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The Blue Line: State of the Undefeated NFL Teams

The Blue Line: State of the Undefeated NFL Teams

Five teams in the NFL — the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles — are all still undefeated. The reigning Super Bowl champion Broncos going 3-0 to start the year should not surprise anybody. However, let’s look a little closer at each of the other four teams. The Patriots are consistently one of the […]

By Mike Benedykciuk· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
Stick to Sports: Nontraditional sports receive broadcasting limelight

Stick to Sports: Nontraditional sports receive broadcasting limelight

For most of the past century, four sports have reigned supreme for American viewers: baseball, football, basketball and hockey. Whether at the professional or collegiate level, those sports, primarily the men’s rendition of them, have dominated the sports scene. That “four major sport dominance” narrative has been changing for some time, and more than halfway through the current decade, it […]

By Marisa Ingemi· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
Going for Two: Thanks for the memories, Vin Scully

Going for Two: Thanks for the memories, Vin Scully

On a spring day in 1950, Vin Scully sat down in the broadcast booth at Ebbets Field and called his first professional baseball game for the then-Brooklyn Dodgers. A young 23-year-old graduate of Fordham University, Scully would continue to call games for Brooklyn until the team’s relocation in 1957. After that, Scully — along with the Dodgers — made the […]

By David Souza· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
The Beantown Buzz: Marchand extension sets Bruins up for success

The Beantown Buzz: Marchand extension sets Bruins up for success

Brad Marchand is here to stay, and Bruins fans have a new poster boy for their franchise. The 28-year-old forward signed a contract extension Monday morning with the Boston Bruins for eight years worth $49 million. The Bruins’ front office has been tagged with harsh criticism the last few seasons for giving some very average players questionable contract extensions. However, […]

By Chris Picher· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
The U.S. has struggled in the World Baseball Classic,, and its reflected in the ratings. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Why We Play: What can make a sport truly worldwide?

This past Thursday, the USA men’s hockey team lost to the the Czech Republic 4-3 and was bounced from the World Cup of Hockey winless. But more than any reaction to the disappointing showing from Team USA, this news made me ask a simple question: Since when has there been a World Cup of Hockey? Now, I’ll admit that I […]

By Simon Kienitz Kincade· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
Stick to Sports: The NFL peaked, and now it’s on the way down

Stick to Sports: The NFL peaked, and now it’s on the way down

Which American professional sports league is the most popular in the world? About five years ago, that answer was obvious. The NFL pre-lockout was on the top of the sporting world, and it seemed impossible to think it could fall off. The 2010 season was one of the most exciting in recent memory and was full of firsts. The Seattle […]

By Marisa Ingemi· · 4 comments · Columnists, Sports
The Blue Line: Give Lamar Jackson the Heisman now

The Blue Line: Give Lamar Jackson the Heisman now

Louisville University quarterback Lamar Jackson has started this college football season on a truly remarkable run. Through three games, Louisville has climbed from No. 19 in the AP Poll all the way up to No. 3, due in no small part to Jackson’s brilliance. He has rushed for 464 yards through three games and is on pace to finish with […]

By Mike Benedykciuk· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
Going for Two: New dogs in the fight

Going for Two: New dogs in the fight

For the past decade, the state of the NFL has roughly remained unchanged. The same teams like the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers have largely controlled the league and have, more often than not, found their way into the last game of the year. In fact, the last time the AFC had […]

By David Souza· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
The Beantown Buzz: The Red Sox and the balancing act of staying competitive

The Beantown Buzz: The Red Sox and the balancing act of staying competitive

The trademark of any great sports franchise will always be defined by sustained longevity. Repeated success is found on the ever-delicate balance beam of the “win now” mentality and the development of young talent for the future. The Boston Red Sox are on pace to win 90 games for the 10th time since 2002. The only other team with as […]

By Chris Picher· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
The Cubs look to win their first World Series since 1908 this year. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Why We Play: 4 roommates, 4 teams, 4 weeks of playoff baseball

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved baseball. I would stare down at my well-thumbed baseball cards and imagine staring down the pitcher as thousands cheered. I loved going to games, but more than that I loved playing catch with my old man and all those classic American clichés. The point is, the MLB playoffs in October are […]

By Simon Kienitz Kincade· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports