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Dam Jam: Behind the Scenes

Marbeck Center Board (MCB) held their yearly Dam Jam to kick of the basketball season.

On November 12, MCB and the cheerleaders held the Dam Jam event in the Sommer Center to kick of both Men’s and Women’s Basketball sports along with winter sports.

There are many activities that take place during the event: 3-point contest, dribbling course, knockout, faculty and staff verse students and other activities. For each activity, students would sign their names on a piece of paper and place it into a bag. The event coordinator would read the names of

the students that they have drawn from the bag, and then the student would take part in the activity. There were prizes at the end of each activity if a student won.

Brent Schroeder, the Advisor for MCB and Assistant Director of University event complex, stated that this event has been around for at least a decade and the previous name was Midnight Madness until it was recently changed to Dam Jam about three years ago. Schroeder said that there was a lot

of planning with this year event because last year’s event had some criticism from mostly the basketball coaches along with the cheerleaders.

Brett Whitfield, a student who attended, said that he saw Dam Jam as a great idea but “It (Dam Jam) didn’t hype-up winter sports as much as it could have.”

Schroeder had a statement for next year’s Dam Jam, “It will be better than this last year’s.”

 

Kevin Hart gives Jameis Winston words of wisdom

download (33)-1Comedian Kevin Hart has been on an unstoppable grind lately establishing himself as a great comedian/actor and business man. While promoting his upcoming movie “The Wedding Ringer,” Kevin Hart and Hart Productions made a stop at Florida State University to talk to the football team. You can’t go to Florida State without talking to quarterback Jameis Winston; and oh boy did the star comedian have a few words for Winston.

According to TMZ, Hart told Winston, “You need to stop doing dumb s—.”

Kevin Hart is known to take shots and roast people. Hart continued joking with Winston in front of the laughing football team by saying, “I started to bring a bunch a crab legs to see if you was gonna take ‘em!”

Click to watch the video.

Winston looked salty about the jokes. Do you think Kevin Hart got the point across? How mad would have been at Kevin? Let us know what you think!

Steelers release LeGarrette Blount

“We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a press release.

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced they would be moving on from Blount Tuesday. When LeGarrette Blount entered the league his was considered to be a “Hot Head” with a bad temper. Blount, who signed a two-year deal as a free agent after a strong playoff performance with the Patriots last season, reportedly left the playing area in Tennessee last night before the game against the Titans ended. Blount intentionally walked off the field last night in Tennessee on Primetime TV. Starter Le’Veon Bell who shares carries with LeGarrette gained more than 200 yards on the night; Blount gained none. With Bell getting all the carries Blount decided that he didn’t want to be around the team anymore, so he left the playing area entering the locker room and was undressed before the game was over.

Eight weeks ago Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, stated that Blount had been an “internal problem” over the past month, and Blount had been “dragging down” Bell. Maybe this was the straw that broke Tomlin’s back; after further antics Mike Tomlin decided to release him Tuesday.

Blount is now eligible for waivers. Possibly the Cleveland Browns will claim Blount since they released their power back Ben Tate, who was complaining about his role.

When will LeGarrete Blount’s antics stop? What do you think Blount needs to learn from this? Which team do you think will claim Blount? Let us know what you think!

Busy weekend for Beavers athletics

This past weekend was a busy one for Bluffton athletics as the fall sports concluded and the winter sports began. The cross country, volleyball, and football teams finished their 2014 campaigns in championship competitions while both basketball squads started their push toward championship runs of their own.

Cross country runners competed in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship which was hosted by Wilmington College. Though none of the Beavers qualified for a spot in the NCAA Championship you have to like the fact that a team with no seniors on the roster is gaining valuable experience which will certainly help them going forward.

The volleyball team fell in straight sets to the seventh-ranked Washington University Bears in the First Round of the 2014 NCAA Division III St. Louis Regional (which was on the Bears’ home court). With just one senior graduating the volleyball team’s future is also quite bright as they add much-needed experience to the obviously talented roster.

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2014 HCAC MVP Mackenzie McFarlin

Sophomore Mackenzie McFarlin was named the 2014 HCAC MVP complimenting her HCAC Tournament MVP award quite nicely. Juniors Jenny Brown, Sara Roth and Kendra Parmenter received First Team HCAC honors for their efforts during the campaign. Head coach Steve Yarnell also took home some hardware this season as he was elected HCAC Coach of the Year by the other coaches in the conference.

