These kids don't mess around. They'll laugh at your clean jersey and custom mouth guard. They'll refuse to apologize after embarrassing you in front of your preteen friends watching from the nearby bleachers/forests/abandoned cattle farms. They'll make a video of it and make sure no one ever forgets.
1. But he wasn't readyyyyyy
2. Let's play guess the ref's gender
3. This one is nice
4. A Mack Truck Indeed!
5. Double Barrel Special from the team that likes the sound of your tears
6. There's something simple, yet beautiful here
7. Probably the coach's kid who also got to kick...
8. At least he fell on the soft grass
9. Fluid and fun
10. That's what happens when you _____________!
Nick Knise - Northwestern University
The NBA All-Star Dunk Contest has benefited from the likes of superstar names jumping, spinning, throwing and posterizing for years. There’s Michael Jordan’s ‘Free Throw’ dunk, Vince Carter’s ‘360 Windmill’ and, more recently, Dwight Howard’s ‘Superman’. The most enigmatic, creative and show-stopping talent the league has to offer has produced some of the most memorable highlights the league has to offer.
Unless you’re LeBron James, where you just do it in practice.
This year should be no different, as the contest is highlighted by some of the brightest young stars in the NBA. Paul George is a legitimate MVP candidate (in a league without LeBron and Kevin Durant). Damian Lillard is arguably the best second-year player in the league (although ‘The Brow’ might contest). John Wall is arguably the best point guard in the game (from a die-hard Wizards fan’s perspective). And that’s not to mention the reigning Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross, along with up-and-comers Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore.
No offense to 2013, but this contest seems a little more exciting than last year’s lineup featuring the likes of James White, Gerald Green and Jeremy Evans.
The reason this year’s contest will be so fun to watch is because of the drive these individual players have. This is a young group of players looking to bolster their status as the next Webbs, Carters and Jordans. And they’ll do it with their unparalleled creativity and athleticism.z
Sure, Vince Carter, while your 360 windmill was pretty cool during the Dunk Contest, but Paul George did it in the middle of a game (against Blake Griffin and the ‘Lob City’ nonetheless). And I’m not sure how many people remember the commercial below, but it still gives me the shivers to watch Wall and Lillard play as if there was a magnetic attraction between them and the rim.
This is a group of players all striving to cement themselves as more than just an assembly of budding superstars. They want to rise above each other and everyone else in the league on a night when all basketball eyes are on them. If the dunks they’ve thrown down during the season are any indication, they might just rise higher than anyone before.
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Mike Marut - Northwestern University
For those of you who watched the Opening Ceremony or had been paying attention to social media the past 24 hours, you'll realize a malfunction occurred in Sochi. One of the five rings didn't fully open during the beautiful event. Social media went crazy with bashing Russia for this mistake. I'm not going to jump on that train because I know mistakes like that happen, even on the global stage. Remember the fantastic solo by the little girl at the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing? Lip synced. In reality, she was dubbed over by another little girl's voice and it turned out amazing if I recall correctly. Even International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said, “It’s a very technical Olympic ceremony, very well organized. But the show itself was a fantastic one. I don’t see what the problem is, to be honest.”
More importantly, these games are all about the athletes who compete. They're the ones who spill their blood, sweat and tears to get on this level of competition. They're the ones who really wow me and make my eyes grow huge with wonder and awe.
The United States claimed its first gold medal in a brand new Olympic event: Snowboarding Slopestyle. Sage Kotsenburg won it during the night as we were sleeping (presumably).
Kotsenburg has got a great story too. Initially, he did not even make it into the qualifying round, he had to go to a different qualifier earlier that day to make it into the semi-final round and eventually win the event.
Currently, Norway leads the medal count with four: 2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze. They're closely followed by the Netherlands who have landed three medals: one of each color. Because of Kotsenburg's finish, the U.S. made it onto the medal count board as well and is tied for third place after day one of Sochi.
Let's also not forget the American women's hockey team who posted a 3-1 victory over Finland in the preliminary round and will go on to play Switzerland on Monday. Switzerland lost to Canada 5-0 earlier today.
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Mike Marut - Northwestern University
Manning is undoubtedly a phenomenal quarterback. He's made the playoffs 13 times, 11 with the Indianapolis Colts, 2 times with the Broncos. He has made the Super Bowl three times, winning only once. He has been the NFL MVP five times and has broken numerous records this season.
But back to his choking habits. His team has gotten knocked out of the playoffs in the first round eight times. When his team makes it beyond the first round, they've still gotten knocked out twice. This year, Manning had only 10 interceptions total and his team had over 500 first downs on the season. In this Super Bowl, it started with play number one: a bad snap turned into a safety. True, it was a high snap, but Manning almost looked unprepared for it. The Broncos didn't reach a first down until 10:29 left in the 2nd Quarter, and he threw two interceptions that turned into Seattle points. No team has been shutout in the Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXXV. They turned it over four times. Obviously that's not all Manning's fault because Denver fumbled the ball twice as well. Denver didn't score until the 3rd Quarter timed out. Again, not completely Manning's fault, but he sure didn't come to play tonight.
The Seahawks deserved to win this game. They made guys miss, forced and recovered fumbles, intercepted the best quarterback in the league time and time again. They made no mistakes. This game was a battle of two titans: the best offense against the best defense. As said earlier today, defense wins championships.
Although that was the original story going into the game, it turned into which weakness would be weaker. A team is only as strong as its weakest link and Seattle's "weak link" offense proved stronger than Denver's weak link defense. Russell Wilson threw a couple touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch scored a 1-yard TD as well. Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes and had a rating of 123.1.
Seattle dominated the entire game and didn't give an inch. To exemplify how good the Seattle defense is, Malcolm Smith, Seahawks' starting linebacker, earned the Super Bowl MVP. Both the special teams and defense scored tonight to rub salt in the wound of the Denver Broncos.
Peyton Manning, I really wanted you to win. Seattle Seahawks, you dominated and deserved the win. I tip my cap to the Legion of Boom.
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