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1  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: N.C. State's Cat Barber calls out Barack Obama after upsetting Villanova on: March 22, 2015, 07:12:53 PM
If the President is going to make his picks public he(folk) had better be prepared for criticism.
2  Discussion / Sports Forum / Former Monroe, Fort Valley State and Seattle Seahawk returned home on Saturday on: March 21, 2015, 09:20:12 PM
ALBANY — Nearly two months removed from the disappointing finish of Super Bowl XLI, Monroe High School graduate and current Seattle Seahawk Ricardo Lockette made his way home to host Ricardo Lockette Day at the Henderson Community Center in south Albany on Saturday.

In conjunction with the Peach State Health Plan, the event intended to raise awareness of nutrition and family fitness. Joined by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the former Division II 200-meter dash champion stopped by the Winfred Benson/L.C. Smith Relays at Hugh Mills Stadium before taking questions from a couple dozen youth.

With less than a month before OTAs begin, Lockette and the Seahawks are justifiably antsy for the season to begin. After trading for Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham, the offense has added another dimension.

“It’s a new year,” he said. “We’re just trying to put all the missing pieces together. Whatever it was that caused us to fall short last year, we’re trying to plug those holes.”

Initially signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Lockette attributes his success to his strict coaching at Monroe and Fort Valley State. Conversely, his current head coach, Pete Carroll, has earned the reputation of one of the most laid-back coaches in the game.

“They taught me about consistency and discipline,” Lockette said of his previous coaches. “Those two words took me to where I am now. If you’re disciplined enough to be consistent, you can do anything you want to do. [Playing under Carroll] makes players more relaxed, you can be yourself. It’s not like ‘oh, I’m gonna get cut’ or anything like that. It’s more of a relaxed family environment.”

As a longtime starter at Fort Valley State, Lockette entered the NFL at 24, about three years later than the higher-profile players. In his opinion, the experience paid dividends.

“I think I was a lot more mature than the guys I was battling against,” he said. “Being 24 and battling against 21-year olds, I don’t think their mind was as strong as mine at the time.”

Since graduating from Monroe in 2007, Lockette has noticed South Georgia-area prospects becoming more prominent in the recruiting industry. Local prospects are being offered Division 1 scholarships earlier. The MVP Camp, sponsored by national high school recruiting writers, recently brought the yearly combine to Valdosta.

“They’re looking for guys that have that grit,” Lockette said. “Guys from South Georgia have that, they started from the bottom, and they’re not the prima donnas. They’re finding them down here.”

The most obvious example of the grit Lockette spoke of is Randolph-Clay alumnus Thomas Davis. Davis most recently urged his fellow players in a call to community action after winning the NFL Man of the Year award in January.

“He’s a go-getter,” Lockette said of the Carolina Panthers linebacker. “We always have a good time playing against each other. During the games, its ‘229 this, 229 that.’ It’s all love.”

With the draft and offseason workouts just around the corner, Lockette has put the infamous play behind him, with the help of a “small, successful circle” of family and friends. No matter the outcome on the field, return visits home will always keep him grounded.

“It’s more about giving back,” Lockette said, mobbed by a swarm of children and parents. “It’s not about saying ‘oh, I did this and that,’ it’s more about saying ‘you can do it too.’ ”
3  Discussion / Sports Forum / Barkley Rips Critics of Obama's Bracket: "You Don't Like Him Because He's Black" on: March 21, 2015, 08:08:34 PM
Earlier this week, President Obama, in his annual "Barack-etology" special on ESPN, filled out his March Madness bracket for America. And because this is America, where you can't do anything without someone trying to piss on you, everyone from Fox News to Charlie Sheen took to the nearest hot mic to bash Obama—not for his picks (which were dubious to some, but sound overall), but because he filled out a bracket in the first place.

Criticizing the president for doing a fun thing on television is beyond lame, and Charles Barkley knows it too. While stepping outside in NYC, TMZ Sports caught up with Barkley and fellow Inside the NBA host/homie Kenny Smith. They were asked about their opinions on Obama's bracket—neither were too hot on his picks, but the pair did heat-up while speaking on critics of Obama—the Fox News and Charlie Sheen types of the world.

Barkley was blunt in his reply: "Listen, you people in America who are upset that President Obama did a bracket. Why don't ya'll just go say you don't like him because he's black."

