DeMatha Football Dedicated in 2015

September 20, 2015

DeMatha Football is already off to their best start ever in 2015 and we are only four weeks into the season.  The Stags beat two nationally ranked opponents from Florida and a tough LaSalle team from Philadelphia after a bye-week to hang on to their own coveted #4 national ranking.

I’m going to let that sink in.

The DeMatha Stags need a clean sheet in the upcoming WCAC schedule and they are automatically in the national championship discussion but with a little luck they could theoretically be a clear choice, too.  And why not?  I have had the pleasure of seeing all three games because the DeMatha Stags football team hasn’t exactly been shy about their chances. The Stags opened the season on ESPN against power house Miami Central in a dominating performance.  This team has a lot of ability –even by DeMatha standards, and good enough to overcome the long odds for a high school in Hyattsville, Maryland.

#1 Darryl Turner, Jr. DeMatha Catholic HS Class of 2016

DeMatha football players are dedicating the 2015 season to Darryl Turner, Jr. after a season-ending injury.

DeMatha Football Head Coach Elijah Brooks has been building up to this for a while.  There are three All American selections on this year’s team to add to a wealth of experience.  Despite losing #1 Darryl Turner Jr. to a fractured ankle in the opener against Miami Central the Stags are still laden with senior leadership.  Those guys went to the University of Maryland commit’s home after the season-ending injury and have dedicated the season to the student-athlete described as the heart and soul of the 2015 DeMatha football team.

DeMatha has one more guaranteed game on ESPN against Gonzaga but local television might want to pick up the rest of their season if they manage to go undefeated.  I can’t think of another Washington DC area metropolitan school that has ever been in the hunt for a national title in football.  This is history in the making and uncharted territory for the Stags.  I hope that they can pull this off because wouldn’t that be something?

No. 2 Miami Central, No. 5 DeMatha find common ground for this weekend’s Super 25 matchup

August 27, 2015


Well what are you watching this Saturday (August 29, 2015) if not watching the DeMatha Stags attempt to break into the top five high school football national rankings?  DeMatha has a very strong team this year and they are attempting to come right through the front door.  Here is an article in the USA Today regarding this unlikely match-up of high school football juggernauts so early in the season and why this game, in particular, has the attention of so many.  You see, it isn’t just me.

Originally posted on USA Today High School Sports:

Elijah Brooks has led the Stags to back-to-back WCAC titles. (Photo: DeMatha Football) Elijah Brooks has led the Stags to back-to-back WCAC titles. (Photo: DeMatha Football)

At first glance, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) and Miami (Fla.) Central wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common. DeMatha is a private, relatively pricey (tuition is $16,400 a year) school that doesn’t play for a state title in football but has won the past two Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles. Miami Central is a public school where 65% of the students qualify for free or reduced-price student lunches and the Rockets have won three consecutive 6A state titles in football.

But DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks and Miami Central’s Roland Smith found common ground on one point. Outside of their conference and regions, they had a hard time finding opponents. That’s the biggest reason why Miami Central, the No. 2 team in the Super 25 football rankings, will travel 1,058 miles to play No. 5 DeMatha on…

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5-star guard Markelle Fultz commits to Washington

August 25, 2015

5-star guard Markelle Fultz commits to Washington.

You already knew this but that Markelle Fultz kid is a pretty good basketball player.  #DeMatha #Stags #Basketball #Recruiting #News

Super 25 in 25: DeMatha Catholic (Md.) at No. 6 in preseason football

August 11, 2015


There is a lot of hype in Hyattsville this year and DeMatha is in the hunt for a national title in football. USA Today breaks it down and favors the Stags with a #6 ranking. Peep the schedule and television coverage and you will understand that DeMatha has high expectations for years to come.  Thanks to USA Today it is hard to keep these kinds of secrets.

Originally posted on USA Today High School Sports:

USA TODAY High School Sports will reveal the preseason Super 25 football rankings as part of “Super 25 in 25,” with one team revealed each hour beginning Monday at 8 a.m. ET and continuing through Tuesday.

Check out the 25 teams as they are revealed or teams that have already been revealed here.


Elijah Brooks has led the Stags to back-to-back WCAC titles. (Photo: DeMatha Football) Elijah Brooks has led the Stags to back-to-back WCAC titles. (Photo: DeMatha Football)

Location: Hyattsville, Md.

