Saturday, 29 December 2012

PL Team Of The Season (So Far...)

This blog post is for all football fans! We have reached the half way point in what has been an exciting so far with shock upsets, demolitions, controversy, powerful signings and sadly racism and violence from fans. Money & hooligans has tarnished such an awesome sport - thinking back to the 90's when there was rarely an incident.
Anyway I digress, this blog post is to show you what I believe to be is the Premier League Team Of The Season so far. I know there will be differences in opinions about this, be sure to leave your opinions in a comment :)

GK: Tim Howard ~ To me, he has been the most consistent goalkeeper so far this season. He has been a significant factor towards Everton being a high-placed team and looking a very difficult team to defeat.
(If I'm being entirely honest, I've been impressed at all by the goalkeepers this season, well known keepers like De Gea, Cech, Hart & Sczechny have been horridly inconsistent this year with mistakes, a weak defence is ONE reason for this but it shows how difficult the Premier League is getting)

LB: Leighton Baines ~ Another helping hand towards Everton's strength this season. He can score - dangerous assists - overall consistency. Probably the best Left Back in the premier league right now.

CB: Gary Cahill ~ Looking to be the replacement for John Terry (Hopefully doesn't inherit certain traits) he has shown promise this season in the Centre-Back position scoring goals with both foot and head and defending consistantly well.

CB: Martin Olssen ~ Has been overalll great form this season and has helped his team through some tough tests both home and away this season. He has been a rock at the back for his club.

RB: Pablo Zabaleta ~ Couldn't have a back four without a City player in it I guess. The one that has stood to me is Zabaleta, his goals from distance and in key games have really helped City this season as they have struggled with their front line decisions. His sweeping crosses have been very dangerous for teams to deal with and is a gem at the back for any team.

LM: Theo Walcott ~ At the start of the season, I would have chosen Santi Cazorla but as the season has progressed, Walcott has been consistantly scoring goals and after the drubbing of Newcastle. He has shown to his boss and other teams that whatever position he plays in, he can score and be the danger man for any team with his sublime pace.

CM: Marouanne Fellaini ~ From his sensational performance against Manchester United in the season opener, Fellaini has not looked back and has continued to be Everton's dangerman in the midfield. Plenty of teams are interested in signing him either in January or in the summer but David Moyes will look to keep him at Goodison Park long term.

CM: Juan Mata ~ He has easily been Chelsea's best player by a country mile. He scores goals cosnistantly, the partnership between him, Hazard and Oscar is very threatening and he is constantly showing his talents, one of very few Chelsea players that I respect for his workload.

RM: Eden Hazard ~ First 3 matches - 3 Assists - 1 Goal - 3 MOTM's - A premier league record that won't be matched for a long time in my opinion, although his form has dipped a bit, he has still shown amazing work rate and awesome skill and creativity to help Chelsea be a title contender again.

ST: Michu ~ What more can you say about the guy? 30 goals in just under 60 games for his previous club and Swansea and that is just in the last season and a half! An amazing buy at £2.1 million & current top scorer in the permier leagie ahead of the likes of the Man Utd, Man City & Chelsea talented frontlines.

ST: Robin Van Persie ~ As a Man Ut fan, I was worried about this gamble purchase but it has paid off in dividends for the Red Devils with some awesome performances and cracking goals to help United into a solid lead in the title race. His goals against the likes of City, Chelsea & Arsenal have defintiely helped and he is very respectful to other players - his relationship with connected players in the team have been a key factor.

GK: The only decent alternative would be Swansea's stand-in Goalkeeper Tremmel who has been a contributing factor to how well Swansea have played so far this season, he's had some big shoes to fill with Vorm out with an injury, and the team have proved to be a problem to the 'top teams'.

DEF: Angel Rangel ~ An adventurous defender who likes to help up front and is solid at the back. Can easily slip into a top team if given the chance.

MID: Oscar ~ Sublime skills with his fellow midfield team mates Mata and Hazard and has scored some sensational goals both in the premier league and in the Champions League (Especially v. Juventus)

STR: Edin Dzeko ~ 2 words - Super Sub.

Feel free to input your own version of 'Team of the season (so far)'.

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Laters x

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

DaGnAbBiT rAbBiT

Hello readers and fellow bloggers!
This is my last blog post before the Christmas period so I'm going to make it count by giving you all an update in what's been happening in the life of Troy as of late. I hope not to bore you!

Uni ~ Well first semester of my final year at Anglia Ruskin is over. All assignments handed in, it has no doubt been the most stressful semester in my time at Uni by far! So much on the line in this final year with the need to bulk up my overall grade on top of organising the almighty dissertation for next semester on top of trying to sort out my future with the possibility of graduate schemes etc.,
One in particular has been somewhat stressful was the Marketing Consultancy project - our goal was to help create a sustainability badge for around the ARU campus, it wasn't that the module was that difficult I was a member of a great team who put in the effort and were very organised....except 1 person, who has proved to be a royal pain in everyone's arse doing work on countries that were completely irrelevant to the task as it was about the UNIVERSITY, he avoided the group when we did work and messed about with his iPhone ¬.¬, luckily he didn't affect our grade and managed to get a First (70%) in the presentation :)
Now, there is the long and worrying wait for the results and figure out where to go from there as I embark on my final semester at University.

Work ~ Working in a supermarket at Christmas time is such a stressful time; with rude customers to bulky storage areas and having no room to move can lead to a lot of stress within the work place, there have been some bitchiness as there always is in a workplace, I just choose to ignore it. With less than a week to go until the christmas period is over, I cannot bloody wait! Hopefully, my LAST christmas at Iceland *Fingers Crossed*

Family ~ Family is doing well, Olivia (My youngest of 3 sisters - 14 months old) has now started confidently walking and sometimes she still needs a finger to hold onto but its funny how quick my sisters are growing up. Have the oldest of 3 sisters (17) back for Christmas which means I have a partner in crime ;) This christmas is gonna be a good one I can tell!

Job Interview ~ Well I had my interview for Play.con last week. Somehow got to the last stage without any management experience, to say I was nervous would be an understatement - but somehow got into the final 5 where I had to write a speech about an innovative way in which to help the internet company, for this my mind went blank and the only thing I could think of was recyclable products to show a 'green appeal' but unfortunately, they didn't see it to be a good enough idea and I wasn't successful in getting that dream job. I won't let it get me down - its great experience and motivation for me to go so far.

Friends ~ This year has been a year of friend reconciliation, reuniting with old school and college friends, making new friends & losing friends who weren't worth my time. Lately, I have been meeting up with Chelsea we have been having a laugh and having playfights, she has ben helping with the organising and arty side of my university scrapbook and we been playing 'Honesty Hour' quite a bit which is funny cos it's always so rude with us :P I enjoy spending time with Chelsea as there is never a dull moment.
When it comes to college reunions, I have been seeing alot of my friend Emma who is always a pleasure to spend time with, we have always been able to open up to one another and make each other smile when we don't want to, we have a good time whether it's having a drink at Spoons or going to the cinema - I always look forward to what comes next as she joins Anglia Ruskin in January for a part-time course something to do with eyes and glasses lol.

