$852,953.63 buys a lot of McChickens or...

Friday, September 12, 2008

By: Katie Schaefer

What could or would you buy if you had eight hundred and fifty three thousand dollars?

Normally the first thing on us girls' minds are: shopping spree!! For guys, maybe a new video game or a big new television. But for the West Bend-Mallad football team is was simply a school.

West-Bend Mallard's school was in dier need of money to keep their school up and running but they just simply didn't have it. The football players from the school didn't want to see their school and their football program to come to an end, so they did the impossible and raised the money to keep the school afloat.

The football team didn't have to do this, but they did it because they love the school and love to play football. This amazing event got me wondering what exactly what I would do if I loved something that much.

These kids raised almost eight hundred and fifty four thousand dollars just to play football. This truly is remarkable and I think everyone in this world come learn from this.

This article reminds me a lot of politic campaigns. The politians raise money for something they love and want to be. They want to be president and to get their word out there they need money so they have to raise it. I never thought about this until I read this article.


Sports journalism crossing ethical boundaries

By: Hannah Pickett

Personally, I am a major sports enthusiast. I love to play sports, coach sports, and watch sports live and on television. Lately, however, I have noticed that much of the sports journalism world is beginning to resemble the front page of a tabloid. Not only have rumors flown about the Patriot's quarterback, Tom Brady, getting injured in last week's game and sideline for the season, but now, I have run across a story in the news that just might be crossing an ethical journalistic line as far as sports are concerned. Last time I checked, we sports enthusiasts were more interested in the game, drafts, and newcomers, rather than athletes' personal issues.

The Tennessee Titans' starting quarterback, Vince Young, was put in the spotlight after the police were called Monday night to check on Young after information regarding thoughts of suicide were slipped from Young's therapist to his coach. According to Young's therapist, the NFL quarterback mentioned suicide several times in his session before driving home with a gun.

The concern about Young's mental state began with an 'off game' he had last week where he threw his second interception against Jacksonville, and four plays later, he was sacked and sat out the rest of the game with a knee injury. With upset fans 'booing' him off the field, Young was no doubt down on himself.

This story appeared on the major news stations as a lead story with headlines like, "Report: Therapist said Young mentioned suicide."

What does Young's mental state have to do with his performance on the field? Basically, why should this be a leading story on major news networks? It crosses an ethical line in sports journalism, in my opinion. The focus shouldn't necessarily be on something that slipped out in a private therapy session, but rather if his knee injury will allow him to play in the next game.

Young and his family were outraged at the media attention this attracted, saying that the media blew the entire situation out of proportion. How far will a sports journalist go to get the irrelevant story that doesn't regard field performance?


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