The NFL has work to do to catch up with its competitors

The Super Bowl exposed many flaws that the NFL has been dealing with for a long time. In what was one of the most boring Super Bowl games in recent history, the NBA was able to steer the conversation away from football with a few tweets that speculated some big trades on the horizon. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick earned their historic sixth ring as a tandem, but as soon as LeBron James sent out a cryptic tweet, all eyes were back on the NBA.    Now that the game is over, no one is talking about it anymore. Sports fans’ focus changed quickly to which NBA team is going to trade for superstar Anthony Davis. The issue is that the NFL hasn’t been able to market its players and teams as well as the NBA. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are global icons to sports and non-sports fans alike, while Jerry Rice, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are not household names outside of sports fanatics. While the NFL is still on top when it comes to viewership, there are other factors that give the NBA an edge. NBA Twitter is one huge determinant and can best be

By | 2019-02-05T00:40:12-07:00 Feb 4, 2019 | 8:17 pm|Categories: Commentary, Sports, Today|Tags: , , |

Long Beach State advances to Big West Finals

The crowd roared with applause as Dana Fujikuni scored the winning goal against her former team, UC Davis in the 48th minute, helping Long Beach State defeat the Aggies 1-0 and advance to the Big West finals for the fourth time in the last five years. The goal came after a corner kick with an assist from junior midfielder Katie Pingel, who placed the ball perfectly in front of the net in the midst of traffic. “Every game we come to is a championship game,” Fujikuni said. “Every game we have to get in that mindset and that’s how we come out strong.” After tying UC Davis (7-7-4) in regular season play last week, it was critical for Long Beach State (11-5-3) to come out with a win. The offensive attack was led by sophomore forward Kayla Cannon and freshman midfielder Sierra Castles, who each took three shots. The 49ers outshot their opponents once again, completing the game with 13 shots compared to UC Davis’ nine. Senior goalkeeper Imani McDonald had four saves in the 90 minutes, earning her fifth shutout of the season. “Coming into this game we absolutely wanted revenge,” McDonald said. “I knew that I owed my

By | 2018-11-01T23:01:26-07:00 Nov 1, 2018 | 11:01 pm|Categories: Showcase, Sports, Today, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports|Tags: , , , , , , |

Prior to basketball season starting, ‘The LBC’ jerseys are already a hit

With the restructuring of Dan Monson’s contract, the hiring of Bobby Braswell and new faces filling the roster, only one thing was missing — a fresh new look. Long Beach State men’s and women’s basketball teams will be decked out in jerseys with the updated “BE/\CH” logo beginning this season. The teams officially unveiled the new look uniforms on social media and at their respective media days. Head coaches Dan Monson and Jeff Cammon  of the men’s and women’s teams will have four different sets to choose from: a white uniform with black lettering, black with white lettering, charcoal with gold lettering and a gold uniform with “The LBC” front and center. I am not the biggest fan of the updated Beach logo, but all of these uniforms are very sharp. The addition of the Big West conference logo on the opposite shoulder of the Nike swoosh also makes Long Beach look more professional, similar to powerhouse schools in the Pac-12 conference or the ACC. It may not seem like a big deal, but small details like new uniforms and a city edition jersey help with recruiting. It goes along with the saying ,“Look good, feel good, play good.” I

No. 8 Long Beach looks to end its skid at UCSB

After a two-week drought, Long Beach State men's water polo will travel to UC Santa Barbara Friday in desperate search of a win. The 49ers have lost their last four games, putting them in a 7-10 hole. A victory Friday would be their first in two weeks and give the 49ers a 1-1 conference record. No. 8 Long Beach features an unbalanced offense manifested in redshirt junior attacker Austin Stewart. His 37 goals are twice as many as the next-highest scoring 49er. The Upland native leads the team in goals, assists and points. Stewart’s 37 goals are followed by three players who each have 18. Two of them, senior attacker Chandler Kaltenbach and junior center Johnathan Wong, own a shooting percentage above .800. Spreading the offensive attack could be a key to victory against No. 5 UCSB.  (16-8, 1-1 GCC) While the 49ers have one player with more than 20 goals, the Gauchos have four. UCSB is not shy attacking the net and will barrage Long Beach with a high shot volume. A key for LBSU will be stopping UCSB senior driver Boris Jovanovic, who has a whopping 63 goals on the year. Jovanovic is a pure scorer, with only

By | 2018-10-24T00:06:41-07:00 Oct 23, 2018 | 11:59 pm|Categories: Men's Sports, Men's Water Polo, Sports, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Long Beach comes back in thrilling five set upset

Before the match had even begun, all eyes were on Hailey Harward. She opened up the night by singing the National Anthem in front of the crowd of 901, which was met with thunderous applause. The spotlight would stay on her throughout Long Beach’s thrilling five set comeback over Santa Barbara 20-25, 18-25, 25-20, 26-24, 19-17. Going into the match, the junior outside hitter was three digs away from hitting a milestone 1,000 for LBSU. She reached the number at the tail end of the first set and went on to reach a season-high of 24. “It’s just exciting, I’m excited,” Harward said about the milestone. “It’s been interesting learning defense from two different coaching staffs, and I feel like I’ve been able to take what I’ve learned from Bryan [Gimmillaro] and Erica [Dillard] and when Mike [Campbell] was with us and kind of combining it now, along with our really good game plan.” It seemed the celebration would be short lived, as Long Beach (13-9, 5-4 Big West) dropped the first two sets to Santa Barbara (12-9, 4-5 Big West) behind stagnant defense and inconsistent offense. The 49ers struggled to get past the Gauchos blockers at first, and couldn’t

By | 2018-10-21T12:10:20-07:00 Oct 20, 2018 | 5:13 pm|Categories: Sports, Today, Women's Sports, Women's Volleyball|Tags: , , , , , |
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