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Staff Picks

At the halfway point of the NFL season who do you think will win Super Bowl 52?

Kody Malouf: The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to win, no doubt in my mind. They’ve been at the top of the NFL power rankings all season and their lately average defense has finally caught up to their outstanding offense. Now that their offense is continuing their success and the defense has returned to former top five glory, the Steelers are ready to make a final push and climb the stairway to seven. Also, let’s not forget last time we predicted a sports championship, “Which wild card team has the best chance to win the World Series?” I predicted right. I know what I’m talking about.


Liam Kiffer:  Many may not think of the Browns as a powerhouse, but given they’re 1-24 in the last 25 games, they’re due for a ship. The first half of the season was led by inexperienced quarterback DeShone Kizer who threw for a whopping four touchdowns, on a side note he has only thrown 12 interceptions so far. The Browns only lost this week to the Lions by a miniscule of 14 points. Kizer only threw one interception making it the team’s best game of the year.  I am certain that they will ride this momentum all the way to Super Bowl 52.


Hannah Maxwell: There’s no way that the New England Patriots don’t make it to the Super Bowl. Zero chance. Tom Brady will lead his team to yet another Lombardi Trophy. It almost seems unfair how good he is. The Eagles’ have a pretty easy schedule, so it would be surprising if they weren’t 8-1. The Chiefs, the only team to have beaten both the Patriots and the Eagles, started hot, but now Hunt and Hill are coming back down to earth. Moral of the story, the Patriots are the best and Bill Belichick knows how to win.


Joey Karlik: I would love to see my boys, the Pittsburgh Steelers and my little seven year old cousin Lance’s Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. The black and gold bumblebees have been pretty dominate these past couple of years and I think this is their year. Philadelphia is on a hot hand and could beat the up teams in the NFC. The thing is though, Wentz is too inexperienced to lead his team to hold the trophy up in Minnesota. I will take the the experienced Big Ben 27-19. But honestly, I love football so much that I probably won’t care who plays for the trophy. Unless New England gets in again, Brady just stop being good already!


Wyatt Barajas: I don’t care because I don’t watch that much football because they are being outlandish in their protests. If the Miami Dolphins win the Super Bowl, it will not make me very happy because they are acting like un american men. The NFL is more about who is not standing and respecting our flag than actual football. No team will truly win because they will not have the gratification from full fan support.


Leif Stephens: As much as I would love to see the Seahawks take another Super Bowl trophy back to Seattle, I think the Los Angeles Rams will head to Super Bowl 52 along with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Rams have recently returned to Los Angeles after being in St. Louis since 1995 and they’re winning their way to the top of the league. Overall I think the Rams will come out victorious over the Steelers by large. I predict the first half of the game will be pretty back and forth score wise which will keep the game interesting. But when the second half gets going the Rams will completely dominate the Steelers and send them to the locker room cryin.

Staff Pick

Snow is…


Hannah Maxwell:

Snow is a reminder of how beautiful nature can be when it’s left alone. I love snow capped mountains. I’m sure if you zoomed in on them you could see all the boot prints that go from ridge to ridge but from afar they look like a snow cone before you pour the syrup on it. I’ve been privileged enough to grow up in Alaska and Montana, two of the prettiest places on planet earth. Both of which have gorgeous mountainscapes which are covered, almost year round, with a layer of glistening white powder. Honestly I never loved playing in the snow, I hated how cold and wet I got, but I will never get tired of looking at it. Flying into Anchorage as the sunsets behind the snowy mountains, is a view that cannot be paralleled.

Joey Karlik:
Snow is lovely. Untouched snow is like a work of nature’s art… unless you live in Ketchikan. The word “snow” doesn’t exist in these parts. The word is replaced with slush. Everywhere else it’s amazing. Back in the day, snow here was the best. My particular favorite was the winter of 08’. I loved waking up with my little sister and throwing snowballs at her. Then my uncle would come in and stuff our faces into the snow, freezing our faces off. We would go inside and sip on hot chocolate and watch the classic christmas movie series–Star Wars. We would repeat this sequence every day ( sadly, we fell for our uncle’s pranks every single day) until the snow went away. I do miss those winters and I would kill to get that type of snow back. I really don’t care for this brown slush we have to call “snow”. Take me back to 2008!

Brittany Slick:
A precursor to slush. Ketchikan snow has a tendency to show up beautiful, white and powdery one day, only to get washed away and turned into brown slush the next. I feel like it just gets everyone’s hopes up. Don’t get me wrong, I love the snow–the pretty white stuff you sled on and make snowmen with… not the dirty brown muck that gets sprayed up your car window everywhere you drive. Take Monday for example: the first little snowfall of the season that made everyone excited was washed away overnight, leaving the roads bare or clouded with slush. It’s like Mother Nature was like “Look how pretty winter is going to be…..sike!”. How cruel.

Marcus Lee:
…pretty, it’s unique. It’s a privilege and also very overwhelming. Do you remember looking up at the sky and trying to catch snowflakes? Do you remember waking up and school being cancelled due to the crazy amount of snow that went up to your knees. I remember it all, I remember the ups and downs and I mean that literally. Making snow ramps and jumping them with my favorite blue sled. Snow for me is all about making memories, I think it’s awesome to live in place that gets snow. Not everyone is fortunate enough to get that amount of snow and the amount of joy you get while playing in it. With all that said there are times where snow can be very tragic. I’m older now and I don’t play in snow as much as I used to. Being older and having more responsibilities can be very stressful and snow can be another weight on your shoulders. For example snow can be very hard to drive in. With the amount of money I have, I can’t afford to slide off the side of the icy North Tongass roads. Maybe it’s just me but I feel like you grow out of playing in the snow, that being said I would never pass up a snowball fight.

Keri Thomas:
Snow is the symbol of an impactful memory. Often times for Christmas my family goes over to Craig to be with my grandparents for the holidays. This trip was especially snowy and my 8 year old self could not wait to go sledding. My mom couldn’t come over until the next day so my dad’s friend, Pippin, took my sister and I out to go sledding. I’m not quite sure how long we were there before I went down the hill by myself and SMACK I hit a totem pole head on and was knocked out cold. My sister cried and later told me she thought I was dead. Pippin throws me in the car and frantically tries to find a hospital but they were all closed for the holidays. So Pippin decides called up her friend who owns a clinic in Craig and had him open it up to get me X-Rays and medicine. Luckily I was completely fine, but remained unconscious for the next 12 hours. I had to take a lot of pain meds and can’t even begin to explain the headache I had. Of course, I don’t remember any details from this event and had to ask my family members what actually happened but the one thing I do remember about that day was seeing the snow.

Rosie Kacenas:
Snow in Ketchikan is a disaster. One morning you wake up and everything is covered in powdered sugar… but by noon it’s gray, slippery and dangerous. I definitely enjoyed snow more when I was younger, I hate driving in it now. When you’re little you don’t have a care in the world about whether or not the roads are icy or dangerous, because if they are you don’t have to go to school! But now that we all have our own cars, we’re forced to face the third-gear drives up Jefferson to make it to school. However, it’s still so pretty and always reminds me of having so much fun as a little kid that it’s hard to be upset when it snows. It’s also basically the beginning of Christmas, so, obviously I’m excited about it. Last year I wasn’t here for the blizzard, but everyone I talked to said it was terrible. Now that we have snow in the beginning of November, I’m a little nervous to see what this year brings. I can understand why my mom gets so stressed out when it snows!

 

Staff Pick

It’s the 10th anniversary of the iPhone! Have smartphones helped or hurt society?

Payton Simmons:
Smartphones are a tool. People say they have hurt society, others say they’ve helped. I believe there are pros and cons to each side. I more so agree that the smartphone has helped our society. It allows people not only to easily communicate, but to even collaborate on their smartphone if needed. The Apple Store offers a massive variety of different apps that can be used as tools. The iPhone is a laptop in a little device. Every new iPhone that comes out applies new updates where it makes social media, games, camera options, and the overall phone so much better, and more addicting. So many people are wrapped up in social media, and being able to not only access it from a laptop but on a phone is crazy cool. The smartphone is portable and has bettered technology today. I feel that the smartphone does at times get distracting and overused. It’s addicting and it becomes a necessity that isn’t really a need. Today’s technology is so advanced that it does everything for us which is making us lazy and less knowledgeable. Some don’t even knowing how to read a hand clock because they are so used to looking at their  digital smartphones.

