3 Groups, 8 items #24Steps to stop the #Violence #Racism and #Destruction in America

15 Jul

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Fighting Fear, Fatigue, and Frustration to create better towns and communities in America. By Minister Jonathan Simmons @MinisterJSimm

Our nation and even our world has been rocked with recent rash of violence. The attacks have been and jarringly televised in real time to our increasingly jaded eyes and ears. We are losing the respect of life, and dignity of our human existence as Social Media and TV shows the graphic brutality of people beaten and killed with out filter, or regard the loved ones of the victims. We are pointing the finger at one another again with racism and misunderstanding devouring our ability to communicate. Well below are some things we can start doing, or do more of to improve and restore decency and eventually prosperity for the nation “Red, Brown, Yellow, Black and White-We ALL are precious in God’s sight”

 “Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
You will raise up the age-old foundations;
And you will be called the repairer of the breach,
The restorer of the [i]streets in which to dwell. Isaiah 58:12

LOCAL POLICE Departments

  1. Moratorium on racial profiling by Police department
  2. Harsh Penalties for officers commit police brutality. Especially in cases where suspect is subdued, restrained or presents no clear or present danger. Swift punishment to ensue if violations occur
  3. Probation, training period of 1 year or more before allowing veterans who have been in combat to have patrol duties on street. Reduces potential for PTSD to affect judgment in tense situations
  4. Do more psychological screening of new officer candidates
  5. Be polite, even friendly when possible
  6. Uniform officers to have neighborhood introduction. Officer should be introduced to community. Possible meet and greets held at churches, schools, restaurants in the officer’s patrol area
  7. Revamp Citizen review boards to include more police/community strategy sessions to improve areas of concern and jointly develop policies to best the needs of that particular community or precinct area served
  8. Increase funding of PAL (Police Athletic Leagues) Sports has consistently been a place of ‘common ground’ and could become another way for Police and citizens to become more humanized and less demonized in each other’s eyes

COMMUNITY CITIZENS

  1. Respect authority. Like it or not there is always someone who will have some authority over what you can do
  2. Be polite. Parents remember to have manners and teach your children the same
  3. Know the Laws! Is there a curfew in your neighborhood? Noise violations? Loitering? Permits needed for what you are trying to do? If you know better, you do better
  4. Obey the laws. If there is a problem report, complain, contest with your Public officials.
  5. Get to know those who patrol your neighborhood if possible.
  6. Parents get involved (time permitting) with community based events with your children
  7. Single moms if your children father is available and able to be a positive influence in your children’s life let them do so. Fathers get more involved with your children
  8. Increase neighborhood watch patrols and community policing under guidelines and instructions agreed upon by the community in partnership with police

 

STATE AND FEDERAL Government

  1. Help prevent trafficking of guns into poor neighborhoods. Put more emphasis on large operations, eliminating source at the top vs lower level street criminals
  2. Reduce and eliminate money laundering by banks and other sources. Again focusing attention on, and have harsher penalties for large operations
  3. Monitor judicial sentencing for fairness and equal treatment. Violators to be penalized, suspended, removed as needed. Reduce or eliminate contracts with private prisons corporations. Monies made from prisoners’ labor should be used of paying those back who they committed crimes against
  4. Increase funding for more organic crime prevention aids like rec centers, paid clean up campaigns, and overall neighborhood/community improvements
  5. Increase willingness to create bi-partisan solutions in conjunction with local communities to fund and implement strategies to best serve the people in our towns and cities. Emphasis to be placed on those neighborhoods with the most challenges, and next on helping maintain those where things are doing well or improving
  6. Tax incentives, assistance for creating jobs in, and employing the people of distressed neighborhoods
  7. Help rebuild communities through ‘Neighborhood Repatriation and Reclamation’. Give assistance to those looking to stay in neighborhood (especially life long and older residents) who wish to stay and incentives for relatives who left and are willing to come back and help rebuild the neighborhood
  8. Help maintain organic nature of neighborhood. Transit and green space should balanced against the needs of the community. Avoid destroying Neighborhood connectivity by disrupting neighborhoods with higher speed roadways, barriers and other things to disrupt continuity of the area

Humbly submitted by Minister Jonathan  – God Bless

#Freebird approach needed for #AtlantaFalcons ‘D’ to improve

1 Dec

The #AtlantaFalcons defense needs to be cut loose to flourish. The #Falcons statistically have gone backwards from 2015 when they were 16th overall to 27th. In 2016, Atlanta allows opponents on average almost 400 yards and 28 points per game. The numbers in 2015 were 348 yards and 22 points per game.

