The Vermont Cynic

Trade deadline fails to deliver

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

February 28, 2017

The NBA’s trade deadline provided much intrigue about possible transactions in the league. However, most of the buzz around the deadline turned out to be nothing more than wild speculation. The biggest deal of the trade deadline actually occurred days before the Thursday deadline, when star cent...

NBA Slam Dunk Contest has lost its importance

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

February 26, 2017

It’s time to officially abandon the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. The Slam Dunk Contest has often been seen as the marquee event of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, where recently four NBA players will appear on center stage to show off choreographed slam dunks that all look vaguely similar. The contest h...

Men’s basketball receives national attention after historic season

Redshirt senior forward Darren Payen pulls up for a jump shot against UMass Lowell Jan. 19. The Catamounts are on a 16- game winning streak as they head into the last games of the regular season.

Eribert Volaj, Sports Editor

February 22, 2017

Whether due to individual brilliance or impeccable team chemistry, the Vermont men’s basketball team is reaching new heights. With every game, there seems to be a new broken record. Their dominating 87-66 win over UMass Lowell sent the team into the history books, as they clinched a program-recor...

Pats clinch big win in overtime

Pats clinch big win in overtime

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

February 6, 2017

Super Bowl LI will go down as one of the greatest NFL games of all time. The New England Patriots completed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Patriots trailed 28-3 in the third quarter, coming back to tie the...

NCAA playoff schedule affects ratings negatively

John Suozzo

January 21, 2017

The NCAA needs to adjust their playoff schedule if they want to receive media coverage and television ratings comparable to those of the National Football League. The new College Football Playoff, used to determine the NCAA national champion, is a new format which concluded its third season in 2017. This...

European soccer leagues provide intrigue

December 4, 2016

Barring Leicester City’s shocking Premier League title win, last season saw all the top contenders win their respective major leagues. Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain all won their domestic leagues as expected, but they are finding it harder to dominate this time around. Real...

Fantasy football: what to watch

December 3, 2016

WHO I LIKE QB, Drew Brees (NO) – Brees continues to dominate as a standout fantasy starting quarterback, not just because of his ability to throw well, but because he is able to throw the ball to any target. He connected with eight different receivers last week, and an upcoming matchup against the porou...

Giving thanks to year in sports

November 24, 2016

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seems necessary to give thanks to the past year in sports, with 2016 consisting of many highs for sports fans around the country. *** On behalf of the city of Cleveland, I give thanks to Lebron James. King James ended Cleveland’s 52-year title drought, wi...

NFL predictions: Week 10

November 12, 2016

WHO I LIKE QB, Blake Bortles (JAX) – After struggling to get it going against the Chiefs, Bortles will look to rebound against the 5-3 Texans. Houston leads the AFC South right now, but an Osweiler-led offense is anything but promising. Expect a lot of passes out of Bortles, and a lot of gar...

Role players end Cubs’ drought

John Suozzo

November 10, 2016

No more waiting until next year. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in a winner-take-all game seven in the 2016 World Series, ending a 108-year championship drought for the Cubs. The Cubs were down three-games to one in the series, but won a close game at Wrigley Field in ga...

NFL ratings are down this year: here is why

John Suozzo

November 6, 2016

NFL television ratings have decreased during the first half of the 2016 season. Nielsen television ratings have shown nearly a 10 percent loss in viewers over the first quarter of this year’s NFL season compared to previous years. Some have chalked up the decrease in football ratings ...

Fantasy Football: what to watch

November 4, 2016

WHO I LIKE QB, Aaron Rodgers (GB) – After throwing four touchdowns and rushing 60 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, Rodgers has earned the must start status this week. Rodgers managed to torch Atlanta’s secondary, even without Lacy, Cobb or Montgomery. A matchup against the beat-up Indianapol...

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