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Sam walked up the stairs of his apartment and unlocked his door. As he turned around to shut the door and lock it he soon realized what he did. He quickly looked over at the clock he had hung on the wall. It wasn’t late enough or dark enough that the streets would be clear. He quickly moved to his bedroom and peaked out through the holes in the tarps that were still hung up to cover the windows. He looked down the street and noticed two guys get out of a car and cross the street. After they crossed the street both of them pulled out smaller hand guns. Sam cussed to himself. After he saw them pull out their guns he quickly ran to the empty bedroom and opened the window. He was about to climb out when he realized that he probably wouldn’t be able to return. The cops would continue to surveillance his place and he might not be able to sneak back inside again. Sam heard a banging on the outside door on the ground level. He quickly but quietly walked back to make sure he had locked his inside door. He heard one of the men yell that they were the police and they had a few questions for him. There was a small opening in the ceiling where a piece of the ceiling could be moved to gain access to the attic. It was right below his upstairs door. Sam pulled over a chair to slide the ceiling piece so that there was an opening. Sam had kept everything of value and importance up here. If a person hadn’t lived here before it was very rare that anyone would notice the small opening. Sam quickly went to his bedroom and grabbed a book bag. He went into his office and tossed in his laptop. He moved back to the kitchen area and placed the chair back next to the table. He heard the men at the bottom of the steps attempting to break the door down. Sam took a running start and leaped off the wall and up towards the ceiling. He grabbed the ledges opening and steadied himself before pulling himself up. He managed to close the ceiling piece back in place before the two cops broke down his inside door. There was nothing left but for Sam to be quiet and listen.
Sam heard the two men go through his place and clear each room. One of the cops saw that the back window was opened and he said over the radio that the place was clear and nobody was here. Once they didn’t see anyone running down the alleyways the two cops considered this a failed effort. Sam overheard the two of them saying things like: “this place was trashed, do you think there are people after him? Do you think he’ll come back?” Sam himself wondered how they knew to look for him or anyone at this area. It grew quiet for a while and it sounded like the two men had left but Sam knew that they hadn’t and was afraid they might have found his location. He nerves were calmed as one of them said something about the papers he used to have on the walls which were now thrown all over the room. The other officer then stated he was going to check out the bathroom. Sam knew this was his opening. In the attic Sam kept a safe with important documents, a black bag full of cash, a container that held a few small guns, and other random things that were significance to him and that were significant to pulling off his cons. Sam had already pulled out one of his guns and was loading it up as he heard the man approach the bathroom. He grabbed a ski mask and put it on his head. He also grabbed another one and placed it in his front pocket. Sam was still wearing his suit from the funeral and left the jacket in the attic. Once the cop was in the bathroom Sam opened the ceiling piece and quietly fell from the attic to the floor. He knew he wasn’t in the best location being in between both men but Sam decided he was going to go after the cop that entered his bathroom and at worst the bathroom was across from the empty room and Sam could make a run for it. Sam quietly followed in the direction towards his bathroom. Sam was lucky enough that the cop had left the bathroom door open. The cop was about to lift up the back piece of the toilet when Sam cocked his gun.
“Don’t move.” Sam said calmly. The cop stopped and had placed his hands in the air. “Put your hands on your head” the cop followed orders.
“Don’t do anything stupid.” The cop said. Sam quickly came over and took the gun from the cop’s holster.
“You’re the one who broke into my place. I have the right to protect myself.” Sam said. “Now turn around” the cop followed orders. He threw his other ski mask on the floor. “Reach down and grab that mask. Slowly.” Sam was a step inside the bathroom door. The cop grabbed the mask. “Now I need you to put that on backwards” The cop slowly followed these instructions. “Turn around and face the wall with your hands up.” Sam paused as he followed his instructions. “Now I need you to reach for your handcuffs and put them on behind your back where I can see them.” The cop slowly followed these instructions.
“You find anything?” The cop yelled from the other room.
