Monday, June 11, 2012

.it's been a while.

Wow. My last blog post was ages ago! It's been so long, I highly doubt anyone is even reading this! If you are, then THANK YOU for stopping by! Also, I definitely owe you an explanation regarding my absence from this blog. You see, I've been debating back and forth on if I should start a new blog from scratch. Because of my indecisiveness, I've neglected writing in this blog which is kind of sad. I am sorry. In any case, I've had so many thoughts this past year about the various sports I watch - most especially football and basketball. 

But, first and foremost, the LA Kings just defeated the NJ Devils to win the Stanley Cup. I still can't believe it took them 45 years! What an accomplishment. :) Personally, I very much appreciate hockey because I've been to watch games live and I truly understand how tough those guys have to be, let alone full of stamina, strength, and endurance. They really do make it look easy out there on the ice but, it's not! If you've never watched a hockey game live, do yourself a favor and make it a point to go to a game next season. It doesn't matter who is playing, just go. You'll leave with such an appreciation of the game and respect for the guys that play.

This past weekend, I witnessed a boxing match that really got to me. It got to me because I've always known professional boxing to be prestigious, classy, and most especially - REAL. The Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley bout was disappointing to say the least. By now, you know who won the fight in the ring (Manny) and who won the fight on the judges score cards (Timothy). When the results were announced, I started at the television in awe for a couple of seconds before the voice of others in the room echoed in my ear. "What just happened?" I heard. "What?!" said someone else. I was thinking the exact same thing however, I took to Twitter to unleash my disgust at the unfairness and imbalanced judging that just took place. I found I wasn't alone. Celebs and athletes also took to Twitter to share their thoughts, 99% of had the same thoughts as I did. Even Lady Gaga tweeted about Manny, saying he's still the best fighter in the world. The true colors of Manny Pacquiao came out that evening after the fight and at the press conference afterwards. THIS to me, was the highlight of the event. Manny remained calm and flashed his usual smile. He never once looked angry or upset. He actually made it a point to express that he respected the judges and their decision despite the fact he felt 100% in his heart that he won. He also gave it all up to the Lord. What an amazing  person! Makes me proud to be Filipino. :)

Lastly, I heard today that Chad OchoCinco was signed by the Miami Dolphins after being released by the New England Patriots. I'm happy for the guy. I feel like still had the ability to be a playmaker if given the chance to thrive in the right environment. Good luck Chad!

& Sports,

Thursday, August 11, 2011

.lockout no more.

Thank goodness the lockout is OVER and DONE WITH. The 2011 NFL preseason starts this week and I am so excited that football is back! My Chargers play the Seahawks tonight. Although the team has had some expected changes, I am excited to see how my boys are shaping up. I'll definitely share my thoughts in the coming weeks not just about the Chargers but, other NFL related topics as well. For now, I'm a happy camper. :) BOLTS baby!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

.fisher's five.

Get to know "Fisher's Five". :) These are the SDSU Men's Basketball Starters. Sweet 16, here come the Aztecs!

D.J. Gay, #23 - Senior (Guard)

Billy White, #32 - Senior (Forward)

Kawhi Leonard, #15 - Sophomore (Forward)

Malcolm Thomas, #4 - Senior (Forward)

Chase Tapley, #22 - Sophomore (Guard)

& Aztecs,

Friday, March 11, 2011

.open letter to fans from the nfl commish.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell posted the following letter to NFL fans on on Friday, March 11, 2011 after labor talks ended:

Dear NFL Fan,

When I wrote to you last on behalf of the NFL, we promised you that we would work tirelessly to find a collectively bargained solution to our differences with the players' union. Subsequent to that letter to you, we agreed that the fastest way to a fair agreement was for everyone to work together through a mediation process. For the last three weeks I have personally attended every session of mediation, which is a process our clubs sincerely believe in.

Unfortunately, I have to tell you that earlier today the players' union walked away from mediation and collective bargaining and has initiated litigation against the clubs. In an effort to get a fair agreement now, our clubs offered a deal today that, among other things, was designed to have no adverse financial impact on veteran players in the early years, and would have met the players' financial demands in the latter years of the agreement.

