We Live in the Grey Area of Life

We Live in the Grey Area of Life

As I read my Facebook/Twitter timelines it occurs to me that Nike using Colin Kaepernick as their spokesperson has really riled some people up.  Let’s boil this down to what Kaepernick has done:

  1. He exercised his right to free speech and to peacefully protest police brutality, this was not protesting the anthem or the flag, that was just the stage that he used same as Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico in 1968.
  2. He basically made himself a pariah in the NFL because he wasn’t good enough to be that big of a distraction and still be a starting QB in the NFL.
  3. He has continued his work even while being out of the league by donating to police training and helping to reduce excessive force and racial profiling.
  4. Now Nike has dropped an ad campaign with Kaepernick with the title “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”

What Kaepernick did by peacefully protesting is what America is all about.  Is America great? You better believe it, but at the same time, America also has some flaws that we need to work on.  Kaepernick put his entire livelihood on the line in the same vein as Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tommie Smith, and John Carlos.  Kaepernick was bringing awareness to a problem in American society that needed attention and had the stage of the NFL to do it.  The peaceful protest leads to Kaepernick being an outcast in the eyes of the NFL.  It turned out Kaepernick wasn’t a good enough QB to still be in the league with the distraction he would have brought to the team.  Colin has not played an NFL game in two years, because he decided that his cause was more important than his playing career.  Kaep has proven that he is dedicated to his cause by continuing to raise money for excessive force training and racial profiling.  Two days ago Nike launched an ad campaign depicting Kaepernick with the saying “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”

The outrage to this ad has been unbelievable, I had a 2 hour Facebook discussion about it and I was essentially agreeing with this person the whole time.  Here is the problem people want a 100% win about everything.  They need a black and white answer to every question, well guess what people we live in an intensely grey world.  I was reading this morning and people were all up in arms about the way Kaepernick was exercising his rights and I also read veteran responses answering “I did not protect your freedoms so that I could tell you how to use them.” This is America there are no 100% wins that is because we have freedom and are not run by a police state.

America was founded by a group of immigrant protestors that were tired of being oppressed by England, and they wanted change.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lead peaceful protests all around the south as part of the civil rights movement to exact change.  Peaceful protests are a great part of American history and also what makes America great. What also makes America great is the fact that we can have these discussions where no one is right but that we also do not have to fear for our lives because we disagree.  In America Kaepernick is allowed to peacefully protest, Nike is allowed to hire him as their spokesperson, and if you do not like that you are allowed to boycott all Nike products.  This is the way America works and this is the way America works best.  Everyone has their own individual rights to express and exercise how they want without the fear of repercussion from the government. Democracy is not easy my friends if it were everyone, would do it.  God Bless America!

What a Weekend in Sports in the State of Ohio!!

What a Weekend in Sports in the State of Ohio!!

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The first weekend of August 2018 was an awesome weekend in sports for the state of Ohio.  It started on Wednesday with the controversy and allegations of covering up domestic violence by Head Football Coach Urban Meyer, then moved to the Indians hosting Mike Trout and the Los Angles Angels, the finale of the Bridgestone Classic at Firestone Country Club in Akron, and finally the inductions of the newest 7 members into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Oh.  All of that was going on and also the Cleveland Browns entered their second week of training camp in Berea in preparation for the 2018 season.

The Bridgestone Classic has been at the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio since 1999.  The first winner of the event was Tiger Woods, twenty years later the event is coming to a close.  The Bridgestone Classic was originally…

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Crazy Last Couple of Days

Hand up I am not a supporter of President Trump, I am a democrat and I am pretty liberal, but that being said I do believe that I do possess common sense, intelligence, and most importantly empathy for others.  That being said I am a pretty positive person and I love America and what it means to be an American.  To me, the idea of being an American is lost on a lot of the citizens.  If you were born in America congratulations, you won life’s lottery and are afforded rights and freedoms for nothing more than being born in the right place at the right time.  Therefore instead of flaunting these freedoms and being offended by every little thing that happens, I’m talking to both sides here, how about we be thankful for the blessings that we have and as Jesus said help and look out for the least of our brothers.  Americans need to exercise their rights and demand that our elected officials do better and represent us in a better light for all of the world.

