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    The Disturbing Truths of Competitive Cheerleading

    Netflix “Cheer” star Jerry Harris was arrested on Sept. 17, 2020, on charges of child pornography and sex solicitation from minors. The internet became obsessed with the world of competitive cheerleading this past January as a result of Netflix’s docu series titled “Cheer.” “Cheer” follows a charismatic, spunky team of cheerleaders from small town Corsicana, Texas, as they pave their way to the national cheer championship. Throughout the show, viewers came to know and love several members of the team, with perhaps the most memorable being Jerry Harris. Jerry, 21, was not only an incredibly driven athlete, but also the ultimate hype man for his teammates and the biggest softie.…

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    How social justice protests have found their way into sports

    2020 has been a turbulent year. Though comparatively small in relevance compared to other fields such as the health care system, sports took a huge hit throughout this hell-stricken year. From the passing of the National Football League’s all-time winningest coach Don Shula, the tragic death of National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant, and the complete stoppage of all professional leagues, sports have seen some unfortunate events unfold during the past ten months. However, the sports world is not an isolated land mass far off in the distance, but rather, a very large oak tree implanted on the paradise of an island we call home. The roots of pop culture…

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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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    How college football is pushing forward amid COVID-19

    All industries and occupations have been hit hard as a result of COVID-19. While some industries have started to open up according to the New York state and city guidelines, others are still in conflict about how to move forward, one of them being college football. College football is a massive financial industry in the world of sports. Different conferences have all been looking for solutions and a way forward. The National Collegiate Athletic Association has established a COVID-19 Concern Hotline where they can be contacted by athletes or parents who are concerned about their college’s return to sports. They can be emailed at covidconcerns@ncaa.org or called at 833-661-CV19 (2819).…

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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…