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Fish and Chipps: A letter to Mr. Wiggins

Dear Mr. Wiggins, A wise man once said to me, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Let me begin by saying I am a huge admirer of your work on the court. You can flat out ball and I have sincerely enjoyed watching you play in the collegiate ranks this season. It is undeniable that magical things happen when you […]

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Foul Shots: The ballad of Marcus Smart

It’s tough to find a high-profile college basketball player that wants to stay in school more than the single season mandated by former NBA commissioner David Stern. Nowadays, the so-called “diaper dandies” tend to leave after one glorious freshman year, choosing the fame and riches of the NBA over books, dorm rooms and subpar campus food. Blame cannot be directed […]

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The Blue Line: BU lacks defense

The Boston University men’s hockey team this year is … well, lacking something. And by something, I mean defense. BU’s defense is dreadful. They allow a contemptible 3.40 goals per game. In fact, the player leading BU’s plus-minus ranking is freshman forward Brendan Collier, at plus-1. That’s right, the Terriers have just one player with a positive rating. Firstly, BU’s […]

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Fish and Chipps: Why I choose sports journalism

Journalism. What is it really? A stupid question, one might say, but in today’s world where everyone with an iPhone proclaims themselves as the next Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein, it’s fair to present you with this question. For years, friends and family have asked me why I have decided to pursue a career that most people call a “dying […]

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Foul Shots: Michael Sam: The pioneer

There has never been an active gay football player in the NFL. Several players have come out after leaving the league, including Ray McDonald and Wade Davis. In other words, there’s never been a great, or even really good, NFL player who has publicly come out as being gay. Why is that? The answer is pretty obvious. Football is, at […]

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The Blue Line: Are small college sports safe?

This past semester, Temple University in Philadelphia robbed over 200 student athletes of their dreams and also took the jobs of nine head coaches. After cutting seven teams —five men’s and two women’s — Temple’s approximate $44 million athletic budget was lowered by less than $4 million. The practice facility of Temple’s 2-10 football team was completely renovated for a […]

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Fish and Chipps: The sanctity of college traditions

Ever heard of Upland, Ind.? Yep, that’s what I thought. For the longest time, I hadn’t either.  I mean, why would I? A town with a population of just under 4,000 (four times smaller than BU’s undergraduate student body), and a land filled with more cornfields than all of Massachusetts, this small, midwestern town is the polar opposite of Boston. […]

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Foul Shots: The birth of a rivalry

Syracuse University’s first basketball game in its new conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference, was against the University of Miami, traditionally more of a football power than a basketball power. Orange fans must’ve been excited to see their team in a league that’s known for its wide-open and high-octane offense, instead of the stodgy, pounding defensive style of the Big East […]

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Fish and Chipps: Marijuana: The double standard

Before the start of the 2012 football season, Louisiana State University cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was considered one of the best players in college football and a top candidate for the Heisman Trophy. As a sophomore the previous season, Mathieu electrified college football with his wild punt returns, incredible football IQ and his trendy nickname “Honey Badger.” But just a month […]

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Foul Shots: McDermott: The best in NCAA hoops

Ask a fan or even an analyst who they think the best college basketball player is right now. Chances are, they’ll give you the name of the player in the college ranks that they think is the most ready for the NBA. In the past, the answers to these two separate questions might be the same. Take the example of […]

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