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I have watched soccer since I was 13 years old. Back then, I was naive to how the this game would impact my life and how it would become one of my greatest passions. As I became more and more enthralled by the game, I began to follow two players above all others: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both are among the sport’s greatest players, each forever changing soccer in many ways and inspiring the...

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This past weekend, the New England Patriots made it to the Super Bowl for what seems like the millionth time. From the view of someone who doesn’t avidly follow the National Football League (NFL), the Patriots and Tom Brady seem to be the only team that matters and are nearly a shoo-in for the Super Bowl. It was, however, pointed out to me that the Patriots are not the only team that matters, they are...

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SportsFollowing your team

January 22, 2019662 min

This break I spent a lot of time watching soccer, specifically Everton, the team I support. Everton is in the British Premier League, and they have recently been giving a master class in how to be truly awful at soccer, which has resulted in me being somewhat grumpy. This made me wonder, why do I follow Everton and their struggles? What makes me follow them even when I hate them? To answer that, let me...

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SportsThe love of the screen

November 14, 2018161 min

I was 14 years young when I found “League of Legends,” an online video game where teams of either 3 vs. 3 or 5 vs. 5 battle to destroy one another’s bases. I had been playing video games all my life, dedicating hundreds of hours to “Pokémon Emerald” and tearing my hair out trying to defeat Ganondorf in “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.” But the majority of the games — with the exception of...