Thursday, December 30, 2010

(30-12) Soundtrack To My Day

This song is really catchy. I really enjoy singing along to it and honestly, at the moment, I could do with the heat of summer!

The soundtrack to my day is Summer Sunshine - The Corrs, enjoy!


Monday, December 27, 2010

You should read this blog... just a suggestion...

So, I'm constantly wondering why it is that men can't just outright ask a girl something? They have this innate way of obviously hinting at it. We're not that dumb, guys. We can take a hint.
See, it goes a little something like this...
"You could text me if you want... just a suggestion."
Or my favorite so far was when a friend of mine and I were sitting down in the lobby in our dorm. Two guys we know come down the stairs and this is the conversation we have...
THEM: "Hey guys, what's up?"
US: "Not much! Doing homework, what about you two?"
THEM: "Oh... nothing really... just trying to figure out what to do for dinner tonight..."
*awkward silence*
US: "Well we were thinking about fixing spaghetti later..."
THEM: "Oh wow. That sounds cool..."
*More awkward silence*
US: "Did you guys maybe want to come eat with us then?"
THEM: "Oh that'd be SO great. We'll be back down in a half hour."

Okay. So you couldn't have just said, "Hey, can we have dinner with you guys?" No. They had to coax it out of us. I'm wondering if it's just some sort of macho-man thing. A pride thing.
I mean, don't get me wrong. I find it absolutely hilarious as a woman. But come on, guys. Is it really that hard?
Another prime example was with my friend's boyfriend. She will be denoted as C and he as T.
T: Are you hungry, C?
C: No.
T: Oh. Because I was thinking... there's that taco bell up the street.... if you're hungry.
C: You're hungry, aren't you, and you want to go to Taco Bell.
T: Oh, no. I'm fine. I thought you might be hungry. I'll go if you guys are...
C: T. I know you are hungry. We'll just go to taco bell.
T: I'm not hungry.
C: FINE. I'M HUNGRY.
T: Okay, great! I'm starving!

I see it all the time and each time it makes me laugh.
I don't know if there's any kind of point to what I'm trying to say, or if I'm just marking an observation here, but it is hilarious. Pay close attention and I'm sure you readers can find examples of it with your own encounters with men... and you will laugh.

Jesscah

Thursday, December 23, 2010

NFL Week 16 Predictions

Enigma's Picks:

Carolina at Pittsburgh
Dallas at Arizona
Washington at Jacksonville
Detroit at Miami
San Francisco at St. Louis
Tennessee at Kansas City
NY Jets at Chicago
New England at Buffalo
Baltimore at Cleveland
Houston at Denver
San Diego at Cincinnati
Indianapolis at Oakland
NY Giants at Green Bay
Seattle at Tampa Bay
Minnesota at Philadelphia
New Orleans at Atlanta




Sean's Picks:

Carolina at Pittsburgh
Dallas at Arizona
Washington at Jacksonville
Detroit at Miami
San Francisco at St. Louis
Tennessee at Kansas City
NY Jets at Chicago
New England at Buffalo
Baltimore at Cleveland
Houston at Denver
San Diego at Cincinnati
Indianapolis at Oakland
NY Giants at Green Bay
Seattle at Tampa Bay
Minnesota at Philadelphia
New Orleans at Atlanta

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Washington Redskins - My Address To The Fans

Any true football fan knows that rebuilding goes on for every team every year. Sure some teams might do less than others, sacrifice their draft picks for immediate talent, and in some cases that works. Then you’ve got teams like the Patriots, Colts, and Steelers (all perennial powerhouses so-to-speak) who trade talent for picks, cut the dead weight, and accumulate draft picks and stock up on potential future talent.

Redskins fans need look no further than the division for proof that you can start out sloppy while building younger. The Giants during their Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens weren’t a young team, and had many vets. They eventually grabbed their quarterback of the future in Eli Manning, and surrounded him with youth, cutting a lot of the older talent on the team. The defensive line was replaced by fast, physical players who had years and years ahead of them, and learned well under future Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan.

Then you’ve got the Eagles, whom boasted one of the oldest teams in the league several years ago before establishing that the receiver corps was not sufficient and finding themselves a DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. McNabb was ultimately traded, and Brian Westbrook released for a younger LeSean McCoy. The defense lost veteran leader after veteran leader and injected youth at every position on the field.

The case with both teams? Patience. These makeovers didn’t happen over night. Neither team had a great season before their overhaul began. Sure they found some success during the overhaul, but they were already in stable conditions prior to the makeover. The Redskins? We’ve been one of the most unstable teams in the league.

Fans league-wide look at the Redskins roster and see talent, they see names who have clout on the field somewhere or another, but everyone, especially Redskins know, this isn’t a paper league. The game is played on the field. This is a team that for years the offense was ignored, and people expected the players who were finally focused on with offense to be the saviors and stars they really could not be.

But there is potential on this roster, and the Redskins are rebuilding… we’re just not in the game of a sudden overhaul. The veterans on this team: Philip Daniels, London Fletcher, Vonnie Holliday, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss… these are guys who can produce still, and are capable of teaching and leading our team into the next generation. This is why they’re being kept around. But remember, since the season began, the Redskins have dropped out of their “oldest team in the league” category, and that’s including losing a lot of young talent to injured reserve and having to replace them.

For everyone who thinks we’re the same old Redskins team and organization… do you really think anyone with the exception of Joe Gibbs would have been allowed to pull what Mike Shanahan has pulled? It’s fair to be mad at him for what he went through with Albert Haynesworth… we’re not SUPPOSED to be fans of the head coach, he’s supposed to be the authority who pisses people off. But I do say this, never forget the key that Haynesworth accepted the check of $21 million, and still refused to abide by the stipulations of the Shanahan-era.

As far as the benching of Donovan McNabb goes, I say this to you… Mike Shanahan knows quarterbacks. Furthermore, a slower, less mobile John Elway scrambled and scratched & clawed for much tougher yards than McNabb has tried to so far this season. Anyone following me on Twitter (@Sean_Bishop) has seen during games my frustration with McNabb’s refusal to tuck the ball after seeing the receivers not getting open, and picking up a few easy yards to keep second or third down manageable rather than taking a sack or trying to force a throw into windows, or force receivers out of coverage. Sure, it’s not McNabb’s fault the line hasn’t always held up, or that the receivers aren’t getting open… but everyone has seen McNabb miss things… and coaches surely see a lot more of the misses that we don’t. And while everyone assumes this is the end of McNabb in Washington already, I must remind you that the contract was structured brilliantly by Allen to be incentives-based, and to reduce the hit we’d take if we ultimately decided we had to cut McNabb.

The problem with McNabb is his decision-making, and that he’s not making decisions simple and plain. He’s not picking the best options to throw to (usually a wide-open Cooley) and he’s not running when nothing is open downfield and he’s got space to pick up yards. He’s not even throwing the ball away when he’s under duress with nobody open and nowhere to run. McNabb is playing like he’s scared to let the big-play get away from him and it’s all he can rely on… and that has ultimately stalled drives and cost us points in crucial moments of games.

This isn’t a Vinny Cerrato structured deal like we saw with Haynesworth, like we have with Portis where cutting him resulted in the immediate loss of $21 million… this is a deal which represents the incredible change we’ve undergone so far in management and overseeing by Dan Snyder. This is the change fans have begged for since Snyder bought the franchise – so now that you’ve got it, be patient, and be happy.

My disappointment and frustration with the Redskins right now is the players’ complete disregard for future, with this team and with the league. Guys who cannot fight for their job this season or next, stand very little chance being looked at elsewhere. But there are a few players who stand out, and while they may not be your best-in-the-league kind of guys, they’re the type of players who stand out as reliable and loyal to this coach and these schemes.

We all want to remain competitive for the rest of the year, and feel as though McNabb gives us a better shot at that than Grossman does… but we know for sure that McNabb hasn’t been the stable-enough choice (not saying Grossman is either) and we need to focus on improving beyond what McNabb was able to give us and look for our future. Any Redskin fan who expected to see playoff wins this year, I ask you to remove your head out of the ass that was the Snyder-Cerrato Deadskins, and look around at the change that has occurred left and right for the Redskins.

Hail to the Redskins! Hail victory. Braves on the warpath! Fight, for old DC!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Washington Redskins - Afterthoughts From Loss to Tampa Bay

For years, I’ve wondered why this team refuses to win games it should, or why it gets so close to winning the games it shouldn’t, but loses anyways. The only answer I’ve been able to come up with is emotion, or lack thereof. Yesterday was a magnification of the problems surrounding this team for the past decade+ and it hurt more knowing that we’ve not changed the culture around here yet.

I said last week after the loss to the New York Giants that it was time to find players who wanted to play for this team next season, guys who would sacrifice it all for the team, and yesterday I believe we found what we wanted from some of these guys. There was emotion on the field, for the first time since the playoff loss to Seattle after Sean Taylor died. Sure we saw hints of emotion against Dallas earlier this year, but there was no carryover at all from that game.

Yesterday, there was emotion in Torain’s running in the first half. McNabb showed emotion when he knew an opportunity was lost, and Santana Moss showed plenty of emotion left and right. The defense showed emotion, Mike Shanahan showed emotion… special teams didn’t show any emotion whatsoever. For years our offensive group has talked about how they need to just score points and keep the field goal kicker off of the field… yesterday, that has never been more true.

But my plight with yesterday’s game vs. Tampa Bay revolves around one play and one play only. Josh Freeman’s 41-yard pass down the seam to Kellen Winslow for a TD. The coverage wasn’t as horrid as the announces tried to make it seem… McIntosh actually had good coverage and the ball slipped in past his fingertips, his defense slightly off time. I can’t be mad at that. But whoever was back deep as well (I believe it was DeAngelo Hall) pulled off a slide looking like he was trying out to be a pinch-runner for the MLB… and Winslow jogged around him. But I’m not even mad at DeAngelo… the play never should have counted.

In the backfield, Bucs Tackle Penn lassoed Brian Orakpo around the neck (as has every tackle on both sides for every team in every game so far this season) and yanked him for at least 5 seconds all the way. By rule, that’s a hold… by view, it should be a penalty worth a fine. With the NFL wanting to focus so much on player safety this season, they’ve seemed to have forgotten about the defensive players’ safety. Not only is this clothesline illegal, it’s probably more dangerous than any other technique in the NFL.

First and foremost, it’s a grab around the throat… and that can result in a crushed throat, or broken neck. Then consider the paralysis that puts someone in so they don’t hurt themselves, if they fall in that situation, they can injure themselves in any number of ways. Perhaps the most disturbing part about this is the possibility of paralysis or, God forbid, even death. Knowing the NFL, that’s going to have to be the case before they do something about this… so I say to every one of you defenders in the NFL, please don’t ever let it get to that point… try your hardest to avoid it……..

NFL Week 15 Predictions

Enigma's Picks:

San Francisco at San Diego
Cleveland at Cincinnati
Washington at Dallas
Houston at Tennessee
Jacksonville at Indianapolis
Kansas City at St. Louis
Buffalo at Miami
Detroit at Tampa Bay
Arizona at Carolina
New Orleans at Baltimore
Philadelphia at NY Giants
Atlanta at Seattle
NY Jets at Pittsburgh
Denver at Oakland
Green Bay at New England
Chicago at Minnesota


Sean's Picks:

San Francisco at San Diego
Cleveland at Cincinnati
Washington at Dallas
Houston at Tennessee
Jacksonville at Indianapolis
Kansas City at St. Louis
Buffalo at Miami
Detroit at Tampa Bay
Arizona at Carolina
New Orleans at Baltimore
Philadelphia at NY Giants
Atlanta at Seattle
NY Jets at Pittsburgh
Denver at Oakland
Green Bay at New England
Chicago at Minnesota

Thursday, December 9, 2010

NFL Week 14 Predictions

Enigma's Picks:

Indianapolis at Tennessee
Cleveland at Buffalo
Green Bay at Detroit
NY Giants at Minnesota
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay at Washington
Atlanta at Carolina
Oakland at Jacksonville
Seattle at San Francisco
St. Louis at New Orleans
Miami at NY Jets
Denver at Arizona
New England at Chicago
Kansas City at San Diego
Philadelphia at Dallas
Baltimore at Houston




Sean's Picks:

Indianapolis at Tennessee
Cleveland at Buffalo
Green Bay at Detroit
NY Giants at Minnesota
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay at Washington
Atlanta at Carolina
Oakland at Jacksonville
Seattle at San Francisco
St. Louis at New Orleans
Miami at NY Jets
Denver at Arizona
New England at Chicago
Kansas City at San Diego
Philadelphia at Dallas
Baltimore at Houston

Monday, December 6, 2010

Neon Trees!!

I don't know if you've had the honor of listening to the Neon Trees, but I tell you what: they are amazing.
If you haven't listened to them yet, give them a second of your time!
I hate to step on Enigma's territory of the music, here, but I just had to put them out there.
They bring back an 80's feel but add a modern twist and rock undertones.
I first heard their single "Animal" playing on the radio. It was just one of those songs that they played occasionally and I wished they played it more. It's so fun-sounding! So, after finally realizing just how much I loved this song, I finally looked it up on youtube (of course). And, typical me immediately fell for Tyler Glenn (the lead singer).
I mean. C'mon. Dude's got an awesome mohawk thing going on and pretty awesome eyes. Just saying.
Anyway. I'm off-topic.
So I listened to more of their songs. "1983" is pretty great. Also very fun. I, personally, wasn't born in the 80's (I wish), but I can appreciate the music. The music video is also pretty fun (I've included it here).
They're not big yet, but I beg you guys to give them a shot. They're epic! I wish they were going on tour somewhere near me so that I could go and see them. Then again, it'd probably be like that time I went to see Gavin DeGraw in concert and froze up when I could've gotten his autograph O.O What can I say? Fame makes me nervous!

Okay, okay. I'll shut up and give you guys a moment to watch the video. Keep your eyes peeled for the lovely man with the mohawk!! ;)

'til next time, lovelies, stay great and don't get shot. :)


A first-Hand Account from the Tundra

Can we just take a minute and talk about how my campus is officially a Tundra?
It's been snowing since Friday.
FRIDAY.
As all of you well know, today is Monday.
Currently the temperature is 13.8 degrees, Fahrenheit. Today, it barely broke 18.
Our first snow came at the beginning of October. Insane.
But it's been so windy here these past few days that if you open your mouth to speak, your teeth start to hurt from the cold.
It's hard to walk around and actually see where you're going because it's cold on your eyes; that and they keep getting pelted with huge snowflakes.
I love snow. I really do. But this is just insane. If it weren't for the wind, we'd be alright!
I think the weather just needs to calm down a bit...
I've already fallen once this week due to the snow (albeit melted...) I slipped in front of the elevators and landed on my left knee, ripping the knee of my sleep pants and bruising my knee. It even bled! I do not appreciate that at all...
It makes me not want to leave my dorm. My room smells nasty (not my fault- a story for another time, maybe) and I can't even open the window to let in fresh air. I can't go out to get food like usual because I freeze. It's insane!
On the upside, I've gotten a lot of writing done. My fans are pretty happy for that... two chapters in two days = very pleased readers.
Anyway.
Where ever you lovely people are staying, keep warm!
If it's snowing, remember to be careful driving and be wary of ice!
Have a safe winter!

Washington Redskins - Rebuilding With Broken Bricks

In the aftermath of another brutal division loss, one that all but finally put the nail in the coffin of the Redskins’ playoff hopes, Redskins fans, press, players, and coaches are left wondering what has happened to the spark that led this team to an opening week win against the Dallas Cowboys. We defeated the Eagles, and held position of 1st place in the NFC East, and looking like we could begin to improve bit by bit on our way through the season. Instead, commitment has been questioned by fans, by players, by coaches.

I should remind Redskins fans that whether it appeared that way or not, the Redskins were going to be rebuilding. If not for the additions on offense, then the additions on defense. Bringing in aging players leads more to teaching the future of this defense, as we do have some parts in place for sure. Shanahan’s also wise in knowing we could be competitive (somewhat) enough for some of the guys who are stable in these systems to really learn how to fight from their position, so that when we draft or acquire the correct pieces on both sides of the ball, their job would become easier. Brian Orakpo is going to grow wonderfully with this defense… and while I know what the problem is with him not getting sacks, I look at a Clay Matthews who faces the same exact things from the same players all year long… and he’s managing to get things done. LaRon Landry is going to be a cornerstone of this defense, and perhaps in 2 years time, the only carryover in the secondary. Outside of them, the defense feels very hollow.

Offensively, there are some parts that could fit. Ryan Torain may very well keep his job as starter, and I personally like James Davis’ ability to make a play with the ball. Fred Davis, maybe I’m jumping the gun but I don’t think it’s farfetched considering his on-field production, could be an Antonio Gates kind of receiving TE. Anthony Armstrong has some things he needs to work on, but he can develop very well in this system. Trent Williams is an animal when healthy, and with the right guy playing guard beside him, he could really develop into one of the best linemen in the game.

But even in a rebuilding stage, you hope for more players to commit themselves for an audition for next year. You hope you have enough talent to remain competitive until the final week of the season, but you know during rebuilding that you have to grow. Don’t believe we’re rebuilding? We’ve got 3 times the amount of youth on the team now than we had at the beginning of the season. Guys have been brought up from the practice squad and earned game day roster spots.

