Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Steph Curry has toughened his regime due to being a target

Yes we're in March Madness and everyone's brackets are busted due to many upsets and mid seedings.

Nine years ago, Golden State Warriors guard and two time reigning MVP Stephen Curry was on a bracket busting Davidson Wildcats team that barely lost to eventual champ Kansas in the 2008 Elite Eight.

It was at that point that he was no longer Dell Curry's son, a former NBA guard himself. He had formed his own legend, which led him to being drafted 6th overall in 2009 by the same Warriors.

Despite criticisms about his ankle, size, and level of competition he faced, I knew Steph was the real deal. I watched him in person for $10 play against Wofford College. He dropped 40 on them that night, making it look easy.

Fast forward to now, 2017. He not only has formed a brand for himself, his team, franchise and even family  (wife, Ayesha and young daughters), he has had to get stronger and tougher.

This began to surface last season in the 2016 NBA Finals, when he was so frustrated with the officiating and his friend off the court LeBron James that he threw his mouthpiece that regularly hangs from his mouth. He was uncharacteristically ejected and fined $25,000. The other night, he and Russell Westbrook traded some shoves and pushes, as Russ is the leading MVP candidate this season and has become a rival for Steph.

Steph went from undersized underdog to NBA superstar with a deadly shot. So yes other teams and players will come at him and taunt him nightly. For the most part he and his teammates have handled it well. Steph has to act out and show the NBA that he will not stand for it, or be unfairly harassed. He is a tough guy, and also has his tweeting wife's support and even his baby sister Sydel, who attended the Spurs game last season in San Antonio and was vocal about her thoughts.

Point being, Steph is more than just a baby faced, slim shooter. He is a star and he is not to be messed with.

Does he deserve passes or special treatment now that is living in a new normal? Of course not. But the NBA had better recognize that Curry is no joke or fluke, and will show hands, arms, and his mouthpiece if necessary.

Also, if his coach, Steve Kerr or commissioner Adam Silver, restrain him, he not only has supportive teammates and family, but huge fans now. He demands respect and will get it.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How to Know If You Were Raised in the 90s

Most of you know I was raised in the 90s and therefore I am a 90s fiend. Now there's a difference between being raised in the 90s and being born in the 90s. It's like saying I was raised in the 70s because I was born in 1978.

This post is for both nostalgia and clarification for older and younger folks, especially those that don't need Google to understand everything on this list.

You were raised in the 1990s if:

- You remember exactly what day, time, and network shows such as The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Martin, Seinfeld, Boy Meets World, Beavis and Butthead, Married With Children, and Renegade came on

- You didn't miss TGIF on ABC

- You watched the OJ Simpson trial as if it were American Idol, Scandal, The Walking Dead, or This Is Us

- You know when and where you were when the OJ verdict was announced, Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas, you learned of Susan Smith, Bill Clinton's infidelity, and Tupac and Biggie's murders

- You remembered when actual cartoons came on Saturday mornings

- You had a cordless house phone with the huge antenna

- You remember dial up Internet, Windows 95 and a world without smartphones and social media

- You remember that growing up in the country meant no cable and possibly no satellite since DirecTV and DISH weren't yet around

- You watched at least one of the last Super Bowls the Dallas Cowboys won

- You remember Chris Webber calling that timeout that won the UNC Tarheels the 93 NCAA championship during the Fab 5 era

- You remember watching the Fab 5 of Michigan and wearing black socks because they did

--You remember all of the awesome Michael Jordan moments: the half court slam, the 45 point flu game, him stepping away after his father passed and playing baseball and of course Marv Albert yelling "Jordan for 3!" whenever he shot the ball

- You remember the Atlanta Braves winning the World Series and cheering and crying

- You watched, possibly live in person, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA

Sunday, March 12, 2017

TABLES: Things are getting old, and it's not just the table

Eli is starting to get fed up with the older guys at the table and their morale. It's like they are always sour, especially Hank and Jeff. Rarely anything positive and complaining about the same stuff everyday.

Hank's a little more proactive, especially involving safety hazards. He's one of those guys that lives to complain. Over time, that's a buzzkill. Jeff seems to whine over the same ole same ole. He is like the kid that gets bullied after school but continues to let it happen instead of doing something about it. No follow through or spine whatsoever.

Then the turning point came: near the election.  Jeff received an unfair punishment that we all knew he would whine and moan about for days on end. Plus the election was ending and that would be another bummer.

Eli doesn't like nor want this in his life. They are all genuinely good guys, but he cannot stomach this bitterness and negativity anymore.

Therefore, it's time to seek out another table. But where?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Really Man?

More poetry for you, very relieving. May be time to do spoken word again.

Really Man?

You're already angry at me
Blocking and discarding my presence hastily
You have so much at stake
What you did last night took the cake
You may say I don't know how to be a friend well look at you!
You don't bail on folks, so we see how you do
Having internal issues doesn't allow you to be a jerk
Get some help if you're about to go berserk
This ain't Remy and Nicki but you seem to want a show
Better go back to Netflix as I complete this flow
Nothing to see here, change the channel
I'm speaking the truth, plain as flannel
You can't handle that, so you shut yourself down
Then betraying that dude, man you're a clown
Well I see you for what you are
Hurt people apparently do hurt people,  so keep yourself afar
It's best for now, until you get the help you need
You still have positive folks, stop being petty and follow their lead!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

TABLES: Really, You Didn't Know That?

