Op-Ed: My Person of the Year is Tarana Burke and the #MeToo Campaign

Content warning: This op-ed discusses sexual misconduct. Every year, TIME Magazine publishes an issue highlighting something or someone that, according to Person of the Year: 75th Anniversary Celebration, “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year.” Previous winners include world leaders like Vladimir Putin (2007), Barack Obama (2008) […]

Postgame Press: Kneeling is a right, whether right or wrong

Two weeks ago I wrote some background information about Trump’s comments and national anthem controversy. Today, after recent developments, I find it important to share my own opinions on the matter. Kneeling is freedom of speech, pure and simple. There is no law that states that people must stand for the national anthem, which is why […]

Postgame Press: Trump and the changed sports-politics relationship

This has been a crazy week for sports, and most of the drama is due to comments from the White House. President Trump’s first statement came around a week ago during a rally, according to the Chicago Tribune, with Trump saying “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our […]

Bird’s Eye View: Drowning Kaepernick’s activism in punditry

Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, is unemployed. The flavor of this NFL offseason was every pundit, reporter and former player weighing in on whether Kaepernick is blackballed or is simply not talented enough to be picked up. I believe the former, but not for the reasons you might think. On […]

Looking In: Politicizing everything

When a society is afraid of its government and when it faces constant strains and opposition from those in power, resistance permeates every sphere of public life. Movies, television shows, books, sports games and even gossip columns become avenues of politics. After generations, culture becomes so utterly politicized that it becomes impossible to read a […]

The Coin Toss – Lucky (NFL) Week 13

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make some bold, unlikely predictions every week about some of your favorite professional sports. My flight was delayed three hours and I’m writing this article in an airport TGI Fridays, but no matter. The predictions must go on! First, let’s recap the last edition from two weeks ago. […]

Under the Lights: Violent ends

Worry and consternation have surely been flying around the NFL’s New York City office throughout the last month over a problem once considered unthinkable: NFL television ratings are down. Yes, you read that right. After decades of dominating Sunday’s (and Monday’s and Thursday’s and, yes, sometimes Saturday’s) TV landscape, the NFL is facing a steep viewership plunge for the first […]

In solidarity, for justice, Tufts Football links arms

This Saturday, as they have before each game this season, the football team will engage in a revolutionary act. During the pregame playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, instead of following custom and standing at attention with their hands over their hearts, the Jumbos will lock arms. Their intention, according to senior tri-captain running back Chance […]

Under the Lights: The athlete’s voice

Everyone has something to say about Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has, in protest, refused to stand for the traditional playing of the national anthem before any 49ers game this year. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told […]