The recently announced 2013 Brown football schedule includes home night games against both URI and Princeton. The last time Bruno played at night on its own turf twice in one season was, well, never. Though the belief that attendance is inherently higher at night games (see: 2012 Homecoming vs. Harvard) may be a case of mistaking correlation for causation, the move is nonetheless noteworthy. In other scheduling news, the Bears will also play at Harvard in a night game, and will play Bryant University for the first time in school history. So, uh, only five months until the season kicks off. We know you’ll be counting down with us.
Since the publication of Moneyball (now a major motion picture!), there has been no shortage of armchair baseball statisticians ready to proclaim their candidacy for Yankees Director of Baseball Operations because they understand what an On-Base Percentage is. But the ranks of baseball statistics gurus operating on the same level as Billy Beane (that’s the guy Brad Pitt plays in the movie) have remained thin. Leading the pack of future Brad Pitts, though, is none other than Lewie Pollis ’14, an economics concentrator and Cleveland Indians fan.
Pollis has been a fixture on the baseball statistics–aka sabermetrics–circuit since the debut of his Indians blog, “Wahoo’s On First.” But he took his game to a whole new level by winning the SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Commentary. The award specifically recognized Pollis for his post on the blog Beyond the Box Score refuting the suggestion that Hall of Fame voters should have seen a player in action in order to cast a vote on that player’s enshrinement. Receiving the honor capped a memorable weekend for Pollis at the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, AZ, which he describes as the first time in his life he has been able to have in-depth, in-person conversations about the complexities of baseball analysis. [Read more →]
Brown men’s hockey completed a 2-1 best-of-three series victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (yeah, that’s what RPI stands for) with an intense 3-2 victory Sunday night, advancing to the ECAC Final Four in Atlantic City, New Jersey next Friday. Goals from Jason Goldberg ’14, Nick Lappin ’16, and Matt Lorito ’15, along with clutch goaltending by Anthony Borelli ’13, helped the Bears hold on to upset #16 RPI. For those of us who dished out ten bucks to watch the online feed, it was well worth it (driving six hours round trip last night to see us lose 6-2 in Game 2… not as much). We humbly suggest kicking your spring break off right by heading down to Atlantic City for a weekend of partying, gambling, and Brown athletics. Seriously. Why not? If you were ever going to support a Brunonian sports team, this is a pretty awesome one to pick.
There’s nothing quite like heading out to the ol’ rink on a Saturday night for some cold hard hockey action (note: just because nothing is “quite like” it doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of things better than it). Watching a few bros bat around the puck for a few hours is the definition of fun—just waiting for the official word from Merriam Webster on that.
Jokes aside, hockey is a great sport as long as we can shit on something/somewhere called “Clarkson University” at it. Friday and Saturday, we did just that (at Pizzitola, by the way, and I hope you feel guilty if you didn’t come), giving Bruno a series sweep over the not-so-Golden Knights in the first round of the ECAC tournament. What’s the ECAC, you say? It’s our hockey conference; there is no full Ivy League in hockey because Columbia and Penn don’t field teams. (They probably spend the money required to sustain a Division-1 hockey program on pamphlets assuring prospective students that they have at least a 50% chance of not getting killed by stray bullets if they go off campus at night.) [Read more →]
All the loyal readers of this column out there (hi, mom and dad!) might agree that last week’s post, an open letter to head basketball coach Mike Martin ’94, was a high point in professionalism and gravitas for Sixth Man. In the interest of balance, then, this week will mark a low point. I confess, dear readers, that I was too busy this weekend
raging face catching up on The Wire to catch any of our many exciting sporting events. But, as an ever-dedicated journalist wanting to have a column for this week, I made up for it by spending my Sunday night completely alone in the bleachers of Pizzitola, watching the intramural basketball finals for all three divisions (High, Mid, Low). Here are summaries of the riveting action.
Final Score: Scorgasms 37, Schrodinger’s Balls 24 (score approximate, forgot to write it down until a few hours later)
Recap: The Scorgasms, a group of eight seniors (including a girl, the only championship team to have one), used their superior outside game and non-receding hairlines to triumph over the physics grad students representing Schrodinger’s Balls. Schrodinger’s Balls gameplan of “give it to our one bearded big guy, Beardsie” was eventually detected and neutralized by the four Scorgasms who quadruple-teamed Beardsie, helping the Scorgasms pull away in the second half.
