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Short Notes: I’m Not Burning My A-Rod Jersey

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A few notes: If every customer of McDonald’s paid 22 cents more for their Big Mac, their workers could make a much better wage overall? What are they waiting for?! [The Daily Beast] Dave Zirin writes a  great piece on why the MLBPA (the baseball players’ union) should back A-Rod, no matter what we actually think of him. [The Nation] A gay teacher loses his job after posting his wedding …

Short Notes: Inspire The Next, Recognize The Present

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A few notes: Relando Thompkins interviews a few of us for his People Who Inspire Me series. Read our dialogue. [Relando Thompkins] Facing History wants you to nominate teachers who’ve inspired you to speak out against injustice. More details here. [GOOD Magazine] NYC Educator demonstrates the value of a New York (presidential) vote. We can be honest, right? [NYC Educator] Finally, JD is back on the writing horse. With a …

Alex Rodriguez, 2009 Champion

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez: Even The Maligned Get Realigned

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Much of the last 5-6 years of my New York Yankee fandom has been spent on defending the Yankees’ decision for trading for, and eventually resigning Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez. I’ve had so many heated battled with Red Sox fans and fellow Yankee fans about the merits of getting one of the greatest players of this generation (and possibly of all time) for arguably the greatest sports franchise in the world. …

Alex Rodriguez Screaming With Mariano Rivera, Celebrates ALCS Win

The MVP Matters Less When The Team Goes To The World Series

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Quick: name the last 5 (MLB) World Series MVPs (Cole Hamels, Mike Lowell, David Eckstein, Jermaine Dye, Manny Ramirez). Those of you searching on Wikipedia right now hopefully kept reading. Otherwise, you’re probably at a loss. Now, name the last five teams quickly, and that’s probably an easier task (Phillies, Red Sox, Cardinals, White Sox, Red Sox). This is one of the many reasons why I love baseball: the idea …

Alex Rodriguez's Pledge of Allegiance

A-Rod Can Haz Dominican Culture Now?

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Back in July of 2005, the World Baseball Classic committees were just getting their international rosters, and most people stuck to their countries of origin, as stipulated by the rules. With 16 teams in the competition, many of us baseball fans almost salivated to the chin being able to watch these all-stars playing on the same teams. Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, and Ken Griffey Jr. all on the same squad? …

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In Search of A-Rod’s Soul

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Make no bones about it; I got love for Alex Rodriguez, the 3rd baseman for the New York Yankees. His swift and graceful swing, his trot, and that swagger he shows when he comes up to bat. The ease in which he picks up balls coming down the left field line and gets them to whoever’s platooning at 1st base. Even the way he wears the uniform makes you want …

Helter Skelter

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Those that need an explanation as to why people made a big uproar over the Jena 6 need no further comment from me after this: First off, let me just say that the reason why Jena 6 is so important is because the justice system is doing an injustice to its own system. I understand that there has to be punishment for any kid beating up on another kid so …

I Slipped, Fell, and Landed On Your Blog

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Ever since I started typing opinionated blogs in my last venue, I’ve always had interesting search strings attached to my blogs, including “Toastee from Flavor of Love,” “F)(% Bush,” and “hot sexy black @$$.” (Yes, I’m censoring myself a bit.) Since then I’ve tried my best to keep my references to pop culture and sex specific and concise, but even still Google did me no justice. That is, until this …

Crazy Eights

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Borrowed from J. Dakar: The Rules: 1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts. 2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves. 3. People who are tagged write their own blog post about their eight things and include these rules. 4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave …

Simpsellent and A-Roids

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I just got back from a really good rendering of the TV-to-silver screen movie The Simpsons Movie, and it was awesome. It fulfilled its enormous expectations, and I’m really happy. This could have been an absolute bomb like so many TV-to-movie movies are, but no. I’d rather not give any spoilers here, though I’m sure they aren’t hard to find at all. Once I logged in, I checked my Slimstats …