Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kurt Cobain Honored with New Statue in WA

It smells like teen spirit in Aberdeen, Washington! Just last week, according to NME, the hometown of Nirvana guitarist Kurt Cobain unveiled a statue of the deceased frontman. In addition to the statue, February 20 has been proclaimed "Kurt Cobain Day" to pay homage to the grunge icon.

But, what is grunge? In the early 90s, grunge was a popular genre of rock music. With influences of hard rock and punk, grunge displayed a loud, hard sound, with strong drums and loud guitar chords. Nirvana was, and still is, the most recognized of the grunge bands, with Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam close behind.

Kurt Cobain was a very famous icon of the music movement. Many mysteries surrounded him, like his death on April 5, 1994. Lots of people claim that Kurt Cobain committed suicide; however, others hold with the theory that his wife, Courtney Love, murdered him. Another mystery of his death is dying at the age of 27, the same as many other rock musicians. The "27 Club’s" most famous members are Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. What qualifies a person to be in the 27 Club is to be a famous musician and, no doubt, die at 27.

But no matter the circumstances, Kurt Cobain is still recognized famously, with a statue and holiday to commemorate him.

-Catherine Cober

Bortles Shines; Bridgewater Under the Bridge

Blake Bortles, a quarterback from UCF, was the only one of the pro-ready quarterback trio to throw in this year’s NFL Combine. While Manziel lit up the track running a 4.68 40-yard dash, reports, Bortles showed his arm strength and touch while delivering deep passes to various receivers on Saturday, February 22. Though many decide not to participate in the throwing drills due to the lack of chemistry with the random selection of the players they’d be throwing to, the UCF quarterback reminded football fans across America that it can also do justice. In a different way, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater opted to sit out of the passing drills as well as the 40-yard dash and 60-yard shuttle.

On a positive note, Chris Johnson’s 2006 Combine record of a 4.24 40-time gets closer to being broken every season. Last year Marquise Goodwin of Texas University ran 40 yards in 4.27 seconds, and this year Auburn back Dri Archer got a bit closer with a time of 4.26 seconds. At this rate, an NFL player should be running sub-4.0 times in the next three decades!

-Isaiah Addair