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Monday's Musings

Spain defeats Senegal, Gorgui Dieng buys Ricky Rubio dinner, situation in Ferguson continues. Metal Monday.


Hello, everyone.

Yesterday Spain defeated Senegal in dominating fashion, 88-49. The two countries' national teams met in this exhibition to prepare for the FIBA World Cup taking place later this month. The location was inside Gran Canaria Arena, in Spain, and the teams were performing in front of a soldout crowd. Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio and Gorgui Dieng were both in action.

Although the game was one sided, Dieng lead the Senegalese with 12 points going against the likes of Pau and Marc Gasol as well as Serge Ibaka of Spain-- which is a good sign (right, RIGHT?!). Dieng grabbed 11 rebounds and was perfect from the free throw line (2-2). Moreover, Rubio scored eight points on three-of-five shooting in addition to dishing out a game high five assists. He padded his pedestrian statline by also collecting three rebounds. Click this link to see the box score.

Looks as if Rubio and Dieng placed a small wager prior to the game, a meeting that Spain was never going to lose.


Sunday night and into the early hours of Monday morning, teargas and chaos filled the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as an outraged community continues to seek justice for the death of Michael Brown. Brown was shot and killed by a member of the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday, August 9th.

There are people comparing the events that have gone on in Ferguson since Brown's death to civil rights protests in the 1960's, as well as the riots that occurred in Los Angeles in 1992. It's important to note that this situation is unique in its own right and is unlike anything I've seen during my lifetime, so those comparisons are similar only because of their historical significance.

In the midst of what has seemingly become the nightly routine in a suburb ten miles north of St. Louis, the New York Times revealed an autopsy showing Brown was shot at least six times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson during in an incident that took place over a week ago.

Many people believe the 18 year old was unrightfully executed and claim Wilson used unnecessary, excessive and ultimately lethal force to subdue (kill) Brown, who had been stopped and confronted by Wilson for jaywalking.

"In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You're not supposed to shoot so many times,'" Dr. Michael M. Baden told the New York Times. Dr. Baden would also say that there isn't enough information to forensically reconstruct the shooting, as of right now, using evidence made available to him.

Sometime between 2:00AM-3:00AM Monday morning, Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, signed an executive order directing additional resources through the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson. It took less than 10 days for the riots to cease after the National Guard been called into Los Angeles back in '92.

It's Monday, so, here's some metal music.