The women’s basketball team was also in St. Louis. They played two games in the Webster Tip-off Classic, losing the opener to Spalding University on Saturday night, and then winning the second game against the host Webster University on Sunday. They’ll play their first home game of the season this Saturday as Wooster comes to the Sommer Center.

The men’s basketball team welcomed Kalamazoo on Saturday evening, grabbing an exciting first victory. An onslaught of three-pointers and sound free-throw shooting propelled the Beavers to their impressive win. They’ll travel to Naperville, Ill. this weekend for two games in the North Central Tip-Off Tourney.

Not to diminish any of the aforementioned accomplishments, but the biggest news from the past weekend came from Dwight Salzman Stadium where the Beavers stomped the Defiance Yellow Jackets to keep The Hammer in Bluffton for the fifth consecutive season. The 44-23 final score doesn’t accurately reflect the type of game this was. The Beavers dominated their arch-rivals from the first drive of the game until the clock hit zero.

Senior quarterback Nick Sheehan set a school-record with five touchdown passes.  Four of the five were caught by senior receiver Jack Tomlinson, who, by doing so, also set a school-record.

Congratulations to the twenty seniors who ended their collegiate football careers in grand fashion and have no idea what it’s like to lose to Defiance.

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Jack Tomlinson became the only receiver in Bluffton history to catch four touchdown passes in a single game.

Last weekend officially flipped the sporting calendar from fall to winter and four inches of snow were dumped on us to drive home that fact.

So, get out your cold weather clothing, and when you see them around campus, be sure to congratulate fall athletes on their accomplishments and wish winter athletes luck in their upcoming competitions.

Not so great

Greatness was not in the eyes of the Columbus Crew as they allowed the New England Revolution to beat them in the MLS Playoffs. There were two games and both teams were allowed to play at home.

The Revolution defeated the Crew on their home field 4-2 then defeated the Crew on the Revolution’s home field 3-1. There was hoped that the Crew might turn things around in the second game, but things got out of hand when they allowed the Revolution to score in the first half of the second game.

The Crew showed promise this year, but unfortunately they did not deliver and now they have to go back and figure things out. I was disappointed because I was looking forward to seeing how they would do further in the playoffs.

The only bright spot I saw to the Crew this year was being able to attend four games including the first playoff game with my friend Kapumba. It was his first professional soccer game and it was a playoff game. We had fun, but it was frustrating to see the Crew lose at home and to read about them being eliminated from the playoffs.

As many losing team fans would say, “There is always next year.”

Beavers’ winning streak ends

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by: Joel Jacobson

The battle for 2nd place in the HCAC football rankings ended in defeat for the Beavers. The Mount Saint Joseph Lions traveled to Salzman Stadium Saturday afternoon to challenge the Beavers for 2nd place in the HCAC.

The Lions struck first with a field goal. The Beavers responded on their next drive with Nick Sheehan tossing a strike over the middle to receiver Micah Roberson who then muscled through three defenders to get to the endzone. On the next drive, the Lions were able to reach the red-zone and punch in a two yard rushing touchdown. On the ensuing kick-off the Beavers fumbled the ball and the Lions would recover the ball 33 yards away from the end-zone. The Beaver defense was about to complete another stop by forcing the Lions into a 3rd and long situation, but Lion’s quarterback Greg Simpson tossed a bomb up to receiver Leonard Riston for a 33 yard touchdown. The next score would come from the Beavers by way of a field goal by freshman Jordan Watkins just before half, leaving the Beavers with 10 and the Lions with 17 going into the 3rd quarter.

After unsuccessful drives from both the Lions and Beavers, MSJ’s Simpson would throw up another bomb to a wide open Ronnell Colbert giving the Lions a two touchdown lead. On the next drive the Beavers would have the ball intercepted again. The very next play the Lions fumbled the ball and the Beavers would get the ball back and capitalize with Sheehan connecting again with Micah Roberson for a touchdown pass. The Beavers then held the Lions to a field goal and the next drive Sheehan hooked up with receiver Donovan Brown for a 40 yard touchdown pass with 14 minutes left in the 4th quarter. This would leave the score at 27-24 with the Beavers just 3 points down from the Lions.

