Word of the Day: loquacious

Pronunciation: [loh-KWEY-shuhs]

Definition(s): talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous:

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: The frustrated teacher sentenced her loquacious student to a silent lunch.

Synonyms: verbose, voluble, garrulous

Antonyms: quiet, restrained, silent, subdued

NFL Week 8 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

The Good:

Falcons fly high

Where’s the defense?

Atlanta remains as the only unbeaten team, and had to beat the odds to do so. Philly’s coach, Andy Reid, had never lost coming off of a bye week since he took leadership 1999. Many thought that a well-rested Eagles team might sneak up and deliver Atlanta their first loss of the season, especially since they were the Falcon’s first opponent with a winning record, but that didn’t happen. Atlanta broke out the gates early and never slowed their pace. Matty Ice delivered one of his most impressive games this season, completing 76% of his passes for 262 yards and three TDs. He displayed great pocket presence and linked up with Julio Jones on a 63-yard bomb. Overall the Falcons offense looked completely synced as their aerial attack led to scores on their first six drives. Final score: Falcons 30, Eagles 17

Teach me how to Dougie

“These Ninjas can’t hold me back!”

Doug Martin, running back for Tampa Bay, absolutely danced on the Vikings defense and totaled the best numbers of his short, rookie career. Martin found holes in the Vikings defense, and when there weren’t holes he shifted to create them. In total, Martin tallied 214 total yards, 135 of which were rushing. He displayed patience, balance and speed as he accounted for the majority of Tampa Bay’s offense and statistically lead in rushing and receiving. Watch out for him in future because this didn’t appear to be a fluke game. Final Score: Buccs 36, Vikings 17

Lone star

“The Redskins could have used me.”

Dallas didn’t have much to cheer about after an extremely painful loss to the Giants, but there was one bright spot. Overall, Dallas’ offense failed to produce, as expected under Romo’s leadership, but Jason Witten consistently performed. Hauling in 18 receptions, Witten set a NFL record for tight ends and broke the Cowboys team record he previously set. Those 18 receptions led to 167 yards. Witten continues to solidify his position as the best TE in Cowboys history, and a game of this magnitude was highly unexpected considering the many drops he had while returning from injury earlier this season.

The Bad 

St. Louis gets rammed in England

“We came all the way to London for this?”

Rapid rise in NFL popularity lead to international games played in London for the past few years. Fans in London appreciate the games, but I’m not so sure they’re satisfied with the product they received this year. New England felt right at home and blasted the Rams in epic fashion. From the Rams standpoint, how do you fold and give up 45 points? At some point integrity should kick in and lead to better play, yet they were just going through the motions. How can they help further the NFL brand when their product was equivalent to a flag football team? Final Score: Patriots 45, Rams 7

Butterfingers

RG3 had every right to be the most frustrated player this week. His Redskins were over-matched by a tough Steelers team and played like they believed it. Griffin stayed in the pocket and delivered several passes to his receiver’s hands, yet many passes fell to the turf. RG3 completed 16 of 34 passes, which is definitely something to frown upon, but his receivers dropped 10 passes. Consider the difference these drops could have made in potential scoring drives or maintaining offensive momentum. The Skins apparently had a popcorn party before the game. Everybody arrived with butterfingers.  I think its permissible to allow their receivers to wear Stick Em. Final Score: Steelers 27, Redskins 12

The Ugly

Retros

Pittsburgh decided to sport a vintage look… and it failed miserably. There aren’t enough words to describe how appalling their jersey’s looked. They were the 1934 edition for a reason and should have been left in the past. I wasn’t sure if I was watching a bumblebee documentary or watching convicts form a modern version of the gridiron gang.

Word of the Day: impetus

Pronunciation: [IM-pi-tuh s]

Definition(s): a moving force; impulse; stimulus:

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: Some impetus for change is coming from the top down.

Synonyms: stimulation, spur, boost

Antonyms: block, hindrance, inhibitor

Word of the Day: prurient

Pronunciation: [PROOR-ee-uhnt]

Definition(s): 1. having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc.
2. having a restless desire or longing.

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: The legislature finds that many individuals have been involuntarily exposed to products of a prurient nature while shopping at Starship.

Synonyms: desirous, gluttonous, bawdy, horny

Word of the Day: acrimony

Pronunciation: [AK-ruh-moh-nee]

Definition: sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition,

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: She snarled with acrimony while chastising her insolent child.

Synonyms: bitterness, animosity, spitefulness, asperity, spite.

