Thursday, November 23, 2017

XAVIER UNIVERSITY WENT UP AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA IN A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAME

On Nov. 22, Xavier and the University of Minnesota went up against each other in a Women’s basketball game. Going into the game Xavier had an overall record of 3-0 while Minnesota’s overall record was 4-0.
Minnesota started the game out in a zone defense. They wanted to force Xavier to take deep shots which they did.
Minnesota did a good job of pushing the ball down the floor and getting everyone involved in the offense. Minnesota guard Kenisha Bell. Bell took the ball strong to the basket looking for layups.
It took awhile for each team to get into an offensive groove. They both took a lot of time off the 30 second shot clock.
Both teams took a good fair amount of 3-point shots against the zone defense.
Minnesota looked to get the ball into the hands of Taiye Bello. Bello looked to make layups when she got the ball on the low block. Also, guard Gadiva Hubbard came up with layups.
There was a media timeout with 2:55 left in the first quarter. The score was Xavier 14, Minnesota 13.
Xavier’s Kindell Fincher took the ball hard to the basket as she looked to draw fouls on the offensive end. Teammate A’riana Gray also came up with mid-range jump shots and layups.
After one quarter of play the score was Xavier 22, Minnesota 16.
As the second quarter got underway Minnesota continued to push the ball down the floor and score baskets in transition.
Xavier’s Na’Teshia Owens took the ball hard to the basket as she came up with layups. She wasn’t afraid to contact.
There was a media timeout with 4:05 left in the second quarter. The score was Xavier 30, Minnesota 30.
Minnesota did a good job of talking with each other on both ends of the floor. Minnesota look to make layups in transition.
Minnesota kept on attacking the basket late in the second quarter.
At halftime the score was Xavier 40, Minnesota 32.
As the third quarter got underway Xavier pushed the ball down the floor and came up with layups and jump shots.
Xavier was able to get everyone involved in the offense. They were patient on the offensive end.
There was a media timeout with 7:25 left in the third quarter. The score was Xavier 43, Minnesota 39.
Minnesota went to a full court press as they wanted to pressure that Xavier guards was they brought the ball down the floor.
There was a media timeout with 4:37 left in the third quarter. The score was Xavier 45, Minnesota 43.
The defensive pressure that Minnesota applied made it difficult for Xavier to get shots up.
Minnesota used as much time as they could on the offensive end.
After three quarters of play the score was Minnesota 57, Xavier 51.
As the second quarter got underway Minnesota continued to get the ball into the hands of Bell and Wagner.
There was a media timeout with 4:45 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota 63, Xavier 58.
Wagner stepped up and knocked down key 3-point baskets late in the game.
Minnesota stepped up late in the third quarter and in the fourth quarter they were able to pull away with the 74-62 victory over Xavier.
As a team Xavier shot 21-51 from the field that included going 8-23 from behind the 3-point line. As a team they were 12-20 from the free throw line. Xavier was lead in scoring by Owems with 12 points, and Gray with 10 points.
As a team Minnesota shot 27-68 from the field that included going 5-16 from behind the 3-point line. As a team they were 15-19 from the free throw line. Minnesota was lead in scoring by Wagner with 24 points and Bell with 20 points.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

GREEN BAY WENT UP AGAINST MINNESOTA IN A MEN’S BASKETBALL HURRICANE MARIA FUNDRAISER

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico from Sept.16-Oct. 3. The University of Minnesota Men’s basketball team has gone down and played in Puerto Rico for years.

The NCAA granted teams a waiver to host an exhibition games to help in a charitable cause. Minnesota and Green Bay decided to play an exhibition game on Nov. 5 to help in the Hurricane Maria relief.

The game was played at the Sports Pavilion which is next door to Williams Arena. Tickets for the game were $10 apiece with all the proceeds going to Hurricane Maria relief.

Green Bay looked to push the ball down the floor and get into their offense. They passed the ball around the 3-point line as they wanted to get everyone involved in the offense.

Minnesota did a good job of passing the ball around and moving without the ball. They were very talkative on both ends of the floor.

Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy called for the ball on the low block. He came up with layups and mid-range jump shots. If Murphy didn’t think that he had a good shot, he would pass it off to one of his teammates.

There was a media timeout with 14:38 left in the first half, the score was Minnesota 15, Green Bay 5.

