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If you are at all like me, then you are no stranger to struggling with mental health, whether it comes in the form of depression, anxiety, OCD or something else. The fact of the matter is that having a mental illness is no joke and it can be severely damaging toward your own self-image. It d…

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With online Zoom classes in full effect, students find themselves overwhelmed with the copious amounts of free time on their hands. To help, below is a list of movie recommendations that will not only fit different interests and help pass the time but are also relevant.

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We all know the easy way out when it comes to  being eco-friendly. Buy a recycling bin and call it a day. Recycle every now and then and it seems like you’ve got this all figured out. But how much are you really helping the Earth out? I will admit, I’m not the best at being entirely sustaina…

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It is Aug. 16, the eve of the first official day back to Illinois State University for the fall 2020 semester, and suddenly my entire college career feels so surreal as I look back on it, especially given the state of the world we are living in now. While the start of this new semester is qu…

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The Warriors' fall from grace has happened quicker than anyone could have imagined. Although anyone who’s paying attention knows that Golden State has had terrible injury luck, nobody would have anticipated that they would sit at the bottom of the NBA at this point in the season.

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As former Illinois State University men’s basketball standout guard Madison Williams looked on from the end of the bench, supporting his teammates in street clothes on senior night, one can see still see his love for the game.

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“After” is a book written by Anna Todd that was recently made into a movie now available on Netflix. The book follows the story of Tessa Young, a new freshman college student.

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Recently, Netflix released a new movie called The King. This movie stars Timothée Chalamet as Henry V. It is a historical drama about Henry V’s rise to power after the deaths of his father and brother, which force him into his position as the King of England. 

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So I don’t always handle stress very well. I don’t deal with that stress by going out to a party and drinking all night until I want to vomit like most other 22 year olds. No, instead I cry. I cry hard and stuff my face with all of the junk food I can find.

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Questioning, pondering thoughts, if I ought to be uncertain, I certainly hope I’m able to find a god that believes in me. I am brave, steady. I am a mountain. My courage keeps me grounded. Confident, secure, I am still, though I gravitate towards the sublime. Persistent, per se, proactive cu…

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What has happened to this team? In the past two weeks, the Chicago Bears have completely fallen off the wagon. Mitch Trubisky seemed unsure in the pocket and the defense looks nothing like it did before the bye week.  The usually stellar special teams unit was not special this week as they a…

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It’s October, and that means it’s officially the month of Halloween. With crisp fall weather and that spooky chill in the air, there’s no better time to curl up with a hot beverage and a nice cozy blanket and read a good book. Personally, I have never been brave enough to watch very many sca…

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Disclaimer this talks about issues related to a devleoping eating disorders.

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This past Sunday, pop sensation and former country sweetheart Taylor Swift, practically broke the internet with an extensive Instagram caption. The post stressed the importance for her young fans to vote during this year’s midterm elections, while also exposing her personal views on many pol…

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I won’t sugar coat it. Lately life has been pretty rough with school, work and just in general. It seems like everything is piling up all at once and like nothing is ever going to get any better.

Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has quickly become the latest feel-good obsession. As someone who has been a fan of the books since the publication of the first installment back in 2014, I’m incredibly happy that this series is getting the love it deserves, and rightly being prai…

If you asked me in April, July, or even at beginning of September if the Cubs would be fighting it out in the Wild Card game I would have laughed in your face. This team is a powerhouse, a team that had the NL Central lead, and best record in the NL, since early July, a team that was leading…

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The conversations allowed for by the limited free time shown on the interval clock are always limited. A lot of the time when you get the urge to update a teammate on something, you’ve only got a few seconds before you both have to push off the wall again. Sometimes you are able to chat in-b…

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In light of the most recent celebrity tragedies such as the death of Mac Miller, the weight of someone gone too soon hangs even more heavy on our hearts as we are reminded to take advantage of every single day we have here with our loved ones. 

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The Buccaneers came on to Soldier Field on Sunday on the heels of its first loss of the season. The Tampa Bay team dropped a close one last Monday night to a tough Steelers team.  The Bears were coming off an exciting but underwhelming win in the desert against the Arizona Cardinals. Many we…

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This week I want to discuss another awesome campus resource – the Career Center! As an upcoming graduate this December, I am so happy that I utilized this service. I also want to point out that these services are also available to alumni – which is awesome.

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Editor’s note: Jeremy Boyd is a junior finance major from Oswego, Illinois. Boyd's blogs will focus on professional sports. 

