Hitting Back

Hitting Back Hitting Back is a high school sports blog focusing on the classic student athletes of Berkeley Carroll. The Berkeley Carroll School was the original influence for this page.
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I plan to return covering games and expand to the local high school scene.

Mission: Our mission is quite simple. To provide Berkeley Carroll with an outlet that highlights dedicated student athletes. That also could feature the ACIS and other sports.

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It's hard to put into words what I feel. In the autumn of 2007, we got tickets to see Van Halen at Madison Square Garden...
10/23/2020
This Was 13 Years Ago

It's hard to put into words what I feel. In the autumn of 2007, we got tickets to see Van Halen at Madison Square Garden. Boy, was I excited. I think it was all the nostalgia from knowing David Lee Roth would be reunited with Eddie Van Halen while sharing a stage with Alex Van Halen and Eddie's son Wolfgang, who took over on bass for the well regarded Michael Anthony. [ 372 more words ]

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It’s hard to put into words what I feel. In the autumn of 2007, we got tickets to see Van Halen at Madison Square Garden. Boy, was I excited. I think it was all the nostalgia from knowing Dav…

"The Night" by Derek Felix The night brings out a calm A quiet presence that is unique It allows us to breathe the autum...
10/23/2020
“The Night”

"The Night" by Derek Felix The night brings out a calm A quiet presence that is unique It allows us to breathe the autumn air And take in the crescent moon We can look at the dark blue sky And be captivated by the shining stars That in some aspects seem so close But in others, are so far away… [ 56 more words ]

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“The Night” by Derek Felix The night brings out a calm A quiet presence that is unique It allows us to breathe the autumn air And take in the crescent moon We can look at the dark blue …

Some songs stick with you no matter what. Third Eye Blind is one of the more overlooked 90's groups due to the influenti...
10/20/2020
Third Eye Blind: “Slow Motion”

Some songs stick with you no matter what. Third Eye Blind is one of the more overlooked 90's groups due to the influential grunge era that took over music. They're a bit different sounding. That's what makes them unique. While they produced popular hits like "How's It Going To Be", "Semi-Charmed Life", "Jumper", and "Losing A Whole Year" on the self-titled debut album in 1997, there were under the radar darker songs such as "I Want You", which is lyrically splendid and still holds up. [ 448 more words ]

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Some songs stick with you no matter what. Third Eye Blind is one of the more overlooked 90’s groups due to the influential grunge era that took over music. They’re a bit different sound…

It's been a week since Eddie Van Halen passed away at age 65, losing his courageous battle to cancer. We still honor and...
10/17/2020
Some favorites by Van Halen

It's been a week since Eddie Van Halen passed away at age 65, losing his courageous battle to cancer. We still honor and remember how special he was as one of God's greatest gifts to the electric guitar. Eddie had a unique style and always played with a smile like we saw in the classic video, "Jump", from the 1984 album. [ 1,042 more word ]

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It’s been a week since Eddie Van Halen passed away at age 65, losing his courageous battle to cancer. We still honor and remember how special he was as one of God’s greatest gifts to th…

In the 1980's, Nestle came out with a Alpine White Chocolate Crunch Bar. The commercial is one to remember. For some rea...
10/11/2020
The coolest jingle ever

In the 1980's, Nestle came out with a Alpine White Chocolate Crunch Bar. The commercial is one to remember. For some reason, the catchy jingle I can still hear in my head. Sure enough, I decided to do a search on YouTube and see if I could find it. It didn't take long to rediscover. The original 30-second commercial aired in 1986. [ 319 more words ]

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In the 1980’s, Nestle came out with a Alpine White Chocolate Crunch Bar. The commercial is one to remember. For some reason, the catchy jingle I can still hear in my head. Sure enough, I deci…

"A Different World View" by Derek Felix It's a late night Fallen into a early morning As darkness of the moon Shines out...
10/10/2020
“A Different World View”

"A Different World View" by Derek Felix It's a late night Fallen into a early morning As darkness of the moon Shines out with dim lit stars Standing out in the heavenly sky As our mind drifts to another place When things were calmer And simpler to express ourselves It's a reminder of what's out there If we look really closely… [ 42 more words ]

