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Louis Vuitton looks forward with new head of menswear design

Louis Vuitton looks forward with new head of menswear design

By Charlie Garcia-Weger | For The Pitt News

March 29, 2018


Filed under Culture

The once-stuffy world of couture will soon collide with the world of streetwear as Virgil Abloh adds yet another project to his list of accomplishments. The high-end clothing brand Louis Vuitton announced Abloh as its next head of menswear design Monday, in a move that signals major progress within the already shifting fashion industry. Abloh — founder of b...

Column: Men’s basketball season one for the record books

Column: Men’s basketball season one for the record books

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

February 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Let’s party like it’s 1993. Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Meat Loaf top the Billboard Hot 100 nationwide. Michael Jordan is striking out in minor league baseball for the Birmingham Barons after his first three-peat and subsequent retirement from the NBA. Bill Clinton is named the 42nd pre...

Column: Hating on the Super Bowl is so last year

Column: Hating on the Super Bowl is so last year

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The biggest mistake I continually make, over and over, is logging onto Facebook during a huge sporting event. This year, I’ll probably slip up again with the 2018 Super Bowl. It isn’t memes about Tom Brady’s bizarre-looking — but also somehow handsome — face or general trash talk from eith...

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

December 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

The Republican Party has once again proven itself to be an enemy of science and higher education — this time in the form of its new tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With a vote of 51-49 during the early hours of Dec. 1, the Senate passed the GOP’s latest plan — a draft riddled with last-minute revisions scribbled in its margins — just ho...

Column: Feeding you the truth about Thanksgiving

Column: Feeding you the truth about Thanksgiving

By Jaime Viens / Contributing Editor

November 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Each year we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November — we eat turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes to commemorate the 1621 feast at which Pilgrims and Wampanoags peacefully gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts. And every year since, Americans have put aside their own family...

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As the game clock at Heinz Field ticked down on the Panthers Thursday night, the already prevalent splotches of bright yellow seats grew as the paltry crowd dispersed. The team’s chances to beat a 1-6 North Carolina team were beginning to dwindle, and so was their present fan base. The idea to work on...

When the whole world collides: global music hits the charts

When the whole world collides: global music hits the charts

By Levko Karmazyn | Columnist

November 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you turned on your car radio during the summer of 2016, chances are you came under the influence of the tropical pulse of Drake’s “One Dance.” As the first song to hit one billion plays on Spotify, it marked one of the 2010s’ biggest music stars hitting a viral peak. But it wasn’t just Drake’s magical touch that made the song a success —  sweeping sample...

Column | Bye-bye, Barstool: Sexist site does not deserve a serious platform

Column | Bye-bye, Barstool: Sexist site does not deserve a serious platform

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

If you’re a sports fan who appreciates quality writing, in-depth coverage and analysis, you may follow ESPN, Sports Illustrated and FiveThirtyEight. If you’re a sports fan who loves lukewarm memes, ridiculous hot takes and articles and photos that degrade women, you might follow Barstool Sports....

PA ‘Right to Try’ bill: who is it really helping?

PA ‘Right to Try’ bill: who is it really helping?

By Ana Altchek | For The Pitt News

October 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Several years ago, my next door neighbor was diagnosed with stage four cancer — within six months she tragically passed away. Not only was this an agonizing experience for her, but it was painful for her devoted husband, children and grandchildren. While she was too sick to consider any options, the...

Ending whitewashing is simple: just look at Ed Skrein

Ending whitewashing is simple: just look at Ed Skrein

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

September 28, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Hollywood has a complicated relationship with racial injustice in America, and for good reason — minority actors still struggle for representation in the industry. But when I heard controversy brewing about whitewashing yet again, I couldn’t believe that our nation hasn’t made more progress. ...

Column: NCAA transfer rules unfair to student athletes

Column: NCAA transfer rules unfair to student athletes

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Nick Saban, head coach of Alabama football and four-time national championship winner, is poised to be paid an astounding $11 million this year and has an eight-year deal that will pay him $65 million through 2025. These lucrative contracts are highly desired by all college coaches, and you can’t b...

The American prison system: justice or exploitation?

The American prison system: justice or exploitation?

By Vaibhavi Patria | For The Pitt News

September 27, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In Washington, Pennsylvania, a county jail captain was charged this week with stealing more than $2,000 from inmates. Charges like this are nothing new — especially in Pennsylvania. According to Prison Legal News, at least 14 Pennsylvania prison and jail guards were arrested between 2012 and 2014. Som...

Column: Watching sports forges connections, unites in history

Column: Watching sports forges connections, unites in history

By Abbot Zuk | For The Pitt News

September 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Whether it was my mother or father taking me to a ball game, or everyone in Catholic grade school sporting Steelers jerseys on Fridays before pivotal games — sports have been ingrained in me since the start. Like most decisions made at a young age, my sports-rooting interests were predetermined by...

Maduro vs the world: Venezuela’s hopeless crisis

Maduro vs the world: Venezuela’s hopeless crisis

By Saket Rajprohat | Senior Columnist

September 20, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

The streets are filled with protesters. The shelves at grocery stores are empty, and pockets are even emptier. Right now, Venezuela looks bleak — and Veronica, a Venezuelan immigrant living in Pittsburgh who requested that her last name be withheld for her family’s safety, said the country is f...

To understand injustice, listen to the lawyers

To understand injustice, listen to the lawyers

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In most American courts of law, a raised voice or an opinion stated too aggressively will typically earn you the censure of the presiding judge. But that certainly wasn’t the case Tuesday night in the Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, nestled deep within Pitt’s Law School. A panel of five memb...

Analysis: How a 1999 NATO operation turned Russia against the West

Analysis: How a 1999 NATO operation turned Russia against the West

By Christian Snyder | Assistant Opinions Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The name Boris Yeltsin should ring a bell, whether it brings to mind images of him leaping upon a tank during a coup in 1991 Moscow or standing drunk in his underpants in Washington, D.C. in 1995. Yeltsin, the first president of the Russian Federation, may be remembered for his drinking habits, but...

Poetry now: why today’s world makes poetics shine

Poetry now: why today’s world makes poetics shine

By Christian Snyder | Assistant Opinions Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

I remember the first time a line of poetry caught me by surprise. I was sitting in the Cathedral of Learning mouthing the words of Ross Gay’s poem “catalog of unabashed gratitude” to myself. The poem turns when he addresses the reader, and says thank you, “for moving your lips just so as I s...

Dr. Who takes on a new enemy: sexism

Dr. Who takes on a new enemy: sexism

By Elise Lavallee | Columnist

August 21, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Dr. Who has faced many adversaries over the past 54 years — daleks, cybermen, weeping angels — all of which the Time Lord has defeated. But this season, the 13th Doctor is up against a new kind of rival — sexism. The character will take its first female form this year, as Dr. Who will be played b...

Column: U.S. shows hypocrisy toward Puerto Rico

Column: U.S. shows hypocrisy toward Puerto Rico

By Christian Snyder / Opinions Editor

July 12, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Since the Spanish claimed Puerto Rico for their own in 1493, the land saw independent rule from July 17 to July 25 1898. Eight days. The American invasion of Puerto Rico on July 25, 1898, changed the land, politics and people forever. And today, it’s for the worse. Puerto Rico is in serious eco...

Young voters: Lead by example to fight nationalsim

Young voters: Lead by example to fight nationalsim

By Christin Snyder / Opinions Editor

June 27, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“I mean, I voted, but why does it matter? London will never listen.” When I asked my new Scottish friend about the United Kingdom’s recent election, he responded with pure ambivalence. He truly cares about the issues at hand, but he, like many other Scots, has long struggled with misrepresent...

Column: When abortions could save lives, Catholic hospitals fail women

Column: When abortions could save lives, Catholic hospitals fail women

By Christian Snyder / Opinions Editor

June 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When Tamesha Means entered labor with her first child in 2016, she was only 18 weeks pregnant — not even halfway through her pregnancy. So she did the logical thing and rushed to the nearest hospital. When she arrived at the Mercy Health Partners hospital, doctors diagnosed her with preterm prem...

Dixon, Pitt basketball need to up recruiting game to compete in ACC

Dixon, Pitt basketball need to up recruiting game to compete in ACC

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 30, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

There was a time when Pitt basketball could compile northeastern-focused recruiting classes. Unfortunately for Jamie Dixon and the Panthers, that time has passed. For the majority of Dixon’s tenure as Pitt’s head basketball coach, becoming a regular season force and faltering in the postseason w...

Guilty or not guilty, do not hold star athletes above reproach

Guilty or not guilty, do not hold star athletes above reproach

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 25, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

One year ago, ex-NFL running back Ray Rice was all over the news. Now, another league’s star is embroiled in an equally ugly case, with little to no media backlash. Rice was a star athlete in the NFL, but Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is the absolute star of the NHL. Kane was the first overal...

