Cru football clinches conference title
Nov25

Cru football clinches conference title

The Crusader football team finished the regular season off with a statement last Saturday in their matchup against East Texas Baptist in Marshall. Dominating every aspect of the game, the Cru defeated the tigers 83-19.   Offense, defense and special teams were all in sync for the purple and gold. Even though the Tigers opened the game with the first score, the Crusaders quickly answered by a Blake Jackson run for a touchdown. That opened the door for a plethora of Cru touchdowns.   Kamray Runnels scored on multiple punt returns. Although his first one was called back on a penalty, the team showed that they have the depth and skill at every position to make noise in the Division III playoffs that start this weekend.   “I think we played a good game against ETBU, we brought everything together and it makes it better that we played like that the week before playoffs start. We still have work to do, but we are heading down the right track for sure,” senior offensive lineman Riley Holmes said.   Although the Crusaders racked up 476 total yards, penalties diminished a few scoring opportunities for the Cru, as well as allowing ETBU to extend drives.   “We know what we are capable of on both sides of the ball, but one thing that has to improve is the penalties,” senior tight end Ben Keilman said. “We can’t afford to have that many penalties in the playoffs.”   The offense was obviously explosive on Saturday, but the defense was stout as well, scoring multiple times on that side of the ball. Teidrick Smith and Kris Brown both found themselves in the end zone.   But the story of the day for the defensive squad was junior linebacker Trey Thedford, finishing a career day with 16 total tackles that came up one short of the school record for one game.   With the win, the Cru clinched their tenth conference title in a row. It also propelled their regular season winning streak to 54 games.   Even with those outstanding numbers, the team is searching for the accolade that has been eluding the Crusaders in past year.   “We have high expectations for the rest of the season. Since my teammates and I have become a part of this program, we have been playing for that national championship, and I think we have all of the pieces in place to get that done,” Holmes said.   Just like the past couple of years, the first playoff game will be played at Crusader Stadium. UMHB is currently ranked #2 in the national rankings, trailing...

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Texas divided on immigration issue
Nov07

Texas divided on immigration issue

The election of a new Texas governor had the whole country watching because of huge implications for all parties involved.   With a Greg Abbott win, the republicans keep Texas a red state while a Wendy Davis win would ultimately change the whole make-up of our country’s voting patterns, sending Texas to the democratic side.   One of the major issues on the minds of voters this election is immigration, continually making headlines not only in Texas but across America. Pressure has been put on the administration in Washington but little action has been taken regarding the problem, reinforcing the importance of the gubernatorial race.   With about 1,810,000 illegal immigrants residing in Texas according to fairus.org, this puts a burden on the public school system as well as the economy.   Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis have both made their stance on immigration clear when it comes to their home state. Abbott is the first one to tell voters that something has to be done with the current immigration laws. “The law as it’s structured is flawed. All these laws like the in-state tuition law — those are symptoms of larger problems. We have a broken immigration system,” Attorney General Greg Abbott said. And when asked if he would veto a repeal of the Dream Act, Abbott answered no.   Davis’s stance on immigration more takes a more laid back approach. She believes the illegals should be allowed to pay in-state tuition.   “I’ve met immigrants who are dreamers who work hard. I support it and will veto attempts to repeal the Dream Act because it makes sense for students and the economy,” she said.   Both candidates believe that the immigration laws need to be improved. But Republican Greg Abbott has made it clear that he is in favor of immigration as long as it is done within the law. Otherwise it puts the safety of the immigrants themselves as well as the citizens of Texas at risk.   “What the administration must do is make clear [to those seeking to cross the border], don’t risk your lives. No way should the U.S. have an open-door policy to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras,” he said.   “Immigration does seem to be a key issue in the mid-term elections because most of the competitive gubernatorial and congressional races are not in states/districts where Hispanics represent a significant percentage of voters,” UMHB Professor of History and Political Science, Dr. David Holcomb said.   With the majority of Texans voting Republican in the past, outsiders are beginning to see that trend slow down. The reason for this is...

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Cowboys balanced offense produces best record in years
Nov07

