Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blogmas Day 6 | Baylor's New Head Coach

After what seemed like decades of waiting, Baylor fans should be overjoyed to hear about the school's hiring of Matt Rhule for the head football coach position. Rule had been the head coach at Temple University for four years- compiling back-to-back 10-win seasons with a 2016 America Athletic Conference championship. Born in New York, Rhule played linebacker at Penn State from '94-'97. His early coaching resume consists of stints at Albright College, Buffalo, UCLA, Western Carolina and Temple before landing his big break as the assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants. In 2012, Temple brought Rhule back as head coach where he's compiled a 28-23 record. Rhule is known for coaching all positions on both sides of the ball with titles such as defensive line coach, offensive line coach, special teams coordinator, run game coordinator, quarterbacks coach, tight ends coach, offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach while also coaching baseball. Welcome coach!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Blogmas Day 5 | Happy Birthday Dad!

Hauʻoli lā hānau dad! Thank you for always being there for me and pushing me to chase after what I want. I would have never come to Baylor without your support (and lack of brainwashing) and would never have my jobs without the kindness you've shown to everyone. Even though we disagree on most things now, I'm grateful to know that sports and shopping will always be our mutual truths. Thank you for teaching me to be a little nicer to people even though my face shows otherwise. I'm thankful that you've shared my writings and blog posts and have always been there at every band concert (even though they were boring and lasted till 1 am). You are my hero and I love you so much!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Blogmas Day 4 | CFP Rankings + Bowl Games

The College Football Playoff committee released their final rankings of the season with a few weeks left in 2016. After upsets galore and tumultuous seasons across the nation, the committee's 'top four' teams will be playing for the national championship. 13-0 Alabama was a shoe-in for the top slot while 12-1 Clemson followed closely behind. Although upsets are possible during the semifinals, the team led by freshman QB Jalen Hurts and some of the most talented players in the nation will probably win a back-to-back title for 2016. The controversial addition of Ohio State at No. 3 shocked football fans across the nation as the committee's lack of consistency was brought to light. During the inaugural CFP decision in 2014, the committee blatantly left Baylor out of the top four because the Big 12 lacked a conference championship. In 2016, Ohio State lost their championship to No. 5 Penn State, but the committee members chose the former over the latter. 12-1 Washington closes out the selection with a great season. Bama and the Huskies will face off at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl while tOSU and Clemson play at the Playstation Fiesta Bowl. Both semifinals will take place on New Year's Eve.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Blogmas Day 3 | Apartment Christmas Decorations

One of the best parts of the holiday season is decorating the house with lights and ornaments galore! When I was living in my school's dorm last year, I didn't have enough space to hang lights, decorate a tree and add other Christmas paraphernalia. Now that I'm living off campus, I decided to splurge in Target's Christmas shop and buy as many holiday pieces as I could. Christmas lights are essential and the ones hanging above my tv twinkle when they're plugged in! They're a little "Stranger Things-ish", which creeps me out but I love them anyway (I just won't sit in the dark with them on). I hung regular white lights above the couch and bought a cozy red throw to keep me warm now that it's freezing in Texas. My 3-foot tall Christmas tree is my favorite decoration and was a steal for $27! The tree came pre-lit so I purchased a box of mini red, green and gold ornaments and a few extras. The football, basketball and 'N' stocking add more personalization to my tree and I love it so much! The felt advent calendar came from the dollar spot and will make counting down the days till Christmas even more fun. I bought a snowflake table runner to add festivity to the dining room and I covered it with candy canes and Ghiradelli peppermint chocolates!
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