–Aloysius, our Executive Director of Sports Information here at Everyone’s Entitled to Joe’s Opinion, welcomes you to this week’s Dead Celebrities Edition of the Monday Melange. First up, we have Al Davis. Al Davis died this past week at the age of 82. He was the owner of the Oakland Raiders forever; under his watch they became the Los Angeles Raiders and then the Oakland Raiders again. He also served a stint as commissioner of the AFL and oversaw its merger with the NFL in 1970. In 1992 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
–Next up we have Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs died this past week at the age of 56. We all know who he was. If you have a Mac, an Ipod, an Iphone, an Ipad, an Iwhatever, you know who he was. Steve Jobs had had health problems ever since 2004, and had taken several leaves of absence for that reason before stepping down for good earlier this year.
–Now we have an item for the People With WAY Too Much Time On Their Hands archive: Here is somebody who isn’t dead, but he and his church spend lots of time picketing other people’s funerals. Of course I’m talking about Fred Phelps and the good people over at Westboro Baptist. They announced that they would be protesting Steve Jobs’ funeral. Their reason: Steve Jobs had (so they say) a huge platform from which to glorify God and he did not use it for that purpose.
They made this announcement in a Tweet sent via Iphone. Aloysius: “Perhaps they should have used the iRony hashtag. These people have WAY too much time on their hands!!!!!”
Since we’re talking about Fred Phelps, it is appropriate that we close out this week’s edition with a video of Derek Webb performing a song he wrote in honor of Phelps and the good people of Westboro Baptist entitled “Freddie, Please”.