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ROBERT BEATSON, Sports Editor Emeritus

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Justice Stevens’ Retirement Raises Questions About Court Conservatism

July 10, 2011

Published: May 5, 2010 Is a Catholic court a conservative court? With the April 9 announcement by Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens that he will be retiring at the end of the 2010 term, America’s...

After Tough Year, Fordham Names New Coach

July 8, 2011

Published: April 1, 2010 Fordham University took another step towards rehabilitating its struggling men’s basketball program on March 25, when executive director of athletics Frank McLaughlin and...

With Pecora as Head Coach, Grasso’s Future is Uncertain

July 8, 2011

Published: April 1, 2010 Amid the Fordham balloons that floated in Rose Hill’s 83-yearold Duane Library, in front of dozens of media members and a packed audience of Fordham supporters, a new...

Fordham Hockey Brings Championship to Rose Hill

July 5, 2011

Published: March 4, 2010 When a hockey team puts together a 14-1-1 record, chances are it hasn’t trailed in too many games. But on Feb. 21, the Fordham University club hockey team, owner of the best...

Fordham Hockey’s Quiet Success

June 28, 2011

Published February 18, 2010 Andrew McClain, Fordham College at Rose Hill ’10, was waiting in line for pizza the other day when a fellow student asked him about his Fordham Hockey jacket. “I...

Fordham Quarterback Preps for NFL Draft

June 28, 2011

Published February 4, 2010 Fordham quarterback and prospective NFL draft pick John Skelton, College of Business Administration (CBA) ’10, had his welcome-to-the-big-leagues moment shortly after arriving...

Despite Loss in Coaching Debut, Grasso Vows to Give Rams a New, More Intense Look

June 28, 2011

Published: December 10, 2009 The Jared Grasso era of the Fordham men’s basketball program got off to an inauspicious start on Dec. 5, as the Rams fell to Bowling Green State University 67-46 at the...

Basketball Coach, Top Scorer Gone at Rose Hill

June 28, 2011

Published: December 10, 2009 Call it hoops nightmares: In the span of 48 hours, Fordham University fired its men’s head basketball coach and lost a top player to transfer. Dereck Whittenburg’s...

Record-Breaking Day at Cornell Earns National Honors for Two Rams

June 27, 2011

Published: October 22, 2009 Fordham claimed its first road win of the year with a 39-27 win at Cornell on Oct. 17 that will go down as one of the best passing performances in school history. John...

CLEP Tests Attractive To Students, Rejected by FCLC

June 27, 2011

Published: October 22, 2009 Thanks to the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), current and prospective college students are crossing required courses off their checklists with only a single test...

Fordham Drops Shootout to Holy Cross 41-27

June 27, 2011

Published: November 5, 2009 On an afternoon filled with dizzying offensive numbers, maybe the most telling statistic was zero, as in the number of punts Holy Cross and Fordham combined for in their...

T-Lloyd Shares His Story With Bronx Students

June 27, 2011

Published: November 5, 2009 Four years ago, Fordham defensive lineman Thomas Lloyd said goodbye to his father and embarked on a 27-hour drive from his home in New Orleans, La. to Texas. With Hurricane...

With Win, Skelton Earns Comparison to Reigning Rookie of the Year

June 27, 2011

Published: October 8, 2009 Fordham’s John Skelton has been tagged with the “future NFL draft pick” label since the beginning of the season. After engineering a 34-29 comeback win against...

Fordham Nabs First Win With Record Offensive Numbers

June 27, 2011

Published: October 8, 2009 It was easy to find the positives in the Rams’ first victory of the season. In a record-setting performance, Fordham amassed 687 yards of total offense against...

Fantasy Football Gurus, Media Giants and the Bloggers that Criticize Them: Discussing Sports in the Digital Age

June 27, 2011

Published: October 8, 2009 The rise of digital media has suddenly and completely changed the way sports fans understand and follow the games they love. And the experts are still trying to figure...

FCLC Soccer Hoping to Repeat Success and Raise Interest

June 23, 2011

Published: August 27, 2009 The Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) Soccer team finished the spring 2009 season owners of a 6-2-2 record and a share of first place in the Bryant North division of...

Fontan to Give Fordham Another Chance in Sophomore Year

June 23, 2011

Published: August 27, 2009 Fordham basketball head coach Dereck Whittenburg announced on July 22 that guard Jio Fontan, FCRH ’12, will remain at Fordham and begin his second season with the team....

Skelton Ranked in Top 12 for Senior Quarterbacks

June 23, 2011

Published: August 27, 2009 Despite a disappointing 1-5 Patriot League record in 2008 and a rash of injuries to the receiving core that left him tossing touchdown passes to the backup quarterback, John...

Fordham Football to Offer Athletic Scholarships in 2010

June 23, 2011

Published: August 27, 2009 Fordham University announced it will begin awarding football scholarships starting in 2010, a decision that aims to improve the school’s football program but is at odds...

Former Fordham Broadcaster Recognized with Award for College Sports Broadcasters

June 23, 2011

Published: August 27, 2009 For students seeking to enter the field of sports broadcasting, Fordham’s tradition of producing nationally-recognized legends and local authorities offers both a legacy...

FCLC Soccer’s Best Ever Season Nears End

June 22, 2011

Published: April 30, 2009 The Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) soccer club moved into a tie for first place in the Bryant South division of the Metro Soccer N.Y. league with a win over Brooklyn...

Fordham’s Rabinowitz Shines in First Start of the Season

June 22, 2011

Published: April 9, 2009 For six innings on March 28, UMass’s Mitchell Clegg and Fordham’s Jake Rabinowitz, FCRH ’09, traded jabs—fist pumps while walking off the mound, curses screamed into...

FCLC Has a Chance to Show New Concern For Athletes in Master Plan

June 20, 2011

Published: April 2, 2009 In the public relations blitz that has accompanied Fordham’s unveiling of the Master Plan, the university has missed a golden opportunity to elevate the reputation of...

FCLC Soccer Impresses With Wins in Queens

June 20, 2011

Published: April 2, 2009 As any Fordham professor will tell you, poor attendance is the first step to failure. Such was the case for the Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) club soccer team for...

A Man, A Pan, A Fan: Freddy “Sez”

June 19, 2011

Published: March 12, 2009 The Rose Hill gym, cramped and ancient, can become deafeningly loud when the Rams are in the midst of a successful Atlantic 10 season. But no matter how loud the student...

Fordham Still Searching for First League Win

June 16, 2011

Published: November 13, 2008 Wins just don’t seem to come in twos for the Fordham University football team this season. On Nov. 8, the Rams fell 38-17 at the hands of the Patriot League leaders...

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....

Deadbeat Rose Hill Opponents a No-Show for FCLC Team

June 6, 2011

Published: January 29, 2009 Swing and a Miss, Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) intramural volleyball team, tightened its grip on the first place spot in the Co-rec Sunday B-League...

The Fools on the Hill Chasing Cheese Down

June 6, 2011

Published: December 11, 2008 There is a three-pronged combination of reasons why cheese rolling should take the NHL’s place on SportsCenter: (1) A very steep incline (2) Lots and lots...

Swing and a Miss Heads to Rose Hill

June 6, 2011

Published: December 11, 2008 Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) can add another name to the list of teams venturing up to Rose Hill to represent the more artistically inclined campus in intramural...

Retooled Rams Charge Into New Season

June 5, 2011

Published: November 20, 2008 Marcus Stout. Bryant Dunston. That will be the last time the names of those two Rams greats appear in this section. We promise. It is a new year at the old Rose Hill...

Fordham Falls 48-13 on Homecoming

June 5, 2011

Published: October 30, 2008 Looking to define the 2008 Fordham University football season in a nutshell? Try the third quarter of the Homecoming game against the Lafayette Leopards on Oct....

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...

Press Box Confidential: Jack Coffey Field

June 4, 2011

Published: October 16, 2008 Commotion, collisions, screaming and cursing—and that’s just in the press box. To cover Fordham University football from the press box atop the bleachers at Jack Coffey...

Helmets: From Mockable Absurdity to Absolute Necessity

June 3, 2011

Published: October 2, 2008 Most of the 1,700 players in the NFL languish in anonymity on and off the field, as even the most dedicated fans have trouble attaching a face to every name announced on...

Xavier Martin Rushes for Four Touchdowns as Fordham Beats Columbia for Liberty Cup

June 3, 2011

Published: October 2, 2008 The Fordham University football team rallied from eight points down on Sept. 20 to defeat the Columbia University Lions. Running back Xavier Martin, FCRH ’11, rushed...

Lincoln Center Tennis Club Uses Home Court Advantage

June 3, 2011

Published: August 28, 2008 Admittedly, we here at the Observer sports section are quick to complain about the lack of athletic space here at Lincoln Center. But instead of more grieving, recognition...

Lincoln Center Athletes Maintain Competitive Edge with FCLC Soccer

June 3, 2011

Published: August 28, 2008 Playing as part of the Metro Soccer NY league’s Bryant High School division, the FCLC soccer club has not seen many victories in past seasons, though not for lack...

Baseball Takes Two of Three From George Washington

June 3, 2011

Published: April 17, 2008 The Fordham baseball team looked to be in danger of losing the rubber game of a three-game set against George Washington University on April 13 until they scored four runs...

Fordham Makes Quick Exit From A-10 Tourney

June 2, 2011

Published: April 3, 2008 The Fordham University men’s basketball team bowed out of the Atlantic 10 tournament in the first round on March 12 by way of an 80-62 loss to St. Joseph’s University. The...

Whittenburg Praises Departing Seniors for Program Turnaround Despite Losing Record

June 2, 2011

Published: April 3, 2008 When Fordham University men’s basketball head coach Dereck Whittenburg arrived at Rose Hill in time for the 2003-04 season, he inherited a team that had gone 10-46 the past...

Fordham Basketball Drops Three Straight to Rhode Island, St. Joe’s and Temple

June 1, 2011

Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Despite a frantic final minute that included a combined 15 points and two key turnovers by the visiting team, the Fordham University men’s basketball team dropped a...

Love or Lust: Do These Relationships Work?

June 1, 2011

Published: Febrary 14, 2008   Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen This over-exposed twosome may be at risk of succumbing to the media pressure that has plagued many an athlete-celebrity couple....

For Giants, a Second Chance to Stop the Streak

June 1, 2011

Published: January 31, 2008 Super Bowl XLII offers the New York Giants a special opportunity for revenge and another chance to prevent the New England Patriots from becoming the first team in National...

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...

Title Town, Mass. Boston Reigns Supreme

June 1, 2011

Published: January 31, 2008 At the dawn of the 21st century, to talk of New England teams in championships was to catalog decades of defeat and frustration. Not since the Celtics claimed the 1985-86...

Fordham Falls to UMass 49-35 in Playoffs

May 30, 2011

Published: December 13, 2007 When the Fordham University football team ended the 2006 season with a 3-8 record, few observers  could have predicted the turnaround the Rams made this year. But...

Prenups, Cleats and Hummers: ‘Tis Always Better to Receive in the Wide World of Sports

May 30, 2011

Published: December 13, 2007 Peyton Manning won’t be impressed when he receives his fourth iPhone this Christmas and Tony Romo’s shiny new credit cards are probably beginning to show signs of wear....

Fordham Wins Battle for Patriot League Title

May 30, 2011

Published: November 15, 2007 Fordham University’s Nov. 3 game against the College of the Holy Cross Crusaders had all the makings of a high-scoring shootout, featuring the top two offenses in...

Fordham Extends Winning Streak to Five Games

May 29, 2011

Published: November 8, 2007 The Fordham University Rams extended their winning streak to five games with victories over Marist College and Lafayette University in the final two weekends of October. The...

Fordham Starts Conference Play with Three Straight Wins

May 28, 2011

Published: October 25, 2007 The Fordham University Rams entered their Oct. 13 contest against Georgetown University 2-0 in the Patriot League, while the winless Hoyas came seeking an upset on their...

Pimp My Costume

May 28, 2011

Published: October 25, 2007 New Yorkers take Halloween to a whole new level, so if you want to stand out, you’ll need a costume that goes above and beyond the traditional witch’s hat and kitty...

Rams’ Passing Attacks Spark Comebacks

May 27, 2011

Published: October 11, 2007 Some teams play their best football when the scoreboard isn’t in their favor. For better or for worse, the Fordham Rams are starting to look like one of those teams....

Fordham Takes Liberty Cup

May 27, 2011

Published: September 27, 2007 There is little doubt that inexperience spoiled Fordham’s hopes of attaining a winning record last season. What a difference a year can make. Three games...

Tennis Takes Center Stage in Queens at US Open

May 26, 2011

Published: August 30, 2007 The Big Apple will be at the center of the tennis universe beginning Aug. 28, when the 125th US Open tennis tournament commences at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest...