Friday, December 18, 2009

Bowl Pics

Here are all of my picks, since I have already made picks for all of the games with a group of friends.

New Mexico - Fresno St. over Wyoming
Little Caesers - Ohio over Marshall
Hawaii - Nevada over SMU
Meineke - Pittsburgh over North Carolina
Chick-Fil-A - Virginia Tech over Tennessee
Emerald - USC over Boston College
GMAC - Central Michigan over Troy
Independence - Georgia over Texas A&M
Armed Forces - Houston over Air Force
Sugar - Florida over Cincinnati
Orange - Iowa over Georgia Tech
Fiesta - TCU over Boise State
Insight - Minnesota over Iowa State
Gator - West Virginia over Florida State
BCS NCG - Alabama over Texas
Rose Bowl - Oregon over Ohio State
Alamo - Texas Tech over Michigan State - South Carolina over Connecticut
Liberty - Arkansas over East Carolina
New Orleans - Southern Miss over Middle Tennessee State
Outback - Auburn over Northwestern
International - South Florida over Northern Illinois
Capital One - LSU over Penn State (GEAUX TIGERS!!!)
St. Petersburg - Rutgers over UCF
Texas - Missouri over Navy
Eagle Bank - Temple over UCLA
Sun - Stanford over Oklahoma
Holiday - Nebraska over Arizona
Humanitarian - Bowling Green over Idaho
Champs Sports - Wisconsin over Miami
Music City - Kentucky over Clemson
Cotton - Ole Miss over Oklahoma State
Poinsettia - Utah over California
Las Vegas - Oregon State over BYU

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Back Home

For the past couple of weeks, I have been home from school, not having to worry about school work and just being able to relax. That, of course, will change in a couple of days when I leave to go down to San Antonio for spring training and tour for the summer with the Crossmen.

Last weekend was my old high school's musical production weekend. The past two years I participated by playing in the pit for The Wizard of Oz and Into The Woods. This year, I had the opportunity to just sit and the audience and enjoy the performance. When I first saw that they were doing Little Women a couple of months ago, at first I was skeptical (much like I was my sophomore year with Little Shop of Horrors), however after seeing the musical, I greatly enjoyed it and thought that it was a good performance and a very good musical.

For those of you who have read the book or know the story of Little Women, you can probably figure out what is happening in the following clip, one of the songs, probably my favorite, from the musical, "Some Things Are Meant To Be". This, I believe, is from the Broadway production (which only ran for 137 performances, a VERY short time considering how many shows run for over 1,000, and 20 over 2,500 currently).

Monday, May 11, 2009

Star Trek on SNL

I just saw this clip of the new Kirk and Spock on Saturday Night Live. Its pretty funny, and, don't worry, it doesn't really ruin any of the movie, either, so you're safe watching it if you haven't yet seen the new movie, yet. Enjoy!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Mike the Tiger

Here are some pictures of Mike the Tiger in his habitat on campus next to the PMAC, across the street from Tiger Stadium. These are pictures that I took a few months ago, and just now uploaded to my computer. I know, it took me a LONG time to do so. There are also two of the statue right outside his habitat as well. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What Is The Value Of An Education?

Today, as I do most days, I went to Yahoo! Sports and check to see if there is anything new and interesting in the sports news world (as well as checking the scores for the Caps and Nats, who both unfortunately lost today). Today as I went on my usual visit, I saw the following article:;_ylt=AsHlg03M7t.7dGbdjUSfV_fevbYF?slug=dw-tyler042209&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

This article really caught my attention. I feel that the decision this student, a JUNIOR in HIGH SCHOOL is very, very wrong and unwise. Sure, he might have loads of talent, and is extremely bored and not developing much anymore in his playing abilities at the current level and competition he is playing at. But is a high school degree at the very least (heck, even a college degree as well, but at least most athletes go on to at least accomplish a partial college education) something that you are willing to give up? I know for me it would not be at all. Nowadays over 70% of the US population completes at least a high school degree. Not to do so puts you in the minority. It becomes much tougher to get a quality job, and as such, most who don't graduate high school end up working at places like McDonald's, Wendy's, WalMart, or Target for the majority of their lives. Is that really something you would want to do? I know I wouldn't. I would much rather be forced to be a physicist (and how I can't stand physics!) than to have to work at a place earning minimum wage for most of my life.

An education is something truly special that cannot be taken away from you. Once you've learned something, you've got it. It is yours to take and use with as you please, and nobody can say or do anything to take it away from you. Ask yourself, if you were in the same position as Jeremy Tyler, what would you do? What if you got into a horrible car accident right before your first game in the NBA and you were unable to play basketball for the rest of your life, what would you do? Your career would be ruined. Your shot at millions of dollars and basketball glory is gone in an instant. And you don't even have a high school degree. Now what do you do?

Another unfortunate thing is that many will start to look at this like they did with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James going into the NBA right from high school, and begin to do it as well. It will begin to become more popular to do. And you will see more and more athletes with less of an education. Thoughts? Feelings?

On a quick side note, as I was searching around for a couple of statistics, I noticed one that Fairfax County, VA has the highest graduation overall rate in the US. I find myself very fortunate to have received such a high quality, good education, and to continue to get a good, high quality musical education here at LSU.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Crossmen Shows

Over the past few days, I have been watching numerous various Crossmen (and other) shows as short study breaks and such. My favorite drum corps show, by far, is definitely 1992. It was the first time the corps placed in its highest place, 6th. It is also regarded by many as one of the corps best shows (of which there are a number of opinions on, as the corps has had SOOO many really amazing and great shows). The 1992 show, Songs For Planet Earth, served as the first part of a three show trilogy, 92-94. The 92 show is one that I could probably watch over and over again and not get tired of it, I like it so much. There is so much passion in the performance, as well as a true, classic Crossmen "groove." Here is the show in two parts, enjoy!

I especially LOVE the ending of that show. The 93 show, Songs For Planet Earth, Part 2," picks up right where the show left off, in the "?" formation. Then the 94 show, "Suite Children," picks up right where the 93 show ends. The 94 show includes numerous child references and such, with the opening hornline and guard playing children's games in small groups and the songs included, such as the Brahms Lullaby, and Pop Goes the Weasel (with drum feature included!) All three shows are tied together with some similar music, as well.

Another one of my all-time favorite Crossmen shows (of which there are many, as I said earlier, there are SO many great Crossmen shows that are all entertaining to watch and listen to) is 2002. The 2002 show is entitled "The Signature Series" and features a very unique and special field entrance, one that can never be repeated, as Camp Randall Stadium in Wisconsin has been renovated making this special entrance impossible. I absolutely love this entrance, as well as the whole show! The drillwriter for this show, Darryl Pemberton, also wrote for 03 and 04, and wrote last years drill for the 2008 show, Planet X. He returns this year, writing the drill for our 2009 show. I am very excited for this summer and am ready for the semester to be over, finish with my finals, and to move in with the corps and begin on our trek towards Indianapolis and finals in the new Lucas Oil Stadium. Here is the 2002 show in two parts as well. Enjoy!

Oh, and another reason why I'm ready for the summer to get here, is also because as soon as the summer is done, its football season again, and I am ready for the LSU 2009 football season to begin already! The spring game yesterday helped me to realize how much I'm ready for football season to begin again. I look forward to next season, and am hoping for much improvement over last season's disappointing 8-5 record.