This past week my wife, daughter, and I spent a week in the Dominican Republic and while it was
beautiful and nice to be away from the daily grind, it was exhausting. Traveling with a 1 year old is
stressful enough, especially on a trip that pushes roughly 5 hours of air time but factor in early
departure times and layovers and unfamiliar scenarios for a baby that has a very structured life at home and things start to get even more stressful. She did great (and my wife deserves all the credit) and we are so blessed to have a baby that is well behaved but overall I think as parents we stress ourselves out, right? We make ourselves so anxious about the hypothetical “what ifs?”, that we drive ourselves crazy when at the end of the day we all get through it and we survive and everything is ok. I think people tend to put themselves in bubbles and need to realize that millions of people travel with children and have been forever so you are not alone. People understand the complications and stressing yourself out only rubs off on the people around you. Stay calm, ask for help when needed, and know everything is going to be ok. Something that really helped us, and I think can help anyone traveling with a young one, is scheduling your departure times as close as possible to the babies nap time and/or sleep schedule. For instance leaving early in the morning will allow the baby to fall asleep for a large portion of the trip, and for us our daughter naps around 1 p.m. every day so scheduling flights mid-afternoon allows her to eat, have a bottle, and fall asleep. I also had a friend suggest to me that using a sound machine not only helps at home but the sound is very familiar to the rumble of the plane so your child will be used to the rumbling from the plane’s engine. Every little advantage helps you and your little one make the trip better for all parties.
Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil who in many ways pushes a far-right agenda similar to Donald Trump has continued to push deregulation and destruction of the countries natural resources in an effort to bolster profits. In an article published by VegNews 500 million bees were killed in the last 90 days due to pesticides that have been banned in the EU. In fact according to the article “Since January 2019, the country approved the use of 300 new pesticides, including fipronil (a drug banned by the European Union that is used to kill fleas on dogs and cats that potentially causes cancer in humans). In the last three years, environmental protection group Greenpeace found that 1,200 pesticides and weed killers were registered for use in Brazil, including 193 substances that are illegal in the EU”. I’m going to be honest I never really understood the effects of killing bees had an on environment; at least I did not fully comprehend the seriousness of the situation. I would see posts on social media or glance over articles while scanning the web but never took it seriously but the more I read the more I now understand. This can potentially be a serious crisis. According to Environment America “Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food.” What’s even more concerning is the known use of pesticides that have been proven to cause cancer in humans. This man is continuing to poison his own people for the sake of profits. Sound familiar? This is the same man who pushed back on the global outrage over allowing corporations to burn down the rain forest to be used by cattle ranchers to supply the beef industry. Bolsonaro has continued to welcome the destruction of the rain forest and has turned a blind eye to its torture and the suffering it has caused. Now I don’t want to get into politics because that is not what I am about or what this blog is about but is this not the type of corrupt and selfish leadership that leaves a country in torn ruins and that incites people to pick sides and argue and fight and become divisive? There is too much of this happening around the world and something needs to be done about it. Will there be a period of self-reflection where we need blatant destruction in order to open our eyes and enable us to move forward? Or is someone going to rise from the ashes to push an agenda that can bring sides together? Unfortunately I think it’s going to take incompetence from leaders in order to open our eyes and that model will only hurt millions.
While my true name may be anonymous the title of my blog paints a complete picture of who I am and what I represent. I personally never knew if I had a true identity and characteristics that made me stand out. Some people are extremely charismatic, some people are great athletes, some people have a personal style that is unforgettable but I don’t think, until recently, I really ever knew what made me the individual I am today. That is where this blog, Vegan Sports Dad, came into focus for me. Initially I didn’t exactly know what to call my blog and while I had started a few before I always tried to have catchy and flashy names so I wanted this blog to be about me. Who was I though? I was always a little confused what my true identity was as well as what passions truly drove me but it seemed that all I had to do was look in the mirror and see what defined me and made me the person I am today so let’s take a closer look and give you all an idea of why I chose this name and who I am.
Inspired by teammate Derrick Morgan and his wife Charity who cooks and delivers vegan food to nearly a dozen players at the Titans practice facility Woodyard went vegan in order to improve performance, recovery, and longevity which are very much needed for a going on 12 year veteran of the NFL. Always known as one of the best Linebackers in the league who has registered over 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons and played at least 14 games in 10 out of his 11 NFL seasons Wesley I’m sure will attest feels as good as ever and has only extended his career by going vegan. I am very much looking forward to watching Wesley and the other vegan members of that defense this upcoming season.
University of Southern Maine undergoing $2.5M dining hall renovation and I wish I could go back to school
What is one of the main aspects of this million dollar renovation you ask? It is to make room for bigger and broader vegan options. This renovation is making me incredibly jealous of the students that attend Southern Maine, but then again I will always be jealous of college kids strolling around without a care in the world, sleeping in until noon, and your only thoughts being where the next party is…I digress. From the sounds of it Southern Main is building a legit high-end food hall that will include farro breakfast bowls, jackfruit carnitas sandwiches with jicama slaw, chocolate peanut butter brownies, made-to-order smoothies with non-dairy milk or vegan protein powder. At the pasta, stir-fry, and pizza stations, students can add beans, grilled tofu, marinated tempeh, falafel, or jackfruit to their custom-made dishes. The deli station also stocks vegan cheese and meat, and the salad bar has a dedicated vegan section. Is this real life? I want to book a trip to Maine just to go to this food hall, also if this option was around when I was in college it could have saved me like 20 lbs and cut my blood pressure in half. It’s a genius move, not only for the health and betterment of their students and faculty but its a news worthy story that will attract the more health centric kids of today.
