Lincoln: NFL

Tom Brady. Some people think of him as the greatest of all time, others call him a cheater. During last year’s playoffs, The Patriots were accused of letting air out of the footballs to make them easier to catch and hold on to. Over the past year, the NFL has conducted extensive investigations to determine if the accusations were true. Late last year, the NFL originally issued Tom Brady a four game suspension for violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game. Brady later appealed that sentence. After further investigation, the NFL reinstated the suspension earlier today. Tom Brady will sit out, without pay, the first four games of the 2016-17 season. The Patriots will open the season with 2014 second round pick Jimmy Garoppolo under center.

Johnny Manziel is under investigation once again. This time, a Texas grand jury indicted Manziel on an assault charge after his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, accused him of domestic violence.  Crowley alleged that Manziel accosted her many times at a hotel in Dallas, and later stuck her when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth. Crowley told Dallas police that Manziel repeatedly hit her and threatened to kill her on Jan. 30 during a night out. In a statement released Tuesday, Manziel’s attorney said that he will plead not guilty. “We certainly respect the decision of the grand jury but of course they only hear part of the case: What the D.A. chooses to share with them. We don’t know what that was. This case will now be assigned to a court in Dallas County where the parties are able to join the issue,” Jim Darnell, lead counsel for Manziel, said.

This year’s draft has two very strong quarterbacks in Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Everyone has a particular favorite, but whichever one is your favorite, they both have a great chance of being transformed into a franchise quarterback. With the LA Rams having the first overall pick, one of them will be gone, no question about it. The Rams are in dire need of a quarterback, and now is their chance to get one, and invest in him for the next couple seasons. Jared Goff says that he is a strong fit for the Rams. “I’m just very confident in myself. I turned around Cal football — had a lot of help doing it, but I had a big role in it,” Goff said. “I know it’s a completely different level and a lot of different stuff going on, but I’m just very confident in myself and my abilities.” In fact, the Cal product wants to stay in California and play for the Rams. “I was extremely excited,” Goff said when the Rams acquired the No. 1 from the Titans. “I was hoping that it would work out and become a Ram and make everything work.” No matter where Goff lands, he will be an instant success if he continues what he is doing.               Image result for jared goff nfl draft

Gutierrez: NBA

The NBA Playoffs have begun, and the fever for the championship is hot. There are so many good teams in the hunt right now. The Cavs, and the Spurs are the only 2 teams that have advanced to the second round so far. They both only needed 4 games to sweep their opponents to make it to the final 8. Last night the Trailblazers defeated the Clippers tying up the series 2-2. The first two games were in L.A., so that gave the Clippers an edge over Portland. Dame, and McCollum didn’t want to go down 3 games in the playoffs, especially with the home court advantage. After dropping 36 points in game 3, he brought back his team. It might be a little easier though, as Clipper Chris Paul got hurt in game 4 in Portland. It turns out that his injuries were more severe than everyone thought. Paul ended up breaking his right arm and will not be able to play in the rest of the playoffs. It’s up to back-up point guard, Austin Rivers to help out the Clippers.

The Warriors didn’t quite sweep the rockets, but they man-handled them. Golden State proved that they didn’t need their “star” Steph Curry to take on the weak defensed Houston. The Warriors won the battle with a score of 4-1, and Curry didn’t even play in the last 3 games. Klay Thompson has helped out a lot with all of the Warrior’s playoff success. Since Curry has been hurt, he has led the Warriors to a 3 game win streak so far.

Right now, the Hornets have been playing really well. They are tied with Miami, making a comeback after being down 2-0. The Hornets are being led by Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lin. Walker and Lin have both had multiple 20 point games. Hassan Whiteside and Dwayne Wade just don’t have what it takes to beat the Hornets at home. They have something to prove, and it looks like the Hornets actually might make it to the second round. The Heat have the advantage, though, as they play 2 home games as to the Hornets’ 1.

Thompson: Beyoncé Makes ‘Lemonade’ Out of Lemons

By Grant Thompson

Beyoncé’s 6th studio album, “Lemonade” (2016)

“Changed the game with that digital drop / Know where you was when that digital popped / I stopped the world,” Beyoncé raps the truth with fellow artist Nicki Minaj. Two years has passed since Queen Bey suddenly dropped her fifth studio album, Beyoncé. At that time, it was unheard of to release an album without anyone knowing about the release date. No pre-press, no pre-released single, no pre-hype; just the music in its entirety and realness. After her Super Bowl 50 performance, release of “Formation”, and announcement of a world tour, there was some speculation as to if/when there would be an album to follow.

