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Sports Columns

11/19/16 6:54pm
Two years ago, no one saw this coming. When Penn football staggered to a 2-8 finish in Al Bagnoli’s final season, there were few reasons for optimism.
11/15/16 9:50pm
The last game of the Penn men’s soccer season was supposed to take place on Nov. 12 against Harvard.
11/14/16 11:49pm
This has been a tough week for everyone. Laden with disappointment, grief, and shock, I am in just as much disbelief as all of the other folks out there today.
11/13/16 11:05pm
In the movie business, sequels rarely hold up to the original. It’s tough enough to make one good movie, and even more difficult to make another one with the same cast of characters. After entering the 2015 season ranked sixth in the Ivy League preseason media poll and dropping three of its first four games, Penn football won six straight to share the Ancient Eight title with Harvard and Dartmouth.
11/13/16 11:04pm
DURHAM, N.C. — Throwing them right into the fire. It’s an interesting strategy. It’s also been a hallmark of Penn women’s basketball coach Mike McLaughlin’s tenure.
11/08/16 12:21am
Tonight, the most important — and divisive — election of our lives is finally coming to close. Politics has dominated conversation and the news for months, and yet, sports have never been a more important part of my life.
11/08/16 12:21am
Penn football’s loss to Princeton on Saturday was, for lack of a better, less-ironic word, sobering.
11/08/16 12:21am
Wednesday was the one of the worst days of my life. I got up early, made the six-hour drive from Philly to Cleveland, took the train downtown with some friends and went to a baseball game. A lifelong Indians fan, the chance to go to game seven of a World Series was absolutely surreal.
11/01/16 11:56pm
I didn’t think there were many more ways Penn could work to stifle any hope of creating a sports culture at this University.
11/01/16 11:55pm
I set out to write this column about nutrition. As you’ll soon read, that’s not what happened. The idea came to me last Monday after morning practice when coach Mike Schnur gathered the men’s and women’s swim teams for a meeting.
11/01/16 12:23am
I have never won anything in my entire life. Let’s back up a second. First, some background: This loser is a back up quarterback for Penn sprint football.
10/30/16 10:49pm
It's easy to feel like Penn football is an obvious favorite to beat Princeton this Saturday and (eventually) win another Ivy League title. It's hard to argue with ten straight Ivy wins (which I'm about to do).
10/24/16 11:18pm
All that matters is going one game at a time. Interview a coach or player from any sports team and you’ll hear words like these. Who’s going to admit that his team can completely overlook the team it’s about to face? That the next game isn’t as emotionally significant as matchups later on might be?
10/18/16 9:32pm
The farewell tour. The victory lap. The last hurrah. Whatever you call it, there’s no avoiding the inevitability of retirement in athletics.
10/17/16 9:41pm
In their first Ivy League game of the year, Penn football took on Dartmouth, a team that shared the conference title with the Quakers in 2015.
10/12/16 9:54pm
The most interesting thing about this weekend’s Penn-Columbia football game is going to be the memories.
10/12/16 1:20am
David Pottruck is often described as legendary. While an undergraduate in the Wharton school in the late 1960's, Pottruck played football and wrestled, earning MVP honors in both sports during his senior seasons and being named captain of the wrestling team in 1970.
10/10/16 11:29pm
Penn football looks good right now. After the Quakers started off 0-2, the Dartmouth game was over before halftime, and Central Connecticut State proved to be the non-conference softie we suspected they might be. There are just six Ivy games left in the season, and it’s hard to imagine feeling as though the Quakers could realistically be in a much better spot than they current are.
10/10/16 11:29pm
When you see the word “leader”, what comes to mind? Perhaps it is a historical figure, maybe it is an innovator in the tech industry.
10/04/16 10:40pm
I have an admission of guilt. I’ve now lived in Philadelphia for three and a half years, and I have never seen Rocky. Let me be more specific about my Rocky ignorance.