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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
All season in the NBA, fans have waited for the rematch of the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat. Ever since Game 7 ended last season and Tim Duncan missed that layup over Shane Battier, the wait was on for these two teams to face off again. Through four games, it looks like NBA fans have held their collective breath for a little too long. I’m writing this the Saturday before Game 5, so the Heat could easily come back and force seven games all of a sudden, but it doesn’t look like the Spurs are going to lose this series. The Heat have the best […] Read the full story »

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Breaking down the craziness leading up to Thursday
7 May 2014 | One Comment | By Justin Thau, Columnist
On Tuesday, Christopher L. Gasper of The Boston Globe wrote a piece entitled “NFL Draft needs to return to April,” in which he essentially yearned for the days when the NFL Draft was in April. Let’s break down his article and get to the heart of why the NFL Draft couldn’t wait until tonight (and tomorrow, and Saturday). Before I do, please take some time to enjoy random headlines about the draft as of yesterday: “NFL Draft 2014: How many rounds will it last? (+video)” Whoah, whoah, whoah Ms. Lippy! Someone knows how long the draft is going to be?! And they have a video to prove […] Read the full story »

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Clippers owner is banned from NBA, but more needs to be done moving forward
30 Apr 2014 | One Comment | By Justin Thau, Columnist
On Tuesday afternoon, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned now-defunct Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life, in addition to fining him the league-maximum $2.5 million. In case you missed the drama over the weekend, here’s the gist of what happened: A mistress of Sterling’s, known only as V. Stiviano by the media, released an audio tape that was recorded (without Sterling knowing) while Stiviano and Sterling were arguing one night in a private residence. Sterling made clearly racist remarks throughout the altercation, and I encourage you to go take a listen for yourself if you want the full impact. The audiotape’s release led to an […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
It all started with a dismissal of Chicago deep-dish pizza. As the Washington Post reported Tuesday before Game 2 between the Wizards and Bulls, Wizards starting shooting guard Bradley Beal dismissed the famed deep-dish pizza of Chicago as “fat pie” that’ll keep you “in the bathroom for hours.” Sure, I might be slightly tweaking his comments for dramatic effect. And yeah – Beal probably meant #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK, but #ALLDISRESPECTTODEEPDISH. If you don’t know what these hashtags are parodying, you need to get up to snuff on your Kanye West circa September 2013. Oh, breaking news during the writing of this column: Sir Charles Barkley just said the Wizards […] Read the full story »

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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Editor’s Note: Because of Easter, this column was written before Sunday night’s opener. If we were in the realm of Westeros, I’d just ask Melisandre to come and let the Lord of Light help the No. 5 Wizards beat the No. 4 Bulls in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Granted, we would have to sacrifice somebody, so I would chose the entire staff of Fox News. That way, enough people would be sacrificed to ensure the Wizards would rule the NBA world for years to come, as well as getting the worst news station off the air. But sadly, we are not in Westeros. We […] Read the full story »

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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-on-Chief
When I think back to my freshman year at Towson, when I used to live in Douglass Hall for the Honors College, I think of Outtakes. At the end of each meal week (Thursday nights) my roommate and I would go to Outtakes and do the math to find out how much we could buy to use up our extra meals. At the time, I had a 14-meal plan, so I usually had one or two extra meals per week. I’d stock my shopping basket with a bag of barbeque chips, two or three Mountain Dews and maybe a box of bagel bites or something similar to them. […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
I’m really riled up this time. In this space — my miniscule corner of the infinite Internet domain — you’ve seen me get worked up over gender identification and bullying, college athlete exploitation, and Duke University. This time, though, the issue is dire. Here at our beloved Towson University, intramural softball is now using squishy softballs as opposed to regulation softballs. Let’s just say the struggle is real. The first games with the squishy softballs were played last week. The ball was coming off of the bat as if we were using ladles as bats and meatballs as, well, balls. Soon enough, teams were playing a hybrid […] Read the full story »

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UConn star draws criticism for comments about hunger, NCAA ban
9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
I was going to write a third and final volume to my 2014 March Madness Diary detailing the seemingly unlikely rise of the University of Connecticut to the top of the college basketball world. However, what struck me most about the Men’s National Championship wasn’t the game itself. Rather, it was UConn senior point guard Shabazz Napier’s post-game comments. “Ladies and Gentlemen, you’re lookin’ at the Hungry Huskies. This is what happens when you ban us last year, two years – we worked so hard for it – two years and hungry. Hungry Huskies!” Being an advocate for the recent Northwestern football team’s unionization and further changes […] Read the full story »

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26 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
March Madness Diary, Vol. 1   I can hear Dick Vitale yelling his caustic yawp somewhere to somebody: “This tourney is putting the Madness in March Madness, babyyy!!!” I can feel the heavy, drudging despair of Jay Bilas and all other Duke fans fill the rest of the world with glee as “NO” punctuates the screen on diddukewin.com. I can visualize the glistening, sparkling Cinderella sneakers of Flyers of Dayton, the Cardinal of Stanford, and the Volunteers of Tennessee. I can see that all those bandwagon fans of Louisville and Michigan State are still riding hard towards North Texas, and that Indianapolis will hold perhaps the most […] Read the full story »

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26 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathon Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
  Who will win the AL East? Munch I’m not an Orioles fan, but I’ll still be following the American League East just as close as my beloved Washington National’s NL East because of how contested this race is going to be all season. Every team in the league (except the Blue Jays, sorry Blue Jays) have a chance to win the pennant, but I think this is the year that the Tampa Bay Rays become far more than a Wild Card team. Let’s just look at this pitching rotation. It is easily in the top five rotations in baseball, and make a case to be in […] Read the full story »