Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Small Man, Great Strength



Small Man, Great Strength

by: Morgan Teeters


Isaiah Thomas, Aka IT4, the king of the fourth quarter, and the leader of the number one-seeded Boston Celtics, spent Friday and most of Saturday preparing to face-off with the Chicago Bulls in game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs. However, on Saturday night his preparations fell apart when the unthinkable occurred. During a post-practice interview, Thomas was pulled aside by close teammate and fellow Washington native, Avery Bradley, who then informed Thomas of his sister’s passing. Chyna Thomas, who was only twenty-two, died at the scene of the accident, after her car crashed into a road barrier and landing into a metal pole on the side of the road. Suddenly the All-Star guard was faced with a heavy dilemma, in which there was no right answer. The Celtics’ star had to decide to stay in Boston and play in their postseason opener or to go home and join his grieving family. Thomas’ initial wish was to play, but the final decision was left up until right before game time, but his coach and teammates were very supportive. His coach Brad Stevens wasn’t sure whether Thomas would play one minute or forty minutes, but he would base the playing time on how Thomas handled the game.

Thomas came into the pregame shootaround wearing sneakers sporting several messages, including "Chyna," "R.I.P. Lil Sis" and "I love you." During the shootaround, Thomas took a minute to himself on the Celtics’ bench, and was overcome with emotion to the point Bradley stopped shooting to comfort his teammate. Before the game, Thomas led his team out of the tunnel and after raucous cheers from the crowd, the Garden got quiet for a moment of silence in which Thomas stared resolutely at the ground as tears leaked onto his cheeks. Although he scored a team-high 33 points with six assists and five rebounds, the Celtics couldn’t grab the win and fell to Bulls 106-102. Although, Boston doesn’t know what to prepare for in terms of Thomas’ availability for their upcoming games, the whole of the NBA is behind him, with players like Kevin Durant providing his support saying, “The NBA family is behind him” and “We’re all praying for him.”

Power Rangers: A Movie Review

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Power Rangers: A Movie Review

by: Brady Brown


Remember where you currently are when I say that a movie about the Power Rangers was actually good. I’ve been a fan of the series for literally over a decade, but dropped from the series around 2008. When I saw a trailer upon request of a friend, I became interested. After much planning, I watched Power Rangers on April 13 with my friend Jacob Hicks. He was the aforementioned friend. As one can tell, the movie was good. To preface, I never watched the original series but knew much of it. The 2017 movie was too good for its own good. The five main characters (Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, Zack) had great chemistry. They looked and acted like real teenagers. I can’t wait to see where the five actors go. Bryan Cranston (who appeared in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Bill Hader did the impossible of making Zordon and Alpha 5 modern and cool. Finally, Elizabeth Banks had a ton of fun as the iconic villain of the series Rita Repulsa. As one may notice, I’ve been throwing around a lot of names from the series. I haven’t mentioned the Morphing Grid, Zeo Crystals, Zords, and the Power Coins. The film does a great way of explaining these ideas over the course of 124 minutes. But you didn’t watch the movie or read this review to learn the massive backstory of Power Rangers. You came to see the massive fight scene. Well, if you are angered by a beautifully shot sci-fi action film with a cast of well-developed characters and many subtle and not-so-subtle jokes, metaphors, and references; do not watch Power Rangers. Of course, when I say that, I mean go and watch the movie.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Place