Scrapbook ~ Over the last couple of days, the scrapbook has really taken flight and is getting closer to the end. All the writing, the pictures up to Year 3 have been printed (over 200 pictures!!) and the first 5 pages have been completed thanks to the awesomely arty friend of mine Chelsea :) I can't wait to see what the finsihed product will look like and to show my uni friends, I just hope they'll like it.

Christmas Presents ~ One thing I like most about christmas - is seeing my friends and families faces when they open the presents I get them :) I've already handed out a few christmas presents to my uni friends and a couple of my close friends. On Sunday, I'm spending it with 4 of my closest friends and sharing a Frankie & Benny's and going Bowling while opening presents, they already know one of each ot their presents is a connected theme :p Oh I cannot wait to see their faces!

Budgeting ~ After only just scraping through this year with less money than before (Dam Economy!) I've decided I'm going to be on a strict budget, I only have to be in Uni twice a week which is less than £9 to get in each week, hopefully I can work a 5 day week to boost finances because as usual, I plan so much to do over the year with gigs, music festival, a wedding, uni events and birthdays lol.

Christmas ~  After finishing semester 1 at Uni last week, I am off for Christmas untilt he 28th January. Although, I don't consider it a break as all of us uni peeps have to do work on our dissertations, and I'll be working on my scrapbook. Going to be a long and tiring christmas break!

Well, as I said at the start of this blog post - this will be the last one I do before Christmas. So I would like to wish all my readers and fellow bloggers a happy Christmas and a great New Years! (Let the alcohol flow, grow christmas bellies & party well into the night!)

Laters peeps


Friday, 14 December 2012

My 'Bucket List'

Hey 'up peeps!
If you have recently visited my blog, you would have seen my 'Future Holidays' & 'Firsts List' blog ~ these 2 are entioned in my 2nd and final list at this time - 'The Bucket List'. I think everyone at some point has, or will design one of these and do their best to complete it. Here is mine;

  • Attend a midnight showing at a cinema - can include fancy dress!
  • Get a tattoo
  • Learn to swim
  • Visit Cadbury Land
  • Visit Alton Towers
  • Rescue a dog from an animal shelter
  • Work with animals for a day - Zoo? Safari?
  • Climb a mountain
  • Learn to dance (Salsa, Tango, Waltz)
  • Volunteer abroad
  • Learn a strategy game - Warmachine? Magic? (No doubt Luke will help with this!)
  • Take part in extreme sports - Sky dive? Bungee jump?
  • Fly in a Hot-Air Balloon
  • Experience a sunset/ sunrise on holiday
  • Throw a house party!
  • Go on a blind date
  • Go to Harry Potter Land (Florida)
  • Photoshoot with friends or girlfriend
  • Spa Day with girlfriend
  • Visit Singapore
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Attend a Formula 1 Grand Prix Weekend
  • Go to Comic-Con
  • Appear on TV
  • Go to each of my 'Future Holidays' spots
  • Go on nights out in London, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield.
  • Run the London Marathon
  • Visit Monte Carlo
P.s if you could help make suggestions of anything else that I may not have thought of, that would be much appreciated :) 

Leave a comment on here, or message me on Twitter or Facebook! :)

My 'Firsts' List

Hello  readers and fellow bloggers!
This new blog post is one of two 'Lists' posts that I will be putting up today. This one is a 'Firsts List' this basically means, these are things that I haven't done before, but want to do. If you can think of any other ideas of a 'First' comment on here or if you have me on facebook or twitter, message me :)

  • Kiss under mistletoe
  • Kiss in the rain
  • Go on holiday with friends
  • Go on holiday with girlfriend
  • See a Manchester United game (At Old Trafford!)
  • See England play at Wembley
  • Propose to someone
  • Be sent/ send an anonymous Valentines
  • Buy a Puppy (This will be achieved once I move out! Husky or German Shephard)
  • All night movie marathon (Avengers, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Rocky)
  • 'Come Dine With Me' with friends

Thursday, 13 December 2012

My Dream Holidays

Hello peeps, with assignments almost ou of the way I will be going blog post CRAZY in the time I have off until January 28th (BOOYEAH!) so hopefully some of you will keep tracking back to see what I am blogging about. This new post will be what are my dream holiday locations. This will be included in a future 'Bucket' list which will b uploaded very soon too. Everyone has ideas of where they would love to go in the world, whether its to travel, on holiday with people you love or by yourself. But here are the 10 holiday locations I would love to go to in the future and the reasons behind why I want to go to them;
(By the way, these are not in order of where I would most want to go, it's just what I brainstormed and the first ones to pop up out of my head!)

1. Centre Parcs (Weekend)
Now I know this isn' really classed as a holiday, but weekend breaks are special in their own right as it's a time to make the most of things and make the memories that you will cherish. I've wanted to experience Center Parcs since a few of my friends this year have visited for the weekend and it sounded like they had an amazing time. The nearest Center Parcs to me is Elveden Forest and
they have amazing facilties and the 'cabins' where I'd be staying look really nice and for the price you get, yeah it's a little on the expensive side, but it's worth it with all the sports, recreational activities on top of swimming and spa experiences. I would love to arrange a break with my friends at some point for a weekend away like this, just to get out of Newmarket would be awfully great right now.
2. London (Weekend)
I have done a weekend away in London before and it was a great time and I won' forget the good memories I had (Avenue Q, Ice Bar, Madame Tussauds, 2 hour stroll around London, largest toy department store in the world) but there are other things that I didn't get the chance to experience that I would like to. I want to see more West End shows, in particular;
  • 'Rock of Ages'
  • 'We Will Rock You'
  • 'Thriller'
  • 'Shrek'
I'd also like to dine at Planet Hollywood, my uni friend went there before she proposed to her now fiance and it looks amazing to experience. I have already experienced the London Eye but to experience it with a girlfriend would be something to special :) London Dungeons would be an amazing spectacle to see! Ever since my friend told me all about it, it's interested me in going to see it. The London zoo would be awesome to see, I've been to two zoos in my lifetime and I doubt any of them compare to the London zoo, and finally, I would like to be able to see the Olympic park, I never got the chance to go to the actual Olympic venue so it would be nice to see it before it's ruined by putting WEST HAM UNITED in charge of that amazing stadium.