America needs to step up its game in all facets if we are to be seen as a superpower again in the world.  The actions of our government show that they have zero empathy for any of the refugees that are showing up at our borders fleeing violence in their home countries.  The fact that our leaders hide behind the fact that some of these people maybe MS-13 or other gangs is ludicrous! We are a country of immigrants so we as a people owe it to our ancestors to help immigrants and refugees to get to safety and be able to eat, sleep, and live under our blanket of freedom.  The pilgrims were the original refugees fleeing religious persecution and that was when they landed on Plymouth rock.  We as citizens of the United States of America need to stand up and demand that our country take care of the 95% that are here to make a better life for their families and not make them pay because a small percentage of the people may be here for the wrong reasons.

This is not a slam on Donald Trump’s administration, but I am sure that I will get blowback of “That’s the same thing Obama did!”  Which is another problem with our country that both sides of the aisle are content with two wrongs instead of listening and compromising for the betterment of the United States citizens.  I digress this is not the same as when Obama was in the Presidency, in fact, it was not the same as any administration since the law was enacted in 1997.  The law was put in effect to capture and deport dangerous people, the biggest difference is that President Trump broadened the interpretation of the law to include “criminal offenses” which is applicable to anyone trying to enter the country since they would be doing so illegally.  The broader language is not prioritizing criminal offenses, a first-time offense of illegal immigration is a misdemeanor, so everyone is subject to deportation.  When the Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled out his zero-tolerance policy in April the numbers of separations of families at the border skyrocketed because they no longer prioritized crimes, misdemeanors were treated the same as felonies.

What Corey Lewandowski did on the state-run news that is referred to as Fox News is unbelievably disgusting.  Fox was having a debate between Lewandowski, President Trump’s campaign manager, and Former DNC Adviser Zak Petkanas as Petkanas was recounting a story where a 10-year old girl with down syndrome was ripped from the arms of her mother at the border an attempt to try and highlight the atrocities that are occurring at the border.  In the middle of the story, Lewandowski mocks the little girl, her family, and Petkanas by saying “womp, womp”.  At best he has zero feeling for the little girl and her family that are trying to come into the United States for a better life.  At worst he is mocking the child because of her disability, which is of course he thinks is ok since his boss did the same on the campaign trail.  As a guy that has dedicated himself to helping children with disabilities the actions of Lewandowski make me want to puke.  This is the picture of cruelty and bullying of someone that had no power over the way they were born.  Lewandowski tried to come out today and not apologize to the child or the family for his disgraceful actions but rather rationalize them that he was mocking Petkansas.  If this is true, which I doubt, it shows how low mainstream media has fallen that they would allow this type of action on a show that is meant to inform people of the travesty that is happening at the border of our country.  The President should come out and admonish the actions of Lewandowski since he was his campaign manager.  In case you did not see the video I linked it below.


After weeks of digging in on his policy that separated families at the border, President Trump today finally after feeling the pressure signed an executive order that will keep more families together.  All though it took a while to find his conscience I do applaud him for signing this order to keep families united.  There are two things that the order does that are good, families are detained together and families cases are moved to the front of the court caseload.  There are also two things that the order does not do reunite families already separated and they do not know how the DHS is going to house them but at least it is a start to reverse this terrible policy.  One of the biggest problems with the previous policy was that children were only allowed to be detained for twenty days so then they were separated from their families and place into the system and therefore very hard to be reunited.  You can imagine the difficulty of reuniting children with their families when the children do not even know their parent’s full names, it takes weeks even months.  President Trump has ordered AG Jeff Sessions to go to the court and get Flores vs Reno overturned so that children can stay with their families for the duration of their detention.  This will go a long way toward solving the problem of family separation.



