Monday, September 29, 2008

I Still Hate The Redskins

Don't let my smile fool you. That was forced. Her smile was genuine as you can understand based on the outcome. I could easily accept defeat and be a good sport, but that's so unlike me. I hate the Redskins. I've always hated them and that's never going to change. She's not gonna stop singing Hail To The Redskins or talkin' trash regardless. If I hug her and say "Y'all got it", she'll scream it louder. Thus, I'll just continue to tell her "You're bad luck" as I have after every Skins-Boys games we've been to when Dallas has lost each and every one of them.

I've been besieged since the clock hit zeros. I'm sick to my stomach. Having to endure her and other Redskins fans celebrating in my face is the worst. The feeling I felt leaving Boston Garden after the Celtics beat the Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals was an awesome feeling. This is the exact opposite. But you know what, I talk the talk so I'll walk the walk. I owe a few lunches back at the office and I'll pay up. Lord knows I've collected my share over the past few years. Win or lose, I still ride with my squad. I'll state as I've always stated since I was old enough to throw a football.... DC stands for Dallas Cowboys!!!

Now, for the long flight home tonight and the Excedrin I'll need the next few weeks until the Boys get a chance to get revenge on those joker Skins. All in all, we did have an enjoyable anniversary weekend here. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Dallas, dined on some fine foods here at the hotel and even hit up a Whataburger while here. We attended a Skins-Boys afterparty for a few hours after the game and that was an event in itself. I'll post the rest of the pics and vids when I'm back in town.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Friday, September 26, 2008

Love vs Hate

It's that time again. At least two games per season the wife and I are directly at odds with one another. Now don't get it twisted, we love each other as husband and wife. But this love/hate thing with regards to our respective football squads is true to life. I hate the Redskins and she dislikes the Cowboys. I say dislikes, cuz I don't think her level is one of hate as is mine. Each week we sit and root against each other's team. It doesn't matter who they're playing. We cheer and pump our fists when the other team loses or laugh when they make a bad play on the field. It's deep seeded within each of us. We approach a time when our teams play one on one versus the other. This is what it's all about. We'll hug about 5 minutes before the game starts and from there the ice grillin', scowls and trash talk begins.

We're now entering the 4th football season since we began dating and we've never missed a Redskins-Cowboys game together. We've either been in front of the TV or there live. I keep trying to tell folks that my wife is a trooper. She loves football as much as I do. It's a perfect complement to a relationship. Two of those Redskins-Cowboys games over the course of the past 3 seasons we attended at FedEx Field. On both of those occasions, the Redskins won. Thus, she has the upper hand. Nothing is worse for me than having her gloat in my face that the times we went to the games to see the rivalry, her team came out victorious. Plus, I can admit to being a big baby when the Cowboys lose to those bums and sometimes zoning out for a few hours without uttering a single word.

I'm looking for some good karma this go round. We're flipping the script this weekend. We're headed to Big D for the game. This is the last Redskins-Cowboys game at Texas Stadium and you know I did everything in my power to facilitate this trip. Being that this is also our anniversary weekend, we'll do some other cool things while in Dallas as well. Best believe I'll have a ton if pics when we return.... hopefully with a Cowboys victory!

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wedding Cake... 365 Days Later

What idiot came up with the bright idea for married folks to eat the wedding cake on their 1st year anniversary???? That joint is frozen for a year and we're actually supposed to eat it??? That's tradition??? Go to bed with a stomach ache or maybe something worse??? Well, it took me like 10 minutes to unwrap the thing with all the foil and Saran Wrap. I don't know who wrapped it, but whoever it was needs a job at Planned Parenthood.

Without a doubt the cake was good during our wedding reception and for a few weeks thereafter. But last night??? Nope. We both took a few crumbs, about a finger full of icing and tossed that sucka in the trash. To think my wife told the waiter at the restaurant we didn't need dessert cuz we had dessert at home. I knew I should've ordered some cheesecake or somethin' sweet while we were there. Oh well. Such is life.

