Looking at Frost

Happy weekend everyone. We got a little bit of snow last night and this cold, dark time of year always makes me think of one of my all time favorite poems Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost.

Robert Frost had already failed at farming and was writing a lot and teaching to help pay the bills. He would rise to fame first in England and then find his audience at home. This poem came out four years before he would go on to win the first of his four Pulitzers.

Stopping by woods, is a about a man making his way home and it’s dark and snowy. He stops his horse by a woods full of deep snow and just marvles at it for awhile.  I figure it’s shortly after the Winter Solstice when the days are oh so short.  He was at peace being there but then comes my favorite lines of the poem. “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. I love so much that the last line repeats.  Here’s poem:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

BY ROBERT FROST

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

And here’s Robert Frost reading it himself. Happy New Year everyone.

https://youtu.be/hfOxdZfo0gs 

NFL 1st Team All-Badass (Special Teams)

One may wonder, can somebody truly be a badass on special teams? The answer is a 100% yes. Next time you watch a game, instead of watching the kick returner take it back, watch everybody else. You will be overwhelmed with tons of cheap hits, tons of shit talking, and clean hits that make you wonder how that guy is even alive. Kick off and punt return is just a true battlefield.

Kicker: Adam Vinatieri

I like to call Vinatieri the “Soul Crusher”. At the age of 45, this badass is still kicking absolute bombs, sending his new kick holders to holding school (yes, it is a thing) and crushing opposing teams dreams like its nothing. Vinatieri has a had a very lengthy 22-year career, and it has earned himself a number two spot on the all-time scorer’s list only trailing Morten Anderson (ahead of notable greats such as Randy Moss, LT, Emmit Smith, etc.).

Punter: Marquette King

This Oakland Raider punter is making punting cool for the first time ever. He has given the position the swag it needs. As a matter of fact, King’s jersey was the first ever punter jersey I ever saw in a store. You can catch King dropping coffin corner bombs on the opposing team week in and week out (especially this season because the Raiders forgot how to football). What I love most about King are his countless celebrations that will just leave you laughing.

Kick Holder/ Kickoff Specialist: Pat McAfee

This guy right here is my hero so I may be a little bias. McAfee was a punter for the Colts for a short period of time due to injuries and surgeries he had over the years. I spoke briefly about Vinatieri sending his new holders to holding school, well this is the guy. McAfee told the story on his talk show through Barstool Sports, and it may be one of the funniest stories ever.

McAfee isn’t just a funny guy when he played he actually would lay the wood on special teams. I remember one hit where he hit the returner so hard, he went airborne. McAfee was a close second for the starting punter on this, but King had a little edge on him.

Kick Returner: Devin Hester

Greatest. Kick. Returner. Ever. Hester had a relatively short career, but this badass somehow managed to hit Sportscenter almost every night for a crazy return during his moderately short career. Honestly, Hester was a shitty receiver and if it wasn’t for his return ability, he would have never played a snap in the NFL. Hester had the blazing speed and moves that gave teams nightmares about special teams (And me on Madden 06). The guy was a human cheat code. To tell you how good of a returner he was and how bad of a receiver he was, he had more kick returns for touchdowns than catches (20-16 Absurd). One moment that sticks out to me with Hester is when the opposing team went for a field goal, but it was short. Hester fielded the kick and walked at a normal pace out of the end zone and then took off for over 100 yards to the house.

Long Snapper: Nobody…

Sorry long snappers, you all are soft. Nobody can touch you until a certain amount of yards? Softer than Charmin.

This concludes week 2 of this series, and I hope you enjoyed this article. Remember to stay tuned for fresh daily continent from myself and the rest of the Mid American Crew. Thank you so much for spending another Friday with me.

