The Vermont Cynic

Five Questions for the Second Half of the NBA Season

Jeremy Karpf

February 20, 2013

  5. Are the Memphis Grizzlies Better After the Rudy Gay Trade? In a word, yes. Memphis took a big risk when they traded star forward Rudy Gay and many argued that the trade was more for salary cap availability than for play on the court. Fact is, prior to the trade the Grizzlies had an impotent...

Joe Flacco: Elite Quarterback? Maybe

Jeremy Karpf

February 6, 2013

For ten straight Super Bowls, the winning quarterback was a Hall of Fame player. Both Peyton and Eli Manning won titles; Eli actually won two. Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger each captured two of their own Lombardi Trophies. Even Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers qualify as elite quarterbacks who will...

QB prototype changes

Jake Bielecki

January 23, 2013

About 6'4", 225 pounds with a laser arm, pass-first mentality and boyishly good looks. For years this has served as the prototype for fans of the NFL quarterback.  Glancing over the successes of elite collegiate programs utilizing the running quarterback, from Oregon to Ohio State to whatever program R...

How to handle the “*” in the major league

December 6, 2012

One player was widely considered the most prolific power hitter the game has ever seen, while the other was considered one of the most consistent and over-powering pitchers the game has ever seen.  One player won seven MVP awards and the other won seven CY Young awards - both the most of all t...

NFL Picks

Jeremy Karpf

December 6, 2012

Baltimore at Washington Coming off an emotional divisional victory over the Big Ben-less Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens go to Washington as the odds on second seed in the AFC. Washington still has its eye on a playoff berth, but needs some serious help. The first step toward their dream of playoff foot...

BUSH LEAGUE: Tampa Bay Rays: God’s Team

Jason Bushey

September 22, 2008

So last Wednesday night I'm at work, tossing pizza dough in the air while watching my Red Sox get knocked off by the upstart Tampa Bay Rays for the second night in a row to take a two-game lead in the AL East. Just then an elder female customer walks over to our open kitchen to ask me the score of the...

The Looper: Ending with a draft

April 28, 2008

I've written quite a few of these columns in my time at UVM and, you know what, it's been pretty fun.I get to write about (usually) what I want to, how I want to and (luckily) when I want to. It usually came down to a Sunday morning or afternoon and this piece is no different, except it's my last one....

La Ultima Rivalidad

Dakota Rubin

January 24, 2008

Ali vs. Frazier. Michigan vs. Ohio State. Red Sox vs. Yankees. Duke vs. North Carolina. Bears vs. Packers. These are considered the top rivalries in the world of U.S. sports but I am here to tell you that they are small potatoes. Do any of those involve the two largest cities in a country? Were...

Welcome to the Madness

Dakota Rubin

January 24, 2008

Here we are at the end of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament and my bracket is still intact. That's not to say that I didn't take some heat through the first two rounds but my Final Four (and most of my Elite Eight for that matter) are still intact. Every year, I pore over the brackets trying...

Good Week/Bad Week: Natonal sports in a nutshell

March 20, 2007

Good Week for Brady's BunchJOSH APPLEBAUMFor many NFL organizations, an appearance in the conference championship game provides a nostalgic sense of pride and achievement.Not the New England Patriots. In an attempt to avenge their loss to the Colts and rejuvenate their aging dynasty, CEO Robert Kraft, Playe...

Canterbury Tales: Super Bowl XL

February 14, 2006

This past Saturday my mates (English vernacular!) and I departed our flats (again!) for downtown Canterbury to watch the Super Bowl at a pub with members of the local semi-pro American Football team, the Kent Falcons. We were sure this experience would lend much insight as to just how "American" we we...

A Great Game Everywhere You Turn

January 31, 2006

"It's Awesome, Baby!" Oh, Dickie V. You couldn't be more right. Don't get me wrong, I've fallen for college hockey and I still love the pageantry and tradition of college football. But when you get down to brass tacks, college basketball is simply the best and most exciting sport in America. Bar non...

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