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Giants vs. Redskins

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On Sunday, seven of my friends and I went to the Giants Redskins game at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins came out to a quick 14-0 lead, but the Giants ultimately tied the game before the end of the first half 14-14. What came next surprised me immensely. Many of the Redskins fans left. I know it was an 8:30 Sunday night game, but the game was tied. The Giants outscored the Skins in the second half 10-3 and won 24-17. Justin Tuck was easily one of the best players in the game, having 4 sacks on RG3. The game was tight all the way to the end. I’ve been to other sporting events before, and not once did I see fans leave the game when it was tied. The fan base in Washington is lacking in emotional support for their team. Changes need to be made to the team in order for the fan base to have confidence in their team. As I stated to one of my friends: “FedEx Field became a mini Metlife.” The picture says it all. The stadium, for a football game, was lacking energy and shows many fans were gone. The picture doesn’t even say it all. The cheers from the Giants fans there, myself included, were immensely louder than any cheers made by the Redskins fans.

50th Anniversary of JFK’s death

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50th Anniversary of JFK's death

This past Friday, November 22, our nation remembered its 35th President, John F. Kennedy. His assassination was the day our nation lost its innocence. I felt it necessary to post this picture I took at his grave site on Friday. It encompasses everything about JFK. His ideals are lit forever, and he was extremely popular. Rest in Peace President Kennedy. You are truly missed.

Veterans Day

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This past Monday, November 11, was Veterans Day, which was originally known as Armistice Day. Declared by Woodrow Wilson in 1919, Armistice Day celebrated the anniversary of the ending of World War I on November 11 in 1918. It was originally not for all Veterans, but that was changed in 1954, 9 years after the ending of World War II. To me, our veterans should not have just one day of being honored, but everyday. Their sacrifices are not acknowledged enough, and for it to be noticed on just one day out of the year and then quickly forgotten about is simply a shame. I probably have a different perspective on Veterans Day as opposed to others because I had multiple family members serve in different services across different wars, specifically World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the first Gulf War. Below is a picture of my Grandfather taken during World War II while he was in France. He was a part of the 286th JASCO (Joint Assault Signals Companies) unit. He saw service in many different facets of battle, specifically in Northern Africa, Sicily, England, Italy, and France. He was a part of D-Day Plus 2, arriving at UTAH beach at Normandy following the original invasion on Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was responsible for helping set up communications during the fighting. According to my dad, he never really talked about the war because it was horrific. He most likely killed. He said it was either kill or be killed. I believe he most likely suffered from some sort of PTSD. I am extremely fortunate to have this image, and to have known my grandfather for the years that I did know him. There most likely was not a lot of time to take this picture, so whoever took it just had my grandfather pose quick and then move on. As always, he looked like his typical self: stoic and proud. He was, and always will be, an American hero, along with those who have also served for America. Thank you to all Veterans. You will never be forgotten. IMG_0188

Where Were You When Kennedy Was Shot?

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I had the pleasure of attending “Where Were You When Kennedy was Shot?” at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The event was moderated by Gil Klein, with speakers Bob Schieffer, Jim Lehrer, Marianne Means, and Sid Davis. Schieffer, Lehrer, Means, and Davis were all in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated. Kennedy’s assassination changed the landscape of the American way of life, and how Americans would be able to interact with their political leaders. Meeting Schieffer especially was a pleasure, as he is a legend in his business. Getting a picture with him was even better. It is good to know that people still care about events that transpired 50 years ago, and are more than willing to talk about their experiences. History cannot die. Without it, the mistakes of the past will be repeated.

The Halfway Point of the NFL Season

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I interviewed my good friend Michael Berger for his take on the NFL at the halfway point of the season. Michael is a big football fan, specifically a fan of the Chicago Bears. Hope you enjoy the video!

Meeting Damien Echols

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Today, I had the opportunity to hear Damien Echols speak. For those of you who do not know the story behind Echols, he is one of the West Memphis Three. The West Memphis Three were wrongly convicted of a triple murder, and Echols spent 18 years on death row, with the last 10 of the sentence spent in solitary confinement. I was highly impressed with Echols and his story, considering he only has a 9th grade education and spoke eloquently in addition to being out of prison for a little more than two years. Echols’s story is one that needs to be spread in order for the same mistakes that were made in case to not be made again. Echols was fortunate that he wasn’t killed via execution on death row, or killed in prison by someone else. His case proves the flaws that exist within the legal and penal systems. They both need to be fixed extensively, if not rebuilt from scratch. During the speaking session from Damien Echols, I took this picture of him. I edited it to be black and white, as I felt it was a proper tone for the image and the message of Echols. The image can be described as Echols trying to compose his thoughts on what to say about his entire situation.  It also looks as though the light on Echols is brighter than throughout the rest of the image. This can also be symbolic to Echols, as Echols has a new chance at life and all the brightness that exists within it.

Yankees Re-Sign Joe Girardi

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IMG_7715After a tumultuous season where nothing could go right for the Yankees, the offseason has gotten off to a good start. The Yankees brought back their manager, Joe Girardi, on a 4 year $16 million contract. This was likely more than the Yankees wanted to pay for Girardi, but it was an even deal for both sides. Girardi dealt with a lot this past season, ranging from injuries to his most important players to the issues involving Alex Rodriguez. Girardi has won a lot with the Yankees, having a .580 winning percentage since joining the Yankees, the highest in MLB. Girardi won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009, presenting the Championship Rings to his players in 2010. In the image, Girardi is presenting a World Series ring to Robinson Cano, one of the most players for the Yankees then, and going forward. Cano is presently a free agent, but is looking to return to the Yankees and Girardi. With the help of Joe Girardi, the Yankees have made going to Yankee Stadium a pleasant, colorful experience. As seen in the image, many different facets of emotion and color are present. As a Yankee fan, I am glad to have a manager like Girardi back, and I hope he can handle the colorful experience that will be the Yankees over the next 4 years.