- Written by Hayden Voelker
- Category: Sports
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Next week is NTC week, one of the busiest weeks of the year. With either one, two, or three games every night of the week, the school gets overflowed with fans. Some teachers even assign less homework. So for the basketball players, the band members, the fans, and even the cheerleaders, it’s hectic. The first game of the week is the number eight seed North Clay vs. the number nine seed Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday at 6:15. The second game is the number one seed St. Anthony vs the winner of game one. The third game is the number four seed Altamont vs. the number five seed Negoa. Both the second and third game are on Tuesday. Game number two will start at 6:15 with game number three following. On Wednesday, the games start with game four, the number two seeded Dietrich plays the number seven seeded South Central at 6:15. Game five is following game four with the number three seed St. Elmo/ Brownstown playing the number six seed Windsor/Stew-Stras. Thursday is game six, seven and eight, six starting at 5:00 and the other two following after. Game six is the loser of game one vs. the loser of game 4. Game number seven is the loser of game two vs. the loser of game three. Game eight is the winner of game two vs. the winner of game three. Friday is game nine at 6:15 and game ten after, game nine is the winner of game six vs. the loser of game five. Game ten is the winner of game four vs. the winner of game five. Saturday has four games, the first is game eleven at 11:30, then game twelve and game thirteen are after, then at 7:30 is the championship game. Game eleven is the loser of game seven vs. the loser of game nine. Game twelve is the winner of game seven vs. the winner of game nine, this is the consolation championship. Game thirteen is the loser of game eight and the loser of game ten, this is the third place game. Game fourteen is the championship game, it will be the winner of game eight vs. the winner of game ten. For a schedule visit www.effinghamradio.com for the list of games.
- Written by Austin Wendling
- Category: Opinions
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The near year brings new opportunities for many people. Opportunities to do good and opportunities to do bad, such is the case for Youtube star Logan Paul. Logan Paul and his brother Jake Paul have had many controversies last year and some hoped that there would be a change in their behavior for at least a couple days in the new year. The award goes to the oldest Paul brother for starting the controversies in this new year.
On January 2nd the world awakened to see a new video by the Youtube famous Logan Paul. The video featured Logan and group of friends visiting Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is more commonly known across the world as the infamous suicide forest. To state this is not the first time youtubers have gone into the forest for the thrill or the fame. The issue that’s arising with Logan is the fact that he actually found a dead body this time and to make matters worse he only blurred the face.
The blurring of the image is just one of the many things people are upset about, the fact that he even decided to post the video in the first place enraged people. He did put a disclaimer on the video, but that falls flat when the thumbnail has the image of the dead body hanging from the tree with Logan standing next to it.
Another thing that upset people about Paul’s video is the way he acted during the video, laughing and trying to keep a smile. This is where I must disagree with the crowd of people. When you are put in a traumatizing experience like finding a suicide victim you don’t know how you are going to act. Sometimes your mind tries to force something funny to combat the dreary feeling of what you are going through. I am in no way defending what he did. My personal opinion is that he shouldn’t have even posted the video in the first place. But with how he reacted I feel like he shouldn’t be hated for that because if you watch the video you can clearly see this is a traumatizing thing.
Away from Logan Paul people are angry at Youtube for allowing the video to go up and even for it appearing on the trending page before Logan Paul took it down. With Youtube the way it is now quickly demonetizing videos and taking them down it was crazy to some people that it seemed Logan Paul was an exception to these strict guidelines.
With Logan Paul being Youtube’s new golden child bringing in the site a steady stream of revenue it’s no surprise that he would get a free pass from this. The fact that Logan Paul took down the video himself with no push from Youtube tells you how they operate.
Logan has since apologized twice for is actions, once on twitter and a second and more scenery time on Youtube. He even demonetized his own video as to not gain any profits from his public apology. He even told his fans who have been defending him online to stop. He admits that what he did was inexcusable. He apologized to his viewers and most importantly he apologized to the family of the man he found.
So where does this leave Logan Paul’s rising career? Does this send his growing media empire tumbling down? No, not really. As the case with the media cycle and the world as it is someone else will gain the hatred of the world for a couple days and this speed bump in Paul’s career will be forgotten. Let’s hope though that Logan doesn’t forget this, and that he learns from what has happened. He has public stated how he’s taking some time to reflect on what he’s done and to hopefully improve who is as a person. I for one hope he finds what he’s looking for with his time away from the platform and to come back a better person.
- Written by Ashlie Rosine
- Category: Opinions
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As a kid, I believed a lot. I believed in Santa until I was 5 when I caught my mom trying to quickly hide Christmas gifts in her closet. I never believed in the Easter bunny, because I didn’t like any animal at all at that time in my life. I believed that New Year’s was a time of redemption, and what you did last year was all forgiven.
I believed that people were only mean because they are jealous of what you have and they want it. I believed in Krampus, Saint Nicholas’s sidekick. The legend goes that while St. Nicholas brought the good children gifts, Krampus would give beatings, kidnap the children, and bringing them to his underworld lair to live there for a year as punishment. I was a weird child. Don’t judge me.
