A big showdown in the Valley and a brotherly rivalry ensued in this week's rendition of spooky college football. Who made it through unscathed and who got scared out of their socks?
Other Losers: Nebraska, the rest of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Kansas State
So... The Detroit Tigers made news headlines with a BANG! today when they hired A.J. Hinch to replace Ron Gardenhire as their manager. As you know, Hinch was suspended for a whole season for his involvement with the Astros cheating scandal along with then-general manager of the Astros Jeff Lunhow. As a result, Hinch and Lunhow were fired by the Astros. Hinch owned up to the incident, saying that he failed to stop the sign-stealing going on with the Astros. With that being said, what do I make of the Tigers hiring A.J. Hinch?
I am a person who believes in second chances. I believe that Hinch deserves another shot, especially since it really wasn't his idea to begin with. Yes, he didn't do anything to stop the sign-stealing incident(s) from happening. However, it was the players that were involved. With that being said, all I want from Hinch is results. Get the Tigers back to the playoffs and even to the World Series and I will be happy.
With the coronavirus still going on (it's still a big deal), the NHL is looking to scramble the divisions for next season. Yes, the proposed Canadian division will span all four time zones. However, that is because of restrictive policies in place that limit the amount of travel between the United States and Canada. Here is what I like about the proposed divisions for next season.
The biggest thing for me is the reunion of the Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry. These two teams have hated each other since 1926 and got separated when the divisions re-aligned. I can't wait to see Blackhawk and Red Wing fans talking smack towards one another, even if there are no fans for a good portion of the season (if any at all). In fact, I'm stoked to see the old Central division reunited again if it does happen. Watching the Red Wings play against the Blues, Blue Jackets, and Predators was a big part of my Red Wing fandom growing up and it will bring back some nostalgia, only with Yzerman in a suite.
Granted, the divisions will separate teams such as the Bruins and Canadiens (who actually have a longer history than the Red Wings and Blackhawks do). But for a hockey fan from metro Detroit, I can't wait to see Chicago and Detroit go at it once more if the divisions go through.
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Look below. That will always be associated with the Atlanta Falcons after they crapped the bed in Super Bowl 53 against the New England Patriots. The Falcons blew three more leads this season, with two of them being double-digit leads (one against the Cowboys and one against the Bears). If you're a Falcons fan, you will STILL be sweating bullets if the Falcons are even up by three touchdowns because they'll blow that lead, too.
In baseball, my National League team is the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta had a chance to close out the Los Angeles Dodgers, but failed to do so. The Dodgers went on to become the World Series champions with the Braves watching at home. The city of Atlanta will always be associated with choking. I bet you the Atlanta Hawks will make the NBA Finals in the future and have a 3-1 lead, only to choke it away a la the Golden State Warriors. It's a tragic curse to have, but also a good reason as to why you shouldn't root for the Atlanta Falcons.
So I have a story to tell you. On October 27 of last year, I decided I was fed up with the pedestrian life in Michigan. I packed up my things, shipped my car, and moved to Las Vegas. Part of my reasoning was me joining the FAN Action Nation, but it was also because I wanted to travel. For my entire life save for one Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game in 2012 and a few trips to Vegas in the past couple years, I have been sheltered in the midwest, namely Macomb County, Michigan. My family would take me, my sister, and my brother to either midwestern cities such as Indianapolis and Chicago or southern places such as Orlando, Tennessee, and Alabama. I wanted to see what the rest of the country had to offer. So I moved to Vegas and started seeing places such as Red Rock Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, and even Los Angeles. I expected life to be different in Vegas than in Michigan.
And it was! Nevada and most states in the western part of the United States are more health-conscious than in the midwest. In Michigan, it was nothing but pizza, "pop", coney dogs, and Polish foods. In Nevada and California, there are numerous trails and recreation centers to go to, some just a mere five minutes away from where you live. These states also take on a more Hispanic feel to it, which I absolutely love. There's also the aforementioned places that you can go, i.e. Red Rock and Valley of Fire, all within a radius of an hour or two. An hour drive in metro Detroit would just put you in another Detroit suburb. For me, I was just sick of seeing suburbs EVERYWHERE, thus why I got to the west. But the more things change...
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...The more they stay the same! If there's a photo that encapsulates the American spirit, it's this one above. I've noticed there are more "Karen's" out west than in Michigan and it's driven me nuts. Normally, people in Michigan wouldn't bug you for running outside on a summer day. After all, people in Michigan tend to themselves for the most part. But that has actually happened to me in Nevada.
There are also people who try and haggle you for a better item or a lower price and it happens more often than you think. I would like to give the benefit of the doubt that it's just the coronavirus that is driving these folks insane and it's just the crazed yuppies from southern California making their way to Vegas. But I'm cautious with that. Basically, American customers can be the most annoying people on earth. I feel bad for any residents of a foreign country that has to put up with us as tourists. Also, I'd like to apologize to Michigan for insinuating that you people put on that "innocent persona", especially to the ladies. I didn't realize that was an American thing and I misjudged you all for it. My sincerest apologies. Working in the food industry has shown me how much Americans love food as well, especially proteins that are 99 cents. Nothing captures our hearts like food items on sale.
I've also learned that my fellow Americans have a thirst for speed (not the drug). They love going at least ten miles over the speed limit because they got places to be. Hey, as long as you don't get caught, it's not a problem. There are also other things that are a constant no matter where you go such as the same radio formats with the same radio bits, mass consumerism, and sports (thank goodness for the last part). Moving to Vegas made me realize that most of Michigan's problems weren't exclusively their problems. A good amount of Michigan's issues were also problems that the United States has right now. Crazed soccer moms and consumers, bad food, unhealthy environments, a crazed Karen in the White House. These are all issues and problems that we are facing right now.
