May the 4th be with you is a catchy pun that sounds like a saying in the Star Wars series, so fans of the movie have dubbed May 4th, Star Wars Day. The pun is based on the phrase “may the force be with you,” which is used by Jedi characters throughout the movie who are telling their comrades to travel safely. This day has been used for a few years, by celebrities, fans, and even politicians to express their fandom for all things Star Wars, May the 4th has gained so much traction that even the series creators are now building celebrations for the day. The way I see it, it would be foolish for the creators and owners of Star Wars to let all of the day’s free publicity go by the wayside, so they are smart to monetize this day in any way possible. I am a Star Wars fan, so I am most likely going to find myself watching at least one of the films today, but for any non fans reading this blog, I recommend starting with Episode Four since it is the first movie released in the series. The visuals and effects in the film are dated, but the story is much more compelling than that of Episode One, and it sets up the desire to view the sequels and prequels. To my readers and Star Wars fans alike, enjoy the day, and May the 4th be with you.
Growing up I was always taught of nine planets, we even had a clever mnemonic used to remember them, “My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.” The first letter in each word denotes the name of one of our solar system’s planets in order: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. In the year 2006 the International Astronomical Union ruled that Pluto should be categorized as a dwarf planet and is no longer to be recognized with the larger planets. I have been upset about the ruling on Pluto for years, since it means my “mother serves us nothing,” but recent debates look to change how we see our planets. Over the past year there has been a push to revise the way we classify planets, which would effectively add Pluto back to our teachable solar system. I love the idea of bringing Pluto back into the list of planets, but it seems like the changes to our planetary classification system would also add several other planets to our solar system. Three of the largest “trans-Neptunian objects” aside from Pluto are Eris, Haumea, and Makemake, these celestial bodies are just a few of what may become the newest planets in our solar system. I will be eagerly following these planetary developments, hopefully we end up with a few new planets. I will start working on a mnemonic for the poor children who will soon be forced to memorize this new list of 17 or more planets in our solar system.
The NFL draft is here, it is the day in which a bunch of young adults become instant millionaires. I have said before that I am a huge football fan, so needless to say, I am very excited for this weekend’s festivities. There are a few very interesting rumors going around about the NFL draft this year, so I decided to throw my opinion into the ring and give my three bold predictions about the draft.
- Jameis Winston will be drafted first
This one isn’t very bold, but it is not a sure thing. Jameis is the best talent available, and he is exactly what the Buccaneers need to get to the next level. Unless another team sets up a ridiculously lopsided trade package, Jameis will be a Buccaneer by the end of this evening.
- The Eagles will trade up in order to draft Marcus Mariota
This has been a rumor for weeks, and the eagles have been making odd moves all offseason to seemingly create a solid trade package for the Oregon QB. I know this one is just a rumor, but it seems like Philadelphia is the most likely outcome for where Mariota will go. The coach likes him, and the offense was built for him, all the Eagles need to do now is figure out how to draft him.
- Adrian Peterson will be traded before the end of the draft
Adrian Peterson, the league’s best running back, has stated that he no longer wants to play for the Minnesota Vikings and has openly spoken of teams he would rather join. The Vikings hold all of the cards in any kind of negotiation, since Peterson is under contract, and has already expressed his displeasure with the organization. I expect an eager suitor to overwhelm the Vikings with players and draft picks in order to gain the services of Peterson next season.
Today is the unofficial start of the NFL season, so if you are a football fan, I definitely recommend checking out what your team has planned for today’s event. I am confident in my predictions, so I will be watching closely to see if I am correct. Draft day is a huge day for many families, I hope the best for the players drafted, and I am excited to see the future stars take their first steps into the NFL.
