Blog Post #7: NU Students on the 2016 Presidential Election

The main remaining candidates for President of the United States (clockwise from top left): Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio. (Image courtesy of

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY – With the 2016 Presidential election coming down to the wire, several Niagara University students shared their thoughts on the race.

Two of the most polarizing figures in the race have been Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Trump, a political outsider, has seen surging levels of popularity with Republicans, with big wins in both the polls and caucuses. Sanders has rivaled Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, contending with her for the last several months.

One student, Luke, spoke of his surprise in Trump’s level of popularity, though not with Sanders. He also believe that some current policies could use some change.

“I think our current economic system needs some improving,” he said. “Also, domestic policy should be more important than foreign affairs.” Luke also stated that the problem of people not finding jobs in their career path is an issue that he cares about greatly.

Another NU student, Nicholas, was more vocal as to who they will vote for.

“I support Bernie,” Nicholas said. “I don’t trust Hillary, because she’s done a lot of stupid things.”

Nicholas voiced their displeasure with the GOP’s most vocal candidate. “I can’t believe Donald Trump insulted the Pope,” he said.

One student, Joe, said that he wasn’t decided on who he would vote for on Election Day, stating that if he liked one of the remaining two candidates, he may cast a vote for them. Joe also made it a point that he will not be influenced by those around them when it comes time to vote.

“My parents follow politics, but they never try and sway me in any direction,” Joe said. He also wished that individual votes mattered more in the general election, with states like New York and California usually siding Democratic, and Republicans almost always winning states like Texas and Mississippi.

The 2016 Presidential race will be decided this Nov. 8, with the 45th President being sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017.

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Blog Post #6: Storify

On February 12, 2016 New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia was suspended for performance enhancing  drugs. What makes this more notable, however, is that this marks his third suspension, meaning he has been served with a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball. I gave a summary of the incident over on Storify.

Buffalo Bills Running Back LeSean McCoy Involved in Nightclub Altercation, Arrest Warrants Imminent.

LeSean McCoy at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY, Sep 13,  2015. (Photo credit: Kevin Hoffman – USA TODAY Sports)

On Sunday February 7, 2015, an altercation at a Philadelphia nightclub involving Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy left two off-duty police officers injured. Arrest warrants are imminent, according to ESPN’s Mark Schwarz.

The situation at the Recess nightclub escalated when one of McCoy’s associates, which included former NFL player Curtis Brinkley, took a bottle of champagne from one of the officers. Darnell Jessie, Roland Butler and Daniel Ayres have been named as the officers involved, according to CSNPhilly also reports that Butler and Jessie were sent to local hospitals, and were treated for several injuries.

According to, three off-duty officers purchased four bottles of champagne, and Tamarcus Porter, a former teammate of McCoy’s at the University of Pittsburgh, tried to take one of the bottles from Butler. Porter, McCoy, Brinkley, and a fourth man, Christopher Henderson, were involved in attacking the under-cover officers.

ESPN is reporting that one of the off-duty officers was knocked to the ground, resulting in him being “punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four suspects.” All involved were removed from the club.

Police officials have not officially named anyone as suspects, however ESPN is reporting that “a man familiar with the investigation confirmed to ESPN’s Mark Schwarz and The Associated Press that McCoy” is one of the men under investigation. Police said that the suspects have been “subsequently identified through photographs by complainants and by the security guards.”

TMZ Sports has obtained a video of the incident, in which McCoy can be seen wearing a black shirt and red shorts, and is shown throwing at least one punch into the crowd.

The Buffalo Bills released a brief statement on the incident: “We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time.”

On February 9, Mike Florio of NBC Sports writes for ProFootballTalk that “the delay results from the high-profile nature of the case, and the involvement of police officers.” Florio also writes that this incident could pose a threat to the Bills 2016 season, as McCoy may face discipline from the authorities and/or the league.

McCoy, 27, is a four-time Pro-Bowl selection, and was acquired by the Bills from the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2015 offseason. He signed a five-year contract worth $40 million upon arriving in Buffalo.


Blog Post #3: Blog evaluations


Three of my most visited blogs are all baseball related, as baseball is my main interest. As a baseball fan, and New York Yankees fan, the popular Pinstripe Alley website is perhaps my most visited blog. Written primarily by fans, rather than professional and established journalists, Pinstripe Alley delivers news related to one of baseball’s most historic and famous franchises. A main component of gaining viewers to the blog is their Twitter account, which churns out comical and satiric tweets dozens of times a day, all mostly Yankees related. Pinstripe Alley, run under the model of a large sports site, SB Nation, often incorporates animated gifs and humorous links, a style used by many SB Nation writers. They may not feature hard-hitting, in-depth stories, but the way they cover Yankees-related news, and harken back to historical moments and figures, provides Yankees fans with a comfortable platform. The site relies heavily on user feedback, with many posts receiving dozens, if not hundreds of comments.


Another blog which I have followed for years is Uni-Watch, which is devoted to sports uniforms, updating viewers daily on news and research on historical oddities relating to athlete’s attire. The site features a constant stream of links, to articles on other sites, and pictures sent in by fans. It is a true fan–friendly blog, featuring raffles and prizes, and constant feedback from the staff. I personally am a fan of the in-depth analysis of baseball uniforms and logos, which attracted me to the site in the first place. Uni-Watch is a perfect mixture of current news and historical findings.

Lastly, I occasionally follow a baseball history blog set up by researcher and freelance journalist Graham Womack. His blog, does not have the name recognition and traffic levels as the other two blog, not does it publish new stories as often, with only about 20 stories over the past year. However, Womack does excellent work when he does publish stories, as they are often well-researched. He tweets far more often than he posts stories, and we have corresponded several times. Womack also works for the SportingNews website, and often posts links to articles from there as well. Almost entirely historically based, I feel that this blog could be a time capsule of baseball history, being able to be read at any point in time, without losing its relevancy.

All three of these blogs appeal to baseball and sports fans, like myself, thanks to their style and sense of community.