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What to Do About the 1,200 Angry Super Bowl Fans?

I was just getting back from the grocery store today when Colin Cowherd updated me a bit on this side story from this year’s Super Bowl in Dallas. If you didn’t hear or forgot, Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, wanted to add more seats to Jerry World, his mecca of a stadium, to boost attendance numbers. As the date of the game got closer and closer, it was realized that these particular seats weren’t going to be ready in time for the game. That it would be a safety hazard for the fans and as a result, the fans would be let in and shown the game from a television as oppose to watching it in the stadium. This caused an uproar amongst these fans, which is well deserved, who wanted something back for this botched handling. The first deal the NFL offered was $2500 bucks per fan or family for the expenses. This was a really low offer because some families spent 3 times as much as that to take care of tickets, living expenses, food, and traveling. Then the NFL threw in free SB tickets to next year’s SB. Still wasn’t enough. So then the final offer from the NFL was for $5,000, tickets to any future SB, AND all expenses paid. Now at this point I must say that I’d probably break at this offer. The fans are definitely breaching greed levels now and have also rejected that offer. Looking at this issue, I definitely can understand the side of both teams. First, the NFL’s point of view. The NFL is priding their argument on equal compensation and rationality. That’s where the NFL’s first mistake was. Thinking people will be rational about any circumstance is very irrational by default. A large majority of people in this country/world are irrational and logic makes no sense to them. I don’t know what the NFL will have to do to avoid court with these people, but there’s not much else they can offer. Now the fans. Are the fans extremely greedy for pulling this stunt? HELL YES. But just think about it… The NFL championship is the most difficult championship to rig in your favor. In the NBA and the MLB, you have much more wiggle room with a cap or no cap to sign those players to give you the best chance to win a title. Just look at the Green Bay Packers. Riddled with injuries to 7 or 8 really key players, if it weren’t for this epic moment in the Giants v Eagles game,

THE SUPER BOWL WINNING GREEN BAY PACKERS WOULDN’T EVEN BE IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!! So there’s a lot that goes into winning a Super Bowl. Yes, in regards to the Packers and the Steelers, both teams are poised to make it to the Super Bowl at least more than once in the next decade. But think if it were your team that this happened to. I’ll but on my Texans hat instead of my Niners hat for the sake of this argument since the 49ers have been there and won 5 times. If the Texans got to play in that Super Bowl IN DALLAS, I would’ve absolutely flipped shit if they won and I wasn’t able to celebrate with the crowd and the players inside. There just aren’t any guarantees in anything and especially in the NFL. So ThReaders I ask, what would you do to repair this situation?

-The Big Socrates

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Sports

 

[The Baby Daddy Chronicles]: A Day for [hating] Daddy

Disclaimer: The following are the views of a single, black father whom shares custody of his child. These views are not representative of all single fathers or black parents. These views are not meant to excuse or justify the choices or actions of any individuals. However, this discussion piece is meant to provide new perspectives and encourage dialogue. Comments are greatly appreciated.

The Baby Daddy Chronicles
I – The “Choice” of Fatherhood 
II – The Parent Trap
III – Dating the Damaged
IV – The Love of [Child Support] is the Root of All Evil
– A Day for [hating] Daddy

I will start this installment off by warning you all. This is a rant. Much like my other rants, you should expect shock-inducing and polarizing statements communicated with the use of foul and/or vulgar language… but hey, if I were a stage comedian it’d be okay, so fuck it.

Next I will say: Happy Father’s Day to every man who accepts the role and responsibility of raising your children. Parenting doesn’t require praise, and we don’t ask for it… but it’s nice to have our own day where we can be appreciated as fathers… without having the intent of the day’s celebrations clouded by the general public’s misguided emo-trips on the internet.

I wasn’t sure what to entitle this blog. I was going to go with “Fuck you bitter daddiless bitches”… or “Fuck that bitch, it’s Father’s Day”…. and of course “Fuck yo Daddy?… that’s what ya mama did.” But I didn’t do that… so at least give me some credit there.

However I am writing today to express my discontent with the lack of mind people pay to “Father’s Day” as it is actually supposed to be celebrated. This is something I hate more than Turkey Bacon or Mass Text Messages… Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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[The Baby Daddy Chronicles]: The Love of [Child Support] is the Root of All Evil

Disclaimer: The following are the views of a single, black father whom shares custody of his child. These views are not representative of all single fathers or black parents. These views are not meant to excuse or justify the choices or actions of any individuals. However, this discussion piece is meant to provide new perspectives and encourage dialogue. Comments are greatly appreciated.

The Baby Daddy Chronicles
I – The “Choice” of Fatherhood
II – The Parent Trap
III – Dating the Damaged
IV – The Love of [Child Support] is the Root of All Evil

Child Support is a program established by State government law that dictates the amount a non-custodial parent should pay in dollars to ensure their child’s upbringing. These laws are built from two foundational understandings:

  1. It is always the biological parents’ responsibility to ensure their children have access to the [financial] resources they need for a “proper” upbringing.
  2. In our society, financial responsibility is the first responsibility of a parent and it cannot be bypassed… even by actual parenting.

