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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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DYLAN PENZA, Sports Editor Emeritus

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Who Wore It Best: The Cutest Uniforms in Sports

April 29, 2015

One year ago, I began working in my former position as Sports Editor for the Observer. At the summer retreat, our advisor Professor Elizabeth Stone suggested that I write this article. To be completely...

David Price, No. 14 for the Detroit Tigers, is the new ace pitcher since departure of Max Scherzer. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MANDI WRIGHT /DETROIT FREE PRESS VIA TNS)

Tigers’ Continued Success Makes Them Baseball’s Best

April 29, 2015

Despite an aging roster and strong competition from divisional rival the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers still remain the best team in the American League (AL) and in baseball. Perennial...

Brock Lesnar’s MMA career has ended, but his impact on UFC has not. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MIGUEL DISCART VIA FLICKR)

The Rise of UFC into Mainstream Culture

April 15, 2015

There is no doubt that mixed martial arts and the preeminent league for MMA competition, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), have soared in popularity over the last decade, but how has it supplanted...

Leighton Magoon, FCLC’ 16, on his way to the USG Office. (Jess Luszczyk/The Observer)

USG Wants More Student Participation

February 26, 2015

Many of the members of Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) United Student Government (USG) agree that the club is in need of a larger amount of student participation for the organization’s programs...

photo courtesy of David Pokress/Newsday via TNS
Rex Ryan could not coach a competent offense, and so he had to be fired.

The Jets Were Right to Move on From Rex Ryan

February 11, 2015

New York Jets fans may be upset after the firing of their beloved coach, but he and the franchise needed to move forward without one another. Jets fans have a lot of reasons to love and miss former...

À la Carte food is now $.53 an ounce for lunch and dinner in the Ram Cafe. (MICHELLE QUINN/The Observer)

Students React to Ram Cafe Changes

January 28, 2015

On Monday, Jan. 12, Sodexo reopened a newly renovated Ram Cafe featuring a salad bar and entrees sold buffet style that provides members of the Fordham community the option to purchase as much or as...

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) hands off during the second half against Florida at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Florida State won, 24-19. (Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

The Real Contenders for the NCAA Football Championship

December 22, 2014

During the first few days of 2015, one can expect a variety of people swearing that they’ll go to the gym, and the beginning of a new era for NCAA college football. The collegiate bowl system will...

The Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Chris Sweda /Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Whose on Short? Finding a Shortstop for the Mets

November 20, 2014

The last time the New York Mets were in the postseason was in 2006. To put that in perspective, “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter was the number one song in America and this writer was in sixth grade. However,...

Chase Edmonds, FCRH ’18, is ready to help Fordham’s football team win the Patriot League Championship.

Chasing a Patriot League Championship

November 6, 2014

Chase Edmonds, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’18, is the Fordham and Patriot League record holder for most single game touchdowns and rushing yards.  He’s also a freshman with little more than...

Better Luck Next Year? How Bad Teams Affect Their Fans

October 22, 2014

Every April, I convince myself that the New York Mets might actually be worth rooting for. I understand that a successful season is theoretically possible, but deep down, I know the most likely outcome...

Becky Hammon and the Future of Women in the NBA

Becky Hammon and the Future of Women in the NBA

October 8, 2014

On Aug. 5 of this year, Becky Hammon was hired as an assistant coach for the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. While the hiring of deputy mentors within professional men’s basketball does not normally...

Ray Rice was one of many NFL players involved in high-profile violence cases in the last two years. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT)

The NFL’s Violence Problem and How I Enable It

September 25, 2014

It seems ridiculous to say that the NFL has a violence problem.  My apologies for the lack of professionalism or eloquence but, duh.  What might be less fathomable is that the fanbase is at fault. ...

Kings of the Hill: A Preview of Fordham Football 2014

Kings of the Hill: A Preview of Fordham Football 2014

August 28, 2014

Although the team lost in the second round of the FCS playoffs to Towson, one would be foolish to call the 2013 season for the Fordham Rams anything less than a success.  The team improved dramatically...

Blake Griffin’s elevation to one of the best players in the league over the regular season has led to Clipper’s playoff success.  (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via MCT)

How Did The NBA Get Here?

May 1, 2014

If you don’t follow the NBA as religiously as I do, you might be perplexed by this year’s playoffs.  However, a closer look at the regular season shows that many of the less predictable moments and...

(Courtesy Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via MCT.)

The End of Donald Sterling’s Reign of Ignorance

April 30, 2014

Donald Sterling is an ignoramus, but his remarks will be the catalyst for a more progressive NBA. As a Knicks fan, I dislike team owner James Dolan.  Some of it is deserved due to his constant...

Players aren’t notified or paid when used as action figures, video games characters or within commercials.  (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via MCT)

College Athletes Should be Paid

April 16, 2014

Recent events such as the Northwestern football team attempting to unionize show that the NCAA will eventually not be able to treat student-athletes as unpaid labor, so what can it do to evolve? For...

The New York Giants have decided to not re-sign Justin Tuck, and it’s not a moment too soon. Courtesy of Heath Brandon Via Flickr)

The New York Giants Are Finally Learning to Let Go

April 6, 2014

The New York Giants recently cutting ties with Justin Tuck and Hakeem Nicks may enrage fans right now, but the transactions might be best for the team’s long term goal of another Super Bowl ring. I...

Michael Sam enters the 2014 draft as the first openly gay NFL player.  (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star via MCT)

Michael Sam Makes LGBTQ History Within the NFL

March 2, 2014

Michael Sam may not be the strongest or fastest prospect to declare for this year’s draft, but he may be the bravest in NFL history. The NFL combine is about to commence in the next few weeks,...

For the sake of the Knicks’ future, Carmelo Anthony must leave. (Courtesy of J. Conrad Williams Jr/Newsday via MCT)

The Carmelo Conundrum: What the Knicks Should Do

February 13, 2014

The New York Knicks are arguably in the worst position a team can be in as part of the National Basketball Association (NBA): neutral. So how can the Knicks escape the purgatory of first round playoff...

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