Let me Google to see where this crazy tradition originated. I need to know where this foolishness started and by whom.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Year Ago Today....

in the words of Tony! Toni! Toné!... "It's Our Anniversary"

I have a lot to be thankful for and at times I'm guilty of taking so much for granted in my life. Nothing that's worth having comes easy. By the grace of God I can say that I'm blessed to have such a beautiful woman as my wife. That doesn't mean that we don't have our days when things don't go as we would like them to go. But we're making it. People are selfish and superficial. What makes them happy today, irritates them tomorrow. Love does not equal happiness, love equals commitment. Within the commitment you will experience happiness, pain, sorrow, disappointment and joy. Love is when you make the choice to endure hardship together. Love is truly a very beautiful thing.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Monday, September 22, 2008

MOS DEFinitely
(pic is from Mos Def's NYC Show)

Had the opportunity to check out Mos Def last night at the Kennedy Center. Yeah, that's right... the Kennedy Center. DC Metro folks know that the Kennedy Center is not a typical venue where you'd expect to see a rap concert. You're more likely to catch an orchestra performance or an opera there. However if you're not aware, Mos Def is one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists. The performance last night showed just how talented the brother really is. He came to town with his big band Amino Alkaline Orchestra - The Watermelon Syndicate and they rocked the Kennedy Center from start to finish. Mos was backed up by the RCDC Experiment comprised of keyboardist Robert Glasper, saxophonist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Chris Dave. This is the fourth time I've seen this dude perform. Back in '99 (I think) for Howard U's homecoming, 2 years ago at the 9:30 Club with Talib Kweli, Jean Grae and Pharoahe Monch on the Breed Love Odyssey Tour and just this past July at the Rock The Bells Festival. However last night was truly one of the best overall.

My man put on a show, ya hear? The versatility that he displayed was incredible. I mean, I know dude was a great hip-hop artist and could sing, but he expanded upon that. The show opened his band 25+ piece band (horns, keyboards, guitar, drums, strings, and DJ Preservation) hitting the stage while a video was shown on the screen. It was that of Petey Greene eating watermelon. If you've never seen this clip, you're missing out.

The show was a mix of hip hop, jazz, and R&B. Imagine hearing a live band hit cuts like Ghostface's "Iron Man", Isaac Hayes "Walk On By", De La Soul's "Stakes Is High" and for my Go-Go folks he hit JYB's "Sardines". If you've attended a Mos Def show, you know he almost always does his version of the Star Spangled Banner. Yep, he did it again last night. The highlight of the night might've been when he did BBD's Poison. When Mos started singing that joint, the crowd went wild. Hell, I was amped myself. I'm telling you, his live jazzed up version was off the chains! Click here to listen to Mos Def's Poison

As always you got a few unruly Negroes in the crowd. Folks yelling from balconies and what not. Now, I'm not sure if that part was staged though. Tyler Perry does that during his plays where things appear to be random, then when you talk to someone else about a play they went to, the exact same thing occurred. When I checked reviews from Mos Def's NYC show at Carnegie Hall in June, there were some comments about folks hollering too. Regardless, it was still funny. It's real easy for the man on the mic to shut em up.

Now, for a good part of the show this chic (who came late) right behind us was making a rack of noise. She was sitting down and dancing in her seat, the bangles on her wrist sounded like a damn tambourine and on occasion when she talked, the raspy-ness of her voice was slightly irritating to my ears. Then when Mos hollered something bout Chicago, she got all hyped like he had shouted out Brooklyn. It was dark, but as Black folks tend to do when someone is kciking their seat in the movies, I peeped back for a second to give the "ummmm... can you chill look" and then turned back around. They took a 15 minute intermission and the house lights went up.

Right before the second half of the show began, she was talking to the girl next to her and would not shut up. I couldn't help but to listen ya know. I heard her mention something about paparazzi and there needing to be some kind of law against what they're doing. At this point I figured I'd turn around to see who this fool was. Maaaaaaaaaaaaan, if it wasn't Michelle from Destiny's Child with her skinny tail.

If you don't know who Michelle is, she's the other girl on stage with Kelly and Beyonce. Just as a refresher, here's a GIF of when she fell on 106 & Park. A classic moment on live TV if I may say so myself.

Anyway, back to the show. I couldn't figure out for the life of me why she was talkin' bout some paparazzi??? Obviously she was at the show sitting behind me and my wife (with no security or bouncers) and I didn't hear one person say a thing or see anyone come up to her the entire night. I don't even think the folks in her row knew who she was.

