"My father used to say that it is never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try."
I am on varsity lacrosse this year for Fenn and I've never felt anything like it before. I've never before been on a team so bonded and had so much chemistry as this year's team does. I am very excited for the upcoming tournament where we can display our chemistry and skill. I think we have a great chance of winning in my opinion. I have found a new liking for lacrosse since the beginning of this season and I hope it never ends. I started lacrosse in 5th grade and I am pretty good now which goes to show that it's never too late to try something new, especialy lacrosse.
In Boston on April 20th, Tens of thousands of runners, including some of the world's best, and hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to hit the streets on Monday for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon.
Security will be high along the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course, in recognition of the bombing of the 2013 race, which killed three people and injured 264 in the one of the most visible attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
The race goes on during a pause in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen who was convicted earlier this month of the bombing. His trial will move into a second phase beginning on Tuesday, with prosecutors arguing that he should be sentenced to death for his crimes.
Police urged spectators not to bring large bags or coolers, saying that such packages would be subject to search. They also banned the use of drones along the course.
As you can see, this marathon will be highly protected in sure that nothing tragic will happen. This marathon is a Boston tradition and must go on. This year and the last are proving that.
Today was a good week day for me. The day started off me with me arriving at school and receiving a 90 on my social Studies quiz. That is not normally a "great grade" for me but it was the best I could hope for on that challenging quiz. After social studies I had science. In Science, we prepared for an upcoming quiz. The rest of the school day was not very eventful. I had varsity lacrosse practice after school which I always enjoy. After school, I had another lacrosse related activity. I was asked by the coach of my Lexington Lacrosse town team to go and teach boy scouts how to play lacrosse. It was a really cool experience and I'm glad I did it. The rest of the night went like it always does: Homework, dinner, and tv. This was a good day for me.
"Sometimes a normal day is the best day." - Anonymous
Today was a rather uneventful day for me. I woke up at 7 and left for school at 7:40. In school, I had a social studies quiz second period. I did not feel too great after completing it but I guess time will tell how well I did. After all my classes I had lunch. It was pizza which I was ok with. After lunch and activity period I had a lacrosse game for the Fenn varsity team. It was versus Hillside. We ended up winning 8-7 in a close-fought matchup. When I got home I completed my homework, had dinner, watched tv, and went to bed. A normal day for me.
The NBA regular season ended this past Wednesday. Wednesday was the deciding day for many teams on whether or not they would make it into the playoffs. The 8 teams with the best record in each conference make it in. In the eastern conference, the 1 seed is the Atlanta Hawks, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, then the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and in the 8th seed, the Brooklyn Nets. The western conference playoff teams include, the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, and New Orleans Pelicans (in order of seeding). These coming playoffs are sure to be heated with competition as it always is. I predict that the finals matchup will be between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers with the Warriors pulling out the win.
NFL Offseason Trades and Accusations
Here is a list of all the offseason trades and accusations in 2015 NFL offseason:
49ers signed Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne. (NFLTR)
Bears signed LB DeDe Lattimore to a two-year contract extension. (NFLTR)
Bears re-signed CB Demontre Hurst to a two-year contract. (NFLTR)
Bears signed TE Zach Miller to a one-year contract extension. (NFLTR)
Bengals signed OT Matthew O’Donnell. (NFLTR)
Bengals released of G Mike Pollak. (NFLTR)
Bengals released DE Robert Geathers and WR Greg Little. (NFLTR)
Bills claimed wide receiver Justin Brown off waivers from the Steelers. (NFLTR)
Bills signed G Richie Incognito. (NFLTR)
Bills released LB Keith Rivers. (NFLTR)
Bills acquired RB LeSean McCoy for LB Kiko Alonso. (NFLTR)
Bills acquired QB Matt Cassel from the Vikings for two draft picks. (NFLTR) – Update
Broncos franchised WR Demaryius Thomas. (NFLTR)
Browns released OL Paul McQuistan. (NFLTR)
Browns signed DB Varmah Sonie.
Browns signed QB Josh McCown. (NFLTR)
Buccaneers released QB Josh McCown. (NFLTR)
Buccaneers tender a contract to exclusive rights free agent LB Danny Lansanah.
Cardinals signed S D.J. Campbell. (NFLTR)
Cardinals released LB Larry Foote. (NFLTR)
Cardinals release WR Ted Ginn Jr. (NFLTR)
Cardinals signed DB Damond Smith. (NFLTR)
Cardinals re-signed OT Bradley Sowell. (NFLTR)
Cardinals release DL Darnell Dockett. (NFLTR)
Chargers G Jeromey Clary retired from the NFL.
Chargers re-signed LT King Dunlap to a four-year contract. (NFLTR)
Chargers LB Jarret Johnson retired from the NFL. (NFLTR)
Chargers released LB Jarret Johnson.
