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It’s Time We Let Michael Vick Off the Leash

7 Jan

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This past Saturday, I joined most of America in watching the NFL Wildcard games. As I scrolled through my phone, scanning Twitter and Facebook, the overwhelming trend of the day was Ray Lewis. As he stepped on the field for his last home game, posts flooded my screen about what an icon he was, his legend, his unforgettable accomplishments.

It’s almost as if he was never an accessory to murder.

In case you are unaware, Ray Lewis was an accessory in the 2000 murder of Atlanta’s Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar- whose girlfriend was about seven months pregnant with his daughter at the time. What resulted was a messy court proceeding  that still remains unresolved. Instead of facing charges for his crime, Lewis accepted a plea deal to testify against his two friends and earned him only a year of probation and a fine from the NFL. Two men still remain dead with no one to blame, one little girl lives without ever knowing her father. The next year, Lewis was named Super Bowl MVP.

Meanwhile Philadelphia’s quarterback (for how long, is yet to be determined) Michael Vick is still facing an endless backlash for the dog fighting scandal that led to almost two years in jail and bankruptcy. When he joined the team in 2009 I was among the many to condemn him and Andy Reid. I despised the Eagles, and refused to watch. But then I saw what a changed man he was, and how hard Vick was working to right his wrongs, and my opinions have changed. I just wish that more people would see what change can do.

The point of our country’s federal prisons is to rehabilitate criminals to make them safe and substantial members of society.  Since his release from prison, Michael Vick has campaigned against dog fighting, joining the Humane Society‘s End Cruelty and Fighting Campaign and Pets for Life in a public fight to teach others from his mistakes. Meanwhile he continued to promote his own foundations within the community, Team Vick and the Michael Vick Foundation, and worked with the Eagles, while serving as a shining example of single fatherhood and tackling the challenging schedule of a professional athlete.  He is proof of the benefits of our judicial system, but he’s still received by most as a criminal, a monster. What’s the point of our federal courts if their benefits go unnoticed?

There’s a huge difference between Vick and Lewis and that lies entirely in the court system. Michael Vick owned up to his crimes and payed the price, while Lewis took a plea deal to testify against his two friends and save himself. Lewis never came forward to take responsibility for the night of his crime. Vick did his time, and Lewis sold out.

A real hero, a true legend, is not determined on the field. They are found in their actions off the field, in their ability to right their wrongs and help others along the way. Ray Lewis has done nothing to publicly own up to what he did: even if he didn’t stick the knife in, he lied to police and did nothing to help bring justice to two murdered men. Then he put on a helmet and won a few games, and suddenly to his fans all is forgiven. Maybe if Michael Vick went further this season, or got a Superbowl ring since his release, he would be more of a hero. But is that how we as a nation should judge our legends?

Shane Victorino’s First Day as a Dodger

2 Aug

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Ilya Bryzgalov and his Tiny Violin

11 May

Since the Flyers have eliminated themselves in the playoffs a few nights ago, most of the team has tried to stay upbeat and think about next season. That is, of course, with the exception of our loud-mouth goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov.

When Ilya, one of the highest payed goaltenders in the NHL, started rambling about tigers and the universe on HBO’s 24/7 I thought he was really hilarious. There’s obviously a screw loose somewhere in his head, but it was okay because it’s not like he was doing any harm in the process.

Then he started to go downhill.

Bryzgalov had a really bad streak for way too long in the middle of this season. He stunk. He was making more than most players on the team, and was sitting on the bench more than anyone too. So you can imagine how fans reacted. Not well.

A few months ago the Phillies’ newest relief pitcher Jonathon Papelbon said how much he respected Philly fans because they were knowledgeable about the sports they loved so much, and that’s why I love being a Philadelphia sports fan so much. People don’t just like the Phillies because their parents are from Philadelphia or because they live close to the city (cough, ANY NEW YORK FAN, cough). Of course those are determining factors in fandom, but Philly fans genuinely know the sport and know what to expect from their players…

…Which brings me back to Ilya. Ohhhh, Ilya. He loves to complain about fans. During the hockey season he told one fan that he “cared too much” and then, when he was benched for the Winter Classic, turned weird with interviews and Twitter posts.

Now that the season ends- a season that he came back to kick in the butt and rocked in the playoffs- for some reason Bryz feels the need to open his mouth again, saying:

“We have an excellent team,” Bryzgalov said. “All the guys are good, the management is great. But there is a lot of negativity surrounding the team. You did everything you could on the ice, you go to the locker room and someone yells some nonsense at your back. They’re ready to eat you alive. It’s unpleasant, because we are all people.”

Oh, and saying this too:

““What I lived through this season I wouldn’t wish to an enemy. I understand the fans. They paid their money and want the show, but many forget we’re not robots but living people.”

Color me annoyed. Seriously Ilya? Seriously? Your life is so so hard. Oh, let’s all hold hands, light a few candles, and cry for Ilya Bryzgalov.

He can’t seem to understand why fans might be annoyed about losses, so here, I’ll fill him in. We don’t get payed to love Philadelphia teams. This isn’t our career, but it is still our life. We devote our lives to one set of teams. We come home from our jobs and experience these teams as a solid and important part of our lives. When our team loses, we feel it. When we pay hundreds of dollars for tickets just so the Flyers can lose Ilya Bryzgalov sits on a bench counting his money and thinking about tigers, we get upset. And when the season ends, we don’t consult our agents to find what team is a better fit for us next season. We stay here.

If Ilya Bryzgalov wants to go home and cry about it, that’s fine, but keep your mouth shut in the media. Because the people that he is insulting, the people that give him a hard time when he does poorly, are the people that care about him in his profession. And that’s why he’s a big ol’ jerk that needs to get over it.

Athletes and their Suits (or lack-there of)

9 May

Call me old-fashioned, but there is nothing better than a man in a suit. I love suits, so much that I know the rules of the suit lifestyle. I know what’s appropriate, and how to wear a suit if you want to look like a real pro. If I see a guy not wearing a suit correctly, ohhh I judge. I judge hard. I just love suits.

One of my favorite things to do while watching a sports game is to check out the suits of commentators, coaches and injured players.  Malik Rose’s fabulous tie collection (if you have two hours I can tell you all about it…AMAZING!) and it makes my day when Magic Johnson decides to go with the full three-piece suit. I can even respect Charles Barkley’s humongous neck and lack of tie because he pulls off the look anyway. I’m not crazy about it, but I deal. Why? Because I love and respect a sharp-dressed man in the media. It’s just the way it should be.

So what don’t I love? When a rich and famous athlete is too busy being rich and famous to throw on a suit and look like a professional. Case in point: last night’s 76ers-Bulls game. Now I was already bummed out after the Phillies’ loss and the Flyers’ loss to take them out of the playoffs (seriously…ughhhhhh) in the same night so I was going into that last game of the night feeling pretty grumpy and that’s when I saw Joakim Noah. On the bench for a sprained ankle, Joakim decided he was a little too busy not doing his job (yeah, yeah, yeah sports fanatics I know that’s not exactly the case, just  let me rant) to actually put himself together and dress like an adult. So he parks himself down in nasty, old-looking brown khakis, an over-sized and untucked v-neck, a blazer that looks like it needs a trip to the cleaners, and a gigantic bauble necklace that looks like something my grandmother owns.  My jaw dropped for about a second, which was followed by a nice, long rant to my boyfriend (he deals with a lot of my anger-rants about celebrity clothing, I’m pretty sure I might give him a complex about his own style soon) about what a disgrace this “dude” is.

First of all Joakim, cut your hair. A messy bun isn’t a good look on girls, and you can’t pull it off either. Second of all, ditch the bracelets, you’re not Enrique Iglesias in 2001, wear a shirt with buttons, and put on a damn belt! What is this outfit? You think you look cool? Do you think any woman finds you more attractive because you forgot to do your laundry yesterday? Do you think the “just rolled out of bed and into my professional career where I make a ton of money but don’t care because I have no respect for anyone or anything” look will land you a smart and sensible lady? It won’t!

Listen guys, wearing a suit isn’t that hard to do. Ohhh it hurts my neck ohhh there isn’t a stretchy waist band… enough. Women wear heels every damn day. They stab their heads with a million pins and cover their faces in makeup. They dangle big giant earring from their ears and resist the urge to pull at stockings and strapless dresses and itchy fabrics all in the name of looking good. All you have to do is remember to unbutton your jacket when you sit down and wear a tie. That’s it!

Athletes of the world, it’s time to man  up. You’re representing a team that pays you a lot of money with fans that put a lot of energy and pride into caring about you and your outcome. The least you can do is show a little respect and dress like you care about your job and your fans.

200th Post about 200 Things About Me

30 Apr

Well here I am at my 200th post. Crazy to think that a lack of employment and a need to complain about life has gotten me here. And by ‘here’ I mean about as broke and weird as I was when I started this, but now with a job that makes me wake up early (I understand that 8 o’clock isn’t really early, but I still hate it)

I decided to celebrate my 200th post by posting 200 random things that haven’t made it into posts and probably never will, but are still pretty significant parts of my life. Included in that are: websites I love, things in general that I hate, places I want to go to, favorites, a bunch of weird stuff.

So check out my list of 200 Erica Things:

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Flyered Up

29 Apr

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Enjoying a teeny, tiny beer and the Flyers on this fabulous Sunday. Happy weekend everyone! And happy birthday to the Phillie Phanatic!!

The NBA Tattoo Situation is Out of Control

18 Apr

I am amazed by how many stupid tattoos there are in the NBA. Seriously it’s like they just develop a big stupid idiot gene and just went crazy with the tattoo gun.

Don’t believe me? Check out this ridiculousness.

Chris Andersen, Denver Nuggets
Christopher… Don’t you have a mother!? Seriously, what do you think she is thinking every time she goes to hug her little boy and all she sees is a neck full of badly drawn letters and flames. Oh and of course there has to be a picture of a basketball player. Because god forbid someone forgets for five seconds that you play basketball. How could you!? You know those are forever, right!? And your neck says “Free Bird” across it. Free bird? Seriously? Free bird? That’s not even cool! That’s a song that’s overplayed by high school freshman boys with gross half-mustaches and body odor! Ohhh look at me, I play basketball so I have to have a mohawk and stupid obnoxious neck tattoos. Because I’ll be in the public eye forever and these won’t look stupid when I’m old. I want all my readers to look at this photo, then click this link. It only took nine years for ol’ Chris to go full douchebag, so sad. Please, Mr. Andersen, you’re a disgrace. You better invest in some turtle necks and hope they make a comeback STAT.

Lou Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
I love my team, but Lou Williams is covered in bad decisions. The checkers covering his right armpit especially drives me insane. Is it that necessary to cover your entire body with tattoos? And he’s one of those guys- and unfortunately there’s so, so many of them- with a basketball tattoo. A tattoo of a basketball. Because the rest of the world doesn’t know you’re a professional basketball player and because of that you play with basketballs. Really, seriously guys, get a more obvious image inked across your skin. I guess in Lou Williams case it’s not too bad because he’s so covered tattoos that the dumb ones get lost in translation… or do they?

Jason Williams, Orlando Magic
It’s a good thing Jason Williams got “White Boy” tattooed across his nuckles or we all wouldn’t know that he was a white boy. If we’re really looking at it the tattoo doesn’t even say “White Boy,” it says Whit Eboy. And that’s not a thing, so that makes Jason Williams stupider than his tattoo.

In my opinion one of the manliest things a man can do is present a nice, solid, firm handshake in a sharp suit.  And Jason Williams has tainted his manliness with an ugly tattoo. When you get married do you think your wife is going to want to slip a ring over the “O” in your finger tats? Come on, white boy.

Stephen Jackson, San Antonio Spurs
Jackson has, smack dab in the middle of his abs, two hands together in what looks like a symbol of prayer. The whole idea of prayer and peace and all that gets completely smashed, however, when you take a look at the gun that is being sandwiched between the hands. According to Jackson, the tattoo is a message to himself, saying that he prays that he never has to use a gun again. First of all, don’t go advertising that you had to use a gun in the first place. I’m tired of athletes walking around with guns trying to look tough. It’s more stupid than anything. Second of all, you know what’s another good way to pray that you never have to use a gun again? By actually praying! If that’s what you’re trying to do, then actually do it! Don’t just slap it across your belly!

Marquis Daniels, Boston Celtics
It’s hard to believe that someone could almost match the stupidity of Chris Andersen, but Marquis comes close. To start, there is the ginormous lower back semi-tramp stamp of the outline of Florida with several major city locations marked and an area code, in case he gets lost I suppose. A little map to get him home, how smart and memorable and not stupid at all. Then there is the other stupid words and junk scattered all over his back, including a recent gigantic red star stuck kind of by his armpit with the number 5 inside. Oh! There’s also the Chinese symbols that are supposed to be his initials but actually read “healthy woman roof.” This guy’s on a roll…
Nothing quite tops his insanely disturbing “Only the Strong Survive” arm piece, with a man firing a shotgun into his face. Here is what Marquis had to say about this ridiculsouly disturbing little number:

“Its just, like if youre not strong, youre willing to do anything to find a way out.”

Thank you for that stunningly brilliant sentimentality, Marquis. That painfully unoriginal and ridiculously bland description completely validates such a graphic and insensitive piece of crap on your arm.