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Column: How to fix the NBA Playoffs

By JD McKay

The NBA playoffs started last Saturday, April 14, and will not end until the first week of June. As a reference, in that time period the New York Yankees will have played just over a quarter of their games. Plus, we all have a pretty good idea of what is coming. Warriors vs Cavs part IX.

That predictability is the reason I will not be tuning in until Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The NBA needs to take a page out of the NCAA’s March Madness when it comes to people being interested. That tournament is the only time of year when non-sports fans and sports fans come together to see if the Cinderellas can do the impossible or tune in to see if a 16 seed can beat the 1 seed.

The NBA does not need to go to one-game playoffs, but four best-of-seven series is too much. They should start the first round with a best-of-three series. That could give the underdogs a chance to beat the super teams they have to play in the first round. Then go to a five-game series, followed by the seven-game conference finals and seven-game NBA Finals.

While we are talking about the playoffs, I thought I would tell you what is going to happen. I think the Eastern Conference Finals will see the Milwaukee Bucks losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the West will have the Oklahoma City Thunder losing to the Golden State Warriors.

The Finals will be less interesting than last year. The Warriors will sweep the Cavs, and a few weeks later Lebron James will join the snake Kevin Durant and the Warriors.

Just kidding.

Maybe.

Column: Rival athletes unite for common goal in Guatemala

By JD McKay

Two weeks ago I was given the opportunity to do something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. I went to San Raymundo, Guatemala over spring break with 160 other high school students to try to change the eternal and earthly life of a family in need.

The experience was life changing. Fifteen other students, five adults, and I built a house for a family in need of a safe, dry, comfortable place to call home. The trip gave me the opportunity to see things I could never see here in Southern Indiana. I saw extreme poverty; toilets that could not flush toilet paper; and Highlanders, Bulldogs, Red Devils, Dragons, Shamrocks, Lions, Warriors, and Pirates working together to do something bigger than themselves.

The unity I saw on my trip was incredible. My build team was made up of me, a FC football player; Matheo Urrego, a New Albany soccer player; and Jake Lemon, a Silver Creek football player, as well as other students and student athletes from assorted schools. For the time we spent together serving the family and trying to show them Jesus in what we did, we also forgot about our differences. At home I might not have wanted to work with a soccer player from New Albany, but in Guatemala I took it as a chance to do something different and challenge myself to work with other people I may not have known.

Aside from working with people I may never have gotten the opportunity to meet, I was also able to play with Guatemalan kids and adults.

One funny story happened with a 23-year-old named Bryan. We had been playing soccer the previous day and I, the goalie, got hit in the face trying to stop a goal. The next day, Bryan saw me at the house the next day, laughed, pointed, and acted like he was going to smack his face with his palm as if to say, “You were the kid that got hit with the soccer ball yesterday.”

Going to Guatemala was an incredible opportunity that I believe all students should have the chance to experience. It gave students chance to meet and impact the lives of other people from another country, and was an opportunity to serve others with students from other schools.

Urrego said, “Once we are all ready to go to Guatemala, all of our differences stay in Southern Indiana. Rivalries don’t matter any more. We all become a big family and unite to work for the good of a family. We want to make a family’s life better.”

Column: FC set to beat Jeff at Seymour this Friday

By JD McKay

This basketball team has been one of the best in Floyd Central history, comparable to the Pat Graham-led team from 1989. Both teams had a star player, both teams had solid second and third players, and both teams had a villian. Then, it was Damon Bailey. Now it is Romeo Langford.

However, to get to play Langford, we need to beat an athletic Jeffersonville team. When I watched Jeff play earlier this year I was impressed by their athleticism, but aside from senior Bailey Falkenstein, unimpressed by how they scored the ball. I could see that being their achilles heel.

We have scorers. Junior Cobie Barnes and senior Luke Gohmann can light it up from outside or get to the rack and finish tough shots. Senior Brendon Hobson can drive to the hole as well, and with his length, finish tough layups.

Bottom Line- Jeff played us tough this year, and I expect it will be close again, the outcome should not change. The Highlanders can simply score better, and if senior Gabe Shireman finally hits his stride or Gohmann heats up, I am not picking against Floyd.

Score- FC 62 Jeff 56

Lent offers chance to grow and renew faith

Art by Tori Roberts

By Erin O’Farrell

Lent is a liturgical season immensely important to the Christian faith, as it focuses on a renewal of the spirit and faith in Christ. This 40-day period preceding Easter calls to all to try to live a life more like that of Jesus through taking this time to focus on faith and preparation for Salvation.

