So Why Does The NBA Have NBATV?

 

I’m sure you’ve heard about the new deal The NBA has with Tuner Sports and ESPN. To be fair it means nothing if as fans both networks aren’t showing more games. TNT has truly focused on original content over the last ten years or so, and that had cut TNT down to a once a week game. ESPN doesn’t really get into the NBA fully until March Madness comes along. ESPN has so much going on and The NBA is one of the many things. If that new deal doesn’t secure more nights to show games, both networks have wasted money.

So what happens with NBA TV? I personally go there for the Hardwood Classics, but that’s about it as for as what they have to offer. During the regular season they have shows where they speak about the games being played and show highlights… BORING! The NBA unlike The NFL really can take advantage of their channel. Games are are played almost every night during the 82 game season, there is no way to truly put that out there on NBA TV. There’s a thing they do where you vote for the game that will be showed on their Wednesday Night showcase or whatever they call it, why not have that format throughout the season? Show the top voted games for each time, 8pm and 10:30pm and then show replays other games of that night after the live games and throughout the day leading up to the next live game. If The NBA is scared or hasn’t thought of being the owner of their own content the way The NLF does they should consider it. To be able to have NBA TV complement local stations as well as TNT and ESPN should be the way the network works. There will are many more Sports networks that can show highlights for hours since The NFL, MLB and NBA aren’t dealing with them, so why not allow your channel to handle the games TNT and ESPN aren’t showing? As of now with the new deal all it does is make NBA TV that much more useless. I’m not saying send the NBA TV people to these games but show the actual local broadcast, again you’re The NBA, own your content, if not turn NBA TV into NBA Classics and just show old games and let those who \have to deal with ESPN and the boat load of sports they show be the more reliable source for NBA basketball i.e. every Cleveland Cavaliers game.

Reading Between The Lines On Grimes

 

It’s almost that time to vote and I’ve learned two things.

1. John Boehner is going to win Ohio hands down, I have yet to see or hear an ad from his opponent. I don’t even know who the person s but to be honest as long as I see a D by his or her name they have my vote.

2. Alison Grimes is running for Senate in Kentucky

That’s all I know of Grimes, there’s no real voting record, no real scandal with government funds, no real off hand comment by her or a close associate or family member. Nope, none of that is the issues with Grimes. What Grimes suffer from is the theory of the Obama effect. I personally thought that Obama will hurt Democrats talk was just something talking heads said, I was wrong. Mitch McConnell “attack ads” are nothing more than The GOP insinuating Grimes is a yes man for Obama. The ads attack Obama and by way of saying Grimes is with him, so a vote for Grimes is a vote for Obama. The hate for Obama is o high that to show a politician smiling with Obama could cot you an election. McConnell’s doesn’t need to know anything about Grimes, the republican voters don’t need to know anything about Grimes, they know via “attack ads” that she has went to events where Obama was and the Democrats are funding her campaign, yeah that is a weird attack seeing how a party should back their candidate. While Grimes is going after McConnell for what he’s done or haven’t done for the state. Comparing the two I’d go with Grimes. For one she’s younger and we need younger people because these old politicians stopped caring a long time ago. The McConnell ads speaking on how great he is look like the ads for John Boehner. All you see are old white people. You can’t move a country forward when you’re still focused on old people who are still stuck in their old ways. Those McConnell ads where he is surrounded by old people and that cool and the attack ads showing Grimes by much younger people which are negative is saying much more than maybe even McConnell’s people thought about. Going after Obama is fine but it doesn’t prove Grimes will be a terrible senator for Kentucky. I wish there was a debate to watch and see how much McConnell would speak more on Obama than Grimes.

When Did Not Supporting Ray Rice Become Something That Makes Back People Look Bad?

It’s crazy how public opinion changed within a week about Ray Rice. I’m pretty sure most of that change of heart was because The NFL has really fucked up. With African Americans it just became a shock of what happened to shock of what happened to Ray Rice to a major support campaign to right a wrong by the Baltimore Ravens and The NFL. While all this was going on somewhere, somehow not being behind Ray Rice and his wife had become a lack of black support and is a bad look for Black people.

