Eye of the Hurricane

February 20, 2011

Headlines from This Week in Sports

Filed under: Uncategorized — magdebar @ 4:40 pm

This week provided some interesting storylines in the world of sports. First, you had the Iowa high school wrestler who defaulted his first round of the state tournament because he refused to wrestle a girl.

In his own words, per a press release obtained by ESPN, Joel Northrup said: “Wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner.”

At the surface, this might seem like a battle of the sexes. But the bottom line is: It’s not. Nothrup took a stance on what he believes is right. For a high school kid in Iowa, where wrestling is the comparable to football in Texas, it says a lot about his character.

On the flip side, you also have Harvey Updyke Jr. Updyke was charged Thursday with poisoning the legendary trees at Toomer’s Corner on Auburn’s campus…The same trees where the Tigers celebrated their national championship. Updyke allegedly poured herbicide on the 130 year-old oaks and phoned into a radio station claiming it. If convicted, he faces up to ten years in jail.

Finally, you have FIU Shortstop Garrett Wittels. Wittels’ incredible hit streak ended Friday at 56 games…2 shy of tying Robin Ventura’s NCAA D-1 record. The crazy part? It came against Southeastern Louisiana. Not exactly the powerhouse baseball program. This just goes to show that any team can stop someone on any given day.

What was your favorite storyline from the past week?


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