Monday night was considered as college football history for both Clemson and Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Clemson University and the University of Alabama played the college national championship on Monday, January 7 at San Jose's Levi's Stadium. Clemson won the fourth round of its rivalry against Alabama by knockout. The Clemson Tigers became as one of the most dominant performances as a viewer had ever seen against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team by a glorious win on Monday's national championship with a final score of 44-16. With the victory, Clemson became the first major college football program to go 15-0 in record ever since Penn achieved that mark in 1897. Clemson was in a lead, but Alabama made a poor choice throughout their game that cost them the entire thing. Even though Alabama was down by 15 points after its two quarters, there was still a pathway back into the game through a quick strike with an offense and a defensive stop. Nick Saban's team drove down the field to start its second half, but then the Alabama coaching staff resulted in making the worst decision of the night. With Clemson still lined up in its defense, Alabama decided to pull off a fake field goal, which unfortunately ended in a two-yard loss by backup quarterback Mac Jones. By the time they were within the third play, this is when Freshman Quarterback Trevor Lawrence showcased his football talent when he hit Ross for a 74-yard touchdown pass that closed off Clemson's second title in three yards under Dabo Swinney (Clemson coach). Lawrence finished the game with a 347 passing yard and three touchdowns. Lawrence's impressive play during the game is already buzzing NFL recruitment. The Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence finished off his football season with one of the most memorable and impressive plays for his freshman season in recent history on Monday night. His remarkable performance against the University of Alabama in the college football national championships has to lead to the NFL to team plot on how they can get him, while he still has 2 more years to go until he can officially take part on playing for the pros. An ex-Clemson and current NFL star, Deshaun Watson, said after Monday nights game: "My man is a true freshman, he's got at least two more years [in college] to do work. He's gonna be a legend. He already is. People know that now." Lawrence's impressive skill and talent have people talking already. It wouldn't be a surprise if we see him in the big leagues anytime soon and at such a remarkable young age. Myself not being a major football fan was very intrigued in watching this football game. In fact, my parents and I gathered into our living room to watch the game which in fact was held 5 minutes away from our house. By the end of the night, we heard a vast crowd celebrating the Clemson's win. Lawrence from then has most likely made a positive influence on young boys around the country to strive their hardest in order to strive for their goals. Lawrence is a young 19 years old who helped carry his football team to their ultimate victory to the end of the season.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.
I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.
I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.
I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.
We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.
Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”
We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.
We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.
We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.
I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.
I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.
I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”
I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.
To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.
The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?
Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).
However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.
Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.