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    Vettel will dominate F1

    With a new car design and a fierce desire to reshuffle the Mercedes Dynasty, Sebastian Vettel has emerged in 2018 as a dominant force in Formula 1 again. In late 2017, the December issue, The ECHO published a prediction that Lewis Hamilton would stutter in the 2018 season and that Ferrari’s shining red cars would take back the art. It is safe to say that Hamilton has stuttered and Ferrari is on its way. Sebastian Vettel began the season with a big win at the opener, the Australian Grand Prix. The track consists of 58 laps on a winding five kilometer circuit in Melbourne’s Albert Park. The route has become…

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    Obscure Sporting: Florentine Football

    At the visceral sound of a small cannon, the sound ricocheting off of Florence’s ancient structures, 27 players rush forward into the lurid brawl which is the sport of Florentine Football. Imagine a strange combination of handball, rugby, and hand-to-hand combat, in a sandy gladiator cage 80x40m, surrounded by jeering fans. This is the revived version of the 16th century Italian sport, calcio, which itself may be a revival of the antique Roman sport of harpastum.   In the Renaissance era, the brutal sport was limited to the most elite. Rich aristocrats played before Lent, and even Popes (Leo XI, Urban VIII) entered the game in the Vatican. The game…

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    Bossaball is a sport with rhythm

    The sport of Bossaball is about rhythm. The rhythm of the movement of the players, jumping, kicking, and executing the final spike, all to the beat of the historic bossa nova brazilian dance music. See, in Bossabll, the referee is not only the regulator of play, but the DJ and party organizer. The sport historically combines elements of partying, music, dancing, gymnastics, volleyball, and soccer. The game is set up all around one giant, inflatable, volleyball court, with a trampoline on either side of the net. There are 4 players on each side, one player up front, one continuously bouncing on the trampoline, ready to strike, and two in the…

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    ECHHS wrestling team gains popularity

    Wrestling is one of the more unique sports that there are at East Chapel Hill High School. It incorporates several different techniques and fighting styles, even aspects of jiu jitsu. It is about halfway through the wrestling season and the ECHHS Wrestling team has had their greatest number of wrestlers in years. The team consists mostly of younger students with only two juniors and seniors. The team currently has 10 wrestlers on the team that fill 9/14 of the weight classes. Because of the boost in numbers the team has been able to compete in a more rigorous conference. The tougher competition has allowed for the team to improve overall.…

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    GQ Praises Colin Kaepernick

    Yet another entity has taken a public stance on the largest sports controversy of 2017: Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.  The former quarterback was featured on the cover of the GQ Men Of the Year issue, and given the title of “Citizen Of the Year” by the magazine. Earlier this year, Kaepernick started a demonstration that spread among other athletes to kneel during the national anthem, to protest the treatment of black people by law enforcement and to support the Black Lives Matter movement.  He faced so much opposition that he was blacklisted and no longer plays in the NFL, even garnering attention from Donald Trump, who called his protest…