Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Act Like a Man Think Like a Lady

I am sooo happy that I just received my new Steve Harvey book. I am such a fan of Mr. Harvey's work and listen to him every morning on my commute to work. This book has been highly anticipated by my friends and I. Each morning after Shirley Strawberry reads the Strawberry letter, Steve come back with his male perspective. It seems like each morning I learn more and more about my 'non-existent' relationships with guys from him.

I actually tried to leave work last Friday to go to Steve's book signing in Md. (and I hate driving). There were sooo many people lined around the Borders store, but I figure hey its Steve Harvey, so let me get in line as well. Let's just say, a looong line, cold weather, and no books (meaning they were all sold out) meant I had to leave and return home without a signed copy. I tried to get the book from my local bookstore but it was sold out there as well, so I ended up ordering it from Amazon, for only $13.19 and $17.18 with shipping.

I have not begin reading the book as of yet but I will definitely fill you in with my review. You can get yours here.

The Black History spotlight of the evening... Mr. Steve Harvey

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Open Apology

This blog is dedicated to my baby Lyric (on the right). So I get the bright idea, or maybe not so bright idea, to get another dog. I know what you're thinking... for who, for what, when, and why? Well, the reason why I even entertained the idea is because some of my friends and family members wanted to breed their dog, considering mine is fixed. Plus someone I know, had a family member that wanted to give the dog away... free. So I'm thinking, 'a pure bred dog, for free, I'm all over it'. I did ask for a pic of the dog so I could get an idea of what it looked like, however I never received it. 

So I o to get the dog today, and all of the signs were there screaming LEAVE THE DOG!!! Nonetheless, I took the dog and the echoing in my mind became more and more prevalent...
*the dog was matted
*needed its nails clipped horribly 
*had on a f'n baby pamper (who the hell puts a pamper on a dog that's not on its cycle)
*hadn't had recent shots
*too active (my dog and I both are chill, lazy in other words)
*didn't have its papers (stating it was a pure bred)

I know you're like why the hell did you take it, and I'm still kicking myself for that sh*t!!! So I'm about 10 mins. away from the woman's house on 395 like I ain't gonna be able to handle this. so I call my friend who gave me the so-called 'hookup' and tell her to tell her aunt I was bringing the dog back. She spoke with her aunt, and this heffa was like I couldn't bring the dog back and was being totally unreasonable. WTF... I'm like ok, I'll try to find some alternative methods for the dog (trying to be politically correct, before I became niggarish). To make a long story short, there were no shelters open to take in any dogs. I even rolled my window down to see if some random white woman with a dog, wanted another dog, that failed. I didn't just stop there, I went into Petco to see if anyone just wanted a free dog. As you can guess, no one did. By this time, I had an exorcist moment. I just knew my head had spun around and I turned into the other side of my Gemini sign.

I really tried to be reasonable and come up with alternative methods for the dog, considering its previous owner was being a jackas*. So I did the only thing I knew to do. I took the dog back to its previous neighborhood... let's just say the dog is no longer with me. Tomorrow I will fulfill the rest of my civic duty by dropping the dogs belongings at the Goodwill.

To my sweet, fashionable, loving dog, who's attitude and personality, which reflects mine oh so well... I AM SORRY, FOR EVEN ENTERTAINING THAT FUCKERY, LET ALONE GOING THROUGH WITH IT!!!

In the end, the lesson learned was one that I already knew... YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU GET (no more hook-ups for me).

Where Yo Boss At???

I really thought that I would be spending today at someone's Superbowl Party, however I had a fuckery-filled evening!!! So I'm basically watching Superbowl 43 at home alone, its all good, I don't really like the game, but the players are another story altogether!!! That being said, I'm rooting for the Steelers (insert cheering), but not because of a certain player, but because of a certain coach... MIKE TOMLIN!!! 

Stated earlier, I'm nooo football fan, but I'm definitely a fan of the boss!!! I remember my first time seeing him (last season) and I was like OMG, he is sooo FINE, and reminds me of Omar Epps!!! So to kick off Black History Month/Year (cause ya'll know this is our time to shine) a little more info on Mike.

Mike Tomlin (born March 15, 1972) is an American football head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. Tomlin is the third youngest head coach in any of the four major North American professional sports. He is the tenth African-Americanhead coach in NFL history, and first in Steelers history. Tomlin is the third African-American head coach and, with the Steelers' victory in the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2009, became the youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl. 

