MLB’s Game 163: Do or Die.

 

James Loney (left), Matt Joyce (center), and Sam Fuld celebrate the Rays’ victory.

 

The Major League Baseball season is a very long and tiring season at 162 games.

Looks like it is going to take one more game to determine which team is going to play in the playoffs this postseason, as if the season were not already long enough.

The Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays will be playing in the final game to determine which team gets to go into the postseason to face the Cleveland Indians in MLB’s one and done Wild Card game. This is Major League Baseball’s first “Game 163” since 2007.  This postseason has already started off being a suspenseful one.

After last years flop at home to the Baltimore Orioles in the American Leagues first one and done wild card game, the Rangers are looking to make a come back. The Texas Rangers have swept through an entire week of sudden death games to win 7 straight games, at home, to extend their season. The Texas Rangers have a chance to get into the postseason for the 4th year in a row.  All they have to do is win two more sudden death games against much tougher competition. Can to    it?

Tampa Bay on the other hand has fought to stay alive and keep their spot for this game and they do not plan on losing this to the Texas Rangers.  They are coming out with their Ace Cy Young winner David Price, even with Price’s struggles against the Rangers in the past, Price is 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA in eight regular-season starts against Texas and 0-3 with a 4.66 ERA in three postseason starts.  Even with those horrific stats against the Rangers Price is looking for revenge and to keep his team in the postseason. As it seems a loss against the Texas Rangers could be Price’s last game in a Tampa Bay uniform.  Also, Texas Ranger’s Nelson Cruz is back in the lineup after his 50 game suspension. Without a doubt this is going to be a great head to head match up against two AL powerhouses to see who can win “Game 163.”

Manager Ron Washington (center) leads the cheers after the Rangers scored in the sixth.

I chose this article because I am a huge baseball fan and my very own Texas Rangers are playing in Major League Baseball’s “Game 163.” I saw the article on ESPN by David SChoenfield.  The reason I believe this is newsworthy is because the game is today and this is big for the MLB with the NFL and NCAA Football going on right now.  This is a nice start for the baseballs 2013 postseason.  I believe that the reader is going to read this article and be interested in watching this exciting game tonight.

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Guns aren’t to blame, but parents

Thirteen people, including a 3 year old toddler, were wounded last night in a gang shooting in Chicago, police said on Friday.  Sadly, this seems to be a norm for the city as last year it had 506 murders the past year.  There is a lot to be said especially considering that Chicago has arguably one of the strictest gun laws in the United States, yet by comparison, New York City, with a population three times of Chicago, had 419 murders, according to a report that FBI had.In this still frame made from Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, video provided by Ken Herzlich, officials and emergency responders tend to a victim at the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot Thursday night in a city park in Chicago. Thursday night's attack was the latest violence in a city that has struggled to stop such shootings by increasing police patrols. (AP Photo/Courtesy Ken Herzlich)

Are guns to blame in this situation?  Some would say yes that guns are the reason that people are getting shot and killed, but I would say otherwise.  The real problem are not the guns that are being used but the people that are using them.  Which goes into my argument, bad parenting is what is killing and starting gang violence in the world.  It is obvious that when people in their teens are out past 10pm in South side Chicago one of the largest crime rate cities in the world, that bad things are going to happen.  When you are a teenager you think that you are Superman and that nothing can ever happen to you but thats where you are wrong.  This is where parenting comes in, where are the parents standing up and telling their children that they cannot be out past a certain time because they know that violence is so high where they live.

These tragedies are committed by parents who do not supervise their children.  They obviously offer no guidelines if a 3 year old toddler is out past 10pm at a park in Southside Chicago.  When will people learn that they should not blame guns for these situations, we do not blame the car for when a drunk driver kills someone and we do not blame the bomb for when a terrorist attack happens we blame the people.  Until people realize this, these tragedies will continue to happen.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/several-injured-chicago-shooting-061519423.html

http://in.news.yahoo.com/thirteen-hurt-including-3-old-chicago-shooting-143653746.html?.tsrc=lgwn

http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/09/20/child-killed-13-wounded-chicago-park-shooting

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/20/us-usa-chicago-shooting-idUSBRE98J03Q20130920

http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats/chicago

Tim Tebow the Saint, Johnny “Hancock” Manziel

It seems every year the SEC has gotten more and more popular.

The last couple of years has been the rise of the second most popular SEC player of all time, Johnny Manziel.  Now half of it being because he was the first freshman to win the prestigious Heisman award in college football.  The other half, well partying at other schools frat parties and the autograph scandal basically sum it all up.

