?

2. The only W in the Cowboys Stadium was George Bush. – For months and even years we’ve heard about this billion dollar stadium Jerry Jones was building for America’s former team. Sunday the Cowboys opened their first regular season game in Jerryland. It was quite the spectacle. Lebrick (Lebron) James was out there tossing the ball around like he’s a real Cowboys fans (look up follower in the dictionary…20 bucks says Lebrick’s picture pops up). Former Cowboy greats were strolled around wearing these jackets with a wack ass emblem on them. Jerry even had former President George Bush do the ceremonial coin toss. Let’s not forget the team walked out on the field with a light & smoke show worthy of a rock concert. Everything was perfect; except for one thing…the Giants won the game. $1.15 billion can buy you a luxurious stadium and celeb followers. But it damn sure can buy you a win. How about them Cowboys!?

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1. Rex Ryan isn’t the moron I thought he was. – Heading into the season, did anyone else think the Jets defense wouldn’t be much improved from last year? Hiring Rex Ryan was supposed to elevate this defense into the upper echelon of the league…at least that’s what the media wanted you to believe. I on the other hand thought Rex would join Marvin Lewis and Mike Nolan as defensive coordinators Ray Lewis made. Boy was I wrong about that one. Rex has earned my respect after two weeks of flat out dissecting two very good offenses.

Originally I didn’t pay attention to the win over the Texans because Houston struggled during the preseason, and there seemed to be some carry over there. But two things happened in week two to change my opinion. One, the Texans went to Tennessee and put up 34 points on a physical Titans defense. So the Jets holding their offense to 7 points, in Houston, looks much more impressive. The second thing was they duplicated their week one performance and got in Tom Brady’s ass every play. How many variations of the same blitz did Ryan confuse with Brady with?

I don’t even know what you call the Jets scheme. It could be a 3-4, 4-3, 46, 69, I don’t know. Whatever is it, it will get in your ass, and there’s nothing you can do about it. So for the rest of the offenses on the Jets schedule, there’s a good chance you’ll be yelling a 4 letter R-word that rhymes with grape. Get ready for it buddy because there’s not much you can do about it.

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Check back for week 3 folks.

30
Aug
09

Sunday Spiritual 8/30: Humility – When Are You Gonna Pass the Damn Ball?

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Text: Philippians 2:1-8 (King James Version)

1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

When Are You Gonna Pass the Damn Ball?

After reading the title I bet you’re wondering, “Did he just say pass the damn ball?” That’s exactly what I said. Sometimes it takes a bold statement to grab the attention of those who may not be receptive to what you have to say. For example, look at Jehovah’s Witnesses. They’re not better or worse than any of us, but they get a bad rep because of the way they spread the Lord’s message. They go door to door or car to car dressed In their finest garments, passing out pamphlets and asking you to come to their church and partake in their fellowship. However when you see a Jehovah’s Witness walking in your neighborhood, what’s your first reaction? It’s usually to get to in the house as fast as you can and turn off all the lights so they’ll think no one is home. There’s nothing wrong with that. Some of us aren’t open to exploring the religious teachings of a denomination we aren’t familiar with. Or we don’t feel like standing there while someone we know nothing about preaches the teachings of the Lord. Although I may be guilty of hiding a time or two, I respect what Jehovah’s witnesses represent. They are a perfect example of humility.

Far too often society confuses humility and humiliate for one another. When you take the time to look up these words, you see they’re distinct opposites. Humiliate is defined as reducing to a lower position in one’s own eyes or others’ eyes. Yet humility means the quality or state of being humble. So with one word you’re allowing yourself to become a slave to your own insecurities and what you think other people will say about you. But with the other you show your strength and confidence. You show the world that you’re so comfortable in your own skin and own beliefs that what they have to say means nothing to you because your God accepts you for who you are. He accepts you for your faults. He accepts you for your mistakes in the past and the ones he knows you’re going to make in the future. But unlike society, or referred to in the Bible as “man”, God loves us unconditionally. How do we know this? Let’s read over the passages above again.

In the 2nd chapter of Philippians, the apostle Paul tries to stress to the Philippians that no matter the belief,  we must love one another and unite as one spirit for a greater purpose. In order to do so we must take the concerns of others and make them our own. You’re probably thinking you shouldn’t have to solve others problems when you may have problems of your own. Or you live by the saying, “You made your own bed, now you have to lie in it.” What if God had decided that we should pay for the sins of our fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, and so on? We’d all live in fear that when death came, we’d be judged on an unfair curve, based on actions we had no control over. But he didn’t abandon us or stay stuck in his ways. He was compassionate and wanted to save us from our sins. God decided that empathizing wasn’t enough. He also wanted to sympathize with us.

God understood the only way to truly sympathize with us would be to humble himself and see the world through human eyes. He could’ve come to us in the flesh with all the fanfare and hoopla of a son in a royal family. But he chose to be born into a virgin marriage and live amongst the common Jews. Furthermore he limited his knowledge and power so that he could convey the word of God, in human terms. In other words the Lord put himself in our shoes so that we’d use his life as an a blueprint for how we should live ours.

How often do we follow the blueprint God set for us?

