From the time of my childhood in the 70's, on up through the early 90's, there were always three constant loves present: Music, Kung Fu Flicks, & Pro Wrestling. From the the old Memphis/USWA, to the AWA, to the NWA, to World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas, to the WWF, I was always glued to the television to watch my favorites lock it up.
The thing that was different about wrestling back them was that at least 90% of these cats were truly badass types that really could hurt somebody if they wanted to. And while there were a few that were still dope in the late 90's through the mid 2000's, wrestling pretty much took a more cartoonish approach around 1993 maybe. And so with all of my favorite wrestlers either dead or retired, there are very few things that could spark enough curiosity to make flick the channel over to the weekly WWE or TNA broadcasts. And honestly there are almost all based on my general LOVE FOR WOMEN. Lol. Enjoy.
Cool C - I Gotta Habit
Ever since Kendrick Lamar saw fit to declare himself "King of New York," it seems like every no longer/never was important rapper has jumped at the opportunity to steal a moment in the spotlight. But while trying my best to ignore the hundred social media posts that come each day in regard to who truly wears the crown & holds the golden mic, one visual did suddenly come to mind...
Back in 1989, an up & coming emcee named Cool C would see a bit of success behind his hit single "I Gotta Habit." But it's the video that will live on in infamy, as the visual of Cool C venturing around town stealing microphones from emcees, journalists, and more. As a sidebar, Cool C-along with fellow Philly-Bred Emcee Steady B-would later be convicted of Murder-in connection with a failed Bank robbery Attempt in 1993. Cool C actually received a Death Sentence; as it was a Philadelphia Police Officer that was killed. C is still awaiting punishment, after his execution was put on hold in 2006. As cold-hearted as it may have been, I can remember Rap City playing this video on the day news broke about his arrest. Dang.
So A Kenyan Man Is Found Hanging, Dead From A Tree, In New Jersey; And Not One Major News Outlet Has Reported It???!!!!
On the morning of Tuesday August 6th, and woman was taking leisurely stroll near Lafayette Park in Hudson Park County (Jersey City) New Jersey & made a most horrific & unusual discovery. According to multiple AFRICAN News Websites, the body 61 Year Old Jeffrey Kililibwa was found hanging from a tree on the west side of the park. Mr. Kililibwa was immediately transported to Jersey City Medical Center, and pronounced dead on arrival.
Initial reports indicated that no foul play was suspected. Further reports implied that Jeffrey Kililibwa may have taken his own life, as he had just recently lost his job at a local mall.
Nelson Mogesha, a close friend of the deceased has indicated that Mr. Kililibwa's hands were TIED, with a rope, BEHIND HIS BACK!!! Additional pressure exerted from the Kenyan Community of New Jersey hopefully will lead to a more thorough examination of the facts in this case; as it's a little hard to hang oneself while your hands are bound up. Hmmmmmm... There are also reports that Mr. Kililbwa had been detained, the day before, after being identified as walking around in “a confused state of mind”.
Here Is Where It Gets Ugly Though...
NONE OF THESE STORIES HAVE MADE NATIONAL NEWS. EACH OF THESE STORIES RECEIVED THE BULK OF THEIR COVERAGE VIA NEWS SITES. And all of this occurs during a month dominted by stories of Tea Party Forums, in which the old "Birther/Communist-Islamic Takeover of America Myths were the main topic of discussion (for some reason this did make national news). And on the heels of the infamous Missouri State Fair Incident. For those unaware of that sory, here the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIM4nxvepGI
This may all be some weird coincidence; but it may be so much more. Either way, the FACT that no major media outlet has given this one second of coverage is extremely troubling. Seems like this is much more newsworthy than Anthony Weiner, a possible congressional run by the main character on Duck Dynasty, and whether or not Lebron will run for NBAPA President. SMH.
We will continue to monitor these stories, and update, once new information is available. Funny how Jesse & Al are mighty quiet about this one...
So while I can't find the words that would accurately express how Happy the start of the new football season makes me; and I might add that the B'More Ravens defense looked pretty strong in their first preseason outing last night; I must admit that I am still mourning the loss of my FAVORITE football player. A STEELER Fan at Heart-I have been quietly living out the contradiction of having my most beloved football players in the world unfortunately play for their #1 competitor. Add in Ed Reed & Ozzie Newsome, the Best Executive VP & General Manager in the NFL, and I often find myself taking up a neutral position for the 2-3 times that the Steelers & Ravens face each other. SMH @ Myself.
All of that aside, before I can write any post about anything NFL, I first have to get this out of my system. So here we go with my tribute to the BEST LINEBACKER IN NFL HISTORY (sorry L.T.).
Most would/should say that Patrick Ewing ranks among the Top Five Players Never to Win an NBA Championship. I would say he is one of my Favorite Players of All Time.
From his days at Georgetown (the first of John Thompson Sr's prized pupils)-to his distinguished career with the New York Knicks-I have followed Pat every step of the way.
Please note that I refuse to mention his brief stays in Seattle & Orlando-I just can't...
But I will say that the moment P. Ewing put on that Knick jersey, the NY Knickerbockers became my FAVORITE Team.
As for that not winning a Championship part, CLEARLY Ewing found himself facing other legends that played on far superior teams (i.e. Da Bulls, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, etc.). There's even that 1982 University of North Carolina Team that featured Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, and a last second shot. Ewing always shined against many now-Hall of Fame greats; but usually Bad Luck & an inferior bench would prove to be insurmountable (i.e. broken hand, CHARLES SMITH couldn't hit ONE DAMN SHOT-from right under the basket, etc.). Sorry for the vent.
Happy 51st Birthday Patrick Ewing...