College athletes require a union

College athletes require a union

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

You don’t have to scour the landscape of collegiate athletics to find examples of malpractice and mistreatment. Recently, the Virginia Tech Hokies football team’s fine implementation system became a peak point of the college athletic terrain, as defensive coordinator Bud Foster revealed in an...

Time to shine: James Conner has the makings of a program great — now he has to win

Time to shine: James Conner has the makings of a program great — now he has to win

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Whenever a young football player starts making an impact, the hyperbole emerges just as fast as the knock-off jerseys. From the most serious journalist to the biggest homer, everyone jumps to proclaim “He’s the next Dan Marino” or “the next Larry Fitzgerald.” But to be contrary, in junior runni...

2015 marks monumental year for Pitt athletics

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Change comes in waves, particularly in college athletics. The University of Pittsburgh is not immune to those shifting tides. One year ago, Pitt’s athletic program boasted a third-year head football coach for the first time since 2010 and a men’s basketball team coming off of an appearance in the R...

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...

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...

World’s worst soccer team finally scores shot at World Cup

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 24, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Exciting things are happening in Bhutan.Its national soccer team won a game.This may not typically be world news, as countless international and club soccer teams play and win games every day, but Bhutan’s national soccer team — ranked No. 209, out of 209, in the world — beat Sri Lanka on March 1...

Deserving mid-major teams left out of NCAA field

Deserving mid-major teams left out of NCAA field

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As the NCAA Tournament approaches each year, some teams are nervously tapping their feet as they hope to break into the Big Dance. They heard analysts debate for weeks about whether their team would make the tournament or not, yet they were stuck sweating it out until Selection Sunday when they saw if t...

Top-seeded Kentucky faces strongest region in NCAA Tournament

Top-seeded Kentucky faces strongest region in NCAA Tournament

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Usually, the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament is rewarded for its success in the regular season and given the easiest path to the final four. In this year’s case, however, the selection committee gave Kentucky the top seed after going undefeated, though it is tasked with the toughest region....

Dixon’s extended tenure should not go unappreciated

Dixon’s extended tenure should not go unappreciated

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 17, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Jamie Dixon could have gotten out of dodge, if the slew of reports two springs ago gained any credence.The then-48-year-old Pitt men’s basketball head coach could have escaped the frigid winters of western Pennsylvania for the warm coastline of the University of Southern California, a short drive from his birthplace in Nort...

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...

Rose’s latest injury does not mean end of career

Rose’s latest injury does not mean end of career

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

March 3, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Derrick Rose’s knee problem on Feb. 24 spurred a range of reactions as varied as it has been the past two times that one of his knees failed him.Some thought the doctors had perfectly sutured the Chicago Bulls’ star point guard, sending him back on the path to reclaim MVP. These people are filled...

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 ...

NBA trade deadline still provides entertainment for fans

NBA trade deadline still provides entertainment for fans

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

February 17, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Slam dunks and long shots brought Madison Square Garden to its feet over the weekend, but that is the last NBA action it will see until Thursday.NBA All-Star festivities wrapped up on Sunday night, and it was a memorable event in New York City. NBA fans rejoiced while panicked New York Knicks fans briefly...

Oakland Zoo should add new exclusive tradition to arsenal

Oakland Zoo should add new exclusive tradition to arsenal

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Let me start by saying I do not condone throwing thousands of rolls of toilet paper onto the court of the Petersen Events Center.But one university’s student section does just that, and it tells me that Pitt’s Oakland Zoo could use a new and exclusive tradition of its own.John Brown University, loc...

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...

NBA should revamp All-Star selection process, remove fan vote

NBA should revamp All-Star selection process, remove fan vote

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

February 3, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The NBA All-Star selection process is exciting. The ultimate unveiling of which collection of superstars will showcase their talents always entertains. And, most of the time, the most deserving players are selected.Sure, there are a couple of snubs every year, and “NBA on TNT” analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smi...

‘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 ...

Lynch’s postgame ‘answers’ receive media criticism

Lynch’s postgame ‘answers’ receive media criticism

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

You may have seen one of the postgame interviews with the eloquent Marshawn Lynch. If you didn’t, don’t worry. It was over before it even started.“Yeah,” said Lynch, a running back, regarding the performance of the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line after a win against the Arizona Cardinals. “Yeah,” Lynch said again when ano...