3. Paris (Weekend)
This is a typical choice, especially when you're in a relationship as everyone has to experience Paris at some point in their lives to see all the amazing sights and soak up the french culture ~ eating croissants, drinking wine, even to try on a beret (may even grow a moustache to fit in haha!) The main sights I would like to see in Paris would be of course, to spend a day at Disneyland Paris - I would spoil my little sisters senseless with Disney toys and possibly the odd Eeyore merchandise for me mother :) I would like to go to the louvre as I remember that one scene on top of the Louvre from...I think it was either 'Da Vinci Code' or 'Angels & Demons'. I willw ant to see the obvious sights: The Champs Elysses & The Eiffel Tower.

4. Rome (Weekend)
Rome, and Italy in particular, is always a place I've wanted to visit to experience the culture and see the sights such as the leaning tower of Pisa, the Coliseum, go punting in Venice :) have an italian shopping experience too. Would be nice for a romantic adventure.

5. Lads/ Friends Holiday (7/10 Days)
This is the one thing that has eluded me in my life. I've been invited to 2 but because I had college commitments I couldn't go on holiday at such a important time. So I hope to organise either a lads holiday or a friends holiday :)
Malia, Ayia Napa, Kavos, Zante ~ these are the main locations I would consider going to.
Somewhere where we can drink and party to the early hours of the morning, wacky fancy dress ideas, beach time! Be awesome to experience it! Need a holiday like this BADLY!!

6. Mexico (10 Days)
Never really considered a holiday here before I started seeing pictures on my facebook and twitter from some uni friends who have planned to go to Cancun next year. Some of the pictures look amazing!! Would love to go there for the sub-tropical weather and to buy a genuine sombrero xP

7.  Hawaii (10 Days)
Hawaii must be one of the most commonly chosen locations to go on a holiday in the future for most people as it looks like an amazing place to go. Sun, Sea, Sand! One to save up for definitely!

8. Egypt (2 Weeks)
Egypt has recently become such an intriguing place for me to want to go on holiday, not just to see the Pyramids, the sphinx etc., but seeing how HOT it is there and how affordable it is to stay for 2 weeks in a sheikh luxury hotel! This is one I will defintiely go on hopefully with someone :)

9. Florida (2 Weeks)
This is a holiday that me and my family are planning to go in the next 5 years of so. Taking the little ones to Disneyworld in particular and for all of them to enjoy America. We discussed spending a week up in Delaware to see our American family and then travel down to Florida to spend a week in the resort. The one place I want to go is Harry Potter Land (YES! I am a true Potterhead!) Anytime I get to visit America, I intend to make the most of it xD

10. Las Vegas, LA & San Francisco (2 Weeks)
My old friend Jo recently got married and I was so jealous hearing of their amazing honeymoon - going on a 2 week trek of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. This is THE ultimate holiday that I would love to go on.
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Madame Tussauds (Las Vegas)
  • Gamble in Las Vegas casinos
  • See the 'Walk of Fame' & drive by Celebs houses!
  • Visit TV sets of my favourite shows
This particular holiday I would love to save for a future honeymoon :) I know it's a long way off right now (As I need a girlfriend first!) But it's nice to think of where I would like to go as a possible honeymoon location.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Future...Indecisive

University... Final year... My only thought of being stressed were doing my dissertation... oh how wrong was i? I haven't been this stressed in my whole 2 and a bit years of being aI Anglia Ruskin. So many things to do, so little time to actually do it all! If it wasn't for my uni friend Livia mentioning 'So what graduate schemes have you applied for?' I could picture me with a blank, lost face, so now me and Luke decided to do an intense session of looking up graduate schemes.
Until one Monday, I met up and had a catch up with Bobby (For those of you wondering who Bobby is, just picture a face that is a mixture of Justin Beiber hair and Zac Efron - Yes, I know, I would punch that face too :p) we was chatting about how Uni life is going and what are each other's plans for after Uni. He offered me some words of wisdom towards my futrure decisions "You're such a helpful lad, you put others before yourself and that's admirable, I think your future lies in helping others and creating a better tomorrow" It was nice to think someone can see I do put people in my life before myself just because they deserve to and I like to make people happy and smiley, this is why I am spontaneous when it comes to gifts and visiting people to make people around me happy :), but I digress back onto the subject in mind, fromw hat he said I guessed he was hinting at working abroad and volunteering and stuff like that.
This is why the title of this post is 'The Future....Indecisive' because I feel lost with what I want to do and what's the best thing for me to do right now? So I'm going to write about my current options and see if anyone can offer me any suggestions as to which 1 would be most recommended;

1. Postgraduate? ~ I have always considered doing a Postgraduate course over the 2 years I've been at University, however this past year has made me second-guess it. ARU provide both 'Management' and 'Market & Innovation' Masters courses that appeal to me, and my friend Chelsea recommended a 'Marketing' masters course at DMU where she would be going so that I wouldn't be alone up in Leicester. One of my past regrets was not moving further away for Uni so that I could get used to living away from the family and being independent, I don't dwell at all on 'what could have been...' and 'what if...' no more as I feel happy with the course I chose and the friends that I have made over my time here.

2. Volunteering? ~ Volunteering was the idea that Bobby brought up to me believing that this is something I should do as it's the sort of person I am. Not gonna lie - I neevr considered it to be an option, but I've seen people with volunteering experience in their CV's and it has made such an impression on potential employers on having that sort of experience which defintiely intrigued me. I decided to do research on Volunteering and the main one's that appealed to me the most were helping educate children in Africa, build houses/ schools in Africa as well as working on a Safari park. It has been an ambition of mine to go to Africa and either go on a safari or experience working with wild animals. So, I thank Bobby for bringing this to my attention and opening up a potential career path.