The NFL draft is only days away, and I as a football fan, am extremely excited. I see the NFL draft as the first official day of the NFL season, and the day that teams set as the turning point for the future of their franchise. In the draft each team gets to choose the best talent available from a pool of eligible college players, with the season’s worst team getting the first pick. This year my favorite team, the New York Giants, did quite poorly and ended up with the 9th pick in the draft. While I was upset at the outcome of the season, I am excited for the team’s future. The Giants faced many injuries last year, and did not fully get a grasp of their new offensive scheme until halfway through the season, so this new year should bring only optimism for Giants fans. After watching last season it is clear that the Giants have several spots where they could draft top talent to fill, but the Giants have always shown to be a team that drafts the best player available, no matter the position, or if they need the player. I am confident in the abilities of the Giants’ front office to do what is right for the team, they have showed time and time again that they know what they are doing, and they keep a positive vision of the future of the team. The NFL is a competitive league, and with 31 other teams in the same position as the Giants, it would be absurd for me to say they will definitely win the Super Bowl next year, but as a fan I wouldn’t dare believe anything different.
Let me start by stating the obvious Tebow does not throw a football very well, at least compared to the average NFL quarterback. I have watched Tim Tebow play for years, and while he knows how to win football games, he is just not a viable NFL quarterback option for most teams. I know, I sound like a basic Tebow hater, but I am actually a big fan of Tim Tebow. It was extremely exciting watching him seemingly take over the football field as he lead the Broncos to the playoffs, and I always wanted the league to give him another chance, but at this point Tebow’s recent signing by the Eagles seems a bit fishy to me. On paper, Tebow would be a fantastic quarterback in Chip Kelly’s high speed offense, he has the mobile skills necessary to run the option, and he also has a keen ability to make plays on the fly. The Eagles would be wise to utilize Tebow as their starting quarterback, however the fact that they currently hold two other legitimate starting quarterbacks on their roster shows that his addition to the team is most likely for different reasons. I am a New York Giants fan, so I really don’t mind if the Eagles completely decimate their team in the pursuit of their absurd championship dreams, but I am excited that Tebow is back in the NFL. The NFL season kickoff is still months away, and with this latest signing all football media is ready to set their watches to Tebow Time. At this point I can only speculate on how Tebow will be used, but as long as he stays in the NFL, I will be eagerly watching to see if he has any more spectacular finishes left to share with fans.
Last week I wrote a blog about Jeopardy and about how they were looking for a new host, there has not been much news on the host search, but I did throw my name into the hat for the contestant search. I am a huge fan of Jeopardy and when I watch the show I regularly find myself playing along and trying to see how far I would make it on the show. While I try my best to beat the champions, I find that sometimes I do really well, and other times I don’t do so well, but I am almost always competitive. I noticed that Jeopardy had an online test available, to see if I was a worthy contestant, so I jumped at the chance to show my skills. The Jeopardy online test consisted of 50 questions from 50 different categories, and each question had a 15 second time limit to answer. The questions were challenging, but reasonable, I honestly feel like there were only about eight questions that had me truly stumped. I understand that there are probably individuals out there who answered all of the questions correctly, but I am confident that I did well enough to make the cut. In my opinion it would be extremely difficult to “ace” this online test due to the sheer variety of the questions. I have witnessed the most brilliant of Jeopardy contestants humbled by a category about tween vernacular. The overall goal of the jeopardy online test is to find the most versatile candidates for the show. I hope I am chosen to get an audition, then I will really show them how unique a contestant I can be. If you are a Jeopardy fan or just a trivia whiz, I would definitely recommend you try your skill on the Jeopardy online test, you may just become the next Jeopardy star.
I have always had a profound love for animals, as a child I used to study heavily about different species and I was always extremely knowledgeable on all things wildlife. Sadly, as an adult I have strayed away from my interest, but from time to time I like to get back into my animal studies. Today, for some odd reason, I started thinking about ostriches, the ostrich is the worlds largest bird and the fact that they weigh in at over 400lbs proves that one would be hard pressed to find a larger fowl. Ostriches are fierce creatures, which not only have immense size, but they also have the ability to maintain blazing speeds over 30 mph. The ostrich’s quick pace actually reminds me of what brought me to thinking about this large bird in the first place. In cartoons ostriches were always portrayed as animals that got spooked quickly and hid their heads in a hole for safety, I never understood why such a speedy bird would do that, and I am just now finding out the tale of the head in the hole is a myth. I know I was an animal buff as a child, but I also really liked cartoons, so I didn’t really delve into the mater, since I knew cartoons were not reality. Ostriches do not hide from danger, they either run from it, or fight it, ostriches have even been known to kill lions when defending their young, so I’m sure they wouldn’t hide from a fight. I honestly don’t fully know why I decided to write about ostriches today, but I definitely learned something from researching the animal, hopefully you readers have gained a respect for the worlds largest bird, and possibly a desire to learn more about the many animals all around us.
