These last five days have been an emotional roller coaster for the Men’s Basketball Team. And this climax of emotion was perhaps the most fitting end to a season (and a year) that has been an ordeal for the players, coaches, and fans.Read More
Going out and drinking on the weekends is an activity that has become ingrained in the college social scene. Whether it is at the bar, a party, your dorm room, or apartment, you are bound to be engaging in some sort of alcohol–related activity during the weekend. Some people do it to blow off some steam at the end of the week, others do it to meet new people, and others do it just to be seen out and about with their friends.Read More
In like a lion and out like a lamb, March, the month of madness, is finally here. And just as the weather is beginning to heat up, so is the college basketball season. With the NCAA Tournament quickly approaching, the nation’s best teams are jockeying for high seeds, and hoping to make a deep run in their conference tournaments to prove their worthiness for an “easier” road to the Final Four in Houston.Read More
The University of Louisville’s Ralph R. Wright Natatorium served as the location where the men and women of the Swim Team ended a successful season last week. The men finished 10th out of 11 teams and the women finished 11th out of 11 in the annual Big East Championships.Read More
After a very arduous weekend, the Men’s Hockey Team came away with one point in the standings. They were defeated by UMass Lowell, 7-2, on Saturday night in their second back-to-back game against the River Hawks in a Hockey East face-off at Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. UMass-Lowell’s Riley Wetmore and David Vallorani each scored twice for the River Hawks, who are now 5-24-3, 4-20-1 in Hockey East. The Friars were led by Co-captain Ian O’Connor ’11, who recorded two assists.Read More
Turmoil in Friartown. The local papers and message boards concerned with Friar sports have been consumed over the past week with the state of Providence athletics. The recent string of Men’s Basketball losses, the renewed drama surrounding an undisclosed incident involving Duke Mondy ’13, and the struggles of the Men’s Hockey Team have some fans calling for the heads of those who call the shots in the Athletic Department. To say the very least, all is not at peace on Smith Hill. How will these situations resolve? That remains unclear at this time, but with the winter season rapidly drawing to a close (perhaps too rapidly for the men’s basketball and hockey teams) there seem to be more question marks than exclamation points punctuating the metaphorical Dope Sheet on the Friars.Read More
The media hype surrounding Cam Newton is unwarranted, to say the least. In my humble opinion, he will be a very subpar NFL quarterback. All that aside, Newton’s quote is an accurate statement. Sports are no longer just games. They are entertainment, they are big business, and there is no more innocence involved in football or any other mainstream American sport. Athletes are paid a ludicrous salaries, and millions tune in every week to watch their exploits on the field. The NFL emphasizes offense, eliminating questionable hits on the quarterback and threatening suspension for illegal hits. The new rules for pass interference encourage teams to throw the deep ball, and the emphasis on drafting speed and strong arms also encourages a more offensive display.
The players are becoming icons too; as their visibility grows, so does their following. Great athletes are revered, and their miscues off the field become media circuses and national front-page news. Also, athletes are expected to appear benevolent and caring off the field, but tough and mean on the field. The NFL’s partnership with the United Way is a prime example of such expectations, as more and more players appear in the commercials teaching small, underprivileged children the joys of the great game of football and helping them learn more about life through the game. Athletes are expected to fulfill our entertainment needs, and become heroes and idols that we and our children can admire. Cam Newton was right in saying what he did, and the media has overblown this quote. In fact, it is the media itself that helps these athletes acquire the amount of fame they receive.
Coming off a hard fought matchup against the No. 24 Marquette Golden Eagles, the Friars looked to burst open the Dome when they traveled to Syracuse. The first half was filled with many miscues from both teams, as the Friars looked unable to find their stride. ‘Ms. Big Shot’ Mi-Khida Hankins ’11, who earned the moniker after her late-game heroics against Louisville, had 10 points for the Friars in the half. The Friars were unable to close out the half as the Orange went on a 7-0 run in the closing minutes. Going into the break, the Orange held a 27-19 advantage. Like the team is often accustomed to, the Friars started the second half in rhythm as they went on an 8-3 run on their own to pull within three.Read More