“You must be new”

The New England Patriots will be going to their 9th super bowl in team history. This will be the 7th time for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Patriots won the super bowl two years ago and the current roster still has a lot  players that won the super bowl back in 2014. Tom Brady has four super bowl rings already and will be going for his 5th.

This offseason, the Patriots signed Chris Long and Marcellus Bennett to their roster. Chris Long was drafted by the St. Louis Rams back in 2008; and we all know how that went. When Long was on the Rams, they never made the playoffs or had a winning season. The same goes for Marcellus Bennett, he has been on multiple teams but has never been to the playoffs or had a winning season.

Joining the New England Patriots gave these players hope. The Patriots have been in the playoffs for about 11 straight years and recently just won a super bowl.

After the Patriots beat the Steelers in the AFC Championship game last week, the players were happy and excited about going to the super bowl again. What caught my attention was how much Chris Long and Marcellus Bennett were celebrating. To think; they have never been to the playoffs before and will be going to the super bowl for the first time.

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I wonder how happy they will be once they win the super bowl. Both Chris Long and Marcellus Bennett are on one year deals but I would be very surprised if they decide not to come back to the New England Patriots. Being on bad teams for most of their career, i dont think they want to go back to playing for teams like that. Talk about never being in a super bowl before; none of the Atlanta Falcons players have been in a super bowl before. Their a young team and New England is a veteran team. Dan Quinn, Atlanta’s head coach is the only one that has been to a super bowl before. He was the Seattle Seahawks’s defensive coordinator when the Seahawks played the New England Patriots. The Seahawks lost to the Patriots, so we will see how this game goes. I’m all for Marcellus Bennett and Chris Long winning their first super bowl rings.

Best Quarterback of All Time!

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady is already one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all time. Perhaps the best draft pick ever. The former 6th round back in the 2000 draft by the New England Patriots. Tom Brady beat the odds and became a starter for the Patriots. New England’s starting Quarterback at the time was Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe got injured during a game back in 2001 and Tom Brady became the starter. We all know what happened after that. Brady turns 40 in August and is still playing at a high level.

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Tom Brady holding Super Bowl 49 trophy

Tom Brady has played in six super bowls and has won four of them. Would have won all six games if it was not for incredible catches by the New York Giants players in each super bowl lost. The most recent super bowl win was in the 2014 season against the Seattle Seahawks. Brady won his first three super bowls he played in but had lost his previous two super bowls; both to Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

New England Patriots has been dominating their division since Tom Brady took the starting Quarterback job. Brady has played in 264 career game and has won 201; which is the all-time record for most wins as a Quarterback. Tom Brady has won 14 division titles since 2001. That is an NFL record for any starting Quarterback.

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This weekend, the New England Patriots will be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC Championship game. Winner of the game advances to the super bowl to play either the Atlanta Falcons or Green Bay Packers. Tom Brady is looking to become the only Quarterback in NFL history to win five super bowls and will be starting in his 7th super bowl with a victory over Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Pick Play” For the National Championship

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Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Clemson’s DeShaun Watson

On Monday, the college football National Championship game was played between the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and #2 ranked Clemson Tigers. Clemson and Alabama played for the National Championship game last year and Alabama won 45-40.

Clemson players thought that they should have won the game last year because they played well until the 4th quarter. The players were looking forward to the rematch with Alabama. Alabama will be without Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry, who turned pro last season and their quarterback who graduated last season .

Clemson had a lot of returning players for this rematch. The top wide receiver in the nation, Mike Williams did not play in last years National Championship  game between the two teams. Williams is most likely going pro after this game so he is looking to end his college career with a Nation Championship.

The first half of the game was all Alabama. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson could not do much on offense. Alabama’s quarterback  Jalen Hurts is a true Freshman, this is the biggest game of the career so far and he showed that he is only a Freshman. Hurts and the Alabama offense could not do much in the first half. It was a defensive game in the first half. At the end of the half it was Alabama winning 14-7.

Fast forward to the 4th quarter; Alabama Jalen Hurts scored a go ahead touchdown with just 2 minutes left in the game. Alabama is now up 31-28 with less than 2 minutes left. This was the perfect situation for Alabama, their defense has the change to close out the game. The Crimson Tide historically has the nations best defense in the last decade.

