The Vermont Cynic

‘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 recorde...

Athletes face tough choices

Athletes face tough choices

April 2, 2016


Filed under Columns, Sports

If asked where a professional athlete derives most of their yearly income, most people would say, “From their team’s salary, of course.” For the majority of players, this is correct.But in every sport, there is an elite group atop the endorsement totem pole that makes enough money from externa...

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 of...

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 reaso...

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...

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...

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 com...

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....

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 impa...

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...

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, bu...

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 subj...

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