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Melania Trump Supports LeBron


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The Trump women seem to be slowly distancing themselves from the President.  First, it seems the first lady prefers CNN to Fox News.  Now in a statement prepare by her spokesperson Stephanie Grisham, wrote to counter his tweet suggesting LeBron isn’t bright.

 “It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today. As you know, Mrs. Trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behavior with her Be Best initiative. Her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron.

Mike or Michael Jordan gets in the fray.  Earlier today Jordan said  I support LeBron James. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,”

A few days ago his daughter Ivanka said the separation of migrant children from their parents as a low point of her White House tenure and unlike her father she doesn’t believe the media is an enemy of the people.

While, Donald is the President.  We can look to Melania and Ivanka to at least look Presidential.

CityFella

 

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Empty roads during England vs Sweden World Cup match shows a football-mad country as you’ve never seen it


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And plenty of non-fans (and football widows) took advantage of this.

In towns around the country, life seemed to grind to a standstill as fans flocked to pubs or headed home to watch the match.

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In London, large queues started forming as early as 10am outside pubs in London Bridge and Clapham – and eager viewers were queueing for as long as five hours.

Just as well their patience was rewarded…

 

The Golden State Warriors Have Broken the NBA


The reigning NBA champions now have another All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins, and the entire league is left to wonder: What’s the point?

By: Ben Cohen/Wall Street Journal

Remember when the Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James? That was adorable.

The Golden State Warriors responded to one of the most seismic moves the NBA has ever seen on Monday night by reminding the other 29 teams in the league they’re only nominally playing the same game. They pulled off the surprise of the summer: a one-year, $5.3 million bargain deal with free agent DeMarcus Cousins. Which means they now have five players from last year’s NBA All-Star Game on the same team that won last year’s championship, and the one the year before that, and probably next year’s, too.

Now it’s worth asking the question that echoed around the league as demoralized teams began to reckon with the depressing reality that the Warriors, who are coming off what is statistically the best four-year stretch in the history of professional basketball, might have gotten even better: Um, how?

The first thing that’s important to understand is that the DeMarcus Cousins they’re getting isn’t the DeMarcus Cousins who is used to demolishing the other extraordinarily large human beings who call themselves NBA centers. Not too long ago, Cousins was described as “the best big man in our game” by someone who would know: LeBron James.

But there’s a reason he was there for the taking. The four-time All-Star tore his Achilles tendon in January, a devastating injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season and should keep him on the bench for his first few months in Golden State, and not even the Warriors are light years enough ahead of the NBA to know how Cousins will recover. He could be a shadow of himself, and his mercurial personality could upset the Warriors’ chemistry, and things could get so bad for Golden State they might actually lose a game in the Finals. Or he could be the discount they didn’t need.

Cousins was worth the gamble either way. And that’s because it wasn’t really a gamble.

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Who is Patrick Reed? The Masters 2018 leader branded ‘golf’s villain’ after fan clashes, allegations of cheating, stealing and gay slurs


The Texan, 27, is in pole position heading into the final day of The Masters in Augusta, Georgia – but why do so many fans love to hate him?

By: Jon Livesey/uk mirror

 

Kinder commentators may describe golfer Patrick Reed as a divisive character.

Less forgiving critics, however, would simply say he’s the most hated man in golf.

The American tops The Masters leaderboard heading into the final day in Augusta, Georgia.

He fired a spectacular third round five-under-par 67 to retain top spot, finishing with a score of 14, three strokes ahead of second-placed Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.

Away from the course, he’s married to Justine, his former caddy, with whom he has a daughter, Windsor-Wells.

But what exactly has he done to garner a reputation as the villain of the gentleman’s game?

Here’s a run-through of the 27-year-old Texan’s most controversial moments…

College troubles, allegations of cheating and stealing

Reed is married to Justine, his former caddy (Image: Getty Images North America)

According to reports, Reed was ousted from the University of Georgia (UGA) under a cloud after he was arrested for underage drinking and caught in possession of a fake ID.

He admits he left after a couple of drinking-related incidents.

But he also vehemently denies rumours that he cheated on the golf course by claiming another player’s ball when it was in a better position.

And he’s rubbished talk that he stole $400 and a Scotty Cameron putter from teammates.

Reed transferred to Augusta State, where problems continued.

Within weeks, he was suspended by his coach for unspecified “violations of team rules”.

He was also so unpopular with his teammates that they wanted him out.

There were also more cheating rumours, with Reed twice suspected of declaring lower scores than he’d actually shot, according to golf writer Stephanie Wei.

Sweet revenge?

Reed doesn’t appear to be a huge fan of his former college (Image: Twitter/@PReedGolf)

Last year, Reed suggested he hasn’t forgotten the way he was treated at UGA.

He attended a college football game between Notre Dame and UGA – in full Notre Dame gear.

Reed, at the game with his wife, was openly rooting for the home team.

