After losing their first game of the season, intermural street hockey team Vicious and Delicious from got hot, and they would take their streak all the way to the end of the season. The team would go on to win the rest of their games and get all the way to the championship. Their opponents were their bitter rivals, The Highway Patrol. The Highway Patrol went undefeated this season, dominating just about every team they played. Captain of The Highway Patrol Joe Fasy had no doubt in his team heading into the game. “We knew we were the best, but they saw every move that was coming.”
“I had no clue they would come at us that hard,” said Fasy. It was certainly a terrific season for Vicious and Delicious. They will have most of their core players coming back for next season in hopes to win again.
Journalism has been the way we collect information and present it to people as news for hundreds of years. It used to be the norm that people would read the newspaper every day. Print acted as a platform for people to get their information, whether it was sports, weather forecasts, local or national news. As advancements were made and television came along, the question arose whether print would last. Television could reach wider audiences and seemed more efficient. Surprisingly enough, people still wanted their newspaper. Fast forwarding to present day, we are looking at a similar situation. With all the recent technological advancements, there is much question as to what the future of journalism holds. The Internet grows larger and generates more content every day. Although there’s still a percentage of people that still enjoy reading the paper, how long will they be around?
As Internet sources grow, there becomes more possibilities as to where the future of sports journalism is headed. For me, I believe most of our sports information is going to come from social media (Twitter, Facebook) because of how well the stories use multimedia. You don’t have to sit down and read a whole article to get the score of a game. Everything is direct, to the point, and quick. Video and photo galleries give imagery that the paper doesn’t offer to readers. The problem is people are reading less and watching more. I also believe that we will one day see a resurgence of the newspaper. Say 30-40-50 years down the line, I think newspaper will come back just like vinyl and leather jackets did. I think that although sports are dominated by the Internet, this won’t be the last you see of the old newspaper.
Over the years, there’s been quite a few great Eagles teams, but it seems they’re just a player or two away from finally bringing home the Super Bowl. Just in the past 15 years the Eagles have made multiple NFC championships, and in 2005 they made the Super Bowl, ultimately ending with a Patriots victory. But what else do the Eagles have a lot of in the past 15 years? First round pick busts.
As Billy Schweim from ESPN radio puts it, “If you go through and look at the first rounders, the bad far outweighs the good.” Let’s take a look through the years real quick. Here’s a list of players who didn’t pan out from the past few Eagles drafts.
2015: Nelson Agholor-WR- USC- pick #20
2014: Marcus Smith-DE- Louisville- pick #26
2011: Danny Watkins- OL- Baylor- pick #21 (only played two years)
2005: Mike Patterson- DT- Southern Cal- pick #31
2004: Shawn Andrews- OL- Arkansas- pick #16 (probowler early, career cut very short)
2003: Jerome McDougle- DE- Miami- pick #15
2001: Freddie Mitchell- WR- UCLA- pick #25
This talent is not going to bring you home a championship, and although it looks like he landed out franchise quarterback in the first round of last years draft, we’re going to need a team to put around him. My pick for the Eagles at #14 this year is Christian McCaffrey. People can say whatever they want, but he would come in and be effective immediately because of how well he fits the scheme. If this is the pick, I’m confident the Eagles will have a powerhouse offense. Although the Eagles have a long history of first round busts, they also have a long history of finding gems in all of the other rounds throughout the years (Jalen Mills, Desean Jackson, Sheldon Brown.) All in all, lets hope for a great draft from our guys.
Since this is my last story ever in Sports journalism II, I wanted to write a story about something that has happened throughout my two semesters in this class. Since we started this course in September, most of our work has been focused on football and basketball. Since the NFL season is very hard to predict a winner, I instead went with the NBA and the number one question, every sports fan has had since July 4, 2016. Will anyone dethrone the Golden State Warriors as the best team in the NBA? The day that I mentioned, is the day NBA superstar Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. Throughout this NBA season we as sports fans have witnessed a bunch of remarkable plays and records broken, but the one thing that didn’t change was the Golden State Warriors being number one in most power rankings. The Warriors 67-15 record doesn’t showcase how good this team really is after that dealt with numerous problems and the injury of Kevin Durant. The Kevin Durant injury kind of puts a damper on their record, as I believe they would have easily won 70 games for a record second time in the last three seasons. The only difference between the previous two seasons is that, in 2014-2015 the Warriors won the NBA championship. Last year, well we all know what happened. The difference with this year is that, both conferences are stronger than last year, the players overall got better, and the Warriors added Kevin Durant. Many media outlets are predicting the Warriors to win this year and I am also on that boat. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics or the San Antonio Spurs win the championship. The fire power and different intangibles that these teams have can carry them forward, but can you really bet against a team with four all-stars? This isn’t the Detroit Pistons from the early 2000’s who won a championship off of role players, this team consist of the two of the greatest shooters ever, one of the greatest scores ever, and most likely one of the greatest defenders the league has ever seen. Oh. And did I mention the reigning coach of the year? Yeah, I think I’m going to choose the Warriors over the field, but anything can happen in a seven game series. Just ask the Warriors from last year.