Chargers released G Jeromey Clary.
Chiefs signed DE Vaughn Martin. (NFLTR)
Chiefs signed CB Shaquille Richardson. (NFLTR)
Chiefs released WR Donnie Avery. (NFLTR)
Chiefs waived WR A.J. Jenkins. (NFLTR)
Chiefs released TE Anthony Fasano. (NFLTR)
Chiefs franchised OLB Justin Houston. (NFLTR)
Colts signed WR Duron Carter. (NFLTR)
Colts signed OL Ben Heenan. (NFLTR)
Colts cut S LaRon Landry, LB Andrew Jackson and OT Xavier Nixon. (NFLTR)
Colts released OLB Shaun Phillips. (NFLTR)
Colts released DL Ricky Jean-Francois. (NFLTR)
Colts re-signed QB Matt Hasselbeck. (NFLTR)
Colts signed DE Earl Okine.
Colts signed LS Matt Overton to a contract extension.
Cowboys waived DB Jakar Hamilton.
Cowboys re-signed exclusive rights free agent LB Cameron Lawrence. (NFLTR)
Cowboys signed DT Davon Coleman. (NFLTR)
Cowboys waived LB DeVonte Holloman. (NFLTR)
Cowboys declined to pick up DT Henry Melton‘s option. (NFLTR)
Cowboys re-signed OT Darrion Weems and G Ronald Leary. (NFLTR)
Cowboys waived LB Mister Alexander. (NFLTR)
Cowboys franchised WR Dez Bryant. (NFLTR)
Cowboys signed WR Cole Beasley to a four-year contract. (NFLTR)
Cowboys signed LB Keith Rivers. (NFLTR) – Update
Dolphins signed TE Ryan Taylor. (NFLTR)
Dolphins released WR Brian Hartline. (NFLTR)
Dolphins released WR Brandon Gibson. (NFLTR)
Dolphins released CB Cortland Finnegan. (NFLTR)
Dolphins released OL Nate Garner. (NFLTR)
Dolphins placed their transition tag on TE Charles Clay. (NFLTR)
Eagles released TE James Casey. (NFLTR)
Eagles released G Todd Herremans. (NFLTR)
Eagles signed LB Brad Jones to a two-year contract. (NFLTR)
Eagles released CB Cary Williams. (NFLTR)
Eagles released OLB Trent Cole. (NFLTR)
Eagles acquired LB Kiko Alonso for RB LeSean McCoy. (NFLTR)
Falcons released DT Peria Jerry from their reserve-left squad list. (NFLTR)
Falcons released RB Jason Snelling from the reserve-retired list. (NFLTR)
Falcons signed DE Cliff Matthews and FB Patrick DiMarco to contract extensions. (NFLTR)
Falcons signed WR Nick Williams. (NFLTR)
Falcons signed K Matt Bryant to a contract extension. (NFLTR)
Falcons released RB Steven Jackson. (NFLTR)
Falcons released WR Harry Douglas. (NFLTR)
Falcons released G Justin Blalock. (NFLTR)
Falcons waived DE Jonathan Massaquoi. (NFLTR)
Falcons signed LB Nate Stupar to an extension. (NFLTR)
Giants signed OL Brett Jones. (NFLTR)
Giants waived RB David Wilson with a failed physical designation. (NFLTR)
Giants re-signed WR Kevin Ogletree. (NFLTR)
Giants re-signed OL Dallas Reynolds. (NFLTR)
Giants released DE Mathias Kiwanuka. (NFLTR)
Giants released RB Peyton Hillis. (NFLTR)
Giants franchised DE Jason Pierre-Paul. (NFLTR)
Giants released C J.D. Walton. (NFLTR)
Giants tendered exclusive rights free agent TE Larry Donnell a contract. – Update
Jaguars placed FB Greg Jones on the reserve/retired list.
Jaguars signed OT Brennan Williams. (NFLTR)
Jaguars signed K Jason Myers.
Jets signed CB Curtis Brown. (NFLTR)
Jets declined to pick up RB Chris Johnson‘s option. (NFLTR)
Jets picked up the options for LB Calvin Pace and LB Jason Babin. (NFLTR)
Jets signed DE Robert Talley. (NFLTR) – Update
Lions waived C Darren Keyton.
Lions waived TE Ifeanyi Momah
Lions signed C Darren Keyton
Lions released RB Reggie Bush. (NFLTR)
Lions signed DE/OLB Phillip Hunt. (NFLTR)
Lions re-signed LS Don Muhlbach to a one-year deal.