Swears and homophobic slurs

Reed, pictured during this year’s Masters, is no stranger to controversy (Image: Getty Images North America)

In 2014, Reed had to apologise for using homophobic language in a sweary rant at himself on the opening day of the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

After shooting a bogey on the first hole, TV microphones picked up his subsequent cursing.

He was clearly heard saying: “Nice f****** three-putt, you f****** f****t.”

Charming the fans

Reed did his best to wind up the European crowd at Gleneagles in 2014
Cheerleader: Patrick Reed celebrates for Team USA (Image: Getty)

At the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Reed went full pantomime villain, lifting his fingers to his lips and shushing the European crowd after sinking a putt on the seventh hole.

Some reports claimed he needed a police escort when leaving the club as spectators’ anger towards him threatened to boil over.

He infamously shushed the crowd after sinking a putt

This week, he spoke about his relationship with fans, saying: “Honestly I don’t really care what people say on Twitter or what they say if they are cheering for me or not cheering for me.

“I’m out here to do my job, and that’s to play golf.”

Reed vs McIlroy

Rory McIlroy of Europe reacts on the seventh green during singles matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup
McIlroy mocked Reed’s shushing at the Ryder Cup in 2016 (Image: Getty Images)

Two years on from ‘shushgate’, Reed was involved in yet more Ryder Cup controversy as he and Rory McIlroy were involved in a dramatic battle.

The pair were on top form, going hole-for-hole at Hazeltine and winding one another up with over-exuberant celebrations and cheers.

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Reed was busy shushing again in 2016 (Image: Getty)

Celebrating one putt, McIlroy stoked the flames by mocking Reed’s shushing.Reed responded by cranking up his own shouts.

While the exchanges appeared to be good-natured – the pair were later seen fist-bumping – they did nothing to help Reed’s image as a brash character.

However…

Reed spoke of his pride at representing Team USA at the Rio Olympics (Image: REUTERS)

Reed deserves credit for his bravery and patriotism.

He said: “Any time I can wear stars and stripes, I do it.”
Say what you like about Reed, he isn’t boring, that’s for sure.

 

Superbowl 52 Justin Timberlake “Doomed from the Start”


Justin Timberlake had nothing to say at the Super Bowl and wouldn't stop saying it

 There are many blacks who gave Justin Timberlake as pass   (He was allowed to emulate the black culture/music) without question.   He had a very rare card that allowed him to appropriate black music and culture.

In 2004, he was one half of the firestorm at Superbowl 38, where he removed Janet Jackson’s costume exposing her breast.  By all accounts Timberlake distanced himself from Jackson, leaving her to take the blame for the wardrobe malfunction. Nipplegate damaged Janet Jackson career and left Justin Timberlake’s unscathed.    Leaving many in the black community calling for his card.

Years have passed and Justin Timberlake hung on to his card.  Welcomed at black events like the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards where he would support issues that affect black people at the event.   However, beyond the awards he was absent.

Timberlake owes much of his success to the black community who welcomed him.  Today he’s finding himself locked outside in the cold.

In an ideal world his appearance at the Superbowl would have boosted sales for his newest and worst reviewed album of his career “Man of the Woods” that dropped last Friday.

Chris Edwards of the Washington Post said: Timberlake tries to make the world forget about his dud album, and about that alleged purple hologram and — oh, right — about the last time he performed at the Super Bowl, way back in 2004 when he sang, “Bet I’ll have you naked by the end of this song,” then proceeded to rip away a significant portion of Janet Jackson’s stage costume, exposing her right breast to 90 million unsuspecting television viewers. In the months of pearl-clutching that followed, Timberlake’s career went boffo while the rest of the industry encouraged Ms. Jackson to convalesce in the void — a stark and enduring example of how our culture allows some artists (white/men) to get away with any old thing, while others (black/women) are swiftly silenced for stepping out of bounds.

Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times said : Anyone who admires the skill required to get moving parts to move together could see something in this presentation to commend. But this was music, not civil engineering. And there was simply nothing to enjoy about Timberlake’s show beyond its careful planning. The performance lacked soul, meaning, humor; it had no message, nor was it taking any stand — soft, hard or otherwise.

The singing wasn’t even that memorable, and this was after Pink’s shaky (if valiant) stab at the national anthem, which she did while she said she was suffering from the flu.

Before you get going, allow me to stop you: I don’t need every Super Bowl halftime gig to explode like the one in 2016 did, when Beyoncé showed up with a small army of dancers in Black Panther-style berets to do “Formation,” the radical black-pride anthem she’d released one day before. Yet Timberlake wasn’t forsaking politics in order to provide joy, as Bruno Mars did a few years ago. Or as Coldplay did in 2016. (If you forgot, which you probably did, it was technically Coldplay’s Super Bowl show that Beyoncé crashed.)

Or, indeed, as Janet Jackson might have if Timberlake had invited that always-vibrant performer back this year as a means of rectifying the damage her career took after the 2004 incident — even as Timberlake went on to ever greater success. No, joy was in short supply Sunday.  This was a show about the dull reality of entrenched power: predictable, witless, a waste of the attention with which we all rewarded it. (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-super-bowl-justin-timberlake-20180204-story.html)

Like has album, last night Superbowl’s performance was largely panned. On Twitter there were calls for Bruno Mars and he was accused of lip syncing and controversy about his shirt.

