It's Time To Take Ohio Football Seriously

It's Time To Take Ohio Football Seriously

This team could be the championship team we've waited for.

As we come to the home stretch in the 2017 football regular season, it is time for Ohio University students to get excited and more involved with this year’s football team. This season, the Ohio Bobcats came into the season projected to win the Mid-American Conference East Division title and return back to Detroit to have another shot at the MAC Championship that has eluded the Bobcats for decades.

When head coach Frank Solich took over back in 2005, many thought the program would get back to being one of the best teams in the conference, and to this point, it has. Since Solich took over, the Bobcats are 95-69 and have been bowl eligible in 10 of the past 11 seasons. Despite the victories and numerous bowl games, one thing is still left to be accomplished by Solich in his Ohio tenure. Winning a MAC Championship.

The Bobcats came within a touchdown from winning the MAC Championships a season ago, but ultimately were defeated by the 17th ranked Western Michigan Broncos 29-23. Ohio had a shot at the end with the ball and less than two-minutes remaining in regulation, but threw a game ending interception with 51 seconds left.

Leading us into this season, the focus of the Bobcats was on the offense and how well it can function behind sophomore quarterback Quinton Maxwell and the loss of top receiver Elijah Ball for the season due to injury. However, after beating Hampton 59-0 in the first game of the year and then losing to Purdue the following week 44-21, the Bobcats decided to take shot at a new quarterback and have not looked back since.

In week three against Kansas, the Bobcats named sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke the starter for the game and to this point has wowed us all with his play. Since Rourke took over the starting job, the Bobcats are averaging 41.6 points, over 440 yard per game and most importantly, a 6-1 record. Rourke is also second in the nation with 16 rushing scores and T-3rd in the nation with 29 total touchdowns.

Thanks to the combination of Rourke and running back A.J. Oullette, the Bobcats have one of the most dynamic run games in the country averaging 232 yards per game on the ground. Easy to say, the Bobcats are a ground and pound team and have presented it throughout the season.

Overall, the Bobcats stand at a 7-2 overall record with a 4-1 conference record heading into the big matchup with Toledo in what will most likely be a MAC Championship preview. It may be the last home game of the season, but I suggest the school start to pay attention for the final two regular season games because this team has all the intangibles to end the 49-year conference championship drought.

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No, Helicopter High Schools, Not Every Cheerleader Should Make The Team

We can't keep babying this generation.

If you haven't heard about it already, a high school in New Jersey made a rule that states every girl that tries out for the high school cheerleading squad has to make the team. If this doesn't scream spoiled with participation trophy at the end of it, then I don't know what does.

This new regulation was put in place after a mother of a girl that didn't make the cheerleading squad complained to the school.

Many young women who put in the hard work were clearly upset about this order. What they had to say made complete sense, but it didn't make a difference to the mother that so badly wanted her daughter to be a cheerleader.

One of the fellow cheerleaders said, "I did not put in 18 months of work to lead up to this moment just to be told that it didn't matter anymore." Another expressed, "It is unfair to me and every cheerleader who earned their spots to change the rules after tryouts are over." Although these statements are clear enough, one young woman was especially upset. As well as the other cheerleaders, she went up in front of the school board in tears and said "I've tried my hardest-- and everything's going away because of one child who did not make the team and their parent complained. So now all my hard work has been thrown out the window."

Cheerleading on top of other sports takes demanding hours not only physically but mentally and academically. In order to be a top athlete on any team, you must do what is expected of you and more. These young women have more than likely spent most of their childhood and the beginning of their adulthood training for this sport, why would someone want to take that feeling of success away from them? I'll tell you why.

Nowadays, if someone isn't treated equally (even if they don't have the talent, technique, or expertise) the world and media breaks down into shambles and turns into a soup sandwich. Teams, corporations, and groups have been destroyed in recent years because someone who did not get their way wants to complain, although they aren't qualified.

For any other sport, there are only so many spots for people to play on the team. If too many kids are allotted a spot on the team, then some children will have to sit the bench. This alone causes crisis within the team because players get upset when they aren't getting playing time and this all falls back on the coach.

Playing sports builds character, dedication, integrity and other great traits. The reason these characteristics are obtained is due to the time that young athletes put in. If they don't have to make sacrifices and devote their time then these features will never be developed. Aside from winning and the feeling of success and triumphant teamwork, establishing these qualities and reaching for excellence is the reason why children choose to play sports.

Athletes work hard to earn spots, be mentioned in the newspaper, win awards, and get recognition for all of the outstanding things that they do. These things shouldn't be given to people that don't work for them.

Participation trophies shouldn't be handed out like candy, parents need to stop babying their kids, and mom's and dad's need to prepare their children for the real world. If we let this ongoing trend keep multiplying within households before you know it everyone is going to feel like they are entitled to everything... as if they don't act that way already.

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What It's Like To Grow Up Loving Football

As a girl of course

I grew up loving football, I was in Stillwater for my first Bedlam game at just three months old.

I grew up admiring Randall Cunningham, aspiring to be as ruthless as Ronnie Lott, and hoping to hold my own like Barry Sanders.

My dad showed me Philadelphia Eagles games from the 1990’s and I thought it was the most amazing athleticism I had ever seen. At this young age, I knew that football would be the sport most important for my dad to teach me. At an early age, my dad and I ran routes in the cul-de-sac and I could throw a beautiful spiral. My dad was also a famous, small-town athlete and he tried to teach me everything he knew. I really just knew it would be important for me to hold my own at recess, playing football was a really big deal on the playground. In my little mind, I really thought I was able to hold my own and that I was actually the best. Although it probably was not true I like to think it was.

I always loved fall Saturday mornings watching College Gameday at home. It was the most special family tradition of ours, football is borderline ritualistic for us. It brings us together more than I think it does for most three-member families. My mom has already requested that when we make her documentary Tom Rinaldi will narrate her life story.

College football has made me cry tears of joy more times than the average teenage girl. I love everything about football besides the injuries. I love the underdogs, the rivalries, and the sportsmanship or lack thereof that makes for a great game.

The NFL Draft has always been a tradition in my house--every round we've watched and even correctly predicted picks. Growing up I always thought I would end up in a draft room, never say never.

Last but not least, I thankfully grew up with an amazing high school football coach. Allan Trimble, he taught his players how to be amazing young men of faith, family, and football. No, I did not play football, but I was a manager in high school. I thankfully got the honor of learning from the best.

I’m thankful for the years spent with my dad watching football, the amazing high school football team and coaches, and for being so knowledgeable about one of the best sports America has to offer.

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