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Hixson Youth Athletic Association











There are so many ways for our young people to learn life lessons. We put so much off on parents and teachers. I belive some of the most important lessons come from our coaches on the baseball field. At H.Y.A.A. we strive to incorporate many of lifes fundamental skills in to the joy of a good baseball game. Teamwork is something you will use for the rest of your life. The ability to listen to your coaches translates into listening to teachers, co-workers, and family. You don’t always get what you want in life so learning to be a good looser or a gratious winner will stay with our kids forever.

To better serve our community and our parents we have recently updated the activity on our Facebook page to make it more informative and user friendly. In the past it was just a place on the web. Now it is becoming a community for our parents and player. During our efforts to better serve our children we realized we had some problem with our website and the functionality of it. Our website is under repair and we are doing it big and doing it right. Our families are going to be able to sign up to get instant messages via text and email when we have rain outs or big announcements. It is an honor to work with H.Y.A.A. and an even bigger honor to play a part in molding these young boys and girls into men and women.

Please visit our new website as it is being built

Remember: The best coach is a good parent

Jamie Goebel

Sports Karma and the NFL by: Jeremy Jones

Too often we hear the old saying, “Money doesn’t automatically equal happiness.” That famous quote couldn’t be any more precise in the world of sports. Each offseason in the four major sports in America (football, NASCAR, basketball, and baseball) we see athletes who played on the same team for several years join another team. In most cases, the switch of allegiance is simply because of a pay raise.  Some athletes will go as far as jump from a championship winning team to play for the worst team in that sport (the following year) for a little more money. However, in most cases the free agency moves do not pay off. Too often athletes’ careers go downhill after they switch teams for a pay-raise. From career-ending injuries, to lack-luster performances on their new teams, most athletes suffer harsh consequences for switching teams due to monetary reasons. These harsh consequences are known as “SPORTS KARMA.” And in the National Football League (NFL) we see several of these situations occur every year.

In 2006, Wide Receiver David Givens signed a 5 year/$24 million contract to play for National Football League’s (NFL) Tennessee Titans. Givens former team the New England Patriots were the winners of the last 2 out of 3 NFL Championships. However, Givens chose to leave a championship winning team to a team to play for a team that did not even make the playoffs in the previous year. The reason for the move was because he wanted to be the #1 receiver on a team, and he wanted a bigger contract that the Patriots offered him. Unfortunately, 10 weeks into his first season as a Titan, David Givens tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). This would be a career-ending injury for the former two-time Super-Bowl Champion.

In 2008, Wide Receiver Javon Walker signed a 6 year/$55 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. Many top teams around the NFL were interested in signing Javon Walker. However, the Oakland Raiders offered Walker the most money. So he ended up signing with the team with the worst record in the National Football League from the previous year. In only two months after the 2008-2009 season began Javon Walker was sidelined for the rest of the year due to injuries. Walker was released from his contract in September of 2010(only after two years into a six-year deal). Walker has failed to make a NFL team since.

At the very beginning of the 2009 season, Defensive Tackle Albert Haynesworth signed a 7 year/$100 million contract with the Washington Redskins. As the anchor of the Tennessee Titan’s 4-3 defense Haynesworth led the Titans to the best regular season record in the National Football League for the previous season. The Defensive Tackle recorded the most quarterback sacks of his career with 8 ½ in the same year. The Titans had winning formula to success. The team had made the playoffs for the last three years. However, one of Albert’s main priorities for 2009 was to make as much money as possible. So this was why Haynesworth decided to leave the one of the NFL’s best teams to go to an organization that failed to make the playoffs in the previous year. Just like the two athletes mentioned before, Haynesworth decision would be a costly one for him. Haynesworth only recorded 4 sacks in 2009 and has publicly discussed his dislike for the defensive schemes the Redskins like to run.

