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•December 3, 2009 • 2 Comments

If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently you have undoubtedly heard of the predicament that Tiger Woods is currently entangled in. Over the past few days it has become evident, with Tiger’s apology, which he has been having an affair on and off over the past few years, and it has become an absolute media circus. The morality of this is something I will not discuss, but what has become quite ridiculous is the obsession that Americans seem to have with this type of gossip.

What makes it so interesting when a professional athlete screws up? Golfer or not, everyone knows who Tiger Woods is, but how many really follow him and his career and why is his life so much more interesting than anyone else? It seems as if many people gain a satisfaction by seeing people with more power or money than them struggle with their fame. Many people accuse Tiger of falling to the stereotype of a typical athlete when in fact he is dealing with problems that none of us could possibly know about and have zero insight on. Others will say that he is being too private and not being open with the media. I’d have to ask anyone who says this if every time something happened in their life if they would like reporters sleeping in vans outside their house trying to get a glimpse of them? I can’t imagine any single person would be able to honestly answer yes to that.

If Tiger and his wife, Elin, are indeed having problems in their home, that is for them to figure out. Nothing Us Weekly Magazine prints will ever be read by Tiger, and even if he did read it, do you think he would take a tabloid reporters advice on the situation? Absolutely not. Tiger has made a living off of being a private person. He shows up ready to play, but when he’s not on the golf course he is invisible. His largest blemish on his career up until this recent incident was being a bit too free with his use of profanity on the golf course, hardly an unforgivable sin.

So why should this matter to all of us? The simple answer is that it shouldn’t. Tiger Woods along with almost every other professional athlete, just wants to do what he’s paid to do on a public stage, but as soon as the cameras are off, he wants to go home and keep to himself. Like I said earlier, I have no authority to judge Tiger as a person based on his actions. I do not know him personally, but I have followed him since he joined the PGA, and what he has done for the game of golf has been absolutely amazing. Let the man live in peace. If he has a problem at home, let him deal with it the same way any of us would.

I remember watching this on TV with my dad, and to this day, I can’t say I’ve ever seen a better shot in golf.

FW10: Dinner Party

•November 17, 2009 • 1 Comment

I think I would just invite one person to my dinner party if I had the chance to meet any dead person.  Pat Tillman was a football player for the Arizona Cardinals and after 9/11 he enlisted in the Army where he was sent to Afghanistan to fight.  He was killed by friendly fire in the Afghan countryside and there was quite a large amount of confusion surrounding his death.  I’d love to know why he did what he did; give up millions of dollars to play football in order to go fight a war overseas.

INF: Research Question

•November 10, 2009 • 2 Comments

I would like to discuss the topic of ‘Internet Neutrality’; it’s been discussed quite a bit in the news recently and will be brought before congress in the near future.

I chose the topic of internet neutrality because it is pretty unknown to many Americans, but it could potentially have a very large impact on our lives in the next few years depending on which way our government leans towards.  It has been debated by both the FCC and the congress in past months and is gaining quite a bit of steam with lots of media attention.

 

I have not done any research on this topic, but I have been following the developments on internet neutrality since the middle of this past summer.  I have read a lot of differing viewpoints and some very good arguments for and against the policy, but I would like to learn much more about it and gain a better understanding.

 

I want to be able to determine how either outcome of this policy will affect a person like me who regularly uses the internet in their daily life.  We live in a generation that consumes a lot of time with computers and the internet and any change in this debate by the government has the potential to alter significantly the way we live our daily lives.

Myth of the Boring Topic

•November 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Canadian Two Dollar Coin: how does online banking change the way we deal with our money?

Cards: Should online gambling be available to minors?

Kodak Film: how do digital cameras affect places like Rochester?

Business Card: how has Apple changed the way we go about our daily life with things like the iPhone and iPod?

CD: What has happened to the record industry with the popularity of online music sharing on the rise?

 

FW8: Hot Topic

•November 3, 2009 • 1 Comment

Poor grammar is one of the things that sets me off.  If I ask someone how they are doing and they respond ‘I’m doing good.’  I can easily become irritated.  Also, anyone who responds by saying ‘Oh, that’s just stupid.’ without giving any justification for saying why something is ‘stupid’.  When people say ‘like’, ‘um’ and ‘you know’ more than once in a sentence I pretty much just stop listening.

FW8: Favorite Halloween Costume

•October 22, 2009 • 1 Comment

My favorite costume growing up was when I was quite a bit younger.  In maybe first or second grade I went as a hockey player and put on all my pads except for my skates and went around my neighborhood trick-or-treating.  My mom was going to go with me but my plan was to wear my hockey equipment and since it smelled so much I hoped it would scare her away from going with me and my brothers.  It didn’t work, my mom just walked ahead of me to avoid the stench…and I smelt awful for the whole night.

FW 7: What I want to be when I grow up

•October 20, 2009 • 2 Comments

When I grow up I want to be George Parros.  To many, he is a second rate hockey player, but in reality he is an unbelievable person.  George Parros graduated from Princeton in 2003 where he was the captain of the hockey team there.  After graduating, he was drafted into the NHL where he was eventually picked up by the Anaheim Ducks.  He was never known for scoring goals, but at 6’5″ and 230lbs he assumed the role of the enforcer.  He now has a reputation as one of the toughest players in the NHL where he regularly fights opposing players.  In 2007 Parros wont the Stanley Cup with the Ducks.  Both on and off the ice Parros is known for his long hair and ‘Captian Hook’ style mustache and beard.  What isn’t commonly known is that Parros cuts his hair once a year on christmas and donates it to the charity Locks of Love.

So, to simplify it, George Parros is bigger, stronger, tougher, smarter, and in general a great guy.  He’s who I want to be when I grow up.

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