“Don’t answer.” Sam said and came closer to the man and made sure the handcuffs were tight and locked in. “Follow my lead and you won’t get killed. Don’t speak.” Sam led the man out of the bathroom and down the hallway. Before he could enter the room where the cop was the cop entered through the door and to the hallway. He quickly raised his gun. Sam made sure to stand behind his hostage.
“Put the gun down and let the man go. We are police officers.” The second cop pulled out his badge and showed it to Sam.
“Unload your gun and put it on the floor or else your partner is going to get a bullet in the head.” The second cop listened and followed orders. “Now slowly walk back to the room you were just in but continue to face me. “ The second cop followed orders as well. Sam grabbed the second pair of handcuffs his hostage cop was holding on his belt. He tossed it to the other cop and instructed him to handcuff himself in the front where he could see it. Then he told the second cop to get on his knees and Sam walked the hostage cop over next to that cop and told him to get on his knees as well. After both cops were handcuffed and on their knees Sam proceeded to bash the back of their heads once so that they’d pass out. He grabbed a pair of handcuffs the unmasked officer had and handcuffed the handcuffs together. Sam was fortunate enough that nobody was radioing these two officers. He needed some time to think.
Sam stood there for a moment trying to figure out the best plan of attack. He had some drugs to keep them sedated but he didn’t have the proper equipment to hook them up to. He didn’t want to risk either of them catching any subtle clues about him when they woke up so Sam decided he needed to make his getaway quick. He grabbed the wallets, radios, and keys from the two officers. Sam threw the wallet and keys in his book bag that he still had on his back and turned off one of the radios and tossed that inside it as well. Sam had stored an emergency getaway military bag in his attic in case he needed to leave in a hurry. It had the very minimum of stuff he needed. Two outfits worth of the most basic clothes, a few thousand dollars of money, and a gun. He went to his trash bag first that was in his kitchen and went back to the room with all of his papers. He quickly tossed everything he had in the garbage bag. He then walked it back to his back room and left it there. He grabbed the chair from his kitchen and hopped up to his attic. He grabbed all the documents from his safe, put the guns in a protective suitcase, and tied up his black bag full of money and tossed everything down on the floor. There were a few costume items laying up there as well. Sam grabbed a wig and a dress and tossed it onto the floor as well. He placed the documents, the money, the wig, and the dress in the large military bag. He made sure that the protective suitcase was locked and placed these items in the back room as well. Sam went back to the office room to make sure that the two men were still unconscious. They still were. He did a quick look around to see if there was anything he’d regret to leave and didn’t notice anything. He still had his wallet and keys in his pockets. It had gotten dark by now. Sam made sure to place the chair back next to his table as to not give away the location of his attic. He grabbed his items in the back room and headed outside on the roof. He calmly walked down the alleyway to his car and tossed everything in his passenger side. He took a quick glance back down the alley to his apartment for any signs of stirring. The lights were still off and he didn’t hear any screaming so he decided he was still in the clear. He started up his car and drove off.