David Givens, Javon Walker, and Albert Haynesworth once played for winning organizations. Unfortunately, all three placed themselves before the team and inspired to make the most money possible. However, there is another famous quote that goes, “What goes around comes around.” These three athletes could’ve easily stayed with their former teams and once again help lead them to the playoffs.  But they each made a selfish and ignorant decision to leave great organizations to make more money. Givens, Walker, and Haynesworth had to learn the hard way that “Money doesn’t always equal happiness.” In the end, these three athletes’ careers went downhill after making the same selfish decision. When athletes leave an organization in a bad situation to sign with another team to make more money, expect them to suffer from a harsh consequence known as “SPORTS KARMA.”

Behind the Scenes of a Student-produced TV Show

Producing a TV show can be quite a task. Getting 40+ students in two different classes working together on one product with demanding technical and creative challenges, is even more of an accomplishment. Student at Chattanooga’s State’s Media Technology program are pulling it off rather well.

The Colts are starting to suck!!!!!!- Kelvin Kennard

It seem like the Colts would be fine this year. But when injuries came about they took a big hit. I mean Peyton Manning is a great quaterback but no one can over come these problems.(running backs,wide recievers, and defensive linemen.)


To Be or Not To Be a Vols Fan: By Jason Nunley

The loss to Oregon has some Vols losing faith in their team.  With the stinging wound left by the wake of Lane Kiffin, Vols fans are struggling to keep their head up. Continue reading

Reggie Bush and The Heisman Trophy By Erica Parks

I’m new to college sports and I asked some of my co-workers to help me figure this out and now I’m more confused.

Group 1 said he needs to give the Heisman trophy back because he did not earn it fairly. They said his grades were bad and he had received illegal benefits.

Group 2 said that the school and the NCAA let him play and he deserves to keep it. He went out there played the game and he earned it. 

I don’t know all the rules but why let 5 years go by before you decide to do something? I thought all the great college athletes got rewarded for their skills or has that been something that was supposed to be kept quiet? These kids go out here playing with their hearts out. Some getting hurt in the process.  Do they not deserve some kind of reward. The schools are making millions off of their hard work so should they not get to reap something? I know a lot of people are saying their giving them something by giving them educations but we know some teachers are passing them for the sake of school spirit.

Now I need to know if they take the Heisman away from him why aren’t they giving it to the runner-up Vince Young? Who has said that he wants it rather than leave the spot vacant. Had the school and NCAA had done their job wouldn’t he be the one with the trophy anyway? So why leave it blank for that year? Is the NCAA going to get a better grip on situations like this one? There are so many unanswered questions that we beginner college sports fans need answers to. Maybe we’ll get them one day.

Please Brett Favre? Please Retire? -by Jonathan Hall

Brett Favre done?

Brett Favre

As I watched the AFC Championship last night, all I could think of was how epic a battle it would be seeing Brett Favre finally getting where he came out of retirement twice to be. After the NFC Championship, all I could think of was how Brett Favre needed to quit trying.
Favre’s Minnesota Vikings lost last night to the New Orleans Saints last night 31-28 in overtime at the Louisiana Superdome, sending the Saints to Super Bowl XLI and ending the Vikings season. While Bourbon Street was celebrating all throughout the night, Brett Favre was probably kicking himself for what could possibly be the last throw the 40-year-old arm cannon could make in his 19-year NFL career.
Under a minute to go with the score tied, Favre seemingly had to hand the ball off one more time to Pro Bowl Running Back Adrian Peterson, but the Vikings got called for a penalty with having to many players in the huddle, pushing them out of field goal range for their kicker Ryan Longwell. Now, nineteen seconds to go, Favre had to throw it to get them back into range to win the game. The all-time touchdown and interception king of the NFL throw one of the latter, with Saints defensive back Tracy Porter coming up and making the pick and running it back to about midfield. Longwell never got to take a shot at winning the game, and the Vikings offense never touched the ball in overtime, with Saints kicker Garrett Brantley nailing the 40-yard field goal to sent new Orleans to their first ever Super Bowl.
Karma? Flashback to 2007, where Favre threw an interception as his last ever pass attempt in his historic career with the Green Bay Packers, setting up a Field Goal in overtime to send the New York Giants to the Super Bowl. Two years, two retirements, and two retirement cancellations later, I detect irony. Continue reading

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