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...

An analysis of what makes a quarterback ‘elite’

An analysis of what makes a quarterback ‘elite’

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

January 6, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Turn on ESPN, or any similar sports channel, and you’ll hear an NFL analyst say it: “You need an elite quarterback to succeed in the National Football League.”Upon hearing it, you’ll nod your head, and you’ll say to yourself, “Yeah, that makes sense. You do need an elite quarterback to win games...

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...

Pitt brings script helmets back for Homecoming

Pitt brings script helmets back for Homecoming

By Joey Niklas / Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Oh what a day Friday, Oct. 24 was — all due to an announcement from Pitt athletics. Based on the Twitter and media reaction, it seemed like Pitt had won the National Championship that Friday. But the announcement was quite different — Pitt would wear formerly-retired script decals on its helmets Sat...

Fan confessional: The struggles of inconsistency

Fan confessional: The struggles of inconsistency

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I used to be a Cincinnati Bengals fan. Before Steelers supporters hunt me down, let me explain why I stopped being a fan. It happened during the 2005 NFL playoffs.For much of my early childhood, I lived in a small town in New Mexico, which didn’t have a professional football team, and I didn’t kno...

Pitt should stay away from WVU in non-conference

Pitt should stay away from WVU in non-conference

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Last Tuesday, the University of Notre Dame announced its football games against ACC opponents through the next decade. The Fighting Irish will now play Pitt in the century-old rivalry just five times over the next 11 years, even though they appeared on Pitt’s schedule all but three times the last ...

What rivalries? Pitt’s relationship with PSU, WVU changing

What rivalries? Pitt’s relationship with PSU, WVU changing

By Joey Niklas / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports Columns

Rivalries have helped build college football into the financial machine that it is today. The Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma — played in Dallas — and the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party between Florida and Georgia — played in Jacksonville — come to mind as two notable ri...

Expanded playbook improves Voytik’s offensive production

Expanded playbook improves Voytik’s offensive production

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

October 19, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chad Voytik’s first six career starts have been inconsistent, to say the least. There have been flashes of potential thrown alongside ill-advised decisions and overthrown passes, as well as plays that broke down because Voytik was trying too hard to create high-risk plays when no clear pass existed.D...

Georgia’s big win shouldn’t distract from Gurley suspension

Georgia’s big win shouldn’t distract from Gurley suspension

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Georgia Bulldogs beat the Missouri Tigers on Saturday. But I wanted them to lose. Actually, I wanted them to get blown out. It’s not because I’m against the Bulldogs or anything. Their dominant 34-0 win just took away from something much more important.Bulldog star running back Todd Gurley was...

Donald earning more playing time with Rams

Donald earning more playing time with Rams

By Alex Fischbein / for The Pitt News

October 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt’s name has stayed relevant in the football world beyond college for a number of years now. NFL fans have seen Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka and Larry Fitzgerald — just to name a few — enjoy a great deal of success at the professional level. Now, it’s the latest Pitt player’s turn to...

Throw reason out the window in the MLB playoffs

Throw reason out the window in the MLB playoffs

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It was past midnight, and the game was tied 1-1. The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals were in the 18th inning of Game 2 of the NLDS. Nothing particularly exciting had happened over the past few innings — a few hits here and there, a few one-two-three innings. The pressure mounted, b...

Pirates have several holes to fill during offseason

Pirates have several holes to fill during offseason

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Man, was that a letdown. After the utter joy of the Pirates season, it’s all over after an undeniable failure: an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in a one-game playoff.  After 88 wins and fantastic individual seasons by Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Starling Marte, it...

Dallas Cowboys benefitting from parity in NFL

Dallas Cowboys benefitting from parity in NFL

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The boys are back. The Dallas Cowboys, that is.Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys decimated the New Orleans Saints’ defense on Sunday night. Perfect passes, powerful rushes and strong protection carried the 3-1 Cowboys to a lopsided 38-17 victory in what was expected to be a close game.In th...

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Baseball fans are a stubborn bunch. Some will stick to long-held beliefs forever. Others will embrace new logic and won’t accept anything to the contrary. And almost all of them are uncompromising in changing their predisposed beliefs on a player or team.I’m like any other baseball fan in most w...

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...

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Do you hear that sound? No, that’s not the screaming fans in a sold-out PNC Park. That’s the cha-ching of a cash register after every clutch hit by Russell Martin.Two years ago, the Pirates signed the catcher to a two-year, $17 million deal. Coming off a .211 average and .714 OPS year with the Ya...

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...

Pitt football should utilize all of its weapons on offense

Pitt football should utilize all of its weapons on offense

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After a 24-20 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes, Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst described the contest in one sentence.“I don’t think anybody in this game was trying to fool anybody,” said Chryst, whose Panthers fell to 3-1 on the season after being outscored 17-3 in the second half of Saturday’s...

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It occurred to me about three weeks ago. I was watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park. The fans were loud, passionate and raucous, and, much to their delight, the Pirates were winning, moving their way up the wild card standings and seemingly bo...

Lasting change will result from collective boycott of NFL

Lasting change will result from collective boycott of NFL

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I grew up a die-hard NFL fan. I knew every statistic, and I collected football cards from the age of six until I was 12. I had Pittsburgh Steelers posters all over my room.As young fans, we all notice the bright lights and hard-hitting action. As we get older, we drop everything to watch “our team...

Despite world title, basketball viewership still down

Despite world title, basketball viewership still down

By Imaz Athar / for The Pitt News

September 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The United States men’s team won the FIBA World Cup on Sunday when it beat the Serbian men’s team 129-92.Not the FIFA World Cup that happened months ago — I’m talking about the FIBA World Cup, for basketball.The International Basketball Federation, known as FIBA, held an international basketb...

Latest NBA scandal raises questions about prejudice

Latest NBA scandal raises questions about prejudice

By Imaz Athar / for The Pitt News

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

We’ve seen all of this before.Just months ago, a phone recording revealed former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making extremely demeaning remarks about minorities. The story dominated headlines, and it was an uncomfortable and sickening reminder of a fact that many know to be true but don...

Big Ten conference already in poor playoff position

Big Ten conference already in poor playoff position

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


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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


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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...

U.S. Soccer youth movement is a relief

U.S. Soccer youth movement is a relief

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 3, 2014


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A change was evident from the last time the U.S. men’s soccer team played.Only two starters, Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya, from the World Cup squad that lost to Belgium in a dramatic fashion in July, began their Wednesday night on the field of the Generali Arena in Prague to face the Czech nationa...

New NFL domestic violence penalties may still not be enough

New NFL domestic violence penalties may still not be enough

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

September 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While most of the country views football as its prized national pastime, the National Football League has its problems. The one at the forefront of national conversation recently is player health and safety as well as how the sport’s inherent risk of concussions is destroying retired  — and some ...

Casual American soccer fans need British dynasties

Casual American soccer fans need British dynasties

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

September 2, 2014


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This summer’s FIFA World Cup Brazil inspired some Americans to become more invested in rooting for professional soccer worldwide.Now, at the beginning of the English 2014-2015 Barclays Premier League season, that newfound fandom comes in at an interesting time: There is no dominant dynastic team, an...

For Chryst, emphasis on run game

For Chryst, emphasis on run game

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Since Pitt football coach Paul Chryst joined the Panthers in 2012, he’s preached to his players many blue-collar expressions, which have become part of the daily locker room dialogue.One of the most popular phrases among players is “just do your assignment.”Pitt’s offense did exactly that in Sat...

Column: With season approaching, a few Pitt football storylines to track

Column: With season approaching, a few Pitt football storylines to track

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

August 26, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

A football coach’s worst enemy is turnovers, both on the field and off. This offseason, Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst faced the latter type often, losing a large number of key players to graduation. Heading into the 2014 season, Chryst and the Panthers are without the dominant force of All-American defensive lineman Aaro...

Column: FIBA World Cup needs to change in order to truly matter

Column: FIBA World Cup needs to change in order to truly matter

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 25, 2014


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When Indiana Pacers star Paul George broke his right leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage in Las Vegas at the beginning of the month, one of the most popular reactions by sports fans was that it’s too risky to send top players to the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain.NBA commissioner Adam Silver disagr...

Welcome Back: Summer proves to be anything but dull for sports fans

By Alex Wise / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


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To the average sports fan, summer is typically a boring period of the year. Baseball is the only “big four” sport in season and, though it’s America’s pastime and the sport of summer, we can pay only so much attention to it. But this summer has been anything but typical. The humdrum that occup...

