By Paul Jones
With the Rio Olympics being the last summer games for many great athletes like Usain Bolt and Carmelo Anthony, the most decorated Olympian ever said his final goodbye. Michael Phelps competed in his last Olympic games and he exited in gold money fashion.
The U.S. dominated in the pool just like they did throughout the games. Phelps contributed to the cause by adding five golds and a silver to the medal count.
By Bryce Gunarich
Fantasy football is practically a religion to a lot of Americans. For many years now, people have been doing fantasy football. It’s become a part of our Sundays on a large scale. Fantasy Football is taking over.
Fantasy Football is where people all ages compete against friends, family, and random users to either win money or just bragging rights as they draft NFL players to make a team. A starting team consists of 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 2 wide receivers, 1 flex (either 1 running back, 1 wide receiver, or 1 tight end) 1 tight end, 1 place kicker, 1 team defense/special teams and 6 bench players (any of your choice).
This is a phenomenon that is storming our country. There is now currently hundreds of blogs, many tv shows, and radio talk shows that are about fantasy football it has become a lifestyle! Fantasy Football is a industry that brings in 1.67 billion dollars in revenue. In the U.S there are 25.8 million users nationally. Many students and even staff participate here at the high school. Many find it fun and competitive.
“It’s a fun way to compete with your friends” says teacher Mr. Blackwell .“I’m very competitive so it makes my Sundays a lot more interesting” “that’s for sure”l.
Blackwell, who is 7-1 in his league and in 1st place says his target players are Julio Jones, Peyton Manning, and Demaryius Thomas and many more.
Other students such as freshman Elijah Workinger and Avery Foxwell say it’s the ultimate way to compete with your friends if you like football. “It gets frustrating but, I don’t wanna stop,” laughs Workinger “It’s so fun.”
“It makes a great conversation with your friends too” says Foxwell.
Fantasy Football is taking over and most likely won’t stop anytime soon. In fact predictions are that numbers will increase rapidly. Its safe to say this is the new trend.
By Taylor Bosley
As the NFL continues to hand out punishments to players for off-the-field offenses, the debate on the consistency of their disciplinary measures is growing, and more players are starting to join in on the conversation.
In February earlier this year, a video was released of former Ravens running-back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious then-fiance out of an elevator at an Atlanta Casino. After the video was seen by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Ravens coaching staff and the public, Rice was given a “harsh” two game suspension and received lots of backlash from around the league.
After the NFL brought the hammer down on Rice, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was also suspended for an entire season after he tested positive for marijuana in the offseason. That was later reduced to 10 games once the NFL implemented a new drug policy in the wake of Gordon’s crime.
Current and past NFL players expressed their opinions on both players via Twitter after Rices’ suspension was announced.
Former NFL center LeCharles Bentley expressed through a tweet on Sept. 8 that he thinks Ray Rice should be in jail, and showed disapproval toward the original lenient suspension of two games. He also mentioned in the tweet that he would rather have Josh Gordon on his team, who was suspended for the season for failing a marijuana drug test, than a guy like Ray Rice who was accused of domestic violence.
Ray Rice was eventually given an indefinite suspension and cut from the Ravens when the footage of Rice actually striking his girlfriend was released by TMZ.
Terrence Knighton of the Denver Broncos also expressed his opinion of the punishment given to Ray Rice through Twitter.
“That man should be thrown out the the NFL and thrown into jail. Shame on those deciding his punishment. Smh,” tweeted Knighton, going on to say that if there is a way to open the case back up it should be done.
Other instances of inconsistent punishments in the NFL include when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault in 2010 in Georgia by an unnamed woman. The NFL gave him a six-game suspension, which would eventually be brought down to four games after he convinced Roger Goodell that he had turned his life around, reported USA Today.
Terrelle Pryor, who played for the Ohio State Buckeyes and was involved in an autograph-for-money scheme, had a suspension from college carried over into the NFL. He was given a five game suspension as a result and rather than serve that his senior year, he opted out and entered the draft.
Roger Goodell took the college punishment and transferred it over to the NFL; he did not want people thinking they could hide behind his league to get out of punishments.
Junior Dominico Vano, a color commentator for RLA-TV football game productions, feels the punishments for rules broken in the NFL do not match the act committed.
“I think they [the NFL] should be more consistent in their punishments,” said Vano.
As a result of the harsh criticism the NFL has received since Ray Rices’ suspension, the NFL has now implemented a new domestic violence policy, a six game suspension for the first offense and a lifetime ban for the second offense.
By Taylor Bosley
Two NHL teams will leave the rink and head outside to face-off the old fashion way at Michigan Stadium Jan. 1. After being postponed due to the lockout last season, the popular tradition of the Bridgestone Winter Classic will continue this year featuring two of the Original Six rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Fans across the NHL are quickly buying up all of the tickets available for the Winter Classic. USA Today reported that all of the tickets are nearly sold out except for single seat tickets.
“We’re looking forward to 107,000-plus people up there,” Red Wings president and CEO Tom Wilson said to USA Today.
Being two of the Original Six teams, the rivalry of the two teams has been apart of the NHL since the beginning. The rivalry will surely be intensified due to the Winter Classic and also the recent welcoming of the Red Wings in the Eastern Conference.
Since the two teams have past history between them, an alumni game featuring players that were previous members of the two teams is also set to be played.
“I’m excited because it’s one of the biggest games and it’s so exciting to see all of the older players come back for the alumni game.” Senior and avid hockey fan Nicole Thivierge said about the upcoming Winter Classic.
There is a possibility that previous Detroit Redwing player Steve Yzerman now the current Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager, will play in the alumni game. If so, any alumni tickets are expected to sell out.
Although the Winter Classic has not been apart of the NHL for long, both members and fans of the NHL are excited to see the game played the old fashion way between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings.
All the latest right here!