Sam Gold is a senior majoring in religion. He can be reached at He is also a Sports Editor at the Tufts Daily.

A fitting finale

Nassau Coliseum might look on the verge of being condemned, but the New York Islanders are still alive — and kicking. First it was a proposed rehabilitation project that never got off the ground, then the specter of a cross-country resettlement in Kansas City. For the past decade, Islanders fans have become experts in disappointment. Their owner, […]

San Antonio’s silent, deadpan assassin

Kawhi Leonard won’t be crowned MVP this season. For the voters, offense always trumps defense. Although Leonard has been on a tear since early March, netting more than one point per possession in each of the five main play types and simultaneously uplifting his teammates, per Synergy Sports, he is no Steph Curry or James Harden, the consensus front-runners […]

The case for Calipari

Consider a scenario: “Student-athlete” is recruited by a booster, who receives kickbacks from a major program at a major university. This “student-athlete” comes from a poor family, whose livelihood hangs in the balance, entirely dependent on a future lucrative professional contract. The transition from high school to college goes smoothly; soon, this “student-athlete” is basking in (uncompensated) stardom, the toast […]

The inefficacy of Chris Borland

Had Chris Borland been a marquee player, his retirement — premature, perhaps, at 24 — would have been a thunderclap. Parents would have unenrolled their children in Pop Warner in legion, desiccating collegiate pipelines and thereby bringing the NFL to its knees. But Chris Borland, though dependable and improving with each season, was not a marquee player. Borland […]

The NCAA’s biggest benefactors

As a journalist, this one really hurts. Major sponsors notwithstanding, the media, by lavishing airtime and newspaper space on college sports, is arguably most complicit in this grand farce. Erstwhile scourge of the greedy and powerful, it has since kowtowed to those whose vested interests it once tirelessly sought to undermine. If the media were not bedfellows with the NCAA, things […]

They’re trying to kill me

While the essence of the craft — reporting, writing, angling — remains largely intact, conventional journalism is moribund, if not already dead, its trappings razed by technology. Sports journalism, more so than its sister genres, has been undergoing a drastic transformation. When the Internet opened the floodgates, a deluge of blogs and other little-known sites poured into the […]

By athletes, for us all

The Players’ Tribune, a first-of-its-kind media platform whose writers are exclusively current and former professional athletes, aspires to bring “fans closer to the games they love than ever before.” They’re lying. Gone are the days of journalistic meddling, of careerism, when writers would hunt ravenously for stories with utter disregard for the individuals they’d soon […]

Seeing red

When Jose Mourinho was christened “The Chosen One” during his first stint at Chelsea, he must really have internalized the sobriquet, evident in the way he now metes it out quite liberally, a modern King Midas, having convinced himself — and trying to us — that not only he, but the teams and players he manages, is chosen, special or otherwise […]

The consequences of groupthink

In the New York Times last week, writer Jon Ronson chronicled the swift demise of a woman named Justine Sacco at the hands of a ruthless Twitter mob. With each successive tableau, Sacco makes her way gradually from antagonist to victim, her situation reaching a nadir, perhaps, when she is disowned by her South African family — self-styled progressives (ANC supporters, which I suppose […]

On Ebola, rioting and prioritization

Perhaps Morocco took its cue from Governors Christie and Cuomo. Unlike the governors, however, Morocco will be made to pay — literally. On Sunday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) fined the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) $1 million for reneging on its commitment to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), and another $9.1 […]