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Looking to grab a chicken sandwich? Check out these places.

The fast-food chain industry has been one of the most popular things in the world. I would like to say when hungry, most people’s options come down to fast food when on a long trip. Today I am here to help you choose the best fast-food places to eat at when going up and down the East Coast. 

You can always start with the Chick-Fil-As of the world and stop and get a good consistent chicken sandwich. A few can rival the chicken sandwich on the menu; and the fries, when prepared correctly, can be outstanding. The milkshakes are fabulous, but the price of Chick-Fil-A’s food can be costly, especially with many people in the car when traveling. If you are looking for a crunchier bite of a chicken sandwich, you can head over to Popeyes.

Popeyes also has delicious fries, and while they don’t serve milkshakes, you can still get a good bite to eat without the exact pricing as Chick-Fil-A; it can be more cost-efficient and decent food. If you want to travel down the East Coast, you can find places like Raising Canes, which has fabulous chicken and delicious sauce. If you are looking for a good chicken place and are tired of Chick-Fil-A and Popeyes, grab a bite at Raising Canes and get great chicken. 

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If you are looking for a sandwich, you can go to many places. Subway is all over the place and is consistent with how good it is. Suppose you are looking for more of an Italian sub, head over to Jersey Mike’s. Jersey Mike’s flavors come together well; the sizes can vary from huge to small. The problem with Jersey Mike’s is the cost; a lot of their food may be overpriced.

Finally, is Which Wich Subs. They have surprisingly tasty food, and it is very consistent. I wouldn’t say you would get this over a Jersey Mike’s, but if you want to try something new, this is a great option.

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If you’re looking for a place that is a little out of the ordinary and want to try something new, I suggest heading to Zaxby’s. Very much like Raising Canes, they have great food, and they have delicious chicken. 

If you are traveling and need a good place to eat, head to these great food places that will blow up your taste buds. 

Jack Bieda is a Junior member of the Multimedia Journalism class.

Philadelphia sports are overrated and here’s why

Joel Embiid, Jalen Hurts, James Harden, and Bryce Harper; the faces of the Philadelphia sports teams. The most overrated sports city that we have seen in a while. Yes, the Phillies are in the World Series, and the Eagles are 6-0. They are both doing great things and accomplishing a lot, but they both are frauds.

The Eagles are the only undefeated team left in the NFL, sitting at 6-0 heading into week 7, the number 1 seed in the NFC and leading their division. If you look at the schedule for the Eagles through the first 7 weeks, they have played the 1-5 Lions, barely beating them 38-35. They also played the 2-5 Jaguars and the 3-4 Commanders. Granted, they have played the Cowboys 5-2 and the Minnesota Vikings 5-1, respectfully. Those teams also face a lot of overrated hate, which is well deserved. The Vikings were barely able to beat out Andy Dalton and the New Orleans Saints. Jalen Hurts is said to be the man across the National Football League. Jalen Hurts ranks 15th in passing yards, 21st in passing touchdowns, and 2nd in the league for interceptions. For a “top 10” quarterback in the NFL, those stats are not good. Only 6 passing touchdowns do not deserve to be recognized as a top 10 quarterback.

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On to the Phillies; the Phillies are in the world series, yes, but their team has been fortunate to get to the point they are at. Their whole postseason run has been due to their bullpen and good starting pitching. Throughout this World Series, the Phillies have one player hitting over .300. Yes, Bryce Harper is going absolutely insane. The Phillies hitters outside of Bryce Harper have been hitting lower than .250. The only reason that they are scoring is home runs. They have 22 home runs this postseason and a total of 104 hits. 21% of their hits have been home runs. That is every one in five hits for their team is a homerun. Their team average, as it stands right now going into game 4 of the World Series at a whopping .233. Their pitching has been the superstar and powerhouse. In the World Series, we have seen Ranger Suarez give the Phillies a masterclass; their top guys, like Nola and Wheeler struggled. Combined, their top 2 pitchers have given up all the runs through 3 games. Is the Phillies’ pitching going to be able to hold up against the mighty Astros lineup?