Instead of putting others first and trying to come together as one people, we’re out here looking out for ourselves. It’s all about me, and what can I get for myself, and why am I not getting props for what I just did.  Christ didn’t walk around after he healed the epileptic child, and go, “Did yall see that? That kid was sick and I made him better on the spot. I’m on a whole other level. You can’t stop my shine.” Or did he tell everyone to kiss his feet, after he fed 5,000 people in a desert with two fish and five loaves of bread? Jesus displayed selflessness, which is something that has gotten lost through the years.

Maybe it’s the athletes these days. They’ve been considered role models for generations. And with each new generation athletes seem to care less and less about the team aspect of sports. If a star player is an unbelievable scorer, 7 out of 10 times he’s not passing the ball to his teammates. He’s more concerned about padding his own stats, and making himself look good, that he misses out on the blessings of winning championships. Once their careers are over, they wonder why the teams they were apart of, never reach their full potential. Maybe if they had lifted their teammates up to their level, instead of keeping their teammates at arm’s length, blessings would’ve come to them. No, they choose to be about themselves, instead of the team. Now they have to live with “but”. He was a great player “but”. She was an amazing athlete “but”. You never want a “but” to ruin your legacy.

So in closing I say we need to stop the selfishness, and get back to what God intended for us to do…being like him. And being like him means lifting one another and not just ourselves. We need to build up our fellow man, and enemies, instead of bringing them down. They have to earn it themselves but you can offer them the advice they need to get there. There’s only one way to get where we want to go, and that’s by following the path the Lord has set for us.

I leave you with this question. Do want to be like God, or are you just another star who won’t pass the damn ball?

14
Aug
09

Flashback Friday – 8/14

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Happy Friday All!!!!!! Excuse me for being a little extra ecstatic with the exclamation points this Friday, but I’m going on a much needed vacation tomorrow, lol.  Today’s songs are coming from all male groups. At random, I’ve picked some classic songs from Another Bad Creation, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Ready For The World, Onyx and Troop. Even if no one else pays attention, lol, I have fun picking these videos and songs out and reminiscing on where I heard these songs the most and looking back on some of the old styles from back in the day. Like the jheri curl that the Troop and Ready For The World members used to rock or the bright, baggy a** clothes that ABC wore, lol. Have some fun with these songs, vote, comment, suggest and have a blessed weekend!

*Exits outta the firescape*

Another Bad Creation – Jealous Girl (1991)

Bone Thugs N Harmony – Crossroads(1996)

Ready For The World – Love You Down (1985)

Onyx – Slam(1993)

Troop –Spread My Wings(1988)


12
Aug
09

Brooks & Dunn Calling it Quits Ater 20 Years

2_63_110606_cma_brooks_dunnAw man, this is a sad day at Da Fif. Well atleast for me it. It’s the end of an era. Brooks & Dunn are no more. Why??? For real though, I didn’t know who Brooks & Dunn were or what they looked like. But I did somewhat know the chorus to one of their songs. Back when I was in high school, whenever the teacher would leave the classroom for an extra long period of time, my buddy Marques would yell out for me to “hit it”. What he was referring to was the chorus to Brooks & Dunn’s song “My Maria”. I had never heard the chorus, personally but he had and it stuck with him. So while he’s scream the “My MARIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIA” part, it was up to me to sing the background vocals. The problem was he didn’t know the lyrics to the background vocals so he made up some for me to sing. I think they went something like, “All I need and all I want…Maria I love you!!!” Classmates would fall on the floor from laughter, and it became a routine we did from 8th grade until graduation day. Thus in honor of Brooks & Dunn breaking up, I finally listened to My Maria. That song is as hilarious to me as the version Marques and I used to do. Thanks Brooks & Dunn for a making that song and providing me with a memory I have yet to forget.

31
Jul
09

Flashback Friday – 7/31

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Happy Friday All! I had fun searching for songs to post this Friday. I hadn’t heard either one of these in a looooong time and found myself cracking up at the songs and videos. This week’s FF blog has songs from Biz Markie, Keith Sweat, Salt-N-Pepa, Wreckx-N-Effect and TLC. The song that had me laughing the most was Rump Shaker. “All I wanna do is zooma zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom! “ Helluva pick up line Teddy. Lmao. Thankfully, this song wasn’t about the lyrical content. It was mostly for the fellas. Everyone could enjoy it because it was a perfect party song. The hook was extremely catchy and it was all in fun but let’s just put it plainly, it was strictly about the a$$. Lol. Listening to “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by TLC reminded me of the first cassette tapes that I actually owed: debut albums from A.B.C., Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey and TLC. Mind you, I was ten years old when “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” was released as a single. Going back and listening to the lyrics makes me wonder if I had any idea of what T-Boz, Left Eye or Chili were talking about back then….. “Two inches or if you’re rock hard or if it’s saggin”. SMH. Childhood innocence was bliss, lol. Oh and this just in—Keith Sweat still can’t sing. Make It Last Forever was the song though, lol. Enjoy, vote, suggest and comment. Have a blessed weekend!

*Exits outta the firescape*

Biz Markie – Vapors (1995)

Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever (1987)

Salt-N-Pepa –  Push It (1987)

TLC –Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (1992)


Wreckx-N-Effect – Rump Shaker (1992)