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Newton deserves criticism

February 17, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

Leading up to the Super Bowl, talk ranged from  strategy-based discussions of on-field tactics to the antics of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his growing reputation, mostly focusing on the latter. Newton is notorious for his dancing celebrations, particularly the “dab” dance move, after picking up a first do...

NHL All-Star voting backfires

January 30, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

The NHL All-Star game will be held Jan. 31. Usually the game isn’t a serious event, but this year one particular player has sparked uproarious debate. His name is John Scott, and as of writing this, he is not even on an NHL roster. Players are voted into the All-Star game by the fans, which is a common system shared by a multitude...

Domestic violence in the NFL

November 20, 2015

Filed under Columns, Sports

Domestic violence has been swept under the rug for many decades, but is finally getting more attention in the NFL. First there was Ray Rice, who knocked his then-girlfriend unconscious in an elevator. Then, just a few weeks ago, baseball star Jose Reyes was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife. Now, there is Greg Hardy. Accor...

Coach sending wrong message

Joe Gallant

November 19, 2015

Filed under Columns, Sports

The college football landscape is rapidly changing with college football playoff rankings released weekly. However it seems that one major storyline has been hastily swept under the rug: the discipline surrounding Ohio State star quarterback J.T. Barrett. Last week, Barrett pled guilty to an impaired driving charge following an incident ...

The Gut and its glory

Joe Gallant

November 4, 2015

Filed under Columns, Sports

The University of Vermont’s home for its men and women’s hockey teams has been the subject of recent conversation.  Should the historic rink be kept or is it time to move on? Gutterson Fieldhouse, better known as “the Gut” has been home to UVM hockey since 1963. Of course, some renovations have been made since...

NHL sharpens its skates

Joe Gallant

October 23, 2015

Filed under Columns, Sports

The NHL season is underway and it’s time to draw some early season conclusions and identify things to look out for as the season progresses. First, youth is all the rage. Everyone knows about Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid.  I was admittedly wrong about how soon Eichel would become a force, but other rookies around...

ESPN’s clear anti-Patriots bias

Joe Gallant

October 5, 2015

Filed under Columns

Deflategate is wrapping up, or is at least on a hold for now, as the Patriots have run out to a 3-0 start. The full fallout from this muckraking has not fully been revealed. The way ESPN, the primary sports media source for many Americans, handled this story however sticks out. ESPN has been the subject of criticism as i...

Athletics adds new text service

October 1, 2015

Filed under Columns, Sports

The UVM athletics department has revamped their text alert system with their recent partnership with Vermont Sports Properties.UVM’s text alert system is a way for fans to receive instant texts with score alerts.  To sign up, a person just needs to text UVM to 83200.“Following a game our staff enters in the score and se...

New and old NHL talent set to collide this year

Joe Gallant

September 14, 2015

Filed under Columns, Sports

It’s finally here. While the playoffs are still fresh in our minds, it feels like it’s been months. The sports fan’s purgatory is the summer block, where baseball is the only sport played, is coming to an end.  Sure, baseball is fun, but who really wants to sit and watch a game that feels like there’s more time between ...

Even the cupcake games matter in college football

Joe Gallant

September 10, 2015

Filed under Columns, Sports

Fall may not have come around yet, but the circus that is the college football season has definitely arrived. The NCAA season is already underway. These early games will set the tone of the season for some teams, while for others they function essentially as warm-up games. The beginning of the NCAA season is littered with Pow...

Sending the wrong message to youth

Joe Gallant

September 1, 2015

Filed under Columns, Sports

By now, people are tired of hearing about “Deflategate” news. Overshadowed by the courtroom drama is the message the NFL is sending to the youth of the sport. The NFL, under the regime of führer Goodell, is showing a disturbing pattern  after recently upholding Tom Brady’s appeal of a four-game suspension. Tom Brady’...

Kentucky’s (almost) domination

Kentucky’s (almost) domination

April 3, 2015

The overwhelming favorite entering the annual “March Madness” college basketball tournament were th...

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