Nicky Shapiro is a contributing writer at the Tufts Daily

Under the Lights: California dreaming

The team that provides the most pleasurable rooting experience in sports today is not a contender for any kind of championship this season. It does not feature anything close to a real superstar, a player who can transcend the entire experience of watching a team with their remarkable acts of athleticism on the field or court. […]

Under the Lights: Pettiness lives

We knew Thursday’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors, pitting ex-superstar teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant against each other, was going to be epic. We couldn’t have imagined, though, that it would be so delightfully petty. Durant and Westbrook spent almost a decade together playing for the Thunder, providing the […]

Under the Lights: Violent ends

Worry and consternation have surely been flying around the NFL’s New York City office throughout the last month over a problem once considered unthinkable: NFL television ratings are down. Yes, you read that right. After decades of dominating Sunday’s (and Monday’s and Thursday’s and, yes, sometimes Saturday’s) TV landscape, the NFL is facing a steep viewership plunge for the first […]

Under the Lights: The playoffs problem

On Saturday, something of an annual tradition took place on a field in Chicago: Clayton Kershaw got rocked in a playoff game. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace pitcher gave up four earned runs over five innings pitched in Game Six of the team’s 5-0 elimination loss to the World Series-bound Chicago Cubs in the National League […]

Under the Lights: Curse of the Curse

For 52 years, two generations of Cleveland sports fans all identified with one word: losing. It’s a word that became so entrenched in Cleveland’s culture that, coupled with an economic downswing that hit Northeast Ohio especially hard, it extended into the ethos of the city as a whole, spawning nicknames for the city like “The Mistake by the […]

Under the Lights: Brady’s ballad

“Tom Brady’s revenge tour underway as Patriots spank winless Browns,” read USA Today’s headline hours after the New England Patriots’ 33-13 victory over the hapless Cleveland Browns. Narratives like this are already being tossed around after Brady scorched the Browns on Sunday with a 406-yard, three-touchdown performance. If it was a “normal” game, the 4-1 Patriots dismantling […]

Under the Lights: Going, going…

If a baseball cracks against a bat in the middle of a cold October night and nobody in the 18-to-34-year-old demographic hears it, did it really happen? That’s the question that Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner Rob Manfred and executives of “America’s pastime” across the nation have to be asking themselves this week as MLB postseason […]

Under the Lights

Only a select few are labeled “the voice of a generation.” It’s downright silly to be dubbed the voice of three. And yet, that is the title that Vin Scully, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ play-by-play man on television and radio for the last 67 — yes, 67 — years, has earned over his unimaginably decorated career that […]

Under the Lights: The athlete’s voice

Everyone has something to say about Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has, in protest, refused to stand for the traditional playing of the national anthem before any 49ers game this year. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told […]