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Kevin's Column (February/March)

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           March Madness is slowly approaching, and it looks as if the 68 team bracket will live up to the hype once again in this college basketball-loving country.

              Selection Sunday is set for March 11, 2018, but numerous college basketball teams have already punched their ticket to the big dance. The College Basketball tournament, known as March Madness, is a 68 team bracket that consists of the best teams from around the country at the division 1 level. Thirty-two teams who win their...

Jojo’s Judgement

Posted 1:14 PM by

        With the National Football League (NFL) finishing the AFC and NFC Championship games, the league is now ready for Super Bowl LII. The Philadelphia Eagles went against the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football Conference (NFC) Championships. The teams came into the game with an identical 13-3 records. The Eagles went into the championships with only one previous-win against the Dallas Cowboys, while the Vikings came in with a four-game winning streak.

         However, the four-game winning streak did not give the Vikings the momentum they were hoping. They lost in a blow out...

Kevin's Column (September)

Posted 3:27 PM by

        Professional athletes from all over the nation have the right to support their country in whatever way they deem fit. It could be something as small as refusing to speak with the press on political issues or it could be something more direct like speaking publicly on social media. However, all these protests usually end with some sort of consequence, like a fine or suspension from games.

        One pro-athlete is now unemployed because he took a stand by not standing. On August 26th, 2016, a preseason NFL game took place between the Green...

Taylor's Thoughts (February2017)

Posted 4:01 PM by

There is a choice that comes with being an athlete. You are in a constant spotlight, constant criticism and you either choose to live up to the unreasonably high standards set by strangers or you don’t. There is no in between in this game, no balancing act, you either do it or you don’t and more times than not, teenage athletes fall into the “don’t” column. 

When you are young, and every game feels like your last, and you are desperately trying to earn your way and make it out of...

Taylor's Thoughts (Issue: December 16th, 2016)

Posted 3:55 PM by

When you are an athlete at Warren Central, the pressure is always on you to succeed. Warren has a reputation of winning and when you step out on the court or the field in a jersey with the “W” on your chest, you feel the need to perform.

When you go to Warren, you automatically are labeled as an “East Sider.” No longer do you solely represent your team or your school but the East Side in its entirety and the East Side is not always painted in a positive...

Taylor’s Thoughts (November 4, 2016)

Posted 3:43 PM by

I’ve played volleyball since the seventh grade. I have never started a Varsity match.

I’ve played lacrosse since my freshman year. I have started every single game.

Two positions, two sports, and somehow sitting the bench made me the better athlete.

Ask me a year ago, honestly ask me three months ago, and I would have said that nobody wants to be a bench warmer–or as coaches like to put it, a “role-player” and I wouldn’t have been completely wrong. I was right to say that nobody wants to sit the bench. Nine times out...

Taylor's Thoughts: September

Posted 1:02 PM by

In America, we stand for the National Anthem. It’s what you do. Before every Varsity sport, before every collegiate and professional game, the anthem plays, the players stand, and we honor America. It’s what we do. Yet, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is sitting. And I for one am outraged, but let me get to that later.

This silent protest began in an unusual way in that it was never supposed to be public, well not intentionally. A photo was released on Aug. 26 simply portraying the 49ers standing and honoring the flag during the anthem. However, by the end...

Taylor's Thoughts: May

Posted 4:30 PM by

Michael Jordan. Larry Bird. Magic Johnson. Stephen Curry.

What do they all have in common? Except for Curry who will be joining the group soon, they are some of the greatest basketball players of all time, but it’s more than that. Actually, it’s a lot simpler than that, so easy it comes down to three words.

Process over product.

What all these great athletes have in common and what so many greats do is that they value the process of getting better and working more than the product of winning games.

Bob Knight once said, “The key is not the ‘will to win,’ everybody...

Taylor’s Thoughts: April

Posted 4:59 PM by

When you doubt a team, a good team, it does not crush them. It does not fold, or crack, or break them under pressure. They do not make up excuses for why they can’t, or belittle themselves to bigger opponents.

The good teams? No, they do not pick up their bags and go home when the doubts pour on them, they fight, and they fight hard, and sometimes, they win.

Prime example? The Warren Central lacrosse team.

It seemed impossible when the idea was presented. Warren Central girls lacrosse? A winning program? A contender for a State title? No, it can’t be. Doubters...

Taylor’s Thoughts

Posted 5:01 PM by

Not all athletes can be like Peyton Manning.

      We can’t all be completely gracious to the media or be a superb citizen worthy for children to model themselves after, but does that make us any less of person? Any less of an athlete?

      Not all athletes have to be the role model; not all athletes should.

      An athlete’s sole purpose is to score touchdowns, to make goals, to make shots and win games. It is not part of their contract to be a role model to the public. They sign up for this gig because they love their sport, love...

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