UPDATED: I’m an iPhone user again

I tweeted out a poll, which can be seen below, a few days before I made my final decision. And I also asked a handful of iPhone user friends. Despite my poll only receiving four votes, my friends overwhelmingly without a thought immediately told me to switch back to Apple from Android. So, hence the title, that I did.

I decided to go with the iPhone 8 Plus in Space Grey. So far, I’ve been really impressed with how seamless, simple and swift everything is. The three Ss. (I had to.)

Its processor, iOS 11, Touch ID, iMessages, the camera, sound and video quality, battery life… are all top notch and stellar.

I’m not sure if I’ll write more about my experience with the phone but if it warrants it I’ll definitely do so. Twenty-four hours in. I’m not looking back for awhile.

ORIGINAL POST

My first smartphone was the iPhone 4S; I then had the 5. After that I was attracted by the new buzz of Android’s Samsung phones. I upgraded to the Note 4 and then the phone I have now the S7 Edge. The Edge is the best phone I’ve owned.

It’s been five years since I made the jump from Apple to Android. Question is… do I go back? I’ve gone back and forth in my mind for days now. May sound petty, but my only real hindrance keeping me from making the move is how much money I’ve put into Google Music.

So.

Android?

or…

Apple?

Americans. Nothing else.

I leave this Mike Rowe, from Dirty Jobs, response to a fan on the NFL national anthem debate without comment:

Hey Mike – I know you avoid politics, (thanks!) and I remember your rant on the Colt’s leaving Baltimore. (As a former Brown’s fan, I feel your pain.) But I gotta ask – what’s happening to professional football, and what do you make of Trump’s comments about those who refuse to stand during the national anthem?

Robert Amon

Hi Robert

In democracies, we the people get the government we deserve. We also get the celebrities we deserve, the artists we deserve, and the athletes we deserve. Because ultimately, we the people get to decide who and what gets our attention, and who and what does not.

Right now, The NFL, the players who choose to kneel, the networks who choose to broadcast their protest, the advertisers who sponsor the games, and the President of the United States, are all eager for our attention. And they are all using football to get it. That’s all well and good, right up to the point where it isn’t. In my view, the real controversy here isn’t about patriotism, social justice, racial inequality, or free speech. It’s not even about the flag or the national anthem. It’s really only about one thing – what we will tolerate, and what we won’t.

I was disappointed last night, to hear President Trump encourage owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem. Not because I dispute the owners right to do so, or the players right to protest. I was disappointed because the President’s comments presuppose that the owners are in charge of the game. They’re not. We are. We decide what to watch, and that decision – far more than any other consideration – will determine the what the owners choose to do. And that in turn will affect what the players choose to do.

As the leader of the country, the President had an opportunity to remind us that The NFL, the networks who broadcast their games, and all of the players – standers and kneelers alike – work for us. He might have also used the occasion to remind us that he too, serves at our pleasure.

I felt a similar bemusement when the Commissioner issued his response, followed by the President of the Player’s Union. Their comments – along with the comments of many of the players themselves – were perfectly reasonable, perfectly understandable, and perfectly in keeping with their first amendment rights. But they were also perfectly arrogant. Because they too, presuppose that millions of fans will continue to watch them play a game – no matter what.

Perhaps they’re right. Historically, football fans have shown a collective willingness to ignore and enable all sorts of dubious behavior. The players have agents and unions, the owners have money and power, and the fans are always caught in the middle. The resulting strikes and the constant uprooting of teams from broken-hearted towns proves beyond all question the overall lack of regard for fans in general.

But here’s the thing, Rob. The fans of professional football are not powerless – they’re just not yet offended enough to turn the channel. Should that ever change in a meaningful way – if for instance, a percentage of football fans relative to those players who chose to kneel during today’s games, chose to watch something else next Sunday – I can assure you…the matter would be resolved by Monday.

Mike

ORIGINAL POST

#TakeAKnee. Why not #TakeAStand? What is it exactly an NFL player is protesting by showing dumb disrespect toward the American flag? At least, former 49ers QB, Colin Kaepernick was kneeling against and for something.

