Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sense of Entitlement......

Why is it, that there are several people who seem to think they are entitled to certain rights or privileges when in actuality, they aren't. I want to discuss possible reasons for this sense of entitlement (it's kind of like a movie title that HAS to be referenced during the movie).

Let's say you make a six figure salary and subsequently drive a very nice vehicle, does this then mean that you are entitled to have people treat you any different? Does it mean that you can treat people with less respect? Does it mean that you can talk down to people and act as if you're better then them? The answer, in my opinion, to all of these questions is NO! So you make good money, and drive a nice car, hell everybody knows you, it's like you're a movie star, (old school rap reference) but why do you feel the need to disrespect people because of it?? Is it because in America, there is a notion that if you have money and drive a nice car, you reach a certain level of status within society?? My question is, why is there this notion?? So you work 45 hours a week and drive a Mercedes and I work 70 hours a week and drive a honda, that makes you better than me?? If you answered yes, explain to me how!! I've noticed that the less you work, the lazier you are. I'm not saying that you have no work ethic, but what I'm saying is that you feel "entitled" to have people do things for you. Again I ask, why??? Why do Americans have this sense of entitlement? Is it money, job, car, family and the way they were raised, or is it all of the above?? I say it's a combination of all of those and a great deal to do with technology. Remember before remote controls for a television and you had to physically get up to change the channel? It made you work for the channel you were going to watch. I think this is where the entitlement begins. Call me crazy, but just something as minute as relying on a remote to change channels on the television, gives a sense of entitlement to people that it's ok to rely on other people to do things that your lazy ass should be doing yourself.
This whole thought process came about because I work in the restaurant business and recently had a customer give me an order for 13 co-workers and himself and asked that they all be individually bagged and marked!! Am I your mother?? You want me to personalize your lunch like it's the first day of kindergarten??? Then he proceeds to say, "I want it delivered by 12 and I'm right across the street". Good for you, you just kept me on the phone 20 minutes because Bill in human resources wanted no onions, lite mayo, pickles, and numerous things on the side because he's allergic to tomatoes so your order will take 45 minutes. Again, "sense of entitlement". You work across the street so I'm supposed to stop what I'm doing and stop the orders for everyone else to make and deliver yours?? Here's a thought. Walk your fat ass the 1/10 of a mile across the street, get some exercise, and get your order yourself. Why do you feel that because you tell me where you work that I'm supposed to bend over backwards for you?? That's the problem with society today and you are seeing more and more people like this jackass in positions that they shouldn't be in (i.e. 1/2 of the politicians).
For our loyal readers, I've mentioned it in the past, the word is manners! Before you act like an entitled prick, think to yourself if you really deserve to be entitled to that. If you hire someone to cut your grass, is it because you work 70 hours a week and get home after dark, or is it because you feel entitled to have someone else do that for you?? I can't stand the people that feel they are above certain people or certain things because of their job, car, or financial status. Remember, it's a constant cycle. Without guys like me doing my job, you won't have yours!!!

This is Kyle Montgomery, this has been my two cents and remember, we all put our pants on one leg at a time!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Don't Believe the Hype

Is it better to be over prepared, inconvenienced, and safe or not be prepared, not be inconvenienced and risk grave danger?  If you ask me the choice is simple.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene I’ve seen all over the news and in the newspapers people with the audacity to bitch at the media and the National Hurricane center about “overhyping” the recent hurricane.  My my my, what short memories these idiots have.


Did we forget that just 6 years ago Hurricane Katrina ravished the Gulf Coast?  If I remember correctly people crucified just about everyone because the residents of the Gulf Coast were not adequately notified of the severity of the storm.  Now because you were “inconvenienced” you’re bitching.  I just don’t get it.  Some of these people were probably the same ones bitching about the handling of Katrina.  As far as I’m concerned these people should have been blown away in the storm.

All these “whiners” are now going to ruin it for the next storm.  Why?  Well now they claim that people won’t take the next one as seriously due to the “overhype”.   To me this is idiotic.  Was the storm as bad as originally predicted?  I guess it depends on who you ask.  There are some people in the Philadelphia area that still don’t have power.  There are some people whose homes were destroyed.  Amtrak is still not running.  That seems pretty bad to me.  I agree that this was an odd storm.  In Philadelphia we got hit much harder than those at the Jersey shore.  It happens.  If I lived in Jersey and I knew a storm was coming, I’d get the fuck out of dodge.  If it wasn’t as bad as predicted, I’d be relieved not upset.  

People are constantly complaining about meteorologists, whether it’s because of “winter storms of the century” or whatever.   Listen, predicting the weather is an inexact science.  You can get an idea of what’s to come but Mother Nature has her own mind.  Lay off of these people.  If you’d have been told it wasn’t going to be that bad and they you got slammed you’d be singing a different tune.  As far as I’m concerned there’s an old saying that’s good to live by; “Better Safe than Sorry”.  Don’t forget what happened with Katrina.  Shut the fuck up and get over it.  That is all.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's not a lie, if you believe it........

Recently, I had a discussion involving hypothetical situations to gauge how people would respond when faced with life-changing decisions.

For instance, if you knew your brother/sister was cheating and your brother/sister in-law asked if you knew anything, would you throw your sibling under the bus or stay out of it and plead the 5th?? Would your response change if it was a good friend and another friend? In my opinion, it's not my responsibility to give the bad news it's my sibling's. Plus to be honest, it's not any of my business, so there is no reason for me to get involved. Knowing this, would your decision change if it was your brother/sister in-law cheating and you knew about, would you tell your sibling?? Is the morality of it any different just because it's your family by blood or by marriage?? I don't see it as you're lying in either case, I think it's justifiable to not get involved in other people's issues regardless of knowledge or relationships with those people. If my brother/sister in-law came to me, I would say you need to talk to them. After they did this, if they were satisfied with the answer they received, then what else can I do?? Again, it is none of my business nor is it my responsibility to break that news. I'm sure a great deal of people will agree with me when I say, if you cheat, you deserve what's coming to you, but I won't be the one to hurry that process up!!!!

Here is another thought. If your husband or wife came home and said they had just committed a crime, would you turn them in??? Where do the ethics and morals stop and loyalty comes into play?? I'd have a hard time turning a loved one in for anything. If I was not there, it's justifiable to say I don't know anything, right?? There are people out there that would turn their own blood in if they committed a crime and that floors me. I understand ethical thinking and understanding right from wrong, but trust is essential for families to survive. I'm not saying to test that trust by committing a crime, all I'm saying is maybe ask yourself, "will my brother, sister, mom or dad, turn me in or throw me under the bus, or will they plead the 5th"??? Unless I was physically there when something happens, I won't be saying a word!! Who's to say it actually happened?? If we believe everyone when they say they did something, we'd all be running around scared every day!! Also, if you're one of those people that would throw your family under the bus, you're not as trustworthy as you think you are!! Loyalty is a big word in situations like these and where does yours lie??

