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Super Bowl LII Preview
By Zach Wargo 20'
After two long weeks, the weekend finally belongs to the NFL once again, after the respective title games, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the New England Patriots face off this Sunday for the Lombardi Trophy. After a week filled of events for the fans, the players have answered numerous questions from the media, the season will end with the underdog’s facing the dynasty. With the Eagles facing the underdog role all season, and even after losing their starting quarterback, and possible MVP candidate, Carson Wentz, Nick Foles had to try to lead the Eagles to their 3rd Super Bowl appearance in Franchise history. Over the week many questions have been heard if Tom Brady is going to retire soon, on Wednesday he said” No, i don’t see why a lot of people want me to retire so badly” while Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still questionable and still not able to pass concussion
protocol after taking a vicious hit in the AFC title game on
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What’s At Stake?
This super bowl is special, after all it is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, which the patriots won, starting their dynasty, after winning three Super Bowl’s in 4 years, since then New England has won two more, and is trying to add to this dynasty, winning a 6th ring for the franchise would be special, as they would be the second team to win six rings, tying the Steelers in NFL History. For the Eagles, it’s a much different story, as they’ve never won a Super Bowl, and haven’t been to the Super Bowl since they had lost to the Patriots 13 years ago. The Eagles have embraced the underdog role all year, with key injuries on the offense and defense. They have played and deserves a shot at trying to dethrone the patriots, as this is like a revenge game, as the country will be watching. A first Super Bowl Title for the city of Philly would mean rejoice, and one of the greatest sports moments in the cities history.
Who Has the Advantage?
This is no mismatch for either team, as one side has a legendary quarterback, and one of the best head coaches in NFL history, while the other side, holds a second year head coach, a back up quarterback. You’d think the Patriots would have an advantage right? Not so fast, as Nick foles has been flawless this postseason, embracing this week, and this magical super bowl run, the offense which has a running game also, opens up play action and can go for the long ball anytime during the game. The defense has been steller too all season, for only allowing 17 points all postseason. While the Patriots, have plenty of experience, with the defense up and coming, and playing hard towards the end of the season. Tom brady who is going to try and go for his sixth ring, Brady’s offense has a advantage as they have one of the best tight ends in the league. This Super Bowl is special as it will be a heavyweight battle, until the clock strikes zero to determine a champion.
Loss Scholarships? Where Does It All Go?
By Zach Wargo '20
In the past you would think that once you get a scholarship to go to college, you can’t lose it right? Well, nowadays students have to keep their grades up, and work hard each day to keep that scholarship. It’s a long and complicated process, as the easiest scholarship to earn would be an academic scholarship. College’s mostly looks at your GPA dating back to 8th grade, which most kids do not realize this, as they also pay close attention to your discipline record, and your ACT/SAT scores in the past. Each college is different, and need requirements for you to apply for that college, for example if you wanted to apply for Duke University, you’d need a ACT score of a 31, or higher, while to attend the University of Arizona, you’d only need a score of 20 or higher.
In my opinion, it's much harder to earn a scholarship then lose it, as the hardest to earn would be playing sports. Only 2% of high school athletes make it to the pros, and some don’t even earn a college degree according to the NCAA. The NCAA states that a college education, and a college diploma is far more valuable than going to the pro’s and making a ton of money, as you will have that education and diploma for life. All the money that the NCAA earns from tournament games, national championship games, and ticket sales all goes back to future college students, and scholarships so that the future can be bright and filled with smart, young minds in college. The NCAA makes college, and education very important, so every student can get a degree, and succeed later in life.
For example, the University of Arizona offers many majors, and scholarships for people who are interested for attending U of A. They tell you how to earn them, what your requirements are, and how many credits you need to apply, and probably get into the University. One thing I had noticed is that loss scholarships probably go to a more successful, and accomplished student if you cannot maintain your grades, and get poor scores on the ACT/SAT tests. Every college is different, as Harvard, and Dartmouth University are far more different than the University of New Mexico.
