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Recent fan violence not as bad as it seems

April 20, 2005 • 0
It was a classic “Yale fight.” Thursday night. One drunk dude gets in the face of another guy (who may or may not be an athlete), who then pushes him back. Then, everybody’s friends emerge as the two “brawlers” demand to be held back. And that’s about it. There could be some smack talking and »
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I am Tiger Woods? I don’t think so

April 13, 2005 • 0
All it took was one Sunday afternoon to remind me that there’s no athlete I’d rather watch than Tiger Woods. It has nothing to do with the sport he plays. I’m about as much of a golfer as Jackie Treehorn’s goon. If Tiger Woods were in curling I’d still be glued to my television for »
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Yankees still hold edge over BoSox in 2005

April 6, 2005 • 0
For the third consecutive year, the Yankees and Red Sox — in some particular order — are the two best teams in baseball. The obvious question: who’s better? I’ve read numerous articles in “Sports Illustrated,” ESPN.com, and elsewhere that have attempted to break down the matchups to determine which squad has the inside track to »
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No UNC loss, but the weekend in N.Y. is still a blast

March 30, 2005 • 0
A timeline of my trip to the Syracuse Regional this past weekend: Friday 10:45 a.m.: Board train to Syracuse. It’s more packed than I thought, but seems like more of an Easter than a basketball crowd. (I later discover this is not the case). 11:00 a.m.: That Guy just took his seat behind me. He »
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CBS should expand coverage of tourney, especially early on

March 23, 2005 • 0
Because of various spring break trips, I missed out on several of the biggest sports stories from last week. I did catch some footage from Congress’s hearings on steroids. Everyone is talking about McGwire shattering his legacy and Palmeiro looking like a porn star, but my favorite part has to be how the ever-desperate for »
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To Draughan and Gamboa: a thank you

March 2, 2005 • 0
With spring break approaching, the student section will be fairly desolate when the Yale men’s basketball team takes the court for its final two home games of the season this weekend. By the time Saturday night’s game against Columbia rolls around, John J. Lee Amphitheater figures to be a barren wasteland. Unfortunately, that match-up will »
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Yale basketball has a habit of falling just short

February 23, 2005 • 0
It was the classic letdown game. Just when the Yale men’s basketball team finally seemed to hit its stride, the monumental road bump that is Brown managed to trip the Bulldogs up yet again. Everyone who knows anything about Yale basketball saw this coming. After sweeping perennial Ivy League powers Princeton and Penn, it makes »
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Baseball needs to be up front about steroids

February 16, 2005 • 0
Ignorance is bliss. The problem for Major League Baseball, though, is that it doesn’t have ignorance. It has Jose Canseco. Does it really matter which baseball players have taken steroids? Maybe not. At least that’s what Bud Selig and friends want everyone to believe. Honestly, they might be on to something. After all, baseball has »
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Fan or not, Pats were fun to watch

February 9, 2005 • 0
You don’t really hate the Patriots. All season long, you’ve been looking for a reason to hate on the dynasty: “It’s unfair. They’re too lucky,” or “Tom Brady gets so much hype, even though he’s overrated. I can’t stand to hear it anymore.” Really, it’s time to get over it. I’m not a Pats fan, »
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Best of NFL playoffs are already over

February 2, 2005 • 0
There’s something missing from Super Bowl XXXIX. With all its intriguing angles, how come I’m not more enthusiastic about this game? In a way, this Super Bowl is a perfect storm. For the first time in a while, the obvious best teams in each conference will go head to head on the biggest stage. This »
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Do these NFL teams even want a victory?

January 26, 2005 • 1
Does anyone really want to win these games? That’s the question I’ve been repeatedly asking myself throughout the NFL playoffs. All I want to see is good football. I want two reasonably well-coached teams to play hard and hopefully have the game decided with a minimal number of significant miscues during crunch time. It’s funny »
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Three years later, one spirited senior still waits for repeat

January 22, 2005 • 0
Was it really just a fluke? That’s the question that has dogged a Yale men’s basketball team that has underachieved since the Bulldogs captured a share of the Ivy League title in 2002. Three seasons removed from the Ivy crown, the starting backcourt from the championship team — Alex Gamboa ’05 and Edwin Draughan ’05 »