Football Rollercoaster

Greg Olsen Catch

I can honestly say that I had the best Football weekend of my life. Even though it was a roller coaster it ended up on a high note. The Jayhawks Win, Chiefs are not shut out and Bears Win. I am not a football pundit, I am not a sport nut at all, but this weekend just made me a very happy fan.

I don’t watch much college football, partly because I like doing other things on Saturday and also because my college did not have a football program. This weekend KU and KSU played. I like the Jayhawks because they were the underdog and I am now a fan. They played football with a lot of heart and came out with a W. Mind you they were the underdogs by a lot even though they have an undefeated record. The pundits have been talking a lot of trash saying that they had just beat no name teams, but beating the team that defeated the powerhouse of Texas means something now.

After playing soccer today and not having our regular goalie I started to hit the low point on the sports weekend. We lost the game, but I came home to football. I started watching the Chiefs get beat by Jacksonville. Even though they were about to get totally blown out of the water with no points, Dunge gave Croyle his chance and he performed scoring a TD. Larry Johnson had just 12… no not carries, YARDS! If the Chiefs are not having buyers remorse, I certainly am for them. I think they need to get Holmes some playing time and maybe the run game can start getting some balance. If you pound the ball you can maybe start opening the pass game for Croyle who I hope starts from now on. I know he is not going to be a star just yet but the sooner he gets experience the better.

I have to be honest here, the Bears vs Packers game was a nail bitter. I dislike Brett Favre quite a bit because he is a packer. I do have to admit that he is an amazing athlete. However, if Ulracher were to sack him and come away with a body part I would not feel very sorry. I still feel the pain from an 88 yard touchdown bomb he scored not too long ago on us. Today however was different story.

The Packers had an unreal first half, over 300 passing yards. The Bears defence picked up the slack of an offence still trying to find its rythm and Tillman created two forced fumbles that made the difference. Then super Favre sent a pass right into Urlacher`s hand that I believe totally changed the momentum of the game. From then on the Offence started finding its groove and even first round pick Greg Olsen even had a TD. The Packers were too scared to kick to Hester, my favorite Bear right now and I will take his Jersey if everyone wants to send me a present, because he has been returning balls like there is nobody else on the field. Gould kicked like the stud he is and made sure that every opportunity counted. The Bears are not out of hot water and won because the Packers had tons of mistakes and penalties, but the offence did look better and the team does look to have a future beyond the regular season.

Blogger get together

Not sure why, but I have not made one yet. I regretted it after not meeting Greg, so I guess now I want to make sure I meet some of the local people. I have already met some of the people I know here from the net, some from a local message board and tons from the local anime group, but not a single blogger yet.

Tonight there is going to be a meet up at Charlie Hooper’s and we are planning on attending. I am looking forward to it, but at the same time concerned. Now that I think back I have not been to a blogger meet up anywhere. I have met individual bloggers several times with one of them being totally psycho… but the rest of them I call friends now. If anything I will have a drink with my wife tonight, and we always have a great time when we go out.

The Jena Six Facts

I have been wanting to post about this since I heard about it, but I wanted to first gather as many facts about the situation before I posted any of my thoughts on the matter.

* The incidents happened in the fall of 2006.
* A group of 3 white students hung nooses in a tree on high school property.
* A group of 6 black students proceeded to beat a white kid unconscious because of escalated racial tension over the tree incident. (The six kids were prosecuted and one is still being held in jail because he has not posted bail.)
* The six kids were charged with “Attempted Murder” but later the charge was lowered for 5 of the kids to “Battery”.
* The white kids were never charged legally.

This is where the facts end, and the feelings from everywhere start to run wild. I want to first write a little background for my international readers that might now understand what this is all about. When you are from outside the U.S. and you hear about someone hanging nooses from a tree you never think of race relations, you think of the wild west.

Historically in the US, a cross burning, hanging nooses or even some people flying the confederate flags have been used as intimidation symbols by “white” people to “oppress blacks”. I put quotes around the words white and black because I personally believe that you cannot generalize to the color level. Not every white person in the U.S. is a cross burning member of the KKK and not every black person is a uneducated thug. When there is a racial incident in the U.S. everyone has to pick a side or risk being called racist.