Now, the ghetto G. Mo would've pulled out the camera phone with the quickness and snapped a pic, just to piss her off. But I had to remember where I was and who I was with and kept it chill. I just made brief eye contact with her, gave a smirk and turned back around without incident. I mentioned it to my wife and basically said "If that aint Michelle behind us making all that noise, she's got a twin sister". The show proceeded, she continued to party, but the wife and I enjoyed the show without major interruption. Now, explain to me why Michelle jetted out during Mos Def's finale, like someone was gonna ask her for an autograph when the lights came back up.

EDIT: 20 minutes after I initially posted this entry, I did some Googling and look at what I found. Sorry Michelle, I guess you were right about the paparazzi. LOL

Street Roach Pics of Michelle at Kennedy Center

Of course, Mos finished up with "Umi Says". But not before he asked the projectionist "Can I please see Mr. President" and a picture of Barack Obama hit the screen to thunderous applause from the crowd. The brother definitely is skilled in his craft. He was out there having a lot of fun and we partied right there with him.
(pic is from Mos Def's NYC Show)

Here's a recent interview done with Mos Def as he discusses the Amino Alkaline Orchestra - The Watermelon Syndicate

As my man Mos Def finished up the show, he took a lap around the Kennedy Center auditorium like he was being introduced at an NBA All-Star game. So you know as my man came down my aisle, I had to dap him up. The performance he gave was incredible.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Saturday, September 20, 2008

...And The Winner Is

First off, I want to thank the person who nominated me for this honor, Ms. Veronica Wright. Keep on doing what you're doing over there with The Ups (and downs) of Being Wright.

(click pic to view her blog)

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all. To the many folks who've stopped through occasionally and read my rants and rhetoric for just short of 4 years, I hope I've kept you entertained. I don't know how to accept an award for just speaking the truth. That's kind of odd to me. I say what I feel and feel what I say. I do however want to thank my mom for providing me inspiration to write at an early age. Through poetry and diaries in notebooks from as early as the 3rd grade, I learned to express the growing pains that I encountered as a kid in a more constructive ways versus venting aloud about life challenges.

In accordance with the honor bestowed upon me, I'll continue with the rules set forth.

1 - When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you and link them back.
2 - Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in their content or design.
3 - Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Honest Weblog’.
4 - Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).
5 - And then we pass it on!

In looking over other blogs and those who've received awards, some have chosen to add more honest tidbits about themselves and some have refrained. I can't say that I have anything additional to add that I haven't already said before. Plus, adding more info was not part of the 5 rules. Thus, I invite you to read past blogs or check out my favorites on the right under My Favorite Blog Entries.

I'm looking over at a few folks I read regularly and I suppose I can come up with 7. So here they are.

Metro Man
Eb the Celeb
Thoughts of a Southern gal

If you're on this list, DO NOT feel obligated to participate. The tag was just my way of saying that I enjoy your thoughts and honesty as well.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wanna Get Away?

First off, you know I'm amped up cuz my 'Boys squad came through last night. But one thing about this game continues to make me laugh. It was the boneheaded play by the Eagles WR DeSean Jackson. He's a very talented playmaker, but what the hell was this fool thinking as he entered the endzone? It was something perfect for a new Southwest Airlines commercial indeed. But wait, it isn't the first time me did something completely ridiculous when going in for a touchdown. This clown did something just as idiotic a few years ago during a HS game.

Last night's 'smart' move

Score FIRST... then celebrate. He's REAL lucky that none of the 'Boys D scooped up the ball after he did that foolishness. He's fortunate that the Eagles scored on the next play. Bryan Westbrook bailed him out big time. When Plaxico Burress did that craziness his rookie year with the Steelers, the Jags took the ball all the way back for a TD. He had caught like a 40 yd pass and got up all pumped and spiked it, but no one touched him. The Jags DB picked it up and took that joint to the house.

Regardless, the Cowboys were victorious in a very hard fought game 41-37. Obviously neither team played much defense until the Eagles last possession when my boys stepped up. Loved the play of Felix Jones and Marion Barber though.

I'll take the W though. Best believe that I'm in a real good mood today. How Bout Dem Cowboys!!!???

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

My man Emmitt Smith has a number of perennial achievements under his belt. He is the only running back to ever have won a Super Bowl title, the NFL MVP award, the NFL rushing title and the Super Bowl MVP award all in the same season. He's the NFL's All-Time rushing leader with 18,355 yards.

