Monthly Archives: May 2013

Quick write

My mind is blank

spinning

contemplating whether or not

this is living

existing

breathing

facebook ruined it

twitter kicked it again

it is the face of the youth

but our face is getting a facelift.

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by | May 20, 2013 · 12:47 am

Sports Parity and Why its the Greatest

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Laker Face (Photo credit: daveblume)

After waiting my entire adolescence for true reasons to play the game, and not reaching back for historic moments that I was too young to be apart of, I finally have it. Sports are finally returning to their strong grounds. The amount of parity in professional and college sports had made me more excited than anyone could possibly imagine. And rightfully so.

For years, I watched Laker dominance, Yankee dominance, Red Wings dominance, and the Patriots incredible success as the team of the first decade of the century. Yes, we can now begin to compare the centurial dispute as to which century will be greater in the infancy of modern sports. When you think about it, basketball, football, and hockey are young when compared to soccer, track, and wrestling. It’s impressive to even see how they have gained notoriety so rapidly, not to mention, surpassing some of these sports for the modern world.

Focusing in on the United States sports world, its incredible to see the parity in basketball, football, baseball, and hockey. Week in and week out, there are plenty of noteworthy games on TV, as players have vanquished from the “I’m gonna get mine” mentality and evolved into taking a team-first disposition. Although Lebron isn’t the truest example, when money talks, taking a pay-cut seems logical to get to the victory. Yes the Heat are in another category, but think about how many teams are catching up– the Bulls, Thunder, Grizzlies, Hawks, Nets, Knicks, and of course the perennial fighters in the Lakers, Spurs, and Celtics make this to be what the NBA used to be–battles and modern warfare.

In hockey, seeing the Kings win a title not too long after the Eastern Conference had a stranglehold another California team broke, it’s amazing to watch the greatness on ice. Except for Crosby- I hate that guy. But even in a league where the dominance of one team potentially overshadows a lot of serious fighting, how dope was the way the Islanders fought back into the playoff hunt?

Baseball- Detroit Tigers winning, Yankees sucking, Buster Posey back in San Fran. Need I say more? The downfall of dominance is the most obvious sign that times are changing.

 

The parity being experienced is only paralleled by the greatness of the 1980’s and 1990’s that was broadcast for all eyes to see. The only downside is that too many fans haven’t taken the time to notice.

The modern culture as we know it has created a new form of fandom: virtual, and while it is great to access everything from the tip of your fingers, isn’t it better to be watching KD or D-Wade drilling shots in person? The atmosphere is electric no matter where you sit, and it just doesn’t compare. I live for the days where I can go to sporting events live. I even have a list that is currently being compiled:

Sixers/Phillies/Eagles/Flyers playoff at WFargo/Citizens/Linc

Wherever Lebron is playing

Wherever Kobe is playing

ManU-ManCity

Bayern Munich

Nothing beats seeing heroics, and the way all of the games are moving, more of these moments are bound to happen. Why be caught watching them from a couch when you can watch them in person? Sure, you might be in the highest section, but does that matter when you see the game-winning play?

Bring back the true fandom- sports are getting really good again and you don’t wanna miss it.

 

 

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Finals Period

I’m a college student. I occaisionally get to read a book of choice, usually drink from thursday through Sunday, and never skip class. It’s become a bit of a routine, but it’s better than nothing. Every semester, I try to have the schedule I want, in order to utilize my time. This utilization is usually doing my work for class right after class so I never look at it until the next week. It got me through high school, and my retention then was way worse than it is now. 

 

Unfortunately I started this habit 2 and a half months into the semester, around the same time I began prepping for finals. Fortunately I only have 2 real finals(and a take home paper) so right now my preparation is going strong. But the reason I’m writing this post is to remind myself, as well as any person who stumbled upon my blog (I appreciate you), that finals are not meant to be a test of knowledge. Finals are meant to be a test of patience; who can prepare themselves the way that they need to prepare individually. There have been tests where I studied for 6 straight hours the night before and aced them, or scraped by, but everything is easier when you chip away at it. Instead of making a big deal out of, oh my god I need to do XYZ, just make a habit that fits you. Finals suck for everyone, its the only time some people drink coffee or do drugs, and its there to see how ready you can be for the real world after. 

Just kidding. Reality doesn’t have final exams, they just have presentations worth your salary at that job you earned. Little different, right?

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A Definitive Guide To White Privilege

Thought Catalog

0) White privilege, like whiteness itself, is intangible.

1) The problem with race in America is that people from all sorts of backgrounds coast through life without realizing how race still matters. They will make blanket statements like “we don’t have slavery anymore” or “there’s a black president now” or, even worse, “all of that stuff happened so long ago.” But that’s just it – it didn’t happen all that long ago, actually, and it is still happening. Cultural amnesia.

2) Whenever “diversity” or “race” comes up as a way to create opportunities for minorities, someone will say, “Race shouldn’t matter as much as merit. I don’t think people should be judged based on the color of their skin. Everyone should be judged without regards to their skin.” And they’re exactly right.

3) Because race isn’t about skin color. Race is a systemic, governmental, juridical set of processes rooted in…

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Jay Mohr’s Incredible Olympic Wrestling Rant Transcribed.

Absolutely correct what Mohr has said here. I’m not a wrestler, but I was always impressed with the guys who did wrestle. They do more than any of us ever will, endure more pain, and all for a chance to maybe wrestle for gold. For the love of the game.

Also, swimming isn’t a real sport. Who thought it would be cool to make a basin of water 12 feet deep, and see who could float across the fastest?

Undercard Superstar

Actor/comedian Jay Mohr has a daily radio show on Fox Sports Radio which I catch off-and-on throughout the day and download at night.  On my way to the barber (yes, gents, a BARBER, not a stylist) yesterday, I caught a few minutes of the opening of his show yesterday and was blown away by his enthusiasm towards the subject of the IOC removing wrestling from the Olympics in 2020.  Regardless of your thoughts on the matter one way or another, it was fascinating to listen to.  I couldn’t find any clips of it up, so I listened to show again and transcribed it.  Here it is, in its (mostly) entirety.

“This is horrible.  This is why I have this job, ‘cuz for a moment like this for me to explain to you guys how important of a sport this is.  I am a wrestler, it’s in our DNA.  When you…

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