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Aug 30 2017

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There has been a lot of speculation around the sport of football and its safety. There are a lot of former NFL and college football players that are coming out about how it has effected them in their everyday life after football. Now there is someone new taking the stand. ESPN football analyst, Ed Cunningham, walked away from his job at ESPN and ABC in the prime of his career. Cunningham played Center at Washington University and won the Rose Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes in ’91. But Ed said that enough is enough and dropped out of his position. All the hits take a toll on players, this is scientifically proven and honestly jus straight up common sense. Full of emotion and holding back tears Cunningham explained just exactly why he quit saying, “I know a lot of people who say: ‘I just can’t cheer for the big hits anymore. I used to go nuts, and now I’m like, I hope he gets up,’” Cunningham said. His eyes welled with tears. “It’s changing for all of us. I don’t currently think the game is safe for the brain. And, oh, by the way, I’ve had teammates who have killed themselves. Dave Duerson put a shotgun to his chest so we could study his brain.”

That touched deeply because I hear more and more stories about men taking their lives because of trauma or brain damage.  I played football my whole childhood all the way up until college. I have also experienced getting a concussion and being rushed to the hospital for it (You should see the other guy). It was not a fun time for me or my family but it is something that I got myself into because I love the sport. I have also been on the other side where I gave kids concussions or injured them, legally, and it is not a good feeling at all once you process what happened. But I originally signed to Morningside to play football but after a long talk with my family and grandma I decided to play the sport that was #1 to my heart, baseball. But looking back on my decision I am very happy with how things turned out. On the other hand I love to see the big hits, I love watching the Seahawks every week that I can with family, friends, and etc. And with the way that technology is going I think football should be around for the rest of my lifetime, I hope.

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Aug 29 2017

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LA to IA

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Surfer, climber, baseball player, boyfriend, brother, son, etc. The list goes on and on about who Dylan Mersola is. A senior at Morningside College, Dylan found himself in Northwest Iowa from some baseball connections back home in Los Angeles and also from the head coach at the time, Brian Drent. Growing up, just like every California kid’s dream, Dylan dreamed of playing college baseball in Midwest Iowa. Well, the Iowa part may be exaggerating a little bit but the baseball part is true for sure. With a dad that played water polo it is strange that he got into the sport of baseball…until you hear the whole story. Dylan’s grandfather owned the Burbank batting cages in LA and Dylan would go hit there every day starting at a very young age. And although he had baseball on him mind, it wasn’t the only hobby that he picked up throughout his 23 years. Dylan is an avid surfer and boulder. When I asked him why bouldering he said, “It is a spiritual feeling and experience.” Moving to the Midwest was definitely a big eye opener to him. Thanks to his LA connection, Mitch Kellogg, and the head coach of Morningside Baseball at the time, Brian Drent, it was possible for him to continue his college baseball career here in Iowa. When I asked for his best and worst opinion about the Midwest he said that the people’s personalities here are super nice. And for the worst part of the Midwest he said that it has to be the mosquitoes, which I most definitely have to agree! For my last question I asked him who he would want to be stranded on an island with and he said Jennifer Aniston. The man’s mind is in the right place there! An additional thing I added in there was what food he would want and he said, “I’d have to go with Chinese food.”

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Aug 28 2017

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Trade Rumors?

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With the NFL regular season right around the corner, the deadline for making the 53 man roster cuts are upon all 32 teams. With those roster cuts come trade rumors and this last week social media sort of got an eye opener when a rumor of the Miami Dolphins opening up to trade deals for Jarvis Landry took place. The article came about by a no-name reporter who just thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea for them to at least explore some options and offers. One team he thought would make a great fit for him was the Seattle Seahawks. Why the Seahawks, a team who already has a plethora of weapons on offense? Well first of all the Seahawks pride themselves on competition so they have a lot to offer for the wide receiver, as well as they could use another slot receiver to compliment Doug Baldwin to create one of the deadliest slot combo in the league. But all-in-all this is just a rumor floating around. The Miami Dolphins came out with a statement yesterday, August 23rd, that “No chance” we’re trading Jarvis Landry – Head coach of the Dolphins Adam Gase. But it really did stir the pot in what is already expected to be a great NFL season!

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Aug 24 2017

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