Antonyms: goodwill, civility, kindness, politeness.

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid m.A.A.d City

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid m.A.A.d City

Royal T rating: 9.5 Crowns

Kendrick Lamar tackles many objectives simultaneously on Good Kid, m.A.A.d City (GKMC). The project lands just short of flawless as it narrates a story filled with religious undertones, social consciousness, and the everlasting dilemma of a good kid confined in a hectic atmosphere. It’s a true boy-to-man tale from an honest, unfiltered first person point of view that’s raw and unapologetic.

GKMC’s strength rests in K. Dot’s effortless storytelling ability. His topics appear limited to drugs and struggle but it’s necessary to properly display poverty. He goes back to the root of hip-hop by painting pictures people can relate to even if they weren’t raised in the hood. His words put you in the moment and invoke images similar to the movies Boyz N the Hood and Menace II Society. He opens up and makes himself completely vulnerable hoping to benefit others with enlightenment.

“The Art of Peer Pressure” is one of the songs that does this best. Kendrick explains how he and friends committed a home invasion and nearly caught his first legal offense. He also draws parallels that explicitly point to differences in character when he’s “with the homies,” whether it’s acting violently or doing drugs.

Not only was he telling stories in songs, but the skits at the end of each track reiterates what may be missed in lyrics. They add cinematic substance and capture scenarios that the lyrics can’t because of the role that others play. Skits are equally important as lyrics because their stream of consciousness solidifies GKMC’s orderless story.

Kendrick’s mom’s van

K. Dot excels with his ability to incorporate just enough commercial value to engage new fans on songs like “B***h, Don’t Kill My Vibe” and “Swimming Pools/ Drank,” but it’s his desire to be different that sets him apart. He chooses not to over-ball and questions the perpetuation of raps common themes on “Real.”

“Should I hate them for telling me ball out?/ Should I hate street credibility I’m talking bout/ Hating on money, power, respect and my will/ Or hate the fact that none of that s**t make me real?”

The last song is the only wild card because it doesn’t fit the album’s theme and draws an anticlimactic ending. Since the song is titled “Compton” he could have used that to further the metaphor of a mad city. “Backseat Freestyle” is marginal because its redundancy and shallow thought contradict K. Dot’s goal, yet it does add context to what one of his skits describes. Other than that the album is lyrically advanced and thematically cohesive. Even the album artwork enhances the story.

“Good Kid” and “m.A.A.d City’s” back to back juxtaposition works extremely well in tandem. The positive and hopeful message on “Good Kid” is completely undone by deathly chaos and K. Dots fluctuating mental stability prompted by Angeldust on “m.A.A.d City.” These songs accurately summarize GKMC’s objective and are appropriately titled.

K. Dot fights the trend of loading his album with bombastic beats. Instead, he chooses beats that mold to the vibe of a given story. Seamless production and studio effects add integrity to songs like the extended portion “Swimming Pools” and “m.A.A.d City.” The relaxed, passion infused aura sampled from Janet Jackson’s “Poetic Justice” also deserves honorable mention.

GKMC’s numerous strengths greatly outnumber the few weaknesses. Bars filled with balling and badd chicks quickly fade, but the value of quality storytelling doesn’t, and for that reason Kendrick Lamar’s debut album will be revered in the heart of many as a classic.

Word of the Day: delate

Pronunciation: [dih-LEYT]

Definition: To inform against; denounce or accuse.

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: The prosecution team delates the defendant of committing adultery.

Synonyms: blame, implicate,

Antonyms: praise, vindicate, exonerate

Word of the Day: crasis

Pronunciation: [KREY-sis]

Definition: composition; constitution; makeup

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: Facing adversity brings a different kind of crasis out of an individual. Some fold and others stand strong and bear the pressure.

Synonyms: appearance, disposition, character, temperament,

Word of the Day: acephalous

Pronunciation: [ey-SEF-uh-luhs]

Definition(s): Without a leader or ruler.

Sentence: When the teacher briefly left the classroom, the acephalous classroom broke out into loud activity.

Synonyms: –

Antonyms: –

 

Word of the Day: recusant

Pronunciation: [REK-yuh-zuhnt]

Definitions: a person who refuses to submit, comply, etc.

Part of Speech: adjective, noun

Sentence: the inebriated driver became recusant when informed he would be arrested for DUI.

Synonyms: discordant, insubordinate, nonconformist, rebellious, stubborn

Antonyms: agreeable, harmonious, correspondent