HBO dedicated its Saturday night lineup to feature an hour-long special titled Lemonade. Fans were unaware of the special’s content. Some thought it would be a documentary. Others thought it could be a culmination of performances from a tour. Finally after fans have been waiting patiently, they were given a full album with twelve total tracks and an hour long short-film to accompany. Titled Lemonade, Beyoncé’s sixth solo album and second visual album is also her most personal yet.

Over the years, fans have seen a change in Beyoncé and her music. She began with the group Destiny’s Child where she became a star. She has now evolved into the world’s diva. Lemonade marks a big step in Bey’s career. After watching the hour long short-film and listening to the twelve tracks on the album, it is clear that there is a theme of marriage and possible infidelity. Beyoncé, who is married to rapper Jay Z and mother to daughter, Blue Ivy, has tried her best to keep her personal life close to her, but on this album she gives it all away.

Throughout the album, Bey speaks about a variety of hot topics, including marriage, black lives, and women. She quotes famous poets and famous speeches. The film features cameos from many influential people, such as young actress Quvenzhané Wallis, tennis pro Serena Williams, but most importantly the film includes the mothers of fallen citizens Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner. There are many different messages that can be interpreted by viewers from Lemonade. The first half of the film is an obvious dig at Bey’s husband of eight years. She belts lyrics such as, “What’s worse, looking jealous and crazy? Or being walked all over lately? I’d rather be crazy.” Beyoncé makes it known that she isn’t going to turn the cheek or look the other way. She has a backbone, and she’s encouraging the rest of the world to use their backbone, too! Despite the title of a later track (“Sorry”), Queen Bey is far from apologizing. In fact, the song consists mostly of Bey screaming, “Sorry, I ain’t sorry.” It’s apparent that Beyoncé is an unapologetic woman.

As listeners slide into the second half of the visual album, a new theme has become prevalent: forgiveness, hope, and redemption. These are a few of the chapter titles found towards the end of Lemonade. It is within the final chapter “Redemption” that fans finally understand why Beyoncé titled her biggest album after a refreshing drink. She opens up the chapter, “My grandma said, ‘Nothing real can be threatened.’ True love brought salvation back into me. With every tear came redemption and my torturer became my remedy. So we’re gonna heal, we’re gonna start again.” It turns out that Beyoncé’s grandmother has been a huge influence in how she has lived her life. A recipe for classic lemonade has been passed down from generation to generation, as well as other family values and cultures that have shaped today’s world. Bey’s grandma gave a speech. In it, she spoke, “The world gave me lemons, so I made lemonade.” A quote that will live with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter forever. A quote that speaks to the authenticity and realness of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s rise to fame. A quote that explains who Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is.

Gonzalez; Chicken Fried Steak

If you have been following my blog, you know how much I love to cook. I love to watch the Foot Network channel and I get the majority of my recipes from there. Todays recipe is inspired by the one and only Ree Drummond. She has her own show on the Food Network called The Pioneer Women. I love to watch her show because she is so down to earth and her recipes are relatively easy to follow.

For the steak: Begin with setting up an assembly line of dishes. Mix the milk with the eggs in one; the flour mixed with the seasoned salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, paprika and cayenne in another; and the meat in a third. Then have one clean plate at the end to receive the breaded meat.

Work with one piece of meat at a time. Sprinkle both sides with kosher salt and black pepper, then place it in the flour mixture. Turn to coat. Place the meat into the milk/egg mixture, turning to coat. Finally, place it back in the flour and turn to coat (dry mixture/wet mixture/dry mixture). Place the breaded meat on the clean plate, then repeat with the remaining meat.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter. Drop in a few sprinkles of flour to make sure it’s sufficiently hot. When the butter sizzles immediately, you know it’s ready. (It should not brown right away, if it does, the fire is too hot.) Cook the meat, 3 pieces at a time, until the edges start to look golden brown, about 2 minutes each side. Remove the meat to a paper towel-lined plate and keep them warm by covering lightly with another plate or a sheet of foil. Repeat until all the meat is cooked.
After all the meat is fried, pour off the grease into a heatproof bowl. Without cleaning the skillet, return it to the stove over medium-low heat. Add 1/4 cup of the grease back to the skillet and allow it to heat up.

For the gravy: When the grease is hot, sprinkle the flour evenly over the grease. Using a whisk, mix the flour with the grease, creating a golden-brown paste. Add more flour if it looks overly greasy; add a little more grease if it becomes too pasty/clumpy. Keep cooking until the roux reaches a deep golden brown color.
Pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Add the seasoned salt and black pepper to taste and cook, whisking, until the gravy is smooth and thick, 5 to 10 minutes. Be prepared to add more milk if it becomes overly thick. Be sure to taste to make sure gravy is sufficiently seasoned.