The Cleveland Browns have been in the news lately and not for good reasons. Last season, the Cleveland Browns went 1-15 and is the worst team in the NFL. Despite being the worst team in the NFL, there’s some hope.
This week, the NFL Draft starts and the Cleveland Browns have first round pick and 12th round pick. Who will the Cleveland Browns pick? Rumors are swirling that the Cleveland Browns will pick Myles Garrett in the first round and Mitchell Trubisky in the 12th round.
Myles Garrett is from Texas A&M and a defensive end. Garrett is 6’4”, has an arm length of 35 ¼”, weighs 272 lbs., and his hands measure 10 ¼”. During the NFL combine, he completed the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds, bench-pressed 235 lbs., 33 times, made a vertical jump of 41”, and made a broad jump of 128”. Garrett’s combine grade is 7.63, which is the highest. Overall, Garrett’s strength lies in his jumping ability and speed.
Mitchell Trubisky is from North Carolina ACC and a quarterback. Trubisky is 6’2”, has an arm length of 32”, weighs 222 lbs., and his hands measure 9 ½”. During the NLF combine, he completed the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds, made a vertical jump of 27.5”, made a broad jump of 116”, completed the 3-cone drill in 6.87 seconds and completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.25 seconds. Trubisky’s combine grade is 6.31. Overall, Trubisky’s strength lies in his pocket mobility and throwing ability.
Hopefully, these picks will help address some issues plaguing the Cleveland Browns but don’t place all your hopes on these two players. Remember first round pick Jonny Manziel? After picking Manziel, the Cleveland Browns would later cut him in the season due to his drunkenness and lack of performance.
Glassboro, N.J. – Rowan University is going through a lot of changes. Rowan University had a 10 year plan for growth; by year 3 Rowan University hit that goal. To keep up with demand, Rowan University opened a new business and engineering building and has more buildings under construction. With all this growth, there’s talk that Rowan University will go from Division III to Division I.
In order to go Division I, Universities must meet the following: Division I member institutions have to sponsor at least seven sports for men and seven for women (or six for men and eight for women) with two team sports for each gender. Each playing season has to be represented by each gender as well. There are contest and participant minimums for each sport, as well as scheduling criteria. For sports other than football and basketball, Division I schools must play 100 percent of the minimum number of contests against Division I opponents — anything over the minimum number of games has to be 50 percent Division I. Men’s and women’s basketball teams have to play all but two games against Division I teams; for men, they must play one-third of all their contests in the home arena. Schools that have football are classified as Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) or NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Football Bowl Subdivision schools are usually fairly elaborate programs. Football Bowl Subdivision teams have to meet minimum attendance requirements (average 15,000 people in actual or paid attendance per home game), which must be met once in a rolling two-year period. NCAA Football Championship Subdivision teams do not need to meet minimum attendance requirements. Division I schools must meet minimum financial aid awards for their athletics program, and there are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that a Division I school cannot exceed.
While Rowan University meets most of the requirements for going Division I ( i.e. sponsoring at least seven sport for men and women), it hasn’t played against another Division I teams or met the minimum attendance requirements (15,000 people in actual or paid attendance per home game), which must be met once in a rolling two-year period.
In order for Rowan University to seat 15,000 people it would have to building a new stadium and new facilities, which is costly.
Aside from that, a recent education board meeting held April 6 mentioned no plans or funding for Rowan University to go Division I.
Nowadays getting information on most things is getting simpler and faster day by day. A new app comes out every other day or a big community buys out a smaller community to control more of a broader consumer base, which is only limiting who controls what we hear or read. Social Media and technology are now shaping the future of news and impacting the youth of our nation a lot easier then before. Also, with a touch of a button any individual can now have a voice that could reach the world quicker then ever before. I think the professionalism and personalism of journalism especially in sports is being pushed out and cut off. The fast pace the consumers and readers are expecting is only making it more difficult for journalists to really connect with their readers and followers on these social media tools. For sports journalist it is bad news that scores and events are being broadcasted by random individuals faster then ever before, Which is leading to journalists losing on the creativeness of they’re writing and a connection to their readers. I believe that the future of sports journalism is going to become more amateur sports writes, Paperless news, and bigger companies running all sports related news.
