|"Here you go pop but I still got work to do!"|
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” Oprah Winfrey gave it to us like this, “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” There is an old African American proverb that says, “God makes three requests of his children. Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.”
Ole Calvin Johnson has done just that bruh! Even though he’s playing on a terrible team and for a horrible franchise in Detroit he’s still managed to ball out this year. On Saturday night in the "D" he surpassed the NFL’s single season receiving yards mark previously held by the great Jerry Rice. The record was set in 1995 at 1,848 and Megatron broke the joint with an 11 reception 225 yard night to give him 1,892 yards for the season and he still has another game to play.
It’s like the kid that grows up in the gutter and still believes that he or she can become something. The circumstances around them have no effect on their drive to become great. As a matter of fact, it fuels them to become even greater. I grew up with a lot of cats like that in the G! When Tupac wrote the poem “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” he wasn’t just making something up homeboy. Roses really do have a tendency of popping up in the weirdest places and on Saturday night one popped up in Motown wearing number 81!
Calvin Johnson’s receiving record is validation that you can be great despite your circumstances. When Jerry was ballin’ out of control he was on a winning team with a Hall of Fame quarterback throwing to him in Joe Montana and then he had Steve Young when he set the record. Megatron is out here with the Bad News Bears that are 4-11 on the year. So what he’s done is far more impressive! Not taking anything away from Jerry but it's a whole lot easier to ball when you're winning than losing.
Boyz don’t like to hear this but Megatron needs to get out of the ghetto now and move to the suburbs because he’s out grown the joint. Yeah, I know that he just signed a new 8 year deal that runs through 2019 worth $132 million but you know that he doesn’t want to lose until then? But he might be stuck at this point bruh!
For the cat in the background screaming "The Lions were in the playoffs last year homeboy!" I know, but that was an anomaly bruh! The Lions are one of the worse franchises in all of pro sports and they'll always be a doormat in the NFL, pimpin'! You sound like a delusional Cubs fan saying wait until next year!
I’m not one of these cats that thinks you gotta live in the ghetto to be loyal to it and give back! In my opinion, you don't do the hood any justice if you never leave it. You gotta show cats that it's another world out here and show them what it takes to get out too!
I didn’t work my tail off to get through college and hustle in Corporate America to live in the ghetto so that some cat can climb through my window at night or in the middle of the freaking day with me in it. That'll depend on how they get down where you're from homie! Either way bruh, it’s called losing! Unfortunately, that’s what Calvin Johnson is doing right now in the D! I know he’s gassed up about the record but it would be sweeter if he was going to the playoffs instead of getting ready for exit interviews week after next.
I know he’d rather be playing somewhere that at least had some hope of making the playoffs every year but he’s stuck in Detroit because he was looking at the bread back in March when he signed the new deal.
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! I know that we all chased money at first but after you get to a certain point financially it doesn’t matter. After you get to point where all the bills are getting paid and there’s extra bread to play with, job offers come down to quality of life and convenience not the 10 to 15K more that a boy offers you. Megatron can’t do any less with $100 million than $132 million, just ask LeBron about that! That’s real talk!
So at this point I know he’d rather be playing for a winner and making $100 million than a perennial loser and making $132 million! Being a hot cat on a losing team is like rolling through the projects in a Benz! It's ghetto fabulous playa! Stop me when I start lyin’! Big Shout to Megatron for ballin’ in a bad situation!
Holla At Ya Boy!
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