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When sports return, rule changes set the XFL up for success

When sports return, rule changes set the XFL up for success

March 21, 2020

Before COVID-19 indefinitely shut down professional and amateur sports alike, a bright spot emerged in the ordinarily dark time after the Super Bowl. The NFL season concluded on February 2 with the Kansas City Chiefs being crowned league champions. In years past, the days and months after the NFL playoffs were continually counted down by football...

All Fantasy fantasy team

All Fantasy fantasy team

February 10, 2020

The dust has settled after a fierce fantasy football season. League champions have been crowned, bets have been lost, and pride has been squashed. The Chiefs 31-20 Super Bowl victory serves as a reminder that the new Fantasy Football season is a long six months away. In the meantime, here is a look back on the team that could have been. The Inkspot...

The NHL has a viewership problem - here are some solutions to improve the league's suffering All-Star game.

On Thin Ice

February 10, 2020

As the NHL All-Star game was played in St. Louis on January 25, hockey fans saw some of the most exciting storylines of the season. Or they could have - if anyone was watching. New York Islanders' young phenom Mat Barzal ended Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid's three year of the Edmonton Oilers' reign as the league's fastest skater; St. Louis native...

Baseball is slow, not boring

May 29, 2019

Major League Baseball has been looking for ways to speed up games and make the already time-consuming sport shorter in game length to boost fan interest and attendance. The past seven MLB seasons' games have all averaged at or above the 3-hour mark - a trend that is continuing. The average length of a game last season was 3 hours and 4 minutes - an ...

Students predict NFL team draft needs

Students predict NFL team draft needs

April 25, 2019

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Chad Hinshaw's baseball career timeline

NCHS alum retires from pro baseball

February 1, 2019

Chad Hinshaw, NCHS alum, has decided to retire from his professional baseball career after six seasons of playing all three outfield positions at every level of Minor League-affiliated baseball. As for his future in sports, Hinshaw, who graduated in 2009, said his playing days now will only consist of “slow pitch softball.” Hinshaw returned...

Khalil Mack signing his new deal, making him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.

Bears find their Monster of the Midway

September 6, 2018

The Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders agreed to a blockbuster trade that would send all-pro LB/DE Khalil Mack to Chicago on Saturday morning. The deal would send Khalil Mack, 2020 second-round pick, and a conditional 2020 fifth-round pick to Chicago for 2019 and 2020 first-round picks, 2020 third-round pick, and a sixth-round pick in 2019 to Oak...

Keys to watch for in this year’s World Cup

Keys to watch for in this year’s World Cup

May 1, 2018

With football season ending in February (America's most popular sport according to a poll done by Gallup), and with basketball ending in June, hockey ending in May, and the MLB will be in the middle of their 162 game season, a lot of sports fans are wondering what to watch. One sport being played this summer that doesn’t get a lot of hype in Ame...

Bad News Blackhawks: Breaking down the comeback that wasn't

Bad News Blackhawks: Breaking down the comeback that wasn’t

April 25, 2018

After nine consecutive playoff trips, the 2012-2013 Presidents’ Trophy, and three Stanley Cups, for the first time in a decade the Chicago Blackhawks have traded in their sticks for clubs and will spend the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs working on their golf swings. Despite being swept in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs by Nashville...

Print Edition Extra Feature: A (closer) look at non-traditional sports

Print Edition Extra Feature: A (closer) look at non-traditional sports

March 21, 2018

The special 70th anniversary print edition of the Inkspot includes a story about "5" non-traditional sports. A close reader may have noticed that it only included four of those sports. Take a look at the online exclusive fifth sport here. Then stay to see some videos of all four awesome sleeper sports covered in the print edition.   Unicycle Basketball The rules of...

Chicago Bears young talent: coming out of hibernation

Chicago Bears young talent: coming out of hibernation

March 21, 2018

As the NFL draft approaches, Bears fans are beginning to wonder what the future holds for the team, who finished 2017 with yet another losing season. Despite a disappointing 5-11 record, the Bears showcased some impressive talent from their younger players - showing the franchise’s fans a possible light at the end of this losing tunnel. Though the ...

How the NBA can improve the All-Star weekend

How the NBA can improve the All-Star weekend

February 16, 2018

With the NBA dog days wearing on every team, All-Star weekend (Friday, February 16-Sunday, February 18) is a well-deserved break. While All-Star weekend is an opportunity to see some of the best players in the game, it is not without its flaws - some superstars don’t participate and some of the events lack players who should be included. The NBA has...

NBA's wild trade deadline

NBA’s wild trade deadline

February 13, 2018

Teams were active at the February 8 NBA trade deadline, making impact moves. The most talked about trades occurred between the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans; the L.A. Clippers and the Detroit Pistons; the Cleveland Cavaliers with LA Lakers, and a three-way trade with Utah Jazz, Cavaliers, and the Sacramento Kings. The Pelicans rece...

Breakdown of Super Bowl LII

Breakdown of Super Bowl LII

February 3, 2018

After two very exciting conference championship games, the AFC New England Patriots will play the NFC Philadelphia Eagles in the 52nd Super Bowl on Feb. 4.  With two 13-3 teams, picking this year's Super Bowl champ is difficult. Both teams are stacked with talent on either side of the ball, so let’s break the game down. Quarterbacks: Starting...

NFL Week Four Scores

NFL Week Four Scores

October 4, 2017

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