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Personal Reflection: Kanye’s “The College Dropout” turns 10 today

It’s been quite some time since I contributed anything to this blog. However, I feel compelled to acknowledge the fact that Kanye West’s debut studio album, “The College Dropout,” was released 10 years ago today: February 10, 2004. It was that album and a track titled “Through the Wire” that introduced me to the wonderful world of hip-hop and music as a form of entertainment.

I wrote a brief piece about two years ago detailing my affection for West’s music and I thought I would share it with you all.


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Pumping the Brakes

With the school semester nearing its end and the consequent effect on my schedule, as well as the addition of several personal endeavors, I am finding it difficult to carve out time to blog as much as I used to.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love doing this. I love putting my thoughts on paper–and in this case, online–but my time must be devoted to activities that are of a more pressing importance at this time.

For those of you who do keep up with my blog and take the time to read, thank you. I can assure you there will be more to come. However, I will be pumping the brakes a bit for the foreseeable future until my schedule becomes a bit more palatable.

I will still try to write a bit here and there, but maybe not in the way I have up until this point.

To Giants fans: the season isn’t over yet! Go Big Blue!

To Knicks fans: don’t allow yourselves to get absorbed by the constant negativity that surrounds your team. We’ve got a good bunch, and it’s only been a few games. It’s only November.

For now, I will say goodbye, although it is more of a “see you later.”

And again, thank you for taking the time to read.

See you soon.


Ok everyone, I know you all missed me so much the last five days or so. After that heartbreaking loss Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, I decided to use the holiday–should we really celebrate Columbus?– weekend to get some rest and clear my mind. Look for the game review sometime in the next day or so.

Also, there have been plenty of happenings regarding both the Giants and Knicks since my departure. We’ll cover those as soon as possible.

Before I do any writing, I’m gonna dive into this mac n cheese.

Worth it.

Ever upward!

Hello and welcome to my blog, Excelsior. A Latin term, excelsior translates roughly as “ever upward.” It is also the state motto of New York.

Excelsior will be dedicated largely to coverage of the New York Football Giants and New York Knickerbockers. As a fan, I like to believe my favorite teams are headed “ever upward” themselves. Couple that with the obvious homeland of New York, and boom: Excelsior.

First up: football season. Excelsior will lack a preseason component for the Giants this season but is getting started just in time for Week One. The 2013-14 NFL season will be a pivotal one for many in the Giants organization and I’m looking forward to enjoying it with all of you.

I’d like to take this chance to invite you to engage with myself and each other on Excelsior from here forward. But please, do so in an appropriate fashion. We’re sports fans, not barbarians.

But what’s the difference, right?

Stay tuned.