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Profiles

This article is on Notre Dame Senior, TJ Jones. I really liked this article about him and the breakdown of his profile because although he is now a senior at Notre Dame, they speak of his high school achievements as well as his personal life. I think they really captured the highlights of his career throughout his life.

The other article I found was on Boise State Senior quarter-back, Kellen Moore. I really liked this article because it talks about all of his accomplishments throughout his career but also a lot of the focus is aimed towards his future in football in the NFL. I really enjoyed the breakdown or analysis on Moore because it gave the readers background and insight into the kind of person Moore is, off the football field as well.

Through unlikely rise and hard fall, Bradshaw relishes golf career

Collins Bradshaw, a former golfer for the University of Georgia’s women’s team, had an unusual ascension to the peak of her golfing game. In fact, she hated golf at first.

“My brother ended up picking up golf and at first I hated it, I absolutely hated it,” Bradshaw said. “I hated going out there, I hated playing because no girls were out there and I was always alone.”

However, things changed for Bradshaw when she met former Green Bay Packers receiver Sterling Sharpe.

“I was on the range one day and Sterling Sharpe…came up and we just went out to play nine,” Bradshaw said. “He just basically told me that I could go as far as I wanted in the sport and that’s what really captured me, kind of brought me closer… It just kind of clicked for me.”

Once it “clicked,” Bradshaw began entering juniors tournaments. After her first tournament didn’t go very well, she ended up winning four of the six tournaments she played in at age 10.

She began her high school career in seventh grade and began competing at the national level including the US Junior, which Bradshaw said is “like the US Open for juniors.” Bradshaw’s gritty performance at that event, at which she came back during match play down three holes with four to go to force a playoff, was a part of what attracted college coaches to her.

“She beats me and I remember being so upset, but I remember my dad points it out to me the tenacity that I had out there,” Bradshaw said. “I’m not very big, I don’t hit the ball very far, but my accuracy off the tee and my tenacity is what attracted certain college coaches.”

Bradshaw ended up committing to Georgia to play under coach Kelley Hester. However, with many rises comes a fall, and Bradshaw’s came following her freshman season.

“[Hester] ended up getting let go after my freshman year which was really tough on me,” Bradshaw said. “We got a new coach from Southern Cal [Josh Brewer]… A lot of ups and downs, emotionally and just very tired and it started to take my love for the game away.”

On June 24, Brewer called Bradshaw to inform her she was no longer on the team just six days before the July 1 cutoff for transfers.

“I think that a lot of [the girls] were devastated thinking I quit, and I’m not a quitter,” Bradshaw said. “It’s just been really difficult to have to sit there and smile and deep down know that I was forced out of a situation.”

Even if she never plays competitively again or reaches her dream of being on the LPGA Tour, Bradshaw says there are certain life lessons she’s taken from golf that have made the journey worth it.

“Had it not been for golf, I don’t think I would have had as much tenacity, as much…clutch,” Bradshaw said. “I like to think of golfers when your back’s against the wall, you can do one of two things: you can sit down and give in or you can fight through it and know that there’s a chance that you’re probably not going to win.”

Baseball: Cody Pace

Growing up in the small town of Adairsville in Northern Georgia, Cody Pace turned to the game of baseball. Cody says that the only sport he ever really played was baseball. “I don’t remember how I really got started but I do remember I was really young. I started in T-ball when I was around 5 years old and continued into baseball from there.” Having an older brother who Cody describes as the most un-athletic person he knows, Cody discovered his passion for baseball through his father, who growing up, was involved in many sports.

 

Cody described his baseball career as any other American boy. He grew up playing on the same team with the same group of boys and developed a bond. “ We were always known as the Adairsville team, having that small town camaraderie.”

 

Pitching through a shoulder injury that developed when Cody was about 14 years old forced Cody to change positions from pitcher and second base to first base because he had very little arm strength. “I wouldn’t use the word devastating to describe my shoulder injury because I pitched through it but now I feel the effects, it bothers me a lot.”