I picked up a Plain Dealer today for the first time in a very long time and was very disappointed at the headline, “Cavalier’s Season Ends With A Dud”, with the byline, “Cavs lose Finals for the second year, LeBron has a decision to make.”  Now on the face, it seems that these are all facts and unfortunately they are, but my point here is that they could have led with the two positive stories that found the middle of the Finals section. Terry Pluto and Bill Livingston both wrote fantastic articles about how LeBron James left everything on the court for not only the Cavs franchise but also for this city that he loves.  The two articles, written by veteran and award-winning journalists, celebrated another run to the Finals for the Cavaliers led by James, they did not tear down the franchise that brought the city of Cleveland their first championship since 1964. The media should celebrate all the great things that go on around the city and the country instead of always focusing on the negative and what could be better.  Would it be awesome if the Cavs won the Finals and LeBron was locked up in a contract till the end of his career sure would be, but this is the real world and all things are not sunshine and flowers. Let us as Clevelanders, I’m really talking to you Plain Dealer, celebrate the positive that we have now and not the possible negative.


The reason that I point out this small sample of what the media is now is because when I look at the national news rather it be NBC, CNN, or Fox or even the local news the stories are always negative and fear mongering with a human interest story sandwiched in there on most nights. My point is fear and negativity sell, and that is our fault.  We as a people need to demand better from our news sources. Not to turn this political, but our President got himself elected by preying on the fears of Americans. If you watch the national news instead of focusing on issues that matter, i.e. healthcare, taxes, and immigration, the news will show 5 minutes of that and then the rest of the hour will be focused on stuff that essentially does not matter to the citizens of the United States.  There are plenty of these situations around the country of people who barely have enough to live and to keep their families alive.


I am a big Twitter reader and I see all of these people use the hashtag blessed, but are we really blessed and do we really understand how really blessed we are?  Our response to the Hurricane Maria that hit Puerto Rico was embarrassing, it made our response to Katrina look almost competent. The United States response to Puerto Rico was laughable, Jose Andres had to go down and cook for the island because we could not get enough food down to the American citizens that live there.  The President of the United States spent less than one day on the island after the devastation, and the White House continued to shame the Mayor of San Juan as she complained that they needed more of everything to get the island back to being able to sustain life. The government report on the fatalities of Puerto Rico says that 64 people have lost their lives to the hurricane, but the real number is around 5,000 when you count all the people who died due to the power still being out and they were not able to get the medical treatment that they needed.  If what was going on in Puerto Rico was happening in the mainland United States, we would have had a riot and also demand answers for the reason the situation is not better by now. Hurricane Maria was September 20 almost 10 months ago and there are a number of people still without power and clean running water. We need to demand better of our government and ourselves.

My point is that the next time you are looking around and want to complain about what you do or do not have, remember someone always has it worse than you.  Americans appreciate what you have and especially the country that you live in with the freedoms that you did not have to do anything for besides be born in the right country.  The next time you are stuck in traffic do not complain about the traffic, be glad that you have a car to ride into wherever you are going. The next time you want to complain about your job, be glad that you have a job.  The great thing about America is that if you do not like your situation, change it. This country gives you opportunities that no other place on earth gives you, take advantage of them. Do not complain, do better!


To steal a line from Michigan Football, “Who has it better than us? NOOOOOBODY!!!

This Has Got To Be A Joke Right?

Terrell Owens is widely known as one of the most selfish football players in a game full of egomaniacs.   In a last most despicable move Owens has declared that after visiting Canton, Oh earlier in the year he has decided not to attend the induction ceremony but rather hold his own celebration elsewhere at another time.  The move is unprecedented and at first glance, I thought maybe it was a form of peaceful protest against the NFL because of their new anthem policy, that I could have understood. No this is totally a selfish and ungrateful move by Owens who arguably doesn’t even belong in this class in the first place.  I am sure Owens will have 1000’s of cameras at his ceremony probably right before or right after the real inductions of the real Hall of Famers just so he can steal the spotlight. This is a disgraceful move by Owens in a long line of disgraceful moves throughout his career. The guy was the worst teammate there was in the ultimate team game.  

