Category Archives: Sports

The Ruining of the Bulls

By Tom Okkema

 

Over the weekend the Chicago Bulls were officially eliminated from playoff contention. This will be the first time the Bulls will miss the playoffs since 2008. Due to the ineptitude of the front office and certain players the Bulls have turned a perennial championship contender into a .500 team at best.

This leaves us wondering who do the Bulls need to eliminate?

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TRASH TALKING IN SPORTS, WHATS THE HARM?

TRASH TALKING IN SPORTS, WHATS THE HARM?

By: Tyler Bravo

We’ve all heard that there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, but where do we draw the line between friendly, and frightening? Trash talking to me has always, and will always be a part of sports, not a particular game, or any specific skill level, but all sports.  Whether you’re playing a pick up game of basketball in the park, a beer league softball game, or watching the pros on TV, you’re going to hear some trash talking.

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One of the most iconic, and recognized photos of “The Louisville Lip” AKA Muhammad Ali clearly shows him trash talking his opponent.

The question for me is not if we should ban trash talking but to teach kids the difference between playful banter and trash talk that becomes a form of bullying.  As part of an anti-bullying initiative in New Jersey, high school athletes can now be ejected from a game for taunting opponents.  Many athletic officials think this initiative could serve as a model for other states.

From the time I can remember, any team I played on, or any gym class that I took provided an example of what was “acceptable” trash talking, and what was considered to be crossing the line.  We would all joke and goof on one another, but if someone said, or did something that crossed the line, the teacher, or coach, would immediately intervene. Granted there were times we were without adult supervision, but sportsmanship became part of the game proving that we learned what was ok to say to somebody and what wasn’t.

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And for the “Sanctity of Sport” argument, even Babe Ruth would chirp it up with the opposing team.

For anyone who says trash talking has never existed in sports, check out Babe Ruth jawing with the Cubs before, during and after his infamous “called home run.”

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The Man Behind #24

1403551257000-jeff-gordon-gallery-introThe 2015 NASCAR season kicked off a couple weeks ago at Daytona, where Joey Logano not only took home the Harley J. Earl Trophy, but an incredible ceremony was held to announce Jeff Gordon’s retirement from the sport.

Yes, that’s right—the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, three-time Dayton 500 winner, and five-time Brickyard 400 winner, and man who displays the number “24” is racing his final year. 

NASCAR has the longest season in sports, as it starts in the last week of February and is carried all the way through November. With a race every Sunday, the sport gets extremely competitive; 43 cars race around a track for 400 to 500 miles, driving at speeds of 200 miles per hour, all racing for the maximum amount of points they can receive.

The current point system awards 43 points for a race victory, with three bonus points for winning, and one bonus point for leading a lap. If a driver also leads the most laps they are awarded an extra point, which leaves the driver the maximum total of 48 points. After the race winner, each racer is scored with a one-point drop from the winner’s base 43 points, meaning second place is given 42 points, third place 41, and so forth until the final finisher receives just one point. 

With Gordon’s accomplishments, ranging from his 92 CareerNASCAR Cup Victories to his 78 Career Poles, and the fact that he holds nine road-course victory records, it’s hard to see him in the bottom half of the standings. Not being able to finish the race in Atlanta or Daytona, you would have seen Gordon get caught in a multiple car pile up at both tracks.

In an interview, Gordon said that the reason for his retirement is to spend more time with his kids and see them grow up. It would be nice to see a family-man driver like this take home a 5th NASCAR Cup Championship, especially since it’s his last year.

The season continues this weekend as NASCAR is brought to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where all 43 drivers get to race for the Kobalt 400. Check out the race to see if the amazing Jeff Gordon can complete the race and maybe take home his first victory of the season.