2014 record: 9-3

Final 2014 Super 25: Unranked

The two-time defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions have a roster loaded with Division I talent: OL Terrence Davis, an ALL-WCAC player who is 6-5 and 307 and being pursued by half of the ACC and SEC; DE Shane Simmons (68 tackles, 14 sacks), who has committed to Penn State; two four-star Maryland commits in WR Tino Ellis and DB-WR Darryl Turner; and junior RB Anthony McFarland (1,124 yards…

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So Much for a Tranquil Summer

July 30, 2015

“You either build or you destroy, so what you waitin’ on?”  Jay Electronica from the Victory Mixtape

It is way too late to say this sort of thing is getting out of hand.  We are headed into a new phase now.  I’m labeling it as a purposeful revealing of intentions, of sorts.  The United States of America is finally willing to let the world see her for what she really is: an overtly racist nation. Thanks to the real racist powers that be in America that have managed to display an even more graphic disregard for non-white life we are seeing yet another eventful summer of institutional racist oppression involving an array of international media.

It is getting hard to keep up, but here are some of the recent headlines in the good old United (police) States of America.  (I have been meaning to tell you how it looks from way over here in a distant land but I already know that it looks the same wherever you are.)

  • On the night of June 17th a twenty-one-year-old apartheid sympathizer shot and killed state senator Clementa Pickney, Cythia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson while attending a bible study with them at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  [Individual]
  • Two days later on June 19th Samuel Dubose was executed by a University of Cincinnati police officer after being unnecessarily detained for not displaying his front license plate in Ohio. [Group: police]
  • Sandra Bland, a member of the Movement for Black Lives, was pulled-over for her failure to signal a lane change on July 10th by a Texas state trooper in Waller County that quickly escalated into her arrest and she was found dead in her jail cell on July 13th.  [System: justice]
  • On July 14th Rexdale Henry, a Choctaw Native American activist, was also found dead in a jail cell under mysterious circumstances after being arrested for an unpaid fine and held over the weekend from July 9th in Neshoba County, Mississippi.  [System: justice]

With stuff like this happening all the time it is hard to tell if it is making writing careers or breaking them.  This writing business is beyond excruciatingly painful.  I was recently engaged in an intellectual, social media conversation about an article by Jonathan McWhorter that compared the strong antiracist sentiments of the Movement for Black Lives to a religion.  McWhorter basically extols that the good white people that are likely to be drawn into the very specific cause of Black Lives Matter in the United States of America will be ultimately shackled by guilt and result in some failed policy.  I argued amongst some of my white friends that McWhorter unwisely called out Ta-Nehisi Coates as a pied piper of sorts for white liberalism along with other points in the article that I found problematic.

The notion that people standing against racism are somehow infectiously following the most recent beautiful music of morality is serene but if that were the case Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King could have succeeded long ago.   Individuals, groups, and systems claim the lives of minorities in the United States with increasing clarity and at an alarming rate therefore the struggle against that phenomenon has refined itself.  The correct diagnosis of the sickness in America and the preponderance of evidence has led two separate white minorities to the realization that they might not have started the fire or put the kettle on the stove, but they would either like to completely avert or accelerate the seemingly inevitable boiling over.  Black lives indeed matter and the urgency implies that time is running out on anybody still mulling it over.  Most smart people can see this choice has to be made now, for deliberation is also making a clear statement.

The Movement for Black Lives that has propelled organizations like We Charge Genocide and writers like Coates appears to have just a little more self-determination rather than just relying solely on some white people, however.  This movement wasn’t quelled by the removal of some flag or defined by the people that have already lost their lives during the long and winding course but there have always been drum majors serving as prominent beacons keeping up with the times.  (I thank God every day for those willing to get out there and do the heavy lifting because I have a strong feeling that I know where all this is going.)  Black Lives Matter can exist totally beyond white validation and beyond the grasp of those attempting to stop it while still somehow, reaching those groups whether eloquently or crudely.  The real shining stars are the throngs of real patriots marching in step for the most basic of human rights in America: the right to live.  Ta-Nehisi Coates is deserving of his accolades, too –even if he is moving to France with his family in the pursuit of happiness.  Coates has a new book out dedicated to his son and he was compared to another expatriate, James Baldwin, who issued wise words about oppression to his nephew by literary great Toni Morrison, but you already know I’m going to let them tell it.

Ryan’s Top Five Basketball Players in the WCAC going into the 2015-16 season

July 30, 2015


Keep current with the best basketball players in the WCAC heading into next year with exciting video thanks to Ryan McFadden and Inside The Locker Room.

