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I know that religion is a topic that is taboo and writers should stay away. Thankfully, I am not a writer. This isn’t going to be another Christian rant about the lack of God in today’s society. I am not virtually coming to your browser preaching the good news. Neither will I ever throw religion down your throat. Something happened to me today that urged the ending of my silence and withdrawal from my blog.

In my opinion, it is common belief that atheists say that we are attributing all of our success or downfalls to a higher power, being God. Whether it is praising him for a job promotion or the opposite; feeling like he is punishing us in the loss of a job. Moreover, we feel that anything negative happening to us is our fault and we deserved it for some sin we committed earlier. Even if that may be true or not, why is that a problem. Regardless of if you believe in him or not, what is wrong with having somebody or something to look up to? That power that makes you want to “do good” and I don’t know about you guys but I am a strong believer of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. In my example, if I were to get promoted and I want to be thankful, what is so wrong with thanking your boss, your colleagues, your assistant and anybody you wish, including God? To me, this sounds humbling for wanting to show appreciation for your achievements.

Personally, my God serves as a reminder to be kind and to just generally be a well-rounded individual. To anybody else, whoever their God may be or lack there of, those teachings may be from their parents. I can admit that even for myself that might be the case but wherever the source is coming from, I still am trying to be a better person every day. I can only see positive coming from that—very literally can’t see another direction that that mentality can guide me toward. So why all the battling, the silence and hush of this topic and most importantly, the discrimination of anybody’s beliefs and/or ideas?

It most definitely goes both ways, where religious persons are being accused of casting judgment and spewing out bible verses at any given opportunity to try to persuade others to follow them. On the other side of the coin, atheists poke as many holes as they can and laugh at those who do believe in something. Clearly, I am not listing any other specific religions because that isn’t what this post is about. I don’t care what you or the world believes in, if that thing makes you a happier person and contributes to the betterment of society; by all means go right ahead. Please note that I added, “…contributes to the betterment of society…” as to combat any arguments of sadism that my statement may seem to have encouraged.

To end, I will share my anecdote that happened today, which brought about this post. Firstly, you guys need to know that my laptop had stopped working last week so I went to get it repaired. It was a bit beaten up so there was a chance that in addition to fixing the problem, I would have to buy a new casing for my computer. The casing comprised of the upper and bottom case. The problem was about $40 to fix whereas a new casing brought the bill up to $440. Students who can spew out that kind of cash in a moment’s notice should no longer be your friends and you should tell them that you reframe from illegal activity. Anyway, I made a deal with my parents to split it half-half where I dig into my savings and they help out with the other half. Obviously I had my eye on a much different prize with those savings but I figured, life happens so not a problem and it will just be another “shit happens” life moment. That feeling prompted me to suggest the idea to my parents in the first place. Moving along, you could have guessed that my laptop would have needed the $400 extra repairs.

Big surprise!

With the money arranged and the repair given the green light, I received their call today saying that the bottom casing is not needed after all so the bill was cut in half. Just like that I got my savings back. I was happy; I was happy to have kept my savings, I was happy to have never hesitated to offer it, I was happy that I did the right thing and just this once, I got an immediate response saying “Good job Emory!” This could have happened to me in any other way, I may look crazy for thinking this way but I was thankful. I was thankful to anybody and everybody. It made me feel like God is always looking out for me and all I have to do is “do good”. I felt bad for not doing enough good, I felt that I needed to help more people and that I was not holding up my end of the deal that he always keeps up.

For the life of me, I couldn’t think of why anybody would want to question anything that gives me that feeling of wanting to do right for the world when I just received a gift.

Can you tell me why?

My God isn’t hurting anybody and I am not hurting anybody. I leave you be so leave me be with my God please! Some people question where I stand in arguments because I can agree with both sides. I stand for reason; sorry I’m not sorry that I don’t stand on your side. If you are an atheist spreading cheer and good will, I support you. If you are a member of any of the numerous religions in this world and are spreading cheer and good will, I support you.

We all have reasons for being who we want to be, so accept others’ reasons then we’ll start the discussion from there.

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Numbers preview: The Finals

June 5th, the BIG DAY! | Hang Time Blog

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VIDEO:GameTime: Finals Preview

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Considering how dramatic last year’s Finals was, now’s the perfect time for the first rematch in 16 years. The last time two teams faced each other in The Finals in back-to-back years was the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in 1997and 1998.

We’re also returning to the 2-2-1-1-1 format for the first time since 1984. In the 29 years of the 2-3-2 format, the lower seed won all three games at home only three times (though the Heat did it in 2006 and 2012).

In these playoffs, the Spurs (9-1) and Heat (8-0) are a combined 17-1 at home, each scoring more than 116 points per 100 possessions. That’s ridiculously good offense, and we’re sure to see some more of it over the next 4-7 games.

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The King vs Indianapolis

Picture created by Emory

Picture created by Emory

LeBron ‘King James’ James is arguably the best basketball player in the league today. I am no LeBron fan so I am not here to argue whether or not I believe this is true or not. I am not even a Miami Heat fan, however, I have a passion for basketball and therefore the entire league in general. Right now Miami is on their way to joining other great teams in accomplishing what is known as a “three peat”. This is when one basketball team wins 3 World Championships back to back. They currently have two and are well on their way for their third this year. Equipped with their very own big three: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. These three pillars have come together, as of a 2010-2011 trade, to crush the competition in hopes of making history! This is seen here, where LeBron himself says he wants multiple championships with this team. Who or what is going to stop him?

With that being said, this 2013-2014 season started off with the Indiana Pacers starting things off with a bang. When I say bang I mean 9 straight games without losing. Even after that impressive run ended, I saw a team ready and willing to take on the Heat. The very same team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year and the year before, at the very same position! For three years in a row the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers have made it to the Eastern Conference finals and every time they’ve met, the Heats come out as victors.

That must stir a fire in your gut!

I am here to talk about that fire. That feeling of retribution, passion and drive to WIN!

It calls for great basketball! 

Great basketball indeed! The last game that aired Tuesday night was spectacular. To fill you in on what exactly is the playoffs and how it works, basically it is a tournament that after the entire season is over, teams are ranked based on the number of wins obtained that season. Only the top 8 of the two conferences, the East and the West Conference, participate in this tournament. Right now Miami and Indiana are battling it out to survive and advance to the NBA finals.

Battle of survival it is!

As the star, a lot of the load of performing is placed upon LeBron’s shoulders. As huge as they may be, still a very large burden to bear. Meanwhile, the underdogs have an up and coming star, but the team still carries the load and they have done so in the last two games so well. Indiana is working together and playing basketball that I’m sure all of us love to watch. This was seen especially in the first game and even in the second, where they incurred a loss.

Unfortunately, they did lose. It’s not the fact that they did lose; it’s how they lost. Their up and coming star, Paul George, may not have played well but they held The King down to 8 points by the start of the third quarter.

Not a very throne-worthy performance.

Yet he did bounce back and finish the game with 22 points while George ended with 14. Notably, only 3 Miami players ended with double-digit points while 5 guys from the Pacers did. One man vs an entire team? 

Sure, but I don’t think it was this man…

Miami veteran, Dwayne Wade, stood out to me most. Not only has he outscored LeBron in both encounters with the Pacers so far, but also his points come in at the most opportune time. Every basketball analyst knows your performance isn’t always measured on the stats sheet. In this case Dwayne Wade’s performance is seen on and off the stats sheet.

Having played all 10 years of his professional basketball career in Miami, won a championship (prior to The King’s arrival) along side future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, and two more with The King, I believe that Wade leaves more than just his mark on every crucial game that Miami needs to win.


LeBron maybe King James but is he really The King of Miami?

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