He won Dancing With The Stars.

He scooped up his lovely wife Patricia who had been previously married to Martin Lawrence

He believes in change.

He also does a great amount of charitable work in the community. But my man Emmitt is definitely not a candidate for ESPN's Commentators Hall of Fame. As a diehard 'Boys fan, he'll always be my dude. But when he's in front of the mic... my ears bleed.

Just last week he said that the Giants gave the rest of the league the 'bootprint' on how to beat the Patriots. Yeah, you heard right. My man said 'bootprint', as in Timbs. Not blueprint. Every week he seems to outdo himself with more gaffes and errors. It's painful to watch sometimes. Okay I'm lying, it's painful to watch all the time. He's competing for the worst announcing slot currently being occupied by Eric Dickerson and Tim Hardaway. If you ever heard those two guys talk on mic, my condolences. So for the good of all mankind, please stop bruh. Please!!!!

However, here's a collection of his comedic errors.

Pass the Kleenex. I'm still crying in laughter.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Who is this masked man?

The man you see pictured above unleashed irreparable pain and suffering upon me on Friday evening. The threshold of my hearing was infringed upon. He caused damage to my nervous system and violated my nasal passages. Let me explain. I was standing outside Border's in DC on Wisconsin Avenue across from Mazza Gallerie. I was posted up while waiting for my partners to come through so we could grub at Maggiano's. I was just chillin', making a few calls and such. Out of nowhere I heard this loud MERP MERRRRP MEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRP thunderous tuba-like sound come from nowhere. About 3 seconds the nastiest smell of a waste and sewage ever imaginable was present in the air. I looked over to the left and there he was... a homeless vet.

He was knocked out with a book in his lap and legs spread wide open. Perfect position for launch. Dude let loose a chorus of flatulence along with a wave of nerve gas that almost debilitated me. As the reflex of regurgitation took over, I slowly staggered away from the scene of the crime to a safe location... at the bar.

There I detoxed myself from the punishing power of pew with vodka and cranberry. I don't know what his name is, how old he is or what he did in the military... or even if his note about being a vet was true, But in my eyes, he's the Unabomber. I'm lucky to be alive folks. Continue to pray for my safety folks.

Peace & Love..

G. Mo

Friday, September 12, 2008

Shameless Plug: Maxwell in DC

I'm gonna make this real quick. Maxwell is coming to DC. The man has decided to climb outta the cave and grab the mic again. Ladies... get a glass of ice water and calm down. Y'all be getting excited about this dude like lil' girls running after Michael Jackson and his sequin gloved hand gripping that Pepsi can in '84. I don't get it, but anyway. Fellas, I know. It aint up to us to decipher. Just man up and take ya lady. I saw Maxwell back when I was at Howard U sometime in '96 I think. He opened up for Groove Theory & The Fugees. Yeah, that long ago. If I recall, the admission was like 5 bucks. I remember ere'body in Cramton Auditorium laughing the dude's attire before he even sang a note. His hair was wild, he had on plaid bell bottoms and some platform shoes. When I say cats were laughing, that's an understatement. I recall hearing "Look at this bamma" more than a few times. I saw Maxwell again at this Vibe Magazine party in NYC in '97. He's aiiiight though. A good performer in my opinion. He's been absent for a minute though and this is the brotha's first tour in 6 years.

Now of course I got tickets. I'm not giving the tickets away, so no offers of face value or $3.77 on top of face ya dig? Ticketmaster does murder me with all the stupid charges ya know? Hell, I'll probably just post the link to my seats on StubHub and then it'll be easier for all parties involved. This is my hustle folks. This is what I do. As with all events, you can attempt to get better, more 'economical' seats through Ticketmaster if you desire. But I've got them... in hand! How do I continue to do this you ask? Ancient Chinese secret. Ha ha.

Maxwell with Jazmine Sullivan
Black Summer's Night Tour
DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC
Monday November 17 at 8:00pm

DAR Constitution Hall Seating Diagram (click to view)

For this show,
I've got box, orchestra and tier seats. Box seats are always good for a much better view with decent legroom and space. However, you may elect to sit in the orchestra or tier. Your choice. If you're interested feel free to shoot me an email.


