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Angels Tijuana Tacos Review

By: Isaiah Almanza

Angel’s Tijuana Tacos is beyond just your average taco stand. Angel’s is located around the Los Angeles area and locations vary but you can find them on their Instagram page @angelstijuanatacos. 

Angel’s offers flavor and tenderness to its various selections of meat such as Carne Asada (Steak), Al Pastor (Marinated Pork), Pollo (Chicken), Buche (Pork Stomach), Chorizo (Pork Sausage), and Cabeza (Beef Head). Angel’s menu consists of tacos, molitas, and beverages.

While Angel’s is known for their tacos they also have their signature Angel’s Potatoes, which are a mix of queso and pastor and they put it on a grilled potato with toppings of your choice and with their freshly made corn tortillas and if you don’t feel like having tortillas you can also get a queso shell. It is perfection and is fried perfectly. Their food is quite filling and is known for its size and quantity.

Farewell John Madden

By Isaiah Almanza 

On December 28, 2021 John Madden, famous NFL coach for the then Oakland Raiders, passed away. As a coach, Madden is famous for his Super Bowl XI win with the Raiders against the Minnesota Vikings (32-14) on January 9, 1977. Madden coached for the Raiders for 10 seasons, finishing with 103 wins, 32 losses and 7 ties. 

He is also famous for his yearly NFL video games which bear his name. The first entry was John Madden Football (1988), and now with its latest release with a shorter name Madden 22 (2021).

Madden was also a great broadcaster, providing commentary for NFL games from 1979 to 2009, earning 16 Sports Emmy Awards along the way.

On January 9, 2022 before the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders game Virginia Madden honored her late husband by lighting the Allegiant torch.

John Madden’s legacy will continue to live on through his wife, Virginia, 2 kids and 5 grandchildren.

Earl Sweatshirt Sick!: Music Review

By: Isaiah Almanza

Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, released his latest album titled Sick! On January 14, 2022 which is a follow up to his 2019 EP FEET OF CLAY. Sick! consists of 10 tracks with 2 of those songs having features from underground rap duo Armand Hammer (Billy Woods and Elucid) and Bruiser Brigade member Zelooperz. While Armand Hammer and Sweatshirt have collaborated in the past on Falling out Of The Sky and Ramseees II this marks the fourth collaboration with Zelooperz.

Earl released “2010” in November as the lead single followed by “Tabula Rasa” Ft. Armand Hammer in December then “Titanic” in January. My favorite songs individually are “Tabula Rasa,” “Old Friend,” “2010,” “Titanic,” and “God Laughs.” 2 of the 10 tracks were produced by recent producer The Alchemist the other 8 tracks were produced by others such as Black Noi$e, Alexander Spit, Navy Blue, Samiyam, Rbchmbrs and Theravada.

The album was conceived as the world’s state-of-mind was compromised during the Covid-19 pandemic. Earl stated in a press interview that, “Before the virus, I had been working on an album I named after a book I used to read with my mother (The People Could Fly). Once the lockdowns hit, people couldn’t fly anymore. A wise man said art imitates life. People were sick. These songs are what happened when I would come up for air.” This shows how Earl Sweatshirt has grown as a artist and as a human with past works such as 2015 I Don’t Like S***, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt with Thebe rapping about his darkest demons and feeling like that was his first album he can stand behind. 

My overall review of the album would be 8.5 out of 10, as some of the songs are unique to Earl Sweatshirt such as “Titanic” or “God Laughs”. Each song has its flaws but it is countered with the great lyricism and beats made that fit the songs titles.

NFL Roundup & Predictions

By Isaiah Almanza

Week eight of the 2021-2022 NFL season has started and the season is shaping up to be a surprising start for the 32 teams and their 18-week schedule. The most interesting teams in the Los Angeles area are the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2), Los Angeles Rams (6-1), and Las Vegas Raiders (5-2). Let’s round up our favorite local teams.

Firstly, the Los Angeles Chargers are competing with the Las Vegas Raiders for the number one spot in the AFC West. After a disappointing loss in Baltimore in week 6, the Chargers are still a very talented team with a good chance to make it to the playoffs. Some of their biggest victories were defeating the Cleveland Browns, their AFC West rival Raiders, and 2020 Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers are coming off a bye week, hopefully recuperated. Quarterback Justin Herbert has been exceeding expectations in his second year, throwing for 14 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.

Next up are the Los Angeles Rams who are in the #2 spot in the NFC West standings with a record of 6-1, with #1 currently being occupied by the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (7-0). The Rams took a 38-11 victory over the NY Giants despite losing second-string tight end Johnny Mundt and running back Jake Funk. New star quarterback Matthew Stafford has led the team taking over for Jared Goff. They have the #11 offense in the league. The Rams moved to 6-1 after their 28-19 victory over the Detroit Lions. Former Rams’ QB Jared Goff and the Lions remain winless as LA’s Matthew Stafford threw for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns against his old team. The Rams take on the last place Houston Texans (1-6) this Sunday, 10/31.

Lastly, we will profile the Las Vegas Raiders who had a strong week 6 victory over the Denver Broncos, which officially broke their two game losing streak at the hands of the Chargers and the Chicago Bears. In Week 7, the Las Vegas Raiders continued their winning ways, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 33-22 to move to 5-2 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC West. In his second game under interim coach Rich Bisaccia, Derek Carr was an efficient 31-for-34 on 323 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with one interception. The Raiders will now have a bye week, but will return next Sunday, November 7 in New York to face the Giants (2-5). The Raiders have had to overcome the sudden resignation of head coach Jon Gruden, who came under scrutiny for malicious emails.

Predictions:

I am predicting that the AFC Champion will most likely be the Los Angeles Chargers. And the NFC Champion will be the Arizona Cardinals. And in the Super Bowl, I predict that the Chargers will finally earn their first Super Bowl win in a 47-42 victory.

Isaiah Almanza

Isaiah Almanza is a Junior at John Glenn High School in Norwalk, California. Some of his hobbies are skateboarding, going to the beach, listening and making music, and playing video games. His favorite news sources are CNN, CNN10, KTLA 5, NBC and ABC 7 News.