Big Sky Conference: Top 10 Male Athletes in Last 12 Years


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The Big Sky Conference has produced some incredible talent over the past 12 years. Take a look and see who made the list! Don’t agree with the list? Let me know in the comments who you think should be on it!

1. DAMIAN LILLARD, Weber State.

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Lillard averaged 24.5 points his junior year at Weber, finishing the year as the 2nd leading scorer in the Nation. He was drafted as the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and won the NBA rookie of the year award during the 2012-2013 season. Although his talent in the realm of basketball is highly recognized, he is also quite the talented rapper and lyracist. Lillard created a #4barFriday community on Instagram, where others display their 4bar talent.

2. LOPEZ LOMONG, Northern Arizona.

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Lomong ran track at the University of Northern Arizona, winning the NCAA 1500 meter outdoor championship and the 3000 meter indoor championship in 2007. He has gone on to be very successful in track, qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 1500 meters. He was also chosen by the team to be the USA flag bearer for the 2008 Olympics.

3. JARED ALLEN, Idaho State.

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Allen was a complete stud for Idaho State, winning the Buck Buchanan Award in 2003. He became an incredible player in the NFL as well, where he was drafting by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 4th round of the 2004 NFL draft. A 5 time Pro Bowl and 4 time All-Pro selection with a career total of 133.5 sacks, Allen has done quite well for himself, spending the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings.

4. MARC MARIANI, University of Montana.

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Mariani was a walk on with the University of Montana in 2005. He now holds University of Montana records in career receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and career all-purpose yards. Mariani was taken in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and in 2011 he was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl as a return specialist. Mariani started his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans, and is now a part of the Chicago Bears Organization.

5. RODNEY STUCKEY, Eastern Washington University.

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Stuckey was an incredible basketball player for Eastern Washington, being ranked 7th in the Nation in scoring during his sophomore season with 24.6 points per game. He was drafted 15th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. Stuckey now plays for the Indiana Pacers, scoring over 12 points per game.

6. TRUMAINE JOHNSON, University of Montana.

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Johnson played cornerback for the University of Montana, and was one of the top NFL prospects for that position. He was drafted 65th overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the St. Louis Rams. He saw significant playing time during the 2013 season, starting 12 of the 16 regular season games. His work ethic is going to take him beyond what anyone else expects.

7. JULIUS THOMAS, Portland State.

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Thomas played both football and basketball for Portland State. His talents took him to NFL in 2011, where he was drafted in the 4th round by the Denver Broncos as a Tight End. In 2013 he caught 12 touchdown passes, the most by any Broncos tight end. He matched that number again in 2014.

8. JORDAN TRIPP, University of Montana.

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Tripp was a 3rd generation Montana Grizzly football player, and had an outstanding career at linebacker for the Griz. The Miami dolphins took him in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL draft. He received minimal playing time during his first season. However, in the next few years I predict that more people than just Montanan’s will know who this guy is. He is going to be good.

9. DENARIUS MCGHEE, Montana State University.

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McGhee played quarterback for MSU, where he became the winningest quarterback in school history. He is currently signed in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I am not quite sure where his football talent will take him, but definitely do not count him out of eventually making it to the NFL.



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Which Big Sky Athlete do you think should have made the list that didn’t? Comment and let me know his name and University, as we may just put him in!


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22 of Missoula’s Best “Big Kid Drinks”…as told by the experienced



When the going gets rough…finish finals and head to the bars! After searching and stressing through extensive amounts of research, slaving away for hours behind a computer screen and textbooks, and bubbling scantrons anxiously in a crammed desk it’s only necessary to treat yourself to a “big kid drink”. So, in honor of all you hard workers, I’ve done my own homework in providing you with the best possible conglomeration of drinks that anyone and everyone (above the legal limit) should try!

I’ve asked some of Missoula’s finest to provide me with the information I need…a drink of choice…and a reason why. Some are classy, some are funny, some are basic, and some are headache-city. But, with no further ado, I give you the saving grace list of beverages!

  • Vegas Bomb – Coconut Rum, Peach Schnapps, Canadian Whiskey, Red Bull

    • “It’s fun, nice tasting, and it’s a variety of flavor. Just like Vegas, you don’t quite know what you are going to get” – Brooke Moody
  • Double Makers Mark…on the rocks – Whiskey

    • “I love the taste, I love the buzz, and it’s a efficient drunk” – Alex Bienemann
    • “Because I like the taste and it fits my budget” – Tyler Ellis
  • Fun Stuff (Mo Club) – Mystery Concoction

    • “It’s really fruity and tastes like a starburst” – Bailey Harper
  • Coldsmoke – Beer

    • “Because hard liquor is rarely a good thing” – Johanna Kohorst
  • Long Island Iced Tea – Triple Sec, Light Rum, Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Coke, Lemon Juice

    • “So many alcohols…” – Ashley Robertson
  • Dirty Girl (Tamarack) – Vodka, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream, White Creme de Menthe

    • “I don’t know why people consider her dirty, I would call her classy. I know I am after a few…or seven” – Allie Simon
    • “It’s a nice creamy root beer drink that’s tasty but also has a lot of alcohol in it” – Paytyn Wheeler
  • Double Whiskey Coke (Charlie B’s)

    • “Very price effective” – AJ Frisell
  • Hop Skip and Go Naked (Tamarack) – Vodka, Beer, Lemonade

    • “It’s like a fruity mimosa so it fits any occasion!” – Cassandra Flynn
  • Vodka Soda with Lime

    • “Because it isn’t sugary!” – Caitlin Caraway
  • Gin and Tonic with a Lemon

    • “I like gin” – Krystina Thompson
  • Cranberry Vodka

    • “It’s delicious and easy to drink…and I hate shots” – Kayla Gray
  • Crown and 7 – Crown Royal Whiskey, 7Up

