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Sports: Super Bowl Recap​

by Lucas Garrison

The Super Bowl is over, which means yet another NFL season has come to a close. However, the game was nothing short of a big disappointment screaming for something exciting to happen.

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Everything from the game itself to the commercials was just straight up underwhelming. To start off with the commercials, they don’t grab your attention like they used to due to the simple fact that they are not entertaining anymore. Not to mention they killed off everyone’vorite knight, the Bud Knight.

The Super Bowl halftime show was a straight up dumpster fire. Maroon 5 – who hasn’t been relevant in years – was chosen this year off of a very short list of talent to perform. The NFL made a sad attempt to stay relevant into today’s modern music by adding in Travis Scott for a short time only preforming one song. Big Boi also came on he scene, but for a qucik second as well.

The best part of the Halftime show was Spongebob and his introduction to Travis Scott, but that was only on the screen for a few seconds. Then it went back to the sub-par performance.  

The Game Itself

The game itself was one of the slowest games I’ve ever seen if the 13-3 score didn’t speak for itself. Tom Brady not only showed his age but somehow was able to once again take a ragtag group of misfits to the promised land. He does it time and time again which is why you can not argue his greatness.

This year’s Super Bowl MVP went to former college quarterback turned NFL wide receiver Julian Edelman. He would’ve been the highlight of the game if it was not for Johnny Hekker setting a new Super Bowl record for the longest punt. Yes, the longest punt was your highlight for the 2019 Super Bowl.

Bill Belichick showed again why is one of the best coaches of all time. He simply out-coached Sean Mcvay in every fashion of the game. Wade Phillips did an excellent job at stopping Brady and the Patriots offense for most of the game, but Mcvay couldn’t get his high-powered offense to get rolling.

One thing we learned coming out of this year’s Super Bowl is there are still alot of unanswered questions. If one thing is for certain, is we all as fans have to look forward to this off-season’s upcoming free agency with stars Le’veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Tevin Coleman, and Demarcus Lawrence headlining free agency.

Plus, arguably the biggest question to this years offseason, what will Kyler Murray choose. Will it be Baseball or Football? If he chooses Football where will he go? Get ready NFL fans, this season may have come to a close but we still have a lot to look forward to.

 

Sports: NBA Trade Deadline

By Christian James

The NBA trade deadline comes to a close on Thursday, February 7, at 3:00 p.m. E.T. and many teams are going to try to put together their final rosters to make a push for a late playoff run. 

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There has been a lot of rumors and speculation about where players would end up. This all has been a result of star players like Kristaps Porzingis requesting to be traded which happens to be the first blockbuster move of the trade deadline season.

The New York Knicks agreed to trade Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Trey Burke to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., Deandre Jordan, and Wesely Matthews and two future first-round picks.

Already with two high flyers on the New York Knicks, Allonzo Trier and Kevin Knox, Smith Jr. would be another high flyer edition to be apart of this overwhelming athletic team. Not only is he a great athletic talent, but he is a scorer that should thrive on this young team.

New York is now in a rebuilding state of mind and now it got even brighter with acquiring the two first-round picks, even though they are giving up fan-favorite Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas.

`Dallas now have a very promising young core with Porzingis teaming up with Luka Doncic who happens to be the front-runner for the Rookie Of The Year award putting up about 20 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds a game. Porzingis is hoping to come back this season sometime this month in February and the fans in Dallas can’t wait to see their now European dynamic duo in a game together.

The Philadelphia 76ers now have made their second blockbuster trade of the season as they acquired All-Star caliber Forward Tobias Harris along with Mike Scott and big men Boban Marjanovic, lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick, a Miami 2021 unprotected first-round pick, and two Detroit second-round picks.

The Sixers may now be the team to beat in the east with maybe the best starting-five in the conference consisting of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, J.J. Redick, and now Tobias Harris. The Sixers are going to be as tough to beat as anyone.

Probably the most anticipated trade rumor is no other than six-time all-star power forward Anthony Davis. Davis has been a huge factor in the New Orleans Pelicans success throughout the years.

However the superstar recently requested a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers be the top preferred location. This was huge news to everybody because the Lakers now have the opportunity to pair up two of the top players in the NBA, but they are going to have goodbye to most of their young core in doing so.

Acquiring Davis would almost be a dream come true for the Lakers, but it will be tough to make it past the conference finals when you have to face a star-studded Warriors team to do so.

 

News: Government Shutdown Finally Comes To A Close

by Elliston Ospina

Government workers returned to their posts this week after 35 days of our government being on pause. President Trump and the Democrats have begun discussing plans to work on the “wall” bordering the United States and Mexico.

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The Senate and the House passed a bill that allowed for government workers to be paid for their 35 days of work where they worked without pay. They also reopened the government until February 15th, according to The New York Times. 

