Thanks...Net Neutrality...Meltdown

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Thank you to my friends who have expressed their support both here, on the phone and in emails since yesterday and even before. It means so much to know you have friends out there that care.
And to my parents, for your love and your offer...one can never be as lucky as Rich, Lynn and I are to have you both...

BUT... I am moving on and need to lighten this thing up. It's purpose was never to become a pity party, but to entertain myself...Along the way I guess I have found a small audience and that is so pleasing...

Let's call this posting a public service announcement...

How many providers do you have to allow you to access the internet? With the telcoms moving into this arena we could see some changes to our access to the internet. There are rumors they would make deals with large sites to give those sites preferential treatment.

What does this mean? Well you know that tiny site you love to go to everyday...? Maybe you would not be able to access it as easily, since your provider would want to feature a larger competing site.

You are a member of a group that chats about American Idol, lets say...you love going to fuzzybunnybelly.com or to taylorhicksfansite.com - but what if your provider decided those sites were not part of their "select" sites and you could only go to williamhung.net? OK, a silly example, but you follow, I hope.

What if your provider set up their service in a tiered fashion like cable TV... and you could only afford to only get the basic package. On that package you could not access espn.com, and the only sports site is bubbastiddlywinks.com ... hummm not too exciting is it?

This can not happen folks... write to your congressperson, tell them that the net must stay neutral... for more on this visit rocketboom.com from last Friday and let Amanda Congdon explain it in more details... you can watch it here.

Speaking of videos...did you see the meltdown by the manager of the Asheville Tourists (single A ballclub) this week? Have to tell you, this is hysterical, but I am sure he gets at least a 20 game suspension over it. Also, I would like the head of the umpires union for major league baseball to show this to every major league umpire. THIS is how an umpire should handle a situation...NOT by chasing after the guy and arguing. These two umpires just stand there and let him vent. I heard the manager's comment after the game was something to the effect that he could find mannequins in Sears with more life then the umps...guess what ... umps are not there to get into arguments dude...Now this is a video shot by a fan, so you get a different perspective then you got on the sports shows... listen carefully to the boos from the crowd, but even better the music the stadium PA group uses...as he is washing off the plate "You've lost that loving feeling" and as he leaves "Hit the road jack"...well done.


Remember .. Nets For Malaria - UNFoundation.org/malaria - find the big SI's Nothing But Net logo ... or call 202.887.9040. Every cent goes to buying nets to place over the beds of children in Africa to stomp out Malaria. PLEASE HELP.

Keep that spark of insanity kids...It helps keep you an individual.

4 Of Your Sparks

  1. robsg1rl Says:
  2. I wonder at what point this Asheville coach realizes how much of a fool he was: storming off the field? driving home from the stadium? laying in bed that night? the next morning after watching himself on TV and reading about himself in the papers?

    LOL The "terrible twos" last longer for some than most.

     
  3. Coco Says:
  4. While reading and viewing the contents of your blog today, it occurred to me that internet access is something we have come to take for granted. The idea of having it packaged similarly to cable or satellite tv stopped me in my tracks momentarily. Once I've sorted out my thoughts, I'll get back to you on this issue ...

    Now, about the other. Watching a grown man throw a tantrum like this is not exactly what I would call "hysterical". It emphasizes what is so terribly wrong with organized sports, and what makes me dread the day my son goes out for his first team. Where else in society would an adult feel justified in putting on such a public display of childish pique? What message does this send the young athletes who see this kind of behavior from their leaders? A 20 game suspension does not seem enough ... this guy needs counselling in anger management. A lot of it. Right away.

     
  5. soulsueann Says:
  6. Ah yes, now here is a Sport's Hero I want my nephews to "adore". What is happening in sports today, that would cause or allow a grown man to act in such a manner? I have no idea, I am at a total loss..can someone please explain this to me? Vince? Anyone? Bueller?

    Side Note: Mah cuzin Bubba, well he ah worked real real harwd on that there site and I am thinkin he is gonna be mighty upset that ya made fun of heem. Y'all should be real skeered..he can find one of them there needles in whacha call that...a heystack...so duck and hide.

     
  7. Turnberry Says:
  8. WOOOOOOOOOO

    Lexington Legends make the Big Leather Couch!!

    He got a ten game suspension and a $1000 fine. He still thinks he is right. he actually said he "never lost control" Oh my.

     

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