    • “Because I have class” – Zacharias Raftopoulos
  • Blow Job – Bailey’s Irish Cream, Amaretto Almond Liqueur

    • “Well I usually just drink beer but I guess I’d have to say a blow job…they are really tasty” – Jake Leininger
  • Irish Trash Can – Gin, Light Rum, Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao Liqueur, Triple Sec, Red Bull

    • “It’s the quickest way to get you drunk off one drink!” – Kaylee Rabson
  • Jager Bomb – Jagermeister, Red Bull

    • “For sure a Jager bomb because they get me super faded and have red bull for stamina” – Dustin Striessguth
  • Washington Apple – Crown Royal, Sour Apple Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, 7Up

    • “Sweet and doesn’t taste like alcohol!” – Laurence Pelchat
  • Caesars – Bloody Mary spin off

    • “It’s like you’re getting a meal with every drink!” – Mckell Bennett
  • Pendleton Whiskey, one ice cube, and a traditional glass

    • “Because of it’s level of quality, you won’t be as hungover the next morning. It’s a drink that says ‘I’m classy as f*#&, and can also kick your a$$ at any card game you choose” – Kelsey Carlson
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch (Iron Horse) – Rum Chata, Fireball

    • “Probably because I like Cinnamon Toast Crunch…and I also like Fireball so it works” – Chloe Torres
  • Purple Drank (Bodega) – UV, Sprite

    • “It’s amazing” – Ty Trucco
  • Tequila

    • “Because it’s always the funnest time” – Sean Fleenor

And there you have it. 22 quality drinks from 23 quality people!

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8 Steps To End Police Brutality In America: Stop The Epidemic



It is with great sadness in my heart that I write this blog post. There is an epidemic happening right in your backyard; police brutality. Police are continuing to shoot first and ask questions later, and it is tearing this country apart. Beyond taking lives, they are not being held responsible for their heinous crimes. Something must be done. Here are 8 steps that the United States can take to bring police brutality to an end. First, here is a video of the last words of 11 people that were killed by police. It will shock you.


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1.) Investigations led by Independent Prosecutors.

Incidences of accused police brutality, not only resulting in death or injury to suspects, should be investigated by an independent prosecutor, because district attorneys rely on the police department in their districts every day for information, evidence and testimony. The police department and the district attorney have to have trust and cooperation between each other. Some district attorneys may not prosecute to their full potential because they are afraid to alienate the police. If an independent prosecutor investigated crimes internal to the police department, then there would be an un-biased investigation that would result in more incidences of charges of police brutality being brought to trial.

2.) Defunding of Police Departments by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government could defund police departments that are in violation of good practices. This would not completely take away the funding for the police department, as they receive funding from other places. This would not be a permanent solution; it would be temporary until they complied with fair practice. There needs to be a consequence for departments that do not follow the rules and incentives, other than just being humane, to be a fair police department.

3.) End to the “Broken Window” Policy.

Localized only to New York City, there should be an end to the “Broken Window” policy. This is a policy that states that every small crime is treated as an entry level crime to bigger crime. This means that anyone doing something as petty as jumping the subway turnstile can then be arrested for a misdemeanor crime as if they were committing a more serious crime. Strictly enforcing minor violations does not deter more serious crime but simply harasses and antagonizes residents of high-crime neighborhoods.

4.) End to the “Stop and Frisk” Policy.

End the “Stop and Frisk” policy in New York City. This policy allows the police to stop and frisk anybody in New York City that they feel should be stopped, not because they are breaking the law. The “Stop and Frisk” policy creates racial profiling, suspicion, resentment, a sense of unfairness and stereotyping.

5.) End to the Blue Wall of Silence.

Put an End to the Blue Wall of Silence. This is the thin blue line. Cops do not inform or testify against fellow police officers because there is a culture of sticking together no matter what. Cops feel like they will be violating or turning against their “brothers” if they speak up against injustices. Also, a lot of cops do not speak up against their fellow officers when they see an instance of police brutality on the job. They do not question each other’s actions to put on a united front.

6.) Cut off Supply of Surplus Military Gear to Police Departments.

End the supply of surplus military gear to police departments across the United States. If the government creates a war zone, it will be a war zone. It is using unnecessary force on society for police to advance on protestors as if they were a bunch of terrorists. The people are not the enemy, we are society and the goal of police should be to protect citizens, not suppress them into submission. This only increases the mentality of brutality.

7.) Tolerate Peaceful Protests.

Tolerate protestors without using beanbags, tear gas, rubber bullets and dispersal as the first resort. Citizens have the constitutional right to protest, express themselves and peacefully assemble without being dispersed. It is not the police officer’s job to clear the sidewalk of people gathering peacefully. These forceful tactics cannot be a first response but should only be used when the protest gets violent and out of control.

8.) Create an Open Dialogue Between Police Officers and the Community.

There should be an open dialogue between police officers and the community that they are serving. Police officers should be able to tell the community the struggles that they face and what they need from the public to perform their job better. At the same time the community needs to be able to tell their local police department the concerns and issues that they face.

Police departments all over the country should have retraining on how to deal with aspects that have lead to unnecessary violence, injury and death. They cannot continue to shoot first and ask questions later. This would help them have a new approach and it would send a message to the community that they are trying to change their tactics. I do not want to generalize all police officers and assume that they are all on a power trip, but we have a serious epidemic on our hands that must be stopped. I respect most police officers and have had good experiences with them, but some officers are acting in an unacceptable manner. Police officers are here to protect the community, and I was under the impression that they put their lives on the line for the greater good every day. I was not aware that police officers could shoot down any unarmed civilian and then claim, “I was scared.” This must not be tolerated any longer!!!