The Hill Was Too Steep For The Sultan To Climb
The Sultan's new they were the underdogs facing Granite Hills in their week six matchup. The Sultan’s had home field advantage, which is a big plus knowing their history. Historically the winning team wins their league title depending on the winner of the game.
The Sultans came out strong and were using their time wisely wasting time off the clock. Granite Hills came out in their traditional power style offense trying to defeat the Sultans by size and speed alone. The score was a shocking 14-7 lead for Granite Hills, shockingly because the Sultans were supposed to get blown out. The score finally came at to the expected blowout 40-10 Granite Hills.
The Sultans have a lot of work to do if they want to win league and make the playoffs. Granite Hills is on track to accomplishing both their goals. The Sultans play Monte Vista next while Granite Hills has a bye.
Would Barcelona Really End Up Leaving La Liga?
Being the top club in La Liga, one of the best soccer league in the world, Barcelona is now facing a tough time. Locating on the northeastern side of Spain and being in the region of Catalonia, Barcelona might have to leave La Liga if Catalonia gained its independence.
“We are going through difficult and complicated moments and with respect to what could happen in the future we will take it on with calm and wisdom. In the case of independence, the club and the members would have to decide in which league we would play,” said Josep Bartomeu, the club’s president of Barcelona. If Barcelona did leave La Liga, they several possible destinations. They could play in a Catalan regional league or the leagues of other close countries, such as Italy, France, and England. However, without a doubt, this change will cripple the finance of Barcelona. Who would pay money to see Barcelona play against Badalona and Lleida instead of clashing against Atletico Madrid or Valencia?
Raymond Domenech, who led the France to the World Cup Final in 2006, said, “Catalonia has to find a solution with Spain. And afterward, Barcelona can make a decision about its future.” That future is still uncertain.
The Rise of Christian Pulisic
It seems that the United States has never produced a worldwide superstar on the soccer field, but a 19-year-old from Hershey, Pennsylvania is going to change that. Christian Pulisic is not only the youngest player on the U.S National Team, but he also may be the best player ever to play the game.
Since Christian was two years old, he has already had a personality that always does things at a high level. Having a dad who is a professional soccer coach, Christian became obsessed with soccer. He practiced for hours every day, and he was always playing against older kids. Having confidence is the one-word Gospel he followed. By the time Christian was 12, pro scouts around the world had noticed him. At 16, he signed with Dortmund, a club in Bundesliga that has a reputation for building stars. “As a kid, I just always learned that if you want to be the best, you have to play against the best,” Christian said. After signing with Dortmund, Mark, Christian’s dad, moved to Germany with him and enrolled him in a German high school. In the following three years, Christian tried his best to overcome the language and culture barriers.
Now, Christian has been embraced by the notoriously unforgiving Dortmund fans, becoming a household name in Germany. “Sometimes, I’m laying in bed at night and thinking about all these things happening. I just don’t feel like it’s real.” At the same time, people tend to forget that Christian is only a 19-year-old kid, and put too much pressure on him. Sometimes Christian just wants to play some balls, like those boys living next-door, with pure happiness.
Still A Long Journey Ahead
The Sultans traveled the distance all the way to Imperial Beach this past Friday to take on the heavy hitting Mar Vista Mariners. This was the last game for both teams of regular season gameplay before they head into league. The series has been tied 2-2 for each team has won both games. Home field advantage is a factor win these teams face off.
The Sultans lose the coin toss, and the Mariners elect to receive the ball. The dominant Sultan defense showed up ready to play as they stopped them on their first drive. The Sultan offense made the first score of the night. “We needed a momentum shift in our season, and this had to be the game to do it before out league play,” says Brayden Nieto. The momentum was a shift for both teams every drive because it was an offensive game the whole way. The Sultans couldn’t pull it off in the end as the game clock hit zero with the score 28-34 Mariners. “We gotta put it behind us and get ready for the next one,” said Cameron Kane.
The Sultans are .500 in their season as they have been taken down by the Mariners. Both teams started the league, and both sides are equal with wins when they have home field advantage.
Long Drive Equals Big Win for the Sultans
The Sultans made the long drive all the way down to El Centro, California to take on Vincent Memorial High School. The Sultans came into the game 2-2 after a big win over Clairemont. Vincent Memorial came into the game a big 4-0 undefeated in non-league gameplay. The Sultans had to show up and be ready to play because Vincent Memorial is no Pushover team.
