The conversation always surrounds the quarterbacks––Tom Brady, Joe Montana, and the Manning brothers to name a few. But the idea that quarterbacks are somehow more important than running backs, wide receivers, or anyone on defense is deeply flawed.
On July 13, the football team based in Washington, D.C. announced that they were changing their name from the Washington Redskins to the Washington Football Team—an announcement that had been long awaited by many across the country.
It feels a bit funny to write a sports column at this point in our human history. For as long as most Americans can remember, sports have always been a constant. Even during World War II, when the majority of male baseball players went off to war, women stepped up to the plate and kept the game running. After disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, sports gave a grieving country something to cheer for. But now, with the whole world—sports included—at a standstill, there’s frankly not too much to have a sports-related opinion about.
Millions tuned in to watch Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the National Football League, announce the first round picks of the first-ever virtual NFL Draft on Apr. 23. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Goodell announced each name from the comfort of his own home rather than under the bright lights of Las Vegas, where the draft was originally supposed to be held.
Under Armour has started to produce face shields, fabric face masks, and “specially equipped fanny packs” to donate to local Maryland hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sportswear company, headquartered in Baltimore, is also exploring the production of hospital gowns and N-95 face masks.
Sports in college operate on a whole different level: the competition is more intense, the training hours are longer and the pressure is much higher. But getting there can be the hardest part.
"First of all, I don't like Frisbee, I love it. And second of all, 'Frisbee' is a wham-o disc, 'Ultimate' is a lifestyle," jokes junior Devin Rutan, a co-captain of Blair's Ultimate Frisbee team, "Home Cooked." The Ultimate team, along with crew, paddling, running, ice hockey, are Blair's club sports, meaning that they don't receive school funding, their coaches and referees are not paid for by the school and they don't follow country established schedules for competitions.
It's the second half, and the boys' JV basketball team (3-7) is just starting to get in rhythm. But only getting energized towards the end of the game is normal for the team, as they have three buzzer beating wins so far this season, and have made a name for themselves as a comeback team when they have won.
Wearing jersey number 43, senior Olivia Nono's presence captivates on the court as she selflessly leads her team. Standing poised and at the ready, she calls out to teammates, giving direction, and then sprints, blasting ahead of the crowd, as she rushes to defend the basket.
Imagine: You are a freshman at the University of Maryland. Senior year of high school, you applied to a range of colleges, scouring state schools and private universities for a competitive, top-ranked swim team. You chose your state school, and, with a sizeable amount of scholarship money under your belt, you suit up for your first practice of the season.
There was a loose ball, and a pileup ensued. The play moved to the other end of the court, and everyone in the stands followed the action, except for Dawn Smith, senior Gabrielle Smith's mother, who was focused on her daughter. Blazer shooting guard Gabrielle didn't get up and follow the play like everyone else. She lay on the gym floor curled up in a ball.
Andrew, a 2010 graduate, and his younger brother Peter, a current senior, were and are both key players on the Blair football team. Growing up in the same household, Andrew and pushed each other to be the best athletes possible, which made them the players they are today.
It is the mission of the new athletic director, Rita Boule, to help foster an inclusive athletic community in the school. By encouraging an overall athletic culture, Boule will help the school grow and define itself as a well-rounded and exciting place to be.
The Blazers edged out Churchill by a mere two points to take 4th, in what was one the team's most successful meets of the season. Despite a muddy course, the Blazers were able to pick up traction, and two girls were even able to PR.
It's the first inning and Blair's new athletic director, Rita Boule, has proven to be a real all star as she finds new ideas for change in Blair sports.
High expectations and a decorated history follow varsity girls' soccer. Blair has averaged 12 wins per season over the past four years and has consistently been a top contender in the county. The team had a tough starting schedule and are 4-2-2.
Blair football has become a regional joke in some senses, but it hasn't always been this way. It's important for Blair students to look back to all that our predecessors accomplished, and take a look forward to see what new crops of Blair athletes can bring.
Senior Eve Brown has been a pitcher on Blair's varsity softball team since her freshman year. Brown has pitched the majority of the games for the past two years and achieved a record of 12-1 for this past season, striking out 82 batters in 72 innings. Her only loss was against Chesapeake in the state semifinals.
Sophomore Puck Bregstone leaps to snatch a Frisbee out of the air. As he catches the disc, he lands hard on the ground, accidentally pushing a member from the opposing team down. The time is stopped, not by a referee, but by the players.
She has played for Blair's junior varsity soccer team and she is on Blair's crew team. She played softball in middle school, she bikes recreationally and she even knows how to unicycle. She also manages the girls' basketball team, but only because a soccer-related knee injury prevents her from being out on the court. Blair athletes know that freshman Adrianne Kehne is a sports maniac--but her biggest athletic achievement is in a sport with which most of them are completely unfamiliar.
Ten off-the-rim-dunks in the last game, three players kicked out of the gym, dozens of technical fouls and one player crashing into the referee. This is Montgomery County Recreational Basketball's Scrap City, and they are here to win.
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