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The NFL: the new opiate of the masses.

The NFL: the new opiate of the masses.

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

May 8, 2013

The 2013 NFL Draft took place from Thursday, April 25, to Saturday, April 27,and I watched every minute of it. It could be viewed on two stations, ESPN and NFL Network, and I recorded one and watched the other. I think it’s safe to say that I may have a problem and I might need some help. Why...

Rules, they are a-changing

Rules, they are a-changing

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

April 24, 2013

Football is a violent game that children, as young as five years old, are playing. Safety is crucial when such young kids participate in football. I don’t think safety regulations should start with the NFL players. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made some rule changes since becoming the commissioner...

It’s time to come out

It's time to come out

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

April 3, 2013

Gareth Thomas Welsh, a professional rugby player, and Justin Fashanu, a fútbol player, are the only two male athletes to come out as gay while playing their respective sport. Fashanu, who came out in 1990, committed suicide in 1998 after accusations of him sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy. Thomas,...

Combine Complications

Combine Complications

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

March 13, 2013

After watching the NFL scouting combine last week I thought to myself. “Why is this important?” Does a good 40 time show what kind of football player you are, or just that you’re a good athlete? Being athletic does not always translate to being a good NFL player; there have been players who...

NCAA goes too far

NCAA goes too far

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

February 27, 2013

The NCAA have overstepped their boundaries a few times in the past decade, but some of the most recent sanctions they have levied have been the harshest, while not having to do much with sports. Student athletes are not allowed to accept any money or any other benefits from anyone while under scholarship...

The media “catfishing” for a story

The media

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

February 13, 2013

If you haven’t heard about the man who was runner up for the Heisman trophy, Manti Te’o has been hoaxed, or at least he says so. The story of the senior linebacker from Notre Dame, who lost his grandmother and, supposedly, his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, six hours later, was heart broken as he played...

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