Minnesota did a good job of getting the ball into the hands of Amir Coffey. Coffey came up with mid-range jump shots and layups.

Minnesota’s Isaiah Washington came off the bench and provided an offensive spark. Washington took the ball hard to the basket as he looked to make shots. The defense had a hard time slowing him down.

Green Bay kept on attacking the basket. Even though they had a difficult time making shots that they put up they kept on attacking.

There was a media timeout with 11:37 left in the first half, the score was Minnesota 22, Green Bay 12.

Minnesota came up with fast break layups in transition. They were much quicker than Green Bay.

Green Bay called a timeout with 9:55 left in the first half, the score was Minnesota 32, Green Bay 14.

Washington could make mid-range jump shots in traffic. Washington also had good court awareness and got his teammates the ball in spots where they could shoot it.

Green Bay continued to struggle shooting the ball. Minnesota took advantage of that by getting rebounds and pushing the ball down the floor.

There was a media timeout with 7:35 left in the first half, the score was Minnesota 36, Green Bay 19.

Green Bay’s Khalil Small could get past the Minnesota’s defense and make layups. Small wasn’t afraid to take the ball to the basket.

Minnesota didn’t take a lot of time off the shot clock as they were looking for their shots late in the first half.

There was a media timeout with 3:02 left in the first half, the score was Minnesota 46, Green Bay 29.

Minnesota continued to attack the basket late in the first half. They kept on coming up with baskets.

At halftime the score was Minnesota 58 Green Bay 35.

As the second half got underway Minnesota continued to push the ball down the floor and attacked the basket.

Green Bay looked to get the ball into the hands of Small. Small kept on driving to the basket and came up with shots.

Minnesota’s Bakary Konate called for the ball on the low block. He came up with layups.

There was a media timeout with 15:41 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota 68, Green Bay 49.

Minnesota kept everyone involved in the offense. On the defensive end they did a good job of slowing Green Bay down.

Green Bay called a timeout with 13:27 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota 75, Green Bay 54.

Minnesota didn’t give up on the offensive end. They kept attacking the basket throughout the second half. Minnesota did a good job of taking time off the clock.

There was a media timeout with 11:52 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota 86, Green Bay 56.

Minnesota got everyone into the game. They were patient on the offensive end. They passed the ball around the 3-point line to take as much time off the clock as they could.

Minnesota’s Michael Hurt came off the bench and provided an offensive spark. His teammates could get him the ball in spots where he could make shots.

There was a media timeout with 6:41 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota 97, Green Bay 65.

Washington kept attacking the basket and came up with mid-range jump shots and layups.

Minnesota called a timeout with 4:35 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota 103, Green Bay 70.

Harris came up with layups late in the game.

There was a media timeout with 3:38 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota 105, Green Bay 73.

The Gophers played well throughout the game. I thought that Green Bay was outmatched with Minnesota’s quickness and athleticism. Green Bay didn’t give up at all as they attacked the basket and took good shots throughout the game.

Minnesota came away with the 115-86 victory over Green Bay.

Green Bay was lead in scoring by Small with 20 points and Parham with 17 points. As a team Green Bay shot 34-83 from the field, that included going 11-26 from behind the 3-point line. They were 7-7 from the free throw line and as a team they brought down a total of 42 rebounds.

Minnesota was lead in scoring by Coffey with 26 points and Washington with 24 points. As a team Minnesota shot 43-73 from the field, that included going 8-24 from behind the 3-point line. They were 21-30 from the free throw line and as a team they brought down a total of 43 rebounds.


THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PUT ON A OPEN SCRIMMAGE FOR FANS

On Nov. 29, the Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s basketball team put on an open scrimmage for the fans. The teams were split evenly.
The score went back and forth between both teams throughout the first quarter.
Both teams pushed the ball down the floor as they looked for baskets in transition.
At halftime the score was Maroon 29, Gold 22.
As the second half got underway both teams pushed the ball down the floor wand could score baskets in transition.
Both teams fought hard throughout the scrimmage.  
Maroon came away with the 62-58 victory over the Gold team.

