Month: February 2017

Business will be boomin’ for at least five more years in the Steele City

Business will be boomin’ for at least five more years in the Steele City

By: Ashley Conley

As Antonio Brown always says, “Business is boomin!”

The Steelers signed their star-studded wide receiver to a four-year contract extension on Monday worth $68 million, making him the highest-paid wideout in the NFL.

This past season, Brown led the Pittsburgh receiving corps with 106 catches for nearly 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns. After signing the dotted line, No. 84 tweeted about getting a (Super Bowl) ring and being a Steeler for life.

It’s safe to say it put fans over the black and gold moon.

Some of Brown’s professional friends and even some competitors also expressed their congratulations via social media.

The Steelers pretty much hit a home run this week. The six-time Super Bowl-winning franchise officially locked Brown into their offense and slapped a franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell. According to Fox Sports, Brown has “a chance to be one of the best NFL receivers of all time”, while Bell has been deemed “the most dominant player in the NFL” by FiveThirtyEight.

Get your Terrible Towels ready because the Steelers will be a force to reckon with for years to come.

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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy

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It’s Daytona Day!

It’s Daytona Day!

By: Ashley Conley

NASCAR fans have been waiting months for this day – Daytona Day – for the 59th running of The Great American Race, the Daytona 500.

Here’s everything you need to know before the green flag drops:

Chase Elliott will start from the pole for the second year in-a-row.

This is only Elliott’s second Daytona 500, and he’s earned the pole position both times. His teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will start from second.

Elliott piloted his NAPA Racing Chevy to victory lane in last week’s CanAm Duel number 1. Can he complete the trifecta today? The No. 24 Hendrick team finished 37th after an early crash in last year’s 500, but Elliott says he’s more mentally prepared to compete for a win this time around.

40 cars are in it to win it. 

36 charter teams (a.k.a. the regulars) and four “open” teams (ones that had to qualify or race their way in during the CanAm Duels) are in the starting lineup. You can see the full grid here.

This will be the first NASCAR race to run under a new three-segment format.

Today’s Daytona 500 will consist of three segments; the first two will be 60 laps each followed by an 80-lap sprint to the finish. 200 laps = 500 miles.

You can learn more about the format changes for this race here.

Actor Owen Wilson is the Grand Marshall. 

Owen Wilson, star of Wedding Crashers, Marley & Me and a plethora of other movies including the upcoming Cars sequel, will kick off the race with the traditional “Drivers, start your engines!”

Former football player LaDainian Tomlinson will wave the first green flag. 

The San Diego Chargers-great will drop the race’s first green flag.

Jordan Sparks will provide pre-race vocals. 

Sparks, a former winner of American Idol, is set to sing the National Anthem.

TV and Radio

Television coverage for the Daytona 500 will begin at 2 p.m. on FOX. Radio coverage will begin at the same time on the MRN (Motor Racing Network).

Tickets

According to NASCAR, stadium tickets for the Daytona 500 officially sold out yesterday!

My Picks! 

I became a Chase Elliott fan last year before he ran his first NASCAR Monster Energy race during his rookie season, therefore, I have to go with Team 24! Here’s my projected Top 5:

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Kyle Larson

Remember to follow along on social media with the hashtag #Daytona500. Enjoy the race!

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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy

Baker Mayfield busted after a wild night in . . . Arkansas?

Baker Mayfield busted after a wild night in . . . Arkansas?

By: Ashley Conley

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and fleeing from the police in the wee hours of Saturday morning, according to an Arkansas sheriff’s office.

Why was Mayfield, a Texas native and redshirt junior at the University of Oklahoma, partying it up in Arkansas? No one’s quite sure, but the Internet had plenty of jokes to crack once the news of his arrest broke.

According to the official police report, the officer that arrested Mayfield chased him down and tackled him to the ground. As you can guess, the jokes just keep on rolling.

Mayfield, who led the Sooners to a Big 12 conference championship and a Sugar Bowl victory last season, is (or was) a favorite to win the next Heisman Trophy. Did his drunken night out in Arkansas ruin that and his future NFL Draft stock?

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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy

Jameis Winston never fails to disappoint

Jameis Winston never fails to disappoint

By: Ashley Conley

Jameis Winston is in the news for something bad, again.

Winston was invited to a Florida elementary school on Wednesday to “deliver a message of inspiration and self-confidence”, according to a tweet sent out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But that’s not entirely how things went down.

“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said in his speech. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.

“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”

WHAT!?!?!?

This famous football player just told girls that “they’re supposed to be silent” after instructing them to remain seated while the boys in the room stood and received a speech about how they’re supposed to be the “strong” ones? To say I’m disgruntled by Winston’s dialogue would be an understatement. Even if his intentions were good, an athlete who has the potential to be a role model should think about what he’s going to say before it leaves his mouth in an elementary school full of young, learning children.