But commitment is the problem. McNabb is getting pressured, yes… but I also see lanes that I know he can see, and he’s not running the football enough. When he had the clear-cut opportunity to run it, he hesitated enough to cut a possible 15+ yard run down to a 3 yard scamper and fumble. I look no further than Ben Roethlisberger on a broken foot with an offensive line as terrible as ours scrambling against a defense far better than the Giants’, and I question the heart of McNabb.

I see receivers dropping good or great passes… we’ve got entirely too many drops, and contact is no excuse either… half of the time the receiver is wide open. But even considering contact, 5’7, 155 lb. Brandon Banks catch in Tennessee going up for a high-thrown ball and catching it with mid-air contact and holding onto it, is enough to prove to me that he’s got more heart than any other receiver on the team. Especially when guys are dropping 3rd and short passes at the marker without contact on them.

Defensively, the inability to tackle is disturbing. London Fletcher himself said that guys don’t commit to sacrificing themselves to make a tackle… and nobody is wrapping up on those tackles. Even something as simple as staying in your zone gets lost on our defense, who have spent entirely too much time on the field because the offense hasn’t been able to keep drives going.

Albert Haynesworth apparently didn’t have a great practice Thursday before becoming ill and missing practice Friday, and players on the team have admitted Haynesworth isn’t committed in practice. That’s enough for me to finally avoid the route of the media who hate on Shanahan for the way he’s treated Albert, and start to consider Albert’s “commitment” to even just nickel packages.

The fact of the matter is, I knew this year was a rebuilding stage, I didn’t expect playoff hopes, or opportunity, or wins against the division or Packers or Bears. What worries me is that it appears very few guys want to remain on this team in the coming years… just remember, these guys can hurt their own stock elsewhere if they’re not performing here anyways.

I don’t get mad with the results of this years’ team… I get mad with the players who don’t audition to come back next year. As Philip Daniels said, “I’ve been through 15 seasons and I ain’t won [anything]. So what I’m saying is, if I can come out and do this, don’t tell me you can’t do it.”

…Amen Phil!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

(5-12) Soundtrack To My Day

I love this band. I really like this song.

The soundtrack to my day is Playing God - Paramore, enjoy!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

NFL Week 13 Predictions

Enigma's Picks:

Houston at Philadelphia
New Orleans at Cincinnati
Chicago at Detroit
San Francisco at Green Bay
Jacksonville at Tennessee
Denver at Kansas City
Cleveland at Miami
Buffalo at Minnesota – It makes sense to pick the Vikings, but they’ve not been playing as great as the Vikings play, and if AP is still out, they’ve got a huge disadvantage.
Washington at NY Giants – Come on Redskins, pick up the pace!
Oakland at San Diego
Carolina at Seattle
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
St. Louis at Arizona – Let’s go Bradford!
Dallas at Indianapolis – I need the Peyton I know and love to be on form for this game.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
NY Jets at New England




Sean's Picks:

Houston at Philadelphia
New Orleans at Cincinnati
Chicago at Detroit
San Francisco at Green Bay
Jacksonville at Tennessee
Denver at Kansas City
Cleveland at Miami
Buffalo at Minnesota
Washington at NY Giants
Oakland at San Diego
Carolina at Seattle
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
St. Louis at Arizona
Dallas at Indianapolis
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
NY Jets at New England

Week 12 Prediction Results

Results prior to this week:

Enigma: 98-62
Sean: 95-65

New England > Detroit
New Orleans > Dallas
Cincinnati < NY Jets
Green Bay < Atlanta
Pittsburgh > Buffalo
Carolina < Cleveland
Jacksonville < NY Giants
Minnesota > Washington
Tennessee < Houston
Kansas City > Seattle
Miami > Oakland
St. Louis > Denver
Philadelphia < Chicago
Tampa Bay < Baltimore
San Diego > Indianapolis
San Francisco > Arizona



Enigma - 13/16
Sean - 9/16

That brings the total up to:

Enigma: 111-65
Sean: 104-72

Week 11 Prediction Results

Results prior to this week:

Enigma: 86-58
Sean: 81-63

Chicago > Miami
Buffalo > Cincinnati
Detroit < Dallas
Washington > Tennessee
Arizona < Kansas City
Green Bay > Minnesota
Houston < NY Jets
Oakland < Pittsburgh
Baltimore > Carolina
Cleveland < Jacksonville
Tampa Bay > San Francisco
Seattle < New Orleans
Atlanta > St. Louis
Indianapolis < New England
NY Giants < Philadelphia
Denver < San Diego


Enigma - 12/16
Sean - 14/16

That brings the total up to:

Enigma: 98-62
Sean: 95-65

Week 10 Prediction Results

Results prior to this week:

Enigma: 82-48
Sean: 77-53

Baltimore < Atlanta
Detroit < Buffalo
Minnesota < Chicago
NY Jets > Cleveland
Tennessee < Miami
Cincinnati < Indianapolis
Houston < Jacksonville
Carolina < Tampa Bay
Kansas City < Denver
Seattle > Arizona
Dallas > NY Giants
St. Louis > San Francisco
New England > Pittsburgh
Philadelphia > Washington


Enigma - 4/14
Sean - 4/14

That brings the total up to:

Enigma: 86-58
Sean: 81-63

Saturday, November 27, 2010

RIP Sean Taylor


Three years ago today, Sean Taylor, All Pro Free Safety of the Washington Redskins, passed away from the result of a gunshot wound which occurred during a home invasion. The shot severed Taylor’s femoral artery, and he was unable to recover.

