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.
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.
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.
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
This Brunonian is participating in one of the alleged “Big Four” sports
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: Continue Reading