Place

by: Brady Brown


Every year, the website Reddit performs a massive social experiment on April Fools Day. In 2015, a button connected to a countdown clock was released. When the button was pressed, the countdown was reset to 60 seconds. This lasted from April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015. The Button gained the website much attention with several media theorists discussing the nature of the groups surrounding the Button. On April 1, 2017, the newest April Fools Day Social Experiment was created. Place. Anyone with an account made before March 31, 2017 could insert a single pixel into a Microsoft Paint like webpage. 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels. Much like the Button, there was a time element as user could only place a pixel every five minutes. Starting out as a white canvas, the image quickly turned into a massive mural created by over 90,000 users over the course of 72 hours. As someone who participated in the event, watching the image morph over the hours was a thing of beauty. Various flags, memes, subreddit names, and company logos populated the image. Recreations of Mona Lisa and Starry Night and portraits of David Bowie and Steve Irwin were also landmarks of picture. One corner was a wall of college logos, including the University of Tennessee “T,” and yes, there was an image of the Button. Controversy arose when it was discovered that users were creating bots to protect their images. Overall, this project was a self-portrait of the Reddit community and hopefully the final image (seen above) will become an icon of the internet hive mind.

Friday, March 10, 2017

What's Happening at TPHS!


What's Happening at TPHS!

by: Hannah Fiorucci


The next few weeks coming up for Tellico Plains High School will definitely be one for the books. In addition to these events, not only will they be fun, but kid friendly as well. The first exciting event on the schedule will be this Saturday, March the 11th. That’s right folks, it’s time for our annual Miss-ter TPHS Pageant. Sponsored by the football team, all male students are given the opportunity to put on some heels and work their magic down the runway. Contestants can raise money before hand, but they also collect as they walk. The winner with the most money collected and a good score from the judges, is crowned the title of being “Miss-ter TPHS.” The doors and concessions will open at 4:30 p.m., and the contest begins at 6 p.m. There’s no admission charge, but voting for your favorite and buying food from concessions will cost you. This event will guarantee you a laugh, but not like the laugh you’ll receive from Donkey Basketball. On Thursday, March 16th at 7 o’clock, volunteers will be playing basketball in the school gym. However, this will be unlike any other normal basketball game. These contestants will be riding donkeys all while trying to score their team points. The best thing about this event is the fact that anyone can volunteer to ride the donkeys. So if you are looking for a laugh, I personally recommend this event. If these events do not seem fun to you, then don’t worry it is also the beginning season of baseball and softball. Our TPHS baseball and softball players have been working hard all year and plan on having winning seasons. Baseball boys will open at home on March 14th at 5 p.m. against Midway. Softball girls will open at home on March 16th at 5:30 p.m. against McMinn Central. So if you are looking for a laugh, or just a sport to come and watch, then Tellico Plains High School is the place for you! So come on down to have a laugh and support your TPHS Bears!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

182 Carnitas Street, Bethlehem, Palestine




182 Carnitas Street, Bethlehem, Palestine

by: Brady Brown



On March 20, a new hotel will open. The Walled Off Hotel, constructed on 182 Caritas Street, Bethlehem, Palestine, has one of the most prestine views in the area. All 10 rooms, including a presidental suite, have a view of the concrete wall that seperates Israel and Palestine. Created by the anonymous British street artist Banksy, the art project is the most recent in his 20 year long career. The hotel, whose name is a refrence to the iconic Waldorf Hotel in New York City, is modeled on the hotels of the twenties, including a gentlemen’s room decorated with the caputred heads of CCTV cameras instead of animals. One exhibit recreates the signing of the Balfour Declaration, which established British support of Israel. Each room is furnished with original artwork by Banksy, most of which carries an anti-Islamic theme. 
 (painting by Banksy behind the bed in one of the rooms)

Everything from the monkey doorman to the TVs converted to painting frames carry the mock colonial style of the hotel. The piece is the ultimate example of Banksy’s dark sense of humor and anti-establishment philosophy. The business and art gallery is currently open to the public, while rooms cannot be purchased yet, but they will begin booking on March 11.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

SheBelieves that the Team is Back!

(Alex Morgan flew in from France to represent the country as she is playing for club team Olympique Lyonnais during the NWSL offseason.)


SheBelieves that the Team is Back!

by: Morgan Teeters


The United States Women's National Team (USWNT) kicked off the SheBelieves Cup 2017 on Wednesday night in Chester, Pennsylvania. They faced the reigning Olympic Gold Medalists, Germany, and their newly minted Coach Steffi Jones. Both teams had a new keeper in the net, with the USWNT relying on Alyssa Naeger in her 11th appearance at the national level and Germany using Laura Schult to replace the legendary Nadine Angerer. After struggling to build up fluid attacks in the first half, Lynn Williams struck gold for the US after putting a rebound from a shot by Tobin Heath into the back of the net, which would be the winning goal as the US held on for the 1-0 victory in their opening match of the tournament.


As a new cycle just kicked off for the USWNT, with the next major tournament being the 2019 World Cup, Head Coach Jill Ellis plans to experiment with the lineup and focus on bringing younger players into the national team. Playing in a 3-4-1-2 formation, the back line was composed of Becky Sauerbrunn at right back and Casey Short at left back, with Allie Long, who was awarded Player of the Match, at the center back position she's found success in recently. The Germans were expected to have the edge, since all of their players are currently in the middle of their club soccer season, whereas most of the US team plays in the National Women's Soccer League, whose season doesn't start until April.
(Dressed in #RedToToe the WNT's celebrates Lynn Williams(17) winning goal.) 

Germany got more shots on frame 4-3, but with the dynamic striking power of Lynn Williams and Christen Press, the Yankees attacked focused on attacking in the second half. The single goal came as Christen Press picked the ball from Isabel Kerschowski on the right flank before charging into the box and just pinging the ball off of the post. The rebound from Press's shot fell to the feet of Tobin Heath who bounced the ball off of a defender and in front of Lynn Williams. Williams finished with her right foot sending the ball sailing into the net from eight yards out in the 56th minute. From there the Yanks found their footing and held off the Germans defensively for the rest of the match. Ellis only made three substitutions for the rest of the match, with 18-year-old Mallory Pugh coming in for Crystal Dunn, Alex Morgan coming in for Williams, and Lindsey Horan in for Christen Press. Both sides had a few more chances built up from the midfield, but neither team could finish. In the 87th minute, the Germans were able to get two corners, but no one was able to capitalize in the box. With the win, the US ties France for top of the table with three points. The WNT will play in Harrison, New Jersey against England on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.


Notes: The USA debuted their new Red To Toe uniforms in this match. GK Alyssa Naeher got her seventh international clean sheet. Mallory Pugh, who was out with an injury, played for the US for the first time since the Olympics. Germany's Elizabeth Kerschowski(42nd) and Anna Blasse(63rd) was cautioned in the 42nd minute. Lindsey Horan(90th) was the only US player to be cautioned in the match.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

NBA Trade Deadline: Biggest Moves

(Boogie holding up his new jersey as he joins the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis.)


NBA Trade Deadline: Biggest Moves

by: Morgan Teeters



Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, the buzzer sounded. There will be no more trades in the NBA until next season. The biggest trades came well ahead of the deadline, but there was considerable movement on Wednesday and Thursday.

Demarcus Cousins was traded on Sunday, the last day of all-star weekend, after the all-star game. Ironically, the game was in New Orleans, where Boogie was traded. The Sacramento Kings traded Boogie to protect their top ten draft pick, but many sports analyst are labeling the move as a terrible call. Although he has seventeen technical fouls on the season, Boogie is considered by his peers to be one of the best examples of a player who leaves it all out on the floor.

Despite many Philadelphia Sixers fans hoping that the administration would trade Jahlil Okafor, a lackluster center known for his terrible defense, the Sixers ended up trading Nerlens Noel, who was supposed to be a cornerstone for the rebuilding franchise. Worse, the Sixers only got a late first-round draft pick and Justin Anderson, who provides decent defense to distract from an abysmal shooting percentage.

The Toronto Raptors increased their chances at another sting playoff run by acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic. The Raptors, who lost six of their last ten before the break, were back-pedaling and looking for a solution. Fans seem to think they've found the answer in the 6'10" power forward.