Three years later, Redskins fans, and fans of professional football in general, remember the fierce, competitive, aggressive nature with which “Meast” played the game. His mistakes were definitely noted, both on and off the field… but Sean Taylor probably knew better than anyone what the image being portrayed was. He began a silence with the media, ignoring them, wanting nothing to do with the badgering press and the snakes who work to find a soundbite which could criminalize him… but Sean became more vocal with fans, and played louder and louder every down.

While fans may overrate Taylor a bit (considering he only played 3½ seasons in the NFL), their passion and love for him comes from more than just connecting with a player on their favorite team. Taylor may have missed some tackles or blown some coverage from time to time, but no fan who watched him play the game ever saw him take a down off, or ease up, or hold back. Sean Taylor played every down violently, with complete disregard for the safety of himself and his opponents. Fans also saw him help his teammates up, congratulate them on a good play, and celebrate with them… and when the team was down, he was there to encourage them to keep fighting.

Fans saw a player… a player who was willing to do everything in his power to give the fans a highlight reel, but also do his best to help the team they love and follow before and after his career, win. We don’t know the personal side of a player’s life, we hear when they make the news for a crime, but other than that, we didn’t know Meast personally. However, Redskins fans never turned on him for the troubles, they cheered louder and louder everytime he raised his arms before the snap, entered the field, made a big hit, intercepted a pass…

Fans watched Taylor grow on the field, a result of his personal life, avoiding possible trouble, focusing on the playbook and film… it all paid off. The trouble he got into forced him to mature and do right, and for teammates, they saw a “better friend” and fans saw a better player. Taylor’s final half-season in the NFL was on pace for being one of the better years we’d ever seen out of a defensive player on the Washington Redskins, and nobody can deny that his presence is missed. Taylor spent every game of his pro career as a Washington Redskin… he died a Washington Redskin… he’ll always be a Washington Redskin.

So three years later, we know what we had, what we’ll always miss, and what we will forever call one of ours. Sean, continue to Rest In Peace!

Friday, November 26, 2010

(26-11) Soundtrack To My Day

This song is crazy catchy. Can't say much else about it!

The soundtrack to my day is Like A G6 - Far East Movement ft. The Cataracs, DEV, enjoy!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

NFL Week 12 Predictions

Enigma's Picks:

New England at Detroit
New Orleans at Dallas
Cincinnati at NY Jets
Green Bay at Atlanta - I wanna say GB, but ATL have a way of pulling magic out from nowhere so I'm giving them the edge.
Pittsburgh at Buffalo
Carolina at Cleveland
Jacksonville at NY Giants - Tricky, the Giants are, well, the Giants, sooo..
Minnesota at Washington
Tennessee at Houston - Without Young the Titans should struggle.
Kansas City at Seattle
Miami at Oakland - Campbell's not playing, Dolph's are a solid side.
St. Louis at Denver - Denver this season aren't the side I'm used to, going to put faith in Bradford. I think he's done well so far and shows promise. I hope I don't regret this!
Philadelphia at Chicago - I think Vick is overrated and I'd quite like the Eagles to lose, it may be wishful thinking but I reckon Cutler could pull it off.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore
San Diego at Indianapolis
San Francisco at Arizona

Taken a few risks this week, I just hope they pay off! Sean did so well last week I'm worried he's gaining me!



Sean's Picks:

New England at Detroit
New Orleans at Dallas
Cincinnati at NY Jets
Green Bay at Atlanta
Pittsburgh at Buffalo
Carolina at Cleveland
Jacksonville at NY Giants
Minnesota at Washington
Tennessee at Houston
Kansas City at Seattle
Miami at Oakland
St. Louis at Denver
Philadelphia at Chicago
Tampa Bay at Baltimore
San Diego at Indianapolis
San Francisco at Arizona

Thursday, November 18, 2010

NFL Week 11 Predictions

Enigma's Picks:

Chicago at Miami
Buffalo at Cincinnati
Detroit at Dallas (was VERY tempted to pick Lions)
Washington at Tennessee
Arizona at Kansas City
Green Bay at Minnesota
Houston at NY Jets (picked Texans, changed to Jets, whenever I pick Texans they let me down, when I don’t they show me up, we’ll see though)
Oakland at Pittsburgh (the logical side of me is saying: “Go for the Steelers, they’re the safe bet”, but my gut is saying: “Take a risk! Go for the Raiders!”)
Baltimore at Carolina
Cleveland at Jacksonville (it’s 50/50, my gut is saying Browns though)
Tampa Bay at San Francisco
Seattle at New Orleans
Atlanta at St. Louis
Indianapolis at New England (This will be an interesting one)
NY Giants at Philadelphia (I went for NYG, but changed my mind. This should be an interesting one)
Denver at San Diego




Sean's Picks:

Chicago at Miami
Buffalo at Cincinnati
Detroit at Dallas
Washington at Tennessee
Arizona at Kansas City
Green Bay at Minnesota
Houston at NY Jets
Oakland at Pittsburgh
Baltimore at Carolina
Cleveland at Jacksonville
Tampa Bay at San Francisco
Seattle at New Orleans
Atlanta at St. Louis
Indianapolis at New England
NY Giants at Philadelphia
Denver at San Diego

(18-11) Soundtrack To My Day

Sorry to post another song from the same artist so soon, but she's just released her latest album "Loud". I love what I've heard from it so far. This is the perfect love song. I adore the lyrics and really feel that she nailed the vocals.

The soundtrack to my day is California King Bed - Rihanna, enjoy!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NFL 2010-11 Midseason Review

After 9 weeks, every team has played at least 8 games, a couple of teams have played 9… I’ll be breaking down every team through the first 8 games (focusing mainly on the past 4 or 5).


AFC East:

New York Jets (6-2) – New York sputtered coming off of their bye week in an ugly 9-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and struggled to beat the Lions in Detroit in overtime; but they still remain atop their division. LT has been playing outstanding football, and Santonio Holmes is becoming a very good target for Mark Sanchez.

