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Tedeschi’s Take: Have fun!

When you watch the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer team, it’s clear the team has a lot of fun playing the game.

The players demonstrated this in the team’s 5-0 win over Marian Sat., Oct. 4 with an elaborate celebration when Keaton Albert (jr) scored the first goal for the Wildcats.

After the goal, the rest of the team surrounded Albert, fell to the ground and began making pretend snow angels in the wet grass.

Albert said the team practiced the celebration beforehand, expecting to score a goal and be able to use it. Since the team was confident and prepared, they took the time to relax and have fun by choreographing the celebration.

I think it’s celebrations like this that help draw people to sports in the first place.

Some people might look at this celebration and call it unsportsmanlike or over-the-top, but the celebration was quick and in good fun. The team didn’t taunt or disrespect the opposition; they were simply enjoying Albert’s goal.

Yes, players and coaches have jobs to do and need to take their respective sports seriously.

But when it comes down to it, sports are a game.  If you’re not having fun, what’s the point?

It’s a breath of fresh air to see a team playing at a high level but still having fun doing so. I can’t wait to see what other kinds of celebrations the team pulls out for the rest of the season.

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Tedeschi’s Take: Team first

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be playing in his final game this week, after a 20-year Hall of Fame career.

Growing up watching baseball, I hated Jeter because he played for the Yankees. But in the past few years, I have gotten over my hatred of New York and have grown to respect The Captain for the way he plays the game.

Jeter is quite possibly the greatest shortstop of all time, but does not act like it. There are countless stories of Jeter treating teammates, media and fans with respect and always being more concerned with team success than individual stats. In the ego-filled culture of professional sports, Jeter’s humility has been refreshing.

Thinking about Jeter’s career reminded me of a phrase my high school football coach would frequently tell my team: “It’s great to be a part of something bigger than yourself.”

It’s a simple phrase with a simple meaning: good things happen when you put the team’s goals above yourself. As cliché as it sounds, this rang true in Jeter’s career. He worked hard and did his job, and it led to five World Series championships.

The team-first mindset is evident in Indiana Wesleyan University sports as well.

It seems that in nearly every interview I have with an IWU coach or athlete, the conversation naturally drifts straight to the team instead of the individual.

A team-first attitude will go a long way. I challenge you, IWU students, to put the team’s needs over your own, whether it’s an official IWU sport, intramurals or class group projects.

 

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Tedeschi’s Take: For the love of sports

Why do I love sports?

I’ve been thinking about that question this week and realized it’s difficult to answer.

Sports have always been a part of my life. I can’t imagine my life without them. But why? What is it about sports that has drawn me to them since I was a little kid?

It certainly isn’t because I like winning.

I have been a diehard Cleveland sports fan my entire life, so I’m not too familiar with the whole winning concept. (Although I’m hopeful that will change with LeBron coming home!) Interestingly, through the perpetual losing seasons and disappointment, my love for sports has actually grown. `

My love for sports can be summed up by “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” to borrow the famous “Wide World of Sports” tagline. I love the drama and passion of sports. You see it in the hard work of athletes at practices and games, the intensity of a coach’s pregame speech and in the painted faces of football fans on Sunday afternoons. Sports give people something to be passionate about, a place to express their emotions.

I also love how sports bring people together. Absolute strangers become best friends celebrating a team’s victory. Entire nations come together to rally around national teams during events like the Olympics and World Cup. Sports forge a bond between people that few other things can.

So why should you care about all this? Because I want to share my love of sports with you this year.

Through this column and other stories, I hope to tell of the drama and passion of IWU sports, as well as how sports are bringing people together on this campus and elsewhere.

I am looking forward to working as the sports editor for The Sojourn this year, and hope to interact with you any way I can.

Feel free to contact me through email or Twitter (@tim_tedeschi), and be sure to check back every two weeks for another edition of Tedeschi’s Take.

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Confessions of a sports addict: The best month in sports

Brace yourselves, sports fans. I have terrible news for you.

March Madness is over.

Well, kind of. The Final Four college basketball teams will square off for the national championship this weekend, but it’s not March anymore. That’s because March gave way to the best month of the year for sports fans: April.

Other months have bigger individual events. October has the MLB playoffs. January has the NFL playoffs. March has most of the NCAA basketball tournament, as I mentioned earlier. June and July have the World Cup.

But no month puts it together for sports fans quite like April.

The beginning of the month opens a new MLB season after a five-month break. It also brings us the Final Four of the college basketball tournament, as people closely follow their brackets to see just how badly they predicted the tournament.

The middle of the month marks the start of the exciting NBA and NHL playoffs after a long (probably too long!) regular season.

And if you only like football, April has something for you as well. The NFL draft happens at the end of the month in most years.

At IWU, we have the baseball, softball, track and field, golf and tennis teams all in the heart of their spring seasons as the weather warms up. So many great Wildcat teams will compete out at the athletic complex this month or at nearby golf courses.

Does it get any better than April, IWU sports fans?

I don’t think it does. At least, besides final exams.

Do you agree that April is the best month in sports? Leave a comment or tweet @sojournsports with your favorite sports month.

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