Isamu Bae

Name: Isamu Bae
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2005
Isamu Bae (AKA Izzy) is a senior and finally put up his staff bio. He's 17 and has no idea what he's supposed to put here, so this is all some filler material. He writes, draws, reads, plays games, practices martial arts (for lack of a better description), translates and edits for SnoopyCool and TJO (oooh shameless plug), plays in-line hockey, plays the violin, programs and sleeps in his spare time. And he wonders why he never has time to do anything. Izzy is a horrible driver and is proud of it. Kinda. Proud of being one of a very, very small population of Japanese people at Blair (fie on thee, "Japanese" Club!) [And an even smaller population of Japanese/Koreans in the world], Izzy disdains all who think Japan is a place where only anime and sushi exist. What would Izzy love to have? A monster computer. Jeez, what a geek.

Stories (52)

NBA playoffs: first round

By Pratik Bhandari, Adith Sekaran, Isamu Bae | April 25, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Rejoice, Washington area basketball fans! For the first time in eons, the playoffs are coming to town. Of course, the playoff thirst isn't going to be quenched until the Wizards win the championship, but it's definitely a step. Hey, if a few dominoes fall our way, we could even win it this year. Here's a peek at the first round of the playoffs, plotting out the course for what will hopefully be a good stab at the championship.

NFL Mock Draft

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | April 11, 2005, midnight | In Print »

The 10-minute clock has winded down, and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue steps up to the podium. "With the first overall pick of the 2005 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers select…" Well, we can't give you their pick now, not yet, not for another couple weeks, but we can make a guess by writing up a mock draft. Here are Izzy and Pratik's mock drafts for the first round of this year's NFL rookie draft. Click on the names to learn the reasoning behind the picks.

NBA: A look at the Western Conference at the Break

By Adith Sekaran, Isamu Bae | Feb. 21, 2005, midnight | In Print »

A look at the NBA's Western Conference at the All-Star Break with Isamu Bae and Adith Sekaran.

NBA: A look at the Eastern Conference at the Break

By Adith Sekaran, Isamu Bae | Feb. 21, 2005, midnight | In Print »

A look at the NBA's Eastern Conference at the All-Star Break with Isamu Bae and Adith Sekaran.

In the biggest game, the Eagles choke

By Isamu Bae | Feb. 7, 2005, midnight | In Print »

It was supposed to be a bad omen for the Patriots when head coach Bill Belichick found himself on the wrong sideline. Some wondered if the normally calm and collected man had been so flustered by this game that he was not thinking correctly. Maybe the talks of a dynasty, the Vince Lombardi record, the beating his Patriots were supposed to give the Eagles (according to the odds makers, anyway), had finally gotten to him.

NFL: Super Bowl XXXIX preview and reflection

By Isamu Bae | Feb. 2, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Here we are at last. After the draft, training camp, minicamp, four pre-season games, 16 regular season games and two playoff victories, the game everyone has been waiting for has arrived. It's Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida, or Super Bowl After-Wardrobe-Malfunction I. Hey, who knows, maybe Paul McCartney might end up doing some crazy, too. But let's not think about that.

Super Bowl Prediction

By Isamu Bae | Feb. 2, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Isamu Bae picks the Patriots to win for the second time in a row...

NFL conference championships

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae, Nick Falgout | Jan. 22, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Silver Chips Online breaks down the conference championships.

NFL playoffs: Week 2

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | Jan. 15, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Silver Chips Online analyzes this week's playoff games.

Wild Card Weekend

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | Jan. 8, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Check out Silver Chips Online's NFL picks and analysis for the first week of the NFL playoffs.

NFL: Week Fourteen predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | Dec. 10, 2004, midnight | In Print »

So going into the fourteenth week of the NFL season, you'd expect that the playoff picture would be at least somewhat clear. Even a bit? Just a teeny tiny bit? But no, the NFC stinks so badly it has losing teams with a chance to get in. Shoot, even the Redskins still have a long-shot chance at the playoffs. The AFC is almost just as weird, except it has so many teams that are 6-6 or 7-5 that it's aggravating.

NFL: Week Eleven predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae, Nick Falgout | Nov. 21, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Post-election sideshow

By Alex Mazerov, Isamu Bae | Nov. 18, 2004, midnight | In Print »

For our reader's convenience and entertainment, Silver Chips Online has compiled several maps of the American political landscape.

NFL: Week Ten predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | Nov. 13, 2004, midnight | In Print »

NFL: Week Nine predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | Nov. 6, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Question A will deteriorate quality of life

By Isamu Bae | Nov. 1, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Road repairs. The public school system. Public libraries. Police funding. Fireman funding. They all have one thing in common: they are at least in part funded by the Montgomery County taxpayers.

