Hello February!!

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Happy February!! Finally, a post for 2015 🙂 (And hopefully more to come). It helps when you are snowed in or it’s just too cold to get out 😦 Also, Jaelan will become a teenager this month :(…So, we will have a teen, tween, and toddler.

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January pretty much breezed by, I am still looking for it, and February started out with a flurry…of snow. Anyways, I hope everyone’s 2015 has been going well so far. I definitely hope to post more than I have been lately. It was a busy/rocky December and January. Also, the second Pitch Bite Club post will be up, soon, I hope.

Highlights:

Jaelan started playing league basketball this season, her first. I am happy to report that she is doing better than expected. She has a knack for the game, and has picked it up pretty quickly. She is one of a few girls who has never played before. Xavier has been practicing and working with her, and that has helped a lot, because he has way more patience than I do. Plus she likes to give me attitude. Pfft!

Aspen left us this past week to go hang out with Mimi and party down in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, lucky kid. Hopefully ,she will send us pictures of the parades and other activities. I am sure she will be all over the place down there.

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Xavi got a bunch of Pokemon games and an ipad mini for Christmas, so she has been buried in electronics ever since. We practically have to pry her off of it every night.

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Well, that is it for now. There are some new(big) changes happening in the next few weeks/months. Hopefully we can share them on here soon. Cross your fingers and toes.

Have a great Monday and a productive week!!

Sterling Move

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I am a big basketball and Houston Rockets fan, and the NBA playoffs are currently underway. It has been one of the best first rounds that I can remember, like ever. It almost feels like March Madness with all of the extra quarters that has been played.

Unfortunately, it has been riddled with the issues surrounding Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. Sterling was handed down one of the harshest penalties by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for a wide range of racist tangents: a lifetime ban(never mind that the guy is 80 years old) from the NBA, a $2.5M fine, and pressure to sell the Clippers. Silver has asked for the vote of 3/4ths of the required NBA owners to “make” Sterling sell his team.

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After the punishment was announced, there has been several mixed responses and comments regarding the whole thing. Does the punishment fit the crime? What happened to being entitled to your own opinion? The likes.

So, here are my three cents about the whole thing:

1. The Punishment:

The punishment fits the issue, there was no crime committed, depending on how you look at it. Racism should never be tolerated, and if one has the opportunity to squash any qualms about it, they should take it. The NBA made a statement as to what a bigot’s place in the league is, but I am not sure if the same punishment would have been carried out had the comments been about sexual orientation or say, religion.

2. Donald Sterling:

Donald Sterling was racist long before this event took place. According to wiki, he was previously sued by the US Department of Justice and by former Clipper’s executive/Hall of Famer, Elgin Baylor, for race and age discrimination. He did not become a bigot over night. The league and the players knew before hand what they were dealing with when it came to Donald Sterling.

Side Note: The Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP has previously awarded Sterling with a lifetime achievement award and cancelled plans to award him a second one next month.

3. Donald Sterling and the NBA/Basketball:

After reading some of Sterling’s comments and contract negotiation remarks with regards to race, I can’t help but wonder why no one had previously challenged this man like he should have been. I mean he pretty much believes that Black people are vermin. It took a woman to take him out of NBA arenas. Wiki says that, Sporting News has called him the “worst owner in basketball”, and The New York Times and Forbes have labeled him, “worst owner”, IN SPORTS, and there has been some really bad ones. So, Donald Sterling never was good for the sport or the league and all of this was bound to happen. It just took a long ass time. Money stretches time, I guess.

Let’s hope that all of this helps to preserve some of the league’s and the sport’s integrity and serves as some sort of heed to others out there in the dark. Well, in the NBA, anyways.

EXTRA: Social Media is a force to be reckoned with.

 

Sources: Wikipedia.org

Images from google.com

In 350 Words or Less

The NBA season is upon us and frankly, with the way the Texans season is going, I am trying not to get over excited. I vaguely kept up with the Rockets during the preseason, and saw glimpses of legitimacy. Superstitious Janis was a little nervous with the winning preseason record because the Rockets seem to do the opposite during the regular season. Nonetheless, because I don’t live in Houston anymore, I can watch virtually ALL of their games, home and away. BAM!

Here’s is my take after the first 3 games, (and I know it is WAY too early in the season):

LIKES: potential, rebounds, Howard, the Beard, and Casspi.

DISLIKES: turnovers and inability to destroy.

If this team stays healthy, they will contend, but already Patrick Beverly is out and Casspi was out against the Jazz. I am not a D12 fan, but if he continues to play like he is playing, stay healthy, be satisfied with a sub-20 scoring average, and don’t whine, I can learn to like. I see lots of rebounds in the future with D12 and Asik, but I think together on the floor, they are slow as heck. My favorite off season acquisition is Omri Casspi, i think he is a steal, if he stays healthy.

However, if we do not limit the turnovers, it ain’t gonna be pretty. For now, I am attributing the 20 average TOs in the first 3 games to the infancy of the season and learning to mesh. Finally, I saw age old Rockets habits in the last 30-40 seconds of the Mavs game, Mavs got within 5 points with 21 seconds left. If we do that in the playoff or against other contenders, we will lose. The Rockets are young and energetic, but they have got to learn how to destroy and conquer, early on.

Prediction: I don’t think we are going to win it all or the West. But I like where the team is headed, maybe next year. And on the oft chance that we do win it all, I will definitely be down for the parade 🙂

Aspen and I, at her first Rockets game (2012). GO ROCKETS!! 🙂

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*Image from houstonrockets.com*