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A Quick Thank You To Shaq Thompson

Shaq Thompson Youth Football Camp

 

 

I want to start this off by saying thank you to Shaq Thompson. While I can never tell someone what to do with their money, I think it’s beautiful to see someone giving kids the chance to enter a camp for free. Times are hard for a lot of people and parents are struggling. We often see the news and it’s usually crime-filled with a lot of the crime against or by our youth and we always ask why. Well, the kids don’t know they’re loved. They don’t have a chance to nurture their talents or be exposed to their gifts. Some may see what an athlete like Shaq Thompson is doing as just a good gesture, but it can in fact be life altering/lifesaving.

If you take the time to look around right now you will see that sports camps can range from $75 a day to over $300 a week. Those prices alone will rule out a whole class of families.

How can camps be advertised to help the youth when you price out most them?

With that being said, this is just something to acknowledge and say thank you to Shaq Thompson and people like him who are making a difference. I am sure there’s a group of kids that will be forever grateful for your efforts.

 

For more info on the camp go to   Shaqthompson54.com

Are Fans Making Celebrities/Athletes Regret The Fame?!

The fame, the glitz, the glam- is it all really worth it? I often tend to feel bad for athletes and celebrities when looking at some of the things they have to endure because of their name.

I mean, sure, they’re rich and get free things while the person that is paying to watch them catch balls, sing or act is usually struggling to do so. However, is there any amount of money worth giving up the one thing we all deserve which is freedom?

Is a few million dollars worth not being able to enjoy lunch dates with your kids or dinner dates with your spouse because you have to stop eating to sign a t-shirt? Is a few million worth not being able to walk into a store without being bombarded by a bunch of people that don’t have any type of respect for what you have to do just so they can get a picture to look important on their social networking page? Is it worth not being able to use your own social networking site in peace because, as soon as you say something online, you will be asked to “rt me because I’m your biggest fan” or you have to type on pins and needles because one wrong word will get you into a heap of trouble.

I know a few million dollars is a lot and, to be honest, me being one of the most private people ever would be willing to deal with the fans for a while for the money but everyone has a breaking point and no amount of money can stop a person from reaching it.

Imagine working at your job all day and when you try to go out at night to unwind you have to deal with someone asking you sign their hand or asking you how do you feel about your company’s competition and sales.

Fans tend to get angry at athletes and celebrities if they refuse to sign an autograph and want to call the person ungrateful or say he/she doesn’t appreciate the fans, but when will the fans realize that they are being just as inconsiderate as the person is being ungrateful? If you really want to show support to your favorites, attend the meet & greets and other fan events, stop supporting all of the negative rumors that comes out about them and give them a chance to breath.

Where did this sense of entitlement come from? Why is it that a famous person is obligated to take a picture with you while they’re out shopping with their family? What have you to done to earn the right as a fan to make your favorite athlete get up from his table to touch your dirty ink pen?

I get it, we all love our famous people but, as fans, we all need to take a step back and realize that our favorite actors, athletes and entertainers are all human and sometimes need a break. So, the next time you’re about to go bother one of them, think about how much of an inconvenience you’re being first and know that a real fan wouldn’t bother their favorite celebrity for their own self-gratification.

The Greatness Of Allen Iverson: Hood Superhero Or NBA Villain?

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Court vision, ball handling, passing skills, defense, toughness, courage, heart, leader, swag (before swag), originality and attitude = Allen Iverson

I remember watching a Georgetown Hoyas game back in the 90’s and seeing a short, extra thin, baggy clothes-wearing guy running up and down the court looking as if he was some type of basketball super hero, like “Captain Crossover” or “Super Speed”.

It was amazing because that guy running all around the hardwood stealing passes and making buckets with his grey cape outlined with navy blue trimming and the number 3 engraved in it reminded me of myself; not so much in physical looks, but in character.

Allen Iverson was more than just a basketball player, he was a hood staple. A.I showed many that college was actually reachable; that one could be himself no matter what others thought of him; that if you fought hard for your dreams, you could actually make your dreams come true.

Allen Iverson went into the NBA as the number 1 pick in the 1996 draft and played with the same grit and greatness that won him the Big East Defensive Player of the Year award during his two years college.

