The world was once flat, or so they said ( my vision about #TWTR was ahead of the curve )

Can you imagine what it was like for those folks who spread those awful lies about the world being round?  I mean, the nerve of those folks, to try to poke holes in what was thought to be so, and then go ahead and prove it.  Wonder what it was like to actually admit you were wrong, after calling all those who thought the world was round, fools?

If you’ve followed my journey to Vegas, from back in the day, when I was sharing about how I felt that traditional marketing was changing, and those in the sports industry would be using Twitter, and other forms of social media as mainstream to provide value to programming, then you already know about the struggles I’ve had, and how difficult it’s been.  There have been days I’ve wanted to run back home, because my ideas seem to fall upon deaf ears, and the overall concept of turning my fantasy into reality, especially in the likes of ‘Sin City’ seem futile.

Yet, with each passing day, I see more and more signs that I’m on the right track, and deep inside I’ve always known, that I was following something that made sense, even though it’s been so very hard when I’ve been so far ahead of the curve, and ‘nay sayers’ loom everywhere.

This year, on Columbus Day, I’m going to make it appoint to congratulate myself for being someone who stayed true to myself, followed the road less traveled, and remind myself that just because the rest of the world doesn’t believe in your dream, or has just not gotten to the same point you’re at, does not mean you should quit.  If you hold on, you never know when you’ll reach your landing point, where things begin to make sense, rewards begin to pay off, and others look to join you, and applaud you for being a leader.

 

#BetsLikeAGirl

This morning my journey to Vegas takes on a different form as I debut a new podcast which will include a retroactive view of how I managed to land in Vegas, my view about sports betting, and my top five college picks based on all the wrong reasons.  Pat Boner, my former co-host from ‘Midnight Mancave’ will join me for this half hour show broadcast via www.VocNation.com

Glossary of terms

SU = Straight Up

ATS = Against the Spread

#Cowboys & #Indians

Did you happen to hear tonight’s #PanishPerspective segment on SportSXRadio?  During the segment I got to share my thoughts, in what felt like fifty words or less, whether I felt that the term ‘Redskins’ is one that should be changed, to something less disparaging.  Such an interesting topic, and one which I have no real vested interest in, in a sense, because its not as though I own the team.  Heck, I’m not even a fan.  No disrespect, just root for opposing team, and prefer the Cowboys.

When it comes to making laws, should it matter if there is inherent or acquired bias?  Can anyone with a vested interest, namely the team owner, have an objective view?  It’s truly doubtful, and more like impossible.

Should the government have a say in what the team name is when it comes to a professional sports league?  I remember when I was younger, in the second grade, and our ‘reading group’ was charged with the assignment of coming up with a ‘team name.’  I think we came up with something, so utterly common, like the ‘Monsters’ or something but I wonder what our teacher would have said, if we had chosen a term that has been defined as something that is disparaging toward other individuals.  Would it have been acceptable?

Many argue that a high percentage of Native American Indians want the team’s name to remain as is, only I’m not so sure that I agree that it should be up to them.  It just seems that laws are supposed to be decided by those who are not bias, and do not necessarily have a stake.  Similar to the show The Voice perhaps judges should decide cases based solely on the facts at hand, and not the set of circumstance.  For example, first determine if the name is derogatory, and then decide if the professional league should ‘grandfather’ the name since back in the day it was okay to have a derogatory name.  Not to mention that this is football, and football is supposed to be mean and ruthless, so what’s in a name?

One of the cool things about being a guest during the #PanishPerspective is we do not have to agree on the matters we discussed.  During tonight’s segment, I think we sort of agreed to disagree.