I am sure if this town is an example of the many towns that are still segregated in the U.S. or not. I am not sure if there is race tension or not. One little known fact about the U.S. outside of here is that every single town seems to have places that are still segregated as in the “black” part of town, the “Hispanic” part of town, and here in KC, Johnson county. Wait a minute… I live in Johnson county… that’s right. There is no “white” part of town… or is there?

I personally would never want to leave in a place where I am not welcome. There are communities in Chicago where you cannot live unless you have X amount of dollars. And no, I do not mean you could not afford the house, I mean you have to be able to buy the whole town or they will not let you into their community. I am sure that KC also has exclusive communities and it is mostly economic. However, there are still places in the U.S. where the “black” part of town and the “white” part of town exist. I am not sure where all the Latinos live in those communities because I have yet to find a city in the U.S. without someone that speaks Spanish. I know where I am not welcome and I simply don’t go there.

The story of the Jena six goes something like this, the high school has a “white” tree. The tree where the “white” things hang out. Again, I am not 100% on this being a segregated town or not because I have never been there, but I know that I have been to town where I have been the darkest person for miles. Two “black” students sat under the tree and next thing you know nooses are hanging from it the following day. Obviously a racist statement that should have been properly addressed, and in some people’s eyes it was. When the culprits were found they were suspended. Should they have been kicked out of school for being racist? Was it racist?

I have seen more teen movies than I can count. Most of them start by defining the cliques in school. I am not sure how it is in Jena, but it is possible that there are groups of friends comprised of only “black” kids and some of only “white” kids. I am not sure if Jena is a place where there are race tension is an every day thing, but from what I remember school age kids tend to have cliques no matter what you do. It is part of the identity forming process. Inside such groups stupid pranks and retaliations towards other groups happen, while the noose has a different connotation than for example toilet paper, I understand the suspension. Should have been this a felony and considered a hate crime? Should have this been the same as when when in the side of my high school someone spray painted “Die Ni**ers.”? Was this worse than that? (btw, the culprits at my school were never found.)

So, after the whole tree incident, some black student decided to protest under the tree and they were broken up by local authorities. Then there was the story of a black teenager being beat up at a party, and some others threatened with a shot gun. Supposedly the only charges that came out of that was that the black kids that were threatened with the gun wrestled it out of the hands of the other person and were charged with stealing the gun. I do not think any of this can be considered fact here because I have not seen it come from a “reputable” or even multiple sources.

As racial tension mounted, a kid said something to support the noose hanging and maybe even called the six kids in question “ni**ers.” A beat down ensued and six kids ended up facing the law.

In my personal experience I have seen many beat downs. Some between rival gangs in my high school. None of the people involved on those fights were ever charged with attempted murder, and I cannot recall any incidents in my school where someone was left unconscious. Partly because when that was happening I would just go down the opposite hall or stay indoors if it was in one of the courtyards.

Is attempted murder too high of a charge?

I personally don’t think so. The kid could have died as a direct result of the brutal beat down. Six on one is not a fair fight. The guy that is still in jail has a record. At this point, even with all the other information I have here I don’t see how this is a race related issue. Teenager get in fights all the time over a lot of reasons and even if this one was motivated by the hanging of nooses, I don’t believe that beating one kid until he is unconscious is going to change a community if it is really that racist. Again, why would anyone want to live amongst people like that?

I understand where people are coming from when they call the race card. It is hurtful when someone looks at you like you are from another planet because you do not look like them, it is even worse when they make assumptions about who you are based solely on the color of your skin. If I had a dollar for every time someone mentions cocaine when I say I am Colombian I would probably have enough money to be confused with a drug dealer. However, I believe that sticking up for 6 kids that beat up another for some stupid symbol is a waste of time.

Why isn’t Jesse Jackson here in KC talking to the superintendent of the KC public schools about why seven schools want to move to another district. This issue could be just a racial, they want to move to the “white” school district. Doesn’t that matter a little more than defending people that obviously committed a crime? I guess Jesse is too busy telling Obama that he is taking the “white side.”

You see, in this country unless you either have to support one side or you are labeled. If you support the law in this case, you are told that you are supporting the “white side.” I simply think that people need to stop playing the race card or what happened to the Duke students will get to be more common. If you are not aware of that case, using race tension for political gain a “white” guy accused some “white” kids of raping a “black” stripper. I hope that guy goes to jail.

