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            Monday, March 31, 2008

            AverageBro Goes To The Movies: Three Can Play That Game

            Friday, March 28, 2008

            Rebb'n Manning vs Sean Hannity: BloodSport II

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            Yes, folks, this is what we're dealing with in 08'.

            The oh-so-obvious on his way back to Harlem. Also, you gotta love the subliminal message of the Pulpit Politics backdrop behind these idiots. Nice job of lumping Manning right in there with Wright and the rest of the Black Church.

            Fox News: Fair and Balanced, indeed.

            This whole thing would be kinda funny if there weren't lots (and I mean lots) of people watching it and believing every word of it. And that, my friends, is quite scary.

            Question: What did you think of this Fox News Minstrel Show? And since I'm on the topic, can one of my NY peeps tell me if ATLAH is actually a real church that just discovered Youtube or some kinda election year scam?



            AB.com Guest Post: How Much Proposal Is Too Much Proposal!!?!?

            . My man TheDad and his wife (TheMom) explore the his/hers PoV of various relationship issues on the daily, which isn't really a perspective you get to hear very often. The site's all about uplifting the black family, which as you might suspect, AB is all for. It's the kind of mature blog I'd like to write one day when I grow up.

            Anyways, you may have gotten an email about this very unusual proposal out of Atlanta. If not, I'd suggest or it'll all go over your head. My Inner Accountant says this whole event had to cost upwards of $20,000.[1] The photo gallery had become an internet sensation, and the couple has even been name-dropped by Oprah. The question being posed by my guests is "how much is too damn much for a marriage proposal?".[2] I know this isn't the typical AB.com topic, but ride with us on this one and show my guests some love you-know-where. Without further adieu....

            NOTE: , then read the Guest Drop.

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            Robert Gray proposed to his girlfriend Keisha Williams by renting out several suites at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta, GA. In each suite, he had friends and family waiting for them where they prayed for the couple throughout the proposal. The suites were decorated with rose petals dipped in gold and lit candles everywhere. It was beautiful. I read somewhere that Robert actually rented out his 北京体彩网官方网站 and stayed with his sister for months in order to save up for this elaborate proposal. The question was asked of BMWK: "How Much is Too Much for a Proposal?... Did he go to far?"

            Her View

            My answer to that is NO! When I saw the slide show of the proposal, I almost cried...it was like I could actually feel the emotions from that night...it was beautiful and moving. She must have felt so special to know that Robert planned that special night with her in mind. Every woman deserves to have someone treat her special just like that. And it does not have to be an expensive gesture...but something that shows that careful thought was put into it. My husband tried to propose to me by the water on Old town Alexandria, VA. After a nice dinner, he wanted us to go for a walk along the water and he was going to propose. I say WAS..because the black girl in me ruined that proposal. He could not get me out of the car...no matter how hard he tried. I was tired and I gave him every excuse in the book...like I am tired...it's misty and my hair will get ruined.

            Anyway.. we ended up back at his house where he had to improvise. But it was the thought that counted. I was so moved by the fact that he had planned that entire night out.... I felt special. He laughs about it to this day because he could not get me out of that car.

            His View

            I also almost cried when I saw this... I was thinking what the h#$@ are you doing dropping that money on the proposal!?!? Mannnnnn, use that on the new house or the wedding or the honeymoon or for 50 yard line tickets to see (insert favorite team here). Nah just kidding, I can't fault anyone for what love will make them do because when you find "The One" you're down for whatever. I was on an email thread that talked about this, mostly guys and they were giving him the business for this. Saying he set himself up because now his fiance will expect bigger and better for the wedding but I would have to think he knew what kind of woman he had on his hands (one that would be happy with that big a#$ engagement) because how in the heck can he top that?

            Maybe Robert's a mastermind. He knew the publicity it would drum up, every black woman in America has seen these pictures, he's been on TV and in print and now all he has to do is sit back and wait for an offer to come in from BET or TVOne for a televised wedding or even better a reality TV show that covers all costs. Whatever happens the Black and Married With Kids crew wishes them the best of luck. Marriage is good when you're married to the right person.[3]

            Question: What do you think? Is there such a thing as going to far for an engagement?









