By: Joseph Miller ('19)
This year’s NFL offseason has been slowly creeping along, with little to no big name signings. However, everything changed late at night, on the evening of Tuesday, March 12th.
The Cleveland Browns, who are moving swiftly down the path from 0-16 to champions of the AFC North, almost broke social media with news of their blockbuster trade that landed them one of the most well known wide receivers in the NFL for little cost.
This trade will serve as a bit of a homecoming for former New York Giant Odell Beckham Jr., as he is not from Cleveland, but played in college with Browns receiver Jarvis Landry, and has worked out with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on multiple occasions. For this trade, Cleveland did have to give up Jabrill Peppers, a young safety with a high ceiling in the NFL, as well as their third and first round draft picks in this upcoming draft. However, this is still an easy price to pay for a high market, All-Pro receiver like Beckham. Beckham and Landry paired with a backfield of Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb, who are both young running backs coming off amazing 2018 seasons, should make for a scary combination that keeps opposing teams’ defensive coordinators up at night.
By: Jacob Golberg ('20)
As the conference championships come to an end, teams are ready to begin the madness. Many upsets have occurred in conference tournaments this year, such as Saint Mary’s (CA) beating number 1 seeded Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference tournament. These upsets will take spots away from teams that are on the bubble to get in. It will lay the foundation for unexpected teams to make the tournament, and many viewers may hear names they have never heard before during the selection show. Wofford, Northern Kentucky, and Old Dominion are just a few examples of teams with automatic bids. Teams like Ohio State, Furman, and Florida are in great risk of missing out on the “Big Dance,” if the upsets continue. With all of the unexpected events taking place, Americans will no doubt be sitting on the edge of their seats during the selection show.
By: Sidney Eisen
This year’s Super Bowl, scheduled for Feb. 3 between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, is a SEAR 1(Special Event Assessment Rating) event, the federal government’s second-highest security classification. The government shutdown will affect the Super Bowl this year held in Atlanta because of the airport security in Atlanta and the security around the stadium. Atlanta is the host city for the Super Bowl. Atlanta also has the biggest airport in the country. With 10% of TSA(transportation security administration) agents calling in sick or quitting, people trying to get into our out of Atlanta will be a nightmare. "It's all one airspace, so you can only fit so many airplanes in the airspace without affecting everybody."
Because of the Super Bowl, air traffic control will see an abundance of private jets. This means the air will be even more crowded trying to get into Atlanta. An FAA representative said. "Due to the large increase of general aviation and charter traffic associated with Super Bowls, delays are not uncommon for these events, but we have a comprehensive plan to mitigate those delays as much as practical." The TSA had to fly in other TSA agents from around the country to make up for the amount of TSA agents that left work in Atlanta. "We've got a Super Bowl coming to Atlanta, Georgia, in about three weeks -- the biggest tourism event in the world this year," he said Tuesday. "What if the largest airport in the world, that's going to bring all the people to the largest football game in the world, goes out of business because of the TSA strikes?” Then you've just cost millions of dollars to the United States of America, my home city -- the city of Atlanta -- and others." said U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia. The Super Bowl is one of the most popular events in America each Year. It’s an event that cannot be rescheduled or canceled.
Security in the stadium has been preparing and training for months. The Department of Homeland Security takes an event like the Super Bowl very serious. It is not necessarily a terrorist target, but they cannot take any chances on security. They say the government shutdown has no effect on the safety and security at the Super Bowl. FBI agent the amount the federal government working not being paid. This year’s Super Bowl, scheduled for Feb. 3 between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, is a SEAR 1(Special Event Assessment Rating) event, the federal government’s second-highest security classification.
Written by: Bryson Shaw
Colts (+5.5) at Chiefs
Sat. Jan. 12, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC)
Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are red hot at the moment, at a time when it certainly pays to be red hot. The Colts have been in playoff mode for quite a while now. They had to scrap their way into the playoffs by winning the last four games of the regular season. They rose to the occasion and dominated those four opponents. Andrew Luck’s ability to make smart decisions with the ball and ability to score in the red zone has been huge for this Colts team. The offensive line has been dominating, and the defense is for real. The Colts carried their hot streak into the wild card round by dominating the Houston Texans 21-7, paving the way to this big time divisional round matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been led this season by MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes and his offense have been unstoppable all season long, with their high powered scoring potential leading them to a first round playoff bye. Kansas City’s only real problem this season was losing Kareem Hunt late in the season due to domestic violence allegations. Because of this, the run game has slightly off, but Mahomes and his team still have plenty of weapons to burn you. The defense looks to come in fresh and will be even stronger if Eric Berry (listed as questionable) is able to play.
Advantage: Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead Stadium, the Chief's home field, is wild during the regular season. Can you imagine what a playoff game on a Saturday night will be like? It will be deafening.. Freezing cold weather will also provide a huge advantage for the Chiefs.. The weather is expected to be in the low thirties, with 12 mph winds. Snow showers are also listed in the forecast. The Colts aren’t used to this, playing out their home games in a domed stadium..
