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Lack of pep for Grady athletics

Bram Mansbach, section editor

August 22, 2018


Filed under Sports Commentary

In recent years, Grady athletics hasn’t had consistent support from students notorious for lacking school pride. Football games that once had elaborate pep signs and chants have now turned into displays of inaudible cheers and a visible lack of excitement. The season seems to start at a high point...

Should the billion dollar NCAA pay college athletes?

Mills Rentz-Baker

May 15, 2018


Filed under SPORTS, Sports Commentary

The term ‘student athlete’ in college is somewhat of a misnomer because athletics dominate the majority of the students’ time. Most of the time, the athlete has no say in which comes first: sports or school. An indentured servant is defined as a person under contract to work for another person...

Atlanta united reshaping sports scene

Atlanta united reshaping sports scene

Charlie Toole

April 22, 2018


Filed under SPORTS, Sports Commentary

In front of a record-breaking crowd of 72,035 fans, Atlanta United put on a show with a 3-1 victory over DC United, a team which beat them in all three meetings last season. The crowd bore witness to many banners hoisted around Mercedes Benz Stadium, most notably one that read: “RIP bad sports town....

Allowance of field usage not consistent enough

Allowance of field usage not consistent enough

Jack Hudson

April 9, 2018


Filed under SPORTS, Sports Commentary

By Jack Hudson Through personal experience, I have found that Grady and Atlanta Public Schools are not always on the same page.  The lack of field usage Grady student athletes are allotted during official hours of operation is possibly the best example of this conflict.   Far too many times, student...

School spirit for sports is minimal

School spirit for sports is minimal

Alex Durham

April 8, 2018


Filed under SPORTS, Sports Commentary

If you go to a Grady football or basketball game, you’ll see hundreds of kids in the stands cheering on the team. But if you go to a soccer game, a baseball game, a tennis match or, for the most part, any other Grady sporting event, the most you’ll see are stands with parents and a few students. ...

District’s 30-minute addition to school day hurts athletics

Jack Rafferty, AME Comment

March 1, 2018


Filed under Sports Commentary

The Grady community collectively groaned when the superintendent’s office announced the school day would be lengthened by 30 minutes for the months of February and March. The additional time was mostly notable for its expected uselessness, but it also actively hurts teachers’ and students’ aft...

NFL fails to address looming issues

NFL fails to address looming issues

Jack Rafferty

November 22, 2017


Filed under SPORTS, Sports Commentary

Comment The NFL has long been a behemoth in American culture. On Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, millions of Americans tune in to games, and thousands pony up hundreds of dollars to see the games up close. With all of this considered, it’s no surprise that the NFL has grown into both a cultura...

American soccer system flawed, Atlanta Silverbacks are a prime example

Jack Hudson

September 18, 2017


Filed under Sports Commentary

The Atlanta Silverbacks used to be Atlanta’s main source of professional soccer. That has changed with the emergence of Atlanta United, which is has become the center of everything soccer within the city. As Atlanta United gains more notoriety, the less we hear from the Atlanta Silverbacks, and wi...

Addition by subtraction: Cavs benefit by losing Kyrie Irving

Jack Rafferty, Assistant Managing Editor, Comment

August 23, 2017


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By Jack Rafferty, Assistant Managing Editor, Comment In a 2010 post-game presser, then Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah said, “I've never heard anybody say 'I'm going to Cleveland on vacation.’ What's so good about Cleveland?”.   Apparently, Kyrie Irving agrees, as he formally requested a trad...

Braves; Keep or Trade?

Reid Barry

August 21, 2017


Filed under Sports Commentary

  The Braves’ first season at SunTrust Park is almost over, and they are still a long way from making the playoffs. However, there were some important storylines this year that will affect the Braves’ future.  So far this season, we have seen many of the next generation of Braves arr...

NBA eligibility rule should be changed

Jacob Dillard

April 28, 2017


Filed under Comment, SPORTS, Sports Commentary

Before Article X(new NBA draft eligibility rules),  we have seen the best and the worst players come out of college. Lebron James and Kobe Bryant were drafted straight out of high school and were rookie sensations. On the other hand, there are the players coming out of high school who end up like Le...

The problem with NBA superteams

Tyler Randall

March 24, 2017


Filed under Sports Commentary

By Tyler Randall With the NBA regular season coming to end, the playoff picture was already decided months beforehand. I say this because there is an obvious #1 seed from each conference, the Golden State Warriors from the Western Conference and the Cleveland Cavaliers from the East. At the begi...

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