Rejoice, The Columbus Crew Have Been Saved!

Rejoice, The Columbus Crew Have Been Saved!

The Crew remain where they belong. We need to celebrate that.

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For a long, long, while, this fight seemed to be reaching an inevitable conclusion: the Crew was to leave Columbus behind for greener pastures in Texas. The club, while performing well on the field, did not have the "sufficient numbers" required to keep the team in town. It had supposedly failed at every metric. For a year, we fought to save the Crew. And now? It is over. WE WON. We should celebrate that and chronicle just how we got here.

From the beginning, Anthony Precourt indicated, via his contract, that he sought to eventually relocate the Columbus Crew from its home, established in the league's nascent stage. The team could not be relocated except to Austin, and he sought to exercise that clause once he had stripped the team of a lot of the support it once had. Fine, Columbus does not have the BEST metrics for business, but it is hard to when the owner sought to move the team from the onset. He made a condition that made of us opposed; the city would have to allocate money for the construction of a new stadium. Then, the open flirting began with Austin. They had identified multiple sites for the construction of a new stadium, and the MLS to Austin fan groups sprung up to support this.

However, we did not go down without fighting. The team's vociferous, boisterous fans, along with various other supporter groups from other clubs, fought back. They were present on Twitter, at other games involving the Crew, and even games where the Crew was not playing. They petitioned city business leaders to try and take over the team and continued to make it known that the Crew was not leaving town unless a battle was fought over the team first. Even when it seemed the MLS would prefer a move to Austin in the name of "unexplored markets," we continued to persevere.

Luckily, that paid off. Jimmy Haslam, the owner of the Browns, swooped in and saved the club, along with the Edwards' family in Columbus. The Crew was staying in town, hopefully for a very, very long time. Though American sports culture is filled with myriad stories of failed-franchises, we managed to buck the trend. In a way, we can thank Art Modell, the disgraced Browns owner, for this; if he had not left, the Art Modell Law would not have been implemented, and the state would not have as much clout to fight for the club.

So, to sum up, against the odds, we survived and kept the team in the city of Columbus, its home. The team will not be uprooted from its foundation in town, and we should all rejoice. All Ohioans should; a key facet of the Ohio sports culture remained where it belonged. I am eternally grateful for all the fans and supporters who fought this fight.

And to FC Cincinnati; we will see you out there. Hell is Real.

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Tips On How To Shoot Your Shot

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It's summer time and it's time for that summer glow. What better way to get that, than to start going for what you want. Yes ladies, I am talking about shooting your shot. If you don't know what "shooting your shot" is, it's basically just taking matters into your own hands. It means not waiting on the opportunity to come to you, but going for it instead. When I say "shooting your shot", I am not just talking about finally speaking to your crush. I'm also talking about jobs, networking, and so many more things. This is for girls who are scared to make that one move. Taking matters into your own hands is important. You shouldn't just sit and let life pass you by because you're scared. Who cares what others might say or think.

1. Identify the hoop

Okay, I know the step sounds corny. Just think about it though, you can't properly shoot your shot if you don't know where to shoot it. For example, if you want to talk to a boy you wouldn't tell his ex- girlfriend. You would clearly, approach him instead. So figure out where exactly you want to shoot.

2. Why shoot it?

Figure out why you want to shoot this shot. Doing this will help you realize if it's worth it. Why waste your time shooting your shot, if it's not something you truly want. You could be shooting this because you want to get advice, network, relationship, there could be a number of reasons. Whatever your reason is, just make sure you mention that.

3. How to shoot it

Do you want to shoot a three-point shot or do you want to dunk? Once you figure out what you truly want, then you could figure out how to get it. You can shoot your shot in many different ways. You can do it via "DM's" on Instagram, Twitter, basically any social media platform. If you want to keep it professional, then you can do it via email. If you have their number, then use that. If you're feeling really confident then do it in person. Either way, just remember how you do it matters.

4. Be prepared to get your shot blocked

With shooting your shot, you got to know that it might not make it in the hoop. Steph Curry even misses sometimes, well maybe not often but you know what I mean. Just don't go into shooting your shot thinking that you're gonna score. If you do get rejected, don't take it personal. Just take it as a learning experience and respect their decision.

5. Shoot it!

Okay, so now you can stop dribbling and finally shoot that shot. Go for it. You'll never know if you can make it, if you don't try. If it doesn't make it in, just keep it moving.


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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.

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On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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