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Washington Square News

Staff Rants and Raves: Sports

See what our staff has to say about one of NYU’s least favorite things.
Grace Halio

On Trying — And Failing — To Be Good
By Cole Stallone, Opinion Editor

I played baseball for eight years growing up. It was one of my favorite sports; it consumed my free time and occupied my dreams. I loved baseball but baseball did not love me back. I was terrified of getting hit by the ball; I’d been hit a few times by a wayward pitch and it is not a nice feeling. When I was playing in the field, my coaches put me on third base; we’d really have to be losing for me to be able to make a decisive play. Eventually they felt my talents were better suited for the outfield, where all Little League hopes and dreams go to die. Despite the demotion, my dwindling passion for the sport was sustained by one person: my mom. No matter the weather, location or time, my mom drove me to every single game and cheered me on the whole way through — even after I’d strike out. Her support lasted until high school, where being good at baseball became an actual factor in whether or not you got to participate. Shortly after, I figured my skills were more suited for another sport: bowling, which I did for the entirety of high school. In other words, I guess it makes sense that I’m a history major.  

On NYU’s Never-Ending Football Jokes
By Abby Hofstetter, Opinion Editor

I am here to say one thing and one thing only: I have had ENOUGH of the NYU Football jokes. One joke would suffice — perhaps two. But it’s gone too far. The NYU Bookstore has more apparel dedicated to NYU Football than they do to Liberal Studies. I get it! We don’t have a football team! We also don’t have a reasonable tuition rate, but it’s not like the bookstore carries FAFSA jerseys. Not only are NYU Football jokes lame and unoriginal, they’re also just not funny. Please, anyone who still makes them: get a better sense of humor.

On the Joy of Covering Sports
By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor

I always tell people that one of the reasons I love writing about sports so much is that sports touches upon almost all aspects of life — race, politics, entertainment and incredible feats of human achievement. As a kid who grew up reading ESPN religiously, I never could have imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to tell the stories of inspiring athletes or analyze the problems with sports culture. I feel pretty lucky to be doing what I love with the support of some amazing people at this newspaper.

On America’s Favorite Pastime
By Benjamin Michael Davis, Deputy Sports Editor

My favorite sport is baseball. This is a generally unpopular opinion, and given the joint occurence of Staff Rants and Raves being about sports and the most exciting season in MLB history currently sliding into the postseason, I would like to take this time to say that people who don’t like baseball are really dumb and should change their minds immediately. They say the game is slow, but that just gives you time to check Twitter while watching. They say the game isn’t exciting, but in the past year alone, four teams broke the record for home runs in a season. Name something more exciting and fast-paced than a home run. I dare you. There is no reason not to watch baseball this October. It has all the storylines and drama of any other sport. Younger underdog teams are trying to take down historical and recent juggernauts. Unexpected players like Jack Flaherty on the St. Louis Cardinals, Hyun-Jin Ryu on the Los Angeles Dodgers and DJ LeMahieu on the New York Yankees are having incredible years. Unexpected teams like the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays have been able to take what seems like a collection of nobodies and turn them into a playoff team. NYU students even have the opportunity to see a lot of Yankee games in person — if you consider the two home games they’ll play before getting swept by the Twins as a lot. We’re in the middle of a new golden age of baseball, and more people need to take notice.

Opinions expressed on the editorial pages are not necessarily those of WSN, and our publication of opinions is not an endorsement of them.

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About the Contributors
Abby Hofstetter
Abby Hofstetter, Managing Editor
Abby is a CAS junior studying History, Creative Writing and probably something else. She's from Long Island, but please don't bring that up. If you need her, you can find her discussing the third season of Glee or why olives should be banned from consumption. Contact her for a terrible time.
Bela Kirpalani
Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor
Bela is a senior in CAS studying history. Born and raised on Long Island, her love for bagels knows no bounds (the same goes for blueberries, but that really doesn't have anything to with Long Island). She also loves all things sports — how fitting — and finds way too many unfunny things funny. When not in the newsroom, she is probably off playing FIFA or wishing she were playing FIFA.
Benjamin Michael Davis
Benjamin Michael Davis, Deputy Sports Editor
WSN’s most bitter midwesterner is a sophomore in CAS studying Politics who has embraced a lifestyle and schedule founded upon his love of chaos. You can often find him out until 6 or 7 a.m. and awake again by 9 or 10. Why does he average less than four hours of sleep each night? How does he spend these hours awake? Typically by wandering the streets, working on essays he should’ve started weeks ago or loudly questioning why people don’t believe in such obvious inevitabilities as climate change or the Twins winning the next three World Series.
Grace Halio
Grace Halio, Editor-at-Large
Grace Halio has spent the past three years working at WSN because her job has an actual title, unlike her concentration in Gallatin. She's studying how journalism and public art can be narratives for social and climate injustice, but has a soft spot in her heart for New York Fashion Week and all things Features Desk. A Long Island native, she could likely live off of bagels. Grace spent her spring 2016 semester studying in Florence, Italy. Unfortunately, she did not turn into Lizzie McGuire; fortunately, she ate a lot of cheese. She looks forward to returning to the motherland. In the meantime, however, you can find her fighting for the necessity of the oxford comma and making pasta for dinner six nights a week. Follow her on Twitter to see her creative 140 character complaints or on Instagram to take a peek at how she spends her free time.

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