Brett Favre Proves That Green Bay Packers Management Has No Backbone

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The drama queen of the NFL,  Brett Favre, is back to the antics that proves to all what some of us knew for years.  He is not the best role model for young kids.  What he has done over the past few weeks makes it quite clear for all to see, as he proves that he is not the man he pretends to be.  Child-like manipulation through his PR machine does not substitute for wisdom and common sense.  He sorely lacks the finer qualities of sportsmanship, and has become a laughing stock even among Packer fans.  He is now just another stupid jock with more time and money than maturity.  (Though it looks like he was not able to extort $20 million out of the Packers.) What Favre is demonstrating for all to see is that he is a child in a mans sport uniform.  What a cracker.

Sadder yet is the manipulation seems to be working as the Green Bay Packers are now stating that Favre can try out for the starting QB position.  That is just so unfair to Aaron Rodgers and his hopes and dreams.  And it runs counter to what Green Bay Packer management was saying just days ago.   Would it be wrong to hope for a sports injury that will sideline Favre and shut him up for about four months?

Another source close to the club, said that the Packers have agreed to allow Favre to compete with Aaron Rodgers for the starting job and he won’t necessarily be the backup this season. Trade talks with Favre have not advanced and coach Mike McCarthy is expected to come up with a plan that will split the practice repetitions with Rodgers.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that all the machinations from Brett Farve may be over the money deal.

The source emphasized that negotiations on the marketing deal offered by the Packers are not over. In fact, there’s some thought that Favre, who is coming to Green Bay with his agent, James (Bus) Cook, and his family, may be reporting to force the Packers to meet his financial demands. The negotiations are believed to be all about money.

Yeah, a real (bad) role model for our youth!

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Memphis DJ, Dee Henderson Killed, A Sad Chapter In Blues Radio

 

Among the many stories of note in the Sunday newspaper, this was the one that rises to the level of being given a post on my blog.  It is a sad story written with the essential news, and then laced with language that creates the feel of the heat in the south, and the sound of the blues being played mournfully.

Violence and heartbreak have long shaped the music that makes this city synonymous with the blues. But when the police were alerted to the slaying of Dee Henderson, a disc jockey whose soft voice piloted “Cap’n Pete’s Blues Cruise” on the city’s volunteer radio station, WEVL, for 26 years, the death seemed more like the lyrics of the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters songs he so loved than his friends and fans could stand.

Through the station, Mr. Henderson became a reluctant celebrity. A brake mechanic by trade, he happened across WEVL’s Americana programming when it was a 10-watt secret only enjoyed by central-city residents. Mr. Henderson installed an FM antenna at his home, amplified the signal and was captivated.

Over time, he relayed enough blues knowledge during frequent calls to WEVL that the station manager, Judy Dorsey, and others gently cajoled him into becoming a disc jockey.

He was dubbed Cap’n by friends for his love of fishing and Pete because “he looked like a Pete,” said one of his daughters, Sandra Palmer, and his folksy demeanor made him one of WEVL’s most popular personalities.

“Once, he put on a Little Walter record and it had a few really bad skips,” said Steve Franz, 44, a former WEVL disc jockey living in Tucson. “He faded down the record, laughed, and said, ‘Well, that’s the blues, folks.’ ”

Friends said Mr. Henderson, raised by sharecropper parents in small Mississippi towns like Alligator and Hushpuckena, explained the blues so well because he had lived its rural roots. When he was an infant, he told listeners, his parents sometimes sat him atop a cotton sack as they worked in the fields.

“If you heard a guitar or music, folks come running from near and far,” he told an interviewer in 1992. “People could holler and kids would come home, man, look like five miles away.”

The family moved to Memphis while Mr. Henderson was a child.

Black disc jockeys are central to Memphis’s identity as a worldwide megaphone for rock and blues. In 1949, WDIA-AM became the first among urban stations to employ blacks as hosts.

Mr. Henderson was killed just days before Steve Ladd, 63, the host of a WDIA Saturday morning blues show, died of complications from a brain aneurysm. Ford Nelson, 83, a WDIA disc jockey for 58 years, said Mr. Henderson and Mr. Ladd had continued a proud legacy of providing blacks “an opportunity to express frustrations and become more involved in the American experience over all.”

On July 15, Mr. Henderson was felled by shotgun blasts in the backyard of his longtime family home. The police were called by Mr. Henderson’s grandson, Cortez Thomas, 30, who was later charged with first-degree murder in the case.

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On the day of Mr. Henderson’s funeral, inside the sweltering Cathedral of God Holy Word Temple in North Memphis, hundreds paid tribute as Mr. Henderson lay in his coffin wearing a white, soft-brimmed captain’s hat. Morris Cummings, 55, a harmonica player who is known as Blind Mississippi Morris, wailed a tribute before the cortege departed for the cemetery, detouring past WEVL and then down Beale Street, a route requested by Mr. Henderson long ago.

Ms. Dorsey, the station manager at WEVL, now a 4,800-watt station heard in three states, said she planned to continue “Cap’n Pete’s Blues Cruise” in some form. She said she frequently taped the program without the bashful Mr. Henderson’s knowledge.

“Over and over again, I would tell him about a great blues legend passing,” said Ms. Dorsey, her voice quavering, recalling talks with Mr. Henderson. “He was very philosophical about it. He’d say, ‘It’s going to come to all of us. That’s one thing we know for sure.’ ”

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CNN Sunday Night: “Buddha’s Warriors”

CNN’s documentary  “Buddha’s Warriors” which aired  on Saturday night will be rebroadcast on Sunday night both at 7:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M.  Eastern Time.  It is a show worthy of your time.  As the opening ceremony approaches for the summer Olympics in China this show is a slice of the world that China does not like to acknowledge.  In addition all is not perfect in the world of the Dalia Lama as new forces are emerging that challenge the old way of making change. 

This is a powerful and thoughtful way to spend a Sunday night, and I encourage my readers to watch.

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