Iverson, in the NBA, was smaller but managed to bring some of the biggest names the game had to offer down to size. He went up against some of the greatest and still was able to carry a 76ers team to the 2000-2001 NBA finals with a roster constructed of: Iverson G, Aaron McKie G, Jumaine Jones F, Tyrone Hill F and Dikembe Mutombo C as the starting 5 and yet he is never mentioned as one of the best to ever grace the court.

Why is that?

With all of the intangibles that were used to describe A.I at the beginning of this post, the on that sticks out the most to a lot of people was his attitude. One of the best ISO players in NBA history, one of the best scorers in NBA history and one of the best defensive players in NBA history is mostly remembered for his attitude (“Practice?!”).

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One has to wonder why a player with a resume like Iverson hasn’t gained the love and recognition like many before him. Could it be that the baggy clothed, tattoo bodied, braid headed, 6-0 ft 165 lbs, ground breaking, era changing hood superhero that many loved because they felt he revolutionized the game was the same line crossing, thug, lack of respect of the game having, ghetto villain that many hated because they felt he tarnished the game of basketball?

Allen Iverson is one of the most intriguing players to ever dribble a basketball in the league and no two people will probably ever see him the same but, regardless of what anyone thought of him, A.I should be thanked and appreciated for the true talent he was. Don’t look at the man for his problems off the court, but honor the one that left his blood sweat, limbs and tears on it. After all, this is the guy that single handedly had the world buying Dreamcast game systems just so they could play with him on 2K.

Allen Iverson you are one of the greatest.

@Sonnie_inkstar

Viewing Eric Gordon’s Free Agency Through The Eyes of A Hornets Fan

As a Hornets fan, I want to tell Eric Gordon to shut the hell up and be grateful to get paid for doing what he loves. As a person looking at the situation without Hornets colored shades on, I still want to tell Eric Gordon to shut the hell up and be grateful to get paid for doing what he loves.

From the day the season ended, Monty Williams and Dell Demps expressed that Gordon is the face of the franchise. On the day the Hornets won the lottery and the day they drafted the number 1 pick Anthony Davis, the organization made it clear that Gordon would be “The man”. Now the question is, why is the player that’s suppose to be “The man” acting like a little boy? Eric Gordon spoke with ESPN and here’s what he had to say.

“Phoenix just showed a lot more interest, overall, and definitely in how they negotiated,” Gordon said. “I don’t know what New Orleans’ plans are for me. There are no negotiations right now…

“They drafted another shooting guard (Austin Rivers), a combo guard like me, which tells me they have another plan,” Gordon said.

First point, I understand Eric’s anger in not being treated like the star. Although the front office has stated that the team will be built around him, he feels he should have been offered a max deal up front and shouldn’t have had to go looking for one. Well Eric, the team feels that you should have played more than 9 games. While I’m with Gordon on this point, I can still see where the team is coming from by letting the market decide Eric’s value.

Second point, I would have respected Gordon’s decision much more had he said that he had a Unibrow phobia or that he hated the Hornets uniforms, but being upset that the team drafted a guy at your position just shows that you’re scared to compete. Austin Rivers was drafted as the best player available not as the best player to take over the shooting guard position.

Not to belittle the moves by Phoenix, but there’s no way anybody in their right mind can say the Suns roster as is right now looks to have a better future than the Hornets.

It’s this simple, Gordon, the fans can be with you or against you but you only get one chance. There’s no need to act like the kid who’s parent brought home a new baby. Me personally, I hope you come back and and as long as you wipe your tears away and ball out then all is good. But, regardless, you need to shut up and stop throwing the franchise under the bus. The atmosphere around the Hornets was too exciting for you to ruin. I mean ,you’re good but I think you’re smelling your own coffee a little too much.

The Hornets have until July 14th to match the Suns offer to retain Eric Gordon, which many said they will do. The fans should sit back and relax until everything is resolved. However, that will be hard after dealing with this situation with Chris Paul.

New Orleans has a team that is on the way up so let’s look past the negative and look forward to the future.

WE GOT THE BROW!!!!!!

