NBA boycotts: A larger picture of awareness and change
BY CHRIS GOMES It goes without saying that racial inequality has been a prevalent problem within the United States and abroad for a while now. Countless Black Americans have lost their lives to police brutality from law enforcement. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and recently James Blake have... Read more
The end of the game: An obituary for sportswriters
BY KYLEIGH SPRIGLE Sportswriters, 106, passed away in April 2020 due to the coronavirus. Born in 1914, sportswriters gave their lives to provide fans with the best coverage possible. They had humble beginnings. Sports writing has been around for hundreds of years. Even Benjamin Franklin wrote about swimming before... Read more
Applying the pressure: NBA G-league program poses as a new threat to college basketball
BY RYAN MERARD The route for professional athletes has typically been the same since the 1900s. Players who plan to reach the professional level either go overseas or to college after high school in order to do so. Despite the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) prohibiting student athletes from... Read more
Why have South Florida sports been so bad?: A new, positive future is on the horizon
BY CHRIS GOMES Miami sports, at one point, had a golden age.  LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh made up the ‘Big Three’ of South Beach, the legendary Miami Heat team that consistently won, and were considered a “super team” at the time. Although they weren’t able to... Read more
Sport or hobby?: Playing video games is not a sport
BY RYAN MERARD One of the most prominent figures in the electronic sports (eSports) world, Tyler “Ninja” Belvins, recently stirred up some controversy around the competitiveness of gaming. Ninja went on a rant on Twitch—while he was live-streaming—about his fans telling him that “it’s just a game” whenever he... Read more
Colin Kaepernick was blackballed not for his passing ability, but for his ability to speak out
BY JOSEPH STURGEON The story began in 2016: Colin Kaepernick, the then-starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, took a knee during the pre-game national anthem, stirring waves of conversation throughout the United States. The next day, when asked why he did this, he responded that it was a... Read more
Problems with coaching staff: Coaches should be required to work at the school
BY KYLEIGH SPRIGLE The hectic life of a student-athlete is determined by many variables, many of which are incited by their coaching staff. It becomes increasingly difficult when practices are scheduled to fit within the coach’s work schedule, yet conflict with students’ schedules.  Most students rush home from school... Read more
No excuse for abuse: When coaching crosses a line
BY KAYLA GATES Coaches play a critical role in the lives of athletes. Their instruction allows individuals to develop both physically and emotionally. However, the unclear line between strict coaching and abuse makes it easy to overstep.  As athletic instructors, coaches are encouraged to provide feedback to their trainees.... Read more
Pushing past a limit: Parents pushing kids too hard in sports has damaging effects
BY KYLEIGH SPRIGLE There is a difference between encouraging kids and pushing them too hard. When children participate in a sport, it is difficult for parents or coaches to find a balance between the two. Pressuring kids in sports can be damaging to a child both mentally and physically. ... Read more
No-cut policies aren’t cutting it: High school athletic programs need tryouts
BY KAYLA GATES Trying out for a sports team has become a customary practice in the lives of teen athletes. Although an intense process, undergoing tryouts is crucial to a student’s development as an athlete and a young adult, especially when experienced in a high school setting. Like most... Read more