The next day Sam woke up in an upper class hotel feeling like he only had gotten a couple hours of sleep. His mind was racing on what he should do next. He knew he needed to warn Charlie, Lauren, and his brother but he had destroyed his phone and threw it in a restaurants dumpster. He was afraid to call any of them on just any phone line. The night before he had parked his car across the street and checked into the hotel under a fake name. He paid with cash for two days. Sam sat at the end of his bed with a thousand thoughts running threw his mind. He knew he could just take off and disappear for a while but he wasn’t sure how that’d affect anyone he knew. He wasn’t even sure what the cops knew about him or why they were there. Sam saw a notepad and a pen at the desk in his room. He walked over and sat down at the desk. He had grown accustomed to writing everything he thought down and using that as a way to organize his thoughts. His first thing he had to do was contact Charlie. If he contacted Charlie he knew that was the same as indirectly contacting Lauren and his brother. Charlie was smart enough and calm enough to do this favor for him. The second thing he needed to do was figure out what these cops were looking into at his place. Was it something as simple as just being caught for house squatting or had he been tipped off by somebody about one of his cons. He underlined a name. Serrasi. This was the cop that he had helped before in exchange for clearing Nate’s record and he also managed to gain Amie’s medical files for him. With Sam’s help Mr. Serrasi had gained a promotion for cracking a big case. The two of them were probably even but Sam knew Mr. Serrasi might be willing to help him out if he could leverage something for him that could be of use. Sam pulled out the two wallets he took from the cops and glanced over them. The third thing he needed to do was get a background check on these two officers just in case they happened to be a dirty cop. Sam went down to lobby area and looked up the numbers he had saved on his phone through the internet. He wrote down his number and called him once he got back to his room. Sam also stopped by the small gift shop in the lobby area and bought shaving cream, a razor, and some girly sandals. He called the guy as soon as he got back and gave him the names and the addresses of the two cops and told him to rush anything he could find about them. The next part was the part he hated the most. Sam shaved all of his facial hair off. He also had to shave his chest and his armpits. He knew where he could find Sam but he also knew that it was going to be a very public place and it was going to be on the college campus. If they cops knew to look for him above the bookstore it would be of no surprise to find them hanging out on campus.
Charlie was sitting at an empty picnic table outside of the student center reviewing some notes. A girl came over wearing a green sundress and sat down at Charlie table. Charlie did nothing but glance at the person and then went back to his notes until he felt like someone was staring at him and looked back at the woman. Except that it wasn’t a woman. It was Sam wearing a blonde wig and a dress staring at Charlie until he looked back at him.
“Sam? Is that you?” Charlie questioned
“Don’t laugh. I wouldn’t be dressed like this if it wasn’t serious.” Sam said quietly. Charlie couldn’t help but snicker a little bit.
“What on earth are you doing this time?” Charlie asked with a smile.
“Just listen. Two cops broke into my place last night after I got back. I tied them up and left them there. You absolutely cannot be seen going over there. I don’t know why they were there or how they found out about me. All I can tell you is you need to stay away from there and if anyone asks about me you’ve never heard of me. Remember their names or take their cards. I’ll find a way to get a hold of you and then you can tell me about them. I also need you to tell Lauren that I’ve disconnected my phone and all the same stuff I just told you. That is the easy part. Now the hard part is I need you to contact Nate for me too. I’m not sure what they know and if it’s really bad they’ll know my real name and they’ll know that recently my brother had his record clean and has moved from a shitty apartment to living on a small boat.”
“You moved your brother onto a boat? I thought he just went back to his apartment once he paid off his rent and bills?”
“I have a friend who lives on his boat and he knew an older guy who was retired and elderly and he moved into a retirement home and sold me his boat real cheap. I moved him and Lilly in there as soon as I could to get them out of Lauren’s hair. I’ll write down the location for you to find him. I just don’t know what to tell him. He doesn’t know what I’ve been doing. He’s completely ignorant to the actual truth.”
“Don’t worry about it. I’ll come up with something for him.”
“Yeah it’ll be good. I promise. But what are you going to do then? How are you going to figure out what they know? You going to spy on the police station?” Charlie asked.
“That’s not out of the question. I do have their ID cards but it’d be very risky using them.”
“Who says you have to use it? What if you just flaunt it?”
“What are you talking about?” Sam said with a puzzled look.
“These ID cards open doors but they also have a picture on them. What if you just replace the photo or make your own ID card and flaunt it. Play the part and ask around at the water cooler. Maybe somebody tells you something that your private investigator can’t?”
“It’s risky pretending to be someone inside of a police department.”
“I’m sure not all of the cops drink the coffee that is brewed inside their office. Just find the closest coffee shop nearby or small town diner. I’m sure if you scout one out for a while you’ll find the right officer or two to talk to.”
“Have you been reading some of the books I’ve been letting you borrow? Because you’re getting smarter” Sam said with a grin. Charlie smiled.
