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Forever Grateful For Gronk

I know all good things must come to an end.  Today was one of those days.  Today was the day Rob Gronkowski announced that after nine years in the NFL he was retiring.

Before Gronk came into the league I understand the tight end position was a position created for a player to stand at the end of the offensive line.  He could be a pass catcher.  He could be a run blocker.  He was smaller than an offensive lineman but bigger than a receiver.  The tight end would be the in between.  He’d be more a blocker for the running game.  When Gronk came in he did both exceptionally well.  He was a phenomenal run blocker and could catch a pass and run—because he was faster than most tight ends and had better hands than those that came before him.

The Patriots, being the Patriots, used him in both ways.  The question for other team defenses became how do you stop Gronk?  You can’t cover him with a linebacker; he’s too fast.  If you try having one of your defensive backs cover him he’s too big and he’ll run them over.  Gronk was the ultimate tight end who could do everything.  He changed the tight end position as we know it.  That’s what made him so special.  We’ve never seen anyone like this. And it will be a long time before we see it again.  If ever.

Throw in the fact he was a fan favorite, a good presence in the locker room, a fun-loving overall good guy and you have the perfect prototypical tight end and player.

I can’t blame Gronk for his decision of retiring.  He is going out on top, having just won his third Super Bowl.  He is undoubtedly a first-round Hall of Famer.  What else was there to achieve?

As a fan I will miss Gronk as a player and a personality.  Some of my favorite football moments were because of Gronk.  The football spikes.  The goofiness on the sidelines.  The goofiness off the field. The Gronk Nation Youth Foundation. His numerous product endorsements. The Gronk Party Bus.  He’s. Just. Gronk.

Knowing how Gronk is I’m sure we will see plenty of him in the future one way or another.  Whatever he chooses to do with the rest of his life, I’m sure he’ll do it in the same way he played football:  with greatness.

Here’s to you, Gronk!

gronkspike

 

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Haunted

It’s quite clear that the person who refers to himself as “president of the United States” is a haunted person.

He’s haunted by his own past. He’ll be haunted by his own future.

He’s haunted by past presidents; especially the most recent one because he’s haunted by the fact he’ll never live up to or exceed that guy. In addition his own racism towards that guy haunts him daily.

Sadly this person who refers to himself as “president” is haunted by a war hero Senator who passed away merely six months ago. He’s haunted by the fact that the Senator did more for his country than he’ll ever do. And it’s very obvious from this person who refers to himself as “president” and his many remarks on and off social media, that the Senator haunts him. May the Senator haunt him until the end of time.

The person who refers to himself as “president” is haunted by women. Women he has hurt. Women who he doesn’t respect. Which is every woman.

He is extremely haunted by immigrants. In fact, he’s terrified of them so much he’s become haunted by a fictional wall.

It’s a terrible thing to have to go through life being haunted. It’s even more difficult to “run” a country while being haunted. Little by little it will drive you insane.

 

Posted in writing

Done

Not getting answers

Being pushed aside

Dealing with the same shit

Nearly every day

Feeling like there’s no

End to feeling this way

Being here for everybody

Except for myself

Things aren’t always

What they seem

Known that for a while

Such superficial souls

Leading us on

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Do The World A Favor

This week the world was faced with the words of a dimwit who declared that childhood diseases should make a return, as it would prevent future generations from getting cancer.

This week much of the world let those words dissipate as there are more people in the world who know the importance of vaccinations.  If you believe otherwise, that is your foolish choice and you will need to live with the potential consequences.  Unfortunately, so will your children.  If they live.

As long as there are still communicable diseases and foolish people, it will be necessary to get vaccinated.  Because if the disease itself doesn’t get you, the foolish people carrying the disease will.

Getting vaccinated isn’t going to turn you into a zombie.  It’s not going to make you get cooties.  And, contrary to popular belief, it won’t suddenly make you autistic.  It doesn’t work that way.

Do yourself, your children and the rest of the world a favor:  get vaccinated.

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Ten Things I Learned in 2018

Another year is almost done and amazingly I have yet learned more things that I didn’t know at this time last year!

So for shits and giggles here’s the list:

10.  I never thought I would go to NYC twice in one year.  But I did.

9.  The tree in Rockefeller Center looks a lot bigger on TV.

8.  It’s hot and humid in FL whether you visit in July or in September.  I knew this already.  But I just wanted to mention it for the  hell of it.

7.  Mary Poppins is much prettier in person

6.  There is a really neat Forrest Gump statue at a rest stop somewhere in GA.  Box of chocolates included.

5.  If you think something is lost, it’s never really lost.  It’s just stuck in the empty Christmas tote waiting for you to find it.

4.  Never underestimate the child with Asperger’s.  Or any child for that matter.

3.  Nobody is perfect.  But Mr. Rogers was pretty damn close.

2.  There’s still a SHITHOLE taking up space in the White House and ruining the country more and  more each day

1.  Nuts with guns still kill.

On that note, I bid you a (hopefully) peaceful, blessed new year.

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