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The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

November 7, 2019

Recently, I’ve been heavily invested in the ESPN+ production “Peyton’s Places,” which stars future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning. This year is the NFL’s 100th year of existence as an American football league. There has been a lot of important moments in its history, such as 49ers...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

October 24, 2019

The NBA season isn’t back just yet, but it is approaching fast and I am excited to see what the season has in store. This season will be an interesting one for sure as the landscape of the league was shaken like a mixed drink during the summer months. Many NBA teams saw their roster change dramatically...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

September 20, 2019

Ever since former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski retired from the game of football at the end of last season at age 29, people have speculated that he might return at some point this season. During his career, he was a beast at his position and one of the best players ever in football....

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

May 9, 2019

The NBA awards are always a hot topic to discuss with people who cover and follow the league. This year, we have had some great award races and so I am going to give my picks. The Rookie of the Year award had several candidates. Luka Doncic, forward for the Dallas Mavericks, has had a hell of a first y...

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

April 24, 2019

In the history of sports, numbers on players’ jerseys have gone from “just a number” to the identity of a icon who has transformed a sport. If you have ever played a sport that requires a number on the back of a uniform, then you know that there are cool numbers to wear, and some that are not....

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

February 8, 2019

The NBA is absolutely bananas right now and I love it. There is absolutely no dull moment for the league. There is always something happening that is newsworthy, and right now, the biggest news in the league is Anthony Davis requesting a trade away from his current team, the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O'Leary

December 14, 2018

Over the past several years, the National Football League (NFL) has supposedly made numerous changes to their policies regarding the handling of instances of domestic violence involving their employees. Investigations are allegedly more thorough, while the punishments are definitely more severe. But ...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

December 14, 2018

The NBA has been weird this year with teams not living up to the hype, players blowing away their expectations, strange storylines and everything in between. Let’s start with my favorite team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics. They have been spending most of their time early on in the season trying to fi...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O'Leary

December 6, 2018

For the last 13 years, the NFC East division has been the definition of parity in the National Football League (NFL), as it hasn’t had a repeat winner during that stretch. However, heading into the 2018-2019 season, the Philadelphia Eagles appeared poised to break that streak. Unfortunately, their...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

December 6, 2018

Over the weekend, I watched the most recent ESPN 30 for 30, a documentary series that covers a wide range of sports stories. This particular story was about the life and death of Junior Seau, a defensive Hall of Fame player that played nearly 20 seasons in the NFL for three different teams. It was a t...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O'Leary

November 9, 2018

Traditionally in professional sports, a team can never have too much talent. Acquiring and developing as much talent as possible is essentially the primary directive for roster construction. But can a team, particularly in the National Basketball Association (NBA), have too much depth? During the openi...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

November 9, 2018

As the Los Angeles Clippers took the floor against the Denver Nuggets to start the season, it was the first time they had played a game without star players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan in the lineup. Instead, their roster consisted of role players at best that play hard and do some t...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

October 2, 2018

It’s the month of October, and that means the NBA season is right around the corner. I’m excited for this season for many reasons, so I’ll take the time in this column to discuss them. Let’s start with talking about my favorite NBA team, the Boston Celtics. The anticipation for this season...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

May 10, 2018

Over the weekend, a friend of mine texted me a picture of his hypothetical soccer lineup of the best current 11 players from all over the world. There was a catch though, and that catch was that you could only have one player from each home country be in that lineup. After my friend sent that picture,...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O’Leary

May 10, 2018

As I have been writing this column over the past two semesters, I have often analyzed the current state of the professional sports teams I am most passionate about. But due to the structure of our production schedule, the subject matter can be outdated by the time each issue is released. So, for the...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O"Leary

April 26, 2018

Heading into the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) season, the Boston Red Sox were largely overlooked as a legitimate World Series contender. Even the most devoted fans had tempered their expectations after the team’s disappointing playoff performances each of the past two seasons. However, it has taken...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

April 26, 2018

The injury bug has hit the Boston Celtics hard as they head into the first round of the 2018 playoffs. With many players on the team out for the foreseeable future, it has allowed other players on the roster to play big minutes. Since Kyrie Irving went down for the season with his injured knee, Terry...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O'Leary

March 29, 2018

For Major League Baseball (MLB), spring training represents a period of refreshed optimism for each team regardless of the prior results. It is also a time when each team hopes to address the questions that remain from offseason roster changes, position battles, and lineup construction. Typically,...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

March 29, 2018

On the early morning of March 22, sources told ESPN insider Jeff Goodman that Dan Hurley, University of Rhode Island’s men’s basketball coach, was leaving to go to the University of Connecticut on a six-year deal. Being from Rhode Island and living 15 minutes away from the campus of URI, I have...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Thomas O’Leary

March 15, 2018

Currently, one of the most incendiary debates in the sports world is whether or not college athletes should be paid. The conversation focuses most acutely on Division I men’s basketball and football players, whose efforts produce revenue in a billion-dollar industry for nearly everyone but themselves....

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

February 8, 2018

Entering into the NHL All-Star break, the young and talented Boston Bruins are taking the rest of the league by storm and becoming one of the top contenders for the Stanley Cup. Their record currently stands at 29-10-8 with a grand total of 66 points, placing them in second in the Atlantic Division and...

Badgered with Ben Algar: Good Luck

Ben Algar

May 3, 2012

What to do? What to do? What is worth “IT?” How can one gauge that question? Gorge Saunders, acclaimed fiction writer, once told me, “And so it’s like, well, that girl is either going to go out with you or not. And she’s going to either have fun or not. So it’s up to you to make sure she...

Badgered with Ben Algar: Play Ball

Ben Algar

April 12, 2012

First, allow me to rep my fellow Major League Baseball (MLB) fans across the JSC community and the fans of baseball who read Basement Medicine. Apr. 4, 2012 kicked off yet another highly anticipated season of stick and ball and glove. Mind you, the MLB did not waste their time during the offseason negotiating...

Badgered with Ben Algar: The Name Game

March 22, 2012

  The Name Game     What’s the deal with that Peyton Manning guy? I mean, who is he anyway? So he’s had five surgeries, one unannounced. What’s the deal? I’ve had five surgeries, all unannounced, and the most painful root canal ever experience. He can throw a ball...

Badgered with Ben Algar

Ben Algar, Sports Editor/ Staff Reporter

March 8, 2012

As the illustrious Slim Shady once put it, “They call me Superman, leap tall hoes in a single bound, I’m single now, got no ring on this finger now, I’d never let another chick bring me down, in a relationship. Save it bitch, babysit, you make me sick, Superman ain’t savin’ shit, girl you can...

Badgered with Ben Algar

Ben Algar, Staff Reporter/Sports Editor

February 16, 2012

It was eight years ago on a Sunday much like the Sunday before last. Superbowl weekend, Superbowl Sunday filled with high hopes and titillating anticipation. The halftime show, a tradition long revered by fans of football and indifferent viewers alike. Janet Jackson performed with Justin Timberlake and...

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