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Not Impressed

I have delayed posting on this topic as I feel very strong about it and would hate to put into writing something I would regret.  Over two weeks later, I think I have composed myself.

The subject is the new football uniforms for the University of Miami.  The tagline is “Respect the past.  Represent the future.”  Unfortunately, there is little respect for the past shown and UM has allowed for Nike to impact its tradition.  I’m not impressed.

I was taught that before giving criticism, one ought to give three praises.  I like the orange jersey (with white or green pants and the traditional U helmet).  I like the green one (with white or orange pants and the traditional helmet).  I can live with the white one, although it looks like South Florida.  I am pleased that the traditional white helmet will be a part of the rotation, although it should have NEVER been messed with in the first place.

I am not a fan of the “orange crush” or orange-on-orange look.  Secondly, I strongly dislike the smoke gray uniforms.  When did gray become a Miami color?  If I turned on TV and saw this uniform, I don’t know if I would recognize it as “The U.”

I am horrified by the alternate helmets.  Just disgusted.  Again, the helmet should have NEVER been touched.

The whole new uniform package has forty-eight combinations.  Who cares?  Let’s take one of college football’s most known brands and make it unrecognizable.  The whole thing looks like something Oregon would do.  Why would The U try to look like Oregon?  Oregon has never won anything and would love to have the tradition of Miami.

I understand there are uniform upgrades to incorporate the “latest Nike technology.”  I understand that recruits might like this.  I also understand that the kids on the current Miami team have been through a lot the last few years with the NCAA investigation, but I don’t think that gives license to screw with tradition.  Maybe I’m a dinosaur and should embrace the new identity, but I can’t.  Why do USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State (to name a select few – not talking about the once per season deal) not feel the need to do this?  This isn’t about looking “fresh;” it’s about representing a tradition bigger than you.  It’s like new money vs. old money.  Although Miami is a newer university, it has had unprecedented success in college football over the past thirty years.  Act like it.  If you ask me, this is all about pandering to egos.

So, in the meantime, I will continue to cheer for the ‘Canes, but I’ll be wearing my Ken Dorsey circa 2001 jersey.  Those teams wanted to represent The U tradition and kick butt on the field, and that’s why they were great.

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Dads Don’t Babysit

My dad never babysat my sister and me.

Merriam-Webster’s defines the word “babysit” as “to take care of a child while the child’s parents are away.”

My dad is my parent.  Therefore, he did not babysit us, even when my mom had to be away.  He watched us because he is our dad.  My mom took several trips to visit a sick relative, and we were alone with our dad for a week or so at a time.  While we missed my mom’s presence, we functioned normally and had a good time with our dad.

Over the last few years, I have heard numerous women say that their husband/father of their children is “babysitting” while they run errand XYZ or go away for the weekend.  This drives me insane.  It shouldn’t be that big of a deal for a man to watch his children. Plus, it’s not like he is doing you a favor when it’s his kid, too!

In fact, it is important for a father to bond with his kids.  Men can and do play important roles in the lives of their children. I think the fact that there are more stay-at-home dads now is awesome.  I love seeing men out and about with their children.

One day, Eric and I will have children.  Because of the nature of Eric’s work, I expect to be providing the majority of the childcare.  But in no way will my husband ever be the “babysitter” for our children.  So, don’t act shocked the next time you see a dad out by himself with kids!

 

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April 15, 2014 · 12:26 pm

Boomer

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is a new father and has taken heat for his brief paternity leave from two ignorant sportscasters.  At the beginning of the 2014 MLB season, Murphy took three days off to be with his wife and newborn baby.  I think that’s admirable.  WFAN broadcasters Boomer Esiason and Mike Francesca weight in and are now the scum of the earth int he eyes of many parents.

“I would have said C-section before the season starts.  I need to be at Opening Day.  I’m sorry.  This is what makes our money.” -Boomer Esiason

I’m not a crazy feminist by any stretch of the imagination, but there is just so much wrong with the above statement.  First, the decision to have a C-section isn’t one that should be made lightly.  It should be used when medically necessary.  I would not volunteer to be cut open if I didn’t have to be.  While I’ve never had a C-section, people I’ve spoken with indicate that it is painful and has a longer recovery time than a vaginal birth.  Why subject yourself to that if not medically necessary?  Also, what kind of crappy person would put his career ahead of the life and health of his wife and child?  Esiason, I suppose.

Also, MLB plays 162 regular season games.  Guys miss games all the time for various reasons.  Who cares that this guy missed two games at the beginning of the season?  It’s not like it’s the playoffs.  Even if it were, if Murphy felt that taking a couple days off is in the best interest of his family, who are we to judge?

We are so obsessed with career and money in this country that we never stop to enjoy life.  Obviously, Boomer Esiason is willing to miss major milestones in his children’s lives in favor of his career and the almighty dollar.  Just because he feels that way doesn’t mean everybody else does.  You can earn back money, you can make up work, but you can never get back time and memories.  When he is old and decrepit, his children will be taking care of him and his NFL career will only be a distant memory.

It’s like that stupid Cadillac commercial.  The Europeans who have a month vacation in August are probably more fulfilled and have better relationships with their families than a lot of Americans.  But, I digress.

