Sam Weidner is a junior majoring in mathematics. He can be reached at

Weidner’s Words: The Norway way

Money has invaded American youth sports more and more in recent years. According to a recent report by the Aspen Institute, youth sports have grown into a $17 billion industry. This money, however, hasn’t led to an increase in youth sports participation — rather, the opposite. Participation in youth baseball, basketball, football and soccer has declined since […]

Weidner’s Words: Free rein of college coaches

The chairman of the Maryland University Board of Regents, James T. Brady, stepped down early on Thursday, following immense criticism from students, fans, politicians and players regarding the board’s original decision to retain head football coach DJ Durkin. Durkin came under scrutiny following the death of 19-year-old team member Jordan McNair, who was hospitalized after […]

Weidner’s Words: Rule changes won’t solve the NFL’s problems

The NFL has reviewed and revised a multitude of rules over the past few years as they have attempted to pin down what exactly a catch is, and recently, what exactly an acceptable tackle is. The changes are driven by good intentions, as the NFL has expressed a desire to bring down or stop the amount […]

Weidner’s Words: Where select contracts fall short

The NBA G League made a major announcement this Thursday when it revealed its new “select contract” route. These are the $125,000 contracts that the G League will offer to elite high school prospects who are at least 18 but are not yet eligible for the NBA draft. Previously, recent high school graduates l had […]

Weidner’s Words: Mental health in the NBA

The past year in the NBA was highlighted by a variety of compelling stories, from Kawhi Leonard’s sudden rift with the Spurs to Bryan Colangelo’s burner Twitter accounts. Yet one story that didn’t gain the most news coverage but may end up leaving the most important legacy for the league is the emergence of a conversation […]

Weidner’s Words: Pettiness in the NBA

With all the stories coming out on a daily basis covering NBA injuries, potential trades and drama, you’d find it hard to believe that the NBA season still hasn’t even begun. It’s felt that way for nearly the entire summer, to be honest, as the NBA continues to prove why it’s the best sports league […]

Weidner’s Words: Player vs. team loyalty

In an article published on Sept. 19 on Sporting News, the former NFL 1999 Executive of the Year Jeff Diamond ripped into Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and his decision to not yet sign the franchise tag placed on him by the Steelers. Diamond referred to Bell’s actions as “illogical” and “ludicrous,” even going […]

Weidner’s Words: The rising popularity of the WNBA

Basketball Twitter typically isn’t very active during months like August and September. NBA draft talk has long dissipated, free agency moves and trades have all been completed and the NBA Summer League is a thing of the past. That changed on Sept. 4 this year, however, as talk erupted from fans and players all over […]

Weidner’s Words: Weeding out the opiates

A few weeks ago, on April 20, people across the country participated in what has become known as the “weed holiday.” On the same day, Bleacher Report released several videos featuring former NBA and NFL players discussing their use of marijuana and use throughout those leagues, as they were aware of it. Athletes like Kenyon Martin, […]

Weidner’s Words: The problem with max contracts

The NBA playoffs are in full swing, and the fans of the 16 teams still in the mix get to hope and pray that somehow this could be their year. For the rest of us fans from teams on the outside looking in, we get to read a million articles about mock drafts and NBA free […]