The proposal we made included an offer to narrow the player compensation gap that existed in the negotiations by splitting the difference; guarantee a reallocation of savings from first-round rookies to veterans and retirees without negatively affecting compensation for rounds 2-7; no compensation reduction for veterans; implement new year-round health and safety rules; retain the current 16-4 season format for at least two years with any subsequent changes subject to the approval of the league and union; and establish a new legacy fund for retired players ($82 million contributed by the owners over the next two years).

It was a deal that offered compromise, and would have ensured the well-being of our players and guaranteed the long-term future for the fans of the great game we all love so much. It was a deal where everyone would prosper.

We remain committed to collective bargaining and the federal mediation process until an agreement is reached, and call on the union to return to negotiations immediately. NFL players, clubs, and fans want an agreement. The only place it can be reached is at the bargaining table.

While we are disappointed with the union's actions, we remain steadfastly committed to reaching an agreement that serves the best interest of NFL players, clubs and fans, and thank you for your continued support of our league. First and foremost it is your passion for the game that drives us all, and we will not lose sight of this as we continue to work for a deal that works for everyone.


Roger Goodell

Monday, March 7, 2011

.i believe.

Most people who don't follow NCAA March Madness have no idea who the San Diego State Aztecs are when it comes to Men's Basketball. But at the moment, it's hard not to notice them - especially to those who call San Diego home. Now in his 12th season with the Aztecs, this team is led by Coach Steve Fisher who is famously known for his legendary 1991 recruiting class - the "Fab Five". Even with this noteworthy notch on Coach Fisher's belt, no one could have imagined where he'd take SDSU. The Aztecs have reached the national spotlight this year with an unbelievable record. Never before in the history of this program has the team ever been ranked in any of the two major polls (AP & Coaches).

This year that finally changed.

Losing only twice this season to BYU, the Aztecs have forced the national sports media world to not only notice, but to talk about their almost perfect record. Ranking as high as #4 in the nation, many people have been surprised by the Aztecs and wonder how far this team can go in the NCAA Tournament. Dubbed as the "hottest ticket in town," the Aztecs sold-out 13 home games this season. Students were in line and camped for days outside of Viejas Arena to get their hands on a pair. This was unprecedented.

Congrats to the SDSU Men's Basketball 2010-11 Roster:
  • Brian Carlwell, #5 - Senior (Center)
  • D.J. Gay, #23 - Senior (Guard)
  • Kawhi Leonard, #15 - Sophomore (Forward)
  • Malcolm Thomas, #4 - Senior (Forward)
  • Billy White, #32 - Senior (Forward)
  • Chase Tapley, #22 - Sophomore (Guard)
  • James Rahon, #11 - Sophomore (Guard)
  • Mehdi Cheriet, #42 - Senior (Forward)
  • Tim Shelton, #10 - Junior (Forward)
  • Xavier Thames, #2 - Sophomore (Guard)
  • Alec Williams, #0 - Sophomore (Forward)
  • Jamaal Franklin, #21 - Freshman (Guard)
  • LaBradford Frankin, #3 - Freshman (Guard)
A very important element of the SDSU Men's Basketball team is Sophomore, Kawhi Leonard from Riverside, California. This 19-year old Small Forward stands at 6' 7" and weighs in at 225. His athletic skills and high energy rhythm has caught the eye of pro scouts across the nation. Although he is already considered an NBA prospect, SDSU fans are hoping he stays one more year.

& Aztecs Basketball,

P.S. As of today, the SDSU Men's Basketball team is ranked #6 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 men's basketball coaches poll and #7 on the AP Top 25 Poll. They are set to play in the Mountain West Conference on March 10, 2011.


I am in LOVE with the new Adele 21 album. This 22-year old singer-songwriter amazes me with her gorgeous and soulful voice. After an acclaimed performance at the 2011 BRIT Awards, her track “Someone Like You” went straight to #1 in the United Kingdom, while the album also remained at #1. The Official Charts Company announced that Adele is the first living artist to achieve the feat of two Top 5 hits in both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964.

"Someone Like You"


& Music,

Monday, January 17, 2011

.i have a dream.

Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated today, Jan. 17, 2011, just two days after he would have turned 82 years old. On August 28, 1963 he delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial.

His 17-minute speech below was delivered to over 200,000 supporters and was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, ‘My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.’

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'"

Full speech text via The Huffington Post