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Violence toward children breeds defiance

 

Growing up in a single-parent household my mother had ample reason to give me a whack every now and then. She never did.

All of those moments where I mouthed off, gave her that “look,” or just straight up dis-respected her and she never hit me once. “Thanks Mom.” I bet you  know this already, but it wouldn’t have worked anyway.

You see my mother had her way of getting me to behave. It was subtle, it wasn’t violent and it was effective. She found what I cared about the most, whether it be playing baseball, shooting hoops, playing with my buddies, riding my bike, listening to Bill King on the radio (yeah, I was a strange kid) and she would take it away. She didn’t just give this punishment lip service. She took it away. When she said two weeks, she meant two weeks. When she said “no game,” damn, I knew there would be “no game.” There was no negotiation when it came to consequence if her beloved little Michael was acting-a-fool. This is what kept me in line, she didn’t need to hit me. And, it’s a good thing,  because I will tell you why it would have back-fired.

Growing up in catholic school was a great experience. To this day I am still friends and at least acquaintances with most of my classmates from St. Joseph’s in Alameda. There was basically a core of 30 students that went from 1st grade to 8th grade. We spent so much time together that in an odd kind of way I feel they will always be part of my family. We grew up together.

Many of my teachers at St. Joseph’s  were not “of the cloth,” but many were. I was hit twice in my life for disciplinary reasons. In those instances the punishment was levied by a nun. Yes, NUNS.

Let me start by saying I had some teachers who were saints. They had to put up with a rambunctious young lad who was constantly talking, constantly. I just never stopped. They never hit me, but they befriended me and made me want to behave better so I wouldn’t disappoint them. It took some time, but I thank them for their patience in dealing with me.

The first time I was hit was by a miserable old woman named Sister Bernice. She had to be in her late 60’s or early 70’s. Prim and proper in appearance, she was a stern task-master. The problem is she didn’t appear to have a kind bone in her body. She was just mean, all the time. Now I am sure she did kind works, fed the poor, administered to the sick, loved God and worked hard, but she was damn cold.

One day as this 6th grader was once again being disruptive, she called me out, made me stand up in front of the class and slapped me. I will never forget it. It was not an ordinary soft slap, there was some force in the right arm of that grey haired old woman. I’ll never forget the look of anger in her face as she stared me down as I retreated a few steps. I looked back at her in fear. I knew my classmates were in shock. I know I was embarrassed. Not only was my face red from the “smack,” but I was thoroughly embarrassed by being the center of ridicule. Not to say I didn’t deserve some measure of punishment for my antics, but I didn’t deserve THAT.

Sister Bernice got the desired effect in THAT very moment. But, for the rest of the day I sat sullen and quiet. I didn’t make a sound. In fact, I was probably down-trodden during lunch and recess when I should have been playing with my friends. It was a horrible experience. Then something happened internally that is hard to put into words and is hard to quantify.

I became defiant.

I reasoned mentally that I had taken what she had to offer and she wasn’t going to get away with that. “Screw her” is what I thought.  I made it my life’s goal to be as disruptive and as much of a nuisance as I possibly could in her class. I didn’t care if she hit me again. She had already taken something from me. I had nothing to lose. I was a mere annoyance before she hit me. I was a terror AFTER she hit me. I openly mocked her. I challenged her. I verbally shot back at her, I baited her, goaded her into getting angry with me. I was hit on the shoulder, I was grabbed and I was sent to the principal’s office. I was defiant. The only way my behavior changed was when my mother got involved. Her solution, “well if you insist on embarrassing me with your insolent behavior. If you will not respect authority then maybe you don’t need to play in your team’s basketball game this weekend. Maybe we won’t go to the Warriors game next week. Maybe we won’t be going to the batting cages on Friday night.”

Problem solved.

I didn’t want to disappoint my mom. The thought of that was awful, the guilt, some would say, the catholic guilt was over-whelming. I wouldn’t change for the crotchety old nun that wanted to hit me, but I could change for the woman who raised me and loved me.

In closing, those that say violence is the only way or is the preferred way of disciplining a child must have issues themselves. They are either dysfunctional, were abused themselves and are continuing the cycle, or simply don’t care about their kids. There is another way. If you think there isn’t, then you are the problem.