The Keep the Hornets The Hornets Campaign

The New Orleans Hornets are aiming to change the name of the franchise. Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints recently purchased the team and, when he did, he made it clear that he wanted to change the name of the organization. A name change is said to take up to two years in the NBA, which means by the time the name is changed the nickname would have been tied to New Orleans just as long as anywhere else. Now the question is: Why? Why change the name of an organization that has fans all over the world just to make it have local appeal?

As a Hornets fan, I was kind of ok with the rebranding when I first heard about it. But then I thought about it. Why change the name? Many people are saying the Hornets name has a lot of baggage and still has ties to Charlotte or that there are no hornets in New Orleans. Well, my argument to that is this: The Utah Jazz are named the Utah Jazz. There’s no Jazz in Utah and the team is from New Orleans. No matter how much baggage that team had, they’re not mistaken for the New Orleans Jazz anymore. That’s the same thing that will happen for the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets are New Orleans’ now. Buzz fest, Bee-Fense, the Hive are all a part of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

We’ve spent years thinking that we were going to lose our team to contraction or relocation. Now that we know we have them here for the long haul, let’s focus on other things that are more important than a name change such as a TV deal so local fans can watch every game.

Many cities have gained teams without changing the teams name once they moved and many teams have names that have nothing to do with the city they’re in. For example:

San Diego Rockets moved to Houston
San Diego Clippers moved to Los Angeles.
Kansas City Kings moved to Sacramento.

They all moved and have no issues with the names.

So you say there are no Hornets in New Orleans so the name doesn’t go with the team?
But…

Memphis doesn’t have grizzly bears, Charlotte…no Bobcats, Toronto sure as hell doesn’t have any raptors and the list goes on.

One of the league’s favorite and most band wagon(ed) team falls into both categories. The team moved to L.A while the city kept the name that really has nothing to do with them and the name basically sucks (Lakers was the name of a type of cargo ship used on the Great Lakes and the Mississippi river. The name was selected when the franchise was located in Minneapolis).

I, like thousands of other people, will be just fine without a name change.
I’m in for good, and Hugo should be too. Let’s keep the Hornets the Hornets.

Go Bees!

The Keep the Hornets The Hornets Campaign

The New Orleans Hornets are aiming to change the name of the franchise. Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints recently purchased the team and, when he did, he made it clear that he wanted to change the name of the organization. A name change is said to take up to two years in the NBA, which means by the time the name is changed the nickname would have been tied to New Orleans just as long as anywhere else. Now the question is: Why? Why change the name of an organization that has fans all over the world just to make it have local appeal?

As a Hornets fan, I was kind of ok with the rebranding when I first heard about it. But then I thought about it. Why change the name? Many people are saying the Hornets name has a lot of baggage and still has ties to Charlotte or that there are no hornets in New Orleans. Well, my argument to that is this: The Utah Jazz are named the Utah Jazz. There’s no Jazz in Utah and the team is from New Orleans. No matter how much baggage that team had, they’re not mistaken for the New Orleans Jazz anymore. That’s the same thing that will happen for the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets are New Orleans’ now. Buzz fest, Bee-Fense, the Hive are all a part of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

We’ve spent years thinking that we were going to lose our team to contraction or relocation. Now that we know we have them here for the long haul, let’s focus on other things that are more important than a name change such as a TV deal so local fans can watch every game.

Many cities have gained teams without changing the teams name once they moved and many teams have names that have nothing to do with the city they’re in. For example:

San Diego Rockets moved to Houston
San Diego Clippers moved to Los Angeles.
Kansas City Kings moved to Sacramento.

They all moved and have no issues with the names.

So you say there are no Hornets in New Orleans so the name doesn’t go with the team?
But…

Memphis doesn’t have grizzly bears, Charlotte…no Bobcats, Toronto sure as hell doesn’t have any raptors and the list goes on.

One of the league’s favorite and most band wagon(ed) team falls into both categories. The team moved to L.A while the city kept the name that really has nothing to do with them and the name basically sucks (Lakers was the name of a type of cargo ship used on the Great Lakes and the Mississippi river. The name was selected when the franchise was located in Minneapolis).

