Shelle Knows: Football Season Is Back!

Well hello Shelle Knows readers. I know I know it has been a while since I have written some bold opinion to go along with the sports news that has been swirling around. The drought is now over as football season is starting this weekend as we enter into training camp!

I want to interact with the readers more so I will do less writing and more reading of what your opinions are this season. Sounds fun right? Well it will be as long as you all participate! I know I will have the Steeler fans participate but I also want to hear what the other NFL team fans have to say about their team this year.

So here is your opportunity to voice your opinions, expectations and assumptions of how the season will go for your team. Leave your comment below and we can have a full out discussion on you all see this season unfolding.

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Shelle Knows: Should Athletes Be Allowed to Use Marijuana

Recently the state of Colorado and Washington has gained attention for legalizing marijuana usage.  On Friday after the Super Bowl press conference the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated that the league had no plans to change its stance on marijuana usage.

“This has been something that has been asked several times and I’ll try to be as clear as I possibly can: It is still an illegal substance on a national basis,” Goodell said. “It’s something that’s part of our collective bargaining agreement with our players. It’s questionable with respect to the positive impact but there is certainly some very strong evidence to the negative impacts, including addiction and other issues.”

imageJets cornerback,Antonio Cromartie was asked  if the NFL should allow medical marijuana? He replied,

“They need to just let it go,” Cromartie told Ashlee Ray of This Is 50. “[Players] just going to do it anyway. They just need to let it go. They need to go ahead and say, ‘Ya’ll go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.”

I do not agree nor disagree with the decision to legalize marijuana but I do see the pros and cons of both sides.  Right now even though I am not in the NFL I know like others there are many people who uses marijuana and have been for a while.  Some put up the debate that marijuana is safer to use than alcohol because when you here of athletes getting in trouble or car crashes alcohol is usually the factor and not marijuana.

Yes, that it true but also the first thing that is tested on site is alcohol by blowing into a device where as marijuana has to be taken by a urine, blood or hair test.  So, once you find out the person was drunk they usually do not take the next step in knowing if they were high as well.

Yes, marijuana puts some people in a state of relaxation and the person usually sits in the house when doing it. But that also is because marijuana is not legalized everywhere, so you can not just hang out in the bars smoking away then get into a motorized vehicle to drive off. Also, from experience and other’s testimony, marijuana does not make everyone feel relaxed.  some people become paranoid and act out of character while smoking weed.

It is a drug that is not for everyone but by legalizing marijuana, it gives everyone the ok to do it regardless.  When you are allowed to do certain things people tend to take advantage of it and become reckless doing it.

By keeping a law in place to not allowed to do certain drugs in the NFL helps keep the structure of athletes.

Yes, just like Cromartie said “players will do it anyway” is true and they keep it in secrecy and manage it well enough to not give the league a reason to test them.  In a way  having structure in blocking the legal use of smoking marijuana helps the athlete as well.

Right now the athlete may smoke just enough to function but when you take off the band that athlete may “smoke themselves stupid” because there is no limitations.

If smoking marijuana is that important then use RESPONSIBLY!

Shelle Knows: Richard Sherman Talking That $#!%

I am sure everyone has seen heard or is aware of the post game interview with Richard Sherman after last nights NFC championship game.  Sherman and the Seahawks fought till the end with the 49ner’s, winning the NFC championship and heading to the Super Bowl.  The game came to a shocking end as 49ner’s quaterback Kaepernick threw a pass to receiver Crabtree in the end zone and was broken up by the Seahawks corner Sherman that lead to a pick by his teammate sending the 49ner’s home.

Even though that play was shocking and interesting that was not the highlight of the night.

The highlight was what happened right after the play as Sherman came up behind Crabtree giving him a good job pat on the butt and Crabtree did not respond well to that and mushed Sherman in the face.

During the post game interview when Sherman was asked to describe the final play he responded in a totally different shocking manner. I found the video quick humorous as the game is about competition and he expressed exactly how he felt.  It was not as bad as people perceived it to be.  No threats were made, nobody was hurt, Sherman just gave a remembrance post game interview.

Football has become so soft! Football is a competitive sport! What is wrong with talking smack and doing the “choke signal” in a game? Are we worried about hurt feelings? It was one play! Sherman did not taunt and act out the whole game. Sherman reacted to a great play he made! The End.

Watch below and tell me what you think of the post game interview. Also, below is Crabtree’s response.

Shelle Knows: What’s Happening In Pittsburgh

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the new year as Shelle Knows continues to keep you updated on the events and news that is happening in the city of Pittsburgh!

THIS WEEK IN PITTSBURGH….

Pittsburgh Hockey Expo
Come celebrate the history of hockey in Pittsburgh New and Game Used Equipment Sale Olli …
01/04 Saturday 10:00 am to  5:00 pm

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Game Night – Love Attack Theatre Style
Join Attack Theatre on February 7th and May 16th at their Strip District headquarters …
01/07 Tuesday 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Attack Theatre , Pittsburgh PA

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Kick-Off Training Run
Jump start your training for the Pittsburgh Marathon with a training run hosted by …
01/04 Saturday 8:00 am

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Fordham Rams at Duquesne Dukes Basketball
01/08 Wednesday 7:00 pm
A.J. Palumbo Center , Pittsburgh PA
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Bird beaks vary in size, shape and color, and while their most well-known use is …
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Women’s Basketball:Penn State-Altoona at Carnegie Mellon
Women’s Basketball Penn State-Altoona at Carnegie Mellon
01/04 Saturday 2:00 pm

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Shelle Knows: Pittsburgh High School Football

