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    How College Football is Making Its Way Back into Our Lives

    Colleges around the country are already in full swing, but things look a little bit different than previous years. While it varies by institution, the general consensus is that fall sports are not being played. However, things are starting to look up for college football fanatics. The Power Five conferences — Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference — now have four of five possible participants slated to have a season after the Big Ten announced on Sept. 16 that they will indeed play. The odd conference out is the Pac-12 which, due to legal issues, has complications in some states. Nevertheless the return of football,…

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    Professional sports’ journey through unprecedented circumstances

    Bubbles. What comes to mind when you hear that word? Perhaps the childhood bliss of blowing and popping them with friends. Maybe, for the more scientific minds out there, you thought about the perfect spherical shape they possess and the fact that they don’t allow any foreign substances inside. Both are relevant to “bubbles” in professional sports during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the context of today’s sports, bubbles are when athletes, coaches, and other essential staff are placed in a restricted area in a near college campus type of environment. There are typically restrictions on allowing anyone to leave, and nobody is allowed into the bubble if they are not…