At the end of the day, there were people who hoped for vindication or acknowledgement of  Janet Jackson by Justin Timberlake.   Yes, she has been banned from appearing on the Superbowl,  but what if?   What would it have done for Justin?  Unfortunately, that act requires courage and integrity.

CityFella

Just another Refugee from San Francisco


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I saw a familiar head in line at the BelAir Market on West El Camino.  We used to call him Peanut head back in the day.   I hadn’t seen Peanut head in more than ten years.  We lost contact after my family moved to Sacramento in the nineties.   There he was, in living color, in South Natomas.   I like a lot of my friends in the Bay, he gave many excuses why he couldn’t visit Sacramento. The number one excuse, was the heat. The number two was, it wasn’t the city and there wasn’t anything to do here.  I parked my cart and intercepted him before he left the store.

It seems Peanut head moved to Sacramento four years ago.  Family members from Hayward and Fremont soon followed.  His younger brother and his partner will arrive this spring.

Peanut head lost his job nearly 30 years and owned a home in the Haight.  After an extended visit in Sacramento he sold his home and paid cash for a home near his friend (a refugee from Los Angeles) in South Natomas.   Today, he owns several properties in Sacramento and has his sights on Oak Park.   He LOVES Sacramento, for more than a half an hour he talked about how much he loved it here.   We discovered we enjoy the same restaurants in midtown., he his a major soccer fan and often attends sporting events in the area.

In the last few years, nearly a dozen friends had quietly moves to Sacramento.   If your a Millennial its possible to own a home here.  If your a baby boomer with children or grandchildren in the state.  You can sell you home in Los Angeles and San Francisco and with the savings have an easier retirement.

Sometimes its difficult to find someone who was born and raised here to have a good word about their city.  Like the central character in Ladybird, they only dreams to leave the city.

I think the refugees are wining ,as Sacramento is the fastest growing big city in the state. While the local say there isn’t much here, the refugees are amazed by what is here.  The initial attraction here is the lower cost of living.  Sactown cost are  higher than most southern cities. Its much lower than the coastal areas of California and Washington.

Refugees have nothing put praise about the city and they are coming in by the car load.

Wikipedia Says, Sacramento has one of the highest LGBT populations per capita, ranking seventh among major American cities, and third in California behind San Francisco and slightly behind Oakland, with roughly 10% of the city’s total population identifying themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual and Sac is as the most “hipster city” in California.

After twenty years in Sactown, I wish it were a bit more urban. A bit more vertical. However what keeps me planted is the diversity, the people. I travel often and one thing I haven’t heard in Sacramento, “people who look like me isn’t welcome in this part of town”.  Something you hear in many cities.. So far, not in Sacramento.

The new refugees don’t share my complaints.  Go to a restaurant along 16th Street in one of the new buildings  or walk along “R”St corridor and you’ll hear (well, with one very vocal exception from Los Angeles who cant wait to leave this pile of …) I like Sac.

CityFella

 

 

 

NFL Football in Los Angeles? Whatevah!


Los Angeles is the second largest TV market in the nation.   Professional sports want a slice of that lucrative pie.  The LA Rams left town in 1996 after several attempts to get taxpayers to pay for a new stadium.    So they moved East where St Louis gave them everything they wanted and more.  ( Las Vegas, recently  gave the Raider Organization every thing they wanted to move.)   For 10 years Los Angeles was without an NFL team.

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READ: The Citizens of the City of St Louis and State of Missouri on the hook for empty stadium Click the Link below for the rest of the story

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2016/02/04/suckers-professional-sports-abandons-another-city-leaving-taxpayers-with-mega-debt/

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In 2016, the Rams returned to Los Angeles where they are temporarily playing in the 93,000 seat Memorial Coliseum until their new home opens in 2019 in Inglewood.  Over 83,000 attended last years opener at the Coliseum.  Despite tickets prices as low as $6.00 less than 58,000 Rams fans were in stands yesterday.

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The news isn’t any better for Los Angeles newest team the Chargers.   Twelve miles southwest  of Memorial Coliseum is Stubhub Center in Carson the temporary home of the LA Chargers.  After over 50 years in San Diego Chargers moved to Los Angeles  The Chargers will share the Inglewood Stadium with the Rams .  The Chargers share the stadium with LA Galaxy Soccer Team.   Yesterday, in their home opener nearly half the fans supported the  Miami Dolphin in the 27,000 seat stadium.

2016 attendance for the Rams was in the top 10.  However, the team unable to sell out at $6.00 doesn’t bode well for the future, especially when you consider the USC Trojans nearly sold out the huge stadium the night before.

For many, in the LA area there are two teams , The Lakers and The Dodgers.

Its early, fans support winners, in the second week the Rams are 1-1 and the Charges are 0-2.

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