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Take me out to the ball game

Take me out to the ball game

Jack Higgins

October 30, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Sports

The first baseball game I ever saw live was a Cubs-Brewers game at six years old. Yet, the first sports team apparel I ever wore was a toddler-sized Indians’ jersey. I have lived in the Chicago suburbs my entire life, and I have taken the city’s teams as my own. However, because I was born to two paren...

Commentary: The MLB playoffs can’t be predicted

Commentary: The MLB playoffs can’t be predicted

Ben Gartland

October 10, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Sports

With 103 wins in the 2016 regular season, the Chicago Cubs are the best team in baseball. They stormed into the playoffs, running away with the National League Central Division. The stakes and the hopes are high, especially for a team that hasn't won the World Series in 108 years. Read More &raq...

Commentary: When sports mirror life

Commentary: When sports mirror life

Ben Gartland

October 3, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Sports

Sports have an uncanny ability to make people feel connected to people they’ve never met, to teams they’ve never played for and to events that we are only spectators for. Which is why last Sunday I walked around with a pit in my stomach because José Fernández, a 24-year-old baseball player I...

Commentary: Stop treating women like they don’t belong in sports

Commentary: Stop treating women like they don’t belong in sports

Ben Gartland

September 26, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Sports

A new television series called “Pitch,” premiered this past week, which centers around the first woman ever to play in Major League Baseball. In their preview for the show, the New York Times wrote “And how will it cater to the hard-core baseball fan expecting authenticity while still appealing to ...

NFL needs to approach concussions head on

NFL needs to approach concussions head on

Ben Gartland

September 18, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Sports

The National Football League came out with a newer protocol prior to the 2016 season for observing and preventing concussions. Read More »...

Sports and politics do mix, as they should

Ben Gartland

September 11, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Sports

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew strong reactions when he sat down during the playing of the national anthem on Aug. 26. Fans posted videos of themselves burning Kaepernick jerseys and he received backlash in the media. Read More »...

Who DePaul’s first opponent at its new arena should be

Who DePaul’s first opponent at its new arena should be

Ben Gartland, Matthew Paras, and Ben Savage

May 30, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Men's Sports, Sports

The DePaulia's basketball experts weigh in on who should be the first opponent when the new arena opens. Read More »...

DePaul is getting better, but so is the Big East

DePaul is getting better, but so is the Big East

Ben Gartland

May 6, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Sports

DePaul men’s basketball is going through a transformation. Head coach Dave Leitao will enter his second season back at DePaul with six new players, as well as a redshirt sophomore who will not be eligible this season. Read More »...

At season’s end, DePaul has a lot to look forward to

At season’s end, DePaul has a lot to look forward to

Zachary Holden

March 27, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Commentary, Sports, Women's Sports

DALLAS — After the loss to Oregon State in the Sweet Sixteen, DePaul coach Doug Bruno didn’t seem as distraught as most coaches would be after seeing their season come to a close. Sure he’s losing two seniors who have impacted the team immensely over the past few years, but what lies ahead is c...

New era reeks of old problems in Leitao’s first season back with DePaul

New era reeks of old problems in Leitao’s first season back with DePaul

Ben Gartland

March 12, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Commentary, Men's Sports, Sports

NEW YORK – In the underbelly of Madison Square Garden, with the sounds of the second game of the night going on in the background, three men sit at a table answering questions. The first is an older man, who quietly and carefully gives his opening statement. This is head coach Dave Leitao, and his mood tonight is a far cry from his opening press conference at his hiring. ...

Blue Demons continue to frustrate

Blue Demons continue to frustrate

Ben Gartland

February 21, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Commentary, Men's Sports, Sports

DePaul men's basketball head coach Dave Leitao's favorite recurring phrase this season has been, "Rome wasn't built in a day." It's a reminder for patience when rebuilding the program that has been the cellar of the Big East since Leitao left in 2005.  Read More »...

Commentary: Make sports gambling legal

Commentary: Make sports gambling legal

Matthew Paras

January 31, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Sports

Almost as soon as the matchup for Super Bowl 50 was set, the gambling line for the Denver Broncos-Carolina Panthers was revealed — Vegas casinos opened with the Panthers favored by five and a half points (-5.5). The last time the Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl two years ago, $119 million wa...

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