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US Soccer

By: Nathaniel Kunz, Guest Writer

Source: ussoccer.com

It wasn’t a dream, and it actually happened. No one will be able to see Dempsey break the record on the biggest stage. No one will be able to see Pulisic tear up the world’s best in Russia and possible win Best Young Player. No one will be able to see the next generation of players get their taste of international play. The kids of the country don’t get to see the dream realized that should be there: a place in the World Cup.

Now, this really does has huge ramifications for the US Soccer program. For one, it will be without a large sum of money that would have come from qualifying. That money could have gone improving our youth system to help the development of players, but now we have to do without it. Also, certain players will now not be able to finish off their careers on a high note. Bradley, Dempsey, Howard, Guzan, Zusi, Cameron, Gonzalez, Besler, Bedoya, and even Altidore should be gone by the next time World Cup qualifying rounds come along. Really, only Yedlin, Pulisic, Arriola, Acosta, and Wood are the players that should still be around if they keep going in the right direction. Another point is that this failure tarnishes the men’s team’s reputation in the country. The women’s program is basically untouchable because it wins and wins well. There’s a reason that many people in the US think that soccer is just a women’s sport because our women’s team is the only team that routinely is challenging for championships. I’m not gonna go over why that is at the time, because it’s definitely more complicated than one would thing. Among those who have the opinion that soccer is inferior to the other sports in the country will state that the national team is the butt of a lot of jokes aimed at soccer in the US, and this only fuels their fire. How can you inspire people to do better when they see the team that is at the top fail to even get to the World Cup? Continue reading

Aaron Rodgers injury shuffles NFC North

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: nytimes.com​

On Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers suffered a season-altering injury when superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers was thrown to the turf in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone on the play and was carted off the field. The team has announced that he will undergo surgery and could miss the remainder of the season due to the injury, which would change the playoff picture drastically. The Packers came into Week Six as the clear-cut favorites for the NFC North title, but now it could be anyone’s game.

Since it is now official that Rodgers has elected to have surgery, it is highly likely that he will miss the remainder of the season. This means that the Packers will likely have to turn to former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley for the remainder of the season. The team promoted Joe Callahan from the practice squad to become the new second-string quarterback but has made no other moves in that regard. Head coach Mike McCarthy also expressed after the game that the team will not likely look outside the organization to fill their quarterback needs. Hundley has almost no NFL experience outside of the preseason and it showed during the remainder of the game on Sunday. Hundley threw one touchdown in the second quarter, but also threw three interceptions and was sacked four times. The combination of a quarterback inexperienced with the NFL pass rush and an offensive line currently missing three starters due to injury does not bode well for Green Bay. Continue reading

Chiefs remain only undefeated team in NFL

By: Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: usatoday.com

When the NFL season began, not many people would have picked the Kansas City Chiefs to start the season with an upset win versus the defending Super Bowl Champs, New England Patriots.  It was also unlikely that they would be the last undefeated team in the NFL.  However, they were wrong and the Chiefs have yet to lose a game nearly a third of the way through the season.

Kansas City traveled to Houston this past Sunday for a matchup with the much-improved Houston Texans.  The Texans were coming off of a strong 57-point performance against the Tennessee Titans and the play from their rookie QB, Deshaun Watson, is a major reason why there is excitement around the team. Continue reading

Jake Allen leads Blues to hot start in goal

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: cbssports.com

The St. Louis Blues kicked off their season last Wednesday, October 4th, and have yet to lose a game. The Blues, currently 3-0 on the year, opened their season by defeating the current Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on their home ice. The Blues won their home-opener against the Dallas Stars. Their most recent victory came in a shootout over the New York Islanders. Despite losing young forward Robby Fabbri in the preseason to another ACL injury, the offense looks strong thus far. In his first full season as the Blues head coach, Mike Yeo has put together a great beginning to a new NHL season.

