The Boys In Blue Are Coming For You

The Boys In Blue Are Coming For You

Why the Chicago Cubs will be World Series Champions in 2016.
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Baseball season is upon us! Well, actually it's just spring training, but it is so close that we can taste it. The unique smells of clean-cut bluegrass, chewing tobacco, and ballpark franks are in the air and frankly, baseball fans could not be more excited about it. After an extremely entertaining regular season and playoffs in 2015, the 2016 season is shaping up to be nothing short of spectacular. The season is set to start on Sunday April 3rd with a World Series rematch between the Mets and the 2015 World Series championship-winning Royals. Although the Mets and Royals are well equipped to have stellar seasons in 2016, many predict they will not reap the same success they enjoyed one year ago. In fact, many are predicting that a team founded in 1903 from Chicago will take home the trophy this year. This team and fan base, which has experienced Steve Bartman-size heartbreak year after year for 107 years, is ready for a championship. In 2016, Cubs fans, those who have known losing all their lives, will be able to rejoice and pop some champagne. Here’s why:

1. The Cubs made huge Offseason moves

The Cubbies were able to sign Outfielder Jason Heyward, Second Baseman Ben Zobrist and right-handed ace John Lackey this past offseason. Along with superstars like Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta, and Jon Lester, the current Cubs roster is a powerhouse.

2. The NL Central will not be as competitive as at it has been in the past

Arguably the NL Central is the most competitive and exciting division in baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals are almost always a shoe-in to win the Central (they have done so 11 times) and the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late, behind the bat of Andrew Mccutchen, have been playing great baseball. However, this year there are more questions than answers with these two. The health of the Cardinal's best player, seven-time All-star Yadier Molina, is uncertain. The loss of A.J. Burnett to retirement, J.A. Happ and Charlie Morton to free agency presents serious issues for the Pittsburg Pirates. The Cubs will be able to take advantage of a less competitive division by winning more games and clinching home field advantage come playoff time.

3. The Cubs have Joe Maddon

If you are familiar with the game of baseball and great managers, then you surely know whom Joe Maddon is. The three-time manager of the year has already taken the Chicago Cubs from a team with a losing record (73-89 in 2015) to a National League Championship Series appearance in 2016. Not only is Maddon a winner and a fantastic manager, he is probably the funniest dude there is. During spring training, his antics are hysterical. He has hired a clown to come perform, a mime to come lead stretching and even allowed a man to jam out on a guitar for an entire practice! Recently, in an effort to keep his players loose, Maddon brought real bear cubs to practice. Who wouldn’t want to play for this guy?

4. The Cubs have nothing to lose and everything to gain

Let’s face it, the Cubs have not won a World Series Championship since 1908. Even if analysts, reporters and fans believe the Cubs have the best shot to win, it means absolutely nothing. What is of the utmost importance is what the players believe. For the first time in my lifetime, it seems that the Cubs organization believes in what they can achieve. For that reason, more than any other, I believe in the Chicago Cubs.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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7 Reasons I'm Ready For Saturdays In South Carolina–Yes, I'm Already Counting Down To College Football

Welcome to Williams-Brice, where your wake up call is our battle cry.

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So yes, I do realize that football season is very far away at this point but the summer will be over before you know it. And that means football! And I really cannot wait for this season to begin.

1. WE'RE PLAYING BAMA

OK, yes, I'm 99% sure that we're gonna lose BUT I'm still stoked. We don't play Alabama every year, especially since the SEC expanded and we got Texas A&M as our permanent West opponent. I get to see my king, Nick Saban, in real life. Also, little back story, I wanted to go to Alabama sooo badly when I was choosing schools so it's like the school I went to vs the school I wanted to go to. So all I'm saying is I will punch everyone to get into that student section. The game time has been announced. I might buy one of those cheer skirts from the bookstore just for this occasion.

2. No More Deebo

Yes, this should be sad. But I'm interested to see how the receiving core holds up without our star. We're definitely going to miss him, that's undeniable. But I really hope we're gonna be OK we've had a good recruiting season from what I've heard. And they seemed pretty promising at Spring game so I'm excited. And besides, we're proud of him, he's moving onto the next level what more could we want? And maybe I'm still salty that he didn't play in the bowl game last season.

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3. The Defense Can't Actually Get Any Worse

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I realize they were plagued with injuries but the defense really was awful last year. Just watching them get tired and not make critical stops was excruciating, to say the least. So they've had months to recover, they should be fresh at the beginning of the season. And honestly, they can't get any worse so yeah.

4. RYAN HILINSKI

Yes, Jake Bentley is coming back for his senior season and will be the established starter. However, we have Ryan on the roster! He's 6'4" and he was a four-star recruit. Truthfully we don't get many of those. And I'm aware the Muschamp treat Jake like his own sON BUT it would behoove him to give Ryan just a bit of playing time so he won't transfer like every other backup we've had in the last like five years, besides Michael Scarneccia, god bless him.

5. My Saturdays Will Have a Purpose Again

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Yes, I watch other sports. I've been watching the NBA Playoffs and the Women's College World Series. But In the fall, I know every single Saturday I'm gonna see my Gamecocks with my eyes, in person or on tv. Like I count down to it. Requesting tickets, checking the amount of point I have ALL OF IT. Because right now, I feel like I'm wasting away every Saturday.

6. Tailgating, Bro

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And I don't mean the drinks, I mean the food. It smells amazing outside Willy B every week because people really go all out with the amount of food they bring and I'm just like this is WILD!

7. Memories

I really have some of my best times at the stadium, watching my favorite team cheering when they do well and legitimately booing them when they don't. I love football and I'm glad I got to go to a school where other people care too. And actually participate by going to football games.

As I said, I understand that all of this is months away but senior year, at Williams-Brice is gonna be lit.

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