Is Canton, Oh the greatest city in the world?  Having grown up 20 minutes south of Canton and spent a lot of time there I can say it is not.  That is not the point the point is that Canton is where Professional Football was born and that is where the entry point of the greatest most select club is and where Owens should be if he wants to go into the Hall.  Canton, Ohio is a blue collar gritty town that signifies what the NFL and the Hall of Fame are about, the Hall of Fame is not about loud mouth has beens making everything about them, it is about grinding for years in the league to be the best there ever was, putting team and team success first.  

This was  Owens’s third time on the HoF ballot and the first two times when he did not get in he went on any and every radio and TV show and cried about how the voting was against him and how he was being persecuted and he pulls this stunt.  Owens only cares about himself, what about the fans that want to go see his speech and see him get inducted it to the hall, he doesn’t care if it is not about TO he doesn’t care! There is a reason that a receiver with his type of talent was on 5 different teams. I don’t care how many times he gets on TV and cries about, “This is my quarterback man!”  Owens only cares about himself and always has, he is a selfish child that doesn’t deserve to be in the same Hall as the other great players. Randy Moss is another modern day wide receiver that is going to the Hall in the same class and Owens could not sniff Moss in the talent or teammate department.

If the Hall had any guts at all they should strip Owens of his Hall of Fame status, at the very least there should be no mention of him at all during the weekend.  There should be no picture hanging off the side of the stadium as is customary, nothing! If the networks had any guts at all, looking at you ESPN, there would not be a single mention let alone a camera at his “ceremony”, do not allow this child to make a mockery of the most sacred Hall of the NFL and its opening weekend.  I am sure Owens is only =doing this so his broke ass can monetize his induction somehow. Terrell Owens is a selfish child and should be treated as such and have his status taken away by the Hall of Fame. Do not placate him ESPN, NFL Network, NFL, and Hall of Fame.

Memorial Tournament (Wednesday)

Today was a great day for the Peters Family.  Erin was able to secure us tickets to the Memorial Golf Tournament today.  I know it is Wednesday and the Tournament doesn’t officially start until Thursday, but it was the final practice round and the Pro-Am.  Being that it was a practice round we got to see all the Superstars up close and personal.  Tiger Woods was 100 feet from me and I was like a 13-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.  I have written about my adoration of Tiger as a golfer, not a man, a couple weeks before the Masters.  Tiger for guys my age represents the greatest stretch of domination of an athlete ever.  Tiger even after a few down years and stretches where he did not even play is still the one golfer that moves the needle for the sport.  As we were walking in the gate I overheard a kid, who was no more than 7 or 8, say to his Dad, “I want to see Tiger Woods!”  Tiger transcends generations, the way legends are passed down like the story of Paul Bunyan.  I can picture this kid’s Dad sitting his boy down and telling him about the feats of Tiger and showing him videoes of Tiger’s conquests (Golf you sickos!).  The point is we need another Tiger in golf to help bring the young fans to the sport.  I am a football coach and I played football in High School and College and my wife often asks me if we have a son will I push him to football.  My response is no I will let him or her play whatever they want and if I had my choice they would play golf, especially if our child is a girl.  I believe golf has come a long way since I was young and a lot of that has to do with Tiger Woods. On a side note, Tiger’s playing partners included Peyton Manning!  What a day!

