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Steroids are known for their testosterone simulating properties of building muscle mass and enhancing endurance and thus have been notoriously abused to boost stamina and athletic performance since shortly after their conception.
With the prep fall athletic season nearly underway, much attention has been rightfully given to concussion awareness.
I was listening actually and ultimately arguing a point with a few people over the holiday weekend about mandatory black games due to low stadium attendance at the professional ranks. According to online site Wikipedia with regards to professional football "any broadcaster that has a signal that hits any area within a 75 miles (121 km) radius of an NFL stadium may only broadcast a game if that game is a road game (also known as an away game), or if the game sells out 72 hours or more before the start time for the game.
Last week I was reminded that anything is possible when preparation meets opportunity. The key to taking advantage of an opportunity revolves around the readiness developed when no opportunity seems to be present.
Rooster's season results through week six 50-14.
Every couple of years sport fans are all on the same team...the United States Olympic team that is. It's not often that nearly everyone you talk to is rooting for the same team and that can be a little mellow dramatic with nobody to argue a call with around the office water cooler but we sure are patriotic.
Rooster's Season Poll Results 39-9
As we enter the holiday season, it provides so many great opportunities to report on a wealth of athletic competitions in a rare overlap of Fall and Winter seasons.
We have reached the end of another fantastic football season and while the weather this season has been favorable, I get the feeling we are due for a few cold weeks ahead during the playoffs and by Thanksgiving I will be searching for a gym to warm up in as the seasons switch from outdoor to indoor competitions.
With the youth baseball season right around the corner, I cannot help but be brought back to the breaking story of the off season when the Little League World Series title was stripped from a group of South Chicago kids known as the Jackie Robinson West team in February.
As we all try to unthaw after the coldest January on record, we all get the treat of watching the Bronco's and the Seahawks skate their way to a championship in of all places...New York City. Now I have seen my fair share of dumb decisions in my life and when it comes right down to it I made most of them but as a football fan, I just don't get the decision to play the biggest game of the year in a city known for it's winter storms as much as it's bustling downtown.
This is by far my favorite time of year and while some of you may be puzzled by this statement, those with kids or had kids in their home at one time will likely understand. It's back to school or in other words, back to normal!
Over the last several weeks domestic abuse crime and accusations have literally pressured National Football League into coming up with an action plan to aid in crime prevention and to discipline players who cross the line on or off the field.
Last Saturday night the IHSA released their football playoff pairings and as I started circling the teams, It became pretty apparent that not only did we fair well in the number of teams from our area who made it in, the conferences in which they play were chalked full of eligible teams that made the cut proving that once again, football in our coverage area is quite good.
If the Blackhawks Stanley Cup 3-2 against Boston Monday night could be bottled up and sold, I think there would be more than a few soft drink companies whose sales figures would take a hit. Whether you're a hockey fan or not, that moment in time will be frozen for everyone who like me, thought there would be a seventh game with 2 minutes left to play in game six.
What makes a person great? I suppose the definition of greatness differs as many times as there are those who would offer an opinion but for me personally, I equate greatness with sacrifice. In almost every instance I can recall meeting who I considered to be a great person, the common thread each shared was the sacrifices they were willing to make in order to achieve their goals.
If there is one thing I have learned covering sports over the years for this newspaper and others in my tenure it is that change is the only certainty. There are teams that are perennial powerhouses in their sports then show a decline only to peak again in the future. Players, coaches and sometimes even fans change with the years but looking back on it all, I have met more than I can count who were absolute class acts.
As the prep football season begins to take off with 7-on7 competitions, now would be a good time to make a few early season predictions before the season hits full tilt just so we can be on the record. This would be a good article to reflect on in November for all you high school football fans and of course a hopeful right to boast at season's end for this sports writer.
Congratulations are in order for the Bolingbrook Raiders boy's varsity basketball team who are making their first ever trip downstate for an appearance in the IHSA Class 4A State Championship Final Four this weekend.
By the time you get the chance to read this column, thousands of kids all over the area will be scrambling to get their school supplies in order and likely snapping up the hottest new trends mom and dad can afford at a local retailer as school begins and another thrilling year of area student-athletes taking to competition gets underway.