Kody Malouf:
Smartphones have helped society more than anything else in human existence years. The wheel, the plane and splitting the atom all pale in comparison to mankind’s true gem, the iPhone. Without smartphones there would be no Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, and I think we can all agree that those are without a doubt, all integral parts of what it means to be human. Imagine for a second, a world without memes. Ok now stop imagining that because that’s pretty much hell on Earth and nobody should ever have to endure that. That hell would be our reality had Steve Jobs not invented the greatest tool in history. How did people even survive before iPhones? Having to actually talk to people and make conversation? Why not just text them? You can’t use emojis in real life, so there really is no point in talking to anyone in person. IPhones are more that just a memer’s delight though, my iPhone lets Apple know where I am at all times, it sends my private information back to them for “diagnostics,” it even knows where I live! And now the FBI can hack into my phone whenever they feel like it! Thanks Apple!

Kyle Smith:
Overall, I think that smartphones are hurting society. People are addicted to their phones and they aren’t enjoying things they normally would if there were no smartphones. For instance, communicating verbally. People are hiding behind screens rather than meeting the person they are talking to and using their voice to communicate. People who text or just use their phone in general while they drive is another reason I believe they hurt society. Phones and driving cause about 330,000 injuries a year. Without phones I think that people would be outside more and they would be more productive in general. Even though phones make it way easier for communicating and advertising, I feel like people are addicted to their phones. People use their phones for games, social media, FaceTime, shopping, and watching Netflix. Whenever people are using their cell phones, nothing really gets done. Like in school for example, when students are on their phones in class they are not accomplishing anything. Which is why I believe that if we lived in a world without cell phones, the world would be a more productive place.

Jenna Miller:
Unlike past generations, our generation relies on smartphones. In a way, that has hurt the upcoming generations. You look at infants and they know more about the function of the iPhone better than you do, when past generations only had their imagination and the outside world to play with. Today, the technology that we have is a way to calm kids down and to keep them occupied. That might work, but I feel there are better ways to do so. Our technology is a way for people to hide behind a screen and talk trash without having to worry about what that person is going to say. Our technology has also made an impact on our communication skills. Instead of talking to someone in person or having a conversation on the phone, we text. I believe that social media has made a huge impact on our lives as well. I don’t think it has bettered any of us in any way. On social media you find mean comments, gossip, bullying and a lot more stuff that shouldn’t be acceptable. This results in depression, insecurities, always feeling like someone is judging you and more. iPhones have made this society lazy in the aspect of not wanting to learn anything new because we have access of anything imaginable by a click of a button. I do think that social media and iPhones control everyone’s life, but without them, we’d be lost.

Hannah Maxwell:
Smartphones have become an integral part of society. We could not function without our phones. Imagine going on a trip and having to buy a map because your phone can’t show you the way. Smartphones have made life so much easier, even too easy in some aspects. But it’s not the phones fault people are lazy. The app store changed the way we interact and go about our daily lives. Information spreads like wildfire now, you no longer need a computer or magazine subscription to stay up to date. Smartphones have given us the power to do virtually anything in a matter of seconds. With great power comes great responsibility, people will use smartphones to get out of going out and living their lives, but that’s not what they were intended for. Smartphones were created to better mankind and I think they’ve done just that.

Chanell Browne:
iPhones have had a big impact on society over the past 10 years. In my opinion, they have helped a lot and have become a very useful tool to most people. The iPhone helps with communication, easy access to stats, records, news, and the internet. It’s a huge source of entertainment in this day in age. The best part, is that iPhones are portable, you can bring them with you almost everywhere. They have really become a huge benefit to society with all these options that you can access with them. But, I have mixed feelings about them and their effects on society. They can be very useful, but they have also caused a lot of social issues over the course of time. People all across the world have become attached, some even addicted to these devices. So addicted, that they can’t even put them down while driving, or walking on the street, or through the store. There have been an excessive amount of car accidents caused by texting and driving over the years of which these smartphones have been around. They are a major distraction to our generation. Smartphones have made such an impact on society that if we got rid of them, there would be total chaos everywhere around the world.

Staff Picks

What is the most important thing when looking for a college?