We sat at the 16th hole and saw all of the big shots, minus Rory and Dustin Johnson.  We saw Tiger first followed by Justin Thomas, Master’s Champion Patrick Reed (Erin Hates Him), Rickie Fowler (Erin Loves Him!), Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, and finally Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth.  What a day of golf and the best part was sharing my love of the game with Erin.  We have a hard time going to sporting events, we enjoy going to Indians games but she is usually out for football games after September because of weather and does not enjoy the Cavs games because we do not like leaving the house in the winter.  We both enjoyed the golf today she loves the personal stories of the golfers and she forms her opinions based on those stories, hence her hate for Reed and her love for Rickie.  I think the younger stars have a chance to win over a lot of younger fans because of their social media presence as compared to older golfers.  Erin got into a conversation with three guys in front of us today based on how fun it would be to go on spring break with Rickie Fowler because of his SnapChat and Instagram posts.  The crowd at Muirfield as I looked around was considerably older but there were more younger people than I expected to see.  I believe the younger golfers such as Jordan, Rickie, Justin Thomas can connect with fans in a different way with younger golfers.  They are wearing more relevant brands Jordan is wearing Under Armour, Rickie is Puma, and Justin, Rory, and Tiger are wearing Nike.  This is giving fans an opportunity to wear what the pros are wearing as they do in other sports.  Golf will never be able to crack the big three sports, football, basketball, and baseball, but they could hang in there at 4 or 5 with the ability to put their stars out front of the sport and their stories to connect with the fans.  Golf has a bright future and in this bloggers opinion, the groundwork for the future was laid by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.


Happy Memorial Day!!

I have read tweets and Facebook posts from groups and people about what Memorial Day means.  I have read about how Memorial Day is not about a long weekend, parties, and the beginning of summer.  I will argue that is exactly what Memorial Day is!  Memorial Day is not about sitting around mourning the loss of fallen soldiers, it is about celebrating the men and women who were willing to die for your right to have long weekends, parties, and summer fun.  I am a veteran and my wife will attest to this that it makes me feel uncomfortable when people tell me “Thank you for your service!”  I never know how to answer it, I usually just say “Thank you”, but what I really want to say is “Don’t verbally thank me, if you want to thank me exercise the rights that you have that so many have given their lives for.” I believe this is the attitude of most veterans, it upsets me to no end when you have these people celebrate veterans three times a year, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day but yet under half the country will vote.  I gave a speech at the Veteran’s Day assembly at Canfield Middle School about four years ago and the crux of the speech was do not thank a veteran, show them how much you appreciate them by exercising the rights that they have given you.  Therefore I do believe that Memorial Day is about celebrating with parties, golf, and having a great time because we can.  We do not live in China or in Russia and we should be proud of the fact that so many have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, they should be celebrated not mourned for they did not die in vain but they died in the most honorable way possible.  There is nothing more honorable than laying down one’s life so that others, complete strangers, can enjoy the freedoms that this country offers.

This next point seems to many like it might be the exact opposite of what I wrote above but bear with me it will make sense.  The NFL came out with a ruling about the National Anthem “controversy” that they have had the last two years.  The NFL has mandated that if a player wants to not stand during the anthem they should remain in the locker room or be subject to fines.  If they are out of the locker room they are expected to stand for the anthem.  This seems to go against every fiber of the Constitution that many of us have sworn to defend and some have died defending.  The constitution is for everyone not just who we choose can have rights.  This rule is insane, in fact, it is an injustice that they are attempting to take away a player’s right to peacefully protest.  Also, do not tell me that they should keep politics out of sports, the National Anthem and flyovers are political statements that start most sporting events.  I have also heard the argument that “I can’t protest at my job!” to this I answer that these guys are the top 1% of all people that can play in professional football, that is why people always urge them to use their platform to elicit change.  Secondly, if your job is stifling your rights as an American maybe it is time to find another job.  In my opinion, the players and anyone else for that matter should be allowed to exercise their rights however they see fit whether that be kneeling, staying in the locker room.  I am still waiting for someone to explain to me the difference between NFL players kneeling and some random guy walking up the stairs with a beer and nachos to his seat with his hat on during the National Anthem.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, honor fallen veterans by exercising your rights that they have died defending for you.