The 40 days gains its significance from two Biblical accounts, one in which Moses spent 40 days on the mountain with the Lord, and another in which Jesus spent 40 days in the desert after his Baptism.

Today, the 40 days are important because they bring about a period of change and renewal. All Christians that observe Lent take this opportunity to better themselves both in their faith and as individuals.

Many people choose to give something up for the 40 days, symbolic of the fasting of both Jesus and Moses during their 40 days. This ranges from giving up soda to avoiding social media- whatever that person feels is best for them.

When I was younger, I mostly saw Lent as a challenge. I still do- I want to stick to my promise and better myself moving forward- but back then, I did not understand its significance, and in the long run, I did not undergo much of a change. I went right back to those habits after the 40 days were up.

Having grown older, I now understand the significance of Lent and try to utilize it as an opportunity to grow closer to my faith, which is the reason most people do abide to it. I want to better myself as a person. This is the true goal of Lent. This time provides an opportunity to change ourselves for the better. This can entail more than giving things up, however.

Another practice seen during Lent is picking up a new, healthy habit whether it be reading the Bible, helping parents around the house, or volunteering. This is equally important as it also helps people grow in their faith and as individuals.

These 40 days can help people on the road to developing better habits. Like I said early on, I had trouble sticking to the commitments I made during Lent, but as I became more dedicated to the idea and saw Lent as something more than a challenge, it became easier to turn the practices into habits that I still follow today.

This time allows people to take an opportunity to enrich their lives. If there is something that you have always wanted to do, but you’ve never had time to do it, take the opportunity Lent has to offer to make it a priority, whether that be going to the gym, getting ahead on homework, or spending more time with people you care about. Simply sticking to this goal during Lent can better your life and help you continue doing it even after the 40 days are up.

This can apply to everyone. Lent has become a time for people to try to better their lives for any reason, and the 40-day period can set them up for a long-term commitment. A study by Phillippa Lally published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that the average time period needed to develop a new habit is just over 60 days. Spending the 40 days of Lent (or 46, if you include Sundays) working on this habit, therefore, acts as a major boost to committing to the new habit, no matter what it may be. This can help strengthen you individually and spiritually for the long run, and having the support of so many people during the beginning of your journey throughout the Lenten season can make it so much easier to stick to your plan.

Whether you have a life-changing goal or are taking small steps to better your life, 40 days is an accomplishment. Maybe doing something as simple as helping more with chores around the house does not seem like a spiritual commitment, but by becoming a better person, you are becoming a stronger Christian. Every single kind act or step in the positive direction helps you and others grow to appreciate the world and people around you. It helps you recognize and value your faith. Those that see your commitment and your kindness can feel inspired by it.

Therefore, Lent is not simply a time to prove to others that you can do something. It is a time to grow in your faith and devotion to God. This can be done during any time of the year, but Lent lends itself as the perfect time period because of the meaning behind the season and because others will be striding alongside you.

Lent began on Valentine’s Day this year, so it seems fitting that we should take this opportunity to show our love for those important to us. During this time of change and renewal, it is important to remember that we are not simply trying to better our own lives, but also the lives of everyone around us through our actions.

Column: Support the U.S.A in the Winter Olympics

By JD McKay

The coldest, fastest, and most exciting version of the Olympics are starting Thursday. South Korea will be hosting their first winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and I plan on supporting my country.

America dominates the the summer Olympics, but the winter Olympics are another story. We have stiff competition in several of the sports because of the high latitude countries. The main countries that compete with us are typically Scandinavian countries and Russia.

My favorite events are the speed races and big air jumps, like luge, snowboard cross, bobsled, ski jumping, and speed skating. However, my mom likes the slower less death-defying (unless the Iron Lotus is performed) figure skating.

The event I am most intrigued by is men’s ice hockey. The NHL has declined to let the players compete in the Olympics, which I think is dumb, but I get the reason. They run the league to make money, not to lose money. So if you recall, 1980 the Olympics were hosted in Lake Placid, New York. The amateur American team took on the U.S.S.R team made up mainly of pro-players, which was illegal in the Olympics up until 1992. The amateur U.S.A. team upset the Soviets in the midst of the Cold War, a real life Rocky vs. Ivan Drago game, and possibly the greatest sports moment in American history.  Obviously, this is not the same. We aren’t two countries, battling it out with words, threats, and hatred towards our communist rivals. I am hoping for another miracle on ice, and our first gold medal since 1980. However, based on our past results, a good goal would be finishing in the top 3.

In 2014, we finished fourth in the overall medal count but had the second most medals. Hopefully this year we will avenge our loss and beat the Russians. I encourage you to support our support our country and be sure to tune in.

Do you believe in miracles?