Archive | April 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words

In the words of Funky Finger Productions: "BAM!"

I needed to take care of some business so I’m little lax on getting my blog on, but I had to get a word in on this.

To all those who pumped up this tripe. To all those who bought into this foolishness. To Donald Trump and Fox News, and Rush, O’Lielly, Hannity, and all you Righty Whiteys out there who still just can’t wrap their head around the fact that the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are just not white. Congratulations, you receive a Northside Chip Lifetime Achievement “YOU IGNANT” Award!

Now, maybe we can discuss real issues. From my keyboard to God’s ears I suppose.

On the positive side: Here’s A Person I Am Feeling today: 

When last I saw her, she was ASG President at Northwestern.

The attractive lady is above is someone I knew back in my college days. She was ASG President Karin Norington back then. I remember her as driven, focused, dynamic, intelligent and no-nonsense. She’s Karin Norington-Reaves these days. She’s made a couple runs for office in Chicago (anybody who didn’t vote for her could be a candidate for a “You Ignant” award). I happened to run across an article in the Chicago Sun-Times a few days ago. It seems she’s been tapped for big job. She’ll run the point for Cook County’s employment training program, which has seen some hard times as of late.

It won’t be easy. It’ll take smarts and grit. This lady had those qualities in abundance back when we were at Northwestern. Its good to see that hasn’t changed.
Karin Norington-Reaves, I am feeling you. 🙂

Next on deck: The NFL Lockout Draft.

Beef..and introducing something new.

I woke up this morning and do my news check over breakfast. I find that Lamar Kardashian did some work last night. The good Washington Capitals finally showed up in the nick of time. A group of not-quite-paid NFL players now want their piece of the lockout.
Away from real life and in the fantasy world. Col. Quaalude is still running thangs in Tripoli. Obama is starting to get a lil’ snappy about the budget. Mrs. Obama is asking if she can take the bus next time. Our neighbors up north in Canada are having an election, and from the Maritimes to Whistler B.C. nobody cares. Donald Trump has announced for next season The Apprentice will lead the search for Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

I just happened to stumble on this. The Madea vs. Mars Blackman lightweight title bout continues. Ever since Ed Gordon rubbed these sticks together to years ago, the fire’s been a’kindlin between Spike Lee and Tyler Perry and with Madea set to hit the cineplexes Friday, Tyler took his shot. Click the link above and you can hear for yourself.

I’m not going to get deep on their beef, but I do want to talk about beef. Being from Nebraska, I love me some beef when its on a barbecue with my grandmama’s special dressing on it. But we aren’t talking about Omaha Steaks right here. This is that “east coast” beef. This is vehement disagreement between people which can deteriorate into nonsense if left unchecked.

This whole Tyler vs. Spike thing is beef between artists who both have made themselves among the best at their craft. Both of you put out good product people want to see. Spike, you’ve been known to shoot first and never ask questions and a lot of stiff-backed fans are calling you on it Reggie Miller style. Tyler, you took preemptive strike at Spike will nobody was asking you about it. Maybe Mr. Lee touched a nerve a little bit? Perhaps. After all its a little bit of a stretch bringing back Madea after you’ve taken on faire such as Colored Girls.
Either way, you two need to sit down and talk away from the cameras and the press and at least agree to disagree.

This week we have two celebrations of freedom going on. The Jewish peoples in my life celebrated Passover a couple of days ago. Leaving bondage behind is always a good thing. For me being Christian, Easter is approaching. This week my focus is on the cross, and what the cross represents. At one level what Jesus did represent a freedom. Freedom from meaningless death. Freedom from the grave being all that there is. Freedom from THE bondage of sin.

In this spirit, I’m calling for a Northside Chip Moratorium On Beef. If you have beef with anybody this week, extend a hand and work on ending that beef. Especially, if its longstanding beef. You can waste a lot of time and year holding onto disagreement. To quote from Jesse Jackson “It’s time to forgive each other, redeem each other and move on.”

So Spike and Tyler settle it up and make a movie together. President Obama and John Boehner, this country needs a real budget with real priorities. You two need to quit having a fit, stop thinking about next year, and work together to insure we have a country no matter who wins next year.
Frank and Jamie McCourt, settle your divorce and whoever gets the Dodgers just hurry up decide what you want to do with the team. The last thing Major League Baseball needs is Bud Selig running another team.
NFL players and owners, you have too much money to be beefing over and a whole nation loves you, myself included. I WANT MY PRO FOOTBALL NEXT YEAR!

And to all of you, especially in this tough times where every person close and dear to you should be precious, if you have some beef with someone in your life now is as good time as any to make it right.

I’m also introducing some new stuff on my second day.

INTRODUCING: More Views I’m Feeling.
Every so often, when I find something worth reading or listening to. I’ll share because knowledge should be open to all. Today, I wanna give a shout out to one of my favorite writers LZ Granderson. Quite talented. Quite opinionated and provocative. He’s always a good read on sports at espn.com, but today he’s talking from the heart as a parent on how some folks are letting their little girls go out into the world all Minajified. Check it out.

INTRODUCING: The NorthsideChip’s Corner “You Ignant” Award

There’s “ignorance”. That is when you just don’t have a clue. You can’t help it. You don’t know. Forgive them Father. They know not what they do.
And then there is “IGNANCE” That is when you know something’s wrong and you do it anyway and it all goes wrong. What you did is so naked and obvious that you can’t even give the action the respect to articulate the full word “ignorance”. It is just plain IGNANT. Thus the “You Ignant” award.

As I said from beginning. The sports are loved on the corner. A few weeks ago I was liking seeing The Final Four, especially seeing Texas A&M’s women get down and win the championship over Notre Dame the day after UConn and Butler built something together with all those bricks.
I knew about those Aggie kids from following the Big 12 women’s hoop scene. But I’m also a fan of Notre Dame’s point guard Skylar Diggins. I can Dig it, she has a lot to recommend herself and we get to enjoy her talent for 2 more years before she heads off to the WNBA.
A week or so back, it seems some photos of her get into the Twittersphere of her cute face Adobe Photoshopped onto a porn star’s body all nude. Not tastefully done, and definitely all nude.
Obviously, this causes embarrassment and puts a now public figure who a lot of young girls are looking up to in the position of looking like Lil’ Kim with a basketball.

To the person who pulled this prank thinking that you’re funny and defaming the character of a young student-athlete in the process — YOU IGNANT!

Retroactive You Ignant award — To Donald Trump for this birther foolishness. Donald, You’re fired…and YOU IGNANT!

Maurtice Ivy: Forever Champion

I like telling stories anyway I can. Sometimes by the written word, sometimes with pictures. As this blog grows, I’m going to try to work both in. I’ve had nearly 20 years in using sound, words and pictures to tell stories.

At the beginning of the year, I broke down a got a videocamera and I was given a plum opportunity during a vacation. How often does one get to see a role model get their just due. In January, I got to see two of them. I saw my grandmother turn 80, and whole family celebrate. And I saw my favorite athlete get her number retired.

If you’ve follow sports in Nebraska, you know who Maurtice Ivy is. In the early 1980s, as a student-athlete at Omaha Central, she won a lot. She was state’s best basketball player. A wicked shooting guard who could score on anybody, anytime. She was also a strong quarter-miler in track and field. Watching Maurtice run 400 meters was a treat. She ran that race. She owned that race.

She’s best known for basketball. For the winter nights were she was putting up 20, 25, 30, 35, 40+ points in a game. Those epic duels with Omaha Marian. A grand clash of two titans that seemed to come to a head in Lincoln every March.

If Maurtice did it in a game Friday night. I was trying it in a game at the YMCA on Saturday morning. If she did something on the track that gained her advantage I would try and learn it.

I’ve liked a lot of athletes in my life in sport, but maybe five or so I would call a hero. Maurtice Ivy is DEFINITELY in that group. She was my role model in a many ways still is.

She took a basketball scholarship to Nebraska in 1984. She could have gone anywhere, but she stayed home and did reach a goal. She made Nebraska Women’s Basketball matter. In her senior year, she was Big 8 Conference Player of the Year, and the Huskers were in the NCAA tourney for the first time.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a WNBA in operation when she graduated. But that didn’t matter so much her. She used her education and became a beacon in the North Omaha community, much like her father, whom I still believe is best darn basketball coach I’ve ever seen at any level.

Maurtice became WBB head coach at Peru State (NE) College four years ago, and moved that program from cellar to competitive. She’s worked her way up the ranks. She’s been an assistant. She’s tutored a lot of kids in the game on the court and in the game of life. I hope to someday be at an NCAA Final Four and see a Maurtice Ivy-led team in it. I think she’ll get there.

But, why this person is a role model to me is not because of great plays or big stats, but the type of person she has always been. A person is doesn’t shirk the hard work that achievement demands. A person who is genuine as you get. And a person who understand the fundamental truth that great leaders must be great servants.

On January 16, 2011 — Maurtice Ivy’s #30 jersey was retired by University of Nebraska Women’s Basketball. She was the second woman and the fifth player of either gender to have her name and number hung in the rafters in Bob Devaney Sports Center for all-time. I was honored to see it and chronicle it. My dear friend was getting her just due as a player, but she is champ in my eyes for the person that she is.

It is in this spirit that I proudly submit this work in tribute to her.
Maurtice Ivy: Forever Champion.



Northside Chip Signs On

Good morning. Today, April 20, 2011 Northside Chip’s Corner begins its blogcasting day.

Northside Chip’s Corner is blogcasted under the authority of me. 🙂 A kid who grew up in North Omaha, Nebraska and went from there into the big wide world. I found a niche. I found struggle. I found progress, and along the way there was disappointment, triumph, love, happiness, joy, pain, sunshine and rain and everything else.

I blogcast with an effected radiated power of whatever is in my imagination at the time. I’m a cat on the corner who will talk about anything. I’m partial to sports, but I’m not limited to it. I’m going to get into politics, world affairs, and observations on just everyday living. This space will also be a place to tell some stories and eventually introduce you to some interesting people. Video and interviews will be coming soon.

