Anything worth having is worth praying for, working for and waiting for.
To those attacking the mother of Adrian Peterson’s dead son, I suggest you look deep inside yourself, pull out a brain, some compassion, then head to a sporting complex and have a stadium worth of seats.
Every time a pro athlete finds out he’s a father, he should hold a press conference. Kids shouldn’t be secrets.
You just popped the question to your girlfriend and not surprisingly, she said yes. Congratulations. You’re officially engaged. Your life is now about to change forever. Before you make your engagement party or wedding guests list, the following are five businesses you need to get in order…
Whether or Not You Have a Job, Five Reasons We All Love Fridays
No other day in the week is more celebrated than Friday. Face it, America. We love our Fridays. Fridays are our weekly independence day. It’s our Fourth of July every week. As if you needed me to tell you, but the following are five reasons we all love Fridays.
Friday is our Yellow Brick Road
Leaving our workplaces on Friday is the entrance into liberation. Friday says that for the next two days, you and only you have control of your own life and destiny. You are now the boss of your time (at least for the next 48 hours). That’s enough to make us hop and dance onto the road, subways, highways that lead us back to the place where we’re king: happy hour and home.
Friday is our fun day
The thought of disrespecting our alarm clock when it tries to bully us on Saturday is enough to make us smile in the middle of our work day. Sleeping in as late as we want is what makes living in America on Fridays so well worth it. Friday is our day to do as we please for as long as it pleases us. We can go out to a four-hour dinner date with friends without looking once at our watch because our Saturday mornings belong to us and only us. Friday is the day to let our hair down because we don’t have to comb it the next day if we don’t want to.
Friday is the eve of our day
Friday permits us to focus on us. All week, it’s been about the job, the deadlines, the work. Friday says tonight and tomorrow are all about me; time to focus on the things I’ve ignored and neglected all week because I’ve been living and breathing to get to work on time. Friday says now I can clean my bathroom, go on a date, pay my bills, finish that book or crawl in bed with Netflix. Friday is our day.
Friday is our day of empowerment
All week, you’ve sat next to people you can’t stand. Smiled at a boss you wish had never been born in this country or century. You’ve had to share breathing space with people you don’t like and do things you don’t enjoy. Friday is your day to get away from them for the next 48 hours. That’s reason enough to start dancing at 4:59. The thought of not having to see their little corporate faces, be subject to their gossiping sessions and laugh at their Youtube jokes is enough to fill your eyes with tears of joy.
Friday is damn near close to Sunday
There’s no time of the year when Friday is more celebrated than the fall. Football season is enough to make you get on your knees and thank God for Fridays. Friday is the day before college football, where you can sit on your couch undisturbed for hours watching your favorite grid iron college teams. If this wasn’t enough, here comes Sunday in all of it’s glory. You head out for early service where the preacher, also a football loyalist, finishes his sermon two hours before kickoff, leaving you free to spend the rest of your day watching NFL games. All this could not have happened without Friday.
My mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general; if you become a monk, you’ll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
What NFL Free Agency Means for Fans
This is the time of year where certain players from each teams get to see other people, to test the market and see their value. If the price is right, they go where the money is. The first few days of NFL free agency has seen a lot of key movements: Super Bowl winning wide receiver Anquan Boldin is now a 49er. Minnesota Vikings’s Percy Harvin is now with the Seahawks, giving Russell Wilson more weapons to spread out the field. Tom Brady taking less money (allegedly) didn’t free up enough cash for the Patriots to keep their loyal and dependable wideout Wes Welker, as Brady’s go-to receiver was shipped to the Denver Broncos in a two-year $12 million deal; while Anquan Boldin was sent to San Fran for the equivalent of a ten piece nugget and a Kardashian. The Philadelphia released under-performing corner, Nnamdi Asomugha, but if they don’t find some reputable Olinemen either in free agency or the draft, Michael Vick will yet again spend more time on his back than his feet.
What does free agency tell you about the NFL? Free agency simply reminds players and fans that this is indeed a business. If you’re a Patriot’s fan and you’ve been rocking that Wes Welker jersey for years, guess what? You’ll have to find another player’s jersey to rock for at least two years. Just ask Colts fans where’s their beloved number 18 Peyton Manning jersey. If you’re a Ravens’ fan, enjoy last season’s Super Bowl win because free agency has resulted in the dismantling of your team. Six starters from last year’s Super Bowl Ravens are gone, including team revered leader, the now retired ESPN-bound Ray Lewis. Before you get happy about still having your future Hall of Fame safety, calm down. The Ravens franchise interceptions leader, Ed Reed is currently being wined and dined in Houston. Heard it’s hard to resist that southern hospitality, and the possibility of Reed remaining a Ravens is slimmer than Taylor Swift’s waistline. With the moves the Ravens have made in free agency, it’s clear to see they have no plans to sniff the playoffs this season.
Let’s face it. This is not the NFL of old where players were lifers. Free agency is a gut-check for fans. Seeing your favorite player now in another team’s uniform can be traumatic. It’s like your spouse leaving you and marrying your neighbor. Every Sunday, you have to look at what was once yours that is never coming back. Yeah, free agency is real for fans. But general managers do what’s best for their bottom lines, and that’s okay because it’s not personal. It’s just business.