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Gap year: NBA should let high school players jump to pros

Gap year: NBA should let high school players jump to pros

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

April 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Duke already has a lot of haters, and as the shakiest No. 1 seed, they also had a lot of doubters. All year, Duke was the Jekyll-and-Hyde team of the NCAA, but they were dominant when it counted — the NCAA Tournament. Now, Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has the arduous task of keeping ...

Beer of utmost importance to the gameday experience

Beer of utmost importance to the gameday experience

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In America, we like sports. Sports are fun. Sports are gripping. Sports are heartbreaking. Most importantly, sports are the ultimate excuse to drink beer. But some beers are more fitted for watching sports than others. Here’s your guide to drinking beer like a sports-loving American.As a general stateme...

Keep an eye on Tiger in this weekend’s Masters

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The slow torture begins in February — 10-second clips of the lushest green grass you’ll ever see, accompanied by the soothing sounds of chirping birds and soft running water as a yellow flag waves in the wind.Now, the anticipation is over. The Masters is here.Golf’s most visually appealing tourna...

Destroyed bracket falls to intriguing Final Four

Destroyed bracket falls to intriguing Final Four

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

And then there were four.Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke and Michigan State have advanced to the Final Four in what has been one of the most exciting NCAA tournaments in recent memory.Looking back on the last few weeks, we’ve seen upsets, heat checks, tight finishes, walk-ons dancing, coaches falling off of s...

Wignot to pursue hip-hop career

Wignot to pursue hip-hop career

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Editor's note: This story is satirical. After a successful five-year athletic career in two collegiate sports, what’s a woman to do? The answer is obvious: Start a rap career.Monica Wignot announced that she will pursue a career as a hip-hop recording artist as the encore to her athletic career. T...

An open letter to Urban Meyer: Stop complaining

An open letter to Urban Meyer: Stop complaining

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

March 25, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

There’s an old adage in sports that having depth is a “good problem.” If that’s true, then Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer has more than just a problem on his hands.Dear Mr. Meyer, You have a good crisis: too many talented quarterbacks.Just for fun, we’ll have this exc...

Pitt’s disappointing end to season has team looking to future

Pitt’s disappointing end to season has team looking to future

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After trailing in a two-possession game versus the University of Miami on March 4 for several minutes, sophomore forward Sheldon Jeter knocked down a shot from behind the arc to pull Pitt within three with less than 30 seconds left. Head coach Jamie Dixon called a timeout, and the Panthers lined up in ...

Fans cannot defend NBA’s lack of defense

Fans cannot defend NBA’s lack of defense

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

March 5, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I do not like the NBA — at all.I’d rather watch paint dry or grass grow or any other clichéd, boring thing you can think of than watch professional basketball. Basketball’s competitive nature makes it one of the most popular sports, as it highlights individual performance and one-on-one dominance.Ho...

Kansas State’s court storm raises issues

Kansas State’s court storm raises issues

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

February 25, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Storming the court is obnoxious. Storming the court is harmless. Storming the court is dangerous. Storming the court is fun. Storming the court is unsportsmanlike. Storming the court is exciting.Pick an opinion, any opinion.After unranked Kansas State University’s home win over No. 8 University of Kansas ...

Gibbs learned his lesson in face of two-game suspension

Gibbs learned his lesson in face of two-game suspension

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

February 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Everybody knows how it feels to be frustrated. We all handle that frustration in different ways, and it often doesn’t represent who we actually are. Some curse. Some give up.Seton Hall junior guard Sterling Gibbs, younger brother of former Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs, handled it with violence.With less ...

Enough talk: Fly away, “birds and bees”

Enough talk: Fly away, “birds and bees”

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In our adolescent years, the specter of “the talk” loomed large. Everybody knows “the talk.” You know, the one where Mom and Dad sit you down because “soon, your body will be going through changes, and that’s OK!” and finally reveal that an ugly, white bird didn’t magically drop you ...

Uphill battle: Pitt faces gauntlet in upcoming schedule

Uphill battle: Pitt faces gauntlet in upcoming schedule

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

February 10, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Six days, three games against top-ranked opponents.That’s what awaits the Pitt men’s basketball team over the course of the next week. The Panthers get a rematch with No. 9 Louisville on the road before a home tilt with No. 12 North Carolina in the Petersen Events Center’s final marquee matchup o...

Dust in Pitt, PSU recruiting battle settles on National Signing Day

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

February 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Another year, another National Signing Day in which Pennsylvania received little national attention. Maybe it’s the media’s way of punishing us non-Ohio State-loving northerners for our crazy notion that life exists outside of football.Locally, however, the brewing recruiting rivalry between Pitt a...

‘I’m just playing so I won’t get fined:’ Super Bowl predictions

‘I’m just playing so I won’t get fined:’ Super Bowl predictions

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

January 28, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I’ve never been good at traditional predictions — you know, the probable winner and the score and all that basic stuff. But I did predict before the World Cup that Luis Suarez would bite somebody, which gives me the credibility and the confidence to make some more bold guesses as to what will happ...

‘Deflategate:’ Did Brady and the Patriots break the rules?

‘Deflategate:’ Did Brady and the Patriots break the rules?

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Of all the things I expected to hear incessantly in the weeks leading up to a New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl – “Tom Brady’s experience,” “Bill Belichick,” “Legion of Boom” – I can’t say I imagined the level of football inflation to haunt my eardrums. But, here ...