I asked Cameron Kane if the long bus ride will be a factor for the game. His response, “No one likes to go on long bus rides like these, but we’re gonna make the best of the situation, and there are no excuses.” No excuses are right for the Sultans because El Centro being notoriously known for its heat and humidity was a non-factor Friday night; just a little wind. Sultans running back, Ian Litten got hurt early on with a mild concussion causing sophomore backup running back, Brooks Moutaw to come in the game. He learned fast as he was not afraid of Vincent Memorials size and speed scoring four touchdowns in his debut. Josh Oedewaldt also scored three touchdowns for the Sultans, and Davon Chestnut had 1 receiving touchdown and a pick six. Brooks Moutaw was the star of the game this is what he said when I asked if he was ready to go in the match. “Yeah I was ready, but also a little nervous. The nerves went away after my first run.” A high scoring game resulted in a Sultan win 50-43, which seems to be a recurring theme for the Sultans past two years.
The Sultans are a force to be defeated. They have many weapons, and it is going to take a great team to stop them, and they are just getting better as the year goes on.
Aaron Judge Breaks the Rookie Home Run Record
“You might as well just break it today,” Didi Gregorius told Aaron Judge. And he did just that. Finally, Aaron Judge has broken Big Mac’s record.
On September 25th, in the bottom of the 3rd inning off Kansas City Royals starter Jake Junis, Aaron Judge hit his 49th home run of the season, tying Mark McGwire’s rookie home run record in MLB(Major League Baseball). Later in the 7th inning, he hit another home run, breaking Big Mac’s record, becoming the first-ever rookie to hit 50 homers in a season. “It is incredible,” Joe Girardi said. “I think we’ll appreciate it more when we have a chance to sit down and think about what he’s done this year.” Now, Aaron Judge joins Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris as the only Yankees to hit 50 home runs in a season and joins Giancarlo Stanton as the only players this year to reach this record. He’s now batting .282 with a .417 slugging percentage.
“He’s a little bit like Derek for me,” Joe Girardi, Yankees manager, said of Aaron Judge. “He has the smile all the time. You always think he’s going to do the right thing on the field and off the field. He plays the game to win all the time, and that is the most important aspect.” Before the postseason ends, Yankees still have six games to play. Therefore, Aaron Judge will keep creating more incredible moments.
Patriots Stomp Sultans
The Sultans came into Friday’s game the big underdog. Before halftime, the Sultans had a chance to make the deficit less by the field goal from Timmy Tischer. It was a 20-yard field goal that was not met. The score remained at 21-7 Patriots. At halftime, I got a chance to ask Davon Chestnut how the game was going. His response, “we came out strong, but coming up short in bigger situations.
The Sultans came out with a ton of energy in the second half. They were moving the ball well and went to the red zone a couple of times, but could not capitalize. The Patriots ended up beating on the Sultans in a closer game than resembled, 48-7.
The man who scored 60 points in his last game, the myth, the legend, and they goat, Kobe Bryant Aka “The Black Mamba”. Kobe is one of the best basketball players in the world, and by that, the Lakers decided to retire both of his numbers which makes him the first-ever person to get two numbers retired by one team. “I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them," said Bryant, who made his debut in 1996. No one would have thought he would get both of his jerseys retired, but he ended up being the first ever person too. His jerseys will be retired at halftime on 18 December when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors. Kobe is the 10th player of the Lakers who has had their numbers retired. "Kobe's jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time," said Lakers chief executive Jeanie Buss. Bryant wore the eight jerseys for the first ten years of his Lakers career before switching to the 24 jerseys. Kobe wanted to have a new number for his second half of his career, so he went from 8 to 24. Kobe will be remembered as one of the best players to play the game of basketball which is why he is known as the GOAT.
Intensity is the Reason for the Season
All the preparation the Santana Football team has had from spring till summer till now is going to be put to the test Friday. The football team will be taking on Castle Park for the season opener. Nikkita Kruglov, a wide receiver for Santana, said, “I’m super excited and ready to compete.”
