The International Olympic Committee (IOC) threw a curve ball at the international softball community when they voted to remove the sport from the Olympic competition. Originally, it was only baseball that was to be removed from the Games because there were too few teams. But it was decided that softball would be dismissed too.
Why should I play a sport? This is a question that is very common among teens. Sometimes, there is a fear that athletics will consume all the time that is usually spent on schoolwork or a social life. Participation in sports, however, benefits a person physically and emotionally, and it helps build skills in time management that would be useful for a student who is preparing to go to college.
Last year, a time of 1 minute 22 seconds would have qualified an 11-to-12-year-old female swimmer for the Gold Championships. This year, however, the time has been reduced to 1 minute 16 seconds. Are humans getting faster? Why is there such a drastic change in times over only a year? Although a swimmer’s training is an important factor in reducing swim times, there are also external factors that play a large role in helping humans to swim faster, such as swimwear and pool design.
On Feb. 27, the Harlem Globetrotters came to the 17,000-seat Times Union Center and drew more than 10,000 fans into the arena on their world tour.
The 2 p.m. game consisted of an introduction by “Globie,” their mascot, and a game against the Washington Generals. It featured a few famous Globetrotters such as Dizzy, Hazel and Siena College graduate Firefly. The two-hour show was packed with many tricks and laughs, action and lots of fun.
Put yourself in this situation: You’re playing a sport with your friends. As you’re playing, you go for a dive to catch the ball. CLACK! You collide head-on with another player. Only problem is, you don’t get up directly after the collision. Instead you’re dazed out momentarily and it takes you a few minutes to regain your state of mind. You’re okay, but you don’t remember the collision.
Lucky for you, this was only a minor concussion, one of many possible brain injuries.
A year without an NFL season: It almost seems unreal, but the fact is that the National Football League is getting ready to have a lockout next season. Could Super Bowl XLV be the last game we watch before the NFL takes a very long break?
Just when you were getting used to Quidditch teams on college campuses, there’s a new “sport” popping up at institutions of higher learning — competitive eating.
A team has been started at the University of Maryland. It’s brand new, but is already 30 members strong.
There are five minutes left on the clock and the opposing team scores, again. The score is 7-0, the latter your team’s score. The teams are obviously unevenly matched, but the rival team keeps running up the score anyway. Is the team displaying poor sportsmanship? Should they stop scoring out of pity?
On Feb. 19, 2011, in a basketball game against St. Peter’s, Siena Saint senior Serena Moore scored her 1,000th career point for the Siena Saints women’s team. When she did this, she achieved what only four other Siena women’s basketball players have done — scoring 1,000 points, grabbing 600 rebounds and blocking 100 shots! Serena got her 100th career block on Feb. 14, 2011, in a game against Rider.
Firefly Fisher from the Harlem Globetrotters came to St. Thomas the Apostle School in Delmar on Feb. 14. He made the day fun and exciting for everyone. He did ball games, passes and other neat tricks with the 200 kids.
From 1926 to 2011 — they’ve been in the “game” for 85 years. They do tricks, flips and jokes every show. They make you laugh no matter what. No one can top this team, which entertains its fans from the beginning to the end. This isn’t the Lakers, not Miami Heat, not Orlando Magic, but the one and only Harlem Globetrotters!