Eminem's Mosh a strong political voice

By Isamu Bae | Oct. 29, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Hundreds of black-caped people rush towards a building, undeterred by the menacing presence of the cops. They enter looking like a reincarnation of the Illuminati, a gang of hoodlums ready to burn down the entire world. The mob rushes into the buiding and lines up to… vote.

History has been made… now what?

By Isamu Bae | Oct. 28, 2004, midnight | In Print »

NFL: Week Eight predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | Oct. 28, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Historic come-back or historic collapse?

By Isamu Bae | Oct. 21, 2004, midnight | In Print »

NFL: Week Six predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae, Nick Falgout | Oct. 17, 2004, midnight | In Print »

MLB: NL Championship prediction

By Isamu Bae | Oct. 14, 2004, midnight | In Print »

MLB: AL Championship prediction

By Isamu Bae | Oct. 12, 2004, midnight | In Print »

NFL: Week Five predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | Oct. 9, 2004, midnight | In Print »

MLB 2004 Playoff Predictions: Round One

By Isamu Bae | Oct. 4, 2004, midnight | In Print »

NFL: Week Four predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Michael Bushnell, Isamu Bae | Oct. 2, 2004, midnight | In Print »

For those that live in this area and root for the Redskins, Week Threewas simply a week of blown calls. For many other teams, however, WeekThree designated a need for drastic courses of actions due to injuries.The Bears, for one, will look to tough out this season after losing twokey playmakers this season, including young quarterback Rex Grossmanlast week.

Expos moving to D.C.

By Isamu Bae | Sept. 28, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Major League Baseball has decided on the District of Columbia as the new home for the ex-Montreal Expos, reports The Associated Press.

NFL: Week Three predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | Sept. 25, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Barry Bonds joins the 700 club

By Isamu Bae | Sept. 24, 2004, midnight | In Print »

It has almost become a no-brainer, that Bonds truly ranks among the three in the 700 club in terms of hitting. Bonds is a ferocious hitter, likely breaking Babe Ruth's 714 early next season and Hank Aaron's 755 the year after. Bonds has likely cemented himself into the Hall of Fame, and, assuming he stays clear of steroid allegations, will take the mantle of the best hitter of all time.

NFL: Week Two predictions

By Michael Bushnell, Isamu Bae | Sept. 19, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Hey, last week we had a bunch of rather unexpected results. The Chargers beating the Texans? Who thought thatwould happen? Well, apparently our very own Nick Falgout did. JamalLewis being stopped for only half a century yards rushing? SanFrancisco competing to the end, as well as the Cardinals? Games aren'tusually very predictable, but the Chips Online staff actually didfairly well. And without further ado, the Chips Staff Standings:

NFL: Week One predictions

By Pratik Bhandari, Isamu Bae | Sept. 10, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Shaping up for the pennant runs

By Isamu Bae | Sept. 9, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Back around a month ago, the New York Yankees were sitting rather comfortably with a 10 and a half game lead over the Red Sox. Their pitching rotation was surprising. They were performing far better than anyone expected, and despite their inability to trade for Randy Johnson, looked like they would at least hold up until the playoffs. The World Series was quite out of the picture for most predictions.

NFL '05 – Is this The Year?

By Isamu Bae | Sept. 9, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Baseball after the break

By Isamu Bae | July 17, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Only a little while ago we were all optimistic about the Red Sox whooping the Yankees for the first time in forever. Darn the Empire! Darn Steinbrenner and darn A-Rod and darn the darn Yankees! And you know they're going to make some deals to shore up their pitching staff before the trade deadline.

High school athletes should go to college, not the pro level

By Isamu Bae | June 1, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In two separate sports, the controversy surrounding the allowing of high school athletes to enter the pro-level has sparked major debate and strong opinions.

A third of the way in- Anaheim on a power trip

By Isamu Bae | June 1, 2004, midnight | In Print »

A third of the way into the season, the MLB rankings look dramatically different from each other in many divisions. Anaheim has been the bright star of the season, leading the majors in victories with their revamped line-up… despite masses of injuries. Of course, the AL East looks remarkably familiar, as always, with Boston and New York at the top. But who could have imagined seeing the Seattle Mariners sitting at the bottom of their division? Who would have seen the San Diego Padres ahead of the San Francisco Giants? There are many surprises so far in this young season, and many of them will not continue. Teams may heat-up back to their potential, and some teams may fall back down to Earth (not to mention any names… Detroit). Here's an attempt, 30 games into the season, to predict what will happen with the division rankings, given the progress of the teams so far.

Monty Mortensen heads south

By Isamu Bae | May 28, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Math teacher Monty Mortensen will move to Atlanta, Georgia after this school year to be closer to his family.

Six Blair sophomores heading to DI Global Finals

By Isamu Bae | May 19, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Six Blair sophomores will be heading to the University of Tennessee to take part in the Global Finals of the 2004 Destination Imagination Creative Problem-Solving Competition for the second straight year.