            [1] Personally, I don't fault the young fella for how he proposed. Black love is wonderful. We need more Robert Grays and fewer Kwame Kilpatricks.

            [2] And just in case you're wondering, AB did it REAL BIG when he proposed to AS. Not BIG meaning expensive, but BIG meaning thought and consideration.


            [3] Amen.

            Chris Wallace Is A Great American.



            [1] Or burb, barrio, cul de sac, ranch, whatever's clever.

            NCAA or NBA?!?!?

            to advance to the Elite Eight.[1] It easily had to be the most boringest game evar! Yeah, I know, Wazzu plays an intentionally slow game to overcome their lack of talent, but when one team barely has 20 points at the half you know something's wrong. The next game, a contest between Louisville and Tennessee was even worserer. It was at this point that I finally threw in the towel (uhhm, remote) and turned to the Blazers vs Warriors game on TNT.[2]

            Both teams are pretty much middle-of-the-road NBA squads. The Warriors are scrapping for a playoff spot, the Blazers haven't been in contention since Kwanzaa. Still, there were rim-rattling dunks, 90-foot outlet passes, 35-foot trifectas, 360-degree hanging layups, and the , who's bound to at any moment. Needless to say, I never turned back to the NCAA game.

            Here, just watch this poster-quality dunk by Portland's Martell Webster. Hot damn!



            That was better than ANYTHING I've seen during March Madness all by itself!!! And it was in the second quarter of a meaningless weeknight game!

            The NCAA vs NBA debate has been waged for years, usually by purists who think the NBA is the root of all evil. They say the players are overpaid and don't play with any passion or intensity. They say the players are generally unlikeable and criminal minded. They say the games are a never ending series of one-on-oneupmanship, with players who don't even know the basic fundamentals of the game.

            I say B.S.

            The caliber of athlete in the NBA is 100 zillion times greater than the NCAA. The best NCAA team (my UNC Tarheels) would get absolutely smoked by the worst NBA team (Miami Heat) 10 times out of 10. NBA players are capable, just by virtue of sheer talent, of making plays NCAA athletes can only dream about (see the video above). Yes, the players are highly paid, but do you know how much the owners are making? It's called capitalism. And anyone who thinks NCAA ballers play harder is insane. Yeah, college players get it in come March Madness, but there's nothing that even remotely compares to . You say college players are saints who do it "for the love of the game"? Riiight. Just ask Jerry Tarkanian about that one.

            I like both sports, and spend copious amounts of time watching both, but one's clearly the superior product. You can probably guess which side of this debate I'm rollin' with, but I figure it's worth asking you guys for you opinions anyway. You know, this being your blog and all.

            Question: Which is the better sport? NBA Basketball or NCAA Basketball?



            [1] I've got Carolina winning it all this year.

            [2] Go Wizards!

            Thursday, March 27, 2008

            To Self-Snitch, or Not To Self-Snitch....

            Wednesday, March 26, 2008

            409!!!


            I've made a habit of highlighting landmark posts here, but strangely I forgot to do this when we hit #400 awhile back. So, here we are, at #409, which I guess is notable on some level.

            I started AB.com on April Fool's Day last year, and we've grown steadily from one reader a day (two if you count AverageSisterInLaw) to several hundred. All things considered, it's been a nice ride, and here's to 400, errr, 409 more.

            Thanks for rollin' with a Bro'.

            Reverend Wright's Full Sermon

            Have You Received This Picture In Your Inbox?

            I haven't, but that probably has a lot more to do with the circle of folks I know that an indictment about the validity of this being passed around. Either way, it's out there, and nobody's able to vouch for it's origins, but I guess it's just yet another reminder that lots of folks don't like seeing history in the making and are willing to stoop to new lows to try and prevent it from happening.

