In a world where sports are a hot topic with the Miami Heat chasing a second championship, Jimmie Johnson winning one million dollars in the Sprint Cup Series All Star race, baseball season underway, and NFL pre-season underway; the once dominant and unstoppable Tiger Woods continues to dominate and create uproars at his every step. With his last and most current win at The PLAYERS Championship, he sits at the number one ranking in the world by more than three points; the largest lead.
Saturday’s round at The PLAYERS Championship caused much controversy. Woods was paired with long time “rival”, Sergio Garcia. The two have only played with each other 19 times previously. But the stories behind the two go much deeper than those 19 rounds. At the 2008 PLAYERS Championship, Garcia hoisted the trophy posting a six under round and defeating fellow competitors Paul Goydos and Kenny Perry by two shots. In Sergios press conference after his win, he alluded to the fact that Tiger was not playing that weekend due to his knee surgery. Garcia said in quote “I’m just glad Tiger’s not here”. The next tournament the two were in, Woods won.
On the second hole Saturday, a reachable par five for most players, Garcia hit his drive to the right side of the fairway while Tiger was well left of the fairway in the pine straw. Garcia lined up and addressed the ball. While in the meantime, Woods was confirming that he was out and had the right away to play first. Woods got the signal that he was good triggering him to pull a club out of the bag. Once the crowd saw that Woods was going for the green and pulled out a fairway wood, the crowd clapped and hollered in excitement. The crowd uproar was in the middle of Garcia’s swing. Garcia’s ball ended up well right and short of the green in the trees. Woods went on to birdie the hole while Garcia bogeyed.
Woods and Garcia were not paired together in the final round. Woods was paired with Casey Wittenberg in the group ahead of Garcia, who was in the final grouping. On the 14th hole, Tiger put his ball well into water out of bounds. He decided to drop the his ball at the point of entry. Leaving a bad uphill lie between the bunker and the water. Woods hit his 3rd shot just short of the green. At this time Woods already had the two shot lead, after the double bogey he received on the 14th, he was back to tied for the lead with three other players including Sergio
Garcia. Woods went on to make an incredible par save on 15 and left a short tap-in birdie on 16 left after a fantastic bunker save.
But the round wasn’t over. After the birdie on 16, Woods made par on the last two holes. Garcia put 2 in the water on infamous par 3 island green 17th and made 7. On the following hole (18), Garcia’s tee shot went in the water. Taking him more out of contention. This resulted in Tiger having a safe lead. Woods went on to win The PLAYERS Championship for his second time by two shots. It marked Woods’ 4th win of the season heading into the Memorial Tournament this upcoming weekend; a tournament which he will be defending with a win at “Jack’s Place”, last year.
While reading the this i believe essays, I found myself distracted. I noticed that not only are they good, but the people that write these life lessons and stories about them, have a purpose and want others to gain from their mistakes or their experiences. When reading the stories that interest me or pertained to me, I once again found myself in awe and realized that, “this is true”. While reading Running Up Hill I found myself agreeing with everything the writer Stephen was saying.
I thought that the story was great. I thought that all the comparisons and metaphors that were used were correct and accurate while keeping you interested in the story. Life is like a marathon. Sometimes we are in our stride, and sometimes we are struggling to get up a hill and can’t wait to get over it and slide down the other side as fast as possible. The way that this was said made it very easy to understand and easy to comprehend. It had very simple diction. Words like notorious, stride, reaching, challenge, heartbreak, and screaming, are all words that we can simply understand and get what is being said. I know that when reading something simple, with nice, stephisticated metaphors and easy/not long words, I am intrigued with that story more than a story with complicated and long words that end up conveying no meaning. While having a topic and subject that is to your interest.
After reading this story, I am excited to read more stories on the website and see what others have to say.
When reading the story Golf written by Austin, I found myself thinking about many things. I not only was reading what was on the screen but relating what was being said to what life really is about and the morals we all have.
