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Gifts courtesy of TSU sports

December 4, 2014

By Jonathan Rembold Sports Editor Normally during this time of year we look forward to a break from school for a month, seeing family and friends and opening presents under the Christmas tree, Hanukkah Bush […]

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The Editor’s Inbox

September 25, 2014

I know Truman has swim teams, and I know we have a pool, but how can I get involved in cheering on some Bulldog swimming? Are there intramurals for swimming? — Rose In addition to […]

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The Editor’s Inbox

September 19, 2014

Why do Americans call soccer “soccer,” but the rest of the world calls it “football,” or “futbol”? — Andrew

Andrew, it looks like someone read my Premier League Primer! Let me say this is a question that has baffled many sports fans for a long time. As with so many things we know and love, the term soccer comes from our friends across the pond, England. During the 1860’s they called what is the equivalent to modern soccer, Association Football. This was what the fancy people called the sport, and contrary to Iggy Azelea, the young schoolboys and common folk in England did not want to be fancy, so they started calling the sport “assoc.”

You still might be thinking to yourself that it’s not soccer, and to that claim I ask you watch any truly British person talk. Not those party animals on Dowton Abbey, but rather down and dirty Brits, like Hagrid or any of the homeless people that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock runs around with. Now that you have watched two awesome pieces of pop culture, you have heard they love to add “-er” to the end of many words. Try to imagine a schoolboy wasting his precious recess time saying “that was a great goal in the assocer game last night.” No! That’s just silly and much too hard on the tongue. After having this realization, Association Football turned into assoc, which the dialect changed to assocer, which then became soccer. […]

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Basketball has new head coach

September 16, 2014

Former assistant coach Chris Foster takes over as head coach of Truman State’s men’s basketball team after former head coach Matt Woodley accepted a position with the NBA Development League. The announcement of Woodley’s departure […]

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Woodley heads to Iowa

September 11, 2014

For many students, the end of August and beginning of September is a time when they begin settling into the new year. For the men’s basketball team, the opposite was true. With the departure of three-year head coach Matt Woodley, the Bulldogs were left to find a new captain for a ship that seemed to be heading into some very choppy waters.

After much surprise and some quick action, Athletic Director Jerry Wollmering, University President Troy Paino and others decided former assistant coach Chris Foster was the man for the job. Within a week of the announcement of Woodley’s departure, the Bulldogs had a new head coach and were back to business as usual as the team prepared for the season. And while this may seem like normal business, in the world of college sports, it is more than a little shocking how everything was handled so efficiently and with such confidence. […]

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Welcome to the Premier League

September 4, 2014

This summer was incredible for sports, with baseball season in full swing, Lebron James announcing he was taking his talents back to Cleveland and rumors swirling about who would play for your favorite teams filling up your Twitter feeds.
But in my mind, the sporting highlight of this summer was the World Cup. Played in Brazil and lasting little more than a month, the whole world seemed to care about soccer for the first time during my lifetime. Friends and family that had never once noticed soccer were Tweeting and chanting about the U.S. Men’s National Team. Even my mother asked after one of the games, “So has Clint Dempsey always been this good?” […]

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Sports editor’s irrational fears yield vaguely helpful advice

August 17, 2014

So my top five fears, in no particular order, are as follows. Being in woods in pitch black darkness, being naked in front of a crowd, being tied up in a chair, dragonflies and any movie trailer that begins with a statement declaring it to be completely composed of found footage.

With that being said, let’s start giving out tips!

1. Let’s tackle dragonflies to begin with. Many of you might be saying to yourselves, “Jonathan, this is silly. Dragonflies are helpful to ecosystems and are cool in a hipster-weird way.” To that I say, anything with a giant head, a million eyes and the ability to hover should be avoided. […]

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Welcome to Bulldog sports

August 17, 2014

Dear students,

In the words of Jay-Z, allow me to introduce myself — my name is Jonathan Rembold. I am the sports editor of this award-winning paper you have in your hands. It’s true, this paper is the best college paper in the state! You should read it every Thursday so I can continue to have a job. But that is not what I am writing to you about this time. I am writing to you about sports.

I know most of you did not come to Truman State expecting a big-time, powerhouse sports school. I am going to try to change your minds in just a few paragraphs, and hopefully after reading this, Truman will have a new fan section that will go down in history. […]

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Looking back at Bulldogs past

April 24, 2014

During the past semester it has been my pleasure to be the sports editor for the Truman State Index. My time immersing myself in Truman Athletics every week has made me more aware of how impressive all these teams are.
But what has impressed me more is how there seems to be a shift in the way athletics are viewed at Truman. And those views seem to be changing for the better. There is good reason for this. As you can see by the lovely infograph to my left, athletics at Truman are making great strides throughout the majority of competitions. The move to the GLVC was a major headline for much of the season and before each opening game, the question was ‘How would this team compete in the new conference?’ […]

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The Editor’s Inbox

April 24, 2014

Well Macyn, you have come to the right place, because all we talk about for these four pages is sports. And judging by how not ripped that cartoon is, I also don’t play varsity athletics. This seems like a question-and-answer that are destined for each other like Anna and Kristoff — but enough of Frozen, back to the sports!
At Truman we are lucky to have a variety of intramural and club sports that offer a high level of competition. It just depends on how athletic you want to be.
If you love standing in the sun with a cold beverage in your hand, then sign up for Baggo—otherwise known as cornhole, or “that weird game with the bean bag my dad and uncle always play.” The beauty of this game is the only potential injury is some sort of rotator cuff-situation, and while the chances are minimal, having to tell your friends you tore your rotator cuff playing Baggo might be emotionally crippling. I’m not trying to be overly dramatic here, Macyn, just trying to cover all the bases. […]

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April 17, 2014

Which two teams will play for the Stanley Cup? – Kailey B.
Today as you are reading this, the Stanley Cup playoffs are starting for the St. Louis Blues and other teams. This means the hockey world will be overtaken with more intense play, more intense rivalries and more intense beards.
There are some definite favorites to come out of the east and the west but the beauty of the playoffs is anything can happen. That said, I will do my best to answer your question and give you my NHL Stanley Cup Finals prediction. […]

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The Editor’s Inbox

April 10, 2014

Who is a better all-around baseball player, Bryce Harper or Mike Trout?- Josh H.

Josh, first off, let me commend you for your question. You didn’t try to butter me up, you didn’t ask me about the weather, you just went for it — you asked that question! See that cartoon hand? Give it a high-five!
This question is incredibly challenging to answer because I love both players and would love to have them on my team if I were a general manager. Let’s break it down into some categories to try to make my decision a little easier. […]