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2016 NFL draft exposes college lifestyle debate

2016 NFL draft exposes college lifestyle debate

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor
May 4, 2016
Filed under Alex Youn, Sports, Winged Post

Lights. Camera. Action. Last fall, hundreds of men donned their helmets, then prepared for 60-minute wars on college turf. Last night, 32 of these men dressed in suits and stepped onto the red carpet to start their NFL careers. Although NFL prospects soak in the spotlight of fame while the league’s...

Beyond the Game: Bryant and Curry’s careers highlight the importance of sports media

Beyond the Game: Bryant and Curry’s careers highlight the importance of sports media

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist
April 22, 2016
Filed under Alex Youn, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

372 miles separated the end of an era and the rewriting of history. In Los Angeles, 37-year-old Kobe Bryant capped off his 20-year, illustrious career with a vintage 60-point clutch performance, a Hollywood-esque denouement to his NBA life. Meanwhile, in Oakland, the reigning NBA MVP, 28-year-old...

Beyond the Game: Single-elimination games expose flaws in social judgment

Beyond the Game: Single-elimination games expose flaws in social judgment

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist
April 4, 2016
Filed under Alex Youn, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

May the best team win. An unpredictable combination of grueling losses whittled 68 teams down to just one: the Villanova Wildcats, who, in a storybook ending, upset the top-seeded University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Tar Heels 77-74 on a three-point buzzer-beater. As with every March Madness t...

Beyond the Game: Maria Sharapova’s admission to using meldonium raises concerns about drugs and gender-bias in sports

Beyond the Game: Maria Sharapova’s admission to using meldonium raises concerns about drugs and gender-bias in sports

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist
March 15, 2016
Filed under Alex Youn, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Maria Sharapova, seventh-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, admitted to testing positive at the Australian Open for the recently banned drug meldonium in a press conference on March 8. According to Sharapova, she had been taking mildronate (also known as meldonium) for the past 10 years to tr...

Beyond the Game: Money: 1, Sports: 0

Beyond the Game: Money: 1, Sports: 0

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist
February 20, 2016
Filed under Alex Youn, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Let’s say someone wrote you a check for $5,134. That amount of money can cover the average worker’s salary for six weeks, purchase an 11-night Caribbean cruise (three times), and buy about eight iPhone 6s’s. It could have also bought you a decent – but not great – single ticket to Super Bowl 50...

Beyond the Game: Response to Vikings’ kicker debacle highlights social media flaws

Beyond the Game: Response to Vikings’ kicker debacle highlights social media flaws

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist
January 21, 2016
Filed under Alex Youn, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Imagine you’re a placekicker for an NFL team, you have played only seven times in a 60+ minute game, and the fate of your team’s entire season relies on you converting a go-ahead field goal (in the third coldest game in league history). Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh faced that exact situation. With 25 seconds left in the National Football Conference Wild...

The dark reality of fantasy sports

The dark reality of fantasy sports

by Alex Youn, Talon Sports Editor
November 6, 2015
Filed under Alex Youn, Online Exclusive, Opinion

As incessant technological advancements continually replace the prevalence of interpersonal communication, they also replace human experience with a virtual reality. Technology, especially in the sports-gaming industry, gives us the opportunity to digitally encounter goals that we may only dream to accom...

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