When thinking about Quidditch, many people think about Harry Potter. Originally based loosely off of the book and movie series, this game has become an intense sport on many college campuses. This past weekend, the Brandeis Quidditch team brought 15 players to attend the national US Quidditch Cup 12 in Texas.
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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Tiger Woods has returned to golfing preeminence by winning the 2019 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, as reported in an April 2019 CBS Sports article. Although this is the fifth Masters championship in Woods’s career, it is his first since 2005. Although Woods has won 15 major tournaments in his career, this is his first major tournament victory since just over ten years ago in 2008.
The Brandeis baseball team inched even closer to a 0.500 overall win-loss record after earning three solid victories this week. The Judges are now 12–13 for the season and gaining momentum as they head into the final 13 games of this season. Among the final set of games, eight will be against University Athletic Conference foes New York University and Case Western Reserve University, when the Judges will have a great opportunity to improve their conference record, currently 0–8.
Last Thursday, faculty returned to defend last year’s win at the University’s annual students versus faculty and staff basketball game called Hoops for Help, hosted by Brandeis Beacons. Although the faculty team fell short this year, the event still raised money for a variety of causes.
Following a long season in the world of college basketball, and the famous March Maddness the final four teams have been narrowed down from a total of 68 that originally began play, as explained by Cbs Sports. The final four teams include the University of Virginia, Michigan State University, Texas Tech University and Auburn University. All of these teams are looking to be the 2019 NCAA National Champions. So far this season, Texas Tech has the largest margin of victory, with an average of 15 points.
This week, the Brandeis University Judges went head to head with the Bobcats of New York University. The Judges swept all four games, bringing them to an overall record of 15–0–1. The team continues to have a strong season even following the game against Wellesley University that resulted in a 7–7 tie. The Judges are now 4–0 in the conference have no plans of slowing down now explained by the Brandeis Athletics site.
The undefeated Judges softball team crushed the Suffolk University Rams as they swept a double header on Tuesday, with scores of 13–1 in the opener and 15–6 in the night cap, as reported in Brandeis Athletics. The Judges are now 10–0 overall. A pair of doubleheaders on the road against the UAA rival Washington University Bears on March 30–31 were cancelled, and the Judges will resume their schedule with a double header at Wellesley College Wednesday, followed by a pair of twin bills in the Big Apple against New York University Friday and Saturday. The current winning streak ties the team's second best in team history.
Baseball legend and Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki formally retired after a 27-year professional baseball career, following the Mariner’s win over the Oakland Athletics in a game played Thursday at the Tokyo Dome in his native Japan, as stated by Mike Chiari in the Bleacher Report.
The Brandeis men’s ultimate frisbee team — known commonly around campus as TRON — has two primary goals. The first is to be a close-knit and fun escape that promotes a team atmosphere. The second goal is to have a competitive and intense environment for those who desire it. This team advertises that it welcomes all skill levels allowing improvement in technique. “A-side” team members go on a trip to Virginia Beach,where the team participates in the Oak Street Challenge tournament, practices, reviews footage of plays and just hangs out together. All in all, the team hopes to become competitive enough to compete at a national level.
The Brandeis baseball team has continued their impressive season which started on March 4th. This week, the Judges defeated Wentworth Institute of Technology twice with scores of 13-1 and 15-2. This double header occurred at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough. These wins bring the team to a winning streak of three games in a row and a record of 7–2 overall. Currently the team has a batting average of 0.380, an on- base percentage of 0.457, a slugging percentage of 0.643 and has played in nine games.
To anyone who watches sports highlights on television, it is apparent that many professional athletes have clever nicknames. These nicknames are often a manifestation of some personal characteristic of the player, are catchy and add a personal insight into the player. A compilation of what are considered the top 100 nicknames in professional sports is readily available in a July 2011 Bleacher Report article. I reviewed this list and came up with my top five. My personal ranking is based not on the skill and prestige of the player, but rather on the humor and wit of the nickname.
Between Friday and Saturday, the Brandeis women’s Track and Field team participated in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Massachusetts. This meet marked the Judges’ first relay national title in the distance medley relay. In fact, the team defeated the school record with a time of 11:40.64.
This week the Brandeis men’s tennis team defeated the Tufts University Jumbos at the Natick Racquet Club. In addition, the University women’s team played and lost to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology team at home this Saturday.
Most Brandeis undergraduates have known only a successful Red Sox team since they began following baseball. Over the past 15 years, the Red Sox have been a highly successful team — not quite in the rarefied air of New England’s beloved Patriots, but not far off. However, our parents and grandparents who followed Boston baseball prior to our lifetime have known some dark times. I will review some of the bad times, some of the ugly times and finish with some of the good times, staying consistent with chronology and ending the article on a pleasant note.
The Brandeis men’s and women’s tennis teams have many matches ahead of them and many chances to rank well in University Athletic Association Standings. The men, currently posting an overall score of 5–1, have defeated the California Institute of Technology Beavers, Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, the University of Redlands Bulldogs and the Bryant University Bulldogs. The women, on the other hand, posting 2–2, have defeated the Beavers and the University of Redlands Bulldogs this season.
“Tanking” has become an increasingly common practice in professional sports. The controversial practice of tanking, as defined by Mark Deeks: “the team’s intent to do less than everything it can to win.” It is a concerted effort over several months by a team to be deliberately not as good as it could be, according to sbnation.com. Tanking is the cheap and dishonest byproduct of a flawed system where a team is rewarded for being bad, and deliberately losing is thereby a strategic decision.
As the season continues towards its end, the Judges continue to fight their University Athletic Association opponents and managed to end in victory this past week. The Judges faced two challengers: the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans and the Case Western Reserve University Spartans. This week, the Judges managed to be victorious over both of these teams.
The Brandeis men’s basketball team lost both of the two games they played this week. Friday, the Judges rematched the Emory University Eagles and were defeated for the second time. Sunday, the Judges also lost to the University of Rochester Yellowjackets, despite having defeated them last week, per the Brandeis Athletics website.
After last year’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Patriots fans have been waiting to see their team be victorious.
The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams will play Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019—seventeen years after the day when the same two teams played in Super Bowl XXXVI. It was an up-and-coming Patriot team, with their rising star quarterback, 24-year-old Tom Brady. Brady faced the heavily favored St. Louis Rams, who have since moved to Los Angeles. The Rams featured a nearly unstoppable offense, nicknamed “the greatest show on turf,” featuring future Hall of Fame players quarterback Kurt Warner and running back Marshall Faulk, as well as star wide receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. In a game that was the start of the 17-year Patriots dynasty, Brady and the Patriots defeated the Rams 20–17. Now, it is the upstart Rams, with their 24-year-old, third-year star quarterback Jared Goff, and head coach Sean McVay (youngest in the National Football League), who seek to start their own dynasty by beating the 41-year-old Brady and his legendary head coach Bill Belichick.