20 Things Sophomore Year Has Taught Me

As the school year comes to an abrupt end, let’s take a look at everything life has thrown at us Sophomore year…

1) Just because you don’t have an 8 am class doesn’t mean you can stay in bed all day. And yes, 9:30 is also an early class.

2) Having friends with cars means one thing: Best Eds, Hillview, and Meritt whenever you want.

3) When life kicks you down, Meritt is always there to pick you back up.

4) You make so many new friends sophomore year. Meet people and get to know them!

5) Living off­ campus makes it easy to isolate yourself. Get out of your room and be with others.

6) Off of that, do NOT forget about the ones that were there for you from the start. My boys will always be my boys. Keep that in mind.

7) Don’t worry about “that girl.” You’ll forget about her as soon at the next mixer.

8) But if you can’t forget about the girl, don’t be dumb. Make her yours.

9) Drama is everywhere. Getting involved in people’s drama is easy, but it is also easy to avoid it.

10) Speaking of avoiding, it’s a small school. If you are trying to avoid that girl that you hooked up with, you’re gonna bump into her. Accept it.

11) Get involved. Freshman year was all about getting adjusted. Sophomore year is the time to get involved in clubs, Greek Life, and other campus involvement. You’ll thank me.

12) Get off to a hot start to start the semester. The longer the semester goes on, the less work you’re going to want to do. Get off to a good start with your grades, and build a nice cushion.

13) Get your work done ahead of time. There’s nothing worse than sitting in on a Sunday night because you remembered you had a lab report due at midnight.

14) Don’t give yourself unwanted stress. You know the pressures of school and friends will stress you out, so stay organized and scheduled so nothing unexpected stresses you.

15) Sometimes a night in with your closest friends is better than the wild party that may or may not be broken up by the cops.

16) But don’t be afraid to go out when you’re done with work. It is healthy to go to parties and mix with people. So get your work done on Wednesday this way you can go to the darty on Sunday.

17) R.I.P. G St.

18) As you get older, so do your upperclassmen friends. Remember to spend time with them. You’re gonna wish you did. Every day is another day closer to graduation. So make the memories now.

19) You’re almost halfway done with college. You can make it.

20) These are the years we will look back on. Live it up now and make the stories and memories that you can laugh about in 30 years. Work and internships and overall responsibilities only get harder junior and senior year, so cherish the sophomore days.

Always a wise fool

– M. Fritz

Brady’s Boo’s

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It’s that time of the month where we find new ways to hate Tom Brady. Like I said in the last article, I’ll be doing this once a month to entertain everyone in the country that doesn’t live in that tiny little corner of the country. I can’t even say those two nauseating words describing their geographic location.

Anyway, I’m guessing you all saw the latest Instagram video of Tom Brady blowing through a conch shell, calling Rob Gronkowski running out of the woods and coaching him. SWEET DUDE. I saw SpongeBob do that when I was seven years old. Gronkowski running through the woods being the giant child that he is. Yeah, that dude is a savage, but just the fact that he is one of Bill Belichick’s minions makes me dislike the video that much more. Tom, c’mon now, shouldn’t you be in your garage with some air pumps and footballs? Not just entertaining social media, but even SportsCenter is all over it. Good for you guys not having to train this early in the year cause you play in the AFC East. But hell, if I was born in practically another country in that corner, I would be loving that video. Tom Brady Is the GOAT to be remembered as winning Super Bowls and blowing a conch shell.

– M. Gress

CCU Ends 4 Year Directors Cup Drought Against Clemson

The Directors Cup. An anual event held between Coastal Carolina and Clemson University’s respective PGA Golf Management Programs. The top 10 golfers that qualify for this event from both schools play in this 15 year old event.  The top golfers in each program play a 54 hole event held over 2 days. 36 holes comprised of an 18 hole 2 ball match play (alternate shot) and an 18 hole 4 ball match play (better ball) grind. Sunday is an 18 hole singles match play, head to head round. 1 point for a win, 1/2  point for a tie and obviously nothing for a loss. There are 20 total points to be had.

Clemson has pretty much dominated the event, winning about 75 percent of the 15 that have been held. Coastal hasn’t won the event in 4 years, making last years graduating class the last class to  hold the Cup. Well, we got tired of getting handled by Clemson year after year.