Andrew Batch

Andrew Bachelor aka “King Bach” was born in Toronto, Canada but grew up in Florida where he went to Coral Springs Charter for Middle and High School. Andrew’s love for sports took him to Florida State University where he consistently ranked among the top 15 High Jumpers in the NCAA and had a personal best jump of 7 feet 2.5 inches. He then graduated from FSU college of Business in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and later moved to California to achieve his career in acting and filmmaking. While in Los Angeles, he enrolled in the graduate program at New York Film Academy and took courses at The Groundlings.

Andrew B. Bachelor, is now known for his vines and is in fact the most powerful Viner in the world. With a record breaking 13.6 million followers (that’s first for the entire vine industry) and over 12 million subscribers, that makes him the 62 on the most popular list in the United States. This Canadian-born Vine star grew up in Florida, and was one of the NCAA’s best high jumpers; but decided to make comedic videos on the side until it started to boom. He was then recognized for his vine name King Batch. He then started to appear regularly on a comedic improve show called Wild N Out, on MTV. All that lead him to have an incredible amount of 5,538,673,178 Loops on his account. Bachelor’s Vine stardom led to him signing with UTA, and landing a recurring role in House of Lies. He had a recurring role on The Mindy Project. Bachelor will also have a role in the spoof comedy film Fifty Shades of Black and is a special guest host in the revived version of Punk’d on BET.

He appeared as a fictional version of himself in the 2015 film We Are Your Friends. Andrew’s ambitious desire led him to establish his production company, Bach Enterprises, producing, directing and performing in several projects including his short film, Agent Steele which was featured on NBC’s Dateline in September 2011. Continuing with his momentum from his YouTube Channel viral hits he created King Bachelors Pad, a sketch comedy series that allows him to further express his passion for entertaining. Previous guest stars on his channel. One of his most recognized vines is his remake to a “21” vine… check it out

Brooklyn’s Expedition: Little Apple

This week I will be discussing the place where I will be residing for my college career. First and foremost, I would like to personally thank Aaron and Monica Leiker for leading me to this beautiful place. So let me start by explaining that I live four miles from the Kansas border. I know it is quite insane to want to go to college in Kansas, but this town is the best Little Apple I could ask to live in. When I first drove into Manhattan, Kansas, I was baffled because it wasn’t like the farmed Kansas I had been driving through; it was absolutely gorgeous!

My first college visit was when I was a junior, and I felt at home instantly. K-State is 5 hours away from my home; far enough for my parents not to be there constantly but, close enough to visit. They are very family based and that is definitely what I needed, a home away from home. The buildings in the K-State campus are phenomenal and the Bill Snyder Stadium looks like a bridge for a moat for a huge castle. My family loves going to Manhattan with me because there is so much to do in such a small town. If you know me, you would know that I have an obsession with McDonald’s. They have an excellent Mickey D’s. They have a mall, multiple restaurants, and fun things to do all the time.

There is one restaurant that stands out and it is Coco Bolos. There is a peanut butter burger and I know it sounds gross but it was so delicious! Another place that is an absolute must in the morning, I’m talking about Varsity Donuts. OH MY GOSH! I had a peanut butter and bacon donut and I fell incredulously in love and I promise myself that I would buy a donut every time I visited for the next year. I have kept that promise with no mercy. Though, I don’t think it would be a healthy choice to eat donuts every day while I’m there so I will limit myself.

I could go on and on about K-State and the wonderous opportunities that I am looking at. I have an astonishing support system not only in Holly, but also in Manhattan. I love the fact that they are my family and want me to succeed as much as possible.


Wilson: US Government

Us Government

The United States Government is currently going through an election process. This process last every 4 years. Every four years the people decide who they would like to run for president. However this year is a little fishy considering the fact that the election has had some controversy due to the fact that Hillary Clinton has achieved some super delegates. Super delegates have gave Clinton a huge lead and it is complete bull crap that something that has not existed in the past is coming around and will probably change the election process forever. These super delegates have taken the power from the people in my opinion and were not following the basis at which the government was founded upon. I feel bad for Bernie sanders as he is kind of just screwed out the election because, he did not achieve any super delegates and instead has chosen to go the right way and get votes and supporters the right way. Bernie sanders has united the young crowd into politics and gain money through hard work and fundraisers instead of using Clintons husbands name and getting huge donations by the big wall street companies. Clinton is trying to become the first women president in the United States but I think she will be a huge failure to the nation and would hurt us more than she helps.

