The Heart Upon My Sleeve

I know that what I’m about to say will make no sense. I have a crush on a woman who is 10 years older than me. Crazy, I know. It just happens. I can’t help myself. I try not to think about it but I am a hopeless romantic who has to shed his emotions on others, but now I’m turning to writing on a blog to get it out of me. I’ve been in a healthy and positive Bible Study the past  3 to 4 months and I’ve gotten to know her in that time. Do I know everything about her? No. Do you need to know everything about a girl to like her? No. I figured out what I do know about her though.

The Group along with others from the church went to a retreat this past weekend to learn more about God, ourselves, each other and just get away from all of life’s problems. After a prayer session, I saw her crying a little and I just felt so crushed. I wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything is going to be okay but I don’t know what’s going on in her life, so I could have no idea what I am talking about. The only thing I did do was to give her a Swiss roll that I had to cheer her up but she said, “no, but thanks for the offer”. What I really wanted to say was, “do you know how super cool you are? You’re one of the nicest people I have ever met. You’re inherently a genuine and good person. you care so much about others. Your love for the Lord is evident and abundant. Why are you so sad? If guys don’t see what I see in you then guys in today’s world must all be complete idiots. You deserve to have someone that is all for you. You deserve such a good guy. I just want you to know that I think the world of you and I can’t be the only one.” I wanted to wipe away her tears and  I don’t want her to feel like that ever again because she deserves to be cared for. She’s stunning and amazing. She makes me laugh and smile because that’s just who she is. I get that all we need is the Lord. We do. I need him desperately and He knows that. But we were meant to be with others. I want to be with her. Time will tell. The Lord’s will and plan will become clear. It probably won’t happen but if He gives me the opportunity I will reveal the heart upon my sleeve.

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Ranking the MCU (13-6)

13. Incredible Hulk

  • I don’t hate this movie but I don’t love it either. It has some cool action sequences but ultimately its story is plain and boring. As the Hulk/ Bruce Banner, Mark Ruffalo is much better than Ed Norton.

12.  Thor: The Dark World

  • I honestly can’t remember this movie. I haven’t watched it in a while. But when I did see it for the first time, I really liked it. As time went by, your views on certain movies change, and I have seen many better movies than Thor 2. Loki and Thor are still great but again the story and humor didn’t really work for me.

11. Iron Man 2

  • Why does everyone hate this movie so much? RDJ is still hilarious and Don Cheadle brings something to this movie that Terrence Howard didn’t. Sam Rockwell is funny. Some of the Tony Stark “alcoholic storyline” is in this movie, but it got dragged down by trying to build to the Avengers. Also the villain sucked. Sorry Mickey Rourke.

10. Iron Man 3

  • Now the Top 10 Movies, I have a real affinity for. I mean I like all of the MCU movies but these Top 10 are all really great. Iron Man 3 brought a new energy to Tony Stark. As a Marvel Movie maybe it didn’t work for people because it was more story based, dialogue based than action based. It was more of a Shane Black movie than Marvel Movie. I liked the switch up of Ben Kingsley not being the actual Mandarin but the more that I think about it, it really depresses me. Mandarin is a good villain, and I hope they somehow bring him back.

9.Captain America

  • I love Cap. I am TeamCap. I have grown in admiration for this movie. Look at the previous 2 Captain America movies that were made in the 70s and 90s I think. They were awful. Why? Because Cap up until 2011 he was kinda lame. But this movie has a decent villain, some great supporting characters and it really shows you the true nature of Cap and his passion and his heroism.

8. Thor

  • I think by far this is the greatest Intro of a character in any Marvel movie. The middle of the movie is where it kinda derails but again Loki and Thor steal the show. I just really wanted to be Thor after this movie. He’s a freaking beast. He’s a tank! Odin is cool and the frost giants were fine, but as I thought Iron Man 2 was really rushed, this movie was handled well and Kenneth Branagh adapted the comics into a fantastic fun movie.

7. Ant-Man

  • I wasn’t initially impressed the first time I came out of this movie. I felt as if the movie didn’t fit. Maybe it was because Edgar Wright left but overall it still was a good movie. I watched it again, and I had a really fun time with it. The first 45 minutes are a little boring and it drags on but the last hour might be the best last hour of any marvel movie. It’s super fun, funny, and the action is surprising. I enjoyed the interaction between Lang and Wilson. Michael Pena was funny and Michael Douglas showed that he’s still such a great actor. I appreciate the father/daughter relationship in this movie. It’s very well done.  And Paul Rudd is just crazy good. I can’t get enough of him. He killed it.

