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"Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink."
It's the fourth quarter for my fellow Collegian seniors and me. I'm sure Papa Spear and the rest of the journalism department had a collective cringe with my lede, which began with probably the most cliche saying in sports, but it's true. This is our last issue together, and seniors throughout the campus are wrapping up their theses, projects and more as we prepare for what lies ahead.
Many University of Richmond students eagerly anticipate an exotic, beach spring break vacation. Or perhaps many are traveling down to New Orleans for the creme de la creme of college spring breaks: Mardi Gras.
• The Washington Redskins cut one of its more charismatic and productive players Monday when the front office released runningback Clinton Portis. Portis was hampered with injuries during the past two seasons, and as a result, he only played 13 games. Portis leaves The District 77 yards short of 10,000 career rushing yards and leaves the Skins 648 yards shy of one of his oft-stated goals -- Hall of Famer John Riggins' franchise record. Always a big talker, Portis' mouth often got him into trouble, but his creative costumes during the 2005 season may have helped the team reach the playoffs for the first time in six years. Let's hope that the Skins draft another colorful character, then maybe they will make the playoffs again. Perhaps our own Martin Parker will be that colorful character for the Skins.
Senior guard Brittani Shells makes breaking records look as easy as her signature reverse finger-roll layup.
The University of Richmond women's basketball team played an emotional and historical game as the team defeated St. Louis University, 68-57, at the Robins Center Saturday afternoon on Senior Day. Seniors center Crystal Goring, former player and current assistant Rebecca Kretchman, guard Kara Powell and guard Brittani Shells were honored at a pre-game ceremony.
• Minnesota Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie doesn't seem to be worried about the possibility of an NFL strike next year. At the NBA All-Star "Kick Off Party" at MyHouse nightclub, hosted by rapper Rick Ross and model Rosa Acosta, the 6'8" 335 pounder reportedly ordered more than 15 bottles of expensive champagne, amounting to a bar tab in excess of $100,000. The bottles of champagne were so big that the entire club stopped to watch the wait staff bring them to McKinnie's area. He is set to make $4.9 million in 2011. Let's hope there is no strike, otherwise his bottle-popping potential could be severely hampered.
Senior Day, the ubiquitous rite of passage for athletes, evokes nostalgia and releases a flood of memories.
• The dog days are over for the Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Michael Vick. The front office tagged Vick with franchise status on Tuesday. In addition, Eagles officials said they placed their transition tag on kicker David Akers. Vick made $5.25 million in 2010 but will make an estimated $20 million -- the average salary of the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the league -- as the Eagles' franchise player. The NFL continues to throw bones to Vick as he was selected to start the Pro Bowl last month, his fourth trip to Hawaii in eight seasons. The Eagles were 10-7 overall and 8-3 in games Vick started and finished. It looks as though Philly fans are ready to rub this bad dog's stomach and give him a nice doghouse.
Students from the T.C. Williams School of Law and undergraduate students are taking to the streets.
The South is football country. Sure, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and the University of Southern California are programs storied in success and tradition, but let's get real, y'all: The South wins the 2011 recruiting battle, especially (and I hate to say it as a Florida Gators fan) the REAL USC -- the University of South Carolina.
Playing a collegiate-level sport as a freshman is time-consuming, physically taxing and a serious commitment. Playing two collegiate-level sports is all of that, doubled.
• Cleveland Cavaliers fans have even more reason to Tweet "SMH" (shaking my head) after Monday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Cavaliers lost their way into the NBA record book as their skid continued to 25 straight losses. But the Cavs' most recent loss wasn't a blow-out. It was the kind of loss that involved a lot of head-slapping and "what were you thinking!" plays synonymous with a team that can't do anything right. Cleveland set the single-season consecutive loss record a few days ago, but the NBA keeps an overall losing streak record that takes into account slides stretched over two seasons. Looks as though the Cavs post-LeBron James are making history, but for all the wrong reasons.
Hail to the Redskins! Oh, wait, the Skins have not made the Super Bowl since 1991 in Super Bowl XXVI against the Buffalo Bills.
• The Chelsea Football Club in London broke the British transfer record Monday by signing Fernando Torres from Liverpool for a reported 50 million pounds ($79.5 million). The deal is soccer's third most expensive transfer, exceeded by Real Madrid's 2009 purchases of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for 80 million pounds ($131 million) and Kaka from AC Milan for 65 million euros ($92 million). Despite the exorbitant price tag these soccer players carry, no one can compare to David Beckham's retail value: He married Posh Spice.
The University of Richmond suffered a massive energy crisis this past weekend.
The Cosmos shifted last week with the discovery of a new zodiac sign. The new sign, Ophiuchus, threw many devout believers' astrological balances out of whack. What a way to start out 2011 - people acted as if the supposed end of the world in 2012 had come early (personally, 2012 is on my list of fears ... along with popping balloons).
The University of Richmond men's and women's track & field started the indoor season building upon the success the cross country teams had in the fall.
• New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will now be known as "Dirty" Sanchez. In the fourth quarter of Sunday's AFC Championship game with his team trailing the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-19, Sanchez was relaxed -- maybe a little too relaxed. While on the sideline, a smiling Sanchez turned to Jets backup quarterback Mark Brunell, picked his nose and proceeded to wipe his findings on Brunell's jacket. Sanchez, 24, is one of the league's most successful young quarterbacks. But until he wins a championship, he needs to refrain from rubbing it in.
The University of Richmond women's basketball team lost 73-62 Wednesday afternoon at the Robins Center against Atlantic 10 Conference foe, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.