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Colleges Scrap Varsity Athletics Teams

Colleges Scrap Varsity Athletics Teams

February 26, 2021

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic hardship that has followed, many private and public universities have begun slashing some of their varsity athletic teams. Since April, more than 250 teams in about 24 sports have been eliminated across collegiate athletics departments. That number includes teams from all three NCAA divisions, and the decision to cut sports has drawn intense backlash from athletes, alumni, and recruiting services. Most schools have lost revenue from student fees and donations, and are playing a shortened football season with limited to no fan attendance. The downsizing of this cash-cow for the universities results in a severe dent in revenue, and school’s budgets have been hurt in general as a result of the pandemic; they have responded to these deficits by eliminating teams. 

Female Athletes Spread Encouragement for Girls in Sports

February 26, 2021

Women and girls have often been separated into the category of ‘unfit’ for sports. They haven’t always gotten the same opportunities in playing sports as boys and men, either at a young age or as adults. Women also tend to have a lower success rate. Due to fewer opportunities, women’s sports has been downplayed, not drawing as much attention. This is mainly because TV channels advertise men’s sports more than women’s sports, leading to men bringing in more revenue and TV ratings, and consequently getting men to be paid more. Many sports have very little to no women recognition. American football has been a predominantly male sport, up until recently when more women have been starting to play the sport, along with more women being accepted into the football community. Sarah Fuller became the first woman to ever play in a Power 5 football game on November 28th, 2020. Fuller played for Vanderbilt and was asked to substitute for their kicker when he tested positive for COVID-19 at the last minute. Fuller is also a goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s women’s soccer team. Hillary Clinton Tweeted, “Thank you, Sarah, for helping to prove that women and girls belong on every playing field.” Sarah Fuller has continued to inspire the younger generation of girls by continuing to kick for the men's Vanderbilt Commodores.

COVID-19 Brings Back Sports Cards

COVID-19 Brings Back Sports Cards

February 26, 2021

This past summer, a Mike Trout autographed rookie card sold for $3.9 million dollars, breaking the world record for the most expensive sports card ever sold. In January of 2021, Mickey Mantle’s vaunted rookie card sold for a shocking $5.2 million dollars, shattering the record set by the Trout sale just five months earlier. The records for the most expensive basketball, football, and hockey cards sold were also blown away in 2020 and 2021. 2020 alone saw an astounding ten cards sold for at least $500,000 each. It was the year of the resurgence of sports cards, and it does not look like it will stop any time soon. Many factors have led to the rise in sports cards over the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of Americans to stay home, which had an adverse effect on many businesses. For the sports card industry though, it had the opposite effect. In the absence of dining out at restaurants, travel, as well as the addition of government-sponsored stimulus checks, many of those lucky enough to still have their job searched for something to spend their money on—many of whom found the sports card industry to be the perfect avenue.

Patriots Season Recap and Offseason Preview

Patriots Season Recap and Offseason Preview

January 28, 2021

After dominating the National Football League (NFL) for the vast majority of the past two decades, the Patriots finally came back down to Earth in their first season after Tom Brady. After signing former MVP Cam Newton to a one-year $1.05 million incentive-laden contract late in the offseason, many NFL fans chastised the rest of the league for letting the Patriots pick up Newton on such a cheap deal. The Patriots and Newton started off the season hot with two dominant wins against the Dolphins and Raiders and a near-upset victory against the Seahawks in which Newton passed for 397 yards and rushed for 47 more. However, prior to a Week 4 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, Newton tested positive for COVID-19. The team was forced to isolate and miss several practices in the lead-up to the Chiefs game and entered a four-game losing slump after the positive test. The Patriots seemingly rebounded, winning four of their next five games, including a 45-0 beatdown against the Chargers, to keep the team's playoff hopes alive. Despite the brief success, the Patriots were then embarrassed with three straight losses, including two blowouts against the Bills and Rams on primetime, ending any hopes of postseason football. Over the course of the 2020 season—one in which the Patriots had their first losing record since 2000—issues at quarterback, wide receiver, and defens

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Hard Caramel Decorations

Hard Caramel Decorations

February 26, 2021

Half of the fun of baking is making something that not only tastes delicious, but looks beautiful as well. Hard caramel decorations are tedious and can take practice, but they end up looking elegant and professional if done correctly. There are countless ways to utilize hard caramel; however, I will only be going over six: cages, spirals, spun sugar, various shapes (heart, triangles, or whatever else you want), dipped spikes, and shards. 

“Lupin”: A 2021 Must-Watch

“Lupin”: A 2021 Must-Watch

February 26, 2021

Breaking ground as the first French show to reach the top of American and global Netflix charts just weeks after release, Lupin has taken the world by storm. Created by George Kay in collaboration with François Uzan, the show takes inspiration from Arsène Lupin, a “gentleman burglar,” imagined by French author Maurice Leblanc in 1905. Assane Diop, the protagonist, is a Franco-Senegalese “gentleman burglar” whose acts are inspired by that of his favorite hero, Arsène Lupin (think Sherlock Holmes meets Robin Hood).  This show is more of a tribute to Maurice Leblanc's work than a true adaptation. Like Arsène, Assane's life will be turned upside down by the theft of Marie Antoinette's necklace, held by the family that his father chauffeurs. His father Babakar (Fargass Assandé) is accused of theft. Pushed to the limit, Babakar hangs himself in his cell, leaving his son to inherit a single book of the adventures of the gentleman burglar. The young man will thus discover his vocation. Twenty years later, the necklace resurfaces at an auction. Assane will do everything to bring out the truth and gain revenge against wealthy businessman Hubert Pellegrini (Hervé Pierre), whom he blames for Babakar’s death. 

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