10 Things To Do In The Summer

10 Things To Do In The Summer

Get off the couch and get outside.

Summer is here and teens are all about getting out, spending money (or not spending money), and doing fun things with their friends to make memories. Here's a few things to get out and do during the summer that will make awesome memories and make sure you have a great time.

1. Go to the lake (or beach).

Depending on where you live, i'm sure you live near a lake or a beach. Or at least an hour from one. This is a good things to get a bunch of friends, pack up your car, and go outside and spend some time on the water ALL day. Tubing, tanning, and playing in the sun can never been seen as a bad thing.

2. Go to an amusement park.

HOW COULD THIS NOT BE FUN. Has anyone ever seen a Six Flags commercial? Anything about amusement parks is fun. From roller coasters to fried foods, it's always the best way to have a great summer (and you can get tickets pretty cheap online).

3. Go to an aquarium or a zoo!

Animals are always fun. Petting zoo's are better, but regular zoo's are cool too. & aquariums are just awesome because all the fish are cool to look at. Also, the gift shops at the end of the tours are always filled with awesome nic nacks and collectable items that no one needs but everyone wants to take home to remember the experience.

4. Go hiking.

This costs no money and comes with the PRETTIEST views you could ever get in the world. Yes, it's tiring. Yes, it's active. But being active in the summer AND having fun while doing it is better than sitting on the couch, watching Netflix, and eating a whole bag of chips in one episode of Grey's. Or at least not everyday.. So get outside, go hiking, and take some beautiful pictures while you're at it ;)

5. Take a road trip.

Pack up the car, turn up the music and start driving! You have no cares and worries in the world now since you're done with classes for three months (unless you have a job), but even then you can take a few days off to take a short road trip with some of your closest friends. Be wild, be free, and be in the moment.

6. Go to concerts!

I don't know about any of you, but being at a concert and listening to some great music is probably one of the best things you can do in life. Music is great, friends are great, and being able to say you saw your favorite artist live is pretty great too.

7. Go visit some old friends and have a reunion.

Not all of your old friends still go to the same school as you. Life changes daily, and some will move away. Take some time in your summer break to go see an old friend and catch up with them. Keep the friendship going whenever possible and have fun with them!

8. Have a family cookout.

Spend some time with your family! If you're in college you don't see them as much as you use to. Definitely take some time to have family moments. Having a cookout is a great way to get the family together and spend some time with each other. Laughter and good food is all you can ask for in life.

9. Go to a MLB game

Baseball isn't always fun to watch (jk, yes it is..) but it is sometime to do with your free time, and tickets are so so so cheap if you don't care to be up front behind home plate.

10. Go on a picnic.

Pack up all of your favorite foods, bring your dog and some friends and go to the park! Or you can even go by yourself and just enjoy some alone time on a beautiful day. Take a nice book and a hammock and spend the day relaxing and chowing down on some snacks.

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The hard times within the Cleveland Cavaliers organization continues. The trade deadline was a troublesome day for members of the Cavs as they sent away: Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert, and a first round pick. A big time roster overhaul to get their priorities straight and get on the right track.

Then it came out that there was more trouble in paradise… J.R. Smith was suspended for one game for “violating an unspecified team rule.” What could it possibly be? Missing a team flight? Failed drug test? Skipping out on practice? Nope.

According to multiple sources within ESPN, J.R. Smith’s suspension was in regard to an incident with assistant coach Damon Jones when Smith threw a bowl of soup (i’m not kidding) at his coach. No soup for you J.R.!

Smith has since served his suspension and has rejoined the team, along with regaining his spot in the starting lineup. But the hard hitting question still remains: What kind of soup was it? Is J.R. more of a minestrone guy? Maybe clam chowder? The world may never know.

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3 Takeaways From The Trojans' Men's Basketball Regular Season

A deeper look into the 2017-2018 season for the Trojans

The 2017-2018 season proved to be a tumultuous one for the Trojans' Men's Basketball Team. After the team opened up as a Top-10 squad in America, they stumbled out of the gates amidst some turmoil with the NCAA. However, as many wrote the season off as a "bust", the team fought back to get into NCAA Tournament contention and are now on the "bubble" to make the Big Dance. With that being said, here are my biggest takeaways from the Trojans' regular season.

