SUMMER ON THE PITCH

A one of a kind workout at Sphere


Sphere is here to change the game. Sphere is a soccer-inspired concept designed by Michael Chabala, former Dynamo soccer player. His focus is on the quality of play, rather than minutes on the field, connecting people, and doing more with a ball than just scoring goals.

I've heard about Sphere for some time now and would often see people wearing the shirts. I finally decided it was time to check them out. When I first walked into Sphere, I was a little nervous. It had been a while since I played soccer. But good thing about the class, no soccer skill was required, and everyone was super friendly and welcoming. People were introducing themselves to me and my friend. It was then that I realized each class is focused on teamwork and making friends on and off the pitch. Sphere believes this is where players become friends, friends become teammates, and teammates become family.

The class was awesome. My friend and I took a "45" class. It was a great combination of working the entire body, especially abs and cardio. The class is definitely one of a kind. It was such a cool atmosphere on the pitch, they lower the lights, and blast the music. It's a party in the room for sure! Your workout is coordinated with the beats of the music. The instructors are so passionate, they make you feel that you want to work out hard. The class was a combination of body weight exercises, using a small resistance band, cardio, and abs. If you're looking for a great new way to work out, this is it. My friend and I were army crawling at one point, but by the end of the class we were dripping sweat, high-fiving all of our teammates, and feeling great!

There are several different classes to choose from. So, whether you are the avid soccer player, or don't play soccer at all, there is a class for everyone. Be sure to go to https://www.sphere.club/ , to check out the schedule of classes and times.

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Should Watson be in the MVP conversation? Composite image by Jack Brame.

The 2020 NFL season has a lot going on. Even if we take the coronavirus out of it, there's still a lot to digest. There are so many great performances being put up, one can make an argument for several players to win league MVP. The quarterback position typically gets more credit than others. If I restrict the argument to quarterbacks only, we're looking at Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, and Aaron Rodgers. Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, and Derrick Henry are the leading contenders at running back. On defense, there really isn't a standout defender. The defense gets no love, but there are several guys in the running for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Deshaun Watson has been putting up numbers that have matched or rivaled some of the top MVP candidates over his last seven games. That stretch has coincided with the firing of head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien. Coincidence? I think not. Taking the reigns off a wild horse can often lead to said horse running free and flourishing! So question: Should Watson be getting league MVP considerations? I think so.

For starters, he's been one of the best players in the league over the course of the last seven games. 18 passing touchdowns and only two interceptions. The only quarterback with a better touchdown to interception ratio over that same span is Mahomes (19 and 2, as opposed to Watson's 18 & 2). Factoring in total season stats, of course Mahomes is doing much better. He's on a better team with a much better coach and general manager. The same could be said for Wilson and Rodgers. Put Watson on any of those teams and their records wouldn't be any worse than what they are now.

The Texans are 4-3 since firing O'Brien. While that isn't a great record, consider the fact they started the season 0-4 and looked like a total disaster. Watson looked like he was caged and couldn't wait to be freed. The team's record could be even better if the defense had a pulse. The proper supporting cast has a lot to do with a player's MVP candidate's chances. Now that one of his favorite weapons, Will Fuller, and the team's best corner, Bradley Roby, are both suspended for the rest of the season by the league for violating the substance abuse/PED policy, things will get much tougher for Watson.

If he continues to put up these cartoon like numbers, I don't see why he wouldn't be in the MVP conversation. He's currently fopurth in passing yards, sixth in completion percentage, tied for fifth in passing touchdowns, eighth in QBR, and third in quarterback rating. Watson is emerging as the star he was projected to be coming into the 2017 draft. I'm not saying Watson deserves to be the league MVP, but he deserves to be in the conversation. His MVP candidacy should be treated like the family gathering hierarchy: once you reach a certain age and/or status, you're no longer resigned to the kiddie table. Now you get to sit with all the adults, engage in their conversations, and gain access to things you couldn't previously. Watson won't win the MVP award, but I strongly believe he could finish top five. Especially if he keeps making lemonade with the lemons he's been given.

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