Ahhh, it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year! Yes, it’s the traditional beginning of Advent/the Christmas season this week, but the main reason why I love this week so much is that it is the week of the 2013 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) boys high school football State Championships. I still love the purity of the game at the high school level, and in Ohio, it is as serious business as it is in the Deep South. Plus, all of the games this year will be just a stone’s throw away from where I live- at Fawcett Stadium in Canton and Paul Brown Tiger Stadium (PBTS) in Massillon (the “true” Paul Brown Stadium, sorry Bengals fans)!
This year’s championships are also special because: 1. all of the public and parochial/private high school football schools still play in the same divisions and are not kept separate (which could change in the following years- something I vehemently disagree with, but that’s another blog post), 2. this is the first year of the new seven-division format (which I am O.K. with), and 3. sadly, this is the last year for at least the next 2 years that the games will be held in Stark County; they will be moved to Columbus and The Ohio State University’s “The Horseshoe” next year (something which I also hotly contest, but again, another blog post).
Here, I will post brief summaries of my predictions for each championship game, listed from the first game to be played to the last, including rough score predictions. Take them for what they are- they’re just my opinion, after all (Helmet images courtesy of http://www.ohiohelmetproject.com/ except for the Wayne Trace helmet, which is courtesy of http://www.mghelmets.com/, and also special thanks to several websites, in particular http://www.maxpreps.com/, http://www.scoutingohio.com/, and the great http://joeeitel.com/ for some research). All games will be televised live (and also replayed) across the state of Ohio on FOX SportsTime Ohio (STO).
Division III (Thursday, 7 PM at Massillon PBTS):
Akron Saint Vincent-Saint Mary (STVM or SVSM) Fighting Irish (14-0) vs. Trotwood-Madison Rams (11-2):
Trotwood, by the way, is a suburb of Dayton. This is a game filled with Division I college prospects. Chief among them are Ohio St. commits Parris Campbell Jr. (also a strong Mr. Football candidate) and Dante Booker, Jr., and Akron Zips recruit Newman Williams for St. V’s, and Ashton Jackson for Trotwood (I call him “Action”). Booker and Williams are hard-hitting linebackers for St. V’s. Both Campbell and Jackson are wrecking balls of running backs. Other “players to watch” for STVM include the defensive linemen brothers Adkins, Aaron and Anthony, and QB Aaron Bushner. Trotwood also features strong players in super sophomore QB Messiah DeWeaver and defensive back/turnover-producer Kei Beckham. All things considered, this should be a good game. Ultimately, Trotwood is really on a roll, made abundantly clear by their complete dismantling of Clyde last week (they actually have 12 wins- they had to forfeit their Week 1 victory over Springfield due to using an ineligible player). So, I’m leaning towards Coach Maurice Douglass’s team to deny a second straight title for LeBron’s old stomping grounds (Side note: I hope STVM breaks out their sleek new Nike Pro alternate uniforms, for which “King James” paid the bill. Here’s a look at them for those who haven’t seen them yet):
Prediction: Trotwood 41, STVM 28.
Division VI (Friday, 11 AM at Canton Fawcett):
Kirtland Hornets (14-0) vs. Haviland Wayne Trace Raiders (13-1):
Kirtland is a small town in the “Snow Belt”, northeast of Cleveland, and very close to Mentor and Willoughby. Haviland is in Northwest Ohio, very close to Toledo, Defiance, and the Ohio-Indiana border. Kirtland is the team that knocked (or, more accurately, obliterated) my alma mater, Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas, in this year’s playoffs. They feature a frightening rushing attack, led by RBs Adam Hess and Sam Kukura, and run-first QB Sam Skiljan. To be honest, I don’t know much about Wayne Trace, but I do hear they have an explosive offense, led by QB Colby Speice, and also featuring split end and cornerback Korbin Showalter, and offensive lineman and defensive end Devin Wenzlick. This will help the Raiders stay in the game, but ultimately, I think Coach Phillip “Tiger” LaVerde’s team is just too darn fearsome.
Prediction: Kirtland 45, Wayne Trace 28.