G. Mo

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

From the City to the Country

I've been in the DC area pretty much most of my life minus some years in the military. My mom is from NY and my dad is from NC and through the course of life I've visited family in those areas many times. But Charlotte, NC is no where near country life if you're thinking deep south or farm living. NY certainly doesn't qualify for that. So I suppose you could say I've grown up in the city most of my life. Even in the 'burbs of PG or Mo County, I've been just a hop, skip and jump from DC or B-more. I've visited extended family and friends in SC or VA who lived in 'the country' as they called it. But until recently, at the 'tender' age of 36, I was truly given evidence of what 'the country' really was.

Enfield, NC. Ever heard of it? I surely hadn't until I met my wife a number of years ago. Well, that's where a good part of her family is from. All I knew about North Carolina was Charlotte & Raleigh.... that's it. About 2 years ago we went down there for Christmas. It was cold and dark. That's all I really remember. We stayed just one night at a hotel in Rocky Mount and traveled to Enfield from there. That was a short and sweet stay during the winter season.

A few weeks ago we ventured down there for the family reunion. Now my family (both mom's and dad's sides) generally have their reunions like every 5-7 years. Her folks do this every August. Aiiiiight, that's cool with me. We drive down there and meet up with everyone. Of course we're still the newlyweds, so the congrats from the extended family continue to flow. Went over to this small community center where the family met up for the reunion program where we sat down and ate some good ole BBQ with cole slaw & fried fish. Stayed there for a few hours, then went back to the hotel.

Next morning we got up and drove over to her grandfather's garden. Now folks, when my wife told me he had a garden, she didn't tell me that it was 11 football fields of garden. I mean acres and acres. Wow!!! That's about all I can say. It was hot and ya boy was sweatin' out there. I mean I felt like the sun was propped up on my shoulder. We walked around the field and I saw this huge pig. I mean HUGE!!! That joker was breakfast, lunch & dinner for the next month for a family of 12.

I continued walking as she, her mom, aunt and granddad were further out in the fields grabbing stuff. I had no clue what they were bagging up. But within seconds, I had a vision. No, it couldn't possibly be true!!!??? A field full of watermelons... yes lawd!!!! Granddad took that joint and cracked it wide open. It looked gooder den a mug boy. I don't know who started, but someone stuck their hand in it and grabbed a handful. Then someone else. I stood there for a sec. I'm used to slicing up my watermelon. Ya know, clean style. Granddad was like "Betta get you summa that" and best believe I took him up on the offer.

Man was it good. So what if I had to spit out the seeds. It was sooooooooooo sweet. Loaded some on the red wagon and pulled them to the car.

I carried mine though. It was slightly larger than a regulation size football. Aiiight, that joint was heavy for real. LOL.

We loaded them in the trunk of the car along with other items picked from 'the garden'.

I mean, we had watermelons, cantaloupe, butter beans, peanuts, squash, sweet potatoes, string beans... awwww maaaaaaan it's crazy.

You know my city butt don't know nothin' bout the country like that. If I had know, I'd a rented a truck to drive down there. You know I stay hustlin' stuff right? Off that trip alone I was ready to come back home and open up G.Mo's Farmer's Market fa real. Let me see. If we go down there twice a month with a truck and... oh nevermind. It'll never work. I'd probably eat the profits. I can't eat tickets.

But seriously, I had a great time. The family joked on me the entire time I was there about being a 'city boy'. I mean, that's what I know. I wasn't raised on a farm or had family in country environments to see stuff like that. But now I truly understand when folks say that they're from the country. Trust that I've heard enough stories about black bears and snakes to still be a bit fearful of wanting to live down there, but I can see how truly peaceful it can be. I thank my wife for introducing a different side of life to me. Best believe that we've been eating good for the past few weeks... and still have food bagged up in the freezer. Going down there is something that I look forward to doing more often now.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In Yo Face!!!!

Got something I was looking for from my UPS man today. It was a t-shirt that I had ordered from a small shop in Denver. But this isn't an ordinary t-shirt. It's the O-Face t-shirt which shows Barack Obama posterizing John McCain like Vince Carter did to Frederick Weis at the 2000 Olympics.

I mean, you have seen Senator Obama's ballin' right? If not, you better search Google and YouTube for the clips. My man is a lefty and has got skills.

