Live Life Like José Lived Life

By Kyle Dawson

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In the face of a tragedy like this one, a life lost way too soon should also be celebrated.

The loss of Jose Fernandez goes beyond baseball.

It goes beyond his future Hall-of-Fame type numbers. A 38-17 record, a 2.58 career ERA, a 2.44 career FIP (fielding independent pitching) and an 11.2 K/9 and all kinds of impressive statistics highlight his four-year career.

But, like I said, it goes beyond that. Continue reading “Live Life Like José Lived Life”

Reflecting on the Sadness That Was 9-25-16

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By Joe Smeltzer

It was past 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, and I was very agitated. I had a lot of stuff to get done over the weekend and had not done any of it.

For whatever reason, I decided to take a midnight trip to Walmart with my friends from Waynesburg University. I got back to my dorm at 1:30 a.m. and fell asleep at 2:20 a.m. – about 40 minutes before the sports world would lose one of its favorite figures and best humans.

When I checked Twitter in the morning, I saw that Jose Fernandez, the superb Miami Marlins hurler, had died at the age of 24. I went numb for a few seconds, then picked myself up enough to read into how he had passed away.

It turns out that Fernandez was on a boat. The boat crashed, killing Fernandez and two other passengers. As much as I and the rest of the baseball community wanted to believe that this was just a Paul McCartney-like death hoax, it was all too real. Jose Fernandez was gone. Continue reading “Reflecting on the Sadness That Was 9-25-16”

Clash of Champions Grades

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By Donny Chedrick

WWE brought back the Clash of Champions pay-per-view Sunday night, and it could be labeled as an “OK” show. My predictions could also be listed as “OK,” as I went four-for-eight on the evening.

I had a few surprise picks by what most WWE fans would say, in which none of them paid off. Here are grades of each matchup from last Sunday: Continue reading “Clash of Champions Grades”

Is the World Cup of Hockey Worth the ‘Price?’

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Star players could risk injury for national pride

By Rachel Mangan

This year marked the start of the third World Cup of Hockey, which starting with this year’s will occur every four years, much like the World Cup of Soccer. It’s for this reason that the World Cup of Hockey generates so much excitement: from line combinations and teams you would never see in the NHL to a cure for the “offseason blues.”

But, there are some risks that come with playing in the World Cup, the biggest one being injury. As we’ve already seen, many players had to drop out before the start of the tournament due to lingering injuries or the risk for aggravating a current injury.

One of the players I found in the tournament to be most concerning is the presence of Montreal Canadiens goalie, Carey Price. Continue reading “Is the World Cup of Hockey Worth the ‘Price?’”

El Paso Embraces the Chihuahuas

 Unique minor league baseball team name loved by locals

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By Steve Samek

In 2013 the San Diego Padres packed up their Triple-A team and moved them to El Paso. Fans would get the opportunity to name the team from a list including the Aardvarks, Buckaroos, Chihuahuas, Desert Gators and Sun Dogs.

The winner was the intimidating three- to seven-pound Chihuahuas. The name got mixed reviews and a petition started on the internet to change the name. The petition gained more than 10,000 signatures.

Yet El Paso general manager Brad Taylor defended the name choice to MiLB.com (via Zack Cox of NESN.com):

“I’m sure I’m going to be hearing all sorts of views, but were standing by this. We have friends in a lot of other places, like the Iron Pigs, or the [Fort Wayne] Tin Caps, who stepped outside of their comfort zone to create a brand. That’s what we are doing here.” Continue reading “El Paso Embraces the Chihuahuas”

Clash of Champions Predictions

By Donny Chedrick

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For the first time since 1997, the title of Clash of Champions is returning to a wrestling ring. The last time it took place it was in a WCW ring and the main event was Scott Hall and Randy Savage defeating Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger to retain the WCW tag team titles.

This time, the main event will be for the WWE Universal Championship in a match between the champion Kevin Owens and the challenger Seth Rollins. Clash of Champions is replacing the old moniker known as Night of Champions, which was the annual WWE pay-per-view that took place in the month of September.

Last year’s event came full circle with the WCW theme as the legendary Sting faced off with Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship. This year, Rollins is in the spotlight again, but this time he goes into the match without the belt. It is an event full of championship matches and looks promising, as now it’s time to preview all the matches and give a prediction on how the show will go down. Continue reading “Clash of Champions Predictions”

Josh Norman: To Be Considered the Best, He Needs to Cover the Best

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By Ty McEliece

As a player in the NFL, everything they do is watched, everything they say is recorded and everything they write is seen. For some, this can do wonders, while for others, it can really hurt.

Richard Sherman, for example, proclaimed himself to be the best corner in the league in 2014 and has lived up to his words. Contrastingly, Josh Norman had a great 2015 season with the Carolina Panthers, earning him a five-year, $75 million contract with the Washington Redskins to make him the highest paid cornerback in the NFL Continue reading “Josh Norman: To Be Considered the Best, He Needs to Cover the Best”