Time Capsule: History of the World Cup

By Lauren Yard

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The timeline above shows the major historical events of the World Cup from it’s start in 1930 to the amazing “hand of god” play by Diego Maradona in 1986.

These games have seen quite a few news worthy moments over the past 80 years, especially the Jules Rimlet trophy‘s many theft attempts.


Top 10 Cities with Major Drinking Issues

By: Lauren Yard


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The map above showcases the top ten cities in the US with drinking problems according to an article by Men’s Health Magazine based off of a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control.

The top cities were indicated by the magazine and did not use a scientific process to do so. Their rankings were based on the number of deaths from liver disease, number of DUI arrests, number of deaths resulting from DUI crashes, level of binge drinking, and finally by how harsh the city’s DUI laws are.

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Salaries of Chicago Blackhawks Players 2016-2017

By Lauren Yard


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The graph above shows the distribution of salaries paid to the players of the Chicago Blackhawks. With 17 players earning only 17.22 percent of the overall income for the team.

This income distribution is not rare in the sports world due to various salary cap policies put in place by organizations like the NHL. These caps are largely based off of the previous years profits for the league as a whole.

These caps are meant to prevent the monopolization of star players by teams with more money and often result in a handful of the best and most well-known players making 10 to 20 percent of the salary cap while other players make only a small fraction of what is left.

Patrick Kane makes more than 24 times the amount of money that the lowest paid player, Dennis Rasmussen, makes per year. However, these high salaries make it more difficult to retain many of the best players which often results in trades to maximize the benefits of the salary cap and talent pool on the team. This was a contributing factor to the trade of Patrick Sharp to the Dallas Stars after his third Stanley Cup win in 2015.

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Barry Bonds’ Home Runs By Season
By Lauren Yard

Barry Bonds' Home Runs By Season
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The graph above shows the home run totals by season for Barry Bonds over the course of his career. Bonds currently holds the record for most career home runs, most home runs in a single season and the most number of MVP awards. As shown in the video below, Bonds made a career out of breaking MLB records.

His career took a turn in 2005, just 4 years after he defeated Mark McGwire‘s single season home run record. After sustaining a major injury to his knee which required surgery, Bonds only continued on for another 2 seasons.

After being accused of taking performance enhancing drugs during the BALCO scandal, he left the MLB. He was originally charged with obstruction of justice in the case against BALCO due to his alleged omission of information durring his testimony at trial but these charges were subsequently dropped in 2015.



Top U.S. Cities for New Graduates

By Lauren Yard
The marked cities are ranked by MarketWatch, a member of the Dow Jones Network, as the best cities for new college graduates to start their careers. The rankings are based on a number of factors including but not limited to: mean starting salary, median one bedroom apartment cost, unemployment rate among people age 25-to-34, and entertainment availability for this age demographic.

As 2017 graduates-to-be begin their searches for their first jobs in their career fields, it is important to take into considerations all of the amenities any given city can offer. Knowing the averages for information like salary and cost of living are vital to making any career choice especially if that choice involves moving across the country.

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