Wednesday, September 27, 2006

T. O. (no...time-out)

Ok, so I had been exercising a vow of silence on any issue regarding T.O.-until today. Unfortunately with reports of an attempted negative prescription reaction/suicide I decided to step in. Terrell Owens thought controversial and a non-conformist is most likely not going to be missing any playing time.

He has rebutted any reports of a suicide and most likely will be playing on October 8, when he matches up against the Philadelphia Eagles. T. O. has over $15 million still to go for in his contract, though I don't gamble, I'd wager he is more focused on cashing those checks he worked so hard to get than ending his life. If we recall, part of the controversy surrounding Owens over the last 18-months came from him wanting to re-negotiate his contract and being denied. With currently only one major sponsorship (Team Jordan apparel) there aren't currently multiple streams of income available for him.

Cutting it off now doesn't seem to be something he'd do; second, he's always maintained excellent physical condition and is known as a health fanatic, so the mix of medicine and natural vitamins isn't that far removed. Whatever the case, suicide attempt or not, the story does nothing positive for him or the Cowboys. The team is valued at over $500 million according to Forbes, they're building a brand new stadium and they just fell 1.5 in the SuperBowl running with bookies all these pieces of information suggest that money is talking, not the blown out of proportion reports and speculation.

If we need something to blow out of proportion, let's talk about that cat Aaron McGruder. You mean the one who took some of the most talked about and/or ignored issues in the Black community, gave them some breath, a platform and open conversation? Yeah-that guy. It's been reported that his notoriously conscious and heartfelt comic strip The Boondocks won't be coming back.

"Although Aaron McGruder has made no statement about retiring or resuming The Boondocks for print newspapers . . . newspapers should not count on it coming back in the foreseeable future," Universal's president, Lee Salem, said in the release. "Numerous attempts . . . to pin McGruder down on a date that the strip would be coming back were unsuccessful."

The parallels to another black man with comedic skills have already began to filter. Makes you wonder, what gives? Black people getting paid, given creative control to say anything are still finding something to be upset about? How dare them! Right...? Well apparently not, if there are events taking place we are not informed of, something is still pushing the envelope too far. McGruder still has the TV show on Cartoon Network, a movie to get done and innovation, there will be other avenues to develop the franchise.

I just hope he makes it back after his re-charge with the something to recapture the attention of his devoted following. We need to remember that artist are free to bend the rules, change direction at the drop of a hat. If Andre' 3000 doesn't want to rap anymore and act-fine. Dave Chappell feels people are getting fake around him-cool. Barry Sanders decides he's going to walk away a mere season or two away from...ok, ok we got a bit carried away. The point is, as each one develops their own image and self-image, it's their brand, and though we support, consume or observe it, it's not our choice that dictates their decisions.

Time in-

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Hustle

You ever wonder how there are so many variations of this enticing, rhythmic interpretation of music? Everyone in there own little world, but still moving in the same direction, well most everyone, there is usually a couple of folks off beat.

I watched an episode of Flavor of Love last night, yeah, so? Anyways, I had to marvel at the turn around Flava' Flav has been able to recreate. After the heyday he had with Public Enemy, Flav took a couple of wrong turns and was only seen sporadically during Hip Hop history events. Since then, he's become King of reality television. The premiere of the second season saw VH1 post the best numbers for a show in the history of the network.

Flav' needs to be trademarking some of these catch phrases ("luckiest man in America" "Yeah Boy!"). His job description is currently something like, be surrounded by beautiful women, travel to fun, exotic places and do it all while having fun and looking for a companion.

Some say the show is crude, others say it's just a hoax, whatever it is, it's working. The show will undoubtedly be picked up for a third season, but there needs to be a branch at some point. There has been the post-show reunion and of course the DVD should be a great stocking stuffer.

Flav' needs to make sure he's got a solid transition after the public tires of him, something to capitalize on his recent marketing coup and an opportunity to expand upon a solid idea.

Monday Night Football back in New Orleans, should be a show. The Saints are looking to be the feel good story of the week; Dome is back up, fans have sold out the arena, many parallels and analogies will be used. I'm wondering however, who bought all the tickets? With area residents still recovering and trying to maximize funds, I hope there was some sort of voucher or ticket amnesty section. The NFL did an excellent job last year raising money for relief, I can only imagine part of the proceeds will go to areas affected by storms and flooding.

Though some players are just happy to be playing again in the NO, others are just trying to get in for two years for a lifetime pension. They're not trying to stay in the League, they just trying to secure a stream of income and move on. I feel you, preserve the body and keep the investment of a well maintained body.

Everybody do the hustle now...

Drop the next song-

Monday, September 11, 2006

It's that time...

The season has kicks off and we are now into the marketing machine known as the National Football League. With Monday Night Football being broadcast on ESPN, off season trades ready to explode and players coming back from injuries-we've entered the frenzy period. Fantasy season is in full swing, so those companies vying for the attention of males 18-35 have spent millions of dollars to hawk their products and push their services. With services like this one

you will be able to constantly keep track of breaking news and satisfy your addiction to the life and times of players on "your" team. It's good to see a League that puts the money where it's mouth is. Analyzing the situation, we I can draw no other season that generates as much capital at the beginning and end of it's season, concluding with the SuperBowl. NASCAR may get there one day, however, it still has to develop a more crossover appeal to the minority segment. It has already achieved one major victory, going from perceived country boy sport to the upper echelon of Corporate business.

Gotta give a big ups! One time for the Flint-town MVP of the World Champion Detroit Shock, Deanna Nolan.

Finally, we kept it short as a way to exercise the moment of silence for the tragic events that took place this day five short years ago. No matter, race, creed, religion, political belief-acknowledge the affect and be still for a few.