Now as far as the shirt goes, I saw it being worn by Nas at Rock the Bells and Spike Lee also had it on during the DNC last week. I love the shirt and had to get one.

Cop the O-Face T-shirt from UNDRCRWN

Cop the O-Face T-shirt from The 400

Best believe that I'm gonna rock this joint until Nov. 4 and thereafter. Look closely at the image on the T-shirt. Notice that white flag that Senator McCain is waving in his right hand. Let's get out here and vote to make that a reality.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Uncle G. Mo & The Girlz

I'm updating this previous entry from last month with pics from of the girls from their first day of school last Monday. I've kind of made it a tradition to be present on opening day. Not as if I'm not around a good amount as it is, but it's just something I look forward to as an uncle. We're blessed to be in the same state right now and you never know what life changing events may alter that for the future. New job, family moves, etc. You just never know. So, as long as I'm able, I enjoy being there. Oh yeah, if you look closely my 6 yr old niece was indeed eating her Honey Grahams cereal with chocolate milk. Yuck!!! LOL. Enjoy.

Uncle G. Mo Takes The Girlz To School - Photo Gallery


This one has been a long time coming. Although I haven't mentioned my nieces a lot over the past number of months, don't think that I haven't spent time with them aiiiight. I've been there since the day the oldest was born and I will continue to be there every step of the way. I love those little young ladies dearly. I've got hundreds of pictures of them from this year alone, maybe a thousand. I did my best to capture as much as I could and I'll always take pics to preserve those memories. Of course I couldn't or should I was wouldn't post all of them here, but I did make a gallery of some of my favorites thus far in 2008. I made up 2 galleries. One with flash and one without. Some of my family members who have old computers don't like when I do stuff in flash, thus I end up doing more work in the end trying to email pics to them... LOL.

My little darlings are now 7, 6 & 5 now and I'm simply amazed at their growth. A handful of you who actually started reading my blogs on other sites before I began a blog on my own, are fully aware of how I've chronicled their growth over the years. Best believe that even though they're aging that I'm still there for birthdays, holidays, school programs or even just to drop by and see them when in the area. Now that being married has provided an auntie for them to enjoy time with also, it has become more fun for all of us.

Without further ado, here's the latest photo gallery featuring moments with my nieces. The non Flash one has titles and descriptions of events, whereas the Flash one does not.

Uncle G. Mo & The Girlz - non Flash

Uncle G. Mo & The Girlz II - Flash

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Steal my job, I'll jack your stuff

You can't make stuff up like this folks...

courtesy of

Posted by Mike Florio on September 2, 2008

A strange thing happened to running back Rudi Johnson when he visited with the Detroit Lions on Monday.

Someone stole his stuff.


Specifically, and as we’re told by a reliable source, Johnson left his bags outside CEO Matt Millen’s office while he met with team officials and, ultimately, worked out a deal with the team.

So when Johnson came back to get his bags, they were nowhere to be found. Johnson and Millen were stumped.

Enter the eye in the sky.

The team checked the videotapes generated by the team’s in-house surveillance system, and they quickly identified the culprit.

So who might it have been? None other than Tatum Bell, who lost his gig with the Lions after Rudi arrived.

Per the source, Bell took the bags to the house of a female acquaintance. When confronted on the matter, Bell offered up some cockamamie story that he thought the bags belonged to someone he knew. The girl, however, said that she hadn’t seen Bell in several months and he showed up out of the blue and asked her to keep the bags for a while.

Johnson has retrieved the bags, and it’s our understanding that charges won’t be pressed.

Tatum apparently didn’t know that he was being monitored.

courtesy of Lions Report

Bell's role confirmed in Great Missing Bag Caper
by Tom Kowalski
Wednesday September 03, 2008, 10:19 AM

There was an interesting item in last night concerning two of Detroit's running backs -- recently signed free agent Rudi Johnson and the recently released Tatum Bell. Check out the story here.

A source close to the situation confirmed that it did happen. Whether it was a prank or misunderstanding or something else, that has yet to be determined, but Johnson was "pretty miffed'' according to the source.

Lions president Matt Millen and Johnson, who had been meeting in Millen's office, searched all over the building for the bag. When they couldn't find it, Millen offered Johnson several hundred dollars to tide him over until they could figure out what happened to the bag. As the PFT story indicates, they finally found out what happened and recovered the bag.

An interesting twist is that, earlier on Monday, Bell and Johnson had a good conversation about the city of Detroit, the team, practice schedules, etc. According to the source, though, that was before Bell "put two and two together'' about Johnson's presence in Detroit.

courtesy of

Posted by Mike Florio on September 3, 2008, 2:54 p.m.

The Detroit Lions won’t address the reported luggage heist by former Lions running back Tatum Bell, committed against new Lions running back Rudi Johnson. Per, the team released the following statement: “We are aware of the media reports regarding former player Tatum Bell. Our sole focus continues to be on our regular season opener in Atlanta. We will not have any further comment on the media reports involving Tatum Bell.”

But this statement apparently doesn’t apply to, for example, Rudi Johnson.

Also per, Johnson confirms that Bell took two duffel bags from the team’s locker room on Monday, and that when he got the bags back on Tuesday, items were missing.

“Underwear, socks, credit cards and money. He left my money clip with no money in it,” said Johnson. “He should’ve taken the clip, too. It’s quite stupid if you ask me.”

Johnson also said that he saw Bell take his bags on surveillance tapes at the team’s facility.

“All of this happened after he got released and came in and got some stuff out of his locker,” Johnson said. “That’s when he scooped the bags up, some real shyster, conniving stuff.”

Johnson confirmed that he won’t press charges. “I’m not going to the police for this one,” he said. “I don’t need anybody else, I can handle it.

“He tried to make up some excuse, he tried to blame it on somebody else so I didn’t try to entertain something that didn’t make any sense. He tried to make up an excuse. He said some girl had got it and took it to somebody’s house. The story didn’t make any sense so I didn’t pay it any attention.

“He knows how I feel about it, trust me. He knows how I feel about it and it’s nothing positive. He said it was a mixup. It is what it is.”

Bell could be signing with the Texans. Coincidentally, the Texans host the Lions on October 19.

We have a feeling that, if Tatum is on the team, Rudi will be bringing only a toothbrush. And a crate of whoop-ass.

That's just wrong. Tatum Bell is an idiot for that. He couldn't keep his grip on the football and perform up to par, that's why the Lions cut him. But the dude has sticky fingers when it comes to taking from the other man and running away with his belongings. Talk about a simplified fool. That cat will probably never see another NFL locker room. A team is built around guys you trust both on and off the field. They're a tight knit group of guys working together for a common cause... to win and get to the Super Bowl. No one will ever take their eye off their stuff if he's around. Look at the track record of athletes who've stolen from their teammates. Can you say Albert Connell? He's a former Redskins & Saints WR who stole money from RB Deuce McAllister's pockets in the locker room a number of years ago. That history doesn't fair well for Mr. Bell's grade school games. Without trust, you're the odd man out. God don't like ugly.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo

Naw playa...

Pictured here would be Adam "Don't Call Me Pac-Man No More" Jones of my squad... the Dallas Cowboys. This is how he arrived for the Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon. While I've questioned his off the field antics and bonehead moves, the brotha has tremendous talent no doubt. However, his fashion sense.... ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Tim MacMahon of Cowboys Blog described what Adam wore to the Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon that afternoon.

Adam "Pacman" Jones' suit might have been the highlight of the Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon, a classy event that did a lot of good for the Happy Hill Farm.

Let me do my best to describe this suit. It was brownish-gray with blue fabric that covered the shoulders. And there was a Cowboys star on the right sleeve with a 21 in it. Oh, and the suit had a hood.

Yes, you read that right. His suit had a hood.

The suit was so, um, unique that Brad Sham had Pacman stand up and show it off after each player was introduced to the crowd.

"He's the first guy I ever remember who found a way to incorporate the team colors and the logo and his uniform number into your outfit," Sham said from the dais. "Props to you, brother. That is some cool set of threads right there.

"I'm sure there's a line of Pacman threads coming to a web site near you some time soon."

Sorry, folks, we didn't have a photographer at the event. Perhaps Pacman's suit will get some play on the local sportscasts.

Now folks, I'm a die hard Cowboys through and through, but I'll just stick to the jerseys, t-shirts & hoodies. Adam Jones is on his own with that one...

Peace & Love

G. Mo