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“A Different World View” by Derek Felix It’s a late night Fallen into a early morning As darkness of the moon Shines out with dim lit stars Standing out in the heavenly sky As our…

Eddie Van Halen will always be remembered for his unbelievable solos and shredding while being the genius behind great A...
10/06/2020
RIP Eddie Van Halen (1955-2020)

Eddie Van Halen will always be remembered for his unbelievable solos and shredding while being the genius behind great American rock and roll group Van Halen. The all-time great guitarist passed away at age 65 earlier today, losing his long battle with cancer. Growing up in the 1980's, I was wowed when I saw the Van Halen video for memorable hit song, "Jump." From David Lee Roth's jumps and scissors leg kicks to Eddie's ridiculous guitar playing and keyboard work, it remains one of my favorite videos. [ 273 more words ]

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Eddie Van Halen will always be remembered for his unbelievable solos and shredding while being the genius behind great American rock and roll group Van Halen. The all-time great guitarist passed aw…

Do You Remember by Derek Felix Do you remember When things were different A time of excitement In an age of innocence Lo...
10/05/2020
Do You Remember?

Do You Remember by Derek Felix Do you remember When things were different A time of excitement In an age of innocence Long ago lost That kept us laughing and smiling So young at heart I'd like to go back And time machine To the year 1985 When childhood dreams Playing in parks were alive Along with loud screams The days where we went out… [ 166 more words ]

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Do You Remember by Derek Felix Do you remember When things were different A time of excitement In an age of innocence Long ago lost That kept us laughing and smiling So young at heart I’d lik…

"Patchy Fog" by Derek Felix Through patchy fog We see it all Even on a cool autumn night That descends upon us The quiet...
10/04/2020
“Patchy Fog”

"Patchy Fog" by Derek Felix Through patchy fog We see it all Even on a cool autumn night That descends upon us The quiet calm is unique In ways that allow us to think Close our eyes and picture A different world One of peace and coolness Minus the daily stresses Letting everyone breathe in Life that God truly blesses

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“Patchy Fog” by Derek Felix Through patchy fog We see it all Even on a cool autumn night That descends upon us The quiet calm is unique In ways that allow us to think Close our eyes and…

Jimi Hendrix remains legendary with a timeless legacy on the 50th Anniversary of his death in United Kingdom. AP Photo v...
09/18/2020
A Tribute: Happy 50th Anniversary in Heaven Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix remains legendary with a timeless legacy on the 50th Anniversary of his death in United Kingdom. AP Photo via a Getty Images It was 50 years ago today that the music world lost one of its truest rock stars. On September 18, 1969 in a flat over in the United Kingdom, Jimi Hendrix passed away at the age of 27. [ 825 more words ]
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Jimi Hendrix remains legendary with a timeless legacy on the 50th Anniversary of his death in United Kingdom. AP Photo via a Getty Images It was 50 years ago today that the music world lost one of …

On a wild June night in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival in California, Jimi Hendrix performed with his Jimi Hendrix Ex...
09/17/2020
The Night Jimi Hendrix achieved God status

On a wild June night in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival in California, Jimi Hendrix performed with his Jimi Hendrix Experience band mates Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. The three day festival which featured such prominent acts as The Mamas and The Papas, Country Joe and the Fish, Jefferson Airplane, Simon Garfunkel and The Byrds, marked the highly anticipated American debuts of Janis Joplin and Hendrix. [ 475 more words ]
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On a wild June night in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival in California, Jimi Hendrix performed with his Jimi Hendrix Experience band mates Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. The three day festival w…

Jimi Hendrix sacrifices his electric guitar at the memorable performance during Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. AP Photo ...
09/15/2020
What if all music sounded like Jimi Hendrix?