6. Iron Man

  • Thank you Iron Man. Thank you Jon Favreau. Thank you RDJ. Thank you Kevin Feige. These are the guys you want to thank. Oh! Thank you Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. They started this universe! And what a great origin story it was. Stark reflected RDJ’s story as a struggling young man who goes through something dramatic and really becomes a hero out of it. It’s just so BA. They made Iron Man so cool looking and it’s funny and the action is cool. It’s just one of those movies I can’t get tired of .

 

Zootopia Movie Review

MV5BOTMyMjEyNzIzMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzIyNjU0NzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Zootopia is an animated adventure buddy cop movie starring Jason Bateman as the fox and Ginnifer Goodwin as officer Hopps.   While watching the trailer for this movie, the one with all the sloths, I thought this would be the funniest part in the movie. I was dead wrong. Disney has done it again.

This movie is suitable and exciting for children while being entertaining and witty enough for adults. It’s perfect for a family. They couldn’t have chosen a better voice for Nick Wilde(Fox) than Jason Bateman. His voice fit perfectly for that part. Zootopia’s run time is 1:46 but it didn’t feel that long.  The movie went by fast and you couldn’t be bored by this movie. It was clever and everything you would hope from a Disney movie. Lines like “, are all bunnies bad drivers( are all girls bad drivers), and I sold him a skunk butt rug. This movie is literally laugh out loud funny. There was a godfather reference in this movie which is a little overused in movies today, but it still worked and it was one of the funniest parts in the film.

The movie wraps up with this idea. All animals are prey and predators right? But in this movie they live in harmony. Someone in Zootopia tried to prove this idea wrong, but in the end Officer Hops along with the viewers realize something that most of humans today can’t. It is that everybody is different. We should try to get along with each other no matter how different we are. No matter who we are or where we came from  we need to sit aside our prejudices and come together to make a better world.

Overall, the animation, story, and characters make this movie enjoyable from start to finish. They possibly set up a sequel too! Well done Disney. You made another great movie.

8.3/10

I dream, oh I dream

We all dream. We daydream, we dream in our sleep and we have our goals, aspirations, dreams. etc…

I have a dream where I’m not the guy who I am now. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve done stupid things that I never thought I would do. I dream of being a better person. A person who people can look up to. A person who is successful. I dream of a man who has it all together. I dream of a man that has a family and children. I have a dream that I’m going to marry my best friend.  I have a dream where my mom doesn’t have cancer anymore. I want to make these dreams a reality.

I have dreams of being a Gm for the eagles or sixers. I have a dream of quitting school and becoming a youtuber, reviewer, sports writer/blogger/beat writer. I have a dream of moving to California and chasing something. Can I make any one of these dreams a reality?

I had a dream a few months ago where this girl I never met named Christy from SC took my hands and then kissed me. I seemed so happy and so did she. She seemed so in love with me and she was so excited to see me. I woke up and those two facts stuck with me. Christy from SC. Christy from SC. So I searched on twitter and found a Christy from SC. Weird? Yes. Coincidence? Probably. Can I turn this dream into a reality? Maybe.

Envision where you want to go in life. Dream of what you want to be. And do it. Some things might be near impossible. Nothing is impossible. If this was a perfect world, I probably wouldn’t be in PA.I would be a writer/youtuber in CA or PA with a private jet so I could see my family whenver I wanted. It’s not a perfect world and we aren’t perfect people. So don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be scared of what makes you tick, what makes you passionate. Chase your dreams and face your fears. It’s easier said than done but to do what you want to do is my dream.

 

 

Why the MCU works

The MCU or the, “The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an American media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics”. If you need that simplified just think of the most recent Bond movies for a second. Think of the ones with Daniel Craig. Those 4 movies all happened to the same Bond shared in the same hypothetical, fictional(sorry) universe. However they are all about the same guy. They’re all basically the same genre. They’re all pretty much spy movies. The MCU is all of that and a bag of chips. It does so much more than what that  universe does and Marvel has done something that no one else achieved and, in my humble opinion, will never achieve. The MCU has diversity. The MCU has accomplished transmedia. The MCU has made billions of dollars. The MCU has us brainwashed into sitting after the credits roll just for a 15 second glance at the next major thing to happen in the universe. So what does that all mean?

Out of all that, you’re probably wondering what transmedia means. Don’t worry it’s pretty simple. It means the MCU has transcended into more than just the big screen. The universe has spread into out home television and more recently has crept its way into the most talked about and amazing media service ever invented….. Netflix. Netflix is on the rise. TV I would say is on the decline and movies stay the same. No other franchise has accomplished this feat. So how did they make this possible? One word money. How did they make their money?  It’s because their stories, genre, audience and characters are all so diverse.

