Not a football fan? There’s always Puppy Bowl X

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday! It’s your natural right to watch football, drink beer, and eat snacks today, because sports. But what if that football involved the snuggliest little puppy babies in lieu of the rough-and-tumble nature of professional football? Totally kosher.

Enter Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X: it’s like Heavy Petting, but with “football.” In its tenth year, the Puppy Bowl is the greatest alternative to American football—instead of 300-hundred pound linebackers, the most adorable rescue pups frolic compete on a football field. This game has the same characteristics as a typical football game, but with an adorable twist: puppy penalties, touchdowns, a lot of fumbles (it’s a lot harder when you don’t have opposable thumbs), and the Bissel Kitten Halftime Show, at which an actual kitten will be “performing.”

Tune into Animal Planet at 3 p.m. (or live-stream it here) for your yearly dosage of cute—if you’re a doglover (guilty), or if you’re a Pats fan and just really hate Peyton Manning (also guilty), you can find comfort in these puppies duking it out and leaving nothing on the field (…we hope). Find some of the puppies competing in today’s contest after the jump.  Continue Reading


Football: A primer

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The first Super Bowl — although, not the first NFL Championship — to be hosted in the Northeast has finally arrived. Although many people are watching it for the legendary commercials (as well as for the excuse it provides for your usual Sunday binge drinking), there will be a football game featured as well. For those of you who have never seized the opportunity to watch the other great American pastime, now is your chance! Football may come off as barbaric to an outsider, but to understand the basics of football is to see it for the beautiful and highly strategic sport that it is. Also, as a rule, if you’re going to spend 4 hours watching something, you should probably understand what’s going on. Here are the basics:

Four 15 minute quarters, 22 players on the field at a time (11 for each team), and a very important ball that is shaped like Hey Arnold’s head.

When the game begins, the offensive team is tasked first with moving the ball into their opponent’s end zone. The other team, playing defense, wants to prevent the offense from moving the ball down the field until their turn is up. If possible, the defense will also try to intercept the ball, thus reclaiming it and becoming the offense.

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Sixth Man: Fall sports update

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November might mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but I think we can all agree that it mostly screams out, “Fall sports Ivy championship hunt crunch time!!!!” Am I right or what? While you kick back and pat yourself on the back for getting through those midterms mostly alive, athletic Brunonians are out fighting for those elusive Ivy League titles. Let’s see how they’re doing.

[Update: Football, men's soccer, and volleyball were all eliminated from championship contention over the weekend.]

FootballWhile Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman ’77 may have predicted big things, football’s Ivy chances took a big hit when it opened its conference schedule with decisive losses to Harvard and Princeton. Wins over Cornell and, this past weekend, Ivy-leading Penn have snuck Brown kind of back into the picture, but da Bears still need to win out against Yale, Dartmouth, and Columbia, then hope Princeton, Penn, and Harvard choke real hard. Championship chances: 5%

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It’s Homecoming Weekend

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Brace yourself, winter homecoming is coming! Tomorrow (Saturday, November 2) at 12:30 p.m. is Brown’s homecoming football game against Penn, and the festivities continue all weekend.

Whether you’re a die-hard Brown football fan or you’ve never been to a Brown sporting event before, this is the game to go to. The shuttles will start picking up students at multiple points across campus at 10:30 a.m. (it’s okay to wake up earlier for a tailgate than you usually do for class, right?). Support your team while keeping up the Halloweek momentum, but be sure not to burn out before SPG that night.

Homecoming weekend also features men’s hockey games tonight and tomorrow night, and both men’s and women’s soccer tomorrow (game times here). There will be t-shirt giveaways throughout the weekend, and what’s better than free stuff, sports and dayging? Get out your Brown apparel and beer hat (or beer belt) and support Bruno!


Sixth Man: Adventures in Cambridge

This weekend, the Brown football team had its first big test in its Ivy Opener at Harvard. Yes, we know that we covered football last weekend, but I wanted an excuse to go to Cambridge for a day  but knew this was an especially important game to write about. After walking around the kind-of-city, I sat down in Harvard Square and enjoyed a pretty good piece of pizza (Nice Slice is still better). I also got a chance to check out the campus, but unfortunately I kept getting swept up by the thousands of elderly tourists who would stop and take pictures at every possible moment. So let’s just get to the game.

Things got started at around 5 p.m., and even though we were at Harvard (boo), it seemed like it would be a good game. Surprisingly, a large population of Brown students had come down for the night, and the tailgate was well-attended. After playing cornhole for two hours, we all headed down to the stadium.

Brown got off to a solid start—we scored the first two touchdowns of the game. There was also a successful onside kick that gave the Bears more momentum. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 13-0 Bears, and it seemed like things would be going our way. That is, until the second quarter started. Our lead evaporated when the Crimson scored 4 unanswered touchdowns. Our momentary glimmer of hope faded away and unfortunately, we were never able to come back. At halftime, the score was 28-13 Harvard. We only scored one more touchdown, in the third quarter, and the game ended 41-23 Harvard. Continue Reading


Sixth Man: Football/Cheerleading

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It’s that time of year again: tailgating season. The smell of propane is in the air, crushed beer cans litter parking lots, and fans all across the country eat an ungodly amount of queso dip. This is essentially every American’s dream: violence, alcohol, and sodium. When I made the trek down to the Brown football stadium this Saturday, I had high expectations and I was ready to get my tailgate on. It was the home-opener, the first 1,000 students would get free t-shirts, and it was a beautiful day, so we were bound to get a good turnout, right??? Sort of.

Calling the activities outside of the stadium a “tailgate” is a slight exaggeration. Most of the people mingling in the parking lot beforehand were members of the classes of 1940 through 1950. Something told me that none of them were looking to shotgun a Natty before heading inside. The AARP meeting “tailgate” was a bust, and even though I consumed zero nachos and zero hotdogs, I was unfazed because I still was getting my free t-shirt (#gobruno). Continue Reading