Thursday, April 28, 2011

2011 NFL Draft | Cam Newton Runs By...To Carolina?

Just returned from the NFL Red Carpet, and am down stairs at my self-designed "man cave" in the Media Interview Room.

The place, Radio City Music Hall, is electric, and if you're watching on ESPN or The NFL Network, the crowd jumped all over NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with "We want football" and an assortment of cheers and jeers and boos.

Of course, that's all regarding the NFL's court battle against the NFL Players Association, and the judges ruling that the NFL Lockout should be lifted.

But the real action is down here in the Media Room, and because Cam's not been accessible to much of the media except ESPN, and the NFL Network.

A lot of people have a lot of questions to ask him and the media crowd is already massing.

Thankfully, I saved my seat.

Stay tuned.

2011 NFL Draft | Cam Newton Meets Alec Baldwin?

As this blog post is written, this blogger is in what's come his customary his position in what's called The Grand Lounge, or the "Media Interview Room" at Radio City Music Hall and for the 2011 NFL Draft.

In less than 15 minutes, the NFL Red Carpet will start, and set up a scenario where former Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton, the apparent first pick of the Carolina Panthers, who hold the selection that will kick off this amazing sports event, meets 30 Rock's "Jack Donaghy" better known as Alec Baldwin.

That's right, the 30 Rock star and last year's host of the Academy Awards will be on the NFL Red Carpet. So, it could be that Cam Newton meets Alec Baldwin.

And this blogger will be using the Twitter hashtag #2011NFLDraft for his tweets this evening.

And now for the bad news: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the judges decision to lift the lockout placed the sport of football in a terrible position. Just what he meant when he said that on NFL Network as this was being typed is not known.

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Donald Trump Please Shut Up About Obama And Birth Certificate

Suburban New York - Baratunde Thurston, The Onion's Director of Digital, made a vlog which called Donald Grump, er, Donald Trump, a "heinous, low-class individual" and a "Klansman", after President Obama issued the long-form version of his birth certificate on Wednesday; something that took this blogger by surprise as well.

This is Thurston's vlog:

Baratunde Thurston is right about Donald Trump's class-less move. But I can't agree that Trump's point of view is so important and that his actions of saying that he's "proud" or more specifically:

Today I'm very proud of myself, because I've accomplished something that no one else has been able to accomplish

Trump's statement of pride over the birth certificate release moved Baratunde to tears of disgust, but for this blogger, born in 1962 and having to contend with the idea of the "Back To Africa" movement of the mid-60s, and having to deal with the idea that I wasn't an American, only to have my dear mother remind me that I was "born here in Chicago" at the time, I'm over that painful childhood fear of being sent to a place I never knew. I'm not crying about Trump.

You read that correctly.

When you're a little kid, you don't know what's really possible or impossible because you're still taking in even the basics of what it means to be alive. So for someone to want to go "back to Africa," and for those person who said that to have the same color as me, was scary. For a time, I wondered if we were going to have to move. If someone was going to come to the door and say "you all have to go."

But then Mom reminded me that I was "born here in Chicago." And that was enough for me.

That's why, as much as I respected Donald Trump, I don't anymore. He's a joke. Trump may be good at getting other people to give money to him, but I'm now convinced there's nothing different between him and a beggar on the street asking for spare change.

I just asked my friend and NFL Draft colleague Bill Chachkes what he thought about Donald Trump, and he said "I'm too busy. I've got more important things to think about." No, Bill's not black, he's Jewish, but I also know my Mom would say the same thing. For both, Donald Trump's nothing more than a clown.

That's why I said Donald Trump needs to shut up on this issue. He does. But Baratunde Thurston also must not give Trump so much power that the real estate developer moves him to tears.

If people feel as Baratunde does, then Trump wins. Don't let him win.