The irony is as a fan this years Falcons ‘D’ is much more fun to watch. Sacks are up. They already have 24 vs 19 all of last year. 12 forced fumbles equaling what they had in all of 2015. This team plays best when it is in attack mode. That fits the skills of the players you have.

The Falcons are team that features speed at linebacker, big hitting at defensive back and youth, starting 4 rookies. Those attributes in the primary scheme they run also is the reason why they have problems stopping anybody. Players are at times out of position and seem confused as plays develop.

Coach Dan Quinn and his defensive coaches need to adjust their game plan to take better advantage of the personnel they put in place. Get the DBs up a little closer to line of scrimmage to eliminate some of the short to mid range passes. The defensive backs have enough closing speed if a receiver gets a step on them.  Beasley, Campbell, and Jones are one of the fastest group of linebackers in the NFL. Use more blitzes and stunts to utilize that speed.

During this year’s summer camp the Falcons invited the press to take part in film sessions and hear a little from the coaches regarding the thought concept behind of the defensive scheme. It seemed simple limit explosive plays, decrease yards after contact through sure initial tackling, and force plays to middle of the field. A ‘strike zone’ where hard hits and strip techniques could create turnovers. Seems as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Find the ball and who has it
  2. Attack the area where it is
  3. Deliver a clean blow with greatest force possible

‘Freebird’ was a hit song in the 70’s by Southern Rock band Lynard Skynard.  The song starts as mournful ballad but midway ramps up and turns loose one of the best rock guitar jams ever.

If the Falcons can do a bit better job of putting their players in a position to succeed, the Falcons ‘D’ may be more like the dominant Seahawks defense he led in Seattle. And that would make the Dirty Birds a Super Bowl contender. Turn ’em loose and let them be Freebirds of prey on the NFL.

By Jonathan Simmons

 

 

#JameisWinston explains his letter to teammates — #ProFootballTalk

30 Nov

Repost of good article by #JimFlorio of #PFT on @TBBuccaneers #JameisWinston

It’s rare that a single PFT Live interview results in three separate PFT posts. But Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is proving to be a rare commodity in the NFL — a natural, authentic leader of grown men. Among other things, I asked Winston about the letter he distributed to teammates before the signature win over…

via Jameis Winston explains his letter to teammates — ProFootballTalk

Did Kirby and the #Dawgs get outsmarted by #GaTech ?

29 Nov

#GTvsUGA 2016 became an instant classic as the #YellowJackets knocked off the #Bulldogs 28-27 on a TD with just 30 seconds left in the game. Georgia seemed to have the game in hand with a 27-14 lead midway through the 4th quarter. But Tech stormed backed with 2 TDs, the last with 30 sec. left to snatch the win in front of over 90,000 stunned fans at UGA’s Sanford Stadium. The winning score by Ga Tech WR Qua Searcy was a the result of a trick play gone awry. The play had intended to be a toss by Searcy to QB Justin Thomas. However Searcy said when he saw he couldn’t get the ball to Thomas, he decided to run for it. That run turned into a 6 yd dash culminating in a spectacular leap from the 3 yard line, squeezing past 3 Georgia players into the end zone.

Many will question what happened to a Georgia team that had been so dominant through 3 quarters. The Bulldog defense gave up 170 of the 392 total yards the Jackets gained in the 4th quarter. Most of those passing. On offense Sony Michel who racked up 170 yards rushing for the game, only had 3 carries for 9 yards in the pivotal 4th period.

These stats, along with the interception thrown by QB Jacob Eason with less than 4 mins to go were stunning. It will leave UGA fans wondering about coach Kirby Smart and his staff’s game plan in the final quarter.

For Tech fans, they gleefully left Sanford Stadium with the Governor’s Cup and their 2nd straight victory at the home of their in state rivals. With many underclassmen returning for GT next year it seems that the future looks good down on the Flats.

With this type of competition between the 2 schools, this game will move up the ladder nationally as a must see rivalry game

Another crazy edition of #CleanOldFashionedHate is in the books.