Now from day 1 ( Iron Man 2008), the universe was not so diverse. Sure it had the black sidekick( James Rhodes) and the women in distress(pepper potts) but what that movie did was start the universe. It didn’t have to make a big wave in diversity. It just had to land as a successful and creative adaption one of the coolest Marvel comics heroes. It did just that. It made enough money for Marvel execs to be like ,” you know what, we have the nerds screaming for more. I wonder if they’ll like other heroes on the big screen. I wonder if we could combine them”. Okay maybe it didn’t go down like that but I simplified it for you. Robert Downey who plays Iron Man, is Iron Man. He was born to play that character and after this movie, any other of the movies he made were so sought after. He is a star in the business now. So I just wanted to give credit to him and Jon Favreau( Director of Iron Man) for starting this universe off right.

From Iron Man all the way to now, the race in movies and other media has become more diverse. We have african american Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L, Chadwick Boseman, Mike Colter, and all of them have prominent roles. It;s only a matter of time till there is more. As of now, there hasn’t been any notable big roles of Asian American or Chinese race but that is going to change with the upcoming Iron Fist series. The Gender is diverse. In the Avengers, you only had one girl on the team and we still don;t have a movie with one single femme fatale but it’s coming soon. Don’t you worry. But there is Jessica Jones on Netflix, a show which has done so well and have earned high praise. Agent Carter is a show on TV about an agent from Shield who kicks butt basically. She’s pretty good looking too. Anyway, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch,Gamora and some other side characters have increased the need for women in the MCU. Why? Because people love a gal who can kick butt and all of them are really freaking cool. Marvel started it with Black Widow being the cool girl surrounded by strong men, but they are slowly building towards it with Captain Marvel coming out in 2018. The diversity in sexuality is another thing that Marvel has introduced. They have only introduced it in Jessica Jones and Agents of Shield but if they are trying to portray our world in their fictional world, soon they will be introducing more to the universe.  Lastly the diversity in the audience. Deadpool which is not apart of the MCU is rated R. That means little kiddos without supervision can not go in the theater and watch the raunchy comic-book movie. However I did see some kids in their unfortunately. The marvel movies are all suitable for children while at the same time having enough witty dialogue and story and nostalgia for older viewers. IF you really want something more hardcore than you can watch the Netflix series Daredevil and Jessica Jones which both are rated MA. If you want language, violence, gore, drugs and sex, well you got them.

So from there you can see the diversity in the MCU. Do you want to know how much money it made?  Over 9 billion dollars from the 12 movies. 3 of the top 10 movies all time in terms of  gross was from a marvel movie. Capture

Pretty impressive I would say.

Lastly, the genre of these movies is what takes it over the edge. You have norse mythology, action, adventure, sci-fi, space adventure, political thriller, semi-historical and you always have comedy and romance in the movies. The dialogue in Marvel movies arent boring either. They always add flavor to the movie. They don;t rely on action alone to save the movie but it sure does help. My passion for Marvel is probably evident but I can’t help it. They wrapped me up with their genius and creativity and I will gladly give my money to them and their movies. 12 movies and counting, 2 Tv shows and counting, 2 netflix series and counting, is something no one will ever achieve in the same universe. I hope these movies last forever and the universe stays strong, because when your world sucks, you know this world will always have your heroes.

 

P.S…… Suck it DC!

2016 Mock Draft 2.0( 2 Rounds)

2016 NFL Mock Draft

Pick Team Needs Selection Position College
1 Titans OL,LB,S Laremy Tunsil OT OleMiss
2 Browns QB,DL,

WR

Carson Wentz QB NDSU
3 Chargers OL,S,WR Jalen Ramsey CB/S FSU
4 Cowboys CB,WR,DL Joey Bosa DE OSU
5 Jaguars OL,CB,S Ronnie Stanley OT ND
6 Ravens WR,LB,CB Myles Jack OLB UCLA
7 49ers QB,OL,WR Jared Goff QB Cal
8 Dolphins OL,CB,RB Ezekiel Elliot RB OSU
9 Bucs DE,CB,S Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
10 Giants LB,CB,DL    Vernon Hargreaves CB FLA
11 Bears OL,DE,LB Deforest Buckner DT/DE Oregon
12 Saints CB,LB,DL Mack Alexander CB Clemson
13 Eagles OL,S,WR Jack Conklin OT MSU
14 Raiders CB,S,OL William Jackson CB Houston
15 Rams QB,OL,WR Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
16 Lions OL,WR,CB Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
17 Falcons DE,LB,S Noah Spence DE EKU
18 Colts OL,LB,S Taylor Decker OT OSU
19 Bills OL,DL,LB Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
 

20

 

Jets

 

LB,OL,TE

 

Reggie Ragland

 

LB

 

