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10 Greatest Baseball Movies of all Time

There are plenty of baseball movies to choose from, but not all of them are good. But on the bright side, there is some amazing baseball movies. Comedy, inspiring, pretty much all genres you can find. The real question is, what are the 10 best?
10. Million Dollar Arm (2014)
Best Line: “[referring to Cricket] It looks like an insane asylum opened up and all the inmates were allowed to play.”
Best Character: Rinku Singh
9. Angels in the Outfield (1994)
Best Line: “There’s a thing called “*talent*”! They don’t have it!”
Best Character: Roger Bomman
8. Mr. 3000 (2004)
Best Line: “You don’t like me because I sign autographs. You don’t like me because I tell you what’s on my mind. But you love me because I am the greatest hitter alive!”
Best Character: Stan Ross
7. Field of Dreams (1989)
Best Line: “If you build it they will come”
Best Character: Ray Kinsella
6. 42 (2013)
Best Line: “We had a victory of fascism in Germany. It’s time, time we had a victory over racism at home.”
Best Character: Jackie Robinson
5. Moneyball (2011)
Best Line: If your enemies are making mistakes, don’t interrupt them.”
Best Character: Billy Beane
4. Benchwarmers (2006)
Best Line: My mom said I should hold off on getting my license for another year. [Extends arms forward and then retracts] You know, just to make sure my reflexes are fully developed.”
Best Character: Howie
3.Bad News Bears (2005) – The amount of hilarious one liners this movie puts it easily in the top 3 baseball movies of all time. Billy Bob Thornton as Morris Buttermaker is literally a perfect fit. People questioned if this remake would be better than the 1976 original… it is.
Best Lines:
“You guys swing like Helen Keller at a pinata party”
“Hey, Hooper, you wanna put that thing in fourth gear and get over here already?”
Best Character: Morris Buttermaker
2. Sandlot (1993) – Simply put, it’s an instant classic. It is probably the most popular baseball movie of all time, and really set the standard for similar movies. It is full of great characters, quotes, and it’s pretty funny.
Best Lines:
“You play ball like a girl!”
“You’re killin me smalls…”
Best Character: Ham
1. Major League (1989) – Yeah, it’s the greatest baseball movie ever. Also, it is one of THE greatest movies ever. Words can’t even describe how hilarious this movie is. Charlie Sheen as “Wild-Thing” is amazing. Also, the supporting cast is full of comedy. It has everything you could want in a movie, as it provides comedy, great characters, romance kind of, and an actual plot you can follow. P.S. Don’t watch the sequels, they will ruin the movie for you, they are historically bad.
Best Lines:
Vaughn, a juvenile delinquent in the off-season, in his major league debut.”
“Cerrano’s looking for some extra power for tonight. He’s looking to sacrifice a live chicken. Hey Jake, man, we can’t have people puking in the locker room before the game!”
Best Character: Cerrano

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Which artist would you most want to see perform at prom?

Gabe Bowlen:
Frank Sinatra could easily perform at a high school prom. Once the announcement comes on for the “last song”, he could slide in with the good o’l classic “The Way You Look Tonight”. It would be the subtle, yet perfect, transition from some upbeat dance music, to some slow smooth dance.

Shirlie White:
Oh for sure the Jonas Brothers, who wouldn’t want to see the band get back together at prom? Yeah I know this sounds silly but you can’t go wrong with the Jonas Brothers. The best boy band everyone grew up with, and how amazing would it to see them perform in a tiny town like Ketchikan? Having the Jonas Brothers perform would be lit.

Joey Karlik:
I was probably born in the wrong generation music-wise, but I have to go with the best live performer of all time. As soon as he goes on stage and his first song comes on, everyone would know who entered the room. Starting off with “Wanted Dead or Alive”, my choice is the man, the myth, the legend, Jon Bon Jovi. Not only would he out perform all of the rap genre artists combined, he has the perfect playlist to go along with it too.

Justin Albecker:
I hate following the large amount of basic teenage girls screaming for this man to come on stage and perform, but I have to say the 6 God himself, Drake. Drake has the largest variety of music, ranging from traditional rap to his sad R&B songs, he would fit perfectly in today’s prom.

Dante Troina:
There’s only one song that gets everyone at once lit at any dance ever “Crank That” by Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy is possibly the greatest rapper of all time, and has the best dance moves of any artist ever; rumor has it that “Crank That” was originally written for Michael Jackson, but he insisted Soulja kept it because it was “too emotional”. Big Soulja would perform his one hit, and then get off the stage, which is all we need.

