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Rugby World Cup win met with mixed reactions in South Africa

Rugby World Cup win met with mixed reactions in South Africa

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

December 5, 2019

On Nov. 2, the Springboks of South Africa pulled off a stunning 32-12 upset over England in the Rugby World Cup final. It was the team’s third tournament victory, and their first since 2007. The Springboks were dominant, winning by a final margin of 20 points, and the win came just over a year after...

A brief history of Thanksgiving Day football

A brief history of Thanksgiving Day football

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

November 22, 2019

For many Americans, it is hard to imagine Thanksgiving without football. The very first Thanksgiving Day game was played in Philadelphia in 1869. The landmark contest came six years after former President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a fixed national holiday, and only two weeks after the Rutgers-Princeton...

Beyond the Bison: NBA load management

Beyond the Bison: NBA load management

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

November 14, 2019

The 82-game NBA regular season takes a physical toll on players’ bodies. In response, teams and coaches are choosing to sporadically bench their high-profile players in what has become known as “load management.” While the league grapples with deciding whether this procedure falls within the bounds...

Journalism website instructs writers to “stick to sports”

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

November 13, 2019

On Oct. 28, journalists at Deadspin, a sports-centered journalism website, were instructed by site’s upper management to “stick to sports.” On Tuesday, the interim editor-in-chief was fired for refusing to obey the instruction. And on Wednesday, at least 10 journalists resigned their positions.   Deadspin,...

Beyond the Bison: Construction crisis in Qatar

Beyond the Bison: Construction crisis in Qatar

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

October 31, 2019

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in the country of Qatar, the first Arab nation to host the international tournament. The pressure is on to positively represent a region that has historically been widely misunderstood, but that also possesses a strong passion for soccer. Eight stadium venues will...

New MLS playoff format is winning the hearts of American soccer fans

New MLS playoff format is winning the hearts of American soccer fans

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

October 25, 2019

Major League Soccer (MLS) kicked off its 2019 postseason on Oct. 19. Six first-round games, spread over two days, provided American soccer fans with dramatic and entertaining football action. The 12 teams tallied 27 goals over the course of the six contests, with three needing extra time to decide a...

Beyond the Bison: 44-year old gymnasts strives for spot in Tokyo Olympics

Beyond the Bison: 44-year old gymnasts strives for spot in Tokyo Olympics

Brittany Willwerth, Sports Co-Editor 

October 10, 2019

With the summer Olympics just nine months away, talented athletes around the world are gearing up for qualifying competitions, and are recognizing the time commitment, bodily impact and extreme mental performance essential to becoming a top athlete. With such high demands and expectations, it comes as n...

Beyond the Bison: Fair Pay to Play Act signed into law in California

Beyond the Bison: Fair Pay to Play Act signed into law in California

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

October 4, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the Fair Pay to Play Act on Sept. 30, 2019, stating that colleges cannot punish their student-athletes for collecting endorsement money. No, this does not mean that universities are allowed to pay their student-athletes; rather, for the first time in NCAA...

Beyond the Bison: Native cultural appropriation still persists in professional sports

Beyond the Bison: Native cultural appropriation still persists in professional sports

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

September 27, 2019

The Washington Redskins. The Kansas City Chiefs. The Cleveland Indians. The Chicago Blackhawks. All are multi-million dollar sports franchises, competing in the highest-caliber leagues in the world and exploiting derogatory racial stereotypes. In 1968, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)...

Beyond the Bison: FIBA World Cup, an ego check for USA Basketball

Beyond the Bison: FIBA World Cup, an ego check for USA Basketball

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

September 19, 2019

On Sept. 15, Spain took home the gold medal in the 2019 FIBA World Cup after steamrolling Argentina by a score of 95-75 in the championship game. With the win, the Spanish became the fifth team to have won multiple World Cups; the United States and the former Yugoslavia lead the pack with five titles...

Beyond the Bison: Meet Ireland’s national pastime

Beyond the Bison: Meet Ireland’s national pastime

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

September 12, 2019

My slew of ESPN alerts from NFL’s opening weekend was a blatant reminder of just how quintessential American football is, and how team drama and dazzling plays capture the minds of so many in this country. In a similar fashion, Irish sports fans are captivated by their own national pastime, the fastest...

Beyond the Bison: How video referees can change the game: Women’s World Cup and beyond

Beyond the Bison: How video referees can change the game: Women’s World Cup and beyond

Elise Covert, Senior Writer

September 4, 2019

The video assistant referee or VAR for short, was implemented during the 2019 Women’s World Cup this summer in France. The VAR team checks for obvious errors or missed calls on the field throughout the game, communicating via headset with the head referee, who can pause play to view video replays in...

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