Cowboys balanced offense produces best record in years

The Dallas Cowboys have managed to get off to their best record since 2007 as well as boasting the best record in the NFC East with a 6-2 record. A simple formula has produced this fast and effective start. Allow their talented running back, Demarco Murray to have 25 or more carries a game behind their young offensive line.   Romo haters have always given the blame to quarterback Tony Romo in past years for debacles late in the season. Everyone thought it was Romo’s fault was because he was being forced to carry the whole team on his back. Not only was he having to make up for the lack of production in the running game, but he was also having to put up 35 points a game to outscore opponents because of the pitiful play by the Dallas defense.   “It’s obvious that Romo hasn’t been the problem over the years. Yes, he has had his mistakes, but now that he has a defense that allows the offense to control the time of possession and a running game to compliment his passing game, it is all falling into place,” senior pre-physical therapy major, Jeremy Corbin said.   The combination of a defense that swarms the ball and a running game that has allowed Murray to rush for more than 100 yards in each of the first eight games has been the balance that the organization has been searching for.   “The difference this year could be the addition of new play-caller Scott Linehan, who also came to town with a pass-first reputation but actually ran the ball more often than the league average,” NFC East lead writer Brad Gagnon said.   The Cowboys lost their second game to the Redskins on the Monday night stage. It was a loss that very well could have been a victory for the blue and silver, but for many loyal fans getting a loss was not the scariest thing that came out of the game. Tony Romo was sacked hard in the middle of the third quarter, with a defensive lineman’s knee going right into Romo’s previously injured back.   He did later return to the game to try to propel the Cowboys’ offense to a late fourth quarter game-winning drive. It ended unsuccessfully, but there was still a sigh of relief among cowboy fans, seeing Romo return to the game.   Corbin said, “Dallas has the opportunity to do big things this year, but the one thing that could hold them back is injuries. If we stay healthy we are one of the best teams in the league. The bye...

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Fantasy Stock
Oct23

Fantasy Stock

If you are that die-hard Cowboys fan who filled out your roster with Dallas stars such as Demarco Murray, Dez Bryant and Tony Romo, your fantasy record should resemble that of the Cowboys actual record.   Over the past couple of weeks the point production on the fantasy boards from the silver and blue have skyrocketed.   Of course, Murray has been a consistent fantasy player all year, averaging 156 yards per game and has successfully rushed for 100 yards or more in each of the six games this season. He has proven to be one of the best, if not the best fantasy pick of the season.   As the season progresses, it is imperative that you make moves early to account for your key players being out due to their bye weeks.   For example if you have LeSean McCoy on your roster, you might consider picking up a player like Chris Ivory if available. Ivory isn’t the dynamic back that McCoy is, but points are points and Ivory has been producing quality numbers. The new York Jets back splits time with Chris Johnson, but Ivory gets the majority of the carries in the red zone due to his bigger build and tougher running style.   Another dark horse in the fantasy football world is Larry Donnell. He emerged as a talented pass catcher at the tight end position for the New York Giants.   If you are having trouble getting high numbers out of your tight end position … consider Donnell. He scored in the twenties in week five, but his production fell a bit in week six. But with the injury of receiver Victor Cruz, expect Eli Manning to target his talented young tight end more in the coming weeks.   On that same train of thought, a player that isn’t playing on many fantasy teams right now is Odell Beckham Jr., the young wide receiver out of LSU who is now catching balls from Manning in New York. His targets will also go up with the absence of Cruz. He needs to be picked up, even if he is on your bench. Just make sure you don’t let someone else in your league pick him up first.   Another issue that many fantasy owners have to confront is what defense to play. With all of the high powered offenses in the league, it is a constant battle to pick a defense that isn’t going to end up getting negative points.   One suggestion would be to just stick with your original defense, unless they are consistently getting low numbers or negative points. But switching...

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Gotham: Not to bat an eye at
Oct23

Gotham: Not to bat an eye at

The Fox hit show this fall is Gotham, and it has all of its newly-acquired viewers on the edge of their seats Monday after Monday.   The showed premiered on Sept. 22, and a few episodes into the season, it is evident that the story line is packed with countless twists.   The plot centers around a young James Gordon, who is new to the police force. As we all know, Gordon later becomes Commissioner Gordon and works side by side with Batman.   But in the Gotham television series, Gordon is trying to figure out who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents. Wayne is still a child in the show, so if you were expecting to see Batman, you will be disappointed. But producers do a great job of laying out the back story of how and why Wayne became Batman.   Bruce Wayne, played by the young actor David Mazouz, is 13 at the time of the show and is already showing signs of being a hero.   He is amazed at the amount of effort Gordon gives in order to bring justice and safety to Gotham.   Viewers can see the light go off in the young Wayne’s mind when he asks Officer Gordon if there is even a chance that Gotham could be saved from the dangerous people running the city.   Gordon responds, “However dark and scary the world might be right now, there will be light.”   This show gives Batman enthusiasts a glimpse of how Gordon and Wayne came to be such loyal friends.   Officer Gordon seems to be the only law enforcement person who isn’t crooked or part of the mob that controls the city.   He promises Bruce that he will find his parents’ killer, and Wayne trusts Gordon, seeing him as almost a father figure.   The show is packed full of all the old players in the Batman movies.   For example, Penguin has already played a major role in the first three episodes. He continually causes problems for Gordon in the early stages.   To begin with, Gordon is faced with a tough decision: Kill Penguin or be killed himself.   Gordon decides to keep Penguin alive but forces him to leave Gotham.   Penguin is now back though, creating more problems for Gordon.   What makes this show stand out from the others is the detail that went into filming the. The producers did an excellent job portraying Gotham as a dark and dangerous city, run by criminals.   The show is casted perfectly, as well. Jada Pinkett Smith plays a dark, sadistic and manipulative mob boss...

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