            Question: How much do these types of political smears upset you? Do you think a person's extended family is fair game in an election season?

            Tuesday, March 25, 2008

            Hillary Gets Caught In A Little White Lie

            , I suppose it made sense. Still, if we're 100% honest, the media has yet to really Swift Boat Hillary on much of anything. Sure, she's been under occasional fire for the way she and her surrogates have run their campaign to date, but few of the many potential bombshells of her past life have been mentioned yet. You know, minor stuff like Marc Rich, her past Republican affiliation, Saul Alinsky, Whitewater, and all the other miscellaneous garbage that McCain and Co. will use to ether discredit her should she somehow become the Democratic nominee.

            So much for that one. CBS News is reporting that a story Hillary commonly tells on the stump to inflate illustrate her foreign policy experience is nothing more than a BOLDFACED LIE an embellishment.

            It was supposed to be an example of Hillary Rodham Clinton's battle-tested experience: "I remember landing under sniper fire," Clinton said at a recent campaign event.

            It started when, in a recent speech, Clinton spoke of her visit to Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996 as first lady. The brutal war was over, but hostilities continued. And though the trip was exactly 12 years ago Tuesday, the memories seemed etched in Clinton's mind.

            "There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base," she said.

            Problem is: that's not how it happened at all. And we should know: CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and a CBS News crew accompanied the First Lady on that Bosnia trip.

            A photograph shows Clinton talking to Attkisson on the military flight into Tuzla.

            And pictures CBS News recorded show the greeting ceremony when the plane landed.
            Peep this video. Yep, looked really dangerous to me, Hill.



            And to think, she even has her daughter on the stump telling this exact same lie. Shame, shame, shame!
            But there was no sniper fire either when Clinton visited two army outposts, where she posed for photos. And no sniper fire back at the base, where she sang in a USO show starring Sinbad and Sheryl Crowe.

            Asked about the issue during a meeting with the Philadelphia Daily News' editorial board on Monday, Clinton said she "misspoke."

            "I went to 80 countries, you know. I gave contemporaneous accounts, I wrote about a lot of this in my book. You know, I think that, a minor blip, you know, if I said something that, you know, I say a lot of things - millions of words a day - so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement," she said.
            A misstatement, you say? Sorta like that whole "chickens come 北京体彩网官方网站 to roost" thing, huh?

            This isn't new news to any black folks who've had their ear to the ground in recent weeks. Didn't washed up comedian Sinbad essentially say the same thing just last month? And given the complete and utter lack of documentation of what she did during her 8 years "in office", is it fair to say Clinton isn't nearly as 'qualified and experienced" as she wants us all to think? Hell, Obama's been an elected official for a longer time anyways.

            I suppose I should be dancing in my seat [||] now that this story is becoming Clinton's own personal Rebb'n Wright in the news cycles today, but part of me knows it won't. If the handful of conservative talking monkeys that I sampled on my commute in this morning are any indication, I doubt it.

            Nope, lying about your 35 years of experience pales in comparison to having attended a typical black church for 20 years. Most of the callers said this was bad, but didn't compare to that "race mongering Anti-American preacher" that Obama associates with.

            And that, in a nutshell tells you everything you need to know about what's wrong with this country北京体彩网官方网站?

            Question: How will Hillary try and spin this one? Which story is worse in your eyes? Bosnia or Rebb'n Wright?



            Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick: Cheater, Seedy Politician, and Murderer!??



            Sunday, March 23, 2008

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            Final Verdict: If your neighbor has the bootleg, borrow it. If you've gotta see it, at least go to the matinee. Then again, if you watched the trailer and liked it, go see it, because while I thought the movie sucked, the rest of the theater seemed to enjoy it. Maybe it's just me. 2 Stars (Out of 5)

            Saturday, March 22, 2008

            Obama Vs Clinton: BloodSport

            Hilarious cyber-debate here. Some NSFW language, don't say I didn't warn you.



            Thanks for c.R for sending this one in.

