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Super Bowl should be treated as national holiday

The Super Bowl is one of most important events in modern American culture, and advertisers spend millions on commercials and marketing leading up to the Super Bowl.

Almost every American watches the game or attends a Super Bowl party of some sort on the first Sunday night in February. Even individuals who do not regularly watch football stay up late to enjoy the big game.

An event as large as the Super Bowl is obviously more important to many than some holidays. If the Super Bowl is as important as a holiday, why should it not be recognized as one? The Super Bowl already has traditions surrounding it such as eating wings, throwing parties, the halftime show and funny commercials. Animal lovers even have the Puppy Bowl to look forward to every year.

With all of the festivities on Sunday night, Monday is always a challenge for many. The game itself commonly ends around 11:30 p.m. but celebrations, the MVP announcement and trophy presentation can go on until 12:30 or later.

Almost everyone stays up for these festivities, so Monday is always somewhat of a wasted day. Teachers and students alike are exhausted from the night before and do not have any desire to be at school the next day. Parents do not want to wake up early to take their kids to school the next day. Employees of other businesses and companies are sleep deprived and do not accomplish much on that Monday.

Simply put, nobody gets anything done on Super Bowl Monday. It is a day that is miserable for millions of people nationwide. The Monday after the Super Bowl is characterized by groans of exhaustion from football fans across the country.

The Super Bowl clearly deserves to be treated as a national holiday. Super Bowl Monday should be a day for people to rest and stay home with family and friends.

    

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NFL athletes kneel as a protest against President Trump

 By: Elora Nicholas / Staff Writer

     NFL players throughout the past week have been dealing with the wrath of President Trump. Trump has been giving speeches and has been speaking his opinion about the kneeling of the players.

    The first player to kneel during the national anthem was Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick has said he sat and kneeled during the anthem because he refuses to show honor to a country that oppresses black people and people of color. His action caused much controversy among fans and others not impacted by the NFL.

    In recent news, players have started doing this action again for the same reasons stated before. This past Sunday the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and many other teams showed their stand against their right.

    Throughout the league, players, coaches and owners decided what was best for the team.

    Trump took to Twitter to say the kneeling was unacceptable.

    President Trump has been expressing his viewpoint towards the players’ behavior. He believes players who disrespect the flag should be fired from their team. However, he supported those players who chose to lock arms due to the showing of “solidarity.”

    The Oakland Raiders offensive line is the only line in the NFL made up entirely of African-American players, all chose to kneel during the national anthem joined by their team. The team hosting, Washington Redskins, chose to link arms on their side of the field. The act was shown as one of the strongest visual display of a protest today.

    Coach Jack Del Rio of the Raiders said the players would have rather stayed in the locker room, but it would have likely delayed game time.

    All protests were a viewing of solidarity against the criticism of President Trump.

    The players within each team had their own personal view of why they knelt during Sunday’s game. Most of their opinions all looped back around to their disagreeing with the president. Each player felt that if they would have stood, it would have shown support towards Trump.

    Some players even chose to celebrate a touchdown in a certain way. Odell Beckham Jr. raised his fist after scoring, a protest done by black athletes dated back to the 1960s.

    The controversy of this situation continues to expand day by day, what will our president say next? Will the players continue these actions? Viewers will see as the season continues. 

Ohio State to face Notre Dame

By Anthony Chmielewski

Bowl season has arrived in college football and that means throughout late December there will be a full slate of games to watch. Ohio State, who is ranked 7th, will face off against one of the most prestigious football programs, Notre Dame, on Jan. 1 in the Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl.

While Ohio State certainly had its sights set on the crashing the college football playoff two years in a row, playing in the Fiesta Bowl is not too much of a letdown. Although the Buckeyes wanted to make the playoff, they only have themselves to blame as they lost their biggest game of the year against Michigan State with a lackluster performance.

“We did this to ourselves type of deal. We beat Michigan State, then the Team Up North, we’re not even having this conversation, you know what I’m saying?” Quarterback J.T. Barrett said according to Cleveland.com.

Ohio State has a tough task trying to defeat Notre Dame who currently sits one spot behind the Buckeyes in the rankings. Head coach Urban Meyer seems to always prepare his teams for the big games as he did last year in the playoff when the underdog Buckeyes knocked off both Alabama and Oregon.

One of the toughest things for the Buckeyes to do is stay focused while preparing for the game as it seems half the team is ready to go to the NFL. The players already have a national championship on their resume, and may have their focus on preparing for the draft rather than the Fiesta Bowl.

Ohio State will have a very good chance of winning if they fall back on what they do best which is running the ball with one of the best NFL prospects, Ezekiel Elliott. The one game the Buckeyes lost was in large due to the fact Elliott only had twelve carries which is unacceptable for someone so talented. Elliott and his teammates believed he was snubbed from the Heisman trophy won by Alabama running back Derrick Henry. One should expect a big game from Elliott as he tries to prove the doubters wrong in what will be his last game in a Buckeye uniform.

The Buckeyes’ defense will also have to step it up a notch against the very good offensive line from Notre Dame. Ohio State defensive lineman Adolphus Washington has been suspended for the bowl game meaning players like star defensive back Joey Bosa will need to have a big game.

Overall, one can expect an enjoyable, hard fought game as both teams will try to prove the playoff committee made a mistake not picking them. It will likely be an emotional game for some players from both teams will be headed to the draft or graduating after their last game with their respective teams.

On New Year’s day and throughout late December and early January, there will be many fun and enjoyable matchups to watch this year as bowl season is finally here.

Cavs start season swinging

By Anthony Chmielewski

 The Cleveland Cavaliers have been on a roll through the first month of the NBA season, led by superstar LeBron James. The Cavs currently sit atop the eastern conference at 13-4, and have the third best record in the league, only trailing San Antonio (14-3), and Golden State (18-0).

    Cleveland came into this season with high hopes of winning their franchise’s first ever championship. The Cavs have shown throughout the first month of the season that they are for real. Many people expected them to come out slow to start the season due to the absences of Iman Shumpert, and Kyrie Irving. Instead the Cavs have come out in full throttle, playing with a chip on their shoulders because of last years finals loss.

    Even with the third best record in the league, forward LeBron James does not think that his squad is living up to its full potential. According to ESPN.com, he held a players only meeting, questioning some of the players’ effort on the court.

    “It’s all mindset,” James says “It comes from within. I’ve always had it; my upbringing had it like that. It’s either you got it or you don’t.”

    James also said that the defending champion Warriors, who have started the season with a historic 18-0 record, look hungrier than the Cavs even though they won it all last year.

    A big part of Cleveland’s early season success has to be credited to different role players stepping up. Point guard Mo Williams has been a valuable temporary replacement for Irving. Backup small forward Richard Jefferson has stepped in to give James some well earned rest during the games. The Cavs have many players who have answered the call to step in so far this year.

    Cleveland has looked unstoppable at home in “The Land” this year. They are now 9-0 at home, thanks to James, as he hit a game winner in their last game against Brooklyn.

    The Cavs have looked strong this season and can only get better when the are at full strength. Their season is a championship or bust, and it will be difficult, but they are ready to deliver Cleveland its first sports championship in over 50 years.