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The Dodgers: Not shaken, not stirred

 

The Dodgers give their supporters plenty to worry about. With their shaky defense, leaky bullpen and inability to hit with the bases loaded the team continues to back themselves into corners. Well, they have done it again.

Last night’s 9-0 drubbing at the hands of their arch-rivals signified the ultimate “GAME ON” moment in the National League West. The San Francisco Giants two month collapse from June 10th to mid-August is a distant memory and now they are charging……HARD.

But, the Dodgers have shown they have some inner toughness this year. They were a mediocre team for much of the year and have had to really grind to sit on top of the NL West. The Giants haven’t cornered the market on toughness as their supporters would leave you to believe. Entering the final two games of this three game series the Dodgers are still in great shape. Yes, not good, GREAT. The Dodgers will pack the best one-two punch in baseball on the bump the next couple of days. Zack Greinke gets the ball tonight against Tim Hudson, while Jesus Christ himself, Clayton Kershaw takes to the mound tomorrow.  The Dodgers could lose tonight and still leave San Francisco in first place on Sunday night.

No need to fret Dodgers fans. The race has tightened and the Giants are no push-over. But the Dodgers, despite all of their ills, are still in first place and they have two of the best pitchers in baseball in their hip-pocket.

High School Football Preview 9-12

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It’s the High School Football Preview Show for September 12th

Lee Carrell-Action News Now @CarrellLee

TJ Holmes-Redding Record Searchlight @tjholmes_RS

Joseph Shufelberger-ChicoER @JShufelberger

Rick Silva-Paradise Post @Post_RickSilva

Mike Baca-KPAY Sports Director @BitOBaca

 

BREAKING: AP says law enforcement official sent Ray Rice elevator video to NFL offices !!!

A law enforcement official has told the Associated Press that they sent a copy of the Ray Rice elevator video to the NFL offices in New York. This same official says they talked to a woman in the office who said they had received the tape and, “you are right, it’s terrible.”

This official tells the AP that it was a 12-second conversation. This comes on the heels of repeated denials by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in that no one in the NFL offices had received the Ray Rice elevator video.

The AP says the law enforcement official says this happened in April. AP says the police official said they were unauthorized to release the video but shared it unsolicited, because they wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice’s punishment.

An NFL spokesman has told Fox Sports Mike Garafalo that “they have no knowledge of this, and will be looking into it.”

ESPN’s Outside the Lines program is reporting that a lobby videotape shows Ray Rice apparently spit in the face of his fiancé before they entered the elevator. She responds by swiping at Rice with left hand. They both walk into the elevator where the assault takes place. As Rice drags Jayna Rice out of the elevator a Revel Casino security guard confronts Ray Rice, who tells the security guard that “she has had too much to drink.” The security guard can be seen talking to someone on his walkie-talkie. Authorities say the guard was being told by security to keep Ray Rice away from Jayna who was lying prone on the floor.

Outside the Lines reports that Rice propped up a dazed Jayna against the open doors of the elevator to which she says to him, “how could you do that to me, I am the mother of your child.” Rice proceeds to get on his phone and call someone and says, “I am going to be arrested tonight.”

More to come…….

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NFL, 49ers and Butte College in full backpedal…..

 

Butte College, the San Francisco 49ers and the mighty NFL are all in full back-pedal mode as they try to fend off questions on their handling of alleged assailants in assault cases.

MISCOMMUNICATION LEADS TO MIXED MESSAGE AT BUTTE

For Butte College this simply seems like a matter of mis-communication among school administrators. The case revolves around 19 year-old Brandon Banks. The former Vanderbilt Commodore was arrested along with three of his teammates in July of 2013 for the alleged sexual assault of a woman. The ensuing investigation led to Banks’ indictment and subsequent dismissal from the Vandy football team.

Fast-forward to this off-season. Athletic officials contacted Director of Student Affairs Al Renville asking him if there would be a problem in allowing Banks to come to Butte and play football while he was out on bond in the Tennessee case. Renville told local media on Monday that, “since Banks had not been prosecuted for anything,  there was no reason he shouldn’t be able to attend the school and play football.”

When that story was broadcast on Monday, it certainly had to raise eyebrows, because on Tuesday the school’s president Dr. Kimberly Perry dismissed Banks from the team citing the school’s code of conduct policies. In her statement she said Banks should not be pre-judged just because he has been accused and indicted. But, she added that students and staff need to feel safe. She concluded by saying Banks will be allowed to stay in school to continue his studies, but can not play football.

