Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Blog Assignment #11

1) Make a new post to your blog, entitled as: Blog Post #11: Annotating Sources for the Proposal draft
2) Based on the library assignment that you completed in class on Thursday, March 31, determine at least 3-4 credible sources to develop your proposal topic. You can also consider interviews or a mini-survey as your sources. Cite these sources in the MLA format, and list the citations in the alphabetical order in your post.
3) Review and paraphrase/summarize the relevant parts of each source, including relevant quotations (in other words, annotate your sources). Copy and paste your annotations under the citation for each source.
4) Then, write at least a 500-word preliminary draft of your proposal, including your claim and the reasons that support your claim-- especially based on your research. Include a copy of this draft at the end of your post.

Bring a printed copy of this pre-writing to the class on Tuesday, April 5.

1. http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6682994/6683032
-This is a blog post by a writer for CBS Sports that explains reasons why the NCAA should have a playoff system instead of the traditional way of the BCS.
The article focuses on the proposed U.S. legislation seeking the revision of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) format, and discusses the strengths and weaknesses inherent in three bills introduced in the House. It discusses the need for a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football playoff system as well as the feasibility of implementing the requirements of bills and its effect on the NCAA Division I FBS member schools.

-This is an article on the procedings of the court case and that happened regarding the BCS and college football.
3. Should College Football Abandon the BCS?
This is a article explaining why college football should abandon the BCS and implement a playoff system.
The article presents the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) as the biggest problem of college football. It points out that the main goal of the BCS is to maximize revenues for its members as it determines the participants in its national championship game through pools and computer algorithms. It calls for a fair playoff system where the BCS should set up a playoff that is open to all team and where thecollege football champion is determined on the field of play.

4. The players agree: Bring on the playoff.
The article presents comments of college football players on the expected change in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). When asked whether it was time to change the schedule of the BCS, Harrison Smith of Notre Dame University considers that the playoffs should be brought on, as it would create interest in the end of the season. About the possible of a playoff in academics, Greg Jones of Michigan State University considers that it depend on the students. They also discuss a possible winner.

-This is an article that has players opinions on the BCS and what they should do with it.

Works Cited
Barton, Joe. "Should College Football Abandon the BCS? YES." Old Dominion University Libraries - Remote Login. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. .
Grossman, Matt. "The Players Agree: Bring on the Playoff." Old Dominion University Libraries - Remote Login. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. .
Nixon, Leslie. "PLAYOFF OR BUST: THE BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES DEBATE HITS CONGRESS (AGAIN)." Old Dominion University Libraries - Remote Login. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. .
Sox, Red. "Why NCAA Football Should Adopt a Playoff System - CBSSports.com." Sports - CBSSports.com Sports News, Fantasy Scores, Sports Video. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. .

There is an ongoing debate in the college football words, weather or not to continue with the Bowl Championship Series, or adapt a playoff system to determine the Division I national champion. The current system seems to have many flaws, and a playoff would be the better option, but the NCAA still goes with the BCS method of picking a champion. The NCAA should adapt a playoff system for Division I college football because it would extend the season. All football fans want to watch as many games as possible, and it would be very exciting. Another reason is that it gives the underdogs, or the mid-major team that had zero or one loss on the season a chance to play for the National Championship, rather than making them plays in a less important BCS game.
The BCS is a system in which a combination of computers and pollsters that vote to determine the ranking each week. It takes many different factors into account, but they never seem to satisfy the fans. The way to solve this problem would be to have a 12 team playoff at the end of the season, as well as continuing to have the non BCS Bowl games throughout December, to give the other teams a chance to play on national TV
A very recent example of why a playoff is the better way to go rather than having computers pick the best team, is the NCAA College Basketball tournament. There were many examples of teams in the tournament that were ranked very low, almost to the point of not making the tournament, yet they still found a may to make it to the Final Four. VCU for example, was scrutinized my name analysts saying that they should not have been given the chance to play in the tournament, but they made it and played their way to the Final Four. If it were up to computers to decide is VCU should have been in the tournament, they most likely wouldn’t have made it. Without giving the team a chance to play it out to determine a champion, a deserving team could get overlooked.
There have also been examples in college football of very good teams having a great record, but not being given the chance to play for the national championship game. Taking the 2010-2011 season for example, there was no clear-cut dominant team in college football last year. There were about 8 or 9 very good teams, but every one seemed to have their own flaw. The National Championship game was played, but it was unsure if the two best teams were actually in the game. Both teams were undefeated, but there were many other teams ranked just below them that were not even given a chance to play against them. If a playoff system were to be implemented, it would help determine a true champion, rather than using a computer to do that.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blog Assignment #10

