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It’s Bear Season

Oklahoma State hosts Baylor Saturday night with ESPN College Gameday in town. (Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com)

Oklahoma State hosts Baylor Saturday night with ESPN College GameDay in town. (Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com)

Saturday is it.  The game of the year.  It’s time for us to show the nation what being a Cowboy is all about.  We get national coverage.  We get the best offense in the nation coming to town.  Let’s show ’em who we are.

Stillwater.  This is our town.  Art Briles thinks BPS won’t be much different from other venues Baylor has played at this season (Kansas and K-State).  Art Briles has never won in BPS.  Art Briles has never seen a SOLD OUT BPS.  This sea of orange is gonna be wavin’ all night long.

Oklahoma State.  This is our town.  This is our time.  It’s history in the making.  It’s Sanders, Pickens and Gundy.  It’s Pat Jones, Thomas, Gilbert and Moore.  It’s Weeden, Blackmon, Bryant and Lavey.  Barnett, Seales and Roland. It’s Robinson, Hargis and Chelf.  It’s me and you.  We’re a part of history.  Right here.  Right now.  It’s time to get Boone Pickens Stadium ROCKING!

Cowboy football.  This is our team.  This is America’s Brightest Orange.  This is bleeding orange.  This is living orange.  This is our community.  This is our family.  This is being loyal and true.  Ride with the Cowboys, Oklahoma State.  It’s time to go bear hunting!

#IRideWithTheCowboys

Ok State vs. UTSA Preview

We are just moments away from the kickoff between Oklahoma State and UTSA.  Here are some thoughts on what to watch for during the game:

1. Can the defense keep it up and be as stingy as they were last week?

The defense held an SEC team to only 3 points, but there is still definitely room to improve.  They gave up three 4th down conversions late in the game.  As good as they were, they can still improve to make sure they play every down late in the game and force turnover on downs rather than staying out on the field.

2. WIll J.W. Walsh keep the electricity high on offense?

Chelf wasn’t getting it done for OSU against Miss. St., but when Walsh came in, the offense sparked and tore apart an SEC defense, especially on the ground.  Walsh had 125 yards and Smith had 102.  Offense shouldn’t be a problem against UTSA and the scoreboard should light up all game long.

3. How will the fans react even if OSU doesn’t put up big points?

I’m not saying this will happen.  Against Miss. St., OSU still won by 18.  If we had won 48-30, the fans would have been fine, but people around Stillwater aren’t used to OSU only putting up 21 points.  OSU should be able to put up big numbers today and handle UTSA with ease, but what will happen if we win 28-0.  Still a 28-point victory, but it’s not what people around here are used to.  But let me tell you something, a win is a win is a win.

My prediction: OSU 48, UTSA 10. Go Pokes! Ride ’em Cowboys!

The Ride of a Lifetime

This year has been a roller coaster year with my first year at college.  All of the people I’ve met, the classes I’ve had the pleasure of taking.  This year has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life and now, it’s time to continue on this journey and keep my hands in the air as I travel along the tracks of this coaster.  So many choices had to be made leading up to this point and have all added a piece to the coaster I am riding.

At Oklahoma State, I have been involved in many media classes, one of which had me start a blog and create this website.  Up until this point, all of the posts were assignments, writing in our own voice about various articles.  I hope to continue blogging my thoughts to hone in these skills.  I look forward to seeing where this website takes me and how it will influence the tracks of this coaster.

I can’t believe I’m about to start my junior year at Oklahoma State.  This new year will bring in new experiences, new opportunities, and of course, new choices that will make this roller coaster even more extreme.  I hope to keep riding this coaster, hands in air, screaming my lungs out.  So, time to see where this coaster takes me.  It’s been the ride of a lifetime. And, as always,

Ride ’em, Cowboys.

Remembering Roger

Roger Ebert, the man who revolutionized movie reviews with the thumbs-up rating died this week. (Photo courtesy of Gerd Altmann/pixabay)

Roger Ebert, the man who revolutionized movie reviews with the thumbs-up rating died this week. (Photo courtesy of Gerd Altmann/pixabay)

The man who created the “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” rating system passed away this week and it is with great sorrow I write this post.  I found an interesting article by Christie Lemire remembering the man behind the reviews.  The thing that amazed me about Roger Ebert was his work outside of movie reviews.  He did a fantastic job educating the public about a wide variety of topics not even closely related to movies, and he did all without being able to talk.

Roger Ebert created a sense in everyone that they knew him, even though most people never got the chance to meet him.  He created a legacy of reviews and work that spanned generations and will continue to affect journalism for years to come.

Cheers, Roger, and may I say, five fantastic thumps-up on your work!

All You Need is a Phone and Instagram

Nick Laham made the front page with an iPhone and Instagram. Who needs professional equipment, anyway? (photo courtesy of Gerd Altmann/flickr)

Nick Laham made the front page with an iPhone and Instagram. Who needs professional equipment, anyway? (photo courtesy of Gerd Altmann/flickr)

With baseball season just hours away from starting, I found this article about a New York Yankees photographer, Nick Laham.  His pictures are all taken on his iPhone and edited in Instagram.  And they made the front page of the New York Times.  This should inspire anyone to be a photographer and has started a war between iPhone and traditional photographers.

I love the fact that Laham showed how simple it is to make a picture look professional without shelling out a ton of cash for expensive equipment.  In this age of technology with reporters adapting to Twitter why shouldn’t photography evolve, too?  To all the traditional photographers who hate his success, maybe you should try an iPhone and Instagram and see what you can come up with.  Maybe it’ll actually be front-page material.

Spring Break in Colorado

I traveled back home for Spring Break 2013 to celebrate with Grant and Audriana as they joined together in marriage.  This is the slideshow I made for their reception to look back on the memories we’ve all shared.  Enjoy! All songs owned by their respective artists-no copyright infringement intended.

The One Man Movie Crew

Photo Exercise

Learning the Game: Basketball with Tyler Phipps

In this week’s episode, Learning the Game explores the world of basketball with referee Tyler Phipps.  The duties of a referee, how they interact with coaches and one of the most disputed calls is discussed during the podcast.

Forget Allowance—Just Get Off Facebook.

One girl is getting $200 for staying off Facebook. I would "like" getting paid, too, if I could. (photo courtesy of Sean MacEntee/flickr)

One girl is getting $200 for staying off Facebook. I would “like” getting paid, too, if I could. (photo courtesy of Sean MacEntee/flickr)

Have you heard about the 12-year-old girl who made a deal with her dad to get $200 dollars if she stayed off of Facebook for five months?  If not, check out the Los Angeles Times article.  If you have, you’re probably thinking one of two things.  Either one: why didn’t I think of that? Or two: I could be rich if I were this girl.

I’d get off of Facebook right now and start banking in the cash if I could.  Facebook is a great way to stay connected, but it’s definitely starting to get to be boring and will stay that way until it starts to make some major changes.  And for five months?  You can survive with a smart phone for five months.  Maybe we should all get off Facebook for five months.  Get outside. Grab pen and paper and write a letter to stay connected.  And hey, if you can make a deal with your dad, maybe you can get $200.