To The President of the NCAA

For those that don’t already know, I am a die hard Alabama Crimson Tide fanatic. Last weekend played and lost to a good Ole Miss team. Why the title of this post is titled to the President of the NCAA is because of an incident that happened to one of our players.

Junior Running Back Kenyan Drake was injured during the second quarter. I understand that football is a dangerous game and players gamble with the chance of injury every time they step on the field, but there has been rules and guidelines set aside for what hits are legal and what are not. If you review the hit on Kenyan, he was hit low below the knee, which is illegal, also known as a chock block. This caused him to him to break his ankle. After the illegal hit, he was then kicked in the helmet by another opposing player.

In my opinion BOTH of these players should be suspended for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. Why? Because, they Kenyan can’t play the rest of the season. The only player that was punished was the player was the player that kicked him in the helmet and his punishment was for him to sit out for the first half of his following game. What type of punishment is this? All this is a smack on the hand and saying please don’t do it again.

These 2 players could have really done some extensive damage, but I’ve drifted off the subject at hand. Here is the email that I prepared to send to the President of the NCAA, but I failed to find an email for Mr. Mark Emmert or an associate of the NCAA:

TO: NCAA President Mark Emmert

FROM: Jared J. Gober (Concerned Fan)

SUBJECT: Suspension of Trae Elston

During the contest the Ole Miss Rebels versus The Alabama Crimson Tide there was an incident that was unacceptable by all standards at any level of play. After Alabama Running Back Kenyan Drake was injured and lying on the field in excruciating pain, Ole Miss Defensive Back Trae Elston kicked Kenyan in the helmet while he was down.

Was that really necessary? I’m not writing this letter because I’m an Alabama fan and we lost the game, but that type of behavior is childish and should not be allowed at this level of play. If I were watching a Division II or Division III game I would feel the same. This behavior is totally unacceptable.

I pretty much have an idea of what you’re going to tell me,”if the referee didn’t see it or call it, it didn’t happen.” Well Mr. Emmert we have now transitioned into the 21st Century and are now equipped with the greatest technology known to man.

With that being said plays can be replayed, slowed down and zoomed frame by frame; zoomed so far you have the ability to see the individuals pupils. Not using this technology to it’s fullest extent, we are discrediting these student-athletes. The majority of these student-athletes have dreams of playing at the next level, but if you as the president of the NCAA don’t do your job to protect them, that dream will quickly fade away.

I understand injuries are going to happen, that inevitable, but unsportsmanlike actions are uncalled for and need to be handled with a firm hand. I honestly think they should be handled by the NCAA and NOT the University. I believe this because the University is only going to give the student-athlete a slap on the hand instead of a punishment that is meant to show the student-athlete and the rest of the student-athletes that these actions will not be tolerated.

If a petition needs to be started to bring light to this issue them I’m prepared to do so. Your job is to protect to students and student-athletes. I would like to have Trae Elston suspended for his actions during the Ole Miss/Alabama game. The reason: unsportsmanlike conduct to a defenseless player.

In the mission statement below comes directly from your web page, but according to a lot of the behavior going on in college football today it’s just to “check the clock.” I challenge you to re-read and do your job and protect the kids because you were put in that position to do so.

“We are committed to enforcing the rules and creating fair competition for student-athletes across the country. It’s the responsibility of our universities, athletic programs, coaches, alumni, student-athletes, and ourselves to be fully accountable at every level as we promote student success both on and off the field.

No one is above the rules. The consequences for breaking them need to be clearly defined and consistently enforced. Our members in Division I revised their enforcement structure in August 2013 to focus on tough but fair penalties.

Our goal is to further strengthen our culture of personal responsibility and individual accountability. Unfortunately, some people will try to break the rules—but in order to ensure a fair system, the rules and the consequences have to apply to everyone. No exceptions.”

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We The PEOPLE

I’m not sure how in tuned into you are with your public broadcasting station, but I like to watch mine for at least 2 to 3 hours a day, daily. Doing that I occasionally see newscast from different new agencies from all across the Globe. I always learn something new, I learn a lot. Some of it I like, some it I’m in the middle of the road and some of it I hate and is completely ridiculous.

