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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/22/14

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Team USA - This team is slowly captivating the nation after picking up it's first win in the World Cup as well as hanging tight to a 2-2 draw with soccer powerhouse, Portugal, and of course, the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Alex Torres - Safety has become a huge issue in sports, especially head injuries. After the amount of line drives pitchers have fallen victim to in recent years, MLB has taken precautions by offering protective hats for pitchers. Only, noone wants to be the first because of ridicule and well, awkwardness of the look of the cap. Kudos to Alex Torres for taking that step and putting his safety first, and of course, breaking the ice for others to do so now. I'm sure the technology, and look, will only get better. 

Camouflage Leopards - No reason for this "up" other than it's such a cool story about camouflaging leopards. Check out the link and try to find the animals. I'm sure it'll amaze you. 

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Iraq/ISIS Situation - This situation is growing and growing and become a serious concern in the Middle East. It has been said recently that the judge who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death was recently captured and killed. How long before the United States and others step in to not only prevent a total government overtake, but preventing any fostering or harboring of terrorism. 

Isaiah Austin - I can't imagine how devastated this kid must be. To finally work your way to the brink of achieving your dream only to have a degenerative condition take it all away from you. Heartbreaking. 

Hope Solo - It's a shame Hope Solo always finds herself in the news for negative stories. If it's not domestic abuse charges, it's issues regarding banned substances like what went down in the 2012 Olympics. Solo could be a huge advocate for women's soccer, especially when the game needs them here in the States during these World Cup games - both male and female. 

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DP Review of the Alternate Knicks Orange Jersey

One of the good aspects about having a blog and being truthful and honest about it, is the hindsight thought process it provides. DP devotees already know how much I love my New York Knicks, and how excited I was about their new jerseys last year. It was a new look that was desperately needed ( DP Review On Knicks New Uniforms ).  In reviewing those jerseys last year, I had the following comments in regards to then-rumors regarding the addition of an alternative orange jersey for the Knicks and overall NBA changes to the Christmas Day special jerseys:  "As long as we do not add an "alternative jersey" (I read rumors of an orange one - woof!) (and the league-wide Spanish jerseys are fine). And please, please - PLEASE - let's finally do away with the awful green jerseys we feel the need to wear on Christmas and St. Patrick's day! Pretty please!"

Quick Ponder: Free and Guarded

Stay free. But keep the gate to  your peace, guarded.

WWE Wrestlemania XL Review: "I absolutely loved this Wrestlemania"

It's easy to get caught up and become a prisoner of the moment. Especially in today's world where the latest moment is ostracized, super-analyzed, and hyperbolized - it's very much the clickbait, social media, microwave society we live in.  Yet, even after acknowledging that (as well as my Tribal Chief, of course), I still come to this feeling that Wrestlemania XL is one of the best Wrestlemania's, ever.  Yes, ever!  I don't need Triple H's metrics and benchmarks to influence me. No, no, no! In terms of hype, storylines, payoffs, match quality, and just overall fun - this entire weekend was amazing.  I'm slightly skewed in my preference as well. This was my son's first Wrestlemania as a pro wrestling fan. Having him at my side cheering on his favorites, getting caught up in the drama, and even crying at the end of the night because his Tribal Chief lost to "that no good Cody" added to the overall appreciation of the event.  So yeah, I have some