Category Archives: Floyd “Money” Mayweather
How often can it be said that an eclipse, a fight, and a hurricane brought out the best in people?
Well, over the last two weeks, that’s what has happened. If only for that long, people in America got along really well.
If you turn off cable news and social media often, as I’ve learned to do, you already know that’s not unusual.
But to see people working, joking, and just… being together- on media, at that- is.
Once-in-a-lifetime or freak occurrences tend to do that. They allow us to do or witness things we normally wouldn’t.
Most of us will only see two solar eclipses in our lifetimes. I fell asleep from this last one on the 21st.
I saw all kinds of people lined up outside waiting for it, though. No arguing over those glasses or whatever. Just chatting.
August 26th is a cousin’s birthday, and the anniversary of my stopping drugs.
This year also, Floyd Mayweather fought UFC superstar Conor McGregor, and Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas.
Floyd and Conor had incredibly diverse fans, had an incredible fight, and took home incredible money.
Mayweather will retire 50-0, the greatest professional boxing record recorded. McGregor went 10 rounds with him.
And the people of Houston, Texas, and countless others from across the nation, showed incredible selflessness.
I’m not keeping a diversity scorecard. There’s probably one of everything aiding somebody else.
I know this because that’s what decent people do in times of real crisis. They work together. They help one another.
They can set aside their petty differences to do right because it’s right, as Principal Warren used to say.
I can only applaud and show respect to the many who are willingly going without to help those in need.
There is no one or two to single out for accolades. I’m talking about ALL those doing what they can.
Indeed, Houston, and really the last few weeks, show America at its best. And that greatness never went anywhere.
It’s just more convenient for anal-ists and ex-perts to play it down.
Next time: When Joel Olsteen got caught acting like his critics…
2015’s featured bouts have been years in the making. Many of these matches were believed impossible, which made their possible outcomes, and how they played out, even more anticipated. But the actual battle couldn’t match the hype. Once the winner was announced, that was it.
When Vince McMahon purchased WCW in 2001, WCW’s most steadfast star was expected to join WWE. Instead, Sting went to WWE’s closest wrestling rival company, TNA Wrestling. Debuting in 2006, at 48, Sting remained the lone major wrestling star that never worked for Vince.
In 2014, Sting finally made his WWE debut at the 2014 Survivor Series, and had his first match with Triple H, at WrestleMania 31(March 29, 2015). The buildup was good, but Sting’s losing, and immediate absence from WWE television, made his debut seem like much ado about nothing.
2008 saw boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather become the champ in several weight classes, and Manny Pacquaio dominate former champion-turned-promoter Oscar De La Hoya. Rumors about the two undefeated stars colliding began almost immediately.
On May 2, 2015, after six years of waiting, fans got to see Mayweather, the world’s greatest boxer, on defense for twelve rounds against Pacquaio. Despite incredible revenue earnings, the unanimous decision Mayweather win left couldn’t live up to the fanfare.
And then there’s the biggest main event of the 21st century. In 1996, two men in Hawaii wanted a civil union. Then-President William Jefferson Clinton passed a law forbidding federal recognition for such unions. In 2003, Massachusetts began recognizing gay couples, while other states refused.
For the next dozen years, churches with ever-increasing divorce and illegitimacy rates waged war with progressive activists obsessed with destroying Christianity. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriages federally recognized. The outcome was way too forgone.
Christians knew in 2013 they had lost. But for the winners, no victory that follows can match this one. People are fairly indifferent, just glad the worst of it is over. It was hardly a bout people wanted to see, anyhow. America can move on now, and will, even though the warriors can’t.
In addition, the Christian defeat did not and could not mean the end of religion. There are plenty of things to make sacred, and either Christians or atheists can find them. For more information, see politics or the latest veneration of, or blasphemy against, the Rainbow or Confederate flags.
In the age when the impossible will be made possible, and rhetoric sells a non-show, disappointments will surely abound.
One thing about it, the 40th Annual International Douglas Day wasn’t boring.