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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blog #14 Utah's Super Fan

As I opened my internet explorer page this morning something on its headlines caught my eye. “Utah State superfan 'Wild Bill' has become college hoops celebrity” Now I am neither a Utah State fan, nor even close to a college basketball fan. I stick to the professionals with the NBA. But, when I read this article I was astounded by the antics performed by Billy Sproat who has been named the ‘Wild Bill’ of our time.

            This man started out a simple fan that attended games and wore funny costumes to game. He had been The Little Mermaid, Pot from Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and numerous other characters that range from Disney movies to even Nacho Libre. Once fame grew and his target audience began noticing him (the opposing team) he took his rightful spot behind the opposing team’s hoop and began his distraction sessions. For each foul shot by the other team he will literally stand on the ledge in front of him and dance/shout at the player taking the foul shots. He is simply an icon to the Utah community. Most recently he dressed as Pot to a Utah game and had the entire crowd of students behind him singing “I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout....”. He sparks his team to greatness and literally is a big part of why they are projected to enter the NCAA March Madness tournament at a 9th seed. He says if the team makes the final four then he has something very special planned so make sure to stay tuned.
            Billy Sproat was a common fan who rose to greatness. His compassion for the sport of basketball and team spirit has not gone unnoticed. He is the talk of the announcers at Utah home games and even travels to away games to see his team in action. With his publicity he has been mentioned on ESPN’s ‘Pardon the Interruption’, interviewed on ‘First Take’, visited ESPNU’s office in Charlotte, and has even become a YouTube sensation. He is the model of team spirit that I wish we had at our school. How far would you go to support your school? How would your parents feel if you were prancing around on national televison?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Blog #13 States

This week as many of the students at our school do not know, a select few men and women will be competing and representing our school in swimming states. Out of about the two thousand students at St. Mark’s nine men represent the men’s swim team and about twenty girls represent the women. This Wednesday at 6 pm the girls will begin the 3 day event with their preliminary races that should end around midnight. Thursday the boys swim at 6 pm and I want you to know Mrs. Healey if I come to school Friday I shall be thoroughly exhausted and not the least bit productive in class. Saturday is finals, in the morning the girls will race and in the evening the men will race. All racing is at the Little Bob and Newark Delaware on the UD campus.

With all of this in mind the men on my team are sophomores Brian Panaccione, Sean Baker, Brandon Lee, Andrew Adami, and TJ Barnett. The seniors are AJ Panaccione, Cole McQuilken, and myself. The lone freshman is Chris Zwilglemeyer. We ranked third overall in the state during the regular season and hope for a second or third finish at states behind Sallies. If you happen to see any of us during the week do not laugh at our shaved legs... We did not have a choice because it’s a men’s team tradition and it feels pretty good. Don’t laugh until you try it Gene.
The girls had a great season finishing at second in the state behind Charter. Based on individual times and racings right now they are seated to win states by five points, for those of you who do not know what this means it is basically one race. This is Anne Smith’s and Rachel Spurrier’s last meet as a St. Mark’s Spartan so definitely wish them the best of luck.
As for myself I am swimming in the 200 Medley Relay, 50 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay, and 400 Freestyle Relay. Last year I completely bombed my 50 Freestyle, but have comeback strong and am currently ranked 5th in the state. Our relays are ranked 3rd in the Medley, 2nd in the 200 Free Relay, and 3rd in the 400 Free Relay.
If you happen to see anyone on the swim team throughout the week rub their heads good luck and do not ask them to show you their legs.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blog #12 Thinking about the future

As I look back I regret greatly, love fanatically, and live for what I have accomplished, excelled, and failed at during my tenure at St. Mark's High school. It has been an unforgettable four years. I want to first thank all my teachers, classmates, and friends who have battled and survived this place called school. I know having me as a student is not easy because my voice never stops and my opinions run their course even when a teacher says not to, but I truly am thankful for the knowledge I have received.

Over half way done senior year... Class of 2011. I am almost 18 years old, legally I will be able to vote, buy cigs, and totally stay at the mall past 5PM without an ADULT! Big step I know haha What I also think about is how I have changed and grown up with each passing year. Every year I have had a huge want, freshmen year it was to be like the seniors all cool and hip, sophomore year it was to drive and ghost ride the whip, junior year it was to get the SAT over with asap... and now Senior year it is to not get held back and survive to senior week. In many ways I have not changed, but in just as numerous a ways I have.

Will I grow up and learn even more when I attend college? Will I adhere to bad habits and become an outcast from my family? Will I fail? Will I stand out as much as I have at St. Mark's? Will my teachers even give two sh**s about me? These are my biggest fears when leaving St. Mark’s. Next year I will experience the first schooling that my brothers and sister cannot help me through. They had walked the halls of St. Mark’s and taken every class I have taken, but not next year. I truly hope I will do well and keep off my Freshman 15. (aka bad foods not beer). What is your biggest fear going into next year?

