Monday, October 9, 2017

Money Money Money

I wrote a post one year ago, on October 2, 2016, titled Disgusting.
 
The then quarterback (team leader) (Colin Kaepernick) of the San Francisco 49ers (a professional American football team) decided to kneel during the playing of national anthem to protest against racial oppression in USA. He made the following statement:
 
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
 
So what is happening this year?
 
Players from many professional American football teams started to kneel during the national anthem before the start of the games in support of Kaepernick.
 
At the end of last season, San Francisco 49ers team owners dropped Kaepernick from the team and he is still not signed by any other team. He is now unemployed.
 
Last month President Trump came out strongly criticizing those who protest against the American national anthem and said the owners of these teams should fire those players who do not respect the national anthem.
 
All the team owners and the left wing limousine liberal media supported the players.
 
Almost 100% of the fans were disgusted with these players and decided to boycott the football games. Attendance in the stadiums dropped and a huge drop in the TV audience for these games. Fans are burning the jerseys of these players.
 
The team owners and the television stations took notice of this drop in viewership and the monetary loss for them.
 
Many players lost their product endorsement contracts.
 
Breaking news 48 hours ago.
 
Several team owners are now telling their players to stand during the playing of national anthem and respect the American flag. The owners are losing money every day because the fans do not like this disrespect to national anthem. The team owners don’t like to lose money.
 
You know, the unemployed, Colin Kaepernick was the guy who started this whole thing last year. He made a statement yesterday as follows:
 
I would stand for the national anthem if any team signs me to play football.
 
What a BS. Money Money Money. Hope no one signs him to play football again. This way he can keep sitting at home.
 
PS: After writing this post, and before publishing this post, I just heard in the news that Kaepernick is denying he ever made this statement and claims he was misunderstood.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

White Coat Ceremony

Last Friday I attended a White Coat Ceremony at the Duke University School of Medicine.
 
Almost all medical schools in the USA have a White Coat Ceremony for their first year students. I do not know if other countries have a ceremony like this. It is a ritual that marks one’s entrance into medical school.
 
(On a side note: It is very difficult to get admission to any medical school in the USA. The admission standards are very high and extremely competitive. First, you must have a four year bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree. Then you need to take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) Exam. The MCAT score will be sent directly to the medical school to which an individual has applied. In addition to academic excellence, these schools are looking for leadership, service, compassion, and team work. Once you’re admitted to medical school, then you have to study for four more years to obtain an MD degree. After you have obtained the MD degree, you have to be Board certified.)
 
Now back to the White Coat Ceremony. Just one word – IMPRESSIVE!
 
I was so impressed with this ceremony at Duke, that I thought I should blog about it.
 
116 students were admitted to Duke’s medical school this year. All were in attendance, and they attended the ceremony with their family and friends. The university arranged a reception for all of the incoming students, as well as their family and friends. Plenty of hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks were provided.
 
While everyone was seated in the auditorium, senior doctors and deans were up on stage. The new 116 students arrived in procession and took their seats.
 
The Vice Dean, Medical Education, gave the welcome address. The Dean and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs spoke about “Becoming a Duke Doctor in 2017”. An Associate Dean explained the “Symbolism of White Coat”.
 
Then each student’s name was called so they can come up on stage. Once on the stage, each student was assisted by a senior faculty member into his/her white coat for the very first time. Then all the students took the “Class Oath”.
 
Closing remarks were provided by the Vice Dean, Medical Education.
 
Afterwards all of the students, as well as their family and friends socialized for a while. There was clear happiness in everyone’s face.
 
Here are some photos from the occasion.
 
Duke University
 
Welcome
 
Reception
 
Senior Faculty on Stage
 
Assisting a Student into her White Coat
 
Taking Class Oath
 
 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Role Model Athlete

There are many athletes who never passed high school or dropped out of college to become professionals in their sport. These include cricket, soccer, basketball, and tennis (among other sports).
 
In the USA, if someone wants to become a professional American football player or basketball player, he has to have four years of college attendance. In recent years, this rule has become less enforced.
 
Now how about a new twist to the story of the modern athlete.
 
Do you know of any professional athlete who has quit his/her athletic career to pursue their “other” interests? I know some athletes have done this at the tail end of their career. However, I’m talking about someone who is giving it all up and going in a completely different direction at the height of their career.
 
(Courtesy Yahoo: John Urschel)
 
John Urschel is a 26 year old professional American football player. He played for the Baltimore Ravens. After graduating from college, he was recruited by the Baltimore Ravens three years ago. His football salary is more than $600,000 per year.
 
John Urschel just announced his retirement from professional football a few days ago to pursue his “passion”. What is the passion for this “meathead” aka “dumb jock”?
 
Well it’s Mathematics of course.
 
OOOOPS! Sorry I meant to say braniac aka scholar athlete.
 
John has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics. He is currently working on his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying spectral graph theory.
 
Getting the opportunity to play professional football in America is extremely difficult as the competition is so fierce. On the flip side, getting admitted to MIT to complete a Ph.D program is also highly prestigious.
 
John is an inspirational individual. Young people should look up to him as a role model instead of looking up to some other professional athletes. John uses his brain power to the fullest as well as his athletic abilities.
 
Just now, it comes to my mind what Arthur Ashe (winner of Wimbledon, Australian, and US Open tennis tournaments) once said about young black people.
 
Arthur Ashe, a black man himself, said (paraphrased):
 
It pains me to see many black kids want to become professional basketball players. That’s their ultimate goal. That’s the highest they can dream of. But no one ever thinks or dreams of wanting to own a team. You see if you own the team, then you have enough money to pay these professional basketball players…and then they work for you.