I’ll even share my passion for the creative arts. I fancy doing some spoken word, maybe even some hip-hop. I enjoy doing things just to see if I can do them.

That is why I’m even doing a blog in the first place. After years of reading blogs and being inspired by people stepping out and expressing themselves. I decided to step out by faith if not by sight and do my own blog. Four blogs helped put Northside Chip off the fence and on the corner. For grand opening, I’d like to give them their proper credit up front.

1. Black Girl In Maine If you haven’t read this blog, YOU BETTA ASK SOMEBODY. Check her out. Her blog has been around for about three years and its very insightful read.

2. the Field Negro   One of the best blogs in the world, period. When I’m doing my morning breakfast with the news, I have to pay a visit to this man’s blog.

3. Mechelle Voepel   We love our sports on the Corner and we celebrate all athletes on the corner, and Ms. Voepel was longtime voice for women’s sports at the Kansas City Star for nearly two decade. Unfortunately, she got caught in the sad numbers game that these tough times have placed my profession in. When I’m looking for some of the best commentary I’m going to get on my New York Liberty during the season, this is where I’m going.

4. Tome of the Unknown Writer  I went to college with this brother and since then he’s written two novels and is working on a third when not raising a family and raising his blog. Thanks for the inspiration, Bill! I can’t wait for your next novel to drop.

I also have to give much love to my family.  Without their love and support since coming into the world almost 40 years ago, and I wouldn’t have had a chance to see what I’ve been blessed to see in a career and in life. Next month, I turn 40 and it is a special blessing to still have so many elders in my family living and imparting a lot of wisdom. That little kid in the picture at the front of my blog grew up on the support so many, and I’m grateful to my people. This blog is dedicated to you all.

I guess Northside Chip is on the air now…So now I gotta actually do some of that blogging thing. Well lets see. the Knicks can’t buy a call against the Celtics it seems. The NHL playoffs are still the best things you aren’t watching. The NFL is going to have a draft, but maybe not have a season.  This nation still doesn’t have a budget, but we have troops everywhere and Moammar Howeveryouspellislastname still has his Libya gig (No matter how you spell his name, you know who he be!).

But I’m checking out the “You’re Fired” man. The anti-Warren Buffett. The Donald. It seems the New York’s poor little rich real estate shark has decided that he could the man with the plan for 2012. So what is his first priority? Reaching out to that touched tenth of our society still clinging to the idea that Barack Obama is a Kenyan. C’mon Donald, are you serious? Bill Cosby doesn’t think so, but the truth is that Trump is serious and that is why he’s doing this.

On the surface Donald Trump is the Republican protostereotype. He’s white. He’s male. He loves money more than he loves marriage. He always looking to cut a deal and he’s wearing a squirrel on top of his head.  He is the poster child of more dollars than sense, and that seems to be the modern GOP’s base.

However, The Donald is about as viable a GOP candidate as I am, and he knows this.

Trump  is screwed in a GOP primary process. He’s flamboyant, high-profile, and his divorces have gotten more ink than his business successes. That is not going to get it done with the family values crowd.

Oh and how about calling for taxing the rich back in ’99? It seems when The Donald was hinting at the 2000 presidential derby he called for a one-time super tax on the super wealthy. The K Street Grover Norquists are going to take that like Satan takes to holy water.

Mr. Trump is going this route not because he’s frivolous, but because he really wants to make a go of this thing and he needed to make a splash. He realizes that he needs a base, and the money crowd will do business with him, but wont back him. Ironically, he has to get the fans of his moonlighting gig, and there’s a sizable number of those who buy into the biggest lie ever sold.

I never understood this whole “birther” issue. I would dare any American to find their birth certificate. Any copy of it at all. Does anybody in this country really understand how unwieldy it is to get such records in any state. Strangely enough, you can thank the “lets drown government in the bath tub” believers for that. When you cut budgets, something going to get lost in the transition. And guess what probably got lost? Chances are its that filing of your original birth, death, marriage and school records.

Unfortunately, this issue still has wings. The Rachel Maddows of the world can guffaw at this, but the fact is on the ground. A fifth of our fellow Americans buy this story, and that fifth are the people who will participate in their primary or caucus in 2012. This minority sometimes decides who a party runs in the fall, but the definitely decide what type of platform that ticket runs on. If and when the Donald loses and drops out, if he energizes this populace, then this issue gets on the grid next fall and those voters will show up.

Trump may come across as a buffoon, but understand what the down and distance are here. Before he can talk about any issues of substance, he needs some foot soliders and this issue can recruit some people. Yeah, make fun of him if you want to, but every GOP candidate knows deep down that if they are facing 3rd and long against President Obama next year this play is in the playbook.

What is really irks many about Donald Trump isn’t his flamboyance here, it’s that he’s sent the early message of what the Republican campaign in 2012 will look like. If you thought some of those rallies in 2008 were crazy, hold on tight for the sequel.