 

Why #GaTech fans should stop complaining about Paul Johnson

29 Nov

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Why do #GeorgiaTech fans keep complaining about this man? Paul Johnson has steered Tech to another winning season. It’s the 8th time in his 9 years at the school. The Jackets just beat rival Georgia for the 3rd time in last 5 games. All 3 wins have been in Athens!

And look at this info from the Ga Tech FB website 

• In his first two seasons at Tech, Johnson was named the ACC Coach of the Year and added his third award in 2014.
• In 2008, he was named National Coach of the Year by CBS Sports.
• Tech has played in three ACC Championship Games in his eight years.
• The Yellow Jackets have finished first or second in the ACC Coastal Division in six of Johnson’s eight seasons.
• Seven of the 10-best seasons of total offense in school history have come under Johnson.
• Tech posted its ninth 10-win season in 2014 and fifth 11-win season.
• Under Johnson, Tech’s Academic Progress Report (APR) scores have risen every year with the most recent scores among the top 10% in the nation.
• Tech led the nation in rushing in both 2010 and 2014, and finished second in 2011.
• In 63 of Johnson’s 105 games at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets produced more than 400 yards of total offense.
• Under Johnson, Tech produced five single-season 1,000-yard rushers — Jonathan Dwyer in 2008, Dwyer and Joshua Nesbitt in 2009, Anthony Allen in 2010, and Justin Thomas in 2014.
• Johnson has seen 15 of his players earn first-team All-ACC honors.
• Tech has produced three first-team All-Americans under Johnson — Michael Johnson in 2008, Derrick Morgan in 2009, and Shaquille Mason in 2014.
• Since Johnson’s arrival, a Tech player has been named ACC Offensive Player of the Year (Dwyer in 2008) and ACC Defensive Player of the Year (Morgan in 2009).
• Johnson is 14-8 at Tech in games decided by five points or less.
• Tech has scored more than 30 points in a game 52 times under Johnson and has a 43-9 record in those contests.
• In 2009, Tech won in Tallahassee (Fla.) for the first time in school history, beat a top-five ranked team at home (Virginia Tech) for the first time since 1962, won on the road in Charlottesville (Va.) for the first time since 1990 and earned its highest national ranking (7th) since 1999.
• In Johnson’s eight seasons, Tech has scored 26 non-offensive touchdowns (including school-record six defensive touchdowns in 2014).
• Johnson is 8-2 in home games against top-25 opponents.
These stats don’t include this years big win on the road against 2016 Coastal champion Va Tech which was ranked 17th in the polls at the time.

People talk about the offense being boring, high school like. Well based on the info above it sure seems to do well vs major college opponents. They say getting good recruits is a problem because of the offense. Well in college football all you need is one marquee player to make your team a championship contender. You see that in Louisville this year with their QB Lamar Jackson. Maybe some of the problem is the fan base itself. Are all the home games sold out? Does the team travel well? Are Tech fans and boosters ‘pumping up the volume’ with support and cheers, or complaints and jeers behind the scene? Do the fans have unrealistic expectations?

The stark reality is that Tech’s last National title in football was a shared one in 1990. Before that it won in 1952. Even rival Georgia with it’s history of top athletes, playing in the powerful SEC conference hasn’t won it since 1981. The athletic facilities for football aren’t on par with many of the major programs in college football.

So, with all that being said… Maybe it’s time for real fans of Georgia Tech to take a look at the man in the mirror. Or in the words of Pogo “We have found the enemy and he is us” Stay calm Tech fans. Paul Johnson is your Head Coach, one of the best you ever had

By: Jonathan Simmons
Real Talk Sports
www.realtalksports.net

In battle of the ‘Birds #Falcons resilience shows in win over #Cardinals

28 Nov

In #ARIvsATL #Falcons  RiseUp for 38-19 win over the visiting Arizona Cardinals.  They looked rested and relaxed in front of a late arriving crowd at the Georgia Dome.

This game between Dirty Birds and Desert Birds, pitted Arizona’s top ranked defense vs Atlanta’s top ranked offense. Falcons were good on both.  The defense limited star Cardinals star running back David Johnson to 58 yards rushing. They turned their attention to QB Carson Palmer who was sacked and intercepted as Arizona only scored 6 points in the 2nd half.

Offensively it was more outstanding play. Once again the Falcons used their ‘Pick your Poison’ approach as Matt Ryan spread the ball around to 8 different receivers. Ryan was 26-34, 269 yards 2 TDs 1 INT, and WR Taylor Gabriel racked up 102 total yards and 2 TDs. The biggest key to the win for the Falcons was the resiliency they showed in responding when the momentum started to shift to the Cardinals.

