The Orion

Improvements needed for concussion protocols

Marc Wilson

March 5, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The concussion protocol for collegiate and professional sports is flawed and needs to be improved. Athletes who have suffered any dramatic head injury should not be allowed to return and play that same day. Although professional sporting leagues and collegiate sports have implemented concussion protocols...

What makes an athlete great?

Marc Wilson

February 24, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Football, Sports

In the sports community, a phrase we so often hear is “Oh they are destined for greatness.” But how we define and measure the greatness of an athlete?In the sports world, we have some greats: Serena Williams, Mia Hamm, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo. But, what is it that really ma...

Ex 49er and Chico State legend dies at 83

Ex 49er and Chico State legend dies at 83

Jordan Jarrell

February 21, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

George Maderos, 83, was a four-sport Chico State athlete from 1951-1955. He was involved with the football, boxing, basketball and track team during his collegiate career at Chico. Maderos lived a very eventful life, the Chico faculty and local community are still in mourning after his passing Feb. 2. Maderos...

Tom Terrific does it again

Patrick Pace

January 31, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Tom Brady is like a fine wine, he just gets better with age. After (unfairly) being suspended for the first four games of the season for his role in "DeflateGate," Brady led his team to his 7th Super Bowl trip in 16 seasons as the New England Patriots starting quarterback. Most quarterbacks retire in their ...

Professionals deserve mercy

Jordan Jarrell

December 13, 2016


Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Sports

A single bad night can haunt an organization in any sport, and to prevent it, there should be a standard mercy rule. Getting beaten by 13 points in baseball is devastating to athletes, coaches and the team itself and takes the competition out of a game. At a certain point, it becomes clear that a team...

Graduation Initiative hits Chico State athletes

Makayla Hopkins

December 8, 2016


Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Track and field, Volleyball

The success of the California State University 2009 graduation initiative has spurred another movement for increased graduation rates. The 2009 initiative, increased Chico State's six-year graduation rates to 64 percent and cut the graduation gap between underrepresented minorities and non-under repr...

Referees reign over games

Cydney Nance

December 8, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Football, Full Disclosure, Soccer, Sports

Since the 2012 NFL lockout, the officiating staff of sports has continued to expand the black spot on its once pristine record.It's not only football, and it's certainly not limited to the professional league. Even at the collegiate level, one bad call can determine an entire game and alter a players...

NFL tradition normalizes racism

Kenta Mcafee

November 24, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Among the things to be thankful for during the November holiday, the one that resonates the most for me is football.Thanksgiving is about food and family, but sitting together on a couch to watch the Redskins and Cowboys play will be the highlight of Nov. 24.Even with the fond memories of watching "Ame...

‘We Don’t Say’ campaign gains national attention

Makayla Hopkins

November 8, 2016


Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Track and field, Volleyball

Although multiple signs across Chico State say “We are one university,” the attempt to raise awareness about crude words that athletes and students use has signaled a major divide. Chico State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee released a new campaign called “We Don’t Say”...

New era emerging across sports

Gabriel Moreno

November 8, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Football, Soccer, Sports, Volleyball

Legends come and go in basketball, but the remembrance of their talent on the court is what keeps them relevant. Last year, the Chico State men’s basketball team lost three seniors, including men’s basketball forward Tanner Giddings who averaged 29 minutes per game last season. Giddings ...

Full Disclosure: Student-athletes getting paid

Kenta Mcafee

October 25, 2016


Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Full Disclosure, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Track and field, Volleyball

The only difference between college athletes and high school athletes is the workload. Although the collegiate level is more competitive, with only 7.8 percent of all athletes able to compete, the players are treated the same. There is no benefit available for the athletes who suffer broken bones an...

League stands against Kaepernick

Kenta Mcafee

October 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The NFL had major movements this season, with Twitter now streaming live games and a new $100 million concussion initiative. Despite the success they've enjoyed, there's still one problem they have yet to tackle: kneeling at sports games. Colin Kaepernick started the movement earlier this year when he chose to kneel during the national anthem at a 49er's...

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