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NFL Combine: Is it valuable?

Tyler Durbin, Sports

March 13, 2013

The NFL’s season games are over, but football is not. The NFL draft is near, which means there is plenty of time for football gurus to study and talk about potential NFL stars. A major step for the players coming from college to the NFL is the Scouting Combine, which is a showcase of amateur players to demonstrate their physical abilities to potential interested teams. The Combine has many tests for the athletes, but the most well known events are the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical and broad jump, team interviews, and the Wonderlic test, which is an intelligence...

Successful boys senior night

Tyler Durbin, Sports

February 26, 2013

The boys basketball team added to their winning streak to make it 19 straight wins with a 53-45 victory over the Urbana Tigers. This was the last game before the team started postseason play and it was also Senior Night. The student section was the strongest it has been all year to send the seniors out with a bang. The Ironmen have six seniors on their roster: Callen Boddie, Marquet Newsome, Trevor Seibring, Randy Heideman, Luke Williams, and Logan Kimmel. Because only five players play at a time, five of the six seniors started on Friday night, usual starter, Trevor...

National Signing Day: college football

Tyler Durbin, Sports

February 25, 2013

National Signing Day has come and gone, and the future of many teams has changed in a big way. National Signing Day is the first day that high school seniors can sign an agreement, better known as a Letter of Intent, with a college that is a member of the NCAA. Many athletes make verbal commitments to schools, but they are not locked in until they sign their National Letter of Intent. Therefore, a player can make a quick switch from a verbal commitment and sign with a different school. The majority of top football recruits sign on this day. National Signing Day isn’t...

Ironmen impressively win 11th straight

Tyler Durbin, Sports

February 4, 2013

Some may have thought that the Ironmen Boys basketball team might have not been ready to play Danville on Friday night after their four game sweep at the Rockton tournament the previous weekend. The Ironmen had rattled off 10 straight wins and Danville didn’t slow them down on their way to 11 straight. The Ironmen used solid post play along with good outside shooting to take care of Danville, 59-39. The game started a little slow, but the Ironmen got on the board first. Danville threatened to score on a break away off a steal, but they missed the wide-open dunk, allowing...

NHL lockout ended

Tyler Durbin, Sports

January 21, 2013

National Hockey League fans can breathe easy now that the NHL lockout has ended after 113 long days. The NHL had been locked out since September 15, 2012.  The lockout was a labor dispute between the players and the owners. The main reason for this lockout, like most lockouts, was money. Secondary reasons for the lockout were formation of player contracts.  NHL fans are far too familiar with lockouts after the 2004-2005 lockout canceled that entire season. The owners wanted to drop the player’s percent of hockey related revenue by about ten percent. Along with that...

Ray Lewis’ ride is one for the record books

Tyler Durbin, Sports

January 21, 2013

The National Football League is going to lose one of the best linebackers in history at the end of the Baltimore Ravens’ season. Whether the Ravens win the Super Bowl or not, Ray Lewis announced that this will be his last season playing in the NFL. Lewis is recognized as one of the best linebackers to ever play football.  He has played all of his 17 seasons for Baltimore. Lewis played three years for the University of Miami before being selected 26th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the 1996 draft. His lack of size (6’1”, 240 lbs) was a concern for many teams...

Once again the BCS is questioned

Tyler Durbin, Sports

December 20, 2012

There will be questions surrounding college football for another year. The Bowl Championship System, or BCS, has been under a lot criticism from the general public the last few years. The BCS creates five bowl games at the end of the season for the teams in the BCS rankings.  It ranks teams mostly on computer methods and a few other polls; Therefore it cannot factor in the human view of teams. If a highly ranked team lost due to an error on the part of the official, the BCS wouldn’t acknowledge that, and they would fall in the rankings and would most likely not have...

First time ever freshman wins Heisman

Tyler Durbin, Sports

December 20, 2012

The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player in college football every season. It is the most prestigious award and mosted anticipated award in college football. History was going to be made regardless of which of the three finalists won this year. The three finalists were quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, who would be the first freshman ever to win the award. Linebacker Manti Te’o of Notre Dame, who would’ve been the first primary defensive player to win. And Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who would’ve been the first Kansas State...

Big Ten let lead slip away

Tyler Durbin, Sports

December 6, 2012

For the first time in Big Ten-ACC Challenge history, the competition ended in a tie. The Challenge started in 1999 and was dominated by the Atlantic Coast Conference, better known as the ACC, the ACC won the first ten match ups.  Recently though, the Big Ten had responded with three straight wins before this year’s tie. Since it was a tie, the Big Ten retains the title, but it has to feel like a loss for the Big Ten. The Challenge was two days long, featuring six games per day. The ACC got the first win with Virginia Tech’s victory against Iowa. After that, the...

Hot start for ISU mens basketball

Hot start for ISU mens basketball

December 5, 2012

The Illinois State Men’s Basketball team is off to a hot start in the early season. The Redbirds started 5-0 before falling to Northwestern for their first loss in the championship game of the South Padre Island Invitational. Former ISU standout Dan Muller is now the head coach and the team seems to be transitioning smoothly. Aside from a thrilling...

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