How the Seal of Good Practice Affected Television

Television is a canvas for creators to explore. Many themes can be discussed, morals can be taught, and it can be beautiful all at the same time. Today, no one really has a problem with excessive violence and cursing on television. Back in the 1950s, however, things were different. Continue reading “How the Seal of Good Practice Affected Television”

The Definitive Top 20 Spongebob Squarepants Episodes: Part II (10-1)

Ahoy, mateys! In case you missed my last article, I started counting down my top 20 Spongebob episodes, and you can check out 20-11 here. Today I’m gonna finish off the list and reveal my top 10 episodes. So, let’s dive right in!

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Lob a Plasma Gernade For Me: The HALO Series. 

     Happy Christmas weekend everyone, I’ve been back into some serious Halo gaming on my Xbox One over the last few weeks. Love the franchise so much. Hard to believe it’s been around nearly 17 years.  I remember one of my first Black Friday shopping experiences was waiting in line at Best Buy to buy the first one for 20 bucks.  I played through the first game with one of my friends and I had developed infected tonsils near the end of the game.  We were both pretty excited to beat the game but I was running a fever and had missed work. That did not deture my friend Mike. He eventually showed up with a large coffee and we got back to it and eventually saved the galaxy.  Have you played and beat the first Halo? Man what an ending! 

     Eventually Halo 2 came along and it was the first deluxe game I had purchased. It came in a steel case which was a new idea at the time.  The game play had been ratcheted up to allow “dual weild” which was awesome.  Now Master Chief could carry two guns at the same time. Very badass.

     The best new feature of Halo 2 was the broading of the story and cast. The story for part 2 introduced us to the Arbiter. A Elite whom was stripped of his rank as a result of Master Chief’s success in the first game.  The whole story really dug into the extensive back story of the Covenant forces you’d been fighting against to give us their motivations and depth. Plus Energy Swords. Totally love Energy Swords.

     Halo 3 would come along and bring an end to the war between the Covenant and Humanity with Master Chief and his A.I. counter-part Cortana seemingly lost after the battle.  Folks who beat the game on Legendary, the hardest mode, or just watched someone else do it on YouTube knew the Chief had actually survived. 

    The franchise was growing now with  successful games, novels, comics, and toys. An Animated Anthology film called Halo Legends also came out. All giving us new characters and back story, building the Halo Universe.  

     New games were released that no longer starred  the main protagonist Master Cheif. HALO: ODST which was about the everyday troopers who weren’t Spartans and Halo Wars which was a strategy game featuring UNSC and Covenant forces. 

     The most successful of these games without Master Chief was Halo Reach. An astounding game that is often regarded as the best offering in the entire series. The game is a prequel to the series and takes place in the opening battle of the war with the Covenant on the outpost planet of Reach. You take the role of a new member of Noble Team, and elite Spartan fighting force. I’ve been replaying this game a bit lately and was surprised by how well it holds up and looks amazing  on the Xbox One console thanks to backwards capability. 

     Halo Reach would be the last game from series creators Bungie who would go onto make their own series of new games called Destiny.  Master Chief and Halo had become the face of Microsoft’s gaming platform and once Bungie was done Microsoft brought the franchise in house and 343 Studios took over. They delivered the awesome Halo 4 which dealt with a new threat to humanity, the Forerunners. Well actually it wasn’t all the Forrunners just the Didact and his crew of Promethean warriors. 

     Halo 5 Guardians has been the latest release in the series and while the multiplayer is a blast the Campaign mode is kind a meh. It’s 10 missions and you only get to be Master Chief for 3 of those. Mostly you are Spartan Locke played by Mike Colter of Luke Cage and Marvel’ s Defenders fame. For the most part your old buddy Cortana is now the big bad.  Hopefully Halo 6 will make up for 5’s story shortcomings. 

     Halo is alive and well after all this time. The community of fans is large. Microsoft named their personal assistant on their devices Cortana. Loot Crate now offers a bi-monthly Halo Crate which I’ve just subscribed too. Maybe I’ll do a review of that first crate when it arrives. Until then keep your shields up and ammo loaded and have a Merry Christmas.