Partons à l’aventure, il faut écouter Le Fou Éduqué. Parler de la NFL et prenons le temps de rire un peu.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Tous les fans de football américain ont chanté au moins une fois cette chanson durant le début de la saison de la NFL qui est un grand classique de Monsieur Crosby.

On commence cette nouvelle en force avec les chroniques de notre cher Fou Éduqué, monsieur Donald Démosthènes.

Il a déjà beaucoup de choses à nous dire.

Écoutons-le avec attention.

Les Chroniques de la NFL avec Le Fou Éduqué

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Is it the start of a new era for Nike?

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

Montreal – What I will write in the next few sentences won’t be pleasing, but I’m always up for starting a controversial conversation that may shed light on a different perspective on a particular subject.
Recently, Nike has been back in the PR game with a bang. We saw the ad with Serena Williams and her father. It was so beautiful.

Serena Nike
Strength, courage, determination, and humility were showcased in this ad. For me, the ad was a success!
Serena Just Do It

This weekend, Colin Kaepernick was chosen to be part of Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ Anniversary campaign. I must admit, I like the ad. The black and white picture is marvelous! I do respect Colin for his beliefs and what he is standing for, but I would respect him more if he truly wanted to play some football-to at least have a season in the Canadian league, even if his salary wouldn’t be comparable to the NFL.

But, that’s another story.

I have a little problem with Nike. And damn, I love their apparel and shoes. I’m happy that this company is standing behind a social cause,but this is the same company that contributes to poor quality of life by making young boys or girls work in a sweatshop when they should be in school getting the best education they can or playing outside with friends, wearing their own decent pair of Nikes. Even Patrick J. Adams (a fellow Canuck) tweeted about the fact that Nike shouldn’t really be seen as an activist company when they still use non-unionized sweatshop labor.

I know I will get a shit load of comments, but I thinkifNike truly wanted to make a change, maybe they should put the same amount of money on a campaign to end the horrific conditions of sweatshop labor for any human being. This is not a place for a child to work. A child needs to be in school. Maybe, make a better work environment for the parents, with the possibilities of a scholarship for the children of those workers can go to school abroad or in their country. One thing for sure, Nike can Do It!

As for Colin, with all the money and the sponsorship he gets, I hope he will continue to stand up for what he believes in, just play some football elsewhere (Canada is a beautiful country and the CFL is not THAT bad). He can still fight the good fight and play some fine football in the CFL. Is it more appealing to be a glitzy activist?

Is it truly about activism, or is it about the money after all?

Nike, Just Do It.
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P.S. Some people are damn stupid to burn their Nike’s items. Seriously… Damn fools.

Tom vs Time or Time vs Tom?

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

I know, I know… 
Another article about the magnificent Tom Brady, written by another admirer. You may be right in a way, I have admired Tom Brady since he started, but I do not like/love/admire or any other adjective describing a lovey-dovey attitude toward his employer, The New England Patriots. I will, however, be respectful because my mother and father raised me to be a respectful human being.
That being said, I watched the “Tom vs Time” episode about spirituality and had in a surprising “Wow” moment. Me! Mrs. I don’t give a (sorry kid – very bad word that I won’t write in this very serious article *sigh*).
Why Am I so serious?
My point is that I knew he was great, but now I get why he is the greatest, even as a Patriot (ouch, that hurts).
Tom is a very grounded, in an Earthly kind of way. I think his eco-system, aka his family and the people surrounding him, made him a grounded human being. He is not impressed by the superficiality of being seen as a superstar quarterback. 
I have realized that to be this kind of athlete, you need to constantly have an adversary. Sometimes, your adversary is the opposing team or a rival quarterback. My question/remark is: Could Tom have been his own adversary all along, ever since he started playing football as a child? Time is his drug, his goal, and his final destination?
With everything that has happened in the past two years, a different Tom has emerged for some people. For me, it’s the same ol’ Tom. The man, who as a youngster was a fan of Joe Montana, is glowing and is finally free from trying to please to his boss. 
I won’t go too deep into my thoughts on the matter because our correspondent – The Educated Fool, Donnie Demos – will do a segment in our new web series (spoiler alert!), The NorthSide, about this fascinating man and the complex nature of human behavior in sports.
But from my point of view, I realized that I have more in common with Tom Brady than I thought. I totally get his mentality. 
The title of his documentary is Tom vs Time, but time for Tom seems to be the Ying to his Yang, the Jerry to his Tom (the cartoon Tom and Jerry), the RoadRunner to his Wile E. Coyote or the Apollo to his Rocky. 
Even if retirement may come sooner rather than later, Tom vs Time will always be there. 
Wile E. Coyote Business card
Tom always has a plan. What will the next step in his plan be?
Can Tom Brady leave the most dangerous game? ESPN

The Last Supper

This Sunday my chronicle disciples, we will witness the last supper of the New England Patriots.

Last Supper

Some of you could be calling me crazy, but I feel the end is near for this groundbreaking dynasty.

Why?

One word.

Ego!

Bill and Tom

We all knew when The Beatles were starting to dissolve. It started with the Sgt Pepper album. Bryan Epstein died and they were like lost boys with their big brother managing the everything in between part of their band. Paul McCartney had this idea that they should do an album but not as The Beatles. They will be a totally different band.

Sgt.Pepper

The album was a new chapter for them and they were still the kings of Rock ‘N’ Roll. (For me, Revolver was the game changer for them).

Revolver

Slowly but surely, the boys from Liverpool that shared the same ego,or maybe didn’t have any, were becoming men with four different egos and goals. On The White Album, it was so clear. When you listen to this album, it’s four solo projects thrown into one album.

Beatles for life

Soon after, The Let It Be Album was the result of the new dynamic in the band and we could feel the end was near. You saw this band as a unit and they became a band with two members fighting to be the leader.

NFL: AFC Championship-Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots

With this example, you can see where I am going.

Bill Belichick made sure, for so many years, that the boys didn’t bring ego into the locker room and onto the playground. He was the mastermind. They were united.

But slowly, things seemed to change. Tom Brady did a John Lennon himself, by bringing in his version of Yoko Ono aka his personal trainer into the team. He started talking like he was the man, the conquerer and the force behind The Pats.

Something seemed different. They had a damn good team but the cracks are starting to show.

The divorce will happen. Like The Fab Four that delivered their one last masterpiece, Abbey Road, as a farewell to all of us. The Patriots will win this Sunday. The only difference is some of them won’t know that things will never be the same.

They have two leaders now. One of them will send the divorce papers or say “I’m out”.

It’s won’t be Tom.

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You guessed it! I predict Bill Belichick will leave, with class, and he will conquer the NFL with a brand new team.

The bets are in. Who’s with us?

Like the last song from The Beatles, here are some bittersweet lyrics:

“And in the end,

The love you take

Is equal to the love you make

Let’s enjoy the Last Supper.”

Last Supper

Amen.

Written by Sab Demosthenes

Blue Monday with The Patriots

The Patriots are going (again) to the Super Bowl. I’m not a happy camper.

And to make things worst, Philadelphia Eagles are joining the party.

For all the Steelers fans, Dallas Cowboys nation and others teams, it’s a nightmare.

But I must admit the Pats have this capacity of being a discipline team and they keep their cool under stressful situation.

Tom Brady is without a doubt The Greatest (ouch) QB of all time and he will have more rings than me in his jewelry box.

Honestly, how many rings that a man need in his fingers. I could hear the hubby saying the same thing for me.

My prediction for this year Super Bowl will be the Pats as winner but I think it will be their last and the end of the dynasty. We all know what is going on but no ones really want to tackle the subject as it is.

We do read here and there some glimpse but I will make this promise that you will read really soon our theory with the help of Donnie Demosthenes aka The Educated Fool.

But let’s be in the moment, I am putting my money on Belichick’s army.

In three weeks, my blood pressure (and the rest of NFL citizens) will be lower since there will be no more football on TV.

