The Flat: Writing Much?

I’m a bit late to posting my weekly NFL power rankings, anything for that matter on my website, because I’ve been writing extensively about “Star Wars Rebels” for “The GWW.” I have two posts over on their site from this week that I’d greatly appreciate you taking the time to reading:

One more note before this week’s power rankings. Each week to couple with the list, I’ll embed a YouTube video that talks about something, anything regarding the NFL that is of interest to me. In my last post, I shared one of Rich Eisen, host of “The Rich Eisen Show,” and Eric Davis, former NFL cornerback. And again I’ll be passing along another Eisen, Davis video, but this time former NFL linebacker, Willie McGinest, joins them for part of the interview. I’d eventually like for you the reader to share a video with me to include.

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The Flat: Season MVP

It all started with my anxious anticipation for the ’16 NFL season to finally kick-off, and oh boy did it ever. Let me just say that the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, which the latter won 21-20 on a missed field goal by Panthers’s kicker Graham Gano, proved me right in being so stoked for football for the first time in, well, ever.

All of this has led to me writing my predictions for the season from the standings to the playoffs to the Super Bowl. And the plan in my head was that it’d satisfy me, not one bit. After watching Rich Eisen, host of “The Rich Eisen Show,” talk with former NFL cornerback, Eric Davis, about picks for the Super Bowl, choice for season MVP and the top five teams (aka power rankings) in the league right now; I had an itch to chime in myself.

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The Flat: First-ever NFL season preview

When I first started blogging back in high-school, I’d always have posts with my predictions of how the upcoming MLB season would shape out, including mid and end of season awards. I enjoyed writing about that because baseball is my favorite sport, but for the first time I’m now going to do the same but for the NFL. I’m still trying to figure why, all of a sudden at 22, football has caught my attention outside from just my usual “I only follow the Patriots” mantra.

Over the past few months, I’ve read, listened to and watched any information I could get a hold of in order to learn about a game I was barely a fan of before this season. My No. 1 source throughout, and it’s one I’ll preach for any football fan to read, has been “The MMQB,”  which I try to read everyday. And the more I’ve dived into the Xs and Os of the NFL; the more I’ve fallen into really, really liking it. I don’t want to go as far as saying I love the sport until I’ve watched games other than the New England Patriots.

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CSI’s 4th annual Dolphin Cove residence hall move-in day

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

Back to school time is here — at least for college kids moving into the dorms at the College of Staten Island (CSI) in Willowbrook.

CSI kicked things off Sunday with its fourth annual Dolphin Cove Residence Halls move-in day.

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NYPD takes community to court for a game of basketball

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016]

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Leadership Through Sports sponsored a police versus community basketball game at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton Saturday night.

Police from the 120 precinct played a friendly game of basketball to help facilitate a good relationship between police and the community.

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Woman who allegedly stalked pol is volunteer for his opponent

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

The woman arrested for allegedly sending a series of bizarre mailings to the private homes of Assemblyman Ronald Castorina Jr. volunteers for his primary opponent, Castorina revealed on Saturday.

Marylynn Cellamare, 55, of Port Richmond, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and fourth-degree stalking after, authorities allege, she sent the packages, many of which contained a sheet of paper with the word “greetings” on it, to the Republican’s private addresses.

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Games, fun, performances at St. Clare’s annual feast

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

Despite Mother Nature providing Staten Island with a sweltering day, the St. Clare’s R.C. Church community in Great Kills came together through faith to mark its sixth-annual feast.

“It’s wonderful to see the community coming together — school and parish — even on such a hot day like today enjoying themselves and having a good time,” Theresa Signorile, St. Clare’s School principal, said.

“There’s a strong bond here, it runs through the school and the community,” she added. “The children are happy to see each other and their teachers.”

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The Flat: Can the 2016 NFL season start already?

I’ve never been the biggest NFL fan. Please, don’t mistake me for thinking it’s not an enjoyable sport to watch, it is. It’s fast-paced. It can be brutal. (Rules changes over the years have made it a softer game than it used to be.) The story lines in-season and now in the off-season, mostly negative, keep the intrigue surrounding the league constant throughout the year.

Maybe that’s why more than ever I’m so stoked for the newest season to get underway. I’m a New England Patriots fan; I have been ever since they won Super Bowl XXXVIII, 32-29, against the Carolina Panthers. (That story is best left for another post.) So I follow the team’s goings on and watch as many of their games as I can.

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‘Tis the season: Block parties bring neighbors together across Staten Island

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

Mother Nature couldn’t wash away tradition at block parties Saturday in New Dorp and Sunnyside.

Fo 33 years now, residents on Rose Avenue have gathered for their annual party. Despite the rain, Saturday was no different.

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Real-life Pokemon Go scavenger hunt draws a crowd on first day

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

“Gotta catch ’em all” took on a new meaning Saturday as curious Staten Islanders scattered throughout the borough to find real-life Pokemon figurines and win prizes.

Michael Perina, owner of Assembyl 3D Printing in Stapleton, came up with the idea for the scavenger hunt to capitalize on the game’s popularity. He created 500 plastic figurines based on the characters — including Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur — and hid them near the highly popular Pokemon Go game’s “Pokestops.”

If a player finds one of the figurines, they can cash them in at a local business, a pizzeria or store, for instance.

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Crowd marches to remember Eric Garner

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

The dry heat beaming down from the sun’s rays couldn’t stop family, friends and supporters from rallying together on the two-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death.

About 50 people came out Sunday afternoon behind the banner of “Black Lives Matter” in front of Bay Beauty Supply, at 202 Bay St. in St. George, where Eric Garner died in police custody.

Jewel Miller, Garner’s ex-girlfriend and mother to their daughter, Legacy, had only one thing to say:”Two years later, no justice on Staten Island.”

But Garner wasn’t the only one being remembered on Sunday.

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Raising awareness: From rare cancer diagnosis to activist

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

What would happen if you were diagnosed with an illness you had never heard of and couldn’t even pronounce?

That’s what happened to Gladys Faccini, of Arrochar, last August when she found out she had leiomyosarcoma (LMS).

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Kayak group brings water fun on Fourth of July weekend

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

On a partly cloudy, slightly breezy and mildly hot July afternoon, Kayak Staten Island attracted scores of families and friends by the water in South Beach.

“Awesome.”

“Wonderful.”

Those are just two words that could be heard being said by people to describe their experience to a handful of volunteers dressed in orange life jackets as they came off the boats and made their way back on shore.

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Our Lady of Good Counsel says goodbye to Augustinian friars

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

The message was “this isn’t the last you’ve seen of us ” at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Tompkinsville when hundreds filled the building to say goodbye with smiles, embraces, standing ovations and tears to 118 years of The Order of St. Augustine.

At the Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell, Augustinian friars who have served as pastors and assistant pastors over the the past few decades were in attendance, along with Bishop John O’Hara, Episcopal Vicar of both Staten Island and southern Manhattan.

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Ho’Brah first pig roast held Sunday

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

Ho’Brah in West Brighton did more than serve of tasty tacos on Sunday. On the menu was roasted pig.

From when it started at 1 p.m., Alan Lynch, one of Ho’Brah’s co-owners, said around 35 people had filtered in and out of the event throughout the day up to that point.

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