My personal opinion about the matter, matters not.  What matters more, is the law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BetsLikeAGirl #ComingSoon

Random Update ( my #VegasDiary ) I’ve written my first article for Gaming Today News, seen my a rock concert at House of Blues, went to a cocktail party over at Intrigue (Wynn Resorts), hung out with some very cool folks over at Steiner’s Pub, and helped promote the radio show over at the Golden Nugget last Friday night.  I’ve even managed to land an interview with a charter school, but I decided not to go since the school was a bit far away from where I’m living.  I’m missing the beach but enjoying the mountain views, and there’s always something going on either downtown or on The Strip, so it’s not like I’m lacking for things to do.

My current blog post, this one, is actually being written because I’m required to promote a blog post, so this is sort of random, and it’s just enough to get a passing grade.  I’d spend some time writing about Colin’s socks again, and all the ridiculousness I’ve heard today about… On second thought, I’ll skip that topic for now.  Sometimes it’s enough to turn off the noise.

Oh and http://www.mondaynightfashion.com is sort of kicking it tonight with black and yellow or red and gold (is it gold?) … and a new blog starts soon, only it’ll be housed here.  It’ll feature my new podcast, all about betting, novice betting and being clueless in Vegas.  #BetsLikeAGirl #Comingsoon www.betslikeagirl.com

In honor of my mother …

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring – Marilyn Monroe

One of the first memories of my mother is when I was peering through a screen window, at a woman who exited a car, and came over to see me.  She had a green dress on, and I swear she was the most stunning woman I’d ever seen.  Eloquent and feminine and someone I would have loved to emulate.  At the time, I had no idea she was my mother.

Years, later I would learn that the beautiful woman in the green dress, was the woman who carried me for nine months, during which time she struggled so desperately to hold on to her marriage to my father. The marriage ended soon after my birth, and circumstances would unfold in a manner that would cause my mother and I to be separated for the first thirteen years of my life. In fact, I grew up believing someone else was my mother, and lies upon lies would be told, and it would take quite sometime before I would understand all that happened.

Even though my mother was not there during my formative years, and although there were times that I questioned the circumstances that lead up to that reality, I would come to realize that her not being with me, had more to do with her own lack of understanding just how special she truly was, and how deserving she was of so much more than pain.

My mother loved Elizabeth Taylor, and old movies such as Giant, Gone with the Wind, and  anything by Alfred Hitchcock.  We used to get blankets and sit in front of the television and she would explain to me which actress was involved with which actor ‘back in the day’ and I would develop an intense crush on Gregory Peck, because of my mother’s education about Hollywood actors.

My mother would do her makeup in the dining room, and one time she got mad at me for borrowing her cover-up.  I still remember her telling me that it would ruin my skin because it was for women ‘over forty.’ At that time, my mother might have been ‘over forty’ but you would never know.  People would always say we looked like sisters anytime they saw us out, and in my eyes she was as wonderful as any of the Hollywood actresses she admired.

If I could give my mother something special, it would have been the knowledge that she was loved more than she ever could possibly imagine, missed more than she’d ever be able to fathom, and understanding that I am grateful for all she did for me.

My mother was not perfect.  Of course, none of us are that.  My fondest memories of my mother include her dancing in the living room.  She used to wonder what we did on dates, because when she was younger, guys loved to dance.  She was confused by the way we just ‘hung out’ and it bothered her to see chivalry die.  To this day, I can remember her telling me to never walk with a cigarette, because ladies don’t do that.  My mother was always on her daughters for things like that . . . It took her a long time to get comfortable wearing bluejeans to church, and she just felt it was cool to show respect.

My thoughts are wondering as they tend to do, and I am thinking of the time my sister Barbaranne came to Manhattan and we went shopping at Saks.  Barb, bought some makeup and I asked her if I could have the bag.  “You really are Mommy’s daughter,” she said.  As I looked in my closet this evening, as I got ready to pack to head to Los Angeles for the mass in honor of her life, I noticed the bags I’ve collected since coming to Vegas.

I just smiled and thought about all the times I’ve gone shopping with my mother.  We walked on Rodeo Drive, just the two of us, and Jermaine Jackson came by in his Rolls Royce.  It was as though the sea parted, and he came into the store to buy a camera.  She used to eat a bowl of lima beans for dinner, which I thought was totally gross!  Isn’t it crazy the things you remember?  All of what I’m sharing are special memories to me though, simply because they are the fondest of times, shared with my mother.

