Super Bowl LI preview: best QBs in league go head-to-head

Super Bowl LI preview: best QBs in league go head-to-head

Ageless wonder Tom Brady, coming off one of his best seasons, faces likely-league MVP Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI. The matchup between Ryan, who statistically performed better than any QB in the league, and the experienced Brady should be one of the better Super Bowl QB matchups in recent memory. The Falcons’ Super Bowl inexperience won’t permit an easy upset over the perennial-favorite Patriots. With both the Falcons’ and the Patriots’ high-scoring offenses and best quarterbacks in the league, the game will come down to strong defensive strategy and some offensive creativity. Brady, widely considered by many to be the best quarterback of all time, has taken the Pats to seven Super Bowls total, winning four. In the AFC Championship against the Steelers, head coach Bill Belichick won his 11th conference championship game, the most in NFL history. With Brady having a 384 yard day against the Steelers, the Patriots’ offense will continue to excel in the matchup against the Falcons. In the Patriots’ past five games, dating back to Week 15, they’ve won by an average of 21.8 points, and with Brady at the helm since Week 5, they have won 13 of their last 14 games. Expect Brady to do what he’s done all season — not make many mistakes.  QB Ryan leads the Falcons, earlier picked by some experts to finish towards the bottom of their division this year, into the Super Bowl with a high-flying offense. With a plethora of weapons at his disposal, Ryan has thrown at least one touchdown pass to 13 different receivers, his favorite target being Julio Jones, who has...
Lady Bisons topple USC Upstate, earn fifth win of season

Lady Bisons topple USC Upstate, earn fifth win of season

In a battle between the two teams tied for last in the ASUN conference, the Lipscomb Lady Bisons (4-17, 1-5) faced the USC Upstate Spartans (8-13, 1-5) Thursday night in Allen Arena, with the Bisons clinching the victory 84-77. Junior Riley Northway, senior Alex Banks and junior Meredith Lovelady led the team to a victory over the Spartans. Both athletes finished with double-digit points, with Northway scoring 21 total. Loren Cagle exceeded her average points scored of 8.2, scoring 9 total points. The junior nearly made history with a triple-double, which would have been the first in ASUN conference history, but in the end, fell one point short. “We worked hard in practice and knowing that we put that hard work in and played it out the way we wanted it to is good,” Cagle said. “I thought we played awesome. I thought we executed well; we had some rough moments, but we got the win, and that’s all that mattered. Getting those rebounds and stops really helped us out to get our offense going.” Cagle was named to the preseason watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which is handed out each season to the best point guard in the nation. She was one of only 20 student-athletes to earn the recognition. The Lady Bisons established a good pace in the first quarter and got up early in the game, never falling behind and leading 13-10 at the end of the period. This was the 19th Division I match-up between the two schools, with Upstate holding a 15-3 series lead. In the second period, the Spartans moved quickly, taking...
Lipscomb’s Phillip Jones designs graphic for new element, ‘Tennessine’

Lipscomb’s Phillip Jones designs graphic for new element, ‘Tennessine’

Lipscomb student Phillip Jones was just playing around with Adobe Illustrator to make himself a T-shirt design when he simultaneously crafted the graphic for the newly-found element 117 Tennessine, named after Tennessee. The sophomore mechanical engineering major was invited to attend the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s recognition of the discovery and naming of the element today because of his contribution. Jones said he didn’t anticipate his design being chosen as the official graphic for the element since he originally just made it for himself to put on a T-shirt, and there wasn’t a call or competition for the element’s graphic. “When they named it [Tennessine], I thought it would be really cool to have a shirt with the design of the element — just a basic symbol and then have colors of the Tennessee flag on it,” Jones said. “I designed one draft, and then another, until I was satisfied with the colors and the border I wanted and everything like that.” After he finished his design, Jones said he had the idea to send it ORNL’s Public Relations director to see what would happen. “I didn’t really even expect a response,” Jones noted, “but a few days later, I got a response back from the same person saying that they were really interested and excited, and they would like to use it.” Jones said he didn’t even get to the T-shirt part of his project, but after he gave the ORNL permission to use his design, they offered to give him free T-shirts, pins and other items the design will be printed on. “It’s not an extremely complex design,...
‘SING’ is family-friendly, entertaining musical that falls a little flat

‘SING’ is family-friendly, entertaining musical that falls a little flat

With an all-star cast and several hit songs, SING is exactly what you’d expect from an average musical — shining in musical numbers, lacking in an original story. The story revolves around Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) — an optimistic, sometimes annoying Koala who fell in love with musical theater at a young age — and his theater, which is not doing as hot as it once did back in its glory days when young Nana Noodleman (Jennifer Hudson) was still performing. However, Moon comes up with a surefire plan to revive his theater — a singing competition (basically American Idol with animals). Contestants pour in for auditions in hopes to get their hands on some of the prize money, but he narrows it down to the lucky few: Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) — the housewife pig who is currently just using her voice for lullabies to her many piglets, Mike (Seth McFarlane) — a jazzy mouse who’s down on his luck, Ash (Scarlett Johansson) — the husky-voiced, better half of a hard rock, porcupine duo, Gunter (Nick Kroll) — Rosita’s entertaining, disco-loving partner and Johnny (Taron Egerton) a young, misunderstood gorilla with a natural talent for crooning. Meena (Tori Kelly), a shy elephant with some powerful vocals, also eventually makes her way into the production. This summer, Illumination proved its worth outside of the Despicable Me universe with the highly enjoyable, The Secret Life of Pets. Noting the all-star cast and hit songs in SING’s amusing trailer and recalling the entertaining action from Secret Life, I likely went in with too high of expectations. SING doesn’t quite reach its potential and falls...
2016 December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

2016 December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

Lipscomb recognized its graduates and commemorated its 125th anniversary at the 2016 December graduation on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. In addition to the typical parts of graduation such as the awarding of diplomas, the singing of the alma mater and the Tolling of the Bell, a special guest speaker — David Lipscomb himself — showed up to help observe the monumental anniversary. “This is a very special graduation, as we’re recognizing a special year in our history at Lipscomb,” Provost Craig Bledsoe said. Over 400 students participated in the ceremony....