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Mourning the loss of Kobe Bryant

Mourning the loss of Kobe Bryant

Benjamin Dettmer

February 20, 2020

Kobe was a testament to hard work and inspired millions of people around the world well beyond the game of basketball.

Houston, we have a problem: NBA announces lower salary cap

Houston, we have a problem: NBA announces lower salary cap

Ben Dettmer

February 20, 2020

Barring a miracle, the 2020-2021 salary cap increase will be the smallest year-to-year increase that the NBA has seen since 2014.

Golden Gophers gearing up for potential Big Ten-heavy March Madness

Golden Gophers gearing up for potential Big Ten-heavy March Madness

Ethan Olson, Editor

February 7, 2020

As the college basketball season comes down to the final stretch, the Golden Gophers have a decent shot to make the March Madness basketball tournament. Sitting at 12-10 at the time of writing, the Gophers are also sitting in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten with a 6-6 record. However, they'...

Mahomes, Chiefs find 4th-quarter magic, win Super Bowl LIV

Mahomes, Chiefs find 4th-quarter magic, win Super Bowl LIV

Michael Geiger, Opinion Editor

February 6, 2020

With less than nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV, the Kansas City Chiefs found themselves trailing by 10 points, facing a 3rd-and-15 against a stout San Francisco 49er defense. His team's season on the line, quarterback Patrick Mahomes boldly suggested a play call to Head C...

Barstool Sports acquisition – slap in the face to the mainstream media

Barstool Sports acquisition – slap in the face to the mainstream media

Adam Erickson, Contributor

February 6, 2020

Barstool Sports, the controversial yet highly popular sports media company that arose from humble beginnings, sold 36% of the company to Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ: PENN) late in January for $163 million, valuing the company at $450 million. Founded by David Portnoy, Barstool Sports started as a Boston area print publication that gave sports gambling advice. It later developed into a full...

Gopher football: Season wrap-up

Gopher football: Season wrap-up

Ryan Calvert, Sports & Feature Editor

December 30, 2019

The 2019 Gopher football regular season was one for the books. The team finished with a 10-2 record and the number 7 ranking in the FBS at one point, the highest-ranking they've had since 1962. They had the two finalists for Big Ten Receiver of the Year in Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson, the Big Ten...

Glimmers of hope exist for ailing Timberwolves Fans

Glimmers of hope exist for ailing Timberwolves Fans

Ben Dettmer, Contributor

December 15, 2019

After coming out of the gates strong and surging to a 3-0 start, the Timberwolves have since cooled down and fallen outside the playoff picture early on in the 2019 NBA season. Losers of their last six and winning just two of their last ten games have brought them crashing back down to earth in the reloaded...

Vikings Fans’ expectations remain cautiously optimistic

Vikings Fans’ expectations remain cautiously optimistic

Ben Dettmer, Contributor

December 13, 2019

After a lackluster 2-2 start that had many fans bewildered and frustrated with the quarterback play of Kirk Cousins, the Vikings have rebounded strongly and positioned themselves to control their own playoff destiny with the home stretch of the regular season on the horizon. With games agains...

Players that will win you your fantasy football championship

Players that will win you your fantasy football championship

Ethan Olson, Contributor

December 13, 2019

Going into the final weeks of the NFL and fantasy football season, it is either a time of hope or absolute despair for fantasy football players. For every 11-2 fantasy team, there is always the 2-11 team following in its wake. Nonetheless, with the season winding down, and fantasy football finals just...

Tasting success: where does the football team go from here?

Tasting success: where does the football team go from here?

Ethan Olson, Contributor

November 23, 2019

Currently enjoying their highest-win season since 1904, only dragged down by the absolutely heart-breaking loss to rivals Iowa, it is hard to think of this season as anything but a historic success for PJ Fleck and the entirety of the football team. As of Nov. 21 with the team fighting for a shot...

The newest dynasty in sports: Tom Brady’s understudies

The newest dynasty in sports: Tom Brady’s understudies

Ryan Calvert, Sports & Feature Editor

November 10, 2019

The term dynasty is not thrown around lightly in sports. We've seen it used for the Warriors franchise that tore through the NBA the past 5 years and is undoubtedly no longer what it used to be. It's also been used to describe the historic reign of the New York Yankees on top of the MLB with an unpre...

Victory among college athletics has people asking, “what next?”

Victory among college athletics has people asking, “what next?”

Ethan Olson, Contributer

November 9, 2019

  After years of controversy about just how "amateur" college athletes are, the fight for their compensation may be coming to an end. On October 29, the NCAA Board of Governors unanimously voted to, "permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their nam...

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