What he said, regarding Colin K’s socks

The following is a response from someone whose opinion I respect very much, with regard to Colin Kaepernick’s protest.  I thought I would share since it’s not just my opinion that matters.  Read on …
“With regard to Kaepernick sitting down during the national anthem and wearing “cops as pigs” socks, well, I cannot claim to be unbiased or fair. However, as someone who was trained as a historian, the first thing I do is place what he did into a historical context. In this case, I would look at athletes in the past who have protested against the U.S. government and its institutions, so I’d go back to the ’68 Olympics where John Carlos and Tommy Smith gave the black power salute to protest continuing racism in the United States. Also, while everyone seems to remember Muhammed Ali with great fondness and respect, many people forget or weren’t around, when he was publically vilified for refusing induction into the Army to serve in Vietnam. So, it seems to me that what Kaepernick did by sitting down during the national anthem seems to be part of a tradition that stretches back almost half a century. I read the full text of what he said and I thought it was logically consistent and very articulate. It’s not about a lack of respect for the military or the people of the U.S. HIs is a very pointed criticism of how police are trained or not trained in this case and the deadly consequences that can (and have) resulted from that. The lack of safety that African-Americans have had at the hands of governmental authorities must also be placed into its socio-cultural historical context that began with slavery. If you are interested in reading about this, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, Between the World and Me is brilliantly written from both a personal and historical view. Whenever you think you know what he’s going to say next, he adds something unexpected that will surprise you and make you think differently…or at least give you the opportunity to view things differently. Personally, I couldn’t put it down that how compelling a story it is. Actually, it’s really a long letter that he is writing to his son…
P.S. I never got to the “pig socks”. In brief, I understand what he’s doing, but personally, I think wearing them is more provocative and more easily misconstrued. Does that mean that all police are “pigs”? If so, then I would argue that’s not the case, but, if you’re black, you can’t tell which cops are going to treat you with respect and which aren’t, so we’re still left with his original assertion concerning institutionalized police brutality directed primarily against people of color.”

Why is Colin protesting now?

I just finished reading an article that was posted on CNN.com about Colin Kaepernick’s protest, which he displayed by sitting during our national anthem.  Why do we seem to be so divided?  Have we always been this way?  Will we always be this way?  Racism did not rear its ugly head, in my life (at least not in any ‘real’ sense) until I was in the seventh grade.  Or at least that’s the first memory I have of hearing the “N” word shouted out in such a disgusting manner that it frightened me.  I can only imagine how frightened I would have been if I was someone of color.

I would like to think that racism is something that was laid to rest so many years ago, and that we should all focus on our true enemies, which seem so determined to destroy a country that I love.  What saddens me about Colin Kaepernick’s protest is that it seems to be so one-sided.  Are we truly as horrid as he is making it out to be?  Is our country truly so horrible?

When I participated as a member of a jury, I stood side-by-side with people of both genders, various ethnicity, and of different race.  I knew not who among us was a doctor or lawyer simply by visuals, and I meet so many successful people who do not seem to be oppressed.  I am a woman, and I have been treated ‘less than’ quite often, and I’m quite aware that I used to be considered property in the eyes of the law.  I am also aware that in many countries, outside of the United States, women are still treated in such dismal manners.  At least, I see it dismal which might be a display of ethnocentrism.  Rather than focus on the past, I choose to look at how far we’ve come and do my best to demonstrate my willingness to grow.

What bothers me about Colin Kaepernick’s protest is that he’s doing it now.  Why now?  Hasn’t he always been bi-racial?  Did he just wake up and realize he would like to become political and make a statement?  What prompted him to display his disgruntle manner at this time?  Is America so bad?

Sometimes I would like to ask those who protest about oppression if they ever stop to think about how people similar to themselves perpetuate the problem by viewing things in such a narrow manner, by failing to focus on the totality of circumstance.  When I walk into an Emergency Room, I look around and I do not see that all doctors are white.  When I sit in a courtroom, I do not see that all judges are white.  When I look at police officers that make up the highest ranks, while covering an event, many of the highest officers are not white.

What’s wrong with our national anthem?  Thinking about Malcolm X, and his dismay about the U.S. Constitution, I am reminded that not white men, but men of color, slaughtered him in front of his family.  We should all remember that all lives matter, and also be mindful that united we stand, divided we fall.

So what will the National Football League do about Colin’s protest?  Should he be permitted to sit during the national anthem during games?  Did he accomplish his goal by getting people talking about the matter?  Are the lyrics to the song appropriate for a national anthem?  Should we be singing “God Bless America?” Of course, somebody else will likely have an issue with that …. stay tuned.

 

My #VerySexy Facebook Video

Facebook continues to amaze me.  If you want to see the video, you may need to be me my friend on Facebook, or visit http://www.facebook.com/michelle.sportsx

Be sure to scroll down, and don’t forget to follow on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/SportSXMichelle

My Facebook status this morning:

Since 2012, I’ve been on a mission to bridge the gap between radio and social media, and keep radio relevant as more and more people turn to social media feeds to get their information. It is my belief that auditory, kinetic and visual means of teaching are most effective when used collectively. As the world continues to evolve at a pace faster than what seems to be, the speed of light, I long to help those who are older maintain a competitive edge, I have managed to use my brain, heart and courage to reveal my struggles with body dysmorphic disorder, and help myself heal in a way I never thought possible. Initially, the photos I posted on Facebook were done so because I wanted to help someone who was struggling with drug addiction, overcome and learn that it’s never too late to change patterns he thought were ingrained as a result of conditioning. Eventually, my photos became part of marketing an idea to create a the ultimate fantasy game using the domain www.MondayNightFantasy.com and market it with the hashtag ‪#‎MNF‬ which reaches millions during the Monday Night Football game. This video was created by Facebook, not me but the photos are mine. They are untouched and were shared on Instagram and LInkedIn in hopes of securing sponsors for the Monday Night Fantasy segment. They are meant to show my respect for Marilyn Monroe whose legacy is phenomenal. It is amazing that to this day, and most likely forever, she will remain such an iconic sex symbol. The red shoes are symbolic of Dorothy’s venture down that Yellow Brick Road. They were inspired by my newfound passion for a band I happened to see play Sunset Station Hotel & Casino called, quite simply, Yellow Brick Road. As I travel back to Vegas to continue to promote my dream of making www.MondayNightFantasy.com something special in the ‪#‎FantasySports‬ world, and work to further grow my social media marketing business, I do so with a deep respect for my ability to reason, care, and let go of fear. Brains, courage and a heart were things I’ve always had, only as I got older, I have come to realize that it is those things that make me most beautiful. Thank you for taking time to help support and share about my goals. I look forward to seeing you in Vegas throughout football season, and beyond.

#RyanLochte #DarrenSharper #SportsBetting

Preparation for the sports law segment on the “live” show looks something like this:

http://www.abajournal.com/topic/entertainment+sports+law/

– Ryan Lochte issues have been trending most of the day and there are several topics that can be discussed with regard to the circumstance that have been reported as having occurred in Brazil.  Falsifying a police report, allegations in the media, international laws vs. U.S. laws … it can be scary for a U.S. citizen to be in a foreign country and be subject to prosecution.  An interesting case, that is not sports related but rather music industry, involved Randy Blythe, front man for “Lamb of God’ who was charged with crimes when a death resulted after a fan charged on stage.  U.S. citizens were up in arms when Randy was held in jail for the death of the fan, and so taking the matter of Ryan Lochte into consideration, and the other swimmers, what can be said about elite athletes being able to be ‘off the hook’ if you will, for being able to make a charitable donation?  Many have asked if racism was involved here since Lochte is considered elite due to his race [ of course that could be the media’s portrayal because his race and elite status could has also worked against him, right?  I mean, last I checked, I did not realize Brazilians favored one race over the other, but the media always manages to throw that race card into the mix to give us something to talk about ]