            Friday, March 21, 2008

            Why You Should Never Ask A Rapper About Politricks: Exhibit D



            Why You Should Never Ask A Rapper About Politricks: Exhibit A

            Why You Should Never Ask A Rapper About Politricks: Exhibit B

            [1] Cyber Capri Suns to the first person who can tell me all about that infamous Egg Sandwich.

            Thursday, March 20, 2008

            Is Lil' Romeo Stealing A Scholarship!??

            , but you probably wouldn't know it since I don't usually talk sports on this blog. I don't, mainly because I know I have a lot of female readers, and I doubt ya'll come here to read 25 Washington Wizards posts a day. Still, when I run across a story like this one in the Wall Street Journal, I like to share it with ya'll because, hey, some sports stories are bigger than sports.

            I spend a good deal of my non-blog time coaching youth league basketball, albeit at a much lower level than the subject of this story. Still, even as early as middle school, I hear lots of parents (although not necessarily the parents of my 2-wins and 6-losses squad. Nobody's fooling themselves here) talk incessantly about how they want their child to develop their game so they can one day go to college for free. This is hardly just a basketball phenomenon, though. Parents sink tens of thousands of dollars annually into summer camps, personal trainers, and traveling teams for their kids, all in hopes that it will one day pay off in the form of a free ride.

            So imagine if your kid played AAU ball for years, spent entire summers on the road, got up at the crack of dawn to practice, and then ended up missing out on a scholarship to the child of a millionaire who can barely even dribble the ball.

            Sad, but true.

            Romeo Miller is a 5-foot-10 point guard with a bad knee. He has never played a full season of high-school basketball. This season, he averaged just 8.6 points a game for Beverly Hills High School, which finished last in its league.

            But next fall, the 18-year-old will suit up for the University of Southern California, a program in the tough Pac-10 conference. And he will receive a full basketball scholarship valued at $44,400 a year.

            The scholarship, which is the talk of college recruiters, is a perfect L.A. story, intermingling money, show business and basketball. Besides being an average point guard, Mr. Miller is an actor and singer known as Lil' Romeo, and the son of a wealthy music mogul. Some question whether the Millers took advantage of their resources -- and their relationship with Demar DeRozan of Compton, Calif., one of the top high-school basketball players in America -- to win the scholarship over more talented and less privileged athletes.
            Lots of other schools are salty about this, not because they wanted Lil' Romeo (he could prolly play in the CIAA or MEAC but that's about it), but because Derozan and Miller are a package deal and few colleges had the extra scholarship to be bothered with both. USC, which is turning into a one-and-done factory nowadays, obviously had no such concerns so they doled out an extra full ride to the marginal rapper, who is even less impressive on the court.

            The obvious goal here was to sign Derozan (pictured above on right just in case you're wondering), a jaw dropping athlete who will fill seats, and whom many are calling the next Vince Carter. He probably won't stay at school beyond his freshman year. Meanwhile, although NCAA scholarships are renewable, not guaranteed for four years, reality is the Trojans will be saddled with a wasted roster spot for Lil' Romeo as a result.

            Considering the fact that a full ride is worth a cool quarter mill, you wonder if that slot might have been better off given to someone who actually needed the money, as opposed to a kid who could easily pay his tuition by just selling off a car or two.

            You guys know me, I'm seldom the type to choose an absolute side on any issue, so I can definitely see this from both angles. Kids of privilege are given scholarships (albeit not necessarily full rides) for academics, as well as other non-revenue generating sports (think field hockey, lacrosse, swimming, crew, etc.) all the time, so this really isn't that big of a deal. And reality is, any player good enough to be recruited by USC is probably going to get a full ride to some other comparable school anyway, so nobody's really being left out in the cold here. To wit, note this item in the same article.
            USC Coach Tim Floyd says his staff had Mr. Miller on their radar before Mr. DeRozan signaled his interest. He describes Romeo as a "good little player" who must improve to get court time. Fame was a factor, he adds. "The more buzz you can create, the more news stories you can create, the better served you are as a program."

