Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars : A Season in Review

Words by Carson Rich The rebuild of the Jacksonville Jaguars continues. North Florida’s home team showed much improvement this year, but fell short at the very end, leaving fans questioning where it all went wrong. After such a promising start to the season, they had the league thinking there was a new force to be reckoned with in the AFC, but the downfall in the second half of the season turned out to leave a blemish on what could have been.    Season after season, the question still remains…what now?   The 2023 offseason gave the entire city of Jacksonville …

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February Sports

FEB. 2 Jacksonville Icemen vs Atlanta Gladiators Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonvilleicemen.com   FEB. 3 FIS DONNA 5K  Everbank Stadium  Breastcancermarathon.com   DONNA Dash Everbank Stadium  Breastcancermarathon.com   2024 Jax Jam Invitational  JJVA Training Center Jjva.com   FEB. 4 DONNA National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer  Seawalk Pavilion Breastcancermarathon.com   DONNA National Half Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer  Seawalk Pavilion Breastcancermarathon.com   UNF Men’s Tennis vs Mercer UNF Tennis Complex Unfospreys.com   FEB. 7 JU’s Women’s Basketball vs Lipscomb Swisher Gymnasium Judolphins.com   UNF Women’s Basketball vs Austin Peay UNF Arena  Unfospreys.com   Jacksonville Icemen vs Orlando Solar Bears Vystar …

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‘Senseis, Bars and Scars’

The anarchic lifestyle of a patron boxing fighter Words by Carson Rich In the realm of literature, there are certain works that not only entertain but also enlighten, offering readers a glimpse into the intricacies of human experience. Such content is found in “Senseis, Bars, and Scars: My Crazy Teenage Journey Through Florida’s Nightclub Boxing Scene,” written by Robert Ingram and Louis Martin. In the book, Ingram takes us through his early life in the Jacksonville patron boxing scene (aka nightclub boxing) and the chaotic nature of what he went through on a day-to-day basis.    Patron boxing can be …

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January Sports Listing

JAN. 3 Jacksonville Icemen vs. Orlando Solar Bears Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena jacksonvilleicemen.com   JAN. 4 JU Women’s Basketball vs. Florida Gulf Coast  Swisher Gymnasium judolphins.com   UNF Women’s Basketball vs. Stetson UNF Arena unfospreys.com   JAN. 5 Jacksonville Icemen vs. Savannah Ghost Pirates Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena jacksonvilleicemen.com   JAN. 6 Resolution Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Orange Park Kennel Club 1stplacesports.com   New Year New You 5K Run Walk and Roll Philip Randolph Hertiage Park  runguides.com   JU Women’s Basketball vs. Stetson Swisher Gymnasium judolphins.com   UNF Women’s Basketball vs Florida Gulf Coast UNF Arena unfospreys.com …

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Road to the Playoffs

  The 2023 Jacksonville Jaguars’ Unbelievable Season So Far Words by Carson Rich We have reached the midway point of the NFL season, and it is looking like the biggest comeback of the decade with how the Jacksonville Jaguars have been performing. Sitting at top of the AFC conference right now with an 8-3 record, they are poised to make their mark during the playoffs if they continue on the current path they are following.    Known for their resilience, the Jaguars entered the 2023 season with a renewed sense of purpose. Under the leadership of head coach Doug Pederson, …

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December Sports Listing

Dec. 1 Light Up the House 5K and Family Day Ronald McDonald House 1stplacesports.com   Dec. 2 Girls on the Run 5K University of North Florida gotrnefl.org   Festival of Lights 5K San Marco Square 1stplacesports.com   Race to ENDALZ 103rd Street Sports Complex procupkarting.com   Dec. 3 Guana 50K and 12K Trail Races Guana Research Reserve, Ponte Vedra 1stplacesports.com   JAMfest Jacksonville Classic 2023 Cheerleading Competition University of North Florida–University Center cheertheory.com   Dec. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals EverBank Stadium jaguars.com   Dec. 9 Run Like the Dickens Main Beach Park, Fernandina Beach runsignup.com   Santa Suits …

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Strikes of Compassion

Travis Etienne Jr. Charity Bowling Night Words by Carson Rich In a sport that brings fame and fortune to so many young players, it also creates people who care and want to make a difference. Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. held a celebrity bowling event for charity last month in celebration of both true sportsmanship and philanthropy, demonstrating his own generosity toward the causes he has been fighting for since he was drafted. Creating positive change on and off the field, the football superstar showed why he deserves his role on the team, not only by getting first …

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Obtaining Bodily Perfection: A Deep Dive Into the Rituals of Female Bodybuilders

Words by Su Ertekin-Taner The process doesn’t begin at the start as most processes do. There is a prestart, a prelude to the prelude. The urge to body build begins in those moments before the decision to do it, 32-year-old female bodybuilder Shalom Barile informs me. We are on a Zoom call now, and she feels the need to justify her shuffling after she says this. She tells me she is returning to her apartment after her ER shift. She is energetic considering the time — 8:10 p.m. — and the length of her work day as a nurse practitioner …

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Pint-Sized Piledrivers

Words and Photos by Carmen Macri  This was undoubtedly the best night of my life.    Imagine this: It’s a Friday night in the beautiful city of Jacksonville, Florida. You’ve endured a taxing workweek and all you crave is a weekend spent cocooned in your bed, binge-reading “Throne of Glass” until your eyes bleed. Your plan is foolproof until a text from your best friend disrupts your solitude: “Be ready in 10, I’m on my way.” In this type of friendship, questions are an endangered species. When they say be ready, you simply obey.   Ten minutes vanish in the …

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The Chaotic Art of Tailgating: Florida vs. Georgia

Words by Carson Rich The unhinged nature of tailgating before a sporting event is chaotic enough, but for Jacksonville, the month of October brings this event to the next level. The annual meeting of the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs is a timeless Southern tradition with a whole year of bragging rights on the line. The game itself is always a great time, but for fans and locals, it’s the atmosphere surrounding it that unleashes the mayhem.    The “Florida Georgia game” as most like to call it, is historically one of college football’s most heated rivalries, bringing about …

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