There are many reasons to like the game of football. It is highly sophisticated, yet at the same time dominated by sheer physicality. There are many ways to win and every game is different; some teams succeed with sheer brute force, others with swiftness and deception, still others by the perfect execution of an innovative system. Random chance can make or break a team’s fortunes, and every game truly matters. It is the open, variable nature of football that makes it such a great sport. While baseball and basketball rely heavily on individual talent and soccer and hockey on opportunism, football games are often won and lost on tactics – a new, confusing defensive alignment or a redefinition of a position’s role.
The regular season is over and conference titles are decided. Congratulations to the eleven teams carrying home the hardware this weekend. A surprising number of these championships were won by teams that are far from traditional powers in their conferences, as Clemson, Southern Mississippi, and Oklahoma State ended lengthy title droughts and Arkansas State (Sun Belt) and Louisiana Tech (WAC) upended the usual order in surprising title runs. Congratulations also to Northern Illinois, which overcame a 20-0 halftime deficit in the MAC Championship Game to defeat Ohio, 23-20.
Tim Tebow can believe it is not butter. The recent earthquake off the coast of Florida measured 6.0 on the Richter scale, or .024 Tim Tebows. If tapped, a Tim Tebow rushing play could power the country of Australia for 44 minutes. When taking the SAT, write ‘Tim Tebow’ for every answer. You will score more than 1600. Tim Tebow ordered a Big Mac at Burger King and got one. Tim Tebow played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won. Life does not give Tim Tebow lemons. Life asks him which fruit he wants.
The Orediggers Athletics department has had in recent years what are arguably the best seasons in its 100 year history. From cross country runners to the Women’s Soccer team, records are being shattered and history is being made. Now, junior volleyball player Jackie Stabell can add her name to the elite group of record setters, as she became the school’s first ever All-American volleyball player last week.
The fourth annual Student Leadership Summit is truly climbing to new heights. This year’s keynote speaker, Erik Weihenmayer, is a world-renowned legend for being the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest. Not stopping there, Weihenmayer then completed all seven summits (the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents) by 2008. This Golden resident is the author of two best-selling books and an internationally recognized speaker. Listening to a speech from Weihenmayer is a moving experience as he brings his message of harnessing the power of adversity to audiences around the world.
As energy demands continue to soar, Mines’ Renewable Energy course (ENGY320) hosted its annual Forum on Renewable Energy (FORE). FORE showcased the students’ semester long projects on energy awareness among various companies ranging from ski resorts to local pizzerias.
Dr. Brian Murphy completed his fall semester seminar series this semester by examining the nature of leadership.Murphy began with several minutes of audience brainstorming on the qualities of a good leader. After accumulating the list, he introduced the idea that there is a difference between leaders and managers. He described managers as those who make sure people do what they are supposed to, organize people, and make sure deadlines are met. Leaders, on the other hand, are people who convince others to follow them through persuasion and charisma.
The issue of poor water quality and limited availability is threatening more and more cities and municipalities every year, with the arid regions of the West in the most danger. Scientists and researchers have been working on ways of solving these water problems and are finally making meaningful breakthroughs.
Bab-El-Mandab Strait, Oman – Recent discoveries of stone tools in Oman have lead archaeologists to conclude that Homo Sapiens migrated from Africa to the continent of Eurasia close to 125,000 years ago. This estimate is much earlier than previous estimates, due to the markings and distinctive style of tool-making exhibited by the artifacts. One of the archaeologists on the project says that the type of tools they found have only ever been found in the Nile valley. This points to an African exodus to Oman, which a new dating technique puts at roughly 106,000 years ago.