Arizona cut the Falcon lead to 17-13 right before the half getting a last second FG after set up by an interception when Julio Jones bobbled into air a Matt Ryan pass. They then sacked Matt Ryan 3 times in 6 Atlanta plays to force a punt. However Atlanta forced a 3 and out, then had a 13 play 77 yard TD drive to make the score 24-13. They never looked back after that. That kind of toughness was lacking in last years team. The growing confidence in the Quinn/Shanahan scheme and themselves make this team a playoff contender, and a treat to beat any team they face.

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Epic performance by #JustinThomas leads #GaTech to win over #Duke

29 Oct

Epic performance by #JustinThomas leads #GaTech to win over #Duke

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Maybe it was #GTHomecoming. Maybe it was the accolades other ACC  QBs like Louisville! s Lamar Jackson, Clemson’s DeShaun Watson or even FSU’s  freshman Deondre Francois have been receiving from the press. Or maybe it was just the competive fire that burns within. Whatever it was the results were outstanding. The 5th yr senior amassed over 450 yards of total offense as Tech held on for a 38-35 win over Duke at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

His rushing yards included a  bob Dan weave scramble for. 1st down on 3rd and 17  wit about 2 mins to ice the game for the Jackets. Thomas was 10-14 – 264 passing  with 2TDs. He also rushed for a net 195 yds and 2 more TDs. Ga Tech needed all of his exploits as the defense allowed  Duke to run 75 plays and amass 559 yards of offense. The Blue Devils after trailing 28-7 at the half, mounted a furious comeback and took a 35-31 lead in the 4th qtr.  But Thomas came to the rescue leading GT down the field and threw a 21 yd TD to Clinton Lynch for the winning score. Duke QB Daniel Jones had a great game too. He threw for 309 yards and rushed for 72  more. Next up for Georgia Tech is a road game against the always tough North Carolina Tar Heels.

 

Can #Falcons #LegionOfZoom stop the #Seahawks and #RussellWilson ? #ATLvsSEA

16 Oct

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Can #Falcons #LegionOfZoom stop the #Seahawks and #RussellWilson ? #ATLvsSEA

@AtlantaFalcons ‘D’ now has a name -The #LegionOfZoom . Coined by (@RealMattlanta )Matt Chernoff  of (@680_The_Fan) this morning. This fits the way speedy young Atlanta defenders flew to the ball last week vs Denver last week. This quicker defense setup was needed due to multiple injuries at the LB position. It used SS-Kemal Ishmael (@B4_Kemal)  as a LB,  and had rookie S Keanu Neal (@Keanu_Neal) play close to the line of scrimmage. OLB Vic Beasley was moved around the field more often.. Lined up as DE on some plays. Pass rushed from the inside on stunt moves. Dropped back into coverage at other times. This allowed the ‘DirtyBirds’ to record 6 sacks, 3.5 of them coming from Beasley.

Even when their LB corp is at full strength the Falcons should play more of this quicker nickel package. The numbers and result from last week don’t lie

The #LegionOfZoom  will be needed today vs Seattle led by Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) Although battling injuries, Wilson has shown he is still a dangerous weapon for the Seahawks. Last week he through for 309 yds, and 3 TDs in site on not being 100 percent.

It seems like the Falcons may have started something. The evolution has begun, and it will be televised.

By Minister Jonathan Simmons

Big day by #Beasley leads way as #Falcons corral #Broncos 23-16

10 Oct

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When the Falcons drafted Clemson’s Vic Beasley #6 overall in the 2015 NFL they felt they had someone who would finally give them a legitimate pass rusher of the edge. This was something not present since the departure of John Abraham a few years ago. In his 1st season however Beasley had very little impact. He tallied only 4 sacks 2 of them coming in game 15 vs the Panthers. Some of this was due an injury the severity not publicly disclosed until after the season.  2016 seemed to be going the same way. Beasley was constantly stymied by bigger lineman from the teams Atlanta faced. That all changed in Denver.

