Monday, November 7, 2011

Game of the Century? No, not even game of the year.


The Alabama vs LSU game this past weekend was hyped up as one of the biggest games in college football history. A meeting between the number 1 and 2 teams in the country deserves such attention, and I'll admit that I was excited about it. Then the game started and I realized it was gonna be all about defense. I love college football, but nobody wants to watch the two best defenses dominate two very weak offenses. LSU only proved one thing to me in their 9-6 victory: they have a better kicker.

Neither LSU nor Alabama has a good quarterback. Alabama has the best running back in the country, but one man can only do so much against such a physical defense. LSU has better receivers, but without a quarterback that doesn't get you much. The defenses are about the same and are so much better than any others in the country. Jarrett Lee is the better game manager and does enough to not lose, but he threw an interception every other pass it seemed. Jordan Jefferson is more athletic and more explosive, but with that high reward also comes high risk. AJ McCarron is young and was just over matched, it didn't help not having a big time wide receiver to bail him out. I wouldn't want any of the three quarterbacks running my favorite team, but they are 9-0 and 8-1 so they're doing something right.

The best game of the day was probably Oklahoma St. and Kansas St. If you wanted the opposite of what you were seeing with LSU and 'Bama, then this was the game to watch. OK St. won 52-45 and the teams total offense combined more than doubled LSU and Alabama's. Kansas St. continues to shock me with their offense. Their quarterback can't throw the ball, but somehow they get by and are 7-2. Oklahoma St. is nearly unstoppable on offense but is unable to stop anybody on defense. An OKST vs LSU matchup would bring together the two most opposite teams. That could be the National Championship game with Oklahoma St moving up to number 2 in the BCS behind LSU, while Alabama fell to number 3.

Notre Dame v Michigan, Wisconsin v Michigan St, Stanford v USC were all better games than LSU v Bama. I understand they didn't mean as much to the landscape of football, with the rankings and all, but from start to finish the games can't even be compared.

Case Keenum is now the all time passing leader in college football history with 17,202 yds. Congratulations.

Penn St's former defensive coordinator is banging little kids, sick fuck. Read the grand jury report, its fucking disgusting. Dude needs to be locked up for life.

Notre Dame is wearing these against Maryland. They're, uh, different.

Roll Tide is overused. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I Swear this Summer will be Summer CAMP, Bitch

By Chad Selliers

                Childish Gambino is the best thing you’ve never listened to.

                And by the best thing, I mean, THE BEST THING. Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, is my favorite rapper, and chances are that 99% of the people reading this have never even heard of him. I realize this is a sports blog, but stick with me, you won’t regret it.

                In what has to be raps best kept secret lives an actor, a writer, a stand-up comedian and pretty much every other fucking thing you could ever dream of. He’s a sextape away from being a pornstar. He’s a football away from being an athlete. Do I sound crazy? Perhaps. But give Donald Glover something to do and he’ll most likely succeed at the task at hand.

                After releasing 3 studio albums and 2 mixtapes for free, Childish Gambino has signed with a label, and put out a commercial album, nearly a year in the making. CAMP is its title, and blowing my mind was its mission; and may I say, mission accomplished.

                After waiting months after the first whispers of the album, NPR Radio has leaked it tonight. I gave up writing my mid-term paper in order to listen to it, probably giving me an automatic F in my Middle-Eastern History class, but the 56 minutes and change of CAMP has literally redefined music for me, therefore, every second of those 56 minutes was the very definition of worth it.

                Maybe a middle-class suburban white boy from Southern Illinois isn’t the best critic of rap, but lyrically, Childish Gambino is untouched. After studying at NYU, he became a writer for 30-Rock, then, a stand-up comedian. His gifts in these two forms of entertainment combined with his incredibly unique rapping and singing voice gives him the venue to become a brilliant lyrical wordsmith, someone who seemingly plays around with lines like God with a pen and paper.

                Not swayed yet? Fucking go to NPR right this fucking instant. Download it when it comes out. Go to YouTube. I don’t gives a shit. Just listen to it, and if you have ear drums, an open mind and a decent taste in good musical talent, you will not be disappointed.

                This year I’ve listened to Watch the Throne, Finally Famous, Ambition, and pretty much every good rapper if they’ve put out a new album. (Notice I didn’t mention Lil’ Wayne, because he sucks, and Wiz Khalifa, because he sold out.)

                None of those hold a candle in a mid 1800’s Amish household to CAMP. And that's no overstatement.

                Let’s cover the bases. Lyrically? Phenomenal. The beats? Phenomenal. The production value? Phenomenal. This may be, scratch that, is the best album I’ve ever been fortunate enough to let sodomize my eardrums (in a good way). If it isn’t the rap album of the year, society is fucked. I suggest that you, your friends, your grandparents, your sister in-law, everyone you fucking know, listens to this with an open mind and open ears, because if you do that, there will be no way to possibly be disappointed.

                With lines so clever, so witty and so meaningful, and with an album so perfect, so overwhelming and so brilliant, there is absolutely no reason Childish Gambino shouldn’t blow up within the next year. His lyrics relate to everyone, every situation and it’s something you don’t and won’t ever get with any other rapper. Childish Gambino is the most unique rapper in the ‘game’, and I promise you that you will be thanking me once you hear CAMP.