“Your books are more interesting than the actual books I’m supposed to be reading. That’s why I take extensive notes in class to cover up my lack of studying.”
“Well that’s all you really have to do. After a while you pick up on teachers’ tendencies and they basically hint on everything that’ll be on the test. That’s how I passed all my exams.”
“Somehow I think your skill for reading people is way more advanced than mine.”
“All you have to do is really look at something to figure it out. I have to go.” Sam said and walked away.
That night Sam had a message waiting for him on the answering machine in his room. It was his private investigator reporting that the two cops that had broken into his place were in fact clean. They also were new officers in their careers. Right away that relaxed Sam. New officers meant that his case could not be a very high priority. He also knew that as new officers they were most definitely embarrassed by the whole ordeal and probably were getting teased about it pretty bad among their other officers. Sam went to bed early that night knowing that tomorrow he had to get up early the next morning to scout out potential officers at a nearby coffee shop. His private investigator let him know which office the two guys were working out of.
“Kneel before me. I said KNEEL! Is not this simpler? Is this nor your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power, for Identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”- Loki, The Avengers
“Freedom is life’s great lie. Once you accept that, in your heart, you will know peace.”- Loki, The Avengers
Loki, brother of Thor and villain in the first Avenger’s movie, has an obsession with taking over Earth. Loki’s attack on Earth also stems from his scorn at losing the right to rule his own home, Asgard. An intense need to rule coupled with his view on humans, demonstrated by the above quotes, became the driving force behind Loki’s attack and therefore the plot of the film. I have seen the Avengers twice now and each time I found myself dwelling on these two quotes. At first I found them to be absurd but, unable to shake them, I gave them a little more thought. It didn’t take me long to realize that the quotes were weighing on my mind not because they were absurd but because they had the ring of truth to them.
Some of the most basic things in life are based on our idea of freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from your parents when you are old enough to move out of the house, all freedoms that we (as American’s) strive for and take pride in owning. We have the freedom to say what we want. We have the freedom to buy our own homes and live independently from our parents and start our own lives. We have the freedom to find jobs we want to work and to eat what we want. The list of freedoms we as humans have is nearly endless but are we truly free? Take a closer look at life and realize that we are not, mainly because we choose not to be free.
Loki says that we crave subjugation and that we are meant to be ruled. While harsh and much more extreme than I believe, what he says is true. We don’t need freedom from freedom, we already have it. From birth to death, we allow ourselves some freedoms but create constructs that keep us from true freedom. It starts with our parents. While we grow up and mature we live under a certain set of rules laid down by our parents that prevent us from doing whatever we want. We are sent to school, where, by law, we must learn Math, Science, English ect under a set of rules laid down by the school. We then move on to College where another set of rules governs another period of learning. From there we either have more school or we get a job which introduces us to a boss, a set of responsibilities and a set of rules. The goal then becomes progressing at our jobs, working our way up through different responsibilities and different bosses until we reach the highs point possible. Even then there is some kind of construct in place to impede true freedom. Presidents of companies must answer to share holdings. Even the head of the American government works under a set of checks and balances to keep him from having ultimate freedom.
I am not trying to argue that government or school are bad things, I am actually trying to argue that absolute freedom is dangerous. Absolute freedom, allowing somebody to do whatever they want with no consequence, is giving somebody tremendous power that can be and historically has been abused. Even if we strip away the government, school and family constructs that limit our freedom, humans have still found a way to control freedom. Religion serves two purposes (if you have religion of course). One is to attempt to find a way to understand the unknown. The other is to give us a set of morals that we should strive to live by. Even when we don’t have other humans to keep freedom in check, we creature/invent/believe something to keep control of our own freedom.
Never did I think I would pull a post like this from the Averger’s villain but apparently even psychotic demi-gods can give some insight to humanity. Loki is wrong in saying humans need to be ruled but we do need freedom from freedom. Being the fickle creatures that we are, humans crave and fear freedom, putting us in and endless struggle to try to attain and control it all at once. What Loki doesn’t understand is that humans are made to realize that freedom and control go hand in hand, not to be mindlessly ruled and oppressed.
First we watched them survive High School, then we laughed our way through their first summer home from college and finally we watched as Jim and Michelle finally tied the knot. Now, the whole gang is back together for their thirteen year High School reunion in American Reunion.
In past posts, I have made it clear that I am very skeptical of comedy movie sequels. More often than not the sequels are bad but somehow, the American Pie franchise has survived the curse of the sequel. Both American Pie 2 and American Wedding were in my opinion, two very funny, very successful sequels. Though the franchise has produced quality sequels in the past, I still walked into American Reunion as a skeptic. It only took fifteen minutes for the film to prove that the franchise was still as strong as ever. We’ve seen them in High School, College and we’ve even seen them get married; now it’s time to see what the gang is up to in the midst of adulthood. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are struggling sexually with their marriage, ever since their two year old son was born. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is also married but there are no signs of children. Oz (Chris Klein) is a famous, wealthy sportscaster and nobody seems to know where Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is. Though everybody else has spread across the country, Stifler (Seann William Scott) remained in his hometown, working as an abused temp. The gang’s 13 year high school reunion brings them all back home and as is expected, hilarity ensues. The film keeps the same raunchy humor, delivering a laugh a minute and keeping the audience entertained for nearly two full hours.
Not only do all the main characters return but most side characters do as well. Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy) and Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge) both show up in a number of different scenes and Vicky (Tara Reid) and Heather (Mena Suvari) return to cause problems in their former lover’s lives. The notorious MILF due returns (Justin Isfeld and John Cho), though with a rocky relationship, the Sherminator makes a cameo and even Nadie (Shannon Elizabeth) returns for the reunion. As each character returns, the movie feels more and more like a true reunion. Each character adds more laughs but, as always, Eugene Levy steals the show. The movies is full of the awkward father/son talks between Jim and his father that the franchise is famous for but Levy is at his funniest when he attends a party at Stifler’s house. Between Stifler and Stifler’s mother, Jim’s dad drinks and smokes to excess, creating what I found to be the funniest scene in the movie.
The movie’s soundtrack surprised me quite a bit. The original American Pie had a very iconic, 90’s soundtrack that often repeats itself throughout the franchise. The first half of American Reunion however was filled with current music that was popular in 2011/12. The shift in soundtrack really emphasized how far out of High School the gang was. The town had changed, the people had changed, the parties had changed and they had changed. As they got into the same old shit they go into in High School, the music began to shift. Good Charlotte started to provide the soundtrack rather than Cobra Starship. The music change not only makes sense, because the reunion has a 90’s theme, but it also gives the film the reunion fell it needs. The characters are having a reunion but fans of the franchise, those that grew up with American Pie, American Pie 2 and American Wedding, got a true reunion of their favorite movies and their favorite hilarious characters.
For someone who has almost no faith in comedy movie sequels, I could not believe how much I loved this movie. Funny from beginning to end, the film makes what I hope to be the perfect end to a successful comedy franchise. I give the film a 7 out of 10 and highly recommend it, especially if, like me, you grew up watching American Pie.
BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
For a lot of the writers on the Rainbow Chair staff and readers we are all kind of going through the same phase. We went to college and got a degree in something that we believe we will enjoy as a career in the future. We are now in the post-graduation situation where we are sending out our resumes to find the perfect job we believe we’ve earned or the perfect mid-level job with room for growth. I thought I was pretty well prepared coming out of college. I did work in the same field as my major three out of four years. For two of the years I had two jobs at the same time while I was in school. I found time to volunteer in different avenues. I finished two internships and I still managed to graduate with a 3.4 GPA. I’ve been complemented on my resume by a few people I’ve met in my industry as well as complemented on my work ethic. The thing is nobody really cares about anything unless it’s specifically relevant or it’s been for their company. I look at my field and they want a master’s degree with at least three years of experience. How are you supposed to gain any experience if nobody will hire you? They all want you to volunteer so they can mold you to their liking and not yours. They also don’t realize that you can’t work a full time job and not get paid. We can’t live in a cardboard box nor have our parents pay our rent. Therefore we are stuck settling for jobs biding our time to being called up to what we want to do. The thing is the jobs we are biding our time on are the jobs we didn’t need a college degree in or anything but an associate’s degree. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management but somehow I can easily get a job as a substitute teacher, a broadcaster, and a newspaper journalist even though I didn’t go to school for any of these fields.