Friday, October 20, 2017

IRONDALE WENT UP AGAINST ROBBINSDALE COOPER IN A FOOTBALL GAME

On Oct. 18, Irondale went up against Robbinsdale Cooper in a football game. Going into the game Irondale had an overall record of 4-3, while Cooper had an overall record of 7-0.
Cooper kicked off to start the game. Irondale started on their own 35-yard line. Brendan White was the Irondale starting quarterback. Irondale punted on 4th down.
Cooper took over on the Irondale 42-yard line. Cooper’s Nascier Borden looked to get past the Irondale defense. Cooper’s quarterback Cameron Kind could make plays at the line of scrimmage and come up with first downs. Cooper punted on 4th down.
Irondale took over on their own 20-yard line. The Cooper defense kept their blocking schemes and slowed the Irondale offense. Cooper’s Nate Hill came up with tackles on the defensive end and could bring the running backs down to the ground. On 4th-and-8, Irondale punted the ball.
Cooper took over on their own 39-yard line. Cooper’s Pedro Amousso came up with a 61-yard  touchdown run. The extra point by Edgar Carrillo was good.
With 4:08 left in the first quarter the score was Cooper 7, Irondale 0.
Irondale took over on their own 24-yard line. Irondale again kept on trying to move the ball down the field. On 4th-and-9 Irondale punted the ball.
Cooper took over on their own 40-yard line. Cooper looked to go to the air as King looked for Adrian Adams in the end zone but wasn’t successful. On 4th-and-12 Cooper punted the ball.
Irondale took over on their own 20-yard line. Irondale’s Aden Price looked to come up with receptions as he could come up with catches. Irondale kept looking to the air as they tried to move the ball down the field. On 4th-and-12 Irondale punted the ball.
Cooper took over on their own 27-yard line.
After one quarter of play, the score was Cooper 7, Irondale 0.
Cooper had a false start infraction that prohibited them from moving the ball down the field. Cooper punted on 4th-and-24.
Irondale took over on their own 37-yard line. Irondale’s Ayrias Sears fumbled the ball and Cooper took over.
On the next play, Cooper’s Nate Hill came up with a 69-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt by Edgar Carrillo was good.
With 9:39 left in the second quarter the score was Cooper 14, Irondale 0.
Irondale took over on their own 29-yard line. Irondale’s Leighton Glodek came up with receptions that move the ball down the field. On 4th-and-6 Irondale punted.
Cooper took over on their own 20-yard line. Adams came up with a 13-yard reception. Borden fumbled the ball and Irondale recovered the ball on their own 35-yard line.
Irondale came up with a 35-yard touchdown reception by Aden Price. There was a penalty on Cooper.  Then there was a false start penalty on Irondale that back them up 5 yards. The extra-point attempt by Darby Hanson was no good.
With 7:33 left in the second quarter the score was Cooper 14, Irondale 6.   
Cooper took over on the Irondale 39-yard line. Cooper elected to punt on 4th-and-16.
Irondale took over on their own 1-yard line. Irondale’s Anthony Megelkoch couldn’t come up with a catch in traffic.
Irondale ‘s Ayrias Sears came up with a 49-yard reception that put the ball at mid-field. White wasn’t afraid to run with the ball himself. If he thought that he had a hole he could run through he would try. He would often come up with short gains. Irondale made the way down the field. White found Price for a first down reception.
Cooper called a timeout with 1:55 left in the second quarter. The score was Cooper 14, Irondale 6.
Irondale’s Parker Freiberg came up with 3-yard touchdown run. The extra-point attempt by Hanson was good.
With 1:52 left in the second quarter the score was Cooper 14, Irondale 13.
Cooper took over on their own 31-yard line. Cooper went to the air late in the second quarter but couldn’t come up with receptions. They punted on 4th-and-3.
Irondale took over on their own 15-yard line. Cooper’s Kevon Fryar picked off a Goldek pass attempt and ran it in for a 15-yard touchdown. The extra-point attempt by Carillo was no good.
With 53.5 seconds left to go in the second quarter the score was Cooper 20, Irondale 13.
Irondale took over on their own 36-yard line. Irondale launched balls toward the end zone late in the quarter. Irondale’s Price came up with a 34-yard reception.
Irondale called a timeout with 29.6 seconds left in the second quarter. The score was Cooper 20, Irondale 13.
Irondale called another timeout with 19 seconds left in the second quarter.
Irondale did look to the end zone again late in the quarter. Irondale was picked off in the end zone by Burns in the end zone and ran it out to the 7-yard line.
Cooper started on their own 7-yard line as time ran off the clock to end the first half.
At halftime, the score was Cooper 20, Irondale 13.
Irondale kicked off to start the third quarter and Cooper’s Burns came up with a 74-yard kickoff return. The extra-point attempt by Carrillo was good.

With 11:49 left in the third quarter the score was Cooper 27, Irondale 13. 
                                             
Irondale took over on their own 28-yard line. Irondale moved the ball down the field as they kept on the ground. Headley tried to break through the Cooper defense as he made big plays. Irondale’s White found Price for a 17-yard touchdown reception. The extra-point attempt by Hanson was good.
With 9:00 left in the third quarter the score was Cooper 27, Irondale 20.
Cooper’s Rashsawn Keten came up with the return. Cooper took over on the Irondale 32-yard line. The Irondale defense stepped up and could get tackles for losses. On 4th-and-18 Cooper punted the ball.
Irondale took over on their own 8-yard line. Irondale couldn’t move the ball down the field. On 4th-and-9 Irondale punted the ball.
Cooper’s Phoenix Sproles came up with a 33-yard punt return. Burns came up with a 5-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt by Abdulrahman was good.
With 6:22 left in the third quarter the score was Cooper 34, Irondale 20.
Irondale took over on their own 27-yard line. Irondale moved the ball down the field once again but the Cooper defense was too powerful. On 4-and-15 Irondale went for it and Glodek came up with a first down reception. The Cooper defense rattled the Irondale offense and the Irondale offense stalled. On 4th-and-18 Irondale went for it and was picked off by Taurean Cain.
Cooper took over on their own 37-yard line. Cooper’s Hill came up with a 38-yard run for a first down.
After three quarters of play, the score was Cooper 34, Irondale 20.
Cooper was intercepted by Nicholas Ellingson in the end zone. Irondale took over on their own 20-yard line. Irondale kept the ball on the ground. The Cooper defense stepped up and forced Irondale to look deep down the field. Irondale went for it on 4th-and-15, but the pass was unsuccessful and turned the ball over on downs.
Cooper took over on their own 49-yard line.
Cooper took a timeout with 8:18 left to go in the fourth quarter. The score was Cooper 34, Irondale 20.
Cooper punted on 4th-and-2.
Irondale kept everyone involved in the offense. Irondale’s Parker Freiberg came up with receptions that moved the chains. White continued to look for his receiving corps on deep passing routs. Irondale’s Sears came up with a 40-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt by Hanson was good.
With 3:53 left in the fourth quarter the score was Cooper 34, Irondale 27.
Irondale recovered the kick off on a squib quick. Irondale took over on Cooper’s 49-yard line.
Irondale quickly moved the ball down the field as they kept the ball in the hands of Sears. Freiberg came up with a 6-yard touchdown run. The extra-point attempt by Hanson was good.
With 1:56 left in the fourth quarter the score was tied at 34.
Cooper’s Amoussou came up with a huge kickoff return and Cooper took over on the Irondale 24-yard line. On 4th-and-8 Cooper ran and came up with a first down.
Irondale called a timeout with 18.3 seconds left to go in the fourth quarter.
The game was tied at 34 at the end of regulation.
The ball was placed on the 10-yard line Irondale was up first on 1st-and-goal. On 4th-and goal, Irondale couldn’t move the ball down the field. Irondale was stopped on the 1-yard line.
A bank of lights goes out and that creates a stoppage of play.
Cooper started on the 10-yard line. Cooper kept the ball on the ground. Hill came up with 12-yard run after a penalty. On 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line Carrillo attempted a field goal and it was blocked.
Cooper’s Hill came up with a 10-yard touchdown run. Carrillo’s extra point attempt was good.
That made the score Cooper 41, Irondale 34.
Irondale got the ball to the 1-yard line on a Freiberg run. Irondale couldn’t come up with a touchdown and Cooper came away with the 41-34 overtime victory over Irondale.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

EDINA WENT UP AGAINST MINNETONKA IN A BOYS’ FOOTBALL GAME

On Oct. 6, Edina and Minnetonka squared off in a football game. Both teams were 5-0 going into the game.
Edina kicked off to Minnetonka to start the game. Minnetonka looked to get into the end zone early. Minnetonka scored a touchdown on a run by Adam Livingston for a 2-yard gain. The extra point was good by Grant Altman.
With 6:36 left in the first quarter the score was Minnetonka 7, Edina 0.
On the next drive Edina took over on their own 34-yard line. Edina got a touchdown with 4:00 left on clock with a 58-yard touchdown run by Matt Cavanagh. The extra point was good.
With 4:00 left in the first quarter the score was tied at 7.
Minnetonka kept the ball on the ground and looked to get into the end zone late in the first quarter.
After one quarter of play the score was tied at 7.
Minnetonka’s quarterback Aaron Syverson came up with big runs. The Edina defense stepped up and stopped the Minnetonka offense. Minnetonka punted on 4th-and-long.
Edina took over on their own 1-yard line. Edina moved the ball field. Minnetonka’s Nehemiah Montague came up with an interception. Minnetonka took over on their own 22-yard line. Minnetonka punted on 4th down.
Edina looked to the air to get the receivers the ball. Edina got a touchdown on a 4-yard by Nick Bloom. The extra-point attempt was blocked.
With 51 seconds left in the second quarter the score was Edina 13, Minnetonka 7.
Minnetonka looked to get the ball down the field as quickly as they could. Minnetonka’s Daniel Viger came up with huge receptions late in the second quarter. Minnetonka’s Viger came up with an 18-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was good.
With 18.5 left in the second quarter the score was Minnetonka 14, Edina 13.
Edina took over on their own 32-yard line. Edina got the ball into the hands of Matt Cavanagh. On 4th-and-inches Anders Nelson came up with a 55-yard reception. The two-point conversion was good as Nick Suedbeck came up with it.
With 10:04 left in the third quarter the score was Edina 21, Minnetonka 14.
On the next drive Minnetonka’s Viger came up with 44-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was good.
With 9:41 left in the third quarter the score was tied at 21.
Edina got the ball back near midfield. The Minnetonka defense stepped up on 4th down as Edina elected to punt.
Minnetonka took over on their own 14-yard line. Minnetonka used both the running and passing attacks in the third quarter. Minnetonka punted on 4th down.
Edina got a touchdown on a Ryan Meyer 25-yard run.
With 4:00 left in the third quarter the score was Edina 27, Minnetonka 21.
Minnetonka got the ball back on their own 49-yard line. Viger came up with another big reception that got the ball on the 23-yard line. Minnetonka’s Aaron Syverson had huge passes to his receivers.
After three quarters of play the score was Edina 27, Minnetonka 21.
Minnetonka’s Adam Livingston came up with a 2-yard touchdown run. The extra-point attempt was good.
With 10:35 left in the fourth quarter the score was Minnetonka 28, Edina 27.
Edina took over on their own 27-yard line. Edina kept moving the ball down the field, Anders Nelson came up with receptions in traffic. Nelson could keep his feet moving as he looked to come up with yards after the tackle.
Edina took a timeout with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter. The score was Minnetonka 28, Edina 27.
Edina’s Matt Cavanagh looked to chew up turf as he was dragged by defenders.
Minnetonka took a timeout with 3:21 left in the fourth quarter. The score was Minnetonka 28, Edina 27.
Edina was intercepted by Raheem Brown. Minnetonka took over on the 5-yard line.
Edina called a timeout with 2:27 left in the fourth quarter. The score was Minnetonka 28, Edina 27.
Minnetonka punted on 4th down. Edina took over on the 46-yard line.
Edina looked to get into the end zone with less than a minute to go in the game.
Minnetonka came away with the 28-27 victory over Edina.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

RICHFIELD AND HOLY ANGELS WENT UP AGAINST EACH OTHER IN THE BATTLE OF THE TRACKS

On Sept. 29, Richfield and Holy Angels went up against each other in the Battle of The Tracks. There are train tracks that separate these two schools and they are about a mile apart.

Richfield kicked off to Holy Angels to start the game. The Stars started on their own 16-yard line.

The Stars got on the board first with a 38-yard reception from quarterback Joe Heimbold to John Kosmach for a touchdown.

On the next drive, Richfield scored a touchdown on a 75-yard reception. The extra point attempt was good.

With 8:22 left in the first quarter the score was tied at 7.

The Stars looked to move the ball down the field again on their next drive. The Stars punted on 4th-and-9.

Both teams had trouble moving the ball down the field and coming up yards. Neither team came up with big plays.

The Stars found the end zone again on a 21-yard touchdown reception from Heimbold to Ryan Mazurek. The extra point attempt was good.

With 11:17 left in the second quarter the score was Stars 14, Richfield 7.

Richfield got the ball back after the touchdown. But the Stars got the ball back on an interception and then Heimbold found Mazurek for a 21-yard touchdown with 10:16 left in the second quarter. The extra point attempt was good.

With 10:16 left in the second quarter the score was Stars 21, Richfield 7.

Richfield couldn’t come up with a first down so they punted on 4th down.

The Stars found the end zone on a 42-yard touchdown reception from Heimbold to Kosmach. The extra point attempt was good.


With 8:55 left in the second quarter the score was Holy Angels 28, Richfield 7.

Richfield fumbled and recovered the ball. Richfield was picked off by Mason Wolf. Holy Angels took over on the Richfield 37-yard line.

Holy Angles found the end zone on a 24-yard touchdown reception by Keontay Shorter. The extra point attempt was good.

With 6:42 left in the second quarter the score was Holy Angels 35, Richfield 7.

Richfield took over on their own 18-yard line. Richfield used both the run and the passing attack as they looked to move the ball down the field. On 4th-and-18 Richfield punted.

Holy Angels also used both the running and the passing attack late in the second quarter. Holy Angels Tommy Shelstand found the end zone on a 10-yard run. The extra point attempt was good.

With 3:14 left in the second quarter the score was Holy Angels 42, Richfield 7.

Richfield punted on 4th-and-12. Holy Angles wide receiver Keonta Shorter came up with big plays. Heimbold came up with a 30-yard touchdown run with 51 seconds left in the second quarter. The extra point attempt was good.

With 51 seconds left in the second quarter, the score was Holy Angels 49, Richfield 7. That was the score at halftime.

Holy Angels kicked off to start the third quarter. Richfield started on their own 15-yard line. Richfield turned the ball over on downs.

Holy Angels' Rook Rowe came up with big runs throughout the game. Heimbold did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could run.

Holy Angels looked to get into the end zone late in the third quarter. Holy Angels Rook Rowe came up with a 6-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was good.

With 3:32 left in the third quarter the score was Holy Angels 56, Richfield 7.

Richfield took over on their own 26-yard line. Hoard came up with big runs late in the third quarter. Richfield turned the ball over on downs.

After three quarters of play, the score was Holy Angels 56, Richfield 7.

Holy Angels tuned the ball over on downs. Richfield’s Javonte Howard came up with a 47-yard carry. Richfield’s Dylan Jagdeo came up with a 5-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was no good.

With 7:07 left in the fourth quarter the score was Holy Angels 56, Richfield 13.

Holy Angels turned the ball over on downs.

Holy Angels was too much for Richfield. Richfield couldn’t get their offense going and Holy Angels was hitting on all cylinders.

Holy Angel came away with the 56-13 victory over Richfield to win the Battle of The Tracks Traveling Trophy.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SPORTS TEAMS PROTEST AFTER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S REMARKS

During Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season, many teams took a knee or showed signs of protest.

On Friday, Sept. 22 president Donald Trump held a rally in Alabama. According to BleacherReport.com, "President Donald Trump held a rally Friday night in Alabama ahead of the state's Sept. 26 primary election, and he didn't shy away from commenting on the NFL's television ratings and players who have decided to protest social injustice during the national anthem.

"NFL ratings are down massively," Trump said, according to CNN's Brian Stelter. "Now, the No. 1 reason happens to be that they like watching what's happening...with yours truly."

Speaking of anthem protesters, Trump asserted he would like to see owners take charge and cut those players from their respective teams: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired.'"

With that statement, it started off a firestorm of reactions across the NFL. The prior week, only six players protested the national anthem, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In the NFL owners and management protested alongside their teams. Owners and teams locked arms or took a knee while the National Anthem was played.

Many teams also came out with releases supporting the protests and for standing up for what they believe in and what they think was the right thing to do.

Other sports teams also took notice.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, took a knee during the national anthem. According to Gabe Lacques, of USA TODAY Sports, Maxwell, who hinted at such an action earlier in the day, knelt during the national anthem before Saturday night's 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers.

Maxwell, a 26-year-old catcher from Alabama, composed several tweets Saturday in the wake of President Trump's comments Friday night to "fire the sons of bitches " in the NFL who kneeled for the anthem. Kaepernick's protest was conceived in the wake of social injustices and the shooting of unarmed African Americans by law enforcement.”

During the WNBA playoffs, on Sunday, Sept, 24 according to the Swish Appeal, “Expressing their solidarity with the nation, the Los Angeles Sparks were not present on the court during the national anthem prior to tip-off of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.

The Minnesota Lynx elected to be on the court and linked arms with one another.”

In my own thoughts, for the leader of our nation to come out and criticize a whole group of sports teams and calling them “Sons of Bitches” isn’t right on any level.

I think that people should be able to protest any injustices that they feel that they should be able to do. I also think when sports teams get involved in the protests it brings it to a whole new level. The reason is because athletes are looked up to as role models and when they band together and make a statement people with listen. How people respond to athletes taking a stand on the national platform will be shown on how they respond to different situations. 

As I have said before when I wrote about this issue last year, “The fight for justice will continue on and off the field/courts around the country.”

I also think what gave this motivation was that here you have the leader of our country coming out and calling a group of people, “Sons Of Bitches” has some really negative effects on the whole country.

Athletes are people also, they have feelings and they are active members of their communities and leaders as well. People look athletes and will continue to do that.

I know that high school teams from not only Minnesota but around the country have also taken notice. High school teams have “Taken a knee” before games across the state. Players and coaches have talked about this topic at length.

It will be interesting in seeing where these protests are headed and what forms and what teams are protesting and for how long now.

Just know I support what these teams are doing. #TAKEAKNEE


Friday, September 22, 2017

SMB WENT UP AGAINST WASHBURN IN A BOYS’ FOOTBALL GAME

SMB and Minneapolis Washburn went up against each other in a boys’ football game on Sept. 22, SMB is a cooperative sponsorship team between the high schools of Hope Academy, The Blake School, Minnehaha Academy, St. Paul Academy and Summit School. Going into the game both teams had a record of 2-1. The game was played at Washburn High School.

SMB kicked off to start the game. Washburn started on their own 17-yard line. Washburn’s Andrew Gotziaman started at quarterback. Washburn tried to use the running and passing attacks early. Washburn punted on 4th-and-8.

SMB took over on the Washburn 40-yard line. SMB got the ball into the hands of Jalen Suggs. Suggs was able to run the with ball and come up with first downs. Suggs also got the ball into the hands of his receivers. If Suggs thought that he had room to run, he would run and get yards on the ground. SMB looked to get into the end zone in the first quarter. Suggs came up with a 6-yard touchdown run with 6:00 left in the first quarter. The extra point attempt by Theo Crosby was no good. 

With 6:00 left in the first quarter the score was SMB 6, Washburn 0. 

Washburn took over on their own 20-yard line. Washburn got the ball into the hands of Jamar Nelson. Nelson came up with a 26-yard run for a first down. Washburn fumbled the ball and SMB took over on the Washburn 49-yard line.  

SMB’s Terry Lockett Jr. found holes in the Washburn defense. SMB fumbled the ball and Washburn took over on their own 32-yard line.  

Washburn’s Sir'Vell Miller came up with runs that produced first downs late in the first quarter. 

Washburn took a timeout with 1:00 left in the first quarter. The score was SMB 6, Washburn 0. 

Washburn’ s Jamar Nelson also came up with huge runs for first downs. 

After one quarter of play the score was SMB 6, Washburn 0.  

Washburn turned the ball over on downs. 

SMB’s Suggs could get through the Washburn defenders and come up and make big plays. Suggs found Terry Lockett Jr. for first downs. Suggs found Lockett for a 48-yard touchdown reception. The two-point conversion was no good. 

With 9:09 left in the second quarter the score was SMB 12, Washburn 0. 

Washburn took over on their own 39-yard line. Washburn kept the ball on the ground late in the second quarter. Washburn was picked off by SMB’s Noah Hanson on the 29-yard line. Suggs kept the ball in his hands as he could get past the Washburn defense and come up with big plays. 

