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Two Good Profiles

I really liked this article on Steve Prefontaine. Even though he has been gone more many years this article looked back on his life and the impact he has made. the quotes they used were from people who might not have known Pre personally, but people whose lives he had touched. I can personally identify with the people since I was a runner and some of my favorite quotes are from him.

This article about Missy Franklin was enjoyable to read because it shows the playful side of such a strong swimmer. I felt that the writer was able to show that even though Missy is a powerhouse, she is also a college freshman learning her way around. It was funny how well I could relate to what she is going through and I felt that this showed her in a fun light.


How Sportscenter Changed a Boy: The Story of Connor Riley

By Savannah Brock

Like any other typical 7-year old boy Connor Riley played his fair share of recreational sports like soccer and basketball. It was not until he went to a friend’s house before swim practice that his entire life would change.

“He had this show on that I had never seen before, never heard of it, they were talking about basketball, baseball and all these cool sports, the show was Sportscenter,” said Connor.

Connor can still name who was hosting that show from 12 years ago. It was a show that many people watched, but it was that show that made young Connor fall in love with the sports world.

“For whatever reason I decided then and there that was what I wanted to do.”

Since that day Connor has exceeded all expectations by getting involved in the sports around him.  In high school he played football and when the season was over he started to read  up on the game of basketball. If you ask Connor anything about the game, he would be able to answer it. He dove into the books which, has accumulated over the years, but no matter how much he reads he still reverts back to that show from 12 years ago.

“I read a Bill Simons book and just the way I became a sports fan has evolved over the years, but I really attribute everything to being that one sportscenter show.”

In today’s age people have more access to learn about their favorite players and beat writers. With Twitter people are able to follow who they want and get on a more personal level without ever meeting them. Twitter has helped Connor learn more about the sports world and get vital information.

Sports is a field that takes a lot of studying and reading to fully understand. In today’s world some of the knowledge has gotten lost in translation due to the way someone looks in front of the camera or even if the person played the specific sport they are covering.

“I always kind of thought that the best people in sportscasting that are really smart on a lot of stuff like Keith Olbermann and Bill Simons, they might not always be the most articulate or the best looking but they always know what they are talking about,” said Connor, “That’s the angle I have always tried to go off of.”

Over the last couple of years Connor has gained knowledge in the world of sports and he is ready to take the world by storm. Whether he is the next Bill Simons or Scott Van Pelt, Connor is ready for the exposure. Who knows, maybe one day he will be the one on Sportscenter changing a young kid’s life.

What is next for the Tigers?

After Saturday night’s loss (51-14) against the undefeated Florida State Seminoles, Clemson has a lot to think about.  Giving up 52 points on their own turf, the Clemson Tigers have said goodbye to their chances of being the next BCS Champions.

Even with the hopes of Pasadena gone, Clemson still remains in the top ten in all polls falling from No. 3 to No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 and from No. 4 to No. 10 in the Coaches Poll. Clemson still has high hopes for a BCS bowl if they can maintain their No. 9 rank which was just revealed on Sunday in the first BCS rankings of the season.

“We just have to keep leading,” said senior tailback Rod McDowell to the Bleacher Report. “You know what? If we win out and go 11-1, we’ll still go to a BCS bowl. And that’s my mindset. So we just have to keep executing on the little stuff.”

While some players are thinking ahead, what is fifth-year senior Tajh Boyd thinking? In a poll from the Bleacher Report 62.5% of people voted that Boyd’s chances at the Heisman are gone. Boyd went 17-of-37 for 156 yards and had two interceptions on a national platform. It also could not have helped that Boyd was going up against another Heisman one to watch Florida State’s quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston played his best game to date with 444 rushing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Winston came out on top in that head-to-head battle knocking Boyd and the Tigers out of the race.

Florida State Second Day Story

I really liked this second day story on Florida State because it took a look back on the Seminoles  and how they have become a national title contender within the last few days. This story started off talking about how it took many years of hard work and dedication to reach this height again. They even talked a little bit about how this team is starting to resemble some of Bobby Bowden’s 1990’s teams. This story also had a good overview of the game for those who did not have a chance to see the game. I felt that this was one of the better stories I have read because it did give such good insight to the Seminoles’ team by starting off with the story with talk of the past and ending with the present.

Miami Hurricanes Here to Play

Even with a rocky start on Saturday against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, No. 14 Miami Hurricanes were able to blaze past them to a 45-30 victory. After the first quarter being down 17-7, the largest point deficit in nearly a full year, the Hurricanes were able to tie the game up 17-17 going into halftime.

Miami coach Al Golden was quoted in The Roanoke Times saying, “You really don’t have any leadership until you have a bead of sweat and the crap hits the fan.” Miami came out after halftime and gave it all to Georgia Tech outscoring them 28-13. Miami was able to finish the game with 335 total yards rushing.

Many of Miami’s players stepped up during this game. Quarterback Stephen Morris played one of his best games this season by completing 17 of 22 passes for 324 yards, also having three touchdowns and two interceptions. Along with Morris running back Duke Johnson  added 184 yards. Defensive back Ladarius Gunter was one of the two Miami players named for the ACC Football Players of the Week.  Gunter recorded seven tackles and a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown that helped Miami seal their victory.

The question is will Miami be able to keep up an undefeated season? Miami still has many ACC contenders this season that could put up a good fight. The main game to focus on will be the matchup between Miami and Florida State (who is currently ranked No. 6) on November 2.