College football is a sport full of rivalries and none have been more one sided and disappointing than the matchup of Miami and Florida State over the past 10 years. I have been a University if Miami football fan for years, and while they were a very good team when I was young, they have become less than a shell of the powerhouse they once were. Florida State on the other hand has seen mostly prosperity in the recent years, with a Heisman trophy winner and a National Championship in 2013. Over the past 10 years of this rivalry, FSU has won eight times, and they are an overwhelming favorite to win tonight. Miami looks to be improving, but they just have not managed to shake the stench of mediocrity in recent years. A win tonight will go a long way in shaping the future of the Miami Hurricanes, I expect tonight to be the night that Miami shows the nation that they are still relevant, and that they can and will contend for a national title in the near future. I am predicting a Miami win by the score of 27-17, the Hurricanes will manage to come out strong and keep up the tempo all game. Florida State is not a bad team by any stretch, but they are coming into this game slightly injured, and their five year win streak may lead to a bit of overconfidence. I can’t wait to see what happens in this matchup, I hope to see the Hurricanes win, but I’m sure the game will be extremely exciting and entertaining.
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.
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.
Today is a big day in sports, while the Major League Baseball season started yesterday with the Cardinals taking on the Cubs, today all other teams get a chance to play. My impressions of yesterday’s game were mostly positive as I love that baseball is back, but it seems like the Cubs just can’t shake their losing ways. The Cubs were shutout yesterday in this seasons inaugural game, and it is starting to look like all of the big changes they made in the offseason won’t help them win a championship this year. The Cubs have not won a championship since 1908, and while I would love to see this “curse” broken, the team needs to believe they can win before they start winning. I know there has only been one game, so I will hold further judgment until at least June, the Cubs will have plenty of time to figure things out before I chide their performance. The team I am most excited for this year, is the New York Yankees, the Yankees have been struggling the past few years, but barring any major injuries, I feel they may have a chance make the playoffs this year. All baseball fans have a strong opinion of the Yankees, and given the fact that the team is very old, the haters have been quite loud in their opposition. I am optimistic this year because the team is extremely talented, and as long as they stay healthy, the Yankees will be a formidable opponent to any team in the MLB.
The last event going on today that will round out this full day of sports is the college basketball championship game, The two teams who have made it to the final game are the Wisconsin Badgers, and the Duke Blue Devils. I have been extremely vocal in my support for Kentucky as they were the most talented team in the tournament, but Wisconsin found a way to defeat them in the Final Four. I really like the Wisconsin team, but I am a Duke fan and I will roll with the Blue Devils, the score of the game tonight will be 68 – 63 with Duke winning the championship. I hope all of the events going on today are enjoyable, and I hope every sports fan out there enjoys the action today.
There has been quite a bit of talk lately about standardized testing in the school systems, it seems as though almost every other commercial during the news is a political ad bashing standardized tests. Many of these commercials involve parents sitting in meeting room, speaking about how their child is stressed, or about how these tests are taking up a disproportionate amount of time that could be allotted to learning more important things. One of these commercials truly struck me, it involved a father speaking about how his first grader came home drained and depressed from the amount of learning he had to “endure” in school, all due to these tests. That commercial is extremely upsetting to me, not because the child was “drained” from school, but the fact that learning too much at school is considered a bad thing. Maybe it’s just me, or due to my upbringing, but I was always taught to treat school as my job, and I did my best to learn and excel at everything I was taught. If something at school was too hard, I asked my parents for help or did extra research, but I can honestly say I was never so heavily burdened by the amount of work given at school that I felt like quitting. I understand that everybody learns at a different pace, and I feel as though schools are doing their best to work with everyone, but this commercial made it seem as though this child was just going to school for fun, then he happened to be blindsided by the necessity of learning. As for standardized testing, I don’t agree that it should be used to grade teachers, I think it should be used as a benchmark for student growth. Students should be required to take a test at the start and at the midpoint of each year to assess their growth, and teachers should be rated on the overall growth of their students, as well as individual grades. The United States is already falling behind other countries when it comes to math, science, and even reading, so I find it hard to believe that lightening the workload will help us catch up. I am not fully sure of what will come out of these standardized testing debates, but one thing I do know is that the actual learning aspect of school must stay the most important, in order for the United States to stay intellectually relevant in this ever changing world.
The NCAA quarterfinals starts today, and all of the teams who have been privileged enough to make it this far will be playing hard to stay in this tournament. This round of the tournament is often referred to as “The Elite 8,” and of the final eight remaining teams there are really no shockers, each team is a perennial powerhouse looking to bolster the notoriety of their program. This weekends games will prove who is the best in each region, and solidify the Final Four matchups. Here are my picks:
Wisconsin over Arizona
Wisconsin plays a slower style of basketball than I am used to enjoying, but the team’s off court antics have me secretly rooting for them to win it all. Wisconsin Forward, Nigel Hayes, has been entertaining college basketball fans with his expansive vocabulary, and his infatuation with stenography. Nigel has been trying to stump the stenographers all week by randomly tossing “academic words” into his press conferences. I hope Wisconsin makes it to the final four, just so media day will be slightly more interesting.
Kentucky over Notre Dame
What can I really say about The Kentucky Wildcats, these extremely talented young basketball players, who have a chance to all be drafted into the NBA this year, are still undefeated. Kentucky even doubled the score of their last opponent after hearing of the Twitter trash talk from one of the team’s players. This team is just too good to root against, and too good to bet against. I not only have them winning this game handily, but I have them completely steamrolling the competition until they raise that trophy.