Division IV (Friday, 3 PM at Massillon PBTS):
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Cardinals (10-4) vs. Clarksville Clinton-Massie Falcons (13-1):
Clarksville is a small town in Southwest Ohio, close to Wilmington and Dayton. This is a game that could go quickly, as both teams have a sort of Woody Hayes “5 yards and a cloud of dust” mentality. Chief among these ground-and-pounders are RBs Mark Handel and C.J. Amill, and QB John Saadey, for Mooney, and strong Mr. Football candidate RB Bayle Wolf for Massie. Bayle’s RB brother, Chayse, is also a hard runner. Clarksville’s QB is Hunter Fentress. Above all, I believe the Falcons will have the best player on the field in Bayle Wolf, but as always, Coach P.J. Fecko will have his Cardinals armed for battle (they always play a tough schedule- their 4 losses were to powerful Imhotep Charter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, STVM, and Division I teams Lakewood St. Edward and Austintown-Fitch). Thus, I feel that out of all the championship games, this one will be the one most likely to end up a defensive slugfest. Top defensive players for each team include fullback and linebacker Anthony Dermotta for Mooney and RB/LB Kelson Gauden for Massie. I feel that Mooney’s quest for a 9th. state title will be denied, and Clinton-Massie will win their second-straight state championship, propelled by a fourth quarter Bayle Wolf touchdown.
(Note: Cardinal Mooney’s helmet facemasks are maroon, not red.)
Prediction: Clinton-Massie 21, Cardinal Mooney 17.
Division II (Friday, 7 PM at Canton Fawcett):
Cleveland Glenville Academic Campus Tarblooders (13-1) vs. Loveland Tigers (14-0):
Loveland is a small city that is a suburb of Cincinnati (northeast of “The Queen City”). The Tigers seems to be a “team of destiny” of sorts- their last wins, over Cincinnati Mount Healthy and Zanesville, have both been nail-biters. (Especially the Zanesville game- a double-overtime thriller!) I do not know much about Loveland, but I did see them on TV (FOX Sports Ohio) when they played Cincinnati Glen Este in Week 4. Indeed, they are a big, physical “Band of Brothers”, led by RBs Gunner Gambill and “diaper dandy” Luke Waddell, and QB Drew Plitt. Waddell has filled the shoes of powerful RB Nate Slagel, who went out for the season due to a Week 8 knee injury, well. Glenville is a team just oozing with college Division I prospects. Highest among them are: WR Marshon Lattimore (who could go to pretty much any school he wants), Ohio State commit Marcelys Jones (a safety), safety Erick Smith, and QB Quan Robinson, Jr. However, “The ‘Ville” does have a propensity to have special teams adventures and is prone to stupid mistakes, which keeps many of their opponents in the game. Nevertheless, I believe the talent of Coach Ted Ginn, Sr’s young men will overwhelm the Tigers. Whoever wins will get their first state title! Plus, if the ‘Blooders win, it would be a special thing for Cleveland- many of those kids come from rough, poverty- and crime-stricken neighborhoods of the “Rust Belt” city.
(Note: Glenville and Lovelands’ helmet images are both outdated. Glenville’s helmet design is the same, but the colors of the white oval and the red Green Bay Packers’ “G” logo have been inverted. The left side of Loveland’s helmet looks like the provided image, but the right side now features the players’ numbers in orange, outlined in white.)
Prediction: Glenville 33, Loveland 21.
Division V (Saturday, 11 AM at Massillon PBTS):
Columbus Bishop Hartley Hawks (13-1) vs. Coldwater Cavaliers (12-2):
It’s hard to explain where Coldwater is, besides the “middle of nowhere”. It’s in western Ohio- not quite northwest, nor southwest. It is about due east of Columbus and (kind of) close to Sidney, Wapakoneta, and Lima. It is also very near to the Grand Lake St. Marys. Bishop Hartley is a running team, lead by RBs Sam MacKowiak and Quri Hickman, and WRs Jacob Mercier and Alonzo Saxton. Their QB, Jared Brandewie, only attempted 2 passes in the Hawks’ previous game versus Akron Manchester. MacKowiak is a skilled two-way player, as he is also a hard-hitter at linebacker. Coldwater is a member of the rugged Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC), easily the toughest small-school high school football league in Ohio (6 of the MAC’s 10 teams have won state championships, including Coldwater’s 3 previous titles). Coach Chip Otten is passing on the winning tradition of the late John Reed well. The Cavaliers have a big-time passing game with QB Brody Hoying. His top target is WR Adam Klosterman. They also have a hard-hitting defense, led by end Andrew Schweiterman, lineman Mitch Fullenkamp, and linebacker Drew Otten. My general rule of thumb is that any time one picks against a MAC team, it’s a pretty big gamble. These two teams played back in Week 2 of the regular season, with the Cavaliers winning, 41-16. Beating the same team twice in one year is always tough, and I think the score will be closer this time around, but ultimately I can’t go against the Cavs getting their second straight title.
Prediction: Coldwater 28, Bishop Hartley 14.
Division I (Saturday, 3 PM at Canton Fawcett):
Mentor Cardinals (13-1): vs. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller Fighting Crusaders (13-1):
This is the first State Championship game for the new OHSAA Division I “super-division”, which consists of the biggest-of-the-big schools in two regions (instead of the customary four). The top 16 teams made the playoffs in each region, instead of the customary 8.
I think this one will be a barn-burner. Whatever happens, one thing is certain: neither team will “give up”. Both of these teams are ranked in MaxPreps’s “Top 25”- Moeller 17th., Mentor 24th. The Crusaders are one of the most successful high school football programs in Ohio. They already own eight state titles, and have made the playoffs 32 out of the 42 years of the OHSAA’s playoff championship format existence (second only to Newark Catholic’s 33). Plus, they have already beaten some of Ohio’s (and the nation’s) premier high school football programs this year, including Covington (KY) Catholic, Louisville (KY) St. Xavier, Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral, Louisville (KY) Trinity, Hilliard Davidson, Cincinnati Colerain, and their Greater Catholic League (South Division) foes Cincinnati Elder and Cincinnati St. Xavier (both twice). Their top players include QB Gus Ragland, defensive ends Elijah Taylor and Chalmer Frueauf, and free safety and Ohio State commit Sam Hubbard. Mentor is scrappy and, in a way, a “Little Engine That Could” team. The Cards may not be the biggest team, but they are very athletic. With a swarming defense led in part by end Kent Berger, they dominated their Northeast Ohio Conference (NOC) competition. Then, in the playoffs, they slayed traditional powers Cleveland St. Ignatius (getting revenge for a Week 1 blowout loss to them) and Lakewood St. Edward (the only team to beat Moeller this year to date). The hookup between Mentor QB Conner Krizancic and WR Brandon Fritts is fun to watch. Krizancic was a WR last year for Mr. Football quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who is now a UNC Tar Heel. This year, it is Krizancic under center, and he is favored to join Trubisky and 2007 winner Bart Tanski (who went on to play at Bowling Green) as Mr. Football quarterbacks for Head Coach Steve Trivisonno. Krizancic is a Cincinnati Bearcat commit, while Fritts is going to UNC-Chapel Hill. Ultimately, I believe that Coach John Rodenberg’s Crusaders have too many athletes across the board for Mentor to handle, though, and Mentor’s “Cinderella glass slipper” will finally break.
Prediction: Archbishop Moeller 35, Mentor 31.
Division VII (Saturday, 7 PM at Massillon PBTS):
Glouster Trimble Tomcats (14-0) vs. Maria Stein Marion Local Flyers (14-0):
This is the first State Championship game for the newly-created OHSAA Division VII, which contains the smallest-of-the-small schools. Glouster is a village in Southeastern Ohio, close to Zanesville and very close (due north) of Athens, where Ohio University is located. Maria Stein, like Coldwater, is kind of stuck in no-man’s land in Western Ohio. The unincorporated community is close to Coldwater, and the school is also a member of the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC). Besides their high school football team, the deeply Catholic community is known as the center of “The Land of the Crossed-Tipped Churches”, with the beautiful St. John’s Church.
I kind of feel bad for these two teams, as this game will sort of be anti-climactic. First of all, the game will be played after the Division I game, which up until this year was the last of the state title tilts. Secondly, this game will be played at the same time as the Big Ten Championship Game between Michigan State and Ohio State (go Buckeyes!), so TV viewership and game attendance might be rather small.
This is the only match-up between two 14-0 teams in this year’s championship games. Frankly, I think my score prediction of this game may be too generous. Sorry, Tomcat fans. Y’all have a nice team with a particularly stingy defense, but I fear that Trimble has not seen a team even nearly as loaded as Marion Local. The toughest teams that Trimble have played this year are Mason Wahama (WV), Steubenville Catholic Central, Shadyside, and Berlin Center Western Reserve, from whom they all received tough tests. Marion Local, meanwhile, practically cruised through their rugged MAC schedule- a rare feat indeed. You remember Coldwater, a DV state finalist? Yeah, Marion Local beat them, 47-14. Yikes! Pretty much anything can happen in these state championship games, but frankly, this game could get ugly fast, and I see Coach Tim Goowin’s Flyers winning a 7th. school state football title (and a rare state champion “three-peat”).
Top players to look for: For Glouster Trimble: QB Konner Standley, fullback and LB Jacob Koons, and split-end and DB Austin Downs. For Maria Stein Marion Local: QB Adam Bertke and RB Jacy Goettemoeller (whom I feel will be the two best players on the field in this game overall), and offensive lineman Jason Brunswick, who is massive for a Division VII school.
Prediction: Marion Local 42, Trimble 14.
Congratulations to all of these high school football teams for getting this far! Mentor and Glenville have been to the state finals before, but are still seeking their first state championship titles in football. Loveland, Wayne Trace, and Trimble are all playing in their first football state title games in school history and, prior to this year, Wayne Trace had only been to the playoffs once before, and Loveland just three times (Trimble is making their 10th. playoff appearance; they have been perennial small-school contenders lately). So, things must be pretty exciting in Loveland, Haviland, and Glouster! Best of luck to all of the Ohio high school football teams in the OHSAA State Championship games this week (especially the Northeast Ohio teams :-)). Hopefully, the fans will show a generous amount of respect to the fans of their opposition, the players, and the officials, and the kids play as injury-free as possible.
Until next time,
A formless shadow of things to come
Sitting still, my mind remains on the run
Scared to be me, scared to be with someone
Locked in a room too small for one.
A rope I’ve pulled falls to the ground
I hear myself screaming; you’re not making a sound
A dam blocks the wellspring of emotion I feel
My minds blacks out, disconnects from the real.
Fumbling through the darkness, you hand I see
The journey to find you and to find me
You listened as I cried, but I had no reply
I bemoaned a wrong sense of the will to die.
No more shall I drop down that precarious seam
For it holds no true purpose to my true being
I’ll step up after stumbling to find my way
Uncover truths which reveal themselves each new day.
My sight had lost focus of what’s below and above
Ears had fallen deaf to the harmonies of your love
I feel sorry that I never have let you know
In my horizon, you’re a star that so brightly glows.
Escape from me, sorrow! Be put to an end!
I’m here for you now as your dutiful friend
I’ll try to put more smiles on your beautiful face
As I try to put my heart into its right place.
Shimmering sparks of things to embrace
With your comfort, my mind’s found a tranquil place
Gaining courage to find my role in the human race
I love you, and am grateful for your patience and grace.
I’ll be the first to admit it- I am a lover of very, very bad movies, particularly the slew of 1950’s-1960’s B-movie cheese featuring giant radioactive monsters, visitors from outer space, and/or square-jawed spaceguys with buzz-cuts and flat tops. A lot of this comes from my Dad. Back when he was a boy in the 1960’s, he regularly watched a local WJW (now a FOX station) TV-show called Shock Theater, which proudly played such features, along with the recrorded-live antics of the beatnik/mad scientist/pyromaniac character Ghoulardi, played by Ernie Anderson (who later went on to enjoy a successful Hollywood career doing voice-over work) . The show (which also often featured Tim Conway of The Carol Burnett Show fame) became a smash hit within the Cleveland area, and would last a total of 41 more years as two reincarnations (first as The Hoolihan and Big Chuck Show, then as The Big Chuck and Lil’ John Show).
