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A Fan’s Perspective: Could Lionel Messi Be Better Than Pele?

A Fan’s Perspective: Could Lionel Messi Be Better Than Pele?

Through every generation of soccer, there is always one player who stands out above the rest — one who is a special talent. Legends of the sport include Eusebio, Diego Maradona, Franz Beckenbauer, George Best, Ronaldo (Brazil) and Zinedine Zidane. However, no one has come close to the success or skill of Pele, the greatest of all time. Many fans […]

By Dan Shulman· · 5 comments · Columnists, Sports
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The Blue Line: The role of the enforcer

A vast majority of football players feel that NFL’s attempts to make the game safer have created a negative impact on the state of the game. The number of penalties in the new NFL game feels like triple the number of calls from just six years ago. The debate over whether or not fighting has a place in today’s NHL […]

By Mike Benedykciuk· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
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A Fan’s Perspective: Is LeBron James the best ever to play in the NBA?

There’s no question that the NBA has been flooded with young talent in the last decade. Many of the league’s top draft picks have been either straight out of high school or only completed their freshman season at college. Some of the most notable players to enter the NBA during this time include Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, John Wall, Kyrie […]

By Dan Shulman· · 3 comments · Columnists, Sports
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HOFBERG: Relationship virgins

As I am writing this week’s column, I am sitting on board Delta Air Lines Flight 2531 with direct service to Los Angeles in seat 27E at a cruising altitude of about 40,000 feet. At about an hour after takeoff, my guess is that I’m somewhere over Pennsylvania. Or maybe Ohio. I’m currently on my way home to Santa Barbara, […]

By Kate Hofberg· · 0 comments · Columnists, Opinion
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THADANI: Ebola, a Snapchat spectacle

There’s not much I could say about the current Ebola outbreak that hasn’t already been articulated yet. There’s already the voice of the hypochondriacs who think every sneeze in a public space is a risk of infection; the passive naysayers who think we’re all just being ridiculous; U.S. President Barack Obama, who said Wednesday he felt safe enough to “hug […]

By Trisha Thadani· · 0 comments · Columnists, Opinion
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A Fan’s Perspective: Are the MLB playoffs what the fans want to see?

The 2014 MLB playoffs have certainly been a thrilling and entertaining sight to behold. So far, we have seen upsets, late heroics, stellar pitching and loyal fan bases. However, the question is: Who cares? While ratings for a few games so far this month have been noteworthy, Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals […]

By Dan Shulman· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
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The Blue Line: The Jameis Winston Dilemma

In January, Jameis Winston led Florida State University to its third NCAA National Championship and its first since 1999. Winston dominated the 2013 season, as he threw for 4,057 yards, 40 passing touchdown and 10 interceptions, while rushing for 219 yards and four touchdowns en route to the Heisman Trophy. He defeated fellow nominees University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, […]

By Mike Benedykciuk· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
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The Blue Line: Welcome to the Eichel Show

Boston University embarrassed its Canadian opponent, St. Thomas University, 12–1 Saturday. The Tommies traveled all the way from the province of New Brunswick to be trounced by the Terriers, who were ignited by the explosive play of a freshman. Jack Eichel, 17 years old, dazzled in his BU debut. He flaunted his astonishing agility and superb skill just 3:14 into […]

By Mike Benedykciuk· · 0 comments · Columnists, Sports
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A Fan’s Perspective: What must be done about concussions in football?

In the National Football League, one of the most common injuries players incur are concussions. Despite numerous additions and modifications made to the helmet, concussions continue to happen at a rapid pace. The question has changed from “how can we fix this concussion problem?” to “how can we prevent it?” The safety of players has become more of a priority […]

By Dan Shulman· · 1 comment · Columnists, Sports
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The Blue Line: Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr.

As drivers zipped around the Canandaigua Motorsports Park at exceptionally high speeds on Aug. 9, Kevin Ward Jr.’s No. 13 sprint car collided into the track’s wall. The 20-year-old authoritatively escaped his unresponsive car and started walking toward oncoming traffic. As the yellow caution flag waved, Ward was struck and killed by a distinguished opponent: 16-year veteran and three-time NASCAR […]

By Mike Benedykciuk· · 4 comments · Columnists, Sports