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Moneyball: Part Two?

October 9, 2013

By MATT McCORMACK STAFF WRITER The Oakland Athletics are perhaps the most underappreciated team in baseball.  Well, except for two years ago, when Moneyball was released in theaters across the nation.  The movie details the Oakland Athletics’ surprising rise to prominence during the 2002 season and the unique “moneyball” method, which emphasized walks and on-base percentage, implemented by Billy Beane.  It brough...

Matt’s Minute

April 24, 2013

By MATT McCORMACK STAFF WRITER After 82 games spread out over roughly five and a half months, the NBA season all comes down to the highly anticipated playoffs.  There are many intriguing first round matchups, so without further ado I present my first round predictions (granted, I’m writing this after the end of day one of the playoffs, but I promise that these are still my original picks). Heat-Bucks: Heat in four. ...

Matt’s Minute

April 17, 2013

By MATT McCORMACK STAFF WRITER Hockey is admittedly not my area of expertise when it comes to sports.  In fact, even though hockey is one of the four major sports in America, I find myself ignoring it most of the time.  This is partly (or probably solely) due to the fact that I was unfortunate enough to be raised an Islanders fan.  For almost my entire life, the Islanders have been one of the worst franchises in professional...

Matt’s Minute

April 10, 2013

By MATT MCCORMACK As the NBA regular season dwindles to a close, most fans (including myself) are eagerly looking forward to the playoffs. There is still much to be decided, however, in the few remaining weeks  until the postseason arrives, especially in the Western Conference. In fact, very few playoff teams outside of Miami can afford to rest their key players down the stretch, since an extended losing streak could mean...

Matt’s Minute

March 6, 2013

By MATT McCORMACK Last Sunday, after leading by as much as 16 points, the New York Knicks suffered a disappointing loss to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.  However, don’t fret Knicks fans: as disheartening as it was to blow a sixteen point lead, there are actually many positives to take out of the game.  In fact, I surprisingly feel better about the Knicks’ playoff chances after witnessing their defeat. One encouraging...

Matt’s Minute

February 20, 2013

By MATT McCORMACK STAFF WRITER Last week, pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. Every year, New York sports fans practically salivate for this day to arrive.  Football has been over for a while, and let’s face it, the Knicks usually (excluding this year) are not serious contenders this time of year. Besides signifying the impending arrival of spring, every year, “pitchers and catchers” represents a sports...

Matt’s Minute

January 23, 2013

By MATT MCCORMACK COLUMNIST One of the more bizarre sports stories to ever surface in the sports world (or in general) occurred last week with the shocking revelation that Manti Te’o’s “deceased” girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, never actually existed.  Everyone knows the made-for-TV sequence of events by now, so I’ll spare everyone another pointless regurgitation of the details.  This soap opera is just one more off...

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