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The Day I Fell in Love with Basketball

As a young girl growing up in Decatur, Ga, Mariya Lewter grew up spending a lot of time with her older male cousins and god brother who were really into basketball. She would watch them play basketball, and even play video games with them as she remembers. “I remember going to the Atlanta Hawks games, but they always lost,” said Lewter, “I still liked watching them and the actual sport.”

When she turned 13-years-old in the eighth grade, she remembers watching the Boston Celtics play in a game on television. It was the NBA Finals when the Celtics played the Lakers that made her fall in love with sports. “I knew a lot about the Lakers, but I knew absolutely nothing about the Celtics,” said Lewter.

At that point she then became more interested to see who the Boston Celtics were as a team, she watched every game of the NBA Finals that season and learned about new players such as Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Kevin Garnett.

“When I watched them win the championship game, it was the main reason that got me to love the game,” Lewter recalled. She still remembers the face of Paul Pierce, which showed her that he had wanted this for a long. The reaction from the Celtics’ players is something that she still can’t forget to this day. Lewter still recalls, the moment after the NBA Finals ending, researching the team and players of the Celtics.

After falling in love with basketball, Lewter started to watch other sports that she never really considered. “I started watching football because I had a lot of friends who were into the sport,” said Lewter. “I wanted to know what football was about.” She didn’t get into baseball until the end of high school, the time when the NFL and the NBA had lockouts at the same time. This left her with nothing else to do but watch baseball.

Now an 18-year-old student and Hoop Girl at the University of Georgia, Mariya Lewter has realized her love for sports came from basketball. “It is always something happening with a team or player that can evoke a lot of emotion out of me.” Lewter is now a sophomore in college embarking on a journey to become a sports writer.

UCLA looking to continue series

With a pounded 24-10 lost by now ranked No. 9 Stanford, UCLA will be preparing for their game against Oregon (No.2). Well, they are both very good football teams,” Mora said. “They are very different in the ways they play the game. It is two very hostile environments to go in to play.”

UCLA leads the series against Oregon (39-26), but the last meeting was won by Oregon in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game in 2011.

“We have another big opportunity,” said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.

UCLA’s defense has held the first six opponents to less than 30 points the first time since the season of 2001. UCLA’s defense will focus on Oregon’s offense, which is ranked second in the nation in both total offense and scoring. The Ducks sophomore QB Marcus Mariota has gone 265 attempts without an interception, extending his Pac-12 record. Oregon’s sophomore RB Byron Marshall will be another key player for Oregon. Marshall achieved a fifth 100-yard rushing game; he rushed a career-high 192 in rushing yards against Washington State.

UCLA has a problem this season with in jury concerns running deep. As the Bruins two key players for this week, linebacker Eric Kendricks and offensive tackle Simon Giones, may not be playing in the game against Oregon. Kendricks, the lead tackler, went to a hospital to get tests on his kidney. He suffered a bruise during the Stanford game, but was unsure if it was a bruise to the kidney or “the surrounding tissue.”

Goines, who protects Hundley’s blind side, reinjured his right knee, and his backup Conor McDermott suffered separated shoulder. Insult to injury, the Bruins lost starting tackle Torian White for the season after he tore a ligament and broke a bone in his right leg Oct.3 against Utah.

Oregon expects to get De’Anthony Thomas back from his right ankle injury after missing the last three games.

“In order to be a championship team, sometimes you’re going to get knocked down,” said Hundley. “It’s really about what you do when you get knocked down.”

The Bruins will appear on the field on Saturday. They will travel to Eugene, Oregon, to face Oregon at 4pm, and will be televised on ESPN.

A good second-day story

The second-day game story I chose from my beat was the article from The Oregonian. This article talked about Oregon winning against Washington State. I like this article because it told basically the key players, and Andrew Greif gave a good play by play and a great storyline for the players who didn’t get to show up earlier in the season. Greif gave his opinion but in a way one can not noticed. The quotes showed how to put them in good spots to keep the story following. 

 

Taking the loss hard, Washington accuses Stanford of faking injuries

Stanford’s three-point win over Washington on Saturday night did not go into overtime but it’s has been short lived after an accusation from Washington.

Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian accused Stanford players of faking injuries in an attempt to slow down the Huskies’s new up-tempo offense. It was suggested that Randy Hart, a Stanford assistant who used to work with Washington, was behind the idea.

We don’t fake injuries. We never have and we never will. I don’t condone it, we don’t teach it, I don’t allow it,” informed head Coach David Shaw. “I don’t care what Steve Sarkisiain thinks that he saw. We’ve never done it. We didn’t do it against Oregon. So why in the world would we do it against Washington?”

The two players accused of faking injuries, linebacker Shayne Skov and defensive end Ben Gardner, had legitimate injuries that required treatment after the game. Skov had an MRI on his knee.

Both Skov and Gardner after the game stated on Twitter that they didn’t fake an injury. The players also tweeted that Hart never instructed any Cardinal to take a fall.

The main fact is the officials cannot and should not be asked to figure out if an injury is real or fake.  For teams faking injuries, little can be done about this strategy, but they could require injured players to sit out for a specific number of plays that game.

As for Stanford, the question still rises on Skov and Gardner’s quick return to the game. Did they actually fake the injuries or played through the pain? This may still keep some suspicion in Washington’s mind since it was a close game.