Opinion: Mavericks building a dynasty

Aaron Young
Staff Writer

All eras and dynasties come to an end at some point. In basketball, the San Antonio Spurs and recently the Golden State Warriors.

In hockey, the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins. Baseball would be the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants. Time to rapid fire some other dynasties: New England Patriots, Alabama Crimson Tide, Spain’s international soccer team and the great Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordon.

When it comes to individual legacies, Derek Jeter, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Wayne Gretzky, Lionel Messi, and Maya Moore come to mind.

However, where some dynasties fall, others stay intact. For the Minnesota State Mavericks sports, 2020 is a new year and a new decade. There is something else that is new and that is a new sports bubble. Located off campus near Kwik Trip and the free lot, the sports bubble symbolizes legacy, dedication, and success.

Minnesota State Mavericks sports holds one of the most prestigious programs across the board. In the past three years, the swim team won their first championship, baseball went to regionals, soccer was two games away from being crowned champions and football was one throw away from being the Division II football champions.

It’s difficult to find a weak link in Mavericks sports. Each team has their rough patches but almost always, there is one team shining on either a local, state, regional or national level. When I began working at the newspaper, softball had just won their championship.

Since then, I have written about the following teams capturing gold or getting close. Golf, swimming, soccer, track and field, and football. One day I hope I can write about hockey winning a playoff game or advancing to the Frozen Four. In the case they don’t, I want another writer on staff to have the privilege to tell a story about the hockey team defying all odds. In sports, miracles happen.

The USA hockey team against Russia, Minneapolis miracle. Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs winning the world series. At this rate, maybe the Tennessee Titans winning the Super Bowl this year. No one knows what is going to happen and that’s the beauty of sports. It’s unpredictable, thrilling, full of suspense, torturous to fan bases.

When it comes to athletes at MSU who have made an impact, there are a plenty. Adam Thielen, David Backes, C.J Suess, and I see greatness in the current athletes. All of these athletes have made a name for themselves in their respective sports and their names will forever be etched into Mavericks sports.

2020 vision is a phrase that has been said numerous times over the past weeks, but when it comes to the vision of Mavericks sports, the only vision I see is the following. Our school motto is big ideas, real world thinking. All college students fit under that mantra. When it comes to sports, our motto should be if it isn’t. Welcome to Mavericks sports.

Welcome to a dynasty. I see greatness in the future and I envision all our sports teams winning the gold, but sometimes we don’t get what we want. For all you athletes out there show the world why we are the Mavericks, and stomp all the competition to the ground.

Header photo by Mansoor Ahmad/MSU Reporter.

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