“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.
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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.
The first ever Roll Deis Invitational took place on Sunday Jan. 27 starting at 6 p.m. at Exxcel Gymnastics in Newton, Massachusetts. At that time, the teams were warming up and preparing to compete. This was a co-ed competition. However, Brandeis’ team was all women. Participants competed in four events: vault, bars, beam and floor. The Brandeis gymnastics team, led by Gianna Petrillo ’19 and Hannah Deroche ’19, prepared for a full night of athleticism and fun.
The Brandeis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were both defeated by Colby College in their last meet of the season. With a 192–109 loss, the men’s team fell to 2–5 on the season. A 217–77 defeat dropped the women’s team to an overall record to 2–7. Despite the tough loss suffered by both teams, each team had some swimmers that shined individually and put up dominating performances.
This season, the fencing team has had many fierce competitors, and the Judges have held their own against them all. So far, the team has been to the Northeast All-Collegiate Invitational in Northampton, Massachusetts, the Northeast Conference Meet in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Brandeis Invitational. The team has led a successful season and conquered many of their opponents.
We are approaching the home stretch of the National Football League season, and the final four weeks of the season will have four must-see games. These games include teams like the Los Angeles Rams, the Chicago Bears, the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings.
The Brandeis swimming and diving team participated in the Gompei Invitational at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, beginning Friday, Nov. 30.
Over the years, Brandeis players and coaches have gone on to, or come from, the world of professional sports. Many of those players and coaches were involved in basketball specifically. The Judges have had many great coaches over the years that have helped the team reach success in both the University Athletic Association and beyond, including three former Boston Celtics players who came to campus afterward to become coaches for the Judges.
The Brandeis women’s fencing team has participated in two meets so far in their 2018-19 season. Their first meet took place in Northampton, Massachusetts and occurred on Oct. 25. The Judges’ second meet was this past Saturday at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The next stop for the women is the Brandeis Invitational on Dec.2.
So far this season, Brandeis men’s fencing team hashad two meets. The first meet occurred on Oct. 28 in Northampton, Massachusetts. The second meet was this past Saturday at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Next up, the Judges will compete in the Brandeis Invitational on Dec. 2 and in the Western Invitational on Jan. 13 in Colordo Springs.
This season, the men’s basketball team started the season on Nov. 3, playing the University of Saint Joseph. Although this game ended in a loss of 63–76 for the team, the Judges have a long season to come. The squad came back in the second game, conquering the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a score of 63–56. The Judges are 1–1 for the season so far.
With the season coming to a close, we look back on all the successes the Judges have had this past season. The women ended the season with an overall record of 12–4. The last game of the season was last Saturday Nov. 3 at New York University.
With the regular season nearing its end, the women’s soccer team pushes on. The team has one game left in the season. Currently, the team has an overall score of 12–3. With the end of the season nearing, the Judges have had an amazing season. The first game of this week was scheduled for Tuesday Oct. 23, against Simmons College. However, the game was canceled.
Kicking off another impressive week for the Judges, the women’s soccer team pushed forward and defeated Westfield State University on Wednesday. This game, hosted by Westfield State at Alumni Field, improved the Judges’ record to 11–2 for the season, according to D3Soccer.com. As of Oct. 14, the Judges have a conference standing of 3–1–0, and in addition, as of Oct. 16th the Judges were ranked number 15—tied with Hanover College—by NCAA Women’s DIII.