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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 | One Comment | 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 »

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12 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
Over the coming weeks, March Madness diary entries will be pouring into the Towerlight as threes keep raining down from the likes of Duke, Wichita State, Creighton, and Michigan. It’ll mostly be Duke, though – that’s all they’ve been good at under the 34-year reign of emperor-coach Mike Krzyzewski. From now on, I reserve the right to refer to him as either Coach K or that coach from Duke because I think even ol’ Mikey K would admit it’s unfair for sportswriters to have to spell his name over and over again. Did I mention how Duke is only good at three-point shooting and annoys every living […] Read the full story »

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5 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
Here are some of the facts surrounding the Brooklyn Nets’ signing of Jason Collins, the first openly gay, active athlete in major American sports history. Interpret what you will. Collins is 35 years old. Collins spent eight years of his life with ex-fiancée, WNBA center Carolyn Moos, before he called off their wedding in 2009. Moos didn’t know Collins was gay until just before he publically announced it last April. Collins has played in the NBA since 2001. Collins’ career averages are as follows: 3.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.9 APG in 20.7 MPG. He has shot 41 percent from the floor. No NBA player has ever publically […] Read the full story »

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5 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor
Who is the Most Valuable Player of the NBA? Matt: You know what I’m sick of right now? Winter. Well, let me add one thing. LeBron “please get off my television” James. That’s right, I’m not a big fan of LeBron James, but let’s look at this objectively. Up until last week, Kevin Durant was the unanimous MVP choice, after putting together a streak of 12 straight games with at least 12 points. No one has ever done that, not LeBron and not Michael Jordan. Durant is simply the most important player for his team in the entire NBA. Without him, the Thunder would have Russell Westbrook […] Read the full story »