1st round draft prospect DeShaun Watson started the game bad but heading to the 4th quarter he got more comfortable and was ready to lead Clemson to a game-winning touchdown drive against Alabama’s top defense.

With just 6 seconds left, Clemson was at the Alabama’s 2-yard line. Touchdown wins the game and a field goal sends the game into overtime. Clemson lined up to hike the ball instead of kicking the ball. Clemson hiked the ball and DeShaun Watson ran to his right and threw the ball to a wide open receiver; Clemson won the game 35-31.

How did the Clemson wide receiver get so open? Well the referee missed a pass interference on one of the Clemson receivers. Clemson used one of their receivers to ran into an Alabama defender so the other receiver would get open. This is called a “pick play” and if ran perfectly it is not an offense pass interference but the Clemson receiver failed to avoid complete contact with the Alabama defender and ran directly into the Alabama defender.

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For a great game to end like this; a missed pass interference call was really disappointing. Some people will say that it was not a pass interference on the offense but others will disagree. The problem I have is; this non call changed the result of the game.

The Underground Kings

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Cool Grande Bio. YouTube Link

Question: Why do you Rap (make music)?

Answer: Music is my first passion. I grew up listening to music. My parents always had records laying around when I was little. Bob Marley, The Beatles. So I have always grown up around music so I continued to stay passionate about it.

Question: Do you love what you do?

Answer: Yeah I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I get to be my own boss. I’m passionate about it so I don’t see why I would do anything else.

Question: Are you confident in your work?

Answer: Yeah I’m confident in my work. I feel like I have my own niche that I am fitting into and it works out for me. So yeah I feel confident.

Question: Do you think you’re the best artist/rapper in Washington?

Answer: I don’t want to say that I am the best rapper because I don’t want to step on any other artists’ toes (bringing other rappers confidents/name down). But I will say that I have a different image and I’m a different artist. I have my own lane that I fit.

Question: Does your friends and family drive you to succeed?

Answer: Yeah, I have a great supporting system. Everybody is on my back. They see what I’m doing and believes in me. They keep me motivated everyday

Question: When did you decide to take rapping seriously?

Answer: So I got into rapping more when my brother was killed back in 2011. But then another friend of my that I made music with for fun got killed in 2014. Then after that I started to really take rapping and making music really serious and drop more music.

Question: What do you think about the mainstream artist and music?

Answer: Well I mean… As far as mainstream artist goes. They all have their own thing going on but like I don’t really know.

Question: Do you think there are some famous rappers that don’t deserve the fame?

Answer: Definitely, there are people out there that get to a certain point in their career and starting feeling a certain way about themselves then start treating people differently and make music just to get money not for the fans. Those are the people that don’t deserve what they have.

Question: Do you believe there are some underground artist that make better music than some mainstream artist?

Answer: Again, definitely. There are plenty of underground artist that are better than mainstream artist but that’s why they are still underground.

Question: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer: I feel like a lot of underground and independent artist really do work on their craft and they want to be their own boss. That is why I do this, so I can be my own boss. I don’t want to report to anybody and when you take it that seriously there is a lot that goes into it. There is a lot of sacrifices. Sometimes you don’t get to see people you want to see or go do things you want to do because there are other things you have to take care of. It’s one of those kind of deals you have to get involved with.

“Judged By The Cover”

The Muslim religion has been around for many decades. A Muslim relates to a person who follows the religion of Islam, monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the Quran. The Quran is the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Muslim is an Arabic word meaning one who submits to God.

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On September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by a terrorist group in the middle east. The group that did this was a muslim religion. Ever since this against, the citizens of the United States has been judging and stereotyping all people that look muslim. Some will assume that most or all muslims are terrorist or believe in terrorist actions causing a lot of problem in society because this creates tension between religion and the people of the United States. Some people will not treat muslims with respect or as equals because of the fact that he or she is a muslim. The problem is that most of the people in the country are not educated about the muslim religion. They fail to recognize that there is only a small group in the middle east that are terrorist and they don’t just attack Americans. It’s sad because even some parts of the middle east are being attack by random suicide bombers whom are also muslim. It’s not just the United States that get attack my terrorist groups.

