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Racism and the Asian community

Take 12:03 out of your day today & watch this from Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. Racism is absolutely an issue in the Asian community. Have seen the discussions start to pop up over the last week but so much more needs to be said and done.

An inferiority complex exists in large parts of the Asian community. I understand where so much of it originates but how many of us have these conversations with older people in our families & communities? TV & the aftermath of colonization played a huge part in their mindsets but how much have we done to change that?

Far too many Asians didn’t grow out of their subservience from the days of colonization. Many still haven’t done it to this day. It is a widespread problem. The amount of people that distance themselves & their families from their languages & cultures is mind boggling.

It is a wider problem than this but I’ll just stick with Pakistan & India for the moment. How many of us know of people that don’t speak Urdu/Hindi/whatever other language applies to you at home but English. I’m talking about people currently living in Pakistan/India. It happens in all parts of society but an example that always sticks out to me is when people criticize Pakistani cricket players for speaking in Urdu instead of English while giving interviews.

It is this inferiority complex & subservience that dates back to the brainwashing from colonization. This carries over to people who have immigrated elsewhere. How many people do we knew of that distance themselves from their culture after moving to US/Canada/Europe?

How many people give up their language, cultural clothing, etc. because their inferiority complex. I know people that won’t go to a store in a Kurta Shalwar. Why? What makes a shirt & pant ok to go to a store in but not a kurta shalwar? A false sense of inferiority.

How many immigrant families have no connection to their native languages within a generation (or less for that matter). It is a problem mostly with people who immigrated in the 70s & 80s but goes beyond that too.

It applies to society as a whole but far too many Asians and Muslims didn’t get involved politically when they got here in the 70s and 80s. It has had long lasting on the bigotry towards Muslims.

It had an impact on the continued bigotry towards African Americans because people who should have gotten involved in the political process in their communities chose to largely remain silent because they decided bigotry towards African Americans wasn’t their problem.

A lot of the racism towards African Americans & Native Americans in Asian communities dates back to early days of television & what people saw. The negative portrayal of those groups on British/American cartoons, TV Shows and movies made its way to Asia eventually.

So many people who immigrated here in the 70s and 80s have had this false mindset that corruption doesn’t happen here like “back home”. They’ve chosen to be ignorant because for the most part it didn’t directly impact their personal lives. In Pakistan or wherever you came from you called it bribery, but the very same thing gets called a “political donation” here. People are fine with getting PBA cards here but talk about corruption/bribery related to police back home.

How many people vote or get other people to vote? How many people choose to be informed on political matters? How many people know how Congress works? How many people vote in their local elections? How many people just share nonsense from Facebook, WhatsApp & youtube without taking 30 seconds to fact check. Do you call out people for sharing obvious lies and falsehoods? What are we doing to eliminate ignorance in our families and communities?

The conversations happening in group texts, DMs and other places have been encouraging but they are just a start. A lot of people have to look hard at a lot views they hold and what they’ve done with them.

XFL 2.0

Vince McMahon is announcing the launch of XFL 2.0 at 3 PM today. There is just no way this project will succeed long term right?

A legitimate competitor for the NFL would be a good thing and something that is much needed but there is almost no chance that this is that competitor. Vince McMahon’s ego and politics just won’t allow it to be that. What football needs for its long term future is something that forces the NFL to embrace player safety and better benefits for its players instead it is getting the XFL again. Between 2012 and 2017 High School Football saw participation decline in 41 states and in 14 of those state the decline was greater than ten percent. I’m not saying football is dying overnight but that time is coming a lot sooner than football people think. Parents are keeping their kids out of football for safety reasons. The best athletes will be playing other sports and sooner or later that will impact the NFL.

