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Majoring in a sport

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Alex Coleman

Gage Miskimen @GageMisky [Co Executive Newspaper Editor]

In many universities across the nation, a variety different majors are offered in various areas of talent. There are music majors, writing majors, and art majors. People have chances to showcase their talents in the fine arts as well with dance majors and acting majors. One thing that should be noticed is that there are no opportunities for an athlete to major in their sport.

Collegiate athletes should have the chance to major in the sport they choose or have a scholarship for. Football players should be able to major in football, basketball players in basketball, baseball in baseball ,and so on. People could argue this and say that this would offer no valuable experience, and that not every college athlete makes it to the professional leagues, so in reality a major in a sport would be essentially a waste of time. This isn’t true at all. A major in a sport would offer a variety of classes that would prepare a student for a vast amount of careers within the wide world of sports, while also getting credits for their actual practices since that does take up a lot of a student-athlete’s time.

There could be classes on sciences related to sports and athleticism. There could be marketing classes that have to do with different athletic products and brands. There could be a class on learning how to commentate and really dive in depth about the game they’re learning. Since a lot of professional athletes go broke, there could also be a series of financial classes teaching students how to handle money whether or not they make the big leagues or not. Being a student-athlete is pretty much like having a full-time job. In the world of collegiate sports these days, a sport is a year round activity. Once a season ends, players are back in the weight room and working out intensely everyday. They spend endless hours in the offseason already learning to improve their game by watching film and going over plays so they might as well get some credit for it.

Obviously, not all athletes would want to major in their sport. A lot of students have other passions and ambitions rather than playing ball and learning about it. NFL players like Richard Sherman and Andrew Luck, both from Stanford, had other interests that they did very well in, and they are both highly intelligent guys. Those type of athletes probably wouldn’t major in sports due to their potential success in other fields, but there are a lot of NFL players that become commentators due to a failed athletic career, or injury, or retirement. These guys could’ve majored in football to be prepared for their situation and become better commentators or having a normal guy who doesn’t play football major in football to become a commentator would make it more legit and it just makes more sense. Certain players who should’ve majored in football throughout history would include: Tiki Barber, Tim Tebow, any other heisman winning quarterback that can’t play to the potential of the NFL, and many others. These guys who didn’t last in the NFL but still have great knowledge and love for the game are perfect candidates for high-caliber commentators and executive roles in ESPN or NFL Network.

Having a major in sports would be a great option for those that would be interested. It would still be a well-rounded experience for the students who would decide to partake in it. It would still offer an endless amount of career options, and it could be a top major in the future if offered. It combines sciences, financing, journalism, and other fields all into one. A major in sports opens up unlimited possibilities in what one could do with their life.

If a sports major was introduced, colleges could potentially make more money due to the peak in interest

If a sports major was introduced, colleges could potentially make more money due to the peak in interest

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Excitements for the upcoming Super Bowl

Posted on 30 January 2015 by Alex Coleman

Kayla Comried @Kcomried [Co Executive Yearbook Editor]

This year, the super bowl teams are very evenly matched. They happen to truly be the two best teams in the league, and they are being coached by the best of the best. This leaves many people wondering who will win. There is no clear cut answer to this question, because the game will simply depend on which team shows up to play this Sunday. The patriots and the Seahawks both have a record this year of 12-4, and so, neither team is being favored. The football playing that takes place during the super bowl is obviously why most fans watch the game, but there are many other things that go into this annual Sunday night festivity, such as the commercials.

The commercials that play in those short times between play are for sure something that many fans look forward to. This year, the “usual” ads will be once again present, such as those from Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Doritos. Something new this year will be the array of technology ads such as those being sponsored by Microsoft. These companies pay unbelievable amounts of money for these ads, and some even buy more than one. This year, to buy one ad, a company would have to pay 4.5 million dollars. Four point five million dollars for thirty seconds. This just proves how many people are streamed into this game. Another thing many fans wonder is just how much it costs to go to this event.

One ticket to the superbowl costs anywhere from $8,360-$40,256. Pretty expensive for an outing lasting roughly 3-4 hours. Once these super fans arrive at the bowl however, the prices do not stop. Over the course of 2014, the average price of a soft drink at an NFL game was $4.73 while the cost of a hot dog was about $5.38. It seems as though the profit they are making never ends, but considering that the average NFL player makes 1.9 million dollars a year they have to have money coming from somewhere. The rest of the money goes various places, and the hosting city can make around 1.5 billion dollars for hosting the super bowl.