A question that we as sports fans and sport journalists ask ourselves all the time is, “What is going to happen next in the world of sports journalism”? Writers pride themselves on developing great stories and articles that reflect on games, athletes, and many sports events. A couple of years ago, sportswriters and sports reporters used to be viewed as insiders, or the fans eyes into the sports world. There was no way people knew how to share information with the world about sports; other than the people whose actual job was to cover sports. As a fan of many sports, I would study and read countless articles and reports pertaining to my favorite teams and players. It was really easy to do this 10 years ago, but I believe social media has ruined a lot for the world of sports journalism. We have attacked this subject countless time throughout the year and mostly this semester. I have talked to numerous people about what they believe what is going to happen to the business of sports journalism. Will it become extinct in 5-10 years? Are the articles being written pure or just for show? These are the questions that I continue to have and look at every time I see an iconic sports journalist die who brought great authenticity to the world of sports journalism. Is the writing dying with the each of these figures, or are we as the new generation forgetting our roots and what it means to actually write something for the soul and not profit? One of my writing professors gave me a great take on why journalism as a whole is declining. “Everything and everyone around us has something to say in today’s society, but not a lot of people are saying the right thing”. “There are too many journalists trying to take the world by storm, and these are the same people whom are doing the opposite by forgetting the history of journalism as a whole. These words were very similar to one of my co-workers who aspires to be a sports journalist and then an eventual sports broadcaster. “Sometimes I feel sad because of the writing that I read”. He felt as though people in this world are getting away with crappy writing and mechanics. It’s like an all-star pitcher who is consistency winning games, but due to his mechanics it seems as though he may break down sooner than later. The same can be said for today’s society of sports journalism when it pertains to the writers consistently putting out their product (writing articles/reports), but whose time is sure to run out because of improper managing of what they were given.
Glassboro, N.J. – Last night, Rowan University Men’s Intramural Soccer SAE defeated Phi Kappa psi, 1-0.
SAE remains undefeated and their record is 4-0. Phi Kappa psi loss to SAE brings their record to 2-2-0. Overall, SAE is averaging 2.75 points per game. Currently, SAE is tied with Tau Kappa Epsilon for 1st place.
“There isn’t one specific player that attests to SAE’s success,” said Luigi Buffolino, the team’s captain. “The whole team has had an impact on the 4 game win streak and the shutout.”
To date SAE hasn’t allowed any of their opponents to score. Prior to defeating Phi Kappa Psi, they shutout out the following opponents: DKE 5-0, Tau Delta Phi 4-0 and Sigma Pi, 1-0.
Buffolino attributes the team’s success by making starting line-ups, substituting and emphasizing teamwork.
“Our defense been playing well allowing no goals,” said Buffolino.
SAE next match is against Phi Kappa Alpha who is 2-2-0.
Buffolino expects SAE to defeat Phi Kappa Alpha and reach the playoffs and the eventually the Championship by keeping up the way they’ve been playing and not letting up any goals.
As sports fans we don’t agree with a lot of calls that we see on television and in real life concerning sports and sporting events. We like to think of ourselves as experts and referees when viewing a particular sport. This can come down to being fans of the sport or if you played the sport we like to compare experience with the future.
A lot of people believe that they can make the right calls during crucial times of the games. This is the general consensus among many sports fans. There’s jokes about referees as being “blind” when a particular call isn’t made in their teams favor or one that can effects the game greatly. As a former intramural and youth sports referee, I can tell you that it is the opposite when you step on the field or court wearing that zebra stripe shirt.
While sitting down with a few of my Rowan University Intramural referees, we noticed that we had a lot of things in common regarding referring, but the most common trait that each member possessed was patience. In order to become a good referee or even an average one, you need to have patience and confidence.
After talking to my friend Morgan Olsen who has been a referee for over three years at Rowan University, she had this to say about the job and experience.
“As referees we have to keep our composure and be patient with the participants at all times,” said Olsen. “They (the participants) will hurl insults at you all game and we have to deal with that my continuing to be stern and making the right judgment calls.”
Another one of my colleagues is Wayne Roberts, who referees in intramural basketball. Roberts has a great take on being a referee and sports fan.
“Sometimes it can be weird stepping on to the court and not playing, but without your calls and direction, the game cannot be played correctly,” said Roberts. “We pride ourselves on making the correct calls when it comes to each sport that we’ve played or the sport that were a fan of.”
It’s a respect factor that we have for the game and no matter how annoying or disrespectful the participants may be, we have a job to do at the end of the day. I can honestly say that when the games are close and tight, that is the most enjoyment I have refereeing as I feel like it’s the real thing.