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Introduction to Marcus Peters: First Round Draft Pick of the Kansas City Chiefs

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Second chances are rare and should never be taken for granted. Marcus Peters, newly acquired 2015 draft pick for the Kansas City Chiefs, has just that. At six-foot and almost 200 pounds, Peters is a physical corner. Peters attended the University of Washington for three seasons, one of which was cut short due to a suspension. Peters has talent, there is no doubt about that. He had 11 interceptions and almost 100 tackles in his time with the Huskies. But skill isn’t all of what makes a great player; emotions and actions are almost just as important, if not more.

While at Washington, Peters put his talent on display. Selected to the second-team All-PAC-12 team, he showed his incredible ball skills and ability to cover even the best wide outs. However, Peters was suspended for one game early in the 2014 season after throwing a sideline temper tantrum after what he called a “stupid” personal foul call against Eastern Washington.

Following the one game suspension, things went downhill for Peters to end his junior year at Washington. After showing up late to a few meetings and several times arguing with assistant coaches, Peters was dismissed from the team for the remainder of the season. With that came the decision of whether to play another year in college, or to turn pro and enter the NFL Draft. Peters decided to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft and was drafted in the first round at pick number 18. Peters has received a second chance at being able to turn his perceived image around, prove he can be more than just a bad attitude and that he can be a viable NFL corner.

In a draft where there wasn’t a lot of depth at the cornerback position available, Peters stood out. There was just a stigma hanging over him that was his emotion and attitude. One of the hardest things to do in life is forget the past and move on, but that’s what he has to do. He has to think of this as a fresh start and prove that he can be a great player as well as a great teammate. After an unimpressive scouting combine performance that saw a 40-yard dash time of 4.53, Peters has to prove himself. He has the talent to match up with the NFL’s elite, but he needs to be dedicated.

One thing to note, the Kansas City Chiefs certainly have the players and the experience in the locker room to keep Peters in check. Players like Tamba Hali and Sean Smith, two of the Chiefs defensive leaders, can guide him in the right direction. Peters could be a big asset playing across the field from Smith, and could really give the defense a boost. Kansas City had a top ten defense last season, and they look to improve this year. The Chiefs ranked second in the NFL in pass yards allowed per game at a little over 200 in 2014. Peters joins a stellar cast of experienced players that can only help him in his path to becoming a consistent NFL player.

If the past is any indication, attitude problems can hinder even the best players. It can be a big distraction and cause problems on and off the field, but for Peters, it’s going to be how he handles the pressure. The public image of how he conducts himself is already negative, but it’s his job to change that. If he can just turn around his attitude, combined with his talent, he can be a huge lift to what is an already good Chiefs defense. In a few recent interviews, Peters has shown that he is ready to turn things around. The biggest question is if he can join the ranks of those who, even with a cloudy past, can have a bright future.

I’m back!!!

ImageAfter taking a small hiatus from posting, I’m back and will be posting on here much more often.  Now that my last semester of college is almost done, I have much more time to focus on getting more posts done. 

 

My first post back will be about the events that happened yesterday with the St. Louis Cardinals.  First, one of, if not THE, greatest pitcher in Cardinal history retired yesterday.  Chris Carpenter decided it was time to retire from the game he has always loved.  I think it was the right decision.  Carp went out knowing he will go down as one of the greatest pitchers the Cards will ever have.  Second, Mike Matheny received a three-year extension to his contract to be the manager couldn’t be happier with this decision.  Performance of the team is everything when it comes to the manager, and in Matheny’s two seasons, the Cards have gone to the NLCS and the World Series…I’d say that’s good enough for an extension.  Things are looking up for the Birds as we await next season.  The “Wacha, Wacha, Wacha” craze will certainly continue and young prospects are plentiful for the Cardinals!

 

Till next Time!

Let’s go Blues!!

My opinion on the Syria situatioin

For this assignment, I decided to try to wait till the last minute to do it.  My reasoning for this was to make sure no new information about the Syria situation presented itself.  Boy I am glad I did that.

According to an article on CNN.com, Syria has “agreed” to surrender their chemical weapons supply to Russia, and subsequently have them under international control.  President Barack Obama says that this would be a huge step in the situation and could potentially make it not necessary to pursue a military strike.

For me, this is a huge relief.  In my opinion, any action in Syria would be a huge mistake.  According to several articles on Fox News and the Washington Post, one of Syria’s biggest allies is Russia.  Whether our ties with Russia are strained or in good faith, I think it’s a bad idea to cross them.

I feel like there are a lot of issues in our own country that President Obama needs to address before he goes interfering in other countries.  Whether or not you think the United States needs to “flex its muscle” is irrelevant.  This isn’t a pissing contest; it’s something that could potentially lead to another unnecessary war.

Regardless of whether I agree with President Obama on the Syria strike, I think it was a good idea to go to Congress first instead of bypassing them.  It shows he still has respect for the system in my eyes.

Hopefully, with the new information that Syria’s President Assad and the rest of his government officials have agreed to hand over their chemical weapon supply, a strike can be avoided.  The last thing we need right now is another costly war.

The Hangover 3: Movie Review

            

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“The Hangover” could be one of the most popular movie franchises of all time.  On May 20th, 2013, the final installment in the epic trilogy was released in theaters. 

            “Hangover 3” was advertised as “the end” to the series that had brought so many laughs to moviegoers everywhere. 

            After “Hangover 3” was released there were a lot of mixed reviews on the how good the last movie really was.  Some said it was hilarious and a great ending to the series.  But, others said it wasn’t up to par as it’s two predecessors. 

            Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakas and Justin Bartha all reprise their roles as the “wolf pack” from the previous two movies. 