First off the bad look for Black people started with Ray Rice and his wife. While some people are happy to inform people that Ray Rice wife spit on him and they were in a heated argument before the elevator “mistake”, no one stops to think that makes Black people look bad. Being in pubic showing out brings our people down. Black people trying to half-ass support Ray Rice brings our people down. To bring up she spit and or put her hands on Rice as if that deserves to be punched in the face make our people look bad. Reading, hearing and watching Black people get mad at other Black people and claim those people are “hating” on Rice is crazy. I’m sure this kind of thinking will have the NAACP or Al Sharpton find time to stand beside Ray Rice and speak as if he’s been wronged somehow.

What has happened is the blame has shifted, it’s no longer about Rice and now it’s about The NFL. The average Joe wants to know just how much did The NFL know and why did the team and league blink on Monday when they were willing to wait it out the first time around. By Thursday night public opinion changed and Rice may have still had a job if The Ravens and The NFL had stood their ground. With that change came this idea that The NFL is attacking a Black man. How stupid of these people to play the race card with situation. First off Ray Rice as long as he was a player wasn’t a Black man he was a NFL player. He had the same protection Ben Roethlisberger had. For people to act as if Ray Rice had been treated unfair is crazy. The NFL heard the story and may have even seen everything that happen and chose to cover him and give him a two game suspension. Once the video of the actual punch was out there people made those rumbles transform into roars on how two games wasn’t enough. For African Americans to talk about how that man job was stripped from him is silliness. If you or anyone you know who isn’t famous did what Rice did, you’d be unemployed too. To be honest you’d be kicked out of where ever you are once the argument started and you’d definitely locked up after dragging your woman out of an elevator. Your job isn’t going to come to your rescue, or even be there for you after your few months behind bars. You wouldn’t get that soft alternative to jail time Ray Rice got either. We know the system targets African American men, we know if he was a nobody things would have been much worse as far as the court system is concerned. People are complaining about his NFL career, he still will have a life. Michael Vick still had a job after his time in Federal prison, the average person can’t do that. Ray Rice is fine, the fear of fan backlash was why he was let go not what he did. Now they’re wondering who will pick Rice up next year.

If you want to talk about what brings our people down then look in the mirror. Trying to come away with reasons to justify Ray Rice just because he is black makes our people look bad. Pointing out the White women defending Rice doesn’t mean shit either. His wife isn’t White, you remember how fucked up Tiger had it for a year by White media, a good portion females as well? All he did was cheat. White people went above and beyond to celebrate once OJ was locked up, they didn’t care why he was locked up they just were happy he was locked away. Trust me those white ladies wouldn’t have been so supportive if his wife was White. They don’t see themselves in his wife. We as African Americans see ourselves in any black man under fire by the media, Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, OJ, Ray Lewis and now Ray Rice.

I’m not in support of Ray Rice or his wife and I feel they should have hit him with a one year ban. Not just from playing but from everything like interviews, charity events, any appearances of any kind. You know it will all come back to the punch. And then let it be known anything dealing abuse to a female of any type will result in one year of couch time. Hopefully other leagues as well as college sports will come up with their own version of punishment. There are stiff punishments for drugs and guns and a slap on the wrist for cases dealing with females. The NFL is a brand and as ESPN is proving everyday of a year round sport, so once your in The NFL your life is a part of that brand. It’s why off season antics are punished in The NFL season. Maybe all those African Americans fighting the good fight forgot about that as they argued Ray Rice was on his personal time during the “mistake”. Personally I don’t care what happens with the guy but I will not let my “blackness” be defined by if I support Ray Rice or not.

The Combat Jack Show: The Ice T Episode

 

Ice T’s been around for a while and came through the show to share his journey from the death of his parents in New Jersey to encountering gang culture in Los Angeles. From drugs to robberies to rapping to a record deal. A step by step of how the Body Count song “Cop Killer” changed his whole life, and how he and Coco (she’s here too) managed to keep their marriage alive. There’s a whole lot here. Ice T, uncensored.

