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Jason Collins Comes Out

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Professional basketball athlete Jason Collins recently shook up the sports world, with his recent announcement of his homosexuality. Collins, 34, is a 7-foot-tall African-American center for the Washington Wizards and made history by being the first American male athlete to openly admit that he is gay. Collins first went public with his lifestyle in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

In his past, he has dated many women, even getting engaged at one point. In his interview, he stated that he first thought about coming out in 2011 during the NBA lockout, and that the Boston Marathon Bombing reassured him that “things change in an instant,” and that he shouldn’t wait. The quote given in the video reads “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand saying ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would’ve already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

This video is an anchor story from ESPN that refers back to the quotes from Collins from the Sports Illustrated interview. The anchor then throws the story to field reporter LZ Granderson, a gay black man himself, who talks from the phone. Granderson discusses Collins’ personal life, and his family’s views on the recent events. Granderson adds that being a gay man himself, society shouldn’t be so shocked with this news, with the state of the world today. The story worked very well. I liked how ESPN had used Granderson in this story, with him being homosexual as well. It gave a very unique insight on the news.


Written by tnrwtsn

May 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

Miami Heat Pulling Away

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As the NBA playoffs roar on, Lebron James and the Miami Heat continue to impress as they extend their lead over the Milwaukee Bucks after defeating them 98-86 Tuesday night.

The Heat, defending their title, which they won a year ago, only need two more wins to advance to the second round of the playoffs They travel to Milwaukee for game three Thursday night.

This video was taken from ESPN’s website and it features a quarter-by-quarter recap of the game two win in Miami and the anchor explains what is happening as we see it on the screen. This is exactly the kind of work I dream of doing in the future and he has a very smooth, flowing tone when he talks, so I can learn alot from this.

Written by tnrwtsn

April 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Rutgers basketball coach fired

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Rutgers University fired its head men’s basketball coach today. A video surface the web today showing Rutgers head coach Mike Rice shoving players, throwing balls at their heads, and yelling homophobic slurs at them. The video was release by ESPN sports network on Tuesday.  Rice was suspended in December after the school’s athletic director Tim Pernetti was shown the video.The video below shows Rice throwing balls at their head, kicking them, and shouting homophobic slurs at them.

Written by Anthony P

April 4, 2013 at 12:43 am

Southern Miss rolls past Louisiana Tech

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Southern Miss rolled past LA Tech  63-52 in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament Monday night. Southern Miss gets revenge from a 65-55 lost to LA Tech on Dec. 8 this season.  Dwayne Davis and Jerrold Brooks led the way for the golden eagles with 13 points a piece. Jonathan Mills poured out 10 point and 8 rebounds.  Raheem Appleby led the bulldogs in scoring 17 points. Alex Hamilton finish with 15 points, 13 which came in the first half.  LA Tech really struggle against Southern Miss zone defense and turned the ball over 18 times.The golden eagles moved to 27-9 on the season. LA tech (27-7) seasons comes to a end with the lost. The Golden Eagles advances to the NIT quarterfinals and will host BYU on Wednesday in Reed Green Coliseum. 

Written by Anthony P

March 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Best Dunk of the Year??

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The name on NBA fans all over world for the past 6 days has been DeAndre Jordan of the LA Clippers. The 2008 2nd Round draft pick stunned fans on March 10, 13 by executing an “Ally-OOP” style dunk over Detroit’s Brandon Knight. This dunk was surprising to members of both teams, but specifically Knight.

The Dunk was said to be better than any dunk seen by Blake Griffin (#32), a player made popular for dunking. Even Griffin had great feedback saying, “That was the best dunk of the year and the best I’ve seen in person.” Even though his was on the bench at the time of the dunk, he quickly stood up to credit his teammate.

Jordan (#6) added a spark to an already lit flame in the 2nd quarter, as the Clippers were already up leading the game at 57-36. The team is currently ranked #5 with a 45-20 record for the season thanks to leading players along side Jordan like Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

It is said that the dunk was especially dedicated to Griffin after a dunk his displayed earlier in the same game before he with to the bench for the remainder of the game. The LA Clippers won against Detroit with a final score of  129-97.

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March 17, 2013 at 1:11 am

Memphis Overtakes Reed Green Again

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The Golden Eagle basketball team and supporters gathered in their white out wear at the Reed Green Coliseum February 9th to cheer on a highly anticipated game against the Memphis Tigers.

Southern Miss hasn’t succeeded over the Tigers at home for the last eight out of nine games, so the tension between the teams was thick. Memphis made the first two baskets. Senior Jonathan Mills, number 24, fought back and scored the first points for Southern Miss. Two Golden Eagle sports fans, Nick Carr and Corey Stapp, said, “We missed the game last year, but the rival this year is so much more intense!” Memphis was given a technical foul which gave Dwayne Davis, Golden Eagle player, the opportunity to make two free throws tying the game within the first three minutes.

Southern Miss kept lead for a while, but Memphis led 47-39 as the buzzer sounded for halftime. As for the final score, Memphis came out on top with a thirteen point gain to win the game 89-76. The Tigers once again proved reign over their Southern rival. The Eagles can now take this time to prepare for a rematch at Memphis February 23rd to prove they still have their wings.


Written by haleywalley

February 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm

USM takes a hit from Memphis (Assignment 1)

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Saturday afternoon, February 9th 7,864 people gathered in  Southern Miss’s Coliseum for the highly anticipated “whiteout” game (everyone wore white) against the Memphis Tigers. With a extended weekend ahead of the student body, they joined to watch as our Men’s Basketball team took on Memphis. This game was built up on so much positive energy after USM beat Memphis last season for the first time in over a decade. But all good things most come to an end, and the significance of last season’s win was surely over-thrown by this loss. The Golden Eagles loss with a final score of 89-76. This makes for their 6th loss of the season standing currently at 19-6 statistic (After winning Tulane on Feb. 13th). Even though Memphis did not travel to Hattiesburg, MS to play coy, shooting at 56 percent from the field, Southern Miss showed tremendous fight lead by Senior Dwayne Davis, putting up 25 points alone. With a roster like ours and that same fight, communication, and skill that the team identifies, they are undoubtedly not letting a lose like this slow them down.

Jonathan Mills

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February 16, 2013 at 8:49 am