Lezille Sagrado:
Choosing a college was never really hard for me to begin with. The key things for me when choosing a college are price, location, work-study opportunities, and being able to enjoy the campus. I had ideas of going to college out-of-state, but then I thought about the reality of college and what I’m actually going for. I decided that I wanted to be at a good college that’s not too far away from home, for now anyways. I’ve decided to go the University of Alaska Anchorage because it’s not too big or too small. There’s a good amount of Kayhi alumni attending, so I’ll be in a place with some familiar faces. A big plus for being an Alaska resident would definitely be the benefit of a cheaper tuition compared to out-of-state residents, and being able to have lots of opportunities for jobs on campus.

Verona Kamberi:
College… boi am I ready for it. Long nights of procrastination, no sleep, might as well spend the night at a nearby Starbucks. Now, when I say college the words money, books, debt and experiences pop into my brain. My brain isn’t that big according to “The Both of My Fists Combined Together Study”, so if you do the math… that’s a lot to take in. Right now the most important things that I look for in a college are whether they have a direct entry for nursing and of course how much financial aid they will provide. I don’t want to be a broke 22 year old after college, so I have to take price into consideration. It’s going to be an interesting journey if you ask me. Who knows… I might be on the other side of America or even in the middle of it. Life’s interesting that’s all I’m going to say. Ciao.

Hannah Maxwell:
Location, classes and job placement. Location, I want a place that feels like home. I want to live in a community that feels small but still has everything I could ever need. Being a couple hours away from my grandparents is also important to me. Classes, I don’t want to pay thousands of dollars to take generals for two years. English 1010 isn’t going to help me become a successful engineer. I want a university that takes a hands on approach right out of the gate. Job placement, what’s the point of getting a degree if you can’t get a job. I want a university that will set me up for success. When I graduate with my Bachelors, I don’t want to have to go get my Master’s degree because I didn’t learn enough in the last four years to be employable.

Brittany Slick:
100% the price. I’m not Elle Woods, filthy rich just paying for law school out of pocket, like no big deal. I’m your average middle-class American that is going to have to figure out their own way to pay for college. My goal is to take out the least amount of student loans as possible. That means I have to submit as many scholarships as possible, hoping to get a fraction of them. Like I said before, I am the typical, average, American citizen with the ethnicity of 100% Caucasian. I don’t have the upperhand here. But I know what I want: college. And I am committed to getting a post-secondary education in one form or another. I just don’t want to be in debt until I’m 50. Therefore, I am only applying to colleges that offer the WUE scholarship. I am required to take the same general ed classes my first year of college. The only difference of taking these classes at Harvard or at a WUE school is that I probably won’t be thousands of dollars in debt 15 years later.

Joey Karlik:
Program of Study and homey-like campus. Nothing else. Those are the two things that will truly help me enjoy and complete my college experience and get my degree. Humans are supposed to adapt to any situation. I can adapt to any location or deal with any expensive college. Scholarships will help me deal with the financial side and location shouldn’t matter. If I got a place with a film program and a comfortable college experience, I AM DOWN! I am going to need a degree in order to get into the field because I’m not some child star like Neil Patrick Harris or Ben Affleck. I have to get an education and I might as well do it right. I want my college experience to be the best four-year educational experience of my life and I’m determined to make that true.

Staff Picks

What effect do you think this era of “super teams” will have on the NBA?

Gavin Salazar:
The era of the “super teams” is making the NBA very hard to watch. The ratings are terrible and all of the teams suck compared to these “super teams.” In my opinion there are two levels of these super teams with the first being the Cavs and the Warriors. Then on the next there are teams like the Celtics, Rockets, and the Thunder. Maybe a couple games a year might be exciting but none of the players really try. That is why March Madness and college basketball is becoming more popular. And once they get to the playoffs, there might be a couple good games, but it will probably still be the Cavs and the Warriors in the championship just like it has been the last couple years and those games are the only ones that are a little fun to watch. The “super teams” are ruining the NBA and it will continue to be less and less popular.

Kody Malouf:
It makes the NBA even more unwatchable than it already is. 75% of the teams are awful and the teams that are good don’t try until the playoffs. Kevin Durant (the worst person on Earth) started all this nonsense and it’s since spiralled out of control. What’s worse is when it comes time for these super teams to actually care about basketball again… it’s the same teams in the finals every year! The NBA is nothing more than a stupid game with nothing real at stake. The Cavs and Warriors will play in the finals for the 29th straight time and the gargantuan Golden State bandwagon will get even more full of 12-year olds sporting their Durant jerseys and their Curry 3’s. The only exciting thing in the NBA anymore is Draymond Green “accidentally” kicking guys in the nuts. Watch college basketball if you want to watch people play like the game means something.