I'm not encouraging lying or covering up crimes, I'm just simply encouraging trustworthy people. When you say "I'd take a bullet for so and so", if it meant life or death for you,do you really mean it?? Or, "I'd give you the shirt off my back", if it's raining or snowing, would you?? In my opinion, there a handful of people that I would honestly and truthfully do those things for and I'm happy to say that they know who they are. To me, if my bond is strong enough with these people to do those things, it's also strong enough to "plead the 5th" and not throw them under the bus!!

Think about these situations and give me your responses. I'd like to see how many people will be completely honest or will just respond with what they "think" they'd do!!

This is Kyle Montgomery with my two cents and reminding you all of a great quote in history......

"It's not a lie, if you believe it!!!"

What is the Deal, With That?

With a busy long weekend full of Catholic and Indian (from India) wedding celebrating I figured I’d leave you with a 4-pack to get the festivities started.  Not sure what the weekend has in store but with my friend Jay it’s bound to be action packed and crazy fun.  Just an F.Y.I, I was going to do one of the packs of the 4 pack asking what’s the deal with women and weddings and all the fuss they make over them.  It’s something I don’t get and was going to dig into deeper.  After receiving a dirty look that could’ve killed a Tyrannosaurus Rex from Abby, I thought better of it.  So here we go with the Wednesday 4-pack plus a bonus (minus the wedding questions).

Betcha won’t leave your kid in the car

This is something I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile.  Recently in the Philadelphia Inquirer there was an article about the amount of gamblers that were leaving their children in a parked car for hours while gambling at the Parx Casino.  This happened about the 6 times in the past year or something like that.  The article also mentioned that there should be legislation (I’m not sure if this was a separate editorial or not) that fines the casino when parents do this.  I have a huge problem with this.  First of all, under no circumstances should a child be left alone in a car while the parent (or grandparent) gambles.  That’s not what I have a problem with.  My issue is how is this the casino’s problem?  There are thousands of gamblers that do so responsibly on a regular basis.  So because a few idiots can’t control their addiction, the owners of Parx now have to be responsible?  They are providing a service.  Should they be questioning all patrons as to whether or not they have kids in the car?  No.  I know gambling is an addiction and people’s lives can be destroyed because of it.  Does this mean we need to close casinos?  Alcoholism also destroys many lives, do we close bars?  It doesn’t make sense.  I hope the PA State Government gets this right.  

Clothes make the person?

People love fashion and to look good.  Who doesn’t?  What’s the deal with everything having to be name brand though?  I’ve been noticing more and more that it’s not only what you wear but what the tag says.  To me it’s ridiculous.  I’m not saying people shouldn’t care how they look.  What I’m saying is why does my shirt have to be Polo or Abercrombie?  I do 90% of my clothes shopping at Kohl’s.  Kohl’s (here I go with free publicity again) has some very nice looking clothes at ridiculously low prices (especially if you have a charge card).  For the amount of probably one long sleeve dress Polo Shirt I get 4 sometimes 5 or 6 at Kohl’s.  Is that Polo shirt that much better?  No.  They both cost about 50 cents to make in China.  So I need to pay $80 for a guy on a horse?  Stupid.  I’ve been complimented on how I dress many times.  There have also been times I’ve started to be complemented only to have the complimenter turn their nose up because I got it at Kohls.  So basically you telling me you liked my shirt until, upon further review, you saw it didn’t have a guy on a horse on it?  What changed?  I can sew on the horse guy on if it makes you feel better.   I say to each his own but it doesn’t make you a better person to wear a Polo shirt.  If it makes you feel better to do so then you do what you have to do.  What it does make me is smarter because I still look good and have a little bit of extra cash in my pocket.  Just saying.

Real Housewives

The Real Housewives on Bravo (damn, I need to start charging for this shit) has a show in a lot of major cities across the country.  My problem with these “housewives”, yes sadly I’ve seen them all, (although mostly not by choice) is that there is nothing “real” about them.  This people live in fantasy worlds that most of us probably can only dream of living in.  You want to call a show  the Real Housewives?  Let’s make it real.  Show me the housewife who has 3 kids, has a husband who is laid off and is working 2 jobs to make ends meet.  Still takes the kids to soccer and dance then makes dinner and does laundry.  That’s real.  Go into North Philly and show me the single mother of 2 who works 2 jobs to provide for her family.  That’s real.  Not this horseshit on Bravo.  (Although I do enjoy watching NeNe)  Better yet take these so called Real Housewives and put them in the scenarios above and then film it.  Now that’s real.  Don’t let them wear Polo either.

Quarterback Tiers

Football season is right around the corner and people of all knowledge and skill levels are preparing for their fantasy football drafts.  If you’ve ever played you know there are tiers that the players fall into.   This means tier 1 is the very best, tier 2 the next best, etc.  On Mike and Mike (I hate when Howard Stern is on vacation) they were discussing quarterback tiers, non-fantasy.  Meaning how do the quarterbacks stack up in real life.  Some of the better fantasy QBs aren’t necessarily some of the best QBs when it comes to leading a team.  I’m anxious to hear what your thoughts are.  Here are my tiers.  Again this is not fantasy but real life.

Tier 1 – Peyton Manning, Tom Brady 
Tier 2 – Phillip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger 
Tier 3 – Michael Vick, Matt Schaub, Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Eli Manning

Again, love to hear your thoughts.  Do you agree?  Disagree?  Remember this is not based on fantasy football.  This is based on who the best QBs are in the league.  I’ll wait for the comments to roll in.


Ding Dong the witch is dead.  For those of you who are loyal readers, you know that I wasn’t a big fan of former CEO/Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District Arlene Ackerman.  Well for those who haven’t heard, she was relieved of her duties (after receiving a pretty nice severance package).  At this point I won’t pile on.  I do have to say it’s time for Mayor Nutter, city council and the PA state legislature to step up and do the right thing.  Hire someone who can fix the broken district.

That’s all for tonight.  Time to prepare for a weekend of celebrating.  I’ll try to post some pictures of the Indian ceremony.  I’m anxious to see what it’s all about.  Also I hope all our East Coast followers stay safe with Hurricane Irene poised to hammer the Eastern seaboard.  Remember to like us on Facebook and tell your friends about us.  @Obs_Views_Blog on Twitter.  Be sure to leave a comment.  Until next time this is Jimbo saying I’m 2/3 of the way towards hitting my natural disaster pool......come on volcano eruption in Delaware!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dear Sports Fans.....