Last year the Sultans crushed Castle Park and the game was over before the second half even started. This year they are hoping for the same result. “We’re not gonna do anything different this year. We’re gonna do the same thing as last year and play Santana football,” said Cameron Kane, a defensive back and wide receiver.
The team is excited and they are coming out ready to explode. The Sultans look to have a strong year and warn their competitors to be on the lookout.
All Around Sports
While the school sports seasons are just starting, some sports world wide are coming to an end. In the last few weeks of the MLB season Gary Sánchez, a catcher for the Yankees, hits a crushing 493 foot home run making it the second farthest homerun this season. “When I hit that ball, I knew I hit it hard, but I had no clue it went that far- 493 feet is very far.” said Sánchez, through a translator, when he heard the news.
Kicking off the start of the world cup the USA soccer team will play against Costa Rica, in our very own New Jersey, for the World Cup Qualifier.
With the political and social world currently fumbling, the Cleveland Browns join a movement, formally seen by Colin Kapernick. Twelve players, one seventh of the team's’ active roster, of different backgrounds and races were seen taking a knee during the National Anthem. “There’s a lot of racial and social injustices in the world tha are going on right now, we just decided to take a knee and pray for the people who have been affected and just pray for the world in general.” said Jabrill Peppers, safety for the Cleveland Browns.
The San Diego Comeback
The game against the Padres and the Giants, that took place on August 29th, had people on the edge of their seats. In the second inning the Giants were ahead 2-0, then by the bottom of the second they were barely ahead with the score 2-1. Big bats started swinging and balls started leaving the park when Manuel Margot and Jabari
Blash hit two home runs for the Padres. “The game had me on my feet all night,” said by Aly Rivera. In the 7th and 8th inning the Giants were trying really hard to make a comeback and came very close, but left fielder Jose
Pirela robbed a Giants home run, jumping over the fence and catching the ball. Although it was a home game the crowd consisted mainly of Giants fans, who left disappointed. The tables have seemingly turned as the Giants are having a rough season and the Padres have won against them all but for one game.
Party in the Park
All the preparation and early morning workouts were put to test under the friday night lights at Castle Park High School last week. The Sultans were pumped up to say the least. When ask how it felt to finally play a game, Cameron Kane said, “It’s finally our time to show what we’ve been working so hard for.”
The Sultans came out super strong in the first half and were clearly the superior team. Going into the second half of the game from a 35-6 lead for the Sultans there was still life for Castle Park. They ended up scoring two more touchdowns making the score 35-19 Sultans. The Sultans answered those points leaving the score at a blowout 52-19. “It’s the best feeling in the world to come out and compete. It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally our time,” said Landon Wood.
The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History
CNN called it “The most hyped boxing fight in 2017”. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s fight took place in August 26th. In the first three rounds, Conor was aggressive and landed several punches on Floyde. As for Floyd, he spent some time sizing Conor up. After round four, the intensity is picking up. Floyd started to stalk Conor. Both of them had their moments. Gradually, Conor became more and more fatigued. That’s the time when Floyd got more frequent and ferocious. In round ten, Floyd finished Conor off with a barrage of unbelievable punches.
Floyd said,“He’s a lot better than I thought he was. He used different angles. He’s a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight,” referring to Conor. Conor said he wished the ref had let the fight keep going, saying he was only fatigued. “ I enjoy the fight. It was a great contest. It was an honor to share the ring with him,” said Conor.
No matter what the outcome of the competition was, to both Floyd and Conor, it’s more like a case of job done. Floyd will earn a reported guaranteed purse of $100 million, with Conor taking home $30 million. Without a doubt, this fight has brought both Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor honor and wealth.
The Sultan Falls to the Wolf
The day everyone stops what they're doing in Santee to go to the game. The day all the trash talk and hype is upon the players. This was the day Santana played West Hills for the Jack Dale cup. This has been a rivalry for many decades and is a must watch game every year. Brayden Nieto says, “We’ve done a lot of talking, they’ve done a lot of talking, but now it’s time to show what we got.”
The Sultans got the ball first and got stopped and their first drive not even getting a first down. I asked Nikkita Kruglov what he was thinking about in that moment. His response, “We worked hard all week in offense and we were so prepared that it was disappointing to see that happening.” West Hills scored a touchdown on their first drive. This seemed to be the story the whole game. West Hills won in a staggering 34-7