DeMatha Takes On Good Counsel In The Battle For WCAC Supremacy

November 22, 2014

DICooper:

Everybody is talking about this championship game, today at 2PM EST in Byrd Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland… Good Counsel vs DeMatha for WCAC Supremacy!

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DeMatha will take on Good Counsel in the WCAC Championship on Saturday. The matchup between the two gridirons will be the ninth time in elevens seasons the two teams have met in the WCAC Championship.

The last time these two teams meet was in October were the Falcons beat the Stags 21-14. It was a close game throughout and both teams used the running game half the time. The Stags scored first when Beau English threw a 50 yard touchdown pass to Darryl Turner. Two touchdown runs by Good Counsel’s sophomore running back Mohamed Ibrahim gave the Falcons a 14-6 going into halftime. In the fourth quarter, DeMatha tied the game up with a three yard touchdown run by Lorenzo Harrison and a two point conversion by Anthony McFarland. In the closing seconds of the game, Good Counsel’s quarterback Andres Castillo scored on a touchdown run that…

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Still Relevant in 2014: Home Skate

November 22, 2014

A movie by yours truly.  Enjoy your Saturday while I am counting down…

Oh, and I promise that I’m going to get with you at a later date.

Triple Jamón Sandwich

November 21, 2014

Happy Friday!  Big things happening this weekend.  I’m going to get with you at a later date.

Inside Stats: Looking In-Depth at DeMatha vs Good Counsel WCAC Title Game

November 20, 2014

Originally posted on Inside DeMatha Football:

DMflagSaturday DeMatha will square off against Good Counsel for the Washington Area Catholic Conference title game in a game that should be action packed. These two teams have come to be the true power brokers in the WCAC over the last decade, and this Saturday should be no different.

Let’s take a look back at some statistics that could play a role for the championship game:

  • DeMatha has won 16 conference titles in 23 postseason conference title games.
  • DeMatha has an overall record of 7-3 against Good Counsel in playoff games.
  • DeMatha has beaten Good Counsel five times in championship games, but Good Counsel has won the last three title game match-ups.

Looking for one more great nugget about DeMatha football? Check out the ESPN Junior 2016 Top 300. Four Stags made the list: No. 21 Shane Simmons (DE), No. 144 J.P. Urquidez (OL), No. 187 Terrance Davis (OL)…

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DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks Breaks Down WCAC Semifinal Win over Gonzaga

November 20, 2014

Originally posted on Inside DeMatha Football:

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 11.40.04 AMBefore we look ahead to the WCAC Championship Game Saturday at Byrd Stadium between DeMatha and Good Counsel, let’s take one look back at the great team effort the Stags produced last week in a 21-14 come-from-behind win over Gonzaga. DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks talked with IDFB and broke down how his Stags fought their way to the big win:

Our team showed a lot of fight and determination. Gonzaga came out and executed very well in the first half. Outside of a fantastic punt return touchdown by DJ Turner, we didn’t have much to be excited about. At halftime we didn’t panic, but explained that this is where DeMatha teams come together and find a way to make one more play than our opponents. In the second half our defense was phenomenal, not allowing a score, just as they did in the regular season match up against Gonzaga…

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DeMatha Pulls Off Dramatic Comeback Win Over Gonzaga In WCAC Semifinals

November 20, 2014

Originally posted on Inside DeMatha Football:

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 11.40.04 AMThat was one for the ages! DeMatha started slow Sunday against Gonzaga, but showing the heart of a champion, the Stags rallied in the second half to a 21-14 win over the Eagles.

A great punt return by Darryl Turner Jr. went 54 yards for a touchdown gave DeMatha an early 7-0 lead. But then it looked like Gonzaga’s offense might run away with the game, as they scored twice on big plays, and the Eagles jumped out to a 14-7 lead.

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 11.41.12 AMWhen DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks got his team in the locker room at halftime, he told them what they already knew: You can come back and beat this team. You’ve done it before, now go do it again.

The Stags took Brooks’ message to heart. Behind a great half from QB Beau English and RB Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha marched back into the game. English connected with Tino Ellis…

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Pimpin’ Ain’t Dead, But Harassment Is

October 30, 2014

By now everybody has seen the video produced by Hollaback, a movement to end street harassment, because it is all over the internets.

Apparently really influential black journalists such as Jamilah Lemieux believe that more Black males need to come forward with their opinions on the matter.  Very Smart Brothas website editor Damon Young has answered the challenge already, but I am still willing to put my two cents in.

Pick-up Artists, or men that make it their business to try and “holler’’ at women they do not know, baffle me.  I have never been one to harass women in the street or tolerate those that do.  The practice always seems so desperate and I was never really good at, and unwilling to learn.

Let’s get these facts out of the way: I have only had maybe 6 hours of pick-up artist experience in my life because I am spoiled.  I’m a handsome man.  I was a cool kid.  I went to Howard University.  I’m blessed.  Everybody isn’t as fortunate to forever have the odds in their favor when looking for love or companionship.

Oddly enough, my six hours of pick-up artist experience came at Howard University during the first hours after dismissal from the Incoming Freshman Convocation, spilling over into the Campus Pals’ Ice Cream Social, and concluded while attending the party that ensued.  I learned so much in that short span of time and the etiquette that I would use to interact with women changed drastically, and permanently.

The dynamics were completely set-up because this was truly a unique situation.  All of the incoming Freshmen were moving into dormitories and were very excited to have, and share, their own personal phone numbers.  No doubt, some of them were like me and had never had a personal phone number of their own before that great day.  (I guess you have to think about life before cell phones, because my first day of college was a long time ago.)  Also the Freshmen tended to move in unison, like a mass hoard of black scholars eager to get far away from their parents.

Now, as I mentioned, my experience in the dreaded cold approach was limited but even I knew a can’t-lose situation when I encountered one.  The problem was that every other guy recognized it too.  One could obtain the names and phone numbers of complete strangers with relative ease just by striking up an innocent conversation on the shared experiences of “our first day.”  All boys school didn’t turn me into a mute and I literally “booked” my first Howard woman –or any woman, for that matter, without even trying.

  • book – African American (East coast?) slang from the 80’s meaning to obtain the name and phone number of a prospective sexual interest.

All of my boys caught on fast.  It became a numbers game very quickly.  I’m afraid that all of the adolescent posturing led to a contest of sorts: who could book the most.  Soon, more experienced pick-up artistry was on display and lame attempts were exposed for what they were.  Did that smooth brother just make his approach off of positive eye contact?  Is this whack negro’s only move to grab the arms of unsuspecting women in a vain attempt to impede their progress?  Win or lose, success or disaster: all of your actions were on display.

Doing less, equaled more.  My final tally was somewhere in the twenties, and I remember being thoroughly proud that I didn’t embarrass myself in front of my new peers.  I also remember thinking that I never wanted to do that again.  Sure, if I met someone then I met someone but I didn’t want to consciously approach with such superficial intentions, again.  If the point of getting the digits was for a greater purpose then I wanted the whole process to suit my needs and desires.

Did I want the woman that could be approached easily, for anything?  Besides being a lot of work to obtain, would any of my efforts to put sheer numbers in the book yield results?  All of it proved to be an exercise in futility, anyway.  We would all, presumably, have to see each other again for the next four years or so whether anyone tried to holler that first day or not.  Genuine connections were more valuable than phone numbers.

The whole entire holler game seemed fake and the knife cut both ways.  Many of the women knew what was up and would oblige any potential suitor with the knowledge that they might never actually call.   There are only so many hours in a day.  I guess I found a better use of my time than chasing women down.  The women that I wanted didn’t appreciate it and my first rule of trying to use my dick is not to be a dick.

If you can create the intrigue and pique the curiosity of your target, you will never have to risk a cold approach again.  So you saw beautiful woman in a public space.  Great.  You really aren’t pimpin’ though until she is wondering what it is like to sit in your lap.  There is no book for that.  Get it together, little brothers, and let these women be.  If she isn’t showing any outward, but even subtle, signs of reciprocation then you need to keep it moving until she does.

Like it or not, pimps are the best at this type of recruiting.  I’m not suggesting that you have to really have to start pandering and dropping quotes from a Hughes Brothers film called American Pimp, but there is something to it.  If you know the game, then make them choose you.  I leave you with this.

  • “It ain’t easy, man. It might look glamour-like to ya, ‘cause you see me ridin’…ya dig? Snakeskin down to the flo’, ya dig? Hat and shoes to match. Diamonds on fingers and watches on arms… It might look easy, but ya gon’ hafta work some to get to this status… see ya at the top.”  – Bishop Don Magic Juan

What A Win! DeMatha Surges Past Gonzaga 28-20!

October 28, 2014

DICooper:

Anytime DeMatha beats Gonzaga, I’m smiling. This time the Purple Eagles lost to the Stags on senior night after being wildly over-hyped at the beginning of the season. (They were ranked #25 in the country at one point.) All of a sudden Gonzaga is going to have to fight just to get into the playoffs. The Stags can lock up the second seed in the playoffs behind Good Counsel with a win on November 8th against Archbishop Carroll. Go Stags!

The DeMatha players to watch are S/WR DJ Turner, RB Lorenzo Harrison, RB Anthony McFarland, WR/CB Tino Ellis, and sophomore QB Beau English.

Originally posted on Inside DeMatha Football:

Down 13 points at halftime to Gonzaga on Saturday, DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks challenged his team to put forth a better effort in the second half. The Stags responded. Led by powerful running from Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha scored 21 straight points en route to a 28-20 come from behind victory.

Screen shot 2014-10-26 at 10.05.35 AM“With all the starters we lost, we know people have been counting us out,” Harrison told the Washington Post. Harrison finished the game with 155 yards and two touchdowns.

“All that matters is we know we can get the job done, and that’s what we did.”

The win against Gonzaga showcases a DeMatha defense improving as the year goes on. The Eagles came into Saturday’s game with arguably the best offense in the WCAC, and after a sloppy start, the Stags slowed the Eagles to a crawl.

“As a defense, we realized that the only reason they were making…

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Read: The New Jim Crow, & Get Back To Me

October 22, 2014

Have we all been totally honest about the historical, global, insidious oppression of African peoples?

What of this notion that the worst of said insidious oppression of African peoples happened many years ago and can’t be accounted for to determine the true legacy or value of its effects? 

Recently there has been a lot of talk in the news about justice for African-Americans in the United States of America, due to events like the police killing of an unarmed teenager Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th of this year.  While racism appears to be a worldwide problem, the United States of America seems to be leading the world in denying that racism is applicable in the normal operation and function of modern power brokerages, today. 

This recent news video about the coverage of the shooting of Mike Brown shows that America has a problem confronting problems of race.  There were many articles written on the subject of Ferguson but this piece was emblematic of regular people scratching their heads as to how the U.S. government always seems complicit in the systematic destruction of the black race.

Say it with me kids: institutional racism.  Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim CrowLawyer and author Michelle Alexander went to extremely great lengths in her book, The New Jim Crow, published in 2010 to explain how prisons in the United States are creating a caste system that is disproportionately hurting black people there. 

Over at The Atlantic writer Tanehisi Coates has created an online book club of sorts that is discussing intricate details about this important book, chapter by chapter.  I don’t think that I have the patience to do that, but I do intend to discuss the book further on this website.

Hopefully, I sent you off on a good start.

DeMatha Rolls To School Record Win Over McNamara 70-32

October 21, 2014

DICooper:

The 2014 DeMatha Stags football team is rearranging the record book, and looking forward to a match-up against Gonzaga.

Originally posted on Inside DeMatha Football:

What a win! When the Stags fully click, the rest of the WCAC needs to look out. As evidenced by Friday night’s 70-32 win over McNamara, DeMatha put together an explosive offense and tough, playmaking defense and elite speed.

 Expect much more this week from head coach Elijah Brooks, and it will be tough for the coach to pick his Players of the Week after such a big win!

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