The Vermont Cynic

Player sits for anthem, exercises a basic human right

John Suozzo

September 10, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

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...

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...

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...

Pro sports adjust the rules to promote entertainment

December 1, 2015

Filed under Sports

The NHL Players Association recently announced that there would be a new format for the NHL all-star game, yet another example of professional sports being increasingly focused on entertainment value.Now the all-star game will be a three-on-three game instead of the traditional five-on-five.Additionally, the ...

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....

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...

Free agency onslaught

March 31, 2015

Filed under Columns, Sports

Okay, I know many of us in the wake of the eternally-exciting Super Bowl XLIX are experiencing football fatigue.Every year, we go through this process of entering the new NFL year and are met with an onslaught of preseason roster changes for one reason or another. Some teams are planning for the futu...

Week 15: Cynic predictions

Colby Cunningham

December 9, 2014

Filed under Sports

Every week, members of the sports section will predict who will be victorious in their NFL match-ups. Cowboys vs. Eagles Despite having used both  Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez, at the quarterback position, the Eagles have maintained one of the most stable offenses in the league. Foles has missed the l...

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