With all of the recent acts of violence at sporting events by fans, I feel obligated to give my opinion on this issue. Fans, what are you doing?? You know the old adage, one rotten apple spoils the bunch?? You're the bad apples!!! I understand being passionate about sports, I'm a Philadelphia sports fan!!!!!!! With that being said, when your "passion" turns violent, it crosses a line and puts others at risk because of your stupidity. Everyone is saying alcohol played a big part in this and that's just a bs excuse. What about the other 30,000 fans that CAN drink RESPONSIBLY??? I get emotionally vested in the game too, but physically assaulting a rival fan is a ridiculous way to react to a bad call or a bad play. These violent acts that we have seen in San Francisco, L.A., and at numerous soccer games throughout the world, have reminded fans like me that it's not worth it! I am a Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder, a Philadelphia Phillies partial season ticket holder, and a Philadelphia Flyers partial season ticket holder. If I see someone acting up or severely intoxicated at these games and ask security to do something, their answer is to move my group instead of asking the assholes to settle down. Really??? What does that solve??? At no point does it ever cross my mind to confront that intoxicated person because nothing good can come from it. There has to be more enforcement by security, but more importantly, there has to be more enforcement by fans being responsible. Attending a sporting event is meant to be a fun and enjoyable time. As fans we shouldn't have to worry about getting sucker punched for wearing an opposing team's jersey. Again, innocent ball busting is one thing, violence however crosses a line. So to all of you "fans" that go the game to act out violently, get a clue!! You're not real fans, you're just a bunch of pricks that probably are ex-athletes and are jealous of the true fans and athletes!!! Not only are you ruining it for fans that can act responsibly after a few beers, but you're ruining it for the kid that goes to his first game with his dad but has to hear you the whole game screaming profanities and getting into fistfights!! It's not cool, so whoever told you it was, lied!!!! Do me a favor, before you ruin sporting events for EVERY fan out there, just stay home. As I said already, most people feel that there is a fine line between being passionate and being an asshole about being passionate. You my friends, are the 2nd one (in case you didn't know). I'll leave you with this thought. Think about the families you have hurt all because you wanted to flex your chest about your team! Your team is NOT Seal Team #6, and they DID NOT kill Bin Laden last time I checked, so stop with all the violence over a damn game!!!!

This is Kyle Montgomery saying, only you can prevent sporting event violence!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pay Me

With all the recent controversy surround the University of Miami and their football team I felt it was time to discuss it a little.  Now Miami isn’t the only school that has had issues with boosters and such giving student-athletes money or gifts recently.  These issues have led to the obvious debate of whether college athletes should be paid or not.  There are two sides to the debate.  The first is those who say no, that most of them are getting paid in the form of a free education.  The other side obviously thinks that they should get paid.

What side am I on?  I think they should get paid.  First of all, if the student-athletes were getting paid then you wouldn’t have the problem of so many of the boosters breaking the rules.  Sure they are getting an education based on their athletic ability but there is plenty of money to go around.  For the sake of argument let’s say the average scholarship is $120,000 (4 years at $30,000).  The school essentially can take that scholarship away at anytime, while basically pimping said player out and milking them for every dollar they can get. So I ask, what is the player’s motivation not to accept illegal gifts?  Now, I’m not condoning anyone doing anything illegal but when the temptation is there and there is always the possibility of losing your scholarship, for some of these young kids it’s a difficult decision.  Does the school really care about them or just making a few or in some cases millions of bucks?  Therein lies an important question.  

Before I answer that let’s take a look at one stat; the NCAA tournament TV deal pays the schools almost $800 million a year.  Yes I know that money is divided between all the teams.  But that money is not including money made from other sports as well, ticket sales, merchandise, concessions, etc.  Where does that money go?  Not all of it goes towards scholarships.  The schools are basically using the players as pawn in probably the biggest money making scam in history.  The schools are making money off the players through tickets, merchandise, marketing, etc.  Every time someone buys a jersey with a specific number on specific team, do you really think people don’t know whose jersey it is?  Why shouldn’t the players get a cut?  I’d want a cut if people were wearing shirts with my picture on it.  (You laugh, but you’d buy one)  

The argument now becomes how will they be paid?  Who decides how big a piece of the pie each player gets?  Here’s my proposal:

1.        The money made by the individual sport at a school gets divided by that sport.  So if the football and men’s basketball teams are making all the money, they get the bigger cut.  Before anyone asks how is that fair, let me ask you, how is it not fair?  Women’s lacrosse will never have as big of following as men’s basketball.  When I was at Temple, the men’s basketball team was the money maker so why shouldn’t they get a bigger cut?  I went to a few women’s lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer games to support friends but trust me, the attendance there wasn’t even close to a basketball game.  Besides, I didn’t see anybody lining up to buy lacrosse jerseys but I remember seeing quite a few people with Pepe Sanchez and Lynn Greer jerseys (without the names of course but we knew). Bottom line is this, you make the money for the school, and you get some of that money.

2.       The bigger the player, the more money he gets.  You are a Heisman candidate; you get a bigger piece of the pie.  You are a 3rd string QB?  Do you really deserve the same piece of the pie as the star QB?  Again, it may not sound fair but those are the breaks (Thanks Kurtis Blow).  How much money is that 3rd stringer bringing in?  Thought so.  You don’t think the school is milking the Heisman candidate for every penny they can get? He should get a cut.  Does every player in the NBA or NFL make the same amount?  No.  They get paid on how good they are.  That’s what I’m proposing here.

3.      The big question, how much does each player get?  I’m not talking millions here.  No college kid needs to be driving an Escalade or wearing Gucci.  However, give them a weekly or monthly allowance so they can go out on a date, grab a pizza, or by a video game.  (Doesn’t sound like much but if you have ever been a poor college kid, you know what I’m talking about).  Sure the NCAA allows student-athletes to work.  Seriously?  If you are on a big time team and you are a star player, do you really have the time to work?  Probably not.  You need to spend your time studying the playbook, working out, and going to class or else they’ll take your scholarship away. Throw them a bone and break them off a piece.  After all, they are helping the ADs and school presidents to live large.  Hell, one of the reasons I went to Temple was because of the basketball team.  Break them off a bit of my tuition.

Will paying college athletes solve the problems that have happened at Ohio St and Miami?  No.  I doubt you’ll ever completely get rid of it.  I say the problem is so bad right now that you need to do something drastic.  Again, I’m not saying pay these kids millions.  The schools are making millions off of some of these athletes so I don’t think a few thousand a year will kill them.  Is my plan the best?  Doubtful but it’s a start.  I’d love to hear your thoughts so be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts or your plan.  Also check us out on Facebook and Twitter @Obs_Views_Blog  I’m also on Linkedin if you want to connect through there (Jim Montgomery)  That’s all for tonight, until next time this is Jimbo saying it’s time to get paid.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Them Belly Full but We Hungry.......

