Phillip Goldberg

Phillip Goldberg is a sports editor at the Daily. He is a senior majoring in political science and can be reached at [email protected]

Football: Second-half comeback falls just short against Amherst

Only during Halloween weekend could the Jumbos’ hopes be bloodied, resurrected and laid back to rest in the span of three seconds. Visiting Amherst led by 11 points, 31–20, when Tufts scored a touchdown with just over a minute remaining. However, a failed two-point conversion meant Tufts needed a touchdown to win. First-year placekicker Matthew Alswanger kicked onsides […]

Bird’s Eye View: Blurred lines, gender discrimination in international sport

Many of us at Tufts are caught up in the various assignments, clubs and sports that allow us an opportunity to demonstrate our natural talents. Often, we take for granted the opportunity to participate in activities in which we excel. South African sprinter Caster Semenya does not have that luxury. Semenya is a talented middle-distance runner and […]

Tufts rebounds from Trinity loss to slow a surging Williams

Tufts (4–2) outlasted the Williams Ephs (4–2) in a low-scoring 21–13 defensive battle on Farley-Lamb Field. Tufts rebounded from last week’s close 23–16 loss to NESCAC-leading Trinity with the win, while Williams failed to build on the momentum from its second win in a row, a 27–26 upset over Middlebury in Vermont. “I’m really proud […]

Bird’s Eye View: Our values have changed, have sports?

Athletics have transformed since their inception. In Greece, the first Olympic Games was held in 760 B.C. and consisted of a simple footrace. Later the traditional field events of discus, javelin and jumping were added along with an early predecessor of wrestling called pankration. Among the Greek city-states, the most militant of all, Sparta, was […]

Football: Trinity seizes first place in NESCAC as Tufts falls to 3–2

Trinity (5–0) defeated Tufts (3–2) by a touchdown on Saturday in a contest that featured an end zone to end zone interception returned for a touchdown followed by a blocked extra point converted for two points at the other end. The 23–16 final score hardly reflects the grinding defensive game played at Ellis Oval. With […]

Bird’s Eye View: Aristotle starves student-athletes

Last time, I wrote about how professional athletes’ pay is commensurate to the value they produce. It’s now time to take a harsh look at college athletics, specifically Div. I, and how these athletes suffer from the NCAA’s insistence that they do not deserve to be paid. I may be preaching to the choir at Tufts, but maybe not. Two-thirds […]

Football back on track with win at Bates

After a gut-wrenching overtime loss last week to Wesleyan (2–1), Tufts (2–1) felt the pressure to come away with a win at Bates this weekend. Despite giving up an early field goal, the Jumbos scored four unanswered touchdowns on their way to a 37–17 routing of the Bobcats. “I thought we were sloppy at times,” coach […]

Bird’s Eye View: Pinching player millions, owners earning billions

I’d like to disabuse the notion that athletes are overpaid. Sports is an absurdly profitable industry. Last year, no NFL team’s operating profit was less than $26 million, and the average team earned $91 million. Of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world this year, not one is worth less than $1.75 billion. […]

Bird’s Eye View: Tackling Tragedy, Why Football Must Change

Aaron Hernandez was diagnosed with stage III chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The 27-year-old former New England Patriot committed suicide in jail after being convicted of murder. His was the worst case of CTE doctors had ever seen in someone his age. Hernandez is the latest high-profile former NFL star to have brain damage diagnosed after committing […]

Football: Last-second touchdown tanks Tufts against Wesleyan

Billed as the NESCAC football game of the week, Tufts versus Wesleyan did not lack for excitement. In just the third night game ever between the two teams, Wesleyan staged an odds-defying comeback to win 24–17 in overtime under its home lights. Both teams now sit at 1–1, right in the middle of the conference standings. […]