Kinani Halvorsen:
If I had to choose one person to play live at prom I personally would like to have Queen there performing. My taste in music is very diverse but I think Queen has most of the bases covered. You have the heavy bass line that young folk crave in songs like “Another One Bites the Dust”, you have your soulful slow songs like “Somebody to Love”, and you have your uptempo groove songs with songs like “Don’t Stop Me Now”, and “I Want to Break Free”. Not to mention that lead singer Freddie Mercury is a total babe, just saying.

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Major league baseball season is underway, here are our staff’s 2017 World Series predictions.

Justin Albecker:
Is this even a real question? The Boston Red Sox has the world series on lockdown this year! From an incredibly dominant pitching staff to their overwhelming offense, the team is slated to be the top team of the year. This year’s pitching staff is the strongest they have had in the last ten years. 2016 Cy Young award winner, Rick Porcello (3.15 ERA for 2016) leads the staff, with newly acquired Chris Sale (5x All Star, 3.34 ERA for 2016) following after, and David Price (5x All Star, 3.99 ERA for 2016, 2012 Cy Young award winner). The Red Sox already filled the hole that David Ortiz left with strong new players, such as Outfielder Mookie Betts, number one prospect Andrew Benintendi, Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., First/ DH Hanley Ramirez, Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval. I predict that the Red Sox will beat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.

Gabe Bowlen:
This year, the St. Louis Cardinals will take the title as World Series Champions. After acquiring former Chicago Cub Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals are in prime position for taking their 12th World Series Title. St Louis has a dominant pitching staff featuring Adam Wainwright, Mike Leake, Kevin Siegrist, and many more. The pitchers will attack the strike zone, while Yadier Molina guns runners out on the base path. The infield and outfield roster of the Cardinals is unstoppable. From the lefty power hitter Matt Carpenter, to power righty Stephen Piscotty. The Cards are set with a strong defense and a powerful offense that can, and will take them all the way. I predict that the Cardinals will beat the Red Sox in the 2017 World Series.

Kody Malouf:
The New York Yankees are going to be world champions for the 28th time at the end of this year. We suffered a first round exit in the wild card last year, but we weren’t very good. The Yankees have a full roster and quite a bit of new young talent. Catcher Gary Sanchez and RF Aaron Judge played great in their limited seasons last year. The Yankees also have veteran players like LF Brett Gardner and CF Jacoby Ellsbury coming back to give NY one of the best outfields in the league. And with their bullpen which includes Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Chasen Shreve, the Yankees will win almost every game in which they enter the 7th inning with a lead. We have great young hitters including Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez to help on the offensive as well. The Yankees will end 2017 with the World Series Trophy in their grasp.

Dante Troina:
The Los Angeles Dodgers are primed to make a World Series run this year. The outfield is loaded, with six solid players competing for three starting spots, they will be able to switch between lefties and righties at will. The infield is led by standout shortstop Corey Seager, who won rookie of the year and placed third in MVP voting as a rookie last year. In addition, they have undeniably the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, who has won three Cy Youngs and one MVP. With future star Julio Urias, and quality starters in Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, and Scott Kazmir, the staff rounds up nicely. L.A. is also presumed to make a move for Rays’ star Chris Archer around the deadline. Also, a deep bullpen led by Kenley Jansen figures to be able to close out close games. Taking all of that into account, The Los Angeles Dodgers will beat The Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

Sports dominance, is it okay?

Hannah Maxwell and Joey Karlik
Staff Writers

Last Monday the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its 100th consecutive game, begging the question is this kind of dominance by one team healthy for a sport?

Hannah Maxwell:
The wins that made up UCONN’s streak span over multiple seasons and many different groups of players. I think that that milestone is something to be celebrated not frowned upon. Winning 100 in a row shows that the players and staff of UCONN know what it takes to win and are willing to give the effort needed. They have created a remarkable program that is so far, unbeatable.

Joey Karlik:
No team in any sport should be unbeatable. It makes me want to see that team lose so mine or the underdog have a chance to win the championship. Dominance isn’t good unless it distributed out between multiple teams. People love great teams competing against each other. It’s because everyone wants to see the rivalry between Golden State and Cleveland, Duke and North Carolina, or Dallas and New York.

Maxwell:
If it was your team that was winning I don’t believe you would have the same opinion. People just don’t like to see a team that isn’t theirs win consistently. Also how would you change it? Would you make UCONN get rid of some players so it’s more fair?

Karlik:
If UCONN is so “beatable”, then why haven’t they lost in 100 games over MULTIPLE SEASONS!!! UCONN only seems good and gets noticed when they win 100 times in a row. If they did not reach that milestone, then we wouldn’t be talking about how good they are. Honestly, I can’t change anything. The NCAA should because it’s no fun to go into a game and already know that you’re going to lose.

Maxwell:
So you’re saying that a Board of Directors should take away the scholarships of athletes to give other teams a better chance at winning? Scholarships that allow them to attend high caliber colleges.

