EL BARRIO, EL FALLS – It seems like without our fearless leader, Short Matt around as he out the country, MtM staff has turned into Lord of the Flies. Ward is currently holding the Conk Shell and I am trying not to become Piggy. So to avoid Ward going up a third time this week since the search party is still out looking for Cheesy, I am here to do my usual Saturday piece. Today’s piece will cover: Nike’s Kaep Ad, Shohei Ohtani and Steve Lopez.
Nike’s Kaep Ad: To the great dismay of angry white dads all over America, it seems that Colin Kaepernick is the new face of Nike. The Shoe and branding company has decided to wade into the social activism pool and now has Kapernick’s face in black and white behind the words “believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” They also produced an commercial to join the print ad. So now we have angry white guys (according to video) ripping the Nike logo off their socks and burning sneakers. This must have been a blow to Nike they weren’t prepared for, right. HA! Let me say that again, HA! These kind of gambles are analyzed three to four times before a decision is made. Nike isn’t some bleeding heart company for Christ sakes, I mean they still run child labor sweatshops in Asia. Nike is a global brand and when they looked around globally they realized that the rest of the world thinks it is a great thing. As of press time, it was reported that Nike has seen an increase between 25% to 31% this week in sales. They are laughing all the way to the bank.
Shohei Ohtani: Ohtani was billed as the Japanese Babe Ruth and he has kind of produced. On Friday night he hit his 18th and 19th home runs of the season, not bad for a rookie. I am sure there is some record being broken by him. What is most impressive is he is right a DH because he can’t pitch. It was determined that he tore ligaments in his pitching arm and he needs Tommy John surgery. The surgery would keep him out until the start of the 2020 season. However, he is still killing it as a DH so he is not sure he wants to stop. As you can imagine Ohtani is somewhat of a stereotypical Japanese baseball player. He is quiet, worksout tirelessly, tries to be humble and it all about the team. However, he down plays how much he wants to stick around and help the team, I believe he just doesn’t want to go under the knife. Especially considering he has a hot bat right now. He is just a player that loves to play and is obsessed about playing. I wish him luck on what ever decision he makes.
Steve Lopez: No, I haven’t heard of him either. I was looking for a third topic and came across his story in the paper. Lopez is a two-time Olympic Taekwondo Champion that has just received a lifetime ban. From there are a lot sick men binder in the back, it turns out there is a sex abuse claim against him.
Lopez declined to be interviewed in the case, which meant SafeSport had no reason to question the allegations by Nina Zampetti. Regardless, the center found there was a “preponderance of … evidence” that Lopez had sexually abused Zampetti when she was 14, according to the SafeSport decision.
I mean I have no words. I guess he missed his calling to join a corrupt priesthood somewhere. I hope he gets sued for money and faces jailtime, that is beyond disgusting.
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