In sports, and even in life, everyone has a rival. The Broncos have the Raiders, the Avalanche have the Red Wings, and in my world, being a die hard fan of my beloved San Francisco Giants, they have the Los Angeles Dodgers. What Matt Kemp, outfielder for the Dodgers, did for this fan, IN San Francisco no less, made me put the rivalry cap away. A 19 year old boy, terminally ill with cancer, received a very random act of incredible kindness from Kemp, who was told by his 3rd base coach that Kemp was his favorite player, after a game against the Giants. Under normal circumstances, I'd usually post something nasty about the Dodgers....this time, it is with great pleasure that I post something good about them and their team. Nice work Matt, even as a Dodger you have my complete respect.
This weekend was the 139th Run For The Roses, better known as the Kentucky Derby. Race favorite Orb came out on top, and that was reason enough for Tom Brady to go absolutely bananas. I mean, this is a guy who's won Super Bowls and MVP awards, but THIS right here is the most I've ever seen him celebrate. Reason for that? Rumor has it Mr. Brady laid $4700 on Orb to win, which if indeed the truth, he walked away with just a shade over $30,000 on the day. Nice work Tom....can I borrow some coin please?
Well if you're old school like me, then this news was very sad to you as well. We found out yesterday that Chris Kelly, one half of the hip hop duo Kris Kross, passed away after being found unresponsive at his home in Atlanta. While I admit they aren't anywhere near one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time, they were influential for a period in time. Totally Krossed Out was one of the first 2 CD's I ever bought, purchased at the same time as Bobby Brown's classic "Don't Be Cruel". While I may be ashamed to admit it, let's be honest....you couldn't deny the power of "Jump". Their unorthodoxed style of wearing their clothes backwards was a cultural phenomenon. Heck, I even wore my clothes backwards to school one day. Let's just say it didn't go over so well with the administration. We will soon find out what caused Chris to pass away, but until then, we should all "Jump" one last time for him, and remember his legacy and the stamp they left on not just hip hop, but on music.