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BRENT NYCZ, Sports Editor Emeritus

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From Flabby to Not-Too-Shabby: Brent Wraps Up Getting “Ripped”

June 22, 2011

Published: April 30, 2009 This past December, I was invited to a party full of my closest friends near Morningside Heights. The location was pleasant, the company was comforting, and the...

If You Don’t Have Something Nice To Say… Do Something About It

June 22, 2011

Published: April 30, 2009 At Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), there is always plenty to talk about. For some, there is also plenty to complain about. From the constant Internet issues to class...

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses: How to Combat Laziness

June 22, 2011

Published: April 9, 2009 Let’s face it: temptation is all around us. Many times, when someone tries to do something better or healthier, temptation seems to be more apparent. Trying to drink less?...

Out-of-Bounds Facebook Updates

June 20, 2011

Published: April 2, 2009 Last month, Dan Leone, a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan and part-time stadium employee, was fired by the team after posting a Facebook stutus critical of its decision to let...

To Exercise or Not to Exercise: What Should You Do When Sick?

June 20, 2011

Published: April 2, 2009 As soon as I returned from Spring Break in Fla., I encountered what anyone who works out would consider a nightmare: I got terribly sick. When I dropped my bags at the dorms...

Getting Sloshed While Staying Slim

June 19, 2011

Published: March 12, 2009 March 13 is almost here, and Spring Break will soon descend on Fordham. You and a couple of friends have plane tickets to one of a number of tropical, warm places:...

Jean-Claude Ram Van Parked in Fourth Place

June 16, 2011

Published: November 13, 2008 The Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) intramural softball team Jean-Claude Ram Van (JCRV) pulled off a comeback victory against Off Constantly 12-10 on Nov. 3....

Heart-Jolting Jingles to Blast Those Quads

June 12, 2011

Published: February 26, 2009 Going to the gym every other day, a person tends to hear the groans and shouts from the muscle-bound weight lifters to the huffs and puffs of the treadmill runners....

New Year’s Resolutions, On and Off the Field

June 6, 2011

Published: January 29, 2009 In terms of sports, 2008 will hopefully be remembered for inspiring and exciting moments like Michael Phelps’s triumph in Beijing or the Tampa Bay Rays worst-to-first turnaround....

All Kinds of Ripped: A New Beginning

June 6, 2011

Published: January 29, 2009 My name is Brent Nycz. I am a Lincoln Center senior, and I am overweight. I don’t think of myself that way, but according to my Body Mass Index, I am “overweight,...

Change I Can’t Believe In: Converting For the Wrong Reasons

June 6, 2011

Published: January 29, 2009 Growing up, many of us have either consciously or subconsciously changed certain aspects of ourselves in order to appeal to the affections of a love interest. Some of us...

Point/Counterpoint: The Justice Breyer Award Debate

June 6, 2011

Published: December 11, 2008 As reported previously in The Observer, on Oct. 29 Fordham Law School awarded the Fordham-Stein Ethics Award to Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Many prominent Catholic...

Protesting Against the School of Americas: No Gates Required

June 6, 2011

Published: December 11, 2008 After being on my feet for two hours straight at the School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHINSEC) protest, I sluggishly...

Ferret Legging: Not Just for Brits Anymore

June 5, 2011

Published: November 20, 2008 Some sports are deemed offensive because the violence involved before, during and after a match is won. Some sports are shocking simply because of the danger they invoke....

JCRV Win Second Straight to Clinch Playoff Birth

June 5, 2011

Published: November 20, 2008 FCLC—The Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) intramural softball team Jean-Claude Ram Van (JCRV) pulled off its second consecutive comeback victory against...

The Top 5 Scariest Places in Sports

June 5, 2011

Published: October 30, 2008 A dark alley, a deserted old mental hospital—there are some settings that always feel creepy. And while haunted houses and desolate forests are nearly ubiquitous in horror...

Jean-Claude Ram Van Keep On Rolling With Two Straight Wins

June 4, 2011

Published: October 16, 2008 The Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) intramural softball team Jean-Claude Ram Van (JCRV) have picked up the pace by notching two consecutive wins. After losing...

How Would Jesus Vote in the 2008 Election?

June 4, 2011

Published: October 16, 2008 I am a Christian. I am a Free Methodist, which would make me an evangelical Christian. Despite what you may think, however, I have struggled with my decision over whom...

Jean-Claude Ram Van Drops Season Opener

June 4, 2011

Published: October 2, 2008 The Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) intramural softball team Jean-Claude Ram Van (JCRV) lost their season opener to Rascal Crew 11-5 on Sept. 15. The loss dropped...

