NFL Week 6: OBJ Makes a Statement


Odell Beckham Jr. scoring on one of his 2 long touchdown catches against the Ravens.

This year has been a slow start for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Not a single touchdown in the first 4 weeks, fantasy football disappointment, looks very frustrated. He even said he wasn’t having fun out there. When you have the talent of Odell Beckham, you  can  have a breakout game at any time. He decided for it to be in week 6. He caught 8 balls, 222 yards and 2 touchdowns in an important victory against the Baltimore Ravens. Terrelle Pryor continued to shine at WR, catching 9 balls for 75 yards and 2 TD’s. However that wasn’t enough for the Cleveland Browns to get their first victory. They lose 28-26 to the Tennessee Titans and red-hot Marcus Mariota. Carolina Panthers secondary is torched once again against the New Orleans Saints, and they lose 38-41 in a shootout. The #1 team going into the season is now 1-5. They will have a bye week next to get their team together. The Buffalo Bills destroyed the 49ers off LeSean Mccoy’s 3 touchdown outing. David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott once again dominated and led their teams to victories. My fantasy team once again lost… I am now 1-5. This is the worst start to a season I have ever had in fantasy. DeAndre Hopkins has disappointed me after I picked him #3 overall. Once again, Tom Brady showed no weaknesses in an almost perfect performance against the declining Cincinnati Bengals. Lastly, Jay Ajayi broke out for the dolphins and had 204 rushing yards to go with 2 TD’s. I will be picking him up in fantasy and hopefully he can save my season.

NFL Week 5

The story of this week was the return of Tom Brady. After facing a 4 game suspension, Brady returned to the field to take on the winless Cleveland Browns. He went off for 406 yards in the air and 3 touchdowns. I was playing against him in fantasy football and he pretty much single-handedly beat me.


Brady pumps his fist after throwing 1 of his 3 TD’s against the Browns in his return from suspension.

Sammie Coates decided to have a breakout game for the Steelers. He had 139 yards and 2 Touchdowns. Not very many people expected that from the rookie out of Auburn. Martellus Bennett had 3 Touchdown receptions. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 4 touchdowns in a big victory against the New York Jets. Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson continued dominance as the top 2 rushers in the league, leading both of their teams to wins with 2 TD’s each. The Carolina Panthers continue their struggles, playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. The Panthers were 1-3 heading into the game. Their MVP Quarterback Cam Newton is out with a concussion so it was Derek Anderson to start. They lost on a last second field goal after Cameron Artis-Payne’s 2 TD’s on the ground and Greg Olsen’s 181 yards in the air were not enough. The Broncos lost their first game of the season to the red-hot Atlanta Falcons. Backup QB Paxton Lynch started his first game replacing the injured Trevor Siemien. The Minnesota Vikings get a big win over the struggling Houston Texans to keep their perfect record. Brock Osweiler has not lived up to expectations for the Texans after a big contract in the off season.

Blog post for the week of 10/17


Hey everybody. What a week this has been in the political world. Congress is still out of session and with the campaign reaching its climax it is hard to concentrate on anything else beside the election.

So the final presidential debate was on Wednesday the 19th, and boy oh boy it was a bare knuckles brawl. The biggest news of the night was Trump’s declaration that he wouldn’t accept the results of the election (which he later clarified that he would if he won). Now this is kind of big. Many Trump supporters equated this to when Al Gore made a similar statement about the 2000 election when Florida needed a recount to determine that election. At this point I don’t believe that it is my place to put my opinion any further than this.

The debate itself was vicious. Both candidates stuck to policy, and each side heard what they wanted to hear…for the most part. After about 40 minutes into the debate Trump seemed to lose his composer due to several statements made from Clinton, which effected him for the next hour and securing the debate victory for Clinton.

As it stands now, it seems hard to think how Trump can turn this around. Currently he is trailing by 9-13 points behind Clinton, and with early voting already occurring, every day he could be losing more and more undecided voters before he can possibly change their minds. Even with the recent Wikileaks coming out about Clinton from hacked emails, the election seems pretty decided. Now it seems the question will be by how much. The more votes Clinton gets the more votes also goes to Democrats competing for House and Senate seats. So if it is a land slide victory there is a chance that the Democrats will control the House and the Senate. And even bigger, Clinton might be lucky enough to select three new Supreme Court Justices, which will give Democrats a huge political edge for the foreseeable future.

Well that seems to be it for now, see you next week.

Social Inequalities Impacting the United States

Hey everyone it’s Sociogal! I wanted to keep you updated on what I’ll be discussing this week and possibly other posts in the future. Today I would like to share the definition of social inequality and some examples of inequality the U.S. faces currently. I think with the time being, I will mainly focus tonight on the inequality of gender pay gaps. Hopefully next week I can go more in-depth about other different social inequalities and how it impacts lives. So let’s begin by defining social inequality in a more broad way.

Social inequality is the existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social positions or statuses within a group or society. Social inequality has several important dimensions such as income (earnings from work or investments), wealth (total value of money), power, occupations, schooling, poverty, race, and ethnicity.

We can find social inequality increasing today by looking at the many lives who are living and what those lives are doing on a daily basis. A major inequality today is the gender pay gap between men and women in the workplace. In 2015, female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent. Women, on average, earn less than men in almost every single occupation. Women make up almost half of the workforce so discovering this statistic shocked me. Regardless of the level of qualification, jobs predominantly done by women pay less on average than jobs predominantly done by men. Purposeful occupational segregation is a primary contributor to the lack of significant progress in closing the wage gap. Will this wage gap between men and women ever change in our lifetime? The answer is for us to find out in the future. With this process slowly increasing pay for women over the years, we may come across equality for both genders but it will be a long road before we even meet it.


In this Steven Spielberg film, the movie starts out with a woman getting mauled by shark. Chief Martin Brody tries to close the beaches after the medical examiner found out it was a shark attack instead of the woman getting caught in a boat engine, but the Mayor Larry Vaughn didn’t let Martin close the beach because they might lose their fourth of July summer profit. Brody tries several times to close the beach and even resorted to buying signs that say “closed” to close the beach off himself. After a few more deaths, the Mayor realizes what is actually happening and he hires Quint to hunt the shark. Quint, Brody and Hooper go out on the water in Quint’s boat, Orca, to hunt the shark. The shark showed itself and Quint estimates its length at 25 feet. Quint harpooned the shark and it disappeared. The shark came back at nightfall and it crashed the boat killing the power. The men repaired the engine.

In the morning, Brody tries to call the Coast Guard but Quint smashes the radio. After seeing the shark and chasing it, Quint harpoons the shark again.The shark drags the boat and ends up flooding the engine. He tries to go to shallow water to try to suffocate the shark but the engine failed again. With the Orca sinking, Quint puts on scuba gear to try to inject the shark with a lethal tranquilizer. The shark ends up smashing Quints only safety, the cage, and ate him. Brody forces a scuba tank in the sharks mouth and shooting the tank and causing the shark to explode. Him and Hooper swim back to Amity.

I think the ending of this film is the best part, but this movie never really excited me or made me scared because of the infamous jaws theme always played before the shark attacked letting everyone know what’s about to happen. Overall, the film was really good and it deserved it’s iconic status.


Tips for a Successful College Interview!

Hey everybody, TheCollegiate here.

Last week I discussed ways to show interest in colleges- one of the ways that I mentioned was to have an interview with the staff of any college that you’re interested in. Going off of that idea, I decided that, for this week’s post, I’ll share some advice on how to make these college interviews as stress-free and successful as possible. I mean, let’s face it- having a one-on-one meeting with the staff of your dream college can be pretty nerve-wracking! However, it doesn’t have to be- as long as you’re confident and well-prepared, your interview will go quite well.