Moving to Spreaker for now

 

I took some time from the mix show to figure out what would be the next move for Live At The Oasis. One thing I know for sure is I want to have a longer show. Blogtalkradio has been good and I made do with the free plan and sometimes I even made 30 minutes feel longer. I just can’t see myself paying $40 a month for a music show where I’m not getting the best quality out of the music. I searched and checked out other podcast sites and or mix sites since my show is more music than talk radio, I came across Spreaker again. I’m on Spreaker now and use it as another outlet for my shows like I do with Mixcloud and Soundcloud but I never gave it a real good look as far as setting up my show there.

One thing I like is Spreaker is cheaper. The next thing I like is that I can do a live show, mix from my home and feel like I’m really let listeners feel what I’m feeling as I’m mixing. I had to research about using my mixer with Spreaker and once I saw that I could I knew I wanted to ride with that site. Spreaker can allow me to even try to get on iHeartradio. I looked up mix shows and most were club or dud music shows but I’ll still see if I can maybe make the cut somewhere down the line. I’m ready for change from time to format. My first week I will go completely live and see if it is better to have premade mixes or do it live.

My goal is to by next year have videos of the shows as well. I won’t do Ustream or anything like that so it will be Youtube and or Daily Motion. Live shows, downloads, and videos… I’m hoping it all works out. Live At The Oasis has gotten off to a nice start, short and slow but still a nice start. To those who have listened and enjoyed the music, I will keep it just the way it is. I’m flirting with going five days a week as well. I really want to bring back my Thursday’s Review podcast. I figure to have things in place by Sept. 22nd. I’m thinking 9pm EST. If you’re an artist or just know of good music feel free to hit me up and share a link. I’ve played songs from artists on Hulkshare, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and other sites, good music is good music and that’s what i’m trying to showcase.

TMZ Shows What Happened In The Elevator Between Ray Rice and Fiancee

 

I’m pretty sure you’re aware of the incident between Ray Rice and his then fiancee, him dragging her out of the elevator after he knocked her out. I’m also sure you knew it wouldn’t be long before some site or network released the more than the footage that was seen over the summer. Well, TMZ “Sports” has what took place in the elevator and to be honest it makes all those Ray Rice sympathizers sounds even worse than than they did when just trying to come up with reasons a grown ass man would and should be allowed to punch a woman. Yes, we’ve seen and heard not just online or any ESPN show the weeks of all attention the story got, but in our surrounding area people were trying to justify Ray Rice punching his then fiancee. All of those scenarios that were thrown around were useless then and even more so when compared to what Rice’s then fiancee really did… Walked towards him. No arms raised and flaring all over the place, no fight stance, not even the stereotypical ritual of taking off heels and or earrings that is associated with Black females getting ready to fight. It was an argument, that for what ever reason Rice seem to want to take further as it he invaded her personal space once they were in the elevator. Rice hit her first and her head hit the railing as she was going down. There also wasn’t an urgency to help his then fiancee in any manner.

click here to see footage

What makes this even crazier is the fact TMZ has this and now you have to wonder did Roger Goodell and his people see what happened from the time the couple stepped in the elevator and if so why such a slap on the wrist with a two game suspension? The NFL is saying they aware of more footage. That also says they chose not to hunt it down, that doesn’t look good for the leauge. The first time this came up it felt like The NFL was trying to sweep it under the rug. like they were the police and The NFL had their own “blue wall”. Guess they figured the men of the world would be ok with whatever the league threw out there as a punishment. That didn’t happen, a nice amount of men found the whole thing from what they saw to how The NFL handled it was wrong. The NFL must have been lied to about what happened in the elevator and accepted it as truth and chose to give Rice a two game suspension is unacceptable. I wonder if those fans cheering for Rice during the preseason would still be supporting a woman beater after seeing this footage? You also have to think about The Ravens organization as well. This is a prime example of talent being put over everything else. Something talented people know about well, they’ve lived through it. Some to this day still feel Allen Iverson got off easy during the bowling alley brawl because of who he was. That is still somewhat debatable, this is a clear cut case of wrong doing. This will be a black eye on The NFL and Robert Goodell.