2004 NFL Mock Draft

By Isamu Bae | April 22, 2004, midnight | In Print »

This coming weekend, there will be two days where a year's worth of observation, note-taking, decision-making, ranking, scouting, and discussion will come to an end. No, it is not the SATs, but the 2004 NFL Draft. While these drafts are impossible to predict, people do it anyways. No one could have foreseen the Jets trading up to the fourth slot to take Dewayne Robertson, or the Ravens nabbing both Terrell Suggs AND Kyle Boller. But those events happened. The following is simply one attempt at a mock draft, and it's probably going to go ka-plut by the 10th overall choice. But that's what is so great about writing these things to begin with. This first round mock draft will possibly be changing before the draft, so check back to see any changes (be it from trades or acquisitions or statements by the coaches or mind changes or whatever).

Lets give our very own seer a round of applause

By Isamu Bae | Feb. 12, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a round of applause to Silver Chips Online's very own, very reliable Not-stradamus Nick Falgout!

Diversity in a diverse population

By Isamu Bae | Feb. 12, 2004, midnight | In Print »

On December 12, 2003, Silver Chips Online posted an article, "Governor Ehrlich is justified in restricting gay marriage,” by Danielle Foster. The article defended Ehrlich's decision to deny re-defining marriage and extending marriage rights to homosexuals.

Super Bowl XXXVIII will be Brady's mark again

By Isamu Bae | Feb. 1, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The game is already being heralded as one of the most boring match-ups in Super Bowl history, with CBS frantically looking for any star to advertise. The burden of stardom for Super Bowl XXXVIII will be carried by Tom Brady, as he will carry the Patriots to their second Lombardi Trophy in three years.

Expensive gifts for the holidays

By Isamu Bae | Dec. 16, 2003, midnight | In Print »

It is that time of the year again. Yep, Christmas shopping time is now here, and what better way to please those close to you than to buy them a super grandiose gift (and hopefully get one back… or else…). Here we bring you this year's biggest, baddest (not really), top 10 expensive gifts for your loved ones.

Cassidy era ends with a fizzle

By Isamu Bae | Dec. 10, 2003, midnight | In Print »

It was roughly a year ago that General Manager George McPhee brought in a young, energetic, charismatic young man named Bruce Cassidy, known as 'Butch,' to be the coach of the Washington Capitals. Butch was supposed to bring optimism and a winning spirit to a team stumbling after its first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance.

Talk the talk, walk the walk, and bring along six sacks

By Isamu Bae | Dec. 8, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Jamal Lewis took a hand-off from Anthony Wright and started left. An orange and black clad defender pushed past the offensive linemen and grabbed Lewis. No matter. Shrugging him off, Lewis cut right, through the whole opened by the defender's miscue, running for 18 yards before being taken down by the both safeties and the cornerback.

Thanksgiving is not what you think

By Isamu Bae | Nov. 26, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Who can remember the days in Elementary School when we first learned about the history of Thanksgiving; how drably dressed pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower and learned about growing corn and many other survival necessities from the Native Americans, including the famous Squanto. We learned about how the Native Americans and the pilgrims became friends, and how Thanksgiving was a feast of giving thanks, thus the name of the holiday, where the pilgrims paid the Native Americans back for all that they had done.

How to solve the Redskins' Woes

By Isamu Bae | Nov. 24, 2003, midnight | In Print »

In the light of all that has happened to the Redskins, from their successful start to their dismal stretch, and possibly even back to success, many analysts, including the coaches of the Redskins themselves, have attempted to concoct a solution of victory. Thinking 'hey, why not,' I have created my own set of answers to solve the woes of the Redskins.

The secret world of ‘No Child Left Behind'

By Isamu Bae | Nov. 18, 2003, midnight | In Print »

10 great tricks and treats

By Isamu Bae | Oct. 31, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Getting tired of Halloween? Need something to spice up an otherwise dull night of handing out candy? Want to hang onto the candy so you can "inherit” the leftovers? Do you just want to drive away the incessant trick-or-treaters? Need to satisfy your sadist- I mean playful appetite? Here are 10 tricks for Halloween to ward away potential candy-thieves or get a good laugh (or more importantly keep your candy for yourself).

Fliers to be scrutinized even further

By Isamu Bae | Oct. 10, 2003, midnight | In Print »

The Transportation Security Administration will begin testing of a new screening system that checks each passenger's identity much more thoroughly than before, according to the Washington Post.

Rest, relax, and think about going back

By Isamu Bae | Oct. 10, 2003, midnight | In Print »

No need to call in the S.W.A.T.

By Isamu Bae | Aug. 14, 2003, midnight | In Print »

You know those television cop shows, the ones with the police chases? You know how they never really have much of a plot? Well, in a similar vein comes S.W.A.T., two hours of action that follows a patched together team through its first major mission.