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Buzz of the Crowd: Change a necessity for wins

State Hornet Staff

February 20, 2013

While professional sports organizations are given the opportunity to trade, sign and release players, college programs are not given that luxury.I respect college coaches because they have to work with the pieces they are given. General managers are not there to bail them out and the only chance coach...

What the Heck?

What the Heck?

James Heck

December 5, 2012

Walk into any sporting-goods store and you will see several displays of running shoes of every size, color, shape and brand. Some running shoes are designed with gel pockets in the heel to offer exceptional cushioning. Others are designed with stability and motion control in mind for runners who over-pronate – when the foot rolls inward when striking the ground, potentially damaging the feet, ankles, lower legs and lower back. The new craze on the running shoe market is minimalist shoes, and more specifically, barefoot running shoes. We have all seen that person walking around public with aquatic-looking toe-shoes. Barefoot running shoes are designed to mimic the attributes of walking or working out barefoot. Besides looking ridiculous, these shoes are supposed to encourage a mid-foot or forefoot strike with each stride. Because traditional running shoes often contain extra cushion in the heel, runners have a tendency to heel-strike with each stride. There have been many studies and research with opposing arguments against whether or not the way the foot strikes the ground with each stride can have harmful effects on the body. Even with the debate on running shoes, some runners decide to run completely natural – barefoot. I am not a historian, but I assume running barefoot has been around since the beginning of mankind. Whether or not you are a runner, you have probably at one point run barefoot before, regardless of the distance. Whether running barefoot on the sand at the beach or through the grass at a park, running barefoot gives us the sense of freedom. Wearing shoes creates a separation from our bodies and nature – we cannot feel the earth. Aside from the aesthetic feel, I have also noticed I naturally run on my forefoot when I run barefoot, and when I land on my heel, it hurts. Despite the opposing viewpoints of the effects of heel-striking, perhaps the studies are onto something. Although barefoot running is growing in popularity, it is still something the majority of the running community does not engage in. For starters, if you run barefoot, you are bound to come across different environments and terrains. Glass, sharp rocks, sticks, and thorns do not sound very inviting to the feet. Hot pavement could also cause blisters and pain and cold temperatures could make dsurfaces slippery. I have been running for more than 10 years and have only ever seen one barefoot runner. Granted, she was racing on a track, but it still amazed me. I have run very short distances barefoot, but I do not think I would try to run a marathon barefoot. Although I think the barefoot running and minimalist shoe craze is interesting, I still think it is a fad. It is something unusual in our society, so some people will think it is cool. For now, I will stick to my running shoes. I do not feel like stepping on a rusty nail any time soon. James Heck can be reached at jmh479@saclink.csus.edu.

Sac State teaching credential program sees large number of graduates become coaches

Sac State teaching credential program sees large number of graduates become coaches

Joe Davis

December 5, 2012

Greatness does not always have to be an innate quality. In the right environment, greatness is a trait that can be learned. Top-notch coaches and athletes can oftentimes be traced back to a particular lineage. In the NFL, former 49ers head coach Bill Walsh’s coaching tree includes Mike Holmgren, Mike ...

Buzz of the Crowd: Football feels presence of Bloomfield’s spirit

Buzz of the Crowd: Football feels presence of Bloomfield’s spirit

State Hornet Staff

October 30, 2012

Some believe that when a person dies it is not necessarily the end.John Bloomfield has not been on the football field with his teammates since week one of the season, but his presence was felt when the Hornets knocked off No. 11 Cal Poly.The death of their teammate has been extremely emotional to Sacramen...

Sac State honors men’s basketball alumni

Sac State honors men’s basketball alumni

State Hornet Staff

October 18, 2012

Ten Sacramento State alumni who went on to coach in the surrounding area were honored tonight at the university’s Alumni Center as part of the men’s basketball’s Tip Off Dinner.For the first time in the basketball program’s history, Sac State alumni from 1950-1965 were inducted as the first g...

NHL lockout continues as regular season approaches

State Hornet Staff

October 2, 2012

On Sept. 19, the possibility of the fast and furious sport of hockey swinging back into action again with the preseason was effectively dashed when the NHL canceled its entire preseason game schedule for the month. It’s the latest setback in the hockey world as the league goes through a work stoppage, the th...

Football prepares for opener in New Mexico

Football prepares for  opener in New Mexico

State Hornet Staff

August 28, 2012

Fans were able to get their first glimpse of the 2012 Sacramento State football team on Aug. 18 as the Hornets held their annual Green and Gold Scrimmage. The scrimmage was a part of “Bee a Hornet,” an event allowing kids a close look at college football.After the scrimmage, kids participated in ...