            That doesn't sit well with Don Wetherell. His son Ryan, a 5-foot-11 guard, was one of the best high-school players in Canada and earned a walk-on spot at USC the last two seasons. Mr. Wetherell says he asked the USC staff how Mr. Miller's arrival would affect his son, who had been told that he had a "good shot" at a scholarship next year. He says they told him Ryan may still get the award -- and that Mr. Miller got his because of his relationship with Mr. DeRozan. (Mr. Floyd could not be reached for comment.) "We're learning a lot," says Mr. Wetherell, who owns a beverage company in Calgary.
            Uhhhmmm, was it just me, or did anyone else notice that this kid's father owns a beverage company.

            Pot, meet kettle.

            Juxtapose this whole charade with an interesting article in the NY Times the other day that dispels the myth of all these "full rides" being given out for college athletes. The truth is, beyond football and men's basketball, very few people are getting a "full ride". Most are just getting taken for a ride.
            At youth sporting events, the sidelines have become the ritual community meeting place, where families sit in rows of folding chairs aligned like church pews. These congregations are diverse in spirit but unified by one gospel: heaven is your child receiving a college athletic scholarship.

            Parents sacrifice weekends and vacations to tournaments and specialty camps, spending thousands each year in this quest for the holy grail.

            But the expectations of parents and athletes can differ sharply from the financial and cultural realities of college athletics, according to an analysis by The New York Times of previously undisclosed data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and interviews with dozens of college officials.

            Excluding the glamour sports of football and basketball, the average N.C.A.A. athletic scholarship is nowhere near a full ride, amounting to $8,707. In sports like baseball or track and field, the number is routinely as low as $2,000. Even when football and basketball are included, the average is $10,409. Tuition and room and board for N.C.A.A. institutions often cost between $20,000 and $50,000 a year.
            Interesting stuff for the parent of any child in youth sports. Reality is, you'd be much better off locking Junior in his room and having him work in quadratic equations than spend weekends on his crossover dribble. Academic scholarships are much easier to come by than athletic ones. Just some food for thought.

            Question: Is Lil' Romeo wrong for working the system and getting that full ride to USC, when his talent doesn't warrant it, and his family's wealth makes it unnecessary?



            Wednesday, March 19, 2008

            While The World Was Obsessed With Rebb'n Wright...





            [1] Cyber Capri Suns to the first person who can tell me the source of this quotable.

            What's Wrong With This Picture?!??!

            ) that this was somewhat significant since black men, or men at all (or blacks at all) for that matter seldom have such a privilege. So, I guess I was a little intrigued.

            Then I saw the cover...

            WTH!??!?

            Look at the photo above, then look at this sh*t.

            Are Black Clinton Supporters SellOuts?: An AB.com MultiMedia Exposé

            already did it for me. If you haven't already peeped their excellent , do yourself a favor and get familiar with the full body of shameful work.

            After all this, still, I wonder how any self respecting black person can vote for Clinton when she's clearly demonstrated a complete lack of respect. She has, and will continue to do any and everything to win this election, even if it means alienating and discrediting and entire race in the process. And if she's willing to do this to merely get elected, what makes you think she'll treat black people and their distinct issues with any sort of seriousness once in office? I'm not saying these folks should just flock to Obama either. If they have some legit reason for not wanting to vote for him, they should do like I do when faced with a lose-lose situation: vote for myself.

            So, yeah, I can only conclude that any Negro who still supports her should be fitted for a handerchief and soft shoes.

            Now get ta' dancin'!

            Question: Do you think black Clinton supporters are sellouts? Do you actually know and black Clinton supporters? If you do, email them this post (that little envelope below does the trick) and tell em' to get at me.

            Tuesday, March 18, 2008

            A Less Than Banner Day For The Clintons





            [1] Cyber Capri Suns to the first person to tell me the source of this quote.
            [2] Cyber Capri Suns to the first person to tell me the source of this quote.





            [1] Cyber Capri Suns to the first person who can tell me who Wally Karew is.