…Anyway, with the dawn of YouTube, I began to revel at watching clips of various movies that were shown on Big Chuck and Lil’ John. Eventually, I found a few labeled with the acronym “MST3K”. ” ‘MST3K’….hmmm, I remember seeing that acronym in old TV guides for the Sci Fi Channel but never knew what it meant (at that time, I didn’t get SciFi- or, as I know pronounce it, “See Fee” due to the channel’s weird current name)”. Sure enough, my discovery of all things “Mystery Science Theater 3000” came forth, and I have been a “MSTie” ever since…
For what it’s worth, the first MST3K episode I ever saw was the 1962 horror “thriller” “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” (which was unintentionally fitting, seeing how it was Mike Nelson’s first episode as the host). Although by no means a good movie (and also kinda disgusting), I found it just weird and wacky enough to not rank among the worst I’ve ever seen. Within my upcoming blog posts, I will begin to count down those bottom-of-the-barrel celluloid dung heaps (all of which were featured on MST3K). Movies that are so bad, they will, as Crow from MST3K puts it, make you want to hurt them in a way they’ve hurt you. Movies where the development of a plot zooms out the window 10 minutes in. Movies with audio so awful that they make you grandfather’s dusty old Grammophone 45s sound like modern studio quality. Movies with characters as flat as a steamrolled pancake. Movies that make Ed Wood’s notorious and trash-tacular “Plan 9 from Outer Space” look Oscar-worthy. So, read the next post to uncover the shocking horror- if you dare! You’ll thrill! You’ll chill! You’ll (probably) hurl!
So, I’ll hopefully see ya on the flipside!
Hello all visitors and denizens of the WordPress world,
I have returned to the blogosphere after many, many months. Why? Well, first of all, I’ve been wanting to for a while but have been too busy/lazy to go with it. Sometimes, it feels good to write down your thoughts, ya know? Second of all, since my Twitter account now links to this site, I figured I’d try to make this blog a little more relevant and more frequently updated.
Anywho, some things have changed since I’ve last updated this blog, but a lot hasn’t. For one thing, I am now unofficially officially a graduate of Walsh University, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Adolescence to Young Adult Education with a concentration in Integrated Science (to put it more clearly: a 7th-12th grade science teaching degree). The ceremony was last month, and right now I am waiting for Walsh to officially confirm and send my diploma and the state to confirm my teaching license. Another thing that has changed since I last updated here is that my cousin graduated as well (with an Associate’s Degree from Stark State College), and currently has a job at University Hospital in Cleveland. He now lives within an apartment close to the hospital, in Cuyahoga Heights.
As stated within one of my previous posts, I did my pre-student and student-teaching at St. Michael School in Canton. To sum up my experience, it was GREAT. Getting the feel of teaching my own classroom definitely convinced me that I have made the right decision within my choice of career. Plus, (pardon me if I sound really sappy here) I was blessed with wonderful seventh- and eighth-grade students whom I grew to love. They were supportive, enthusiastic, well-behaved (most of the time, anyway :-P), and fun to be around. They definitely helped make it a joy to go to school every day (despite having to get up at 5:30-6:00 AM), and I was proud to see many of them show gradual improvement within their Science studies. I hope to keep in contact with them as they move on to high school and beyond, and they all will always have a special place within my heart. :-)
Anyway, right now, I’m currently sending my résumé out to local schools in order to collect a few substitute teaching positions, since permanent teaching positions are very hard to come by this time of year. So far, I have applied to Regina Coeli / St. Joseph School in Alliance and my alma mater, St. Louis School in Louisville. I also plan to apply to St. Mike’s, St. Barbara School and St. Mary School in Massillon, Louisville Middle School and High School, my high school alma mater (St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Louisville), Canton Central Catholic High School, and a few others. Also, I plan to attend local job fairs this spring and into the summer. My goal is to get a full-time teaching position for the next school year, hopefully somewhere locally, but I’ll move to another state if I have to.
