Another weekend is upon us and I can’t believe that next weekend is Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff to the summer season.
Have a fantastic weekend and I appreciate you checking out my random thoughts. As always, let me know what you agree with and what you don’t. I love feedback as long as you’re nice about it.
OKAY PEOPLE, OPEN YOUR MIND AND CLOSE YOUR MOUTH
There were basketball playoff games over the past week, but the big story is the National Football League (NFL) draft and Michael Sam.
Sam, the University of Missouri football first-team all-star player that publicly came out as gay three months ago, became a seventh round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams.
If he plays this fall in a professional game, he’ll become the first active NFL player to have publicly come out.
When the announcement was made that he was drafted by the Rams, a very emotional Sam cried and then smashed cake into the face of his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, a former University of Missouri swimmer.
And, then, for the love of God, he kissed his boyfriend to celebrate! OMG, clutch my pearls!
It was a monumental moment and the White House sent out this message from President Barack Obama, “The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”
While Sam got encouraging and welcoming tweets from future Rams’ teammates, there was a big uproar over the kiss!
Former Super Bowl champion Derrick Ward tweeted, “I’m sorry but that Michael Sam is no bueno for doing that on national tv”. He added:
And, Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted “horrible” and “OMG” about the kiss. Those tweets were deleted and he was reprimanded by the team, given a fine, and ordered to attend sensitivity training.
He has since apologized to Michael Sam about the tweets. However, I don’t know about Michael, but I don’t want Jones to apologize for speaking out about how he feels. His disapproval and ignorance is real. His apology is empty, condescending, and nothing more than damage control.
I have more to say about this whole reaction to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend and people’s negative response. But, I want to share a link about a previous blog I wrote back in June 2012 about public apologies after homophobic comments are made.
Now, back to Michael Sam and his boyfriend, Vito.
They appear to be a happy couple and I’m glad that Sam is out now and the two of them can be public about the love they share for each other.
I’m also very happy that they can openly celebrate Sam’s accomplishment. How many little boys and teenagers wish that one day they’ll be drafted into the NFL? And, when that time comes, they should be able to share it with the one that they love!
People that were appalled by the public display of affection really need to get over it. They find that kiss unacceptable, but they’ll accept bad and criminal behavior from their NFL stars?
Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens is awaiting sentencing for dragging his fiancée out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. He was found guilty of third-degree aggravated assault and could face a 3-5 year sentence and a fine for the spousal abuse.
Then there’s Daryl Washington of the Arizona Cardinals. He pleaded guilty last month of choking his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his child, and causing her to fall and break her collarbone.
And, Michael Boley of the Cincinnati Bengals was arrested for abusing his child.
And, the list of bad behavior and criminal acts from NFL players goes on and one and people are bent out of shape over a same-sex kiss! This is the 21st century people and love is love.
Michael, congratulations. Michael and Vito, I wish you the very best in life and love!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
KARL ROVE IS SUCH AN IDIOT
Karl Rove, the Senior Advisor for President George W. Bush is in news again and this time, in desperation, he stoops to an all-time low.
Rove is on the defensive after suggesting that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a brain injury in a fall she suffered back in 2012 that required hospitalization. Rove made this sick insinuation based on the glasses Clinton wore during testimony a month later!
Even people in his own party are speaking out against this tactic.
Former House Speaker and 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says he is “deeply offended” by Rove’s comments.
With Clinton, Gingrich sees a correlation to what people were saying about former President Ronald Reagan’s health when he was a candidate, “I was angry when people did this to Reagan in 1980 and I am angry when they do it to her today”.
Gingrich also added, ” I’ve have many policy disagreements with Hillary[,] but this kind of personal charge is exactly whats wrong with [A]merican politics.”
Karl Rove, go away — now!
2016 RUN FOR PRESIDENT
Earlier this month, before Rove’s comments, Zogby Analytics polled 893 likely voters and found that Hillary has a substantial lead over former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a possible showdown for the 2016 race for President.
With a +/-3% margin, Mrs. Clinton leads Bush 52%-36%. Her lead over Paul was 52% to 35% and she was 16% ahead of Christie.
None of these candidates have thrown their hat into the ring yet.
I’ve been a huge fan of the German dance band, Cascada, since I first heard “Everytime We Touch” back in late 2005. That song went on to reach #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2009, Cascada had another Top 40 American radio hit with “Evacuate The Dancefloor”. It made it up to #25.
Those two songs and 2008’s remake of Rascal Flatts’ #1 country hit, “What Hurts The Most” all topped the Billboard Dance chart.
Cascada is back with a new single, “Blink”.
MORE “HANNIBAL” ON NBC
NBC’s “Hannibal” is without a doubt one of the best shows on television.
I’m so thrilled that the network has enough faith in the critically acclaimed, but severely ratings-challenged drama to renew it for a third season.
There are only two episodes left this season (the season two finale is next Friday night, May 23rd) and we already know that the serial killer Hannibal could be going down in the finale.
In case you’re one of the millions that haven’t watched “Hannibal”, here’s how season two started before the episode flashed back twelve weeks to show us how this showdown came about.
How will it end now that Jack Crawford knows Hannibal is a killer?
ARE JOURNALISTS PSYCHOPATHS?
Since I work in the news business and I’m talking about “Hannibal”, I have to share a couple of funny lines from the May 2nd episode, “Naka-Choko”.
Shady, sensationalist reporter Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) confronts FBI profiler, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).
And, then there’s this correspondence between Will and Hannibal.
PICK HIT BONUS
This week, the latest Michael Jackson album, “Xscape”, was released. I featured the first single, “Love Never Felt So Good”, in my blog last week.
The official video is out now and it’s incredible!
The song debuted at #20 last week on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the album could debut at #1 on next week’s chart.
I’M A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY”
The country band, Lonestar, from Texas, have hit the chart with six gold and platinum albums since their self-titled debut release in the fall of 1995.
Their first hit, “Tequila Talkin'” peaked at #8 in 1995 and the follow-up, “No News”, topped the chart for three weeks in April 1996.
In all, Lonestar has charted 23 Top 40 songs on the Billboard Country chart. Of those, 18 made the Top Ten, and nine have reached the top!
Also, their hit “Amazed” was number one on the Country charts for eight weeks in 1999 and it even made it to the top of the Hot 100 for two weeks the following year!
Back in 1997, I interviewed lead singer Richie McDonald and keyboardist/vocalist Dean Sams in Lubbock, Texas, and they were both great guys.
For those near the Quad Cities, Lonestar and Sara Evans will be playing at this year’s Rosefest Outdoor Concert Series at the Wild Rose Casino in Clinton, Iowa, on July 11th.
I think that’s enough this week.
We have a wedding to attend in Dubuque, Iowa, this weekend. While the weather is going to be nice Sunday, I’m torn about whether to work outside to get the garden ready when we get home or go to the movie.
We’ve only been to the theater once this year. Back in January, we saw the Oscar-nominated and amazing “August: Osage County”.
I really want to see “Godzilla (2014)” after seeing the trailer. With the suspense and creepiness of the previews, I think it could be this year’s “World War Z”!
“Godzilla” opens Friday!