Karlik:
I never said anything about scholarships. If you are going to mention scholarships, then treat it like it’s all about the college and not the sports team. But nowadays it’s all about what team you’re playing for. You can still accept the scholarships but if you are going to another school with the exact same program you are looking for it won’t change your plan. It’ll just change the sports team.

Maxwell:
If you were an athlete would you not want to go to play for the best team?

Karlik:
In my opinion, I would go to whatever place offered me the most amount of money. The second priorities would go down to two things, program and location. If they didn’t have the program I’m interested in then I’m not going there. Otherwise it would be best location. Connecticut isn’t exactly the best place to go so they are obviously offering better things to the people so I’m asking the other schools to step it up and offer a whole lot more to get that special player that they’ve always wanted.

Maxwell:
Saying that Connecticut isn’t the best location is completely subjective. You have always lived in Alaska so you don’t find it as appealing as other colleges. But this isn’t about the location. You started your argument stating that “no team should be unbeatable” but never gave a fix.
It does suck for every other team that UCONN has dominated the sport for so long but that’s not their fault. You wouldn’t want the UCONN team to not work as hard or try to lose just so other teams could feel better about themselves. Wouldn’t facing a team that’s on a 100 game win streak give you the incentive needed to work harder in order to have a chance at beating them.

Karlik:
The question isn’t if UCONN should do anything, it’s if it’s good for women’s basketball and I still think it isn’t. I’m not mad at UCONN, I’m mad at the other schools. You can still be the best program in the league and not win that much in a row. Look at New England. They are good but they lose every once in awhile. If New England was winning 100 in a row, you would know that Roger Goodell would start to change things.

Superficial Valentine’s Day

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day used to be the day where you could show extra love and appreciation to your partner, but now it just seems like a day where your partner is basically forced to show their love to you in any way romantically. Why does someone have to buy their partner an expensive teddy bear or get them a dozen roses to show that they care about them?
           My ideal Valentine’s Day isn’t like the expectations in this society. Getting roses doesn’t really mean anything to me because they die so quickly and it just costs more money to keep them alive. But rather than me sounding bitter about it, today is a nice day to simply spend with someone or just to be surrounded by people you love and make you happy.
           In society, people are pressured to give their partner at least a gift. Something that’s expensive or worth posting a picture about on social media. I guess it’s okay to brag sometimes but there’s a difference between showing off your relationship and genuinely caring about the person you’re with no matter what social media or anyone thinks.
           Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about a couple’s relationship, it can also be about your parents simply showing that they care for you or just having a simple hangout with all your close friends, and maybe giving each other a gift. When I do exchange gifts with my friends, it’s not about how much it costs, but more importantly on the sentimental value of it.
           With my mom and step-dad, it’s nice and heartwarming seeing them give each other love everyday and they aren’t even about the gifts anymore. It’s about how much support they give each other and always being there for one another. They also support my three siblings and I a lot, I definitely couldn’t ask for more.
           I’m not saying I hate Valentine’s Day, just that the meaning behind it has changed and if I were to receive gifts, I wouldn’t decline. I’m just saying that I don’t need anything from anyone for them to prove that they care about me, genuine love and happiness is all that matters.

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Who is going to win the Super Bowl and why?

Max Collins:
The Atlanta Falcons are about to go against one of the greatest franchises in NFL history, the New England Patriots. The combination of head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been unstoppable for the last 15 years. Both have been in the Super Bowl six times in their franchise. Atlanta has been great towards the last half of the season and just recently shut down two high caliber teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. Atlanta’s offense has been troubling teams all season scoring an average of 33 points per game. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman will score and score again. With Atlanta having such a great offense I don’t see New England keeping up with the high scoring game. No matter how good the New England Patriots are and how amazing Brady’s stats are in previous Super Bowls I see them losing 37- 17.         
Atlanta 37 New England 17

Hannah  Maxwell:
The Patriots are winners. It’s all they know how to do, going 14-2 in the regular season is not a small accomplishment. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have been in this situation before, going up against a team who isn’t used to playing football in January. On this day 2 years ago I was watching Malcolm Butler get one of his first career interceptions, giving the New England Patriots the Super Bowl win they deserved. I have never been happier, every Seahawks fan had their heart broken on that glorious day and I loved it. Even though the Patriots aren’t playing the Seahawks this Sunday, every Seattle fan is still praying for them to lose; and they will have their hearts broken once again. The Falcons will keep the game close for the first half but after that it will be over. After an inspired halftime speech from Belichick and Brady, the Patriots will come out and dominate the second half.
New England 43 Atlanta 24    