Let me start by explain this post has nothing to do with Bonds, Rodriguez, Sosa, McGwire, or Palmeiro but rather with the recent explosion of Home Runs this year it made me think with 30 home runs a year not meaning as much as it used to how many players might reach the 500 Home Run milestone? To set the stage lets lay out a few facts; 2019 is going to not only set but destroy home run records. This year is going to go down as the most prodigious year of home runs on record. In fact, MLB hitters are on pace to hit 600 more home runs than in any previous season. There are currently 34 players with more than 30 home runs as of September 5th. That number could easily hit and blow past 50 players by years end. Its mind boggling to be honest but with the way the game is moving is that sustainable? With players also striking out at record paces can players maintain a 30 home run pace over 10+ years of baseball? I don’t think so. If you look at the list of active home run leaders you can see that this milestone is still a great barometer of success and longevity. Outside of Miggy who has 475 Home Runs the list goes Encarnacion (411), Cruz (395), Granderson (343), Braun (340), Cano (322), Bruce (311), and Stanton (306). Only one of those guys is less than 32 years old and that is Stanton who if healthy probably has the best chance to reach 500 although injuries are starting to mount for him. Other than that you start to look further down the list at guys under 30 like Trout (284), Harper (214), Freeman (227), Arenado (223), Machado (203), and Rizzo (216) who have all been consistent and are young but still have a long way to go. I don’t know, it seems to me like the amount of home runs being hit is growing exponentially but necessarily the individual amounts over a sustained period of time. Who do think has the best chance?
Phoenix has received a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award and three Academy Award nominations and is the start of the upcoming Joker which I cannot wait to see. Joaquin is an outspoken animal activist and supports groups such as In Defense of Animals, Live Earth, Mercy For Animals, and PETA. On his decision to become vegan Phoenix has said:
“Really it was seeing these fish being killed when I was on a boat as a kid. I guess to stun them they were throwing them against the side of the boat. I just had a profound strong reaction. It felt like a real injustice. It wasn’t just me, it was my siblings, all of my siblings, except for the youngest, Summer, she wasn’t born. My mom was pregnant with her. I don’t know how to explain it. I think it made me distrustful, and angry, and frightened of humans, humanity. I just thought it was such a gross abuse of power in a way. I think that during that moment we knew that we were not going to eat meat anymore. We said to our parents, “Why didn’t you tell us?” It’s amazing. I remember my mom’s face, I remember her crying. She didn’t know how to answer. It became very obvious we weren’t going to eat meat anymore.”
Defoe is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Premiership club Rangers, on loan from AFC Bournemouth of the Premier League, and the England national team. Defoe made his England debut in 2004 and has made 57 appearances, scoring 20 goals, including three appearances and a goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On being Vegan Defoe has stated “I’ve always had energy, but sometimes you feel a little bit lethargic and bloated. Now I feel like I’ve got more energy. I feel completely different.” He credits his conversion to watching What The Health and says he now has a much better understanding of his body and is able to excel year after year because of it.
Benjamin Franklin (1705 – 1790) Diplomat, political activist and inventor, who discovered electricity and invented the Franklin stove. Franklin wrote in his autobiography that he became a vegetarian when he was 16 years old. “Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.” – B. Franklin.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) – Indian nationalist and politician. Gandhi advocated ahimsa – non-violent protest for Indian self-determination. He was also a committed vegetarian, arguing the principle of ahimsa should be applied to animals.
Bill Clinton (1946 – ) US President (1992-2000) After health scares in the late 2000s, Clinton made the switch to veganism saying he changed his diet for health reasons.
Nope it’s not Verlander, it’s not Scherzer, it’s not deGrom, and it’s not Cole it is Mike Minor with a 7.6 WAR which is almost 1 full win above the second highest which is Justin Verlander at 6.7. Never would have guessed that right? Well neither would have I, I don’t think I would have even had him in my top 10 to be honest. That is nothing to take away from Minor he has had a great year for a bad team and has fought his way back from years of injuries to establish himself amongst the elite in the league. I hope he gets rewarded handsomely in the near future. Taking a step back a 3.12ERA 1.19WHIP a strikeout per inning and a .236 is impressive, take into account that ballpark and those numbers are that much more impressive. On a better team he would be pushing 20 wins and probably be talked about as a CY young contender. Looking at some of advanced metrics it looks like he has totally scrapped his Sinker and focused a lot more on his best pitches which are his fastball and changeup which he combines to throw 68% of the time. What makes him difficult to pick up though is that he mixes in his Slider and Curve 32% of the time. In other words he is throwing a combination of his off speed pitches almost equally with all 3 having a BAA well below .300. You literally don’t know what off-speed offering is coming in any count. He throws them all effectively, with command, and in any situation. You factor that into good fastball command and you are going to be successful. It is great to see and also welcoming to see another team taking the Houston Astros approach which is encouraging pitchers to scrap their ineffective pitches and focus on their strengths.