There’s a lot more to the Baltimore Riots than just the recent passing of Freddie Gray. If you don’t know what’s going on, let me give you a brief rundown. On April 12th 2015, Freddie Gray was arrested on seemingly dubious grounds. On April 16th, Gray sustained spinal cord injuries, fell into a coma in the back of a police transport van and passed away later that day. The medical report that was released suggested that these injuries were sustained during transport. Due to the suspect circumstances of the injuries, the six police officers involved were suspended with pay pending during the investigation. On May 1st, the medical examiner's report ruled Gray's death a homicide. This was the catalyst to the protests in Baltimore, and a curfew was forced over the entire city after they turned violent in parts.
The Baltimore Riots are not just due to the death of Freddie Gray but are part of a larger issue at hand. The Freddie Gray incident has drawn parallels to other cases of seemingly excessive force used by American Police officers on African American suspects. The shooting of Michael Brown in 2014, the death of Eric Garner after he was put in a choke hold for 15 seconds (a fatality which reports suggest occurred due to the excessive force), and the shooting of Trayvon Martin, in addition to other related events, all sparked protests around the U.S.
With major demonstrations such as the march on Madison Square and Ferguson Unrest occurring seemingly every time there is an incident involving the police and the black community in America, the Baltimore Riots seem to be merely another chapter in the violent saga that's making people think it’s 1968 rather than 2015.
It would be a great injustice to think that these two paragraphs have brought you up to speed on the subject, but if you didn’t know before at least you do now. Do yourself a favour, though, and investigate these major social movements happening right now.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
What was dubbed the ‘biggest fight of this generation’ was ultimately deemed a flop.
Was it because this fight came six or seven years too late? Probably. Is it because of what many people think, that ‘the sport of boxing is dying!’? You could make that argument, sure. Is it because most of the people that tuned in don’t usually watch boxing? Almost definitely.
It would have been near impossible for the 38 year old Mayweather (who had been ‘ducking’ this fight for years) and the 36 year old Pacquiao to live up to the monumental hype surrounding their bout. Aside from the absurd amount of money the two fighters walked away with (Floyd with at least $100 million, possibly reaching up to $180 million… what the fuck…), the techniques used by the 48-0 boxer were deemed boring and lacked a certain offensive dominance that the world loved to see from the likes of Tyson, Foreman, or Ali. The fact is, regardless of Mayweather’s personality and other public digressions, he is arguably one of the best pound-for-pound boxers of all-time.
However, he is a defensive specialist. He is hard to hit, keeps his distance and boasts great length, constantly and accurately jabbing rivals in the face. He tries to con opponents into a big hit so he can slam them with a counter. This has been Mayweather’s bread and butter for years and he’s made an extremely impressive career out of it (and, clearly, a shit-tonne of money, prompting the nickname Floyd 'Money' Mayweather.) Anyone that was expecting anything else was ultimately going to be left disappointed, as most of the action would have been coming from the offensive guru Pacquiao. Over the last few years Pacquiao has clearly lost a step, and with news that he fought with an injury, our longing to see these two beasts in their prime will likely never be satisfied. I guess we will never know. Please, people, don’t give up on Boxing, but even if you do, at least we now have MMA.
The Second Round
The second round of the NBA playoffs start this week and, really, at this stage you’re essentially placing your bets on the Golden State Warriors vs. the Pack. Due to so many injuries to contending teams this year and the absolutely absurd play of the Warriors, my money would be on them.
Also congrats to Steph Curry who was announced this morning as the League's MVP with 100 first place votes after leading the Warriors to a league-best 67-15. Curry averaged the lowest amount of points in an MVP season since Steve Nash in 05-06.
A Royal Occasion
The Royals had another baby today as Kate Middleton gave way to Princess Charlotte. Her name is believed to be a homage to grandfather Prince Charles, who is slowly gaining wrinkles by the second waiting for his turn to be king. I’m not sure why I wrote this sentence, because I don’t personally know anyone under 40 who still gives a fuck about the Royals, but I suppose the media loves them so we all should too.
Real life Bond villain Eddie Goldsmith has a passion for photography, movies, basketball and speaking in third person. Like most other sleep deprived 20-somethings Eddie's managed to find a balance between calm and collected to being one coffee cup away from never sleeping again. Writer, Editor, Generous Lover, Photographer and part time funny man I'm always looking to try my hand at something new.