I guess it will be the right time to watch The Crown on Netflix, to learn how to do some scrapbooking and others activities right…

Hmm hell no (except for watching The Crown).

I will cry a river until the FIFA World Cup will start.

So sad…

Written by Sab Demosthenes

The Chain-Snatching Phenomenon

Tonight, we will talk about an act that may cause depression or a violent reaction from some human being. The phenomenon of the chain-snatching will be tonight subject. Brought you our friendly collaborator The Educated Fool and myself, yours truly.

We will start with that question. As a kid, did you ever get your lunch morning stolen by this unpleasant little kid at school?

During the Broncos and the Raiders game, we did witness something similar like the example I just wrote. Two words. Chain-Snatching.

You may wonder what the heck is this chain-snatching thing? What is the deal?

Here a little resume of this phenomenon that has been here in our society for quite a while.

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Back in the days, in the Afro-American culture (that I was born into), all the young men were really proud to show their chain. Even the Educated Fool aka my big brother was one of them. Sometimes, it was your mother’s chain you stole or borrow and never returned it. In the Hip-Hop culture, you must show some bling. And the majority of the time, the ‘’Bling’’ was shown on your chain .

So when someone is chain-snatching your precious piece of jewelry, it is a big sign of disrespect. The chain in our community back in the days  is a sign of a so-called accomplishment of your wealth even if you are damn broke.

When the really unique football player, Aqib Talib did this act for a second time to Crabtree, hell break loose. The NFL suspended both players. And in the media, this phenomenon is like a thesis dissertation.

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Clearly, it’s fascinating.

It wasn’t the first time we saw something like this. No, no and no.

We did witness this hmm let me put it in a nice politically correct manners way a Boondocks moment (an animated TV show that talk the everyday life in a very realistic way an Afro-American family).

The Educated Fool and myself spent many hours putting together the Top 5 Chain-Snatching moment. It’s been made in the most serious matters. Let’s not waste too much of our time and let’s cut to the chase.

Here the Top 5 of the most shocking chain snatching of all time:

Number 5

Michael Crabtee and Aqib Talib . The story started last year when Talib first did it and he wanted to do an encore presentation that he did it again last week.

Crabtree and Aqib fight

Number 4

On the movie ‘’Friday’ Debo is jacking Red in this scene. Oh lord, I love that movie.

Classic scene from Friday movie

Number 3

On the TV show The Boondocks, Riley Freeman is getting his chain  back after being robbed.

Riley’s Chain rap tribute video

Hilarious. Riley is one of the funniest character on television history.

Riley Freeman

Back to our countdown. I must say the two last ones of the list will be surprising and unexpected.

In our opinion, it was so hard to choose which one will be placed into number Uno. There were both the most traumatizing chain-snatching moments of all time.

On both occasions, the main character was a victim of this act. The must shocking thing is that it was all bunch of Caucasians middle-age dudes. Oh yes, you read it.

Number 2

The wrestler Undertaker snatched Hulk Hogan chain during Paul Bearer segment in the year 1991.

Epic promo! P.S. The king of Bling Ric Flair was there.

Ric Flair Bling

Like, it’s so ironic. The ultimate Rolex Rollin man was there.

Hogan, Taker and Flair segment in 1991 video

And the number 1 goes to Hulk Hogan (again just like Crabtee) and Andre the Giant  at the Piper Pit (I miss the Piper Pit).

Hulk Hogan Andre the Giant

During that segment, you can see how cool Andre the Giant is with Bobby ‘’The Brain’’ Heenan. Jesse Ventura cannot stay still. This was the ultimate chain snatching moment.

Piper Pit with Hogan, Andre the Giant, Jesse Ventura, Roddy Piper and The Brain video

With that educational post, you just realize that the chain snarking phenomenon is a multicultural phenomenon (and not just an Afro-American one).

So that why those men put so much proud into their chains and just don’t rob a chain. Even if it’s a fake one. Do not do it! I repeat, do not do it. Look because of it, two NFL players are in suspension this week and it’s just damn stupid. Oh well…

I hope you have enjoyed this little dissertation.

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