Dec 08

Florida Panther Video and Misplaced Outrage

It is easy to be outraged about almost anything it seem nowadays.

Such was the case Saturday night as the Florida Panthers played the above video on their jumbotron before they played our Buffalo Sabres. After the video was shared on Facebook, outrage ensued on Social Media. Everything you can imagine was said about the video because it included images of WNY’s recent SNOvember storm. A lot of people thought it was classless because people died, homes were destroyed, etc.

The first thought that popped into my ByrdBrain was how could we could criticize the Florida Panthers for parodying our weather while locally we did our own share of parodying the storm.

Here is an example. It is a parody of the song “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen done by our own convention and visitors bureau. I think it is awful.

There were countless other photos and videos that made light of SNOvember. If people want to rip the Florida Panthers, it is misguided. They were essentially doing what a lot of us were doing with the storm.

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Lighten up Buffalo.

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Dec 06

Video: Jon Stewart Tears Into Eric Garner Reactions – ‘What the F*ck Are You Talking About?’

Jon Stewart rocks. His blend of comedy and realistic view of what goes on in the media and politics is something needed in the 24/7 news cycle world of craziness.

From the video description:

After his brief moment of seriousness last night, Jon Stewart found comedy tonight in the reactions to the Eric Garner grand jury decision. For example, the fact that the cop wasn’t indicted, but the man who shot video of the incident was. Stewart cried “They got the shooter… of the video!” and explained that “photographing crime does not pay.” Stewart took down arguments that it wasn’t a police chokehold and race wasn’t a part of it, but was most baffled at all with Rand Paul blaming cigarette taxes, leading him to say, “What the fuck are you talking about?!”

I love his reaction to Sean Hannity’s martial arts comment.

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Nov 28

Darryl Talley is a Hero of Mine


It’s easy to say that football players or athletes aren’t heroes. But people like Darryl Talley inspire us to do great things in our own lives.

Sure, he didn’t didn’t do battle in war or protect our freedom or saved someone from a fire. Heroes come in different forms and Darryl Talley taught us what hard work and determination can do to make a difference. This can be applied to the struggles each of us face.

The impact he had on my life and others who remember the Buffalo Bills teams from the Super Bowl era of the 90s is something truly special.

When I read the story in the Buffalo News of his post football career troubles, I cried.  Why? Darryl Talley represents the crazy will and determination that is Buffalo. He was the soul of the Buffalo Bills when he played and the soul of our city. The can do attitude in a place where the outside world had written off. He is the all of us who struggle to make things better in Buffalo. And now he needs us more than ever. We rally behind him because he is a Buffalo hero…down but never out.

I love this video.

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Nov 25

#Banksy #Ferguson #Powerful

This just really struck something inside of me.

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Nov 24

F**K You And All Your False Patriotism

Maybe it was the whole Republican response to President Obama’s plan for immigration or maybe it was the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee’s report rejecting the crazies who wanted to make Benghazi a conspiracy riddled pile of crap…whatever it was, it reminded of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show opening from back on 09/25/2014.

In it, he says a hardy f**k you to the false patriotism exhibited by many. I am as patriotic as the next bloke, but patriotism isn’t determined by what party your voter registration card says you are from. Believing in America or being patriotic is party neutral thing. If you think that opposing President Obama makes you a patriot, it is plain dumb.

Here is the definition of what a patriot is:

“A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors”

There is a lot of crazy out there…people who really think President Obama is trying to destroy our country.

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