Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A sad article.

This is a very sad story. Written by ESPN's Bill Simmons, it chronicles the funeral of, and events leading to the death of, Jamiel Shaw. Shaw was a standout high school running back in California. He was being scouted by D-1A schools like Stanford and Rutgers. He had a bright future ahead of him.

With his mother soon to return from her second tour in Iraq, Shaw lived in Los Angeles with his father. At the age of 17, he was shot twice by gang members, less than a block from his house.

While the gang violence in America pales in comparison to that found in Brasil, or other nations, I still find it reprehensible, and inexcusable. There is no need for it. When it results in the death of a promising young man, like it has here, it becomes all the more tragic. A few days ago, Pedro Espinoza was arrested, and arraigned on Capital Murder charges in response for his alleged role in the shooting.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Brett Favre in the virtual world.

Props to FootballOutsiders for finding this.

IGN is celebrating the retirement of Brett Favre by looking at his various video game incarnations. This kind of put into perspective the impact that sports gaming is beginning to have. It's actually a pretty good read.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Favre Rides Off Into the Sunset...

Well, after decidedly more than 7-10 days, Favre decided to hang it up. After breaking all the passing records previously held by Dan Marino, and leading his beloved Green Bay Packers to the NFC championship game, Favre will retire. He made it official in a press conference that you could feel the emotion.

The quote that gets me is when he says, "I know I can play, but I just don't know if I want to..."
Well, if that's how you feel, tank you for the memories.