I believed in the tooth fairy. I sleep like a dead person, so I really don’t feel a thing. I figured out the tooth fairy was fake when I felt my mom lift my head to place money under my pillow when I was 6. I remember feeling very disappointed, but it was ok, because mom bought me ice cream to make me feel better.
The biggest lie that I remember believing was “If you just tell the truth, you won’t get in trouble.” Everyone remembers this one. That was the biggest lie you could ever make a child believe. You still got in trouble even if you told the truth. If you had siblings like mine, they would get you in trouble to make them look like the good kids, so if they did anything, they either got a slap on the wrist, or a “it’s ok. Just know better next time.” and they would smirk at you as they walked past.
- Written by Ashlie Rosine
- Category: Opinions
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WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment. WWE, in my opinion, is better than UFC. UFC is predictable about what’s going to happen next, while in WWE, you’re on the edge of your seat as you watch the action unfold. Here are some superstars that have made impacts in WWE.
Sasha is the most incredible athletes in the squared circle. She is a 4x womens champion. She won NXT Match of the Year with Bayley at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn. She is first women to compete and win a Gauntlet match. Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks are the first women to compete INSIDE Hell in A Cell and first women to main event a pay-per-view. Sasha used to be a shy competitor until Summer Rae (Danielle Moinet) turned Sasha into the boss. Sasha had a match against Paige and Paige used Sasha’s momentum against her to pick up the win. (If you want to find this video, go to WWE’s youtube page and search ‘How Sasha Banks Became The Boss’). Sasha has been the best competitor since Trish Stratus and Lita. She also sells the finishers. One example of this was with Paige VS Sasha December 4, 2017. Sasha is one of the first women to compete in the first ever women’s title match in Abu Dhabi against Alexa Bliss. In this religion, the women have to keep skin covered up, so we got to see new gear from Sasha and Alexa.
Charlotte is a 5x women’s champion. She is the only woman superstar that has held the NXT women’s title, the Divas title, the Raw women’s championship, and the Smackdown women’s championship making her a Grand Slam Champion. She is the first woman to win inside Hell In A Cell. For those who do not get the connection to her last name, she is the daughter of 16x world champion and 2x HOF Nature Boy Ric Flair. Charlotte is now the Smackdown women’s champion after winning the belt of Natalya on Smackdown Live.
Absolution consists of Paige, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville. Paige returned a couple weeks ago during a match with Alicia Fox, Bayley, Mickie James, and Sasha Banks. She returned with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville from NXT. In my opinion, they brought Mandy up to the main roster at a bad time, and they’re gonna have to do what they did with Emma and send her back to NXT for a while. Mandy still doesn’t have the capacity to wrestle, and to me, she can’t wrestle. She’s in the same level as Eva Marie was. Mandy can’t wrestle. Sonya, on the other hand, was runner-up for the hunt for new talent, Tough Enough. Sonya is a very talented wrestler. She is incredible to watch. Her one-liner that she has is ‘put your hair up and square up.’ which works for her. Paige, was the NXT women’s champion when she first bursted on the scene Raw after Mania in 2014 and won the divas title from AJ Lee after Wrestlemania 30. AJ and Paige had a bitter rivalry which ended at Hell in A Cell of the same year when AJ retained the title. Paige first got suspended in 2016 because she failed to do the Wellness test in the time frame that she was given, revealed on the hit show on E! Total Divas. She then had career-threatening neck surgery. Paige is the only woman to hold both the NXT and Divas title consecutively.
John Cena, no matter what your opinion is, is one of the best male wrestlers in WWE to date. He is a 16x world champion, who tied Ric Flair’s record at the Royal Rumble when he won it from the phenomenal one AJ Styles earlier this year, then lost it to Bray Wyatt at Elimination Chamber. He has been around for as long as I can remember. Unlike most superstars, he has never done the Indie scene of wrestling. In several promos with AJ Styles, he says, “You’re mad. Why? Cuz i didn’t do time on the Indie scene? I’ll tell you something, jack. I wasn’t built for the Indie scene. I was built for the WWE.”
Oh, the Yes Movement as we refer to Daniel Bryan, especially when his wife, Brie Bella, does the famous Yes! Kicks in tribute to him. For those who don’t know, Daniel started out as a rookie back in the early 2000’s and won the United States Championship from The Miz at Night of Champions. In the first 3 months of his career, he had several concussions. His head/brain isn’t as good as what the WWE doctors thought. Daniel can no longer wrestle unless he gets cleared by the WWE doctors. His dream is not short lived. He is not WWE Smackdown Live! General Manager in which he runs the show along with Smackdown commissioner, Shane McMahon. Daniel does hope to return to the ring, as he revealed this on Total Bellas on E! Daniel was one of my favorites to watch for the simple fact the Authority (HHH, Stephanie, Kane, Orton, J&J Security, etc.) didn’t want him to become WWE champion which I find is the best form of irony/karma. You can’t keep the beard down; He is just going to get back up.