The first- and probably most important- step in having a great college interview is to be aware ahead of time of what questions may come up during the interview. Colleges want  to hear about why you are so interested in their school, and what you have to offer, both in the classroom and among the student body.  Prior to your interview, you’ll want to have some idea of what your response to these types of questions will be. Try and make your answers uniquely pertain to you, after all, colleges interview many students, so you want to make yourself stand apart from the rest. However, it’s important not to over-prepare for your interview- you want to have a conversation with the interviewer, not a restatement of a memorized response.

The next tip I have is to keep your body language in check- you want to come off as confident and respectful. Eye contact is very important during an interview, as well as not fidgeting too much- if your body language shows that you’re uncomfortable during the interview, the interviewer will most likely pick up on it.

Lastly, you want to be yourself during the interview. This is your chance to showcase your strengths, describe who you are as an individual, and what you can offer to the school community. If you come into the interview with a general idea of what questions might be asked, and how you’d go about answering them, then you’re prepared enough. All you need to do from there is to take a deep breath, walk in, and be yourself.

These are all of my tips on how to have a successful college interview- hopefully they no longer seem so daunting!

See you all next week!


Week 8 Preview+Heisman Analysis

Hello! Cougar Fan here. There are a few important match ups this week, perhaps none bigger than when the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide host the #6 ranked Texas A&M Aggies. Texas A&M has given ‘Bama some problems in the past, and they are looking to lean on a high powered offense to pull off the upset. Alabama, however, boasts one of the best teams at the school in recent years, and yes that is including the four National Championship winning teams over the past seven year. I think that Texas A&M will keep it close early, perhaps for the first half or even through three quarters, but I predict that Alabama will prove to be just too talented.

Heisman Analysis:

Realistic Contenders:

  1. Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville. Jackson has been electric so far this season, scoring a nation leading 30 touchdowns through the first 7 weeks of the season. He gets it done both in the air and on the ground, already racking up 1806 passing yards and 832 rushing yards.

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    Lamar Jackson hurdles a defender during Louisville’s game against Syracuse earlier this season. Jackson scored 8 touchdowns in just the first half of the match up

2. Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson. Another elite ACC quarterback, Deshaun Watson has played very well this season. He has led the Tigers to a currently undefeated record, including a huge win over Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinal. Watson has accounted for 21 total touchdowns, while passing for 1950 yards.

3. J.T. Barrett, Quarterback, Ohio State. J.T. Barrett has led the Ohio State Buckeyes to become the second ranked team in all the country. Barrett has passed for 1207 yards, and has helped OSU destroy opponents. The key for him will be to continue his dominant play when the Buckeyes enter the tougher portion of their schedule, playing currently ranked #8 Nebraska, and #3 Michigan, as well as other tough conference foes such as Michigan State and Penn State.

Should be getting more attention than he is currently receiving:

Jake Browning, Quarterback, Washington. Browning has been playing really well for the Huskies. He has scored a total of 22 touchdowns, and passed for 1418 yards en route to a currently undefeated record, including huge wins over Stanford and Oregon (in which game he passed for a whopping 6 touchdowns), and a #5 ranking. If he continues to have this kind of success, and if Washington continues to show the nation that they are for real, Browning will receive much more attention.

Barcelona Routs Manchester City

In the weeks highest profile match, Manchester City faced Barcelona. It was a chance for Manchester City to prove that they could play with the best in the world. Manchester City also has Barcelona’s old coach, Pep Guardiola, and this was a test to see how far he has brought the team and if he could pick out any Barcelona weaknesses.

Barcelona, behind a Lionel Messi hat trick, dominated Manchester City 4-0. It was a competitive match through the first 50 minutes with chances going both ways and Barcelona only up 1-0. But Manchester City’s goalie made a horrible mistake by purposefully using his hands outside the box. He was given a straight red card and his team was left with 10 men and playing with 10 men against Barcelona is close to an automatic loss. Messi added two more goals and Neymar scored one in the final minutes to complete their defeat. Barcelona even had a penalty kick that they failed to convert on, which would of made the lost even more embarrassingblog-photo-4.