Fordham’s ‘Best Kept Secret’ Prepares for the Fall

June 3, 2011

Published: August 28, 2008 Walking the halls of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, you may spot members of this club in your vicinity. You may see them stroll around campus with white pants and...

Does Madden NFL 09 Rank Among the All-Time Best?

June 3, 2011

Published: August 28, 2008 Once the clock struck midnight on Aug. 12, thousands rushed to participate in what has become an unofficial holiday, the release of “Madden NFL 09.” In its 20-year...

Jean-Claude Ram Van Look to Build on Last Season

June 3, 2011

Published: August 28, 2008 Flying high after their first playoff win last season, team captain and pitcher Joe Lynn, FCLC ’09, said exactly what his team was thinking. “It makes no difference...

Jean-Claude Ram Van Rolls into Playoffs

June 3, 2011

Published: May 1, 2008 Before the start of Jean-Claude Ram Van’s (JCRV) first playoff game against the Cooters on April 27, third baseman Justin Stark, FCLC ’10, was manning his position when...

Jean-Claude Ram Van Rebounds From Two Big Losses

June 3, 2011

Published: April 17, 2008 The Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) intramural softball team, Jean-Claude Ram Van (JCRV), lost a five-inning 18-7 against the Furies on April 6, in addition to...

Reflecting on VT: What About Us?

June 3, 2011

Published: April 17, 2008 April 21, 1999. I sat in the boys’ row at my elementary school, hanging out with some of my classmates. At that age, I was slowly building confidence to talk after two years...

How to Make the Most Out of Ruth’s House

June 2, 2011

Published: April 3, 2008 After 85 years, Yankee Stadium will close its doors at the conclusion of the 2008 season. With the end of an era coming ever closer, fans, now more than ever, are flocking to...

New York Giants Headed to Super Bowl

June 2, 2011

Published: January 31, 2008 The New York Giants are headed to the Super Bowl, after defeating the Green Bay Packers 23-20 in overtime on Jan. 20. After missing a 36-yard field goal at the end of regulation,...

From Yoga to Free Weights, Fordham Stays Fit

June 1, 2011

Published: Febrary 14, 2008 The importance of fitness has been hammered into students’ minds since elementary school, when gym teachers administered fitness tests in health classes while preaching...

From the Playing Field to the Campaign Trail

June 1, 2011

Published: January 31, 2008 There are many factors to consider when deciding which presidential nominee to endorse: Democrat or Republican? Man or woman? Football or basketball? Though it...

The Observer’s Sports Writers Weigh In on the City’s Best Bars and Restaurants for the Big Game

June 1, 2011

ESPN Zone 1472 Broadway At 42 st. ESPN Zone, with three floors of sports entertainment, is every fan’s dream. The first floor offers restaurant seating from which you can always see a massive television...

The Path to Understanding Human Dignity

June 1, 2011

Published: January 31, 2008 In a crowded bedroom after a long and exhausting night, I sluggishly stared in the eyes of my exhausted GO! Florida teammates, wondering what our reflection would...

In His Second Year, Butler Continues To Impress

May 30, 2011

Published: December 13, 2007 Amidst Fordham’s opening game of the 2006 NIT Season Tip-Off, then-freshman guard Brenton Butler, FCRH ’10, found himself sitting on the bench. In that game,...

Halfway Through, How Can You Gain an Edge?

May 30, 2011

Published: November 15, 2007 With 10 weeks already played, the National Football League’s (NFL) season is entering crunch time; the same is likely true of your fantasy league. As NFL teams prepare...

Coven Breaks Away from Pack in Senior Year

May 30, 2011

Published: November 15, 2007 With their 24-21 win against the College of the Holy Cross on Nov. 3, the Fordham University Rams have clinched both a share of the Patriot League championship and a spot...

Would You Leave Your Teammate Solo?

May 28, 2011

Published: October 25, 2007 Before the start of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s semi-final World Cup match against Brazil on Sept. 27, head coach Greg Ryan controversially decided to...

The Tenants of Tailgating

May 27, 2011

Published: October 11, 2007 Football season is here again and you know what that means; tailgating is also upon us. Football fans all over the country will be pulling up lawn chairs, firing up the grill...

The Rise of Serious Injuries in Today’s Sports

May 27, 2011

Published: September 27, 2007 When Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett stepped on the field for Week 1 of the National Football League season, he understood the possibility that he could be...