Joey Karlik:
Well I know everyone wants to be anti-Patriots, I do too, but… I recall last year that a dominant team from the NFC south came into the Super Bowl and represented the NFC. That team had an MVP caliber quarterback, So do the Falcons. That team had an “offense that no one can stop”, so do the Falcons. That team last year went against the number one defense which were the Denver Broncos. This Super Bowl is going to be a repetition of the last Super Bowl. Dominating offense going against the number one defense. Now there is a chance it could be the other way around. Von Miller was the guy with the most sacks last year. Vic Beasley Jr is the person with the most sacks this year and he is on the Falcons side. Beasley could force a couple fumbles to secure the game just like Miller did last year, but you never know. My heart says Falcons, but my mind says Patriots. This time I have to go with my mind. The score will be the exact same as last year too, 24-10. History is going to repeat itself this Super Bowl Sunday.
New England 24 Atlanta 10

Dante Troina:
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are 4-2 in Super Bowls, and basically two miracle catches by unknown Giants receivers away from being undefeated in Super Bowls. The Falcons, however, are the story of this season, the team that has quickly become America’s darlings. The Patriots will ultimately win this game, having a better coaching staff, more prepared team, and better game plan. However, Atlanta will come out of the gates very strong, their defense will pressure Brady and the offense will generate big plays. After the first quarter, the Pats will settle into their game plan, and dominate the time of possession. The biggest question mark of the game is whether the Falcons defense will play well or not, and I think not. They’ve played well so far, but that was against a mediocre Seahawks squad and injured Packers team. The Patriots are neither injured nor mediocre, they are versatile and efficient. Most championship games in football come down to turnovers, field position, and third down conversions. Every Super Bowl the Patriots have been in has been decided by four or less points, and this one will be no different. The Falcons will start fast, but New England will control the clock, and hold them to field goals instead of touchdowns, and win 31 to 27, and Bill Belichick will smile for the first time, under his gray, cut off sleeve hoodie.
New England 31 Atlanta 27

Kody Malouf:
It’s simple, if you give Bill Belichick and Tom Brady two weeks to prepare, they’re not going to lose. The two games they have lost were both from miracle catches versus the Giants, not from anything they did to themselves. The Patriots will not lose this game, they’re too prepared, too well coached, and they have too many different role players that can come alive at any time. Atlanta will put up a fight though, their high powered offense with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will put up most of the yards and points for the game, and the Patriots will struggle to cover Julio, but it won’t be enough because inevitably Tom Brady will have the ball last and lead a game-winning drive giving the Patriots their 5th Lombardi Trophy.
New England 36 Atlanta 30

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Wrestler’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Max Collins:
Every year I am restricted the amount of food I can have on Thanksgiving day. Unfortunately, my family members around the table really don’t understand how managing weight is so important to the sport of wrestling. My grandma is always trying to stuff me with all these pies she makes and it makes Thanksgiving the most torturing day of my life. My freshman year, I remember sneaking food past my dad/coach and eating it in the garage. The next day of practice I weighed close to 130 pounds and had to get back down to 120 just 4 days later. Learning from my mistakes, I have definitely been more careful about what I eat. Holding myself back during the holidays is worth my achievements towards the end of the season.    

Justin Albecker:
Weight cutting is a real pain in the butt, so I avoid it as much as possible. Every season I have to power through my birthday and Thanksgiving dinner. I have a technique of how to handle the notorious dinner and not have to sweat my soul out the next weekend. I eat my last dinner Sunday night, then only eat bagels, fruit, eggs, and multi-vitamins for the rest of the week. I do not eat anything the day of the feast, then I demolish the diet throughout the night. The next morning, it’s my priority to burn all of the calories I consumed therefore I set up an exercise bike in front of the TV and bike for a good hour. I continue the strict diet until the next Wednesday to be sure my body is set to it’s normal state. Very few people have the determination to diet during Thanksgiving week, but I’ll do anything to not cut weight.

Joey Karlik:
Not only do I have the pleasure of having to manage my weight, but I have a coach/dad watching every bite of food that enters my shrunken up stomach making sure I don’t screw it up. Most people think Thanksgiving is our golden ticket to eat as much as we can, but as the famous Star Wars line, “IT’S A TRAP!” I start this holiday off with a Pre-Thanksgiving run before the actual festival of eating begins. I only get one plate full of salty food and a little bit of football. I then have to try to run most of it off, between short and long runs that take me the entire weekend. For all those non-wrestlers out there, be thankful for having the glory of not needing to manage your weight.

Nate Eisenhower:
My philosophy in wrestling is that I stick to the weight class I’m in at the beginning of the season. I don’t believe in cutting weight but more so managing it responsibly. Most of my teammates are used to cutting weight, and it’s interesting to see everyone’s different methods. Personally, my mom, brother, and I eat rice and beans all week, end it with a run around Ward Lake to get our appetites up and ready for the big feast. This allows my weight to not fluctuate during these times and thankfully, I’ve yet to be forced into cutting back on Thanksgiving.