Jimi Hendrix sacrifices his electric guitar at the memorable performance during Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. AP Photo via Getty Images As I sit here thinking about stuff, I'm always amazed at how death defying Jimi Hendrix was. For someone who only mastered the guitar for 12 years, James Marshall Hendrix did things playing it that no one has ever done. [ 674 more words ]
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Jimi Hendrix sacrifices his electric guitar at the memorable performance during Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. AP Photo via Getty Images As I sit here thinking about stuff, I’m always amazed …

This one is a 90's Classic. Honestly, the best era of rap was that decade. From the iconic groups like Public Enemy, NWA...
09/14/2020
Video of Day: Pete Rock & CL Smooth “Reminisce Over You”

This one is a 90's Classic. Honestly, the best era of rap was that decade. From the iconic groups like Public Enemy, NWA, The Beastie Boys, Wu-Tang Clan to Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, LL Cool J, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Heavy D, DMX, there was so much out there. You also had under the radar stuff like Pete Rock & CL Smooth delivering epic tracks like, "Reminisce Over You." Rapping about real stuff. [ 99 more words ]
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This one is a 90’s Classic. Honestly, the best era of rap was that decade. From the iconic groups like Public Enemy, NWA, The Beastie Boys, Wu-Tang Clan to Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Biggie, …

Our Video of Day comes from Depeche Mode. A sensational band with a unique sound for 40 years. It's hard to believe. But...
09/14/2020
Video Of Day: Depeche Mode “It’s No Good”

Our Video of Day comes from Depeche Mode. A sensational band with a unique sound for 40 years. It's hard to believe. But such is how time flies by like an ocean breeze or autumn wind that sweeps up the crackling leaves. It's coming soon. October isn't far away. Why do I love Depeche Mode? Oh. It's their distinct sound. [ 311 more words ]
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Our Video of Day comes from Depeche Mode. A sensational band with a unique sound for 40 years. It’s hard to believe. But such is how time flies by like an ocean breeze or autumn wind that swe…

On September 11, 2001, our lives were changed forever here in New York City. It's hard to believe 19 years have gone by ...
09/11/2020
Honoring the memories of true heroes 19 Years later

On September 11, 2001, our lives were changed forever here in New York City. It's hard to believe 19 years have gone by since the terrorist attacks on 9/11. I still get choked up thinking about that horrible tragedy. Emotions are reduced to tears for many of us. In the face of one of the worst days in American history, an attack on our country was an attack on our freedom. [ 558 more words ]
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On September 11, 2001, our lives were changed forever here in New York City. It’s hard to believe 19 years have gone by since the terrorist attacks on 9/11. I still get choked up thinking abo…

There's something to be said for live music. Especially when it dates back to the classic era of the 80's. Growing up, t...
09/06/2020
Video of Day: Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (Live)

There's something to be said for live music. Especially when it dates back to the classic era of the 80's. Growing up, there were so many memorable artists who were unique in their own way. Cyndi Lauper remains one of my favorites from that time. Of course back then, it was due to her comedic videos featuring WWE wrestlers like Rowdy Piper, Nikolai Volkov, Iron Sheik, Freddie Blassie, Captain Lou Albano, etc. [ 321 more words ]
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There’s something to be said for live music. Especially when it dates back to the classic era of the 80’s. Growing up, there were so many memorable artists who were unique in their own …

"Oh Beautiful World" by Derek Felix Oh beautiful world How we need you now More than ever To keep us altogether In a pla...
08/28/2020
Oh Beautiful a World

"Oh Beautiful World" by Derek Felix Oh beautiful world How we need you now More than ever To keep us altogether In a place Full of lies and deceit That tell half truths And look away in retreat We need a better place Than what we have For common good And all lives shared I hope one day This shall pass And find a better way Like dust in the wind Of our past
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“Oh Beautiful World” by Derek Felix Oh beautiful world How we need you now More than ever To keep us altogether In a place Full of lies and deceit That tell half truths And look away in…

Give me a signOr give me a lookLet's sip some wineOr read a bookFree our minds from madnessDon't let them winTheir fooli...
08/26/2020
Take back the neighborhood

Give me a signOr give me a lookLet's sip some wineOr read a bookFree our minds from madnessDon't let them winTheir foolish stubbornness causing sadnessClose minded souls who commit sinKilljoys during this hard timeThat can turn smiles to frownsWe need to hold the lineAnd push out these clownsLet's show them by stating our caseIt's time to reopen for goodWe'll dust them in the wind without a traceAnd take back the neighborhood
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Give me a signOr give me a lookLet’s sip some wineOr read a bookFree our minds from madnessDon’t let them winTheir foolish stubbornness causing sadnessClose minded souls who commit sinK…