3. Graduate Schemes? ~ This by far, has been the most stressful option that I've ever considered for anything. The time spent applying for graduate schemes and the tedious assessments in which the majority, if not all of them, have been completely irrelevant to what the job actually entails which makes no fucking sense. This has angered me and several others in my friend group, the sad thing is I think businesses look down on some of us just because of the university we have got our degree from. Yeah, I'll be one to admit that Anglia Ruskin isn't exactly the best university in the UK, but it certainly isn't the worst and at the end of the day, a degree is a fucking degree! We work our arses off for 3 years solid, putting in extra hours, long nights studying and researching to have the best possible grade to graduate with, just for a company to say 'That's not good enough' or 'You don't go to an accredited university' is just deflating and demoralising.
I have applied for Marks & Spencers, Barclays, Natwest, John Lewis, EasyJet, British Airways which have been unsuccessful which I think they have done wither of them 2 things and it angers me greatly that they treat students differently when they don't consider other factors like how some of us couldn't afford to go away to a distant univeristy etc., HOWEVER, I have had some sort of success with 2 companies in particular: 
McDonalds for example, (I know it's looked down as a possible career) has an opening for retail business manager which, in 2 years, will lead me to become a manager of the Cambridge branch or even choose to become an area manager of stores like Cambridge, Peterborough etc £18.5-22k a year is always a bonus too. I have a one day job evaluation stage with a date TBA. ~ Okay, this one isn't exactly a graduate scheme but it's a job at the end of the day - Head of Sales - £60k a year starting salary, leading onto £75k after 2-5 years!!! I was blown away by this advertisement and went for it on a whim and didn't think I would go past the application stage because I had no management experience. However, I got onto the interview stage in which over 200 people turned up for the day to go over several situational scenarios, maths test, group task and an interview stage (if you have seen the Apprentice with the gruelling interview stage, it was liek that but without the 'gruelling' aspect as they broke down my CV and asked about it all. After 5 days of nervous waiting, I got the phone call that said that I was successful and is being brought onto the final stage in which I go to London on the 18th January for a one day job evaluation in which I find out on the day if I get the job. They did mention in the phone call, that they would award me the job after the evaluation day on the basis of getting a 2.1 at university and I'm prepared to have an intense management training session so I'll be ready to take on the job.
So fingers crossed things go well with either of these, if I fail - then I fail and I just look after my degree for a proper job instead of a graduate scheme - as long as I'm out of Iceland - the better I'll be :)

4. Travelling? ~ Travelling is also been an ambition of mine, just themoney issue has always denied my chance to do so. But IO've planned to budget intensely in the new year so I could possibly afford to do this. 3 Continents appeal to me the most: South America ~ in particular, Brazil & Peru travelling through the Amazon rainforest and experiencing their cultures and seeing amazing sights. Africa ~ in particular, the locations where there are animal sanctuaries and safaris. Australia ~ to see all the sights and experience different places there like walking over the Sydeny bridge, sydeny harbour, the coral reef, the australian outback. These are all pipe-dreams, I'm considering this as an outside possiblity.

5. Move Away? ~ This, I have considered after having a rather up and down 2 years, considering quitting uni to join my family abroad and starting a new.  If I was to move abroad, it would be to join my American side of the family in Delaware. I've missed America ever since I went there on 2 week holiday back in 2009 and have always wanted to go back (Possible Graduation trip?) But I am looking to move away from Newmarket as it's such a shit town to live in, I'm looking into either quiet village like Red Lodge or perhaps Bury St. Edmunds/ Cambridge, but if I get this job at I could be seen moving to London which is what I'd never would have considered.

So those are my choices. If anyone has any recommendations or suggestion for other future choices, don't be shy and leave a comment. Hope you all have a good day, wherever you're in the world. Have a good weekend, and a new blog post will be up next week.



Monday, 26 November 2012

Revisiting College

Been a while since I've put up a post so I apologise in advance, I'm sure i'll cover it in my next blog pst to keep you updated. But for this post, it's a happy reminisce on the past. 4 years ago, I was at a bit of a crossroads in my life - after failing my a-levels and not knowing what to do with my life - I was offered an alternative to get into University and it led me to a new chapter in my life - West Suffolk College. I went past the college the other night which gave me the idea for this post, made me look through all the old conversations on Bebo, MSN & Facebook and photos of happy times. In this post I will be pointing out certain memories that stand out for me from the amazing 2 years I spent at College.

At first, I was quiet and shy as I didn't know anyone at all during the induction day until 2 guys were nice enough to come talk to me. Sean I spent the first couple of days and had such a laugh talking about music and what we've done in the past and what we hope to achieve, always nice to see aspiring people knowing what they want to do in life :) he split into his marketing course and he quit after the first few months as far as I can remember, but then came along Mr Marcus Searle - what an interesting character he has turned out to be over the 2 years at college, we were a team at Colchester Zoo, although we paid more attention to being pains in the arses and starting the trend of 'man points' ha!
The next thing i remember is the BT Challenge we all had to take, forgivce me if I forgot anyone but I remember the team as; Chantelle, Harriet, Me, Emma & Marcus. One of the very few times I've had to be smartly dressed, some of the tasks we all had to do were rather silly.

One thing that always stood out for me was the MSN conversations I had with my college mates, with 2 people in particular - Georgie and Emma. I still have saved documents on my computer from the conversations we had, chatting away for hours on end about loads of random stuff, so many laughs too. Although, I never use MSN no more, I still look over them chats with anyone and always makes me smile how we all used to be so close and chatting about anything and everything :)

Looking back on facebook wall posts from some of you, I soon realised what my role in the college group was - the assignment guru. I can't even begin to count how many times asked about shitty Linda's assignments, Avril's difficult tasks, and the foreign woman we had who we could never understand (can't remember her name for the life of me!) residential visit when there wasn't a trip for it for a while! I did laugh, but it was nice to feel that I belonged in the group. May sound stupid to you all, but made me feel wanted and sort of special (in a fucked up way i know lol!)

There were some very random hilarious moments at times in College, one that stood out the most because everyone had a hand in pointing out and embarrassing her - MISS BETH DUCHESNE getting drunk in the forest area of the college drinking apple sours (Oh you hardnut :p) Ah the fun times, skipping work and being risk takers, James was the worst for teasing the girls. There was also the one time when we all went to Abbey Gardens, and Georgie was being chased by some ducks! It's funny I have such a bad memory, yet I can remember memories like this - But I'm glad :)

One day that also stands out to me  is that I turned 20 on a day we had a trip to Spymasters on the outskirts of Cambridge, Charlie, Georgie, Beth and Hannah got me a card and took a birthday cake to the site to celebrate, was very embarrassed when everyone sang 'Happy Birthday' to me, on top of that - the team I was but I can't be any more thankful for making my birthday special - one of the best birthdays I've ever had :)

The one and only time I went out in Bury St Edmunds was Christmas 2009 - even though didn't spend that much time out in Brazillia but it was nice to go out with college mates. Had a good laugh pre-drinks at James' old place with Georgie, Liss and Beth. Don't think I ever got to say thank you to James for putting up for me for the night so JAMES, if you read this - 'Belated Thank You :)' Even though we had a short night out in Brazillia's I enjoyed spending time with such great people.

Second year of College was quite stressful with planning a business event, doing assignments, doing UCAS for university applications etc., but it always nice to get away - even if it was just an overnight stay at Thorpe Park. Shame about the weather, but the day in general was great, got some good pictures of  friends. The after-park party was good getting alcohol and having a laugh.