With the game winding down, both defenses began tightening up with neither of them giving up scores for the next 13 minutes in the final quarter. With little time left, the Lions orchestrated a long drive ending with a 12 yard touchdown pass from Simpson to Riston. This would put away the Beavers with the Lions leading by two scores with only 1:27 left in the game.

“When you make big mistakes against a good team they capitalize and (Mount Saint Joseph) is a good team. They did what we’ve been doing to teams these past two weeks by causing turnovers and capitalizing on them.” Said Bluffton Head Coach Denny Dorrel after the loss. “We still have two games left to play our hearts out for these seniors.”

Unstoppable

The New England Patriots have been red hot of late. They have won five games straight after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. Ever since that game, the Patriots have been blowing out their opponents. Their defense has elevated itself along with the offense.

Tom Brady has received a lot of criticism for not making the right decisions, but after that loss he has shown that he is still the best quarterback in the league. Brady put up impressive stats in October. He threw for 1289 passing yards, 14 Touchdowns and no interceptions. Many assumed that since Brady is old that his arm strength was weak and old age was catching up to him, but he has shown the critics that he still has it. He became the Offensive Player of the Month for October.

The Patriots have turned things around beating teams that have had tough defenses. The biggest win came when the Pats faced the Denver Broncos led by the future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning. The Broncos have been one of the best teams in the league since Manning signed with them. Manning and Brady have had a rivalry for many years. They have faced each other 16 times and Brady has beaten Manning 11 out of the 16.

On Sunday, the Pats managed to get the victory sealing their fifth straight win. They had a 43-21 win over the Broncos. Both the defense and offense for the Patriots stood out, because they had huge impact plays. The defense managed to pick Manning off twice, while the offense managed to see the zone 5 times with a couple of field goals.

The Patriots head into their bye week with these wins and hopefully they can keep it going to the end of the season.

The Crew’s chance at greatness

Greatness is only for those who truly believe in themselves. Anyone can rise to greatness. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, because one of the key components to greatness is the journey to becoming great and knowing that adversity will be there. It’s easy to give up and let things just unfold regardless of the outcome.

However, in order to truly obtain the title of greatness we must keep pushing pass our limits and win as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Rosa Parks, Messi, Ronaldo, Steve Young, Bill Russell, Phil Jackson and many others have done. Each of these individuals became great by going through adversity and they knew that it was not an easy task.

The Columbus Crew are starting to realize that they have the opportunity to be a great team, because they rank 3rd in the MLS Cup standings. They have elevated their game by playing outstanding and pushing themselves each game. Their record has somewhat reflected how outstanding they have been this season.

The Crew have won 14 games, edging out the New York Red Bulls for the 3rd spot. At 14 (wins) 10 (loses) 10 (draws), they seemed to be streaking and producing at the right time. It’s been awhile since I have seen them play this well. They did managed to capture the title in 2008, but that was a long time ago.

Momentum seems to be on their side and I hope that they take it into the playoffs and win the title. Best of luck to the Crew. I hope they allow their chance at greatness to drive them.

College Football Wrapup

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Last Saturday was one of those days where it paid off to be glued to your screen, watching all the college football you possibly could. In case you missed anything here’s a synopsis of the big games that took place.

West Virginia exposes #4 Baylor, 41-27
The Baylor Bears weaseled their way into the playoff conversation by watching other contenders fall by the wayside early in the season. This past weekend was their time to do so. This loss kills any chance they had at ending the season in the top four.

West Virginia gave us a couple glimpses at what they could do when they gave Alabama some trouble in the opening weekend and hung around against Oklahoma a month ago. This time around they were able to pull off the upset, and in doing so jumped into the rankings at 22.

Big 12 teams are some of the worst offenders when it comes to relying heavily on an offensive gameplan. This strategy is why we continually see these sorts of games. An explosive offense is fun to watch but it is generally far more difficult to execute on a weekly basis than stout defensive play. Baylor learned that lesson the hard way.

#14 Kansas State sneaks by #11 Oklahoma, 31-30
What a difference a couple weeks can make. That’s what Oklahoma must be thinking after falling all the way from four to 17 in just three weeks. This was a tight game throughout. Kansas State needed a number of things to go their way, they did, and the Wildcats were able to steal a conference win on the road.

