Aiden is an Assistant Editor at the Tufts Daily and a second-year considering a major in Film and Media Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurial studies. He can be reached at aiden.herrod@tufts.edu


The Zone Read: Saying goodbye and a playoff primer

Well, it’s been quite a year, both for the Zone Read and the NFL as a whole. I’d like to thank the league for providing endless content, and the paper for giving me a space to spill all my thoughts to the world. I want to close out coverage of the regular season with a […]


Men’s soccer advances to Final Four of NCAA tournament

This weekend, the men’s soccer team advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Div. III tournament with back-to-back wins over Washington and Lee University and Conn. College. On Sunday, the Jumbos beat the Conn. College Camels in the quarterfinal game by a score of 3–1. The Jumbos qualified for that Elite Eight match following […]


The Zone Read: Vibe sandwich

Have you ever heard of a compliment sandwich? It’s a way to give constructive feedback while reinforcing some of the positive elements of whatever you may be assessing. I want to take a similar approach to assess the NFL this week, with something I call the “vibe sandwich” (it’s a working title). There’s some good […]


The Zone Read: 6 things I’m watching

The NFL regular season is a little more than half over, and with that always comes some of the most decisive, exciting football games of the year. We saw it on Monday night in the game between the 49ers and the Seahawks, a game that came down to the wire and felt every bit like […]


The Zone Read: The conundrum of tanking

If you root for the Miami Dolphins, odds are that you’re watching the rest of the NFL more than your own team. No one can blame you. The Dolphins have comically achieved a points differential of -153, with only a single win against the near-winless Jets to show for it. There’s a company in this […]


Golf caps off fall season with 12th-place finish at NEIGA championship

Tufts placed 12th out of 22 teams in the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Div. III Championship in Brewster, Mass., to cap off off a stellar fall season. The finish came off a team score of 333 strokes on the first day of competition, which had them in 13th place at the end of […]


The Zone Read: Midseason playoff predictions

As week eight approaches, I’ve taken a step back and done my best to assess the state of the league. There’s a lot of parity and unanswered questions which will make for an exciting second half of the season. AFC Playoffs Patriots The Patriots, like always, feel like a lock for the playoffs and a […]


The Zone Read: Andrew Luck’s retirement

Yes, I’m late on this. Yes, it has faded from popular memory. It’s hard to remember in week seven,  but not too long ago the National Football League (NFL) was shaken to its core. Andrew Luck, a cornerstone of the Colts franchise and undisputed top tier quarterback in the league, abruptly retired at age 29. The […]


The Zone Read: Week 6 division power rankings

The NFL is a little over a month into the season, and we have a good sense of the contenders and the pretenders. With that in mind, here are my power rankings for the divisions.  1. NFC West: The 49ers are the only undefeated team in the NFC at 4–0. They have the stifling defense and creative […]


Stellar 2nd day propels golf to 2nd-place finish in NESCAC qualifier

On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Tufts golf team capped a brilliant weekend of play with a second-place finish in the NESCAC qualifier. Tufts came within two strokes shy of the high mark set by Williams, finishing with a total score for the weekend of 588. With a top-four finish in the qualifiers this fall, Tufts […]


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