Donald trump business man Donald trump is also trying to bring a new form of class to the white house. I think if Donald Trump becomes president he will be assassinated. He has completely destroyed his relationship with the Spanish people. Donald Trump has also gone on record to be against abortion and many ladies have thought that he is against women. Trump has a lot of negatives going on publicly but privately I think that a lot of people secretly like him and would like to see him as president. He was announced president on the Simpsons some 20 years ago so it must be true right. It would be crazy if the Simpsons have guessed that he will be president because that will mean that they are officially illuminati confirmed. The Simpsons have already achieved a lot of stuff and they have literally done everything. Even though all these candidates suck I would like Bernie sanders the most even though he is out of it. End of the blog.

Tarango: Paper Kite

We are all excited about summer but we often catch our selves with nothing to do over summer. How do paper kites sound in a board afternoon? Pretty catchy i would say. Kids are always looking for something to do, and most of the time are board with nothing to do, that is why i will tell you how to make an easy paper kite for your child.

Here are the items you will need:

  • Craft paper
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • pencil
  • glitter glue (optional)
  • String or twine for the kite string
  • Paper straws
  1. Choose two craft papers, and cut them both in half along the longest edge.
  2. Using a very strong glue stick, cover the back of one sheet with glue and place the other color on top. Smooth the page down, and make sure there are no bubbles.
  3. Using a ruler, measure and mark a spot at the top and bottom of your paper at. Measure and mark the long edges at 3″. Use a ruler to connect the four marks and draw lines to make the kite shape.
  4. Cut out the kite.
  5. Cut a length of twine or string, and tie one end to a paper straw about 2/3 of the way down. Cut the second straw into thirds to get three pieces. (They don’t have to be exactly even. Just eyeball it.) Tie the other end of the twine to the middle of one of the paper straw pieces. This will be the kite handle.
  6. Add a drop of glue onto the knot you tied on the handle so that the string won’t slide off of the handle.
  7. Place the side of the kite that you want to be the bottom (the side that will hold the paper straw frame) face up on the table. Using a ruler and a pencil, connect the corners to draw a cross. Squeeze a bead of craft glue along the cross.
  8. Place the straws into the glue to form your kite frame, and allow the glue to dry for a few minutes. (Try to get the knot of the twine about even with the center of the cross before you press down the straw.)
  9. Cut a 20″ (or longer) piece of light-weight ribbon or string to make the kite tail. Thread it through the long straw, and add a bead of glue at the top of the straw to keep the string from falling out.
  10. Tie a few decorative ribbons to the tail, and allow all glue to dry completely.
  11. Optional–Decorate with glitter glue. (they can draw little faces or anything they want) 


Magallanes: New movies

The movie everyone has been waiting for is finally out! Superman vs Batman! This movie was talked about everywhere. It is one of the most popular movies out right now. This movie is about the battle between superman and batman. Two of everyone’s favorite superheroes. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne. Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel. If you are a fan of action movies this would be a really good movie to watch! It is also a good movie to watch with your younger siblings. I have not yet watched this movie but I will sure love to watch it when I get a little bit of time to myself. Another great superhero, action movie is Captain America: Civil War which is about a political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow and Hawkeye must pick a side.

Thompson: The End of the Idol Era

By Grant Thompson

Thursday, April 7th, marked the end of American Idol, a show that has trail-blazed its own path since it premiered in 2002. Over the course of fifteen years, American Idol has helped many singers become legends in today’s society. People like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, and Jennifer Hudson found their wings on American Idol. Since then, artists like these have become household names to inspire young people to be their own person and to chase their dreams.

Throughout the segment, many fan-favorites were brought back on the Idol stage as a farewell tribute to the show. My favorite performance of the night was performed by the one and only Kelly Clarkson. Because of her due date coming up, she pre-recorded her performance with a live audience so that she could still be featured in the finale. This performance was a medley of Clarkson’s greatest hits and lasted well over five minutes. Other performances included Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Kellie Pickler, Fantasia, Scotty McCreery, Caleb Johnson, and Phillip Phillips to name a few.

Over the years, American Idol has experienced a total of eleven judges in the fifteen seasons. The show first started out with three judges: Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. Cowell lasted eight seasons until he had had enough. Simon Cowell, some say, was the main reason the show got off the ground. He was the original judge on the original show of Pop Idol. After Cowell left, the producers brought in judges Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi. The judges lasted one more season, and in season ten, an entire new panel of judges was introduced, except for Randy Jackson. Superstar Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were brought on to give the show a new vibe. Some say this is when the show improved. Season twelve was rocky for the show as this is when producers tried to dramatize the show with judges and rivals Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Keith Urban was also introduced to the show. After that flop, American Idol received its final panel of judges: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr.

American Idol has become a legend in the new millennium. Idol set the stage for future shows like The Voice and The X-Factor. Without American Idol, music would not be where it is today. Alumni including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have become superstars because they got their start from the show.

American Idol will be missed. As Ryan Seacrest signed off for the last time, “Goodbye, for now.”