New England Patriots (6-2) – What an ugly loss we just saw to the Cleveland Browns… losing Randy Moss but adding Deion Branch back into the mix… Tom Brady is still playing like he wants to win this thing. Defensively, they’ve still got a lot of holes to fill.

Miami Dolphins (4-4) – The Dolphins are coming off of their first road loss… but they’ve been horrid at home. They’ve found a way to keep games close and alive, but there’s nothing about this team that stands out as a possible mark of a champion… they’re looking like they’ll remain a .500 team.

Buffalo Bills (0-8) – This is a team that is playing a lot better than their record looks. They’ve been in it up until the very end in almost every game, at times the defense blowing the lead. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been one of the hottest QB’s in the league over the past couple of weeks… I wouldn’t be surprised if they got a few BIG wins here in the second half of the season.


AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens (6-2) – Still one of the favorites on the season, Baltimore has been playing pretty solid football… and Ed Reed has returned as a monster (as expected) which is helping the front start to put more pressure on opposing QB’s. Still waiting for TJ to assert himself on offense, and Ray Rice to start coming around this year.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – They’re right in it with the best of ‘em… Mendenhall has gone crazy so far this year, and aside from Ben, may be the best weapon they’ve had in years… and Mike Wallace is finally starting to come around. Defensively, it’s the Steelers. They’re not AS dominant as years past, but they’re still a Dick LeBeau defense.

Cleveland Browns (3-5) – The Browns have had 2 huge wins over the Saints and Patriots… they’ve been playing outstanding defense the past couple weeks. Offensively they’re steamrolling people with Peyton Hillis running the ball and Colt McCoy is starting to establish himself. Still going to struggle, but they’re building in a good direction.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-6) – The Bengals are on a 5 game losing streak, and you wouldn’t know it from the receivers’ stats… but Carson Palmer is playing horrible football anyways. He’s making stupid decisions and not reading the play before the snap. Defensively, this isn’t a Mike Zimmer squad… they’re struggling to stop people left and right, and making little to no effort in tackling.


AFC South:

Indianapolis Colts (5-3) – They just lost to the Eagles… but Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning. No quarterback is better coming off of a loss than Manning. Defensively, they’re pretty banged up as well as on offense… but there’s more depth on the Colts’ depth chart than on any other team in the league.

Tennessee Titans (5-3) – This QB situation is never going to fix itself, especially with all of the injuries going on between Young and Collins. Chris Johnson isn’t on pace to repeat his 2,000 yards… but he’s still balling. The defense is starting to struggle a bit, committing stupid penalties. They just acquired Randy Moss off waivers… so the offense might start to open up a bit.

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) – The Jaguars have established themselves a bit here over the last ¼ of the season. Garrard has been playing solid football, and the defense is starting to really hit people. And they’ve still got Maurice Jones-Drew destroying defenses in every way he possibly can.

Houston Texans (4-4) – The Texans are really struggling. This is a team that started off terrific, and have just started to fall apart. Offensively, they still do some really good things, but they do some really stupid things as well. Defensively, they can’t stop breathing if they tried to hold their breath. Kubiak needs to do something quick, because his leash is going to shorten, fast.


AFC West:

Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) – The Chiefs have been playing tremendous football… up until the second half of the Raider game. Their defense is fast and punishing… and on offense, the run game really sets them up to be successful. They still need to polish a few things up, but they’re staking their claim to competitiveness in the AFC West.

Oakland Raiders (5-4) – Oakland has played brilliant football as well of late… they’re coming off of a couple huge wins. Jason Campbell has been playing pretty good football, and this receiving corps (the fastest in the league) is starting to catch and make plays. Darren McFadden has gone off in recent weeks. Defensively, they’re applying pressure left and right. 3-0 in the division.

San Diego Chargers (4-5) – They’ve been horrible in the division… Rivers is still playing at a Pro Bowl level, but his running game hasn’t been anything above average. Defensively, they’re finding ways to lose games, and keep losing. And this special teams unit has to be the worst in the NFL.

Denver Broncos (3-5) – The Broncos still don’t have an identity on either side of the ball. Their best weapon on offense is Brandon Lloyd (either a good thing or real bad considering Lloyd has never really been considered that kind of receiver)… defensively they don’t apply pressure.




NFC East:

New York Giants (6-2) – The Giants are ranked first in both overall offense and defense. Eli Manning has been playing exceptionally well, in huge part because Hakeem Nicks has become an elite WR. It also helps than Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have started to run better. Their O-Line has been in flux this season, but they still find ways to win. Defensively, they’ve been stingy and punishing.

Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) – The Eagles are coming off of a win over the Colts, so they’ve got to feel confident moving on this season. Mike Vick is playing MVP-style football PASSING the ball… let alone mixing in some of HIS game at times… and the Eagles feel safe knowing Kolb can win them some games if Vick goes down again. Defense is getting very confident as well.

Washington Redskins (4-4) – This is a team that is very confused. They beat the Packers… but struggle to hold onto a lead vs. the Lions. There are still too many players on the roster who aren’t accustomed to putting teams away, and it hurts them. Offense is almost non-existent… but the defense is coming around to this 3-4 they’re playing.

Dallas Cowboys (1-7) – This has to be the worst team in football. They just got their head coach fired… they were expected by everyone to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in their own home… and they still can’t figure it out. This is a running team, and they’re still passing like they’re the Colts…


NFC North:

Green Bay Packers (6-3) – Aaron Rodgers is starting to make those perfect precision passes and reading defenses… the ground game is actually moving a bit, and defensively, they’re destroying teams. When Clay Matthews is healthy, he’s as good a pass rusher as this league has… and he’s always coming up with the football. Definitely a team that can win in November, December, and even January.

Chicago Bears (5-3) – The Bears struggled against the Redskins, but managed to get a win over the Bills coming back from their bye week. They’re 2-0 in the division with a game coming up against the Vikings, and they're right behind Green Bay… they can’t afford to lose now. Defense is playing physical and the special teams unit is turning back on.

