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SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Italy Must Restructure National Team to Compete

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Italy Must Restructure National Team to Compete

“Forza Azzurri!” The echoes of that cheer lasted for 11 years of ups and downs for the Italian National Team, all in the aftermath of the most glorious moment in all of sports: winning the World Cup in 2006. Now, the sounds of Italian splendor and joy seem a distant[Read More…]

by November 16, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
MCCOY | New Orleans Revival Led by Rookie Saints

MCCOY | New Orleans Revival Led by Rookie Saints

Before the 2017 season, the New Orleans Saints were perceived as a fading team. After winning the franchise’s only Super Bowl in 2010, the Saints kept two key ingredients: quarterback Drew Brees and Head Coach Sean Payton. Together, Brees and Payton formed a prolific offense, consistently one of the league’s[Read More…]

by November 16, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Soccer’s Best Team Slowing With Age

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Soccer’s Best Team Slowing With Age

They are too old. They do not have any depth. Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are over the hill. These are all axioms we have heard over the years with regard to Real Madrid. Year after year, Real Madrid continues to prove doubters wrong, winning back-to-back Champions League titles between[Read More…]

by November 10, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
GOODMAN | Golden Knights Beating the Odds

GOODMAN | Golden Knights Beating the Odds

Thanks to the newest franchise in major American professional sports, it will become common to inquire about the Vegas odds for — the Vegas game. The Vegas Golden Knights, the National Hockey League expansion team, has splashed onto the scene in its first month of regular season play to astonishing[Read More…]

by November 8, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
CRAIGE, SANTAMARIA | PSG: A Major Title Contender

CRAIGE, SANTAMARIA | PSG: A Major Title Contender

In our column last week, we lauded Kylian Mbappé as the wonder kid who helped Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain achieve a dominant start to the season. After Tuesday, the team has broken out to an incredible start in the UEFA Champions League, qualifying for the knockout stages after four games[Read More…]

by November 3, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns
MCCOY | In Defense of the Cleveland Browns

MCCOY | In Defense of the Cleveland Browns

As another slate of NFL games took place this Sunday, one statistic was heavily discussed on social media: Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, two quarterbacks that the Cleveland Browns had traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and the Houston Texans respectively, were tied for the league lead in passing touchdowns with[Read More…]

by November 1, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Young Talents Signal Bright Future for Soccer and Basketball

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Young Talents Signal Bright Future for Soccer and Basketball

At the start of every NBA season, we are treated to an array of rookies and second-year players poised for a breakout season. The same holds true in soccer, where youth players are a hot commodity for any team, from both tactical and marketing perspectives. In both sports, the best[Read More…]

by October 27, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
GOODMAN | Parity or Mediocrity: The NFL’s Atypical Autumn

GOODMAN | Parity or Mediocrity: The NFL’s Atypical Autumn

With the NFL’s Week 7 slate of games finished, the oft-beleaguered Philadelphia Eagles hold the league’s best record. Given that the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl, perhaps this season really is atypical. In all seriousness, though, we have arrived near the season’s midway point almost completely unsure of[Read More…]

by October 25, 2017 1 comment Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | USMNT Must Overcome Bias Against Players Born Abroad

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | USMNT Must Overcome Bias Against Players Born Abroad

Since our last column, we have had the pleasure of seeing Bruce Arena resign as the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, as well as learning that several candidates may run for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation come February. The current president, Sunil Gulati, is largely[Read More…]

by October 20, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
MCCOY | Rejuvenated Peterson May Save Arizona

MCCOY | Rejuvenated Peterson May Save Arizona

When the Arizona Cardinals sent a conditional sixth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints last week in exchange for Adrian Peterson, reactions around the NFL were measured. Though Peterson is one of the best running backs of all time, age seems to have caught up with him this year. He[Read More…]

by October 19, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns