Confession of a stay at home sports fan

For many sports fans, attending a sporting event in person is nothing short of a dream day. There is nothing better than sitting in the seats with your fellow fans, soaking up the atmosphere of the ball park or arena and cheering on your favorite team or watching your favorite players. However, there is a rather huge price to pay for that enjoyment and that is why I consider myself a “stay at home sports fan”.  Sometimes that price to pay for me is just a little bit too much to take.

I live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota. We have several professional sports team to go watch and play. Not only at the professional level but we have several good college sporting events to chose from as well. It is a dream paradise for any sports fan to live in this area. I love it. and quite frankly, I might be a little bit spoiled with so many options to chose from. On any given night, I could easily venture out for a ball game. There is never a shortage of good sporting events in this area. But I prefer not too. Why is that?

There are several reasons for my reluctance to attend a huge number of sporting events. First of all and the most obvious reason is the cost factor. Attending a sporting event is a costly investment of your hard-earned money. Take for instance a typical NBA game. If I want to get a half way decent ticket and a good seat, I must shell out nearly 100 dollars. Now tack on the parking and concessions and you can easily add another 50 dollars. And that is just for myself. If I took a family, it the cost would easily reach 500 dollars.

Another factor is dealing with the traffic in trying to get to the game. Many games start in the early evening and you must deal with rush hour traffic in trying to get to the game. I simply do not enjoy sitting in traffic for any stretch of time.

Once you reach the game, another problem arises with dealing with those hordes of people. And there is always a bunch of obnoxious fans who think attending a ball game is a license to act disrespectfully towards others. You know the drunk people who yell profanities at the top of their lungs.

On the other hand, it is sometimes really nice to come home after a hard days work, turn on the television and watch the game. No hassles of getting to and from the ball park or arena. No unruly fans or people to deal with. My recliner is so much more comfortable than most arena or stadium seats that have sat on. If I have to go to the bathroom, I simply get up and go to the bathroom without fighting any crowd. Oh and the food! No need to pay 8 dollars for a hot dog and 8 dollars for a beer. Yes, life is great when you can sit at home and watch the game.

But having said those things, there is something that a sports fan really misses when you are not at the game. Nothing beats the atmosphere of attending a game in person. Ranging from the sounds of the game, the noise of the crowd and so on. There is just something special about attending a game in person. That is why I make it a point to get out of my bachelor bunker to attend a few games a year. Sometimes you just get the urge to get off the recliner and travel to the ballpark or arena.


More of a threat than radical Islam? Really?

In the past few years, especially after the recent El Paso mass shootings, many media figures have been warning us about a group of terrorists that we should really worry about. No, it is not some group of radical people from the Middle East who want to kill every American in the name of Allah. That group would be none other than white supremacy groups. There is no question that pockets of these sick individuals have surfaced, not only in this country, but around the world, but are they a bigger threat than radical Islamic terrorists?  Personally, I do not buy into the believe that these people pose a bigger threat to the safety of all Americans. I am not saying that we should not ignore these groups. But the real threat to our peace is still by a large margin radical Islam groups.

Many of these media people like to bring out facts and charts to prove their points. It is very true that domestic terrorist attacks by white supremacy groups have exceeded Islam attacks since 9/11. But a large reason why is that we tend to spend more money and resources on fighting radical Islam both here and overseas. Our military and intelligence has done an outstanding job in taking the fight to those cowards overseas thus we have not seen another major attack on United States soil. And do not forget the outstanding job of our border agents who have caught some would be terrorists from doing damage in this country.

I am sure that the recent mass shooting in El Paso has certainly garnered the attention of enforcement agencies across this country and rightly so. No American should have to fear being attacked or shot at in any part of this country. But the number and scope of this radical movement is nothing compared to the size and number of radical Islamics around the world, including several in this country, who would like nothing more to kill thousands of innocent Americans in another 9/11.

What makes me even angrier is the huge double standard that some people seem to have in dealing with these white supremacists. They are very quick to point out what harm these groups will do to Americans, yet they seem to not apply the same type of urgency for stopping Islam jihadists from entering the country and committing acts against Americans. Why is that? And why do these same people support open borders which will no question lead to more radical Islamic attacks such as the one on 9/11?

Sorry but I do not have the same fear of white supremacy groups as I have for radical Islamic groups. When a white supremacy group takes over a government and calls for the death to America, then I will be concerned. But lets stop the nonsense and not compare the two groups. Both must be dealt with but one is far larger and more dangerous. And a far bigger threat to all Americans and people worldwide.

A TV reality show that I want no part of

Television reality shows are without a doubt the most viewed and popular shows on television. American Idol enjoyed huge ratings for several years. Survivor enjoyed the same success drawing in and hooking many viewers. Lately, the trend seems to be a number of signing and talent shows. People love these shows because some average person from anywhere can suddenly become a huge star. If you are like me, you probably dream about being a contestant one of these shows and getting your 15 minutes of fame. However, there is one show that I would never ever consider being a contestant on. It is a very long running reality show and popular not only here in the United States, but all over the world. That show is called “Big Brother”. Sorry, nobody has to worry about me being the next home guest. It would be my worst nightmare having to share a house with some of those individuals.

Think about this for a minute. How would you like to be put in a spot where you were stuck in some house for several months with a bunch of strangers? I think if you came from a big family and you were in your 20’s, it would not be such a big deal. You are used to living with a bunch of people. And I am sure that along the way, you have plenty of experience dealing with conflict resolution. Now suppose you are some type of introvert who really keeps to themselves. How could you possibly survive on this show? And believe me, there are plenty of us out there!

