Sixth Man: Volleyball

 

The "jump up and block the ball" move is just one of many possible types of "volleys"

The “jump up and block the ball” move is just one of many possible types of “volleys” at a volleyball player’s disposal

This column used to exist regularly, we swear. You can find the archives here. This year, it spontaneously rises from the dead, like Neo amidst a hailstorm of bullets from Mr. Smith. Welcome back to Sixth Man. 

Here is the problem with going to a Brown sports event: you feel like you don’t fit in. At last night’s volleyball game, the surprisingly large crowd was composed of the following members: me, the weird guy sitting behind me definitely reading my notes over my shoulder the whole fucking game, 50 or so athletes, a bored-looking 9-year-old with an iPod, and a smattering of players’ parents bickering over how to pronounce various other players’ names. This was not the ideal atmosphere to take in my first-ever Brown volleyball game, alone, but I suppose that’s what you get when you don’t have many friends and agree to cover Brown sports.

I showed up five minutes late, which, to my dismay, was just in time for the national anthem. This isn’t an ultra-relevant concern, but why do we bother with the national anthem before sports games if it’s a generic taped CD version? I say it’s live or bust. You could even bring out one of those classically trained 11-year-olds to stumble through a botched rendition who makes it even more uncomfortable for the crowd than for her. That’s what we go to sports games for, right?

Anyway, I digress. Let’s talk volleyball. Brown was off to an 0-4 start going into Tuesday’s game, which sounded a whole lot worse until I found out that Tuesday’s opponent, Providence College, was 0-7 with straight-set losses to possibly fictional colleges Gardner-Webb and Southern Utah. They were not better than expected, either. I’ll save you the suspense–Bruno picked up its first win of the year in consecutive sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18.!”But what do all these numbers mean???” I hear you probably (not) asking. Good question. Volleyball matches are played in intervals of 25-point sets; win three sets, and you win the match. (I think there’s something special about the fifth set, if it comes to that, but this one didn’t go that long, so who cares.)

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Sixth Man: Meet your CollegeInsider.Com tournament field!

I guess Jeremy Lin played in this tournament one time when he went to Harvard

Jeremy Lin played in this tournament one time when he went to Harvard

It’s March! It’s Madness! The sportiest of Brown students might know that yesterday was Selection Sunday, when the 68-team field was set for the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Yeah, yeah—YAWN. The real bracket came out hours before. That was the mothafuzzin’ COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT bracket, featuring your very own Brown University Bears!

There’s actually a pretty decent chance you’ve heard about this game, because the athletic department has been bombarding the student body with emails about it as if there were a Beyoncé concert taking place on the Main Green, when in fact it’s actually a first-round game of the fourth-most important postseason college basketball tournament. Nonetheless, it happened, and Brown is in it. And because we know you’re already at Pizzitola for the free food from Spats and Paragon (!) and exciting basketball (…) and want to know how Brown stacks up, here is a breakdown of the entire 32-team CIT field. Note: CIT is what tournament insiders call the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, not a popular workspace for Computer Science concentrators.

BROWN: Popularly known as the “kill squad” in college basketball circles, some experts forecasted a 28-0 season from the Bears before a few tight games tripped them up on their way to a solid 15-13 finish. Widely acknowledged as the overwhelming CIT favorites.

HOLY CROSS: Brown’s first-round opponents, Holy Cross are nicknamed the Crusaders and finished 19-13. They played a game against UNH in November that was broadcast on the Live Well Network, which is kind of funny.

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Alums who do cool things: MLS stars Thomas McNamara ’12.5 and Dylan Remick ’13

Dylan Remick '13, background, and Thomas McNamara '12.5, foreground,  in action for Bruno

Dylan Remick ’13, background, and Thomas McNamara ’12.5, foreground, in action for Bruno

Just last year, Dylan Remick ’13 and Thomas McNamara ’12.5 were leading Brown men’s soccer to its seventh NCAA tournament in eight years. Now, they remain on the pitch, playing professionally in Major League Soccer (MLS)–Remick for the Seattle Sounders and McNamara for Chivas USA.

On Saturday, Remick grabbed some of his first meaningful MLS action, getting the start and playing the full game for Seattle in its season debut, a tight 1-0 overtime win over Sporting KC. The Sounders are one of the most popular clubs in the MLS, and Remick played in front of an electric crowd of 39,000. Last season, he led the Sounders’ developmental club in starts and minutes played, grabbing 105 minutes for the pro club as well. He appears set to remain with Seattle for the full year in 2014.

Sunday, McNamara followed up with a highlight performance of his own. He started the season opener for Chivas USA, an LA-based and formerly Mexican-owned club now in a transitional phase after being purchased by the league prior to the season. He scored his first professional goal in the 59th minute by drilling home a cross to give the squad a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Fire; they would eventually win 3-2 after McNamara left on a substitution in the 79th minute. It was a triumphant professional debut for McNamara, who exercised an extra season of college eligibility after graduating from Brown by playing at Clemson in South Carolina, where he excelled enough to be named Second Team All-American. Both Remick and McNamara project to continue as starters as the MLS season progresses, a rare professional athletic success for Brunonia, and one worth getting excited about. Go Bruno!

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"So mysterious to meeeeee"

Ways to get hyped for Sochi 2014, even if you hate sports

"So mysterious to meeeeee"

“So mysterious to meeeeee”

It feels like just yesterday that Ryan Lochte and his grill swam their way into our hearts, but, it’s time once again to rally around a new pantheon of athletic demigods. Sochi 2014 has been a long time coming, and, unless you have been living adrift on an ice flow, you have been hearing about the trials and tribulations leading up to this round of winter games.

There are a lot of us who don’t necessarily relate to the Olympics. The peak of our athletic careers consisted of four days in middle school when we were really excited about Wii Fit. We watch the Parade of Nations…for the fashion. The only thing we really remember about London 2012 is Tom Daley’s abs. Trust me; I get it. However, the Olympics are about more than just sports – they are about all sorts of things that Brown students love, like multiculturalism, community, and being really cold all the time. If you are someone who doesn’t like sports, here are a few ways that you can stay up-to-date and get into the Sochi spirit. Continue Reading


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Introducing: The Brown Olympics

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The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games have begun! With a record number of countries participating (88!) in a wide range of sports, there are certainly going to be some great moments for #sportz around the world this month. For many, the Olympics is a time where they can watch people from many parts of the world do things that they had never even dreamed of doing.

But imagine if we had our own Olympic Games here at Brown. Think Unit Wars, but bigger. Much bigger. What if Brown students from all walks of campus life came together to compete in the most absurd activities that Brown students most likely do on a day-to-day basis anyway. This way, even the most average NARPs (guilty) among us might have a chance. Here’s BlogDH’s vision for the Games:

1. Ratty tray luge. Bring out the Ratty trays sitting in the back of your closet from last year’s snowpocalyspe and get ready to fight for the Gold. Heck, tray luge might be the closest you’ll ever get to joining the Jamaican bobsled team so why don’t you give it a try? Gail will even make an appearance! But she’ll most likely want those trays back.

2. Blue Room muffin eating competition. We do this anyway. Why not do it with the whole school? Friends. Potential new friends. Muffins. See ya there. Time TBD.

3. Keeney Quad biathlon. This event has two parts (hence, biathalon). First, students will have to knock down Keeney exit signs. Another team member will have to follow suit and repair the broken exit signs (because they have been trained to do that because this is the Olympics and breaking exit signs isn’t cool, duh). The next event will require team members to use sticky flags to claim all of Keeney’s gender-neutral bathrooms. The team that can break (and repair!) the most exit signs and claim the most bathrooms wins.

4. Meal credit extraordinaire. Make a perfect meal credit at every eatery and you take the gold.

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Sixth Man: Winter Sports Recap

All is right with the world again: people are finally back on campus, classes have resumed, Gail is once again greeting us in the Ratty, and Sixth Man is back. As you get settled into your routine, don’t forget to check out some of the winter season sports that Brown has to offer. Whether it’s track and field, basketball, hockey, or even fencing, we’re sure that whatever you’re into, you can find some entertainment. Even though we know everyone has been keeping up with what’s been happening in the Bruno sports world over winter break (I mean, who hasn’t been following squash?), we decided to give a recap of some of our favorite winter sports teams.

Gymnastics

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Yes, there are in fact gymnastics competitions outside of the Olympics. Are they as interesting? No comment. The Brown gymnastics team has been competing since the middle of January, finishing second out of four teams in their last two meets. If you’re expecting to see some of the same tricks that you saw in London last summer then you might be disappointed, but it’s not every day that you get to see someone hurl themselves off of a balance beam and not fail miserably.

Basketball

Bball

You know what they say about Brown basketball, right? That we’re the Duke of the Northeast? Ok, maybe no one has ever said that, but it’s fun to pretend. Even though we may not be considered a basketball powerhouse in the traditional sense, the Bears have gotten off to a great start in the conference. A 3-game win streak has put Bruno just behind first-place Harvard for the Ivy League lead. A tough road game looms on Friday at Harvard, but a weaker Dartmouth and Princeton are soon after. Continue Reading