sports

Scott Brandt, Lisa Villareal

Sports has been a form of entertainment for humans since, well... humans. While not all of us get obsessed with our favorite teams and look to flip over police cars when our squad wins the title, we do find ourselves lost in a world of athletic prowess and skill. Sports serve as a great tool to teach lessons to the youth. They learn about teamwork, dedication, loyalty, setting goals, and hard work. They also learn how to have fun. What is life without a little fun? Even if you are not a heavy sports fan, episode 35 will give you something to cheer about.

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Student athletes everywhere watched their seasons dissolve during the pandemic, but there’s hope for sports to resume this spring. In New Mexico, to participate in athletics this semester, school districts must be in the hybrid phase, where students are able to attend class in person part time. Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Scott Elder is calling on the state to amend the rule and allow remote-learning districts to play ball. 

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During the presidential debate a week ago, moderator Chris Wallace asked President Trump to denounce white supremacy. Trump sidestepped the question and instead told a white supremacist group to “stand back and stand by.” The next day, I caught up with Art Simoni, who once would have called himself conservative, and who was my editor when I was a student reporter nearly 20 years ago.

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No More Normal: Mental Wellness

Sep 6, 2020
Adri De La Cruz


 As the summer season transitions into fall, it is important to note that September, the ninth month of the year, isn’t just for football and the start of school. It is also a month to raise awareness of suicide prevention and recovery. Both are already long-standing issues in our society—especially here in New Mexico. Coupled with the pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, hard feelings and thoughts can balloon. Left unattended or unnoticed, these issues lead to tragedy. But can we stop those tragedies before they happen? Talking things out and finding resources are two key solutions, and Episode 8 is full of options. This week we talk with counselors, therapists and people looking to help with an open ear, willing to hear about your problems and help you work through them. Because the world as it is today demands flexibility, but it’s tough to adjust to what you can’t see. 

 

No More Normal: Lessons Of Endurance

Jul 20, 2020
Zack Freeman

 

No More Normal is a new show brought to you by the same crew behind YNMG. On episode 1, we’re talking endurance. In the last few months, how many times have you heard someone say, “We’re in this for the long haul”? It’s going to take all kinds of gritty willpower to keep each other alive and to make it through the changes in our world. This week we learn from younger folks. We get lessons, advice and stories from civil rights activists. We talk about the endurance of people who’ve been fighting racist mascots and imagery for decades. And we tag along for a long run in the brutal heat.

YNMG & COVID: Sports Sports Sports

Apr 24, 2020
Courtesy of Chad Cooper

Episode 50 is all about athletes and sports, and the pandemic's impacts on the players, the communities, the economy—and our spirits. What are games like when the stands are empty? How do student athletes support each other as they navigate missed opportunities for big seasons, and maybe scholarships? How do physical activity and teamwork help keep folks connected and on the right track? And what do you do when some of that's gone for a minute? 

Let's Talk Sports Gambling In New Mexico

Mar 18, 2020
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  Let’s Talk New Mexico 3/19, 8am: New Mexico has two sportsbooks -- a way for people to legally bet on sports, that is, until the sports world was put on hold due to the coronavirus. On this week’s Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’ll talk about sports gambling and the potential long term impact of having no games and empty stadiums.

UNM Regents Vote Again To Cut Four Sports

Aug 18, 2018
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The University of New Mexico Board of Regents voted again Friday to cut four sports teams at the university because of lack of funding and a lack of equal opportunity for women athletes.  

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Let's Talk New Mexico 9/7 8a: The UNM Athletics Department is under intense scrutiny right now. The state auditor and attorney general are investigating the financial management of the department going back several years after news broke that the department covered expenses for some athletics boosters on a golf trip to Scotland. New Mexicans also learned this summer that fees for many suites at the Pit went uncollected for years.