Marcus Lee:
NBA super teams have never been a problem back in the day. Jordan always wanted to play Larry, Magic hated Jordan, John Stockton and the Jazz wanted revenge from losing in game 7 to the Bulls. Basketball at that time was at it’s finest until in 2010, Lebron James left his beloved town to join the 2010 All Star MVP Dwyane Wade and a dominate forward in the making Chris Bosh. Along with very good veterans coming off the bench, the Miami Heat were the most talented team in the league, but all good dynasties come to an end. Lebron went back to Cleveland and then the NBA started to look good again, you had four teams very likely to end up in the finals (Golden State, OKC, Toronto, and Cleveland.) OKC had a good run and lost to GS in game 7. Everyone knows that another year with readjustments, OKC could go all the way, but no. Kevin Durant, the snake, decided to join the most hated team in the West, Golden State. It’s very hard to watch one of the best players join a team with four other all-star players. The NBA was hard to watch, two years in a row you had Golden State and Cleveland face off in the finals… boring. Should the NBA even have a regular season anymore? It’s 2017 and the offseason for the NBA has been crazy, teams are building in the West and that gives more pressure on the hated superteam GS. On the East, Cavs are still going to dominate , but it’s going to be very interesting to see the way this season plays out with a bunch of good teams this year.

Gabe Bowlen:
Only recently have people thought of super teams as an abomination to the NBA. People think that they’re bad for the league, and that they cancel the potential of teams that would have a chance if “super teams” didn’t exist. Though there are these opinions, it’s been proven in past seasons that even without a so called “super team”, a single-player lead team could be successful. Hence, Russell Westbrook with the Thunder, James Harden with the Rockets, and Giannis Antetokounmpo with the Bucks. In reality, all super teams do is pose as what a single-player lead team should expect in every game.

Wyatt Barajas:
The effect will show in their ratings. The rating on the NBA in the past 5 years has gone down tremendously. There is no good basketball being played, it’s just these powerful teams that lose 10 games a season and the teams that are not even .500 in the playoffs, which results the same teams in the finals. I think this is making people not want to watch. The last three finals have been the Cavs and Warriors. With the 2017-2018 season starting tonight, I can confidently tell you it will be the same and it will surprise me very much if it isn’t. Those two teams have spent the last three years stacking their lineups. The Cavs picked up Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, a first round draft pick for Kyrie Irving. That is insane to add on to their already stacked line up, not even talking about D-Wade or D-Rose. Some might be happy to see all these players compete together, but the fact is there will be no competition. So in conclusion, it’s boring.

Kyle Smith:
I feel like there will be way more bandwagon fans. People who were originally fans of teams who are now super teams will probably stop watching the NBA all together. The teams who are awful in the NBA are now even worse and I feel like it will have a negative effect all together. I like to watch good close games like the  NCAA Basketball Tournament, and the NBA is starting to lose my interest. With all of the acting and drama, I’d think that people will start to lose interest in watching. I hope that the super teams just suck this year and a team like the Lakers will just somehow magically destroy the league. The Cavs and the Warriors will probably be in the finals because they have become the biggest super teams in the league.

 

Staff Picks

Given that you’re graduating soon, how have terrorist attacks impacted your view of the real world?

Lezille Sagrado:
I’ve always known that there are a lot of crazy people in the world. Especially now, not only from the news, but because I’ve binge watched Criminal Minds all summer and am currently watching season 10, which I definitely recommend you watch. Watching that show really helped me realize that people are capable of things you can’t even imagine. Seeing the amount of terrorist attacks on the news and social media, not only happening in the U.S. but all over the world, is ridiculous and scary. I am thankful, though, for living on a small island in Southeast Alaska that a lot of people all over the country probably don’t know exists. I plan on going to college in Anchorage because I know that if anything happens I’m just a flight away.

Joey Karlik:
Bad boys, bad boys… What am I gonna do when they come for me! This whole terrorism thing just increases my senses and awareness. It also makes me even more paranoid. As a kid growing up in small-town-Alaska, life beyond high school is already scary enough. With all the real world problems of adulting on your own, like paying rent and getting a job, it’s a little nerve racking. This doesn’t include the fact that people that could kill me. Knowing that someone in a building across from me could threaten my security and hurt me. That’s pretty scary. However, with all this in mind, I will step off this island when the time comes and power through. I will keep my head held high and the lessons I learned on my shoulders. Some crazy man in the shadows with a gun won’t scare me. They want us to be scared but I won’t let them! I encourage you all to do the same and not let these people overpower us! AMERICA!

Largim Zhuta:
My view of the real world has changed, but not because of terrorism. It’s not that big of a threat compared to all the threats out in the world. Do you know how many people have died due to terrorism since 1995 (9/11 included)? Roughly 3,200. Do you know how many people drunk driving kills in a single year? Try somewhere in the ballpark of 10,000. The media and politicians put too much attention on the issue which is one reason why people get super worried about it. Bad stuff happens everyday, that doesn’t really affect my world view one way or another. It is what it is. My worldview is one where I think most of everything we do has no grand meaning whatsoever. Believing that, makes life more enjoyable in my opinion. I am ready to go out and grab the world by the metaphorical balls. I don’t think I can afford to worry about the potential “what if” dangers. There are always dangers out there, but that shouldn’t change a person’s view about reality in a significant way.

Arick Mattson:
It gives me the sense that the real world is in fact dangerous, and that there are people that will want to cause me harm. It also makes me sad that there are people that will use these events for personal gain. The media will milk any attack dry in terms of news and stories. People against this nation’s government will attack people’s rights directly. If someone shoots up a school or music concert, then everyone’s gun rights are in danger. As a guy growing up in a small-town in Alaska, I like my gun rights. If I want to go hunting or shoot targets at the gun range, I have every right to do so. Many people will say that you shouldn’t have assault rifles in your home because you don’t use them for hunting. The 2nd Amendment wasn’t directed towards hunting. When there are people in the “real world” who threaten those rights, either by abusing them or trying to “fix” them, it makes me very upset. We the people have the power in this country, and with terrorist attacks happening by the people, it makes me worry about the future of this nation of freedom.

Kaitlyn Smith:
My view of the world has changed a lot since my childhood. I knew from a young age about terrorists, because of 9/11. I didn’t realize until I was older that terrorists can also be Americans. Even everyday events like a political speech, or a concert are at risk. The disasters that have recently happened, like in Las Vegas, have changed my view also of the world, because I didn’t realize how a normal event can be a target for a terrorist attack. Even though I hear about these disasters, I’ve always lived in safe places with no terrorist acts, so I’ve never been exposed to any of those events. The attacks I hear about will definitely have an impact on where I go to college, and even where I live after. One of my fears is my brother being hurt in an attack, because he goes to college in a not so nice neighborhood. Terrorist attacks have also made me realize that normal everyday looking people can cause such devastating disasters.

Chanell Browne:
After hearing about all the disasters going on in the world, and terrorists attacks, I would be lying if I said that my viewpoint hasn’t changed. When I think about college and leaving Ketchikan, I always keep in mind that there are some places in our country that can be dangerous and contain harmful people. Whenever I hear about an attack or a big event it always makes me appreciate where I live more. Ketchikan seems to be a safe place, where there is low population and kind people who all know each other. When I think about events, or concerts I want to attend at some point in the future, I always get worried thinking about the fact that anything could happen while I’m there. Throughout time there has been A LOT of terrorists attacks and bombings. For instance, at Ariana Grande’s concert tour, there was a bombing that occurred and killed many young girls and boys who just wanted to watch their favorite artist perform. It’s crazy to think such bad things, caused by terrible people can happen at an everyday event that people go to for fun to enjoy themselves and experience something new.

Staff Picks

Which Wild Card team is most likely to win the World Series?

Kody Malouf:
The Yankees are going to win the World Series. They have a severely underrated staff of starting pitchers with their young ace Luis Severino leading the charge. Behind Severino are C.C. Sabathia (who is enjoying a renaissance season), Masahiro Tanaka (who has been admittedly streaky since his 2014 debut but has come into his own as of late this year), Jordan Montgomery (AL strikeout leader for rookies), and Sonny Gray (the former A’s stud who the Yankees acquired via trade right before the deadline). If they can get 5-6 solid innings out of each of those guys and get to the 6th with a lead, the Yankees have a very good chance win the game thanks to the best bullpen in baseball. Speaking of leads, it’s very likely that the Yankees will have one, thanks to some of the premier sluggers in the game. We all know Aaron Judge (AL home run leader, 52 homers most by a rookie, absolute beast), not to mention Gary Sanchez (33 dingers), and Didi Gregorius (.287 BA with 25 homers most by a Yankee shortstop). Plus important role players like Matt Holliday, Aaron Hicks, Todd Frazier, and Brett Gardner. The Yankees have been counted out all year. They said this was a rebuilding year, that they weren’t going to do anything this season… yet here they are, a few series’ away from their 28th World Series title.