I, like thousands of other people, will be just fine without a name change.
I’m in for good, and Hugo should be too. Let’s keep the Hornets the Hornets.

Go Bees!

Inkstarzz Open Letter To The N.F.L

Dear NFL,

I’ve been a loyal fan for a long time. I’m from a place where all we knew was football. I mean, we had basketball goals and stuff like that, but we only used those when we couldn’t find anyone to play quarterback and throw us the ball.

Although it’s the off-season, this lockout you guys have going is affecting my every day life (well not really, but really). You see, in June I would usually have some idea of what my favorite team would look like because of trades and free agency but hey guess what?? It’s June and I have no idea what my team will look like due to this lock out.  Let me explain to you what I’m doing right now, I’m watching a hockey game……YES, a freaking hockey game! I don’t watch hockey, but I feel like I have no choice right now because the one sport I love has abandoned me. This is the time of year where I would normally be on my Madden altering the rosters, taking away the players the team has lost, adding the ones they have  gained but now I can’t do that because seeing the Madden case brings tears to my eyes. It burns looking at the Madden disc knowing that the NFL might not be back. Do you know how hard it is for a grown man to explain to his kids why he’s sitting in a chair rocking back and forward in a dimly lit room crying and holding a video game? It’s hard, NFL, trust me it’s really hard. The fact that I’m writing this letter should say a lot.

Look NFL , Mr. Goodell, D. Smith, or whoever gets the players on the field I, like a million others, want you back. We don’t care about your money arguments or anything else you guys are arguing about.

Watching baseball, hockey, Nascar or Ocho Cinco riding on a bull (Just joking Ocho) simply won’t cut the cake. I don’t want to spend my Sundays sewing blankets, watching lifetime movies or cleaning up around the house. I want to spend my Sundays plucking chicken wing crumbs off my shirt, popping open beer bottles, calling everyone to talk about how the referees are cheating and yelling out “Who Dat!” as I watch the Saints second line their way to another Super Bowl.

I know you guys have to all meet down the middle, but whatever. The fans show you that they care, so now it’s time for you all to return the favor. Get on the field, we want football back!

Thanks. Mr. Goodell, tweet me @Sonnie_inkstar

Inkstarzz Open Letter To The N.F.L

Dear NFL,

I’ve been a loyal fan for a long time. I’m from a place where all we knew was football. I mean, we had basketball goals and stuff like that, but we only used those when we couldn’t find anyone to play quarterback and throw us the ball.

Although it’s the off-season, this lockout you guys have going is affecting my every day life (well not really, but really). You see, in June I would usually have some idea of what my favorite team would look like because of trades and free agency but hey guess what?? It’s June and I have no idea what my team will look like due to this lock out.  Let me explain to you what I’m doing right now, I’m watching a hockey game……YES, a freaking hockey game! I don’t watch hockey, but I feel like I have no choice right now because the one sport I love has abandoned me. This is the time of year where I would normally be on my Madden altering the rosters, taking away the players the team has lost, adding the ones they have  gained but now I can’t do that because seeing the Madden case brings tears to my eyes. It burns looking at the Madden disc knowing that the NFL might not be back. Do you know how hard it is for a grown man to explain to his kids why he’s sitting in a chair rocking back and forward in a dimly lit room crying and holding a video game? It’s hard, NFL, trust me it’s really hard. The fact that I’m writing this letter should say a lot.

Look NFL , Mr. Goodell, D. Smith, or whoever gets the players on the field I, like a million others, want you back. We don’t care about your money arguments or anything else you guys are arguing about.

Watching baseball, hockey, Nascar or Ocho Cinco riding on a bull (Just joking Ocho) simply won’t cut the cake. I don’t want to spend my Sundays sewing blankets, watching lifetime movies or cleaning up around the house. I want to spend my Sundays plucking chicken wing crumbs off my shirt, popping open beer bottles, calling everyone to talk about how the referees are cheating and yelling out “Who Dat!” as I watch the Saints second line their way to another Super Bowl.

I know you guys have to all meet down the middle, but whatever. The fans show you that they care, so now it’s time for you all to return the favor. Get on the field, we want football back!

Thanks. Mr. Goodell, tweet me @Sonnie_inkstar

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