OBJ To Cleveland Was The Trade That Broke The Internet

Sending OBJ To Cleveland Was The Trade That Broke The Internet

Odell Beckham, Jr. being traded to the Cleveland Browns may be one of the most impactful trades in NFL history.

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When the NFL season starts and we look back to things in the off-season like free agency and trades, March 13, 2019, will be at the top of the list.

At 8:00 p.m. that night, I remember being with my friends, playing basketball and having a good time. But when we all went to check our phones, the same reaction overtook our faces: the look of absolute disbelief. We could not believe it then and I think people still believe that this is a dream.

Coming into this past season, the Cleveland Browns were the laughing stock of the NFL. They only won two games in two seasons and sat at the top of the NFL draft in consecutive years. They had quarterback after quarterback flopping, a coaching carousel like no other team in the league, and a front office that seemed to know little to nothing about building a competitive roster.

Then a miracle happened. With the addition of first overall pick Baker Mayfield, along with quality pieces like Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, and Denzel Ward through the draft and trades, the Browns were slowly putting the moribund franchise back on the map.

Now in the offseason, this team has a lot to build off of and look forward to. Mayfield set the new rookie record for touchdown passes, with 27 while throwing for nearly 4000 yards on over a 60 percent completion percentage. With this young team led by a dynamic young quarterback, a good offense and top-flight defense, the only way to go is up.

Then somehow the rich got richer. The New York Giants' general manager Dave Gettleman has been saying they did not pay Odell Beckham Jr. just to trade him, but now?

The Cleveland Browns were somehow were able to snatch up one of the best wide receivers in the game.

Acquiring Beckham Jr. for a first round pick, third round pick, and young safety Jabrill Peppers, the Browns have now created one of the most potent offenses in the league, as Beckham Jr. is now reunited with former LSU teammate and best friend Jarvis Landry.

This jaw-dropping trade has flipped the scales of the NFL.

It's certainly changed the landscape for the AFC North. The Steelers have lost both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, the Ravens defense is crumbling with the releasing of Eric Weddle and losing CJ Mosley to the Jets, and the Cincinnati Bengals have not gotten any better in recent memory.

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Now the Browns, in my mind, sit atop the division, since they also have the additions of talented player Kareem Hunt (who may be suspended for a portion of the season), defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and young edge rusher Olivier Vernon to pair up with former first overall pick Myles Garrett.

This team has grit. They have talent. But most importantly, they have youth. Youth is a huge one, as we are in an NFL where outside of the New England Patriots, the only way to win a title is by building an All-Pro team around a quarterback on a rookie deal.

Honestly, three years ago I had a conversation with my dad about the Browns. I told him that when they started picking up good talent like Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers in the draft, they were on the come up. I wanted to be wrong so bad and at the moment, I was terribly wrong.

Now unfortunately for me, they are coming off a confidence boosting 7-8-1 season with a lot of young players showcasing their talent. I think the Browns have officially turned the corner.

With an offseason full of disappointment, since I'm a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, things are only getting worse for my team. I am watching the division flip the script for the first time in a long time. I still have faith in my team, but for the first time in my life, I finally can say I fear the Cleveland Browns.

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Ranking Greek Houses Isn't Cute, Leave The Immature Judgments In High School

Entering college means escaping the pathetic high school ideals...That is until you join Greek Life, apparently.

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Before entering college, I knew I wanted to become a member of a Greek organization. After all, my parents were in Greek Life, and I had seen all of the totally accurate movies from the early 2000s. You know, the ones where everyone parties basically every night, participate in some friendly competitions against one another during Greek Week and experiences a spotlight that only members could find themselves basking in. While some of this is true, depending on the university you decide to enroll at, the one thing that has stuck out to me the most is that the competition is not always friendly and, to be honest, verges on high school ideals.

I was lucky enough to be given a bid at the house that I wanted most of all throughout recruitment. That is the best part about participating in sorority recruitment early — you rarely have to base your opinions about chapters on the foundation of others. Quickly after bid day, I came to find that my sorority was one that would be considered a "top house." Whatever that meant.

Supposedly, Greek chapters on college campuses are categorized by levels. What exactly goes into determining a top from a bottom house? You probably guessed it! Absolutely nothing of substance: looks, social circle, and partying. This is not to say that I am not proud to be in my sorority, but I would never compare the status of my chapter to one that is considered as "lower" because it doesn't matter — and it never will.

I chose my sorority based on how much I could see myself enjoying the atmosphere, people, philanthropy, and qualities the chapter upholds.

And, this is something I would recommend to anyone who is considering going through recruitment.

It is easy to feel pride in the chapter that you are a member of when you are considered as one of the most popular. For a little bit, I fell into this trap of confusing pride with cockiness, all the while, the individuals who I thought would be jealous never ended up caring what house I was a part of. Instead, they continued to fall in love with the chapter that they chose from the beginning. It is of utmost importance to remember that everyone will find the chapter that they fit in with, find a passion for, and are proud of. The individuals that have done this have been some of the kindest and most humble. In addition, they also have raised and supported their philanthropies with a drive that I could rarely ever mirror. Most (if not all) of the people I have met outside of my sorority within Greek Life, I consider friends no matter what chapter they are associated with and would not trade our friendship for the world.

It is time for all of us to realize that ranking individuals by where they decide they are most comfortable, where they enjoy their time the most, and where they find their "home away from home" has absolutely nothing to do with the person that they are. We all entered college as a confused freshman learning something new every day and finding that being on your own for the first time makes us more vulnerable to believe the opinions of others. I ask that if you are an incoming freshman, trust in who you are and how proud you would be of yourself after the four-year ride. Also, I ask that if you are the individual with the opinions for freshmen to listen to, make the attention that you receive worth it.

Support everyone, no matter what, and mean it.

Being a member of Greek Life is like a family. We all support one another throughout the various philanthropic events, enjoy each other's company during social get-togethers, and have a sense of comfort knowing that once we graduate as members, we will always be members. Not to mention, it is quite the conversation starter. Never let an organization fool you into believing that you are less than a group of others, or for that matter, better. There is not a single idea of importance or relevance that proves you are. So, enjoy your time in Greek Life after earning your bid because you deserve it!

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Summer Break Just Started And I Wish It Would Stop Already

Is it August yet?

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Going into my third year of college, you'd think that I'd be looking forward to my summer breaks, or any breaks that I can snag a chance at getting. But the sad reality is, summer breaks now consist of working and stressing about the next semester. I'm sure not everyone feels this way, whether you're in school or not.

But for me, summer breaks are just depressing.

Most of the time, my summers have to do with making plans with people that always fall through, or not having enough time in the week to execute such plans. Many people are busy working, at an internship, or out of the country for the summer.

If you're in your hometown (and if it's boring and dry like mine), it's not a place you look forward to coming back to every break. I also sit and worry about what internships I didn't get and how I'm not gaining any experience, so that makes for a stressful vacation.

I also find in the summer months that my skin is at its worst. She just doesn't cooperate with the treatment I'm giving her and I'm always sweating, so that doesn't help too much either. It's like no matter what I do, my skin continues to disrespect me.

It's unfortunate to find yourself in this position because I really used to enjoy my summers.

I loved being home, going on little trips, and sometimes, dare I say it, I liked working at my minimum-wage job at one point. Now, I feel like I'm in this constant drought of nothingness and staring outside my window every morning.

But I cannot blame this solely on my environment. I have to share some of the blame with myself. I could have planned my summer out, I could have found better people to hang out with, I could have applied to a thousand internships and maybe gotten at least one of them. But sometimes things don't go the way you want it to, and that is okay.

Maybe I'll do better next summer, who knows.

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