In the season opener, the Blues defeated the Penguins 5-4 at Pittsburgh. The Blues had a two-goal lead in the third period, but let it slip away by allowing two unanswered goals with less than seven minutes left in the game. Blues’ center Paul Stastny had two points coming off a goal and an assist. Alex Pietrangelo scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in the opening minutes of overtime. Jake Allen did not have the strongest game in goal, allowing four goals on 33 shots. The Blues made a statement to start the season, taking down the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Continue reading

Deshaun Watson rights ship for Texans

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: si.com

There have been many big stories in the NFL so far; from rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the sudden improvement by the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills, or the questionable play of the New England Patriots, but arguably one of the biggest has to be the rise of Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. Watson, the number 12 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, took over the reins halfway through the Texans’ season opener, and the team hasn’t looked back since. Since giving Watson the starting job, the Texans have experienced a high-octane offense that Houston fans haven’t seen in years and have a chance to be a legitimate postseason threat. Continue reading

Blues start 2017 season with key injuries

By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: nhl.com

As the St. Louis Blues begin the 2017-2018 NHL season, they will be doing so without some of their key players in the wake of injuries.  Losing some of your veteran leaders as well as your young stars is not a good way to begin a season.  Replacing these players will certainly be a tough task but the Blues will certainly be up to the challenge.

The one injury that was expected entering the season was to Patrik Berglund, one of the top scorers for the Blues in recent years.  Berglund underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason and is not expected back until the winter months.  These types of injuries can be crippling, and certainly is not what the Blues need from one of their veterans this year. Continue reading

Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: latimes.com

For most sports fans, and in particular those who follow football, fantasy football is a way to keep up with what is going on around the league, and also bring a little competitive fun to watching the games.  Most fantasy teams have their set players that they count on week in and week out.  However, there are a few positions on each team where navigating the waiver wire can make a huge difference.  It can be difficult at times, but it is crucial aspect to being successful in your league.  

Week three of the 2017 NFL season was an interesting one for several fantasy owners.  Many fantasy owners have been disappointed thus far by the production of some of their big-time players.  Players like Sammy Watkins, Pierre Garcon, and Chris Hogan finally had a strong week, although they rode the bench in over 60% of CBS Sports leagues.  Despite the strong week by these players, there are some interesting options worth looking at on the waiver wire.  Continue reading

Cardinals eye second Wild Card spot

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

With the MLB season dwindling down to its final few games, most playoff spots have been claimed. However, the National League Central has not quite been taken by the Chicago Cubs and the second NL Wild Card spot is a toss-up right now.  With only seven games remaining and all seven games being against the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals go into the week knowing every game could have an effect on their chances of reaching the playoffs and could change the playoff landscape altogether. There are plenty of what-ifs to factor in at the moment, but the dream is still alive for playoff baseball in St. Louis.

As things currently stand, the Cubs have a five-and-a-half-game lead on the Brewers and a six-game lead on the Cardinals in the NL Central, making the elimination number for both teams two games. This also means the Cubs could clinch the division in their next series against St. Louis. The best hope for either team is the NL Wild Card, where the recent struggle of the Colorado Rockies has opened the door for a three-way race for that second Wild Card spot. The Rockies currently sit two games up on the Brewers and two and a half ahead of the Cards. The Rockies will split their last six games between the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers, so they will need to take advantage of the series against Miami before facing the NL West Champions. The Brewers are in a similar situation, as they split their last six between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis. Continue reading

Cleveland Indians historic win streak come to a close

By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: mlb.com

As the Major League Baseball regular season comes to an end, contending teams are looking to get on a run heading towards the postseason.  One team’s run may have started a little early, but it was impressive and record breaking nonetheless.  The longest winning streak in American League history ended last Friday night as the Cleveland Indians lost to the Kansas City Royals after winning 22 games in a row.

While the streak may not be the longest winning streak in MLB history, some argue that it is the longest and most impressive.  The 1916 New York Giants won an impressive 26 games in a row, but there was a tie in the middle of the steak, bringing some baseball fans to believe it was not legit.  However, their streak of 26 games remains the record. Continue reading

Kareem Hunt leads Chiefs to second win

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: sports.yahoo.com

As week two of the NFL season wraps up, the Kansas City Chiefs are one of seven teams with a record of 2-0. The team has had major contributions from expected players such as Alex Smith and Travis Kelce, but a notable reason for their success is rookie running back Kareem Hunt. Hunt has put up huge numbers over his first few games, giving him one of the best career starts in NFL history. With multiple offensive and defensive weapons, the Chiefs look like a legitimate threat in the league this season.

In the first game of the season, the Chiefs took on the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and defeated them 42-27. Kareem Hunt, making his rookie debut, rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown. Hunt added to this with 98 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns, including a 78 yard reception. Hunt’s 246 total yards from scrimmage were the most by a player in a debut since the NFL’s merger in 1970. Continue reading