For all you Bob Marley fans out there you know how the rest of the lyric goes…..”A hungry mob is an angry mob.”   If you have been following the news recently, flash mobs are causing a number of problems in the city of Philadelphia.  They have been for a few years now.  The problem is now so bad that Mayor Nutter has imposed a 9 p.m. curfew on anyone under the age of 18 in certain parts of the city.  As expected this has caused a ton of backlash.  For all of our loyal readers you know what that means; it’s time for Jimbo to weigh in with his opinion.  
First let’s start with what a flash mob is defined as. defines a flash mob as; a large group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration.  Key words being “unusual or entertaining”.  What’s happening in Philly as well as Maryland earlier this week could be described as unusual but entertaining?  Who would be entertained by this?  Certainly not the business owners who are getting robbed and looted.  Definitely not to the innocent people who get hurt.  So entertaining to whom?  The first thing that needs to change is the name.  These “gatherings” are not flash mobs.  Just because they are started through social media does not mean they are flash mobs.  Let’s call them what they are; riots.  According to (damn, all these free plugs, you’d think they’d plug Obstructed Views????) a riot is - a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a disrupting and tumultuous manner in carrying out their private purposes.  If you’ve watched the news and have seen the aftermath of these so called “flash mobs”, you know then that they need to be reclassified as a riot.  Period.
Now the backlash.  Everyone has an opinion on these riots, but in reality who has done anything to stop them other than Nutter?  You see the same people on the news getting interviewed that you always do, and they’re claiming it’s the city’s fault.  Huh?  They claim that if more rec centers were open then the kids wouldn’t be bored.  Seriously?  What time are these riots happening?  Most of them well after the rec centers would be closed for the day.  So if you open the rec centers later, does this mean they couldn’t or wouldn’t just start a riot after they closed?  After all, they’d have more time to plan them with each other.    Also, for you idiots that say opening rec centers later would solve the problem, let me remind you that the city has huge financial problems.  Keeping the rec centers open costs money.  I don’t see any of you knocking down the Mayor’s door to volunteer to man the rec centers.  Remember when you bitched about having to pay the soda tax?  Oh yeah, some of that money could’ve gone to the rec centers.  You made your bed, now sleep in it.
Going back to the second part of the previous statement, these kids are bored and this is why they act out?  Get real people.  So if I get bored I can go and rob a bank?  Using your own logic it’s ok because I was bored.  I’ve said this a million times, where are the parents?  I usually don’t agree with a lot that Nutter does or says but in his rant he made some good points.  First of all, it’s not only embarrassing for black people; it’s embarrassing for everyone that lives in the city.  We are known as the city that can’t control our youth.  Everyone said that he said it in the wrong place (a church).  I say no way.  It’s the perfect place.  Some of these church goers are the same ones that bitch about the problem, so say it in front of them.  Challenge them to step up.  I’m sure a lot of them complained about the soda tax.  You want to bitch?  Step up your game.  Volunteer.  If not, shut up.  You’re just making the problem worse.
Nutter imposed the curfew.  Kudos Mr. Mayor.  Make it a crime for these rioters to be on the streets.  What’s that you say?  That violates these kids’ rights?  Bullshit.  Minors do not have full constitutional rights.  What’s that?  You’re punishing all for the acts of a few?  Well, maybe so but this is an epidemic. (A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time….thanks once again now help a blogger out).  These rioters are an infectious disease.  You don’t like it?  Move out of the city.  These kids need to learn that this is how real life goes.  If you’re working at a place where people constantly show up late and the boss makes a rule that if you are late you get docked pay, guess what happens if you show up late for the first time?  Such is life.  Not fair?  Life isn’t fair.  These kids and their parents need to learn that now.
Finally I want to talk about the parents.  Not only should the kids be taken into custody and held until their parents come and get them, the parents should be punished.  You have to know that there is an epidemic of riots in this city.  Where are you?  Step up and be a parent.  Know where your kids are and what they are doing.  Obviously if they are out rioting you’re not doing your job.  Fine these parents.  Take the money from the fines and use it to help pay some of these business owners’ insurance deductibles.  You can’t pay the fine?  Go to jail.  You have to work?  Make sure someone is watching or at least keeping tabs on your kids.  Don’t like it?  Move out of the city.  I’ll be glad to help you pack.  Your poor parenting is a burden on me and all the other residents of the city.  Peace out.
Is there an easy answer to controlling the flash mobs?  Yes.  Set the rules/laws and strictly enforce them.  I’m sure if you make a couple examples out of people it’s a start.  This has nothing to do with kids being bored because rec centers are closed.  That’s laughable.  It, much like many things, comes down to parenting.  Where I grew up there wasn’t shit to do.  You want to talk about bored?  I didn’t start riots.  I found something to do.  I suggest all the parents of these “mobsters” teach their kids the same.  If not, I fear for the city of Philadelphia.  I started off with a Bob Marley lyric.  What are these kids hungry for?  Their parents.  Step up people.
Wednesday Evening 4-Pack plus a bonus
While I’m on the subject of people in the city of Philadelphia, let’s talk about trash.  Philadelphia is known for being a dirty city.  There have been a few articles recently in the Daily News talking about it.  The same people that bitch about the soda tax and the rec centers inevitably are also the ones that bitch about Philly being dirty.  Here’s a thought, THROW YOUR TRASH IN A TRASHCAN!  I don’t know how many times, no matter what section of the city I’m in, I see people tossing trash on the ground.  Newsflash people…..IF YOU THROW YOUR TRASH ON THE GROUND, YOUR CITY WILL BE DIRTY.  YOU HAVE NOBODY TO BLAME BUT YOURSELVES!  It’s not that hard of a thing to do.  Why do I care?  This directly affects me.  Where I live in Roxborough, no matter how many times I clean up the trash, there is always more that blows into my yard and driveway.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I had Burger King so I know it’s not mine.  Hell, there isn’t even a Burger King close to my house.  Until you learn to dispose of your trash the right way, Philly will be dirty.  Use some of the energy you have to bitch and clean up some trash.   Or move out of the city.
Slut Walk
Last weekend in Philly there was a “Slut Walk”.  This was to raise awareness for rape.  I agree with the cause.  No one under any circumstance should be raped.  The reason was because some idiot cop in Toronto said that in order to remain safe, women should avoid dressing like sluts.  Basically saying that if you dress like a slut you’re inviting someone to rape you.  Ridiculous.  That makes no sense and I agree with their cause.  However, (you knew it was coming) I do have a problem with some of the thinking of these women.  Again, no one ever deserves to be or asks to be raped.  That’s stupid.  My problem is with the women who wear tight, scantily clad clothing, and then get mad because guys gawk at them.  Seriously?  You knew your tits were hanging out of your shirt when you left the house.  You knew your ass sticks out in those tight pants.  You knew your shorts were half up your ass crack when you put them on.  You knew your pants were low-rise and you wore a lacy thong.  If you didn’t want men to look, why then would you wear them? You know me and most other men are going to look.  I’m not saying you should be raped.  That should never happen.  You know that men are going to look.  If you didn’t know, I’m telling you now and now you know.  If you don’t want to be gawked at, cover your shit up.  Is it fair?  Probably not, but like I’ve said before; I don’t make the rules.
Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard is the most underrated and underappreciated athlete in Philadelphia and possibly the country.  I’m so sick of everyone bitching that all he does is strike out or hit “meaningless” RBIs.  To those people I have one question; “Do you even watch the Phillies?”  Sure, Ryan strikes out a lot.  He is a power hitter.  That’s what they do.  In case you haven’t noticed Ryan is quietly (I say quietly because the idiots that complain about him, obviously aren’t watching) having yet another strong season.  He leads the league in RBIs.  As the calendar is creeping toward September, Mr. Howard is once again starting to heat up.  Sure, he struck out looking to end last year’s NLCS, but we wouldn’t have been there without him.  Not clutch?  Did you see the Dodgers game last week?  Did you not pay attention down the stretch in ’07, ‘08, ‘09, and ’10?  His postseason numbers are .278 with 7 HRs and 27 RBI in 41 games.  Not bad.  We have one of the best first basemen in the game.  Appreciate it fans.  I’ll leave you with this; other than Pujols, what first baseman would you want?  Yep, that’s what I thought. 
So Long Nitwit
Speaking of Howards, longtime WIP host Howard Eskin is giving up his evening drive shift after 25 years.  Eskin is far from the most popular man in the city.  I used to listen to him every day (then I got another Howard; Stern on Sirius) and most of the time I didn’t agree with him.  He called listens morons, nitwits, idiots, etc.  He’s been accused of having his head so far up Andy Reid and Joe Banner’s assess.  He was a know-it-all who actually knew very little.  One thing you can say about Howard is that he was never afraid to speak his mind.  As a writer who isn’t afraid to speak my mind as well, I say good for you and good luck Howard.  I admire that no matter how bad a beating you take you speak your mind.   Keep on doing what you do chief. 
JoePa must go
Finally tonight I have to say it.  I’ve been saying it for years.  Let me preface this with I’m not a Penn State fan.  Joe Paterno must go.  Seriously.  He just got jacked up standing on the sideline during practice.  This isn’t the first time he’s been hurt on the sideline.  For your own safety Joe, step away.  We all know you haven’t really been coaching for some time now.  (I personally think you died 10 years ago and the PSU coaching staff is pulling a Weekend at Bernie’s with you but I digress)  You’re hurting the program.  I wouldn’t want to go to Penn State knowing that at any moment you could drop dead or decide to retire.  I wouldn’t send my kid there either.  You are a legend.  You were a great coach.  Key word, were.  You’ve done a lot for Penn State and college football.  For the sake of the program, hang ‘em up Joe.  Look what happened to Temple basketball when another legend, John Chaney, hung on too long.  The time is now.  Get Urban Meyer in there.
That’s it for tonight guys.  Please leave feedback because as always we love to have discussions.  Like us on Facebook and be sure to tell your friends about us.  Don’t forget we are on Twitter @Obs_Views_Blog  again; I leave random thoughts throughout the week.  Until next time this is Jimbo saying “if your body ain’t banging, cover your shit up.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Weekly Annoyances.....