            “Hangover 3” picks up where the last movie left off.  Stu, Phil and Doug are all happily married.  Alan is still continuing with his endless shenanigans…most of which cause everyone else pain and suffering. 

            The movie details yet another adventure these four “friends” go on, as they seemingly cause mayhem wherever they go. 

            “Hangover 3” gives plenty of plot twists that the audience wouldn’t expect.  It also brings back some of the wolf pack’s favorite friends and even provides a few more enemies for them to deal with. 

                        Other things contributed to “Hangover 3” being a interesting movie as well.  The soundtrack was really good, and the lighting for basically the whole movie was amazing and made each scene more intense. 

             Todd Phillips, the director, cut no corners when it came to making the last film in this series.  The ending is one that would surprise you, but also resolve so many conflicts that were created over the last two movies. 

            Overall, I’d say that “Hangover 3” is worth seeing.  Does it live up to the hype and comedic genius of the original?  Probably not.  But, as the last movie in the series, fans of the Hangover will definitely want to see this one.  

Fast and Furious 6: Movie Review

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“The Fast and The Furious”, a movie franchise that most people know well.  After five different installments, the Fast and Furious movies have come out with another film, “Fast and Furious 6.” 

            With it’s anticipated debut on Memorial Day weekend, “Fast 6” had a lot to live up too by matching the action and suspense of the other movies in the franchise.

            Bringing back most of it’s usual stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and even The Rock, “Fast 6” brings lots of new twists and adventure to all the characters everyone had grown accustom too. 

            The movie definitely follows suit with the other five films in one category:  fast cars.  “Fast 6” director, Justin Lin, made sure to bring back everything all his fans loved.  Car chases, intense action scenes, and even a few good fight scenes. 

            The movie takes place after the conclusion of its predecessor “Fast 5.”  It shows how all the characters progressed in their lives after the last movie. 

            “Fast 6” also brings a new set of challenges for the crew.  It brings a new type of enemy they have never seen.  It brings a new enemy they didn’t expect.  And it brings new allies as well. 

            Another thing that “Fast 6” does is bring the whole storyline full circle.  After “Fast and Furious:  Tokyo Drift” was released the timeline of events was off and some viewers were confused. 

            “Fast 6” makes sure no one is confused anymore.  It connects all the lines between all the movies and makes sure you understand the timeline of events much better. 

            Overall, “Fast and Furious 6” is a must see.  It has everything all of the Fast and Furious fans have grown to love: fast cars, lots of action, and beautiful women.  Any true fan of the Fast and Furious movie series will be expected to see this one.  

Bittersweet Feeling

As I drove to school today, I realized that this was the last time I would get that, “first day of school” feeling ever again.  I realized that my journey that I’ve worked so hard at achieving is almost over.

While I was driving I was reminiscing on the times I’ve had, all the people I’ve met, and all the things I’ve learned.  It’s amazing to look back at all of it and see how I got to where I am now.  Hard work is what drives success.  I say the feeling was bittersweet because it is.

It’s bitter because I love the people I see everyday and the experiences I have with them.  It’s bitter because this symbolizes that I’m not really a kid anymore, that I have to grow up now.

But, at the same time, it’s sweet for so many reasons.  It’s a symbol of all the hard work I’ve put in over the last five years.  It’s sweet because I’m finally moving on to the next stage in life, knowing that I’m fully prepared.

There are so many people to thank for helping me get to where I am, and also be successful and confident.  I can’t wait to show these people what I can do with the knowledge they’ve given me and make them proud.

Let’s make this semester count, and let’s show everyone that I’ve met over the last few years why I’m so confident.

 

 

Virtual300: Hard Work Pays Off

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Coming into this semester of Online Journalism, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I had never taken a class with Jill, but I’d heard lots of stories…mostly good ones. 

After I read the syllabus for the first time, I will admit I was a little nervous about what was to come this semester.

The first objective we were supposed to learn was how to publish text and media online.  There are lots of different ways to do this, some of which I was unaware of before the semester.

In class, we learned about different blogs like Tumblr and WordPress.  We also learned about phone apps like Instagram.  We took this a step further in ways to publish multimedia online. 

Websites like meograph, slideshare, and soundcloud offer simple ways to publish your work online.  To view any of these websites, simply click on the name and you will be directed to their page.  

Another objective for this class was how to be proficient in social media and different blogs. 

Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, it was a must to understand these social media outlets in and out. 

Here is a link to an article explaining the importance of social media.  To view the article click here.

Next, it was important to know how influential Journalism is and the current industry trends at the time.  

One way to achieve this is by following major Journalism titans on Twitter.  This keeps your feed updated with important news that pertains to Journalism and its inner workings.  

This was the first journalism class that I’ve had to work in multimedia into my stories in a major way.  This was very new for me as I have little to no experience with multimedia.  

I was skeptical about how important multimedia was to stories until we read an article in the New York Times called Snow Fall.  This article showed me that multimedia does matter, and can add a whole different dimension to a story.

To read the Snow Fall article and see the wonderful multimedia aspect click here.

After reading this story, I put more time and effort into trying to make the multimedia in my stories better and make sure that they have a positive effect on the story.  

For another article on how multimedia in Journalism is important click here

Lastly, the stories we did write, we had to publish on WordPress.com.  This was a huge process that took a lot of time, but paid off in the end.  

This process helped me understand the importance of getting the parts of the stories uploaded correctly and in a visually pleasing order.  

The upload process is almost as important as the actual writing of the story because if your text and media aren’t uploaded right the whole story could be compromised.

We also learned how to upload photos to WordPress as an alternative to other websites like slideshare.

For a tutorial on how to use the different aspects of WordPress click here.  

Overall, the objectives of this class were at some points overwhelming.  But, in the end all that hard work payed off.  I now believe I’m ready to enter the Journalism world because I know how to make my stories multi-dimensioned.