In recent years online streaming services have become a home to the art of “binge watching.” Binge watching involves viewing an entire season of a television show in one sitting. Streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, have found a way to take advantage of this method of watching programs by creating original content and releasing it in blocks of several episodes. The newest program available for viewing online is Marvel’s Daredevil, it is a show based on a comic about a blind superhero who uses his day job as a lawyer in order to get closer to his targets. I have seen the first four episodes, and I am very happy with the writing and acting of the show. I love superhero based dramas, and my favorite superhero movie is The Punisher (2004), the protagonist of The Punisher incidentally happens to be a major antagonist in the Daredevil series, so that piqued my interest in this show a bit more. Marvel’s Daredevil is similar to the punisher in that the hero is a human, who happens to have extraordinary skills, both of these programs involve somewhat realistic people in outlandish situations, figuring out how to escape these situations with human strength or skill, they give a sense of realism to the world of superheroes. Daredevil is an extremely gritty show, with a plenty of violence so I would not recommend it to a child, but for an adult who either loves the comic, or is aware of Daredevil, this show is a must watch. This show does justice to a comic book character that was nearly thrown away after a terrible cinematic release years ago. The Daredevil film of 2003 should be completely disregarded when viewing this version of Daredevil. It seems as though the writers have figured out how to correctly portray one of the more complicated comic book characters, and I am eager to see what they decide to do next with the series.
Jeopardy is probably my favorite trivia show, the show has been around for years and it has succeeded in keeping viewers and contestants consistently stumped by its ingenious questions. Jeopardy is a bit different from the standard trivia fare, as this show gives contestants answers and asks for the question as a response. Host, Alex Trebek, has done a fantastic job over the years, giving the answers to questions, and smugly correcting contestants for their incorrect responses. I have always wondered how and if the show could go on without Alex as the host, he has been a fixture on the show since before my birth, and I have grown to love his reactions to an absurd response by a contestant. We will all soon have to learn how the show goes on, as Trebek has announced that this will be his final season hosting. Over the past decade many long running television game shows have chosen a comedian to fill the role as the new host, and while I love the injection of comedy into an “old person’s” show, Jeopardy has an air about it that must be maintained. The new host of Jeopardy must be the kind of person who can be arrogant about his or her intelligence, without insulting the intelligence of the contestants. I can actually think of a few comedians who can fit the role held by Trebek, but in my opinion, the next host of jeopardy must be likable, intelligent, and a bit cocky. Jeopardy is a show that has no star, the show makes stars out of its contestants, I hope the new host can keep the focus on the show, and I hope the show stays the same in spite of the impending changes.
I have to begin by stating how excited I am about my Duke Blue Devils winning the Men’s Basketball National Championship, not only did they win, but they won with the exact score that I predicted in yesterday’s post. Congratulations Blue Devils, let’s make it two years in a row!
Today I decided to visit the New York International Car Show, it is a showcase of some of the auto industry’s most magnificent works. I am generally not a car person, but this show got me pretty excited for next year’s vehicles. The international car show is like a zoo for cars and a playground for grown men, as we get to sit in and play with vehicles we dream about owning, or plan to buy someday. I had some favorites in the show, but of all of the makes available, I was most interested in seeing next year’s edition of the Audis. I love the engineering and style of Audi vehicles, but seeing the showcase of brilliant automotive technology today has me questioning my prime choice of vehicle. I stated earlier that I am not a car person so rather that trying to describe the cars I saw, I will leave you with a few photos of my favorite cars from the event.