The college degree, in my eyes, has become more and more of a joke the more I look for work. It’s just a piece of paper saying that we’ve matured enough and developed enough of a work ethic that we could graduate from a school and maintain our finances well enough that we could pay for it. The only probably is I already had a great work ethic and maturity out of high school that I could have put in the four years’ experience doing something in my field that I needed by now. But instead now I have thousands and thousands of dollars in debt to amount for. I think about this situation a lot and who doesn’t when you’re fresh out of college. The ironic part about it was that life in general is kind of like a resume. We have checklists of what we believe we need to do to gain ourselves a successful career. We do the same things in our personal lives. As a guy we have a checklist like this:
Ride a bike, learn to read, win at something, kiss a girl, see a girl’s boobs, do something illegal and get away with it, learn another new skill, win at something else, have sex, having a relationship, make some money, etc.
Friends of mine and me have always talked about gamification and how to apply it to one’s own life. We really already have done this except instead of an instant reward we just put it down on our own “Life Resume.” We believe if we’ve completed certain goals in our lives, that we feel are important to us, we have validated our life based on our “Life Resume.” For some of us reading twenty books in our spare time might be the equivalence of another person’s seeing a tornado in person. But the only real purpose of these “Life Resumes” is to keep score. We are always having to compete and validate who we are around others to show we deserve to fit in, or stand out, or fit in by standing out. There is no CEO boss man who is there to judge us. If you believe in a God you can say he’s your CEO to judge your resume but I really don’t think God would be impressed with how many woman you’ve slept with. I guess we can lie on our “Life Resumes” if we tend to exaggerate on our professional ones.
The only real judge of our lives is ourselves. If you feel as if you haven’t done enough and don’t deserve to be in a certain crowd that is your prerogative. I’m one that knows that all people really need is a chance and an opportunity to make something of themselves. There is more that goes beyond a person than what is on their “Life Resume.” I don’t care if you’ve slept with one girl and not twenty. I don’t care if you’ve made yourself rich or made yourself poor. If you believe you’ve done something with your life and continue to believe that you will continue to do things with your life, which is a person you should be looking for, to have the will to try new things and become a better person. That is the type of people I want to surround myself around in both my personal life and my professional life. And hopefully one day when I’m in charge of hiring personnel I can read in between the lines and look for employees who are like me and have tried their hardest to be a better person and gain a variety of experience.
BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
The ex-Penn State coach was fired after the ongoing event known as the “Sandusky Scandal” when reports got out about Sandusky’s inappropriate advances of young boys. Many were quick to act on their opinions of the Penn State staff. Some were supportive and others were outraged. But this article is not going to be about the Sandusky Scandal. Until a full trial and all the facts are uncovered I will not have a full concrete opinion of the situation. I have read the reports and I’ve even been in the same shoes as McQueary as someone who has worked in the college setting and has access to the facilities after hours. This incident did cause Joe Paterno to get fired as well as tainting his legacy. This is a fact.
Joe Paterno coached football with one school longer than I can remember anyone ever coaching with the same school. He coached 61 years at Penn State. To me that shows that he was not a coach who cared about the glory of his job. If he did he would have tried to coach at the professional level. He would have moved to a bigger program with more resources and better recruiting tools. Joe Paterno cared about football and helping young adults become responsible adults. As a current coach and someone who has been around sports, I believe that unless you’re coaching grown men in the professional level, it is more important to help groom players to become better people than better players. The likelihood of players actually going to the professional levels is not very likely and that’s why it’s more important to prepare them for the real world and becoming good men and good husbands.