I'm back with another installment of your favorite blog post!!! This week, as promised I'll touch on this plaid shorts phenomenon among the younger crowd and a few other annoyances. Here we go.........

Weekly Annoyance #1

This first annoyance is one I'm sure doesn't just annoy me and that is people who "think" they know it all. For anyone that knows me, I have an endless supply of meaningful and meaningless knowledge but I never claim to know everything, just mostly everything!! (that's a joke) These are not the people I am referring to. I am referring to the people that will ask a question, clearly not knowing the answer, and then when you tell them your answer they simply quip,"no that's not it"!!! Seriously, you have no clue but you're quick to shoot my answer down. These same people that claim to be experts in something from what they read and clearly do not know as much about it as those who experience it. You know the type, people who are "experts"on healthcare but are 300 pounds and not doctors. People who are "experts" on education but were "C" students and are not teachers. People who just think they know everything but write emails using "your" for "you are" and "there" for "they are", c'mon "your" killing me!!! Unless you're (see the correct way to use it) a doctor or a medical professor, do not act like you're (again) an expert in the medical field. Unless you're a teacher or an education professor, do not act like an expert in the education field. So think long and hard the next time you're acting like a know it all about something that in fact you know very little about. There may actually be someone who is an expert in that area and they might just tell you to..... Knock that shit off!!!!!!

Weekly Annoyance #2

The next annoyance also involves so called "experts" in the political field. It boggles my mind how emotionally attached some people get to politicians and what they say. When will people wake up and realize that all politicians LIE. Americans are upset with Obama and his healthcare bill. Well if you wouldn't be fat and maybe do some pushups, you wouldn't have to be concerned with your health on a daily basis. Also, do you think McCain would have been any different??? He would have tried to pass a bill that pissed most Americans off too. For any of you political "experts" reading this I challenge you to throw your hat in the ring and run for president. What? You have no experience in politics? Then how are you an expert? That's right you're not!!!!! Stop acting like you know what will fix this country and it's economy. If there was a quick fix solution as most "experts" feel there is, it would have been done already. These "experts" say, "our president did this wrong, or he didn't do this right" guess what.... He is the president not you, so if you want to do something to change that, win the election. If you've noticed there is a running theme in mist of my posts and that is if you want to change something, don't cry about and do something to change it. Don't complain about how someone else is handling issues because if Americans felt that you could do a better job you'd be in office!!! I'm not saying I agree with everything Obama has done or said, but has there been a recent president that has had a 100% approval rating??? No! I'm sure there are things you do that people do not approve but does that mean you're a bad person?? No! The point I'm trying to make here is, before you criticize how the president does things or any politician does their job, think about if you could do it. It's one thing to sit on the outside and say "I'd do this or I'd do that" but unless you know what you're doing and have the courage to run for office, shut up. So the next time you criticize anyone in politics or any other job and aren't willing to put your money where your mouth is, maybe, just maybe, there will be someone there to tell you to..... Knock that shit off!!!!!!

Weekly Annoyance #3

Ok, it's time to finally address this whole plaid shorts phenomenon. When did it become cool to wear these?? Did I not get the memo?? Was there not a cover letter on my TPS report?? I don't understand what is so great about plaid shorts. I'm not knocking anyone who wears them, what you do in your personal life is not for me to judge, I just want to remind you that they do make other kinds of shorts. I remember when plaid shorts were strictly worn by 70 year old men and older but now they are worn by teenagers?? I am simply asking for an explanation.
I didn't forget about you, mr. "I wear socks with sandals". Seriously?? The whole point of sandals is to not wear socks or shoes. You defy that point and still go through the effort of putting socks on and can't muster up enough energy to put on the shoes so you slip your sock covered feet into sandals?
Wikipedia defines sandals as the following;
Sandals are an open type of outdoor footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer's foot by straps passing over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankle. While the distinction between sandals and other types of footwear can sometimes be blurry (as in the case of huaraches—the woven leather footwear seen in Mexico), the common understanding is that a sandal leaves most of the upper part of the foot exposed, particularly the toes. People may choose to wear sandals for several reasons, among them economy (sandals tend to require less material than shoes and are usually easier to construct), comfort in warm weather, and as a fashion choice.
Nowhere in that definition does it say that socks should be worn. This defeats the purpose of wearing the sandals!!!!!!!
So the next time you're wearing plaid shorts and you're not 70, or you're wearing sandals with socks, or in the rare case of wearing plaid shorts with sandals and socks, somebody should tell you to..... Knock that shit off!!!!!

This is Kyle Montgomery, and this has been my two cents!!!!

