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AFC Preseason Predictions: East & West

AFC Preseason Predictions: East & West

Alex Pacete, Writer
September 6, 2016
Filed under Sports

AFC EAST Patriots 13-3: Patriots start this season with Quarterback Tom Brady suspended for 4 games. This won’t stop Bill Belichick from having a successful season. Taking over for Brady is Jimmy Garoppolo, who has had 188 passing yards,64.5% completion yards and a QB rating of 91.9 for the ...

Rec’n Expectations

Michelle Bright, Writer
September 6, 2016
Filed under Sports

Campus Recreation has spent the summer preparing some big changes in the P.E. Complex. The biggest change is the hours of operation. The P.E.Complex is now open seven days per week. Director of Campus Recreation Dave Merrill spoke about the building having minor improvements like painting and getting...

Boxing Club set to lace gloves for fall semester

Boxing Club set to lace gloves for fall semester

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
September 6, 2016
Filed under Sports

Giovanni Monterroso, a fifth year biology major, has been leading the boxing club for the past few years. Though he doesn’t have much boxing experience outside of the club, his love for the sport started like a lot of people. “My grandfather use to love to watch boxing when I was at his house.” said ...

Which Way is Up?

Which Way is Up?

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
June 21, 2016
Filed under Sports

There’s no way but up from here. The Chicago Bulls were on the outside looking in at the end of the regular season and right before the playoffs for the first time since the Derrick Rose era began. Though this season is finally coming to an end, it’s never too early to speculate on what Chicago do...

WWE’s Brand Expansion

WWE’s Brand Expansion

Joe McCaffrey, Writer
June 21, 2016
Filed under Sports

The reason that you hear the dueling chants of “Let’s Go Cena!” and “Cena Sucks!” at almost every World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event is not because John Cena is the most divisive superstar in company history, it is because the crowd is more divided than it has ever been. Fans of t...

NFL Predictions 2016: NFC South

NFL Predictions 2016: NFC South

Christian Gralak, Online Editor
June 21, 2016
Filed under Sports

Carolina Panthers: 15 – 1 The Panthers had a great season in 2015, going 15 – 1, making it all the way to the Super Bowl and having quarterback Cam Newton win the Most Valuable Player award. It would have been an even greater season if they took home the Vince Lombardi trophy. Unfortunately, that...

Three Reasons ‘Space Jam(es) 2’ Will Be Awesome

Three Reasons ‘Space Jam(es) 2’ Will Be Awesome

Marcus Mateo
May 24, 2016
Filed under Sports

They announced a sequel to Space Jam! Huh? Yeah, I’m not so sure that anybody was actually clamoring for part two. Kids nowadays would scarcely recognize Michael Jordan or even the Looney Tunes. The people who do remember the first movie are grown and probably not interested in watching a cart...

NFL Predictions Part 1: The NFC North

NFL Predictions Part 1: The NFC North

Christian Gralak, Online Editor
May 24, 2016
Filed under Sports

The return of the NFL gets closer and closer every day. With the preseason beginning in August and the regular season starting up in September, teams have been boosting their rosters to increase the odds of winning the Super Bowl. The NFC North was surprisingly claimed by the Minnesota Vikings last...

Selling Out: NBA Adds Ads

Selling Out: NBA Adds Ads

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
May 24, 2016
Filed under Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers have been tagged as the first NBA team to sell ad space on their jersey’s. Starting in the 2017-2018 season, the Sixers along with the other 29 teams will start their three-year ad pilot program.  Though most fans are against this, because of how atrocious the ads are on WNBA,...

Chicago is MLB’s Most Valuable City

Chicago is MLB’s Most Valuable City

Joe McCaffrey, Writer
May 24, 2016
Filed under Sports

Compared to New York City and Los Angeles, Chicago doesn't come in first in a lot of city-based statistics. This year Chicago is the MVC for the MLB. There is no more valuable city to baseball this season than our very own 312. These crosstown rivals are generating headlines across the nation for...

Cubs’ Schwarber Out For Season

Cubs’ Schwarber Out For Season

Christian Gralak, Online Editor
April 26, 2016
Filed under Sports

DON’T PANIC! I repeat, DON’T PANIC! Cubs fans should know something: It’s all going to be OK! The news is a bit old now and I’m sure most fans already know the terrible turn of events that took place opening week in Arizona. But once again,Cubs fans should know, it will be OK. Two weeks...

Lower Rims, Lower Expectations

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
April 26, 2016
Filed under Sports

It seems that there is always scrutiny pointed at women’s sports. This time the issue of lowering the rims in women’s basketball takes center court. Chicago Sky forward and the 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne has personally decided to make this her top priority going into the league’s 20th s...