The communication break-down at Butte is unfortunate. This situation could have easily been rectified if Student Affairs Chair Renville made a simple phone call and asked Perry if they should move forward and allow Banks to play. There comes a time in all jobs where we are tasked with making decisions. Sometimes these decisions are way above our pay grade and our superiors should be consulted before a final decision is made. That is certainly the case here.

This has nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of Brandon Banks. This is purely an image question. Sometimes it is not the best course of action to bring in a player or student of suspect character when it might create a black-eye for the institution. I think the circumstances change a bit when you consider Banks has been indicted. Certainly an indictment does not equate to guilt. But, this is not simply a mere arrest. There is enough evidence for an indictment. That should have sent up caution flags at Butte, it didn’t.

I believe athletics is free and clear in this situation. Unless there is something we do not know, it appears Athletic Director Craig Rigsbee and Head Coach Jeff Jordan did their due diligence in this case. They heard about a talented player that needed a place to play. He had some baggage. They went through the proper steps to address that baggage by contacting their superiors. Those superiors (Renville) said move forward. Instead, the administration at Butte didn’t get on the same page, and now has to deal with the fall-out.

Mistakes were made,  but I don’t think athletics should shoulder them.

NFL TROUBLES

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is asking you to believe that the long arm of the NFL’s investigative team could not retrieve the Ray Rice elevator assault video. I don’t believe him one bit. And, that is one of the NFL’s biggest problems. They lack credibility now on a variety of issues ranging from domestic assaults to concussion remedies and settlements.

The long investigative arm of the NFL is a distinguished group. They have former CIA, FBI and other federal investigators who work for them. How can a sleaze website in TMZ obtain the Ray Rice elevator video, yet the league’s hoard of investigative heavy-weights not be able to get their hands on it. My question is, COULD they not get the tape or WOULD they not get the tape ?

Goodell told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell in an interview this week that the NFL tried, but they just couldn’t get the tape because law enforcement would not hand it over. So, you don’t have one investigator on payroll with a connection to law enforcement that could have at least “SEEN” the tape ? That’s right, not only does Goodell want you to believe that NO ONE with the league could obtain the tape, he says not one person with the league could actually view the footage. This explanation is a farce. And, when you consider Goodell is the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation where image and protecting the NFL shield is sacrosanct, his reasoning comes up short.

The league will persevere. The games will go on. And, Goodell will most likely keep his job, but he will forever be tarnished by his mis-handling of this case.

49ers AND THEIR BIG GAMBLE

With 10 arrests in the last three years you would think the San Francisco 49ers would have some sensitivity about their image and on what is happening in the world around them. Again, faced with possibly disciplining one of their players who was arrested for felony domestic assault the 49ers have chosen to tell the football world, “image be damned, lets just win games.”

Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested by San Jose Police in the early morning hours of August 31st after he reportedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend. While he has been arrested the district attorney has not filed formal charges while the San Jose Police continue their investigation.

Who knows, after all the fact-finding in this case we may learn that McDonald was arrested under false pre-tenses and that the charges are unfounded. But, there is also the chance the DA finds enough evidence to charge McDonald and then IMO the 49ers are in some deep trouble.

We first heard the 49ers stance last week. Head coach Jim Harbaugh was rolling out the ole “due process” claim. He said accusations do not directly correlate to guilt. Both of these are true, but it shows that Harbaugh and now team CEO Jed York are missing the point. They have a team that is making run-ins with the law common-place. 10 players arrested in less than three years means you should be more cautious about how you handle each legal case. The 49ers image now is one of a bunch of hooligans in shoulder pads and jerseys.

CEO York should be in tune with the 49ers brand and hold his employees to a higher standard since each time the 49ers are on the police blotter, the 49ers brand is tarnished. Harbaugh and York have said numerous times they have a no tolerance policy toward domestic violence regarding their players. If that is the case, why take McDonald off the field, let the investigation move forward, keep paying him and take the high road. By doing this, you let “due process” play out, and the player still makes his money.