Trump is using this time to allow for the government to make a plan to fund the wall, otherwise he threatened to close the government down again. He also threatened to declare a national emergency to get by Congress without their input, according to The New York Times.

However, the reopening of the government marked a major victory for Nancy Pelosi, the new majority leader of the house. Pelosi has gone toe-to-toe with Trump these last few weeks.

On the other end of the spectrum, this marked a major defeat for President Trump, who had previously refused to let up on his demands. Trump is asking for a wall that stretches across the entirety of the United States-Mexico border.

The Democratic party has acknowledged the necessity of a wall and has proposed the creation of a wall across certain boundaries. However, the President made his demands very clear and wants the wall to stretch all the way.

If Trump’s demand is not met and the wall is not completely funded, our country risks an even longer government shutdown and more turmoil from government workers and political parties in the future.

Despite the fact that the most previous shutdown was the longest our nation has ever endured, it may have just been a warm-up for what could ensue in the near future.

Album Review: Pi’erre and Cardo’s Wild Adventure

by Nnamdi Chugbo

On December 26th, 2018, producer and rapper Pi’erre Bourne joined vapor trap producer CardoGotWings to surprise fans with an upbeat, 14 track mixtape to end off an insane 2018 for the two artists.

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Pi’erre Bourne is most widely known for his production and work with Atlanta-based rappers Playboi Carti and Young Nudy, however many listeners are unaware of his lyrical and rapping talents. He decided to focus on rapping in this project and left the production to Texas-based producer, CardoGotWings.

Pi’erre Bourne stuck to his usual rapping style and topics, a mix of rapping and singing with a light autotune over happy, upbeat trap beats. While Pi’erre is widely regarded to be the best trap producer in the game as of now, he chose to use exclusively CardoGotWings’ beats for this project.

He rapped about love in songs such as “Quicksand,” and heartbreak in songs like “Kevin Durant.” This song name came about due to Kevin Durant commenting his praises on a preview of the song that Pi’erre Bourne posted to his Instagram account. Pi’erre even talks about the oppression and problems that African Americans face in the tracks “My Calendar” and “Civil Rights.”

The mixtape did a great job of keeping listeners engaged due to having a consistent vibe with each track, while also making sure every song has a new feel to it. This discouraged repetition, which is often seen with many rappers. It seems that Bourne is making a great case to prove to the general public that he is more than just a producer and can in fact be great behind the microphone, too.

The project also serves as a preview and teaser for Pi’erre Bourne’s well anticipated new project, TLOP4. The Life of Pi’erre 4 is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2019 and will continue to strengthen Pi’erre’s campaign as a studio rapper and not just a producer.

Overall, Pi’erre and Cardo’s Wild Adventure was a greatly timed project for Pi’erre Bourne to build hype for his next major project, The Life of Pierre 4. Pi’erre paired great, cheery beats with smooth vocals and clever lyrics to deliver a smooth project for his fans. This ends off a strong 2018 campaign as a producer and rapper.

The sky’s the limit for this young artist, who has often been compared to a young and fresh Kanye West in terms of talent and skill when it comes to production and rapping. Pi’erre’s fanbase should be excited to see what he has in store for 2019 and beyond.

 

Album Review: XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only, Vol 4

by Joshua Lucero

Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy – also known as XXXTentacion – was born in Florida and became a worldwide-known musician in 2017.

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Tentacion has influenced many young people with his albums that are a true touching of the inner feelings of one’s heart. XXX – in the beginning of his career – was troubled with charges of domestic violence and facing prison time. In this part of his life, there were many fans who believed he was a lost cause, but in many ways XXX proved to the world that he was changing.

Look at me, which was released on Soundcloud in December 2015, was his rising start to the top. People fell in love with the energetic Broward County rapper and watched him evolve to take on several different aspects of music.

XXX would later die on June 18th, 2018 in Florida from a horrific shooting that would shock many. During his life, XXX released many well known albums, such as Revenge released in 2017, 17 released in 2017, and ? released in 2018. After his death, we were given two more albums, one titled Skins that was later released after his death.

Most recently, we were given XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only, Vol 4 released on January 23rd, 2019, which would have been XXX’s 21st birthday.

Members Only, Vol. 4 is filled with lesser-known talent. The project has Tentacion working with a collaboration of artists, such as Ski Mask the Slump God, Rawhool Mane, Cooliecut, Craig Xen, Kin$soul, Bass Santana and more.

This album consists of 24 songs that last for an hour and five minutes. Out of 24 songs, XXX has one solo song titled Sauce! which reminds us of who he was with the line “Huh, do not be alarmed, this is just for fun.”

XXX has four other songs that he has collaborated with other artist. We are given a reminder of who Tentacion was, rather than remembering the negative aspects surrounding his name. Our remembrance of him is of an uplifting and happy person, which is implied within these songs.

The final song in Members Only, Vol 4 is titled Rebirth (2016) which is a snippet from XXX’s many words speaking on what life is to him.

