Bird’s Eye View: No Redskins on Thanksgiving

Football on Thanksgiving is an American tradition almost as old as the holiday itself. Though the actual event from which we derive Thanksgiving occurred in 1621, when members of the Wampanoag Tribe celebrated a successful harvest with Plymouth settlers, it wasn’t until President Abraham Lincoln that the holiday was made official in 1863. Yale and Princeton played the […]


The Coin Toss: NFL playoffs?

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make some bold, unlikely predictions about your favorite professional sports. First, let’s recap last week’s NFL games. It had to happen at some point. Last week, I noted that I had always gotten at least one prediction correct. It seems that I jinxed myself, as all three of my […]


Vinny’s Variety Pack Week Eight: Something old, something new

I recently found out that a member of my family is getting married, which got me thinking: isn’t having a fantasy football team like marriage? Let me explain. You devote all of your time to your team, sometimes you have a few bad weeks and get angry at your team, but then you have a […]


The Coin Toss: NBA season predictions

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make some bold, unlikely predictions every week about some of your favorite professional sports. First, a quick recap of last week. I had the Browns topping their season high in total offense. They didn’t perform horribly against the Bengals, but their 352 yards were about 80 short of my […]


The Coin Toss: NFL Week 7

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make some bold, unlikely predictions every week about some of your favorite professional sports. First, let’s recap last week’s NFL games. I said that the Chiefs would beat the Raiders, and they did not disappoint. Kansas City’s defense propelled the team to a 26-10 win. My second prediction was that […]


The Coin Toss – NFL Week 6

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make some bold, unlikely predictions every week about some of your favorite professional sports. First, let’s recap the predictions from last week. My one baseball prediction didn’t go so well, as the Giants swiftly took down the Mets and moved on to the NLDS against the Cubs. My […]


Vinny’s Variety Pack: “Dance-Cam” Newton bounces back

For those of you who relied on my column last week, my apologies. I seemed to have forgotten that Bill Belichick is the second-coming of Christ, and I suppose Rex Ryan decided that coaching was more fun than playing Angry Birds on the sidelines. Anyhow, the past is the past, so let’s move on and jump […]


The Coin Toss: NFL Week 4

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make some bold, unlikely predictions every week about some of your favorite professional sports. First, let’s recap my predictions from last week’s NFL games. I predicted that the Redskins would hold the Giants to 10 points or fewer. The Redskins won the game, but the Giants scored 27, busting my prediction. I also said […]


What’s in a name?

Christopher Columbus discovered America, my elementary school told me — succinctly, so that it was digestible for even the youngest students. My middle school told me that Columbus was not, in fact, America’s discoverer. Rather another man, an Italian relegated to the obscurest annals of history named Amerigo Vespucci, actually discovered America, which suddenly made far more […]


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