(8/6) Implications Of Demarcus Cousins Joining Golden State Warriors

(8/6) Implications Of Demarcus Cousins Joining Golden State Warriors

The Warriors may look even more indestructible, but...

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The Golden State Warriors are entering the 2018-2019 NBA season as the unquestioned favorites to win the NBA championship for a third straight year. This is due to their large amount of talent at seemingly every position on the court, as well as their recent acquisition of star center Demarcus Cousins in free agency.

Golden State has won three NBA championships in the past four years and has cemented itself as a basketball dynasty in the modern era. This team possesses perennial All-Stars such as point guard Stephen Curry, shooting guard Klay Thompson, power forward Draymond Green and small forward Kevin Durant along with some additional talent, but the addition of Cousins has rounded out the package of a starting lineup of FIVE players who made the All-Star team last season.

This was undoubtedly the biggest splash made in this year's free agency, eclipsing LeBron James' second departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers and signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Even more shocking is that Cousins signed an incredibly cheap deal by his standards: a one-year $5.3 million contract. He may have suffered a season-ending Achilles injury last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, but signing a deal like this is unexpected for any player.

Cousins will likely leave Golden State after this upcoming season, but he likely wishes to use this opportunity to return to form and possibly win a championship while doing so. According to reports, no other teams wanted to sign Cousins because of his injury. He may just be setting himself up for a big payday by playing with Golden State after he fully recovers.

So what does this mean for the rest of the NBA? Other teams will have an exceedingly difficult time dealing with this juggernaut of a team, particularly those in the Western Conference. Even with teams like the Lakers, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder acquiring solid players in recent years, they will have a difficult time dealing with five All-Stars on the court at once unless one or two of them suffer injuries. Anyone knows that it would be foolish to count on injuries, and any player could get hurt at any one time.

However, all hope is not lost for the rest of the NBA.

As stated earlier, there are still noteworthy teams that can compete for the NBA championship this upcoming season. Last year, the Houston Rockets nearly beat the Warriors in the Conference Finals last year, the Boston Celtics have become solid with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and the aforementioned Thunder has a star duo in Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

Additionally, the Warriors may not have Cousins playing for the majority of the season. A torn Achilles requires time to fully recover from, and Golden State will likely only play him if he is fully healthy, which will take an unknown amount of time at this point.

To sum it up, the Golden State Warriors may look invincible, but there are plenty of factors that could cripple them. A championship in any sport is not decided before the clock in the final game hits zero, and it is certainly not a done deal before the season even starts.

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It's Time We Gave Collegiate Bands The Same Respect As The Football Team

Collegiate bands are unfortunately overlooked and under-budgeted by their universities. They receive little appreciation, despite being such an important aspect of a college community.

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It's a beautiful day in the middle of October, and you're at a college football game. You see the sun shining down on a sea of fans, everyone wearing the home team's colors. The smell of hot dogs, pretzels, and other greasy food drifts through the air, as a cool wind blows against the back of your neck. But what is it that you hear? Overpowering every other sound in the stadium, the band is blaring their brass horns and beating their drums. Invisible but everywhere, the music fills the stadium when the team scores, excites the crowd when the game intensifies and provides the soundtrack to your favorite college traditions.

Now, imagine that game without the band. No one is there to play the fight song when a touchdown is scored, or play a victory tune when your team wins. Yes, there would still be music, but it would only be generic pop stuff playing over the speakers. It wouldn't be the same, because you don't get to experience that special kind of energy that comes from live music. Unfortunately, the band does not get enough credit for what they do. Compared to an athletic team, the band is typically overlooked and under-budgeted — especially by the universities themselves.

While the university is busy pouring all money and attention to athletics, the band is left to scavenge for support. Athletic teams receive millions upon millions of dollars, while the band gets next to nothing. My university's band has resorted to requiring each member to raise money on their own and selling $1 chocolate bars, because they receive so little funding. Just a small cut from the athletic budget would make such a vast difference in the lives of the band members. And it's not like the band doesn't deserve it - they most certainly do, with how much they add to a college community. A college without a band is like a belt with no buckle. With no band, you'd be missing a key piece of unity during a game.

The band and athletic teams work just as hard as the other, and both spend so much of their lives committed to their craft. Just like a football team, the band devotes several hours of their day to practicing. Similar to a basketball team, being apart of the band requires precise coordination. Like a soccer team, it is necessary for the band to have high endurance. And as it is with any type of athlete, it is obligatory for each member of the band to value hard work and determination. And must we not forget, the band is at nearly every sporting event, plus more. Unlike several sports, band is a year-round activity — there is no "off-season."

So you might ask yourself, with such similar characteristics to an athletic team, shouldn't the band receive at least some benefits? But here we are, athletic teams receiving all the money and perks, and the band seeing none of that.

The band is such an important aspect of sporting events and pep rallies and is greatly responsible for the fans' emotions and entertainment throughout a game. Unfortunately, most universities fail to see this and don't appreciate how much a band adds to the atmosphere and energy of a college community. Instead, the band continues to be brushed aside, no matter how talented or entertaining they are. I can only hope that in this day and age, with fine arts starting to gain more recognition, that the band will finally receive the respect they deserve.

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Will Max Holloway Derail T-City?

Will Max Defend His Belt? More Importantly Is He Healthy?

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On the 8th of December in Toronto, Canada the UFC Featherweight Champion Max "Blessed" Holloway will be defending his title against the #1 ranked fighter in the featherweight division Brian "T-City" Ortega in a fight that was suppose to take place at UFC 226 but was scrapped to health concerns in regards to the champ Max Holloway. It is still very unclear to what was going on leading up to July 7th as rumors have floated around that have left us unsure. During Media obligations now retired former Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping noticed something was off with Max while he appeared on UFC On Fox via satellite interview.

The viewers and the UFC definitely took notice that Max was not ok. He seemed to have a delayed reaction to things while sounding very drained and tired. His eyes seemed glasses, and it definitely was not from the production set of the lights reflecting off of his eyes as something was clearly wrong. Even before the interview, it was said that Max did go to the hospital, but there was nothing wrong with him. It was a mystery to what exactly was going on with the UFC Featherweight Champion even upon until now we have not received a statement about what was going on.

Over time we have heard 2 possibilities to what was going on with Max Holloway. The first rumor was that Max Holloway was suffering from a terrible weight cut which would make sense because the champ is big for 145 lbs. But did he start the weight cut too late and miscalculated his approach? Did the champ do anything different from his previous 2 fights with the former champion Jose Aldo? It would definitely give an explanation to Max "Blessed" Holloways sluggish behavior and questionable body language during the interview with Michael Bisping.

The other rumor that was floating around is that the UFC Featherweight Champion got knocked out during training camp for the fight. While that makes sense and it could have been a brutal knock out it does not necessarily line up with what how Max was acting. Especially if there were lingering effects that seems like something UFC doctors, staff and doctors at the hospital would have caught onto immediately.

While everything is still unclear news would then eventually break that the UFC rebooked the fight and Max would be headlining UFC 231 to defend his Featherweight title against Brian Ortega. It is a fight that is a must watch and it leaves everyone scratching their heads.

The last time we saw the #1 ranked fighter in the featherweight division Brian "T-City" Ortega was when he stepped in on short notice to take on who was next up in line to face Max for the belt Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. "T-City" put on an incredible performance as he solidified himself as the #1 ranked featherweight in the UFC when he became the first person to knockout Frankie Edgar. Max Holloway's last bout was when he successfully defended his belt against Jose Aldo in their rematch when he gave Aldo a brutal beating that led to his TKO victory in the 3rd round.

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