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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...

Athletes supporting athletes

Athletes supporting athletes

Michael Caruso, Senior Writer

April 25, 2019

Sports are an extremely powerful force that brings people around the world together, regardless of their ethnic, social, or economic backgrounds. A similar topic, not nearly as prevalent, is just how much athletes actually support other athletes, both at the collegiate and professional level. But with...

Tiger Woods continues to revolutionize the sport of golf

Tiger Woods continues to revolutionize the sport of golf

Michael Caruso, Senior Writer

April 18, 2019

Tiger Woods has gone through more ups and downs than the majority of athletes around the world. His U.S. Open victory with a torn ACL in 2008 was followed by an image-altering marital cheating scandal in 2009 and four consecutive back surgeries in a three-year span. Woods made the comeback of the ages...

The heated national controversy over player-coach interactions

The heated national controversy over player-coach interactions

Michael Caruso, Senior Writer

April 11, 2019

Legendary NCAA basketball coach Bob Knight is only one example of the many sports coaches who have a reputation of yelling and getting physical with their players in order to hold them accountable and help them grow as individuals and teammates. Decades ago, this coaching style was deemed normal; it...

Regaining joy in women’s gymnastics

Regaining joy in women’s gymnastics

Michael Caruso, Senior Writer

April 4, 2019

In the past few decades, the UCLA women gymnasts have experienced more emotional and physical trauma than most NCAA athletes, stemming from recent sexual abuse from USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar and the extremely demanding schedule from their club teams with the ultimate expectation...

The unknown future of NCAA revenue in college hoops

The unknown future of NCAA revenue in college hoops

Michael Caruso, Senior Writer

March 29, 2019

Every year as March approaches, basketball fans wait in anticipation for the NCAA Tournament. Fans fill out brackets in quixotic hopes of making a perfect entry, school rivalries and comraderies surface, and scouts look at the talent for future NBA players as they play in the most significant games o...

BTB: New Nike ad: A compelling cry for respect of female athletes

BTB: New Nike ad: A compelling cry for respect of female athletes

Elise Covert, Print Managing Co-Editor

February 28, 2019

Nike released a new ad titled “Dream Crazier,” narrated by Serena Williams, on Feb. 24 during the Oscars. The video has accumulated over 6.5 million views on YouTube in only three days. Many high profile female athletes have shared the ad on their social media platforms in a renewed collective call fo...

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