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One of my close friends is a Muslim. He was born here but his family came here from India. I’ve known him for over 10 years now and i asked him what he thinks Americans think of Muslims after the September 11 terrorist attacks. He said; “After the September 11 attack I was very confused because at the time i was only eight years. I remember my family going crazy and in disbelief that their own religion would do such  a thing. For the first couple years after the attack. Every time my family and I went the airport they would search us way more than they would to the other Americans. My mother and father dress like they are in India at times so when we went to the airport to go to Chicago a little over a year after 9/11, the airport security was really tight. They were double checking bags and pulling people over that look suspicious which included my family. As the years went on the hatred for muslims and the stereotypes about muslims being terrorist were reduced to a minimal level but it’s still there. I just want to tell the American public that muslims are as scared of terrorist attacks or even more. These attacks are happening all over the middle east. Americans are not the only ones that get attack by terrorist groups.”

“The Return of The King”

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There were many questions about the decision of Cleveland Cavaliers Forward LeBron James when he decided to return back to his hometown Akon, Ohio this past summer. The Cavaliers had just won the draft lottery and were poised to make a run for LeBron James during the free agency period. LeBron’s Miami Heat team had just got destroyed by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals. Many NBA experts predicted that the Miami Heat were not going to be a championship team the following season which was one of the contributing factors to why LeBron left the team.

Cleveland Cavalier’s roster was very young and had a promising point guard in Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers also had other young players and picks to trade to improve their roster. During the meeting with LeBron James and his agent; the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to convince James that they would get another All-Star (Kevin Love) along side Kyrie and himself.lebron-james-kevin-love-kyrie-irving

The season did not start well for the Cavaliers. They were bothered with injuries and the team chemistry was just not there. Their bench was not very deep and were forced to play old veterans. LeBron knew that this was not a championship team at this point of the season. The Cavaliers then made a mid-season trade for Jr. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov.23KNICKS-articleLargeUnknown

The trade for Jr. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov was what saved the Cleveland Cavaliers season. The Cavaliers roster was still injured at the time of the trade so they were not a complete team until after the All-Star break.

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(This image coming after the Game 3 overtime victory over Atlanta Hawks) Currently, the Cavaliers are now one game away from reaching the 2015 NBA Finals. So to the people that thought LeBron made a bad decision can now eat their words because the Cavaliers roster is the best in the NBA. They are still finding ways to win even without Kyrie Irving being 100 percent. Some may argue that the Golden State Warriors are a better team but only the NBA Finals will tell which is the better team because it is looking like the 2015 NBA Finals is going to be between Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Go CAVS!!!

Playoff’s Baby

The 2015 NBA playoff has been nothing like we the fans expected. There has been injuries, upsets and all kinds of drama. The first round was not as exciting but the second round is what we call playoff basketball. There has been three game winning shots in the second round. Also all the lower seeded teams are currently winning or tied with their opponent.

Early in the playoffs the star point guard for the Dallas Mavericks Rajon Rondo was benched for his inefficient play. Let’s not forget the history between LeBron James and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls. They have always had beef going back to LeBron’s early Cleveland days and Maimi. Players like Kevin Love, Mike Conley Jr., Chandler Parsons, Chris Paul and others have been affected by injuries this playoffs.

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The best of the four match ups in the NBA playoffs is the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the game four win by Cleveland the series is now tied at two. Many say that was a must win for the Cavaliers; they did not want to find themselves down 3-1 in the series because the odds are not in their favor when teams are down 3-1.

The Cavaliers lost game three to a buzzer beater by Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and found game four to be a must win. Cleveland fans were crashed after that game winning shot because most thought the game would be going to overtime.

Game four did not start so well for the Cavaliers but found themselves in a position to win the remaining seconds of the game. Until, the referees starting calling some bad calls and gave the Bulls possession of the ball. Now in position to tie or win the game. Derrick Rose was able to make a lay up and tie the game. The Cavaliers then in-bounded the ball to LeBron James and immediatley shot the ball and made it as time expired.

Now the Chicago Bulls fans feel how pain and disbelief when Derrick Rose banked the game winning three pointer the game previous to this one.