Verner's Views IV

July 16, 2009

This week in Romanian class was a tough one. We had a very difficult midterm on Tuesday and that was the first time I really struggled. Overall, I think I did well. We also had a quiz on Wednesday which wasn't that bad. We are getting into a lot more grammar and vocabulary, but also starting some dialogue and conversations. I am feeling confident in what I know, but I still have to brush up on the oral part, even though I am steadily improving on that day-by-day. We also watched a Romanian film, featuring gypies (hustlers) and other traditions which were pretty interesting. We are going to see more films soon to see how Romania is viewed.

This week in the weight room we had more emphasis on conditioning. Everyone is still pulling each other through and getting everyone amped to get ready for the season. We are maintaining our progress in the weight room and getting techniques down so we can perform better in the lifts. On Friday, we had a hard workout and competed on tire flips for time! I saw the previous week that punter Jeff Locke did exceptionally well so I challenged him. We battled hard, but he ended up getting the better time by 1.5 sec. This week, I will try again! By the way, we were the 1st and 2nd fastest times in our group at our weight. A 'shout out' goes to Nick Ekbatani .....He is working hard out there in the lifts and getting ready to contribute on the O-line this yr!

'7 on 7' drills have been the same with the offense and defense each looking good. The young guys are starting to adapt quite early. They are still raw in some areas, but are willing to learn. Big plays are being made everywhere, with TA (Terrence Austin) having an amazing catch during 7 on 7 drills last week.

This week the upcoming star for us is Aaron Hester. He had an interception and a break up. He has been productive the whole summer, with the offense hardly throwing at him. He has been good in coverage and has been physical on the receivers. He's calling our guys out and really stepping up to make our team better. I have been really impressed with his progress!

Outside of school, I had the pleasure to watch Tom Brady and Matt Cassel throw a little bit with Wes Welker and DeSean Jackson. Their routes, speed and accuracy was very impressive. I was just excited to know I'll hopefully get a chance to play with these guys in the near future. I actually got a chance to go against DeSean in some drills and he is very talented and definitely made me better. Aaron Hester also guarded him and held his own. You can see the potential starting to show from him.

I was also able to go home to see family and friends, especially some from my old high school. In particular, I was glad to see the Awanyai family, who has been great family friends.

I went to see Harry Potter on Tuesday night with my girlfriend, Sinae. It was jam-packed with people dressing up as Hagrid and members of the Gryffindor and Slytherin houses. It was sold out with over 1,400 present and the movie didn't really disappoint. It had a lot of explanations and some good special effects. I recommend seeing it, especially if you are a Harry Potter fan!

I hope all are well and continue to support the Bruins as we are getting ready for a season to remember!

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