We waxed them, plain and simple. Starting off with a dominating performance in the 2-ball rounds, winning 4-1 after the first 18 holes. A confident Chanticleer team got another 2 and 1/2  points in the 4-ball event. A strong 36 holes for the teams of Andrew Roy and Josh Greenly as well as Morgan Deneen and Jake Vaiknoros stepping up out of the Sophomore Class. 10 and 1/2  total points is all Coastal needed and they only needed 4 more points to clinch the Cup, a feeling we haven’t had in a while. With only the singles matches left, Coastal sent Blaine Wright, Brad Anderson, Mike Gress, and Austin Kleynenberg out in the first 4 matches. A strong strategy by the coach, Matt Roberts, to send an experienced lineup out to get a quick 3 or 4 points. Wins in the first 3 matches and a half point by Gress all but ended it for Clemson. A quick point followed by Roy clinched it for the Chants and ended the drought. At the end of the day, the final score was 13-7 Coastal, making them winners of the 2016 Directors Cup.

With the Ryder Cup coming up next on the schedule for Coastal Carolina, the best golfers in the program are feeling confident going into a similar style tournament against each other. Matt Roberts with the comments after winning the cup back, “Their games are where they need to be right now. Everyone in these events at the end of the year are playing at their absolute best. It’s fun to watch these guys compete at this collegiate type level.” Winning an event like that feels great and is what keeps these kids playing in the PGM events, and competing at the top of their games.

ATB Sports is for college kids by college kids and we are running our first fund raiser. A portion of the precedes will go towards purchasing some new branded apparel. If you like our cause and you like winning this is the contest for you. All support is greatly appreciated. 

This Thursday, we will see the beginning of the iconic Masters Tournament, and we at ATB are hosting a Masters Pool! Choose the golfers in the field that you think will finish top 5, venmo us $10, and be entered into a chance to win a visa gift card! Rules and directions can be found by clicking the link below. The Masters Pool closes at 11:59 pm on Wednesday night, so hurry up and get your submissions in!!

https://afterthebuzzersports.com/2016/03/31/atb-sports-masters-pool/

– M. Gress

ATB Sports Masters Pool

This is a fund raiser for ATB Sports. A portion of the proceeds will be put into our merchandise fund. We are a company that is run by college kids for college kids. This means we want to offer our products and services to our peers a an affordable rate. 

If you support our cause, or simply just want to play, we greatly appreciate your support. For any questons jsut email ATBSportsMasters@gmail.com. 

Contest Rules:

Pick five golfers in the field in this year’s Masters field. We will be taking the gross score of these five players. The contestant with the lowest score to par will win a visa gift card. The exact amount of prizes and values will be announced at the start of play on Thursday April 7, 2016. (*The amount of money on the gift card as well as the number of cards will be determined by the amount of entries we receive. The more people that enter the more we can give away!)

How to enter:

You can create as many entries as you like. Each entry costs $10.00 payable in cash to an ATB Sports team member or through the middle man of Venmo. Simply add @ATB_Sports on Venmo and transfer the $10.00. Then all you need to do is simply send us your picks!

Bonus: Refer five (5) friends and get a free entry. Tell them to mention in their email entry that you refereed them and you will get a free entry.

How to send in your picks:

You can email us your picks @ ATBSportsMasters@gmail.com. Simply list your five players and wait for a confirmation. It’s that easy!

Prizes:

We will use the funds raised from entries as a purse, just like The Masters. This means that the more people enter, the more you could win.

 

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Rory­: Par-­3 Contest a “Distraction to me”

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One of the longest running traditions on the PGA Tour is the Par-­3 contest the Wednesday of Master’s week down at Augusta. This is an event that fans and players alike look forward to all year, where players have their friends and family caddie for them, and a chance to play a rare round of golf with their young children in a relaxed setting. All around, it is a great event for everyone involved.

Just the other day, Rory McIlroy made a public statement about the Par 3 contest. “It is a bit of a distraction and the year I had my best chance at Augusta in 2011, I didn’t play in the Par-3 contest. So maybe the decision to not play in it this year can work in my favor,” McIlroy said.

The Par 3 contest can get hectic. It’s more little kids in over-sized caddie­ suits and celebrities making appearances than an actual Par-­3 contest. If this happened at any other major event, players would most likely be working to get it banned.

Golfers are very superstitious, and I can attest to that one. I have my own daily routines and pre-round rituals that cannot be changed, or else the entire universe will be unaligned. But I can only imagine how much that is amplified if you are a professional trying to get his first Green Jacket.

Rory is going into this years Masters overshadowed by Jordan Speith, who is looking for back-­to-­back Masters wins, Jason Day, who is looking for wins two weeks in a row, and Adam Scott, who leads the FedEx cup leaderboard and is chasing his second jacket.

Rory, I respect your decision to skip the event, but it’s a ballsy comment to say it’s “distracting”. You better get that win, or else you’re just nothing but excuses for 6 Masters tournaments in a row.

Good Luck, Mr. McIlroy.

– M. Fritz

8 Ways to Survive the rest of the Semester

Midterms and spring break are over. Easter is coming up in a couple of weeks. It’s nearly impossible to keep your mind focused when it’s getting warmer out and the sun is still up at 7 pm. Darty season is getting ready to start up, and with 6 weeks of the semester left, here are 8 ways to survive it.

1) Get your work done early. You already earned how to cram for tests and get a 5 page paper done 2 hours before it’s due. But now more than ever, get work done before deadlines to avoid unwanted stress.

2) Enjoy the weather. Its finally not 10 degrees outside, and that means it’s finally getting nice outside. Get off your phones and go outside. Go golfing, play kanjam and cornhole, honestly, do anything but stay inside. It’s good for you.

3) Get some sleep. As college kids, we forget what sleep is. Between work and going out, we take sleep for granted. Do yourself a favor and sleep at a normal time for a decent remainder of the semester. You don’t want to wear yourself down and get mono after finals weeks (trust me, it is horrible).

4) DARTY! Darty season is upon us. There’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather than being outside with 100 other people celebrating the end of the spring semester like a native american rain dance. Yes, brews are welcome and encouraged.

5) Stay calm. You know work is going to pile up and bite you in the ass. Remind yourself­you’ve survived it before. You can get through it again. Persevere, and remember that one test does not define your entire life.

6) Start a countdown. You can almost taste the light at the end of the tunnel, but you still have a ways to go. Keep a countdown until your last final for that extra motivation to finish strong.

7) Music. Listen to it, hear it, write it. Use music to your advantage. Concert season is coming (Fetty, he’s coming). Blast your favorite tunes with the windows down while driving down Park Ave. Wagon Wheel will ALWAYS make you happy.

8) Appreciate the little things. You’re going to have friends that are graduating or transferring or studying abroad for next semester. Be spontaneous. Appreciate the time you still have with them here. Don’t be afraid to take an hour break of your essay to drive to the Merritt for unnecessary Mac n Cheese bites at 3 am to spend time with your boys. Don’t pass it up. These are the times we remember when we turn old and wrinkly. Enjoy the times we have no before they pass us by.

And remember, whatever you do in this life, it’s not legendary unless your friends are there to see it.

– M. Fritz

Are you not entertained???

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The time has come. With Selection Sunday nothing but a memory, dawn today marked the beginning of the hype. I don’t know about you, but listening to ESPN every second of the day is what I live for this week. I want nothing more than a hundred analysts spending hours making picks, only to have a couple early upsets change it all. I mean name another week where it is acceptable to call in sick and crack a cold one at 11 am. I have a professor that straight up said, there’s no class this Friday, (savage of the week nominee).

This is the one week where everyone is an ESPN insider. Nothing is better than the few mid-major fans that come crawling out of the woodwork screaming ‘I told you so’ when their school wins a second round game for the first time in history. And how can I leave out the Monday morning quarterbacking. I can’t wait for Skip Bayless to get on my TV screen and tell me something I already know as if he’s a prophet from the sports gods. I love when he talks about something that already happened as if he is predicting the future.
 “Stephen A. Smith, MY [Insert irrelevant team here] got it done in the second round. I was watching the game and my wife said they would lose. (Hey everyone, I’m married! Someone can tolerate the bull crap spewing out of the hole in my face.) So then I stopped tweeting annoying things, because I didn’t want to jinx it too. SO I’m here, with you, Stephen A., on a cable television show, to say I told you so America. I know it was an obvious pick, but I’m so very rarely correct about anything, so please let me have my 15 minutes.”
The world’s reaction to Skip after any rant:

So with that being said, lets get consumed by the hype. Lets enjoy it like it’s three weeks straight of Super Bowls. Everyone get ready to make as many bold predictions as possible with the hopes of getting one right so you can tell everyone on Twitter you called it. Get ready for an unhealthy consumption of beer and oven pizzas combined with Cinderella stories and fallen giants. Get ready for the greatest month of sports.

– R. Ilardi