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I made it halfway through the Bama Georgia game. It was scheduled for 7pm but they didn’t bother to kick off until 10 after. Halftime was at 9pm. So I’d imagine it wasn’t over till at least 11pm? A 4 hour hour epic like Gone With The Wind! And did ya catch the Auburn South Carolina game?

Do college football players go unpaid because the colleges don’t have the money, or is it because we find it unethical to pay them? I ponder this while fast-forwarding through the constant commercials . . . and then there’s Mr. $70 million dollar contract Nick Saban walking around with his mask under his nose. Did his insurance cover those 5 covid tests or did he pay outta pocket? …

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I’m not one of those persons who say they hate social media, I absolutely love it: It’s like you have your own tv show or newspaper! The problem with social media isn’t the platforms, it’s the users. I get online and most of what I see is shares and retweets of viral videos and memes; not people’s actual lives or their own ideas. The social gets lost in all the media!

I read someone’s reaction on Twitter the day after the Presidential debate that said “Trump won because everyone is talking about him today.” …

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Everyone who watched the debate last night seems to agree that it was a train wreck and does not represent the best of America . . . but this is not an accurate representation of what happened. It deflects blame from the person who single handedly ruined the debate: President Trump. From the start he interrupted Biden and it made the debate moderation worthless. To be clear, the interrupting wasn’t a casual occurrence: it was extremely frequent and annoying. It made Trump look crazy and created a circus-like atmosphere, in which Biden told him “will you just shut up, man” and “it’s hard to get any word in with this clown.” In an effort to get the debate under control, the moderator kept saying “Mr. President! Mr. President!” …

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Out of all the cities I’ve walked around on my #walkthesouth tour, none have been so abandoned for suburbia as Mississippi’s. They say Mississippi is last in everything: obesity, schools, poverty, etc, and their downtown areas may be last too. My girlfriend, from Baltimore of all places, kept tensing up as we walked around downtown Meridian and I had to keep reminding her: “the police station is right over there!” In downtown Jackson, we went down an eerie block of boarded up businesses before turning around when we saw a feral dog! …

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Teammates Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray slap hands

Whether we like it or not, Black Lives Matter is embraced across all sports platforms. None more so than the NBA, where “Black Lives Matter” is painted in big bold letters on the courts. Instead of their names, many of the NBA players’ jerseys display virtuous words like “equality” and politically motivated and cultish phrases like “say their names” and “how many more.” All this liberal wokeness annoys people. It’s so annoying that the NBA Playoffs ratings are cratering this year, despite a lot of close games and brilliant basketball. …

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The day before July 4th Hoover, Alabama made national news: teenage gunmen had a shootout that killed an 8 year old boy and injured 3 other people. Now that the suspects have been captured, the conversation has turned to what will happen to the Galleria. As for myself I will no longer go, as this murder adds to a bad experience I had the last time I went. I was walking with my girlfriend when we saw a fight break out between a group of teenagers. Thankfully it ended with them walking away, but it definitely left a chill: what if they had pulled guns? There was also evidence of shoplifting all over the mall, as I saw lots of ripped tags on the floor. …

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Not only did I vote for this President, I was innocent enough to believe he could bring America together. Wasn’t he a legendary “deal maker” after all? I was impressed by his victory speech when the first thing he said (after telling the crowd Clinton had called him to concede) was: “We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.” To Make America Great Again, the first thing you do is find ways to bring us together, right? Now as we await the 2020 election his failure should be obvious. America is a worse place than before he came into office: more violent, corrupted, and divided than any time in recent memory. America is not a place where new greatness is occurring, rather, it’s a place where greatness is being destroyed. …

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Even Mount Rushmore is controversial

If you get on Twitter this morning, you’ll see trending “Fvck the Fourth” and “All Countries Matter.” Last night I saw “the End of America” trending with journalists writing about how bad the future looks for America. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who felt like this 4th of July lacked a spark: it feels more like a day of mourning. Rocked by division, poor leadership, and a complacent citizenry, America today lacks the spirit of 1776 in every way imaginable.

America on July 4th, 1776 was led by our “Founding Fathers”: geniuses like Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and James Madison who created a government that was the awe and envy of the world. Now look at our leaders as reflected in who is running for President: Trump and Biden, a couple of loud mouthed bozos. They’re laughingstocks, not leaders. Neither man commands the honor and respect that past presidents did, much less our 1st President George Washington. …

College Football is Absurdly Broken

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College football was at its peak in this years "Game of the Century" between powerhouse schools Alabama and LSU. It was truly a spectacle: the game smashed viewing records on CBS, the 100,000 seat football stadium was overflowing into the streets of Tuscaloosa, and the President of the United States himself showed up. In the midst of all this action, the irony was lost on everyone. This game was so good, such a memorable and historic event, yet it displayed college football’s blatant unfairness and pathetic competitive standards.

Noone seemed to care that with all the show business and money in this spectacle . . . the players don't get paid for ANY of it! Think of it like this: players are the actual PERFORMERS! Not the coaches, not the camera guys, not the colleges and their armies of admins and staff, not the reporters, and not the governments who collect taxes off the event. None of these people actually PLAY football! Besides the obvious injury risk to the players, think about this too: what about the potential for these young men to be humiliated on such a big stage? A dropped pass, a missed tackle, or a shanked kick could lead to a lifetime of ridicule, guilt, and embarrassment. That alone should warrant payment. Unfortunately, it doesn't bother people to see these wealthy (the vast majority of whom are white) coaches on the sidelines getting payed millions while the (mostly black and poor) players smash into each other for scholarships and the love or disappointment of (vast majority white) ticket holders, alumni, college officials, and boosters. …

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If you had told me in 2016 that 3 years later I’d be saying Mitt Romney was right to call Trump a “fraud” I wouldn’t have believed it. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Unfortunately Romney was spot on then and he’s right now when he says Trump hasn’t lived up to the “mantle of his office.” Of course, most conservatives still see Trump as that same hero we hoped for. This is frustrating to witness, seeing how I ardently supported Trump at first but can see through him now. …

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