Sam Weidner is a sports editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a junior majoring in mathematics. He can be reached at

Weidner’s Words: A changing league

Gregg Popovich, considered by many as one of the greatest basketball coaches in NBA history, took a surprising stance on the state of the league in a recent interview before a game in Chicago. Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, told reporters that he believes the recent analytical trend in the NBA — […]

Weidner’s Words: Changing perceptions

Luka Dončić has had a breakout rookie year thus far, revitalizing a Dallas Mavericks fan base that hasn’t had this level of excitement since Dirk Nowitzki willed his team to the 2011 NBA championship with a performance for the ages. Dončić has created a highlight reel full of lobs to DeAndre Jordan and stepback threes that […]

Weidner’s Words: Around the JBA

This past year was the first year of the newest basketball league, known as the Junior Basketball Association (JBA). This league is the brainchild of LaVar Ball and Big Baller Brand, marketed as an alternative to the NCAA for players who wish to continue playing past high school but don’t want to go the route of […]

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 […]