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NFL Player’s Neck Becomes Sentient and Escapes, Kills 73 Spectators

Annie Stefanides, Quiplash Master

February 15, 2018

Twas a dark and stormy Sunday evening in February, and all eyes were on the true super-heroes of America: the modern day football player. As the giant stallions galloped around the field, biceps bulging and neck veins popping, an evil force was brewing inside one of the players. All of a sudden, a loud...

CTE and the Aaron Hernandez Story

Daniel Charlton, Sports Editor

October 25, 2017

On a warm September night in Boston, Dr. Ann McKee leaned over the brain slice placed before her. The slice displayed the gaping holes in brain structure characteristic of the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The brain being examined was that of Aaron He...

The curious case of Colin Kaepernick

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

September 29, 2016

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly and the right to petition. Recent events suggest that there might be some ‘exclusion’ to these rights when the views expressed conflict with the norms and values many hold dear. Colin Kaepernick, backup quarterback of NFL’s...

Super Bowl 50 features seasoned vet vs. talented newcomer

Alec Rainsford

January 28, 2016

The Super Bowl match up has been set, and with storylines abound this should be one of the best in years. Perhaps the most exciting element of this matchup is the juxtaposition between the respective quarterbacks. On one side there is athletic specimen, and likely MVP, Cam Newton, and, against all odds, on ...

NFL season kickoff: First weekend recap

Jose Guerrero Coronado

September 17, 2015

The NFL season started this past weekend amidst controversy regarding regarding the decision to overturn Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. Brady is now able to play the first four games of the season. In the first game of 2015 the New England Patriots faced the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pittsburgh Steel...

Murderer in NFL’s midst

Dylan Snyder

April 30, 2015

"You're wrong." Those are the very simple words that former NFL star turned inmate Aaron Hernandez mouthed to the jury as they read the verdict for the first of many criminal trials. A few short weeks ago on April 15, Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder for extreme cruelty in the death of...

Tales from beyond the Frat: Confessions in the wake of partaking in the Jaeger challenge

Dylan Snyder

April 30, 2015

Now while the story I am about to tell is mostly true, details have been changed to protect the innocent as they were involved in the story. But the fear, passion, elation and misery that is discussed is all too real. I don't recommend doing this to anyone, unless they want to feel completely at a loss...

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...

Seahawks face winding road to repeat

Seahawks face winding road to repeat

Dylan Snyder

September 18, 2014

Illustration by Tyle Schuh. Amid all of the terrible off-the-field news currently occupying the sports cycle, it is easy to forget that there are actually games being played on Sundays. This season especially, there are plenty of story lines involving the actual playing of football to stay occupied ...

Too Little Too Late for NFL Domestic Violence Policy

Too Little Too Late for NFL Domestic Violence Policy

Dylan Snyder

September 11, 2014

  Illustration by Emma Rust. The NFL clearly has a problem on its hands when it comes to domestic violence. This summer, a video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious then-girlfriend, now wife Janay Palmer out of an elevator by her hair. Rice had allegedly knocked Palmer ou...

Concussions Cause Serious Headache for Sports World

Concussions Cause Serious Headache for Sports World

Dylan Snyder

September 23, 2013

Over the last few years one prevailing storyline throughout the sports world, particularly the NFL, boxing and the NHL, has been the new evidence of permanent brain damage as the result of multiple concussions. As participants get bigger, stronger and faster, there will continue to be stronger forces exe...

Is America Ready for a Gay Athlete?

Dylan Snyder

April 7, 2013

Note: Before I even begin this piece I would like to acknowledge the fact that this may be seen as a point of contention. I would like to say that I in no way mean any offense to anyone and apologize in advance if I do so. In the United States today we are currently witnessing a new civil rights m...

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