So, whether or not we agree with the price of these items, or the salary of the players, it is obvious that no matter what, millions of people will all be connected through the super bowl on Sunday night. It is an event that a major amount of Americans look forward to, and this year is no different.

This will be the  forty-fourth annual super bowl

This will be the forty-fourth annual super bowl

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Murphy’s road to recovery

Posted on 28 January 2015 by Alex Coleman

Gage Miskimen @GageMisky [Co Executive Editor]

The biggest fear high school athletes can have is getting injured. All it takes is one play or one second, and an athlete’s career can be changed forever.

Preston Murphy, senior, was injured in the peak of the wrestling season. During a match Murphy tore his ACL and meniscus, and also sprained his MCL. “My opponent blocked my leg and returned me to the mat. Since he blocked it, my body went to the ground but my leg sort of just stayed there,” Murphy said, trying to give some insight of the event as it happened.

The process to recovery has been a long and difficult journey. “I had to get an MRI to diagnose the injury. I went to physical therapy twice a week, I was in the training room with Cody everyday, and I ended up getting surgery. I had to stay at home for a week, and I couldn’t do much. After that, I had physical therapy three times a week, and I did a bunch of exercises. That’s where I’m at right now,” Murphy explained.

The injury ended Murphy’s high school career in sports,  something that can be very hard for athletes to cope with. Especially for someone like Murphy who has been involved in multiple sports every year since he was a little kid. “For the rest of high school, I can’t participate in sports, but there are opportunities in college for recreation. By then, I should be fully healed.” Murphy said. He has goals to come back and be athletic and active again, because it’s been a huge part of his life for so long and it was his first year being active in wrestling. “It was my first year in wrestling, and I was really enjoying it, so not being able to wrestle hurts,” Murphy stated.

But Murphy also seems to focus on the positives and feels lucky that the injury didn’t happen earlier. “Since it didn’t happen during football, I consider myself lucky because I’ve been raised around football and looked forward to it every year,” Murphy said.

Murphy has hope for the future though, and looks forward to becoming active again and working out. He hopes to get involved with CrossFIt after he has fully recovered.

Preston Murphy, senior, has come a long way since his injury, but still has a rough road ahead.

Preston Murphy, senior, has come a long way since his injury, but still has a rough road ahead.

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Patriots drama continues

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Alex Coleman

Baylea Bruce @Baylea_Marie [Staff Writer]

Recently just about every news outlet and social media is filled with rumors that the New England Patriots deflated footballs to help win the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL is investigating into the allegations that the Patriots had 11 out of their 12 game balls under inflated by 2 pounds per square inch, giving an unfair advantage.

One thing most people don’t understand is how the game could be played out and then the problem be brought up. Wouldn’t somebody same something or notice anything? If someone was playing in such a big game and thought the other team wasn’t playing fairly, they would have brought it up a lot sooner. What good does it do now? Are the Colts wanting a rematch with standardized footballs?

Right now most of the blame is being put on the Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, which makes total sense since he’s the one who is control of the football most the time. So did he sneak back into the locker room, deflate the footballs, and then bring them back? I agree that most of his responses do sound a little suspicious. If it were me, I would be freaking out the entire game worrying about getting caught. But that’s coming from someone who has problems ding-dong ditching.

So whether you believe the Colts are crying wolf or the Patriots are a bunch of dirty cheaters, I think were all a little tired of hearing about it. It won’t change the outcome of the game. I’m sure all the players still got paid thousands of dollars even if the balls were deflated. But as we all know, cheaters never win and winners never cheat.

What will happen  i the NFL decides that the footballs were in fact deflated?

What will happen i the NFL decides that the footballs were in fact deflated?

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College football controversy?

Posted on 09 December 2014 by Alex Coleman

Gage Miskimen @GageMisky [Co Executive Newspaper Editor]

Yesterday the college football playoff bracket was announced. This year, four teams made the cut: Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, and Florida State. Of course, with all things sports, controversy follows. Some are upset that Baylor and TCU didn’t get in. Some say it’s because the Big 12 conference doesn’t have a championship game and that’s why no Big 12 teams didn’t get in.

But look in this perspective. The Big Ten is a harder conference overall than the Big 12. Ohio State faced a tough schedule and demolished ranked Wisconsin in the championship game. This earns them their spot for sure.

Florida State is only undefeated because of their joke of a conference, the ACC. They barely play anybody and Famous Jameis is overrated as a quarterback and is a higher risk NFL draft choice than Johnny Manziel. Do they deserve the playoff spot? Maybe. They are the defending champs from last year. But they really haven’t done anything all year with their easy schedule. If they deserve a spot, then so do the almost-undefeated Marshall Thundering Herd. They will not be back to back champs. That’s a promise.