“What are you going to do?  I mean you are going to sit there and look at your wife in a hospital bed for two days?  Your wife doesn’t need your help the first couple of days; you know that your not doing much the first couple days with the baby that was just born.” – Mike Francesca

What are you going to do?  When I deliver a child I certainly want my husband there for support.  That’s what you do.  Yes, my husband can look at me in the hospital bed for two days because he loves me.  I just pushed out a baby – hello!  I expect my husband to be fully engaged when our child is born.  He can help change diapers, rock the baby to sleep, or get dinner ready.  I guess, according to Francesca, that women should just go at it alone.  He probably thinks dads “babysit” (next week’s blog).  My husband has a demanding career and other people depend on him, but at the end of the day he understands that his first priority is his family.

Francesca’s word really bother me because it downplays the importance of a father’s role.  In his eyes, the father is just a sperm donor who makes an occasional appearance in his children’s lives.  Glad he isn’t my dad!  Francesca also made the comment that if Murphy’s family needed help, they should have hired help.  I mean, really?  Just because you make a lot of money doesn’t mean you need to farm your kid out to a nanny.  Shouldn’t a father want to bond with his child?  A recent study says that it is important for infants to bond with their parents and if they don’t, they are set up for a much tougher time in life.

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The News Isn’t the News

The Today Show is my morning news program of choice.  I believe it has the right balance of news and pop culture, plus it is hosted by credible news-people (even Carson Daly has paid his dues over the years).  Say what you want about Matt Lauer, but the man can conduct an interview.

On Monday, March 17th, his co-host, Savannah Guthrie, announced that she was married the previous weekend and four months pregnant with her first child.  That is wonderful news, and she probably felt compelled to share it with the viewers as she would start showing soon.  But that should have been it.

Every day that week, there was a story about Savannah’s pregnancy,  I went to the NBC News website, and it was one of the top stories.  It was being featured like it was news rather than an entertainment story.  I understand that she is one of their people, but IT IS NOT NEWS!  We had major news that week – 239 missing people on flight MH 370, the Crimean Crisis, the Oscar Pistorius Trial, even March Madness, and this is supposed to be on the same level?  Save it for the Kathie Lee & Hoda hour (which is awesome, btw) where viewers go to get entertainment news.

I thought news programs were supposed to keep people informed of what’s going on in the world.  I guarantee you more people know about Savannah’s pregnancy that about our issues with Russia.

While I’m at it, there is so much out there that is reported that isn’t news.  Respected news organizations need to stop using Twitter as a “source.” As Stephen Colbert said in a recent episode about a controversial tweet, “A web editor I’ve never met posts a tweet in my name on an account I don’t control, outrages a hashtag activist, and the news media gets 72 hours of content.”

It isn’t news that the POTUS filled out a tournament bracket or partied with Jay-Z and Beyonce last night.  Tell me what he is doing to fix the ObamaCare mess or deal with Putin.  I don’t care what happened with one of the Real Housewives or Kim Kardashian – this is what E! Channel is for!

This is the very reason we we stopped watching GMA.  What a downgrade since the days of Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson (Michael Strahan – if that’s happens OMG).  It became more about the anchors than the news.  I am afraid The Today Show might be following the same path.  As someone with a journalism degree, I am tired of hiring celebrities and entertainment people as newscasters.

Legend Barbara Walters, who is retiring later this spring said, “The kinds of interviews I did all these years, nobody wants them anymore.  You have three minutes of a morning show.”

I’m not picking on Savannah Guthrie – my criticism is aimed at the producers of The Today Show and NBC.   If they must promote her pregnancy ad nauseum, perhaps do a public interest story about health complications, diet and exercise, or healthy weight gain.  Really, is the general public becoming so vapid that it no longer cares about hard news?

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Billy

I know I try to act highbrow and stuff, but there are some really silly, stupid things that I like. Even though I was once told I was going to Hell for watching it, I love “South Park.” I Also love “Billy on the Street,” a show on FUSE TV, that my sister recently introduced into my life.

“Billy on the Street” is hosted by Billy Eichner, who you may recognize from Conan or “Parks and Recreation.” In the show, Billy runs around the streets of New York City and asks (actually shouts at) its citizens questions about pop culture. There are three games I enjoy in particular.

“Quizzed in the Face” – Billy asks the “contestant” questions about pop culture. If the participant makes it to the final round, there is a subjective question and it has to match Billy’s answer.

“For A Dollar” – Billy asks a person one question and if they get it right (by agreeing with him), they get a dollar. My sister and I played a similar game as teenagers and young adults. It was called “I’ll Give You a Dollar,” and you had to say or do something embarrassing.

“Harvey Milk vs. Steve Harvey” (or any other random public figures) – The person is told random facts and they have to say whether it is true of Harvey Milk or Steve Harvey.

Celebrity guests include the likes of Rachel Dratch, Will Ferrell, Pink, Paul Rudd, and Neil Patrick Harris, to name a few. While the celebrity stuff can be funny, I like it better when Billy is dealing with the random pedestrian. One time, a lady tried to argue with him that Denzel Washington was in Phantom of the Opera. I don’t think so, honey!

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April 1, 2014 · 12:32 pm