Keep it 100, Chuck. Always.
4  Discussion / Sports Forum / Before bracketology: 1944 'Secret Game' first time blacks and whites tipped off on: March 21, 2015, 07:31:27 PM
Long before this year's edition of March Madness tipped off, two teams squared off in a nearly-empty gym, with no reporters and no scorecards, for a game whose historical and social significance may dwarf that of any basketball contest played before or since.

It was March 19, 1944, and a fast-breaking team called the Eagles from the North Carolina College for Negroes, today called North Carolina Central University, took on the Duke University Medical School's team, which was comprised of former star athletes from across the country. The contest, forever marked in hardwood lore as "The Secret Game," marked the first time black and white college students faced off on the same court in the sport James Naismith had invented some 53 years earlier.
5  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Bride Divorces After 1 Week Because Penis Is To Large on: March 19, 2015, 06:59:46 PM
I have problems keeping women in my life because of this same thing....... tiptoe
6  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Georgia colleges cut tuition to nearby out-of-state students on: March 18, 2015, 05:05:17 PM
Students in neighboring states could soon attend some Georgia colleges at much cheaper in-state tuition rates under a plan being implemented by the state’s University System.

The initiative is aimed at colleges predominantly in South Georgia that have had declining enrollments.

Out-of-state tuition rates paid by non-Georgia residents are about three times more than in-state rates at most Georgia colleges.

The state’s Board of Regents, the University System’s governing body, voted Wednesday to update tuition waiver policies.

Georgia colleges already have agreements with certain counties in states bordering Georgia that allows students in those jurisdictions to attend college here at the lower rate. The new proposal would expand the agreements to prospective students throughout the entire neighboring states.

University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby addressed the enrollment declines during a budget presentation to state lawmakers earlier this year. Huckaby identified about 15 colleges, mainly in South Georgia, that had been hard hit by changes to federal financial aid, state policies limiting remedial classes offered at University System schools and competition from other higher education institutions.

To help the schools, the system is also moving from a funding formula based on enrollment to one based on performance measures like retention and graduation.

System officials hope to have the affected schools identified and the new policy implemented this fall.

University System of Georgia enrollment declines

The number of students these colleges had in the fall of 2014 represented a decline from their peak enrollment.

Albany State University: 3,910 students in the fall of 2014; a 16.15 percent decline from peak enrollment

Armstrong State University (Savannah): 7,094 students; 7.65 percent decline

Bainbridge State College 2,470 students; 33.89 percent decline

College of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick) 3,008 students; 13.41 percent decline

Dalton State College 4,854 students; 18.94 percent decline

Darton State College (Albany) 5,623 students; 12.09 percent decline

East Georgia State College (Swainsboro) 2,910 students; 15.28 percent decline

Fort Valley State University 2,594 students; 33.42 percent decline

Georgia Perimeter College (Decatur) 21,371 students; 20.84 percent decline

Georgia Regents University (Augusta) 8,530 students; 15.13 percent decline

Georgia Southwestern State University (Americus) 2,666 students; 12.48 percent decline

Gordon State College (Barnesville) 4,047 students; 19.21percent decline

Middle Georgia State College (Macon) 7,927 students; 22.50 percent decline

South Georgia State College (Waycross) 2,611 students; 21.43 percent decline

Valdosta State University 11,563 students; 11.66 percent decline

Source: University System of Georgia
7  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Board of Regents Likely to Approve University Status for Middle GA State on: March 16, 2015, 07:39:25 PM
I knew this was coming soon. It's all in the plan.
8  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / How Much Sleep You Need Depends on Your Age on: February 28, 2015, 08:57:49 AM

Getting a good night's rest is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Not only can lack of sleep make you gain weight, but it can also increase your risk of depression, anxiety, and other not-so fun diseases.

And although eight hours has been the golden standard for adults for years, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has officially revised some of its recommendations, which could mean some changes for your alarm clock, too.

An expert panel of 18 scientists, including six sleep specialists, reviewed over 300 current studies and research. Then, the team voted on how much sleep they believe is appropriate for each age stage. Some ranges were widened (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, teenagers), while another was narrowed (newborns), and two new categories were introduced: younger adults (ages 18 to 25) and older adults (ages 65+).

