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September 20, 2020

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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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The Houston Texans have taken extra steps to disinfect surfaces during training camp.

The NFL is not doing enough to protect its players

The National Football League (NFL) is slated to kick off on Sept. 10 with the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans. All seems to be normal in the sports world, but there is just one problem: The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still here. So far, 66 players have opted out of playing this season due to concerns of the virus, and understandably so. 


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NBA players have remained active in their advocacy for racial justice and social equality throughout their bubble restart.

Black athletes shouldn't have to carry the weight for change

Last Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks blindsided the league and the entire sports world by deciding to sit out the scheduled Game Five of their first-round matchup against the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee did not emerge from their locker room until 4 p.m. in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., just a mere 40 miles from where the Bucks call home.  


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The MLB season is already occurring without fans. Now, due to an outbreak in the Miami Marlins clubhouse, the season itself is in danger. 

Baseball’s plan to restart was doomed to fail

Major League Baseball (MLB) encountered its first major snag in its ambitious plan to restart the 2020 season, just three games in. Prior to their series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, July 26, the Miami Marlins had three players test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). In the face of this outbreak within the clubhouse, the Marlins had the opportunity to take a step back and decide to not play that Sunday against Philadelphia.


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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo beams as he holds his 2018-19 MVP award.

Giannis Antetokounmpo deserves more than just MVP

Last October, what seems like eons ago, I made some predictions a week into the National Basketball Association (NBA) season on who would win each regular season award: Most Valuable Player (MVP), Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY), Most Improved Player (MIP) and so on. 



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Homewood Field is the home to a number of fall sports programs, including football, men’s and women’s soccer, and field hockey. 

Centennial Conference suspends fall sports until September

The Centennial Conference announced the indefinite suspension of all its fall sports on July 7. 17 out of the 24 Hopkins Division-III athletic teams compete in the Centennial Conference and will not be allowed to play conference games. The Conference noted that this decision would be reevaluated by the end of September. 


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Wallace, who drives the no. 43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports, is currently the only Black driver in NASCAR's top division.

NASCAR has a long road ahead of it in the fight against racism

Late Sunday night, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was home to a horrific incident of racial intimidation and harassment. The auto racing body said it is fully investigating after a noose was found in the garage stall of racer Bubba Wallace, who is NASCAR’s only Black driver, on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Ala.



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The NBA will resume the 2019-2020 season on July 31 with only 22 teams.

The NBA presents its plan to restart basketball

Having not seen a game in nearly three months, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Board of Governors approved a plan last week that would resume play on July 31 and include only 22 out of the 30 teams, per ESPN.


Sports should not be a priority when reopening the economy

Earlier this April, President Trump proposed that sporting events should be brought back as soon as possible, giving them high priority in his plan to reopen the economy. Later in the month, Trump assembled his 200-person advisory committee that would help facilitate restarting economic activities. 


2020 NFL Draft sees some teams stumble while others shine

It has been a very quiet last month for sports. With many states under stay-at-home orders — and all major sports across the country suspended for the foreseeable future — many fans clamored for a taste of sports to distract them from the bleak reality that most Americans are experiencing.


ESPN releases first two episodes of The Last Dance

ESPN and Netflix collaborated to produce arguably the most anticipated basketball-related docuseries: The Last Dance. Following the team’s fifth championship, Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson granted a film crew full access to capture the 1997-98 National Basketball Association (NBA) season and their run at a sixth championship — hence their “last dance.”


The worst sports jerseys of all time

In the midst of the sports desert that the world finds itself in due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the world, people are scrambling to find sources of entertainment. Many sports fans have gone back in time, finding solace in the treasure trove of old games from a number of professional sports leagues.


Men's Lacrosse to move forward without head coach Pietramala

Hopkins Athletic Director Jennifer S. Baker announced in a press release on Tuesday that the men’s lacrosse head coach, Dave Pietramala, will not be returning next season after 20 years of service to the program. The news comes as a shock to many, given Pietramala’s rich history at Hopkins.


How major sports leagues are trying to fill the gap

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to progress with little to no sign of slowing down, the sports world continues to remain on hold. The National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs were slated to start this past weekend, but now, there are pessimistic rumblings concerning the future of the League. 


Hopkins athletes face new challenges after season cancellations

On March 12, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that all remaining winter and spring sporting events were to be cancelled for the rest of the semester. The unprecedented, abrupt end to athletes’ seasons across the nation forced many to adapt to an unfamiliar situation.


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