"It hasn't sunk in yet, [a national championship is] something we wanted to accomplish all year long. Actually going out there and doing something we normally do and succeeding is just an amazing feeling. I'm speechless that we did it and we're actually national champions." -Jessica Mellott
Congratulations to McKendree University on winning the National Championship!
"When I was in the fifth grade, I was tall and skinny with braces. I was a head taller than every other boy or girl. I didn't think I was pretty. I was very insecure. But in the playground, I found that the boys were picking me to be on their team to play basketball because I could rebound and get them the ball. I started to have fun with basketball. I found an identity and popularity. At some point, I said to myself, 'I can do this. I can play all day rather than sit behind a desk.'" -Cathy Self-Morgan
"In 2000 [the New York Mets] played the Yankees in the World Series. I guess one of the fans threw a cigarette down the trash chute and started a fire. So the fire department showed up and decided to hook up to the fire stand pipe... when they hooked the fire hoses up to the fire stand it flooded out the visiting clubhouse during the game when the team was on the field and George Steinbrenner was sitting in the locker room. So I was in the middle of that one. I had my grounds crew running in trying to stop the water from flooding. When you're right in the middle of George Steinbrenner screaming, you don't forget that." -Sue Lucchi
"I couldn't control what I was feeling [after losing to my sister], [her understanding] shows that no matter what, we'd always be together. The game wouldn't divide us. Our innate reaction was to comfort each other and to feel sympathy for each other." -Monica Flores
"I put on the gloves and thought, 'This is what I want to do.' And because I can't do things halfway, I started training four or five days a week. Within weeks, I wanted to spar to see how good I was. Within a year, I wanted to compete." -Aleksandra "Ola" Magdziak Lopes
"As athletes, the biggest asset that we bring to the workplace is our work ethic, our confidence, our never-say-die attitude. We're about winning... We don't really leave tasks undone because that's not how we train, and that's not how we were trained, mentally or physically." -Katrina Adams
"It's pretty hard to compete without your team, and try to fit in with another team that you're rotating with. It's hard to get your momentum going, and it's hard to be doing your routines and not hearing your team cheer you on. It can be a challenge." -Zaakira Muhammad
Already the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been full of action with series being tied from two games or some teams play tonight to do just that. We saw Sidney Crosby score yesterday after having a great season and then Connor McDavid scored his first playoff goal after having a better season (or at least that's what I think... I mean... 100 points...).
With all the goals being scored, do you ever wonder how many your team has had so far compared to the number they allowed? Today's statistics are all about this concept using a scatterplot and describing the distribution.
This was collected from all the games so far and will become invalid very quickly today but it is useful for today's games.
Plotting the Points:
For this, I thought that the amount of goals scored should be the x-axis because we are trying to study that compared to goals allowed, which will be the y-axis. The y-axis serves to explain the changes made by the goals scored by the team.
Association: Positive- slope is increasing.
Form: Linear- the pattern of the plot can be described with a line.
Strength: Strong to Moderate- the points are close together and not scattered all over, but there are some stragglers.
I wonder how much this will change after the first round ends. Pittsburgh is already off to a hot start and I feel for Columbus right now. I would like to see them have less negative goal differentials and win a game or two at home.
I hope that today will be a great day for hockey and we will see some cool things going on. That's all for today and we will be back next week!
"I feel like [the Chicago Sky] see the potential in me, and that my résumé that I built throughout my career at South Carolina really spoke to them. I welcome [the physical challenge]... I know I'm probably going to get beat up as a rookie, but I'm looking forward to it." -Alaina Coates
"I didn't plan to break any records, I just followed my coach's instructions." -Brianna Lyston
Hi, I'm Jenna and I'm a sports fan! I've been avidly watching sports since 2011 because I found that by watching sports, I would be able to communicate with my dad and brother better. Ever since I got into sports, I've been able to enjoy myself more when I go to sporting events with my family.