Fighting in Sports

As anyone has probably noticed, violence in sports has skyrocketed over the past 10 or so years.  In some sports, such as hockey, fighting is part of the game.  They get a penalty for fighting and thats it, no game misconduct, no suspension afterwards.  But in the last season, a player slashed another player in the face because he was mad.  Why? The player was suspended for the rest of the season, but how far is too far.  Hockey doesn't want to ban fighting or make the penalties more strict because they are afraid of losing an already dwindling fan base.  In other sports, fighting lands you an automatic suspension for direct involvement.  The University of Miami football team ended up getting into a brawl with another team, and both sides had multiple players suspended for a few games for their actions.  In baseball, batters go after pitchers every day, sometimes it ends in just a few words thrown back and forth, in other cases it ends in punches thrown and a brawl breaking out.  I guess the point that I am trying to make is, why bother?  Granted you need to stick up for yourself, your team, yada yada yada.  What these players aren't thinking of is who is watching the game that they are a vital part of.  What kid sitting in the stands or watching from a tv at home says that player is their role model.  A role model should not be fighting, because then the kids are going to think that its acceptable for them go ahead and fight if someone were to do that to them.  Fighting needs to have much more severe consequences than it has right now, period.

Pond Hockey

Its every kids favorite time of the year, around Christmas time is the perfect time.  Pond hockey and pond skating is what kids look forward to when their done with school, or when they wake up on the weekends.  As college kids, we don't let this past time slip through our fingertips.  Every day over winterim and early in the spring semester you'll find kids skating at the Fox Park ice rink.  Fox Park is a great place because you have a smaller frozen rink, which is great for just skating around and having fun, or playing a smaller game of ice hockey.  Every night you could count on at least 10 or so kids to show up, and have a nice 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 game.  It was great because there were all different experience levels, and it gives everyone an equal chance to lay and have fun.  The games are never very serious, always just a fun few hours playing hockey on the ice, and whatever happens on the ice stays there.  Its an awesome place to be, and i'd recommend it to anyone, whether they just want to skate for fun or play a little puck.

Freshman Experience

When I moved into my dorm room the first day of school, I was not too sure what to expect.  I got nervous about friends, school, and just nervous in general.  Its a new place where I really knew nothing about anyone or anything here.  As the first few days, I found myself going out with some friends on the floor, having fun, and getting used to the college experience.  After that everything just kind of fell into place from there on out.  I kept on hanging out with those people, met new people without a fear or care in the world, started with my schoolwork and that was about it.  Looking back on that first day of moving it, it seems like it was yesterday.  I didn't really believe it when people told me that college is the best, and fastest four years of your life.  But seeing how quickly this year has come and gone, I know that before I can even catch myself and head back reality, I'll be in the real world.  But while I'm here at school, I may as well keep on doing the best I can and having fun as well.

summer time

As the school year comes to an end we all have one thing on our mind once May 1st hits, summer.  No one really thinks about finals as much as they did first semester, because everyone is amped to go home for the summer and have some fun.  You see a start of people slacking off once it gets warm outside because people want to be outside having fun, not inside doing work and studying.  But the last few weeks of classes are packed with work that is due, that everyone leaves until the last minute because we're most interested in being outside then in the class room.  So PSU, have some fun while its warm out, get your work done, and get ready for the summer; where you save your money up all summer working 2 jobs just to blow through it next year.

A Good Start

It's now May 1st, and the first month of baseball has come on gone and the Red Sox find themselves in first place in the AL East by 3 1/2 games.  The biggest surprise though, is that the Yankees aren't in second, their in dead last, struggling.  The Red Sox have won 5 out of 6 games against the Yankee's, including a sweep of them in their homestand which hadn't been done in years.  Simply, the Sox are just crushing the ball, other than their one hitter against the White Sox.  They are outscoring their opponents by a considerable amount.  They are fifth in the league in runs, twelfth in the league in hits, first in walks, and ninth in strikeouts.  The pitching staff is eleventh in runs, tenth in hits, ninth in walks, and fourth in strikeouts with over six per game.   The Sox are playing pretty solid so, although there are some huge questions being asked by Red Sox nation.  What's the deal with Manny?  Manny is batting a touch over .200, which simply isn't the Manny we know, or need.  A good sign that Manny is getting back into the grove of things is that he his home run against the Yankees was opposite field, which means Manny's getting back on track.  The biggest concern was our off-season acquisition Mr. Matsuzaka, who clearly hasn't been all he's cracked up to be.  Granted, he's not throwing to the caliber he threw in the World Baseball Finals, or how he threw in Japan.  He's getting accustomed to the new league, new style of play and the differences that major league baseball has.  At least, thats what we need to keep telling ourselves.  He's 3-2 with an ERA over 4.  That's not what we spent a ridiculous amount of money on.  Another worry is Schilling.  Although his ERA is 3.27, he is 2-3 as your #1.  The biggest problem is our #5 man in the rotation, Julian Tavarez.  He has an ERA of 7.58, simply enough stated.  We need a new number 5 thats going to be able to give us a chance in the post-season, or getting to the post-season.