22 people lost their lives after Ariana Grande’s concert was bombed in Manchester, leaving over 60 people injured, and Ariana “broken.”
“broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
That night, social media flooded with post in support of the victims, such as tweets that simply read Manchester with a heart emoji, or a picture of the breast cancer symbol wearing Ariana’s symbolic cat ears.
Ariana was reported physically okay, but not all her fans where. Parents of the concert goers were separated from their kids in the aftermath, not knowing if their children were dead or alive. In some cases, they didn’t reunite until days later. Nearby homeowners and services, like hotels and cab companies offered free shelter and transportation to those in need.
Soon after, investigations were made and the British policemen arrested men, confidently calling them “key players” and treating the crime as a terrorist attack (telegraph.co.uk). The country’s threat level briefly raised to critical, but went back to severe after 5,000 soldiers arrived for maximum security.
After taking a few days to assess the situation, Ariana and her team decided to continue the Dangerous Woman Tour after a two show suspension. She’s scheduled to perform this Sunday alongside Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Usher, and many others to raise money for the grieving families with the We Love Manchester emergency fund. Tickets for this star studded concert sold out in 6 minutes, free to everyone who attended her most recent Manchester concert.
If you haven’t heard today, ESPN informed employees that they would be laying off 100 on-air staff members. This also occurred previously in 2011 and it was reported in 2015 they were going to terminate 200-300 employees due to Disney’s decline. ESPN, the “worldwide leader in sports” is headed under water. The company has significantly taken a hit on TV ratings this year which are down 16% from last year. They took out most local sports writers and on air personalities, notable ones are Ed Werder and Jayson Stark. Anyone who follows football knows that Ed Werder has holes in the ground at the Dallas Cowboys practice facilities and just about anything to do with the Cowboys. Stark on the other hand has consistently provided viewers and readers with legit baseball information and updates for 17 years. This isn’t ESPN going with a “out with the old, in with the new” project, they know their business is going under. They will pay $8 BILLION in programming cost in 2017... $8 BILLION. The ESPN subscribers and viewers are decreasing daily, it’s proven. The termination of Grantland was a huge hit, and since Bill Simmons left it hasn’t been the same.. Can you believe they were willing to pay millions for Skip Bayless last year? And today they are stuck trying to keep their company’s head over water.
With Stephen A. Smith, Michael Smith, Jemele Hill, Bomani Jones and Michelle Beadle. First Take has been a disaster, why would I listen to Stephen A. scream for 2 hours? Who actually thought SC6 was a great idea? That person needs to be fired. SportsNation is.. I don’t even know what it is. And Highly Questionable has me questioning what is sports entertainment anymore. By 2021 ESPN will be losing money at the rate their subscribers are leaving, they aren’t leaving in the hundreds, it’s the thousands and matter of fact 10,000 subscribers left ESPN today. There’s no saving ESPN, they can’t save theirself. I grew up loving ESPN every morning as many of you did, but it is time for us to move on from this network, politics and sports don’t go together. ESPN is now being threatened by upcoming sports networks including Fox, NBC and CBS who actually broadcast important sporting events: The World Series, Super Bowl, Sunday Night Football, The Master, and big Olympic events. My thoughts will be with every ESPN employee that got laid off today, it’s a huge change but they are all extremely talented so we will be seeing them again soon.
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Top 2016-2017 MISD Sporting Achievements
Legacy Football After a historic 16-17 year for misd, legacy continued a stretch of football success, reaching the quarter finals. They beat cleburne, dallas spruce, frisco wakeland, loss to highland park 14-7, eventual state champion.
Led by senior quarter back, Kendall Catalon and his sophomore brother Jaylon, Legacy finished 11 and 3 overall and 6 and 1 in district. Kendall won 10 5a district mvp, and jaylon won defensive mvp, and was voted as the top defensive player in the state. Legacy beat all three mansfield schools in their district. Coach Melson’s team went deeper in the playoffs than any other Mansfield team.
3 MISD Swimmers Medal at UIL swimming!!! At the State UIL meet in early February, , three MISD swimmers took home medals in 4 different events. Haley Yelle, an Olympic trials qualifier and senior at Legacy High School, earned silver medals in the girls 200 and 500 meter freestyles. Jeff Jameson, also a senior at Legacy, scored a bronze in the boys 500 meter freestyle, while Lake Ridge’s junior, Hunter Jaynes, earned a bronze in the boys 1 meter diving event.
MISD’s Top Recruits On February 1st, over 80 MISD athletes participated in National Signing Day at the PAC. Top recruits include Timberview’s Chennedy Carter, who averaged 20 points per game, leading her team to the state finals. Carter was also nominated as a Mcdonalds All American, and was ranked a top 5 player in the country by ESPN Recruiting. She will be playing Basketball for Texas A&M.
In football, Mansfield defensive back and wide receiver Saiid Adebo will be playing football for Stanford University. Adebo had 25 catches for almost 500 yards and 2 touchdowns, helping Mansfield win its 2nd district title. His teammate Kennedy Brooks will be playing football for Oklahoma University. He was a 2 time winner of the Landry Award, given to the top player in the Metroplex. Brooks led the state in rushing with over 2800 yards and 40 touchdowns.
