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Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O'Leary

December 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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....

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