The rules of golf are not only the rules of golf, but the rules of life. In football, if you are offsides or have a defensive pass interference, what is the penalty? Yardage taken away or yardage given away. It doesn’t have another meaning to it or a hidden moral value to it. Now the discussion or topic of whether golf is a sport or not, I will not get into now because I will talk forever, but the values you learn, receive and get from golf, are those that you can use in life. They support the way we all should act and what we should strive for.
In life, what gets you far? What gets you well known? It’s your personality. And from what Austin perceived, our personalities are like the rules of golf. Through his use of diction and the whole writing being a metaphor, it is easy to understand. Values of being respectful, being patient and dedicated, following the rules, and being honest are values that we all have or values that we all need to have. Those values make us who we are and develop our personalities.
While reading this piece of writing, I noticed myself agreeing with what was being said. I knew that this was true and remember realizing this when I read an article by Arnold Palmer in middle school. This essay opened my eyes once again.
When reading The Real Meaning of Golf I found myself comparing what Nicholas was describing himself as, to who I am. This again made me realize that these stories are not only interesting, but a moral and confidence booster. I feel relaxed after reading many of these stories. It not only is because most the stories I read are about topics that interest me, but about topics that are about me, describe who I am, and tell a story that has meaning to it.
I know that from being in love with the game and sport of golf, I have noticed certain qualities about myself. My center of attention and my ability to focus is way better than it was before. I not only am able to focus in depth more, but able to think about something for a much longer period of time. But when reading this essay I noticed something else. I noticed that my confidence is one of my greatest attributes. I am confident in a respectable and mature way. I don’t get “cocky” or brag or bash other people to make myself look good, but I simply trust myself and who I am for what I am. By reading this essay, I have noticed those two things. But I noticed this not only because it is said through something that is of interest to me, but because the way it is said is so simple. When reading it, the reader doesn’t have to search for the hidden, tough, underlying meaning. It is easy to find and most importantly, easy to understand.
After reading this story, I know that my confidence is not only a unique part of my golf game and a very special and important attribute, but the confidence I have in everything I do is something to be proud of along with my ability to focus.
When reading Run for Something Bigger Than Yourself I found myself analyzing many things more than the previous essay’s I have read. While not only agreeing with what was being said by Jacob, I was thinking about my life in the sport of Cross Country. Through quotes and personal experiences, the writing was that much easier to relate to.
The quotes of “run for something bigger than yourself” and “It’s not necessarily the dog in the fight that matters, but the fight in the dog.” are very relatable to sports. Most people do what they do for a reason. They are fighting for something, it’s a passion, or maybe even doing it in honor of someone. This quote made me think about what I run for and my purpose. It made me think of my routine, why I do these routines and how they help me. The dog quote made me think about what a “fight” really is. By the diction used in the writing and what I interpreted was being said, I believe that the “fight” in us, is our passion and our desire. It’s what motivates us to be our best. The writing is simple; and that is what makes it sound so smart and sophisticated.
Overall, I thought that this piece of writing was very thought provoking. It made me think at the end and made realize how simple writing can be, while presenting a very simple, yet strong meaning.
When reading The Drive of Golf I was hooked. I was stuck wanting to hear more of what Samuel wanted to say. When reading about what got him interested in the game, it made me think about how I became interested in the game. I remember watching Tiger Woods wearing his classic red polo with black shoes, pants, and hat on a Sunday afternoon during the U.S Open making a charge for the trophy. It was those scenes that I can still remember vividly. I was hooked on the game and wanted to be like that.
The diction that was used was simple. When reading the writing, I could notice that it wasn’t written by an english major. But not all great, influencing writings needs to be perfect. It’s the simple, straight out of your head stories and writings that make us think more depth about something. The diction helped this cause greatly. It kept me interested because of it being so easy to understand. And that is why I believe that the essay on this i believe are as motivating as they are. We can all see the message being displayed.
After reading this story, it not only makes me want to golf, but made me realize why I like the game as much as I do while thinking about why I play the game.
The year of 2012 will be a year to remember. Many things have happened this past year that I will always remember. From things that evolve me and affect me now, to things that have been amazing and interesting to the world. This past year has been the year of golf. And for me being in love with the game myself, it was great. From Rory Mcilroy winning his second major, to Bubba Watson hitting a ball of the woods in a dramatic playoff to win the Masters are only a few to be named. Everything in-between has made this year remarkable. Next year, will be interesting.
