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Crowning a Champion: Playoffs or a Table?

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Writer

September 29, 2016

Competitive sports are, by nature, competitive. Their success and excitement depends on having a winner–this is hardly up for debate. But how that winner is decided varies between sports and between leagues. All major American leagues have chosen the playoff format, but many respected foreign leagues,...

HS football deaths: This cannot be the status quo

Cole Anderson and Alec Rainsford

November 3, 2015

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, Andre Smith, a seventeen-year-old football player from Chicago, was hit during the last play of his football game. Smith proceeded to collapse while making his way to the sidelines, and the next day passed away in the hospital due to "blunt force head injuries due to a...

Freshman eligibility a thing of the past?

Dylan Snyder

March 12, 2015

Last month, the Big Ten Conference made a proposal that would render academic first-years ineligible to play in certain sports. The main focus would be to curtail the athlete-student dilemma that the NCAA is dealing with, as well as try to better prepare athletes for college life. As with many of these...

Cardale Jones Puts Post Football Life First

Dylan Snyder

January 29, 2015

On Dec. 5, 2014, Cardale Jones was a nobody. Third-string quarterbacks in top football programs rarely make the national news. However, there was something different about Jones. On Jan. 12, 2015, he was the biggest name in college football, after leading Ohio State in one of the most incredible post...

Thanksgiving Football last Stronghold of Tradition

Dylan Snyder

December 4, 2014

Every Thanksgiving is marked around America by food, family and football. Every year the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys host an affair, and a rotating third game was added a few years ago. This year was especially poignant for us here at Whitman as the Seattle Seahawks took on the San Francisco 49ers...

Willamette student arrested on murder charge

November 26, 2014

This story was originally published in The Willamette Collegian on November 18, 2014. It was written by Collegian Editor-in-Chief Zane Sparling and writer Bronte Dod of Willamette University. This story is printed here through the Northwest News Network, a collaborative project between many northwestern...

Nut shrinkers are league underdog

Dylan Snyder

November 6, 2014

Fantasy Football is taking over Whitman's campus, but one man is the most mediocre of them all. Kyle Seazly is owner/GM/president/coach of the startup TKE1 league's Steroid Nut Shrinkers. The Nut Shrinkers have jumped out to a hot 4-4 record, good enough for fifth place of the eight-team league. Steroids...

Sherman Victim of Gender Normativity in Media

Sherman Victim of Gender Normativity in Media

Alisha Agard

February 27, 2014

This NFL football season was an entertaining one. Full of rivals and surprising wins, it was cool to see some of the underdog teams step up to the plate. As a Seattleite, I was happy to see the success of the Seattle Seahawks, and when they won the game against the San Francisco 49ers that sent the...

Mertens Hopeful for Change in Sports Culture

Mertens Hopeful for Change in Sports Culture

Bill Landefeld

February 13, 2014

*Letter from the editor: The author of this article has been friends with Conner Mertens and his family since he was 13 years old. Mertens and the author played soccer alongside and against each other since they first met each other. At Southridge High School in Kennewick, Wash., they played soccer toge...

New Look at Greekend Football Produces Mixed Feelings

Mary Madden '13 runs down the field at Greekend's football tournament.  Photos by Halley McCormick.

Peter Clark

April 25, 2013

Kappas helping up DGs? Alpha Phis slapping fives with Thetas? As strange as it sounds, this year of Greekend football proved to be a unifying event in helping bring members of different women's fraternities closer together. Instead of women's fraternities playing against one another, the teams w...

Sports: More Than Just a Jock’s Game

Riley Foreman

February 21, 2013

Here's a secret: professional sports aren't all about the athletes anymore. Those nerds that your high school yearbook named "most likely to succeed" have finally found their niche in the world of sports. They might not be quarterbacks leading their teams to the Superbowl or pitching perfect games...

Intramural Football Season Kicks Off

Elena Aragon

September 25, 2012

As the fall semester continues to whirl by with increasing speed, the intramural football season has taken off. IM football is an opportunity for students to form teams with goals of bonding, having fun and pursuing the ever-sought-after blue shirt. "IMs give you the chance to play with whatever friends...

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