As someone who really values my privacy, this show would be a complete disaster for me. I also cannot tolerate loud obnoxious people for a very long period of time. This show appears to have plenty of them. I think being on this show would be the ultimate test of patience in a human being. I just cannot understand how these house guests can manage to live in those type of conditions for very long without strangling someone.

Having said those things, I really believe that I could win one of those contests. I consider myself very easy to get along with, I respect other people’s space and I have a great sense of humor. People would love me as a guest. The problem is, would I really want to win? Life is way too short to be held in some house with a complete group of strangers.  I wonder how relieved some of the guests must feel when they get voted off the show. I know I probably would! Hello freedom!

Brutally honest words from Trump

Our President is certainly not shy about telling it like it is. His latest war of words took place earlier this week when he and Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings got into a little spat over Trump’s calling out of Cummings led Baltimore district. The district, is and has been for several years, one of the most dangerous and unlivable areas in all of the United States. Crime, poverty, poorly run school districts are all trademarks of this area. Trump went even further in faulting Democratic leaders for this mess and Cummings is one of them. The sad and unfortunate truth is that Trump is 100 percent correct. Baltimore is not the only city run by Democrats which is in horrible shape. Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco are among other cities struggling because of big government policies supported by many Democrats. And the sadder truth is that these cities continue to vote these politicians like Cummings who never seem to solve or be held accountable for their cities woes. When are the people in these cities and districts going to wake up and vote these people out?

Naturally since Representative Cummings is a black man, the old race card quickly was pulled out and Trump was once again labeled as a racist. These accusations are completely absurd. Sometimes the truth hurts and the truth was exposed in Trump’s comments. Baltimore is a complete hell hole and I cannot believe people in that area are able to put up with such complete mediocre leadership. If a were a politician representing that city and saw reports of rat invested apartments and very mediocre school districts, heads would definitely roll! And immediately!

Unfortunately, we continue to have the same wrong policies running these cities which never work. Baltimore received millions of dollars from former President Barack Obama’s famous stimulus giveaway and Baltimore is still a mess. We have politicians in some of these other cities who promise the moon to their residents, especially the poor, and never deliver. The same old tired big government policies are tried year after year and fail year after year. When something has not been working for 20 years, don’t you think it might be time to go back to the drawing board and try something new?

This country has so much wealth and opportunity that seeing these areas become like some 3rd world country really breaks my heart. This should never happen in the United States. Nobody should have to share some apartment with a bunch of rats! Somewhere along the line, we have lost the concept of holding our elected officials accountable for these disasters. Several Democrats, including Cummings, are quick to point out and sometimes falsely about the inhumane conditions for illegal immigrants at our border. Perhaps they might want to worry more about their own backyard for a change. There lies the real problems.


Can Congress really stop mass shootings?

In the wake of yesterday’s horrible double mass shootings, a number of politicians made some rather interesting comments after offering their prayers and support for the communities involved. You guessed it, it was the need for Congress to finally act and do something to keep Americans safer. “We must act before more innocent lives are lost” was the common theme among nearly all those who made comments. Interestingly enough, our President was not among those who called for tighter gun control laws. All of the Democratic candidates running in 2020 were the ones calling for tighter measures. Never let some awful tragedy prevent you from scoring some cheap political points. My question is this. What can Congress do to stop these increasingly horrific events from happening? Do people really think that members of Congress can just wave some magic wand and stop gun violence across this country? What new laws can they pass that will prevent events like these from happening? I have some serious doubts that any new law will come close to stop the violence. Do you think for one minute that some deranged person or criminal will stop using a banned gun if it were outlawed? Where there is a will, there is a way.

Before I go any further, I would like to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the victims families and the communities involved. These people killed are my fellow Americans and nobody should have to lose their life on some Saturday morning shopping trip. These events could have happened anywhere in the country including my or your hometown. I have blogged about too often about mass shootings and these events should never happen in the greatest country in the world.

Sure it would be nice to have a bunch of new laws that would make it almost impossible for some bad guy to get a gun. What new laws would have prevented these two killers from getting a gun in the first place? Is there some way to determine the mental capacity of someone who wants to purchase a firearm? These are some questions that I find would be very difficult to answer. Even if you had some prior criminal record and could not legally purchase a gun, there is a huge black market out there to get a weapon.

I find the biggest problem we are dealing with today is the culture of our country especially our young adults. We had the same number of guns some 20 years ago and never had the number of problems with guns and mass shootings that we are facing today. Does anyone see a correlation between the rise of the internet and social media and these awful events? It seems as though those troubled individuals are inspired by what they read and see on the internet. The recent mass shootings will only inspire other would be killers to do the same. Heck, the killers involved in yesterday’s shootings will be heroes to them.

The only way that you will ever stop gun violence in this country is to confiscate all the guns. By some estimates, that would be around 350 million guns. Good luck with that idea! I will say it myself, it is absolutely impossible to get rid of all those guns. Even if you did, the bad guys could still find other ways to kill. Making a bomb, that could blow up a whole building, could do even more harm in a quicker amount of time. Maybe we should consider banning certain materials that are involved in making a bomb.

Thinking that Congress and the government is the solution to preventing these mass shootings is being extremely delusional. Preventing these events from happening starts with normal everyday people like you and I. If we see something suspicious, we need to contact the authorities. Forget about offending someone. You might save several lives in the process. Put the ball in the court of the law enforcement agents.

Congress and many lawmakers will no doubt use these latest events to try and look good by saying that we need tighter gun control laws. I say that we need better people control laws. There are many good law abiding citizens who own guns and why should be they be penalized? There are far deeper issues involved in these mass killings and I hope our lawmakers can figure that out.