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Baseball Steroids Report

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell released a 409 page report on Thursday December 13, 2007 that contained 86 different names linking people and players to the ever-growing baseball steroids scandal. This report is said to be the biggest scandal in baseball since the Black Sox scandal in 1919. The report contained some big names; Miguel Tejada, Andy Pettitte, Eric Gagne, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Troy Glaus, Gary Matthews Jr., Paul Byrd, Jose Guillen, Brian Roberts, Rick Ankiel, Paul Lo Duca and the biggest name Roger Clemens. Though Mitchell denies it, it seems as though Clemens was singled out, his name being mentioned 82 times, and made the symbol of the report. The report also contained Barry Bonds, who everyone knows by now has been accused of taking illegal performance enhancing drugs. Roger Clemens denied the charges and expressed his anger at be even mentioned through his attorney Rusty Hardin. Commisioner Bud Selig stated that he will take action, if called for. Many of the accusations will not result in penalties however, because the instances where the players were said to take the drugs were before required testing began in 2003. From 2002 to 2005 punishment has increased severely for testing positive to using performance enhancing drugs. In 2002 it was a 1 year ban for a fifth offense. Now it is a liftime ban for only a third offense.

Roger Clemons has won 7 Cy Young Awards, is eighth on the list for all time wins (354 wins), is an MVP and All-Star, and was, was, almost guaranteed a spot in the MLB Hall of Fame. These charges will greatly reduce the chance that Clemens will get into the Hall of Fame, and if proven true almost surely lower them to zero. It will probably very closely resemble how Mark Mcguire was kept out of the hall of fame this year. Its sad that Clemens’ (who has played in the league for 23 years and is 45 years old) legacy is now probably ruined because of something like this, along with all the other players on the list. Clemens’ personal trainer Brian McNamee said in the report that he first gave Clemens performance enhancing drugs in 1998.

Something that just doesn’t seem quite right to me, and others, is that Mitchell is a director for the Boston Red Sox, and none of their prime players appeared in the report. A total of 22 Yankes were mentioned in Mitchell’s report, and everyone knows the famous rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees. Perhaps it can explain why they have won so many world series, and why the Red Sox Went so long without one.

In Mitchell’s speech, he stated that 5%-7% of MLB used steroids or other substances. He also targets players as role models for children and teens. 3%-6% of high school teenagers use some kind of performance enhancing drug, which really is a shocking statistic. It means that even at 3%, hundreds of thousands of American teens are taking performance enhancing drugs. Let’s hope that this will bring some attention to this issue.

sincerely,

sparky101

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Is Drama Worse in Smaller Schools?

Last week we dealt with situations like “friends” who use you to get what they want. But this week we will be covering that is a lot more than an opinion than anything else.

Chip Says:
In many schools, especially high schools and middle schools, there is almost always some kind of drama or conflict. But is conflict worse in bigger schools or smaller schools? Well drama is bad anywhere but it is also different in smaller schools verses bigger schools.
In smaller schools there are less people which leads many people to think that there is less conflict but the conflict all depends on who the people are not how many there are. Another thing about smaller schools is that you know more people there so you become more involved in the drama going on. Plus, rumors spread faster in smaller schools.
Small schools aren’t the only schools that have drama, larger schools do too. The difference in larger schools, however, is that there are more people and so rumors are spread to more people and can be blown more out of control. However one upside to having more people at the school is that you might not know everyone. Therefore, you can stay away from the drama and conflict more easily. Plus, if someone tries to get you involved you can avoid them more easily.
The fact of it is, all drama is bad but yet it keeps coming up in schools everywhere. If you really want to avoid drama it isn’t really about what school you go to. It is more about who you hang out with, and how you yourself act.

Chip 🙂

Dale Says:

Drama is a huge part of school, especially at that time around 8th grade and up into high school. If you’re not careful when you’re trying to solve drama, you might start more, or make the current problem even worse.

I’ve heard a lot of stories about how drama is worse in bigger schools because there are more people to hear the rumors and to point the finger when big problems arise. But in my opinion I think drama is much better at bigger schools for one reason: when there are more people, such as there are in bigger schools, chances are that they won’t know who you are and they probably won’t care if you get involved in a big mess of drama.

On the other hand, in small schools, (especially the ones where people have had the same classmates since about Kindergarten) things can get a lot more complicated. In these types of schools, even if you try to avoid the drama, you get pulled in anyway simply because you do know everyone. It’s something that just happens.

There’s not a whole lot you cab do about the drama in school, but the drama issue is more than an opinion than a fact. Debate it if you’d like, but there’s no real right answer to me.

With Love,

Dale<3<3<3

NBA

The Boston Celtics have started the season 14-2, and are leading the Atlantic Conference. Many people predicted this, after the Celtics got stars Kevin Garnet, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce. The East used to not be considered a threat, compared to the West, but now people are beginning to compare the two.