Winston apologized for his comments, citing that he used “a poor word choice that may have overshadowed” what was meant to be a positive message.
Winston made headlines for multiple behavioral/moral issues throughout his collegiate football career. In 2012, the then-Florida State recruit was accused of rape. The lawsuit was eventually settled and Winston faced no charges. Then, in 2014, Winston was caught on video stealing crab legs from a Publix grocery store. He was issued a civil citation. Later that same year, the Heisman Trophy winner stood on top of a table at FSU and yelled a sexual obscenity. He received a one-game suspension as punishment.

Hopefully, Winston’s “poor word choice” isn’t a step back in the wrong direction.

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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy
There’s nothing like a good buzzer beater!

There’s nothing like a good buzzer beater!

By: Ashley Conley

There’s nothing more exciting in college basketball than a good buzzer beater, especially when an unranked team defeats a top-10 opponent in front of their home crowd.

Syracuse got the job done against the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils last night at the Carrier Dome. John Gillon, a transfer from Colorado State, banked in a three to seal the deal just as the buzzer sounded in front of more than 30,000 Orange fans.

The last-second shot initiated a massive court storm, was instantly the talk of every commentator on ESPN and quickly became a top trend on Twitter.

By adding this marquee win to their resume, the Syracuse Orange (17-12) will likely cap off a roller coaster season with a NCAA Tournament bid.

Cover Image: Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports

Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy

The NBA trade deadline has fans/players on the edge of their seat

The NBA trade deadline has fans/players on the edge of their seat

By: Ashley Conley

It’s that time of year again; The NBA trade deadline (Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.) is rapidly approaching and fans/players are experiencing all sorts of emotions.

Confused

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas tweeted a single emoji and Boston fans have no clue what it means. Could he be on his way out of Beantown, or was he just causing a ruckus?

A day later, Pistons center Andre Drummond tweeted the same single emoji as Isaiah Thomas, stirring things up even more. Is a major Boston-Detroit trade in the works?

Disappointed

Following the All-Star game on Sunday, the Sacramento Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins. While some fans were pleased with the trade thanks to Cousins’ recent behavioral issues, others were upset about what the team got in return.

The Kings sent Cousins and forward Omri Casppi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and one future first-round and second-round draft pick. Cousins, a three-time NBA All-Star, averages more than 27 PPG and 10 RPG (a double-double). Was this a good trade? You do the math.

Hopeful

Some fans are just hoping and praying for their team to acquire an elite player prior to the trade deadline without having to give away the face of the franchise. For Celtics fans, Carmelo Anthony (a nine-time All-Star), is on their radar.

The Celtics even followed Anthony on Instagram, adding fuel to the fire.

Lakers fans are also quite hopeful of acquiring some additional talent in Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler or Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George. However, fans don’t even know how to feel after rumors swirled that young guns Brandon Ingram and D’Angelo Russell, among others, could be on the way out in exchange.

Entertained

The week leading up to the trade deadline (and especially the last day) is quite possibly the most exciting part of the NBA season, minus the Finals. Some fans live for this drama, others can’t stand the unknown, but most fans can certainly agree that it’s entertaining.

Sit down and buckle up, because it’s Trade Deadline Eve and it’s about to get crazy!

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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy

WVU fans rattled by Bob Huggins’ on-court health scare

WVU fans rattled by Bob Huggins’ on-court health scare

By: Ashley Conley

During WVU’s home matchup with Texas Monday night, legendary coach Bob Huggins experienced an on-court health scare and collapsed to his knees while grasping his chest during a timeout with under 30 seconds remaining in the first half.

The WVU Coliseum instantly went silent as fans in attendance held their breath, unsure of what was happening. Moments later, Huggins arose back to his feet with the help of his players and assistant coaches, made his way over to the sideline, took a seat on his signature stool and gave the okay signal. He was ready to continue coaching.

Fans instantly filled Twitter with worry and prayers for their beloved coach, who recently clinched career win number 800 in his 35th year as a head coach. 10 of those have been spent at WVU.

According to Huggins, his defibrillator gave him a brief shock and he experienced light-headedness due to the medications he takes for his heart. During halftime, his personal doctor checked him out and cleared him to continue coaching.

So that’s exactly what he did.

The Mountaineers went on to defeat the Longhorns 77-62 behind a career-best performance from r-freshman Lamont West (23 points, 6-of-8 from three) and a double-double from junior Jevon Carter (24 points, 10 rebounds).

After last night, no one should ever doubt Huggins’ dedication and love for the game of basketball – especially West Virginia basketball.

Cover Image: Jamie Sabau/GETTY Images

Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy