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The ethics surrounding the increasingly popular practice of tanking in professional sports

(02/12/19 11:05am)

“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.


Judges found guilty of defeating both teams they played this week

(02/12/19 11:01am)

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. 




New England Patriots experiance déjà vu this season as Superbowl LIII quickly approaches

(01/29/19 11:05am)

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.


Gymnastics hosts its first Roll Deis Invitational on Sunday in Newton

(01/29/19 11:00am)

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. 




Colby College drowns Judges in home meet

(12/11/18 11:04am)

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. 


Judges continue to foil their opponents this season

(12/11/18 11:03am)

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.


National Football League continues to rage on for the seven teams playing in the next four weeks

(12/04/18 11:05am)

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.



Judges before Celtics

(11/20/18 4:00pm)

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.








Judges improve to 11–2 on season

(10/23/18 6:17pm)

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.