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It's getting harder and harder to watch SportsCenter these days. Watching them develop new ways to poke fun at my Philadelphia Eagles with cute headers like "Dream team becomes a nightmare" is bad enough. But then I've got to listen to reasons A, B, C and D for why there won't be an NBA season next year. One of my teams falling apart, I can deal with(and have...for a while), but an entire league?
A few weeks ago at a Michigan high school homecoming, the kicker for the football team, who scored the winning field goal, was also crowned homecoming queen. Brianna Amat, a senior at Pinckney Community High School joined the homecoming court, not in a dress and heels, but in her football uniform and pads. Amat, who is also a soccer player, was the first girl to make Pinckney's varsity football team.
Suddenly it's North Face jacket-wearing weather and midterms are upon us.
When the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup last May, it did many great things. First of all, it sent the city of Vancouver into a state of emergency. The footage from the riots there looked like a scene from "Cloverfield." It also gave the Bruins its first Stanley Cup since 1972. But more importantly, at least to the people of Boston, it brought them, and only them (seriously no one else), the joy of having a legitimate claim to referring to Boston as Title Town, USA. Allow me to explain.
I cannot tell you how many times a day people come barging into my apartment. Whether it be lunch time, or 11 at night, I usually know what the reason is. "Let's play FIFA!" I'll hear someone scream from downstairs. The urgency of the call to simply play a video game is almost unavoidable.
After the "Dream Team" Philadelphia Eagles lost to my New York Giants Sunday in a game during which Eagles quarterback Michael Vick suffered a broken hand, the multi-talented quarterback called out NFL referees for not protecting him the way they do other quarterbacks. Vick suffered a concussion in the Eagles week two loss to the Atlanta Falcons and while his injury from Sunday has been downgraded from a broken hand to a bone contusion, he said he still felt he was not being protected by officials the way he should be.
My first year playing youth soccer, my team's name was Rainbow Lightning. The name was born from a heated debate between the girls, who wanted to be the Rainbows, and the boys, who wanted to be the Lightning.
Everyone knew that one kid when they were little. Lets call him...Charles. He was the kid who told you Santa Claus wasn't real a little too early. You wanted to be Superman when you grew up, and Charles wanted to be an accountant. Your mind was filled with lollipops and rainbows, and Charles's was filled with SAT scores and college apps. You had imagination. Charles was a realist. As much as we hated Charles, and proclaimed him as the Debby Downer, we knew in the back of our heads that he was right, he was always right.
At nearly every sporting event leading up to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, fans were asked to bow their heads for a moment of silence to reflect on the victims and the heroes who died, and for the thousands of Americans who lost loved ones that day.
College athletes deserve to be paid for what they do. Sorry, I should be clear. When I say college athletes should be paid, I mean the money-generating big-men on campus also known as the basketball and football players.
Is it better to have led and lost or to have never led at all? That is the question that I find myself trying in vein to answer this week. It is a nearly impossible task to discriminate between the two. After all is said and done, a loss is a loss. But you can't ignore the way you lose. Let me explain.
The scoreboard read 7-3 at the end of the first half in favor of the University of Richmond over Wagner College Saturday night, but the feeling of the game was very different from the score.
Richmond's first home football game of the season is Saturday. What do you plan on wearing? Will you dress up in pearls and a sundress or pinstripe shorts and Ray-bans?
DURHAM, N.C. — Let's be clear here: Richmond could have lost its season opener -- and maybe should have lost it. Richmond's coach was appointed to that position just 10 days before the start of the seaon, 26 freshmen and sophomores had their names listed on the two-deep pre-game depth chart and Richmond's starting quarterback was coming back from a blown-out knee.
Latrell Scott was born on July 15, 1975, in Richmond, Va. He was only 14 when the likes of his future players Tre Gray and Aaron Corp were born. He graduated from Hampton University in 1999 and entered coaching at the age of 24. When he accepted the University of Richmond head coaching job, he was 34, and became the youngest Division 1 head football coach in the country at the time.
Last week, Pat Summitt, 59, the Tennessee women's basketball coach, announced that she has early-onset Alzheimer's. If you don't follow women's college basketball closely, you may not know who she is, but those who do know she is a legend, inspiration and hero.
Pick up any newspaper this time of year, and I'll bet 80 percent of the articles in the sports section are football-related, covering every aspect of the sport from the NFL to high school. At home in Tennessee, reading the local paper, I can always expect to find a splash of Volunteer orange among the black and white: a photo accompanying a detailed article, the latest on the Vols, much to the delight of Rocky Top's football fanatics. Football season hasn't started yet, but the anticipation of America's most watched sport has journalists penning stories including scouting reports and updates on injured players.
Last year, football returned to campus with much fanfare. This year, a pair of sports teams return back home with not as much attention paid to them.
Welcome Spider fans. Welcome to another year of Richmond sports. Welcome to the realm of A-10 titles and Sweet 16s, with some pretty great players on some damn great teams. It's where the legends are made and where all the players get paid. (Nah, just kidding).
Checklist: paper, project, exam, finished. I'm sure you've made a similar list in your head, eagerly awaiting beach week, graduation or summer. Congratulations. You've almost reached the finish line.