 

Looking back over all the memories that Cody has made throughout his baseball career, one in particular sticks out to him. “I specifically remember when I was about 10 years old, my team was playing a rival team to decide who would advance to the playoffs. I pitched the complete game, only giving up 3 runs and helped my team to a victory in the last inning. They carried me off the field after the game which was the coolest experience I have ever had in baseball.”

 

Describing himself as one of the lesser physically gifted boys in baseball, Cody definitely misses the game he has spent so many years playing. “I would go back and do some things over if I could. I definitely miss baseball and I miss playing the game. I was never that physically gifted. There were a lot of guys who were physically built for the game better than I was so I stopped playing after a few high school years.”

 

The experiences gained from playing a sport are experiences in which you cannot duplicate. Cody believes that baseball has helped him succeed in all aspects of his life. “Baseball has taught me so much about life in general. Baseball teaches you a lot about being mentally tough. I think personally, baseball taught me how to push myself further to accomplish things I never thought I could accomplish.” Like many others, Cody is very grateful for all of his experiences that baseball has allowed him and is continuing to reap the benefits of playing a sport.

 

 

 

 

Bahamas Bowl 2014

Football in a tropical destination! What could be better? In 2014, the Bahamas Bowl will be introduced into the bowl line up. This will be the only bowl game held outside of the United States.

The Bahamas Bowl will be played at a stadium that can be stretched to hold up to 30,000 people but normally only holds 15,000. The five commissioners, from conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, the Sunbelt Conference, and a representative from the American Athletic Conference were present on Monday October 14 for the public announcement.

In particular, for the Mountain West Conference, this is a big deal. Bowl games are always fun and exciting because the teams that go to these various bowls get the opportunity to play all over in stadiums foreign to them against teams that they rarely play in the regular season. Each team that makes it to a bowl game realizes what a treat it is to travel and enjoy the different experience. Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky says, “As we have learned with our other bowls, student-athletes, coaches and fans get excited about a great destination. It’s hard to imagine a better destination than this wonderful country for a bowl game.” We are thankful for the support of The Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Lea Miller in providing not only a great venue, but a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hard work and dedication of our teams.”

For conferences like Mountain West, this bowl is a big deal because these teams get the chance to play for one more thing, a bowl game in the Bahamas. Fans love to travel to these bowl games and cheer on their teams and what better place for a bowl game than the Bahamas?

Second Day Story: Notre Dame defeats USC 14-0

I really liked this second day story because Brian Hamilton really captured the full story of what happened in the game and also what the game meant to Notre Dame. The title alone is a great title because although Notre Dame won 14-10 against USC, the “hang on” part emphasizes how the game went. Throughout this second day story, Hamilton, of the Chicago Tribune, recaps the game in a way that makes the reader feel as if they were there watching.

Government Shut down threatens Service Academy Football

The government shutdown has caused chaos and outrage in more than just one way. Thankfully, the government does not fund the United States Naval, Army, and Air Force academies’ football games.  What this means is that through the government shut down, certain teams from these academies were unable to travel and compete due to the government shutdown but the football teams were able to compete and travel because the government is not in control of the funding for football.

The Washington Post article, Army, Navy, Air Force get the go-ahead to play football this weekend, despite shutdown says, “Service academy football games are paid for with non-appropriated funds and have been long planned. Such funds generally come from outside sources and are not approved through Congress.”

At the United States Naval Academy, football games usually bring in about $4 million. This large chunk of change funds the Naval Academies other 32 sports teams. The Naval Academy is to align with the Big East Conference in 2015, after being independent for 100 years. All other sports will remain independent, however.

Notre Dame is set to play Air Force on October 26th and Brian Kelly has been assured that this should not be a problem considering the fighting Irish are the ones that will be traveling. The Navy game is more of a concern when it comes to being cancelled.

The games that were in jeopardy were Army at Boston College and Air Force at Navy.  An article on ESPN states,” There are differences in how each academy funds their athletics programs,” Urban told Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com. “One academy can pay for its entire program through non-appropriated funds. Others do not have that setup.”

These games were played and Boston College beat Army 48-27. Navy beat Air Force 28-10.

The most important take away from these threats of these games being canceled is that the government shutdown affects the American society in many ways. Sports are a large part of the American society and when that is threatened to be postponed, it becomes a huge issue for many people.