Hawai'i ends Cardinals' historic season

After a five-set thriller at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, Ball State Men's Volleyball's (23-4, 12-2 MIVA) 2022 season came to an end at the hands of the University of Hawai'i (26-5, 7-3 BWC). 

Ball State Men's Volleyball in a huddle during practice in Pauley Pavillion May 4. The Cardinals were selected as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face Hawaii May 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET in the semifinals. Samantha Blankenship, photo provided.

Cardinals prepare for rematch against Hawai'i in national semifinal

Ball State Men's Volleyball (23-3, 12-2 MIVA) has played the University of Hawaii (25-5, 7-3 BWC) twice already this season, running out winners Jan. 29 (3-0) and Jan. 31 (3-2). In less than 24 hours the Cardinals will play the Rainbow Warriors for the third time in 2022, this time with a trip to the National Championship match on the line.

National Football League (NFL) Comissioner Roger Goodell prepares to speak at the 2009 NFL Draft April 25, 2009. Goodell. Goodell and the NFL announced officiating crews should place a larger emphasis on taunting in the 2021 season. Wikimedia Commons

GRUBB: The death of the fullback

The fullback position has always been a staple of football from the professional to the amateur field. Around the beginning days of the NFL, the fullback was seen as the premier runner.

Dallas Cowboys fans celebrate as former Cowboys scout Gil Brandt announces Dorance Armstrong Jr., as the team's fourth-round pick during the final day of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, April 28, 2018. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

GRUBB: What team can you be a fan of?

I don’t think that your location should dictate the team you root for. Just because you were born in, let’s say, Georgia, doesn’t mean you should be forced to root for the Braves, Hawks and Falcons. I think if you develop an emotional connection with a team and decide to stay loyal to that team, then it should be fine to root for them.

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