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At the Olympics this summer in Rio, there will be a sport making its long-awaited return. Last played at the Olympics in 1924, men’s and women’s rugby sevens — a rugby tournament with seven players per side — will make its return to the world games, bringing a sport that most Americans know little about into popular view. Not to mention, the United States men are a serious medal contender.
If you asked most Penn students if they really enjoyed their toughest Pottruck workouts, the answer would probably be no. Hard runs or the dreaded leg days are often the things that — despite being sometimes necessary — they dread the most.
Not many Penn athletes can say they spent time in the pros before putting on the Red and Blue for the Quakers. In fact, perhaps none besides freshman tennis player Dmitry Shatalin boast that honor.
Historically in athletics, men and women of respective professional sports do not train with or compete against each other. Obviously, there are exceptions. Take Danica Patrick or Billie Jean King, for example. But for the most part, this norm holds true.
Winning is a state of mind. And for Penn women’s lacrosse, it’s the only state of mind the members of the team have ever known.
It’s a Tuesday night game at Villanova for Penn women’s basketball. At tipoff, in the first chair on the bench, senior captain Keiera Ray intently watches a contest that she won’t be able to enter.
Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” But I have to disagree with the football legend on this one — at least in the context of Penn women’s basketball.
If the Golden State Warriors lost Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to injury or other factors tomorrow, do you think anyone would remember their magical 24-0 start?
I’m from Texas.
It takes most teams a couple of games to warm up early in the season before the players really hit their stride, both the best teams and the worst teams.
Holding an opponent to 14 points in a half is not bad for a football team. But for a basketball team, holding an opponent to 14 points in a half is downright ridiculous.
When Penn field hockey’s four seniors step onto the field for their last regular season game this Saturday, things will be different.
For a Division I women’s basketball player, there is about a two percent chance of playing professionally. Take a look at an Ivy League school like Penn and factor out the Connecticut players of the world, and that number is even smaller.
Anyone who has watched college football in the last decade knows that strength of schedule for teams on the national stage matters. A lot.
They say defense wins championships.
At the end of every football practice, after the whistle is blown and the team disperses from the huddle, there exists at the center of the field a quiet spirituality.
When Penn women’s soccer assistant coach Emily Oliver stepped on the field on Dec. 4, 2011, her objective was clear.
1. What individual athlete has been most impressive throughout the early part of the season?
For just about everyone, college is about new experiences. A new city perhaps. New friends. New teachers.
On the back nine in the final round of the Ivy League Men’s Golf Championships, Penn knew it was going to be close.