The Games Do Not Lie, The Blackhawks Suck

The Games Do Not Lie, The Blackhawks Suck

The fans have not been too vocal as of late, and for some, it looks like they will soon be joining another bandwagon.
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In the 2016-17 season playoffs, the Blackhawks were swept in the first-round. That's right, they didn't even make it to the second round. This was hard to believe for many people. Now, it seems to look like they may not even make it to the playoffs. The fans have not been too vocal as of late, and for some, it looks like they will soon be joining another bandwagon.

Now, in the 2017-18 season, the Blackhawks aren't doing too hot. As of March 8th, the Blackhawks are sitting at the first lowest percentage of teams for making the playoffs, excluding teams sitting at 0%. The Hawks have lost more games than they have won, and have lost more games this season than last season.

This could be due to Corey Crawford being on injured reserved since December 27, 2017. Crawford is without a doubt their best goalie. His save percentage is .929%. The goalies who have stepped into to take over Crawford's spot are J-F Berube and Anton Forsberg. Berube has a save percentage of .884% and Forsberg has a save percentage of .906%. These percentages were recorded on March 5, 2018, so keep that in mind.

As you can tell from those stats, these numbers are not close whatsoever. Crawford has an advantage of more than .023% compared to Forsberg. You still can't blame The Blackhawks poor games on Crawford being gone. Key players, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, have not been playing up to their usual status. For instance, in the last five games, as of March 5th, Kane has only recorded five points. He has only had one goal out of those points. As for Toews, he has only recorded three points with one of those being a goal. These numbers are unusual for these players.

These small numbers could be a cause of what is holding the Blackhawks back. As they currently sit at a .14% chance of making the playoffs on March 8th, their 9 years of making the playoffs are coming to an end. This is surprising because the Blackhawks received key players from past years when they were winning The Stanley Cup.

Another reason for why the Blackhawks are not doing too well right now could be the way they are playing. The Blackhawks lost 8 games in a row in February. This is almost unimaginable due to the way they played their games at the beginning of the season. Again, could this all be due to the loss of Crawford? Possibly, but if this is a vital loss, plays should be changed. Ways of protecting the goal should be well thought out. The goalie should not be the only one in charge of keeping pucks out of the net.

With all of this being said, the future of the Blackhawks could be in trouble. A team who was once known as a dynasty is now becoming a team that is rarely talked about in a positive way. Fans are seeming to be quiet as the season is dwindling down. The team has a possibility of getting the golf clubs out soon instead of getting ready for the playoffs.

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7 Struggles Of A Girl Who Understands Sports

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I love sports. I live for the time of the year when football season and basketball season overlap so I can watch my two favorite sports at the same time. However, as any other girl that likes sports knows, there are a few different struggles that we experience on a day to day basis.

1. People won't believe you.

I’ve gotten very accustomed to the “look” people give you when you tell them you like to watch sports. It’s a look that reeks of disbelief. I'm sorry I don't know the blood type of the former coach's oldest son. You’ll just have to learn to let it go... but yes, I do watch sports.

2. People will try to explain the game to you.

Yes, I know that was a sack. Yes, I see that it’s a fourth down. Yes, I know what foul that was. Yes, they are about to take a free throw. Please stop talking while I watch my team play. Thanks for trying to keep me updated, though.

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3. Guys will think you are trying to impress them.

Dude, stop flirting with me while the game is on. Don’t block the TV. I need to see this. I could care less about you. My team is playing.


4. Your girl friends will never care about sports as much as you do.

You will have to beg and grovel just to get them to watch the game with you. Even then, either they won’t pay attention, or they will ask you what’s going on every couple of minutes.


5. No one finds it acceptable when you yell at the TV.

My dad yelled at the TV during football games when I was growing up. My guy friends do it. But the minute I open my mouth when my team starts losing, people start staring at me and silently begging me to act more like a lady.


6. Women's sports apparel is awful.

I get asked on a regular basis when shopping for team apparel, “Do you need me to show you where the women’s stuff is?” No, no, nope, absolutely not. I would much prefer not to run around with rhinestones on my chest or in a pink football jersey. I’m cringing at the thought.

7. You turn into a child when your team loses.

No, it is not my time of the month. You know good and well my team just lost. Don't speak. I’m going to my room to lie down under my baby blanket and eat chocolate ice cream. It’s just too much.


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The Stress Of Searching For The Perfect Internship, As Told By College Students

College students need to start getting professional experience sooner or later, why not now?

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One of the most stressful questions to ask a college student is "What are you doing this summer?" The search for a summer internship is relentless, even if you start the process earlier than others. But it is not the reality of having a summer internship that stresses college students so much, but rather the unrealistic expectations associated with such internship and other professional opportunities.

For example, as an undergraduate student interested in law, most law firms do not usually offer many internship positions for undergraduate students, especially if you are entering your sophomore or junior year. Additionally, most internships require multiple years of experience in that specific career field in order to qualify for an interview. Yet, how can years of previous experience be automatically expected when most undergraduate students are unsure of what career path they want to pursue? Some undergraduate students do not even have a specific major let alone a binding career plan for themselves.

When companies tirelessly demand these unrealistic expectations of undergraduate students, specifically underclassmen, their list of requirements worsen the concerning levels of stress and anxiety amongst college students. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 61% of college students who seek counseling services report being affected by anxiety, 49% to depression, and 45% to stress. Because stress and anxiety levels for college students are increasing at unprecedented rates, the pressures and frustration of landing the perfect summer internship only negatively contribute to these statistics.

As a result, any company, corporation, firm, etc. offering internship positions to college students need to acknowledge the effects of their job descriptions and guidelines on an undergraduate student's mental stability. Furthermore, companies must improve their standards for internship positions in order to grant undergraduate students first-hand experience that will gradually expand their knowledge of the career field of their choice. Officials responsible for reading and reviewing internship applications should considerably and realistically review the applications of undergraduate college students. These students have to gain professional experience in their career field sooner or later, so why not now?

Additionally, the frantic search for a summer internship perpetuates false expectations for an undergraduate's resume. Nowadays, college students are expected to be over-involved in various organizations. These extracurriculars, whether they be leadership positions, work-study options, or internships all contribute towards the image of the "perfect resume". This picture-perfect resume perpetuates the unrealistic expectations for undergraduate students, emphasizing their already high levels of stress and anxiety.

Realistically, a freshman or sophomore in college lacks years of experience working in their career field, but these students should not feel stressed or anxious about the lack of experience represented on their resume. There is a way to promote healthy competition as long as that competition is realistic. Underclassmen should not feel stress because they do not have the same resume as upperclassmen.

In moments of stress, college students need to realize what expectations are within their reach. Having multiple years of experience in their career fields by their sophomore year of college is extremely unlikely for underclassmen. However, students are not wholly responsible for recognizing this during their internship and job search. Companies, corporations, and hiring officials should be responsible for addressing realistic expectations for internship candidates. This recognition will address rising levels of stress and aniety amongst college students, spreading awareness about growing mental stability concerns.

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