Minnesota Vikings (3-5) – This is a team that is struggling, and they’re starting to point fingers at head coach Brad Childress. One unnamed player was even quoted as saying “I don’t like Brad but I’ll keep playing for him”. They brought in Randy Moss hoping it would cure their Sidney Rice-less struggles, but that didn’t prove to benefit anything. This defense has not been the dominating force they’ve grown accustomed to being…

Detroit Lions (2-6) – They snuck in a win against the Redskins, Stafford has been reinjured though. This offense has found a way to remain competitive in every game, but the defense still doesn’t know how to win ball games.


NFC South:

Atlanta Falcons (6-2) – When Michael Turner is running hard, this team makes things happen. Roddy White is having another Pro Bowl year, and this defensive front 7 is really physical. Still some holes in the secondary, but they cover for their weaknesses by excelling with their strengths.

New Orleans Saints (6-3) – After a very disappointing loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Saints responded with one of the most incredible wins of the year against the Steelers. They hurt without Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, but they still manage to move the ball. When those two return, the NFL better beware, because a repeat IS possible. Defensively they’re punishing with the return of Darren Sharper.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3) – This is a surprise team, they’re not as good on paper as they’ve played. Sure, they haven’t really blown anyone out, but they make plays when it counts. Young WR Mike Williams (not to be confused with Seattle’s Mike Williams) has been arguably one of the most impressive players in the league, and ROTY could be his. This team actually has a chance.

Carolina Panthers (1-7) – This is a team that plays a little better than their record as well, but their struggles are well documented. They’re not run-blocking well, the passing game hasn’t had any receivers threatening downfield, and defensively they really do miss Julius Peppers.


NFC West:

Seattle Seahawks (4-4) – There are plenty of struggles, they’ve been blown out a few times, but they’ve managed to win some games with takeaways and an aggressive defensive line. Offensively, young WR Deon Butler competes with Tampa’s Mike Williams… this kid makes plays all over the field. Very good special teams unit as well.

St. Louis Rams (4-4) – Sam Bradford finds ways to keep his team in ballgames up to the very end. His receiving corps has been decimated, but he’s still finding targets and making plays. Defensively they’re playing hard and fast, but still show huge signs of weakness left and right.

Arizona Cardinals (3-5) – It’s crazy to imagine the Cardinals OFFENSE being the unit that struggles in Arizona. The QB play is erratic, whether it be Anderson or Hall… nobody is making it work. The run game can’t open up because of the lack of threat of a passing game. Defensively they’re one of the better units in the league… the secondary has been unleashing Hell on opposing offenses… and Kerry Rhodes proved to be a very valuable pickup.

San Francisco 49ers (2-6) – They’re playing a lot better now than they did the first 6 weeks, in huge part because of Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree. The defense is still trying to figure out who they want to be… they’re inconsistent from quarter to quarter with their intensity and aggressiveness. Could make a push though.

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I watched the bus drive off as you faded from my perceptive vision. I felt heartache I’d never felt in all of my life… I knew you weren’t gone for good, but I wondered if I would ever lay my eyes on you in person again. Photographs – they’re beautiful but they absolutely don’t do you justice. As tears rolled down my face and chilled in the April breeze on that gorgeous, sunny day… everything felt all the more surreal.

I waited, and waited for my cab – but all that ran through my mind was holding you in my arms, brushing your hair away from your teary eyes, kissing your upset, quivering lips. I heard your “bye” repeat in my head as clear as when you really said it. I got into that cab, not because I wanted to, but because I had to; yet not one day passes where I feel as though I made the right choice. Nothing, not even doing what was right and eventually proved to be the best decision, can justify my leaving you.

I felt hollow in that cab, not looking forward to anything… I knew I was going home to nothing, a nothing amplified by the fact that you wouldn’t be there with me. Little did I know the downward spiral of everything around me and how much I would have to deal with it myself, whether willing or unwillingly. Everything seemed to hurt more knowing it would be okay if I could hold you through it all, and couldn’t.

I pride myself on being good under pressure, I expect it of myself… but for the first time in my life I had no protection, no shield – and I can’t remember what my shield was before you. I was vulnerable, susceptible, and weak. I needed you… I still need you, but having you seems more and more distant with the knowledge that I’ve got to do more and more to just get to the point where I can start to make it happen. Once I do one thing, I’ve got to do two more things in order to get to the next step, and my list doesn’t cut down at all.

I’m looking for help… help that isn’t there, or refuses its services to me… I feel even more alone and hollow. Even you refuse to, or can’t, help me out with some of the mounting obstacles… stepping stones which became hurdles which grew into hills and mountains. Asking for help creates more problems, which I try to ask for more help with, in turn, creating more problems.

Even when I’ve broken away from the bulk of my problems, I still find myself overwhelmed by them. My life is now consumed by stress and this forest of quandary. I yearn for several months ago, holding you, knowing that nothing else in life matters because with you, I can get through anything. But to hold you and feel that feeling again, I’ve got to deal with this world of problems… and I’ve got to do it alone. It’s difficult trying to be a team with someone knowing everything else you have to do falls solely on you…

All I’m asking is for you to help me to get back to you, and understand that what I’m going through right now, has really taken its toll on me. But please remember and know that I’m going to keep my promise about getting back to you, no matter what! This is my journey… this is where my life begins now… Don’t Laugh, People… I will own this world soon enough!

Monday, November 15, 2010

(15/11) Daily Like And Dislike

I haven't actually done one of these in 3 weeks, so I guess this will be more of an overview of the last 3 weeks.

My likes for the past 3 weeks, actually I suppose, more the last week would be getting all my work in for university on time and being able to spend time with friends. It's been nice being on the phone, meeting up for lunches, going shopping, celebrating birthdays and chilling for no particular reason. I forgot how much fun it could be.