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You remind me a lot of myself when I was a freshman. Ambitious, intelligent, eager to explore, but apprehensive to leave the familiar behind. The first few weeks of college will be consumed with activities and social events in an attempt to make new students feel at home. But this isn’t home…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Donna Bennett is a senior at ISU from Mark, Illinois. Bennett is majoring in Communication studies. Her blog will concentrate on health related topics.

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Swimming has been my silent teacher through each stage of my life. Since I was 4 years old this sport has slapped me in the face with every wrong decision I’ve made and granted me medals of honor for every good one. It has been there for me through every death, every accomplishment, every br…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Sierra Hobson is a junior at ISU from Geneva, Illinois. Hobson is  majoring in English studies with interest in creative writing and rhetoric. Her blog will concentrate on health related topics.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Kim Larsen is a night editor at The Vidette. . A senior at ISU from Chicago, Illinois,  Larsen is publication major in the Department of English Her blog will concentrate on book reviews. 

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After three highly anticipated days of seeing where all this young talent will end up, the 2018 NFL Draft has finally come to a close. Although, just because the draft is over, that doesn’t mean we can’t look through and analyze which teams made a clutch move, and teams that should be kickin…

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The 2018 NHL Playoffs are definitely a sight to see as no teams got completely shut out in the first round of the playoffs. The closest series that game to that was the Lightning and Devils series along with the Jets and Wild, with the Tampa Bay and Winnipeg winning their series 4-1, respect…

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For 36-year-old Scott Foster, having to fill in for the Chicago Blackhawks as an emergency goalie was one of the last things he expected doing last Thursday night. The accountant from Oak Park, Illinois, practically said he could “poop his pants” with how nervous he was. But honestly, who wo…

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Do you find yourself wanting to join a club filled with cool people, a fun environment and a game that could work your brain? Look no further because the chess team is up your alley.

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The 2016-2017 Illinois State men’s basketball season was certainly a memorable one. The entertaining style of play, conference dominance, compilation of personalities, experience and overall level of talent on the roster made for one of the best teams in program history.

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While this year’s draft class was definitely one for the books, one position that will always be in high demand are QBs. Those who received plenty of attention at this years combine include Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Sam Darnold just to name a few. But, there are 32 teams in the NFL whi…

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The annual NFL Combine never fails to disappoint as rookies showcase their fastest mile, bench press reps, and other vigorous events. It’s where the rubber meets the road, where players can prove to different coaches who they really are. While it may be over, there are some moments that will…

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With Spring Break just around the corner, I thought it would be a great idea to make you all a blog on how to have a great spring break. Now I know, school and work takes so much out of you that you just want to sleep most of your free time but don’t fall into the slump of sleeping for 120 h…

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If any of the Hawks players had to sum up the 2017-2018 season in one word, most of them would say it was “disastrous” or “horrendous”. Nevertheless, the Hawks have had an extremely poor season compared to previous years. It shows the affect on the players too.

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It’s August, You are driving a car full of your personal belongs and you are about to move into your very first dorm room. I know, I know, you are pumped and full of excitement, but take a seat because you are about to face a couple of struggles as you figure out this school year away from h…

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The 2018 NBA All-Star weekend was full of thrilling events from the dunk contest to the three-point competition. But the most anticipated event was easily the all-star game, which was Team LeBron vs. Team Steph. It was an exciting weekend for Cleveland fans as they saw LeBron James’ game win…

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The Patriots offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniel’s has shocked everyone with his decision to remain in New England, after turning down a contract with the Indianapolis Colts, which everyone thought he was going to take. The news came so surprising to his agent Bob LaMonte, that he terminate…

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Every twenty-four hours you’ll take 20,000 breaths, speak 48,000 words and you’ll laugh. Maybe cry.

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Colorful streets, home made tortillas and lush green backdrops are at the forefront of my memories as I look back to where I was at the beginning of the New Year.

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Well, it’s that time of year again where the best team from the NFC faceoffs against the best team in the AFC in hopes of winning the Championship game. This year, we get to see the Philadelphia Eagles go up against the dreaded, New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. A rematch of Super Bowl …

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The Blackhawks have fell several points out of the playoff race, currently sitting at last in the Central Division after losing three straight games. A lot of hard work and commitment will be needed if they want to dig themselves out of this hole and still make the playoffs. Coach Quennevill…

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As the 2017 NFL season winds down, only four teams remain after an astonishing year which saw some surprising outcomes. Two games are left to decide the Super Bowl LII participants. One game is between the Jags at Patriots, while the other matchup is the Vikings at Eagles. Both games are goi…

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A game that looked promising early didn’t end quite as planned as the Blackhawks lost to their division rivals, the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Wednesday night in Chicago. Brent Seabrook scored the one and only goal for the Hawks during the first period after being a healthy scratch in Ottawa the …

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When I was sixteen, I worked as a cashier at Panera Bread.

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The 2017 NFL season is winding down, as we approach the home stretch. In a season of unpredictable injuries and suspensions, it has been a rollercoaster of a season for most teams. This upcoming week is crucial for those “in the hunt” as they hope to clinch a playoff spot in their division. …

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I’ll be honest, there are a lot of things I am not good at. However, I have learned what I am capable of in order to succeed to the best of my ability.

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Packed with unpredictable beats yet mellow themes, Jaden Smith’s debut studio album is an ambitious attempt at a genre bending sound as he attempts to find his voice in today’s music industry.

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The latest news on Ezekiel Elliot isn’t good for Cowboys fans or fantasy owners. The next time the star RB will be able to play again is December 24 against the Seattle Seahawks. It was announced Wednesday that he would withdraw his appeal from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which means h…

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The Green Bay Packers are on a three-game losing streak as they lost Monday night against the Detroit Lions 30-17, which happened to be the Lions biggest win at Lambeau Field since 1982. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 361 yards and two TD’s while Packers backup QB Brett Hundley threw for 26 o…

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Fashion influences are all around us. Some more obvious than others. It is so easy to look to celebrities and those in the limelight for the best fashion inspiration.

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As Tuesday rolled around, it proved to be one of the most eventful trade deadlines in quite some time. While some teams were able to get players for a steal, other teams certainly got the short end of the stick. In all, there was 6 deals involving ten teams, eight draft picks, and six player…

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That time of year. That time of year that’s here for only a small amount of time, and ever so sweetly kisses you goodbye as it escapes out the window with the hustle and bustle of the leaves. You wish so greatly that this time could stay with you forever.

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The Blackhawks went up against the newest franchise of the NHL, the Las Vegas Golden Knights at the newly built T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday Night. Like most road games for the Hawks, there was plenty of red among the numerous black and gold worn by the Golden Knights and their fans. The game w…

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Opening night of the NBA season is always filled with surprises, as you never know what to expect. This although, can be good and bad. For the Celtics, the night did not go as planned as SF Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle injury which was a gruesome injury that…

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For the past few days, I have felt both physically and emotionally drained. Overwhelmed, as many of us are, my exhaustion has consumed my motivation, leaving me uninspired.

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The Blackhawks always know how to start off their season right, and Thursday night’s home opener was no exception. The United Center was filled with cheers as the Blackhawks reunited with fan favorite, Brandon Sadd, as well as embarrassing last year’s Stanley Cup Champion, the Pittsburgh Pen…

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The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a strong start this season as they go undefeated into Week 5, being the only undefeated team in the NFL. Initially, they faced a 10-point deficit in Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter, but were able to rally back and def…

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About a year ago, I met Radiance, my best friend, the greatest influence in my life, and the strongest woman I know.

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Fear is a four letter word with an abundance of interpretation. We are fully aware when we are experiencing this phenomenon ourselves. However, we often become ignorant towards others when doing the same. We use comforting words such as, “It’s okay,” and, “You will be alright.” We place our …

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The Chicago Blackhawks started their preseason on a high note as they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. As most of the veteran players sat out, it was a good opportunity to see what the newer guys are capable of providing for the team, and the…

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When I was 15-years-old, my best friend snuck into his dad’s office and stole his shotgun. He took the shot gun up to his room, along with a few shells, a piece of paper and a pen. He sat on his bed for about an hour staring at the wall, thinking of what he wanted to write. How do you tell t…

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If​ ​you​ ​cannot​ ​understand​ ​the​ ​things​ ​you​ ​are​ ​about​ ​to​ ​see​, ​then​ ​I​ ​only​ ​ask​ ​that​ ​you​ ​do​ ​not judge​ ​me​ ​or​ ​anyone​ ​else​ ​who​ ​can​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​this​ ​blog. There​ ​is​ ​far​ ​too​ ​much​ ​bigotry​ ​and close-mindedness​ ​in​ ​this​ ​world.​

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Week 1 of regular season has come and gone, and it was a great opportunity for the rookie class to showcase their skills, either earning a starting position later on in the season or being a benchwarmer. While most of the games in Week 1 weren’t the highest scoring (lowest number for an open…

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The other day, during a class discussion in my Middle Grades Literature class, I found myself disagreeing with many of my peers on a particular issue. We were discussing a character in the novel we are reading whom, despite her outward sense of purity and innocence, lacked in both confidence…

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For most NFL fans, waiting seven months for regular season to start feels more like seven years. Sure, you got hockey, basketball or even baseball to watch in the meantime, but even two of the three sports finish their seasons in the summer (with baseball dragging on), so you still have two …

Today I want to share a lesson with my audience that I myself am still learning.

Once upon a time, fashionistas around the world hid away their beautiful white clothes come the first Monday of September. Fashion influencers continued to spread this rule decade after decade causing it to become one of the most famous fashion rules known to mankind.

Before I enrolled last fall to become a Redbird at Illinois State University, I was attending a community college. After deciding to move on to a four-year college, many people would say things to me such as, “Why would you give up such cheap tuition to go to a university?” or, “People typic…

1. Despite enjoying the nice weather, I have managed to develop several blisters on my feet from walking around campus.

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“Dear little sister” is how I wanted to begin this entry. However, as I have learned over the years, that term is quite inaccurate for many reasons. Not only are you a few inches taller, you are without a doubt, a bigger person. You have a more accepting and compassionate heart than most I h…

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Hi, my name is Dino. I'm Sierra’s dog. I know what you are thinking, where did Sierra go? Well, while she is away on business, I am taking over her blog! I am no expert in writing, but I will do my very best. A lot of people do not know this, but beagles can be very talented. Yesterday, I wa…

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Aside from our declining environment due to the inevitable effects of climate change, I think we can all confirm that it is, in fact, summer. And you know what that entails: bonfires, beaches and spontaneous adventures with friends before the air turns brisk and all, including the leaves, be…

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With current Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s approval ratings continuing to dip into the mid-40’s as he campaigns to win re-election, Democrats across the state are preparing to oust the governor and regain control over the state.

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On a typical afternoon, rather than enjoying the nice weather or engaging in conversation with my loved ones, I sometimes prefer to ponder alone toward a blank wall regarding everything wrong with the world. Issues that I have no control over and will achieve absolutely nothing by simply ack…

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Cooking and baking at home is the simplest and most cost-efficient method of leading a healthier lifestyle in the kitchen. No matter your culture, indulging in various meals and desserts is unavoidable -- as it SHOULD be.

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I personally have never desired to be a teacher. Working with children is something I have always loved, however I can simply not imagine myself in a classroom for the entirety of my adult life.

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Okay, some of you may have read the title and thought to yourself, "Fall and winter are forever away, why is she already talking trends???" Well, in the fashion industry, this is when fall and winter trends get reported, and just like every fashion blogger, I got excited and needed to be the…

The other night, my mother shared something with me I have yet to stop thinking about. As young women who both take pride in our bodies, my mother and I often find ourselves discussing health and fitness. This conversation was no different. However, in many ways, it was entirely.

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With the warm winter months finally among us, it is a good time to talk about the beach, obviously. That being said, I am glad our society has come to a point where skin cancer has had more awareness and girls are choosing to get their bronze through healthier alternatives. There are many gr…

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I hope you have been enjoying your first few weeks of summer vacation and have found time to reflect on completing yet another school year. Whether you finished with a diploma in hand or are just beginning to venture the four walls of your school or university, you have something to be proud of.

Although all the other fashion bloggers are reporting Cannes Film Festival and the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 show, I thought I would put a small hiatus in all those articles. Rather, I chose to talk about how to achieve the French girl’s style.

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Each story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Endings are for goodbye, for closing statements and ultimatums, but I refuse to close this book. I refuse to turn to the final page because I know that once I am finished, I am no longer able to indulge in the satisfaction I felt when I first …

As we transition into spring there is one very obvious change in our wardrobes… colorful prints! SS16 was more about texture than prints so it is exciting for a little change. So what are going to be the top prints for SS17 you ask? Well here they are: 

One of the reasons why baseball is a great sport is because of its unpredictability. You can read all of the preseason expectations and make all the predictions in the world, but there are always teams that surprise with either winning or losing seasons. This brings me to my next point.