Saddest Week of 2018?

This week has been awful. There’s no other way to phrase it. Several sad events have occurred this week that really have me bummed out. I will be talking about two of them in my article this week.

The first of which is the awful news coming from the world of professional wrestling. Arguably the biggest star in the WWE, Roman Reigns, revealed that he is being forced to step away from wrestling to battle leukemia. The news of this really hit me harder than it should. I’m not a regular viewer of new WWE programming anymore. I’m not a particularly big fan of Roman Reigns as a performer. However, this is a man who has a young family, who has tirelessly dedicated himself to the entertainment of others, and who clearly takes care of himself. More than anything, it is a sad reminder that cancer doesn’t care who you are. It’s a sad reminder that this horrific disease still effects people every single day. As someone who has lost multiple family members to cancer, it’s a sad reminder that this awful thing still exists. Roman’s going away speech on Raw this week was about as emotional as WWE programming gets and I eagerly await his return.

The other tragic event that occurred this week is the attempted bombing of several key figures in the Democratic Party. A significant number of prominent Democrats, many of whom I deeply admire, were the targets of attempted acts of terrorism. Those targeted by these attempted bombings are staunch critics of President Trump, the Republican Party, and conservative ideals. These are the people who think the way I think. I hope to one day be amongst these people as prominent, outspoken figures against Conservatism who are trying to promote a better America and a better world. The targets of these attacks are individuals fighting a battle of ideals, not weapons. It is important to note that in addition to several key Liberal figures, CNN was also targeted with a mailed explosive device. CNN has been repeatedly criticized and demonized by the President and other conservative figures. Logic suggests that a radical right wing person or group is responsible for these attempted killings. Those responsible attempted to commit mass murder directed at the left. The fact that this is the point we have reached in America is deeply saddening. I disagree with just about every conservative idea that has ever existed. However, not once have I ever considered the murder of anyone on the right to be a good idea. Even the thought of killing people for their involvement on the opposing side of the political spectrum is absolutely mind-blowing. This is where we are in America, apparently. It is just sad.

I’ll leave my overly depressing article with this thought….. Maybe some good will come from this. Perhaps Roman Reigns’s recent diagnosis will bring about more attention to cancer and increase funding for a cure. Maybe politicians on both sides of the isle will come together to help heal the wound that has clearly split the country. Maybe the President will do something to reverse the violent and hateful climate he has helped create in America. I believe that the first two could genuinely happen, maybe. The last one, probably not. Be we will see. I’ll be back next Thursday with hopefully a slightly less depressing article. Be sure to check out some of the other great content on Mid-American Culture!

What Does The Ohio State Loss Mean to the Program?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O2nfWXwmsYHello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. This last week has been a very tough one for Ohio sports fans, such as myself. Not one single professional team recorded a win, nor did the beloved college football powerhouse. The professional teams losing is fine, but the loss for the Buckeyes had some pretty tough implications but some pretty cool things.

The formerly ranked #2 Buckeyes strolled into West Lafayette to take on the Perdue Boilermakers in what seemed to just be a routine road trip. However, Ohio State put out the most pitiful performance of the season. The backfield only rushed for 76 yards all night, and we threw the ball 72 times. Yeah, you heard me. 72. Times. On top of it all, our defense continued to look lost without standout defensive end, Nick Bosa. The overall performance was just soft.

The Buckeyes have become extremely one dimensional since the return of Urban Meyer despite preaching how the team needs to be more well balanced. Even though the Ohio State got smacked, they also lost wideout, Austin Mack, for the remainder of the season. Things are getting tough for Buckeyes heading into the balk of the season and every fan is riding on the November 24th game.

After the loss, the first thought of the Ohio State faithful was, “What about playoffs?” Well, I try to see the glass half full and I think it’s gonna be tough. The Buckeyes are now forced to play stellar football for the remainder of the season and pray to the football Gods that one of the top four teams drop one. However, if the TTUN is still going strong and is in the playoff talks and we win and keep them from it, the season was well worth it. Also with pressing health issues surrounding Urban, I do not see him returning next season. I think he will resign, unfortunately, and Ryan Day will take over. I am not complaining about Coach Day becoming the guy, but Urban is a genius and an amazing recruiter. Gonna be hard for the fans if decides to step down.

Another thought was, “How is a top program getting out coached by Perdue?”. Well, the answer is simple and it is loyalty. Urban Meyer is one of the greatest coaches of all-time, but everybody has their flaws. Meyer has shown time and time again that his loyalty can lead a team downhill like what happened with J.T. Barret. I am not saying bench Haskins or anything crazy (dudes the best QB in the nation), but on short yardage situations, we need to switch it from running it up the gut. Teams are stacking the box and we ignore it. Let’s get some of the old bread and butter back in the game and run the read option with Tate Martell and keep this dude happy. Martell opens the game in so many ways. He can throw the ball a country mile and running ability is just like a running back.

The final thing is, that game is what sports are all about. To start the game it was made known about the one kid who chose Perdue over Ohio State and Alabama because he could not make an immediate impact but turned out to be the main difference maker. Another story about another kid in the Buckeyes backyard that they passed on, but made several key tackles, a pick-six, and recovered the onside kick. However, all that gets passed over for a hero by the name of Tyler Trent. Tyler is a student at Perdue who has a ton of school spirit, but battles with aggressive cancer. He went from not knowing if he was gonna live that night to watching his team take down a national powerhouse. This stuff is truly worth a movie.

Invictus, Yes You Can.

Life can be a beautiful and amazing thing from time to time. Always take time to enjoy life when it’s good. Smile when sunshine warms your face, smile when your cat purrs and smile back when a baby laughs at you.

Life can also kick your ass. Disease, security, love, and money can all beat you down. You’ve got to have a touch of Rise in you to get up and go again. It can be exhausting but you can make it and life is full of survivors who can lend you an example. Here’s Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

by William Ernest Henley