Blog #11 Life Once Knew

It is no matter whether it be large or small,
the large can be small while the small can stand tall,
It is not a matter of right or wrong,
the justice runs deep and long.

People can try and tell you what to enjoy,
but it is based on the person to ploy,
People can try and enjoy the little things,
but it is not based on little stings.

When you take my little things I lose a part of myself,
the incompleteness of that grand old shelf,
it is a tragedy to think one would take that which so becomes,
even if that small stands tall in the world of one.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blog #10 What will you tell your children?

I just recently commented on Rachel’s blog about MTV and some of the television shows the station airs. Needless to say it got me pretty heated and gave me a fantastic idea for this blog.

What will you tell your kids?
Ever person in the world has had a moment they are not proud of. Whether there are many acts of unconceivable embarrassment, guilt, or just plain trouble or there are few miniscule acts, everyone has some skeletons in their closets. Will you share there monsters with your kids or will you keep them locked up? Will you set boundaries with long-time friends and stories they can and cannot share? I wish I could honestly say I will be one hundred percent completely open with my future children, but at seventeen I can think of at least twenty instances I will not share with anyone right on the spot. Is this a bad thing? No, it is shielding our kids from mistakes and letting them learn from their own. Our psyche has a stronger impact on us when seeing is believing; hearing about things from our parents makes them seem so much less intense. I for one believe the things I do not tell my children prepare me for when they slip-up and I know how to help them rise above it.

Some of the things on television today have surprised me. Recorded television shows able to be seen for as long as television still exists are facts I feel many have misplaced. For instance, the “Jersey Shore” cast... What the hell will possible future children think of their parents prancing around, getting arrested, drunk, bringing anyone willing home, and arguing to the point of fist fights? Yes, they are millionaires, and yes the kids’ lives are already set for greatness, but embarrassment runs deeper then the pockets filled with gold. Especially Vinny who seems the most normal out of all of the cast and whose kids have a chance at being normal... he is going to need to do something about this show because some of the things that happened are a little over the top...

From our class perspective, if any of us were on a reality television program and got arrested for being a nuisance in public, and we were reported and taped saying F**K you to the cops, I would probably get a vasectomy or quit the show change my name and move to a foreign country where my kids will not have to walk around school everyday taking the blunt for my mistakes.

I love “Jersey Shore” because it entertains me, but in no way shape or form would I ever want to be any of them for the future repercussions of the show. 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Blog #9 Just Another Saturday

Life is sour, sensitive, and sad
the Days grow longer just a tad
with each passing moment I wish for the next
O where o why was my life hexed.

Life is nothing, neutral, and normal
The Hours just go less then optimal
with each moment lost I feel no strife
O where o why is this my life. 

Life is living, loving, and light
The Minutes flow by bright
with each moment gone I live life alive
O where o why can't I survive.

Life is precious and great
Never forget and Never wait
Seize the moment and the day
Never ever give yourself away.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blog #8 Superbowl Preview

Like millions of people out there, I am a solid and devout Steelers' fan. I have been since birth and will continue to be until the day I am dead. Being biased I choose the Steelers to win, but not in a dominating fashion. Big Ben is not a unfamiliar character when it comes to Super Bowls, he already has two world championships! His supporting class is excellent as well including long-time veteran Heath Miller, Hines Ward, and some new shining stars in Mike Wallace, Rashard Mendenhall, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonia Brown, and Maurkice Pouncey. Of the four shining stars three of them are rookies and are going to be playing in the biggest game of their lives come Super bowl Sunday. (Side-not Pouncey is questionable for full Steelers roster)

Troy Polamalu is arguably the greatest safety this game has ever seen. His long flowing hair that endorses Head n’ Shoulders is said to be insured for millions. He is a nightmare for any defense and especially the lives of young wide-receivers. Along with this Super bowl Champ we are graced with long-time cornerback Ike Taylor and the most fined man in football for his crushing hits James Harrison. Along with these three we have a postseason hero in free safety Ryan Clark and a very successful D-Line that puts pressure on any offense. The Steel Curtain has risen again and its not going anywhere, but Disney Land.

Now the Green Bay Packers… more for my own personal health and anxiety I would like to say they suck and are a terrible team… This is not the case however. Aaron Rodgers is a mastermind when the ball is in his hands and can analyze and tear up almost any defensive design thrown at him. Along with him he has a receiving core equal to that of the gods in Donald Driver and Greg Jennings… Late star and by far my MVP for the Green Bay Packers in this post season is the young rookie running back James Starks who ran all over the Falcons and Eagles. The Bears might have contained him somewhat, but the team overall is a dominating force.

As the Sports Center analysts predict, this could be one of the greatest shootouts in history. Great D vs. Great O