Now to some brighter things! I'm thankful that moving to Vegas not only helped me mature, but got me one step closer to my independence. I was tired of anchoring my family down with nowhere to go in my life and I wanted to make a drastic change. Yes, there are some family members who thought it was a bad idea. However, that was a risk I was willing to take. My sanity was on the line after all. Once I took that plane towards Houston, I felt like I had released a long, hard piss. I had an actual smile on my face as I left my frigid home for triple-digit summers (which actually aren't that bad, contrary to what Vegas residents will tell you). Vegas residents are also passionate about hockey, although they're likely not as knowledgeable as Michiganders are. Granted, the Golden Knights have only been in existence for a few years, so there's some understanding to that.
I'm thankful I left Michigan for Vegas. It helped open my eyes to what is really going on in our nation and what we can do to fix things. Now, do I want to move back after saying all that? Hell no! I was in a miserable state of being for the last eight years I lived in Michigan and I don't want to go back to that feeling ever again! I'm done feeling like a dog turd! To be honest with you, I don't know if I want to stay in the United States anymore. I'm hoping that I can eventually retire out of the country, i.e. Belize, Japan, or Dubai. But our current situation has me looking elsewhere at the moment, especially with the election. Still, I'm going to enjoy not slipping and sliding across the road from work and will get the sweetest sun tan you will see in Vegas!
There wasn't a whole lot that went down this week. Aside from the battle of the unbeatens and the Sunday Night game, there was not much to talk about. Still, here's the takeaways from Week Seven in the NFL season.
Penn State suffered the worst strokes of luck yesterday when they were upset at the hands of Indiana in overtime. Michael Penix Jr. ran in a controversial two-point conversion that sealed the 36-35 upset in double overtime for the Hoosiers. Now, the Nittany Lions have to take on the big boys of the Big Ten, i.e. the Ohio State Buckeyes. How worse can it get?
The Nittany Lions had some costly mistakes that did them in. Will Levis lost a fumble and Sean Clifford threw two interceptions, which amounted to three turnovers on Penn State's account. The Nittany Lions outplayed the Hoosiers, as evident by the total yards (488 to 211) and the first downs (27 to 16). However, it was the Nittany Lions shooting themselves in the foot that did them in.
The road to the playoff doesn't get any easier for the Nittany Lions. Aside from next week's tilt against Ohio State, Penn State also has to face the University of Iowa on November 21 and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor a week later. James Franklin has recruited some quality talent at Penn State, where a good amount of that talent has gone on to play in the NFL. Unfortunately, this season may be over for Franklin's squad before it even begins.
The Big Ten has returned to action! That means midwestern football under a true fall atmosphere! Who's hailing to the victors and who's feeling green?
Other Losers: Florida International, North Carolina State, Michigan State
College Football Playoff Four
Normally, I don't delve into political rants like the one I'm about to go on. But the past couple months have shown me how ugly things have gotten in "'Murica". It seems like we've lost our way by going at each other's throats instead of being helpful when needed and minding our business when needed. We've become more neurotic and idiotic by the day, which makes me want to hop on a plane to Europe or even Tokyo.
You know what I did to try and change things? I voted early. There are a multitude of reasons why I voted today. The plethora of Karen's and Americans who care more about someone going on their daily run or not doing their "volunteering duties" by 'studying' out of "concern" rather than people like Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Eric Garner dying at the hands of brutes, (Seriously, America. You need to channel that "concern" away from your own beliefs and towards the lives of the more vulnerable, i.e. African-Americans and other minorities. Leave the poor manager alone) our planet rotting away, the lack of universal healthcare, and the mishandling of the coronavirus, just to name a few. I'm sick of the country I was born in acting like a bunch of jackasses and whining over people walking on their lawns. Seriously, get over yourselves.
If we continue to worry about dumb shit like this, we won't have a planet to live on anymore. Now I assure you NOBODY wants that. No planet means no life and also means "no bueno, mi amigo". No car-ruising around on Harley's down Route 66 or enjoying your summer days at the pool. Opting out of the Paris Climate Agreement not only makes us look like the black sheep of the world, but it makes us look like we just want to commit geological suicide. Going against the grain can be a dangerous precedent to set, especially if we keep trying to bump the planet's temperature more than two degrees Celsius every year (Americans are sweating in Fahrenheit right now).
There's also the problem of police brutality that is going on right now. The problem with America is that we give #BlackLivesMatter a bit of attention, then go back to chewing out our neighbors for stepping foot on our lawn. We're not doing enough to ensure that we don't have another Jacob Blake incident happen or another Breonna Taylor dying. I may not be African-American. However, like most African-Americans, I'm sick of not only African-Americans dying at the hands of asshole officers, but the systemic racism that has rigged the game against them. Like African-Americans, I'm sick of this shit.
Yes, I did vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and I have no regrets over it. Biden and Harris are all in on a Green New Deal that will get America to an economy of 100% renewable energy. Also, not accepting any donations from oil companies is pretty cool. Another thing that I like is his Build Back Better agenda, which will focus a great deal of energy on helping racial equity in this country, i.e. Black-owned businesses and minority workers. Also, building on the Affordable Care Act is nice.
Look at the picture below. This is what we look like to the rest of the world right now, America. A bunch of loud, prideful idiots with ADHD that don't know what we're doing. Biden and Harris may not be perfect (in fact, they're far from perfect). But they're the best, most realistic option we have, especially with the biggest Karen of them all in the Oval Office. We're fighting for the soul and character of this nation. You can vote for whoever you want. However, understand that your vote will come with ramifications.
To help fight racial injustice and environmental injustice, here are a few links that I have found where you can donate:
My life! Food, sports, school. It's what it is!