So, anyway, that’s all for now. See ya!
So…since I mentioned in my last blog post that I am a rather private, shy person who sometimes has a hard time “opening up” to others, I have decided to take this opportunity to list 50 facts that give a little more insight into the enigma that is Mr. Steve Kress. I may post this on my Facebook page later on.
So…here goes…50+ (or so) random things about Steven Michael Kress (updated through 2015):
2. I love nature. One of the things I like to do to clear my mind is to take long walks in the park.
3. When I was little, I had a pet turtle named Tommy, a pet goldfish named Crystal Light, and pet snails named Sammy and Saddie.
4. I’m terribly nearsighted. Hence, I’ve worn glasses since the 4th. grade. I usually don’t bother wearing contact lenses.
5. For a long time, I hardly went anywhere without wearing my “lucky” watch- one that my late grandmother gave me about 10 years ago for my birthday. Sadly, it broke about two years ago, but I still keep it, along with a few other trinkets that my Grandma Kress gave me. I have since bought a new “lucky” watch that I hardly go anywhere without wearing.
6. I am a night hawk-often staying up until the wee hours of the morning or all night.
7. My favorite ice cream flavors are chocolate and blue moon…though I pretty much love any flavor! :-)
8. I’m a procrastinator- but I rarely-if ever-turn my work in late.
9. When I was little, I wanted to be (at one time or another): A plumber, carpenter, mailman, construction worker, bus/taxi driver, veterinarian, radio DJ, travel agent, center fielder and then later PA announcer for the Cleveland Indians, astronomer or astronaut, zoologist, biologist, and paleontologist.
10. I was in my high school marching and concert bands for all four years. I played the clarinet.
11. My favorite artists are Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Eugene Delacroix, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Caravaggio, Diego Velazquez, Freida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Marcel Duchamp, Rene Margritte, M. C. Escher, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Raymond Pettibon, Banksy, Daniel Johnston, and Chuck Close.
12. My favorite TV shows when I was little were Barney, Sesame Street, Shining Time Station (Thomas the Tank Engine), Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and then later the Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Arthur, Wishbone, All That, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Guts, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Beakman’s World, the Magic School Bus, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, and old Looney Toons shorts.
13. My favorite drinks are Mountain Dew, orange soda (who loooves orange soda?! :-)), and good old-fashioned milk.
14. I am 5’7″ and weigh 140 pounds.
15. I am rather flexible- I can stuff myself into a standard-sized cardboard box and can place both legs behind my head (not at the same time, though… :-P)
16. Although I am on the straight side of the Kinsey scale, I am a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality.
17. I was on several soccer and baseball teams when I was a kid. I mostly played as a soccer defender and corner outfielder. I also was in the Boy Scouts and on the Academic Challenge team in high school.
18. I have blue eyes.
19. My favorite colors are any shade of blue, red, teal, maroon, and Vegas gold. My least favorite colors are yellow, tan, gray, and dark green.
20. My favorite month of the year is June (my birthday is June 15th. :-)). I am definitely a warm weather person, although I do enjoy some snow during early to mid-winter.
21. I love ’80s and ’90s alternative rock, late ’60s psychedelic rock, ’60s/’70s glam/art rock, ’70s punk rock, today’s indie rock, ’80s synthpop, most modern electronic music (although not much of a fan of dubstep), singer/songwriter folk and country rock, Delta blues, rockabilly, Romantic and Modernist classical, “golden age” hip-hop, early to mid-’90s rap, ’70s funk and funk rock, “old-school” country, ’80s metal and progressive metal, and some lo-fi “outsider” music (I know, I’m a tad of a pretentious “hipster”…)
22. When I was younger, I collected stickers, coins, pogs, Hot Wheels cars, and baseball cards. I still collect baseball cards… :-)
23. I prefer brunettes over blondes. I usually fall for girls who are way out of my league…
24. My favorite bands are Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beatles. My favorite musical artist is John Frusciante.