Michael Hunnicutt had a rough afternoon. Normally reliable, the Oklahoma kicker missed three crucial kicks. The first came on a 32-yard attempt just before halftime. In the fourth quarter he had a game-tying extra point attempt blocked, then shanked a 19-yarder with less than four minutes left in the game. Not a great day at the office.

Kansas State’s dedication to defense has a lot to do with why they give fellow Big 12 teams so many issues. The Wildcats still have trips to TCU, West Virginia, and Baylor looming on their schedule so there’s still work to do, but I like their chances to come out on top of the conference.

#7 Alabama embarrasses #21 Texas A&M, 59-0
Not much needs to be said about this one. The score tells the story, the game was never close. The Crimson Tide made the Aggies look like chumps.

Kenny Hill and the A&M offense couldn’t figure out a way move the ball, let alone score. They were blanked for the first time since head coach Kevin Sumlin took over in 2012.

Just when we all began to wonder whether Alabama was falling off- following a loss to Ole Miss and a squeaker win over Arkansas- the Tide put those thoughts to bed. It’s safe to say they’re still an elite team and will be a factor in the pursuit of the playoff.

#12 TCU smacks #15 Oklahoma State, 42-9
These two teams should never have been ranked as close to one another as they were coming into this game. TCU took a tough loss two weeks ago at the hands of Baylor which clearly motivated them for this game.

Oklahoma State had no business being in the top 15 as evidenced by their getting stomped. Their most impressive performance this season came in the opener a month and a half ago when they lost to Florida State by only six points. The problem was that other teams ranked above them kept losing so they kept rising in the rankings.

Going forward, expect to see more TCU and much less of Oklahoma State.

#2 Florida State survives visit from #5 Notre Dame, 31-27
You should feel sad if you missed this one. It was by far the best game we’ve seen thus far this season. And even though Florida State came away with the win, Notre Dame eliminated any doubt that they belong in the playoff discussion.

Two of the top quarterbacks in the nation squared off in primetime with neither one disappointing. Jameis Winston and Everett Golson led their teams as they always do. The two arguably have more of an impact on their teams’ performance than any other players in the nation have on theirs. Watching them go back-and-forth was a treat.

Unfortunately for all those involved, the game was decided by a penalty call that needed to be made because the play was such an obvious violation. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic clash and I can only hope that somehow these two meet again in the playoff.

#16 Arizona State bounces #23 Stanford from rankings, 26-10
For the first time since the 2010 preseason poll the AP top 25 does not include the Stanford Cardinal. The Arizona State Sun Devils made this happen by utterly outplaying their opponent in Saturday night’s late game.

Stanford just can’t score enough. In their three losses this season, the Cardinal have tallied a combined 34 points. Defense continues to be their strong suit. They give up just over 12 points per game, but they can only do so much, they need some help.

If it weren’t for an absolute defensive lapse against UCLA last month, Arizona State would be in the top 10. Major matchups against Utah, Notre Dame and at Arizona remain for the Sun Devils. Wins in those three games will make an already closely contested Pac-12 even more interesting.

Underdogs

Feeling like the underdog can sometimes be the best feeling in the world due to the fact that no one expects the underdog to win. The Kansas City Royals have experienced this before they made it to the World Series this year. Not many people expected them to set a record with staying unbeaten so far in the 2014 postseason.

They have put together an outstanding run with their 7-0 record beating out the Detroit tigers and Baltimore Orioles. The Tigers have probably one of the best starting pitching cores in the league right now. They have starters that have proven to be effective during the regular season putting up ridiculous numbers for pitchers. It was a shock to many people, including myself, to see them beat the Tigers. I was not really a surprise to see them beat the Orioles, but to move into the World Series staying unbeaten was amazing.

It is my hope that they remain unbeaten and win the World Series, because they have proven that they want it more than anything. It’s their drive and teamwork that shows that they can win it all. They are not a big ball club like the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Dodgers, and others, but they have proven that they can compete with the best of the best.

Being the underdog can be the best feeling in the world and the Royals are determined to prove that underdogs can win in big games even when people don’t believe in them.