As is tradition in the Daily Campus Sports section, it’s time to say farewell to our beloved outgoing Sports Editor Mike Logan in the only way we know how: by roasting him. It’s been a fantastic year for the sports section, full of excellent beat coverage across the board, a steady supply of fascinating in-depth feature stories, and unparalleled camaraderie. Ask Mike, and he’ll tell you he deserves all the credit. But in the final point/counterpoint of the year, incoming Sports Editor Andrew Morrison and Associate Sports Editor Kevin Arnold debate whether Mike Logan was really even a good Sports Editor at all.
Basketball vs. Hockey. NBA vs. NHL. With two seasons and sports that have basically the same exact schedule, the arguments are inevitable and both sides certainly hold water. As both the NBA and NHL playoffs are now in full swing, there is no better time to break out the age-old debate about which one is better, so that is exactly what we did this week.
The two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors have become arguably the most dominant dynasty the league has seen since the 1990s Chicago Bulls and are the model franchise of the modern NBA. The Dubs are the favorites to take home the trophy once again, but will have to best some of the stiffest competition they’ve ever seen on their way to a third straight title. Will the Warriors repeat, or will the NBA see a new champion this year?
Chris Davis. Trevor Rosenthal. Once some of baseball’s premier and most highly coveted ball players at their respective positions. Two players who at one point each received MVP votes (Davis was third in ‘13 and 14th in ‘15, Rosenthal was 17th in ‘15), now can’t seem to do even the most basic function of their job. This raises the question: If Trevor Rosenthal were to pitch to Chris Davis, what would happen?
It’s Final Four time once again for UConn women’s basketball, the team’s 12th consecutive appearance actually, in case you lost track. While many great players have headlined UConn rosters in the past, Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier are the seniors on the forefront of a roster that mostly has not seen a national championship atmosphere. Win or lose on Friday, we are here to decide which senior will leave the program with a greater legacy.
The American Athletic Conference tournament starts on Thursday with UConn matching up against USF. The two teams split their regular season matchups with both teams winning close games at home, so it might as well be a coinflip on a neutral court in Memphis. Neil Simmons and Jorge Eckardt debate whether the Huskies can win this game, or if their season will come to an early end.
UConn will be honoring two legendary basketball players at Gampel Pavilion who each had tremendous impact on the university’s athletic legacy. This Saturday, before the women’s game against Houston, Rebecca Lobo, who played for the Huskies from 1991-1995, will have her number retired. Likewise with the men’s game on Sunday, the university will be retiring Ray Allen’s number, who played for the Huskies from 1993-1996. Lobo’s 50 and Allen’s 34 will be the first numbers retired in UConn basketball history. Today, we discuss the impact that each player had on the basketball program and debate which player left a larger footprint.
When it comes to football, the American Conference’s crown jewel is the University of Central Florida. The self-proclaimed National Champions have a 9-0 record this season and are ranked as the No.12 team in the country. Michael Logan and Neil Simmons debate whether or not they are worthy of the College Playoff discussion.
During the 2018 postseason, the Milwaukee Brewers have begun to implement a system of using “openers” instead of the traditional starter. An “opener” does exactly that, opens the game, but only pitches a few innings before giving way to another bullpen pitcher. Is this new age of bullpenning good for baseball? Is it the way of the future or not? We will discuss.
The New York Yankees face off against the Oakland Athletics in their much-anticipated wild card game to decide who will match up with the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. The Yankees will have home field advantage over the A’s. This Tuesday afternoon, they announced they will be going with Luis Severino to start the ball game against A’s pitcher Liam Hendriks.