Curious where you fall on the list? Here are the NSF's latest recommendations:

Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)

Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)

Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)

School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)

Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours

Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

9  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: This is why you Siac Cats hate us so on: February 28, 2015, 07:59:49 AM
That's a Camouflaged Blunt.... lol She's high as a kite...look at her eyes.... Grin
10  Discussion / Sports Forum / LeBron James wants colleges to stop recruiting his 10-year-old son...LBJ Jr. on: February 27, 2015, 09:47:11 AM
LeBron James' son, LeBron James Jr.  is 10 years old and he's already getting offers from colleges. LeBron isn't too happy about that. From the Washington Post:

"He's already got some offers from colleges," James, who skipped college to turn pro, told reporters Tuesday. "It's pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn't be recruiting 10-year-old kids."

The wild thing is: he actually had to say that. SOME PEOPLE DON'T JUST KNOW THAT ALREADY.

And if you wanted to see LBJ Jr. in action:
11  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: SC State cutting ties with president but adopts his budget cuts on: February 27, 2015, 08:28:54 AM
With SCSU being the only public HBCU in South Carolina, seems to me the State should set an example for all other States to follow by supporting it to the MAX. Not only with funds but also with great leadership and support from every angle that would move it forward. Whomever the next President is will be very important in making this happen. He or She will need 100% support. Can't nickel and dime us every ten years and expect us to succeed.
12  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Albany State University funding included in FY16 Budget on: February 27, 2015, 08:04:46 AM
Its time for one of the HBCU's in Ga offer full engineering degree's.

This is so true. I would like to see a lot more advance degree programs or big time money making degrees. I know we can attend other schools for advance degrees but in order for Albany State and our sister schools to be more attractive and competitive in todays world this would help a lot.
13  Discussion / Sports Forum / Falcons cut running back Steven Jackson on: February 26, 2015, 08:13:42 PM
FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons released veteran running back Steven Jackson today, the team confirmed.

Jackson, 6-foot-3, 229 pounds, formerly played with the St. Louis Rams. He voided his contract in order to become a free agent and signed a three-year deal worth $12 million with the Falcons on March 13, 2013. A total of $4 million of the contract was guaranteed.

The Falcons hoped that Jackson would help replace Michael “The Burner” Turner, who was released after spending five productive years with the team.

Jackson’s pass-catching ability was lauded by the Falcons, but a dropped touchdown pass in first game with the Falcons in New Orleans foreshadowed that his stay with the team would not be very productive.

He was beset with injuries in 2013 and 2014, playing 12 and 15 games respectively. He had 347 carries for 1,250 yards (3.6 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns. He caught 53 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown.

Before joining the Falcons, Jackson has rushed for 10,135 yards and 56 touchdowns in the NFL since being taken in the first round (24th overall) of the 2004 draft. He also has caught 407 passes for 3,324 yards and eight touchdowns with the St. Louis Rams.
14  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Albany State University funding included in FY16 Budget on: February 26, 2015, 07:33:30 PM
They try to kill our spirit by making us wait 15 D%m years for one badly needed building. They give us money and programs at a snail's pace. Then they make up bull Sh%t requirements knowing that we've been deprived all these years.They know if you build it they will come. If you give HBCU's good programs along with good financing they will become stronger. I'm not sure how old Holley Hall is. It has to be over 50 years old. It is totally unbelievable and unimaginable how they can have no sense of urgency about the need for this building.
15  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Albany State University funding included in FY16 Budget on: February 25, 2015, 09:58:37 PM
Albany State gets building funds in 2016 budget

ALBANY, GA -- Albany State University will be receiving funding for a multi-purpose building according to a new budget bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee.

 ASU released the following information about the status of the bill along with their reaction:

“As previously stated, we, at Albany State University, have been working with the Chancellor of the University System, Office of the Governor and members of the local legislative delegation to secure funding for construction of a multi-purpose facility on our campus.

 Today, we are grateful to the House Appropriations Committee for including funding for this project in its version of the 2016 budget.

“We will continue working with members of the House and Senate as the budget process moves forward. We are also pleased that their support will, indeed, address the needs of our students and faculty at Albany State University, while creating a community asset for the City of Albany and the Southwest Georgia region.

“Our local legislative delegation -- along with the Chancellor and Governor -- has shown that they all continue to be champions for the education of all Georgians. We, at Albany State, are committed to this cause and will use this facility in our effort to create a more educated and prepared workforce for this region and the state of Georgia.”

The building is expected to help support English, modern languages, mass communications and fine arts departments. 


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