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Off The Field: Stop scaring your players with vaccines and policies

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talks during events at NBA All-Star weekend on February 15, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago.
Keanu Ruffo, Sports Editor December 11, 2020

Despite the NBA being front runners to get the COVID-19 vaccine first, games still need to be played inside a bubble and not forcing players to get vaccined . The NBA did a solid job of controlling...

Off The Field: California should not allow fans back in the stands at stadiums

A Los Angeles Dodgers fan celebrates catching a foul ball during game one of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. Photo credit: Ron Jenkins
Isaiah Lonvelin, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

With the high cases of COVID-19 in California, it would not be a good decision to allow fans to watch a live sporting event. Even though it can be done as we have seen crowds sitting apart during the...

Off The Field: Tradition of Thanksgiving football in America

Cowboys fans cheer on their team as the Dallas Cowboys battled against the Detroit Lions in the first round of playoffs. The Cowboys and Lions are the only two teams that play every year on Thanksgiving day. Photo credit: Victor Araiza
Isaiah Lonvelin, Staff Writer November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching for families getting prepared to spend the day together to share an expression of gratitude with each of their loved ones. For football fans it is the holiday of...

Off The Field: NFL makes history as leagues first all Black officiating crew is assembled

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin complains to Referee Jerome Boger (23) during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, Monday, December 3, 2012. The Redskins defeated the Giants, 17-16. Photo credit: Harry E. Walker/MCT
Keanu Ruffo, Sports Editor November 20, 2020

To see an all black officiating crew for the first time in the history of the National Football League, will be a huge accomplishment for the game and the sports world. This citing will recognize the...

Off The Field: Kim Ng makes history becoming the first female general manager

Kim Ng, seen here in 2018, is the first woman to be named the general manager of a Major League Baseball team. Photo credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS
Isaiah Lonvelin, Staff Writer November 20, 2020

History has been made in the sports world as the Miami Marlins organization has hired the first female general manager, Kim Ng. If the new hiring of Kim Ng can be a new start to something for sports...

Ivy League presidents cancel winter sports due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Ivy League presidents cancel winter sports due to rise in COVID-19 cases
Keanu Ruffo, Sports Editor November 13, 2020

Unlike the NCAA or the NFL, the Ivy League will continue to play it smart and cancel their sports for the winter to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As much as it hurts to see this, the safety and health...

Off The Field: Team owners flood Trump campaign with dark money

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 08:  Controlling owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers Jeanie Buss stands on the court during a moment of silence held to honor victims of last Sunday's mass shooting before the Lakers' preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at T-Mobile Arena on October 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 1, Stephen Paddock killed at least 58 people and injured more than 450 after he opened fire on a large crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. Los Angeles won 75-69. Photo credit: Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Keanu Ruffo, Sports Editor November 6, 2020

It is unjust how billion dollar sports owners can secretly donate millions of dollars to political campaigns such as Trumps and still support their players who are fighting for justice and equality. Yes,...

Off The Field: WNBA overlooked as being main fighters for equality

Lynx forward Napheesa Collier gets fouled by Chicago Sky guard Diamond DeShields during the first half of a WNBA game Thursday in Bradenton, Fla.
Keanu Ruffo, Sports Editor November 6, 2020

WNBA players’ voices should not be forgotten or silenced when it comes to fighting against inequality and systemic racism. These women have been at the forefront of these protests, speaking out against...

Transformation of linemen in professional football

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 03: The Virginia Cavaliers offensive linemen make their way down field during the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Cavaliers on October 03, 2020 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Dannie Walls/Icon Sportswire) Photo credit: Photo by Dannie Walls/Icon Sportswire
Isaiah Lonvelin, Staff Writer October 30, 2020

In the National Football League (NFL) today, lineman are known to be gigantic in size, and can be easily recognized at their position as lineman rather than skilled position players in football. The...

Dodgers, Rays ball clubs quarantined following return to home cities

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner (10) strikes against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell in the first inning during Game 6 of the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
Keanu Ruffo, Sports Editor October 30, 2020

When the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays stepped off their flights Wednesday evening, they were ordered immediately to self-quarantine. Justin Turner, third baseman for the Dodgers, tested positive...

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