There is a better way to deal out penalties

Commenting on the late second period melee that marred last Saturday’s contest between Yale and North Dakota and resulted in the suspension of four men’s ice hockey team members and four Fighting Sioux players, Bulldogs head coach Tim Taylor said that fighting of that nature had no business in college hockey — or any hockey, […]

Take me out to a minor league baseball game

Not having a rooting interest in this year’s Fall Classic for the first time in four years afforded me the opportunity to reaffirm my deep appreciation for baseball. Watching the Anaheim Angels’ offense was a lesson in fundamentals. I couldn’t help but think how much better the game might be if a player like David […]

High scoring ruins playoffs

The West Coast offense is more prolific than ever in the state of California this October. And no, I am not talking about football, so you can erase all Joe Montana to Jerry Rice images from your minds. Through the first two games of the World Series, Anaheim and San Francisco combined to use 16 […]

Kennedy delivers Series bid

On Sunday in the American League championship series, the Anaheim Angels trailed the Minnesota Twins 5-3 in the seventh inning and the Twins were two innings away from cutting into the Angels’ 3-1 series lead. Then Adam Kennedy stepped to the plate. Kennedy hit his third home run of the contest, a three-run job that […]

Hit and run: playoff tidbits

Just a few tidbits from the 2002 Major League Baseball playoffs: Two underdogs meet: The Anaheim Angels will face the Minnesota Twins in the American League Championship Series. But it’s tough to say which team had the bigger victory. Minnesota won the decisive game five against the heavily favored Oakland Athletics, but their biggest victory […]

Mets’ Valentine takes one for the team

Ron Vaccaro A $95 million dollar payroll, 86 losses, an August with no home wins, a 12-game losing streak, and a league-worst 114 errors all led to one thing yesterday: the axing of New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine. Mets owner Fred Wilpon had said throughout the season that Valentine would be his manager next […]

Ganja gossip overblown in Gotham City’s press corps

It was reported last week that as many as seven players on the New York Mets were observed using marijuana and, in some cases, having the substance delivered to them right in the locker room. The law aside, who cares? Everyone knows smoking marijuana is illegal — I will not debate the merits of that […]

Wild card a boon for MLB teams and fans

I’d certainly like to know what sort of homage the state of California paid to the baseball gods this year, because the Golden State has both of the compelling playoff races this fall. Anaheim and Oakland are tied atop the American League West standings, while San Francisco and Los Angeles are neck and neck in […]

A’s Tejada should be AL MVP

Alex Rodriguez has posted some pretty incredible numbers over the course of his 143 games played this season: 53 home runs, 131 runs batted in, 113 runs scored, 175 hits, a .314 batting average, and a .651 slugging percentage. But perhaps the most important number for A-Rod this season is zero. There are zero players […]

New baseball deal fails to address the sport’s long-term problems

Word came yesterday that Major League Baseball owners ratified the new labor agreement by a margin of 29-1. The one abstention? To no one’s surprise, it’s the New York Yankees. Good for them. Knowing full well that the majority of teams would ratify the deal, the Yankees knew their vote would not impact the agreement’s […]

Facilities color sport fan experience

When people think of the Yale campus, they often think of the amazing Gothic architecture. What many do not know is that several of Yale’s athletic venues are just as storied as the libraries and residential colleges. Whether you’re an athlete or a spectator, Yale’s athletic facilities make a big impact on your overall experience […]

Work ethic drives Earl through Yale career

Four years ago, then-freshman Luke Earl ’02 wondered how much playing time he would get once he laced up his skates for Yale hockey. Now, 102 games, 26 goals and 36 assists later, it would be difficult for anyone to imagine the past four seasons without Earl, this year’s captain, whose career culminated in a […]