Schedule for October 25, 2013

WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference

7 pm Charleroi at  Brownsville  
7 pm Jeannette at  Greensburg Central Catholic  
7 pm Southmoreland at  Yough  
7 pm Washington at  Waynesburg Central  

WPIAL Class AA Midwestern Conference

7:30 pm Aliquippa at  Beaver Area  
7 pm Freedom at  Riverside  
7 pm New Brighton at  Mohawk  

WPIAL Class A Big Seven Conference

7 pm Laurel at  Shenango  
7 pm Neshannock at  Union  
7 pm Rochester at  Sto-Rox  
7 pm Western Beaver at  South Side Beaver  

WPIAL Class A Black Hills Conference

7 pm Brentwood at  California  
7 pm Carlynton at  Monessen  
7:30 pm Chartiers-Houston at  Fort Cherry  

WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference

7 pm North Catholic at  Leechburg  
7:30 pm Northgate at  Avonworth  
7 pm West Shamokin at  Apollo-Ridge  

WPIAL Class A Tri-County South Conference

7 pm Bentworth at  Avella  
7 pm Carmichaels at  West Greene  
7 pm Frazier at  Mapletown  

City League Playoffs: Semifinals

5 pm Perry Traditional Academy vs.  University Prep at Cupples Stadium  

Non-Conference

7 pm Beaver Falls at  Central Valley  
7 pm East Allegheny at  Mount Pleasant  
7 pm Elizabeth Forward at  Greensburg Salem  
7:30 pm Norwin at  Shaler  
7 pm Pine-Richland at  Plum  
7 pm Quaker Valley at  Ellwood City  
7 pm Vincentian Academy  at  Beth-Center  

 

Shelle Knows: Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates!

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Last night, October 9, 2013 marked the ending of the Pirates terrific season losing to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1, kicking the Pirates out of the playoffs. The Pirates went 94-68 this year, a 15-game improvement over last year, to claim the first NL Wild Card. The series went all five games ending in St. Louis giving them advancement of their home field.  Even though the Pirates played away from home, that did not stop Pirates fan from gathering outside the stadium to watch the fate of the teams post season on the big screen on the Clemente Bridge.  Watching them lose after having a winning season and winning their first playoff game in 21 years was hard but Pirates fans still were proud at how far the Bucs have come. After the game was over, Buc fans celebrated in the street on the closing of a winning season and looking forward to another winning season to come.pirates-celebrate-win-82_420

The Pirates have been known for a long time as the team with great players who get their start here then leave to become successful with other teams.

The Pirates have been known to give great players their start, but never stick around long enough to share  their success.

When manager Clint Hurdle joined the Pirates last season he made a promise to the Pirates dedicated fans that he will turn the Pirates into a winning team and within his second season he turned that promise into a reality.

As a Pittsburgh native myself I admit that I have not been a supporter of the Pirates as much as I support the other teams such as the Pens and Steelers because of the Pirates losing reputation.  In my lifetime I never got to see a winning season until now and I have watched the most baseball over the past couple weeks than I have in my lifetime.

Pirates made me a believer and many others as well; I can even reference players on the team such as McCutchen, Alvarez, Martin, Cole, and Marte.

After the game the manager Clint made a positive statement regarding his team.

“We were able to take a huge step forward this year in restoring the pride and the passion of the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ organization,” manager Clint Hurdle said, “and rebonding our city with a ball team.”

Let’s see if the Pirates can keep this good luck streak going and continue next year with a winning season.

I know I will be watching, will you? #LetsGoBucs

Shelle Knows: Let’s Help Chrissy!!

Christina with her new born Cayden

Christina with her new born Cayden

 

Christina is a 24-year-old full time graduate student, who recently became a new mother to a beautiful baby girl Cayden. Christina graduated with honors from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) high school were after she went on to continuing higher education at California University of Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate career she was very active on campus and wore many caps which included: serving as vice president of the Black Student Union and Black History month chair, and in April of 2010, she became a member of the Kappa Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she served as chapter president. Christina also actively participated in community service projects that targeted domestic violence, heart disease, and breast cancer that serviced the local campus and community of California Pennsylvania.

On August 22, 2013 late evening Christina Kenney and Farren Mason Jr. were driving down Butler Street in Pittsburgh, PA. The inclement weather that night caused the car to hydroplane, sending them into opposing traffic resulting in a head on collision. Luckily, their one month year old daughter wasn’t in the car with them at the time. The two survived the accident, but it resulted in life altering injuries. Farren Mason Jr. suffered from a broken arm, fractured ribs and sternum; ending his season as a football player at Robert Morris University.

Unfortunately, Christina’s injuries were more severe causing doctors to repair her fractured wrist and hip, broken arm, reconstruct her left leg and amputating the right from her shin down. For the next couple of months Christina will no longer be able to continue on the path of perusing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling  at California University of Pennsylvania. Her participation with her Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in community service and events will also be hindered and restricted due to the fact that Christina will be hospitalized until December 2013.

IMG_3459171411666In order for Christina to have a normal life and to be the mother of her child that she wishes to be; she requires a prosthetic leg. Due to the abundance of hospitalization and rehabilitation facilities care, also well as a plethora of medical bills; Christina’s financial responsibilities have become overwhelming. 

Christina faces the reality that she and her family cannot afford a prosthetic leg. Without the prosthetic, Christina’s life will not return to a new normalcy, and she will be forced to live with many limitations of this handicap. Her dream is to be able to run after her daughter as she grows, to actively play with her, drive her to her doctor’s appointments and school, etc. Please consider helping make Christina’s dreams a reality and donate to this great cause. She and her family will greatly appreciate any monetary gifts or donations. Thank you for your support.

****To Donate to Christina Please Contact Me at lasheller@ymail.com and I will direct you how this is possible***