Lions re-signed DE Darryl Tapp. (NFLTR)
Lions re-signed QB Dan Orlovsky. (NFLTR)
Packers waived TE Brandon Bostick. (NFLTR)
Packers released ILB Brad Jones. (NFLTR)
Packers released ILB A.J. Hawk. (NFLTR)
Panthers released S Thomas DeCoud. (NFLTR)
Panthers signed G Chris Scott. (NFLTR)
Panthers released RB DeAngelo Williams. (NFLTR)
Panthers re-sign DT Colin Cole to a one-year deal. (NFLTR)
Patriots waived TE Steve Maneri.
Patriots franchised K Stephen Gostkowski. (NFLTR)
Patriots signed LS Tyler Ott. (NFLTR) – Update
Raiders re-signed DB Charles Woodson. (NFLTR)
Raiders signed K Giorgio Tavecchio. (NFLTR)
Raiders released S Tyvon Branch. (NFLTR)
Raiders released DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley. (NFLTR)
Rams released DT Kendall Langford. (NFLTR)
Ravens terminated the contract of DL Terrence Cody. (NFLTR)
Ravens released WR Jacoby Jones. (NFLTR)
Ravens released DE Chris Canty. (NFLTR) -
Ravens re-signed DT Christo Bilukidi to a two-year contract. (NFLTR)
Ravens waived CB Victor Hampton. (NFLTR)
Redskins signed OL Tyler Larsen and OL Ty Nsekhe. (NFLTR)
Redskins released DT Barry Cofield. (NFLTR)
Redskins released DL Stephen Bowen. (NFLTR)
Redskins re-signed OT Tom Compton. (NFLTR)
Redskins re-signed exclusive rights free agent S Duke Ihenacho. – Update
Saints waived DE Cheta Ozougwu.
Saints re-signed QB Luke McCown. (NFLTR)
Saints signed OLB Parys Haralson to a one-year contract. (NFLTR)
Saints re-signed K Shayne Graham to a one-year contract. (NFLTR)
Saints released RB Pierre Thomas. (NFLTR) – Update
Seahawks signed QB R.J. Archer, G C.J. Davis, LS Luke Ingram, LB Brendan Kelly, DE Will Pericak, WR Kevin Smith, and C Jared Wheeler. (NFLTR)
Seahawks signed LB Mister Alexander. (NFLTR)
Steelers signed P Brad Wing to a one-year extension. (NFLTR)
Steelers released WR Lance Moore. (NFLTR)
Texans released C Chris Myers. (NFLTR) – Update
Titans release OT Michael Oher. (NFLTR)
Titans LT Michael Roos announced his retirement from the NFL. (NFLTR)
Titans released Bernard Pollard. (NFLTR)
Titans claimed DE/OLB Jonathan Massaquoi off of waivers from the Falcons. (NFLTR)
Vikings FB Jerome Felton opted out of his contract. (NFLTR)
Vikings claimed TE Brandon Bostick off of waivers from the Packers. (NFLTR)
Vikings signed LB Brian Peters. (NFLTR)
Vikings released G Charlie Johnson. (NFLTR)
Vikings acquired two draft picks from the Bills in return for QB Matt Cassel and a draft pick. (NFLTR) – Update
Laser Light Show
Today in all-school-meeting, we had an assembly on a man who informed us about space lasers. I personally thought it was really cool. I especially liked the part in the beginning where he sprayed this mist on the laser which let us see the whole beam. After he did some informing on lasers and space, there was a laser light show where lasers would for cool shapes on the screen as we would listen to music. I liked that assembly and hope that we can do similar ones like that in the future.
Reflection on Odyssey Presentation
I thouroughly enjoyed the literary analysis presentation of the Odyssey. I thought it helped us collaborate with partners which is always a helpful tool to have. Also, it let us demonstate our knowledge of the book so far. Another thing we got to demonstrate was the creativity we have. For example, Erik, Tyden, and Bennet displayed their producing skills in their presentation. I really liked this project and hope that we can do more like this in the future.
This year in the NBA, there is some controversy over who should get the MVP award. The Most Valuable Player Award is given out each year to the player that is most valuable to making their team better and helping them succeed. This year contrary to past, there is not a clear candidate for who should win the award. The main candidates people have talked about are Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Russel Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They all deserve the award for making their teams one of the top in the NBA. I personally think Russel Westbrook deserve the award. What do you all think?
What I Did Today
Today was a busy Sunday. At 8 o'clock in the morning, I had to leave for my basketball game all the way out in Stoughton. We ended up winning by 9 points. I played pretty well, contributing 12 points. After my game, I went home and did my homework. That took me about an hour. After finishing my homework, I had lacrosse practice. I got a ride from my friend. The practice was indoor because the fields are not playable with all the snow on them. Practice was a lot of fun. When I got home, my family and I ate dinner. I then watched TV for an hour and went to bed. I like busy Sundays because you always have something to do. It beats sitting around all day and doing nothing.