In a article with USA Today, they had interviewed two college basketball recruits that were on scholarships to play for the University of Kentucky, as they soon later realized that their scholarships were revoked in 2011. The two players had stated that they had no idea what they had done to be revoked of the loss scholarship, and they did not think that it was very fair that there was no reason given why they had loss that scholarship. Athletic Scholarships are very difficult to maintain once schools are interested in you, as one injury, or one bad test score and be the difference of going to a D-I school then a D-II school in a matter of time.
Time Magazine also wrote an article on how you would a scholarship, as they gave out five reasons, as of course the top reason was bad grades, or failing classes. Failing classes is one of the most common reasons why enough students do not get an college education. The other top reasons was that students either have a lot of discipline problems, or decide to not follow college rules at all. Plagiarism is also a big no no in college, as it can get you expelled, which happened to two harvard students as they were not allowed to apply to any college for a entire year. Plagiarism also will make it harder to get even into a community college. All lost scholarships probably go to other students, that colleges can trust, or back to the college athletic program it has to offer.
Walking Under A Ladder Superstition
By Zach Wargo '20
According to an old myth, is that if you do walk under a ladder, it will bring you bad luck. In medieval times, if a person did walk under a ladder, they thought their death would come from hanging. Ladders that were leaned up against something that created a triangle, thought that it was a haunted area. This ancient superstition dates back as far back as ancient Egypt. The Egyptians believed strongly in the pyramids, as if someone walked under a ladder the sacred power of the pyramids would be broken. Today many people have mixed emotions about walking under a ladder, and some just choose to go around the ladder instead of facing the risk of having bad luck. There are ways to undo the curse, as if you hope you see a dog, or you try to go back through the ladder a second time for better luck. The best way of belief is common sense, jarring or shaking the ladder would probably cause a falling object to hit a person.
Today most people do not believe in this superstition, they don’t really know the background of it. Walking under a ladder is not the first thing that comes to mind in people. There are many other myths like breaking a mirror, or the illuminati that some other people do believe in. Everyone has different beliefs, and a different opinion towards many different things in our world. Today there are many different superstitions that are good but mostly bad. For example Friday the 13th, opening an umbrella inside, or finding a black cat. All of these superstitions are ancient or old myths that some people still believe in today.
There are many ways to reverse bad luck just by walking under a ladder, the most common ways would be making a wish while your walking under a ladder. The second one would be just too walk backwards through the ladder again, or crossing your fingers until you first see a dog. An awkward way of reversing bad luck if to say “Bread and Butter” while your walking under the ladder.
This myth came from as far back as Ancient Egypt, as they believed in gods coming down, and you having bad luck for the rest of your life. It’s complicated at how people study these types of superstitions, but it is also very unique how people end up believing in these types of bad luck and good luck superstitions years, and decades later after they are being come up with. Egyptians believed in many gods, and goddesses, which was part of their culture and there way of life.
Urban Legend: What is the Illuminati?
by Reylena Tsosie '21
What is the illuminati? A question that 65% of Freshmen asked me. 35% do know the history and the background. 45% of freshmen believed in Illuminati and 55% did not.
Adam Weishaupt is the founder of illuminati he founded it on May 1, 1776. That year might sound familiar. July 4, 1776 was when the Declaration of Independence was written. Weishaupt is a German philosopher and a professor, when he taught he always said stuff about illuminati. His beliefs were very inspiring to other students that they started to believe it. He gave an assignment out telling what they thought of his theories. The class started to believe him more. He was very serious that he shared his beliefs with Benjamin Franklin. To bad for Weishaupt he was shut down. Benjamin Franklin time was more on the Declaration of Indepence.
The most important symbol of the illuminati is the pyramid.
What is the Pyramid? Why a Pyramid? Well, we all know that there is a pyramid with an eye on it on the dollar bill. That is a good hint if your not into illuminati. The Pyramid is a representation for “money is not evil.”
Some celebrities has been accused of being “Illuminati” but, there is no evidence, it’s just a belief. Beyonce is one of the famous person being accused of illuminati. In one of her famous song “Single ladies” the music video explains their theory. http://illuminaticelebrities.com/ Is Beyonce Illuminati puppet?
Illuminati is a belief!
Not real, it’s an Urban Legend
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week, we asked you who would win the Super Bowl, and 70% of you said that the Patriots will win their 6th ring, while 30% of you voted that the Eagles will upset the Patriots.