Dear Jim Thome,

Congratulations on being the 8th person in major league baseball history to hit 600 home runs!! As far as we know, you've done it without the use of steroids or performance enhancing drugs. Throughout your 20 year career, you have played the game with class and have never took the game for granted. You played on those Cleveland Indians teams along with Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez, and you were considered the third wheel on those teams. Consistently, you have put up numbers that are comparable to hall of famers. While those other two fizzled out and were found to use performance enhancers, you have played your career scandal free. You were always considered the next tier of first baseman behind guys like, Rafeal Palmerio, Fred Mcgriff, Mark McGwire, John Olerud, and even Mo Vaughn. In my opinion you are a better player than those players. Your longevity and class has made you an ideal professional athlete. You're not an athlete that has held on too long in order to achieve a milestone. You still bring a great deal to the table and you're still a feared hitter. I want to extend a sincere thank you to you. Throughout the steroid era, you have been one of the few consistent bright spots that the game has had. 600 home runs, 2,260 hits, career batting average of .277, and 1,657 runs batted in, that's a hall of fame career if you ask me. Longevity, consistency and class, those 3 words should be what everyone remembers about you and your career. Your a class act, and hopefully baseball fans will get to see you in Cooperstown someday!!! Again, congratulations on achieving such a great milestone, and thank you for being a great ambassador of the game!!!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Weekly Annoyances.....

It's the long overdue return of weekly annoyances. It's been a while so if you don't remember, this is where I get off my chest 2 or 3 everyday things that really annoy me and it also gives the readers a different perspective on them. So without further ado.......

Weekly Annoyance #1

The first thing that has annoyed me and continues to annoy me is so called "unwritten" rules in sports. To me I understand etiquette, however, if there was a need for "unwritten" rules to be emphasized, they wouldn't be unwritten!!!!! The most recent incident involving said "unwritten" rules happened over the weekend between the Phillies and Giants. Up 8-2 in the 6th inning, Jimmy Rollins of the phillies stole second base. Apparently this upset members of the Giants and they decided to purposely throw at Shane Victorino. This in my eyes was bullshit!!!! I'm a firm believer in something that was told to me when I played little league. That saying is simply, " if you don't want a team to whoop your ass, do something about it"!!!! This does not mean deliberately throw at someone, it means score enough runs to win, and stop the other team from scoring!!!!! Simple!!! The fact that they are making a huge deal about this is petty. Sports are competitive and to ask professional athletes to "take it down a notch" when you're up 8-2, is complete and total bullshit. That's like asking a lawyer to take it easy on the opposing lawyer because it's their first case!!!!!! Listen, as I said, I'm all for etiquette, but most athletes today are babies and can't take a little trash talk or criticism. So for these so called "unwritten" rules, I got a rule that was told to me as a young kid.... If you can't roll with the big dogs, stay on the porch with the puppies..... Bitch!!!! So to athletes that can't stand to be embarrassed by a superior team and cry about the "unwritten" rules I'm here to tell you..... Knock that shit off!!!!!!!!

Weekly Annoyance # 2

Disorganized people. We all know them. People who say they'll be there at 7 and show up at 8:30 because they can't find their car keys, or wallet. The people that ask where something is even though it's theirs and they were the last ones with it. Those same people that you ask to use something and they have no clue where it is but say they know exactly where it is. The people that make plans, change them, change them again, think about it, then change it back to the original plans. The females that have huge purses, knowing this they just throw their debit cards into the black holes and complain when they can't find them the next time. The people that "organize" things but in actuality it's someone else who planned everything and they just take the credit. These same people that don't realize all of the people they are inconveniencing due to their disorganized lives. Listen I'm not asking you to have everything ironed out perfectly to every waking second, but when there are numerous people involved maybe take their lives into consideration a little bit. Put yourselves in their shoes and then make that decision. Some people will think about it next time they involve other people in their unorganized everyday activities and some people after reading this still won't give a shit. I am speaking for many people that feel like I do when I say this.... The next time you plan something, involve multiple people, and it turns out there is nothing planned, I'm going to be there with plenty of other people to tell you..... Knock that shit off!!!!!!!!

Weekly Annoyance # 3

A few annoyances back I touched on an ugly word that many people hate, "manners". The reason many people hate this word is because it involves them actually using them. These same people who don't partake in using the word, are the first ones to bitch and moan when they do not get treated with those same manners they failed to use. To piggyback off of Jim's previous post, WTF!!!!! You don't use manners, then you want to bitch about how you get treated???? That's kind of like the people who don't work, but then bitch about their free food and free healthcare!!!!! Oh yeah, I went there. If you don't want me to say things like that then do me one favor, PLEASE! The next time you have the chance to use manners, for the love of god use them. Manners are like the "unwritten" rules of the real world. So the next time I hold the door for you, and you don't say thank you, I'll be waiting for you on the way out of that same place to slam the door in your face and to also tell you...... Knock that shit off!!!!!!!!

Make sure you check out more annoyances when I talk about people who wear socks with sandals and those damn plaid shorts!!!!!!!

Until then this is Kyle Montgomery, and this has been my two cents!!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

If you got a chip fan, go and brush your shoulder off.....

It bonus time.  It’s your lucky day because I’m giving you back to back posts.  The Philly sports landscape is gradually changing.  There is a lot in the news recently that needs to be discussed.  So without further ado, here’s your weekend bonus 4 pack.

Philly Sports Weekend Bonus 4 pack 
Golden Era

There were articles about a month or so ago in both the Daily News and Inquirer talking about how this is the golden era of Phillies baseball.  I don’t disagree but I’m going to take it one step further.  We are in the golden era of ALL Philadelphia sports.  Don’t think so?  Check out these stats:

Playoff appearances since 2000 (Flyers and Sixers start with 2000-2001 season):

Eagles – 9 out of 11 seasons (6 division titles, 3 wild card berths, 5 NFC Championship games, 1 NFC title, 1 Super Bowl appearance) 

Phillies – 4 out of 11 seasons (4 division titles, 2 NL titles, 1 Championship)

Flyers -   9 out of 10 seasons (2004-2005 season cancelled) (3 division titles, 3 conference finals, 1 Stanley cup appearance)

Sixers – 7 out of 11 seasons (1 division title, 1 NBA Finals appearance)

Obviously the one thing missing is multiple championships.  I challenge anyone to name me another era in history where the teams have had this kind of sustained success.  It can’t be done.  I know some of my old head readers may say the mid 70’s to mid 80’s simply because of the number of titles.  You could make a valid argument but sports are different now.  Also, not all 4 teams had this kind of success for this long the entire time.  So enjoy ladies and gentleman.  You are in the golden age of Philly sports and there is no guarantee how long it will last or if it will ever happen again.  I still would like to see few more championships.  Without them is the era really that golden?

Competitive year after year or title

Speaking of golden eras and titles, I actually could do without this golden age.  Out of 29 playoff appearances and 5 finals appearances Philly only has 1 title?  Come on.  You can do the math and the average is not that good.  I would trade all of this sustained success for a few more championships.  I know there are a lot of team’s fans out there who’d gladly trade places with me in a minute.  I’m greedy.  Especially since I got the taste of what a championship is I want more.  All those division titles and playoff appearances mean shit if you don’t win the title.   I may be in the minority but give me another title in 3 out of 4 of the sports and I’ll be satisfied for a few years.  Give me a Lombardi Trophy, a Stanley Cup, and an O’Brien trophy to go with the World Series Trophy and I’ll take a few years of being in last place.  Beats the hell out of being so close only to have it ripped away.

Chip on shoulder

As I mentioned yesterday, the Eagles are making crazy moves and spending a lot of money.  They are bringing in some big name players in an effort to make a run at that elusive Super Bowl title.  I do think that Joe Banner and Howie Roseman are feeling jealous of the Phillies and their recent success.  Whatever the reason is, I’ll take it.  I’m a regular follower of’s page 2 as well as (I really wish they’d give me a free plug since I just gave them one…..just saying).  I like to read the comments that people leave.  After each article or post that involves the Eagles without fail some asshole Cowboys or Giants fans will undoubtedly leave the “The Eagles fans are horrible.  They know nothing and have this huge chip on their shoulder”, or something to that extent.  Guess what?  Eagles fans do have chips on their shoulders.  I’ll be honest, a lot stems from jealously and frustration.  Jealous that all of the cities near Philadelphia have won Super Bowls and, with the exception of the Baltimore Ravens, multiple Super Bowls.  You can’t have an intelligent argument with a Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Steelers, or Patriots fan without them mentioning their Super Bowl titles.  It’s frustrating but hell, I don’t blame them.  It’s the ultimate trump card.  I can throw out all the knowledge I have but it doesn’t mean shit when one of them undoubtedly will ask, “How many rings do you have?”  I just want to be in the conversation.  You can boast all you want about how many at that point, I’d be happy with my one.  Unfortunately as it stands now, I haven’t even been invited to the party to be a part of the discussion.  That’s where the chip comes from.   

I was watching as the fog rolled into Soldier Field.  I had to deal with Bryce Paup snapping Randall’s knee like twig and then Jerome Brown dying.  God told me to go to Green Bay.  The musical quarterbacks in the mid to late 90’s.  (Does Brad Goebel ring a bell?)  For who? For What?  Rich Kotite.  Doug Pederson.  Tommy Hutton bobbling the snap.  Emmitt Smith running and running on Halloween night in the rain.  Did I mention Doug Pederson?  Ronde Barber.  Ricky Manning.  Asante Samuel (when he was with the Patriots).  You get the point.  So yes, as an Eagles fan I do have a chip on my shoulder.  The only thing that will knock it off is a Super Bowl Title.  I’ll work out the details of my party conversation when I get there.  For now, I just want to be invited to the party.  Maybe the invitation got lost in the mail?

Dream Team

If you ask most of the so called “experts”, this is the year my invitation comes in the mail.  The Eagles are making a lot of power moves and honestly I like it.  All that’s left is to extend Vick and Desean’s contracts and we could be set for a really long time.  What I don’t like is all the hype.  Maybe it’s the chip on my shoulder but I don’t like all the talk that is going on.  2 of the new players have made comments that have everyone up in arms.  Vince Young, in jest I might add, said the Eagles were a “dream team”.  First of all if you watch the interview he was obviously joking.  The media however took this and ran with it.  Vince, let this be a lesson to you, watch what you say.  Joking or not you’ve been in the league long enough to know better.  The media is also part to blame too.  This is a non-story.  Vince Young was laughing and the quote was taken out of context.  Maybe it’s the chip on my shoulder but the media seems against the Eagles too.  Just saying.  Jason Babin Tweeted that the Eagles were like the Miami Heat.  Seriously?  First of all expectations were already going to be high.  Secondly, you do know what happened to them right?  I hope you’re ready to step up Jason because teams are going to be coming at you extra hard. 

Rob Ryan

Here’s your Saturday bonus.  Rob Ryan said he can’t wait to kick the ass of the “all hype team”.  I’ll admit there is a lot of hype surrounding the Eagles.  But seriously Rob?  All your family does is talk.  Other than old man Buddy who won a title as a coordinator, your family has won nothing.  Your father choked (literally and figuratively) as the coach of the Eagles 3 straight years.  Rex has won nothing.  Your record as a coordinator is terrible.  How about you worry about getting your shit together before you talk any more shit?  

Well that’s all for know.  Again if you haven’t done so already like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter @Obs_Views_Blog Tell your friends about us.  You can also subscribe for e-mail updates every time we post.  Do it so I can stop asking you.  Until next time this is Jimbo saying I’m feeling a little Chippy.

Friday, August 5, 2011

We're Baaaaaaaaaaaaaack

What’s everybody?  We are back after a short summer hiatus.  Consecutive bachelor parties in Vegas and Ocean City kind of took up most of my free time.  With that said, I’ve been keeping notes and there are a lot of things to talk about.  The next few posts from me will be of the 4 pack variety.  Since there has been a long break between posts I’ll also give you a bonus to get you ready for the weekend.  So much has gone down.  The Phillies have been on fire.  The Eagles are spending money like it’s their job, oh wait it is.  Somehow I think they are a tad bit jealous of the Phillies and I’m going to say it; Philadelphia has become a baseball town.  Yeah I said it.  The summer is winding down which means school is back soon and hopefully a regular posting schedule.  Let’s get to the 4 pack.

Weekend 4 pack plus a bonus


While sending a text message or personal e-mail I get that people use acronyms for phrases.  In fact it makes sense.  After all who wants to spend an extra 30 seconds typing oh my god when you simply type OMG?  (I hope you get the sarcasm.)  The only thing worse than OMG, LOL, and IDK is when people simply write K.  Seriously?  You can’t type one more letter?  Am I not important enough for your O?  But I digress.  Riding the elevator up to work the other morning I heard the most disturbing thing ever.  Two grown ass woman, who work as professionals none the less, having a conversation that sounded like a text. “OMG, my boss is driving me crazy”  “LOL, what did she do today?”  “IDK, it’s just her whole attitude”.  Luckily for my sanity I got off the elevator before I was subjected to more.  What’s wrong with us as a society?  Are we that lazy that speaking full words is too much effort?  Terrible.  Its bad enough we’re too lazy to type a couple extra letters but now we can’t speak them?  SMH.

Wheels fall off

Chris Wheeler.  What is up with this guy?  Is there a worse announcer in the Phillies broadcast booth?  I know a lot of them are terrible (I personally like Sarge, but I’ll save that for another post) but what does “Wheels” bring to the table.  If you actually listen to him, his baseball knowledge is shaky at best.  He tries to sound smart but that only makes him sound dumber.  He is annoying.  When he does his “color analysis” it sounds like something a 6 year old who just started playing little league would say.  Half the time he contradicts himself or just repeats what the other announcer says, and he states the obvious.  (ex.  After an error or walk, “Didn’t want to do that”)  No shit you didn’t.  What, did you go to the John Madden School of broadcasting?  I get that he has been in Philadelphia forever.  Does that mean he gets a pass?  Nope.  Hang it up Wheels.  You bring nothing to the table, I get more stump the fans questions right than you (and I’m at least half your age), you’re out of touch, nobody likes you, and your hairpiece is horrible.  What am I saying?  I’m officially throwing my hat in the ring to be Chris Wheeler’s replacement.  Anyone?  Beuller?  Beuller?

