Twelve years later, Bad has met Evil once again. Today, Royce da 5’9 (bad) and Eminem (evil) dropped their collaborative EP that consists of nine songs along with two extras on the deluxe album. On Eminem’s first commercial album, The Slim Shady LP, him and 5’9 teamed up to create ‘Bad Meets Evil,’ and shortly thereafter came together for two more songs, ‘Scary Movies’ and ‘Nuttin’ to do.’ Their relationship soured, however, and shots were taken at both parties expenses. Eminem, though, signed 5’9 and his crew, Slaughterhouse, to Interscope this past year and started hanging out with 5’9. This undoubtedly led to unplanned studio time, and before either of them knew it, they had a solid album on their hands. The work that Em and 5’9 put together came and ended so abruptly that Dr. Dre, Eminem’s long-time friend/producer, didn’t get a chance to work on the album with them. No matter; ‘Hell: The Sequel’ is easily one of the best albums of the year. Both artists feed off of each other, transitioning well and rapping with the energy and style we are so accustomed to seeing from a rap mogul. Unlike most albums, this EP stays true to itself by evening out the lyrical load each rapper has on a song, and not showcasing one’s ability. As an Eminem fan, I love that he is still making quality music, and this album, although conjoined with another rapper, goes to show how talented Eminem can make others be. This album is nothing less than brilliant, and it deserves a 9 out of 10. The only song that didn’t fit the album was ‘A Kiss,’ which featured a beat not-typical with Eminem but more of a mainstream rap beat. Other than that, this album is sure to be a hit this summer. The only reason I didn’t give this album a perfect score is because some of the choruses were too high-pitched, and the song ‘Lighters,’ would never fly under the image of Eminem when he was up and coming out of the underground rap scene. ‘Lighters,’ which features Bruno Mars singing the chorus, is sure to get radio time, which will make Eminem’s fan base grow even greater. But he keeps his old fans happy, as his style is what it used to be for the rest of the EP. Thank you, Em, thank you, Royce, I probably won’t stop listening to this album until i head off for college.
When I opened my computer this morning and went to ESPN.com, I almost had a heart attack. On the home page was a picture of a high school recruit with Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean in the background with the title ‘Basketball Ties That Bind.’ Immediately I thought of the worst possible situation; Crean had succombed to the pressure of rebuilding Indiana basketball and had incurred recruiting violations, setting the Indiana basketball program back once again. I clicked on the story and began to read Mike Fish’s ‘investigative reporting’ on the Indiana Elite (a traveling high school basketball team that is always one of the best in Indiana), its head coach and his son, and Tom Crean and his coaching staff. Eyes glued to the computer, I read the entire story hesitantly, waiting for the thing that would do in Crean and his tactics. But as I finished reading what felt like a novel, I came out relieved yet disappointed. Relieved because Indiana had not been indicted on any recruiting violations. In fact, the NCAA hasn’t even been investigating them. Disappointed, because as a hopeful future journalist, specifically in sports, the author Fish’s article yielded no evidence of any wrongdoing by Indiana or the Indiana Elite. It was merely quotes mashed together from people who thought the Indiana Elite/Indiana basketball relationship was ‘fishy.’ I guess the articles main point makes sense, considering the author’s last name, but is this what investigative reporting has come to? A bunch of highly opinionated quotes based on little to no facts whatsoever, and in the end, no consequences occur. Indiana basketball is not in trouble. Neither is Indiana Elite. In the end, Fish’s investigative reporting led to a ‘fishy feeling.’ I guess that’s all we can ask for from journalism these days. The article is below.
Bubba Watson defeated Webb Simpson in a playoff to win for the third time in less than a year. Watson and Simpson shared the lead entering Sunday and Simpson actually had a two-shot lead after the turn as Watson double-bogeyed no. 9. After the turn, both players had to scramble for pars as Watson didn’t hit a single fairway on the back nine. Simpson then went on to birdie the tenth hole and take a three stroke lead, but that began to wither away when he bogeyed the twelth and Watson birdied the thirteenth. On the fifteenth hole, with a one shot lead, Simpson suffered a terrible break as he approached his tap-in putt and the ball moved, perhaps from the wind. The one stroke penalty allowed Watson to move to the next hole with a share of the lead. Both players parred out the rest of the round, resulting in a playoff. On the first playoff hole, Watson made a downhill seven foot putt to match Simpson and replay the eighteenth hole for a third straight time. Simpson, once again, hit the center of the fairway. Watson, however did not. Talking with reporters during the week, he said that the course did not do left handed players any justice, as every time he teed off water entered his line of vision. This was no better exemplified than on the eighteenth hole, where water runs down the right side of the hole. Watson’s tee shot played dangeroulsy close to the water, but ended up in a bunker 225 yards out. Simpson played first, but short armed his second shot and ended up in a front green-side bunker. Watson, the go big or go home prototypical player, hit a wonder second shot twenty five feet right of the flag. Watson hit his first putt to three feet, which put the pressure on Simpson to make his putt. Virtually the same putt Watson holed on the first playoff hole, Simpson made solid contact but the downhill break alloted the ball to jar right, cedeing the win to Watson. After going winless in his first several years on tour, Bubba Watson has now won three times in less than a year and is the current number one on the fedex cup points list.
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