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Should the “Final Four” be moved out of Indianapolis?

Sometimes you have to wonder “Can’t we all just get along?”

In case you haven’t heard, a law has been passed in the state of Indiana that has the nation, organizations and some media figures in an uproar.

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law by Governor Mike Pence last week, makes it legal to discriminate against LGBT customers in the name of “religious freedom”.The bill has set off a wave of criticism from all over the country, calling for the resignation of Pence and moving major sporting events like the upcoming NCAA Men’s Final Four and the 2016 Women’s Final Four out of Indianapolis.

ESPN reporter Keith Olbermann called for not only the NCAA but the NFL, who took quick action after a similar law was passed in Arizona before Super Bowl 49, as well as the NBA to cease doing business in the state. He went on to suggest the NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, should move their offices if the state chooses not to repeal the law.

Here’s the entire segment:

Now, I would like to throw in my two cents on the matter, but before I begin I want people to understand where I’m coming from and understand my mindset (or at least part of it). Now, I grew up as a Christian, in fact I would consider myself Christian to this day. I had a pretty basic Christian upbringing as a child, went to church, attend sunday schools and youth groups, read my bible, etc. Obviously there are certain things were are told from the Bible that we as Christian should try to incorporate it into our everyday lives (don’t steal, don’t kill, respect your parents,etc.). Now though there are rules that we should live by, one of the biggest things to remember is to love each other or love your neighbor as yourself. Now there is a lot of things going on in the Bible, but love is probably one of the bigger messages that book has to offer. Loving your neighbor as yourself is probably something not only Christian, but pretty much everyone has at least heard about at least once.

Now, I don’t want to make this post all about religion, I wanted to just make a point.

My mindset when it comes to topics like homosexuality is that though I was taught that being gay was a sin, I’m still going to treat you with the same respect I would treat anyone else that I know or see on the street. You being different from myself isn’t going to change the way I act around you, life is way to short for all that. We all have done wrong or done something that others would agree with, does that mean that makes them less of good person than yourself. I get that people don’t agree with that kind of lifestyle and have their own opinions about the matter (which they can have), but don’t we all have more important things in our own lives to deal than worrying about how a homosexual chooses to live there lives?

Though it might be too late for the NCAA to move the men’s Final Four tournament out of Indy, I think it’s best to move the women’s tournament as well as any other operations in the near future, and I think other big name organization should follow suit if something isn’t changed. Some might say “Oh it’s the business has the right to serve whoever they want”, but to say I’m not going to serve you because you look a certain way or you don’t have the same views as me or because you’re different is absolutely ridiculous to me,IT’S FREAKING 2015 FOLKS, GET OVER YOURSELF!!!!

I look at this situation and wonder how this is any different from what African-American went through during the civil rights movement, not being served inside restaurants because of the “law” says the owners didn’t legal have to serve them because they didn’t like their skin color. How can you say “I’m against racial inequality but if your gay, you need to find somewhere else to go”.

What’s the difference, your still alienating a specific group of people. How is that “justice for all”. This is supposed to be a country that gives equal opportunities to those who put in the work and strive to make something of themselves. If this is the case, my question to Gov. Pence,the state of Indiana and anyone who agrees with this law is what kind of message do you think you’re sending to not only the gay community but anyone who is different from you when you pass this bill?

The word “equality” doesn’t come to mind.

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Even The Greats Need Help Sometimes…

I was having a conversation a little while at dinner with a few of my friends about the Chicago Bulls’ championship teams back in the 90’s with Jordan and company. We all agreed that obviously MJ is one of the greatest, and possible the greatest to every play the game, but one of my friends felt that his legacy was tainted because he had the help of guys like Pippen, Cartwright, Grant, Kerr and Rodman. And that was the comment that ended our friendship (kidding! No, but really)

Yes, Jordan was surrounded by decent players, he and Pippen were basically the Batman and Robin duo of the early 90’s. But , just because the guy got an extra hand to get over that hump doesn’t diminish the fact that he is one of the best. Jordan made himself a household name way before those guys were around, heck during his rookie season in 1986 he put up 63 points during a playoff game against Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in Boston (where they were 40-1 that season) and still ended up losing and ultimately getting swept.

His example and plenty others just prove one thing: Even the greatest need help sometimes too!

Think about any great, elite-type players in any team sport (Football, Basketball, Baseball, etc.). Now think about if they won a championship or not. Now think about the team and the players that surrounded them, would they have won that championship without those guys.

Take Peyton for instance, think about all those record-setting teams he played for all those offensive weapons he had whether it was Harrison,  Wayne, Clark, Thomas or even Welker. There were years where those certain teams were locks to take home the Lombardi, and yet they would always come up short.

Except for one season:2006, the same year that majority of the Colts defense seemed to be at full strength heading into the playoffs. That year, Manning walked away with a championship, what was the difference? Out of those years (including right now while he’s in Denver) he had solid players on both sides of the ball.You give a decent QB a good offense and an ok defense your promised a few games for that season, you gie an elite QB like Manning that same offense and same defense he will at least get you to the big game.

Great players need help around, they can’t do on their own, ask Brady and all those records he broke back in 2007, he went 18-0 and still walked away a loser that season. Why? Because his defense was exposed to be not a that great.

Still don’t agree with me, ok. What about LeBron? Isn’t the whole reason people hate him so much is because he left his hometown, his home team and pretty much wasted an hour of everyone’s day with that “I’m taking my talents to South Beach special”. What was his reasoning for leaving? Did you look at the roster he had to work compared the to Miami Heat roster with Pat Riley down there finding decent player left and right? Who would you want Sasha Pavlovic or Dwayne Wade, Drew Gooden or Chris Bosh? Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Yeah he could have done a better job getting down there, but it’s easy to say because James had the guys around him he didn’t always had to be “Superman” or the hero to make to the dance, but even then it seemed as though the pieces around him helped elevate his game higher than it was by himself in Cleveland. Think the same can be said about Kobe  and the Lakers when they required Shaq (though he did win two more after the two spilt), you can say the same for Isiah Thomas and the “Bad Boy” Piston of the late 80’s, Montana or Young and all that talent that surrounded them during their years in San Francisco.

The point I trying to make is that the whole idea of there is no “I” in team is apparent in team sports, you can be the biggest, baddest player that ever was, you might be able to win yourself a few games, set some records and make a brand for yourself. But, I have yet to see the day that one player won a championship all by himself (Kobe is trying is hardest to do it in LA, but it’s time for him to call it a career on his own terms before it’s too late).