Friday Five

By John Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn.–

1. Best baseball game I’ve ever watched

Before Wednesday night, could you have named anyone who was alive the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series?

I already know you couldn’t have. Because the last time the Cubs were world champions was in the year 1908. That’s 108 years ago for the non-math-majors out there.

Usually I hate watching baseball on television, but with that history on the line, and it being a winner-take-all game for the championship, I couldn’t resist. Thank goodness for that.

There were errors, plenty of hits, an extremely clutch home-run, questionable decisions, and to top it all off, a 20 minute rain-delay. But speaking for everyone who fought back sleep to see it to the end, I can safely say that game won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

2. Alabama Pipeline Explosion

Here we go again. Reports have already been made of gas prices jumping after an explosion on the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama left one worker dead and injured several others earlier this week.

It was just last month that there was another issue with the pipeline that sent many in Chattanooga on scavenger hunts for fuel.

As prices rise and gas becomes more scarce, take some time to appreciate living on campus if you do so. This is a rare time that you all can one-up us commuters who thought we’d save money living off-campus, but it’s times like this and when the roads are icy that we begin to regret that decision.

3. Early Voting Ends

Early voting ended in Tennessee yesterday, and many news outlets have reported very high numbers of people who went out and voted early.

Now I’m not voting this year anyways, but isn’t going on the actual election day one of the best parts about voting? I understand the handicapped and out-of-state natives being able to cast their votes early, but what’s up with everyone else?

I think there’s a certain stigma to standing in long lines with your fellow Americans as you all wait to practice democracy in its purest form. But here people are taking shortcuts. I’ve realized I sound like that old man who tells you to not walk on his lawn, but I can assure you that if the next election offers us some real candidates, I’ll be one of the first people in line to cast my vote — on Election Day.

4. Jalen Hurd

Hurd has been in the spotlight this week for basically quitting the University of Tennessee’s football team.

The reasons as to why the six-foot-four, 240-pound running back-turning-receiver left the Vols’ program don’t matter to me — mainly because he’s a grown man and can do what he wants without explanation. But the repercussions of this are going to be interesting to follow — especially for Mocs fans.

If Hurd decides to go to another big school like Alabama, Ohio State, etc., the now-junior would have to sit out an entire season before being allowed to play again by the NCAA. But, if he happened to come to a lower-level school like UTC, Hurd could start as soon as the admission papers go through.

It doesn’t make sense to me as to why he’d elect to sit out an entire year over entering the NFL Draft and coming up on some decent-sized checks. It might be unfathomable, but coach Russ Huesman should send Hurd some care packages just in case.

5. Harvard Soccer team’s season canceled

Reports came out Thursday night that the Harvard men’s soccer team had their season canceled over an issue with the women’s soccer team.

The men were caught having a rating system for each member of the women’s soccer team. Basically, a number closer to 10 means the woman is perceived as attractive, and a number close to zero means she isn’t.

Now is this kind of a petty reason to cancel the rest of a team’s season? I say a little, but I’ll always stand for teaching lessons to people who think it’s OK to objectify women.

With that said, there very well could be a women’s soccer team out there with the same rating system for the men’s team, but with the kind of stories I’ve read and heard from victims of rape, I think it’s always best to squash suspicious activity before it can escalate.

Ashley Day

Ashley Day


Ashley is a communication major with a minor in psychology. She spends most of her spare time hiking, eating sushi or taking photos. To contact Ashley, email her at

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