And then there were two…The Rooney Rule and the Hypocrisy of it All.

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In roughly about 45 minutes from now, give a take a few seconds, the NFL will kick off the 2018-2019 NFL playoffs. Millions of fans will watch in sheer excitement as their teams battle it out against an opponent in what they hope will be a victory. Or if you are like me and your team (Atlanta Falcons) is already on vacation, then you are watching just because you are a true fan of the wonderful game of football. Wow. The game of football. A test of intestinal fortitude. Mono e mono. The battle of wills. Your best against my best. May the best man win. Football the greatest game ever created. Sorry if I get a bit carried away, but this game has both sentimental and financial value for me which for this post I will not elaborate; just know that it means a great deal and allow me to embellish it just a bit. Except in all earnest the game of football does need to be embellished because at the physical root of the game, it is unbiased, unfiltered, and unapologetically gladiatorial. One can’t and should not deny the physical nature of the game. Set that aside and football is truly pure and amazing. However, like anything else, there is the human element which seems to find a way to murk the waters and make it always almost inhumane. So let’s get to it before your libations began to kick in from excitement of your team winning or you throw a tantrum because your team is on the losing end of a still early game.

We all know about the dreaded Black Monday, no not the Monday after Black Friday when you realize how much money was spent after the Thanksgiving Holidays. I’m referring to the Monday at the end of the NFL regular season when some NFL head coaches are notified that their services will no longer be needed. An unfortunate event because in today’s’ workforce….wait their severance packages and contracts are great and rather lucrative and these coaches normally land on their feet. However, this is not the issue or point of this post. Then what is the issue, one might ask? Here is the issue. In a league where the workforce is 70 percent black; yet owned, ran , and systems orchestrated by more than 90 percent white, in lies the issues. Then to make matters worse, out of the 32 NFL teams, only 2 NFL head coaches are black. Which did stand at 7 until Black Monday when 5 black coaches were given a pink slip. Wow. Either this is coincidence or the NFL is running amuck with very little to no system of checks and balances. Hold on, this is not politics. Or is it? Remember earlier I mention that when humans get involve in something that for all intensive purposes should be pure and amazing then that thing always almost ends up being inhumane. Such is the case in the NFL. No? Then why the need for The Rooney Rule? While I won’t get into the purpose or origins of the Rooney Rule in this post, though my hyperlinks have some explanation, I will note that it is a sort of affirmative action in the workforce. Again, why do we need this when the human thing to do is to be humane. Your corporate representation should at least represent your corporate makeup.

Listen the NFL is not going to fold. As a matter of fact it is one of the most lucrative corporations in the world. Believe me that is not the issue at hand nor the worry of the NFL owners or commissioner. And that my friends is the problem. This game we all love was embraced because it help break down many of the “isms” within the game which some humans seemed to want to perpetuate in all facets of real life. We love the game because of this and its diversity. Walter Payton was Walter Payton; Fred Biletnikoff was Fred Biletnikoff; and Anthony Munoz was Anthony Munoz. These diverse individuals paved the way for the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez; just to name a few. If the players can become great by earning an opportunity is it not the logical progression to extend this courtesy to the coaches of the game who give the players the means to be great? Which I am sure has a pool of more than 7 individuals within the NFL coaching fraternity who are more than capable; at least for a legit interview. If one was to do the humane thing then the hypocrisy associated with The Rooney Rule would not be subject matter. To be precise; The Rooney Rule would not be necessary. But such is life.

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Let me get my personal gripes out the way before I go allmanstuffincluded.

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Finally, Allmanstuffincluded… has returned… to…the blogging community. Looking around my room trying to visualize the millions and millions, but unfortunately there is only me, a laptop and slew of story lines that has definitely stunk up the place. While I must admit that there some very pressing issues, some which deserve all the attention of a novice blogger of my caliber, I will wait to address those in the coming days. Oh best believe me that they will be addressed in due time. So for now I’ll just address a few things from over the last couple of days that have really perturbed me.

  1. UGA running away from the Texas Longhorn Mascot, BEVO.

Yeah, yeah, yeah I know I said issues that stunk up the place, but then these are my issues and in a sense you guys are my therapy so let me be the blogger. I understand that Bevo outweighs Uga by more than 1,560 pounds are so, but dang Uga you took off faster than the Cleveland fans leaving the Cavalieres to follow Lebron James to the Lakers. Now that was fast and to be honest, I don’t blame you guys. Have you watched the Cavs this year? Neither have I so if you get a chance leave a comment and tell me what you think. Back to Uga who I imagine is tucked away safe and sound somewhere in his dog house, far from the horns of Bevo. Let’s put things in perspective, it wasn’t that he ran, the problem is that it seems that Uga’s breakout was a domino effect for some of the UGA’s players his famous moniker represents. Again, I am not blaming Uga, he is an animal and his fight or flight instincts definitely kicked in and he did the right thing. The right is always the best thing, right. Well perhaps UGA’s top Dawg should have taken this into consideration throughout the season as he and his offensive staff allowed perhaps a Deshaun Watson or Dak Prescott type athlete to waste away on the sideline in obscurity. If it wasn’t for the running game, no pun intended, things could have been much less sweet. Lastly and before I get attacked by the many UGA fans…I too wear my Red and Black with pride…GO DAWGS. Which is why this gripe is a real stinker to me and an issue that I will revisit in the near future; that is if I haven’t been revoked my UGA fan privileges.

  1. Daslending.com scammed me…

I should have known, I should have known. I remember a few years ago one of the U.S. Presidents tried to quote a certain cliché…,”Fool me once shame on…,” well you know he never really got the cliché quoted quite like it was supposed to go, but in the end we got the picture. Eventually. I considered myself too savvy to be scammed but I should have known that it was too good to be true. As a matter of fact I had just talked myself down from buying a few pair of Timberlands from a site that I won’t mention just days prior. But to my better judgement, I decided that it was just too good to be true. Then against that better judgment I went and did it anyway. However, to my defense they were good; I mean really good. They even sent me a receipt. As a result and for the first time in a long time, my faith in online overseas purchasing was restored. Fast forward two days after the receipt and just like you might imagine…too good to be true. Not only did I not get my purchase nor money back as of yet but the company seems as if it has folded. Too good to be true is the resounding sentiment that has stunk up the place, but like in all bad things there is a silver lining. I now know that the term better judgement is that gut feeling that one has when something just don’t seem right. It is the sixth sense that we all have but sometimes ignore. It allows for humans to discern when things are not as they seem. It is mother nature’s way of telling us that perhaps that unorthodox choice which seems so radically changing and outside the box…may not be wise to choose or safe. Not so fast my friends! Sound sense and common sense when combined eliminates the need to quote clichés of someone fooling you in the first place. Speaking of being fooled, does anyone have an update on the state of the WALL. Shame on you if you think I wasn’t going to poke at holes at it. Well maybe for a later day like tomorrow. My sense is telling me to end this blog after just two gripes.