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New playoff creates excitement

John Suozzo

September 18, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

he newly minted College Football Playoff has been an improvement for college football not only in the season’s final weeks, but in the opening weeks as well. The College Football Playoff, which began in 2015, signaled an end of the 15-year, computerized BCS experiment, which often left teams and fans without a clear...

Player sits for anthem, exercises a basic human right

John Suozzo

September 10, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

An athlete’s refusal to stand during the national anthem has set off a debate over the role celebrities play in social issues and activism. Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, said he couldn’t “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Even ...

Near-sighted NFL draft strategies

May 6, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

Patience is a very valuable trait in the NFL world for players, coaches and front offices as well as the entire fan base; it’s also something that has, unfortunately, grown nearly extinct. Gone are the days of drafting a quarterback in the first round with the intention of having him sit and learn behind the organization’s...

Champions League Semifinals Preview

Champions League Semifinals Preview

April 26, 2016

Finally, we have our Champions League semifinalists. Atletico Madrid caused what could be considered...

Spieth chokes on big stage

John Suozzo

April 23, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

In golf, the player’s most formidable opponent might not be the other players or the course. Their biggest competition comes from their own mind. Unlike in most sports, golfers have up to 10 minutes between each of their shots. This time allows golfers to think about their previous poor shots or missed opportunities. ...

Kobe steals the show once more

April 21, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

Last Wednesday provided one of the most captivating nights in NBA history.Who would have guessed at the beginning of the year that Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors breaking the regular season win record of Micael Jordan’s ’96 Bulls on the last night of the season wouldn’t be the biggest headline the following ...

Red Sox Fail to ‘Buy’ Rings

April 16, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

The story of the Boston Red Sox for the past decade or so has been one of gargantuan contracts.First there was Carl Crawford, who was signed to a seven-year, $142 million contract. Then there was Adrian Gonzalez, signed for seven years and $154 million. Crawford and Gonzalez were both traded away in 2012, and the following seas...

‘Bro code’ defends cheater

April 9, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour has been tainted by the locker room division, brought about by the actions of rising star D’Angelo Russell.This seems to be a fitting conclusion for a team that is much more of a Harlem Globetrotter-esque traveling sideshow than a competitive basketball unit.Russell recorded a conversation he had...

Athletes face tough choices

Athletes face tough choices

April 2, 2016

If asked where a professional athlete derives most of their yearly income, most people would say, ...

March Madness update: just four teams still standing

John Suozzo

April 1, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

March Madness is always filled with unbelievable upsets and finishes. This year’s tournament is no exception. There were many surprises in the early rounds, none more shocking than initial wins by Middle Tennessee State University and Stephen F. Austin University. The Michigan State Spartans, coming off of a Big Ten Conferenc...

The illegal duality in sports

March 6, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

Athletes, both professional and collegiate, are frequently criticized on a multitude of levels.One common criticism of the pros, usually from non-fans, is  “they get paid too much.”The reality is that in a free and open economy something gains worth only when others are willing to pay.The reason that they receive such h...

Neck guards are essential

February 26, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

Jan. 14 of 2016 seemed to be a normal day for a hockey game in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. The under-18 teams of Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Sibir Novosibirsk were battling it out in a Russian Youth Hockey League match. All was going well until late in the second period. As the game came to an end, a Sibir player...

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