Washburn called a timeout with 6:11 left in the second quarter. The score was SMB 12, Washburn 0.

SMB’s Siegel Howard came up with a 30-yard run that set up a Suggs 1-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good.  

With 5:54 left in the second quarter the score was SMB 20, Washburn 0. 

Washburn took over on their own 35-yard line. Washburn’s Jamarien Wheeler came up with a first down catch. Washburn punted on 4th-and-14.

SMB took over on their own 21-yard line. SMB kept the ball on the ground late in the second quarter. SMB’s Craig McDonald came up with a huge reception for a first down. 

At halftime, the score was SMB 20, Washburn 0. 

Washburn kicked off to start the third quarter. SMB recovered it on the 48-yard line. Suggs found Alexey Koeckeritz for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was good. 

With 10:58 left in the third quarter the score was SMB 27, Washburn 0. 

Washburn took over on their own 20-yard line. Washburn couldn’t move the ball down the field and they punted on 4th-and-20. 

Howard continued to move the ball down the field. He could get through the defense. SMB’s Suggs came up with a 10-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good. 

With 4:45 left in the third quarter the score was SMB 34, Washburn 0. 

Washburn punted the ball and on 4th down. SMB looked to get into the late in the third quarter. 

Washburn called a timeout with 2:03 left in the third quarter. The score was SMB 34, Washburn 0. 

Suggs found Lockett for a 20-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was no good. 

With 1:01 left in the third quarter the score was SMB 40, Washburn 0. 


Washburn continued to try to move the ball down the field late in the quarter. 

After three quarters of play the score was SMB 40, Washburn 0. 

Washburn turned the ball over on downs. 

SMB kept on pounding the ball down the field in the fourth quarter.

SMB was too quick for Washburn. Lockett and Suggs came up with big plays throughout the game. 

Washburn couldn’t get their offense going and couldn’t get into the end zone. Both teams played hard. 

SMB came away with the 40-0 victory over Washburn.

 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST WENT UP AGAINST PROVIDENCE ACADEMY IN A FOOTBALL GAME

On Sept. 15, Minneapolis Southwest and Providence Academy squared off in a football game. Providence kicked off to start the game. Providence’s Maxwell Anderson found Taylor Meissner for a 28-yard touchdown reception with 5:22 left in the first quarter.
After one quarter of play the score was Providence 7 Southwest 0.
Providence used mostly a running attack. The Southwest defense stepped up and Providence punted on fourth-and-short.
Southwest took over on the Providence 34-yard line. Southwest lost yards and was turned over on downs. Providence took over on their own 44-yard line.
The football changed hands multiple times throughout the first half. Providence’s Justin Mason came up with runs that became first downs.
Providence called a timeout with 1:08 left in the second quarter. The score was Providence 7, Southwest 0.
Providence fumbled the ball and Southwest came up with it.
At halftime, the score was Providence 7, Southwest 0.
Southwest kicked off to start the third quarter. Providence started on their own 34-yard line. Providence used both their running and passing attack in the third quarter.
Meissner continued to come up with huge runs for first downs. Southwest’s Dakota Michael Caige Vallone recovered a fumble on their own 45-yard line. Southwest punted on fourth down.
Providence took over on their own 19-yard line. Providence moved the ball down the field late in the third quarter.
After three quarters of play the score was Providence 7, Southwest 0.
Providence fumbled the ball and Southwest recovered it on their own 30-yard line. Southwest got everyone involved in the offense. They used different passing and running plays as they wanted to confuse the Providence defense.
Jayzee Brown found Levi Wilson for a 46-yard touchdown reception. The extra-point attempt was no good.
With 7:50 left in the fourth quarter the score was Providence 7, Southwest 6.
Providence’s Jeff Ekior came up with a 53-yard run to the Southwest 2-yard line. Ekior came up with a two-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was no good.
With 5:15 left in the fourth quarter the score was Providence 13, Southwest 6.
Southwest took over on their own 43-yard line. Southwest couldn’t come up with a first down and they punted on fourth down.
Providence ran out the time the last 15 seconds of the game.
In a game that saw the ball change hands quite a few times and a very competitive game Providence came up with the 13-6 victory over Southwest.