Playing career
Tomlin attended Denbigh High School in Newport NewsVirginia, and was a three-year starter at wide receiver/tight end for the College of William and Mary. He finished his career with a school-record 20 touchdown catches. He was a second-team All-Yankee Conference selection in 1994. Tomlin never played in the NFL.

Coaching career
Tomlin's coaching career began in 1995 as the wide receiver coach at Virginia Military Institute under current West Virginia Universityhead coach Bill Stewart. He spent the 1996 season as a graduate assistant at the University of Memphis, where he worked with the defensive backs and special teams.

Following a brief stint on the University of Tennessee at Martin's coaching staff, Tomlin was hired by Arkansas State University in 1997 to coach its defensive backs. Tomlin stayed there for two seasons, before being hired as defensive backs coach by the University of Cincinnati.

National Football League

Assistant Coach

Tomlin was hired as the defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001, where he first learned the Tampa 2 defense that he would use in later coaching jobs.

In 2002 and 2005, the Buccaneers led the NFL in total defense (fewest yards allowed per game)—during Tomlin's tenure, the defense never ranked worse than sixth overall. When the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII in January 2003, the team recorded five interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns.

Tomlin was selected by Vikings' head coach Brad Childress to be his defensive coordinator in 2006. Two of the players on the Vikings were older than Tomlin, and Tomlin had been a teammate of Vikings' safety Darren Sharper at William and Mary. The 2006 Vikings finished with the NFL's eighth-best overall defense, but had the unusual distinction of finishing as the top-ranked defense against the run, and the worst-ranked defense against the pass.

Head Coach

Tomlin became the Steelers head coach on January 22, 2007, when he was hired to replace Bill Cowher, who resigned after spending 15 years with the team. Tomlin had also interviewed for the head coaching vacancy with the Miami Dolphins, which eventually was given to Cam Cameron.

Tomlin joined Cowher, who was hired at age 34 in 1992, and Chuck Noll, who was hired at age 37 in 1969, as Steelers' head coaches who were hired in their 30s.

Tomlin is the tenth African-American head coach in NFL history and the first in Steelers franchise history. Steelers owner Dan Rooney has served as the head of the NFL's diversity committee and proposed the Rooney Rule, requiring that teams interview minority candidates when selecting a head coach. Tomlin's ascension to an NFL head coaching job has been cited as evidence of the rule working as intended.

Terms of Tomlin's contract have not been released officially. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports a four-year deal ($2.5M each year) with an option for a fifth year. He is the third consecutive Steeler coach to win his first game, and the first head coach in Steeler history to win his first contest against the rival Cleveland Browns.

In a stark contrast to Bill Cowher, who only retained longtime running backs coach Dick Hoak from Chuck Noll's staff (Hoak himself retired just before Cowher's resignation), Tomlin did retain many of Cowher's assistants, most notably defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau despite his contrasting defensive philosophy with Tomlin. This was done in order to keep team chemistry with the players, since the team was only one year removed from a Super Bowl win at the time of Tomlin's hiring. The Steelers finished Tomlin's first season as head coach with the top-ranked defense in the NFL. Tomlin led the Steelers to the 2007 AFC North Division championship and a 10-6 record in his first year as head coach. The Steelers lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-31. Tomlin began his career with a 15–7 record in regular season play—as did his predecessor Cowher and all-time win-leader Don Shula. Tomlin set a Steelers record for most wins, after winning 22 games in his first two seasons as head coach; in addition he became the first Steelers coach to win division titles in his first two seasons.

With the victory over the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 AFC Championship Game, Mike Tomlin is the youngest NFL Head Coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl. He is also the third African-American to coach a team into the Super Bowl, joining Chicago's Lovie Smith and IndianapolisTony Dungy—the two opposing coaches in Super Bowl XLI. On January 29, 2009, Mike Tomlin was named the 2008 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year.


Tomlin is the younger of two sons; his brother, Eddie, is three and a half years older. Their father, Ed Tomlin, played football at Hampton Institute in the 1960s and was drafted by theBaltimore Colts. He later played for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. Tomlin's mother, Julia, married Leslie Copeland, a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service, in 1980.

Tomlin met his wife, Kiya Winston, while they were students at The College of William & Mary, where Tomlin majored in sociology. He graduated in 1995. They have three children: sons Michael Dean, born in 2001, and Mason, born in 2002; and a daughter, Harlyn Quinn, born in 2006. Tomlin is a Spring 1991 initiate and charter member of the Xi Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., The College of William & Mary.

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