The Fashion Show was the pinnacle moment of my time at College - it was an amazing experience to organise and help run a business event with such great people. We did have some stressful times on the day planning everything and decorating the venue and with a few mishaps witht he hair/ make up people back at college as well as a model turning up drunk so I stepped in, amazingly a huge success with a sell out crowd for the event and everything went off without a problem :)

There's a few personal messages I want to say to a few people who I was close to at my time at College, In particular:
James - Hard to describe what an interesting person you are James, such a laugh to be around - you were an amazing friend and was always helpful when I needed to talk to someone and gave an honest truth answer. Pleasure knowing you :)
Georgie - You were probably my best friend at College, msn conversations and such fun conversations, always enjoyed being around you and helping you with anything and you were always a helpful friend and I hope I was the same to you. Hope to get a catch up with you soon.
Charlie - You are quite possibly the happiest person I've met in my entire life, never seen someone so smiley and never down about anything - you were a joy to be around and talk to, spending time with you catching up at the Olympics was amazing and I can't wait for the next time to see you and catch up.
Marcus - You were my first proper friend at College, you are such a laugh and was always a good friend and would never fail to make any of us laugh.
Emma - I didn't get to know well enough until the second year, but I'm glad me and you are such close friends now and I look forward to everytime we catch up and spend time together :)
Beth - a.k.a the innocent one of the group, such a pleasure to be around and have a laugh, whether it was at you or with you (getting drunk in the forest and the fashion show planning with you and Lillie) will always be my highlights of you.

Overall, just want to thank everyone from College that made them 2 years so special and made me glad to take a chance and be such amazing friends - I will never forget the memories and the time we had together and I hope to still keep in touch with you all in the future :)
Guys: James, Ingy, Jack, Dan, Marcus, Sam, DOLMAN, Jordan, Jake, GUS.

Girls: Georgie, Emma, Charlie, Beth, Hannah, Becca, Gemma, Chantelle, Jade.

So happy I met such amazing people that helped turn my life around :) So happy to still be in contact with some of them! I'll never forget the memories and friends I've made at College and I hope to see you all at some point in the future.

Take care everyone,

Laters x

Monday, 5 November 2012

University Memories

Finally into the swing of things in my third and final year at Anglia Ruskin University - time is almost up on my university experience. There's been a lot of highs and a few lows in my two and a bit years so far, but the memories and friends that I have made in that time have made my life worth living and I'll cherish them moments 'til the day I die. With people talking about Graduation, what they plan on doing after Uni, and with everyone going back to where they live spread across the UK and beyond, I've decided I want to do something special for the uni friends that I have shared the best memories with by creating a .... University Memory Scrapbook!

I've been thinking about it for a while and I've spent the last couple of weeks planning it out what I'm going to have where, what I'm going to write about and LOOOAAADDSSS of photos! (I've already printed out over 200 pictures!), and because I haven't had much of a social experience as Uni student I've been borrowing pictures from my friends' facebook photos. Unfortunately, it won't let me upload a picture of the scrapbook I'll be using but you can see it on my Twitter and on my Facebook 'Mobile Uploads'. My friend Chelsea is going to help me make it look very snazzy as she is a very good Art student at a local Cambridge college and I want it to look amazing to show everyone when I'm done.

My current lay out is this;
  • Introduction
  • Year 1 (Pictures from 1st year, writing specific memories of my freshers year)
  • Year 2 (Pictures from 2nd year, writing specific memories of my second year)
  • Year 3 (Picures from 3rd year, writing specific memories of final year)
  • 'Friends' section - Each person with pictures of that person and a bit of writing about you.
  • 'Autograph' section where I want all of my university friends to leave a message.
  • Final speech
  • Ending page - group picture of us future Graduates :)
I know some of the writing will be boring to some of my uni mates and will look more at pictures but it's one way in which I can get across how much of a difference each and everyone of my uni friends has had on my life since day 1 of University. If any of my uni friends are reading this, I hope you like my idea and I make sure to show everyone the near finished product by the end of semester 2.

I will keep everyone updated with how my progress is going with it, but for now - so long and farewell :)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Of Feeling My Age & Birthday Celebrations

This past week I turned 23.

To me, the years just seem to be getting faster and faster,few weeks ago I started dwelling on certain things for a while I realised that I haven't really done much and decided to make a change and do things I thought I'd never dare to do before. I entered myself into a student election to become a faculty rep of the Business school at my University, I may have lost by 4 votes but I felt excited and thrilled at the prospect of heading into uncharted territory and making a contribution to my universities future. For one of my modules in my third year, I'm participating in a team in which we hope to improve the level of sustainability at my university by thinking of a new, creative way of promoting it and raising the awareness to students, staff and the local community to help. It's all been a learning experience, but I've enjoyed learning new stuff :)

Anyway, went off on a tangent, time to get back to what happened during my birthday week. My birthday (on the Tuesday) I had to attend Uni for 5 hours which I was looking forward to - not because of the dull lectures, but seeing my friends there would mean the world to me - everyone wished me happy birthday and I always get a smile on my face when I got wished Happy Birthday in person, text, facebook, BBM. When I got a text off my crush (Refer to: How 1 Day Changes Everything) that made me smile more than anything that happened during my day. For Lunch, I was treated by my mate Luke to Nandos which is always a rare treat to go with friends, did the usual guy chats (Mainly about Football, FIFA, Gaming and thinking about Graduation next October) it was nice to have, bit of a let down that other Uni mates weren't able to make it but as they had conflicting lectures at all times during the day there was nothing I could do.
Later in the evening, I had a table booked for Prezzo with some of my friends from home which I was excited for. They all surprised me by meeting me at mine and showering me with hugs and card/present giving. Got a mixture of a couple of bottles of Jagermeister, Greek alcohol called Ouzo & shot glass, a £20 Cineworld gift which is coming in very handy right now, as I'm basically going to the cinema at least once a week, must consider getting one of them cineworld memberships - anyway, after a little chiwag and a giggle at mine, we headed out in the freezing cold to Prezzo to meet two other people who have been distant with me for the last year and not sure whether I considered them friends still. At Dinner, we all had a good laugh and ended up spending £114 between 7 of us! Took plenty of pictures and after a long day - it's considered one of my more happier birthdays.

Heading into Wednesday, my friend Sheri came down for a visit until Sunday. We had an amazing time catching up and having random Monster hypos, lost count of how many cans we actually drunk but we were stark-raving mad! I educated her on the Avengers Marathon, watched all the movies and told her the story behind it and what is to come - I think I turned her into a Marvel fan even though she prefers, Dark Knight Rises to Avengers! (Kick in the teeth to all Marvel fans). I took her for a trip to Cambridge to show her around the main city nearest to me, took her around the shops, spent some money on books, dvds, Big Bang Theory poster, and on lunch, we went to see Paranormal Activity 4 which in my opinion, was playing it safe compared to the last 3, very slow build up, creepy kids, but the final 20 minutes were jumpy and 'oh shit' moments.

