Do You Really Care if Kaepernick Sits or Stands?

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With an emotionally charged election year upon us, many issues have been brought to the forefront and some are demanding change.  Issues such as racial tension, police brutality, and inequalities within the judicial system don’t affect everyone, but for many, it’s an all too familiar script that’s being read generation after generation.   Continue reading

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Here’s Why The 2016 Summer Olympics Made Me Sad

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Tears of joy fell, history was made, and legacies were built.  This year’s summer Olympics made me proud to be an American, as the USA earned over 100 medals. Continue reading

Life In Prison At The Age Of 25

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What seemed like a never-ending judicial process, a verdict has finally been reached in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial.  Once a star athlete, making millions as a talented NFL player for the New England Patriots, he is now a convicted murderer serving life in prison.  Continue reading

Are the New England Patriots Cheating…Again?

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Being an Eagles fan, I have much anger towards the New England Patriots and their cheating ways.  As many know, they’ve been under fire since being suspected of spying on other NFL teams, which essentially allowed them to know and anticipate their opponent’s play calling.

In their recent 45-7 win against the Indianapolis Colts, more fuel is being added to an already burning fire.  There is an ingoing investigation against the Patriots in which 11 of 12 footballs were not inflated to the league standard during their AFC Championship victory.  Having under inflated footballs, allows for better gripping and alters its path in-air. 

It should be interesting to see this story unfold.  Is it fair for them to advance at this point?

Jimmy Rollins Bids Farewell to Philadelphia Phillies

After one of the longest athletic tenures in Philadelphia sports, Phillies’ shortstop, Jimmy Rollins, says goodbye to his teammates,  coaches,  fans and the city. He will continue on to play for the LA Dodgers.  Rollins bought a full-page ad in the Philadelphia Enquirer, and explains how he is forever grateful for the opportunity and experience as a Phillies ball player.  Check out the ad, below:

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Have You Ever Been Told You’re Not Black Enough?

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In 2014, Black people are still being told they’re not Black enough.   Recently,  Bleacher Report released an article in which they accused teammates of Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback,  Russell Wilson, of saying he wasnt Black enough.  Whether this story is true or false, it’s really sad that an issue like this is still relevant.

On a personal note, I’ve always been told that I talk white and that I’m not Black enough.  Growing up, it caused many internal complexes and a huge identity crisis.  As I got older, I realized that it was pure ignorance to question someone’s race.  I now understand that I am a well spoken,  educated and driven Black and Puerto Rican woman.

As this issue made more traction, former NBA player, Charles Barkley, spoke out in a recent interview for WIP radio in Philly.   Here’s what he had to say:

There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success––it’s best to knock a successful black person down if they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful…

Barkley also expressed more opinions on TNT’s Inside the NBA:

What I said was, it’s a dirty secret in the black community unless you’re a thug or got a criminal record or just a jackass, some people don’t think you’re black enough…It’s a dirty little secret in our community. I want black kids [to know] we can be strong, intelligent. We just tell kids if you’re doing good in school, you’re acting white. If you speak intelligently, you’re acting white… That’s one of the reasons we as a group, us black people, are struggling. We don’t have great respect for each eachother.

Let’s get it together people!

Eagles’ LeSean McCoy Leaves 20 Cent Tip (Oh Snap!)

 

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As an Eagles fan, this is a hard post to write, but it is my journalistic duty to cover the story regardless of my personal bias (tear).  Eagles’ player, LeSean McCoy, is under fire for a recent incident that took place at a popular Philly restaurant, PYT, earlier this week.  His normal nice guy demeanor must have been on a “BYE” because McCoy supposedly left a 20-cent tip for his server (oh snap!).  Since then, social media has been lit up with every response, including a copy of his signed receipt.  Now, as a bartender, I can relate to getting stiffed on a tip.  However, it’s usually from a disgruntled guest, a cheap a$$ or maybe even someone who is just having a bad day.  I could not imagine what my reaction would be if a MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR NFL PLAYER left me less than a $1.00 on a $60.00 tab.

 

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As the world began to take notice, actor Charlie Sheen decided to chime in via Twitter and publicly pledge $1,000.00 to McCoy’s server.  He tweeted:

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McCoy didn’t feel much remorse for his actions and actually defended his choice by saying:

Just to be honest, I tip on my service, and there’s a difference between good service and bad service and just having a bad day…There’s a big difference with between being rude and just disrespectful. That’s how that works.  Listen, anybody that knows me knows I’m not disrespectful. Any restaurant that I go around in Philadelphia, I tip very well. I’m very respectful. You check on that restaurant and everybody is talking bad about that place…You can’t just disrespect somebody and [expect] them to tip you. I don’t care who the person is. That’s why I left my card, so they could see my name. Simple as that.

 

As far as his reaction to Sheen leaving a thousand dollars for the server, he added, “That’s cool…I’m happy he’s finally doing something positive.”

 

The owner of PYT, Tommy Up, was the first to spread the word about this whole ordeal when he posted a pic of McCoy’s receipt on the restaurant’s public Facebook page.  He also wrote a statement that read:

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I would like to address the LeSean McCoy tipping situation and our role in it.  For starters, I take total and complete responsibility for sharing this receipt. It was not our server’s decision, it was mine. I am to blame.  I decided to take action after some serious thought. And while I’d like to apologize to Mr McCoy, I cannot in good conscience do so. I stand by my actions one hundred percent. Mr McCoy and his three companions came into my place on Monday afternoon, and immediately the whole staff was excited. Mr McCoy is a skilled athlete and is one of our beloved Philadelphia Eagles. A true Philly legend and a sports hero. Understandably my staff was really pumped, especially on the heels of they terrific win the day before. (Go Eagles!). Mr McCoy and his friend sat inside at a booth next to my management and next to me. They were given excellent service. Impeccable service. If anything, our server was a little nervous as was our food runner, because they are big, big fans. He and his group, from the moment they sat down, were verbally abusive to our staff in the most insulting ways. The derogatory statements about women and their sheer contempt for the staff serving them wasn’t the end, however. After Mr McCoy and his group left I looked over and saw their server, my friend, with his head bowed down and with a very confused look on his face. I took the receipt out of his hand and I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so callous. Mr McCoy had left a .03% tip for our staff. Our staff that was beyond excited to see him walk into our burger joint and was excited to serve him. That’s twenty cents on a tab of over $60. Twenty cents that our server has to split with the food runner and the bartender. Two dimes from an insulting multimillionaire. I bet Mr McCoy is usually an awesome dude. And everyone has their bad days. But I’m from Philly and have had the pleasure of meeting many of our bad ass sports heroes. Ron Jaworski I met as a kid and I love. Iverson I loved. Mike Schmidt! You name ’em. I love all of our athletes past and present. Hometown heroes who treat those below them with some respect. And maybe Mr McCoy was having a “bad day” after his big victory all that, but the reports of him receiving “bad service” is a complete slanderous lie, and my crew here is better than that and deserves better than that. At the end of the day, I did what I felt my heart told me to do. And I don’t want anything from Mr McCoy, but…maybe an apology to his server who gave him excellent service would be cool. Again, I am the owner and I take full responsibility for my actions. Eagles fans, I feel ya. Id be pissed too. But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do and stick up for his friends. Hate mail should be directed to tommy@pytburger.com. I will respond to you right after I catch up on this mornings hate mail.