Speaking on what people do in their life, there is always a reason behind the actions that create your life story. Tentacion goes on to say “the people who struggle the most or get it the hardest will succeed in the end, I promise you.”

People like X have came from a hard beginning, but the barriers that he had encountered are obstacles that are possible to overcome. This interpretation can go further into saying to never give up no matter the situation, because life will take care of you as long as you don’t give up on yourself.

Lastly, XXX unfortunately predicts his own death with the line “And if I end up getting shot and killed for what the f**k I’m doing, it’s ’cause I deserve it” in the album. This is one part of XXX that is known for being a touching artist who did more than make music, but connected to his fans on a personal level.

Sports: James Harden On Insane Tear

by Nnamdi Chugbo

Over the month of January, Houston Rockets guard and reigning NBA MVP James Harden has been on an insane run of elite scoring.

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Harden is averaging a whopping 43.6 points per game and has led the Rockets to an 8-6 record, even though their roster was torn apart by multiple injuries. Scoring numbers similar to this haven’t been seen since March of 1963, when legendary big man Wilt Chamberlain averaged 45.8 points per game.

The Rockets guard did not go a single game in January without scoring over 30 points. Harden is currently on a 24-game streak of 30+ scoring numbers, which began back in early December. Again, the only player who has ever touched records above these is Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 30 or more points for 25 games straight, 31 games straight, and 65 games straight. Currently, Harden is doing what nobody thought was possible in the modern NBA by going at records that have only been touched by Chamberlain.

The recent surge of scoring averages for James Harden may be due to the absence of his fellow star guard, Chris Paul, who had sat out 17 games which lasted for almost the whole of January due to a strained left hamstring.

Harden stepped up his scoring averages to carry his team to maintain a positive winning record during the month. Paul’s return to the hardwood may average out Harden’s numbers and spread the wealth throughout the team. In his first game back – on January 27th – Paul scored 12 points in 25 minutes, but his scoring numbers are due to rise as he gets back into the motions of the game.

James Harden is the NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player and is surely the leading candidate to win this year’s award again. He is making a strong campaign towards this with the way he is leading the Rockets in scoring while also making some important plays on the defensive end, even though he is often criticized and painted to be terrible defender.

His main competitor for the title is currently Paul George, who arguably is a better two-way player than Harden. However, it is clear to see that Harden is currently the only player on the Rockets who has consistent playmaking abilities and can create opportunities not just for himself, but for his teammates too.

The winner of the 2018-19 NBA MVP will be settled depending on if Harden can continue to keep scoring and leading his team, alone, at this elite level.

 

Sports: 2019 Super Bowl Preview

by Lucas Garrison

Why, why, why? Well, it’s the time of the year that people across the world have been dreading.

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The NFL season is coming to a close, but don’t worry because we have two of the best teams squaring off in the Super Bowl. It’s Sean McVay and Jared Goff against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. The ultimate battle of the young generation versus the old generation.

Not only is this a rematch of the teams when Brady and Belichick won their first Super Bowl, starting arguably the greatest dynasty in sports, but the big question surrounding this Super Bowl is Tom Brady and when will he decide to finally put up the pads and cleats.

AFC Representative: New England Patriots

The Patriots are heading to their ninth Super Bowl since drafting Tom Brady. Even though they may not have the same high-powered roster as they have had in years past, they still have arguably the greatest quarterback of all time in Brady.

You can never count out the Pats, especially when you have Brady and the great mind that Bill Belichick is. New England does certain things that give them better opportunities to win and it should be key in this game. Brady is known for controlling the clock and having possession of the ball for long periods of time.

Expect to watch Brady hand the ball off to his power runners Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead more often then not. Once the Patriots establish the running game, expect Josh McDaniels to shift the play calling to more short staggered pass plays. Look for Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman to be the main receiving targets for Brady as they have been his go-to players all season long, including the playoffs. 

NFC Representative: Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams are in their first Super Bowl since 2001 – when they were still in St. Louis – behind the brilliant mind of Sean McVay. Third-year quarterback Jared Goff and All-Pro running back Todd Gurley have been key as well.

McVay, in just his second year as head coach has taken this team to the promised land. The Rams have an All-Star lineup and have big names up and down the roster that should make it tough for the Patriots to match-up against.

This all started when they made trades for Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, and Brandin Cooks who are all big names in the football world this past offseason. Then, the Rams came out and gave All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald a huge extension, signed Ndamukong Suh as a free agent, and signed Todd Gurley to a contract extension.

The Rams defense hasn’t been great all year but has stepped it up big time in the playoffs, They have an even better offense. The best part is they have all these pieces in place and have a leader that everyone needs in Sean McVay.

The Rams are going to try and catch the Pats off-guard and put up points fast and early. Constant pressure on Tom Brady will make the unathletic QB feel uncomfortable. This Rams team is going to be a tough out, even for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Prediction: 45-42, Rams

 

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