Here are the conference leaders:

Atlantic-Boston 14-2

Central-Detroit 11-5

Southeast-Orlando 15-4

Northwest-Utah 12-5

Pacific-Phoenix 13-4

Southwest-San Antonio 15-3

I’ve said it before, I’m jealous of Boston. They’ve got the best spots teams imaginable. This year they’ve have the surprising Boston College, World Series winning Red-Sox, the amazing Patriots, and now the Boston Celtics.

Jason Kid and LeBron James are both fighting to get what is known as a triple-double. A triple-double is when a player accumulates double-digit totals in three of these categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked-shots. The easiest way to accumulate these points is by points, rebound, and assists. Steals and blocked-shots in triple-doubles do not usually happen unless you are a great defensive player. LeBron missed his third game on Wednesday against the Nets, due to a sprained index finger. Lebron

In other NBA news, Allen Iverson is being compared with Michael Vick, having much of the same type of background. Iverson is supposedly setting a good example for Vick, by getting out of trouble and his life back together.

Of course, there’s still Kobe, who says he wants out of L.A. I believe the Lakers have to trade Kobe, because he isn’t giving his all for a team he doesn’t want to be with. Randy Moss is a good example of this, like how he would jog down the field, even though he has amazing speed. Moss kept this up till he was traded to the Patriots, and now has become part of the deadliest combo in the NFL, with Tom Brady. I believe Kobe won’t play to his full capabilities until he’s traded, so if I were the Lakers, I would invest in a player that wants to be in the franchise.

Heres my opinion on some of the top rookies this year.

Kevin Durant (second pick): Durant is playing some good defense with the Sonics, when he wants to. He has his moments on offense as well, and is a big help to the team. The Sonics are a very young team with a lot of potential, but Durant needs to be able to take a leadership roll in the future, when he becomes accustom to the NBA.

Al Horford (third pick): Al Horford is doing very well for his rookie season. Horford is quick up and down the court, and is an amazing rebounder. Horford was a solid pick for the Hawks, and does his job every game.

Joakim Noah (tenth pick): Noah is a great player that lead the Gators to two national championships in row, which has to stand for something. Noah is proving himself, with 14 rebounds in 32 minutes, over two games last week. You really have to watch him to get an idea of how good he really is.

Sincerely,

sparky101

Called 2 B Saints Podcast Episode 05

Called 2 B Saint Podcast Episode 05

Show Notes:

  • The Road to the Presidency 2008 – What are candidates doing to battle climate change?
  • Words of God – The Catholic Church in Advent
  • Weekly Discussion – Tips for the Christmas Holidays
  • Special – A special guest talks about obesity in the US.
  • Your latest in entertainment news

Are You Really My Friend?

Last week we dealt with jealousy, and how to handle it. This week we’re going to discuss something a little bit more emotionally complicated.

How do you deal with people who pretend to be your friend? This is something very challenging, and we’re going to give you some tips on how to handle it with the best outcome.

Chip Says:

Finding true and loyal friends can be really hard. How can you know if someone is really your friend? And even if they are how do you know if they are “true”, good, and loyal friends? Well, you can never be a 100% sure if someone isn’t pretending to be your friend but there are some things you can do.

Don’t pick you friends based on popularity. Instead, choose friends that you get along with and have fun with. Once you have found those good friends you will be happy. Once you are happy with your life you won’t want to be in with the “popular people” because you won’t feel like you need them to become happy.

However, if you still feel like you want to be popular what do you do? If you have fun with your friends you probably won’t feel the need to be “popular”, but, if you do it can be hard to do without loosing you friends. My advice is not to leave your friends to become popular because you could end up loosing them forever and be alone if you don’t make new ones. Making good friends can be hard but all you can do is find friends who make you happy. Once you do that everything will fall into place.

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Chip

Dale Says:
This is a really hard situation to deal with. Everyone deals with this kind of stress in different ways. I think at some time everyone has doubts about their friendships, but trust and truthfulness are major link to solve the problem. If you gain friends for a superficial reason, chances are that they only want to be your friend to gain something from you. This kind of thing happens a lot especially in a high school or upper middle school setting. A lot of people find that popularity is the most important thing you can gain at school, and that’s how some kids get hurt; they gain artificial friends. This kind of problem can also occur when you have a friend or family member who is very popular, and other people want t0o get close to that person. If you’re close to that person, you could get hurt because people will most likely use you to get to that person.

There isn’t much you can do about people who pretend to be your friend, but you can watch out for yourself in situations where this problem could arise. Even though you would want to keep yourself from getting hurt, you don’t have to be really extreme about it. All that you need to do is learn to read a person’s personality fairly well and you can pretty much avoid getting hurt.

With Love,

Dale <3<3<3<3<3

How To Create a Hyperlink

Here is something that became extremely useful in writing my blogs. It’s called a hyperlink. A hyperlink makes it so that if you click on a word, it will take you to a different page. For example, if you click here, you will go to SQPN’s home page. Now, here’s how to do it.

1.) First, you need to have a page that you want to send them to in mind. For example, me sending you to SQPN.

2.)Next, you should open up the page in a different window and copy the web address.

3.) Then, if you are using Microsoft Word, highlight the word you want them to click on to send them to your page.

4.) After highlighting the word, click the sign on the tool bar that looks like a sideways 8, and a window will pop up.

5.) Erase the “http://” and then paste the web address onto the line that says Link URL and press insert.

Now whenever you or your reader click on that word it will take them to your site. As I said, this becomes very useful later on when you are doing a presentation or something like that, and it becomes a pain to tell them where to go at home, or typing in the web address. This makes it a ton easier, believe me.

College Football

Previously number one ranked LSU lost this week, helping prove this to be the most upsetting seasons ever in college football. Here are the new Associated Press polls for the week:

1. Missouri

2. West Virginia

3. Ohio State

4. Georgia

5. LSU

6. Virginia Tech

7. Kansas

8. Southern California

9. Oklahoma

10. Florida

Many old rivals played this week in college football. I, as a WSU fan, am happy to say that they defeated the University of Washington Huskies in the Apple Cup. Kansas could have gone undefeated, and would probably be in first place in the polls, but were beat by Missouri. Missouri is now ranked number one, but if they follow the same path as the other number ones, they will soon be defeated. I do not agree or like the way the polls are made however, and should not play a big part in how you judge teams. I believe they are all just a big popularity contest, and do not accurately convey teams’ skills. The same goes for the Heisman Trophy, and even the BCS Championship for that matter. The championship in my opinion is a joke, and I can never fully enjoy college football until they have playoffs. Teams like Hawaii that go undefeated don’t have a chance to play in the championship, just because they’re in conferences like the WAC. Hawaii has just as good chance to win the championship as any other team, just like undefeated Boise State last year, but won’t get a chance because there are no playoffs. At least Hawaii will probably get a BCS bowl game. Hawaii plays the UW this weekend, and if they win, go officially undeafted for the season.

I and all my classmates would like to offer our prayers to Sean Taylor’s family. Taylor, star of the Redskins, died Tuesday November 27, 2007, at 24 years old. He was shot in the leg Monday by an intruder, and lost a significant amount of blood. He was airlifted to a hospital, but died from blood loss. Please take a moment of silence to remember him and offer your prayers.

sincerely,

sparky101

Jealousy

Last time we wrote an article, we discussed what to do in a situation where your friend has told you a secret that could be dangerous to them. This week, we’re going to deal with the dreaded green-eyed monster; jealousy.

Chip Says:
Some times when there is something that we want we do get jealous and later we will feel bad for being jealous. Everyone has felt jealous at least once in their lives but is it OK to be jealous?
Technically jealousy is often considered to be a sin because it is similar to envy, one of the seven deadly sins, but how can you avoid it and what do you do if you can’t? Well, you should always try to avoid jealousy by fulfilling the things that will make you happy. If you do that then you will be happy and probably won’t have anything to be jealous about. Fulfilling the things that you want doesn’t necessarily mean getting material things or doing things just for yourself. Often times if you help others or do things for others you will end up feeling better about yourself and usually when that happens you won’t be jealous of others because you will be fulfilled and have the things that you want.
If you fulfill your dreams and desires and you still get jealous over what can you do? You need to repent. Go to confession and talk to your priest and then repent your sin. After you have done that just go out and remember to make yourself happy by doing what you need, want, and by helping others. If you do that you want need to be jealous others again.

Dale Says: Jealousy is a big issue among us, especially at our age. Jealousy occurs in friendships, relationships, and even among your peers whether you know them or not. It can destroy even the best and strongest of friendships and relationships. I know that everyone is affected by jealousy and sometimes a jealous person can become really ugly, as far as their personality goes. I have had to deal with jealousy too.

In my opinion, jealousy can rule your every action if you don’t know how to handle it right. If you let things get out of hand, you might end of losing a good friendship or destroying a loving relationship. Jealousy can turn into anger and when you act in anger, you do rash things that you will most likely regret later. Even though jealousy is an intense emotion, you have to struggle to keep it under control.

You can’t control whether or not you get jealous, but you can control how you react to it. Don’t let your actions get out of hand and you can prevent a lot of unnecessary hurt to your friends, family and others you have relationships with.

With Love,
Dale <3<3<3

Thanksgiving: Video Podcast 02

It’s a little late because of technical difficulties, but here it is: