The NFL Remains Morally Backwards, and They Couldn’t Care Less

Ray Rice and his wife meet the press in May following February's domestic issue. (Twitter/@Ravens)

Ray Rice and his wife meet the press in May following February’s domestic issue. (Twitter/@Ravens)

I have made it abundantly clear in the past that I don’t have much respect for the NFL, or football culture in America. I will watch football and openly root for the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, but it almost always takes a backseat to baseball and hockey.

It really doesn’t have much to do with the sport itself, as much as it has to do with what football has become in this country. Football is a man’s sport, conservative in its political nature and symbolic of American hubris. Never mind the fact that players wear pink “for breast cancer awareness” in October, it has been and continues to be an outlet for a macho patriarchy despite many social and political changes to the contrary.

This is why we can’t seem to accept a homosexual man in an NFL locker room despite his remarkable ability on the field. This is why the Steubenville rapists received an irrational level of community (and media) support despite their terribly heinous actions. And this is why just yesterday the NFL deemed it more serious to smoke pot than to be caught beating your wife. Read the rest of this entry »

My First Big Concert – Van Halen, Ten Years Later

Promo photo of Van Halen in 2004. Village Voice.

Promo photo of Van Halen in 2004. Village Voice.

2004 was a magical year for me as a music fan. No more than two years prior, I adopted an inactive Van Halen as my favorite band. My first concert was Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth on the Sans Halen Tour in 2002 at the Tweeter Center. Eddie Van Halen was a god to me.

You can imagine my excitement when they announced their big reunion tour with Sammy Hagar along with three brand new songs. My dad promptly bought tickets when they went on sale at the end of March, and we were set to see Van Halen at the United Center on July 19, 2004. To that point in my life, this was the biggest concert I would ever attend. Read the rest of this entry »