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April 23, 2010
Vol. 51 No. 21

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As I exit Susquehanna and enter a life of bills and searching for the right job (or any job), I wonder, "How long it is socially acceptable to live at home and 'chill' on your parents' couch?"

I've had the privilege to cover sports at Susquehanna for the last three years as the sports editor. Now, only a few years later, I pass my torch down to the capable hands of Kevin Collins. Here are my final thoughts on anything and everything sports:
Hockey: While the NHL playoffs are unlike anything in sports (playoff beards are awesome), the league should readjust so that half of the teams go to Canada and the other half to the U.S. It's not like hockey is big in Canada or anything, and do cities such as Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Nashville really need teams? You could place a franchise on the northern tip of Victoria Island, and it would sell out every night. The NHL also needs to have games on ESPN again.

Basketball: LeBron James is the best player I have ever seen. I know Michael Jordan is the best player ever, but there are at least five or six times a game that LeBron does something on the court that no other human being can replicate. A freak of nature with the best end-to-end speed in the game, the vision of Magic Johnson, the power of Karl Malone, the instinct and IQ of Larry Bird and the ability to seize the moment like "MJ"; LeBron is pure amazing.

Golf: What Tiger did was bad, but what he did wasn't nearly as bad as what so many athletes have done and will continue to do. He didn't rape, or drive drunkenly, or murder someone; he cheated on his wife (inconspicuously) and got caught by all of us. He paid the price and will have that attached to his name for the rest of his life. But, by the time he retire's, he will still go down as the best ever; period.

I would love to play golf with John Daly. I just don't know if I would be able to remember my score. I find it hard to fathom how he can be considered an athlete.
Baseball: It's way too long. A schedule that spans three different seasonal changes and leaves the Pirates and Royals playing out the string in June means that there are way too many games. Even fantasy baseball is too long.

The Fans of Philadelphia: Why is Philly called the "City of Brotherly Love"? A short list of what fans have done: Veterans Stadium had a court, judge and jail installed inside the stadium. Fans booed Donovan McNabb after they drafted him. He became the franchise's greatest QB. Eagles fans once cheered as Michael Irvin lay frozen on the turf from a career-ending neck injury. Hell, fans once booed Santa Claus. But I digress.

NCAA: The way they exploit athletes and earn bogus amounts of cash is pathetic.
Championships: The Boston Celtics will win the NBA Championship, the Boston Bruins -- riding the stellar goaltending of Tuukka Rask and timely scoring -- will secure a Stanley Cup, the Boston Red Sox will ride pitching and great defense to another title and the New England Patriots will resume their rightful place as the NFL's premier franchise.
I had to get all of that "homerism" out before graduation.

In all seriousness though, I will come to miss Thursday nights and having my eyes glaze over from looking at the devious Mac screens for too long. I've had the opportunity to have a leadership position that I probably wouldn't have received had I gone to a big school. Viva la Crusader!



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