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Small town excitement for a big Super Bowl

Small town excitement for a big Super Bowl

Arrow Van Abrams and Alex Martin

February 4, 2020

Super Bowl Sunday brought out intensity, excitement and rage in the Chico community. Local sports bars contained mods of fans supporting their favorite team across their chest. On Sunday Feb. 2, the Kansas City Chiefs were set to take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54. 2013 was the last...

Wildcat Rumble: Was Lebron’s first year in LA a failure?

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Matthew Ferreira, Noah Andrews and Ricardo Tovar bring their takes on the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NCAA

Ricardo Tovar

April 5, 2019

The Wildcat Rumble returns this week with sports editor Ricardo Tovar and a returning Matthew Ferreira. New co-host to the program, The Orion's sports writer, Noah Andrews brings his unique sports takes with Ferreira and Tovar. They speak on the NCAA tournament, MLB season, NBA season and much more! Ag...

The hard-hitting reality of salaries in the NFL

Money is not fully guaranteed in the NFL despite the increased link of CTE with the sport. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

April 2, 2019

The NFL made history in March of 2018 when they paid quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings a fully-guaranteed three-year contract. Unlike NBA, MLB and NHL athletes, NFL players are not guaranteed all the money that their contract offers. This causes a dilemma between the current Collective B...

Anita Barker takes a victory lap

Anita Barker is one of nine women ever selected for the Division II West Region Athletic Director of the Year Award. She has worked for Chico State for 17 years alongside her husband, Scott Barker, the head athletic trainer. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Noah Andrews

March 25, 2019

The job of an athletic director is often thankless. There's a lot of work behind the scenes that go unnoticed. However, this is not the case for Chico State's Athletic Director, Anita Barker. Due to Barker's constant hard work and the rejection of mediocrity, she has been honored as the Division II...

Paradise High School on the road to Recovery

Paradise High School remained untouched despite buildings around it being destroyed by flames. Photo credit: Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

February 10, 2019

The first week of November was a crucial time for Paradise High School athletics: the football team was ready to take on their first playoff game, both soccer teams and the wrestling team were on the verge of qualifying for playoffs, and the basketball teams were getting ready to kick off their season. The...

To cure Super Bowl hangovers, watch more sports

A detail of a New England Patriots player raising the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Matthew Ferreira

February 10, 2019

Sunday's big game brought with it the dreadful fact that the NFL season has come to an end. For many football fans, this can feel as if the dark ages have started all over again. But fear not, there are plenty of ways to cope with the coming months.There are all kinds of options to keep you entertain...

Wildcat Rumble: Bekah Boyle and Alexandria Tucker

Alexandria Tucker leads the way at the Bronco Invitational in this archived photo. Photo credit: Gary Towne

Ricardo Tovar

February 9, 2019

The newest episode of the Wildcat Rumble is trying some stuff out. Interviews with Chico State athletes Bekah Boyle (3:42) and Alex Tucker (19:07), who won All-CCAA Fall Academics. As well as a one-man show by sports editor Ricardo Tovar: Super Bowl talk, NBA trade deadline analysis and much more. Hope you enjoy!...

Wildcat Rumble: The boys are back in town

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots gestures at the line of scrimmage during the first half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Ricardo Tovar

February 2, 2019

Welcome to the second Wildcat Rumble of the spring semester! Sports editor of The Orion Ricardo Tovar is joined by Andrew Baumgartner (former sports editor of The Orion) and Alex Grant (former managing editor of The Orion). They discuss the Super Bowl, the NBA regular season and their trade rumors, ...

How to throw a Super… Bowl party in college

Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ricardo Tovar

January 29, 2019

17 weeks of regular season and three weeks of playoff football have led us to this moment. Feb. 3 is upon us and Super Bowl LIII is promising us an enticing matchup between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. I say, let's not wallow in the despair that is a football-less existence. Let...

The past and future of Chico State football

Chico State running back Glenn Witherspoon takes a handoff during the 19787 season. Image from The Orion vault.

Connor Mcpherson

December 22, 2018

1997 marked the final year for Chico State football. The players hung up their uniforms one last time and walked out of the locker room. The cancellation of the football team was sad at the time, but could’ve been just what the Chico State athletics program needed.Despite wide protest, the footb...

Podcast: It’s all about football

Football is the main topic of discussion as the NFL season rages on toward the playoffs. Image from Getty Images, photo by Winslow Productions.

Andrew Baumgartner, Ricardo Tovar, and Alex Grant

December 14, 2018

The Wildcat Rumble is back for its final episode of the semester. In this episode Andrew and Ricardo are joined by Alex Grant. Football is the topic of discussion as the NFL season presses on. Listen for your favorite segments, like game of the week, freaks and geeks and the moment of the week. Agree or...

Paradise High School athletes find solace in pro sports

The San Francisco 49ers invited the Paradise High School football team to their Monday night football game against the New York Giants. Image from Getty Images, photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers

Ricardo Tovar

November 28, 2018

People often question the validity of sports in our society; for Paradise athletes, sports was a way for them to escape the harsh reality of their situation. Many of these athletes have no place to play the sports they love and some don't have homes to go back to.#ButteStrong #PrayForParadise #Paradise...

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