25

Oct

meninblazers:

Ever since FOX won the broadcast rights to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, their dancing robot has haunted my dreams. Let’s hope they ditch “Cleatus” before Russia.

meninblazers:

Ever since FOX won the broadcast rights to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, their dancing robot has haunted my dreams. Let’s hope they ditch “Cleatus” before Russia.

05

Oct

calvinrosscarl:

Thanks for everything Steve.

calvinrosscarl:

Thanks for everything Steve.

03

Mar

Yes, gotta have the white shark.

Yes, gotta have the white shark.

24

Feb

Yes please!

Yes please!

07

Feb

Yes!

Yes!

02

Feb

You sir, have proved me wrong.

You sir, have proved me wrong.

19

Jan

Enter a world where words and numbers hate one another.

francisandthelights:

Francis and the Lights are confirmed for this year’s Coachella Festival.  Saturday, April 16. 

francisandthelights:

Francis and the Lights are confirmed for this year’s Coachella Festival.  Saturday, April 16. 

17

Jan

kaseyanderson:

I think about you pretty often, 1992. Maybe too often.

I did not realize Eddie Vedder was short.

kaseyanderson:

I think about you pretty often, 1992. Maybe too often.

I did not realize Eddie Vedder was short.

Basketball in General, Roy and Oden in Specifics.

Brandon Roy is currently in the city of Vancouver, Washington undergoing surgery on both knees.  I hope all fans of the Blazers and NBA fans in general are wishing the best for him.

Today, more notably, is a day of celebration for the tremendous impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on our world.  Let me preface the rest of the post by stating I realize sports and entertainment are, by and large, a distraction. Sometimes we need distractions.

The societal value of sports is apparent to me, this value peaks during the early years of our physical and mental development. Competition is part of the human experience, sport is a business, games have been perverted and twisted into streams of income. ESPN can easily be compared to gossip sites and the E! channel, this situation is disheartening.

I spend an inordinate amount of time watching, reading about, and playing basketball.

I’ve been evaluating my feelings about Roy’s injury situation this season. It’s near impossible to exclude Greg Oden from my thought process when doing so. These are two young men with incredible athletic potential. Why are we so downhearted and even angry about these two?

I’ve shifted my view from frustration to empathy. How can I be empathetic for someone who is making more money than I could ever hope to see? I can because their identity and self-worth are intimately connected to their success on the hardwood.

When your ego takes a hit, when you aren’t doing what you know you can because a lack of opportunity due to anything, depression can have a close proximity.

Depression sucks. It sucks whether you have a shopping cart or a mansion for a home. It makes getting out of bed hard, and probably extremely difficult when combined with physical injury. Through the glowing television screen, countless articles and interviews Oden and Roy’s sadness is glaringly apparent.

Fans feel cheated because of the money paid to athletes and the lack of production it can yield. We feel entitled. Sports is a tangle of opposed, ridiculously entitled, viewpoints. Owners, players, media, and fans all weave their self-certain, often negligent, opinion into a tapestry of fervent support or disapproval.

I’m done associating negativity with their situation. I hope Greg and Brandon heal and can have productive lives. I’ve heard more than enough draft decision conversations, sometimes we choose the wrong person, past elections are wonderful evidence of this.

I’m refocusing my view on sports. I want to view it through a lens of appreciation for what the human body can do. Creativity through movement, whether full of grace or power, is what I’m striving to appreciate.