Dante Troina:
The wild card game is a cute event for teams that aren’t good enough to win their divisions, and a kickstarter to generate hype before the real games begin. All of the wild card teams this year are pretty good, but sorry Yankees, there’s no way you’re going to get past the red hot, 102 win Cleveland Indians; and *News Flash* your pitching staff is mediocre at best, Aaron Judge is cool, but he can’t save your dismal pitching. Have fun against the Indians and Astros lineups. On the other side, the Diamondbacks-Rockies game will probably be the most entertaining in the postseason, but once the dust clears, the winner will have used their best starting pitcher already, and have to try and matchup with the Dodgers, who have been the best team in baseball this whole year, and have rested most of their starters for this playoff game for more than a month. This is one of the deepest postseasons ever, with three 100+ win teams without mentioning the defending champion Chicago Cubs, or the ultra-balanced Red Sox and dangerous Washington Nationals. So congrats Twins, Yankees, D-Backs, and Rockies! You made the playoffs; grab your t-shirts and participation hats and enjoy it while it lasts.

 

Liam Kiffer:
I think the Rockies are the best bet to win the World Series out of all the other Wild Card teams. They don’t have a lot of depth in their starting rotation, but I think there hitting is strong enough without it. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon are both MVP candidates, who can carry a team throughout an entire season. Along with others like DJ LeMahieu, Trevor Story and Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies have 6 veteran hitters who know how to handle the pressure that the postseason brings. Though the Rockies don’t necessarily have deep starting pitching like the Dodgers or the Cubs, they do have arguably one of the best bullpens in the National League.  A good bullpen is always a good weapon to have. As we saw in the first Twins-Yankees Wildcard game, neither starting pitcher had last past the second inning. The Rockies have a roster this year mixed with All-Stars, seasoned veterans, and solid rookies. If all these pieces can all come together, the Colorado Rockies are set to win their first World Series in Franchise History.

Wyatt Barajas:
There are some good wild card matchups this year. The Yankees ran over the Twins last night, beating them 8-4. I feel if anyone is to win it, it would be out of the other side of the bracket. The Diamondbacks and the Rockies. Both teams have high intensity offenses. With Goldschmidt and Greinke on the bump tonight the Diamondbacks will definitely top the Rockies. They are coming off a solid end to their season having a 14 game win streak last month and adding J.D. Martinez to the roster. The Diamondbacks have the best chance of winning. Also, nothing Gavin says matters, because he is very uneducated in everything to do with the sport of baseball.

Largim Zhuta:
As the name implies, it’s a wild card. You don’t know what will happen. The team that is the wildest and craziest out on the diamond will win the World Series. There are a few things that set apart a winning wild card team from any other. First, they must show the technical skill. Baseball is no easy game. The ball is small and it travels really fast, which makes it hard to see, let alone hit. The team that can hit it the furthest and catch the ball the most will do well by my prediction. The second is that the team must have a winning mentality. They must go into the game knowing that they have already won. Plain and simple. The third thing is intelligence. You gotta be smart out on the field. The ball follows a parabolic path every time. There is just no way around that. The people who have had past experience with Algebra or are able to do complex math in their head will come out on top. No question about it. The wild-card team that I believe embodies these characteristics the best — and the one that will win the World Series — The Twins. It might be hard for the two brothers to beat an entire baseball team, but I believe they have it in them.

Gavin Salazar:
I honestly don’t believe that any of the wild-card teams will win the World Series this year. The Yankees beat the Twins in the first wild-card game but there isn’t a chance that they are gonna beat the Indians. The next game between the Rockies and the Diamondbacks is going to be a great game, and whoever wins that is going to get past the ice cold Dodgers (You hear that Dante) and then lose to the Cubs. All of you guys are wrong, especially Kody. It is all fake news. None of the wildcard teams are going to win the 2017 World Series.