Coast Guard Cutter (CGC)Douglas Munro (WHEC-724), the last of the 378-foot Hamilton class high-endurance cutter fleet, is being decommissioned today in a ceremony in its homeport of Kodiak, Alaska after 49 years of service.

It should be no surprise, for those who know me, that this development is stirring a hurricane of emotions within me.

I served aboard the Munro from October 31, 2005 to June 1, 2008. I was onboard for three Alaska fisheries patrols (ALPATs), two drug interdiction patrols (SouthPats), and three Tailored Annual Cutter Training (TACT) sessions; two in San Diego, and the final in Honolulu.


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The Houston Texans, my team since their inception in 2002 and my Oilers-replacement after their own ownership-led revolt which led them to Tennessee after the 1996 season, are currently in the final stages of becoming the .

The writing is on the wall and I am beginning to lean towards washing my hands of this toxic franchise after 20 years.

But first, how did we get here?

The only team president the organization has ever known this week after objecting to the direction that failson CEO and chairman, Cal McNair, and executive vice president Jack Easterby continue…

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From the moment he became the de-facto general manager prior to the 2019 season, Bill O’Brien unfurled a rich tapestry of incompetence that is unrivaled in NFL history.

In less than two years, O’Brien, now the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, shipped off six draft picks across the 2020 and 2021 drafts, failed to receive even one first-round pick for DeAndre Hopkins despite his being under contract for several more seasons and even lost a 4th rounder in the deal, and also only received one third-round pick for Jadeveon Clowney… a pick he traded to the Raiders for…

For all the bluster ad nauseum to follow, it’s probably best that we start there.

Springer’s deal, reported at six years, $150 million, is equipped with a $10 million signing bonus, a $22MM salary in 2021, $28MM in 2022, then $22.5MM each year in 2023–2026. The deal also includes incentives galore for any personal achievements such as MVP ($150K), or Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, World Series MVP, or All-Star selection ($50K for each).

It’s the kind of mega-deal that Springer, 31, envisioned for himself when he finally reached the big leagues…

It seems fitting that as we sit on the precipice of a new presidency and a historic vice presidency, we’re also just two days removed from a domestic terrorist attack that has left five dead and far more questions than answers.

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol building in Washington D.C., the question is no longer will Trump leave, but in what manner and when?

Twitter has already taken the long overdue step of . His accounts on Facebook and Instagram have also been indefinitely suspended, and the far-right social application, Parler, has…

NOTE: This was written a day or so after the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, but was not posted at the time. Because I feel the content is still relevant in order to illuminate the method Republicans used and because I believe it offers outlines of solutions available moving forward, I am now posting it publicly.

There’s a meme circulating throughout social media that purports that Democrats actually lowered the voting threshold for Supreme Court justices from a supermajority of 60 to a simple majority back in 2013.

The meme takes particular aim at former Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who…

Greetings, Earthlings!

I come to you with late-breaking news that former Astros manager A.J. Hinch towards becoming the new manager of the Detroit Tigers, according to Jon Morosi.

The moment the World Series ended on Tuesday night, Hinch and fellow exiled manager, Alex Cora, were free to join any club in any capacity for the 2021 season.

Good for them.

I’ll forever bark in areas of no influence that Hinch should still be manager of the Astros, but that’s another subject for another day.

It’s been roughly two weeks since the Astros fell numerous miraculous defensive…

Why Donald Trump may opt to resign rather than face his reckoning on November 3rd

I think if Richard Nixon were alive today, he’d bristle mightily at the constant mention of his name next to that of Donald Trump.

He’d definitely be dabbing his upper lip between rants and raves.

Nixon, apart from his intense, Trump-like insecurities and massive disdain for the youth of the late-60s and early 70s, as well as the media who reported his many misdeeds, was a master diplomat and an influential pillar of the Republican establishment prior to his downfall.

While primarily recognized in history…

Nowadays, former Major League outfielder Moises Alou is best-remembered by casual fans for his role in the Steve Bartman fiasco in 2002, when Bartman (and about 20 other people) attempted to catch a foul ball just as Alou raised his glove to try and snare it. As the ball bounced away from both Alou and Bartman, Alou reacted with visceral disgust at the perceived interference.

The Cubs would eventually give up a season’s worth of runs in one half inning in the midst of an epic collapse at home in Game 6 of the NLCS. They’d also blow a lead…

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Okay, people. Here we go again. Only this time, let’s get this right.

As of this writing, the 2020 Democratic nomination for President of the United States is almost certainly going to former Vice President Joe Biden, beating out Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt-Ind.), as well as Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Hi-D), who remains in the race despite no appearances on a debate stage since November and only two pledged delegates.

He will secure that likely nomination via an outright delegate assault that started in the South Carolina primary and continued through an absolutely dominant Super Tuesday and an even more impressive…

Joel Roza Jr.

Joel Roza Jr. is an at-large writer covering a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from sports to politics and other special interests.

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