My Last Redskins Post

Redskin logo facepalming

I’ve had it.

I’m tired of the “organization.” I’m tired of the excuses. I’m tired of the so-called name controversy. I’m tired of the D.C. media gossip, the leaks from who-knows-where, and all the idiot “fans” who think that Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Joe Shmoe would do better than RGIII behind an NFL-Europe-quality offensive line. Above all, I am tired of the drama.

Sports are supposed to be fun. This isn’t fun anymore.

It’s not just the Redskins. It’s the NFL as a whole. A greedy handful of billionaires pay a slightly larger handful of multi-millionaires and a whole lot of cannon fodder to crash into each other on TV. They only started caring about concussions, or domestic abuse, or a supposedly offensive name when it threatened their bottom line.

I put up with it far longer than I should of. I tried to recapture the innocent fandom of my youth—given one last gasp in 2012—but I was fooling myself. That NFL had its own problems, but I didn’t know then. This NFL has even bigger problems now and I can’t turn a blind eye anymore.

I also can’t twist myself in knots over a team I have no control over.

The difference between a “good” NFL owner and a “bad” NFL owner is simple. The “good” owner is a greedy billionaire who hires the right people to run his front office and hire talented coaches and draft and scout talented players. The “bad” owner is a greedy billionaire who thinks he knows better than everyone else.

Dan Synder, who bought the Redskins in 1999, is a “bad” owner. He has taken the great NFL franchise of the first quarter-century of my life and turned it into a laughing stock.

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Bloggerhood Etc. 11/17/14

Expensive and complicated watch

Photo: Sotheby’s

Geekiest.The Story of the Most Complicated Watch in the World” by Luke Jones at BBC Magazine.

Most Fascinating New Book.Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior,” reviewed by Elizabeth Esther and Cara Strickland (with giveaways!)

Best Special Needs Post.Astronaut” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Dad Post.My 2-Year-Old Daughter Was Pressured About Body Image and Marriage” by Lorne Jaffe at Huff Post Parents.

Best List.5 Steps for Choosing Where to Spend Your Donation Dollars” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Dumb Idea.Breaking Madden: Beast Mode, 3,000 players, and one controller” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

A bee! AAAA!!!

Image: Jon Bois

Best Question.Do Democrats want pro-choice purity or to win elections?” by Kristen Day and Robert Christian at The Hill.

Best Blog Hop.#8TerribleTitles” by Kiersi Burkhart and other MG and YA writers that are part of The Sweet Sixteens.

Best Award.Vatican Astronomer and Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno Wins the Carl Sagan Medal” by Sarah Christian in Millennial.

Best Guest Post.The Listening Program” by Kelly Pinkham at Jake’s Journey.

Best New Font.Dyslexie Typeface (for people with dyslexia)” by Christian Boer, featured in De Zeen.

Best Instructional Video.How to Be a Good Guest or Host” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

Bloggerhood Etc. 9/29/14

Red moon and horizon.

Photo: Melissa Otterbein

Best Goodbye to Summer.Yes in Every Season: Thoughts & Longings on the Last Night of Summer” by Melissa Otterbein at Like Birds on Trees.

Best Admission.I’m Tired of Owning” by Micah J. Murray” at Redemption Pictures blog.

Best Parenting Post.Separating Twins at School and Other Misadventures in Twin Parenting” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best List.7 Ways Pro Athletes Are Like Toddlers” by Lorne Jaffe at City Dads Network.

Best Interview.Melissa Hart Rescues Raptors and Adopts a Child in Her New Memoir Wild Within” by Cornelia Becker Seigner at Oregon Live.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Racist Dirge of America” by Michael Peppard at Commonweal. 

Best Special Needs Post.He’s Not Scary, He’s a Little Boy” AliceAnn Meyer at Jameson’s Journey. 

Best Response to Bad Theology.Does God Really Promise to Give Us Our Own Nation?” by David Lamb at Biblical Theological Seminary Faculty Blog.

Best Advice.This is Hard, You’re Doing a Good Job.” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Book for New Parents. Zero to Five, reviewed by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Guest Post.Blueberry” by Ben Moberg at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Apology. “‘We Screwed Up:’ Maker of DC Board Game Apologizes to Parents of Young Girls” by Rebecca Pahle at The Mary Sue.

Best Admission.I’m a Blogger Damnit” by Brandon Billinger at The Rookie Dad.

Best Dad Post.Happy Birthday, Mouse” by Buzz Bishop at Camp Dad.

Best Mom Post.When Growing Up Hurts (a Mama)” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

Best Tribute. “Sean Taylor, A Football Lifeat NFL Network.

Sean Taylor Mosaic

Image: NFL Network

Bloggerhood Etc. 8/25/14

Football vs. Handegg

“Johnny Handegg” (via Google Image search)

A tale of two quarterbacks and a whole lot more in this week’s walk around the blogosphere …

Best Open Letter.Crash Course for Johnny Football” by Matt Tullis at SB Nation.

Best Dad Post.The Wrong Way to Support Your Wife’s Breastfeeding” by John Kinnear at Huff Post Parents.

Best Mom Post.Why Our Kids Date (and Don’t Court)” by Mary DeMuth.

Best Answer to a Bad Question.If You’re Asking ‘What’s In It for Me?’ Then You’re In the Wrong Business…” by Amanda Palmer at Digital Music News.

Best Special Needs Post.Unwanted Monsters” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Back-to-School Rant.It’s Back-to-School for First Lieutenant Room Moms of the New Motherhood Order” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Imagery.We All Face the Sun Together” by Tamara Lunardo at A Deeper Story.

Most Inspiring.How These Teen Transplant Recipients Thanked the Hospital That Saved Their Lives” by Cate Matthews at Huff Post Teen.

Best Sports List.Football Leagues Ranked” by Rex Crum.

Best Non-Sports List.Every State in the USA, Ranked by its Beer” by Ben Robinson, Andy Kryza, and Matt Lynch at ThrillList.

Best Epiphany.The Yellow Dream” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Greatest Epic.The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Most Honest Video.The Expendables” by Honest Trailers (via YouTube).

“All I really wanted to see was these guys trade one-liners … never mind.”

Bloggerhood Etc. 8/18/14

Lit candle

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

I usually try to make these weekly roundups a mix of deep, thought-provoking posts, and lighter, funnier pieces. And then weeks come along that are so filled with heartbreak that there’s nothing I can do but weep with those who are grieving. Last week was one of those weeks.

First, a cross-section of voices on the continuing tragedy of Ferguson and the regression of Civil Rights in our country.

Why We’ve Got to Go There” by Deidra Riggs at Jumping Tandem.

Five Minute Friday: Tell (And Cry to Listen)” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

First They Came for the Black people, and I Did Not Speak Out” by Matt Stauffer.

In Which I Have a Few Things to Tell You About Ferguson” by Sarah Bessey.

When Ferguson is Across the Street” by Shawn Smucker.

Things To Stop Being Distracted By When A Black Person Gets Murdered By Police” by Mia McKenzie at Black Girl Dangerous.

Racial Bias, Police Brutality, and the Dangerous Act of Being Black” by Kristen Howerton at Rage Against the Minivan.

Ferguson and Healing our Nation” by Alice Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Black People Are Not Ignoring Black on Black Crime” by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic.

The New Racism: This is How the Civil Rights Movement Ends” by Jason Zengerie at New Republic.

Second, two bloggers share their own experiences with depression in the wake of Robin Williams’ death.

What Will it Take to Become a Church for the Depressed?” by Chris Morton at Growth and Mission.

Depression is Not a Joke” by Lorne Jaffe at Raising Sienna.

Third, a Prayer for Those Fleeing Violence and Oppression in Iraq, in Their Own Language.

May God our Father watch over them, and over all who are in danger.

Amen.

Tag, I’m It!

Metal "tag" sculpture

Photo via Google Image Search

I have been tagged in my first blog tour post. This is where a blogger comes up with a set of questions, answers them, and then asks three more people to answer the same questions.

I did one of these via email fifteen years ago. It was longer (20 questions) and both more trivial and more personal at the same time (as the Internet always is). Since then, these same “question posts” have run rampant on that bastion of personal triviality called Facebook.

So normally I would ignore such a thing. But this one is about “writing and the writing life,” which is a little less personal and a lot less trivial. My friend and colleague Natalie Trust tagged me, so I’m answering the same four questions that she answered on her blog.

Check out the questions and my answers—and find out which three writers I tagged—at DavidOzab.com!

Bloggerhood Etc. 6/30/14

Reflecting trees in lake

Photo: Jon Eben Field (CC BY 2.0)

Maybe it’s because my dad is visiting us this week, but the posts I liked most seemed a little more reflective than usual. There’s an abundance of self-reflection, lots of looking back, and a little bit of silliness to break the serious stuff up in this round up of my favorite posts of the week.

Best Parenting Post.Why I’m Fine With My Kids Growing Up So Fast” by Aaron Gouveia at The Daddy Files.

Best Reflection.The Pressure of Definition” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Self-Analysis.A Generational Faith Journey Told by a Fortysomething GenXer” by Carmen Andres at In the Open Space.

Most Inspiring.This Beautiful Bride Wasn’t Going To Let Anything Stand In The Way Of Her Wedding — Not Even Cancer” by Cavan Sieczkowski at Huff Post Weddings.

Best Boast.I Ate the Rangers 2-Foot Korean Beef Sandwich and Lived” by Marc Normandin in SB Nation.

Best Milestone Post. “What Turning 40 Means to Me” by Alice Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best List.The 7 Biggest Mistakes of My Twenties” by Lindsay Morris at Relevant.

Best Special Needs Post.Privy to Joy” by Kara Dedert at Not Alone.

Best Spoken Word Poetry.You Can’t Keep Me Out” by Tamára Lunardo at A Deeper Story.

Best Advice.How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket” by The Rookie Dad.

Best Guide to Prayer.How a Protestant Learned to Pray Like a Catholic (and actually started LIKING prayer)” by Elisabeth Esther.

Best Video.This VIDEO will BLOW YOUR MIND and be the BEST PART OF YOUR DAY!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

You won’t believe what happens next!