Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Jets’ Quarterback Options in the 2017 Offseason

Alasdair Thornton graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in English, and now works at Comicsverse.com as an intern. Football fan Alasdair Thornton’s favorite team is the New York Jets.

The Jets missed the playoffs for the sixth season in a row in 2016, with their 5-11 record landing them in last place in the AFC East. The team struggled on both sides of the ball; its average points per game (ppg) was the league’s third-worst at only 17.2, and defensively, New York was fifth from the bottom by allowing 25.6 ppg.

Thus, despite not having much salary cap space to work with in the offseason, the Jets are likely to try to make some improvements to their roster. While they currently have four quarterbacks, the Jets may elect to let both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith go their own way in free agency.

Going into the NFL draft with the sixth pick in the first round should allow them the opportunity to acquire a starting quarterback, but if they don’t, the Buccaneers’ backup, Mike Glennon, might be a good fit for the team. While not an all-star, his price tag isn’t outrageous, and a bargain-bin QB could allow management to fill some holes on defense in the draft and free agency.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Benefits of Playing Video Games

Alasdair Thornton holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wheaton College, as well as certificates in sketch and sitcom writing and improv from the Second City and iO Theaters. He divides his time between working as a self-employed freelance writer and serving as an intern at Comicsverse.com. Outside of work, Alasdair Thornton enjoys playing all types of video games

Video games often have a bad reputation among non-players; however, dedicated gaming actually comes with numerous benefits. Here are just some of the many benefits of playing video games.

1. Improving memory - Researchers don’t know why video games improve memory, but studies have found that individuals who play video games, particularly 3D games, improve their memory by up to 12 percent.

2. Overcoming dyslexia - Playing video games requires a great deal of focus, especially when playing action games. Following a session of heavy gaming, people with dyslexia read faster and more accurately. Researchers believe the improvement is a result of the mind’s increased attention span.

3. Slowing the aging process - As the mind ages, it becomes less able to complete certain cognitive tasks. However, playing just 10 hours of a video game with memory, puzzle, or problem-solving components can delay age-related mental decline by several years.

4. Reducing depression and stress - As many regular gamers know, video games are a great way of decreasing stress levels after a long day. However, the hobby also reduces rates of depression among regular gamers. The reason behind this is that video games distract the mind from stressful or depressing thoughts.