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October 27, 2020

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has long been the most lenient hall of fame of the four major American sports leagues.

The Basketball Hall of Fame should remain inclusive

In the wake of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals, fans have been debating how this year’s playoff results affect certain players’ chances of making it into the Hall of Fame. For players like LeBron James, even an NBA Championship doesn’t do much to increase his already guaranteed Hall of Fame chances. But for players like Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler, their success in this year’s playoffs could be the factor that pushes them over the hump. 


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Swimming programs across the country have been victims of budget cuts, as athletic departments view them and other non-revenue sports as expendable. 

Non-revenue sports should not be scapegoats for budget cuts

Hello, budget cuts; goodbye, college sports. Well, not all of them. Due to the impact of COVID-19, many universities have been experiencing financial problems. One solution that they have found is to cut or cancel sports programs — but only some of them. 


The Los Angeles Lakers come out on top in an NBA season like no other

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game Six of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals to win the NBA championship. This triumph comes during a season that has been dramatically impacted by the fourth month COVID-19 interruption and the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in January.


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NFL teams, such as the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Giants and the New York Jets, are having a rough season.

Where do the NFL's worst teams go from here?

No National Football League (NFL) fan wants to see their team lose. But for three unlucky fanbases, that’s all they’ve seen this season. Whether it’s injuries, a bad coaching staff or underperforming players, there’s plenty of blame to go around. But no matter how the season has begun, these fans want to know one thing: Where do they go from here?





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Fans speculated that the MLB would alter its schedule due to COVID-19, but no one expected such a drastic change as 16 teams making it to playoffs.

The new MLB playoff structure is a fun change of pace

The Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs are underway, and while there are a lot of storylines to address, the most noteworthy one so far has been the new playoff structure. Because of the heavily restricted and shortened regular season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred deemed it necessary to adjust some of the playoff rules.


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Delonte West struggled with mental health issues for the entirety of his career. However, these issues don’t define him or his story.

Delonte West’s story sheds light on the mental health of athletes

Delonte West, former NBA (National Basketball Association) point guard, was pleading for help. Dressed in an oversized white sweater and grey sweatpants, West stood at a Dallas intersection with a cardboard sign. While this might have come as a shock to some, this was not all that surprising for those who followed West’s story.





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While Homewood Field will not be hosting NCAA games this fall, schools with more profitable teams will begin playing next month.

The return to sports should not be decided by money

To those who profit from athletics, sports are merely a business, maybe even entertainment. But to the collegiate athletes at all levels who have dedicated their lives to sports are so much more than a dollar sign. Yet in the era of coronavirus (COVID-19), nearly every return-to-play decision is being determined by exactly that: money. 


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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has continued to perform at a high level.

Week two of the NFL brings more excitement

Injuries plagued the League this past weekend. Several teams’ playoffs expectations have been shot. A couple other bad teams just got worse (looking at you, East Rutherford). These injuries give teams like the Arizona Cardinals or the Pittsburgh Steelers a chance to sneak into the wide-open wild card slots.





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The NFL is now doing the bare minimum by allowing its players to protest without fear of consequence. 

The emptiness of the NFL's activism

When the National Football League (NFL) and its commissioner Roger Goodell made a clear progression in its promises to support its players and their efforts regarding the Black Lives Matter movement this summer, it was met with appreciation and surprise from pundits. 


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Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks failed to make it out of the Eastern Conference playoffs as the top seed for the second straight year. 

The Milwaukee Bucks are throwing away their potential

The Milwaukee Bucks have been the top team in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the past two years. Their star forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has won the Most Valuable Player Award two years in a row, and their coach, Mike Budenholzer, won Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2019. 


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