What is it about Aaron Rodgers? It could be that he does not throw picks, which is perhaps the greatest distinguishing factor between him and his predecessor. It could be his on-again, off-again mustache, which most men would kill for. It could be his easy-going California attitude which by all accounts makes him one of the NFL’s nicest players.Read More
Ledo-ing Us On. When The Dope Sheet reported last week that then-future Friar Rickey Ledo had been on the move as of late, no one had any idea just how mobile the high school junior intended to be. Ledo announced on his Twitter Monday: “I’m no longer a providence friar I decided to open my recuitment back up and view my other options.” A way with words, that boy has. Ledo’s announcement, along with Sunday’s loss to Seton Hall sent shock waves through Friartown and renewed talk among the fans about Keno Davis’ worthiness as a coach. And such is another typical week in Providence sports if there ever was one.Read More
The Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track Teams continued their season, this time traveling north to Boston University, the site of the Terrier Invitational. This meet featured 13 other teams from the New England area, including Boston College, URI, Sacred Heart, and Boston University. This meet was a big showcase for the Friars as they were able to land 13 more qualifications for the Big East Championship at the two-day exhibition event.Read More
The crowd that packed Taylor Natatorium to see the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Team swim their last home meet of the 2010-11 season was not disappointed, as both squads put on an outstanding performance against the Crusaders of Holy Cross. Winning 195-104 and 192-107 respectively, the men and women, and especially the seniors, made the most of their final home swim meet.Read More
Last night, the Men’s Basketball Team took on Big East counterpart South Florida in what turned out to be a classic conference dual between two fairly evenly matched squads. “We knew it was going to be a grind-out game,” said Vincent Council ’13, who finished the game with 12 points and five assists. And it was a grind-out game indeed, as it came down to the wire, and would not have been won without the clutch foul shooting by a pair of freshman: Kadeem Batts ’14 and Bryce Cotton ’14.Read More
The men’s singles tournament in the Australian Open wrapped up on Sunday, Jan. 30, with a killer performance from Novak Djokovic (SRB). Despite the lackluster performance from Andy Murray (GBR), the Australian Open finished as strong as the rest of the tourney.Read More
After two road games in the Big East, the Friars headed home this past Saturday to play host to the St. John’s Red Storm. Coming into the game, the Friars knew they were going to face their best opponents thus far in the season and were hoping for a strong effort on both ends of the court. The Johnnies came into Friartown with a 14-6 overall record and a 3-4 record in the league. They got off to a very hot start and were ranked in the top 20 every week up until this past week when they dropped out after a loss to Notre Dame.Read More
It was a disappointing weekend for the Men’s Hockey Team as the Friars fell twice to New Hampshire (15-5-4, 13-2-2). In Saturday’s game, the Friars lost 5-1 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. UNH had a good night as they scored four times in the second period to lead them to a win.Read More
The ghosts of the past are calling: Vince Lombardi, Jerry Kramer, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Jim Taylor. Only one team can win the most important game of the NFL season, and this year it is going to be the Green Bay Packers. Though the Packers are up against a team that has earned two Super Bowl rings in the past five years, they are the team to beat in Super Bowl XLV.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is leading the Pack into this game. He has the most touchdowns (seven) in post-season games in NFL history. Rodgers broke this record with only three post-season games under his belt. Along with breaking that record, Rodgers was also the first quarterback in NFL history to throw a pair of 120-plus passer rating games in both of his playoff starts.
Rodgers is surrounded by the fourth-ranked offense in the NFL, while Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s offense is ranked ninth. Though the Steelers have a slight advantage with a defense ranked number one in the NFL, the Packers are not far behind with a third-ranked defense. The Packers’ secondary is a force to be reckoned with. Between Tramon Williams nabbing picks left and right, and Charles Woodson acting as a menace to wideouts, Roethlisberger’s offense will have a hard time putting up the points they will need to win.
True, the Steelers’ defense is first in the league. That slight advantage could play a major role in the outcome of the game, but the Packers are a strong team, strong enough to beat the Steelers and claim the title of the 2011 Super Bowl Champions. – Bridget Stack ’13Read More