The reason I bring up that last comment is because I saw a show and that show in particular is Frontline and they were doing a piece on Iraq. It commented on one of their shows they have coming up and they stated, “How America Lost Iraq.” That really boils my blood. The reason it does is because of the lives that were lost, the soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors that were wounded and their lives were changed forever and will never be the same. Are you brave enough to tell the parents of the fallen how America Lost Iraq? Are you going to say the same thing about Afghanistan when we exit? I’ve lost a LOT of friends in the mountains of Afghanistan. I am one of those wounded and my life will never be the same. Are you brave enough to tell me to my face how we lost Afghanistan? Fuck it, I dare you to say how we lost Iraq or Afghanistan! I’ve lost friends in both countries.

We take our liberties such as freedom of speech for granted. I can’t believe how America treated our veterans when they returned home from a hard fought fight in Vietnam, with some thinking they would never see the United States again, but because of their tact and humility they didn’t do a thing. The conditions they fought in were 100 times harder than what my comrades and I fought, but Americans, were “so patriotic” had the audacity spit in the face of the soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors as they returned physically, mentally and spiritually spent. They were called baby killers. All these individuals were doing was following orders. If you’re given an order, especially in a time of war and you don’t execute said order, you WILL be punished under the Uniformed Code Of Military Justice and you WILL be convicted supposedly by a jury of your peers (sure, yeah right) and sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to spend who knows how much time. So I applaud every one of them, for not lashing out and breaking the neck of every person that what brave enough to spit and run. Every time I see a Vietnam veteran I say thank you and give them a proper welcome home Brother. Also, according to america, we lost Vietnam. Is it because we pull out of a country, we’ve lost? What constitutes a loss? In Vietnam and Iraq when American and allied lives are sacrificed by an unknown enemy and you are trying to fight a fair fight according the Geneva Convention, but the enemy is fighting an unfair fight and half the time you don’t know who the enemy is. Pulling out is the sensible thing to do right? That what I would do if I were the President of the United States of America.

We as America need to start worrying about our own country. Yes other countries are at war, but we, America was at war at one time. Does The Civil War Ring a bell? Before the Civil War someone took charge and brought an intelligent group of individuals together and organized this country. Why can’t they do the same? Because every time someone tries to take charge there’s an outcry of hatred or violence outbreak, somethings got to give. I’m not saying our country has the perfect blueprint, but the framework is there. If we go back to our own framework we could possibly get something done.

Congress can’t even pass a fucking bill, but yet they blame it on the President. I’m not just talking about the current President, I’m taking, Clinton, Bush, shit, his Dad even. Congress has too much damn power. The power is supposed to be with the PEOPLE and not with the Government.

OIF US CASUALTIES: 4,486
OEF US CASUALTIES: 2,335

OIF ALLIED CASUALTIES : 318
OEF ALLIED CASUALTIES: 1,127

OIF TOTAL CASUALTIES: 4,804
OEF TOTAL CASUALTIES: 3,462

OIF/OEF TOTAL CASUALTIES: 8,266
** OIF – Operation Iraqi Freedom
** OEF – Operation Enduring Freedom

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VIETNAM CASUALTIES: 58,220

<>We the PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

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Nihyaku-Ichi (201 in Japanese)

Here’s a post full of pictures that I’ve taken with my iPhone 5. I’m attempting to work on my photography skills. Occasionally I’ll post pictures that I’ve taken. Hopefully one of these days, I’ll upgrade to a professional camera so the quality will get a bit better enjoy.

If you would like to use any of the pictures, just ask. If I catch you using any of my pictures without my permission it’s going to be some problems and repercussions (A Life Movie Reference)! Enjoy!!

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The Regulars 200th Post

This is my 200th Post and I want to dedicate it to The 64 Regulars that follow this Blog. I started this Blog because I was tired of reading about celebrities and how hard their lives were. To some 64 means nothing, but to me it means everything. 64 to me means there are actually individuals on this planet that are interested into what I have to say! Thank you for the support. All 64 of you keep me grinding and keep me on my toes.

