Men’s basketball overcomes struggles and soldiers forward at 4–3

The Jumbos capped off a 2–1 stretch of emotional highs and lows with a last-second win over the Brandeis Judges, punched home by senior captain guard Vincent Pace’s buzzer-beating three-pointer. The shot granted the team a 4–3 record, as well as a third-place finish at the New England Big Four Challenge. The Jumbos’ defensive struggles in this […]

Bird’s Eye View: General Electric, not jeans

Famous athletes boast immense followings. Almost 64 million people follow Cristiano Ronaldo’s Twitter account. That is just about a fifth of the U.S. population and 20 million more followers than Donald Trump’s Twitter. When Ronaldo plays soccer, the whole world watches. With access to so many consumers, superstar athletes become doubly valuable. This has resulted in franchises […]

Bird’s Eye View: Our values have changed, have sports?

Athletics have transformed since their inception. In Greece, the first Olympic Games was held in 760 B.C. and consisted of a simple footrace. Later the traditional field events of discus, javelin and jumping were added along with an early predecessor of wrestling called pankration. Among the Greek city-states, the most militant of all, Sparta, was […]

Cheerleading Club reconstituted after two years of disbandment

Tufts Cheerleading held its first practice of the year on Nov. 9, making its return to campus this fall after two years of disbandment.  According to first-year Allie Webster, the team was disbanded because it had no coach and no one to lead the team. Webster, who said she who enjoyed cheerleading in high school, sought to revive […]

Under the Lights: Pettiness lives

We knew Thursday’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors, pitting ex-superstar teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant against each other, was going to be epic. We couldn’t have imagined, though, that it would be so delightfully petty. Durant and Westbrook spent almost a decade together playing for the Thunder, providing the […]

Jersey Over Apron: Cause for pause

For many, sports are an escape. This attitude aligns with the ideals of American meritocracy, as the media often spotlights hoop dreams, and how athletes from low-income families are able to work hard and make it big. Sports documentaries highlighting the perseverance of sport in war-torn countries, run down concrete courts in low-income urban areas, or even […]

A flawed meritocracy

The reasons why we like sports can vary on a spectrum, but for the most part, our attraction to sports comes from three things, one of which is its unpredictability. Without this factor, the essence of competition would be completely lost. Not to say that people don’t like for victories to be planned, as anyone can observe […]

Tufts men’s track and field dominates Silfen Invitational at Conn. College

The men’s track and field team appears to be reaching championship form at the right time after they took first place out of 17 schools at the Silfen Invitational, held at Conn. College on Friday and Saturday. The event is one of the final building blocks as the team gears up for the NESCAC Championships […]

After troubled start to season, Jumbos get back to impressive form

The softball team got back to its usual style of play this weekend, sweeping a three-game series at Colby from Friday to Saturday and then returning home to sweep a doubleheader against Bowdoin on Sunday. Playing five games over three days seemed to have little effect on the team’s stamina or on its offensive production as the Jumbos beat the Colby […]

Jersey Over Apron: Virtual fan experience

The sporting fan experience today is something that’s incredibly varied. Whether it be enjoying a youth soccer game from a lawn chair, a collegiate football game from crowded bleachers, or catching a glimpse of your favorite with binoculars from coveted nosebleed seats, being at a sporting event has greatly changed from its original traditions. The hyper-reality […]