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

Jack Rafferty, AME Comment

March 1, 2018

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’ after-school plans, especially sports. Grady has five spring sports, eleven teams a...

NFL fails to address looming issues

NFL fails to address looming issues

Jack Rafferty

November 22, 2017

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 o...

American soccer system flawed, Atlanta Silverbacks are a prime example

Jack Hudson

September 18, 2017

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 with the current state at which soccer in the United States functions, the od...

Addition by subtraction: Cavs benefit by losing Kyrie Irving

Jack Rafferty, Assistant Managing Editor, Comment

August 23, 2017

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 trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in July, and officially joined the Boston...

Braves; Keep or Trade?

Reid Barry

August 21, 2017

  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 arrive in the majors, with varying success. Dansby Swanson, a holdover from las...

NBA eligibility rule should be changed

Jacob Dillard

April 28, 2017

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 Leon Smith and Korleone Young did, who needed some more maturity before they...

The problem with NBA superteams

Tyler Randall

March 24, 2017

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 beginning of the year, Vegas odds makers expected the season to unfold just as...

Super Bowl Preview

Ben Bizot

February 2, 2017

When the Falcons lost two straight games in late October, collapse seemed as though it were just around the corner. Three short months later, the Falcons steamrolled the Green Bay Packers 44-21 on their way to their first Super Bowl since 1999. More than just offensive firepower, the ability of this team to bounce back from adversity showed that they had fight, drive, and the ...

The NFL should have a draft lottery

Jack Rafferty

February 1, 2017

By: Jack Rafferty Comment The NFL could learn something from the NBA. The NBA has an effective system that allows for parity while simultaneously dissuading teams from “tanking” in order to get high draft picks: the draft lottery. If the NFL were to implement this system, it would encourage teams to be more competitive. This year, the Cleveland Browns finished with...

College Football Playoff expansion would lead to more exciting games

The Southerner

January 25, 2017

By Cory Dillard    The college football playoff is when four of the best teams in the nation battle it out to be crowned the best. It was created in 2014, meaning the idea is relatively new and leaves plenty of room for changes. There has been a lot of criticism, especially this recent year, about potential playoff teams that ended up not making it.    USC (Souther...

House Bill 2 an atrocity, NCAA makes the right call

Charlie Toole

December 8, 2016

Comment With acceptance of the LGBTQ community finally spreading into the legislative system, many states still take issue with this particular group. In March, the state of North Carolina passed a very ignorant law that eliminates all protection from discrimination of members of the LGBTQ community. The law also requires that people who identify as transgender only en...

Congress needs to take a gamble, regulate fantasy

Alex Langan

November 30, 2016

With manipulative daily fantasy sports apps such as recently merged DraftKings and FanDuel on the rise, there is a need for more legislation regarding sports gambling. A loophole in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act of 2006 allows online fantasy sports for money to operate, while other gambling games, such as poker and bingo, are not. This loophole has allowed many s...

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