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Covering Sports Beyond the Final Buzzer
Created by Jack Belanger
“I’ve always said that if sports have no connection to us as a society, if all that matters is the score, then they are nothing but glorified intramural games.”-Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated
By Jack Belanger There are only two athletes in the United States who have had their jersey number retired league-wide in their respective sport. Wayne Gretzky, who is often regarded as the greatest hockey player of all time, had his number (99) retired by the National Hockey League in 2000. Jackie Robinson had his numberContinue reading “Jersey Numbers That Should be Retired League-Wide”
By Jack Belanger For the first time since sports across the country were canceled, Americans will finally get to watch one of the “Big Four” sports leagues once again. After months of painful negotiations between the players and owners, Major League Baseball will open its season Thursday when the New York Yankees will face offContinue reading “5 Reasons to Watch Baseball This Season”
By Jack Belanger Today the University of Connecticut officially announced their return to the Big East Conference after seven seasons of competing in the American Athletic Conference and as a college basketball fan and Providence College student, I could not be more thrilled. After going to the AAC in hopes of bringing in more revenueContinue reading “Old Rival UConn Officially Back in Big East”
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