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Five Easy Ways to get back in Shape: Carmen Hayes

The following is something new we are going to try out here at The Pit: Sports Talk. As you may have heard, or seen, Carmen Hayes joined The Pit on 02/17/2012 to talk Health and Fitness. Obviously, he is far from an expert on the subject. But the purpose is to help him build up some credibility, as minor as it may be, and to be more involved with The Pit and WXOU. Like myself, Carmen dedicated a great deal of time to Health and Fitness. Neither of us are experts, but then again, could you TRULY call me, Pontzer, Puckett or Topher sports experts (yet)? 


So, let’s give the guy a chance and see what he can do! Below is his first little tidbit of advice, and it is something I know personally works well; I have done much of the same advice Carmen gives in this column. I had him write this on the spot, so future posts may be more organized and better researched, but as of now this works. Hope you enjoy and spread the word!–Damien Dennis                



  5 Easy ways to get back into shape.

                                                By Carmen Hayes.


                America is no doubt the number one ranked country when it comes to obesity.  America lives on fast food and very unhealthy processed foods which is why it makes us a great country but one thing people don’t have is self-control when it comes to eating out. I know this for a fact since I work at Burger King. I see a lot of the same people come in every day ordering the same stuff all the time, I can even see them and be able to ring their order up before they even get to me. This is just one of the problems why most people are out of shape and are unhealthy. I use to be just like them until I decided to make a change what I do and what I eat every day.

                Two years ago I weighed 250 pounds, I would go to work, eat disgusting foods yet they tasted so good and drink about 4 cans of Coca Cola every day, then I would come home and just lay in bed til I fall asleep. One day I started getting chest pains and feel like when I laid down my weight was on my neck suffocating me, and it was just horrible until one day I decided to make some little changes that anyone can and here is how.



                    1. Make little changes in what you eat.

                Most people can do this and it is not hard at all. Switching out high calorie foods and snacks to an apple or little snack packs can save you between 100-400 calories a day which will add up. 3500 calories equal 1 pound. if you can cut 300 calories a day you can see a big improvement.  Changing out a candy bar for a fruit like an Apple or an orange a day will also do wonders and it will save you about 200 calories, just little changes will go a long way.



               2. Drink water.

                This is very simple; the more water you drink, the more your body detoxifies itself and the more water you drink, the more weight you will lose. How does this work? I hear that a lot from so many people and yet it’s simple. Drinking a gallon of water a day will help lose built up water around your waist to help you look like you slim down.  Water has 0 calories and has no harmful ingredients in it. Your body is made up of 70% of water; why not give it what your body needs?


                   3. Go for a walk.

                Walking is a great exercise to burn off calories and get you off your backside from the couch. Walking is has its benefits as well.  If you are feeling hungry walking for 20 minutes will help curve your appetite. Getting some fresh air will also help you instead of just sitting inside your house all day.


                  4. Get some sleep.       

          Since you are sleeping you can’t eat. It’s the perfect way to not eat for 8 hours, since your metabolism is always at work it isn’t working hard when you’re sleeping, but it still is working. Don’t eat two hours before bedtime and you will wake up feeling better about your body, granted you may be hungry it’s a good sign. The average American gets only 6 1/2 hours of sleep a night when the recommended hour of sleep is 8-9 hours. Do yourself a favor and get some sleep.


                 5. Get out and do some exercise.

                Similar to number 3 which is walking, doing more exercises like joining a gym or even doing some gym-less workouts will help you more then you know. Joining a gym is a no brainer but monthly gym memberships can be a hassle for people who can’t afford it. So why not do some gym-less workouts like pushups, body weight squats, jumping jacks; and there are just so many other things you can do. Not only will it help burn calories and body fat but it will help build muscle and tone your body up.