Many things have made this year the year of comebacks. Tiger Woods entered the year winning the last event of the 2011 season. He was on his way back to his former state of glory. This season, he capped of a great year with winning three events; The Arnold Palmer Invitational, the AT&T National, and the Memorial Tournament. All events he has won before. Now, excuse me for my little rant, but Tiger Woods is still one of the greatest golfers to live. It will take him some time to recover his former state. Kobe Bryant ran into the same problem when he had his “problems” as well. People can’t say Tiger is a bad golfer because of what he did. Yes, it was wrong but hat shouldn’t affect someone’s opinion of him as a golfer. Tiger still runs and operates his foundation (The Tiger Woods Foundation) which helps kids reach their maximum potential in education to be a great success in the following years. Tiger said in a recent interview, that he has donated over half his winnings and income this past year to the foundation. Now, how does that not show he doesn’t have a heart or cares about anyone? Golf is more a sport than any other sport out there. Someone can golf there whole life rather than being able to play tackle football and run up and down a court at full speed when your 80. It requires a very high skill set, a very strong mentality, along with the commitment to travel the world. It requires a strong workout and flexibility. Someone can’t just be great at golf. It is earned through dedication.
Bubba Watson had one the most dramatic and emotional finishes in sporting history. On a playoff hole, Bubba Watson hit driver way right, while his competitor Louis Oosthuizen hit his drive straight down the middle of the fairway. Bubba decided to go for it after Oosthuizen came up short on his approach shot. Bubba was 130 yards out and needed to go 90 degrees around trees before landing on the green. He accomplished this. He two-putted for par and won the first major of the season and the first major of his career. It wasn’t the win that shocked and moved the nation, but his emotional moment with his mom on the green. It proved to everybody that being a professional athlete isn’t about just winning and having records, but what is important in life. Knowing how religious and faithful Watson is, helped realize this as well.
When not talking about Americans and golf, another phenomenon occurred. Rory Mcilroy became the number one player in the world with his win at the Honda Classic and winning his second major, the PGA Championship. He became one of the youngest winners to become a two time major winner and one of the two youngest players to reach number one in the world. Only other guy to do so was Tiger. Not bad for Rory when he talks about how he grew up watching and idolizing Tiger. Rory is a superstar in the making.
There is obviously a lot that went on the year of 2012 when people talk about a sport whose season starts in January and ends in December. But these are three of the most talked about times of the year. It will make for a very interesting 2013 season. Something that we are all looking forward to.
While writing the persuasive essay, I felt really good about my topic. Throughout the unit I felt that I understood the concepts that a persuasive essay needed to have an effect on the reader. This unit was fun for many reasons. One, it was something different. I have never had to write a persuasive essay in any class that I can remember. It posed a challenge while making it fun because we got to choose the topic we were “persuading”. Two, was the reason that we got to choose the topic we were persuading. It made me want to do the assignment and stay focused during the assignment. It was also something that I learned from. I feel as if I know a lot more about NASA and their budget cuts then I did before. Overall, I liked the persuasive essay unit and I feel a lot stronger about writing essays like this.
My peer reviewer gave me very good feedback. The thing that he pointed out the most was that my sentences and how they were structured, were confusing. In other words, the way I had written some of my sentences were confusing at times because of the way I had worded them. I went through and read all of the comments and agreed with some and then fixed them in my essay. Like Thoreau and Twain stated, don’t bother making the writing confusing, make so people/the reader can understand it. Prior to my final draft I had read over my essay multiple times before I decided the best way to turn it in. I found multiple mistakes that I would not have found if I didn’t read it over multiple times.
My essay does fulfill the objective for this assignment. I was able to clearly demonstrate and show my homage, heart, head and hand. I wanted to try and make each one of these components obvious enough so that the reader did not have to go searching to find what they should do to help, what they should feel or what affect it has on them. At the beginning and end of each paragraph I also wanted to make my transitions smooth and connected. I know that in previous essays’ or assignments in other classes, my transitions were not very strong and left the reader hanging at times. I feel that I fixed this problem and have a very good essay.