1. The Losses of Tony Bland and De'Anthony Melton Hurt

In September 2017, associate head coach Tony Bland was arrested on charges of receiving a $13,000 bribe in July, 2017 from agent Christian Dawkins. In exchange, Bland would help usher USC players to Dawkins when it was time for them to declare for the NBA. As part of the charges against Tony Bland, USC rising sophomore and starter De’Anthony Melton was suspended indefinitely. According to reports, Melton was one of two players(the other is now-Arizona State commit Taeshon Cherry) who allegedly received payments of around $4000 dollars from Bland in exchange for commitments to USC.

There’s no question that the losses of these two figures hurt the Trojans. Bland was one of the lead assistants on head coach Andy Enfield’s staff and a true player’s coach. He also had a reputation as one of the best recruiters in the country and is credited by many for bringing current USC stars such as Jordan McLaughlin to the Trojans.

The loss of De’Anthony Melton impacted the Trojans negatively on both sides of the basketball. A projected first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Melton was coveted by NBA scouts for his defensive versatility as well as his playmaking ability. According to ESPN, the Trojans finished 70th in scoring offense without Melton as opposed to 55th a year ago with him. Also, with Melton being unable to play, the Trojans lost one of their best shot blockers(1.0 per game) and their leader in steals(1.9 per game). Melton has since withdrawn from USC to prepare for the NBA Draft.

2. This team is still fully capable of making a deep tournament run (if they can get in)

Even with all of the talent that they have, the Trojans have been prone to meltdowns and heartbreak throughout the season. First, there was the improbable half-court buzzer beater by Stanford’s Daejon Davis to sink the Trojans. Then, there was the inexcusable loss at home to a Washington team that finished 6th in the PAC-12 standings. And then of course, the two losses to crosstown-rival UCLA where the Trojans blew substantial leads in the 2nd half of both matchups.

While ESPN’s BPI currently gives the Trojans’ a 60% chance to be a part of the “Big Dance”, the Trojans will need a strong performance in the PAC-12 Tournament to secure their spot in March Madness. If the Trojans can get to the NCAA tournament, there’s no question that the Trojans have enough talent to create some noise and make a deep run. After all, even with the loss of De’Anthony Melton, the team still features a Bob Cousy Award finalist(awarded to the nation’s best point guard) in Jordan McLaughlin and potential first-round pick Chimezie Metu. They also feature 3-point snipers in senior guard Elijah Stewart(40% 3-point shooter), who is tied for first in most games played in a Trojan uniform, and sophomore Jonah Matthews who came on well in an increased role this season, hitting 41.3% of his 3-point attempts.

3. The Future Is Bright

Despite the rollercoaster season that the team has endured this season, and regardless of what happens in the upcoming weeks, there’s no question that the Trojans have a bright future ahead of them. Although the losses of seniors to graduation Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart along with potentially losing Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu to the NBA will sting, USC has enough returning and incoming talent to make noise for the next few years. Sophomores Jonah Matthews(8.7 ppg) and Nick Rakocevic (7.5ppg and 5.5 rebounds) have looked comfortable in their second seasons and have shown flashes of being able to lead the team as upperclassmen. Along with the sophomores, freshman Jordan Usher came off the bench multiple times throughout the season and shined in a “spark-plug” role for USC with his defensive intensity and perimeter shooting. Former McDonald’s All-American Charles O’Bannon Jr. will also look to be a bigger contributor in his second season at USC.

Reinforcements are also coming in the 2018 recruiting cycle in the forms of 4-star guards Elijah Weaver and Kevin Porter. Weaver will look to fill the leadership and playmaking void left by McLaughlin while Porter, the #1 ranked player in the state of Washington, will add athleticism to the perimeter for the Trojans. Both players fit the mold of the up-tempo style Coach Andy Enfield employs and should fit in very nicely in Los Angeles.

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