These are just simple ways to help someone to become healthy. Before starting any exercises or diets its always recommended to check with your doctor first. If anyone has any questions or comments, you can contact Carmen Hayes at hayescarmen364@yahoo.com


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Review: Realm of the Mad God

Review: Realm of the Mad God

The following is a video game review by new member of The Pit, Kyle Orski. Orski is our new Entertainment and gaming expert. He spends most of his time entrenched in gaming, so he is well-informed in this field. Enjoy his first article for The Pit!


A friend of mine brought to my attention this peculiar little gem that has recently made its appearance on the Steam market. Realm of the Mad God is a retro-styled 8-bit MMO focused around hectic and hellish shooter gameplay where you, and up to eighty-four other players, are let loose upon a world teeming with crazed gods and their minion legions. It has the trappings you’d expect from most MMOs; you quest with friends, gain levels, collect sparkly loot, and interact socially with the players around you. However, that is where the similarities end.

Now I’m a huge fan of anything 8-bit and this game is no excpetion, but I’m an even bigger fan of how refreshing this game turned out to be. Where most MMOs strive to mimic the competition, Realm breaks the mold with its lightning fast combat and unrelenting pace. From the second you hit its pixelated beaches, and all to way to Oryx’s fortress, you will be assailed by all manner of beasties in seemingly endless waves. For those used to a more plodding pace, Realm could very well leave you breathless and begging for mercy. Thankfully, this mercy can be granted with a swift tap of the F5 key, whisking you away to the safety of the Nexus, the monster-free social hub of the game. The Nexus houses all your character needs, like healing, trading, guild creation, and name/class customization.

Apart from the breakneck pace, Realm offers even more genre-defying features. The characters you will play are bite-sized; you can achieve the max level of 20 in less than an hour if you’re an experienced player. You might think this would shatter any form of long term play, but there’s one important factor I’ve held off on mentioning. Characters are allowed only a single life. That’s right, your beloved characters do not maintain the quasi-immortality that is rampant is nearly every other game out there. Upon death, your character is deleted and all items lost. This unique feature creates a white-knuckled sense of urgency as you and hordes of other players face off against an army of gods. Do you courageously charge into the fray, risking life and loot, or do you flee and live to fight another day? Character death happens very frequently and you can only fight it for so long before it finds you too.

This exciting permadeath mechanic is also a major component of Realms fame currency system. If you live long enough to reach level 20 you can begin to earn fame by your continued survival, but you can’t spend your amassed fame until the character earning it bites the big one. Think of it as cashing in the events of your life. Slaying gods and qualifying for secret achievements will maximize your ascent to stardom. The more you accomplished, the more fame that life will be worth. Fame is a persistent value and your reserves won’t be reset to zero as a result of death.

Of course there’s more on the line than just fame when it comes to reaching max level. Realm sports a diverse selection of classes to explore, but only one, the Wizard, is available from the start. You gain access to new classes by reaching level thresholds with classes you have available. Priest is unlocked after reaching level 5 with the Wizard, but other, more advanced, classes will require you to reach level 20 with multiple classes.

With all this leveling ahead of you, you might wonder what kind of content Realm contains to keep you playing. Quests are streamlined in that you automatically acquire them in the form of navigation markers that will lead you to a boss or god encounter. Defeating your opponent will net you a large xp reward, fame, and a chance at glorious soulbound loot (provided you’ve done enough damage to qualify). Aside from quests, dungeons may randomly spawn from the corpse of an enemy that you may explore with friends in order to confront unique bosses and gain special gear. The Mad God Oryx himself will be challenged by all players in a zone once 25,000 monsters and slain and his cadre of lesser gods are vanquished. Keep in mind that god battles are not meant to be taken lightly and will require the combined efforts of dozens of players to defeat.

All in all, Realm of the Mad God is an MMO many will find addicting because of its simplicity and sense of mortality. There’s much more to discover beyond the basics of what I’ve talked about here. Even after playing it for the better part of three days, I still had to tear myself away to write this. And the best part? It’s completely free. So get out there and show the Mad God what you’re made of!

