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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON’S THOUGHTS ON LEAVING 2010

What is going to take to convince those fools in South Carolina that the South lost the “War Between the States?” And secession was no act of bravery, it was an act of stupidity that resulted in the death of whole lotta young men north and south.

To the governor of Mississippi: man, pick up a good history book and find out how it really was for us Black folks in Mississippi, including your hometown. I sure hope he don’t make a run for president of the United States of America cause, baby, he either don’t know his history or he historically blind. I give the dude credit for releasing from prison the two sisters who were given life sentences for their part in an armed robbery that netted $11.00. But consider this: they shoulda never been given such a sentence in the first place.

The President of the United States called the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles football team and congratulated him on giving the felony, Michael Vick, a second chance after he served his time in prison for his participation in dog fighting. I don’t think Vick deserved the attention the President gave him. The President must have more pressing problems to deal with. After all, he is the most powerful man in the world.

I also don’t agree with the talking head, a Christian no less, who thinks Vick should be executed.

For the best analysis of the Vick situation read Richard Cohen’s article in the Washington post.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS IT’S FOOTBALL TIME

I know we in the middle of an election cycle. Them midterm elections coming up is causing a whole lotta lying and jiving.

Man, I say relax and watch some football. Down here in Knoxville, Tennessee, the drama of the University of Tennessee Vols football team continues, and I never tire of reading bout it.

At the end of last season, the newly hired coach just up and left and took his dream job in California coaching the University of Southern California Trojans. Man, a whole lotta folks was sho mad at the guy cause it done us wrong. He only stayed one season and then left us with a team still trying to find its way after the coach who had been here for a long time was fired.

I aint mad at the one season guy cause it just football, you know what I mean. Now with another new coach, I get to watch the drama of rebuilding the team cause, baby, he got a lotta freshmen and sophomores. Watching them Vols takes my mind off Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.

I say its time to let all that serious stuff go and ifn you’re a real American, you’ll watch football cause that’s what real Americans do this time of year.

Oh yeah, I’m ready for some football.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS PROGRESS IN RACE MADE

You know things have changed slightly when we Black folks keep track of the first African American to something in various fields. I say slightly because the fact that we still track African American firsts is an indication we still have a ways to go for true progress.

In my Saturday Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper, is a story about the hiring of Black head coaches at division 1 universities. According to the article, there are now eight, yes Virginia, 8 Black head coaches at the following schools: Kansas, Virginia, East Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, Louisville, and Houston. Of course, some of these men will fail and some will succeed. My fear is, as always, that the schools where the coach may fail will never hire another Black, judging all Black coaches based on the failure of the one they hired. Still it is progress.

I have wondered often, why is it the major universities hired Black head basketball coaches with no problem but claimed, at least some did, that the fans and alumni wouldn’t accept a Black head football coach?

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS EARTHQUAKE AND FIRED FOOTBALL COACH ARE NOT EQUAL

I was going to discuss the two messes bout race. You done read bout them. Senator Reid made what some call a racist remark bout Obama during the campaign and some folks is upset bout it. Some folks also upset bout the census including the word “Negro” as a choice for us Black folks. These two is minor problems compared to what is happening in Haiti and here in my hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee.

A devastating earthquake hit Haiti. The University of Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin resigned after just one season to take the head coaching job at the University of Southern California.

Now, I’m a loyal fan of the Vols football team and have been since I was a teenager, even though in those days, the Vols had no Black players, and a section of the stadium was set aside for us “colored.”

But I worry bout my fellow citizens in Knoxville when the news bout the coach shares equal space on the front page of the Knoxville News Sentinel with the news about the earthquake. They also share about the same amount of space in the pages of the paper.

It seems to me that we here in Knoxville have our priorities screwed up. But then I think bout how the Vols bring in money every Saturday they play.

Them earthquake victims dont bring in nothing. They need money, medicine, food, and God knows what else.

So, ifn you’re reading this blog, find a way to help.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD STOP MEDDLING

I only recently, like this morning, read in the New York Times dated December 9, 2009 bout Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas sponsoring a bill to force some kinda playoff system for determining the national champion in college football.

Well, the philosopher of common sense just wants to know what is in it for them congressmen what are sponsoring the bill? I mean congress folks dont do nothing that dont get them reelected. So now they done made it their business to tell the colleges what they better do to determine what two teams play for the championship.

Man, I dont like the way the college champion is determine. I mean that Bowl Championship Series dont do a very good job. Hell, we all know that.

The economy is in bad shape, we still fightin two wars, we needs healthcare and them congress folks busy quarreling over it, and surely need jobs. I wants my representative to solve these messes and not be meddling in something that aint hurting nobody. Let the NCAA and the colleges take care of the football championship mess.

I say tell them congress folks to stop meddling in something that dont concern them and take care of the real problems.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS AINT THESE REPLAYS

Didn’t Brett Favre retire and unretire last year? Now think bout this, he didn’t help the Jets last year, so why do the Vikings think a 39-year-old, washed up man can help them. Get real folks, Favre was once a great quarterback but now he aint even just a journeyman football player. Man, they gon pay the guy a lotta money to embarrass himself and the team. The Vikings Super Bowl contenders with Favre. Come on, that’s a joke, right?

I see in this morning’s newspaper that President Obama praised the Afghanistan for votin. Hey, aint that what President Bush did when them Iraqis voted? Votin don’t solve the problems of the people who are threaten on all sides by the Taliban and the Afghan government. And ifn the government is corrupt and the same dudes are put back in office, what the hell good will a vote do?

Common sense says let Favre stay retired. And get the US of A out of Afghanistan.

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