We're back. Took a couple days off this week, but there is no way I'm missing our Halloween show. It's one of my favorites of the year. We always have P1s call in and tell their ghost encounters. I don't even believe in ghosts, but I get the chills every year. I love it.
We went to Disneyland the past couple days. My kids love it. It was surprisingly not that crowded. Which was awesome. Yesterday you could literally walk onto just about any ride. I have never seen no line for Space Mountain. That was cool. I finally got the Dole Whip that I have been bitching about for years. I say every time we go that is the one thing I want to try. But for some reason it never happens. Well, this time I finally got it. And, I probably will never get it again. It was not my favorite. I have a pretty good sweet tooth, but it was even too sweet for me. But I'm glad I can say I finally had it. I will post some pictures tomorrow from the trip. But today is all about TBT!
This is me and my bro Tim. We thought of this genius costume one year. We were really into rolling dice at that time with our boys. So we thought we would make our own dice costumes. We were pretty proud of these. And they were a big hit at the party...
I saw this yesterday and had to share. It's the new Captain America trailer. Love the Winter Soldier story line. For those of you who don't know, the Winter Soldier is his old sidekick, Bucky. He comes back and is a badass. It looks like they've nailed that. Two issues I have from watching this is, #1 the Falcon. Why do all superheroes in the movies have to have a gray or black suit. Does this look more realistic to people? I really don't get it. What is wrong with the color red? Too flashy? It's a freakin superhero! Look at the X-men's outfits. That totally makes them more badass. I want my Wolverine wearing bright yellow. Sorry. And #2 my biggest problem is with Chris Evans. I don't feel like he is Cap. There I said it. Cap is an old soul. The guy was born in the early 1900s. He was stuck in ice for years. And I don't feel like Chris Evans is that old soul type of guy. Watch the back and forth between him and Black Widow at the beginning of the clip. Does that sound like a guy who was born 100 years ago? He is too contemporary. Cap is a little stiff and a little square. Chris Evans doesn't portray that at all. I know I'm a little overboard, but I have felt like that since I heard they cast him. He was perfect for Human Torch, not so much for Cap. You be the judge...
One of my favorite people of all time is Boy Blunder. He was our stunt boy back in the day. He got fired because he put the F word on the air 80 times or something like that. I love this guy though. I always thought of him as my little brother. We started working together in Dallas back in 2000. We even lived together back in San Jose in 2002. We had a lot of fun times. Here are some fun pics of us through the years...
Me drunk, Blunder annoyed.
Was it Hawaiian shirt day? Sexy.
We had just had an epic brawl to settle it all and I finished the kid off with a garbage can shot! Actually, I have no clue why we took this picture. And I also enjoy the person peaking out behind the door to see what is going on!
The controversy about the Redskins name is so dumb to me. I am part Native American and have never taken offense to it. Most Native Americans could care less. But the white, PC, stuck up part of our society that thinks if one person is offended, then we have to change it, are the ones that want the name changed. The term Redskins hasn't been a slur, as Bob Costas put it, in 100 years. It might not be the most politically correct name, but who cares? If you have not seen the letter Redskins owner Daniel Snyder wrote, this should end the debate. If you read this and still think they should change their name, then I don't know what to tell you....
To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation:
As loyal fans, you deserve to know that everyone in the Washington Redskins organization – our players, coaches and staff – are truly privileged to represent this team and everything it stands for. We are relentlessly committed to our fans and to the sustained long-term success of this franchise.
That’s why I want to reach out to you – our fans – about a topic I wish to address directly: the team name, “Washington Redskins.” While our focus is firmly on the playing field, it is important that you hear straight from me on this issue. As the owner of the Redskins and a lifelong fan of the team, here is what I believe … and why I believe it.
Like so many of you, I was born a fan of the Washington Redskins. I still remember my first Redskins game. Most people do. I was only six, but I remember coming through the tunnel into the stands at RFK with my father, and immediately being struck by the enormity of the stadium and the passion of the fans all around me.
