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Subculture of American sports turns fans away

Subculture of American sports turns fans away

January 28, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Shock over a gay man drafted to play defensive end for the St. Louis Rams, Drake claiming he can shoot a basketball better than the great Stephen Curry, and a Budweiser commercial showing a fleet of jets flying above the Gateway Arch in St. Louis: these reflections of the three biggest American professional sp...

Welcome back to Los Angeles, Rams

Welcome back to Los Angeles, Rams

January 23, 2016


Filed under Sports

The city of Los Angeles will welcome back the Rams, a team that at one point called LA home, for the 2016-2017 season. The city has been without a National Football League team for 21 years. Amid controversy and fan outrage, the NFL voted to allow Rams' owner Stan Kroenke to relocate the team to the sa...

From sports superstars to has-beens

From sports superstars to has-beens

December 16, 2015


Filed under Sports

Growing up as a kid, my superheroes didn't wear capes or have super powers. My superheroes did their work on the football field or the basketball court. I have nothing against Superman or Batman; I mean, I watched "The Dark Knight" three times in theaters when it came out. But it were the amazing plays by Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant that glued my eyes to the telev...

Injuries make football hard to love

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

October 12, 2015


Filed under Sports

In every relationship there are parts you love and parts you hate. My relationship with football is no different. There are parts of football that I absolutely adore, but at the same time, I find myself conflicted with the amount of damage it does to the body. I can't seem to fully commit to the sport, a...

California NFL 2015 season preview

California NFL 2015 season preview

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

September 8, 2015


Filed under Sports

NFL fans have been waiting for the new season since the day Super Bowl XLIX ended. Supporters of California teams should be excited for the upcoming season, but not surprised if their team isn't the one lifting the Lombardi trophy in Santa Clara at the season's end.San Francisco 49ers- The Niners suffered one of the worst offseasons in NFL history. Firing successful head coach Jim Harbaugh started a s...

Fantasy Football draft— Thumbs up, thumbs down

Fantasy Football draft— Thumbs up, thumbs down

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

August 24, 2015


Filed under Sports

Fantasy. Football. Nearly 57 million people worldwide play fantasy sports and that number is only growing. If you're one of those 57 million and your draft is coming up, check out some players that are trending up, and those that are trending down.Quarterbacks Thumbs up- Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)- In t...

Raiders take shrewd free-agency approach, 49ers look shaky

Raiders take shrewd free-agency approach, 49ers look shaky

Kevin Lucena

April 5, 2015


Filed under Sports

The NFL stands for not for long for a lot of players and teams. Whether as a Super Bowl contender or a bottom feeder, a team’s fortunes can flip in a season or less. So far in the 2015 offseason, the two NFL teams in the Bay Area seem to be headed in opposite directions. San Francisco 49e...

Aaron Rodgers keeps raising the bar

Aaron Rodgers keeps raising the bar

Kevin Lucena

January 19, 2015


Filed under Sports

When Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers stepped onto the Pleasant Valley High School campus in the fall of 1997 he was only 5-foot-2 and 130 pounds. Now standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 225 pounds, the Chico native is the favorite to win his second NFL MVP award after leading Green Bay to a f...

NFL malcontents are nothing new

NFL malcontents are nothing new

Matt Murphy

September 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I remember when I found out Matthew Perry was going through a pill addiction while on "Friends." I was shocked. I had been living under a veil of ignorance. I thought it was a little strange when he gained all that weight halfway through the series. He had that "going through some stuff" l...

‘Cat Bites: Gay athletes deserve to play

‘Cat Bites: Gay athletes deserve to play

Nicholas Woodard

February 15, 2014


Filed under Sports

This week I’ve been asking everyone I can about one particular sports story. The discussions that ensued have, for the most part, been entirely different from each other. Yet they have all revolved around the same, suddenly polarizing athlete — Michael Sam. The senior college football player and NFL hopeful from the...

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