1) What is the problem addressed in your proposal?

-The problem addressed in my proposal is that of the way that the postseason is done in college football. The current system is based on computer votes, votes of people, and overall performance on the field. It only lets two teams play for the National Championship, when there could be 4 or 5 teams that are qualified to win the championship.

2) What is the solution offered? Write your solution in the form of a claim.

-College football should adapt a playoff system to determine the national champion because it would bring more excitement to the games, we would get a more clear winner, and it would be good exposure for teams that are not as well known as others.

3) What reasons are you going to give to support your claim? For now, write at least a few possible reasons. More reasons may become apparent, as you research your topic.

I will give support by showing polls of sports writers and other that disagree with the BCS system, as well as looking at examples of when mid-major teams that played in other BVS games, not the championship game, and defeated major college programs. They were undefeated through the whole year, and were still not able to play for the championship.

4) Make a list of readers' likely objections to the solution you offer. Then revise your solution in a way to make it workable for your audience.

-A reason people argue against a playoff system is because of money. Having 30 bowl games brings in so much money to college football, the tv networks, and the companies sponsoring the games, that it would be hard to stop playing these games, which would in effect stop the supply of money. They would have to consider the fans and the players of the teams that are undefeated, but not able to play in the championship. There is a compromise that they can make, and that will be discussed in the paper.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blog Assignment #9

Possible topics for my proposal paper:

Changing the speed limit on shore drive from 35 back to 45. The speed limit was recently changed from 45 down to 35 mph and it very irritating and many people are upset about it. They believe that having it at 35 is no different when it comes to the safety of the people than when it was 45. The reason it was changed is because there are so many drunk people driving on shore drive at night, and they think slowing the speed limit down will reduce the chance they get into an accident. There are numerous newspaper articles regarding this topic.

Another possible topic would be removing the zoning laws in public schools. I think that public school kids should have the choice on where to go to school. I am interested in this because of many reasons, but mostly because I saw my best friend, who was very smart, be forced to go to a bad public school where he had a bad experience with the people there. I can use online articles to help me with researech

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blog Assignment #8

Source 1: http://lesbianlife.about.com/cs/wedding/a/lgmarriage.htm
This site is useful for finding basic information about gay rights. It does not go into great detail, but it does give the basics. It starts by telling a story of a lesbian couple who got married and did everything like a normal couple would do for the wedding. The point behind the story was to show that all people should have the right to do so.

Source 2: http://www.gotquestions.org/gay-marriage.html

This site talks about the Biblical definition of marriage as being the union of a man and a woman. I will use this as my definition of marriage for the paper. Due to the fact that our country was founded on Christian principles, I believe we should do as the bible says in the instance.

Source 3: http://www.bidstrup.com/marriage.htm

I will use this article to find facts for gay marriage. It also has defenses against banning gay marriage.

Source 4:
This is a great source for answering questions about the biblical perspective on gay marriage. It will help me develop my claim that homosexual’s should not be allowed to be married,

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blog Assignment #7

The argument that I will be making is that of definition.  That means that the argument will be based on my definition of the topic.  I will be arguing against gay marriage.   I am defining marriage as" The union of a man and a woman" and arguing against those who support it.  I am interested in this topic because i know that my view on the topic is different from many.  Most college kids would probably be in support of gay marriage, so it would be a good topic to argue against.

The support that I will be using will be from the dictionary, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  I will also use the Bible, and since our country was founded on Christian principles, it is safe to use the biblical principles and the definition of marriage for my paper.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blog Assignment #5

An argument that I am going to be analyzing is the legalization of marijuana.  There are many arguments for and against the legalization of marijuana.    

Some people say it has good values and others argue that the pros don't out weigh the cons.

The voting will go on and on
and hopefully they will resolve it in the end.

Pot no doubt has its negative side effects, but there are also positive.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blog Assignment #4

Arguments based on facts and reason are also known as "Logos"

There are many examples throughout the text book and throughout our daily lives that back up this reasoning.

One example from the text book is that of Colin Powell.  He claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, but it was later proven that those facts were incorrect.  That caused him to lose credibility.  When you present something as fact, and it later is proved as fiction, people will obviously be less likely to believe you.

Another example of this is marriage.  People could argue that getting married is a waste of time because studies show that 50% of marriage will end in divorce.  That is a startling number, but it doesn't stop people from getting married.  Looking at all the trouble that goes along with the divorce, some would say that is is pointless to get married at all.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blog Assignment #3

The example given in the book that has to do with Ethos is that of a car.  The Nano, by Tata, is a small car that is said to be the peoples car.  The company will not advertise many of the features of the car that cause it to be so cheap.  Selling for only $2,500 you would expect it to have flaws.  There are things such as manual steering and manual windows.  Those things might not seem important on the surface, but as time goes on, you do not want to have to crank down your window every time you need to put it down.

The car is no doubt green friendly, which is very appealing to the environmental wackos in the world today.  They are appealing to those who are saying we need to try to eliminate our carbon footprint.  They must remember, however, that this car will not appeal to everyone. There are still people that want a bigger or faster car.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blog Assignment #2

On the first page of the reading, there is a suggestive picture, similar to the one on the right.  Seeing something like this brings about emotion.  The sexual appeal is one of the most powerful emotions that one can experience.  This picture sparks many thoughts in ones mind, and those thoughts will stick with you for a long time.  The people responsible for the advertisement are very knowledgeable. They know that a picture of an attractive model will spark emotions inside those who see the picture.  The name Calvin Klein will stick in the readers head when ever he/she seems something like this again.

The reason that this picture will keep the image in your head is because of the person chosen for the picture.  If there was an unattractive overweight male in the picture, the reader would not.

This is another example from the textbook.  It is referring to the duke lacrosse team, who had multiple members of the team accused of rape.  This case brought up much emotion throughout the country.  Seeing the image of the players sparks the emotion, and makes people want to read the magazine.  Giving an current event the front cover of the magazine will make people want to read it.  Putting something that the entire country was not aware of would not have had the same impact as this cover.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Hello World,

My name is Daniel Cockerill and I am a Freshman here at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and later moved to Hawaii, and have finally settled in Virginia Beach with my family.  I have two brothers, who are twins, and both a mother and father.  I am staying on campus for my Freshman year.  I thought it would be good to be away from home and make my own decisions.  I haven't declared a major yet, as it is just my Freshman year, but I am interested in History and Political Science.  I am considering going into law after my undergraduate education.  I have always been interested in what it would be like to be a police officer, and that is something that I would live to get more information on.    I also work while living on campus.  I deliver pizza for Dominos, which is located down Hampton Boulevard just a couple miles down from the Constant Center.  It is great because I can work minimal hours, and stil make a good amount of money.  I have ran into a couple co-workers around campus at Old Dominion.

I am using this blog to track my progress over the year, and hopefully become a better writer in the process.  It is important in al things to track your progress, because you will forget about it think nothing of it when you are finished with your transformation.