Kneeling in unity this past Sunday came off as pushback toward President Donald Trump. If it is, then say so and do it when the majority aren’t taking a few minutes to honor and respect those who served in order for us to excercise the freedom to take that knee in opposition. Outside of those moments, do whatever, peaceably of course.

I quite liked what the Cowboys did Monday night:


Before. After. Just not during the national anthem. I support and will always be for our freedom to speak up, as long as it doesn’t take away from who we all are: Americans. We’re one people who should love, care and look out for what each of us kneels or stands for. Discussions over differences we have make for a healthy society. I’m all for unity as long as it doesn’t spit in the face of those who fought for us to have it in the first place. Let’s not dishonor them in the short time we do reflect on their sacrifice.

In fairness, Trump saying NFL owners should fire their players if they kneel is simply unpresidential. He shouldn’t be surprised whatsoever by the agreesive outpouring in retaliation. He’s allowed politics to seep into sports and vice versa. Now, for the time being, there’s no escape from a constant barrage of politicization. It’s a waste of time. When we should, again, be coming together instead.

FIVE #TAKEAKNEE RESPONSES I LIKED

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Wagner just now taking off on postseason flight after early-season odyssey

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops where I’m a staff writer.]

Bashir Mason’s Wagner Seahawks made a statement on game one of the college basketball season back in November: A stunning 67-58 win over the then-No. 18 ranked UConn Huskies, a highlight part of Wagner’s season; even this far in, according to Mason.

“I think that’s what the ceiling was for this group,” Mason reminisced. “That was a really good UConn team. We walked in there and beat them.”

To kick off non-conference play with such a loud bang, conventional wisdom would assume Wagner probably takes advantage of such incredible momentum and steam roll from there. But no one could have expected Romone Saunders, who dropped 15 points in their effort against UConn, to suffer a broken bone in his left foot that required surgery, as reported by the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com’s Cormac Gordon.

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Blink, but don’t miss the Red Flash

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]
FROM NINTH TO FOURTH

Back on a beautiful, partly cloudy late fall afternoon; October 26, 2016, the Northeast Conference men’s basketball preseason poll was announced at the fifth annual NEC Basketball Social Media Day at Barclays Center. And so far, it has been a good outlook on the 2016-17 season.

The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, who were voted No. 1, are currently No. 2 behind the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, who were picked tied for fourth with the LIU Brooklyn Blackhawks. While the Wagner Seahawks and the Bryant Bulldogs are both playing below expectations tied for fifth; each were looked at to be No. 2 and No. 3 in the conference, respectively, with the Seahawks tallying four first-place votes.

Robert Morris, St. Francis Brooklyn, Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut are all in the bottom half of the conference, where they were voted by the coaches. One team not mentioned, chosen to finish ninth and not receiving enough attention for how they’re performing is Saint Francis University, currently fourth in the NEC.

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In Blake Francis, Wagner has a shooter with a point guard mentality

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

IN LOSING, THERE CAME A LEADER

The Westfield Bulldogs of Chantilly, Virginia, lost the 6A state championship to the Colonial Forge Eagles of Stafford by the final of 47-46 to end the 2014-15 season. And although it may have been a disappointment, it helped give rise to the leadership of one of their own: then-junior guard Blake Francis.

Failing to capture the Virginia title, he felt an immediate sense of urgency to step up because of how far his team had made it without any of the satisfaction. Plus, he knew that in the following season, he’d be a graduating senior.

His coach at the time, Doug Ewell, placed the responsibility on Francis to relay the message to his teammates that now wasn’t the time to drift apart over losing one game, regardless of its importance. It was instead when they should come together to work toward satiating their ongoing hunger for their ultimate goal: winning it all.

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The Flat: Cowboys are team to beat, not the best

Here’s how the NFL playoffs are shaking up as we watch Week 14:

As the NFL enters the final quarter of the season… 19 teams are either in or within 1 game of a playoff spot.

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Let’s take the No. 1 seeds first. The Cowboys, as I wrote in my title, are the team to beat in the league, but not the best. They’re certainly a very good, even a great, team, but when it comes playoff time there’s going to be a team that pushes up against how they play: chew the clock with smart, efficient, big runs with Ezekiel Elliot and downfield throws with Dak Prescott. As for the Patriots, they’re well-coached and QB’d, but their defense is shaky.

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