Late evening around a fireplace in the middle of
winter. My grandmother and I talking about old times, she recalls back to
when her old gray german shepard was a young pup. She starts her story
with "one day a big german shepard dog named Old Fashion used to chase
little children up and down the street. All the children of the
neighborhood avoided walking by its house. Then about when Old Fashion was
about 2 years old, the lady next door bought a rooster for her hens. Then
one day the rooster managed to get out of its cage and it saw the dog.
Instead of the dog chasing the rooster the rooster chased the dog. Old
Fashion ran squeaking, so that is why we renamed him "Squeakers".
past several weeks, I have been observing a small vacant piece of land
behind the bus stop near my house. This area has been for so long
unappreciated, and now I thought it needed some recognition for its
natural beauty that it gives to the atmosphere around it.
small piece of land lay under the night sky, it brings out a sense of
peacefulness to everything that surrounds nearby. This almost barren land
is covered with a soft layer of rocks and dirt, yet there is still a mild
vegetation of grass that grows. On both sides of this vacant area are pine
trees and just behind them is a fence that borders the whole area off.
Even in fog
this vacant area still has a beautiful look that gives it an American look
and feel, so free looking and different from traditional ways. This land
shows and expresses America's new look. "My right there is none to
dispute" by Henry David Thoreau best describes America's image.
One day there was a boy named. He was a small
frail child about 5 feet tall. Rob didn't have many friends do to the fact
that he was weird. He was really upset with this, and was worried about
his first day of High school. All day long Rob kept to himself, other kids
were pointing and laughing at him, bit it didn't bother him because he was
used to it.
During lunch Rob bumped into this guy named Derrick. "Sorry sir, I wasn't
watching were I was going, please take my money".
"Its alright kid hey whats your name"
"Rob? Thats a name for a big guy, I'll call you lil Rob."
Derrick invited Rob to come and eat lunch with him and his friends. Rob
was quickly accepted and this was the start of a beautiful relationship.
They liked Lil Rob so much that they adopted Lil Rob as there son. They
taught him how to give dap, dance, and even how to talk to girls. But like
all great things it started to fall apart. Rob started to hang out with a
different crowd, and even ate at a different lunch table. This hurt
Derrick's feelings. Lil Rob had turned his back on them. Lil Rob started
stealing and became addicted to it, he was eventually arrested and was put
in jail. Derrick was hurt and fell into depression, still to this day Lil
Rob is in prison.
Edgar Allan Poe was a
famous poet that lived from 1809 to 1849. Edgar Allen
Poe’s poem “The Raven” is a wonderful piece of literature that should be
every classroom. Poe is well known American poet, that some say is the
best. He has had
many timely classics, and in all he has managed to say with his own unique
Particulary in this poem “The Raven”he uses a creative word play with a
pattern that deals with a common, but complex situation.
In this poem Poe uses an appoarch that misleads the readers thinking
in what the
poem is all about. “Tis a visitor rapping and tapping at my chamber door.”
Then later in the poem he works his way slowly into the true subject of
the poem with
Eagerly I wished the morrow vainly I had sought to borrow,
From my books surcease of sorrow-sorrow for the lost Lenore
This is a clear example of how he uses that misleading approach to throw
the reader off.
Poe wants to mislead you into thinking that bad news is always carried by
messenger. Instead in this poem the bad news left for the individual to
figure out piece by
piece. Then he describes the pain he feels by saying he would need some
relieve his sorrow, and to keep the reader thinking at the end of each
Raven replies with “Nevermore”.
Then with the creative words and the right rhythmic pattern he
scene as him in the dark den all by himself, alone with his thoughts about
this girl named
Lenore. This seems all to common, but Poe manages to creatively renevent
new ways to
describe the situation. Therefore, because of his wonderful technique, I
feel the “The
Raven” is a timely classic to be studied for years.
Sport is defined as a physical activity with a
scoring system in which the purpose
is to win. However, I don’t define sport this way. I define sport as the
love for something
that you would play day in, and day out with intensity just because you
love it and you
want to play. Basketball perfectly fits this definition whether your
playing on a large or
small scale. Day after day, this game is played on run down playground
upper-class country club gymnasiums, but the one thing that keeps them in
the love and the intensity that they are played. The most skilled players
such as Michael
Jordan (Guard for the Wizards), Antoine Walker (Forward for the Celtics),
“The Answer” Iverson (Point Guard/Guard for the 76ers) can always be seen
with referees over bad call, and taunting the opposing teams after
hustling up and down
the court to get to the basket. This shows their intensity and displays
their true love for
the game. But the one guy whose passion for the game stands out from the
Michael Jordan. Los Angeles Laker superstar Magic Johnson has said
then there’s all the rest of us.”(Qt. In For The Love of The Game,
describing this love for the game, I must mention the undisputed best
player to ever play
the game, Michael Jordan. Even the great Michael Jordan himself has
described love for
the game as
“Larry, who has the same heart, the same kind of ability I do, and
yet he’s only
5-foot-8. This is a guy who will still play me one-on-one in a heartbeat.
Despite all I’ve
achieved in basketball, Larry believes he can win.” (Excerpt from For the
Love of The
Another well respected voice from the game would be the regular
announcer for the Celtics, Jim Durham, he also agrees that this shows a
passion for the
game. He is always quick to point out bad call by referees during a game,
and make calls
right along in the game.
If this type of love for a sport does not embody what we call
American then I
don’t know what does. Its creation shows a new beginning and change from
ways, the same way this country was founded when the Pilgrims first came
Its American roots can be seen through the different places and ways in
which the game
by all people from amateurs to professionals. This also shows that this
game is not afraid
of change, by which it is not and has undergo many changes since its
beginning in a
small gymnasium in Springfield, Massachusetts. The game of basketball has
through it all, from the introduction of the 3 point line to the addition
of the zone
Since its start many decades ago basketball has become even more
It has been done so through the amateurs who play the game. I am primarily
the “over the hill” guys who play on the basketball courts at the gym, the
kids that play o
the hoop on the telephone pole after dark, and the girls that play on the
hoop in front of
their house. They alone have taken this game and Americanized it. They
have taken the
game that is supposed to be played on a regulation hoop and court, and
have adopted it
into a different style of play and made it possible so that they could
play, all because of
there passion to want to play the game. The National Basketball
recognized this and had decided to base their 2000-2002 season’s motto on
it “I Still
Love This Game.”
Although this game is internationally known, its popularity is mainly
that of the United States. This shows that only Americans love the gam,
foreign countries are reluctant to accept this game as a pastime because
of its strong
American roots and its symbolism of America.