Sports, News & Views - Week of May 1st-8th

Tyler Varga and the concussion that lasted 4 months - Tyler Varga is a 23-year old Yale graduate who signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. Varga climbed up the RB depth chart through the preseason and was starting to see the field before his season was derailed by a concussion in he suffered in Week 3. Varga goes into details of the scary events that followed. A real interesting look into how the NFL really treats players in the concussion protocol.

Polygraph History of Music - Polygraph created an entertaining streaming playlist of all the Top 5 Billboard 100 songs from 1958-2016. Click the link to hear snippets of your favorite songs as it scrolls through the days and months of each year.

Man Up - Lions LB DeAndre Levy speaks his mind on sexual assault awareness and why he feels the need to talk about it as a public figure. When celebrities talk, people listen.

What Smoking Pot Through A Gas Mask Taugh Us About Social Media - Trevor Sikkema replays the fall of NFL prospect Laremy Tunsil on draft night and shares his thoughts on social media as a whole. He believes that every college athlete should be required to take a social media class. I agree. As Trevor states, "Social media is not be feared, it is to be mastered."

How Getting Sober Changed My Relationship With My Mom - I found this article on Mother's Day and thought it was a great introspective piece. Author Kasai Rex tells his story of drug and alcohol addiction and his path towards becoming sober.

Below are a couple of artists that I've stumbled upon the past couple of months. Maybe they'll interest you as well...

Luke Christopher is a 23-year old rapper/singer who has been treading water in the rap game for a couple of years now. His sound is similar to Drake's.

PVRIS, pronounced Paris, is a rock band led by female vocalist Lyndsey Gunnulfsen. Their synthpop sound, darker content at times and females vocals are a couple of reasons why they closely resemble Paramore.

Sports, News & Views - Week of April 24th-30th

Lexapro, Kanye & Me: Molly Lambert on the ghost of SSRIS - An interesting view on Kanye's twitter rants the past few months and what he revealed in song off his newest CD, The Life Of Pablo

MLB's Brewing Fight Over Smokeless Tobacco - Fangraph's dives into the issue of smokeless tobacco use in the MLB and the upcoming battle to possibly ban the use of it in MLB stadiums

Bam Margera admits to binge drinking due to the loss of his best friend, Ryan Dunn. Bam is set to appear on the next season of VH1's Family Therapy in hopes of cleaning up his life. 

The staff and customers at a County Kerry bar brought the house down in a emotional performance of The Killers' 'Mr Brightside' to mark the passing of a friend. Brian O'Sullivan climbed the bar at Falvey's Bar, Killorglin, on Thursday to lead the tribute to Ger Foley, who had died earlier in the week.

19-year old Alessia Cara's soulful voice stands out on pop tracks and she is in line to be one of the biggest names in music in the coming years. Although "Here" is her only radio hit so far she is quickly building a catalogue full of catchy tunes that I'll unconsciously find myself tapping my foot too.

Trent Richardson, the former #3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, found himself out of the NFL 3 years later. Richardson has been vocal in recent weeks about what led to his downfall and is determined to get his NFL career back on track. Read More:

Anderson .Paak burst onto the mainstream music scene in 2015 as a singer/songwriter on Dr Dre's album, Compton. In early 2016 he released his third album Malibu which has received mostly positive reviews from critics. Paak's music is a blend of hip-hop and funk and although different, is a refreshing sound compared to the hip-hop that sits atop Billboard charts today. Give it a listen.