Lake Ridge’s corner Bryson Jackson will be playing football for Baylor, while his teammate Lauren Mondy will be heading to Arizona State to play linebacker.
Also from Lake Ridge, Mike Adewunmi will be playing basketball for the University of Houston. He was all district 14-5A.
Lastly, Legacy’s Haley Yelle will be swimming for Texas A&M She was an Olympic trials Qualifier this year, and won 2 silver medals at UIL State swimming in the 200 and 500 meter freestyle.
State Track At the State track and field Meet in early May, Gold medals were earned by Legacy’s Ja’Leesa Giles in both the 100 and 200 meter dash, Lake Ridge’s Faith Ette in shot put and Jasmine Moore in both the triple jump and long jump. Valencia Bullock followed her fellow eagle teammate with a silver in the triple jump.
Silver medals were also earned by Ariel Ford for the 400 meter dash, Kelly Rowe for the 100 meter dash, and a 4x100 relay from Valencia, Ariel, Kelly, and Jasmine Moore, all from Lake Ridge. At the state meet, altogether MISD won 14 medals.
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These Two Have Made The NBA Fun Again
By Marcus Carr, practicum radio student, 99.9 The Wild
photo: si.com The NBA is officially well underway, and Russell Westbrook and James Harden have put up unprecedented numbers over the last forty games. Russell Westbrook is averaging unheard of numbers since Oscar Robertson averaging: 30.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.3 assists. Westbrook has done this up until midway of the season but he is not the only one separating himself from the rest of the NBA, former teammate James Harden is slightly behind him averaging 28.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 11.7 assists. These two have made it fun to watch the NBA fun again on any platform.
Every person who has ever liked the NBA is getting spoiled this season, the NBA was unbearable to watch on TV but these two have turned that around. Every time you turn on the TV to ESPN or TNT or even just check your scores app they are putting up a triple-double if they aren’t then they are real close to it. Watching Russell Westbrook run up and down the court doing things unheard of is enough, you have me sold I’m watching. Westbrook will grab a rebound on the defensive end and by the time you blink he is already scoring. If not assisting to one of his teammates for an easy basket. Harden on the other hand is leading a subpar Houston Rockets, he recently made the switch from shooting guard to point guard. Harden has a different type of feel for the game than Westbrook, he’s not super explosive or quick, he is very technical and he might be the best off-the-dribble scorer the NBA has ever seen. If you haven’t received a chance to watch these two play yet, you need to. It’s unbelievable how big of a jump they have made and we are left with the biggest ‘What If?’ with the thought that Harden, Westbrook and Kevin Durant could have done dominate things playing on the same team.
By Keonna Burnett
Last Saturday, January 21st, 2017, will go down in American history as the day of one of the largest, worldwide protests ever with over 5 million global participants (womensmarch.com). Men and women united in each of our 50 states, as well as cities abroad such as Berlin and Amsterdam to stand up for love, equality, and overall American values.
The long term purpose for this protest was to protect and secure American entitlements that could be in jeopardy. Even after Trump’s inauguration, the people remain unsilenced and demand justice in all aspects. Though the intended outcome of these rallies may never happen. What were they trying to accomplish???
Marchers explicitly expressed disgust towards President Trump’s past actions reflecting racism and sexism. He’s threatened laws protecting women’s and reproductive rights, marriage equality, health care, and many more. All of which protesters plan to maintain.
According to Ai-jen Poo, Director of National Workers Alliance, all 50 states were intended to come together to pinpoint issues and prepare for the 2018 midterm election.
These issues were also identified by David Brock, a democratic activist who assembled a group of liberal donors to discuss possible lawsuits and challenges against President Trump.
Other important names included Madonna, Janelle Monae, and America Ferrera, all of which gave speeches in support of women’s rights. Zendaya, Bella Thorne, and Rowan Blanchard were also spotted supporting the cause.
Unfortunately, the rally’s anticipated resident, Hillary Clinton could not be there to march with the women. Though she took to Twitter to pay respect and admiration to those who contributed:
Scrolling through images of the #womensmarch is awe-inspiring. Hope it brought joy to others as it did to me.
-Hillary Clinton, Twitter, January 23, 2017
This rally was successful in the aspect of attracting a diverse, younger generation and the new democratic majority, to something other than pop culture and modern technology. Well known influencers’ participation was admirable, showing youth that their opinions matter, despite what it does or doesn’t get done.
Though these women may not accomplish anything politically, they’ve drawn attention to undisscussed topics we all relate to in some way. Like Trump says, the people now run America.
Radio and Sports Broadcasting Students Featured for Football Broadcasting
We were left with nothing but laughter, to later find out that he had torn his ACL. “My jump was excellent,” he said. “It was my landing I needed to work on. It was funny. It was part of my career. I talk about it all the time. You have to laugh about it.”
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Radio 1, Radio 2, and Sports Broadcasting students had the opportunity to broadcast the Summit against Lake Ridge Showdown earlier in the season. The Eagles won the game 55-35 and finished the season undefeated.