Switching over to the MLS, every team in the MLS is playing at the one on Sunday to complete the regular season. Some teams have clinched playoff spots, some are just playing for pride, but others need to get a result to try to keep their seasons alive. The Seattle Sounders fall into the last category and they need a win against Real Salt Lake to cement their spot in the playoffs. The Sounders can also hope for Sporting KC or the Portland Timbers, the two teams right behind them in the standings, to lose.


Hi there!

Last week we took a trip to the cold, icy country of Iceland, so this week we’re going down south to Uruguay. Uruguay is often considered a sort of hidden gem of South America, because it is far less touristy than some of its southern neighbors. However, do not let the lack of talk about Uruguay fool you: it is an incredible travel destination!

Like many countries in South America, Uruguayans take their ‘futbol’, or soccer, very seriously. In fact, its national soccer team has won more international tournaments than any other team. Soccer is so much a part of the culture in Uruguay that when a team wins a victory you can often find many people flooding the streets in celebration.

This image is one of fans cheering at an Uruguayan stadium. Their elation is clear through the emotion of the picture.

Addtionally, while the country is small, it is full of things to see, both natural and man-made. The Casapueblo museum and hotel in Punta Ballena has completely unique and beautiful architecture. Its brilliant white walls and flowing walls stand out from the surroundings and have made it one of the most famous buildings in the country. It also borders the ocean, which brings us to another one of Uruguay’s biggest attractions: the beaches. Because tourism is not as important of an industry in Uruguay, and it has so many miles of beaches, the beaches in this country are less crowded than in other areas of the world. These are just a few of the many perks of sightseeing in Uruguay.

This is a country of rich sights and culture, and it is well worth the visit!

See you next week!

Global Warming is Not Cool

Hey Everyone!
I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about global warming (aka climate change) over the past few years and even in recent presidential elections. The thing is, a lot of people today don’t take climate change very seriously and some even deny it’s existence! This is a problem because global warming is the BIGGEST environmental threat we’ve ever faced-and it’s getting a lot worse. Recently in 2015, the global carbon dioxide equivalent of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million which is considered a tipping point, meaning that it will lead to irreversible changes in major ecosystems. And did I mention this is all our fault? Everything from the food we eat, clothes we wear, soaps we use, and the car we drive emit harmful gases into our atmosphere causing climate issues such as droughts, extreme temperature, and forest fire to greatly increase. Scientists have found data over the past few years to show a trend that leads to a 6 degrees celsius iceincrease by 2050 which would have devastating consequences. Many crops would no longer be able to survive decreasing our food supply and raising agriculture costs by around 50%. The ice caps would virtually disappear as well as many species all because of humans’ negligence towards to earth. This planet is our only home and we are being extremely destructive. It’s our responsibility to be more considerate of how sensitive the earth is to our technologies and take steps to have a smaller footprint. Unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. So please try your best to be more considerate of where we live!

Best Pizza in Seattle?!

Hey guys!

Photo of Bambino's Pizzeria - Seattle, WA, United States. Ordered beers and calzones, perfect.  There was no leaking at the seams, no raw dough inside, just pure deliciousness.

Seattle is known for its awesome restaurants and chefs. I decided to take a closer look at a lesser known eatery called Bambino’s Pizzeria.

The small and cozy interior of the pizzeria caught my attention, and being located just south of the Space Needle in the little neighborhood of Belltown, seems like a great spot for both locals and tourists. This understated pizza house is open until 11pm every day, making it a go-to for late night partygoers. Bambino’s is truly with the times because it offers an online ordering service, truly stepping up the act of ordering pizza. Also, they offer a catering service. Now that would be a wedding I would want to attend.

Bambino’s has a killer menu full of fancy-sounding appetizers, loaded pizza pies, Ben Wyatt approved calzones, classic Italian desserts and even a build-your-own pizza menu! This menu truly has an option for everybody, no taste buds will feel left out here. Overwhelmed with variety, I went for the safe build-my-own approach. Feeling wild, I topped mine with all three different types of peppers, satisfying my craving for a spicy kick that got my metabolism racing. I would rate this pizza 10/10. Service was nice and speedy and overall the menu was not overpriced.

According to a study conducted by the Harris Poll, 15% of Americans list pizza as their favorite food. Wow. After experiencing this hidden gem of a pizzeria, I will without fail take every friend and family member of mine here.

Check Bambino’s out at this address: 401 Cedar Street, Seattle, WA 98121

See you next week!

A Dreadful Week

img_0736This week sucked. I had a coloring packet in Sports Med which was due Thursday that I did not start until Monday. We got it at the beginning of the semester and I regret waiting until now to finish it however I procrastinated per usual. The next coloring packet I get I will actually space out the pages and do them in a certain period of time. So the packet in total spent me eight hours to complete and I would have other homework on top of that so this week was no bueno when it comes to school. Thaddeus needs to step up his game a little in the coming weeks before first semester is over, because before you know it first semester will be over.

At work this week my friend and I, had been working the previous weeks together on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Since we are so short staffed the moved my friend to Monday and Thursday and kept me at Tuesday and Wednesday. This was not fun for me on Tuesday because it is one thing to bus alone but the only hostess working that night called in sick. So, I had to literally do every thing. My stress level was at an all time high and it was only five when I showed up. Tuesday was a day I would like to forget. Wednesday on the other hand, was my best day of work since I started working, we had multiple hostess’s finally and the dining room was not busy at all. The Presidential Debate was super clutch Wednesday because all the residents care about politics so majority of them stayed in there rooms to watch it.

American-Russian Launch on October 19th

On Wednesday, one Americblog_nhq201610190009an and two Russian astronauts launched off of earth to the International Space Station (ISS), a habitable satellite in a low orbit around earth, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad. This crew along with the two members already at the station will spend four months in space to orchestrate over two hundred and fifty science experiments over a wide range of subjects, including testing how the human body handles living in space.

The ISS had begun its assembly 18 years ago, and has been lived on by humans continuously for 15 years. It is a joint project of mainly five space agencies: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the space admin for Russia (Roscosmos), the Japanese Aeronautics Exploration Agency (JAXA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The ISS is said to be the most politically complex project ever accomplished.

Roscosmos and NASA have announced their future plans to continue to work together. The two administrations have created strong bonds from the ISS, and may make another space station that would orbit the moon after the ISS project ends in 2024.

The Baikonur Cosmodrome, where the recent launch took place, is located in Russia. It’s mainly controlled by the Roscosmos Russian Space Administration and the Russian Aerospace Forces. It is our planet’s first and largest launch pad originally built by the Soviet Union in the 50s.

It is most definite that times have changed since the Baikonur Cosmodrome was first created. I wonder what collaboratives will be accomplished with our fellow space administrations in the future!


Cake: Fondant

Hello Again!

Today i wanted to talk about what fondant is and how its used and made, since not many people know what fondant is i thought for my first official post i wanted to share my personal experience as well. First of all fondant is and can be a topping that replaces butter cream or icing. it can be made of an ingredient as simple as marshmallow, while many traditional fondants are made of gelatin and water as well as glucose and other ingredients that don’t sound very appealing.

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Why don’t many people use fondant? Usually fondant is used on Wedding cakes and are mainly used for their appearance and not their taste. what does fondant taste like? since it is made of mostly gelatin/marshmallow, sugar, water and food coloring it really is an acquired taste. My personal experience with eating fondant was actually bad because i was used to the texture at all, but over time i got used to it and mainly use a marsh mellow base when i make it. When making cakes i tend to stick to traditional icing just because sometimes fondant can be hard to make despite the simple ingredients, but when fondant is in hand i like to go all out and use mt artistic abilities, while in the end i don’t end up actually eating the cake.

So the next time you decide to bake a cake maybe consider using fondant just for the experience, and most of the time its actually really fun! since its extremely flexible almost like clay it can be molded into whatever you desire.

Thanks for visiting, See you next week~