It’s no surprise that the Alabama dynasty made the inaugural college playoffs. They’ve never been a bad team and they play well as a unit. They are still a vital threat for years to come with great recruiting. All the top high school players want to wear the Crimson Tide uniform.

Speaking of uniforms and a team that has many, the Oregon Ducks are looking like champions this year. It can be argued that this is thanks to the top Heisman candidate, Marcus Mariota. They play Florida State in the first round of the playoffs and will most likely fall to the mighty ducks. (No pun intended). Oregon is a unit to be reckoned with and gave Arizona a beating last week. Arizona was the only team that beat Oregon in the regular season and Oregon got their vengeance.

Some people want the playoffs to include 8 teams. That seems like a great idea. Some say that that’s too much for student athletes to partake in. But it would make more sense and allow more teams a chance for a championship and the majority of student athletes definitely want that chance so why not? More football also means more money so everybody wins.

Jeremiah Masoli, quarterback for the Oregon Duck's, gets ready to pass the ball

Jeremiah Masoli, quarterback for the Oregon Duck’s, gets ready to pass the ball

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Jobs, sports, and homework oh my!

Posted on 10 November 2014 by Alex Coleman

Noah Walter @Tyrannoahsaurus [Staff Writer]

He wraps up burritos and the opposing teams receivers. Being an employee, student, and athlete can be very hectic. This is the life of most teens nowadays, all of them needing money for every late night taco bell run, or those sick new Jordans that just came out.

Austin Brown, senior, is one of the many students that live this hectic lifestyle. Brown, has been working at Chipotle the past 5 months, while having to balance the start of football season, and this being his senior year at Marion all at the same time.

When Brown started at Chipotle he worked quite a few hours. “I worked 40 hours or more the first two weeks I was there,” said Brown. He had to deal with all of this work at Chipotle, and football practice everyday. “I’d get off at like 12:30 some nights, and then have to go to football the next morning,” Brown commented. He would have to sweat from morning until night, on the field, in the kitchen, and in the classroom.

Brown is the ‘prep guy’ at Chipotle. “I cut onions and peppers, marinate the steak and chicken. Cut cheese and also do dishes,” Brown explained. Even though this causes a lot of stress and pressure on Brown, he still enjoys it. “It keeps me active and on my feet, it also keeps me out of trouble,” laughed Brown.

Brown isn’t the only teen who has to do this, most teens nowadays have jobs and over 50% play sports according to usnews.com. All of these experiences are what shapes the high school experiences of teen’s today.

Just like Austin Brown, senior, who works at Chipotle, many teens have jobs

Just like Austin Brown, senior, who works at Chipotle, many teens have jobs

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Red Nation falls apart

Posted on 22 October 2014 by Alex Coleman

Kaydence Dewoody @Kaydewoods [Staff Writer]

It goes without saying that Red Nation has gone down hill in the last couple of years. The student section used to take up the whole entire bleacher portion they were assigned to at football, basketball, and other  games. Now we’re lucky if its even half full. We’ve had good seasons and we’ve had bad seasons, but that doesn’t change the amount of people who attend games. We should always be there supporting our players because that’s what school spirit is all about.

The real problem Red Nation has is its leaders. If the leaders aren’t cheering, the crowd isn’t going to cheer either. Their job is to get the crowd excited and pumped for the game, the crowd follows exactly what they do. Also, if they’re screaming and yelling at people to cheer when they’re not even cheering, it doesn’t make it fun to be in the student section for anyone.  Maybe more people would actually participate in the student section if it had fun themes and not repeated themes we use two or three times each sports season.

Not to bash on the “leaders” of red nation, but there should be no reason that the bleachers aren’t full of screaming supportive students. If the leaders took their jobs a bit more seriously, maybe the rest of the student body wouldn’t be far behind.

Red Nation cheering on the volleyball team

Red Nation cheering on the volleyball team

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The problem with high school sports

Posted on 09 October 2014 by Alex Coleman

Gage Miskimen @GageMisky [Co Executive Newspaper Editor]

With the constant elevation of athletic talent in high school sports, there is more pressure for teenage athletes to succeed in their sports. The pressure comes from everywhere around them. Their parents, their teammates, their coaches, and the media. One wrong mistake and a whole article can come out about how poor a team is performing. Sometimes it’s basic news and it’s okay. Other times, it crosses a line. It gets personal and opinionated to the extent that it is not okay.

High school athletics aren’t necessarily about wins and losses. Sure, everyone loves to win and hates to lose, but that’s not the reason and the original idea of having high school athletics. High school is a time for growing and learning and athletics in high school come along with these lessons. A sports team in high school these days spend most of the year together conditioning and lifting in the offseason and that’s including most of the summer. They spend countless hours bonding together. Whether that be just working out, hanging outside of sports, having inside jokes or even fighting with one another. The brotherhoods and sisterhoods of sports should mean more than the sport itself. People should realize that. We as high school athletes are not professionals. We are kids. Athletes will make mistakes and hopefully will learn from them. A football may fumble, a basketball player may miss some shots, a bowler may throw it into the gutter, but it’s not the end of the world. Like Rocky Balboa said to his son in the latest movie, “It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep getting back up.” That’s what high school athletics are really about. Not records, not stats, not wins or losses. It’s about learning life lessons and forming close relationships with teammates and coaches and inspiring younger kids who come and watch the games to be a role model as well. It’s all a pattern and if we don’t set a better example, then the next generation of kids to play sports at the high school level will have even more pressure on them. Some pressure is good of course. That’s what competition is about. But kids need to still be kids and just play the games they love.

Two Marion High School volleyball players sharing a brief moment, displaying what high school sports should really be about

Two Marion High School volleyball players sharing a brief moment, displaying what high school sports should really be about

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Michael Sam’s rejection

Posted on 02 September 2014 by Alex Coleman

Gage Miskimen @GageMisky [Opinion Editor]

This past weekend, the NFL team, the St. Louis Rams, cut defensive end Michael Sam. Michael Sam made headlines earlier this year when he opened up about being a homosexual. Sam was the first openly gay football player. Now some people may think this is the reason he was cut from the team, but realistically, it was not.

Michael Sam is indeed a good player. He had a very successful collegiate career with the University of Missouri Tigers, including becoming the SEC defensive player of the year in 2013. But he is still a rookie who was on a team with a very talented and experienced defensive line, including Chris Long and Robert Quinn.

This morning, it was announced that Sam didn’t make the cut for the ten man practice squad as well. But then again, no other defensive end did either. Michael Sam did not make the team, not because he was gay, but because he is a rookie who is inexperienced even though he still has potential. Will another team pick up Sam? Yes for sure. He had a very good preseason which included sacking Brown’s quarterback, Johnny Manziel.

Who will pick up Michael Sam? The possibilities are endless, but there’s no doubt that he will still be a part of a team roster at some point this season.

Snapshot of Michael Sam in uniform taken after a game

Snapshot of Michael Sam in uniform taken after a game

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Newest Madden game hits stores

Posted on 28 August 2014 by Alex Coleman

By: Deshaun Quinn @QuinnTower_2 [Staff Writer]

The Madden 2015 game cover, as seen in stores

The Madden 2015 game cover, as seen in stores

The new Madden 15 dropped in stores August 26th across the U.S. Millions of people lined up to get their hands on it. With Richard Sherman on the cover, how could anyone not want it?

The game came out on most consoles, and the gaming experience blows Madden 25 out of the water. With the new connected franchise mode, you can play franchise with other friends and experience the point of views from a player, coach ,and even franchise owner. Not to mention the people’s favorite game mode, ultimate team. When you start ultimate team, it allows you to choose which play style is the best for the player you can pick from:

Short pass- Which gives the line better pass blocking, and gives the receivers the talent to catch the ball in traffic.

Long pass- which gives the line better pass blocking, and allows the receivers to have the chance of beating their defenders in man defense when running routes.

Ground and Pound- Allows the line to stay on their run blocks longer, and the running back will be better at knocking down defenders.

Speed Run-  Allows the line to stay on their run blocks longer, and makes the running back harder to take to the ground.

Zone Defense- The opposing team is less likely to fall for play action, and defenders will better protect their zones.

Man Defense- The opposing team is less likely to fall for play action, and defense will be better matched up on man defense.

Pass Rush- The defensive line will break off blocks easier, and defenders will keep better coverage on the ball.

Run Stuff- The defenders will be more efficient tacklers, and the defense line will break off blocks easier.

Other than the play styles, the game graphics are unbelievable. With the newly created Next Gen system,  the graphics are the closest you can get to realistic in our world today. Compared to Madden 2025, the gameplay has changed a lot; this can be seen right when you start the game. The kickoff run backs and even the quarterback play is more realistic to how the game is played today. Yes, the game still has powerhouse players such as Marshawn Lynch and Tavon Austin who are extremely fast with the ball. Overall, the game is geared to be faster, better, and more fun than any of the ones before it.

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