I believe that Joe Paterno felt the same way. He had a special bond with his players as every interview I have ever heard from an old player who played under Paterno they all have a great amount of respect for the guy and appreciate everything he did for them. It angers me that so many people are quick to pull the trigger that Joe Paterno willingly knew and let Sandusky do the things that he is alleged of doing. Yes, a graduate assistant came to him and told him of an incident and he passed it on to his superiors. I don’t see an issue with either of these actions. Do you go ahead and act on an allegation without talking to your supervisors? Because if you do and you’re wrong. Say goodbye to your job. The administration is the people I believe failed.
Looking at it from the university’s perspective I would have fired the coach and any and every one linked to the situation. The university has to worry about the student body and the image of the school. They had to do something to show that this is a huge deal and they took actions. I honestly believe that Paterno would have retired after this season. His health was failing and he has a huge family that I’m sure he would have liked to spend more time with. The university had to make it appear as a fire though to make it look as that they took actions.
There are lots of different types of coaches. The coaches that do anything to win, the ones who understand the game but can’t teach it, the ones who seek glory and leave places year after year, and then there are the few who actually believe in developing the players as people. I believe Joe Paterno was the last type of coach but he also found success in getting the most out of his players and that’s why he was able to coach at a high level for so long. The media is always looking for drama. They build up players and coaches as icons and hero’s until they no longer can sell stories and then they try to tear them down for their decisions (look at LeBron).
Paterno should be remembered as a great coach and a family man that helped hundreds of young adults over the years. That’s how I will remember him and how I hope most of you will remember him. Did he make some mistakes over the years? Some that are called for and some that aren’t. I’m positive he did because we are all human and nobody makes the right decisions all the time. We should instead celebrate the life of Joe Paterno. He impacted many players’ lives. He was a loving husband and father. We should all be lucky enough to live our lives 85 years and be blessed to have a large family and a community that loved us.
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BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
A hot item to be discussed right now is college football and how the sport goes on to picking the national champion for the year. Right now the current system has a bowl game system and the top two ranked teams in the poll go on to face each other in the BCS Championship game. A lot of scrutiny often goes into the rankings and the choosing of the teams that get to play in the bowl games. The simple solution is to have tournament playoffs like the professionals or even just like college basketball does. The amount of teams to be in the tournament is up for discussion. The important people in collegiate athletics are sitting down and discussing all options now that this college football season is over. After what were two elite teams but a boring game of field goals from the same conference a lot of fans were turned off by this season’s finale.
The idea that fans want a 16-team playoff system is simply unrealistic. A 16-team playoff would add four more weeks of games to the schedule. While we don’t see this as a problem as a fan it’s a problem for the student-athletes, who aren’t getting paid, and for the administrators. With the unpredictability of advancing or not even making the tournament the idea of scheduling buses, hotels, practice field times and places, fan travel, and all other small things are going to be incredibly difficult and stressful. The bowl games are great because they have key sponsors and plenty of time to work out the scheduling for both school programs. They allow for all the bowl games to sell out because the fans have time to figure out their travel schedules as well. While a playoff system if probably the easiest way to settle things on the field it is not easiest to plan everything else leading up to it.
There a lot more that goes into bowl games and how winners and conferences get bonuses for winning and for making it to bowl games but that’s a whole different article. The best solution in my eyes is what’s called the “Plus 1 System.” The Plus 1 System is basically mini playoffs. It takes the bowl game winner of the #1 and #2 seed and has a game between the bowl game winner of the #3 and #4 seeds. For this season we would have a game between Alabama and Oklahoma State to determine who the real national champion is. These two teams were the #2 and #3 seeds before the bowl games were determined and Oklahoma State nearly missed out on being in the BCS Championship Game. This would also work because it is only one more week of games and could open up for another bowl game sponsorship. By doing this it would bring in even more money and make fans happy. It would be easy to schedule, and it’s the easiest step to adjusting to what they currently have.