Eli has been sitting at the table with the older guys for months now once his work schedule coordinated with theirs. It seems Hank gets easily riled over most trivial matters, but no more than politics. And being an older, Caucasian male, he is overly obsessed with Native Americans as well. Jeff whines about the same things every single day. He keeps saying he's going to do this, that, or the third, but he's been working there since they opened the facility, and hasn't done much. He simply has no follow through.

These two are definitely the headliners of this table and the most vocal, at least at the table. Someone forgot to tell these two middle aged men that it's just a job. They get all worked up, but outside of Hank reporting safety hazards, they don't do much to improve their situations. They are definitely Paul and John, Jordan and Mark, Ralph and Bobby, etc.

Nevertheless, these guys are very clueless regarding the changes made within the company. They often arrive at the last minute and aren't at the morning meetings/stand ups.  Many, especially Hank and Jeff, don't communicate with management much except when something goes wrong or they are reprimanded.

Now Eli is the type to keep up and stay in the know and he hasn't been with the company very long. It's similar to complaining about things in your city and community, but not voting or expressing your voice. Often it seems to Eli that many guys at this table often blow off steam and are full of hot air.

How long of this ranting can Eli take? At first, it was funny, especially when Hank would be angry and red faced. Now it's really getting old and stale like, well, you get the point.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TABLES: Intro

Eli works at a pretty large company. It's so big everyone has to go to lunch at different times. The cafeteria/lunch room/breakroom/canteen is huge and has many tables.

Each table tells a different story. It is broken up by groups of common interests, races, cultures, jobs, religions, age, etc. You have a couple of cool kids tables, some tables with mostly black folks, one with mostly Hispanics, and one where more of the old and nearly retired sit.

Eli somehow found himself at the table with the older fellas. He encountered five interesting personalities. Hank the Crank  (the cranky, crazy one), Jeff  (he's been there way too long and is so disgruntled you wonder how he didn't end up at the Post Office), the Johns, big and little John. Big John is cool but can get paranoid about work. Little John is nearing retirement and is just cold chilling. Terrell is a budding artist who sees the job as a paycheck, nothing more.

However, there are many adventures to come as Eli begins to sit everyday with these five guys, and see that just because they're veterans, doesn't mean they couldn't learn more

Sunday, February 12, 2017

10 Different Types of Coworkers

I am currently in my 22nd year of working for my money legally. I have held several different types of jobs over this time period: labor intensive, food service, customer service, clerical, teaching, and management. The jobs may change and vary but the people aren't all that different. Here are 10 of those exact types.

1. The Seasoned Veteran

This person has been working all of their lives and is closing in on retirement. They take their work seriously but not overboard to the point of undue stress. There's not much they haven't seen and they often reminisce back to the simpler times not only in the workplace but our world.

2. The Know It All

Every job has this person. They have x amount of skills and show it constantly. There's nothing you can't tell them and they are often the most obnoxious workers. They are either management's favorites or the ones that could be close to getting the ax.

3. The Burned Out

This worker has been working at that place way too long. You can see it in their eyes, it shows of pain and depression. The job has literally consumed the life out of them. As terrible as this sounds, this is often their means of mental survival, as well as financial. Should they leave the job, they would barely be able to function.

4. The Hot Shot Newbie

This is the second most hated coworker. They literally just started  (like last week or last month) and they are already getting more attention and notoriety than you ever did. They are constantly in management and HR's face and before you know it, they are in your face, telling you what you did wrong. Ummm, excuse you? But this isn't the worst type of coworker to have,...

5. The Brown Noser

Yep this one is everywhere in all lines of work. They do very little because they kiss up to management or even because they're a family legacy and their parents basically knows and vacations with the owner. If you didn't get that promotion you were seeking or if you're on a crappy job assignment, chances are it's because of The Brown Noser. They are a workplace cancer.

6. The Pseudo Boss

They aren't management or even on that path. But you can't tell them that. They are always trying to tell you how to do your job and where you messed up. It can be stressful already trying to meet workplace expectations. Now you have this person all in your business and space.

7. The Snitch

Not much different from The Brown Noser. Just that they are more cut throat and get cheap thrills from getting others into trouble. I have a friend that has a dirty word for snitches but I won't say it in this piece. In short, they are steadily telling on someone.

8. The Workhorse.

They are there an hour before shift and often stay late voluntarily. They rarely take any types of breaks and have zero time for small talk. It's all business with them. These are the ones that should be promoted but often aren't.

9. Barely There

By this, I mean what it says. They lay out and take vacation, personal,  whatever time they can to be out. They aren't necessarily lazy, they are just hardly ever at work. They work part time hours and get full time benefits. Barely Theres also take these long periods of leave, even if nothing is wrong with them.

10. The By The Book Robots

There are definitely by the book managers. But guess what, many of them started out in this role. They do everything exactly like they should, no shortcuts, no disagreeing even when something is wrong. They are a different version of The Workhorse. They will work odd hours, shifts, etc without any complaint. Shoot they don't complain, they live for the job. You could even call them company people. Point is everything they do is overexemplary and over the top. Either they will soar and be the GM or they may snap. Hard to really hate on a model worker, but these folks often don't know how to relax or to use good judgment.