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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/29/14

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Amy Adams - Kudos to Amy Adams on giving up her first class seat and offering it to a solider returning home. It's unfortunate we can't do more for our troops returning home, but Adams showed that even the smallest of gestures can go a long way. 

NBA - It's been a week of good deeds, and what's there not to love about this story? After Isiah Austin had his dream ripped away from him due to Marfan syndrome, the NBA decided to draft Austin during the NBA draft. With his family in attendance, Adam Silver still called Austin's name and gave the kid the moment he deserved. 

NYC TNA Wrestling Tapings - As you can see from the posts this week, yours truly attended the TNA Tapings on Wednesday and Thursday nights here in NYC. Such an awesome time, and Thursday was one of, if not the best wrestling event I've ever been to. 

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Immigration Situation - The ongoing situation at the South Texas border has become a huge issue with parents from other countries now sending - yes, SENDING - their children across the border for a better life. It has goten so bad, the President is now seeking $2 billion in funds to help deport individuals quicker and to protect the border. 

North Korea Indicting Americans - If North Korea couldn't be evil enough, the country has detained and are now indicting two immigrants on charges of, "hostile acts against the country". One individual is reportedly being indicted for being in possession of a Bible and another for very sketchy reasons. When it comes to North Korea and Kim Jong Un, you know it has to be pretty bad. 

Jason Kidd - Has there been a franchise legend who has ruined his reputation with that organization as many times and in the damaging ways Jason Kidd with the the Nets? The story of him looking to get a position of basketball operation is baffling, and a bit head scratching. 

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/24/21

3 Up 1. Science and Research - Look, I'm not trying to get into any debates or start trouble with this selection. I'm just giving props to the men and women who continue to develop these vaccines - and now approved booster shots - that help fight off this terrible virus that has plagued over the past 18 months. Some countries still don't have an option when it comes to vaccines - we're onto booster shots, and can "choose". Perspective and privilege are needed sometimes.  2. Col. Wang Yaping - Give it up to Yaping who in six weeks will become the first Chinese woman to walk in space. OF course, she is receiving tons of backlash from the media - but hey, did we expect anything else? 

CM Punk's Return - Perfect Timing for the Symbol of Anti-WWE

Looooooooook in my eyes, what do you see?! The lyrics to Cult of Personality, especially that first bar,  never felt so fitting for CM Punk as it did last night.  For the most part, everything that is CM Punk's return to wrestling last night at AEW Rampage ties directly into my latest thoughts on pro wrestling - the company is making it must-see destination television, an element desperately needed from pro wrestling.  Last night was incredible as again, it was another moment that made wrestling feel alive - with a wild and energetic pulse. It was one of the coolest moments in pro wrestling that you knew was coming, expected, anticipated, and it was everything and more. Again, MUST-SEE television. That's hard to do.  For me, it wasn't just Punk's return to pro wrestling, but the mere presence and voice of his inclusion in today's space. We know that Punk can deliver on the microphone - probably his best and most signature attribute. We also know that yes, he can

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/10/21

3 Up 1. Moderna Vaccine to Low Income Nations - In a world where the idea of "pandemic" now feels like a state of mind or the privilege of belief, Moderna has decided to aim its efforts in getting at least 1 billion doses to low-income countries the COVID vaccine. I'll save the "vaccine" chat for another time - but this is pretty awesome by Moderna. And oh yeah, highly needed.  2. Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi - Two absolute legends of the WNBA had some legacy-cementing moments this week. Parker lead her hometown Chicago Sky into the WNBA finals, and Taurasi, was named the GOAT of the WNBA by fans. Because well, she is. Congrats to both.  3. Netlfix's On My Block - For the second week in a row I'm putting a personal - and admittedly, biased - selection in the "Up" section. One of my favorite shows by Netflix, On My Block , released its fourth and final season, and yes, I binged it on my daily commute home. Gonna miss the crew from Freeridge.