Being a Vince McMahon project this league will probably worry about all the wrong things. This will be a league that will make a show of the national anthem while taking shots at Colin Kaepernick and the NFL. If it is anything like the first edition it’ll look down upon player safety. I really don’t think there is as big a market for “old time football” as some might think. I made two predictions on Twitter earlier. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Trump family involved with this in some capacity. This will be a league that reaches out to Donald Trump’s cult. Even the supposed logo is red, white and blue. Deadspin noted that some of the potential trademarks for this league were filed just days before Trump spoke out against the NFL. This will launch in 2020. I’d wager that Donald Trump or someone in the GOP is going to embrace this in their 2020 campaign.

Reviving a dead football league from seventeen years ago to prove people wrong seems like a bad reason to go into business Same with starting a league two years from now because there are racist people in 2018 who currently don’t like the NFL. Although Vince McMahon being stubborn shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed the WWE even a little bit. Just go google Daniel Bryan, Zach Ryder, Damien Sandow, Cesaro, etc.

Don’t get me wrong, the original XFL did do some good things. The sky cam is part of every football broadcast now. I personally liked how their overtime used a modified college football model. Each team got same amount of possessions but it had a “can you top this” element. If Team A scored in three plays than Team B had to do it in two in order to win. A catch only requiring only one foot to be inbounds was also great. It just wasn’t enough to make up for the bad football and everything else.

Where would these games air? There have been some recent reports that WWE could potentially move its programming to Fox in the near future. There are even some talks of Fox buying WWE. Where are they getting a TV deal? I can’t see NFL letting ESPN, Fox, NBC Sports or CBS Sports do it. Will it just be on the WWE Network? Some other streaming service?

Will this league be a long term success? I don’t think so. They will manage to get new subscribers to the WWE Network though which is probably the end goal here anyways but the bad football and everything else that will likely be around it just won’t let this become a big thing.

Baseball Hall of Fame Fan Vote

We go through this every year around this time. As ballots cast for the Baseball Hall of Fame get released there are always a few that leave you scratching our heads. Pedro Martinez being left off of 49 ballots was head scratching. Three people leaving Ken Griffey Jr. off their ballots was crazy.

These ballots should be public. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America should have to explain their votes. Some of these ballots continue to make no sense. This one from Mark Purdy is just the latest example of one that is just embarrassing. His responses to people calling out his Madness are even worse (here, here,here,here,here and here).

The Baseball Hall of Fame is to blame too. Their actions on what to do with players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have been terrible. That letter that Hall of Fame voters received this year from “Joe Morgan” was an act of cowardice of the Hall of Fame. Transparency isn’t too high on the Hall of Fame’s list. They overruled the BBWAA this past year on making all the ballots public. If the Hall of Fame doesn’t want players in, they should come out and say so. Otherwise they should back off.

With how crowded the ballot has become I understand picking ten players isn’t easy. I’ll have a follow up post with the ten players I would vote for if I had a ballot. For now I want to know how you would vote. With the help of my brother I have put together this form. In the first part of the form please select up to ten players that you would vote for if you had a vote. You can vote for less than ten players if you’d like but you cannot vote for more than that. The second part is a yes or no. If you were going to vote for more than ten players this part will be helpful to you. A simple yes or no answer on which of the 33 players on this year’s ballot you consider to be worthy of the Hall of Fame. Ever since I started following Ryan Thibodaux‘s incredible Hall of Fame Tracker that he updates as BBWAA members make their ballots public I have wanted to do this. Hopefully this will become an annual thing. As people vote the results will be updated here.

Hall of Fame Ballot

Fan Vote Results

HQ Trivia

Have you heard of HQ Trivia? Are you playing HQ Trivia?

The game show on your phone launched back in August on the iPhone. The people behind the game Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupov (co-founders of Vine) left Twitter to start up a new company. Tech Crunch did a story on them back in October . The game is simple enough. Answer twelve questions in a row and take a share of the cash prize. Answer one question wrong and you’re eliminated. You can get one extra life per game by referring other people to join. If you’re reading this and download the app please use referral code sahyder1.

The questions go from easy to hard and the categories are randomly selected for each question. Each of the twelve questions is multiple choice and you have just a few seconds to pick from the three choices. They say you have ten seconds to pick an answer from the moment the host starts reading the question but in my experience you get less than that so pick fast. Once you pick an answer it locks in, you can’t change it even if you are quick enough to change your mind. If you win they pay you through PayPal.

The game is played live through the app at 9 PM Eastern every night. They also play at 3 PM Eastern Monday through Friday. The minimum prize has already jumped from $1,000 to $1500 to its current $2000 in the three weeks since I started playing. Sunday night games have been for $10,000 and $12,000 since I started playing but tonight they are playing for $18,000 at 11:45 PM Eastern. The game is now available for those with Android devices too. They regularly attract attract more that 500,000 contestants and I have seen them go to almost 800,000. The numbers will obviously increase now that it is not iPhone exclusive. As you’d imagine they do have some technical difficulties as more and more people play. They’ve had to delay their broadcasts or restart games a bunch of times but that is somewhat understandable.

I had heard of the game because of Twitter and the PR disaster the company created because of their own arrogance but I finally started playing three weeks ago after my brother got me to try it and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve always been a trivia person so this was a no-brained. This really does feel like the next evolution for game shows. Who wants to a Millionaire briefly tool the title from Jeopardy as far as trivia game shows are concerned but this feels different. I’ve personally only gotten to about question 8 myself but just the other day my dad, my brother, my sister and I were able to get all the way to question 11.

It is a great idea and once they start monetizing it by selling advertising or even selling a couple of questions to brands they are bound to make a lot of money. I asked on Twitter a few weeks ago but I’m sure TV Networks are figuring how to put out a copy cat show. Not sure how it’d work with the delay live TV has but one of the networks will probably do something similar soon. There is a copycat on your phone already called “The Q” but they seem to be having trouble even going through their games with a much smaller audience. They aren’t a serious competitor yet.

The game seems to be getting bigger every week and getting big names to promote it. Dan Rather had a Facebook post about it the other day. Jimmy Kimmel gave them a shout out yesterday and they are partnering up with ABC tonight. I’ve seen several people post photos on social media of companies taking a break at 3 PM and playing the game as a team building exercise.

Are you playing the game? How do you like it? Once again if you do sign up after reading this please use referral code sahyder1.

Will Rutgers honor Greg Schiano on Saturday?

About a month ago I asked on Twitter if Rutgers was going to do to honor former Head Coach Greg Schiano
It is now game week. The game against Ohio State is just day away so I have to ask the same again. Will Rutgers do something to recognize Greg Schiano’s contributions to the Rutgers Football program? 

Like I wrote at the time, Greg Schiano leaving and especially the way he left hurt but blaming him completely would not be fair. Rutgers faced uncertainty at the time with conference realignment and a NFL job had to be a no-brainer at the time. I truly believe they he doesn’t leave for Tampa Bay if Rutgers has already known it was headed to the Big Ten Conference

With all the negativity that has come out of this fan base the last couple of years I think people forget just how bad things were when Greg Schiano first got here. He took steps to bring the Rutgers program to some level of respectability. Yes, Rutgers never went to a BCS Bowl & suffered a lot of big losses in his tenure but his importance to this program can not be understated. 

I was in the camp that wanted him to return after the Kyle Flood debacle.  My views have changed somewhat since as I have seen the overreaction  from this fan base to some loses in last two years. A Schiano return would have created even more unrealistic expectations of an overnight turnaround. 

I truly believe Rutgers should play some sort of video in the first quarter for him. Have interviews from some of the guys who played for him here and mix it with some highlights and then put him on the big screen. He has earned that ovation. He does deserve that much. Without his tenure at Rutgers there is no stadium expansion and there is no Big Ten. 