25. My favorite subjects in school were/are science and history. My least favorite subjects were/are English and math.
26. I have terrible handwriting when I print- therefore I very often write things in cursive.
27. I very, very rarely get mad for a long period of time. I have never gotten into a fistfight in my entire life.
28. Despite the bipolar weather and economic problems, I genuinely love Ohio and plan to live in the Buckeye State if I can.
29. One particular quirk I have is frequently drawing the symbols of my favorite bands (RHCP, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, etc.) on the back of my notebooks.
30. I’m not a messy person-in fact I’m mildly OCD-but I’m a “piler”. If you go to my room you’ll find piles of crap everywhere.
31. I often start several mini-projects at the same time that are unrelated to school, but I rarely finish anythin- :-P
32. My favorite sport is definitely baseball. I also love American football, basketball, soccer, and hockey My favorite sports teams are the “big three” Cleveland teams (Indians/Browns/Cavaliers) and the Ohio State Buckeyes. I am also a strong supporter of Team USA women and men’s soccer. I also very much enjoy the Olympic games.
33. I attended a Catholic school from kindergarten all the way up to college, graduating from St. Louis School (K-8), St. Thomas Aquinas High School of Louisville, Ohio, and Walsh University for my Bachelor’s degree.
34. I love naps!
35. When my hair first came in as a baby, I was a redhead. It quickly changed to blond and has gotten darker ever since.
36. I don’t smoke or drink.
37. I have an older sister who is married and currently teaches at St. Barbara’s School in Massillon. She is married and has a toddler child (my first niece). :-) I also have three cousins-one lives in Cleveland Heights and works at University Hospitals in the 216. He is also very artistic and occasionally teaches origami workshops. The other cousins are twins. One of them is a Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown seminarian at the Athenaeum of Ohio- Mt. St. Mary’s of the West in Cincinnati, and the other is an account for the Stark County Metropolitan Housing Authority. Both of the twins made it to Eagle Scouts, and the seminarian volunteers as a scoutmaster during the summers.
38. One bad habit that I have is biting my nails.
39. One guilty pleasure of mine is watching old, terrible science-fiction/horror B-movies late at night. Hence, my love for the TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000”.
40. I am primarily a visual learner. Therefore, I’m a bit scatterbrained, and it’s often hard for me to concentrate one one thing for a long time.
41. My favorite comic strips are “Peanuts”, “Garfield”, “Zits”, “Non Sequitur”, “The Far Side”, “Calvin and Hobbes”, “Doonesbury”, and “Mark Trail”.
42. My 5 “desert island” albums are: “Abbey Road” by the Beatles, “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd, “MTV Unplugged in New York” by Nirvana, and “To Record Only Water for Ten Days” by John Frusciante.
43. My favorite fast food restaurants are KFC, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, and McDonald’s (for their fries).
44. I have a bit of an interest in photography…especially for nature and sports. Unfortunately, my current piece of poop camera isn’t really good for high-res shots.
45. Although I’m usually quite serious at school/work, in my free time I’m a very relaxed, laid-back individual.
46. I would love to travel someday, especially to Western Europe, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Brazil, central Africa, and Australia/Oceania. So far, the only “foreign” country I’ve ever been to is Canada. I’ve also never been to the beach or the mountains…
47. In case you haven’t guessed already, in high school I was your typical geek….
48. I am generally not a partygoer. On the weekends, you’ll probably find me at a local sporting event, taking a walk, or (most likely) at home sleeping or watching TV.
49. I cannot roll my tongue.
50. My first car was a maroon 1997 Ford Escort that I named “Otis the Mirth Mobile”. Sadly, I crashed Otis and it’s in the Big Parking Garage in the Sky now…
51. I am Roman Catholic, although the term “more spiritual than religious” also applies. I have been a parishioner at Saint Louis Catholic Church in Louisville, Ohio, since my Baptism. I lector and am a Eucharistic minister there, and also have volunteered as a Bible School teacher since 2000.