First and foremost, this guy is one of the most talked about by every hater in the WWE universe that says he’s “overrated” and “Vince is only trying to shove him down our throats”. The Miz can say what he wants to. When the Intercontinental championship was around his waist, no one cared to watch, because he used his former Divas champion wife, Maryse to cheat his way to victory. Don’t believe me? Check out the Smackdown live before Survivor Series last year, and you will see exactly what I mean. Now, onto my FAVORITE group to grace the WWE universe and the squared circle: The Shield. It consists of Dean Ambrose, longest reigning US champion just FYI, Seth Rollins, longest reigning NXT champion, and The Big Dog Roman Reigns who is the first ever male Grand Slam champion. Roman has held: the US belt, tag team champions, world champion belt, and now the intercontinental belt. The shield first bursted on the scene during Survivor Series back a couple years ago. They broke up when Seth decided to back the Authority and took a steel chair to the backs of Roman and Dean. Seth then went on to become Mr. Money in the Bank. He then cashed that in after Roman beat the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31. Seth then went away after he sustained an injury to his knee. He recently returned to action in early 2017 where he pedigreed Roman Reigns. Roman VS Seth at Money in the Bank happened later on and Seth won, but he lost it after a couple seconds, because Dean cashed in his Money in the Bank contract as soon as the match ended. If you don’t know what Money in the Bank is, I’ll explain. It’s a briefcase that hands roughly 12-13 feet off the ground on a chain. Whoever is the first person to climb the ladder and unclip the briefcase, wins the contract. The contract states that whoever has the contract can cash it in for a championship opportunity anytime and anywhere.
The Bella Twins
Possibly my favorite twin duo, Brie and Nikki Bella are two of the best superstars to grace the squared circle. Together, they have a total of 3 divas title reigns. Nikki broke the longest reigning divas champion record of 295 days set by AJ Lee. Nikki held the title for 301 days, 64 days short of 1 year. Now, everyone likes to hate on Nikki Bella because they think she only got the title since she is now engaged to 16x champion John Cena, but what you don’t know is this shortly came about after Nikki helped Stephanie win against Brie Bella at Summerslam in 2014. Shortly after, Brie had a match against her sister Nikki at Hell in A Cell, and the loser became the other’s personal assistant for 30 days, Brie obviously becoming the assistant. The biggest plot twist: Brie helped Nikki become Divas champ at Survivor Series 2014 when she lip locked with AJ Lee costing her the title after Nikki hit the Rack Attack for the 1-2-3 count. Nikki was the second best divas champion in my opinion. AJ Lee gets first for the simple fact, her finisher was looks the most painful, the Black Widow which is an octopus lock. She first debuted this when she was on NXT Rookie Diva.
You can’t forget about Mickie James. She used to wrestle for WWE prior to now, but she is a 6x women’s champion, winning her first title run from Trish Stratus at Wrestlemania. Mickie played the “crazy” gimmick at first, and then she evolved and was a fierce competitor. Mickie shortly stopped wrestling to become a mother. She returned to action last year at NXT Takeover: Toronto against Auska. Mickie put up a valiant effort against Auska, but Auska was ready for her. Mickie then went to Smackdown Live where she played La Luchadora. No one knew it was her until the steel cage match on Smackdown Live where it was Alexa Bliss VS Becky Lynch. La Luchadora interfered and Becky took off the mask and revealed that it was Mickie James. She is now on the Raw roster and is still changing the game.
Alexa doesn’t get the credit she deserves. She did technically bring Mickie James to Smackdown Live. Alexa is the first woman to hold both the Smackdown and Raw women’s titles. Alexa is a heel character, and it works for her. She first turned heel when she attacked Carmella in NXT during Enzo and Cass VS Blake and Murphy for the NXT tag team championship. Alexa attacked Carmella, distracting both Enzo and Cass and Black and Murphy capitalized and won the titles. Alexa was celebrating with them on the ramp. Alexa and Sasha have great chemistry in the ring, maybe because they don’t like each other in real life, and Sasha makes that quite clear on an episode of Raw Talk. Bliss claims to be the Goddess of WWE. Before there was a goddess, there was a Legit Boss and a Queen.
Carmella (Ms. Money In The Bank)
How Carmella got this contract makes the whole women’s locker room seem very weak. She had James Ellsworth (who has now been released from WWE) climb the ladder, unclip the briefcase and drops it to Carmella’s arms. Daniel Bryan made Carmella take back the briefcase and they redid the Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match on Smackdown Live. Carmella won the contract again. On the live events that they do, Carmella and the rest of the women’s locker room decided to beat up Ellsworth, which I found hysterical. Carmella is currently a heel, and I don’t think they are gonna turn her face any time soon.
Becky Lynch is one of the four horsewomen of NXT. She has come along way. Charlotte and Becky put on good matches for the divas title, but because Charlotte had a PPV of championship singles match streak, Becky never got the title. At the Backlash PPV, Becky made history. She became the first smackdown women’s champion and had the first inaugural championship reign of 84 days before she was dethroned by Alexa Bliss at TLC in the following months. Becky, in my opinion, should have gotten to be divas champion. It’s sad that Sasha only became champion on Raw but would lose it at the next PPV, but the creative directors/writers didn’t do the same with Becky with the divas title. Becky still made history, and no one can take that from her.