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– Fantasy Football is in the news again and Gaming Today [ publication I write for and Ken is very familiar with ] actually tweeted a tweet about the loss of tax dollars that we do not get to use to benefit our economy because we do not have sports betting legalized.  Same could be said for fantasy sports, and it does seem a bit ridiculous [ to me ] that there is so much to do about nothing.  If stock market and insurance industry work on ‘law of large numbers’ and predictions that are in a sense a gamble, what’s the problem?  Statisticians can do lots to help the average guy have as much of an inside track as the top handicappers, and the playing field seems to be level.  What’s the difference between ‘insider trading’ and potential vulnerability of athletes [ or coaches etc., ] being lured to throw a game and/or gamble on their own outcome?  Doesn’t legalization make it easier to detect?  Doesn’t regulation of fantasy sports industry help the industry have legitimacy through transparency?  What’s the big deal?

Of course, the government sticking their nose into people’s business, and putting all these rules in place that require people without felonies or criminal records will possibly put a damper on things, if by chance those who reign in the fantasy sports industry have criminal records.

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Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years and this is such a sad set of circumstances.  What could posses a man to do what he did?  It’s mind boggling that someone with so much, who takes pride in being a dedicated father during an NFL dedication to women, goes and violate women in such a manner.  Just sad.

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Brian seemed very interested to talk about how the NFL wants to compel players to testify and give over information after media allegations that they used PEDS were reported.  #WhatwouldPeytonDo is actually a popular hashtag on Twitter and one has to wonder what would be happening if he had not retired?  Why was he cleared and the other players still subject to being forced to talk?

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Lastly Ray Rice has offered to donate his salary to charity.  Should the Ravens give him a chance?  Is Ray not playing because he can’t play anymore [ skill wise ] or is it more than that?  Should Ray be given a chance to play?  My opinion on this is same as I had regarding the re-signing of Michael Vick after he served time for a crime.  I do not see what sense it makes for US Citizens to pay money for tax dollars that go toward rehabilitation etc., and then disallow rehabilitated offenders to get employment.  What’s the point if after they learn, they cannot go back into society and have productive lives and teach others.  If our greatest mistakes are lessons we learn from mistakes, why prevent a man who has made a mistake, done his time, and is committed to being a good citizen be unable to work in the field he was worked?  Just seems so hypocritical to me, especially when you consider that Malcolm X was a former felon, who ended up lecturing at Oxford.  Go figure.

#PaidPatriotism #NFLHOF & #Gleason

Tonight during the #PanishPerspective attorney Brian Panish will take us through some of the tough topics that are currently trending in sports.  The NFL’s decision to give back over $700K to US taxpayers over what has been coined as ‘paid patriotism,’ as well as, its decision not to treat those who traveled to see the NFL HOF game with the respect they might have thought they deserved, will be discussed during the bottom half of the first hour on @SportSXRadio via @720KDWN.

In addition, to ‘paid patriotism’ and the NFL-HOF debacle, the documentary movie Gleason which profiles the live of former NFL player, Steve Gleason and highlights his decision not to sue the NFL, after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease [also called ALS, amyotrophic ateral sclerosis] will be discussed.

#PanishPerspective is airs at 7:30 pm PST via 720 on your AM dial, or via the free app you can download right to your phone.  See  www.SportSXRadio.com for the link so you can listen, and don’t forget to follow @SportSXRadio on Twitter where you can feel free to share your thoughts about tonight’s topics. [ You can also follow Brian at @Panish31 and visit www.PSBLaw.com to learn more about his exceptional track record in helping individuals and businesses resolve their legal disputes. ]