Archive for November, 2009

Poor Tiger

First of all, before I say anything, how can you take your car, pull it out of the driveway and hit a fire hydrant and then a neighbors’ tree.  Ok, I got that off my chest.  The police have come to Tiger’s home three times, and all three times, Tiger has politely declined to talk.  He did issue a statement today, and his full statement can be found at the link below.

I personally feel that the media has been an absolute disgrace to the man.  There are many questions that need to be answered, but give the man some time.  The media has been like a pack of wolves waiting for its prey.  Mr. Woods has been treated completely unfairly, and with all the attention he is receiving you would think he committed a murder. 

Answers will eventually come.  I can personally say that Tiger may not even be completely recovered from the crash he endured.  From what I’ve heard, he was in and out of consciousness.  That tells me he suffered a concussion, something I have unfortunately been through before.  Your head constantly hurts, and you just want to stay in bed.  When you try and get up, you are dizzy and just sit back down.   

 http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200911297726222/news/ 

Allen Iverson a 76er?

To retire or not retire that is the question?  The “Answer” has given an answer, but is it his final answer.  On Nov. 25, Iverson announced his retirement from the NBA.  It has been a tumultuous last couple of seasons for the 10 time all-star.  After being traded from Philadelphia in 2006, the disgruntled Iverson hasn’t been the same since his ten-year stay in the city of Brotherly Love.  Iverson has seen brief stints with three different teams, the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and a cup of coffee with the Memphis Grizzlies.  At every stop, Iverson has complained of not getting the ball enough, and coming off the bench.  This is the reason he retired; the “Answer” either wants to play for a championship contender, or a team where he will not ride the pine.

Allen Iverson’s name is synonymous in Philadelphia basketball lore with legends like Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain, Charles Barkley, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks.  The team was built around Iverson.  He was asked to put up shots because he was the only scorer on the team.  The rest of the squad was made of  “hard-workers”, guys who played defense and just knew how to simply win basketball games.  The 2000-2001 NBA season was Iverson’s best; he won his only NBA MVP award that season.  He single-handedly carried the team on his back all season before bowing out to the Lakers in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Currently, the 76ers are just 5-11, and have been in the bottom 5 in attendance the last couple of seasons.  Why not bring Iverson in, even if it doesn’t help the team win.  In a struggling economy, the least A.I. could do is fill some of those seats at the Wachovia Center.  Iverson will get plenty of playing time, so why shouldn’t General Manager Ed Stefanski pull the trigger.   

Allen Iverson

Adrian’s Swine Flu Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgijvEZSnKY

My video I did on the swine flu.  I explain why the regular flu and the swine flu are relatively the same thing.  I also get into the one distinct difference between both strains of flu.  Just watch!

Temple Wins 9th Straight Football Game

Four seasons ago Temple head coach Al Golden came to a team who had just went 0-11, and was essentially booted from the Big East Conference.  In that season, the Owls were outscored 498-107.  Last year, Temple showed potential going 5-7.  They lost many tough,  heartbreaking games including a loss to Buffalo on a Hail Mary, an extremely costly fumble in the final seconds in the Navy contest which reminded viewers of the “Miracle in the Meadowlands” and backbreaking losses to Connecticut and Kent State.  If they had beaten Buffalo, the Owls would have been one of the two participants in the MAC Championship Game.  Instead, Temple sat at home knowing very well that they had blown their chance to make a bowl game.

2009 has clearly been the football teams best season since the Owls last made a bowl in 1979, the Garden State Bowl.  That year the squad finished 10-2 and defeated California in the bowl game 28-17.  The 1979 team holds the record for most wins in a season. 

Bernard Pierce has been absolutely sensational in his freshman season.  Behind a meaty offensive line, each member is over 300 lbs, Pierce has found gaping holes to run through all season long.  He is currently 8th in the nation in rushing with 1308 yards and 15 touchdowns.  It’s truly remarkable to see a guy who was barely even recruited to have this kind of success. 

In the home season finale, the football team drew 21,046 people.  This is by far the largest crowd I have seen in my years at Temple University.  It just makes you smile, especially when rooting for a team that has been downright dreadful the last three decades.  When I saw Bernard Pierce’s freshman season being compared to Adrian Peterson’s freshman year at Oklahoma on Sportscenter, I knew that the school had been perpetraded in a positive light.  The Owls are no longer a stepping stone, they are making an impact.  Temple will play Ohio on Friday at 11AM on ESPNU.  The winner will play Central Michigan in the MAC Championship Game.

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/homepage/20091122_For_Temple_football_fans__it_s_boom__not_doom.html?viewAll=y

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/stats/leaders/NCAAF/RYDS/regularseason

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Marc Zumoff: The Voice of the 76ers Visits Temple

Zumoff started his lecture by asking everyone in the room, “what makes you happy.”  He then went into how his job makes him happy.  Zumoff, the play-by-play broadcaster of the Philadelphia 76ers, gets to do what he loves, sitting in expensive arena seats and discussing basketball for two and a half hours a night.  You don’t have to worry about taxis, you stay in the best hotels, and you get 5 months off during the off-season.

            Zumoff discussed how 35-40 people are incorporated for every 76ers telecast.  There are people responsible for lighting, graphics, tape, audio, animations, tape editors, camera etc.

            Zumoff reiterated several times to keep life in perspective; you need to be patient, stay positive and persistent.   Zumoff emphatically stated that, “Internships are like gold.”  Having an internship can be the equivalent to being in three different classes.  His first job was for a radio station in Trenton, New Jersey.  He made a measly $110 a week.  After sending out tapes, and countless resumes, Zumoff was patient, persistent and confident before finally landing his big-break being the pre-game host for 76er games for 12 years.  He was named the voice of the team in 1994.

            The play-by-play sports announcer is my dream job.  I’ve heard numerous lectures from guest speakers over my college career stating the same ideals that Zumoff again reiterated.  I look up to Zumoff; he currently holds a position that in my future I would like to obtain.  Zumoff’s lecture was comforting.  I’ve been a 76ers fan, and a Philadelphia sports fan in general since my kindergarten years.

Jen Frederick Good Day Philadelphia

           Jennaphr Frederick is a co-anchor for Good Day Philadelphia, where she started in 2003.  Fox29 hired her in October of 1999.  She first started as a general assignment reporter.  She is very unique and different when she delivers her presentations.

            I could definitely tell why Jennaphr Frederick was put onto the morning show.  She is very funny, has a charming personality and has a lot of “spunk.”  When she came in to speak to us, I remember walking into class relatively tired.  By the time I left class, I was up and awake.  She was a big reason for that.  A lot of times when you have a guest speaker come in, most of the time, they are boring.  She kept my attention the whole time she was speaking, and again she was overwhelmingly entertaining.  She told a lot of great stories from her past experiences, while at the same time using those stories to teach us her life lessons.

            The one thing that she taught us that really stuck in my head was; you have to have great instinct when conducting an interview.  “The word reporter has the connotation that you know more than the subject, when it’s the other way around.”