The Cynic sports shorts of the week

Boss of the week: Buster Posey

His statistics in terms of run production this postseason won’t wow you — only two RBI — but he is batting .344 and went 4-4 in the Giants’ game four victory over the Phillies, becoming only the second rookie catcher to have four hits in a postseason game.

It was an “if you haven’t noticed me yet, notice me now” kind of game for the 23-year-old.

During the regular season, in just 108 games — roughly two thirds of the season — Posey hit .308 with 18 homeruns and 67 RBIs.

Posey will certainly win rookie of the year in the National League this season, and you could make an argument that no player has been more important to their team than Posey. Most importantly Posey’s emergence as a surefire superstar has erased the memories of the Barry Bonds era in San Francisco. A player like Posey doesn’t come around that often; if you haven’t watched him, start to.

Goat of the week: Roger Goodell and the NFL

After a Sunday of brutal hits in the NFL, the league established stricter fines and possible suspensions as punishment for vicious helmet-to-helmet hits.

Whether you agree with the ruling or not, this could be a defining time for the NFL. Moving forward there is the potential chance that the NFL will never be the same. If Goodell makes the penalties more and more strict the hard-hitting game fans all love will be gone.

The bottom line is that no one forces the players in the NFL to go out and get crushed every week.

They get paid millions of dollars because they entertain an enormous mass of people.

Of course we want these players to be protected as possible, but there is a fine line between doing that and tarnishing the nature of the sport.

Football is a vicious game that has adverse long term affects on those who play it.

But as long as it costs more than $100 to go to a game, I don’t want to see James Harrison two-hand-touch a 175-pound receiver.

Quote of the week

“If I get a chance to knock somebody out, I’m going to knock them out and take what they give me. They give me a helmet, I’m going to use it.”

­­— Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, reacting to the new hitting restrictions placed on NFL players.

Dartmouth rolls over women’s soccer

Dartmouth College cruised past the UVM women’s soccer team last Tuesday, 7-0. The Big Green outshot Vermont 21-4 scoring four goals in the first half and three in the second.

Vermont falls to 2-15 on the year while Dartmouth moves to 4-7-1.

The women’s soccer team wrapped up their season on Sunday against the University of Albany.

Captain of men’s basketball team announced

Evan Fjeld has been named the captain for the men’s basketball team for the upcoming season. Fjeld is expected to be the veteran foundation for the Catamounts who suffered severe losses to graduation, Marqus Blakely being the most important. Fjeld averaged 10.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg and shot 55 percent from the field.