D-Wade, Who Did You Call A Hero?

Today I just so happened to catch a story on Dwyane Wade on ESPN’s E60 program. It seemed like a feel-good story about how Wade’s mother, who was addicted to drugs much of Wade’s life, has now made a recovery and re-established her relationship with her son. ESPN reported that Wade grew up in Chicago, protected and reared by his older sister, while his mother used and sold drugs from the family dwelling. After doing various stints in prison, Wade’s mom later got off drugs, became a minister, and was even called a “hero” by her son Dwyane.

Usually in stories like this, I often ask, “Now where was the father?” Sadly, it’s more of a rhetorical question, as I often know the answer. However, in this case, dad was around according to ESPN and Wade. “D-Wade’s” dad was interviewed in the story and had wanted his son to live with him early on as he knew of the things going on in his “baby-mama’s” household. Wade Sr. and Jolinda had divorced when Wade Jr. was a boy. As the boy was becoming a man, Wade Sr.’s son came to live with him with the agreement of his mother Jolinda.

Now, all I know about the life of these three people is what they and ESPN shared in this short piece. But I was left asking, “Should’ve his dad been his hero? Why was the story not about his father, who was now remarried with a family of his own, and how he brought his son home and raised him into a man despite the things he saw his mother do in front of his very eyes?” It seems that the only time the word “hero” should have been used in this story would have been to refer to his dad, not his mother.

This is to not take away from the progress that his mother Jolinda has made in her life. But all too often, even when men do the “right thing”, it really is “no thing” to our society. I dare say, that if D-Wade’s father would have been a drug addict until his college career, the outcome of this story would have been very different. We’ve all heard it before…the “that man was nothing but a sperm donor who didn’t step-up to the plate” or “he didn’t make me the man I am today, my mother was both the mom and dad in my house”. At last report, Shaquille O’Neal’s father was the one addicted to drugs and prison when he was a child, and the two still do not have a relationship to this day.

 

So until I hear otherwise, I want to give a shout of honor to Dwyane Wade Sr., because somebody needs to give him some credit. Not because his son went on to dribble a basketball well and make shots with the sweet-o-meter cranked to high. But because he stepped in to raise a son who would later be a father, a father that would later fight for his own two children in a bitter divorce custody dispute. (See: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/news/story?id=6212517&campaign=rss&source=NBAHeadlines)

Sometimes fathers can teach you much more than how to play sports, but how to be a CornerstoneDad. Sometimes they teach you how to fight for your kids, instead of how to just fight in the street.

Here’s to hoping to hear more about Dwyane Wade Sr. from Dwyane Wade Jr. and the rest of the media.

Perhaps the story below should have been called, The Good Dad:

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Cruising with CornerstoneDad: Chicago Auto Show Wrap-Up

What was hot?

What was cold?

You decide and let me know as below are all of the vehicles that were so special, the manufacturers held press conferences to tell us all about them…or at least about themselves.

Launch: Camaro ZL1 version


Specs:

–          LSA supercharged 6.2L V8 engine

–          estimated 550 hp / 550 lb-ft. of torque

–          high-strength hypereutectic pistons

–          Eaton supercharger

–          six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission

–          new exhaust (first used on the Vette)

–          fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet and most technically advanced Camaro ever

–          planned launch: beginning of 2012

–          Key competitor: Ford’s Shelby GT500

 

Launch: Limited edition Camaro SS Convertible

–       Replica of 1969 pace model

–       Only making 500.

 

Launch: Genesis Sedan 5.0 R-Spec

Wait, is this the same company that made some of the cheapest looking cars just a few years ago?

–      5.0L Tau V8 with DI

–       Most powerful Hyundai engine yet at 429hp, 11.5:1 compression

–       D-CVVT variable valve timing

–       Estimated fuel economy is 16 city and 25 highway

–       “unique R-Spec transmission”…Hyundai’s own 8-speed

–       DI added to Lambda 3.8L bumping HP up to 333 (this should really help the Coupe!)

–       3 engines now available for the sedan: 5.0L V8, 4.6L V8, and 3.8L V6

–       5.0L / 8 spd. powertrain will also be standard in the Equus

 

Launch: Veloster Rally Car

Why do I feel like I need a video game controller in my hand when I look at this car?

–       The only news here is that Hyundai appears to be using this vehicle to go up against Mitsubishi’s Lancer and Subaru’s Impreza. In other words, this is the “boy-racer” model in the line-up. While the company is commercially touting the fuel efficiency of its vehicles, there is obviously money in the budget to focus on vehicle performance as well.

 

Launch: New 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI


–       2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine

–       200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,700 rpm

–       Expected to deliver 31 mpg highway with the manual and 32 mpg highway with the DSG® automatic.

It was interesting that VW spent more time talking about social networking and the popularity of its recent Darth Vader Super Bowl ad than it did the vehicle.

Launch: 2012 TL

I had the same look on my face that I have when my wife comes home after getting her hair done. Do I say I see the difference when I really don't?

–       “newly refined”

–       received 6-speed automatic transmission.

 

Launch: “Man Van” Grand Caravan

I think most CornerstoneDads would add a little more flare to their minivan if it's going to be considered their "man van"

–       3.6L Pentastar V6 and 6-speed transmission

–       283 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.

The outside of the van did not look much different, but the interior is supposed to be a “man cave” with its all black color. What do you call a minivan with the most horsepower and torque in its class and an R/T badge? A minivan.

Launch: Durango R/T


–       5.7L HEMI producing 360 hp / 390 lb.-ft. of torque

–       Best in class 7,400 lb. towing capability

 

Launch: Charger SRT8

Whether 2012, or 1972, the new Charger SRT8 fits in with no problem with its size and power

–       6.4L HEMI with 468hp and 465 lb.-ft. or torque

–       Improvement of 15% for the city and 25% for the highway compared to the 6.1L in the 2010 model

 

Launch: Tradesman 1500

–       Standard 5.7L HEMI (390hp/407lb.-ft.)

–       Five-speed transmission

–       Highway fuel economy rated at 20 mpg

–       Pricing starting at $22,780

 

Launch: 3500 HD

–       turbo diesel engine and emits no diesel exhaust fluid, reducing cleaning time; 800 lb.-ft. of torque

–       Maximum tow rating of 22,700 pounds

 

Since Ford decided to talk about nothing but using social media to launch the new Explorer and other vehicles in the future, I just decided to post the shot of their best vehicle at the show. Like any good reporter, if there’s no news, you just make some up.

Oh how I can't wait for the drag strips to re-open!
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