The Big East Might Be Getting Bigger. The Providence Journal reports that the Big East is looking to add two more football schools to its ranks in the interest of keeping the Big East alive. Villanova’s football team is contemplating a move up to the Big East, and the member schools support such a move. The league might look outside of the East to fill the final spot, perhaps to Texas Christian, Central Florida, Memphis, Houston, or Temple. It is possible that the final spot might be offered as a football-only invitation.
Of course, the easiest way to resolve the problem would be for one school in the conference—which shall remain nameless—to reinstate its football program of happy memory. See the Nov. 16, 1935 issue of The Cowl for details.Read More
This past weekend, the Field Hockey Team (5-13, 1-5 Big East) downed their Big East foes, the Georgetown Hoyas, 4-1, in Washington D.C. The Hoyas (6-13, 1-5 Big East) took the lead early on from a goal off of a penalty corner within the first six minutes of the competition. It did not take long for the Providence team to respond and make a comeback.Read More
Does everyone know where Schneider Arena is on campus? I only raise the question because for each of the Women’s Hockey home games, there has been minimal student support. Maybe it’s the fact that women’s college hockey does not receive significant national attention. Perhaps it’s because some of the team’s games fall on Sunday, which is a day devoted to homework, hangovers, and football. Personally, I think it has to do with the fact that women’s hockey just isn’t given the proper respect on the Providence College campus.Read More
The Big East Championship proved to be a successful meet for both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams this past weekend. Lee Carey ’12 won his first individual Big East Championship title with a first place finish out of a field of 188 competitors. The Men’s Cross Country Team took a third place finish out of the 14 teams that competed. The Lady Friars also raced well, finishing fourth out of a field of 16 teams.Read More
Every wolf pack has its leader. For the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team’s meet this past weekend against Fairfield, the leader of the pack was Eric Burtchell ’13. Burtchell found himself at the head of the pack on three separate occasions.Read More
Only five teams remain with unblemished records after 10 weeks of action, three of which are non-BCS schools—Oregon, Auburn, TCU, Boise State, and Utah. And after Saturday, only four teams will remain undefeated as TCU and Utah face off against one another in Salt Lake City. Last year four teams—Alabama, Texas, Boise State, and TCU—were able to accomplish the rare feat of finishing the regular season without any losses. This season has been a lot different than previous seasons as highly ranked teams have fallen to not as touted opponents and upsets have seemed to occur much more often than in years past.Read More
After securing the fifth seed in the Big East Blue Division with a stunning 1-0 victory over West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 30 (on Senior Night nonetheless), the Men’s Soccer Team defeated Villanova, 3-0, on Wednesday, Nov. 3 in a Big East Championship First Round match played in Villanova, Pa. It marked the third consecutive season that the Friars and Wildcats met in the first round, the Friars prevailing each time to advance to the quarterfinals. Greg Davis ’14 scored late in the first half, while Matt Marcin ’11 added two goals in the second half to lead the way for Providence, which is now unbeaten in its last six matches (5-0-1), including five consecutive victories. Villanova ended its season at 8-8-3.Read More
This Halloween weekend would prove to be far from a treat for the Providence Friars, as they dropped two league matches to Hartford (3-2) and Stony Brook (3-0). The Friars fought hard on Friday, Oct. 29 against the Hartford Hawks, needing all five sets to decipher a winner. But on Sunday Oct. 31, the Friars fell in straight sets to the Stony Brook Seawolves. The two losses set the Friars down a three game losing streak.Read More
Today, no one knows the name Tony Smith. He and Brett Favre will always be connected in football history. Besides their playing days at the University of Southern Mississippi, Tony Smith was the draft pick given to the Falcons for Favre.
Twenty years from now, every one will remember and know the name Brett Favre. And no, it is not because pictures of him when he was 41 will be on the Web, or because he has cried wolf over and over again by saying he was going to retire but always returning on Week 1 ready to play, and play he has. His rugged persona and gritty mindset have made his career into an NFL Films story that has the making to be an Oscar winning picture. Brett Favre doesn’t believe in resting on the Sabbath. His gunslinger mentality and improvisational throws will most likely never be seen again, along with his unbreakable streak of 292 consecutive starts.
When Coach Mike Holmgren took Favre off the bench on that September day in 1992, no one, not even Favre himself, knew what that meant. He probably didn’t picture his first pass on the Packers to be deflected and caught by himself for a seven-yard loss. But 20 years from now, people will remember the streak, the iron man mentality that he brought play after play, and his willingness to never back down.
Some Packer fans, including one of my roommates, have a love for Brett like a father has for his son even though Favre may be on the Vikings. In the hearts and memories of football fans, he will always be a Packer. The greatest post-Lombardi Packer, if not the greatest period, will be enshrined in Canton as a Packer and 20 years from now, when his picture appears in print, on television or in cyberspace, there will be a green “G” somewhere nearby.
– Dan McNamara ’13Read More