Looking back on the college football championship

Looking back on the college football championship

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

January 13, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The experts picked Oregon to win.But, by beinga little noncommittal, they left themselves just enough room for error.“It’s tough for me to say this, and it’ll be close,” they said. One regretful skipping of “The Bachelor” and four quarters of football later, the Ohio State Buckeyes are nationa...

Making adjustments: A look back on Pitt’s season so far

Making adjustments: A look back on Pitt’s season so far

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

January 7, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Just before the start of the college basketball season, I looked at the Panthers’ schedule, took the optimistic approach to a few games and decided that 25-7 would be an achievable mark. Fifteen games, a loss to Hawaii and a homecourt nail-biter against Oakland University later, I would like to am...

A 6-6 record is just what we do: Six takeaways from Pitt’s football season

A 6-6 record is just what we do: Six takeaways from Pitt’s football season

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under Specials / Fallfinals2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Columns

College football’s regular season is over and — for the fourth time in as many years — Pitt finished the season with an even .500 record. On the bright side, the Panthers showed promise and can now rely on a quarterback with a year of experience and an arsenal of weapons at his disposal. On the do...

Parody Twitter account collateral damage of Pelini’s firing

Parody Twitter account collateral damage of Pelini’s firing

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The college football carnival may be on its way out of town, but the coaching carousel has just started to spin.Within days of the conclusion of the regular season, head coaching vacancies are popping up in college football programs nationwide. Brady Hoke, on whom I’ve talked a lot of smack since ...

Stanton contract ultimate high risk, high reward move

Stanton contract ultimate high risk, high reward move

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

What would you do if you knew you were going to make $325 million over the next 10 years?Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed a deal with the above parameters, ensuring a comfortable future for himself and his family. He probably has the talent, and he definitely has the power but will Stanton ear...

Upcoming basketball season looks promising for Panthers

Upcoming basketball season looks promising for Panthers

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As I prepare myself for college basketball to start on Friday, a number of questions run through my mind. Most of them involve Arizona and whether or not they can find a way to blow the Pac-12 title, which they’ve basically already been handed. But, above all, I’ve been trying to figure out where Pit...

Early basketball rankings analyzed heavily, mean little

Early basketball rankings analyzed heavily, mean little

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

November 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Associated Press released its (meaningless) preseason Top-25 poll on Friday. Top to bottom, the poll seems logically ordered, but there are a number of things that stand out at the top of the rankings.Once again, Kentucky’s No. 1 ranking indicates that America believes in the John Calipari method: P...

Some NFL penalties better left uncalled

Some NFL penalties better left uncalled

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Well, the National Football League has done it once again. The league has found yet another way to make watching its product absolutely intolerable.As if watching a professional football game wasn’t an hours-long commitment already — and as if watching my horrendous fantasy team collapse week in a...

NFL lacks firmness in handing out suspensions

NFL lacks firmness in handing out suspensions

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

And the NFL’s hot streak continues!According to multiple recent media reports, the National Football League sources have confirmed that suspended 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith could have his ban cut by at least one game for “good behavior.”I’m glad to hear that the NFL’s qualifications for “...

Making college football predictions a fool’s errand

Making college football predictions a fool’s errand

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In what seems like no time at all, we’re at the halfway point of the college football season. About a month before the first kickoff, I made a handful of bold predictions about college football, its players, its coaches and its media personalities.As it turns out, I’m really bad at predictions.The fi...

Price of tickets an obstacle in enjoying sporting events

Price of tickets an obstacle in enjoying sporting events

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It’s been said time and again that the best things in life are free. By that logic, being a sports fan is far from one of the best things in life.The time and emotional energy that many of us invest in our favorite teams is significant. I can’t count the number of times that Penn State football or ...

Frustations of a first-time fantasy football player

Frustations of a first-time fantasy football player

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Fantasy football is the worst.And I’m not just saying that because I lost this week — which I did. I’m saying that because fantasy football, together with Yik Yak and inserting lines from 2 Chainz songs into everyday conversation, is slowly taking over my life. I’ve become what I thought I’d n...

Derek Jeter epitomizes the best of Major League Baseball

Derek Jeter epitomizes the best of Major League Baseball

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Last week, Gatorade released an advertisement to pay tribute to the career of longtime endorsement partner Derek Jeter, the legendary Yankee shortstop whose career will draw to a close within the next week. I watched the video for the first time with my roommates, one of whom isn’t a baseball fan. H...

Large payrolls do not always translate to playoff success

Large payrolls do not always translate to playoff success

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I grew up thinking I didn’t hate the Yankees. Then, around age 12, I realized what a moron I’d been and thought about the amount of time I wasted not hating the Yankees. So, I blindly hated the Yankees. And then I learned how the world works and how money works ­— what difference is there, re...

Big Ten conference already in poor playoff position

Big Ten conference already in poor playoff position

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With the BCS era behind us and the College Football Playoff era now underway, every college football game is crucial to the initial legacy of the new system. Every Power-5 conference program is giving its all to be one of the teams left fighting for a shiny new trophy at season’s end.It’s evident...

Rush to compare new and old college players irritating

Rush to compare new and old college players irritating

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 3, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As a self-proclaimed healthcare professional, I’ve been trying to think of a clever name for the medical condition that’s crippling college football.This condition has caused frustration and rage to build inside of me. The disease is symptomized by the inability to stop comparing a new player to the o...

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