People everywhere need to wake up. If someone breaks the law, make sure that they are put in jail. If people are racist, do not try to change them just let them be. The more you try to change people’s mind the more they are going to change yours. All you accomplish trying to change someone’s convictions is making yours thinner and thinner. Right now we get almost hourly updates on Britney Spears drug problem and that is what is news. Racism is going to end when we stop making it the first thing we think about when there is an issue. I am not saying it does not exist, I am just saying that the more you pull the race card, the less people are going to listen when race is really the issue.

A Voice is Dead

Wow… I am not even sure how to post about this… I had a couple of chances to meet Greg IRL via blogger meet up, but did not. KC lost one if the best bloggers it had. He always seemed like someone that I could probably get along with IRL. I have been reading his blog for some time now and it kind of pains me that I am not going to get to laugh as his funny, blunt, and at times obscene way of writing.

You and your funny pictures will be missed.

RIP Death’s Door… and in your honor I will close this post the way you always did yours,

And the monkey flipped the switch.

Limosnero y con garrote?

Beggar with a stick?

Even though I am perfectly capable of defending myself I do not like to fight people. Martial arts have helped me realize that real power comes not from becoming stronger but from knowing how to control your strength. It has been a while since I even considered using force, but a beggar today almost made me react with violence.

After having a wonderful lunch with some friends at the Colombian restaurant some of us decided to head downtown KCMO to take some pictures. The day was gorgeous, warm but with a wonderful breeze. The buildings looked awesome because of the clear sky above. We were joking around, having a great time when someone approached us.

I am used to beggars. I spent six months working downtown Chicago and during that time encountered many. Only once before had I had any issues with a bum. One night out with some of my motorcycle friends did a beggar actually tried to start something. He was not very bright, six guys with their motorcycles to protect from being tipped over by an excited beggar, yea, that could have turned pretty ugly. However, that day one of my friends decided to just talk the guy out of harassing us for money and actually ended up getting a free pen from the guy. Not sure if it was my friend’s talk or that he saw that more and more dudes were getting off their motorcycles and surrounding him.

I have the feeling that the guy that approached us was more of a mugger than a beggar, but he just did not get the chance. He was working with at least two other people but I did not know that when he first approached us. As he approached us he made his first mistake, he insulted the Cubs by saying that I should burn my T-shirt. I know that beggars that really want your sympathy are going to lie and say they love your team no matter what shirt you have on. That made my brain go into alert mode, this might not just be a beggar but someone trying to maybe grab our camera and run for it. If he would have known that both of the guys there had just played soccer earlier during the day and we were spent maybe he would have tried.

He asked for 90 cents but his story for needing it was just to discombobulated to even remember. I said we had no cash, which was true, and proceeded to tell him sorry. I was with 3 other people, two of them being woman. I am very protective and I was ready to push him away if he tried to touch any of us. Lucky for him, he decided to keep walking. The other guy with us is 6’2″ and can bench press my weight with no problem. I kept an eye on the guy as he walked away and we continued our walk. I started to look around to see if there was other people but the street was pretty empty. During our time downtown we had see a couple of cops on segways but they were not on sight now.

While I was looking around me the guy had just scored a dollar from someone else he asked for money. At that point he has no reason to comeback with us if basic math is part of his begging logic. Then I notice the two other people working with him. There is a girl sitting on some steps outside of one of the buildings and a younger kid. I eventually see them all talking.

We had already decided to go home to catch a TV show and we started to head for the car. I kept on checking the street and seeing what was going on all around. I was very surprised when I saw the guy following and picking up his speed. I told the group to keep going and move. We were one street away from the car and the guy was going to catch up right as we crossed the street.

I stayed two steps behind and waited for him. I was ready to hurt the guy at this point. I knew that the people I was with would have enough time to get to the car if I held the guy there. Lucky he did not come near me but he did ask for 64 cents. I told him you already got a dollar so just move along. He mumbled something under his breath and I yelled, just leave us alone.

I crossed the street and waited for everyone to get in the car while I waited on the corner making sure nobody was coming our way. I got into the car and we took off.

I had people that I felt needed to be protected and I was ready to do so. I know that it is not the smartest thing to confront people like that, but I was left with no choice having no money to give. I was ready to inflict harm on someone else and I do not like that feeling. Even thought I knew what I was going to have to do, I was not looking forward to it. I am glad that guy decided just to keep on going instead of starting some kind of confrontation.

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