Tuesday, December 21, 2004

I think that even though Terrell Owens is out for the rest of the year, the Eagles should steamroll through to the Super Bowl. Four's a charm... it's their year. Let's not forget too that they play in the NFC. The sixth playoff team in the NFC is 6 and 8 Carolina! They should be able to handle the Falcons or the Packers or whoever else makes the trip to Phila for the NFC championship. As much as I dislike Terrell Owens the person, Terrell Owens the player is awesome. Nowhere should this be as evident as when Donovan McNabb threw a pass over the middle to Todd Pinkston a couple of games ago and Pinkston basically curled up in the fetal position when he saw the safety barrelling down on him. Owens was holding onto that ball even as his leg was getting mangled.

I just read that Kwanzaa actually originated with Dr. Maulana "Ron" Karenga who was the head of some group equivalent to the Black Panthers. Apparently Dr. Karenga served four years in prison for stripping naked and then beating with electrical cords two female followers. He also took a soldering iron to one of their faces. Sounds awesome... I only have one question. Is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa "Pimp slap yo bitch if she be gettin outta line"?


At 4:36 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

Man, that WorldNet News thing is absolute crap. There are several flaws in the way that it is written:
1) It makes it sound like it is impossible to celebrate both Kwanzaa AND Christmas. They are not mutually exclusive. Is it impossible to be of African descent AND Christian? No. Kwanzaa, as I understand it, was invented to promote an African identity, not destroy Christianity.
2) It also tries to make it sound like Kwanzaa isn't a "real" holiday because it was invented in 1965. I hate to burst their bubble, but all holidays and celebrations have to start sometime. In fact, even Christmas began sometime!
Oh my god! Not only was Christmas INVENTED - it was invented by Egyptians! From Africa! Maybe we don't need Kwanzaa after all. :)
Does all that mean that Christmas isn't real?
3) The article also argues that because Maulana Karenga did bad things, his holiday is terrible. This type of ad hominem attack is absolutely ridiculous. What does one have to do with the other? Something tells me the rulers of Egypt in the year 200 probably did some awful things to their followers. The point is that the meaning of the holiday is what should be judged, not the founder. And, anyone who celebrates it obviously thinks it has meaning for them.

P.S. I could totally juke Terrell Owens out of his sharpie.

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

Also, I just wanted to mention that the Jaguars make it into the playoffs this weekend if they win and the Broncos, Ravens, and Bills lose. A tall order but possible. Of course, one of those teams is playing the 49ers. I suppose "technically possible" is the more appropriate term.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

Possible sports/politics crossover thread: Why isn't there bitching about the inequality of the NFL playoff system like there is about the electoral college's inequalities? I mean, why are the Jaguars (potentially) going home with a 10-6 record and the Panthers collapsing into the playoffs with a losing record? Where are the protesters and legal teams for the Jaguars? Sigh.

At 9:00 AM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

Seriously, I would be pissed if I were Wayne Weaver. You have a team that started 1 and 7 is now the final spot in the playoffs with a losing record and your team could go home with a 10 and 6 record. Wayne Weaver should be pissed that his team will not only lose out on the TV revenue generated by playing even one playoff game and but also lose out on the kind of marketing buzz for next season that making the playoffs would generate. As far as making it to the playoffs though, I think if we win out, the only team that may come in the way is the Ravens. If they win out it comes down to strength of schedule tie breakers.

Also, I'm not bashing Kwanzaa for being "invented." I think it is just this artificial push by governments and schools to make it authentic that bothers me. But... like I said, I haven't noticed any lack of Christmas type decorations around here. Except for the big blue Bank of America building and it's silver snowflakes.... JEWS!

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

Oh, I totally understand you're not bashing Kwanzaa. Basically the link was bashing Kwanzaa, you were just citing it.
I do think though that where we disagree is on "authenticity" of holidays. As far as I'm concerned, if you celebrate it, it's authentic. Just because someone made it up doesn't make it less authentic.


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