Sam Weidner is a sports editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a senior majoring in mathematics. He can be reached at [email protected]

Weidner’s Words: Intangibles off the charts

As the NFL draft has come and gone once again, the scouts head back to the drawing board and begin their evaluations for next year. There are already different iterations of way-too-early 2020 mock drafts posted across Bleacher Report and Twitter. However, let’s pause for a second and take a look at how these scouts […]

Weidner’s Words: Tiger back on top

This past week Tiger Woods completed the comeback that so many had been awaiting for so long. His win at the 2019 Masters Tournament marks his 15th major win and his first one since 2008. He became the oldest player to win the Masters since Jack Nicklaus’ last Masters win in 1986. After having been […]

Weidner’s Words: The Magic is gone

The Los Angeles Lakers’ season began with more promise than most — the NBA’s premier franchise once again had the best player in the NBA suiting up for them every night. Lakers legend Magic Johnson was on board, and he was reformulating the roster into one that would win again. Then he signed Lance Stephenson and Rajon […]

Climbing to greatness: Tufts’ own Jesse Grupper takes top spot at US Sport and Speed Climbing Open Nationals

A month ago, senior Jesse Grupper, competing in his fifth straight U.S. Sport and Speed Climbing Open Nationals, held the No. 1 seed heading into the finals of the competition at the Sportrock Climbing Center in Alexandria, Va. He had dreamed of winning the event ever since he placed second in the competition back in 2015. This […]

Weidner’s Words: Pierce vs. Wade

Saturday marked a day in NBA Twitter that no one saw coming. If you were scrolling through the thread at all, you had to have noticed a weird theme in all the tweets. Saturday was the day that the entirety of Twitter turned on Paul Pierce. It started this past week when Pierce was asked on ESPN […]

Weidner’s Words: Load Management

In a recent interview with Frank Isola of The Athletic, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant discussed Zion Williamson and the current state of the Lakers. What was particularly interesting was his take on “load management.” Load management is a new term that keeps popping up for players who sit out games simply to rest. It’s […]

Weidner’s Words: Izzo’s March Madness

March Madness kicked off again over this past weekend with the first and second round games. Stories surrounding Zion Williamson and Duke’s near loss as well as the play of Ja Morant are on every news outlet, but one event beyond the performance of the teams that stood out was the criticism that Michigan State’s head coach […]

Weidner’s Words: The unequal levels of player empowerment

At the 2019 Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on March 1–2, Bill Simmons, a sports analyst and podcaster, interviewed Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA. The hour-long interview covered many topics, but one of the first addressed was player empowerment. For the last five to 10 years across all the major sports […]

Weidner’s Words: Leadership in NBA Locker Rooms

For the first time since 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are dominating the headlines of the NBA. It’s not because they are the favorites to compete for the title like almost a decade ago, but rather because they seem to be stuck in an endless cycle of team dysfunction. Whether the coverage […]

Weidner’s Words: The Student-Athlete Myth

Just 30 seconds into the vaunted rivalry matchup between Duke and the University of North Carolina (UNC) on Wednesday, Duke’s high-flying first-year star Zion Williamson went down with a sprained knee and a split-in-half shoe. It was an injury that at first glance looked much worse than its reality, but it provided another reminder of the […]