Who didn't bump to this in 1990? Dirty Cash (Money Talks) originally came out in 1989 by The Adventures of Stevie V. I d...
06/13/2020
Dirty Cash (Money Talks)

Who didn't bump to this in 1990? Dirty Cash (Money Talks) originally came out in 1989 by The Adventures of Stevie V. I didn't know that until just now. However, they re-released it during my freshman year of high school. Ah. The cool days of the Walkman and discovering new music on the bus to Tech. Life was pretty different then. [ 225 more words ]
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Who didn’t bump to this in 1990? Dirty Cash (Money Talks) originally came out in 1989 by The Adventures of Stevie V. I didn’t know that until just now. However, they re-released it duri…

Tupac Shakur remains at the top of the list for me among rappers. He accomplished so much in such a brief period before ...
06/11/2020
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Tupac Shakur remains at the top of the list for me among rappers. He accomplished so much in such a brief period before being gunned down in Las Vegas at a traffic light following the Mike Tyson fight with Death Row boss Suge Knight. He would succumb to his gunshot wounds on September 13, 1996 at University Medical Center. He was only 25. [ 1,124 more word ]
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Hitting Back is something that originated a decade ago. A way for me to connect my observations on sports. Always hard hitting and fun hit back at me.

Tupac Shakur remains at the top of the list for me among rappers. He accomplished so much in such a brief period before ...
06/11/2020
The Legacy of Tupac

Tupac Shakur remains at the top of the list for me among rappers. He accomplished so much in such a brief period before being gunned down in Las Vegas at a traffic light following the Mike Tyson fight with Death Row boss Suge Knight. He would succumb to his gunshot wounds on September 13, 1996 at University Medical Center. He was only 25. [ 1,124 more word ]
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Tupac Shakur remains at the top of the list for me among rappers. He accomplished so much in such a brief period before being gunned down in Las Vegas at a traffic light following the Mike Tyson fi…

Tupac Shakur remains at the top of the list for me among rappers. He accomplished so much in such a brief period before ...
06/11/2020
The Legacy of Tupac

Tupac Shakur remains at the top of the list for me among rappers. He accomplished so much in such a brief period before being gunned down in Las Vegas at a traffic light following the Mike Tyson fight with Death Row boss Suge Knight. He would succumb to his gunshot wounds on September 13, 1996 at University Medical Center. He was only 25. [ 1,124 more word ]
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Tupac Shakur remains at the top of the list for me among rappers. He accomplished so much in such a brief period before being gunned down in Las Vegas at a traffic light following the Mike Tyson fi…

Point Break was on last night. It's still one of my favorite action movies. Who can ever forget the legendary Patrick Sw...
06/08/2020
Point Break

Point Break was on last night. It's still one of my favorite action movies. Who can ever forget the legendary Patrick Swayze as Bodhi? The leader of the Ex Presidents who surf by night and rob banks by day to stick it to the establishment. How I miss Swayze. He was such a good actor. Having been in other hits such as The Outsiders, Dirty Dancing, Road House and Ghost, I still love the bad ass he plays as Bodhi in Point Break. [ 1,727 more word ]
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Point Break was on last night. It’s still one of my favorite action movies. Who can ever forget the legendary Patrick Swayze as Bodhi? The leader of the Ex Presidents who surf by night and ro…

In the late 80's and 90's, Gang Starr was a hip hop group that had a cool and unique sound. Featuring originator Guru an...
06/07/2020
Gang Starr: Who’s Gonna Take The Weight

In the late 80's and 90's, Gang Starr was a hip hop group that had a cool and unique sound. Featuring originator Guru and DJ Premier, they put out some memorable hits that flew under the radar during a classic period for the rap game. I don't recall too many songs, but a couple just from rediscovery through related videos on YouTube brought me back to that throwback Era. [ 220 more words ]
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In the late 80’s and 90’s, Gang Starr was a hip hop group that had a cool and unique sound. Featuring originator Guru and DJ Premier, they put out some memorable hits that flew under th…

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