Playing for Pizza Book Review

I just finished reading the book Playing for Pizza by John Grisham. The book is about a man named Rick Dockery who’s the third-string quarterback for the NFL team the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game the Browns had a seventeen-point lead in the fourth quarter. There was just minutes to go and they decided to put Rick in as the starting Quarterback. When Rick is in the game he provides arguably the worst single game performance in NFL history. After the game he becomes a laughingstock and the Browns released him following the game. The rest of the NFL teams refused to sign him. A few months later Rick gets signed by a team. Rick signs with the the Parma Panthers of Parma, Italy. Rick goes to Italy knowing nothing about it. I rate this book five stars because it’s about sports and overcoming adversity. I recommend this book to anyone who likes motivation and sports. Will Rick make it in Italy? How well will he play for the Parma Panthers? Read the book Playing for Pizza by John Grisham to find out what happens.

All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq Book Review

I just finished the book All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq by Steven Eubanks. The book is about the 2001 Army Navy football game and the war of Iraq. The book starts off at the 2001 Army Navy football game in Philadelphia where a million people watched the game that year. The game was the most watched college football game of the summer.  It was mainly watched because it was after 9/11 and many of the players will be fighting for the war in Iraq after the season. Down at the half Army was leading a drive down the field to score. On a 4th down and six Army quarterback Chad Jenkins tried to scramble for the first down but got rocked by Navy linebacker Brian Stann for no gain. That was the first time they met. The next time they will meet on the battlefield in Iraq fighting for Americas safety. I recommend this book to anyone who loves sports and war because this book has a lot about sports and war. I rate it five stars because it is a true story because I love reading about sports. What will happen in Iraq? Will they die? Read the book All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq Book by Steven Eubanks to find out what happens.

My Own Mitzvah Trip

In our middle school, we do a mitzvah project every Friday where we help out the community of Jacksonville. We do various mitzvah projects like feeding the homeless, delivering food, cleaning tomb stones, visiting the elderly, and visiting the sick. We usually don’t get to choose the mitzvah project we do in school, because we are assigned certain ones.   However, sometimes we get to choose from a few mitzvah projects.  Our teacher will pick certain ones, and we will get to choose one of those from the list.

One mitzvah project, we have done in school, is Thanksgiving deliveries to needy people. We deliver an uncooked turkey or chicken along with other foods to needy people around Jacksonville. I would like to do an extended version of this project. I am including a video of a Youtuber named Nigahiga who delivered Thanksgiving leftovers to random homeless people.  The video link is  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO4rdx145q0   I would like to do the same thing, because we should give the leftovers away instead of letting them go to waste. I would like to spearhead this mitzvah project on my own.

 

Mothers Day!!!

Some call you Mrs. S, but your always mom to me.

When I wake up in the morning your the first thing I see.

I know your very busy and have many things you do, but I know you will always be there whenever I need you. 

You help me with my school work and u help me laugh and play.

I know that I can count on u every single day.

So here’s a poem I’ve written its my gift to you this time

Happy mothers day mom I am really glad your mine.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair game

I just finished the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. Moneyball is about the 2002 Oakland Athletics and statistics. Peter Grant the Athletics new hired assistant general manager and Billy Beane the Athletics general manager discover a new way to get good players using on base percentage, stolen runs, RBI’s (runs batted in), etc. They were convinced this strategy would work. I give this book 5 stars because its not just about baseball but its also about math and scouting too. I recommend this book for anyone who likes numbers. How will the Athletics do? Will they make the playoffs? Read the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game by Michael Lewis to find out what happens.

Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond Book Review

I just finished the book Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond by Tiki Barber and Gil Reavill. Tiki Barber was a former NFL running back who was selected by the New York Giants in the 1997 NFL Draft. He grew up in Virginia with his twin brother Ronde Barber. They both played football. Tiki was a running back and Ronde was a corner. They played together until the NFL. Tiki was the younger one and would get picked on because he was compared to his brother. When the Giants selected him in the 1997 NFL draft Tiki didn’t want to play there because his brother was not on the same team. I rate this book five stars because this book has a lot of motivation and he overcame adversity. Will Tiki Barber play for the Giants or will he decline? Read the book Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond by Tiki Barber and Gil Reavill to find out.

Happy Passover

Last Friday for our mitzvah trip, the middle school did there yearly model seder for passover at Mt. Carmel. I think its important to do this mitzvah trip each year for a couple reasons. My first reason we do this mitzvah trip because these old people at Mt. Carmel may not get a lot of visitors. It is very common to see old people who don’t get a lot of visitors. Second reason we do this mitzvah trip because they may not do a sedor. If these people don’t have any visitors then they can’t do a sedor.

Every year when we go to Mt. Carmel there is a language barrier. Whether its hebrew, Russian, or Spanish only few students understand what they saying. I think we go back to Mt. Carmel every year for a couple reasons. First reason we go back each year is because they want us to. They say how we are well behaved and not a pain in the back. They enjoy us there. Second reason is they love how we know all this passover stuff. They love the way we do our sedors no matter if we can’t understand them.

Once a Coach Always a Coach Book Review

Yesterday I finished the book Once a Coach, Always a Coach: The Life Journey of Thomas Errol Wasdin by Peter Kerasotis. The book is about the life of Former Jacksonville University basketball coach Thomas (Tom) Wasdin. Wadin was the basketball coach for Jacksonville University from 1969-1973. He led Jacksonville University to the NCAA tournement in all his seasons. In 1970 JU made the National Championship but lost to the UCLA Bruins who will end up winning seven titles in a row. I rate this book 5 stars because its a motivational book. Read the book  Once a Coach, Always a Coach: The Life Journey of Thomas Errol Wasdin by Peter Kerasotis to learn about the game of basketball.

Come on and Eat

In the Passover song Ha Lachman Anya, there are two very important lines. The first one says, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” The second one says, “Let all who are in need come and make Pesach.” At the Martin J. Gotlieb Day School we do a lot of mitzvah trips that have to do with feeding people. Whether its volenteering at the Mandarin Food Bank, making Thanksgiving deliveries, or just Shabbat in the bag. All I can say is we have a lot of projects that have to do with food. Its impacted me a lot because I have never done this many mitzvahs in my life at school. It makes me feel really good to help someone because they need a helping hand and I am sure you would want someone to do the same thing to you if you are in pain.

Inside the Helmet: My Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior Book Review

This week I just finished the book Inside the Helmet: My Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior by Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer.  This book is about the life of former New York Giant Michael Strahan one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history. This book he also reveals other things like the top hitters and the NFL, etc. I give this book 4 stars because it talks about his life and its a backstage pass to an NFL game. How did Michael Strahan make it to the NFL? What did he reveal about the NFL? All of these questions can be answered if you read the book Inside the Helmet: My Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior by Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer.