Sharp from the Sofa: An ode to Ryan Fitzpatrick

If you’re an NFL fan, there is a decent chance Fitzpatrick has started a game for your favorite team. In his sixteen-year career, Fitzpatrick has played for eight teams: the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, Jets, Buccaneers, and Dolphins. 

Sharp from the Sofa: A used mattress, pasta and the NCAA

No players or coaches did anything wrong and nobody affiliated with the program or working at UMass knew anything incorrect had occurred, yet the NCAA cracked down and forced the team to vacate three years of wins. If a teacher, parent, boss, or any other authority figure acted this way it would leave us scratching our heads in disbelief. But this is the way the NCAA has governed for years.

Nadal dominates French Open — again

In 2005, a 19-year-old Rafael Nadal won his first French Open title. This past Sunday he won his 13th, defeating Novak Djokovic 6–0, 6–2, 7–5. It was Nadal’s 20th career Grand Slam title, moving him into a tie with Roger Federer for the all-time record. 

Sharp from the Sofa: Bean the Astros, what about the Patriots?

It is often said that the Tufts community is a political echo chamber, but it also happens to be a sports echo chamber. Boston sports fans dominate the Medford Somerville campus like Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin dominate the Patriots in the Superbowl. This column is for the silent majority at Tufts, those who would rather go to class shirtless than in a Patriots jersey. 

Wilson-Cousins matchup dates back to Big Ten battles

When Wilson and Cousins look across the field at one another before kickoff on Sunday night, they’ll know what we know: this isn’t their first rodeo.

NBA Finals update: Lakers cruise in Game 1

Anthony Davis scored 34 points and the Los Angeles Lakers easily defeated the Miami Heat 116–118 in game one of the NBA finals. 

Sharp from the Sofa: Sunday sermons

It might sound crazy to view watching football as a holy experience but I assure you that it is. Every year in September, the air begins to feel a little bit crisper, leaves start to change color and a layer of dew appears on the grass in the morning. You can feel that it’s football season. 

Herro leads Heat to Game 4 win over Celtics

Tyler Herro is younger than many undergraduate students at Tufts but that doesn’t mean he can’t hang with the best basketball players in the world. The 20-year-old rookie scored 37 points on 14 for 21 shooting in the Miami Heat’s 112–109 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday.

Sharp from the Sofa: What is that man doing on second base?

Anyone who hasn’t tuned into MLB this season may be unaware of the atrocious new extra inning rule in which each team starts off every extra inning with a runner on second base. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is one of many players to voice their displeasure with the rule, telling reporters “It’s not real baseball. But it’s fine for this year, and I hope we never do it again.” 

NFL begins 101st season amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Recapping an exciting first week of the 2020-21 NFL season.