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Fantasy Football: Week 1 Stud or Dud?

The first week of fantasy football is complete and what a week it was. Week 1 provided us with many shockers and hair pulling performances. The biggest takeaway of week one was the disappointing show by big name players in the league. A high number of top drafted players laid an egg in week 1. So, let’s dive into the Fantasy Stud or Dud of Week 1. Week 1 Fantasy Stud Alex Smith, Chiefs: Smith is known as a time management quarterback who doesn’t risk throwing the ball downfield. Well, in Week 1 he decided to play like his opposing team’s quarterback, Tom Brady. Smith went off in week one throwing for 368 yards and four touchdowns. His performance was good enough to score 30 points and be the top-ranked quarterback in fantasy football. Matthew Stafford, Lions: Stafford started off slow in week 1 but picked it up in the… Keep Reading

Sports Columns

JJ Watt’s Foundation exceeds expectations

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana hard on August 25. It was the first major hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The storm destroyed many people’s houses, businesses and lives. Many people were forced to leave their homes because of flooding. As the people left their home and evacuated to shelters, sports arenas and religious centers the supplies for the people ran low. The Evacuees were limited to bottled water and other essentials as stores didn’t have enough due to loosing supplies from the floods. Stepped in, JJ Watt defensive end for the Houston Texans, who started a relief fund in which he hoped to raise $200,000. Watt communicated with people through social media especially Twitter posting videos of updates and giving the people of Houston hope as they try to rebuild their city. From here on Watt became the voice for Houston, asking people… Keep Reading

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Fantasy Football Draft Help

Another fantasy football season is upon us. It is a fresh start for everyone with optimistic feelings that this is their year to win their league. In this article we are going to look at the important positions for fantasy football and to see who you should be drafting and not drafting for your upcoming draft. Quarterbacks to draft Jameis Winston, Buccaneers: Entering his third season in the NFL, Winston looks to take the next step in his career. He threw for 28 touchdowns but also had 18 interceptions. The interceptions are a concern but the team acquired new weapons for him. The Florida State product has Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, Cameron Brate and rookie tight end O.J Howard. Also, Winston is an underrated runner who can scamper for some yards which is a good weapon to have at the quarterback position. Carson Wentz, Eagles: Wentz, the former North Dakota… Keep Reading

Opinion/Sports Columns

Minnesota Twins: Buyers or Sellers?

The number 7 represents how many years it has been since the Twins have made the postseason. The number 7 represents how many games the Twins are behind the first place Cleveland Indians as of Sunday July 30, 2017. The Twins have been hovering around the .500 mark all season and right behind the Indians for first place in the Central Division. The Pitching rotation has been a major problem for the Twins over this postseason drought as they have struggled to put together a solid rotation through free agency or in the draft. However, this season Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios have been the heart of the Twins’ rotation and have been a major reason why the Twins are in the hunt for the post season. With the trade deadline coming up on Monday July 31st, 2017, the Minnesota Twins made some moves in which it looked they were… Keep Reading

Online Features/Sports

Disc Golf north of St. Cloud provides fun new challenges

Heading “up north” has been a long standing tradition for many Minnesotans as they depart each summer to their cabins. But for those without a lakefront property to rest by, and a desire to have some outdoor fun in a short drive, disc golf may provide a great alternative. The Chronicle will be covering a variety of disc golf course throughout Minnesota this summer as part of a series of three article. Recently we took a look at the popular courses around the St. Cloud area, but a wealth of disc golf courses are also located a short drive up Highway 10. Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Rice, St. Stephen and Royalton each feature a disc golf course with a unique experience that can not be found in St. Cloud. Northside Park Disc Golf Course in Sartell is one of the only courses we came across well suited for your four legged… Keep Reading

Online Features/Sports

Disc Golf grows following and fun in St. Cloud

Each summer, public parks across St. Cloud play host to games of disc golf as players navigate courses in an attempt to toss a Frisbee disc into a metal basket. The sport has continued to expand in popularity across the nation, but also on a local level. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) by the end of 2016, the United States had 6976 courses across the country, a growth of over 1500 new courses since the year before. The St. Cloud area has four courses of which all are free to play and located at public parks across town. Riverside Park, Calvary Hill Park, St. Cloud VA Medical Center, and River’s Edge Park, all have courses for players to throw a disc at. Whether you’re a new player or an experienced player, St. Cloud offers a variety of course styles and terrains. The most popular of St. Cloud’s… Keep Reading

Sports/Sports Columns

New Era, New Look (We Hope)

On April 11, The Minnesota Timberwolves revealed the new logo that will represent the team for the upcoming years. A slick representation of the old, the new, and the Minnesota. The team has been starving for an identity since Kevin Garnett was traded and since the Kevin Love debacle. Superstar Karl-Anthony Towns doesn’t deserve to drag along the rugged history of the last 13 years. He gets his own chance to make his own Timberwolves brand and build a team that can be great. It was time to move on from the 2000’s 3-D cartoonish look that many teams have shed thus far (Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings). But what this logo really should represent is an era where Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine will take over, just like the Kevin Garnett takeover in 1996 when the second Timberwolves logo was revealed. It’s time to shed the longest… Keep Reading

Sports/Sports Columns

There’s always next year, right? The 2016-17 Timberwolves season recap

In a league where you need superstars to win, the outlook was bleak for the Minnesota Timberwolves around 2012. With Kevin Love wanting out (and not being a superstar anyway), no one was really sure when that coveted star would be possible. The Wolves have busted more times in the draft than most teams, including one of the worst slip-ups in NBA history, choosing both Ricky Rubio AND Jonny Flynn over some dude named Steph Curry. Luckily, with the late, great Flip Saunders at the helm, the Wolves traded Love to the Cavaliers for a package that included college star Andrew Wiggins. The very next year, the Timberwolves had the #1 overall pick in the draft, and they chose Karl-Anthony Towns. These two players have both excelled greatly in their short time in the NBA, and heading into the 2016-17 season, hopes were high for the Wolves. After Saunders’ tragic… Keep Reading

News/Sports

Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 To Be Held in Saint Cloud

There are many names to describe the great state of Minnesota – the land of 10,000 lakes, the North Star State, L’Etoile du Nord – but perhaps none exemplify our passion more than one name: The State of Hockey. Every year, Minnesotans come together on one day in mid-January to celebrate the beautiful game. Beginning in 2007, an event dubbed, “Hockey Day Minnesota” has been an annual tradition where a unique outdoor location is picked, a rink is built on said location, and high school teams face off on the rink in front of a crowd. The games are also broadcast on Fox Sports North, along with the Gophers and Wild games that are usually scheduled on Hockey Day. On April 19, the Minnesota Wild, along with Fox Sports North and Minnesota Hockey, announced the location for the 2018 iteration of Hockey Day: our very own Saint Cloud. “Hockey Day… Keep Reading

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