Every February, American television is taken over by the Super Bowl frenzy. Some people get swept up by the game: they criticize the referees, yell at the tv, and go crazy when their team scores a touchdown. I interviewed Middle Schoolers and asked them, “Did you enjoy the game, or not?”
Continue reading The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LI
Chances are if you’ve sat down to watch even a few minutes of the Olympics, you’ve seen the “inspiring” ads. You know the ones. A little kid is shown falling down on their skies or slipping along the ice in fake home-video quality scenes. 20 seconds later a montage fills the screen with clips of this clumsy youth growing into an Olympic athlete and standing on a podium. But we all know that it isn’t that easy. Kids in the GFS in Middle School tell the truth about what it’s really like being a sport-loving-and-pursuing kid in 2018.
Continue reading So You Want To Be An Olympian? – The Real Lives of Kid Athletes
By Luke L and Addison A
In August of 2016 Colin Kaepernick did something that surprised America. He stood up by sitting down. A preseason football game, a song, a flag, a bench, and a man who sat down.
The first time Kaepernick protested (what he is now so infamous for doing), there was an uproar. People in the crowd were calling him a “coward,” “someone who should be banned,” “not a true American,” but then Kaepernick explained why he knelt: to show more respect to the flag. Continue reading Take a Stand by Sitting Down
If anyone knows how losing feels, it’s me. My fantasy football team is on a six-game losing streak. Don’t be like me, use this advice to turn a horrible season upside down. Continue reading How To Fix a Horrible Fantasy Football Season
As many of you know, middle schoolers are required to do two seasons of sports each year. GFS’s website says that sports are an important part of the curriculum and help “develop fundamental skills and and game strategies in an engaging and challenging atmosphere”. However, while GFS makes quite a convincing argument, there are still kids who don’t enjoy sports, who view having to go to sports as the worst part of their day. So, where is the right place to draw the line so that children are happy and get a good amount of exercise?
Continue reading GFS and Sports
2016. What is the first thing it makes you think of? Harambe? The Dab? The Election? Whichever it is, most were important. The dab shaped American society. Harambe caused a major meme. The election changed the future. But what other, more obscure controversial events were influential last year?
Continue reading 5 Obscure Controversies of 2016
This is week ten in the NFL season, and all of the teams are thinking about the playoffs.
The Philadelphia Eagles are currently 4-4. Which is playoff potential. On the other hand, they have a very hard schedule for the rest of the year. They are in last place in their division, though it is not by much.
Continue reading The Promised Land: Will the Eagles Pull Through?
On a Sunday not too many weeks ago, a brawl between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays took place. The reason this all up in the news, is because of what started it. Last year, Jose Bautista hit a walk-off home run against the Rangers, the team they were facing at the present time. What happened was that after he hit that home run, Jose Bautista flipped his bat as a celebration. This caused bad blood between the Blue Jays and Rangers. Continue reading Baseball Brawls
The GFS crew team is headed by Coach Aaron Preetam, who is also a tenth and twelfth grade history teacher. Crew rows from the Vesper Boat Club on boathouse row. The team has only recently officially become part of GFS sports, and I interviewed him to get some perspective on how a coach sees their athletes. Crew has been increasing in popularity in the middle school, with more students asking about where they can learn more and what camps they can go to. If you’re wondering any of those, your questions will be answered here.
Continue reading To Scull or Not to Scull? The Age Old Crew Dilemma
Currently in the baseball season, the teams are in what we call the regular season. Teams should play 162 games in a season. The regular season isn’t really anything except for teams playing each other to get ready for the playoffs. The only important thing about this part of the season is that how well the teams play decides whether or not they make the playoffs. Even though people think that the regular season because because of that, but really, that doesn’t really come into play (pun not intended) until later. Continue reading How Does The Baseball Season Work?
Sports can be a controversial topic all over the world, and even at GFS, there are differing opinions about the positives and negatives of school sports and the middle school’s athletics requirements. In seventh and eighth grades, two seasons of sports are required, a reduction from three seasons required in past years. Although it is possible to get an exemption, the topics surrounding required sports and athletics in general typically spark some controversy.
Continue reading Editorial: Is GFS Inclusive Enough In Terms of Sports?
Meet the NCAA tournament champions, Villanova University. After a stress-filled game, ‘Nova won with a buzzer beater three pointer shot by junior forward Kris Jenkins, making the final score 77-74. The University of North Carolina was expected to win the championship, considering that they were the number one seed, but fell short in the last few seconds of the game. Continue reading ‘Nova Beats UNC With A Buzzer Beater
What is spring training? Well, one thing it isn’t is just a fun trip to Florida or Arizona. Each team plays roughly 30 games every spring in spring training, plus practicing, and regular workouts. Continue reading What is Spring Training?