This Week in the News-Sports Edition

After the heaviness of the series, I want today’s post to take a different turn.  Please don’t let this be the last time you discuss any of these topics with your loved ones.  Keep the dialogue open so your family and friends feel comfortable talking about these topics and hopefully they will not become victims.  This week, there have been a few things that I find interesting that relate to the world of sports.  So, I’ll be sharing the facts and stating my opinion.

First, yes my Jacksonville Jaguars lost last week to the Philadelphia Eagles.  And my crazy self gave the Eagles and Michael Vick a shout out, COMPLETELY forgetting who their opponent was on Sunday.  I did go out to watch the game (thanks to my soror @ISayWord for coming with me) and ended up leaving before the game was over because I was SO disappointed…But the two match-ups I’m anxious to see this Sunday are the Eagles vs. the Washington Redskins and my Jaguars vs. the Indianapolis Colts.  My money is definitely on the Eagles.  I really want my Jags to win, but if they play like they did against the Eagles, this game is going to the Colts… (sadly).

Speaking of Jaguars, looks like Kassim Osgood found himself in a bit of trouble.  He and Roar cheerleader Mackenzie Putnal were attacked by Putnal’s ex-boyfriend.  Julian Bartletto broke into Mackenzie’s family home, where she and Kassim were watching tv.  Julian pistol whipped them both and the family dog.   Putnal had recently issued a restraining order against Bartletto.  She was able to secure a gun and the two exchanged gun fire while Osgood jumped from a 2nd floor window and ran to a neighbors house to call police.  Thankfully, no one was seriously injured and Bartletto was arrested.  And I don’t know too much about football, but I don’t think the cheerleaders and players are supposed to fraternize with each other.  And don’t get me started on the 30 year old man being with the 19 year old girl…I wonder if her momma and daddy knew he was over there.

If you’re a reality tv junkie like me, then you know that VH1 has revealed the cast of the 1st season of “Football Wives” and the 2nd season of “Basketball Wives”.  Now, I’m disappointed with the network because, once again, they’ve added someone who is a FORMER wife on “Basketball Wives”.  At least with the new show, most of the women are actually married…and seem to have a lot of things going for them.  We’ll see how these shows play out. 

So guys, what sports news do you have?  Or what news in general do you have?  Feel free to share.  Who are you pulling for during Week 4?  And what are your thoughts on this Kassim and Mackenzie situation?  I really want to know what you guys think.  Enjoy your weekend, and until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

By the way, I purposefully didn’t talk about the fact Lebron thinks he’s getting backlash because he’s black, Superhead aka Karrine Steffans has a new book coming out for couples, and the great episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” from last night. #thatisall


This Week in the News- DC Edition

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It’s FRIDAY!!! I hope you all had a great week!  Another work week is under our belts.  This is going to be a busy weekend for your girl. On Saturday, I have a barbecue and a birthday party to attend, and on Sunday, I have brunch (unlimited mimosas!), a meeting, AND a conference call! Whew, I’m tired just thinking about it!  In any event, let’s get this show on the road.  I decided to do a DC highlight of the news this week as a lot has happened, and I’ve had a chance to attend some great events and there has been some tragedies. 

First, sadly, another one of our young men has been murdered.  Sixteen year old Anthony Barnes was struck by a single bullet early Wednesday morning in Southeast DC.  The Maryland teen was visiting his brother, and the two decided to go to a local gas station to get a snack.  An older man approached the teen, and as he tried to flee, he was shot.  The reason for the attack is still unknown, and no arrests have been made.  Anthony was your typical teenager-he liked sports, music, and girls.  This death is a mystery to his family, and I’m sure the rest of the community.  I hope justice is served swiftly, and I wish his family peace while dealing with this tragedy.

On Tuesday, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the DC Mayoral Forum at the NCNW (National Council of Negro Women) Building.  As I was heavily involved with the political process when I lived in Florida, I was very happy to have this opportunity to attend this forum.   This will be my first time voting in the Nation’s capital, and I want to make sure I vote for the man who I think will do the best job.  First, Mayor Adrian Fenty.  He spoke about what he has done in his current administration, which is a lot, but I wish he would have spoken more on what he plans to do if re-elected.  Next, Council Chairman Vince Gray.  He had an answer for everything.  He had some great ideas as they pertained to Education and HIV/AIDS, but the thing that concerned me was he didn’t stand behind his vote for current DC Attorney General Peter Nickles.  Even if someone made a “bad” decision, you should stand behind it, because if you make “bad” decisions, are you going to apologize for them in the future???  Lastly, we have former newscaster Leo Alexander.  This man should be a comedian, seriously.  He made the audience laugh, and of course made shots at his two opponents.  He had some wonderful ideas; my only concern is are they realistic?  When I left on Tuesday, I said that I had made a decision-now I’m not sure.  I will definitely continue to do my research on all three candidates.

Last night, Anthony David came back to DC.  The opening act was a band called Ndelible.  They were really good, and the lead singer sounds very much like John Legend, whom I absolutely LOVE!  After about an hour, Anthony FINALLY made his way to the stage.  (You may have seen my tweets of aggravation.) Needless to say, my linesister and I, and probably everyone else, were tired and slightly agitated.  Turns out the drummer was late. (My linesister found out after talking to someone at the bar.)  I almost left, but I really wanted to see him, so we persevered and stayed.  And I’m glad we did.  The show was great, even though I didn’t get the opportunity to talk to him afterwards.  It was almost midnight, and I do have a job…The one thing I didn’t like is that there was no official announcement made regarding the delay of the show-the host didn’t say anything, nor the club personnel.  So if anyone from Liv comes across this post, or you know someone from Liv, please pass the message along-If there is an unforeseen delay in a performance, it’s customary practice to let the audience know what’s going on.  Thanks!)

So, that’s this week in news, DC edition!  What are your plans for the weekend? If you’re in the DMV, I’m sure you’ll be at FedEx Field for the Beltway Battle (Redskins vs. Ravens).  What are some things that happened in your city this week?  And feel free to comment on any topic that I’ve discussed.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!