The Super Bowl is just around the corner! On February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL. The San Francisco 49ers are going to be taking on the Kansas City Chiefs. This will be the 54th Super Bowl and the 100th NFL anniversary. The 49ers leader on the offense is Jimmy Garoppolo and for the defense is Richard Sherman. The Chiefs will have Patrick Mahomes on offense, according to NFL.com. ESPN reports that neither coaches Kyle Shanahan or Andy Reid have won a Super Bowl ring.
Super Bowl ticket cost from anywhere between $4,000-$5,000. The Super Bowl year is predicted to be exciting according to CBS Sports. Both teams have a good chance of winning. ESPN has reported that the main problem for the Chiefs is this 49ers offensive of line. Raheem Mostert is a big problem as well his average yards per carry 7.6, according to NFL.com. Hopefully, the Chiefs’ defensive line can handle them. Patrick Mahomes is going to have to step up and show his true potential. If he can do this successfully then they have a chance of winning.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is working behind a doctor. CBS Sports says that Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the first-ever doctor to play football. He is a Canadian medical graduate and football guard for the Chiefs. He also was the lead blocker against the Huston Texas. Which put the Chiefs closer to the Super Bowl. If the Chiefs and the 49ers can make it to the Super Bowl, Maybe your team can make it next year; best of luck to both teams!
In 2017, on October 30, the Houston Astros looked like the best team of the decade. Then it all fell apart. Not only did they lose the game, they are now knee-deep into one of the most major scandals that Major League Baseball has ever seen. It was reported on November 12 that the Astros stole signs during the championship game. A camera in the Astros’ home stadium relayed a live feed of the catcher to a monitor situated in a recessed area where an Astros player was sitting near home plate. That player figured out the opposing team’s signals, then banged on a trash can to inform the hitter what the coming pitch would be.
According to The Atlantic, two team officials were suspended by MLB and then fired by the team for the scandal. Current Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers, who played with the Astros for parts of three seasons, went on record against his former team when the scandal broke out, saying that the team had been “sign-stealing” back in 2017, when he was playing with them. The Astros were fined $5 million as a penalty, which is the largest amount of money allowed under MLB’s Constitution. The Astros also must forfeit their first and second draft picks for the next two years.
According to CBS Sports, it is common for teams to steal signs; it’s part of the game, but the issue in this instance is how the Astros did it. The Astros players took this too far, and they became too greedy for their own good. Alex Cora, Red Sox Manager and bench coach for the Astros was not punished for the scandal. The Astros have taken on an entirely new reputation in Major League Baseball, going from a powerful empire to a cheating, non-authentic group of baseball players.
Story by Maddie Tate
Clemson lost to LSU in the College Football National Championship by a landslide 25 (Clemson) to 42 (LSU). This ended Clemson’s 29 game win streak and completing LSU’s National Championship title. LSU’s win streak of 15-0 was finished at the end of the championship with the win. Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow's six-touchdown performance, Ed Orgeron's top-ranked Fighting Tigers of LSU earned the title 2019 National Champions.
This is LSU’s fourth national championship title and some people say is arguably the best team ever. LSU made its pitch to stand among the greatest teams in 150 years of college football. Joe Burrow transferred to LSU in 2018. The head Tigers Coach said he was “smart, tough, and he has accuracy.” Turns out he was a star quarterback of the team and really was crucial to the team.
Clemson won it’s previous over 741 days. Clemson won three NCAA national championships in 1981,2016,2018. Clemson fans are disappointed with this loss but not many people have lost faith and are still supporting the team. LSU’s coach was proud of the Clemson team because of its 29 win streak. Clemson’s response to the loss of there 29 game win streak was “Those receivers — man, they made some incredible plays. And that’s what you’ve got to do to win these types of games. You give them credit. I thought they played a heck of a game and deserved to win the game. They were definitely the better team tonight, for sure.” - Swinney
Story by Jasper Grein
A grandmother from says she thought she was going to die when a man with a knife forced his way inside her home while she was taking care of her little granddaughter.
NYPD officers swarmed Tottenville, NYC January 14, 2020 around 9 a.m. Monday after receiving reports of burglary inside a home on Manhattan Street and a grandmother who was scared f for her life.“The grandmother’s name was Vota and she said she was inside, holding her little granddaughter when the doorbell rang.
She says she looked out to see who it was and thought she knew the person because It looked like someone who did work on her house. But when she cracked the door open, she says chaos broke loose.“ He grabbed her on her stomach and pushed his way in and comes into the house. Vota was fearing her safety and more importantly her granddaughters safety so she fought back she started punching him and then he started grabbing her and then she started punching his face and kicking him she said her fight instant came from her granddaughter she said her granddaughter was behind her and she knew she had to protect her.
She says her fight instinct came from her granddaughter. She said she managed to open the front door and scream for help. The perp fled, running through the kitchen and out the back door. Police scoured the neighborhood, but the suspect got away. He hasn’t been caught yet Police scoured the neighborhood, but the suspect got away. He has yet to be caught.“I came back in. The baby was screaming, so I ran in to get the baby. When I looked down, there was a gigantic steak knife there that he had dropped,” she said. She says thankfully, besides some bruises and soreness, she is OK and her granddaughter was not injured. She believes could’ve been so much worse. Vota says she hopes police catch the suspect so he can’t attack anyone else.
Story by Serenity Gardner
This flu season might be the worst it’s been in years! The CDC(Centers for Disease Control) estimates that 9.7 million people have gotten the flu so far this season, which started on September 29. There are 3 different types of flu viruses; A, B, and C. Influenza B is driving the virus this year. The B strain isn’t usually seen at this time of year though, so it was unexpected. It is most common in young children and older adults, so those people have been affected tremendously more.
The flu may have peaked this year. Of the 9.7 million cases of the flu, 6600 have died, 32 of whom were children. And there are more cases and deaths to be expected from until the end of Spring! Doctors highly recommend getting vaccinated to protect yourself from further illness. Though the vaccine this year was made of influenza B strains, they vary so it doesn’t work for everyone. The majority of cases have been of the B virus this season. Lots of healthy people have died in days from the flu or illnesses caused by the flu.
Though the flu is bad enough itself, the effects can be worse. The flu virus can lead to other illnesses that can then result in death. Pneumonia, ear/sinus infections, organ failure, and others are some of those illnesses. All of this happens because your immune system is weakened. If you get the flu and you already have heart problems, asthma, diabetes, obesity, or another existing medical condition, it will most likely get worse. With your body fighting these issues, things like organ failure and even death can occur. More people die from the effects of the flu than the virus itself.
We still have more time to go in this deadly flu season. Be on the lookout for flu-like symptoms and make sure to wash your hands frequently. The last thing you’d want is to be part of the 9.7 million in danger of being in the 6600 that have died. Don’t let the flu sneak up on you! Stay safe and germ-free this season.
Story by Sarah Comer
Joe Burrow, the senior Quarterback from Louisiana State University, known by LSU to most people. The LSU tigers had a record breaking, undefeated season, winning the college national championship. Burrow won the offensive MVP award (Most Valuable Player) who as an individual, had a record breaking season scoring first place in total QB touchdowns, scoring 60 touchdowns this season, also Burrow scored first place in total QB rushing yards, rushing for 5,671 total QB rushing yards.To add to his season stats he also received the Heisman trophy award for the 2019-2020 college season.
As we get closer and closer to the 2020 NFL draft,Burrow is projected to be the 1st overall pick in the 1st round, drafted first before anybody. The Cincinnati Bengals, have had a 2-14 season record, making them available for the 1st pick of the 2020 NFL draft.The Cincinnati Bengals, have announced that their interested in drafting Burrow, but also on the other hand there is still a ton of talent that the Bengals have said they were interested in such as Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs but it definitely would not be surprising if they go with Burrow as their first pick.
The presumed number 1 overall pick was asked about returning to his home state during LSU’s visit to the White House and said he’s more than happy going anywhere next season presuming they pay him.Burrow says “Whoever wants to pay me money to play the game of football,I’ll play for them,It doesn't matter to me”, per Josh Wingrove of Bloomburg. Luckily for Burrow it’s been a long time since an NFL team has had trouble making payroll.Barring a surprise from Cincinnati, the reigning Heisman winner should also make the most money in his draft class.
Story by Trayson Akbar