Originally posted on Inside The Locker Room-Student Run Sports Blog:

Even though 2015- 2016 WCAC basketball season is a few months away, it’s never too early to break down my top five players in the conference. The WCAC is filled with talented and Division I caliber players so,  it took me a lot of thinking to decide who made the cut and where should they be placed.  The players on this list is a group of some of the best players in the country. Two players already committed, and the other three are undecided. Schools that are looking at these players are Kentucky, Duke, Maryland, NC State, Arizona, and etc. So without further ado, here is my list of the top five players in the WCAC.

Kelle Photo Courtesy:

1. Markelle Fultz, DeMatha

Markelle is continuing to take the nation by storm. He is rank number 21 in the ESPN Top-100.  Fultz is the number one shooting guard in the state…

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Top Five College Basketball Players that came from the WCAC

July 30, 2015


Keep current with WCAC alumni currently expected to do big things in the upcoming NCAA Division 1 basketball scene thanks to Inside The Locker Room and Ryan McFadden.

Originally posted on Inside The Locker Room-Student Run Sports Blog:

The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference is the home to some of the area’s well-known schools like DeMatha, Gonzaga, St. John’s, and Good Counsel. This conference also has produced a numerous amount of Division I and professional athletes especially in basketball. Below is my list of some of the top college basketball players today that came from the WCAC.

1. Melo Trimble (Bishop O’Connell)- University of Maryland 

Melo-Trimble Courtesy:

Terps point guard Melo Trimble has been at the top of this game since playing basketball at Bishop O’Connell.  He was the number player in the state of Maryland, the seventh best shooting guard and the 29th best player in the country. In his senior year of high school, Trimble averaged 23.1 ppg and scored a career high of 47 points in a game against Gonzaga.

Melo took his talents to Maryland and was an immediate impact to the team. He led the…

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Lysa Controls the Entire Set: Ibiza Edition

July 6, 2015
Lysa Cooper on social media.

Lysa Cooper is on Instagram coordinating social media from Ibiza, Spain.

So my sister is super controlling and sometimes takes over and there is just no stopping her so you just hang on and go with the flow or you get your ass.  Cheyann Benedict came through wearing all the fresh caftans.  Camellia Clouse, brought her husband and two children so Samuel could have someone to frolic with.  Heather Harmon gave us guided tours of the Takashi Murakami exhibit that she works with on Ibiza.  Emilia Menocal made a special appearance. Drena DeNiro took some time away from her father’s yacht to have lunch with us.  Karen Binns had a mini surprise reunion at that joint.

Alright.  That’s enough claimbombing.  Here is some art to make up for my sins.  Sorry for that.  I get hype.

Takeshi Murakami exhibit in Ibiza Spain 2015.

Takeshi Murakami exhibit in Ibiza Spain 2015.

Way too early Super 25 teams to watch: DeMatha Catholic

June 6, 2015


Just so you know, the Stags are going to be playing football at the end of this summer.

Originally posted on USA Today High School Sports:

Elijah Brooks has led the Stags to back-to-back WCAC titles. DeMatha Football photo. Elijah Brooks has led the Stags to back-to-back WCAC titles. DeMatha Football photo.

While the preseason Super 25 football rankings won’t come out until late July, this is one of a series on teams that could contend in the Super 25 high school football rankings next season. We previously looked at De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.), Miami (Fla.) Central and Chandler, Ariz.

Team: DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md.

2014 finish: The Stags went 9-3 and won the Washington Catholic Athletic League.

Tradition: DeMatha has won two consecutive WCAC titles and has won 22 straight overall, including six in a row from 2003 to 2008.

Spring football: No spring football. Some of the team’s players will be in a 7-on-7 league in June. Summer practice begins Aug. 1.

2015 schedule: Hosts defending 6A Florida champion Miami Central on Aug. 29, then travels…

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El Ciclón de Jerez, El Pirata: Juan Jose Padilla Bullfighting Short

May 15, 2015

Juan Jose Padilla is the best bullfighter in the world, right now. He is blind in one eye and is known as El Ciclón or El Pirata de Jerez.  Friday afternoon he won three ears for his efforts while his contemporaries earned no honors. La Feria en Jerez wouldn’t be complete without his amazing performance.

Perhaps he is the best bullfighter in the world, today.

El Pirata fights the bull from his knees and puts on a spectacular show in his home town, Jerez de la Frontera.


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