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In Memory of Michael Kirby Alvarado

Depending on the version of the bible you open, the translation will always be worded differently. But the essence of the message is widely recognized and understood. Jesus said "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" [Matthew 19:19].

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, my next-door neighbor Michael Kirby Alvarado, 25, was taken from this world by a senseless act of violence. Michael [Mike] has left behind a countless number of family and friends who he made a great impact on.

A great athlete from childhood, Mike was a standout football player at Gaithersburg High School. His play for the team earned him a scholarship to William & Mary to play football for the Tribe. Mike never finished school, but his focus and his dreams stayed ahead on big and positive things.

If you have ever had a conversation with Mike, you know he is a tremendously caring and intelligent soul, with an incredible gift to communicate--not just talk, but listen--and he never forgot the things you told…

Thoughts on Redskins vs. Vikings

Disappointing. Infuriating.

The Washington Redskins are a mess. A total mess. It was Denver 2.0, but it was against the Minnesota Vikings who entered the game 1-7, although arguably a better 1-7 than they really were. But they were missing 4 key offensive starters--the scene was set for the Redskins to have a good day and walk away with a win. It was time for the offense to prove they could play two good games in a row, and for the defense to prove they could hang with an offense that didn't feature major weapons at WR.

The big concern was Adrian Peterson, who had the bulk of the Vikings' success in the first half, but didn't really manage to do much. The Redskins' offense was rolling with Alfred Morris getting major chunks of yards. Robert Griffin III was hitting Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and Leonard Hankerson for good gains. He tried to hit Logan Paulsen once early for a dropped TD, and hit Paulsen for another TD. His TD pass to Reed was all brilliance, as he pump…

Sean Taylor Trial Offers Closure

We're very nearing 6 years since the passing of Sean Taylor. The trial has been delayed over and over again. Five men were arrested and charged in relation to the murder, all five pointing fingers. Yesterday, Monday, November 4, 2013, the allegedly admitted trigger-puller was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder. He faces up to life in prison. I will not post his name because he does not deserve the kindness.

The details of the trial painted a grim picture of what took place inside the house that night. It painted an even darker picture of how the entire event was planned. An early questioning of Taylor's then-girlfriend painted the narrative that because Taylor kept a lot of cash in the house, that somehow his client was less guilty of murder; almost justifying death if the robbery is planned out perfectly and the cash is actually there to be stolen. But you have to make obscene arguments in murder cases. We know this. We can't be shocked by it. Yet it's still dishearte…

Thoughts on Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos

Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. Unbelievably, terribly disgusting.

The Washington Redskins went into halftime tied at 7 against the Denver Broncos, the lowest point total the Broncos have posted in the first half all season. The defense was playing very well, while the offense was doing just enough to not get us in serious trouble.

Enter the second half, and the Redskins get up 21-7 off of outstanding defense and capitalizing. Alfred Morris was running hard.

And then the Broncos mount a comeback, and build a lead, and rattle off point after point on their way to a 45-21 victory. The worst part about it was the absolute collapse of the PLAYCALLING, not all the PLAYING.

Yeah, RGIII was off, badly. You counter that by giving him a few screens to THE RUNNING BACK to find his rhythm and help keep the defense honest by not sending insane blitzes up the middle. Rob had plenty of opportunities to take off or hit a man deep (missed pass to Morgan and Garcon who was open on his way to the e…

The Second Constitutional Convention

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit
of Happiness."

It was upon this idea, this singular principle that We the People of these United States made our stand against the British Empire and declared our independence. It was upon this principle that the Founding Fathers established the supreme law of our land and laid the foundation for our future. And it is upon this principle that We the People must now stand upon that foundation and erect a nation greater than anything the Founding Fathers could have envisioned.

The United States Constitution, the supreme law of our land, was conceived as a living document dynamic enough to account for and adapt to change, yet static enough to provide stability. The concept itself was genius and the execution, for that time, virtually flawless. It is a magnificent construct and its im…

Washington Redskins Fall to Green Bay Packers

It was eerily similar to Monday Night Football's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. TheWashington Redskins offense was wildly ineffective and crumbled early. The defense was on the field too much, fatigued, and incapable of tackling. The special teams unit shot itself in the foot over and over again. By the time anything looked right, it was too late in the game to make any difference. The Redskins fell to 0-2 to start the season and there are nothing but questions.

Kyle Shanahan's playcalling didn't come under much fire last week by us, but it seems pretty apparent now that we should focus a bit on the coordinator. Robert Griffin III looked a little more accurate and a little quicker when he went mobile, but the playcalling was very conservative and the Green Bay Packers took advantage of every opportunity. Kyle let drive after drive pass where the Packers were blitzing on 3rd down no matter the distance, and it wasn't until a 2nd and obscenely long play late in the ga…

Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez

Everyone who just tuned in to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez fight just witnessed a boxing clinic as Floyd Mayweather dominated the 23-year-old Mexican.

