Monday, November 29, 2010

Rutgers vs. Cincinnati

This was an embarassing game for the Scarlet Knights.  Cincinnati's offense tore them apart through the run and passing game.  Yet, I like to focus on the positive.  Sophomore Mark Harrison had a break out game.  He has speed and is strong.  One physical attribute of his which makes it difficult for defensive backs to defend him is his height.  He should have a very good college career over the next two years.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A poem for my dad as he lays in the ER

Found out my dad was in the hospital today
Memories of our last minutes came in to mind
Have I been a good son or a bad boy

Grandmom died alone is this my dads fate?
I hated not being there for her.
I'm gonna be there for him I will skip a date

I love my dad very much
he was always there when I needed his love
When i was getting divorced he gave me the softest touch

I'm in the Rutgers library ready to cry
I don't want my dad to die
To think of him laying in that hospital bed
makes want to be beside him, hold his head

Beeping noises nurses walking around makes me scared
I hate the noise and never grew up in hempstead
Is that a real town, I don't know
Just know dad and i mean it , I love you so.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Prison Inmate to Prolific Passer

Micheal Vick sat in a prison cell about two years ago.  His career as a football player seemed over, if not in jeopardy.  His crime left him in disgrace in front of an unforgiving football audience and all of America.  Two years later, he is the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.  His last game was a career night as he threw for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns.   He also ran for two touchdowns. 

His ability to scramble was always evident but now he is a different quarterback, able to stay in the pocket and make pinpoint throws to his wide receivers.  He is even being compared to Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.  Mistakes don't have to stop you from doing great things in life or making a comeback.  What do you think you will be doing in two years (stats courtesy of, picture courtesy of )?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My journal entry from Mrs. Kerns' class dated February 27, 1993 (very unedited)

On monday my brother and me went to Malibu grand prix.  What it is is racing track.  So you can be under 18 and drive in a mini car around the track  They have Video games there and you can eat there.  When you are going around the track the car can go up to about 25 miles per hour.  When I was going around the track there was a sharp corner, and I was going the vehicles top speed and I spun off the track.  I was alright but it was fun.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Journal entry from March 6, 1993 (Mrs. Kern's class)

When I went to the mall with Eric and Scott something terrible happened.  We went into the arcade everything was okay.  I sat down with Eric to play a race car game I had bought a poster a little bit before this time.  When we finished our game I looked down for the poster it was gone!  I got so angry.  I'm never going to take any chances at the mall.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Learning from Katy Perry's Fireworks video

I'm impressed by Katy Perry's video Fireworks.  It impresses me for two reasons:
  •      She is known for pop, sexy, fun loving songs with little meaning to them and this video has meaning to it.
  •      The message is excellent.  It talks about being and accepting the person who you are even if you are not perfect.  The lyrics tell us to embrace who we are, flaws and all.  Ultimately, we need to shine!
Sometimes music videos do not accurately portray an artists message (i.e. Nelly's latest hit and Katy Perry's California Gurls).  The music video hits it right on, and I feel like it inspires you to be the person who you are meant to be and shine.  NOT, what others and our world want us to be!

Check it out below:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

People with challenges

When I think about the challenges we face in's sometimes overwhelming.  But, then, I think about people who have overcome challenges.  This helps me realize that you can have challenges and ultimately, overcome them and be successful.

Do you know the story of Frederick Douglass?  He was born into slavery.  This is kind of a dead end don't you think?  I mean, what kind of life do you think someone would be able to have having been born into shackles?  You had very little freedom, obviously.  You couldn't get educated.  Without access to such life treasures, how can you be successful?

Frederick Douglass had a realization at a very young age.  He realized that the pathway out of slavery was through education.  This is why slave owners didn't allow blacks to get education.  Although immoral, they weren't stupid.  Knowing this true point, Mr. Douglass began to seek out white kids in his Baltimore neighborhood as he learned to read and write.  He made a game of it and told them that he could out spell them.  The kids balked at his comment and  began to engage in this active type of learning.  This was how Frederick Douglass learned to read and write.

You see, you don't need to have all the tools to overcome challenges.  What you need to do is begin a process of looking at how you can achieve or get what you want.  This was what the future world renowned speaker did as a boy.  This is what you can do now.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

RU vs. Pitt article!

This was a difficult game for the scarlet knights.  Coupled with the loss of Legrand and an excellent Pitt game plan, they were easily defeated.  It's time to regroup.  They are two victories away from a bowl bid and can bring that total to one this evening in South Florida.