In class we read numerous essays’ that were all very good. They each were different and had their own ways of getting their point across. The one essay I liked a lot and used as a model was Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. I just thought that it was a very good piece of writing that I could see myself reading again along with some of his other works. I liked how he referred to every one as a whole or as one. It felt like he was just talking to you individually while talking to a lot of people about the same issue at the same time. I read certain parts over and over to try and utilize some of his strategies to talk to a wide variety of people while not offending them.
While writing this essay I learned how much I actually have come to like English over the past 3 years. In middle school I dreaded going to English and did not like it all. Doing this assignment and couple of the readings that we have done already, helped me notice how much I do enjoy English. Overall, I have also noticed how much this class has helped me in other classes while reading text and breaking down the meaning. I definitely have learned a lot in this assignment.
The end of my freshmen year is coming to a close and that means that Cyber English is ending for me. I have learned a lot in Cyber English and I know that I will use all I learned in all of my classes in the future. I also know that I will use these skills from reading, writing on my blog and inferring in the rest of my life. This is what I learned this year and how I reflect on what I have learned in Cyber English.
The thing that I learned in this class that will help me in the future is probably everything. From writing in our blogs, listening to what other people thought about books or readings, making inferences, presenting projects and much more, I know that I am going to be a lot more confident in the future. I used to not like going to English or L.A in middle school and now I am not afraid or surprised to say that I like going to English because I know that I am going to have fun and that I am going to learn something new.
I could also notice another thing that changed this year. My work habits were completely different from last year. Last year in all of my classes I would just get my homework or assignments done to get them done. I always had a good feeling about the grade I would get but it was no the same as this year. This year (especially in CE9) I tried and went for the above and beyond. When I would get my assignments in class I would work on them and then take them home with me. At home I would proofread and fix anything I thought would take away from a good grade. Then I would turn it in and feel more confident about that assignment. This also helped me in all my other classes and I know that it will help me in the future.
My favorite book that I read this year was Follow The Roar. I liked it because it was about golf which is my favorite sport. I also thought that reading a book you really liked helped you in writing a better blog post. I think it helped because you were always focused on that book or topic. It wasn’t hard to stay focused. My favorite blog post would have to be A Streaks End. I really like this blog post for many reasons. One reason is because it was one of my best/highest grades. I also like it because I really thought that I understood the concept of a great blog post. I then used this as my own example while writing other blog posts. I would have this post open to compare to my new one. I also really like reading To Kill A Mockingbird. It was differently a different genre book then what I usually read but it was in a good way. I thought that it was a great book. I really understood it and would definitely recommend it to other people to read.
My favorite project of my Cyber English experience was definitely the To Kill A Mockingbird newspaper project. It was just a fun project overall. I thought that it was the perfect idea to let other people know what the book is about, even if they never read the book. I would definitely do another project like this.
These are the reasons I liked Cyber English and what I learned throughout my freshman year. I will definitely miss this class but I will always remember everything I learned and never forget the experience.
I have changed a lot as a student through Cyber English. In this class I really figured out what kind of books really interest me and what books do not interest me. Before this class I thought I had a pretty good idea about which books I liked to read and which books I did not like to read. But we read such a huge variety of books or articles with different meanings and different genres, that I started liking other types of reading. Another way that Cyber English has changed me as a student is how I re-read and proof-read more than I ever did before. Part of this reason is that in middle school I did not really care for “L.A” or “Reading”. It was more of just an easy class for me. Now that I know English is more of a big deal and that you really have to take every little thing more serious than ever before, I think I have changed my view on reading and writing since I never used to like it. My last way that Cyber English has changed me as a student is the way of listening to what other people have to say about a book or an opinion. When we discuss our books or assignments as a group you hear a range of opinions from ones that make sense to the ones that don’t. That experience really helps you have a different view on what people think. All of these things that I have learned from Cyber English has changed me as a student.