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