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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.

Pregaming La Feria in Jerez de la Frontera

May 10, 2015

This was certainly something.  Samuel and I keep it real and show you how it is about to really go down at the biggest event of the year in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.  Again, the thing to remember is that La Feria hasn’t officially started yet but stuff like this has been going on for at least a week…

Watch DeMatha VS Pebblebrook (GA) at Hilton Invitational

January 24, 2015

Click on the above link at 7PM EST (today: 1/24/2015) to watch DeMatha take on Pebblebrook live.  The Stags have rebounded successfully after their televised loss to Sierra Canyon (CA) at the Hoop Hall West Invitational.

The Stags are undefeated in WCAC league play this year, and now look to keep the momentum going against quality national opponents.  Head Coach Mike Jones has the Stags at 17-1 so far, and the Stags have played everybody that has come their way.

As a matter of fact, the Stags logged serious travel mileage this year by traveling to out-of-state high profile games in a national campaign.  The Hilton Invitational is actually comprised of many southeast high school basketball match-ups, and the games that are being played all day today assist to consolidate the east coast rankings.

NCAA College Football 2014 to Madden 25: The Last Great Video Game Cheating Experience in American Football

December 16, 2014

When it comes to video games, I like to cheat as much as possible.

I’m glad that we got that out of the way because now I can fully disclose the greatest video game cheating experience of all time.  Of course, I am referring to the practice of “creating players” in NCAA College Football series of games and later drafting them into corresponding John Madden NFL selections.  This whole crazy idea was initially made possible to entice buyers of one football game to purchase yet another similar game.  The owners of the two most successful football video game franchises in history Electronic Arts, or EA Sports, has made a ton of money despite pedaling what is essentially the same product year after year.

I have purchased every single one of these EA Sports football games in one form or another for over twenty-five years and I’m not even complaining now.  If anything, I am only mad because my favorite kind of cheating in American football gaming has recently been discontinued.  The problem is a conundrum that seems to get more complex the more one delves into it.  (The topic of the National Football League, the NFL Players Association, NCAA, and Electronic Arts all making insane money from video games that college players are expressively prohibited from doing comes to mind and is worth yet another post, at a later date.)  For now, the EA Sports game NCAA College Football has been discontinued and the last version available is from 2014, while Madden NFL boasts a reference to 2015 in its most current iteration.

Perhaps the pairing of the two games was caught in the wake of the ongoing filibuster over the licensing agreements of some massively bureaucratic leviathans but there is still fun to be had as long as the servers from EA Sports are running for last year’s commemorative Madden NFL title: Madden NFL 25.  As far as I know, this is where the mythical Toy Land really does exist.  Please don’t mind the college athletes, or rather their alleged likenesses, that may or may not have even been exploited over the years lest you be invited to “never return, again.”  Video games have gotten increasingly intricate over the years and the virtual characters have been developed with amazing detail.  One of the quirks in the details still gives savvy players of both Madden 25 and NCAA College Football 2014 franchises unlimited access to husband virtual characters from high school all the way to the pros.

In the college series of football games not only is it possible to create individual characters to play in the game, but entire teams of players at entirely made-up schools can be added according whim.  All of it is cheating, any way slice it but what really made this special was the invention of the internet.  You see EA Sports decided many years ago that they were committed to the concepts of online gaming and with that commitment came revolutionary ideas like “saving/exporting draft classes” and teams, much like the contacts on your phone after you upgrade to the latest model.  If all of this seems excessive for video games I would invite you to check out the sales receipts and remind you that ordinary people are eventually the one’s that have to put in the work to really make this fail-safe way to cheat pop off.

The most ambitious of cheats is far from ordinary though and has only been enacted by the most dedicated cheaters.  For the first time, ever, I will allow you a glimpse into this fantasy land of American football video games and invite you to experience it.  Believe it or not, almost the entire lexicon of mythical and real high school teams has existed for some time in the “Create a Team” option of EA Sports.  I have personally recreated rosters, but a quick search for school names in their menu reveals that there are plenty of folks out there willing to do the same thing.  Now with all of these rosters available it is easy to superimpose or simply project entire high school leagues onto college conferences.  This creates a virtual world of fictionalized players, within a virtual world, and it pretty much turns into the movie Inception after that.  You have to keep in mind that in order to achieve true greatness in this cheat, you have to play a lot of video games.

I, personally, never skimp on the playing hours because I like to know each and every one of the maximum 300 virtual players that can be saved in each draft class.   I control a myriad of teams using the PlayStation 3 as a medium where my computer generated interests compete for ultimate supremacy in my terribly warped mind.  For instance, in my virtual world Howard University typically replaces Purdue University in the Big Ten conference which can never happen in real life.  DeMatha also has a team on my console that has never lost a game (455-0 in thirty-five seasons) in the prestigious South Eastern Conference because I don’t really need Vanderbilt to stand in the way of my dreams.  Now there is a whole lot of knowledge penned-up in my dome about football video games from playing thirteen hours a day since I put away the Atari XE and started rocking with Sega back in 1988.

I played all of those video games for you.  I invented and coached those virtual, fake players so you didn’t have to.  You are welcome on both counts.

This helps the cheating in two ways that work to augment each other.  First, in-depth knowledge of the fake player is gained.  Secondly, the performance of created fake players and pre-existing virtual characters in both video games can be maximized, and thus predicted easily.

Now it is just a matter of access to the highly coveted online game servers that allow everything to come together.  If you dare, reply with your PlayStation user name and I will send you a personal invitation to play video games with me.

Only the serious need to apply.  Send a direct friendship request to DICooper on the PlayStation Network and I will send you a link to begin in the 2018 Season of my online football league so that you can judge the insanity for yourself.

Stags Win: Samuel Telepathically Commits

December 13, 2014
Stags Win!

Final score of DeMatha vs Chaminade in the 2014 National High School Hoops Festival.

You don’t normally think that a baby of three weeks is ready to commit to a high school so early in his life, but my son Samuel is really serious and has signed a contract.  We had a long talk before we started watching DeMatha win against Chaminade (MO) in the National High School Hoops Festival held at my alma mater -soon to be his, when he let the world know his intentions.

Samuel shocked both me and his mother by making a deal for more breast milk so that he could stay up to watch the game streaming all the way from Jerez, Spain.  That’s when he let us both know that it was time to call Head Coach Mike Jones and tell him to look out for Samuel in the DeMatha Catholic High School class of 2033.  (Obviously, Samuel can’t talk but he was able to make his commitment telepathically -which is on the same level as a verbal commitment for top recruits.)  Samuel hopes to get even more breast milk out his mother so that he can grow big and strong and make good on his promise.

Normally, DeMatha doesn’t take commitments from kids this early but his daddy is a hardcore Stag and nobody can stop the brotherhood.

Talking About The Word

December 9, 2014

Shout outs to Capitol Hoops.

Anyway, the word on the street is that the DeMatha Stags have a heck of a basketball team in 2014-2015.   Markelle Fultz is the guy dunking in the video against Eleanor Roosevelt but I’m throwing out the names Jaelin Grant, DJ Harvey, Thomas Bruce and Nate Darling for your consideration also.

The National High School Hoops festival is this weekend at DeMatha Catholic High School and the Stags are already 3-0.  There are national implications in this prestigious tournament, as usual, and not only because DeMatha is ranked #19 in USA Today Preseason National Poll.

You might want to check it out because Head Coach Mike Jones doesn’t over-hype his teams.

Super Sophomore Championship Goodness

November 23, 2014

What year would be complete without a recap of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship? DeMatha was able to overcome a 14-0 first quarter deficit and eventually defeat Good Counsel, 24-20 for their 22nd league title. By all accounts, it was a great contest and the Falcons fought to the end but were unable to prevail. The defending champions of the WCAC were underdogs mainly because they were considered to be too young to compete for the title in 2014 but a class of super sophomores had something to say about all of that.

The class of 2017 is loaded. Quarterback Beau English won the starting job earlier this year and matured markedly during a WCAC regular season campaign that only included one loss to Good Counsel. Beau English scored on a third quarter quarterback sneak and managed the game superbly for the Stags. Sophomore running back Anthony McFarland caught one touchdown pass from English and sophomore Khory Spruill completed the class of 2017 trifecta by rushing for a score.  Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy was named the 2014 Coach of the Year for his undefeated regular season campaign, but DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks might have done a better job in the end.

It is worth mentioning that Good Counsel was also counted out at the beginning of this season and they definitely didn’t get the respect that they have earned at the beginning of the year in almost everybody’s poll. (It probably isn’t worth mentioning that one of the reasons why Gonzaga sucks is that they hijacked the polls in 2014 and barely made the WCAC playoffs –despite possibly being the best football team within the confines of Washington D.C.) The Falcons will likely find themselves near the top of the WCAC field of football competitors next year, but they will have to contend with a lot of the same names from DeMatha that are only sure to get better in Coach Brooks’ system. DeMatha will return 15 bona fide starters according to sources.

DeMatha also has four juniors on the ESPN 300 list and will likely get a fifth when cornerback Brenton Nelson transfers from his school in Florida. The catalyst for the game happened to be one of the very talented juniors that was snubbed.  Darryl Turner, Jr. wears #1 at DeMatha and he caused the fumble that robbed Good Counsel of a critical possession late in the game which helped the Stags seal the victory.  The cupboard is just about full of Division 1 student-athlete prospects, again.  This is largely why hardcore Stags who are in-the-know believe that DeMatha is preparing for an epic run at a national championship very soon.

DeMatha Rolls To School Record Win Over McNamara 70-32

October 21, 2014

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

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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The Win Streak Continues: DeMatha 21, St. Johns 14

September 27, 2014

Young Underdogs. I like the sound of that. Super sophomore powered the DeMatha Stags to victory recently and I thought you might want to know.

Inside DeMatha Football

What a win! DeMatha went into Friday night’s game an underdog to St. Johns, but after a gutty effort, the Stags knocked off the Cadets in overtime 21-14. Wide receiver Darryl Turner Jr. dove for the end zone pylon in overtime, and got the TD, delivering the win for DeMatha!

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We will have a full report on the game Monday, but for today, enjoy knowing the Stags moved to 1-0 in the WCAC and 3-2 for the season. The Washington Post has a great write-up on the game, click here to read.

Expect insight from DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks and the announcement of the Players of the Week soon. Go Stags!

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Chunky or Die

September 1, 2011

Breakwater is Chunky

I have been in a quiet exile of my own choosing for quite some time now and I’m writing to you today from that secluded space in order to relate my thoughts to you. It is not my intention to give anything else away because I, quite frankly, can’t afford to anymore. It came to my attention a little over two years ago that what I was writing would probably be able to be used against me for a significant amount of time. I thought of trying to sensor myself and take it back, but truthfully there is no such thing in cyberspace.

I had a good run of solid posts and very little readership to console myself. I spent the last year or so reading other people’s confessionary blogs and I was even jealous of their popularity. It got me to ponder the double-edged sword of writing enough titillating blog features to increase the page hit counts and yet still be able to maintain an employable persona and the salary that comes with it.

Eventually the old blog petered out when I came back from Mexico. I was flush with new catch phrases that would never catch on and I had probably just ‘jumped the shark’ by showing my ass in Tulum. Really there was nothing left for me to do at that point. My usual topics all seemed boring: relationships, surfing, travel, flowers, culture, and the DeMatha Stags.

I had plenty of inspiration and I never stopped following my interests but I didn’t get the feeling that anybody cared to read about it anymore. Not much has changed since I got that feeling except for the fact that I realize now that the blog was more for me than it could ever be for a potential reader. The Chronicles of Six is my public record and without it, I have no tangible means of ridiculing myself.

So, I’m re-launching. Oh I’ll still write for the magazines that some of you have found me in and, travel permitting, I will still try and hold down my Stags. Although I must admit, I’m going to have to be a lot more cryptic this time around because I’m old and the good Lord knows that I shouldn’t be doing this sort of stuff.  The picture that Damien Baskette took is a reminder of such endeavors because the wave being surfed is Breakwater in Venice and if it is that chunky then you really don’t have much hope of surviving the close-out that will rapidly ensue.

I’m going to ride this blog for as many moments as it gives me and then I’m going to plow through the face and pray.

Check for me.