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My Experience As a Soccer Fan

Written by Chris Albin. Media by Mikey Ward. My name is Chris Albin, and I am a soccer fan in the United States. Not only am I a soccer fan, I am an MLS (Major League Soccer) fan. (MLS is the top pro soccer league in the United States.) While soccer fans are not as rare as one might expect in the US, MLS fans are even fewer in number. One might ask, “How does one become a fan of an MLS team?” For me, the an ...

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GC Sperds (Sports Nerds)-Episode One

By John Brittingham and Mike Ward & Editing by John Brittingham Today's Topics: 01. The Catholic Seven, 02. All-Star Weekends, 03. The International Prowess of Hockey & Soccer, & 04. The GC Schwab. That being sad, who on Greenville's campus is the most knowledgable about sports? Tweet us @mikeypward Enjoy. ...

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Clearing the Stands: Are Apathetic Fans Pathetic or Virtuous?

Last week Joe Hubbs wrote an article about his experience as an ‘ecstatic fan’. In it, he describes and dismisses the so-called ‘apathetic fan’. According to him, such a fan is someone who “associates themselves with a team, but hardly cares if they win or lose.” However, Hubbs goes on to associate the term “bandwagon” with apathy. Although I agree with Joe in my disdain for bandwagon fans, I cannot associate them with apathy. In fact, it is rather problematic to associate the two. This is because I have met the likes of the most die-hard bandwagon fans while at Greenville College and I must say, they are not apathetic about their tendency to cheer for the next best team. That being said, it is intriguing to think about what qualities a so-called “apathetic fan” would demonstrate. Would they show any interest in sports at all or merely observe? Do they only feel the need to be a fan once or twice a year? Do they neglect to be a full-fledged fan because they do not feel invested into a particular team or community of fans? This whole idea may be trivial. However, it is peculiar to live in a society driven by spiritual apathy, and yet observe the overwhelming passion the majority has for a sport or specific team. ...

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Greenville Basketball Wrap-Up: After Tough Season, Panthers Set Eyes to Redemption.

Written by Joe Hubbs   Disappointing, is the only way to describe the Greenville Panthers basketball season this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams battled through a long schedule all season and failed to put up a playoff record. After a promising start to the season, with five wins in a row, including a 92-78 conference win over Principia, the men’s team quickly faltered. Two quick blowouts by Web ...

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NBA All-Star Weekend: Painfully Boring

If you spent more than twenty minutes watching the venues of the NBA All-Star Weekend then you either have no idea when to turn off the television or enjoy inexplicable bouts of torturing boredom. If I were to describe the All-Star weekend in one word it would in fact be, boredom. What once was an attempt to maximize viewership over a three-day weekend event has now turned into one of the most disappointing sports venues in all professional sports. Let’s take a look at what makes the weekend painful to watch and who may be culpable for the corruption of what once was the most exciting weekend in sports. ...

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The Ecstatic Fan

Written by Joe Hubbs. Media by Darius Fridge. “Come on Wainwright!” My dad screams at the TV, his voice cracking in anxiety. At this point he is no longer seated in the comfortable couch in the living room, but on his feet inching closer and closer to the screen after every pitch. Again, he screams, now squatting a few inches in front of the TV like he is the catcher setting up for the pitcher’s delivery. W ...

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Second half woes Botch Panthers Senior Finale

Written by Joe Hubbs and DM by Ryan St. Hill. Senior Day left a bittersweet taste for the Panthers who started off hot in Saturday’s conference basketball game against MacMurray. Unfortunately, the Panthers faltered in the second half and ended up losing 85-64. Senior Jordan Smith led Greenville with 12 points, but it was not enough against a hot MacMurray team who dominated down low the entire afternoon. D ...

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A Week of Madness

Written by TJ Meredith. Media by Mike Ward. This college basketball season has been full of great games and many upsets, but this past week could stand to be the best week of games thus far. The real madness of this past week started on Tuesday. The Florida Gators went into Fayetteville, Arkansas and got beaten by an Arkansas team that is 7th in a below average SEC conference. Most people thought the Gators ...

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Scruples with Fandom: The First of a Semester Fandom Series

Written by Josh Cranston. Preface & Media: Mikey Ward Preface: Shortly after returning from Rwanda this December, Haley Fahrner approached me and asked me to become the Sports Section editor of the Papyrus and henceforth, I have been attempting to think of possible ideas for articles. Consequently, I have a long and now irrelevant list of ramblings or "possible articles." However, in review of this list ...

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Barber and co. left asking questions

Written by Mike Ward. Media by Mike Ward. Despite not having the leading scorer in the conference Saturday afternoon, Spalding's Mens Basketball team left head coach George Barber and the Greenville Men's Basketball team wondering what went wrong and why? The short-manned Golden Eagles used a barrage of threes and superior interior offense to top the Panthers, 81-61. Although the Panthers were led by Junior ...

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