What do you think Rutgers ends up doing on Saturday? Vote here

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Threat called into our local Mosque

This past Sunday Muslim Center of Middlesex County (MCMC) held an Open House encouraging people to bring their friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to the Mosque if they wanted to come and have any questions they may have about Islam answered. This happens to be the Mosque that my family goes to. Ahead of the event threats were emailed and called in to MCMC which is located in Piscataway just minutes away from Rutgers University. This isn’t in the middle of country somewhere. This is happening in one of the most diverse parts of the country. Anti-Islam posters shoes up recently at Rutgers too.

On the 3rd of this month Piscataway Police Department had come to the Mosque to talk about increased patrols around MCMC. 

The White House and Justice Department continue to be silent on these incidents to seem to be happening daily against Muslims and Jews all over the country. The silence speaks volumes but isn’t surprising when you see who currently holds those positions and who their supporters are. 

What the heck just happened?

It has been a week but the magnitude of the disaster of election night has not fully set in yet. I was extremely confident about which way this election would go. I thought America had a ton of racists, just not that many racists. It turns out I was wrong and  I gave America too much credit. It turned out we had exactly that many racist people in this country. 

Embarrassing is the only word I could think of in the moment. I don’t think there is a better word to describe what happened. Good people around the world are laughing at us and rightfully so. I have believed all along that Trump got into this for publicity. Even he didn’t that the GOP primary voters were that crazy. He was just as wrong as we were. He apparently told Chris Christie that he expected to be out of the race by October 2015

This election was a wake up call for a lot people. Included among them are people who immigrated here in the 60s and 70s. So many of them did absolutely nothing to make themselves a political force. They chose to try and assimilate as if that was going to make racists amongst us dissappear and accept them. Living in denial that something like this would happen here. They could’ve built a strong platform that would’ve strengthened their voting block but they didn’t. This  really was inevitable. 

I don’t want to hear any talk from Trump voters about not all Trump voters being racists. They voted for a guy who from the very first day of his campaign laid out a race war. He campaigned on a platform of bigotry. You embraced him. You own it now. Most of them were so uninformed that it would’ve funny if it went so scary. One thing 2016 made clear was it brought these people out of hiding. In some ways it is a great thing too. We all know people who were around us being fake all these years, at least we know fully the darkness and hatred that was inside them all these years. These people revealing themselves as Trump supporters has just confirmed a lot of the hunches we already had about them. 

There are a lot of dark days ahead. Donald Trump has given a voice to white supremacists everywhere. Hate crimes against Muslims were up 67% in 2015. The 2016 numbers will obviously go much higher. Racist incidents are getting reported at a crazy pace

Our local Mosque here held an active shooter training this week. Have to imagine Mosques around the country will be doing something similar in the weeks to come. 

So what exactly what went wrong? Van Jones spoke well on CNN about the “Whitelash“. The bigotry that was unleashed towards Barack Obama was no coincidence. They planted the seeds for hatred amongst people they could easily fool and take advantage of and that they did. The birther stuff wasn’t a coincidence. The Republican controlled congress doing absolutely nothing  was by design. The crazy talk of building a wall, banning Muslims and jailing Hillary Clinton was not an accident. How long until these people figure out they were duped? How much do hate crimes increase when these people figure out that there will be no wall? 

Even before so many in the media got caught up in her emails while giving Trump a compete pass, Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate. By now we’ve all read about the questionable campaign strategy in the final days of the campaign. Basically handing her the 2016 nomination in 2008 was a mistake. I truly believe Joe Biden would have won this past Tuesday. 

Where do we go from here? A good starting point would be to not treat this as something ordinary. For the love of God don’t treat this like a regular Presidency. Way too many people treated him as a regular candidate and look at where it got us. Don’t normalize him. This is a bigot. He was a racist long before he became a candidate. It seriously goes back to at least the 1970s. He launched his campaign on a platform of hatred, bigotry and division. Ana Marie Cox brings up a great point, why would Trump change now? 

Don’t ask me to give him a chance. I tweeted this last week and stand by it. “We have to give the racist, sexist, sexual assaulting, violence promoting, hate spreading, money stealing fraud a chance” is a pretty weak stance.