Summer Guide: Pirates navigate unexpected issues in season’s first half

By Nate Barnes / Senior Staff Writer

July 15, 2014


Filed under Specials / Summerguide2014, Sports

One of Clint Hurdle’s often-repeated mantras is to do “the best you can with what you’ve got at the time.” He’s had to follow it himself this year — he will likely need a hip replacement at the end of the season and he currently manages the Pittsburgh Pirates while enduring pain such that ...

Freshmen, don’t neglect exercise while on campus

By Alex Wise / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Columns

You’d never guess it if you looked at me now, but I used to be semi-athletic. I could dunk with ease and I contributed a respectable amount to a few district championship-caliber basketball teams. I have three gold medals hanging on my wall at home to prove it.But I grew tired of basketball. As a f...

Column: Students can pursue passions through media outlets

By Kevin Wheeler / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Columns, Sports Features

I walked into the Petersen Events Center to attend my first Activities Fair in August 2012 as a new Pitt student. A budding psychology major, I was hoping to find my niche in such a big school with so many new opportunities at my disposal. Among the hundreds of tables set up on the basketball court, ...

Column: Recent big-profile hires by Penn State now worrisome

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

May 7, 2014


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James Franklin is the anti-Paul Chryst.This is the exact phrase that went through my mind when Franklin took the podium at Penn State after being announced as the university’s 17th football coach in January. He’s awesome, I thought. A legend in the making.He’ll recruit the heck out of the mid-Atlanti...

Column: Sterling’s comments require unprecedented action

Column: Sterling’s comments require unprecedented action

By Nate Barnes / Senior Staff Writer

April 27, 2014


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From the day I was born until I graduated high school, I lived in six different places. The longest stop was a stint from August 2000 to January 2007 in Orange County, Calif., which lies about halfway between Los Angeles to the north and San Diego to the south.While there, I developed an interest in sp...

Column: Instant replay in baseball a good thing

Column: Instant replay in baseball a good thing

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

April 2, 2014


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When it was announced on Jan. 16 that Major League Baseball unanimously decided to expand instant replay, allowing managers to challenge at least one play during the span of each game, many, including myself, were skeptical.The decision expanded the previous incarnation of replay reviews in baseball, as...

Maintenance, visibility the keys to safe winter biking

Maintenance, visibility the keys to safe winter biking

By Vincent Smith / Staff Writer

January 13, 2014


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If you plan on riding a bike to commute this winter, be prepared for a plethora of remarkably annoying obstacles.Icy turns, snow-encrusted bike lanes and the creepy way that cars refuse to pass you during winter are just the beginning. Salt deposits can build up into mounds, essentially becoming spee...

Maryland-based brewery concocts a strange, seafaring stout

Maryland-based brewery concocts a strange, seafaring stout

By Jackson Crowder / Staff Writer

November 4, 2013


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My Washington, D.C., upbringing exposed me to the Atlantic Ocean’s fresh bounty at a young age, making an indelible impression. Now, whenever chance takes me home, I make sure to hit one of the city’s many unpretentious seafood joints with old friends and tear into a mountain of crabs or clams.T...

Netflix breathes new life into TV

Netflix breathes new life into TV

By Shawn Cooke / Staff Writer

October 21, 2013


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From its title, “Orange Is the New Black” sounds like a hot new TLC reality program that urges viewers to “say yes to the jumpsuit.” Lucky for the highbrow television viewer, its title is more than a little deceiving.Netflix rolled out all 13 episodes of the show’s excellent first season fr...

Esquire TV’s lineup puts stylish spin on basic TV rundown

By Matt Singer / Senior Staff Writer

September 30, 2013


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Its initial programming launch now completed, it’s already clear that Esquire Network is continuing to do what its eponymous magazine has already succeeded in doing: showing that class, culture and cash can make men think something is cool and — most importantly — new.This “new” factor is ...

Bluegrass’s complex evolution isn’t about to end

By Joey Wilks / WPTS Contributor

September 19, 2013


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Coming from a West Virginian family, I have learned to love country and western music. From that point, it was only a small jump over to bluegrass. My first experience with bluegrass was during my sophomore year of high school when I found a CD by the band The Blue Rags on the discount rack at my loc...

Thinking of skipping leg day? Think again

By Katie Martin / For The Pitt News

September 12, 2013


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In the fitness community, there is a running joke: If you have skinny legs, you’ve definitely been skipping out on leg day. In fact, many gym goers seem to avoid it like the plague. People, (mostly men), run around the gym with enormous upper body muscles, yet they have legs like Spongebob Squarepa...

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