By the time I am 21 or 22 years old, I hope to have graduated from USF by that time. I plan to have a in place job ready for me by the time I graduate. Hopefully, it is in radio broadcasting. Through my experience with Bulls Radio, I plan to complete a couple of internships to gain access into the cutthroat industry of talk radio. It would be ideal to stay in the Tampa area and land a job with either 620 WDAE, 1010 Sports, or ESPN 1040. If not, I will look elsewhere throughout the nation to find an opening. I know I will probably be moving around a lot because people in the industry typically move from city to city until they land that perfect gig and become a mainstay in the area. Either way, that is what I want to do even though there is not tons of money to make unless you are nationally syndicated or get monster ratings. All I know is that I am going to work as hard as I can and will refine my craft so I can land my dream job.
As for the future in four years, I do not see too many drastic changes in technology. I do believe elementary schools, high schools, and technology will be more tech-savvy. I could see newspapers being obsolete, which would be sad to see. Reading a newspaper and printing off an article are not the same too me. I also see a new President being in office. Nothing against President Obama, but his appeal and interest by the American people has kind of died down. He can only do so much. I think whoever becomes the President is cursed because of all the problems America will go through. I see China surpassing the U.S. in the near future and some other countries coming close. Overall, it will be tough to get ahead with our country’s debt and education system the way it is.
Well, it is official. Manny Ramirez is calling it quits after playing in five games for the Tampa Bay Rays. Five games! For those of you unfamiliar with baseball, there are 162 games in a regular season. Let’s face it, this marriage between the Rays and Ramirez was bound to reach a boiling point sometime this season, just not so soon. Tensions rose when Manny was a member of the Red Sox and the Dodgers. He had a short stint with the White Sox last season and was rather unimpressive. But who could have guessed a divorce would happen this soon?
Ramirez was signed by the Rays as a free agent in late January for $2 million after making $20 million the previous season. It was obvious at the age of 38 his skills were diminishing. His bat speed was decreasing, his body fat was increasing, and he forgot how to hit a breaking ball. With all this in mind, Rays GM Andrew Friedman went ahead with the package deal that also brought fan-favorite Johnny Damon to Tampa for a cool $5.25 million with incentives. Back to Manny.
Manny is an enigmatic character and used to be one of the best right-handed hitters of his generation. For all his silly and head-scratching antics, he still had a career worthy of the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, in 2009 he violated the league’s drug policy for taking a substance that restarts the body’s natural testosterone cycle. By the way, this substance is called hCG, which is used by many steroid users who want to get their body back to normal, so to speak. He served that 50-game suspension while he was still a member of the Dodgers.
Fast-forward to the present day. He has retired because he was informed by the MLB that he tested positive for a banned substance a few weeks ago in Spring Training. This would have brought him a heavy price tag of a 100 game suspension. This is a huge blow for the Rays and the legacy of Manny Ramirez. As for the Rays, they couldn’t hit a ball if it was set up on a tee right now. Not to mention that their franchise player and best hitter Evan Longoria is injured for the next three weeks or so. My guess is their 0-6 start is not an aberration, but a realization that this is a rebuilding year for the makeshift Rays. Playing in the toughest division in baseball, the AL East, does not help their cause either. Right now, the over/under for wins is probably around 80 and that’s being optimistic.
As for Manny Ramirez, I don’t see him getting inducted to the Hall of Fame anytime soon. Sure, he has the Home Runs, Hits, and RBIs in the bag. He also has the syringes and banned substances in that same bag too. Just ask Barry Bonds or Jose Canseco about that bag. Anyway, it was too good to be true if you really think about it. Ramirez was in good spirits when he arrived in Port Charlotte for Rays’ Spring Training. He was fit, in good spirits, and somewhat revitalized. He showed up early, worked hard, and put on his poker face. But it was all for nothing. Once the regular season began, all that was thrown out the window. He struggled mightily at the plate and did not look very jovial. Then, he got booed at Tropicana Field after a bad night. Stay classy Tampa Bay! After that night is when it went all downhill for both sides. Don’t expect either side to climb back up it anytime soon.
If you have a Mac computer, this may be helpful unless you already know about it. It deals with conserving your computer’s battery life when it is not plugged. Other than turning down your computer’s brightness or energy preferences, you can also turn off blue tooth at the top right-hand corner of your computer. When your computer’s blue tooth search is turned on, it saps the battery life of your Mac. By turning it off, you will notice that you will have another hour or two of battery life without your charger on the go.
Spring Break- Unfortunately, my Spring Break did not really go as planned. I spent more time at the Urgent Care Center, doctor’s offices than anything else as right before break I was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and chronic bronchitis. Not fun. So although I did not get to soak in the nice weather or catch up with old friends, it was relieving to know that I did not have class or any obligations of any sort during that time. In other words, it is probably better to become ill during the break than during the middle of the semester. Anyway, Spring Break is important because it gives students a much-needed rest from the rigors of tests, homework, and classes. It allows students to decompress and not go crazy thinking about what lies ahead with finals and grades. For students that live in the North, it gives them the opportunity to get their spirits up by going from the lasting effect of the winter months to sunny weather in Florida.
Spring Break was originally set up by colleges around the time of Easter, but that is no longer the case. It originated when a swim coach at Colgate University took his team to Fort Lauderdale in 1936 to train at the first Olympic-sized pool in Florida. Word quickly spread not just among college swimmers, but to all college students to head to Florida during break. Since then, kids have been flocking to all parts of Florida during this time of year not to swim, but to have a good time through socializing, partying, and relaxing.
This was a very interesting article about the future of universities and how more courses will be taken online. I think this has both a positive and a negative. It is a positive because it allows colleges and universities to utilize technology in the 21st century and be more convenient for students to take. It has also been mentioned that online courses would make the college experience cost less and would prevent students from accumulating massive debts after they graduate.
However, if universities allow too many online courses, there is no college experience and no point for college campuses. This may be fine to graduate students, but undergraduate students need the on-campus living experience to mature and grow up on their own. I also feel that without residential campuses, their is too much isolation from other people, which has been a growing problem since Facebook and text messaging became popular.
I didn’t have any photos of myself on hand, but thought this represented me best as this is where I am usually spending a lot of my time outside of class: at BullsRadio. Here is where I produce athletic events and produce other radio shows as well as my own. I hope to land a career in it someday and have fun doing it.