Ebony’s Journey to ONEderland: The Story in Photos

Ebony's Journey to ONEderland: The Story in Photos

Many of the weight loss blogs I follow have “progress pics” photos that document the bloggers journey to improve thei health Progress pics are important for 2 reasons. 1. They are a reminder that you are changing, even if you can’t see it. 2. When you hit a plateau or are exercising, you can still see the decrease in fat due to increased muscle mass. So, what I have here are a series of photos of me on my journey. I don’t have an official “before” photo because I didn’t wanna see myself at that size, but I have taken photos since then, so you can see how far I have come

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“Next Year is our Year”: The Scourge and Shame of the Atlanta Sports Fan

Scourge (n): : a cause of wide or great affliction

    Now, normally something as fun as sports would be a cause of joy and celebration and moments of levity for a community. They serve as a rallying cry and a sense of pride. In the city of Tuscaloosa, a bunch of college kids for almost 2 years made its citizens forget for a moment about the tornado that had swept through and left destruction in its wake. The performance of the Alabama football, gymnastics, women’s golf and softball teams during the 2011-2012 school year showed the country that “T-Town is never down” and those residents will never forget it.

     And then, there are cities like Atlanta. Where the passion for sports is fleeting or located in other places, but when it builds, it usually crashes and burns in a firery blaze. A few years ago,, Sports Illustrated named the city of Atlanta the WORST SPORTS TOWN in the United States of America. And had ticket revenue and apparel sales and a leaving hockey franchise to back it all up. But, I contend that this is really not the case. We love our sports, we love our sports teams. We’re just a little gun shy with them is all, and here are the reasons why.

1. College Football: Let’s face it, to the chagrin of the NCAA, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and every FBS conference in existence, the best college football in the country is played in the South. The last 7 national champions have been in Southeastern Conference teams, and College Gameday comes to Altanta at least once a season for the BCS Semifinal (AKA “The Southeastern Conference Championship Game”), sometimes, they come twice for  the Kickoff game when a Big Name team (Like this year’s matchup between Alabama and Virginia Tech) is playing. Plans are in place right now to build a new stadium to ensure we keep the SECCG,and the city has hosted NCAA reigonals, and the final 4 as well. But It could be said that the Mecca of college football is Altanta Georgia. Now, if this were such a crappy sports town, would that be the case? Don’t think so.

2. Transient population: Atlanta has a good amount of transfers from other cities so when they come, they bring the love of their home team with them. It’s why there’s lots of Purple and Gold in Phillips when the Lakers play, Cheeseheads when the Packers come. No better example of this is the Falcons/Saints saga. After hurricane Katrina many New Orleans residents made Atlanta their home, and when they did, they brought Who Dat nation with them. I can’t tell you how upsetting it is to see so much black and gold in the Georgia Dome when they come to town (and why I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted the Falcons to go to the Superbowl THIS year-which was being held in New Orleans, but I digress) but as long as we get so many travellers into our city, they bring their team love with them. Which means that in Candlestick Park or Cowboys Stadium or Madison Square Garden, Atlanta will have representation as well.

3. Post-Season Performance (or lack thereof)- This is mainly where the problem lies. Atlanta has great teams. They have winning records, hall of fame athletes and pretty good facilities. But in all that, there is only 1 Major Title for all the years sports have been here; the 1995 World Series Title Won by the Braves. And even THAT was during the decade long run of Division Titles and NL titles. By my count the Braves should have 3 World Series Banners in Turner Field. The Hawks have great regular seasons, then the Eastern Conference Semis roll around and the wheels fall off. And I don’t even want to mention the football team right now. The bottom line is, Atlanta has developed a reputation of the “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” team. They do great in the regular season, maybe even win the division or go sorta far in the playoffs, but when it’s crunch time-championship games, superbowls, Conference Championships- things just kinda go craphouse. And that consistently will make even the most devoted fan weary of cheering for you. You get so close, and then disappointed, closer, and disappointed, and closer STILL and disappointed…AGAIN. Think of it as a woman who keeps waiting and waiting and waiting for a proposal. Eventiually she’ll get tired and move on.

    But, even in the saga that is Atlanta sports, I did see a glimmer of hope. In this recent run to the NFC Championship, Falcons gear was sold out all over the city, the Georgia Dome was packed loud and proud even until the closing seconds. Most of the things I saw on FB and Twitter about the team said things like “Thanks for a great ride, we’ll get there” or “you never gave up. So I’ll still Rise Up” instead of the usual “You guys SUCK” that I’m used to. Bulldog Nation is optimistic about their the new season, and Braves fans are sharpening their tomahawks as we speak. So, in that spirit, I say the slogan that has become a bit of a mantra around here:

   “Wait until next year.”

Maybe we Can’t

  This is a blog I posted on Myspace back in 2008, during President Obama’s first run for the Presidency. Seeing the responses to his inauguration on Facebook and Twitter brought it to my mind again, sadly. Because it reminded me that we’ve still got a LONG way to go in this country….and it may only happen on the other side of eternity:

 

  

Maybe we can’t

 

       Now normally I don’t post things on my blog of a political nature because A) this isn’t the place and B) My political affiliations as of late piss people off so I leave it alone, but I gotta say something
   As many of you know, the United States of America is on the brink of doing what was deemed the impossible: electing an African-American as President. The dream of equality so many people lent their bodies to the fire hose, the police dog, and the lynching tree is very close to becoming reality. Think of the statement that would make. It would show the world that we are on our way to putting the Middle Passage, Jim Crow, Birmingham, Freedom Summer Mississippi, Selma, and South Central Los Angeles behind us, that content of character would take precedence over skin color, that we are ready for change.And then I open my bulletins to find a posting about Barack Obama being the anti-christ, because of his Islamic Faith, and charisma . For the record: Obama is a Christian, and in all likelyhood, the antichrist will be someone of European descent (rise of the Euro, decline of dollar, less and less usage of cash), and it says NO WHERE in Revelation that he will be a Muslim, it doesn’t even mention he’ll come from the seed of Ishmael (Abraham’s son by his mistress and the father of the Arab nation). And I just sigh. Is the thought of losing the last bastion of white Anglo Male ownership so terrifying to some that people have to say he is Satan incarnate and his inaguration will bring on armageddon? If we were truly equal people would stand up and say “that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard”, and a few are, but there are others who aren’t. There are others who think there may be truth to this, others who think a black man in the white house will bring to play every worse-case scenario stereotype in their minds and be the downfall of America. It should make me angry, but it doesn’t…
  It breaks my heart.