Bullis student pool of 10 predictions
Chargers (+4.5) at Patriots
Sun., Jan. 13, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
The Los Angeles Chargers proved they are a contender on the road against the Baltimore Ravens in the wild card round of the playoffs. The back end of the defense is loaded with fast and talented players. Safety Derwin James and cornerback Desmond King have led the secondary this season. Upfront they have shown constant improvements, getting better every week. The defense has come together at the perfect moment. Quarterback Philip Rivers thinks this is the best team he has ever been a part of. Philip Rivers has never won a Superbowl but with his confidence in his teammates and himself this season, you can expect a fired up and locked in Rivers this Sunday in the Divisional round against the Patriots.
Is Tom Brady done? Brady has been doubted all season. His numbers are down, and his team not as talented as in recent years. NFL insiders think his reign is over. After a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers back in early December, it seems we are counting the New England Patriots out this postseason. Nonetheless, this team is still good, very good. They can prove this simply by reminding us that they had a first-round bye in the playoffs. They are home, coming off a bye, and have been all but counted out. No doubt about it, Tom Brady will have his Patriots' team ready to rock and roll come kick off Sunday afternoon.
Temperatures will be in the mid-twenties. That's something the LA golden boys haven't faced yet this season. The Chargers will also be on the road. Foxborough is known for crazy fans.
Bullis Alumni Dwayne Haskins is no doubt one of the greatest college football players in the country. He was third in the Heisman trophy running, and with the top two candidates most likely not entering the draft, Haskins is the sure pick if you need a quarterback. In his final year with Ohio State, Haskins had one of the best seasons in Big Ten history. He finished with 50 touchdown passes, eleven ahead of Drew Brees record. Haskins also holds the record for most passing yards in a single season in the Big Ten beating Curtis Painter by almost a thousand yards. Dwayne’s career was destined for the history books when he came in during the Michigan game in 2017 replacing JT Barrett and dominated for the better part of the second half leading the Buckeyes to a win. Although Dwayne has been exceptional at Ohio State and could stay for another year, this is the ideal time for him to enter the draft. Haskins has been at Ohio State for three years and has waited long enough to get his chance to play in the NFL. Finally, the quarterback class is weak, and next year the second place Heisman candidate Tua Tagovailoa will most likely enter the draft. Haskins is projected to get drafted in the first round, and it will be fun to watch where he ends up.
By: Sidney Eisen
The Varsity boys basketball team has started IAC play 2-0 coming off a nail biter against St. Albans winning that game 55-52. Last Tuesday, the boys came out against Georgetown Prep and played well and beat them heavily 83-55. The boys are looking to continue their success this season by taking on St. Stephens and St. Agnes this Friday, home at 7:30. Some big games to look forward to are on Tuesday, January 22 against Landon and then that Friday, January 26 against Georgetown Prep.
The Varsity girls basketball team has started the season with a modest 8-6 record and 2-1 in the ISL. The girls' team has a big game against rival school, Georgetown Visitation next Thursday. The girls have a long history with Visitation after losing to them in the ISL semi-final last year. The girls are looking to put the past behind them and win next Thursday.
By: Joseph Miller
In March of 2018, Trevor Lawrence enjoyed a relaxing night out at his high school’s senior prom. Now, ten months later, he is getting his finger fitted for an NCAA National Championship ring. Clemson’s 6’5 19-year-old quarterback took the college football world by storm this past season, and he’s here to stay. While he may have been one of the top quarterbacks in the country this year, he is not eligible to enter the NFL draft until 2021, two years from now.
Lawrence shook things up so much his freshman year that he forced Kelly Bryant, the team’s former starting quarterback, and national champion, to enter the transfer portal halfway through the season. Bryant recently announced that he would be attending the University of Missouri, and assuming a starting role following the school’s former starter Drew Lock, who is projected to go in the first round of the NFL Draft this year.
During Lawrence’s senior year in high school, he was heavily recruited, earning five stars and being ranked as the #1 pro-style quarterback in the country. After signing with Clemson, Lawrence gained quite the presence on campus, lighting up the field in Clemson’s spring games while he was still a high school student. This past season, Lawrence threw for over 300 yards five separate times, twice against conference opponents and twice in the playoff, leading the 2018-19 Clemson Tigers to the first 15 win season in college football history, out of any team.
Lawrence’s play signifies not only a feel-good tale of a kid that young succeeding at that high of a level, but also the recent spike in talent through true freshman players at the Division 1 level. The concept that 18 and 19-year-olds can compete against seasoned juniors and seniors indicates an upward trend in both the talent level and NFL readiness of players right out of high school. While Trevor Lawrence may seem like an anomaly as of now, every year there will be more and more underclassmen succeeding at that level.
By: Matt Kelly
The Divisional round of the NFL playoffs is occurring this week. In the NFC, the #4 seed Dallas Cowboys are traveling to Los Angeles to play the #2 seed Rams, and the reigning Super Bowl Champion #6 seed Eagles are going to New Orleans to play the Top seed Saints. The weather will not be an impending factor because New Orleans will be inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome, and the weather in Los Angeles is predicted to be 67°.