Pit Gaming Guru

Kyle Orski, left, with Brad Swaile from Death Note at Youmacon 2009.

The Path to Success for a Sports Journalist

WXOU Sports Director

Matthew Pocket is the WXOU Sports Director and Lead Play-by-Play Analyst for Oakland basketball.

*This article was written for a school assignment. Some of the information I got from Matt Pocket wasn’t taken clearly, so some facts here aren’t accurate. However, there should be a legitimate version of this article in The Oakland Post very soon.

“As Dakota gets to the line of scrimmage in an I-Formation, Eisenhower looks to make a stop that could save their lead,” exclaims commentator Matthew Pocket.

Pocket, a communications major in his senior year at Oakland University, is an aspiring sports broadcaster and radio host. Serving as Sports Director for the college radio station and lead play-by-play analyst for OU’s basketball teams, Pocket is working to make his aspirations a success.

The Beginnings

Before his freshman year of high school, Pocket had never thought twice about radio broadcasting. This changed while looking into high schools to attend.

“When I was in 8th grade, I was choosing between De La Salle and Warren Cousino for high school. I met with the former principal at Cousino, who pitched the idea of CHS very well to my parents and me. He also told me that he felt I had a great voice for radio, and that I should take the radio class as a sophomore,” said Pocket.

When the option became available his sophomore year, he took it and succeeded.

“I excelled at the entry level class, and took Radio 2 the following year,” said Pocket. “Early in the season, I came up with an idea. If we had any equipment, why not go to the football stadium and broadcast the football game that Friday night? The game was against Utica High School, and Cousino romped in the game. I probably sucked, but I thought it was a ton of fun, and wanted to keep going.  So we did with Cousino, all the way to the state semifinals, where they lost to the eventual state champion Macomb Dakota.”

Choosing Oakland University

After Pocket graduated from high school in 2008, he began looking into colleges to hone his skills. Between Michigan State, Oakland, Central Michigan and Spring Arbor; Pocket settled on attending college as a Golden Grizzly.

“The turning point was that it was Division-1 college basketball, and we had the opportunity to cover our own games live. Neither Central or State offered that opportunity. Plus, I loved the vibe. I knew right away that this was where I wanted to be,” Pocket stated.

Pocket began as a volunteer for the college radio station, WXOU, his sophomore year of college. He worked as a board operator for a good year, but by the time he became a junior, he was promoted to Sports Director for the entire station.

He had started to do play-by-play commentary for Oakland basketball his first year with WXOU, but had not been a regular in the role until his promotion.

“As a junior, I took full play-by-play responsibilities,” said Pocket. He has won the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Award for Sports Play-by-Play because of his talents.


Hosts Bryan Everson and Matt Pocket

Pocket and his co-host, Bryan Everson, begin "The Corner Pocket" excited to talk about football.

Corner Pocket and the Future

Now in his senior year at OU, Pocket has a powerful and busy role around campus. Including any events with the radio station, Pocket can be heard for nearly every radio broadcast of Oakland basketball. He has also expanded the stations efforts to include covering local high school football games and he is the host of his own sports show called “The Corner Pocket”.

Pocket hosts his show every Friday afternoon with his co-host, journalism major Bryan Everson.

“Pocket is an amazing talent with a lot of personality. Hosting ‘The Corner Pocket’ with him has opened up opportunities for me I didn’t think would be possible so soon,” said Everson.

Pocket has also begun contributing to the college newspaper, The Oakland Post, writing columns for the sports section when the opportunity arises.

“The goal is to do play-by-play, someway, somewhere, somehow.  I’ve put a lot of time into it and I know I can be an asset, and hopefully I can be entertaining to anybody listening out there,” Pocket said of the future.

As the play begins, Pocket tells his listeners what he sees on the field.

“Dakota QB falls back for the pass, he puts it across the middle; and it’s intercepted. Eisenhower has intercepted the ball. Ike holds on to their lead with that interception, and the win is within their reach.”

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