The benefit of Child Support is difficult to argue against. However based on our prior analysis of how some fathers are introduced to this life role and responsibility, it’s odd how the laws are often interpreted. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Dallas Threaders present: Title Talk

The recent NBA championship coming home to Dallas, TX stirred up a lot of feelings and emotions for a city desperately seeking a team to call champion for the first time in 12 years. This particular victory is that much sweeter because it is our basketball team’s inaugural title. We as fans have spent the last decade defending our team, sulking at our failures, and always re-energizing for the upcoming season. I gathered my fellow Dallas threaders (realist23, facecurtinista, chadstanton, and slimshady817) to share their thoughts with the world on their relationship with our beloved Mavericks over the last 2 decades.

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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in Sports, Thank You, Uncategorized

 

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[KL:Consideration]: Reciprocity: The Foundation of Our Happiness

The King’s Law on Consideration

I – To consider or not to consider, that is the “?”
II – Let’s be honest about honesty…
III – Honesty’s Gray Area
IV – Egocentrism and Honesty
V – The Consideration of Time
VI – The Consideration of Self
VII – Consideration Accounting 101
VIII
Reciprocity: The Foundation of Our Happiness

The trade of consideration is scarce these days…. so how do we make good decisions about who to trust with our most coveted asset, our consideration? And furthermore, how can we ensure that the return of our consideration will continue to make/keep us happy? (YOU CAN SCROLL DOWN TO THE “SKIP” MARKER IF YOU ARE A LAZY READER…)
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These two questions were asked last time… and I must now be honest with you all… these are technically “trick questions”… there is no single resolute answer, but you knew that.
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Vitriol of the Vaunted and Vicariously Victorious

The 2011 NBA Champion - Dallas Mavericks

I want to start this article by saying congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks. I was one critic who stated that the franchise would NEVER achieve a ring with Dirk as their leader. Not only did he prove me and other critics wrong, but the Mavericks have shed their “soft” persona while playing amazingly tough lock-down defense on three of the leagues most prolific scorers (Kobe, Durant, LBJ) throughout the playoffs. The path of this franchise and their season dictates that they truly deserved a shot at proving they were the best team in the league, and they did just that.

What is sad is that most “fans of the game” will not see this; only the fans of Dallas can appreciate how well Dallas played as opposed to how far “King James” fell short of his predicted outcome… even though LBJ has never scored more than 24 points on the Mavericks in ANY contest. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Sports

 

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How Much is Your Life Worth? Apparently, $1,500.

So I’m back working in retail after being out of it and into the unemployment game for a year and a half. It feels nice to not only have a job, but a job you enjoy. Well at this new job, there has been some serious messiness that has just taken place and I figured…why not share it with all you guys? So I’ve got this coworker who helped us out for our store inventory a few weeks ago. We’ll call him…Steve. Now, Steve seemed like a cool enough dude. He works as the assistant manager of our north store. Well, our Tampa (not really) location needed someone to fill in as a temporary manager while one was molded to take over for them. Steve was asked to take that filler role for the temporary period. So the company flew him out there and he got settled and everything seemed well and good. Then last week happened….

We had 3 deposits sitting around last week because banks aren’t open on Sundays and weren’t open because of the holiday on Monday. The story goes that Steve went to go let the UPS guy in to deliver packages on Tuesday and it was at this moment that 2 masked men entered the store and told Steve to give them the deposits. Steve did as he was told and was promptly nailed in the back of the head with a pipe. Steve got a concussion and when he woke up called the police and was taken to the hospital to get checked up on. Story seems over, right? WRONG! A few days pass and the police call Steve back in to finish questioning him and to start working on the case. It would be during this interview that Steve would confess to actually being the guy who orchestrated the whole robbery. That’s right folks, it was an inside job. So Steve filed a fraudulent police report and then there’s the little thing of the flubbed robbery! Needless to say, Steve is no longer working with the company and is currently awaiting his charges. So…you might’ve caught on by now to how much he would’ve gotten away with… That’s right Thread peeps, Mr. Steve has absolutely fucked up his life for (drum roll) $1,500 bucks. Not $15,000. $1,500.

So looking back at the story as told to me by my manager, the first question I had was what exactly happened in that 2nd interview that cracked this guy? Another question was…well, what the hell happened to the UPS guy? No answer to that one. The obvious part of the story that Steve couldn’t get around was the fact that unless you work retail, would you have known that there would be that many deposits in the first place. The other thing was is that every morning, when we open, we’re supposed to go to the bank first and foremost and that’s before the UPS guy could even get there so there were definitely a few holes in the story. Let’s get back to this amount. Really though, $1,500? WTF can you do with that? That barely pays most people’s rent for 2 months. I told MichaelYoungHistory that this isn’t the 1800’s, that amount of money can get you down the street at best. I’m not going to do life/freedom ending dumb shit for anything less than $100,000. That’s my starting price, and even that is too low. So kids, I close with this…. If anyone ever asks you how much your life is possibly worth, you simply respond, about $1,500 dollars.

-TheBigSocrates

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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