News reactions roundup

The blogs are up and running, and students have been publishing their first few news reaction posts. These are reactions, not recaps, to items that took place in their specific coverage areas. Students had to publish these within 24 hours of the story breaking.

Here are some of the highlights from the initial reactions:

Jeremy Harris on why the Cubs should deal Jeimer CandalarioWhen the Cubs trade Candelario and what they can fetch in return is the only suspense about his future with the organization. Position talent duplication at the minor league level is a good problem. Trading from a position of strength to upgrade a weakness is what the Cubs must eventually do with Candelario.


Kay McKenzie on Cam Newton’s fashion statement at Coachella: Something to love about Cam Newton is that he will always be himself and it’s reflected in his clothing choices. In a world where everyone wants to fit in and follow the latest fashion trends, it’s refreshing to see someone stand out. He shows that it is okay to be who you are, wear what you like and care less about others’ opinions.

Adam Chalifoux on why the Celtics can’t lose their headsThe Brad Stevens Celtics are a young team that is looking to get out of the first round for their very first time. If they plan on making it to the second round, these finger follies cannot fly. While the Celtics have proved all season to be the better team, the actions of Smart could also argue that they are less composed than the Chicago Bulls. These acts of frustration speak louder than words. They tell the opponent, you are in my head. 

Javier Barrera on the Steph Curry envy among other NBA stars: In both cases,  James and Paul feel slighted and robbed of something that was theirs.  Not because Curry is undeserving but because they didn’t see it coming.  Just like everyone else in the league.

John Ball on the Cubs’ early season hangover: It’s April. It’s cold. I get it. It takes some time to get comfortable after playing spring ball down in Arizona. Either way, they have to put up runs given our bullpen’s status. The Cubs have just nine homers in 13 games, the lowest total in the league. For a team that slugged 199 home runs last year, it’s a bit concerning. They also posted the National League’ second best run total last year behind just the Rockies, who basically hit into a jet stream at home. This year? They rank 22nd out of 30 teams. Yikes.

Jeramie Bizzle on Punk-Momochi esports rematch: Punk could establish himself as one of the top pros in the game by making it into the playoffs and going on to the finals. This will make him a household name by doing so win or lose. Momochi on the other hand, this is a shot at redemption to come back and beat the man who defeated him twice. How sweet the feeling will be if he can take Punk’s chances of playoff hopes away as he earns back the credit and respect from not only Punk but his fans as well.

Harry Colmery the Cubs’ potential turnaroundAside from the rotation struggles, the final two games of the series are reassuring signals that the Cubs are more than capable of once again establishing themselves as the best team in Major League Baseball. Hendricks has been too consistent in his young career to panic about and Lackey is a proven veteran who has shown few signs of decline nearing forty years old.

John Romando on the Anaheim Ducks’ Stanley Cup quest: Obviously, this team is judged on their playoff performance and not by winning a lot of regular season games and division titles. But the Ducks would put everyone on notice, sweeping the Calgary Flames in the first round, winning the clinching game last night by the score of 3-1 on the road. If that was not impressive enough consider this tidbit of information as well; the Ducks have not lost a game in regulation since March 10th. That means that they are not only the hottest team in the NHL right now, but that by the time the Western Conference Semifinals start for them, they may go two whole months without losing a game in regulation, including playoffs.

Gavriel Wilkins on LeBron James’ postseason dominance: When you take out the time to think about the fact that James has accomplished this over the last several years with three different head coaches and two different franchises, you can only wonder how anyone could ever seek to argue against him being regarded as the game’s greatest talent?

Brandon Willingham on the Cavs’ late-season slide: Although the Cavs head into the postseason as the No. 2 seed to face the No. 7 seed Indiana Pacers and look very vulnerable, that’s truly not the case. After all, the Cavs put more value on rest and sat James, Irving and Love, who will be fresh for Saturday’s Game 1 of the 2017 playoffs.

Monterey Pepper on Corey Crawford standing tall for floundering BlackhawksThose moments get pretty easily overlooked by fans, especially in such a high stakes game like that was and when the team hasn’t been playing well. As a fan, it’s very easy to blame the goalie for a loss. But sometimes you need to take a step back and really look at the bigger picture. This loss was not on Crawford.

Joshua Nggilari on the Cavs’ suspect defense: Even if they put out their best defensive lineup (which I’m not sure the Cavs even know), it won’t be nearly as effective as their lineup last year or the year before that. We all underestimated, including the Cavaliers, the effect of not re-signing Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova.


Introducing spring quarter sports blogs

A new quarter is upon us and it’s time to reveal the latest set of sports blogs and Twitter handles. We have a great mix of topics, from esports to NFL lifestyle to the Chicago Cubs (both the big club and the farm system). Please follow along throughout the term.

John Ball
Blog: We Are Good
Twitter: @flythew_cubbies

Monterey Pepper
Blog: The Madhouse Update
Twitter: @madhouse_update

Jeramie Bizzle
We Play Esports
Twitter: @WPGOnline

Javier Barrera
GSW Basketblog
Twitter: @gsw_basket_blog

Jeremy Harris
Blog: Cubs Farm Watch
Twitter: @Cubsfarmwatch

Harry Colmery
Let’s Blog Two!
Twitter: @LetsBlogTwo

Adam Chalifoux
The Boston Gardener
Twitter: @TheBostGardener

Kay McKenzie
Talkback: Fashion. Life. Football.
Twitter: @KayTalkback

Gavriel Wilkins
Won For All

Joshua Nggliari
NBA Playoffs In The Loop
Twitter: @nbaintheloop

Brandon Willingham
Blog: The Cavs Coaster
Twitter: @CAVScoaster

John Romando
Blog: NHL Playoffs 2017
Twitter: @NHLPlayoffsBlog