Queen Arlene

Here’s a newsflash, the Philadelphia public school system is a mess (and that’s an understatement).  Everyone knows that.  My issue is that the superintendent has been getting criticism about how she is running the district.  Sounds fair.  She’s in charge and the district is broke, laying off teachers, she’s getting bonuses while people are losing jobs, etc.  What’s not fair are the jackasses who are saying she is being criticized because she’s black.  What?  Here’s my response to those idiots.  She has done some great things, however she is not doing her job if the district is in that bad of shape.  I know it’s a difficult task but to say she is being criticized because she is black is ridiculous.  These people (the ones who are saying its racism) are one of the big reasons racism still exists.  Many people have fought so black people can have equal rights.  Guess what?  Part of being equal is taking criticism.  So because she is black, the mayor is black, and our president is black, etc. and I’m white, I can’t criticize them for not doing a good job?  So next time Michael Vick throws an interception or Ryan Howard strikes out, I’m not supposed to say anything? Huh?  That’s asinine.  It blows my mind that people are quick to scream racism about everything.  If my students aren’t learning whose fault is it?  Yep, mine. If a company is not performing whose fault is it? The CEO’s.  So when the school district is not performing whose fault is it?  You guessed it.  The superintendent.  It has nothing to do with her skin color.  I know there is racism.  But it’s irresponsible for someone to cry racism every time something or someone gets criticized.  SMH.

Credit Card Debt

I work hard for my money.  I pay my bills one time.  I was in a heap of credit card debt at one point but I worked hard to pay it off.  More and more people are getting in over their heads and then claiming bankruptcy or going through a credit agency that will help “eliminate” some of their debt.  This is bullshit.  Because you spent way too much money you can have your debt magically erased?  What’s my motivation to pay my bills on time then?  Its ridiculous and I never understood it.  When I interned at First USA (which became Bank One and who the hell knows what it is now) I was in the employee communications department.  Part of my job was to explain to employees the incentive programs the bank was running.  Basically First USA was giving these people who were not paying their bills “prizes” for doing so.  What?  You’re rewarding people for doing what they should be doing anyway?  WTF? (Again, being ironic with the acronyms)  Even in school they want us to reward the kids for NOT misbehaving.  This sends the wrong message.  Do I get rewarded for showing up to work on time everyday?  No, I wish.  I’d lead the league in bonuses.  If I show up late will there be a penalty?  You better believe it.  To reward these people for living beyond their means and racking up thousands of dollars of debt is mind blowing.  It’s absolutely terrible and they will probably doing the same thing once their debt is “erased”.  Meanwhile I’m busting my ass to pay my bills.  Where’s my prize????

Poker?  I hardly know her

So Alex Rodriguez is in trouble for playing poker.  So what?  We all play “illegal” poker games.  Are we hurting anyone?  No.  Did A-Rod hurt anyone?  No. (Unless he was up late and it affected his play on the field).  Sure his games were a tad bit more high stakes then yours or mine but so what.  I know it’s illegal to gamble, but who is getting hurt?  It’s a victimless crime much like prostitution.  To even think about suspending him is stupid.  Speeding is a crime.  Do athletes get suspended for speeding tickets?  Not paying child support is a crime (if it’s not it should be) do they get suspended for that?  So you want to suspend A-Rod for poker?  Come on Bud, you have more important things on your plate than if A-Rod is playing poker.  I know he was warned but seriously?  Besides, you have no proof besides some dudes who are coming out and saying it.  They are admitting they committed a crime.  Usually if it was a serious enough crime and someone admitted to it, they’d be locked up.  These people aren’t being locked up, so why the suspension talk?  SMH.

Before we wrap up I wanted to say one thing.  I know Kyle covered this in his last post but the Justin Verlander no hitter fiasco is still irritating me.  Unwritten rules?  I agree with some of them.  However, a guy attempting to bunt for a base hit in a 3 run game during a pennant race while you are throwing a no hitter is not Bush League Ms. Justine.  Had it been 10-0 I’d see your point.  It’s a 3 run game.  Your team only won 3-2 so apparently it sparked something in them.  Had you made a better throw to first maybe you’d have your no hitter.  Just saying.  Wahhhhhh!  Well that’s it for today.  Remember to followe us on Twitter @Obs_Views_Blog I post random thoughts throughout the week.  Also like us on Facebook.  Until next time this is Jimbo saying; Hello?  You play to win the game.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

You got iced......

What's up everybody?? We took some time off and we apologize. Now we're back and better!!

The first thing I want to talk about is the recent baseball game between the Angels and Tigers. I'll give a little back story here. Jared Weaver was the pitcher for the angels and he hangs a breaking ball over the heart of the plate and Magglio Ordonez crushes the ball. Now he stayed at the plate for a few seconds to see if it was fair or foul and it happened to be fair. Seeing this, Jared Weaver thinks he is trying to show him up and gets pissed and says something to the umpire. This next part I love and I appreciate what Carlos Quentin did. In the 7th inning the same thing occurs when Quentin crushes a HR only this time he was trying to show him up and I commend him for that!!! Listen, I'm not saying play the game with no class but, if you're going to get pissed for what you think is someone showing you up, then someone should then show you up to make sure your anger is properly placed!!! Now there are unwritten rules in baseball that most people know about. Two of them were on display in this game. After Quentin purposely showed up Weaver, the unwritten rule says the next batter suffers. Jared weaver threw at the next batter's head and subsequently got ejected, in my opinion rightfully so. Jared weaver, quit bitching like a little girl, you made the pitches, suffer the consequences. If you had struck them out and fist pumped ( not jersey shore like) would that be any different?? NO!!! This is something that constantly bothers me in major league baseball. Since when were pitchers above the game??? Why should they not have trash talk towards them, because they're more important than the hitter?? Last time I checked the game consists of a pitcher throwing a ball in which the batter hits. Pitchers, quit being "not-straight" ( politically correct) and get over it!!!!! After review by the league, Weaver got suspended for 6 games. So Jared Weaver, you get iced!!!!

Recently I was at the beach attending my 4-day weekend of a bachelor party and there were a ton of things that should not happen that took place. A fat guy in a tight, purple, iron man shirt. A fat girl in a tight, purple, iron man shirt. Two guys having a dance off. A 295 pound 5ft- 8in guy who is pastry (play on words) white wearing no shirt. A 295 pound 5ft- 8in girl who is pastry ( same play on words)white wearing no shirt. An extremely feminine guy dancing with girls. An extremely feminine girl dancing with, girls. 14 grown ass men dumping trash cans of ice and playing pranks on the other 2 grown ass men that came with us A grown man wearing a pink shirt, white pants, and white shoes and thought it was awesome. That same guy going around to everyone he saw, handing them a smirnoff ice and yelling to them "you got iced". We established that this was not the proper use of the prank and said person got properly "iced".
All in all there was a ton of stuff I saw that should never happen, but there was one thing that was something you don't see enough of. That's 16 guys that have known each other for about 15 years and still hanging out having a blast!!!!!

I'm Kyle Montgomery and this has been my two cents!!