The first of many

•April 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Like many people in the western world, I’ve gotten attached to television programs that I feel cant live without. One of these shows is The Real World. It is a show that i watch every season for the last few years. It’s  a show on MTV and is about a group of strangers, 7 or 8, that move into a house in a city that changes every season.This group of strangers are forced to live with each other for 4 to 5 months and are filmed as they live together. I’ve watched this show since 2007 when the season took place in Sydney, Australia. There were a total of 8 roommates who lived there but only 7 at any given time, since one person left and was replaced.

I like this season quite a bit because of the realistic problems of the world that it displayed. Racism was a bit part of this season. Parisa, who is Muslim and from New York, was the target of the racism.  Another cast member, Trisha, is in constant conflict with Parisa and is eventually sent home for shoving her to the ground. It’s obvious that Trisha quickly dislikes Parisa, almost for no reason. They were at not once, but twice in competition for men, which definitely added to the hate between the two.

Why this show was the catalyst for my love for The Real World, is for the different characters each cast member represented in society. Trisha was known for being a devote christian. Parisa was the visible minority. Cohutta was the country boy moving to the big city. Dunbar was the big strong guy with a temper. Isaac was the mysterious wonder. KellyAnne is the beautiful brunette that everybody loves. Shauvon is the dumb blonde. Ashli was the female trouble maker. Together they created the perfect cast that got me hooked to The Real World. I’ll forever remember them being the first cast of many I’d be attached too.


The Life Changing Announcement

•April 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

In life many people are given news that can drastically change their lives. On a daily basis people are told they have only so many days or weeks or months to live, that a loved one has passed away, and told ‘yes’ to a marriage proposal. Once a year, now over a span of 3 days, the NFL Draft makes approximately 250 life long dreams come true. The NFL draft is where good, great, and amazing college football players become NFL players.

For 365 days a year, scouts are doing every bit of research possible on players that they think are good for their team. Scouts leave no stone unturned. If you were arrested during your junior year of high school, they will find out. The coverage of the draft process is as intriguing as watching a live game. Projecting where stars of the NCAA will play and how they may turn out as players is a interesting subject.

The thing about the draft is that it does not only change the life of the player announced, it changes the lives of the coaches, scouts, general manager even the equipment guy. When a guy is drafted high, he is obviously expected to be an important part of the team, sometimes guys are drafted and expected to make a team into a playoff contender almost immediately. 2 contrasting examples are Peyton Manning and Jamarcus Russell. Both were number one overall picks, Manning in 1998 and Russell in 2007. Both were expected to turn their franchises around. Manning has gone on to appear in 2 super bowls (winning 1), 4 MVPs, numerous NFL passing records and made the Indianapolis Colts contenders for 12 years. Russell was terrible, he was released 2 years later and has been considered the worst NFL draft pick of all-time. Many of the coaches and scout that were around for the Russell debacle are gone.

So this Thursday night, the NFL draft begins and with only 32 names being called on the first night and 32  lives changed almost immediately, there are many more that hang in the balance.

The Off season, where the National Football League never stops

•March 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

In 2011, the National Football League endured an extensive lockout, due to the cancellation of the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement. This lockout resulted in the NFL basically being on hiatus. There was no transactions between players and teams. Players were not allowed to show up for work. free agents couldn’t find work and players had to train and rehabilitate away from team facilities and on their own. This brought a lot of stress and anger to fans as there was speculation that the NFL would be pushed back and then more speculation that it would be cancelled if there wasn’t a deal reached by a deadline.

Coming up in big situations is what the NFL tends to do and with the integrity, popularity and expansion of the league on the line, the owners and players were able to come to a new CBA which allowed players to show up at team facilities. This allowed teams to hand out playbooks to rookies and newly signed players, players to get looked at by team trainers and for new coaches to finally communicate with players.

A full NFL season has come and gone since the labour dispute, with the New York Giants being crowned Super Bowl champions, and we’ve reached my favorite part of the NFL, the Off season. This is where players find new teams, free agents travel the country in search of a team that is willing to pay their worth, veterans are released after long stints with teams, and soon-to-be rookies train and tryout in the interviews of their lives. The NFL season brings physical action that people love dearly, getting to see your favorite teams and players strive to reach the top of the mountain, the pinnacle of the sport, the Super Bowl.

The off season brings the action “behind the scenes”.  You get to see draft eligible players compete in all-star games. You get those same draft eligible players attending and participating in the Scouting Combine, which puts players through tests in an attempt for “draft experts” and scouts to be able to decide which players are greater than others and which ones belong with their respective team. You get, for a time slotted hour everyday, detailed coverage on these combine participants, all leading up to the NFL draft. This is where teams pick there future, which could begin as soon as the next season. Teams draft players they project to “save” their franchise, and turn them from pretenders, cellar dwellers, into contenders.

My love, appreciation, obsession with the off season is at an all-time high. I found myself glued to the computer/television/phone waiting for every bit of NFL news. I love knowing which player is going to which team first, and being able to form opinions quickly. The number of heated arguments I have had with other fans of the NFL about things that have and might happen in the off season is undeniably at an all-time high.

With free agency starting in less than 24 hours, the off season has barely began and I’m already stuck, waist deep, in the NFL so far. So here is to the NFL “off” season, where the NFL never stops.

Stuck in Alcatraz

•February 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Since being back in lennoxville this semester, and with so much free time since this is the semester with no football, i have found myself needing an additional television series to invest time into. Usually I stick to 1 or 2 shows, with one definitely being The Real World and/or The Challenge (which are made by the same production company).After skipping on last semesters Real World and picking up The Challenge this semester, I decided to pick up Alcatraz.

Now I’m addicted to this show.

The plot is about a jail, Alcatraz in San Fransisco, were over three hundred inmates and 40 guards randomly go missing. The government, obviously, gets involved and makes a cover  up by saying they were closing the prison and the inmates were being transferred. Emerson Hauser , a young guard back in 1963, was able to discover they were going missing back in 1963 so now, in present day San Fran, he runs a secret government squad that is dedicated to finding the prisoners. The problem is that the prisoners start popping up in present time having not aged at all. Hauser employs Rebecca Madsen and Diego Soto to help track the prisoners down. Madsen has a connection to Hauser and Soto is an expert on everything Alcatraz.

The show has a great cast and i find them to actually be intense and buried in their roles. Sam Neill is great as Hauser and the way he acts and has a dominance and control in the show reminds me of him in Jurassic Park. Sarah Jones plays Madsen and is an absolute beauty. Beautiful blue eyes and great acting is what she does for me for 45 minutes a week.

This show has me entangled in it. Kind of locked in jail. I find myself hooked for the whole episode, learning more and more about the secrets behind Alcatraz, and the corruption. I find myself growing to like and dislike characters from both the modern day and the flashbacks to 1963 Alcatraz. The prisoners being mistreated and manipulated by the guards, the warden, and even the doctors is great in showing a potential look at how the jail was truly run in real life. Knowing that one of the most known gang members ever, Alphonse Gabriel Capone, actually stayed in the actually Alcatraz for close to 5 years, adds an indescribable element to the show.

So for the rest of the semester I’m going to be a prisoner of Alcatraz, but just the TV series.


Your Mouth You Should Shut

•January 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

It is time for fans of Star Wars to stop complaining. George Lucas is the creator of Star Wars. It is his land, his world, his galaxy, HIS universe. Fans began to complain when he made a special edition which changed the scenes of  the 1977 version. They didn’t like the fact that one character shot before another while in the original, only one character shoots. In my opinion, George Lucas is 100 percent in the right. He has the right to release, and change Star Wars anyway he sees fit. HE is the man who had the vision of Star Wars and how he wanted the characters to interact with each other and the environment around them.

Many people will argue that he doesn’t have the right to change them once he made them a certain way but at the time of his first creation, his current monetary status didn’t allow him to make it up to HIS standards and HIS visions. Once Star Wars, from a business perspective, achieved what he wanted, he took his hard earned money, and retooled Star Wars into what HE originally thought it would be, HIS masterpiece.

So I’m going to speak on behave of George Lucas, “Shut up and thank me”.