The Vermont Cynic

Star wide receiver has to mature in order to succeed

John Suozzo

October 17, 2016

Odell Beckham, Jr. needs to grow up. The New York Giants’ star wide receiver has been the talk of sports media over the past week for his repeated antics in the team’s first four games this season. Beckham started his career under the radar of many opposing defenses, which led to a breakout...

The equation for a legacy

October 9, 2016

A player’s reputation and legacy in golf is primarily based on his success in major championships. Even without a major championship victory to his name Patrick Reed should now be seen as one of the greatest golfers in the world. Reed propelled the U.S. to a victory in the Ryder Cup, its f...

Fantasy football: what to look for this week

October 8, 2016

WHO I LIKE RB, DeMarco Murray (TEN) – Before the beginning of the season, I had reservations about Murray’s production and role in Tennessee. But now it’s very clear that he is the go-to guy for short yardage and red zone situations. Keep starting him. QB, Tom Brady (NE) – On Su...

Euro soccer: 2016 update

October 1, 2016

The domestic soccer season is well underway in Europe’s biggest leagues. Manchester City is the early favorite in the Premier League, having won its opening eight games in all competitions. City’s main rival, Manchester United, has made its own moves in an attempt to bounce back from ...

Fantasy Football: Outlooks for Week 4

September 29, 2016

WHO I LIKE QB, Trevor Siemian (DEN) – Denver’s rookie quarterback stunned everyone by beating an always-tough Bengal’s defense at Cincinnati. The Broncos play a weak Tampa Bay secondary Sunday, so Siemian, who’s only owned in five percent of leagues, is a sweet waiver wire pickup. RB, Le’V...

NCAA’s actions send a message

John Suozzo

September 25, 2016

Collegiate athletic championships will need to find a new home this season after the NCAA removed all championship games from North Carolina, in response to the HB2 “bathroom bill.” HB2 is a law mandating that all people must use the bathroom of the gender they were assigned at birth, a...

New playoff creates excitement

John Suozzo

September 18, 2016

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 a...

Player sits for anthem, exercises a basic human right

John Suozzo

September 10, 2016

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 pe...

Near-sighted NFL draft strategies

May 6, 2016

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...

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 the biggest upset, as it took advantage of Barcelona’s slump in form to come out as the winner in the all-Spanish affair. Forward Antoine Griezmann’s double was too much for the reigning champions,...

Spieth chokes on big stage

John Suozzo

April 23, 2016

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 mis...

Kobe steals the show once more

April 21, 2016

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 bigges...

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883
Columns