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BASEBALL VS. SOFTBALL There are many opinions on the topic of baseball vs. softball. A lot of guys say that softball is the easy girls version of baseball‌ but in some ways its even harder. In softball you have to learn a whole new way to pitch and even though the ball is bigger it doesn't go as far as baseballs do so there is a lot more action. And trust me.. That ball is not soft. There is also better sportsmanship in softball. Never in a baseball game would you see scenario like this. The girl being carried had hit her first home run ever but rounding first she injured her knee. Instead of making her have a single and having a runner come in for her the other team picked her up and carried her around the bases. This act of sportsmanship surpases any matter of winning or losing. But baseball has its ups as well. Its more thrilling to watch in my opinion and playing with such a small ball takes an extreme amount of skill. Also they have faster pitchers. Everything in the game of baseball moves very fast so you have to have senses keen enough to keep up with it. Baseball and softball are both thrilling games that are both fun to play and watch. Opinions may vary but I will always love both.


Anything is Possible When you think of Big 12 basketball, immediately your thoughts jump to Tex-as A&M, KU, or Mizzou. But next year, you’ll think about KU and K-State because Mizzou and Texas A&M are leaving the Big 12 for good. It’s a whole new ballgame. Many KU and K-State fans think that Mizzou will get creamed in the SEC and that may be true, but did they think about how brutal the games between K-State and KU will be? Now that Mizzou is out of the picture, KU and K-State will have one goal and one goal only: to beat each other. With only each other to beat, neither team will go down easy. They will fight with all their might to beat each other. But why? Since both teams had a goal to beat Mizzou, their goal is eliminated. So now they just have each other, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Both KU and K-State have headstrong players and are both great teams with great records. KU was ranked #2 and K-State #8 in March Madness. Both teams have beaten Mizzou and they brag about it. With KU beating K-State both times this year, K-State is all steamed up to beat KU. So what does that mean for Mizzou in the SEC? When Mizzou joined the SEC, a lot of fans were disappointed. “Mizzou can’t be good enough to beat teams like Kentucky,” people said. They might be right, seeing that Mizzou got beat by a #15 Norfolk State, but neither does Kansas. That was proved in the March Madness tournament on April 2, when they lost by 7 points to Kentucky. That game was predicted by many, but certainly not KU fans. Now that everyone sees that anything can happen, maybe Mizzou will do okay in the SEC and maybe the games between Kansas and K-State won’t be as brutal as people think they will be. But we never know. So we’ll just have to wait and see and let the wind carry us where it must. Because anything is possible.


Derrick Rose Derrick Martell Rose was born on October 4, 1988 in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. His nickname was “Pooh” because when he was younger he looked like Winnie-The-Pooh. Derrick grew up as a young child in a neighborhood called Englewood in the west side of Chicago. He went to Beasley Academic Center in elementary school. It was on Beasley’s courts that Derrick’s talent and skill began to turn heads from an early age. Derrick played high school basketball at Simeon Career Academy. From there his name began to be heard in the Chicago area and finally on the national level. Rose led his team to two straight championships, something that had never been done in the Chicago area. Later, in his senior year he lead his team past the #1 national ranked Oak Hills. It was their one loss that year. Rose went on to become a McDonald’s All-American and was named Mr. Illinois for basketball. He elected to join Memphis and John Calipari. They were the #1 ranked team for most of the season. Memphis made it all the way to the final where they lost in overtime to the Kansas Jayhawks. Rose decided to declare for the NBA draft and was handsomely rewarded with the #1 pick as he went to his hometown team, The Chicago Bulls. Rose was an instant star and led the Bulls deep into the playoffs. He averaged over 25 points per game and 8 assists in the playoffs, the first 2 year starter to average those stats. Currently the Bulls lead the NBA and Rose plans his revenge, out for the title. Watch out, “Pooh” is after you.


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