Cowboys (+7) at Rams
Sat. Jan 12 8:15 p.m. ET
Although it is a home game for the Rams, there should be more Cowboys fans in attendance. The L.A Coliseum is not a memorable venue to attend because it’s outdated and doesn’t offer many amenities. Rams fans can earn up to five times the ticket worth by selling to the highest bidder. Fans have to decide between being a Rams or Chargers fan. The cost of tickets is also a reason fans are not attracted to the venue. With parking, you may be spending over 500 dollars for a nose-bleed seat. For the Rams vs. Cowboys game, the line for the game opened with the Rams being a 7.5 point favorite and has since shifted to the Rams being a 7 point favorite, the over/under is listed at 49. With two electric feature running backs this could quickly turn into a track meet where the teams trade haymakers that easily outpaces the 49 point Over/Under.
Eagles (+10) at Saints
Sun. Jan 13 4:40 p.m. ET
The Saints vs. Eagles game is at 4:40 and the opening line was Saints favored by 10 points, and the over/under is listed as 51.5 points. Led by Drew Brees, the Saints have had an exceptional year and grabbed the top spot in the NFC playoffs. Brees will be looking to bring home his second Super Bowl for the Saints. The reigning Super Bowl champion Eagles have had an up and down year but come into the game on a 4-game win streak. As a quarterback controversy brews in the City of Brotherly Love, can St. Nick Foles stake his claim to a long term contract?
I expect that both home teams will win but may not cover the spreads in their games.
by Harry Kaplan '19
Can you smell the sweet aroma of the freshly mowed grass? If you can, then that means the 2018 Varsity Baseball spring season is underway. Bullis is looking for a rebound season following their 14-12 (3-7 in IAC) record last year. However, the Bulldogs are aiming for a season similar to the 2016 season, where Bullis had a record of 7-3 while finishing first in the IAC. The 2016 season was Bullis' first-ever IAC title. The Varsity team is preparing to get back to its winning ways in 2018.
Last season, Bullis finished with a modest record, but unfortunately underachieved in IAC games. Bullis played very well through the first five innings of most IAC games. Against Landon, Episcopal, and St. Albans, our Bulldogs held the lead going into the 5th inning but quickly gave the lead back to the opposing team. These blown leads were a frustration to our team. However, that is the past.
With the losses of seniors, Raffy Baumgardner (‘17), Chris Mavrikes (‘17), Daniel Ramos (‘17), Brendan Cogdell (‘17), and Christian Snell (‘17), the current seniors will look to set a good example and lead the Bulldogs to success for the upcoming season. The Bulldogs will look to rely on pitchers Sammy Senders (‘18) and Henry Pavco (‘19) to lead this strong pitching staff. “I feel like our pitching staff this year is the best that it has ever been,” says starting pitcher Henry Pavco. Steven Landry (‘18), Jay Budin (‘19), and Sidney Eisen (‘19) are also in line to compliment this strong mix of righties and lefties on the mound. Catchers Ryan Hyman (‘19) and Billy Barlia (‘20) will be the glue that holds this pitching staff together. Defensively, behind this pitching staff is a young infield consisting of Henry Pavco (‘19), Harry Kaplan (‘19), and Zach Senders (‘20). Ethan Thompson (‘18) and Sidney Eisen (‘19) will be magnets over at first base. These strong infielders are working to hold down this already fundamentally sound defense. Veteran outfielders Jason Hersh (‘18), Sammy Senders (‘18), Steven Landry (‘18), and Jay Budin (‘19) will continue to lead our outfield to success. The Bulldogs have an energetic bench that includes Joey Miller (‘19) and Max Ferguson (‘21) who will look to backup this deep Bullis team.
Coach Patrick Cilento is heading into his 4th year as Head Coach, with help from assistants Keith Gordon and Noah Sherman. This upcoming season, Cilento is ready to rock and roll and lead Bullis to some W’s. Bullis’ coaching staff knows how to maximize team success by making decisions based on situations. Baseball is a thinking game, and having coaches who know who to put into the game in any position is vital. The coaching staff led by Cilento and company are aiming for a bounce-back season in 2018.
After the Bulldogs travel to Disney World over Spring Break, they hit the ground running with the most crucial two-game series of the year. Bullis opens league play versus Georgetown Prep on April 3rd and the second game on April 5th. This North Potomac powerhouse finished 10-0 in league play last season, so these two games are crucial. Following Prep, Bullis plays St. Stephens & St. Agnes on April 10th and 12th. The next series in IAC play is on April 17th and 19th: The rivalry: Bullis vs. Landon. Without Landon’s best player, Randy Bednar (‘17), who plays at the University of Maryland, Landon will have a younger team who still cannot be taken lightly. The Bulldogs’ Senior Night is at home versus St. Albans on April 24th. A ceremony recognizing all seniors will occur before the first pitch. Bullis is set for another high season ahead! Come and support our dogs this year!