I saw this great tweet yesterday. Couldn’t agree more with it. People who carry the Confederate flag around in 2016 commenting on the Anti-Trump is hypocrisy at its finest. 

In his very first statement from the White House Donald Trump lied. I can’t help but laugh at people who think him selecting Reince Priebus Chief of Staff is a sign of progress or him coming back to the main stream. In that very same press release he announced Steve Bannon of Breitart as his Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor.  He is literally a self proclaimed white supremacist

“Give him a chance!” 

Donald Trump really doesn’t even have the most basic idea of what he is getting into. Him and his team were surprised to find out that they have to hire a new staff. Did these guys not watch The West Wing?

One of his actions after winning the election was to send out a tweet condemning protestors. We still haven’t heard him say anything about the hate crimes being commuted in his name aside from a throwaway line during the 60 Minutes interview. 

“Give him a chance!” 

He has no clue about what kind of President he wants to be. In a matter of seconds he’s saying stuff that contradicts things he said just seconds earlier. 

His business dealings are extremely shady. He didn’t release his tax returns so God knows what dark secrets are there and who he is beholden too. He wants to get his kids security clearance? The same kids who are supposed to be running his business? He is going to make a ton of money doing shady stuff in office isn’t he? Remember his comments on the housing market crisis? Do you really think he wouldn’t take the opportunity to attempt to manipulate things so he gains financially? 

“Give him a chance!” 

Remember when Richard Nixon said “when the President does it it that means it is not illegal.” Donald Trump’s allies are already using the same talking points.  He has Pam Bondi on his transition team. The same Pam Bondi that he bribed to get charged dropped against him.

“Give him a chance!” 

Remember all that talk about Hillary Clinton receiving a debate question ahead  of time? Fox gave at least one question to Trump as well. The network covered Hillary Clinton/DNC extensively despite knowing they had done the exact same thing. Remember Hillary’s emails? Mike Pence is currently trying to keep his emails from becoming public

Barack Obama and Seth Myers absolutely humiliated Donald Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner and rightfully so. Unfortunately now we as a nation are paying a price for it. 

I hate empty gestures. Don’t get fooled by Trump claiming to only take $1 in salary as President.  If he was that worried about taxpayers he would be paying taxes. If he was actually worried he would drop this ridiculous notion of commuting to Washington from New York City

We need to support good journalists. The next 2-4 years couldn’t be more important. In this election cycle when so many stood by and enabled Donald Trump there were a bunch that stood out for their great work. David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post was absolutely brilliant for the Washington Post. Katy Tur & Hallie Jackson of NBC, Chris Hayes & Rachel Maddowc of MSNBC, Sopan Deb of CBS & Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star. I know I am missing others but this group was a must follow for me daily and I’m sure they’ll remain the same in the days ahead. 

A lot of people are going to continue to tell us that we are a conservative country. Don’t let them lie to you. Hillary Clinton got more votes. You may see all that red in that middle of the country but relatively speaking not as many people  live there. 

Greg Popovich, Steve Kerr & Stan Van Gundy all spoke eloquently in the aftermath of the election. We need more people in prominent positions to do the same. Harry Reid was great too

There are 1,450 days left until Election Day 2020. The work needs to be under way already to fix this. That election couldn’t be more important. I am onboard for Cory Booker 2020. We all need to be more involved. Barack Obama’s decision to tackle gerrymandering post presidency became that much more important thisweek. 

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Election 2016

Have you voted yet?    

I just had to put together some random thoughts on this election. This was the first US general election I have voted in having been a Canadian citizen during both of the Obama elections. 

The phrase “voting for the lesser of two evils” has never been more applicable then it has in this election. These two candidates are absolutely hated by most of the country yet the choice in this election couldn’t be more obvious. For all her faults (yes, there are many) Hillary Clinton has to and will be the next President. 

Those of you who follow me on twitter know that I’m not her biggest fan. She is an extremely flawed candidate but when the other choice is Donald Trump the decision for next President couldn’t be more obvious. 

I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton because she will win in New Jersey comfortably. I couldn’t bring myself to vote her but there really wasn’t another choice. Jill Stein just doesn’t excite me. Gary Johnson is an absolute joke. I wrote in Cory Booker’s name. Sign me up for Cory Booker 2024. 

I have been fairly confident in the outcome of this election for a very long time. So much so that my brother mentioned the classic West Wing scene

This campaign has been enlightening in its own ways. It has opened our eyes to the racist and clueless people around us. We’ve all found one Co-worker, neighbor, etc. who is voting for Donald Trump for one stupid reason or another. The Republican Party has made being uninformed racists part of their pitch to voters for a while now. Donald Trump just brought it more to the mainstream. Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star said it best in this tweet last month. 

It’s become clearer and clearer and clearer: If you support Donald Trump, you are a sort of monster. Which kind, it doesn’t much matter.

Could not agree more with Bruce there. 

Unless you are a billionaire male racist Caucasian why would you vote Trump? He literally stands for everything that is wrong with this country. He’s been leading a cult and fortunately too many have blindly followed. You ask many Trump  supporters about their reasons to vote Trump and most of them don’t know why. Heck, Donald Trump himself has no idea why you should vote for him. He’s offered no real solutions to any problem. I have long said that he got into this for publicity. He didn’t think he’d win. He has no interest in governing. He thought it’d be great for his brand and he could make some money. It turned out to be quiet the opposite. GOP primary voters turned out to be crazier than we all thought (I’m guilty here too. I didn’t factor the craziness of the primary voters when making predictions during primary process) and put out him in a bind. His brand has taken a major hit. Whether it is his hotel business, Macy’s deal,a new golf course in Dubai, an old golf course in Scotland his businesses continue to take a hit. They aren’t even putting his name on new hotels

Donald Trump is a terrible person. By now everyone is aware of his attitude towards women, Muslims , Mexicans and African Americans but his despicable lies towards charity work are just as bad. If you haven’t been following the work of David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post you have missed out on some great journalism. Follow @fahrenthold on Twitter.

I am legitimately surprised that a journalist didn’t get seriously hurt this year at a Trump rally given how much he was inciting his cult. 

With all this being said I don’t think the Donald Trump problem goes away. I don’t think he concedes with grace today. Unfortunately Donald Trump is not going away. Sarah Palin lived out in Alaska and even she stuck around for a little bit. Donald Trump lives minutes from multiple TV studios. A lot of shows are going to continue to give him airtime. The racism and extermism that the GOP has let creep in for a while will continue to be a problem. Trump’s cult is so blindly devoted to him that many of them won’t accept the results of this election. Heck, so many of them still don’t believe Barack Obama was born in the US. It has been comical watching the GOP try to distance itself from Donald Trump when they’ve been doing the same things he has been doing for much longer. 

This is a party that welcomed the racism of the 2008 campaign. 

This is a party that unleashed Sarah Palin on this country in 2008. 

This is a party that questioned the patriotism of people who had literally given their limbs for their country like Max Cleland while supporting candidates who did their best to dodge military service. 

This is the party whose hypocritical leaders led investigations into Bill Clinton while being extremely flawed men themselves. 

This is a party that hasn’t been doing its job
This is a party that plans on continuing to not do its job

I also found the location of both campaign parties tonight pretty funny. Hillary Clinton is at a venue with a literal glass ceiling while Trump is across the street from one of the most successful Muslim owned businesses in America. Speaking of glass ceilings, did you see what is happening in Rochester? People are showing up at the cemetery where Susan B. Anthony is buried. 

I think Hillary Clinton wins easily tonight. Her getting close to 340 electoral college votes wouldn’t surprise me. Wonder if she can drive a big enough margin in popular vote so the Democrats can take congress. 

Kevin Durant to the Warriors

I had thought recently that Kevin Durant leaving the Okahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs was a very real possibility so it didn’t surprise me when I saw on Twitter that this happened

I absolutely love this move. Kevin Durant absolutely made the right move here. It was too big g of a risk for him to stay and watch Russell Westbrook leave next year and break up the team. Of course there is a possibility that Westbrook has already told him that he has thought about leaving at the end of next year. 

So many people make a lot of stupid points about athletes in team sports needing championships to solidify their place in history. Why is it that so many of those same people get mad at athletes doing whatever they can to increase their chances of getting that championship? I don’t want to see anyone in Oklahoma City question his loyalty. Need I remind you that the city took a franchise from another fan base? The team has been smart in its response. No Dan Gilbert style silly letters. 

It is so hypocritical to knock someone who leaves for a better opportunity. The great Richard Deitsch rightly took Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith to task for their stupidity and hypocrisy on this subject. 

Saw this interesting tidbit from Erik Koreen . Perhaps the extra year and more money doesn’t appeal as much when they are already making ridiculous money. 

Would love it if ESPN/TNT forced NBA to schedule Warriors games earlier

Muhammad Ali

As a fanatical sports fan I have long said that if I could go back to any era in sports it would be to go back in time and watch Muhammad Ali in his prime. 

Muhammad Ali passed away Friday at the age of 74. New York Times currently has a great tribute to him up on their main page. 

Titan of Boxing and the 20th century. Hard to argue with that. He was a larger than life figure. We live in an era when so many with the power to change things for the better don’t say anything because they don’t want to piss someone off and lose endorsement dollars but he was literally willing to give it all away to stand up for what he believed in. He lost over three years in the prime of his career while going head to head against the government.  A few hours ago I came across this online and it is transcribed below too. 

Pablo Torre correctly labeled him as the “Patron Saint of not sticking to sports.” I’ve thought about this a lot over the years but can you imagine how much bigger of a star he would’ve been in the ESPN era or even in this social media era? Muhammad Ali in his prime with Twitter & YouTube at his disposal to promote his fights? He’s already the most recognizable face on the planet. His endorsement potential would’ve put Michael Jordan to shame. 

The word gets thrown around a lot these days but Muhammad Ali simply was the greatest. He was retired before I was ever born but I have grown up being a fan. Through DVDs, documentaries & the internet I have watched a ton of footage from in and out of the ring. My dad always talks about what a big deal Ali’s fights were in Pakistan and how they would be broadcasted live in an era when live sports on television just didn’t happen all that often. 
One of my favorite sports memories is him showing up in Atlanta to light the cauldron at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. It is still incredible to watch all these years later. At those same Olympics he received a replacement for his medal from 1960

Over the next few days and weeks we’ll see a lot of great writing on the remarkable life Muhammad Ali lived. Tim Dahlberg wrote the obituary for AP and it really was incredibly well done. The story included this great nugget on the “Rumble in the Jungle” that I had never heard before. 

Ali won over a country before he won the fight, mingling with people as he trained and displaying the kind of playful charm the rest of the world had already seen. On the plane into the former Congo he asked what the citizens of Zaire disliked most. He was told it was Belgians because they had once colonized the country.
“George Foreman is a Belgian,” Ali cried out to the huge crowd that greeted him at the airport. By the time the fight finally went off in the early morning hours of Oct. 30, 1974, Zaire was his.
“Ali booma-ya (Ali kill him),” many of the 60,000 fans screamed as the fight began in Kinshasa.

Has there ever been a trash taker like Muhammad Ali? 

Jeremy Schaap narrated a great piece on  him for ESPN late Friday night. Part of it was written by the late great Dick Schaap

MSNBC did a great job with their coverage Friday night into Saturday morning with Brian Williams anchoring. Same with ESPN who actually went commercial free for at least five hours. 

Even at this age he kept an incredibly active schedule. We’ve seen him periodically show up at sporting events in addition to all the charity work he’s done. 

He chimed in on Donald Trump’s blatant racism and ignorant comments about Muslims this election cycle. 

What Am I reading and watching today?