Saturday, was my big night outand it was 'GEEK' themed!! I did go all out with my geek outfit and was joined by my friends Nick, James and Karen to go geeky, my friends Sheri and Tasha and Karen's friend Sarah came with glasses which is just as good :) For pre-drinks, had quite a bit before going out was feeling light-headed, and as I've not been on a proper drinking night since Download back in June. After another Strongbow and a Cocktail pitcher to myself at Spoons, I was pretty drunk at about 9-ish and after this, the night was pretty much a blur - next thing I knew, I woke up in my room at about 11 the next morning, but apparently:
  • Danced like a weirdo most of the evening.
  • Tipped a guy WAY too much for some handwash and aftershave.
  • Decided to pick up Sheri and Nick, and got picked up by James. (Rather emabarrassing lol!)
  • Danced to 'Gangnam Style' and had everyone in hysterics.
So, overall an uber-busy Birthday week, one of my better birthdays but will aim to hold an event next year and do something with my close friends :)

Friday, 12 October 2012

How 1 Day Changes Everything

(''..And in that moment, I swear we were infinite'' ~ Charlie)
This past Wednesday I met up with an old college friend Emma for a catch up, we have met up a few times before and had a good time and we decided we would make it a regular thing, we decided on going to Nandos for Emma to lose her 'Nandos virginity' and go see a film of my choice (As we take it in turns), and this time I chose to watch 'Perks of being a wallflower' which had Emma Watson starring. I must say before I go any further that I would recommend to go see this time as it is very good, but it does have it's intense moments near the end but Emma Watson comes out of her shell in this film, it has lots of laughs in it and an awesome soundtrack.
Back to what I'm going to write, the movie was intense and in some of the moments in the film really hit me and made me ponder about my life and link between the two and it opened my eyes to something I've been trying hard not to do. I know over the past summer, I've told stories of some 'conquests' and I know some of the things I may have lost some respect to some friends, but looking back I have ashamed myself too because that isn't me. I know being single has its benefits, but sometimes when I see my friends in such amazing relationships and on the cusp of getting engaged, or are engaged, and I want that in my life.
I may be 23 and considered young to some, but I hate being lonely and losing faith in finding that someone for me, I laugh it off that my 2 best friends from university take a funny jab that I'm the 'single one' of the group, but it does get to me. And I finally got to the point that I need to vent this out and I don't know who I can go to about this because I am having trouble with trust issues as of late, but this is the story:
There's this girl that I've known for 4 years, we first met when I went for an interview for a place at a college, she stood out from that group, from first sight she looked mature, pretty and easy to talk to, but because I had confidence issues with girls at that time, I shy'd away. We barely spoke for the first year and a half but we had each other as friends on both Bebo and Facebook. But suddenly,she started talking to me on MSN and we got to know each other alot more, and over the last couple of years we have grown to be very close friends, but for me, I've grown to like her more than just a friend. To some people who may know me, YES I do say some girls that pass-by that they look pretty cute and I meet up with girls most of the time (because I find it easier to get on with girls that I do with guys), but this time its different, I haven't liked someone like this since my last relationship, which ended last January.
The main problem with this is, because of my confidence issues, I've grown a fear of rejection which has prevented me from saying anything about this to her. Every time I receive a text from her, or see a picture of her on facebook - I cant help but smile, whenever I get the chance to see her - I never want her to leave, I have surprised her a few times;
  • Valentines Day 2012 ~ Sent flowers,chocolates and CD of one of her favourite bands to her door.
  • Surprise visit at her work.
  • Sent her a belated birthday gift of two things she has wanted for ages (Huge hoodie & a piece of Travis Barker (Even though, it was only his autograph))
  • Bought her a dress for her last Summer Ball because she couldn't afford it, but as she didn't go I didn't give it to her until I got to see her at a later time.
I just wish I had the confidence to tell her how I actually feel to her face.
Guys have come and gone in her life, and they have all treated her badly, I've been there for her to offer advice to help keep them relationships healthy and to keep her happy, be a shoulder to cry on when it got too much for her, cheered her up and made her smile again - key words: I'VE. BEEN. THERE.... through everything I never left her side. What I don't understand about girls is that, How I can be the one guy to talk to about anything and help them and make them smile and happy, and not be considered as boyfriend material, instead of being a permanent occupant of 'the friends zone'.
YES, we are basically best friends and I wouldn't want to damage that but I have to cling on to that little bit of faith I have left in me right now that it wouldn't get damaged because I wouldn't let it happen. I would be there for her like no other guy has, I know her pet peeves about what annoys her most about guys, I believe that I can make her the happiest she's ever been. We'd go out on dates, romantic weekends away, holidays to our dream locations, and everything else that a couple should do to make it work.
To me, she is the prettiest girl in my life right now. I can't imagine being with no one else other than her because there is no one better. (Taking a quote from the Perks of being a wallflower film) 'I don't want her to be just a crush. I can't keep carrying it around inside. I want to show her, so she can feel it too.'
I wish it were that easy, like it can be in the films, but with how my confidence is right now, I pretty much know the answer I would get - and I haven't really thought about how I would cope if this girl rejects me. I guess all I can do is keep the faith and hope that maybe, just maybe she could feel the same way.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Road to the Superbowl (NFC)

Second part of my NFL  preview just before tonights big game: Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants. Please comment on what you think of my predictions to the forthcoming season.

NFC North:

Green Bay Packers:
Green Bay, alongwith New England, will the Superbowl favourites this year. This year will be no different than last year, the signing of Cedric Benson will help alleviate any pressure on Aaraon Rodgers to help the offense cause more mayhem for their opponents this season. The defense will be a lot better than what it was last year but I don't see the packers going 15-1 or better again.
My prediction ~ 13-3 (1st in NFC North)

Detroit Lions:
An improved defense means that the Lions will look to have a run at play offs this year and it is possible. Their passing-attack set up looks very effective, however, they can't just rely on that I think their passing game may be a struggle I do fancy their chances to get back to the post-season play offs, however, they will need to show significant improvements after being out-classed by the Saints last season.
My prediction ~ 8-8 (Tied 2nd in NFC North)

Chicago Bears:
I saw the Bears play Tampa Bay last year at Wembley for the International Series, and they outclassed that young side. With the return of Jay Cutler, it should provide an immediate impact to their season and if he stays healthy, they will have a chance at the play-offs.
My prediction ~ 8-8 (Tied 2nd in NFC North)

Minnesota Vikings:
Minnesota are the clear underdogs in such a strong division,  I don't see them getting further than the regular season knowing how well Green Bay, Detroit and Chicago play. Also, witht he much stiffer schedule compared to their 3 counterparts, I don't see them troubling. They tend to lack talent across the field which will be their downfall, especially on their defensive side.
My prediction ~ 3-13 (4th in NFC North)

NFC South:

Atlanta Falcons:
The Falcons have been on the cusp of success for a number of seasons but two recent humiliating defeats in the play-offs by the eventual Super Bowl winners certainly left a bitter taste in the mouth. The defense will be the main question mark, to see if it can handle th best offesive lines in the NFL this season in their schedule. I believe they can get to the play offs, however like the Lions that I mentioned before, will need to perform alot better.
My prediction ~ 9-7 (2nd in NFC South)

Carolina Panthers:
The Panthers pinned their hopes last year on top draft pick Cam Newton to be their quarterback of the future and he proceeded to smash all sorts of rookie records at the position. He showed tremendous ability to make plays with his feet (14 RTDs) but gradually learnt to remain more patient in the pocket and he can only improve further with a full pre-season under his belt. If the defense can recover from a speight of in juries to key personnel last season then there is every chance they can edge towards a better record still - but the playoffs could be just out of reach for another season.
My prediction ~ 6-10 (4th in NFC South)

New Orleans Saints:
The Saints still have Drew Brees at the helm after his contract situation was sorted out to the tune of $100m and his experience and leadership is going to be even more invaluable if they are going to enjoy another trip to the post-season. Brees set the new single-season record for passing yards and that is going to be a tough act to follow but his passing game remains his team's best way to win games. Brees has an array of talent at his disposal offensive-wise. The saints will be a play-off favourite for this season, depending on how healthy and powerful they can still be post-season.
My prediction ~ 12-4 (1st in NFC South)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
It is all change this season in Tampa after last season's shambles which saw them lose their final 10 games with head coach Raheem Morris axed. QB Josh Freeman still looks a strong prospect for the future with such a youthful team now, after a bad season last year with 16 TD's compared to 22 Interceptions, he will look to improve this season.
My prediction ~ 7-9 (3rd in NFC South)

NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys:
There is pressure on the management of the Cowboys this year to reach the play-offs this season. The early part of the schedule is unforgiving and the preseason injuries won't allow continuity to set in until it's too late. It is also a pivotal year for quarterback Tony Romo, who will have the dangerous receiving duo of Dez Bryant and Miles Austin to throw to. DeMarco Murray will look to carry over the momentum from his spectacular rookie year, while star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware will once again lead the defence.
My prediction ~ 8-8 (3rd in NFC East)

New York Giants:
No team has won back-to-back Super Bowls since the 2004 season, but the Giants will feel they are well equipped to end that run. The Giants are a team with pedigree and stability and must be considered one of the favourites to win it all again. They do have a relatively difficult second-half of the season, if they can get through that without too much complacency and injuries, then the Giants will look to be division champs this year.
My prediction ~ 10-6 (2nd in NFC East)

Philadelphia Eagles:
As an Eagles fan, I was disappointed with our flop of a 'Dream Team' last season missing out on the play-offs, but I'm very excited at the prospects to the forthcoming season with a successful unbeaten streak in pre-season. Michael Vick will look to improve on last years performance, with LeSean McCoy providing another sublime running performance, they have speed in all areas of the offense and certain players in the defense int he event of an interception.
My prediction ~ 11-5 (1st in NFC East)

Washington Redskins:
With new signing Robert  Griffin III, I don't see the Redskins heading to the post-season with a rookie, but he shows to be a future prospect with the Redskins threatening the playoff spots within the next 2/3 years. Griffin's ability to make plays with his legs as well as his arm is sure to provide plenty of excitement for their fans, who have not seen their team qualify for the play-offs since 2007. They have a difficult schedule comparing to Philly, NY  & Dallas. But this season will show what the prospect is for this team for the near future.
My prediction ~ 6-10 (4th in NFC East)

NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals:
The quarterback dilemma will play a major role in determining the success of the Cardinals. With a strong defense, they have a great chance at making a play at the pla-offs, they do have the potential to sneak past the 49ers and the Sseahawks for the division title, however, this will only happen if they play PERFECT in the important games. If Kevin Kolb is fit enough to be a starter after a footinjury and concussion suffered from last year, thereis potential for the Cradinals if they utilise it.
My prediction ~ 8-8 (2nd in NFC West)

San Francisco 49ers:
Jim Harbaugh quickly transformed the 49ers into a heavyweight behind a defense that bludgeons opponents with tenacity and physicality. If Alex Smith can get the offense to score a few more points in big games, it is hard to pick against the 49ers as the team to beat in the NFC. With talented receivers, and a superbowl-calibre defense - the 49ers will be a deadly team to come up against in the post-season.
My prediction ~ 13-3 (1st in NFC West)

Seattle Seahawks:
Pete Carroll’s decision at quarterback could make or break the Seahawks’ chances at the postseason. The Seahawks need to significantly improve their passing game from last year if they want to be in with a chance of getting into the playoffs, by defeating their main rivals in their division and hang on to their main opposition in the regular season then it's very likely to get a berth in the post-season. The offense will be another weakness, I don't see many weapons that can breakthrough for the Seahawks and that could make an impact later on.
My prediction ~ 7-9 (3rd in NFC West)

St. Louis Rams:
The new coach of the Rams does face an uphill task in rebuilding the Rams to a Superbowl-calibre team and winning on a more consistent basis, but like any rebuild project in the NFL it takes longer than 1 season to make it a success, so it's still learning curves for the Rams this season to maximise their future potential. If Sam Bradford is fully fit and the defense does better than average in the key games, then they could be an unsuspecting package and cause trouble for other teams.
My prediction ~ 5-11 (4th in NFC West)

Road to the Superbowl (AFC)

Doesn't seem that long ago that I was staying up until the early hours of the morning to watch the New York Giants triumphant over the popular favourites the New England Patriots.
But, another big season is upon us again and with what I've read about the pre-season games that this season it will be a more open season that it has been for a while.
In my first official post on this blog, I will be giving an overview of how I believe each team will do. First up: The AFC!

AFC East:

Buffalo Bills:
The Bills will want to forget the disappointment of their 4-12 season last year and will hope to make a significant improvement. One person to help the Bill's defence will be new DE Mario Williams, his addition to the team will hopefully stop the opponents run and prevent scoring. Their free-agent spree especially on their lack-lustre defence will help them alot this year, but as it's relatively new team - I'd give it another year or so before we see a team of Superbowl-calibre, the inconcsistency of Ryan Fitzpatrick during this pre-season will be of worry to the coach.
My prediction ~ 7-9 (3rd in AFC East)

Miami Dolphins:
The Dolphins are in re-development mode right now, creating a strong team around their star player Ryan Tannehill. Miami won't be in contention, in my opinion for the post-season tournament but it will be a learning curve for the team and coaches to see the direction they're going in and what to work on more to become a contender for the Superbowl in the future.
My prediction ~ 4-12 (4th in AFC East)

New England Patriots:
The Patriots are guaranteed contenders once again for the post-season and potential Superbowl finalists once again. Tom Brady and his fellow Patriots have a re-shaped defence from last year, but from what I've seen from the highlights in their games they look strong and are destined for another long run this coming season. The Patriots will be the class of the AFC in my opinion, the offensive line concerns will quickly disappear as they will show what they're made of.
My prediction  ~ 14-2 (1st in AFC East)

New York Jets:
The Jets have had a bad start from pre-season losing all 4 games against stiff competition. In my opinion, the poor pre-season won't affect their run this year, they have a relatively mellow schedule with several games that will be difficult to judge who will win. The main concern for the Jets this year, as they struggled to score big in their pre-season, the defense is not as strong as it was to support the lack-lustre offense it almost doesn't matter who the QB. They may be the surprise team this year.
My prediction ~ 8-8 (2nd in AFC East)

AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens:
The Ravens I see this year that they'll be a contender for another post-season run again, with legend Ray Lewis & upcoming stars Ray Rice & Joe Flacco, their offensive line is one of strongest in the league. Alongwith a strong defensive line, they will cause all kinds of problems for their oppositions QB throughout the season, which will no doubt work in their favour rushing their offense to release the ball quickly.
My prediction ~ 12-4 ( 1st in AFC North)

Cincinnati Bengals:
The Bengals looked an impressive team last year, and I think they were unlucky not to get a post-season berth, but with a strengthened team again this year, they can stand a chance, depending on how they perform in the big games of their season, for example, vs Ravens, Giants & Eagles will make the difference between a play off place and failure. Last years rookies Andy Dalton & AJ Green will be looking to improve on their great rookie seasons last year to help boost the Bengals chances this year.
My prediction ~ 9-7 ( 3rd in AFC North)

Cleveland Browns:
The Browns are the clear underdogs in this division, and in my opinion don't stand a chance of getting near a play off place with such stiff competition this year. Looking back on last year, the Browns were the worst team in my opinion in the NFL and need to find a way this year to right that wrong by improving significantly. However, with a tough schedule, it does look unlikely - I do hope to see a couple of upsets to show their worth.
My prediction ~ 2-14 ( 4th in AFC North)

Pittsburgh Steelers:
Ben Roethlisberger will be looked at to lead the Steelers again to another strong season run this year, however the clear problem will be the aging defensive line - if they can't keep clear of any injuries then Dick Lebleu will have some problems to overcome throughout the season and the Steelers will struggle to keep opponents from scoring. The Steelers' offensive line will help rack up alot of points p/game if Todd Haley is on his game throughout the season and expect them to be tough to beat if they reach the playoffs and manage to top their division.
My prediction ~ 10-6 ( 2nd in AFC North)

AFC South:

Houston Texans:
The Texans looked very impressive last season, and I don't see why (with the squad they've got) they can't repeat that same feat again this season. They face a tough schedule this year though, facing the likes of Green Bay, New England & Baltimore, but if their attacking defensive strategy works effectively, they could put up a decent fight at New England and produce a strong season performance. Their exciting combinations in both Attack & Defence do pose to be a new threat to the NFL teams.
My prediction ~ 13-3 (1st in AFC South)

Indianapolis Colts:
Getting first pick of the Draft this year has paid dividends for the Colts, new QB Andrew Luck looks the real deal from pre-season highlights and will hope to show his prowess by helping the Colts produce a better overall season performance compared to last year. I'm hoping for the Colts sake, that they look and perform competitively right from the beginning if they're to stand a chance to catch the likes of the Texans for a top seed berth. In my opinion, the Colts will improve in years to come, this season is just the beginning..
My prediction ~ 5-11 ( 3rd in AFC South)

Jacksonville Jaguars:
The Jaguars will depend on Gabbert's surroundings. First off, their new receiver, Justin Blackmon has to shine in the passing game if they're to be a threat to their opposition and make consistent gains. Secondly, will be Jones-Drew behind Gabbert to help protect him from the sacks to help carry the offense forward. The team has showed promise in the pre-season, but bringing that into the regular season games will be difficult with the line up of opponents that they have. Have to wait and see which Jaguars team will turn up on the day.
My prediction ~ 4-12 ( 4th in AFC South)

Tennessee Titans:
Not much has been said about the Titans this pre-season, however from the results it shows that their defencse is promising for the forthcoming season after losing to Seattle. Chris Johnson will be the star player in my opinion for the team, as the new QB Jake Locker will be looking to cement his position in the team, the inconsistency of the wide receivers, could be the main issue for the team. I do still see the Titans coming through for a potential play off shot.
My prediction ~ 7-9 (2nd in AFC South)

AFC West:

Denver Broncos:
The Broncos have possibly the toughest start to the season than any other team in the NFL, and if they can survive that and get as much as they can from the main games then their season will look promising. It will depend on Peyton Manning and how well he is adapting to becoming a Bronco, but throughout the season the Broncos should be able to grab a play off berth and potentially, division champions like last year.
My prediction ~ 8-8 (2nd in AFC West)

Kansas City Chiefs:
After a disappointing 2011 campaign, Kansas City have looked good in the pre-season and with their current team set-up, they look favourites for a play off berth in this division. Last year, they hindered on injury-prone defensive players, but now they have returned and look back to their best, it will provide a decent threat to their opposition throughout the season.
My prediction ~ 9-7 (1st in AFC West)

Oakland Raiders:
After consecutive 8-8 seasons, the Raiders offense looks very dangerous this season if RB Darren McFadden can stay healthy for the 16 games. The defence is more of a worry. A unit that ranked fourth last in the entire league in 2011 has since lost defensive end Kamerion Wimbley and cornerback Stanford Routt via free agency. I personally don't see them getting through to the play-offs, but it is a close-knit division so we can expect a couple of surprises.
My prediction ~ 7-9 ( 3rd in AFC West)

San Diego Chargers:
The Chargers have not been to the play-offs since 2009 and last season wasted a 4-1 start with a six-game losing streak during October and November. The offense is an area of concern after the injury-enforced retirements of Marcus McNeill and Kris Dielman, while running back Ryan Mathews broke his clavicle on the first carry of pre-season to live up to his fragile reputation. The once-feared defence was ranked 16th in the league last season but has been restocked through the draft. They'll be the underdogs in the division, but they can use that to their advantage as long as the rest of their roster stays healthy.
My prediction ~ 6-10 (4th in AFC West)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

First Post..

Hello fellow bloggers!
This is officially my first blog introducing myself and letting you know what I will be doing with this blog.
This isn't the first time I've started a blog, but the last one I used was used for venting my frustrations about things and certain people and I decided I needed to a fresh change. With this blog, I will be doing all kinds of stuff like - talking about certain aspects happening in my life, reviews of Games & Movies, showing ideas of memory journals and scrapbooks, hoping for suggestions from fellow bloggers for help :)
I will try to upload new blog entries at least once a week, hope you enjoy reading. Please comment and let me know what you think!