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For 50 years plus I have been a loyal, proud and dedicated supporter of The Lions. Claret and blue through and through, and totally true, no matter what. Like so many fellow followers I have experienced all the highs and lows of our once great club during this period. I am fortunate enough to actually remember the times when Villa Park was a fortress, no one team enjoyed playing us at home, we were formidable – yes, honestly, every visiting club knew they were in for a game irrespective of our current form or league position. How times have changed. The Villa’s current situation is without doubt, for me at least, lower than low, it’s through the floor and getting worse by the day, we are well and truly sunk. Having followed the lads into the third tier of football in the past, I can...
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Dear Slightly Mad Studios, It’s that time of year where we look back, reflect and try to share good will all around. On reflection and specifically in regards to Project Cars, I’ve enjoyed a roller-coaster of emotions and very much a love/hate relationship with the game on the Xbox One. For the most part, I’ve loved it, I really have. That other car racing game (for whom we shall not mention), even with fewer bugs and issues than pCars, sucks in comparison and this comes from someone who has bought and played all the games in that series. Ian, you and your team have given me many hours of enjoyment and have actually made me care and garner some affinity with all the different types of car on offer to drive… which is ironic, because it’s what that other game has been trying to do for...
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Thank God For 2016! 2015 hands down was the worst year of my life! * *Lost the women I loved,the mother of my kids, my Dogg.. I had to walk away from the only thing I've wanted, MY OWN FAMILY! "They call that karma" To being traded away from a team...
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I feel sorry for Matt Barnes and the Charles Barkley’s and other of African American decent who feel they have a right to use the N-word. Just because something is said or done by others and is popular does not make it right / useful/ helpful. Fortunately you guys have the attention of national media so at least this gets discussed. Unfortunately your celebrity status has co-signs others feeling justified perpetuating an age-old derogatory stamp/ curse. No “we don’t have to get use to it!” The power of the WORD matters. The mindset of Nigga is a disease that for too many of young, poor African Americans is a negative part of our identity or how we have been taught to see ourselves. The toll this mistaken identity has taken on people in this country African Americans in...
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Dear Kendra and Alexa, Beyond the heroics on the field, and say, a Super Bowl victory, why a young fan takes to any one football player is a mystery. A personal attraction. In Oakland, the capitol of Raider Nation, the years I was a kid there we had everyone from the Black Panthers, the Hell's Angels, the Zodia Killer, and Charley O. Finley. And, we had the Raiders... Your father, with his left-handedness and those two bad knees, displayed a permanent smile of bemusement that said -- win or lose -- "ain't this fun?" I really did see in him the honor to be found in playing the game, of using one's god given talent, of taking pleasure in the effort. That Ken Stabler came from the likes of Alabama yet played right there in my home town helped me understand the variety found in...
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Dear Mike Woodson, Let me start by saying I’m sorry. Last season, I wrote (endlessly) in this space that you were the main culprit of the Knicks’ failures. It was your switching defense that turned New York into one of the worst units on that end of the floor in the NBA. It was your inability to hold all your players accountable in the same way without playing favorites that killed chemistry. It was the isolation offense that put too much onus on Carmelo Anthony that stagnated the offense. It was your late-game play calls, or lack thereof, that often ended in contested Melo 22-foot jump shots after a boring isolation play that turned potential wins into losses. It was terrible to watch, and all those things were, in fact, your fault. But it was better than the first 24 games we’...
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Dear Dr. Rabinowitz, Last Thursday afternoon, a good friend died and a piece of who I am went with it. When you shut down the football program with no warning; no cries for help; no rallying of the troops…all I have left is a burning empty feeling that used to be Hofstra University. After it sunk in, I was shocked at whose hands were on the killing trigger. What you did was equivalent to a mafia hit. We all know you did not give the Hofstra football family a chance to “save” the program because maybe you knew we would have been able to keep this program a float, even if we had to fund it ourselves. There are too many great people who Hofstra football calls as alumni that would not let this program die; you obviously never connected with that group. I regret your...
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Mr. Mark Emmert, I am a current senior at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. I am about to enter my final season on the Allegheny Women’s Lacrosse Team this upcoming semester. My experience with this team has seen its ups and downs but they are my family and I wouldn’t trade my experience with this team for the world. Only one thing has hindered me from having the truly amazing experience that every collegiate athlete should get—injuries, of which I have had my fair share; a separated shoulder, a broken hand, two stress fractures, and two very awful concussions. The first concussion I received was my freshman year in one of my first conference games against the College of Wooster; I was out for almost the rest of the season because of this concussion. And my second was...
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Florida has long been considered a state for racial discord and racial injustice. In October of 1920, there was the racial injustice of four Black men being lynched in Macclenny, Florida under suspicion of being connected to a man who potentially killed a White farmer. Due to the lynch mob continually seeking justice, most of the Black citizens in Macclenny deserted the area for fear of further violent attacks. In January of 1923, another racial injustice was the massacre of the predominantly Black town of Rosewood, Florida after a White woman made rape accusations against a Black man, which led to the violent riots and the murder of several innocent African Americans. In 1946, while playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers Triple A team, the Montreal Royals, Jackie Robinson was ran out...
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A tell tale sign that things aren’t right at a football club is the emergence of supporter open letters being published in local newspapers and club-related websites. MOMS has had a few emailed in during the past month or so. This very thorough one by Andy McKeon is certainly a great example of the kind of concern Villa supporters are feeling right now and it’s certainly makes some valid points. UTV With Aston Villa lumbering from one crisis to another I think it’s time that the owner and board were finally held to account for the disastrous state the club currently find themselves in. In any other walk of life in a failing organisation those in charge would at least be expected to explain themselves, yet at Aston Villa the continued silence and lack of communication continues. Not...
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