Bama

21 Redskins OL,CB,DL Ashawn Robinson DT Bama
22 Texans QB,OL,RB Cody Whitehair OG KSU
23 Vikings OL,WR,S Corey Coleman WR Baylor
24 Bengals WR,LB,OL Darron Lee OLV OSU
25 Steelers CB,S,OL Eli Apple CB OSU
26 Seahawks OL,CB,DT Kendall Fuller CB VT
27 Packers LB,RB,OL Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
28 Chiefs WR,OL,LB Jaylon SMith LB ND
29 Cardinals S,LB,TE Leonard Floyd LB Georgia
30 Panthers OL,DE,WR Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oregon State
31 Broncos QB,OL,DT Andrew Billings DT Baylor

 

 

2nd Round

(Needs will be reduced to two based on first round selection of one of their original three needs)

Pick Team Needs Selection Position College
32 Browns DL,WR Will Fuller WR ND
33 Titans LB,S Josh Perry LB OSU
34 Cowboys CB,WR Michael Thomas WR OSU
35 Chargers OL,WR Jason Spriggs OT Indiana
 

36

 

Ravens

 

WR,CB

 

Josh

Doctson

 

WR

 

TCU

37 49ers OL,WR Vadal Alexander OG LSU
38 Jaguars CB,S Darian Thompson S Boise State
39 Bucs CB,S Vonn Bell S OSU
40 Giants LB,DL Jarran Reed DT Bama
41 Bears OL,LB  German Ifedl OL Texas A&M
42 Dolphins OL,CB Shon Coleman OT Auburn
43 Rams OL,WR  Josh Gartnett OG Stanford
44 Raiders S,OL Jeremy Cash S Duke
45 Rams OL,WR Tyler Boyd WR Pitt
46 Lions OL,CB Ryan Kelly OG Bama
47 Saints LB,DL Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss
48 Colts LB,S Kentrell Brothers LB MIZZ
49 Bills OL,LB LeRaven

Clark

T Texas Tech
50 Falcons LB,S  Jalen Mills S LSU
51  

Jets

 

OL,TE

Hunter Henry

 

 

TE

 

Arkansas

52 Texans QB,RB Kenneth Dixon RB LA Tech
53 Redskins OL,CB Su’a Cravens S/LB USC
54 Vikings OL,S Kenny Clark DT UCLA
55 Bengals WR,OL Braxton Miller WR/RB OSU
56 Seahawks OL,DT Vernon Butler DT LA Tech
57 Packers RB,OL Derrick Henry RB Bama
58 Steelers S,OL Nick Martin OG/C ND
59 Chiefs WR,OL Chris Westerman OG AZ State
60 Patriots OL,RB Shilique Calhoun DE MSU
61 Cardinals S,LB  Jonathan Bullard DE FLA
62 Panthers OL,WR Artie Burns CB Miami
63 Broncos QB,OL Connor Cook QB Mich State

2016 NFL Mock Draft

2016 NFL Mock Draft

Pick Team Needs Selection Position College
1 Titans OL,LB,S Laremy Tunsil OT OleMiss
2 Browns QB,DL,WR Carson Wentz QB NDSU
3 Chargers OL,S,WR Jalen Ramsey CB/S FSU
4 Cowboys CB,WR,DL Joey Bosa DE OSU
5 Jaguars OL,CB,S Ronnie Stanley OT ND
6 Ravens WR,LB,CB Myles Jack OLB UCLA
7 49ers QB,OL,WR Jared Goff QB Cal
8 Dolphins OL,CB,LB Vernon Hargreaves CB FLA
9 Bucs DE,CB,S Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
10 Giants LB,CB,DL Deforest Buckner DE/DT Oregon
11 Bears OL,DE,LB Jack Conklin OT MSU
12 Saints CB,LB,DL Mack Alexander CB Clemson
13 Eagles OL,S,WR Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
14 Raiders CB,S,OL William Jackson CB Houston
15 Rams QB,OL,WR Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
16 Lions OL,WR,CB Taylor Decker OT OSU
17 Falcons DE,LB,S Noah Spence DE EKU
18 Colts OL,LB,S Reggie Ragland ILB Bama
19 Bills OL,DL,LB Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
 

20

 

Jets

 

LB,OL,TE

 

Jaylon Smith

 

LB

 

ND

21 Redskins OL,CB,DL Ashawn Robinson DT Bama
22 Texans QB,OL,RB Ezekiel Elliot RB OSU
23 Vikings OL,WR,S Corey Coleman WR Baylor
24 Bengals WR,LB,OL Darron Lee OLV OSU
25 Steelers CB,S,OL Eli Apple CB OSU
26 Seahawks OL,CB,DT Kendall Fuller CB VT
27 Packers LB,RB,OL Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
28 Chiefs WR,OL,LB Cody Whitehair OG KSU
29 Cardinals S,LB,TE Hunter Henry TE Arkansas
30 Panthers OL,DE,WR Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oregon State
31 Broncos QB,OL,DT Andrew Billings DT Baylor