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NBA Season Recap

 Brigham Young University

The BYU men’s basketball team is making some noise this season – they’re currently #3 overall and have one of the best players in the nation, Jimmer Fredette. This week though, the headlines aren’t related to their talent.

Forward Brandon Davies has been suspended for the remainder of the season for breaking BYU’s Honor Code. Davies admitted to having sex with his girlfriend, which breaks The Honor Code and a promise he made to his school.

I think Davies’ suspension speaks to the loyalty of the university – they stand by their rules. You won’t find any gray areas here. This isn’t like Ohio State when their student-athletes sold personal belongings (a CLEAR violation of NCAA rules) and still let the rule-breaking players compete in a bowl game. 

BYU doesn’t have scandal in their athletic department. They don’t Cam Newtons, they have Jimmer Fredettes and Steve Youngs. They don’t waste their time recruiting athletes, they recruit citizens who obey their rules – however crazy you may think they are (including keeping your sideburns trimmed above your earlobe and absolutely no flip flops on campus). I think that says something about their institution.

The BYU Honor Code:

  • Be honest
  • Live a chaste and virtuous life
  • Obey the law and all campus policies
  • Use clean language
  • Respect others
  • Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
  • Participate regularly in church services
  • Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
  • Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

You’re probably thinking, “What a bunch of crazies! No coffee?! No tea?!” and I don’t necesarily disagree with you. I love my coffee and my sweet tea. I enjoy having a drink with my friends. Want to know the difference?

I didn’t sign up to attend BYU. I didn’t agree to their rules.

For the people complaining about BYU’s strict enforcement of rules: DON’T GO TO SCHOOL THERE. Seems pretty simple, right? If my employer had told me during my first interview that I would be required to dress like a clown every single day I came into the office, could I be mad at them for their crazy tactics? NO. But I could certainly decline their offer and go work someplace else.

Now, I don’t personally agree with everything BYU teaches, but I’m extremely impressed that they aren’t spending time blurring the lines. An athlete broke a rule and he’s being punished for that. The craziest part is that people are defending Davies right to have sex whenever and wherever he wants. Nevermind that he promised to avoid such things. Nevermind that he broke a rule that he obviously knew about.

I guess to the people complaining, giving your word just isn’t worth that much.

Joel Northup & Cassy Herkelman

AP

Iowa high schooler Joel Northup was slated to wrestle a female opponent, Cassy Herkelman, in the first round of the Iowa state wrestling tournament. Given a choice, he defaulted the match, giving Herkelman a first round victory and putting himself in the losers bracket.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and her accomplishments. However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most other high school sports in Iowa. -Joel Northup

It seems, after reading the comment section from most of the news outlets online, that the general public is torn on Northrup’s decision. Some people are against the girl, saying she shouldn’t be playing a “man’s” sport. Some are against the boy, saying, “wrestle the girl and get it over with – that’s why you signed up to wrestle anyway” And then there are some are, like me, saying that it’s a shame that people can’t see this is a no-win situation for Northup.

It’s very unfortunate that we put teenagers in a situation in which they have to choose personal ethics over athletic achievement.

Where do you stand?

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Stan "The Man" Musial and Willie "The Say Hey Kid" Mays
It’s like this every year in February. From the snowy Midwest plains to the eastern shore, Old Man Winter comes to us like dead man walking. Stalling cars, icing streets and driving folks to wonder, in the words of Shelley, “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

For 100 years, the crack of bats has answered that – the sights and sounds of baseball in the sun. From Stan The Man and Seaver to the Say Hey Kid. Baseball is our kindest sport, our yearly summons to live and hope anew. Leading us all on that great migration from winter into spring.

Here’s to the Boys Of Summer.

Yankees Spring Training 1967

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