Duke over Gonzaga
I am a huge Duke fan, and even with all of their close games they have managed to make me proud and get back to the elite 8. Gonzaga is a strong team with great players and solid coaching, but I honestly don’t see Duke blowing it this late in the tournament.
Louisville over Michigan State
I will admit I didn’t really give either of these teams much of a chance to get here, but they have shown to be consistent year after year. Over the past ten years these two teams have a combined 6 final four appearances, along with Louisville winning the championship 2 years ago. This one was a hard decision but I have to pick Louisville in a very close game, this one will surely be exciting wire to wire.
So there you have it, my final four teams are Wisconsin, Kentucky, Duke, and Louisville. I hope all of the games are as exciting as the rest of the tournament has been. I look forward to enjoying this great weekend of college basketball.
Yesterday’s games have ended, and sadly my Albany Great Danes were eliminated, they had a great season, and tried their best but the size of Oklahoma’s front court was too much for them. I will be making my predictions for the next 2 days worth of games right now so I can move on to other topics the rest of the week.
UAB over UCLA
Kentucky over Cincinnati
Ohio State over Arizona
Georgia State over Xavier
Villanova over NC State
Georgetown over Utah
UNC over Arkansas
Notre Dame over Butler
Saturday should be a fun day of basketball. I placed Georgia State as a winner in a shocker, since this team is already looking like this year’s “cinderella.” Georgia State is the little school, seeded as a big underdog, with the coach who celebrates like they won the championship after each win. Coach Ron Hunter has already torn his Achilles during one celebration, and fallen off his chair during another, I would live to see his enthusiasm and love for the game throughout the tournament.
Sunday’s matchups seem a bit tamer that today’s games, as Friday’s winners were the expected teams for the most part. Here are my picks:
Duke over San Diego State
Virginia over Michigan State
Kansas over Wichita State
Dayton over Oklahoma
Gonzaga over Iowa
Oregon over Wisconsin
Maryland over West Virginia
Louisville over Northern Iowa
I chose a few upsets for Sunday, the biggest being Dayton over Oklahoma, the lower seeded teams will have to play extremely well if they want to compete with the favorites, as the top ranked teams playing on Sunday seemed to blow out their opponents in the last round. San Diego State has a chance to beat Duke of they can start strong and keep up with Duke’s shooters. Duke is a very good team, but in past years they have shown that they can inexplicably falter in pressure situations. I know they have new players and a new team, but there is just something about playing for Duke that has these young talented player resting on their laurels, and getting caught off guard.
The “First Four” is over, so the NCAA tournament is finally in full swing. As promised I will now give you my list of first round predictions for today’s games, some are a bit crazy but I will add a few explanations at the end.
Notre Dame over Northeastern
Iowa State over UAB
Baylor over Georgia State
Arizona over Texas Southern
I have chosen all favorites in these matchups since these games seem pretty cut and clear. The only possible upset I am concerned with here is Georgia State over Baylor, Georgia State is on a hot streak and they have a bit of tourney experience thanks to the play of former Louisville guard, Kevin Ware, this game will most likely be much closer than expected.
Texas over Butler
SMU over UCLA
Ole Miss over Xavier
Ohio State over VCU
In this set I have quite a few upsets, most of them are for bracket reasons, but I honestly believe Ole Miss and Ohio state have shown they belong in the “big dance” over the past few weeks of play, and they are primed to let the nation know.
Villanova over Lafayette
UNC over Harvard
Cincinnati over Purdue
Utah over SF Austin
The Utah game will be close, this might be the one to watch in this block of games, SF Austin has been playing hot this entire season. I won’t say much about Villanova since they have been fantastic, and watch out for UNC they are currently playing inspired basketball, I expect them to go a long way in this tournament possibly even to the final game.
Kentucky over Hampton
LSU over NC State
Arkansas over Wofford
Georgetown over E Washington
The only team to talk about in this line is Kentucky, they are young, talented, hungry, and very good. I would be shocked if they even have a close game before the “Elite 8” it may be too soon to crown them champs, but their undefeated record, and convincing wins say otherwise. It would take a tremendous miracle for anyone to beat Kentucky at this point.
That does it for Thursdays matchups, I will return tomorrow to explain how my UAlbany Great Danes have a chance at the “Sweet 16.”
Over the past couple of weeks there has been several terrible stories related to fraternities and their members in the news. These reports involved some disturbing topics such as racism, drug sales, and even rape. Many people may look at these stories and wonder “what happened to ‘Greek life?’” but I must say, based on my college experience, that these things are not new, and frankly I would be shocked if the Universities and Fraternities involved where actually oblivious to these behaviors. I have never been in a frat, but I have been recruited countless times, and I have many friends who were heavy in “Greek life,” one of the things that is clear about fraternities today, is that they are little more than high powered street gangs. Fraternities feed on and foster an environment of misogyny, the alcohol fueled actions of frat brothers are only amplified by the peer pressure to which they so readily adhere. I remember several frat brawls taking place during my time in college, and all of them involved alumni in some way. Whatever these students are taught during their time in a frat is heavily imbedded into who they are, and it continues to be spread to new members of the groups. All fraternities are not bad, some decent chapters are now tainted by the actions of some of their distant frat brothers, but a few bad apples do spoil the appearance of the bunch. The problems that occur with fraternities cannot be easily fixed if at all, unfortunately the only way to fix fraternities is to find the ones who are breaking rules and shut them down. “Frat boys” have never been the most upstanding individuals, but their transgressions were almost always kept secret, in the internet age nothing is secret, so frats need to settle down and clean up their actions or prepare for the consequences.