My likes for the 2 weeks prior would be getting work done and feeling productive. It's nice feeling like something you've done has paid off, like it's not been a wasted effort. I got a result today from a test I did last week, and I'm very happy with my results. 2 weeks ago I was sat there revising for it, because I didn't want to work on an assignment that was driving me crazy and needed to feel productive, thankfully it was!

3 weeks ago, it was a case of trying to get into a routine and organising everything after being ill, which I don't think I managed but it worked out in the end, so that's a like. As well as Grey's Anatomy, trying to catch up and it really got me through. In fact today I had a mini-practice test and was able to use some of the answers from the show to answer my questions.

Oh that's another like. Really good friends. With really good advice. One of my friends was lovely and gave me a heads up on how to prepare for a test I had at the end of a practical today. Without her wise words, potentially 20% of my grade could have escaped me!

The major dislike would be stress. The stress of trying to get all the work in and the stress of organising time. I think it's mainly why I didn't post one of these. Every day it would be a rant about how much work I still had to do. The assignment mentioned earlier nearly made me rip my hair out. Blood, sweat and tears went into that one. I managed to get it done and I was pleased with it, I hope I get a good grade for it! I was supposed to compare and contrast the eye and the ear. It took me 6 attempts to hit the nail on the head with the ear (2 days of writing basically deleted). However when I needed to compare and contrast it with the eye, I was easily able to spot comparisons, so I guess there's a plus side. Now I'm praying for a question worth many marks on the ear in the test I'll take in January!

Another dislike is break-ups. A lot of my friends who have been together for 3-5 years are starting to split, or have issues and I don't like it. I feel really bad for them and the distance between us doesn't make it easier, because I can't console them or look after them, which I'm so used to doing. I also don't like arguing with the people I love over a number of things. I don't like saying something which I know is hurtful - even if it is necessary.

I suppose that's it for the past few weeks. Hopefully I'll keep more on top of this in the future!

(15-11) Soundtrack To My Day

I quite like this song, but I really love the video. It's all about the romance, the chemistry and the fantasy. It's weird seeing Drake playing the doting boyfriend, but I love it. It's all really cute!

The soundtrack to my day is What's My Name? - Rihanna ft. Drake, enjoy!



Sunday, November 14, 2010

It Is Officially The Start Of The Christmas Season

That's right folks.. I did see the Coca-Cola advert/commercial on TV tonight, which only means one thing.. It's CHRISSSSSTMAAAAAS! Or at least the start to the holiday season. Oooh the excitement!

..holidays are coming, holidays are coming, holidays are coming..

Friday, November 12, 2010

Update!

I apologize for my absence from the blog, I’ve just moved back to Maryland and have been focusing on trying to settle back in, relax a little bit for the first time in 2 years.

I do have a mid-season list I’ll be preparing here for the NFL, as well as some stories to regale you all with while playing Kumbayah at the campfire.

Now shut the hell up with your complaining! Bitches!

(12-11) Soundtrack To My Day

All I can say is, Rihanna, eat your heart out! This is such a tune. I can't believe she's only 10!

The soundtrack to my day is Whip My Hair - Willow Smith, enjoy!




Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

November 11th, today is Remembrance Day or Veterans Day. It marks the end of World War I in 1918. Previously known as Armistice Day, it is now a day for remembering, not just those of the two World Wars but all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Every year, I stand in awe and gratitude of those who were brave enough to defend the land I walk on. Brave enough to fight for freedom and liberty. This year was no different. Along with many others, I will never be able to comprehend the choice these courageous men made between 1914-1918 and again in 1939-1945.

There are people in more recent years who have taken to the battlefields when freedom and liberty has been threatened since 1945. People who have fought and lost their lives. There are people who are still out there, fighting for a better world. I have a great amount of respect for those people and their loved ones. I cannot begin to imagine the amount of strength and courage they must have.

It is important to remember them. Those people who stood there, and who are still standing, in the face of great danger and put their lives on the line. It is important that we, the people who owe so much to these brave soldiers, take the time out of our days to pay our respects to them. We should not taint this day with arguments about the colour of the poppy people should wear. It is not about the colour. It is the understanding that those around you wearing a poppy, whether it be red or white, are all remembering and acknowledging the sacrifices those men and women made in the hopes for peace.

To all veterans, I say thank you. Thank you for your valour when fighting the forces of tyranny. Thank you for fighting to give me the freedom I enjoy today. But I also say sorry. I am sorry for everything you suffered. For everything your family suffered. I am sorry that everything you fought for and died for has been given up so easily. I am sorry that we did not guard the gifts you fought so hard to give us.

To those who wear the uniform and perform their duty all over the world today. I also thank and apologise to you.

Today, on the 11th day, of the 11th month at 11am, I took to my feet and bowed my head in 2 minutes silent gratitude. I recited the words from Ode of Remembrance. I hope you all took the time out of your busy lives to think about bold these people.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest we forget, lest we forget, lest we forget…


NFL Week 10 Predictions

Enigma's picks:

Baltimore at Atlanta
Detroit at Buffalo
Minnesota at Chicago
NY Jets at Cleveland
Tennessee at Miami
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
Houston at Jacksonville
Carolina at Tampa Bay
Kansas City at Denver
Seattle at Arizona
Dallas at NY Giants
St. Louis at San Francisco
New England at Pittsburgh
Philadelphia at Washington

3 games I'm unsure about: Bears, Texans, Chiefs.


Sean's Picks:

Baltimore at Atlanta
Detroit at Buffalo
Minnesota at Chicago
NY Jets at Cleveland
Tennessee at Miami
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
Houston at Jacksonville
Carolina at Tampa Bay
Kansas City at Denver
Seattle at Arizona
Dallas at NY Giants
St. Louis at San Francisco
New England at Pittsburgh
Philadelphia at Washington