Check out our Vic Beasley interview

The 2nd year player who been moved to linebacker, finally became the game disruptor the Falcons thought they were getting when they picked him. Beasley had an epic game. He lead the team with 7 tackles, forced 2 fumbles, and most important tallied 3.5 sacks as Atlanta beat the Denver Broncos 23-16. Now people will point out Denver played rookie QB Paxton Lynch, and an injured lineman. But Beasley was in the Broncos backfield all day long making plays.  The difference was intensity,placement, and technique. The young LB was unrelenting in his pursuit of the ball carrier on run and pass plays when on the field. As we have advocated for repeatedly, he was moved around. First set up on the edge to rush the QB. Then in the middle on a stunt to create pressure from the middle. Next faking the rush and dropping back into coverage. He used his hands and arms more to create leverage and keep lineman from getting in to his body to block him. All told the Falcons defense registered 6 sacks on the day including the final one by Beasley’s former Clemson teammate Grady Jarrett. Next up is the team the Falcons are trying to model their defense on, the Seattle Seahawks

Ryan silences critics with record 500 yard passing performance

3 Oct

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Matt Ryan has heard the grumbling from fans and the press after last seasons 2nd half collapse. The red zone interceptions. Clear discomfort in Kyle Shanahan’s new offense. The clutch QB play that earned him the nickname ‘Matty Ice’ had been replaced by a hesitant error prone imitation of himself. During his limited work in the 2016 preseason he didn’t look much better.

Ryan stoically handled the criticism as the professional he is and waited to the regular season to unleash the new Matt  Ryan aka  ‘Matticulous’. Ryan has been unstoppable for the 1st quarter of the new season putting up numbers that lead the NFL. He won player of the month for Sept. That was followed up by throwing for a Falcon record 503 yard, 4 TD performance vs the Panthers. He easily won the duel with reigning league MVP Cam Newton who was actually knocked out of the game with a big hit by Deion Jones.

He has been utilizing the many weapons he has at his disposal connecting with 8 or more players in each of the last 2 games. But in yesterday’s game the main thrust of the aerial assault came by ‘Jet’. Julio ‘Jet’ Jones had a career best 300 yards receiving on just 12 receptions. A stunning 25 yards per catch. His last one was a breathtaking  grasp and dash 75 yard TD which sent the Dome into a frenzy. It marked the 1st time in NFL history that a QB threw for 500 or more yards, and a receiver had 300 yards receiving in the same game.

The Falcons offense after 4 games lead the league in scoring, passing yards, and total yards. Ryan also leads QBs in passing, is on a pace to throw for over 5,500 yards and 44 TDs. Of course the season is young, and the NFL unpredictable. But for now Matt Ryan and Falcons can sing to the naysayers – “Turn down for what”

By Minister Jonathan Simmons

Stats from NFL.com

Does Ga Tech have what it takes to compete for a championship?

3 Oct

It was a sunny warm day full of sunshine and warm breezes.The Miami crowd covered in orange,  was loud and raucous.after the Hurricanes scored a touchdown . A colorful display against the blue sky made it a great picture of a perfect college football Saturday.  Then I looked around and remembered I was in Bobby Dodd Stadium in midtown Atlanta ,not Hard Rock stadium in Miami Gardens.

This was the case when Clemson came to town too. Even the Mercer Bears fans made their presence known.  Maybe it’s and Orange thing.

There just doesn’t seen to be the same intensity in the Tech fan base.

The buzz(no pun intended) pales in comparison to that which surrounds their arch rivals up the road in Athens. Why? In the last 7 years under Paul Johnson has played for an ACC  Championship 3 times, and played in 2 Orange Bowls. In that same span Georgia has played in 1 SEC title game and no major bowls.  Ga Tech won a national title in 1990. UGA in 1980.

Maybe it’s the lack of player star power. Georgia consistently gets some of the best high school recruits. When is the last time you heard anticipation about an incoming player at Ga Tech? Because of that, Georgia has put significantly more players in NFL than GA Tech over the last 7 years too

Maybe it’s the competition with all of Atlanta’s attractions. There always is a slew of things one can do in metro Atlanta that may take you away from going to the game.

Whatever the cause the GA Tech may have to think about the goals for their football program. Is the fan base and administration willing to to do what it takes to build a consistent winner that can compete again for a National title. There is more parity in college football than ever before. The upsets of traditional power schools is on the rise. The CFB playoff surely will expand to as many as 8 teams in the not to distant future. They play rising SEC contender Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff in the new Mercedes Benz Atlanta Stadium to start the 2017 season

Georgia Tech has won 4 national championships in their history. Let’s see if they can add another to the trophy case soon.

 

 

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