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November 28, 2020

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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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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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