Category: Current Events

Where Chicago Sports Teams Currently Stand Amid Pandemic

Where Chicago Sports Teams Currently Stand Amid Pandemic
Sports are very far from being a priority right now in the United States, but at the same time their value is rather important within this moment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entertainment industry is essentially shut down, and most of the businesses that comprise the tourism sector of the economy remain closed. In short, there isn't a whole lot to do, and as we try to stay home as much as possible to fight the spread of coronavirus, we need something to watch on television. Luckily, the NBA, MLB and NHL are all currently active and providing some sort of escape during a very trying year...

For Kamala Harris Her Time Will Likely Soon Arrive

For Kamala Harris Her Time Will Likely Soon Arrive
Next week will see former Vice-President Joe Biden announce his running mate for the 2020 Presidential Election. What we do know for sure is that Biden's VP candidate will be a woman. This decision is certainly an astute one, as it truly was women who decided the 2018 mid-term elections, and it's likely will again in November. So who will it be? Will "suburban moms" be the swing vote bloc that most influences the 2020 election? If so, who does Biden go with in order to reach them?...

Amazon to Remain Dominant Even as New E-Commerce Giants Grow

Amazon to Remain Dominant Even as New E-Commerce Giants Grow
As Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is set to appear for an antitrust hearing before the United States Congress on Wednesday it's symbolic of the emerging e-commerce hegemony. Bezos, 56, is projected by some market evaluation tools and metrics to become the world's first trillionaire sometime in 2026. With a current net worth estimated at $156 billion, if Bezos was his own country, he'd currently be the 169th richest nation on Earth. Yes, this is one man and his unfathomable wealth, at a time when the greater economy itself is plunging into freefall...
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2020 MLB Season Defined by Individuals Taking Personal Reponsibility

2020 MLB Season Defined by Individuals Taking Personal Reponsibility

On Monday, Chicago Cubs Manager David Ross and five other Tier 1 individuals within the club were forced to miss the morning workout. The cause was inconclusive COVID-19 testing, and the delay in getting results meant they had to sit the session out.

“We’ve decided to do the prudent thing so myself and the five others will not attend this morning’s workout,” said Ross. “Out of an abundance of caution, we think it makes sense for the six of us to wait for clarity.  Situations like this have not been a worrisome indicator of a positive test result to date.” 

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Entertainment Industry Struggles Amid Pandemic are Complicated

Entertainment Industry Struggles Amid Pandemic are Complicated

COVID-19 has hit a lot of different sectors of the economy hard, for many different reasons, but perhaps none is as complicated as the entertainment industry. Basically, if it's something you had to go buy a ticket to, with long advance notice, it just isn't happening in 2020.

The "event economy" or "fun sector" is basically wiped out for the time being. However, it doesn't mean that it's overall bearish for the entertainment sector until we pull ourselves out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The so-called "stay at home" economy is thriving, as this is now a great time for subscription streaming services. "Netflix and chill, anyone?"

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New Documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble Arrives at Perfect Time

New Documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble Arrives at Perfect Time
At almost every pivotal moment, in the last century of the struggle for civil rights, Rep. John Lewis was there. Rest in Power to a giant among men. This past Fourth of July weekend, as we all reflected on the beginning of the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence, and the ideals upon which the document was written, "John Lewis: Good Trouble" arrived at the Music Box Theatre virtual cinema. The belief that "all men are created equal," penned by Thomas Jefferson on the parchment signed by the Founding Fathers on July 4th, 1776, is more theory than practice today. As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to gain momentum, it also spotlights the egregious disparities than exist within our society. Thus, Dawn Porter's documentary spotlighting the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia is more timely than ever. ...
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Star Spangled Banner Should be for International Sporting Events Only

Star Spangled Banner Should be for International Sporting Events Only

Political Marketing was my favorite class when I was in graduate school, and many lessons learned from that course stick with me to this day. I selected jingoism, extremist patriotism and all things marketing of the red, white and blue as my term paper topic for this specific course.

Although I penned that paper back during the Bush 43 administration, insights reached back then have as much relevance today as ever. In studying the Star Spangled Banner as well as everyone who takes the national anthem way too seriously, I saw that the plot to Francis Scott Key's tune was lost a long time ago. We really don't need it to be played anymore at every single sporting event. It really needs to be reserved for just international competitions at this point.

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How Lockdown and Re-Opening is Affecting Our Pets

How Lockdown and Re-Opening is Affecting Our Pets
As the coronavirus pandemic started to sweep across the globe, many people took animal companions into our homes. Some pets were fosters, others into their new forever homes. However, life under lockdown is weird, unnatural and strange to say the least- both humans and pets alike. The dogs and cats already in our lives suddenly had to adjust to the concept of us being around nearly all the time. The animals entering into a new relationship with a human got to know this person in a way that's not reflective of life is going to be moving forward. While we evalaute and strive to maintain our own physical, mental and psychological well-being, we need to think of our furry friends at the same time...

Stone Mountain Should be Next, but OBLITERATE ALL Confederate Monuments

Stone Mountain Should be Next, but OBLITERATE ALL Confederate Monuments
Last summer, my podcast co-host Travis and I did a show about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, for our history pod "Let's Get Weird, Sports." We went off on a tangent about Stone Mountain, the state park that hosted  competition of three Olympic events. Purchased by the State of Georgia in 1958, literally "as a memorial to the Confederacy," Stone Mountain Park officially opened on April 14, 1965, exactly 100 years to the day of Lincoln's assassination (subtlety, doesn't seem to be a Confederate thing) although the park had been in use for awhile already. It is the most visited destination in the state of Georgia today, although most people go there for mother nature, hiking, picnicking and other outdoor activities, not for celebrating the world's largest shrine to white supremacy...
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USMNT Capt. Michael Bradley: "isn't a moral bone in Trump's body"

USMNT Capt. Michael Bradley: "isn't a moral bone in Trump's body"
Lots of sports figures, from all around the world, are speaking up right now about racial inequality and police brutality in the United States. Former Chicago Bears and current University of Illinois head coach Lovie Smith sounded off about systemic racism in our society while appearing on a talk show yesterday. This weekend saw another round of Americans and non-American soccer players showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the German Bundesliga. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees initially made a statement that showed total ignorance in regards to why Colin Kaepernick on other NFL players have taken a knee during the national anthem, but he took the time to educate himself on the issues, and now he gets it...