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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...

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...

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...

Heartbreak a perpetual constant of late for Pitt basketball

Heartbreak a perpetual constant of late for Pitt basketball

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

January 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Academics, party life, location and tuition are just a few factors that teenagers consider when choosing a college or university. Although I took all of these into account, Panther basketball was also a major reason I chose Pitt. As a freshman, I couldn’t wait to rep blue and gold, heckle opposing tea...

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...

For college hoops, Lexington’s passion for sport unrivaled

For college hoops, Lexington’s passion for sport unrivaled

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

December 3, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I bleed blue. Before I moved to Lexington, Ky. in the fifth grade, I had no idea what it was like to be a sports fan. I had never been in an environment where it seemed like everyone’s life depended on the outcome of a basketball game. That changed in Lexington. At first, everyone seemed crazy to root ...

Experience a must in building contenders

Experience a must in building contenders

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

November 11, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

When LeBron James and Kevin Love signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in July, the team immediately became the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA Finals. It seemed like a guarantee that the Cavaliers would bring a championship to, perhaps, the most unlucky sports city in the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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