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The Seventy Sixers might be the least overrated team in this article, but they are still overhyped going into every NBA season. They get eliminated from the postseason every year after people say they are going on a run. Joel and Harden are two superstars. They have not been playing up to par this season. Joel Embiid is still doing his normal things averaging 27.2 per game, but Harden is been very inconsistent this year, averaging only 22 points per game which is low for him. Overall they sit at 4-5. Yes, it is early in the season, but their team seems to be on the downswing.

Jack Bieda is a junior member of the Multimedia Journalism class.

Returning 15 juniors gives St. Joe Lacrosse hope for the upcoming season

Last Tuesday, I got a chance to sit down with Coach Tyler Reid of the Lacrosse team to do an interview on the upcoming spring 2022-2023 season. Here is what he had to say.

The Gaels have struggled these past few years to be a competitive team in the most demanding league in the country, but this year could change that situation.

Coach Reid says that from the 3 years he has been in the program, he is trying to change its mindset. The mindset, put simply, is to work harder. The Gaels have struggled these past few years to be a competitive team in the most demanding league in the country, but this year could change that situation. The Gaels are returning many of the same faces from last year’s team, who are now better and more experienced. Coach Reid also stated that being in the most challenging league in the country, it can be tough to compete, but with 15 juniors returning, they are pleased about the season ahead.

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I asked Coach Reid how they would match up with teams like Spalding, Boys Latin, and McDonogh. He stated that matchups are significant and what their strengths and weaknesses are. He said that they are looking to capitalize on other teams’ mistakes. Also, the players’ willingness to work with the coaching staff, to be prepared for each game, and to be able to make adjustments.

Being more focused, stressed Coach Reid. The Gaels Lacrosse team has been working hard and focusing on their work. Coach Reid said they fell short in many games and are using that as motivation this off-season. Coach Reid also says they have been working out 4 days a week with fall ball practice mixed in. He also stated that the strength and conditioning coach [Cobit] has done a great job with the players.

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“Successful after they leave,” said Coach Reid. I asked him what his thoughts about the program are in 5 years. The early thing was they wanted to change the lacrosse culture. He also said that “they wanted to be looked at as professional.” The final goal is for Mount Saint Joseph to compete for an MIAA championship and be one of the top contending teams in the country. It definitely can be done with hard work.

I also got to sit down and ask Junior Owen Cooper a few questions. I asked him what the goal for the season was. He said, “To win.” This statement came out very quickly; you can see that they are locked in for the season ahead.

This interview was eye-opening for me. How the lacrosse program is on the upswing, and other teams in the MIAA, as well as other top teams in the country, better watch out for the Gaels in the future.

Jack Bieda is a Junior member of the Multimedia Journalism class.

Are we witnessing the end of LeBron James?

October marks another year of NBA basketball. All of the controversy over trades, who’s getting drafted first, and which superstars we could see retire. A controversial topic is LeBron James. 

LeBron, age 37, is entering his 20th year in the league and is back with the Los Angeles Lakers for his fifth season. LeBron just signed a two-year $97 million deal ending after the 2025 season, and LeBron could opt out after the first year and test the free agent market again. We have seen LeBron make big-time moves in the past. Surprising the world by going to the Heat and then a few years later returning and bringing Cleveland a championship. 

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At the end of the 2024 season, there is a very real possibility LeBron opts out of the deal with the Lakers to play for whatever team his son Bronny gets drafted by. LeBron has always said he wants to finish his playing career with his sons. With Bronny coming to the league in 2024 and Bryce not too far behind him in 2026, we could see LeBron’s historic career come to an end. By the time Bryce joins the family in the NBA, LeBron will already be 42. 

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Whoever gets LeBron in the twilight of his career is likely to get great production from the 18x all-star, who averaged 30.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 6.2 APG at the age of 37. Through all of the talk about LeBron, his retirement, and all of the things he has planned for the future, we won’t know what he is going to do until it happens. Either way, we know that LeBron has always had a flair for the dramatic!

Jack Bieda is a junior member of the MultiMedia Journalism Class.