Another problem with the playoff system is that it makes the regular season not as important. The games aren’t as intense as it currently is. Right now if a major program has an upset or key loss their shot at the BCS game and a top 2 ranking are in jeopardy. With the playoff system the teams just have to do enough to get in and the regular season loses the excitement. If they want to adapt the version of a Plus 1 System make the #1 and #2 teams get a bye and that way it includes the top six teams in the country. The regular season would mean something and I believe no one would argue that the top six are the best teams out there. This would then add two extra bowl games. The first step to any changes and the most realistic option is the Plus 1 System. They need to add one extra bowl game and have a national champion that we all believe is truly number 1.
BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
Watching and listening to everything that has come out of the Xavier & Cincinnati scuffle is just funny. It’s funny to me because it shows immaturity, bad decisions, bias, and just plain stupidity. I wanted to make sure I gave myself a day or two before I formed my concrete opinion on the matter. I wanted to see how the administration reacted and penalized the players and coaches. I wanted to see if the players retracted their statements and see what lousy public relations statement the schools’ cooked up for them. The matter all started when Cincinnati players made some statements on twitter stating that Xavier guard Tu Holloway wouldn’t even start on their team. Holloway took offense to this. Are you kidding me Holloway? You’re going to get upset about comments on twitter? If someone asked you the same question about one of your players you would have done the same thing. Why? Because those are the guys you have practiced with and you have grown to respect all their hard work. You’re supposed to have each other’s back. No matter what you’re asked you say you would have nobody else out there with you because you are a team. I don’t care if LeBron James magically comes and says he wants on your team you say no. That right there shows immaturity to me. As the game was coming to an end and Xavier was cruising to a victory of over twenty points Holloway starts mouthing off on the court and before we know it there’s a brawl on the court. The only players we can have respect for is the ones who were trying to separate and control the situation. For those players I want to say I’m sorry to. You’re going to be remembered as the thugs and gangsters that got in that fight at Xavier instead of the ones who were mature enough to realize the entire fight was ignorant and stupid. The bad decision comes from the coach who actually allowed his players to go out and talk to the media. Coach… are you serious bro? (Zack Ryder reference couldn’t help it.) Your players just got into a fight and you’re going to then throw them out to the lions of the press to be eaten up? We then got statements from Holloway saying:
“We got a whole bunch of gangsta’s over here. Not thugs, but tough guys on the court and we went out there and zipped em’ up at the end of the game. That’s our motto to zip em’ up”
The media and the fans have a short attention span. All they got out of your statement was bunch of gangsters, tough guys on court, and we zipped them up. Then Mark Lyons went on to say:
“Where we from, You gon do something back.”
I can just shake my head because I knew all hell was going to break out after two African American men made these statements. There are still racist people out there in the world and they’re looking for any reason to justify being that way. When you embrace the ghetto terminology and environment and not only talk that way to the media but try to act like it on the court, you’re making yourself look like an idiot as well as the school you are representing. You’re also hurting the credibility for all those great people who are mature and respectable and happen to be African American. There are kids out there who are struggling to pay tuition and you’re lucky enough to have the skills to play a game and get a free education for it, but because someone says they’re better than you you’re going to throw that all away? That’s where I come to my last point of plain out stupidity. The repercussion of the matter was that Yancy Gates, the player who landed a punch, got the biggest 6-game suspension for the matter. In my opinion, that doesn’t go far enough. The player that got sucker punch has the right to press criminal charges. I’ve seen a case where that actually happened in a high school game and the kid was sent away to juvenile prison and Gates only has to miss six games? Are you kidding me? Anyone who was escalating the fight should get six games and the players who threw punches should be kicked off the team or suspended for the season. As a future athletic director (hopefully), you need to care more about the person and not the player. You’ve just shown this kid that a punch only equals two or three weeks of no basketball and that’s it. He will forget about by the end of the season for sure. You need to make an example to your team, your coach, and the rest of the league that there are more important things then basketball.