I will continue to strive to give you posts to keep you interested. I know all my posts aren’t perfect, but with each post I do my best to get better. I am trying to expand my vocabulary and overall knowledge on subjects I have no idea about. I never realized that I would have taken this Blog this serious. It’s become apart of my life. It’s because of all of you, I keep doing what I do. Again, Thank You for all the continued support. I can’t wait to hopefully one day hit 500! THANK YOU!

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FOR YOU

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Religion isn’t usually a subject I talk about, but today I feel like chatting it up. Now, before we get this thang started I want everyone to know that this is from MY point of view and MY point of view only. I was raised this way and I am speaking from that angle. If your an atheist or Wiccan obviously you’re going to have a different point of view, I will respect your opinion so please respect mine.

Growing up I was taught that there was only one true religion, that was Church of Christ. Of course with that belief, it was backed up with bible verses. It was engrained in my psyche that this was the only way. To add to that belief of the only true religion, I was also taught that if you were not a member, meaning a Christian/baptized you would go to hell. I know you’re thinking, okay, if you’re taught it’s the one and only true religion and if you’re not a member you’re going to hell, how do you go to heaven? In order for you to “make it to the promise land” you must first become a member, a Christian. To do that you must be baptized. Every religion has a different take on baptism. In the Church of Christ (COC), you will first be asked if you understand what you’re doing and the preacher will submerge your entire body under water then bring back up you emerging you a “new” person. (Not New physically, but spiritually)

Now that I’m an adult, I don’t attend church as I should, but I do pray and I do occasionally read my bible. I know I should strive to do it more, but I am human and he does understand, but it’s no excuse. I believe that a Christian is a Christian. Whether you’re a Methodist, Baptist or a member of the COC. We are all striving for the same goal, trying to live our lives right and ultimately ascend to heaven on the day of Judgement. Yes, I do believe there is going to be a Judgement day. When? I don’t know. No one knows. According to the bible, “he’s going to come back like a thief in the night.”

A lot of people think that you have to go a building to go to church. You can pray anywhere. You can sing a song anywhere. All The Lord wants from you is to give him thanks. Take ONE day out of 7 and give to him. It’s easier said than done. I’m guilty myself, but I’m going to do my best to get on the right track. It won’t be an over night success, but it will be a success. All he wants to see is an attempt. If you are doing all you can to give him one day, he is going to shower you with blessings. I didn’t mean to get all preachy, but someone out there needed this. Maybe it was YOU.

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Hero

After spending 14 honorable years in the United States Army, thinking back on my career, I’ve asked myself would I be willing to sacrifice it all again. Without a doubt. That would mean deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan again, being away from my family on numerous occasions, putting myself in harms way, among many other issues. While apart of this elite fraternity of outstanding individuals I learned a lot about life and overall about the person that is called ME, myself a Regular.

Growing up in a small town in Alabama, with a family that wanted to shelter me from the bad trappings of the world only made me want them; I wanted to know why I was being sheltered and why they were “bad.” Don’t get wrong, I’m not saying that my upbringing was bad, I wish I didn’t have to leave home to experience them. For example, I didn’t have my first taste of alcohol until I joined the military. I had a LOT of firsts when I joined the Army. If you’ve followed my blog, I’ve given you a glimpse of ME. I started THE REGULARS Blog because I felt and still feel that regular life is better than a life in front of cameras. Now I don’t want to be a hypocrite and say that I wouldn’t want that lifestyle, but I would HAVE to have the wealth to go along with it.It amazes me how some of us, Regulars, are mesmerized by the lifestyle of a celebrity. I don’t know what it is. Is it the money? Is it the expensive lifestyle? Who knows.

My Hero’s aren’t celebrities. My Hero’s are Regular people. Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Friends, etc. I’m sure that many celebrities would gladly take the place of one of us so they are allowed to just live life. My hope is that one day we wake up and realize that a person that provides for their family is a hero, that individual you can count on to be there in your time of need is a hero, that person that sacrifices everything so many can have. I could go on and on.

If we worried about our own lives then this unbalanced world would start to balance itself out. I’m no life expert and I will never claim to be one. I still have a lot to learn, BUT, I’m content at being a REGULAR doing it.

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