The argument that McDonald is being punished if you don’t let him play rings hollow. You are still paying him. He can still earn a livelihood. Playing the game should not be a given, it’s a privilege. When you put yourself in suspect situations, I believe you are putting that privilege at risk. Unless you play for the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers will look awful if McDonald is charged and ultimately convicted of felony domestic assault on his pregnant girlfriend. I will never feel sorry for Harbaugh, York and company. They have decided to have a team with players of suspect character and they have to live with the consequences. The surprising thing is that the fans seem more than willing to embrace a team, that has the likes of Montana, Craig, Rice, and Lott turning away in disdain.

Beat Seattle ? Not Gonna Happen

Last night the Seattle Seahawks raised the 2013 championship banner, and unless my eyes are deceiving me, I expect them to raise another one next year.

That was an over-whelming performance against a very good Green Bay Packers team. I know its only the first game of what will be a long season, but the Seahawks look even better than they did last year. Why are they better ? Well, let’s start at quarterback.

Russell Wilson is not some game manager as some led you to believe last year. Wilson is emerging as a multi-faceted star. I love his decision-making skills as the leader of the offense. We rarely see him make a bad decision when it comes to threading a needle, or putting his head down and running. Many QB’s never learn this lesson. They try to do too much. They force the issue. Wilson epitomizes the “letting the game come to him” mantra.

Oh man, THAT Seattle defense is something vicious. They have speed, speed and more speed. That Seattle defense is mean. Straight up mean. They are always in full attack mode. They never sit back, they never wait for the action to come to them. They are always advancing and never allow offenses to find a comfort zone. If people thought there would be some drop-off or ambivalence in the wake of their Super Bowl championship……Nope.

Aaron Rodgers may be the best quarterback in the NFL. You know how many  times he tried to challenge Richard Sherman last night ? ZERO ZIP ZILTCH NADA. Rodgers didn’t throw one pass Sherman’s way. I believe Rodgers may have wanted to test Sherman, but he just didn’t have time on his check-downs. That brings me to the unsung heroes on this Seahawks squad. Seattle’s pass rush is unrelenting. They do not allow quarterbacks time to go through  their progressions. So, while Sherman and Cam Chancellor get all the press, Seattle’s interior line makes it happen with their speed and menacing brute strength on the ball.

Seattle was a Super Bowl contender before last night. But, with the spry and rested Marshawn Lynch (sat out most of pre-season,) serviceable offensive reserves, and a full season of Percy Harvin. Oh hell, as Dennis Green would say, “you wanna crown their ass, then crown their ass !” LOL

Weaknesses ? The loss of Golden Tate is the only weakness I see on this squad. Tate was a dependable returner. Seattle will miss him. But, in the grand scheme of things, this team is as complete as any team in the league.

The great equalizer in the NFL is injuries. If the bug hits the Seahawks then they could come back down to earth. The league isn’t going to catch the Seahawks. If Seattle fails, they will be complicit in their own failure.

Fan Duel: Just in time for the NFL

 

So, you aren’t the gambling type, but you love the numbers of football. So you don’t have a lot of cash but you want to feel the shot of adrenaline when a player you “own” performs well on the field. Your future in fantasy sports is here…..

With a recent infusion of 70 million dollars in start-up cash and a clientele that is growing by the minute, FanDuel.com is a fantasy sports fans’ dream. It is a daily fantasy sports league where you pick players on a daily or weekly basis for the chance to win money.

Is this gambling ? No, regulators consider fantasy sports games of skill and therefore do not fall under gambling prohibitions. Regulators have said fantasy sports involving real money, are games of skill. The belief is the user has knowledge of professional athletes and statistics. When you open an account you deposit money using your credit or bank card and then you are off and running.

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The baseball team I have selected for Thursday night’s match-up

If you love fantasy sports you are probably already in a season long league. A league in which you draft a team at the beginning of the year and make moves as your team’s general manager. It is fun and adds excitement to Sunday afternoon football. With these daily leagues you can pick a different team every week.

This daily fantasy sports league allows you to pick players to assemble a daily team. The caveat is that you can’t go over a pre-determined salary cap, so you can not stack your team with stars at every position. You must mix-and-match, assembling your team under that cap. The goal, to try to beat hundreds, sometimes even thousands of other players. You can enter a daily fantasy league for as little as 1 dollar or for as much as 200 dollars per night. Everyday people are using their knowledge sports and match-ups to rake in thousands of dollars taking on other fantasy enthusiasts.