4 years ago was the senior year of the most popular player in SEC football history, Tim Tebow.  He was the man of college football.  The way he composed himself was unlike any other player of his status.  The kid was a two time Heisman winner, one of those being him being the first sophomore to ever win the Heisman trophy and a two time national champion.  But on top of both of those things he was a rock star Christian who obviously did not care about what I or anybody else had to say about him or his faith.

In everyone’s eyes he lived his life perfectly on and off the field.  Clay Davis wrote in a news report for Fox Sports in 2009,

“Tebow’s a saint.  If you’re a man, you wish you were Tebow.  If you’re a father, you wish Tebow would impregnate you instead of your husband.  Everything that Tebow touches turns to gold.  Even his teammates’ mug shorts.  Because here’s the deal, 99 percent of all national media and sports fan equate Florida football with Tebow.  Period.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else does, Tebow is perfection on and off the field.  So the program is perfect as well.  Sure it’s lazy and harebrained way to judge a team, by projecting Tebow’s moral code onto the rest of the team, but clearly it’s happened.  Tebow is a stand-in for the entire Gator team.”

Now Johnny Manziel is the complete opposite person Tim Tebow ever was.  He is that punk like kid who does what ever he wants and has no care in the world for how it affects the people around him.  Now when you are the Quarterback for a prestigious school like Texas A&M the bar is set a little higher but when you win the Heisman as a freshman, all eyes are on you.  Johnny has lived in the spotlight ever sense he beat Alabama last year 29-24 in Tuscaloosa.  He like most of the people in this world has taken full advantage of his rockstar like fan base.  He does whatever he wants and seems to forget how much of an impact it will have on his team.

But even with all of this said I still believe that this is the media’s fault.  It has gotten more vicious sense the “Tebow” days.  Now we have social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram which can put you under a magnifying glass for all 24 hours of the day.  At the end of the day Johnny Manziel is a 20 year old college football player who wants to live out his college experience.  Which is something that a majority of college students tend to do.  Everyone is a different and putting him at the same pedestal that we put Tebow on is not fair to him or anyone.  We all live different lives and no matter who you are people are always going to find a way to complain about what you do with your life and how you live it.

Johnny is a young man growing up, yes, he has made a mistake or two but if we were put under the same spotlight that he is put under we would have made mistakes as well.  As Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana’s song “Nobody’s Perfect” says, “Nobody’s Perfect. Ya live and ya learn it! ‘Cause everybody makes mistakes.”

 

Have we forgotten?

9/11 came and went by.  The day passed and it really did not hit me until Saturday.

As I sat in our locker room before our football game against Albion I looked up at the sign that hangs above our door before we leave to play “Let’s Roll.”  Todd Beamer’s last words to the GTE customer service supervisor Lisa Jefferson before he and the other brave flight members fought the terrorists for control of the plane.  I sat there in awe thinking about what it would be like to be in that situation and I had nothing.  It was one of the most heroic stories I have ever heard.

Yet, I and I bet a lot of others walk through our own Wheaton College’s Todd Beamer Center and not think once about what this man did.  His story on 9/11 and what he did was so popular it was made into a movie, United 93.  Which influenced and informed a lot of people about what happened on 9/11.  As I wondered about how this affected people on our campus I asked Senior, Beau Westlund, on his thoughts about 9/11 and Todd Beamer.  Listen Below

Johnny Football’s Goal Is To Win Games, Not Be Your Child’s Role Model

Everyone has been discussing that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has to become a better role model for their children.  In the course of their discussion, though, they omit an important part of the conversation: his job.

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Following last week’s 52-31 Aggie win at Kyle Field, a concerned mother–Beth Bates, wrote him a letter explaining how he should act because there are young kids who look up to him and that he needs to become a better role model for them.

The problem with all of this is that Johnny Manziel is not your child’s parent, nor is he someone your child will ever come into contact with, so telling this 20 year old college football player to be your child’s role model is wrong.  His goal is to throw the football and win games for the Texas A&M Aggies, not to be your child’s role model–that is your job as a parent.  This mother has it all wrong; it is her job to be a role model for her child, not Johnny Manziel’s.  He is only a 20 year old college student, and Bates needs to weigh that fact when she criticizes Manziel.

Charles Barkley said it best, “I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.”  Yes, Manziel has a lot of growing up to do, as he is a huge public figure. But asking him to be a role model and criticizing him when he fails is wrong.  He is a maturing college student athlete and we have no right to judge his every falter.  If we were put under the same pressure we would probably fall short as well.