Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bullies and more bullies

Well i can tell you that i didn't have alot of bully problems as a kid but so many kids today have bully problems online, now think about this if you are maybe 25 years old and up most likely you didn't have to worry about bullies online when you where a kid, now to be specific social networking sites like facebook and myspace made it a whole lot easier for online bullies to bully kids to death? now how sensitive can a 13 year old be to want to kill him or her self because somebody posted a message about them being gay on facebook or twitter would any kid want to take there own life because someone out there just don't like them enough to tell the world whom they are? unfortunately yes, violent crime in schools has declined dramatically since 1994 just for that fact. Youth who bully frequently during adolescence are more likely to be aggressive and to have criminal records in adulthood and bullied children may grow up with diminished self-confidence and maybe no self esteem, now you remember the days when the average boy would go to school and minding his own business a big kid would show up and slam him against his locker and demand all his lunch money and make fun of him while all the kids are laughing he would walk with his head down and be sad for being piked on and being made fun of, yup those where the days but times has changed and we need to understand that it's not like that anymore it happens in schools but not as much as it use to bullying is now online and it's easier for kids to bully, now there are no regulations going on but the law is not fast enough to catch up to technology but it's not the regulating that's the problem because you can't tell someone you can't post a certain type of message it's there account and yes they should have the freedom to post what they want we can't control the actions of humans they can only control there own actions online and offline.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The NBA Lockout

Last July the Miami Heat secured the 2011 NBA championship by luring superstar LeBron James away from Cleveland. LeBron joined Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to form the Heat’s three-headed monster of talent, a triumvirate that would best the rest of the NBA for years to come. James’ predictions of success were, understandably, bold, with LeBron forecasting “Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven titles.”Perhaps he should have said “not one.”A funny thing happened to the Heat on the way to the NBA throne room. The veteran, hungry, determined Dallas Mavericks took the championship away from Miami. And the Mavs did it the same way they dispatched the Thunder in the Western Conference finals, with stifling defense, timely shooting and not an ounce of quit. For series MVP Dirk Nowitski it was vindication, as he has shed the mantle of “one of the best players never to have won a ring.”For LeBron haters, the finals’ outcome likewise provides some vindication, as James cements his position as “one of the best players never to have won a ring.”It also has to give Cleveland fans a warm, fuzzy feeling, since King James left his hometown for South Beach because “I want to win championships.”The Mavs’ win shows just how hard it is to win a championship in any sport, but particularly in the NBA. After an 82-game regular season you must go through four playoff rounds. Have a couple of bad nights in any of those series and you find yourself packing up for summer vacation. It also proves great teams are great because everyone plays together, everyone plays their role and everyone is working for the same goal. The Dallas Mavericks were not the most talented group of individuals in this series, simply the best and most cohesive team.Which brings us now to the off-season, which could, in itself, be a bit of a long, strange trip. If you like the current NFL lockout you will love the NBA off-season.The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expires June 30. Without a new deal the owners will lock the players out, and the two sides are about as far apart right now as Dallas and Miami, the cities, not the teams.The owners want shorter contracts and less guaranteed player salaries. They also want to revamp the salary cap. In other words, they want a bigger piece of the pie. Of course, this comes on the heels of increased TV ratings and increased interest in the NBA. So why not shut the doors, shut out the fans and put a noose around the golden goose’s neck? Where Mavs’ fans could spend the off-season dreaming of a repeat, Heat fans could lick their wounds and dream of redemption and Thunder fans could ponder their team taking the next step and reaching the NBA finals next season, the looming lockout puts a lid on all that. After the June 23 NBA draft, the league will be on hold until some sort of agreement is reached. The looming lockout already has caused cancellation of the summer leagues in Las Vegas and Orlando, hampering the development of young players. The possibility the lockout could delay the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season will have a chilling effect on ticket sales, not to mention the sales of league merchandise, which will cost the owners, who are already pleading poverty, even more cash. Hang in there, Thunder fans. The young, talented and now a year older and wiser OKC squad will be among the pre-season favorites to contend for next season’s NBA championship, presuming there is a next season, that is.