I know what you are saying, what’s the catch ? As far as I can see there is none. NBC Sports along with private equity firm KKR and Shamrock Capital helped Fan Duel raise 70 million dollars. Fan Duel makes money by taking a small cut from each event they host. They host hundreds of events on a nightly basis. This is profitable and will only become more popular as men, especially young men become obsessed with their fantasy teams.

Fan Duel CEO Nigel Eccles said in an interview that his company is poised for growth and made a profit in the 4th quarter of 2013. While Fan Duel might be a prime target for a big media corporation, Eccles says the plan is to keep growing and eventually go public with an IPO in two to three years.

Sports fans can play daily leagues in NFL football, NBA basketball, MLB baseball, NHL hockey, and college basketball and college football. With the start of the NFL season tonight Fan Duel has hundreds of options for the fantasy enthusiast with the chance of winning hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a one dollar investment.

I look at it this way. I can go to the liquor store and pick five numbers and try to win the lottery. Or, I can use my obsessive knowledge of sports, critically analyze computer spread-sheets, look at match-ups and try to out-wit other sports nerds like myself.

I need to go now. It’s almost time for kick-off and I need to see if I can squeeze Jordy Nelson under the salary cap for my Week 1 FanDuel.com squad.

High School Football Preview 9-5

 

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IZZY MATTHEWS AND THE ENTERPRISE HORNETS OPEN THEIR 2014 SEASON AGAINST WHITNEY ON FRIDAY NIGHT

Some great match-ups in Week One of the North State High School Football schedule. Last week we saw Red Bluff easily handle Central Valley, Paradise boat-race American Canyon, and Shasta outlast Anderson. Also, both Chico and Pleasant Valley won thrillers with Chico getting a huge stop in the waning moments after coming back from a two touchdown deficit. And, PV with an improbable last-minute touchdown drive to stun Yuba City.

This week our panel looks at Week One action and gives us a taste of what to expect on Friday night. Enjoy our second installment of the High School Football Preview Show presented by Mountain Mike’s Pizza on KPAY.com and BitOBaca.com

TJ HOLMES- Redding Record Searchlight @tjholmes_RS 

LEE CARRELL- Action News 12 & 24 @CarrellLee

JOSEPH SHUFELBERGER- Chico ER @JShufelberger

JEFF LARSON- Paradise Post @jtlarson

MIKE BACA- KPAY Sports Director @BitOBaca

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High School Football Preview Show 8-29

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August 29, 2014

We break down the Week 0 games as North State sees the start of the high school football season. Catch weekly previews of the games right here on BitOBaca.com

Mike Baca-KPAY Sports Director @BitoBaca on Twitter

TJ Holmes-Redding Record Searchlight @tjholmes_RS on Twitter

Lee Carrell-Action 12 & 24 @CarrellLee on Twitter

Browns passing on Sammy Watkins hurts

Eyebrows were raised on draft night when the Cleveland Browns traded out of the number four spot to move down three spots and take Oklahoma State corner Justin Gilbert. While the Browns garnered an athletic defensive back and return specialist, they passed on the electrifying skills of wide receiver Sammy Watkins out of Clemson.

Now with Josh Gordon’s year-long suspension official, the move is even more dumb-founding. Why pass up on the special talents of Watkins for a corner who was getting mixed reviews? It’s clear the Browns graded Gilbert higher than most other NFL teams. The best part of the deal is Cleveland picked up Buffalo’s first round pick next year which could be a top-ten selection.

General Manager Ray Farmer and the Browns hierarchy had to believe the NFL would reduce Gordon’s season long suspension. They had to be even more sure of a reduction when Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was only suspended two games for battering his girl-friend. But, the collective bargaining agreement makes it clear, a third drug violation shall result in a year-long suspension.

Now the Browns are left without a number one target at wide receiver as they try to nurse Johnny Manziel into the starting line-up.

Gilbert may turn out to be a shut-down corner and a future star. But, having Watkins in the fold, especially with the NFL’s new secondary contact rules, certainly makes more sense. Most analysts are focusing on when Johnny Manziel will be given the starting reigns. The question to ask is wouldn’t it have been easier to bring Manziel along with a can’t miss mark in Watkins ?

The Browns, forever perplexing