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Predicting the NBA Draft for the Lottery Teams

Predicting the NBA Draft for the Lottery Teams

Cole Smith, Sports Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The time of the year where fans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) worldwide to anticipate which young athlete will be selected to their favorite organization has come, and with it comes the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery. For those who are unaware, the NBA Draft Lottery is an annual event in which...

Hopes of Several MLB Teams Hinge on Free Agent Signings in Off-Season

Hopes of Several MLB Teams Hinge on Free Agent Signings in Off-Season

Jacob Pasternack, Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Spring training is coming to a close, and the dawn of the regular season is just days away.  Everyone is in first place and every team hopes their offseason acquisitions will live up to their expectations.  When conjuring this offseason, the MLB had some big trades, some blockbuster star signings and...

Decision to Ban Heading in Youth Leagues Will Be the Demise of U.S. Soccer

Decision to Ban Heading in Youth Leagues Will Be the Demise of U.S. Soccer

Jacob Pasternack, Staff Writer

March 14, 2016


Filed under Sports

Crunch time. Five minutes left, down by one. The pace is being pushed. The ball is crossed into the box. Wambach jumps and connects with the header. The crowd gasps. Goal. The title hopes remain strong. That fateful goal by Abby Wambach in the 2011 Women’s FIFA World Cup set up the United States...

TORCH SUPERBOWL PICKS & OTHER NFL PREDICTIONS

TORCH SUPERBOWL PICKS & OTHER NFL PREDICTIONS

Cole Smith and Jacob Pasternack, Sports Dudes

January 22, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

After a long and eventful season with many surprises and disappointments, the NFL Conference Championships are upon us. The American Conference championship game features the defending Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots traveling to face the resurgent Denver Broncos in yet another Tom Brady versus...

Is New Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase the Answer to Dolfans’ Prayers?

Is New Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase the Answer to Dolfans’ Prayers?

Jacob Pasternack, Staff Writer

January 20, 2016


Filed under Miami Dolphins, Showcase, Sports

On January 8, the Miami Dolphins signed former Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase as their new head coach. The spot was made available after the Dolphins decided to not retain interim head coach Dan Campbell who replaced the fired Joe Philbin midseason. The signing makes Gase, 37 years old, the youngest...

Daily Fantasy Sports Sites Coming Under Fire

Daily Fantasy Sports Sites Coming Under Fire

Cole Smith, Sports Editor, and Jacob Pasternack, Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) sites have become extremely popular across the world, but the question of if the sites act within law or not is arising. The issue that comes into question, according to The Washington Post, is that sports gambling is illegal in most states and that people are putting their...

MIAMI HEAT PREVIEW: Look for Miami to Be a Force in NBA East

MIAMI HEAT PREVIEW:  Look for Miami to Be a Force in NBA East

Cole Smith, Sports Editor

October 27, 2015


Filed under Miami Heat, Showcase, Sports

Over the course of last season, the Miami Heat were never able to pick up the speed and contend with other organizations in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Injuries were the main reason for Miami's downfall as the team finished the season at a disappointing 37-45, and the Heat were unable...

Carolina’s Panthers’ Cam Newton NFL’s Most Underappreciated Quarterback

Carolina’s Panthers’ Cam Newton NFL’s Most Underappreciated Quarterback

Cole Smith, Sports Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under Sports

Starting at the quarterback position for the Carolina Panthers is Cameron “Cam” Newton, and he just might be the most overlooked and underrated quarterback in all of professional football. Newton who is still young at the age of 26, is 6’5’’ and weighs 245 pounds. He has an 85.5 career passer...

Pirates Goals Exceed Just Making Playoffs

Pirates Goals Exceed Just Making Playoffs

Cole Smith, Sports Editor

September 29, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been flying under the radar for most of this Major League Baseball season. They got off to a lackluster start after opening the first quarter of the 2015 season with 18 wins and 22 losses. Instead of the Pirates, most of the attention has been focused on the St. Louis...

Baseball Pennant Races Heating Up

Baseball Pennant Races Heating Up

Jacob Pasternack, Staff Writer

September 15, 2015


Filed under Sports

It’s that time of the season again. The joy that came with the All-Star weekend festivities is long gone, and teams are digging in for the final few weeks of the regular season. At this point, no team is statistically eliminated, but we have a pretty clear picture of who is in contention for the ten...

Second Half Dooms Lions in Loss to Santaluces

September 15, 2015


Filed under Olympic Heights' Sports, Sports

The Santaluces Chiefs' second half onslaught proved too much for the Olympic Heights football team on Friday, Sept. 11, as the Chiefs rolled to a 38-6 win at Corey Lewis Stadium. The Chiefs jumped to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter, but a strong second quarter showing by the Lions defense and a OH...

2015 NFL PREVIEW

2015 NFL PREVIEW

Cole Smith, Sports Editor

September 10, 2015


Filed under Sports

NFC EAST Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have been the talk of the offseason. Chip Kelly's offensive playbook does a phenomenal job at putting running backs in the ideal spot to make plays. With the new addition of Demarco Murray, the ball should be handed off and run up the middle often. If everyone ...

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