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Column: MLB’s tale of two cities

The League Championship round is in full swing, and the four teams remaining are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston: the four largest media markets in the United States.

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Column: In an NHL flooded with young stars, Sidney Crosby still reigns supreme
Sidney Crosby poses with the Stanley Cup during the Pittsburgh Penguins' 2016 victory parade. Photo courtesy Joey Gannon, Creative Commons

Column: In an NHL flooded with young stars, Sidney Crosby still reigns supreme

Crosby has been doing something incredible for over a decade now, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. He’s the closest thing this era has had to a Gretzky or a Lemieux.

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The Boston Celtics have turned a corner since their last run through the NBA Finals / Photo courtesy Keith Allison, Creative Commons

Column: Celtics’ road to 60 wins

With seemingly every NBA team involved in a blockbuster trade this offseason and Nike now in charge of the NBA jerseys, we have officially stepped into a new era in the NBA. And it’s one that the Celtics are poised to take control of, which is why they will win 60 games during the 2017-2018 season, narrowly edging out the Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Your eyes read that correctly.

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Alex Ovechkin, who captains the Washington Capitals, spoke out against the NHL's decision to exclude players from participating in the Olympics. Photo courtesy Dan4th Nicholas, Creative Commons
Alex Ovechkin, who captains the Washington Capitals, spoke out against the NHL's decision to exclude players from participating in the Olympics. Photo courtesy Dan4th Nicholas, Creative Commons

Column: NHL’s PyeongChang decision a mistake

Tangentially, this is yet another example of the NHL lacking any regard for its players. The league doesn’t listen to the players on issues like the All-Star Game, it shows little care for player safety and now it has ignored the opinion of virtually every player on the Olympics.

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Column: Wild Card game has no place in baseball

The playoff format MLB uses is a flawed way of crowning a champion considering the nature of baseball. The game’s arbitrary, large-sample-size friendly tendencies lend themselves to the long haul of its 162-game regular season, not the whiplash-inducing brevity of its playoffs. Too many unpredictable and unpreventable things happen over the course of one baseball game for such an unforgiving playoff format to be a good method of choosing a champion.

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Columnist Bailey Knecht suggests teams retire mascots that poorly depict Native Americans, such as the Cleveland Indians' Wahoo. / Photo courtesy Keith Allison, Creative Commons

Column: Retire outdated, racist mascots

Columnist Bailey Knecht suggests teams retire mascots that poorly depict Native Americans, such as the Cleveland Indians’ Wahoo.

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North Carolina has a strong presence in organized sports / Photo courtesy Chris Short, Creative Commons
North Carolina has a strong presence in organized sports / Photo courtesy Chris Short, Creative Commons

Column: Sports organizations should continue North Carolina boycotts

The decision to reward North Carolina sets a precedent for other states hoping to oppress the LGBTQA+ community—lawmakers in those states now know that they can pass discriminatory bills without consequences, as long as those bills aren’t too discriminatory.

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Column: Fenway opener a clear exhibit of MLB’s biggest problem

The Red Sox, located in the huge media market of New England, have significantly more funds available to them than the Pirates, who call one of the smallest MLB media markets home.

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The World Baseball Classic sets the stage for some of the most exciting and passionate baseball around the globe / Photo courtesy Eric Kilby
The World Baseball Classic sets the stage for some of the most exciting and passionate baseball around the globe / Photo courtesy Eric Kilby

Column: Why so serious, MLB?

By Charlie Wolfson, columnist You would think that someone who makes a living by playing a game would be willing to have some fun while doing so. Unfortunately, there’s an old-minded, stubborn faction of MLB players who have declared inappropriate any display of joy or emotion on the diamond. This […]

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March Madness is in full swing, grabbing the attention of college students and fans everywhere.
March Madness is in full swing, grabbing the attention of college students and fans everywhere. / Photo courtesy Phil Roeder, Creative Commons

Column: Debunking the myth of NCAA basketball superiority

I’d like to explain why I prefer professional hoops by disputing a few common claims used by college fans.

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