I remember how quiet it got when the Redskins had the ball, and then how deafening it was when we scored. The ground beneath me seemed to move and shake, and I reached up to grab my father’s hand. The smile on his face as he sang that song … he’s been gone for 10 years now, but that smile, and his pride, are still with me every day.
That tradition – the song, the cheer – it mattered so much to me as a child, and I know it matters to every other Redskins fan in the D.C. area and across the nation.
Our past isn’t just where we came from—it’s who we are.
As some of you may know, our team began 81 years ago – in 1932 – with the name “Boston Braves.” The following year, the franchise name was changed to the “Boston Redskins.” On that inaugural Redskins team, four players and our Head Coach were Native Americans. The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor.
In 1971, our legendary coach, the late George Allen, consulted with the Red Cloud Athletic Fund located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and designed our emblem on the Redskins helmets. Several years later, Coach Allen was honored by the Red Cloud Athletic Fund. On the wall at our Ashburn, Virginia, offices is the plaque given to Coach Allen – a source of pride for all of us. “Washington Redskins” is more than a name we have called our football team for over eight decades. It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect – the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans.
I’ve listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name. But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too.
Consider the following facts concerning the “Washington Redskins” name:
1) The highly respected Annenberg Public Policy Center polled nearly 1,000 self-identified Native Americans from across the continental U.S. and found that 90% of Native Americans did not find the team name “Washington Redskins” to be “offensive.”
2) In an April 2013 Associated Press survey, 79% of the respondents stated the Washington Redskins should not change their name, while only 11% believed the team’s name should change.
Paul Woody, a columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch, interviewed three leaders of Virginia Native American tribes this May. They were all quoted by Mr. Woody as stating that the team name doesn't offend them – and their comments strongly supported the name “Washington Redskins.” Also in May, SiriusXM NFL Radio hosted Robert Green, the longtime and recently retired Chief of the Fredericksburg-area Patawomeck Tribe, who said, among other things:
“Frankly, the members of my tribe - the vast majority - don’t find it offensive. I’ve been a Redskins fan for years. And to be honest with you, I would be offended if they did change [the name, Redskins….This is] an attempt by somebody…to completely remove the Indian identity from anything and pretty soon… you have a wipeout in society of any reference to Indian people….You can’t rewrite history – yes there were some awful bad things done to our people over time, but naming the Washington football team the Redskins, we don’t consider to be one of those bad things.”
Our franchise has a great history, tradition and legacy representing our proud alumni and literally tens of millions of loyal fans worldwide. We have participated in some of the greatest games in NFL history, and have won five World Championships. We are proud of our team and the passion of our loyal fans. Our fans sing “Hail to the Redskins” in celebration at every Redskins game. They speak proudly of “Redskins Nation” in honor of a sports team they love.
So when I consider the Washington Redskins name, I think of what it stands for. I think of the Washington Redskins traditions and pride I want to share with my three children, just as my father shared with me – and just as you have shared with your family and friends.
I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name “Redskins” continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.
We are Redskins Nation ... and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage.
With Respect and Appreciation,
PS. Wherever I go, I see Redskins bumper stickers, Redskins decals, Redskins t-shirts, Redskins … everything. I know how much this team means to you, and it means everything to me as well. Always has. I salute your passion and your pride for the Burgundy & Gold.
Sky normally won't let us forget her birthday. It usually starts at the beginning of the month. Then the week of, it's all we hear about. Well this year it's been a little different. She has had a lot going on with some family stuff and it's been tough. So we haven't heard much about the birthday this year. So we decided to keep it that way. We have not brought it up once. Even though behind the scenes we have been planning for it. It is going to surprise her. Especially when she walks in the studio and sees it all decorated. We have a couple of sweet surprises for her throughout the morning as well. My wife outdid her self on the cake. The picture doesn't even do it justice. This could be in a cake competition. It's amazing. Those are vanilla wafers all around the edge. Check it out...
I really think Sky thinks we forgot her birthday. She has tried to drop hints a couple times and we just ignore her. This is gonna be good. Happy birthday my friend!