They Said It (Winner Edition): “I’m glad I won a[n intramural champion] shirt as a senior. Definitely on my bucket list.”–Wooyoung Moon ’13
They Said It (Loser Edition): “We don’t want to be quoted.”–Beardsie [grad year unknown]
They Said It (Ref Edition): “It was well-fought. I feel like [The Scorgasms] don’t even belong in the low division. They were pretty adept. They definitely deserved it.”–Danny Ecehvarria ’16, referee [Read more →]
Dear Head Coach Mike Martin ’94 and the Brown University Bears Varsity Men’s Basketball Team,
I hope this missive finds you well. I am first and foremost a fan of your team–one of a select group, really–but I am also a concerned freshman at the university you represent. You see, there are only a few things I want to come away with from my college experience: a decent education; some good memories; some means of securing steady and potentially lucrative employment; and a trip to the NCAA Divison I Men’s Basketball tournament.
Unfortunately, this latter desire seems out of reach. Reaching the NCAA tournament (aka March Madness, aka The Big Dance) requires winning the Ivy League regular-season title: the Ivy League–echoing its academically elitist, survival-of-the-fittest ethos–is the only of the 32 D-I conferences that does not hold a postseason tournament to determine its winner. Postseason tournaments reward good teams, but they also reward lucky ones. Regular-season championships only reward good teams. And as an alumnus like yourself probably knows, Coach Martin, the Brown basketball program has had trouble offering any good teams, much less consistently good teams.
Before I go any further, I want to offer the following disclaimer: I love the Brown basketball team. I attended three of the past four home games, and only missed the fourth because of an unavoidable scheduling conflict. I am possibly the only person ever to download the 790 AM Radio app in order to listen to Brown basketball games on my phone. I have used ESPN’s Gamecast feature to follow every road game of consequence. And I think, from my admittedly limited observation, that every single member of the team seems like both a good human being and a competent basketball player. I just wish this collection of good human beings and competent basketball players could provide Brown the one additional dimension it sorely lacks (besides global prestige on par with its rivals, decent weather, and a nap room). [Read more →]
There are several people in this world, possibly even a few in this country, who care about hockey. I am not one of those people. My feeling is that it’s a little hypocritical for the general American attitude to be like “soccer sucks, no one ever scores and it’s too European,” and simultaneously be like “hockey rocks, no one ever scores and it’s adorably Canadian.” So last night’s Brown hockey game vs. #9 Yale was only my second-ever hockey experience.
I showed up with my friend (as you can see, I want you to know that I have friends–three at least, and that’s not even counting the guy I met last week in the Ratty!) at the beginning of the second period. The score was already 1-0 Brown when we walked in, but more importantly, there was a free raffle for an iPad Mini open only to freshmen, and only about ten people had entered it. One period later, the score was still 1-0, and some other asshole won the iPad Mini. After that, I was a little unsure why I was still at the game.
Nevertheless, I was able to collect some fairly amusing minutiae from the Meehan Auditorium experience: [Read more →]
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Three cheers for the nachos, the beer, and the heartburn. Hip hip…Beyonce!
Here’s something you may have missed whilst enjoying your eggnog, Santa, and [whatever else people do for Christmas, don't ask this Jew]. Playing Providence College at home for the first time since you were born, Brown men’s basketball pulled a shocking upset of its in-city Big East big brothers, winning 69-68 on a three-pointer from just-announced Ivy League player of the week forward Tucker Halpern with seven seconds remaining. Halpern’s trey completed a seven-point comeback in the last 43 seconds. Awesome.
OK, so this rockin’ victory happened last Friday, but give us a break (eh? break? see what I did there?), we’re on vacation. Da Bears get another crack at an in-state rival with more pedigree when they go to URI tomorrow. Ivy League play opens January 19 at Pizzitola vs. Yale. Blog will be there. Will you?
Today at 4:30 p.m., Pac-12 Champion Stanford will take on Big-10 winner Wisconsin in the 2013 iteration of the Rose Bowl Game. Meanwhile, Brown’s football season ended before Thanksgiving. This unfortunate contrast, however, was not always the case. Our own Bruno, in fact, graced the 1916 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the first since 1902. The game ended up starting off a run of annual New Year’s Day games that continues to this day, the “Grandaddy of them All.”
Led by All-American halfback Fritz Pollard, Brown was riding high after a 3-0 victory over Yale and a 38-0 spanking of URI (sound familiar?) back in 1916. Brown was, if you can believe it, actually favored over its opponent, the Washington State Cougars. On a muddy field, the Cougars were able to hold Pollard, the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl, to a mere 47 yards on 13 carries. Punching in two rushing touchdowns in the second half was enough for Washington State to beat Brown 14-0. [Read more →]