52. Politically, I would describe myself as a centrist Liberal. I most often vote Democratic, but do not wish to label myself as a member of any political party. I also agree with many Green Party standpoints, as well as a few from Libertarianism, Socialism, and the Republicans.
53. I really, really, REALLY love Science! It is truly my passion, and I find almost all scientific studies fascinating. My favorite branches of Science are biology, geology/paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics. As a deep lover of Science, I therefore am a staunch supporter of modern evolutionary theory, and am very concerned about environmental conservation, finding alternative, renewable sources of energy, and expanding the world’s space programs (especially NASA/JPL and SpaceX).
54. I am of white/Caucasian ethnicity. My heritage is German and Irish-American. I also have a tad of French (Norman) and Scottish within me. I am about 7/8 German and 1/8 Irish. My Dad’s German side of the family’s surnames include “Kress” of course (derived from the German word “kraus”, which is roughly-translated as “curly-haired”), Schmader, Warner, and Kärcher. My mom’s mostly-German side of the family includes the surnames Brand (derived from Hildebrand), Shadle, Rieger, and Frient. The primary Norman surname within my family tree is Verna. My Celtic roots are the clans of Keating and Kenney. Additionally, I had a few distant relatives who were Zoarites (kind of a Catholic version of Amish life) or Hasidic Jews.
…so there’s a little more about me. Hope you enjoyed reading it!
Currently watching: “Cheers”
Well, well, well. I guess it’s been a while….
So…I know I said that I’d make a conscious effort to try and blog more often. Obviously, this turned out not to be the case. But I guess that’s just part of my personality; I’m prone to starting new projects and then abruptly stopping them. Plus, I’m a rather private person, and it’s hard for me to open up sometimes-even if it’s just on a blog that practically no one reads.
Anyway, I guess I’m blogging now because I’m putting off studying for a Genetics exam. I know…bad, bad, bad. Normally I don’t put off studying for too long, but for Genetics, I have pretty much no motivation. It is hands down the worst class that I have taken in four years at Walsh.
Anyway, in spite of Genetics, this semester is progressing just fine. Not great, not terrible- just O.K. My pre-student teaching is being completed at St. Michael School in Canton: a K-8 Catholic school that is-in the grand scheme of things-quite similar to the primary school that I went to. Anyway, that’s going pretty smoothly. The students are generally good kids, the teachers there seem friendly, and I’m starting to know my way around the campus.
And, well…that’s about it. As far as the sports world, things are pretty much in a lull right now. However, there is college basketball, wherein Ohio State is preparing for March Madness and trying to win the Big 10, and teams like Cleveland St. and Kent St. are also trying to make the Big Dance. As far as Walsh is concerned, they concluded the regular season 28-1, missing a perfect regular season because of a poor performance on the road at Roberts Wesleyan College. But, hopefully, the Cavs have got the losing all out of their collective system as they prepare for the NAIA tourney.
As for the “other” Cavs, well…it seems like they have an unlimited supply of losing in their systems. :-/ However, despite the D-league quality of play that the team regularly brings to the court, it’s cool that the people of Cleveland still spend their time and money and go out and show their support for the team- the Q has been sold out for a great majority of the Cavs’ games. We still love our Cavs, 26-game losing streak and all!
Furthermore, I can’t wait for the baseball season. Yes, I know that there’s not much hope for my Indians to finish higher than 4th. place in the Central Division this year, but hey, a guy can dream, can’t he? Also, despite our failure to procure a solid third baseman over the offseason and the unlikelihood of getting another veteran starting pitcher like Bonderman or Millwood, I do like the moves to re-acquire Kearns and sign Orlando Cabrera. Hopefully O-Cab can do a steady job at the 4-spot this year until Jason Kipnis is ready. I’m also looking forward to seeing what Carlos Santana can do in a full season with the big club, as well as what Lonnie Chisenhall can do for the Tribe once he gets some experience at AAA.
Anyway, that’s about all. I’ll hopefully post a new blog update within the next few days- but I’m not making any promises on that. Wish me luck on the Genetics exam- I’ll need it. Thanks for reading, all!
Peace, love, and understanding,