Mayweather was fast and agile, moving as well and as quickly in the boxing ring as he expects of himself and as we've come to known. Mayweather looked quicker even than he did in his last 3 fights, which, at 36, is as amazing as his record of 45-0-0.
But before I get into Floyd v Canelo, I want to highlight the bout between Danny Garcia (c) v Lucas Matthysse. Fans witnessed the maturing of Danny Garcia as a boxer, as he fought behind his jab for 12 round and mechanically attacked Matthysse's body for most of the fight. However, an early shot to Matthysse's eye caused serious swelling, inhibiting the favored challenger. Matthysse tried to stay in the fight, even managing to rock Garcia a few times down the stretch, but his power wasn't behind his punches as he was clearly having trouble watching his target.
Ma…

Several Standouts in Washington Redskins Loss to Philadelphia Eagles

The Washington Redskins lost an ugly game last night. They started to make strides in the second half, but it was too little – too late as they failed to do enough to regain the lead. There was a lot of sloppy play on both sides of the football, but in a loss, some of the better performances are getting overlooked.
Special Teams:
There was only one guy who stood out for me on the unit, and he didn’t really excel outside of one area last night. Kai Forbath on kickoffs was a different player than last year. In 2012, Forbath couldn’t kick the football across the goal line if he had a backwind helping him. Last night, he drilled the football to the back of the endzone to pin returners deep and forced consistent touchbacks. His missed field goal was a real upset for a guy who has been so good at hitting 3-pointers so far here in Washington. The only positive to take away from that field goal was that it was a 45+ yarder that was coasting even with the top of the upright when it crossed the b…

Comic Character Football

I was asked to come up with a full 11 offense and defense football team comprised of comic book heroes and villains. I guess if I do it here, I can give some proper explanation for why each individual is where they are. I'm running the offense with a fullback, tight end, and two wide receivers... I'm running a 3-4 defense.


Offense:

Quarterback - Bullseye. I can't think of anyone more accurate in comics than Bullseye. Deathstroke, Deadshot and Deadpool would have made a little sense, but Bullseye is just the guy for the job!

Running Back - Green Lantern. Here's a guy with heart and no fear, knows how to take his time and when to attack...

Fullback - The Juggernaut. I can't think of anyone better suited than the unstoppable force to clear a lane for the RB.

LT - Thing. He's a rock, but he has some agility so he can slide and protect the blindside.

LG - Bizarro. LG has to be a guy who can maul people, and I can't think of many better suited than Kal-el's …

Washington Redskins 2013-14 Season Outlook - Offense

We're only a few short weeks away from the start of the 2013-14 NFL season, and here at Don't Laugh, People, that means all the reason to get excited!

For myself and Enigma, the excitement is all about the Washington Redskins, hence the title of this blog post. So what about the Redskins themselves is there to get excited about???

Robert Griffin III I shouldn't have to bring up the talking points about his injury or his return. All I have to talk about is his passer rating of > 100, his minimal turnovers as a rookie, his Rookie of the Year award, and his physical abilities which are for all intents and purposes, unmatched. RG3 is the perfect weapon in today's NFL, and his decision making is already well-noted when teams already knew they were going to have to try their damnedest to account for him. Now he will, presumably, focus more on passing the football... and make great decisions as he has shown the ability to do already. But what will make Robert even more ef…

Kendrick Lamar

...spazzed out. It wasn't the greatest shit ever spit, the hardest shit ever spit, or the cleanest shit ever spit... but for this era and this generation of babies who "rap" ... K.Dot said some shit that hit...

...and on another rapper's song!



That other rapper is eternally known as "???" because we've now never heard of 'em.

Fuck School Pt. I

I'm in a foul fucking mood right now!

The American Education system, and the entire Financial Aid process, is fucking retarded.

Why is it, that all of my information is on file with my school and all of the Federal Government agencies I'm using for Financial Aid, but I have to submit and re-submit the same information on every single form that they already have on file?

If I have to log into these things with my Social Security Number, which had to be approved for my sign-up/registration process, why must I submit form after form with the same information!?!?!?

Nevermind that the "Twatty fucking cunts" - Ricky Gervais... who work in the Financial Aid office at school don't know a single fucking thing about anything you need to ask them. They're clearly not deserving of the fraction of the tuition money I pay that goes into their fucking paychecks/financial aid credit.

And why is it that everytime I submit a form that says it is approved, it gets flagged sayi…

My Rebuttal to Jason Reid's Article about John Wall

Washington Wizards should think about John Wall’s ink before signing him to a max deal - The Washington Post

The above link is a post written by Jason Reid of the Washington Post. Before I begin, I want to make it clear that the content, the visibility, and the meaning of John Walls tattoos are not at all debated by Jason Reid, as he clearly stated in response to someone on Twitter. Nevermind that Jason Reid does talk about the location of said tattoos.

Jason Reid argues that John Wall getting tattoos after publicly speaking about not having tattoos in order to protect "his image for marketing reasons." Specifically, Reid had this to say: Posing shirtless recently for an Instagram photo, Wall revealed several tattoos. Wall’s interest in body art is surprising, considering he previously said he did not have tattoos because of concerns over his image for marketing reasons. Many NBA players do have tattoos, and Wall isn’t breaking new ground in sharing his ink with fans through…

Responding to Leonard Pitts, Jr.'s Argument Against "Redskins"

I was reading this article, Leonard Pitts Jr.: No justifying ‘Redskins’ as mascot | Wichita Eagle, and was honestly intrigued by the language Mr. Pitts used in his opposition to "Redskins."

Mr. Pitts uses some sorely developed points, many of which I have already offered rebuttal for when presented with them from other parties. But for the sake of honest counter-argument, here we go.

Does that seem logical? If so, then perhaps you can understand my impatience with people who insist on defending the Washington, D.C., football team whose nickname is a racial slur. The latest is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. He recently responded to a letter from members of the House Congressional Native American Caucus questioning the appropriateness of the name “Redskins.” That name, wrote Goodell, “is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.” The team took the name in 1933, he noted, to honor then-coach William “Lone Star” Dietz, who was reputedly (it is a ma…

Change the World

Before I begin, I know there will be a lot of people who read this post and feel like they just wasted their time. I know there will be others who read it and maybe it stirs some emotion, but they then will ultimately revert. But some, maybe one or two, hopefully as many of you who do read this, will take up the challenge to change.

For as long as I can remember interacting with @AllanGraye, we have talked about changing this planet. Of course, our focus is to start small with a community online, or at home in our immediate location, or with family and friends, and eventually on a county-wide to state-wide to nation-wide level. Ultimately, we want to change the globe as a whole.

Freedom is the goal. Apathy is the enemy.

And to be free is to be free of coercion. Is this coercion I speak of an illusion? In a sense, yes - there is no gun to our heads forcing us to act in a certain way. But we are certainly conditioned to behave a certain way by unwritten social norms, laws, schooling and…

Why "Redskins" Shouldn't Be Changed

I'm fairly certain anyone who even slightly follows the NFL knows of the "controversy" over the Washington Redskins' name. If you haven't, here's the brief of it. "Redskin" is supposedly a pejorative used to disparage the Native Americans. The United States Congress is even pressuring Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, to change the name on the grounds that "Redskin" is equally offensive and more deeply rooted in offensiveness than "nigger." The term "Redskin" is apparently one of the most offensive terms in all of mankind's history.

Well, I'm writing to tell you, that it is not. And this will be a choppy rant that won't be as organized or professional as I wish it would be.

"Redskin" was not used to disparage anyone until movies ran with the term. Those movies also do not predate the use of the term for the NFL team. The term is so unused in it's offensiveness towards Natives, t…

STOP BLEMISHING HUMANITY

So this Tweet just so happened to scroll down my timeline, and I'm very pissed off anyways, so I'ma take this opportunity to say "FUCK EVERYONE!" Yes, even you, the fuckhead reading this!

Items from Trayvon Martin's cell phone released, including texts about drug use and pictures of a gun: on.cnn.com/13N7Awz
— CNN (@CNN) May 23, 2013


SO!? SO THE FUCK WHAT! Smoking pot makes you a violent, dangerous individual!? Marijuana is that bad? Since when? I've never even been talked to in a negative way by someone under the influence of marijuana. Sure, there are people who use it to calm their nerves before going to kill someone... at least, that's how it was portrayed in the movie Menace II Society.

And a picture of a gun? SO!? SO THE FUCK WHAT! I've texted pictures of dogs to friends... doesn't mean I have a dog or that it's my dog.

The media is a bunch of fucking pussies! P-U-S-S-I-E-S! And the investigators who uncovered this information and thoug…

2013-14 NFL Predictions

Okay, I was going to wait and do this after the NBA finals, but I just do not care to hold off as I'm positive the Miami Heat are gonna walk about 4 games to 2 over the San Antonio Spurs. But enough about that.




These are simply best-case scenarios (+/- 2 games) for each team. I'm not going through each and every schedule and predicting winners of each game and coming away with a results pool. Injuries and bad calls will dictate several games this season as they do each season. Some injuries may even make a team or two better as they find their diamond in the rough (see the 49ers with Smith/Kaepernick). This is just my, "this is how good I imagine this team COULD be"... records won't add up within division/conference.




AFC AFC East:New England Patriots - This is their division. They run this. Without or without Rob Gronkowski. Tom Brady is confident in his arm. They have improved their defense and will be in their second year in the 4-3, so more comfortable with t…