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Wild Speculation: Tribe Style

In William & Mary on February 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

For William and Mary fans, it seems like just yesterday that the Tribe received its first-ever No. 1 national ranking in football. Women’s soccer winning the Colonial Athletic Association title remains fresh in their minds. The euphoria of season-defining wins over rivals Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth still seems to…actually, that was five years ago. But the first two were recent highlights — even if football just stumbled through a sub-.500 season, women’s soccer tanked in the NCAA tournament, and men’s basketball plummeted to the status of the Washington Generals (at least the Generals bring people to the arena).

2011-2012 has been a disappointing time for Tribe fans, but it’s never too early to take stock and look ahead to the next season. With a fresh start, new recruits, seasoned veterans and just a little bit of luck, anything is possible — especially for these five William and Mary squads. So, break out the Kool-Aid as we look at the top five Tribe teams to watch in 2012-2013.

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Billy being Billy

In Baseball, Long form on February 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Manny Ramirez is coming to Oakland.

Great.

It is absolutely fitting that Manny Ramirez will likely conclude his career in a city that is culturally defined as a non-destination, a bastion of underachievement.

As Oakland struggles to hold onto its three major sports franchises, Billy Beane has placed his chips on a player believed and proven to be a repeat offender of Major League Baseball’s banned substance policy, a clubhouse cancer, the antithesis of a workhorse and one of the greatest hitters of the last 20 years.

As a city and as a fan base, Oakland deserves nothing more or less.

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Five Years On

In Basketball on February 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

A lot can change in five years. Just ask ex-president Richard Nixon, ex-Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush or the Confederate States of America. Five years ago, and after nearly a century of mediocrity (or worse), the William and Mary Tribe rode an unlikely wave of momentum that carried the team to its first-ever Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball championship game. Five years later, and the Tribe could finish with one of its worst regular season records since the inception of modern Division I athletics.

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The Third Man(ning)

In Football on February 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, the staff at Crim Del Harris talked about putting together a crowdsourcing game analysis. The result would be a thoughtful and engaging analysis of football’s biggest game, and would raise the level of discourse on this site to heretofore unknown levels. But then we remembered that none of us like the Patriots, and at least one of us is openly hostile to the Giants and their fans, so it never materialized. [Code for we never got around to it.] So instead, here’s our collective text message exchanges from the game — 1,000 words of pure, unadulterated CDH snark. Enjoy.

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Peyton Place

In Football on February 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

Crim Del Harris concludes its three part Super Bowl Extravaganza with a journey deep into the human psyche, where the lines between man and Manning vanish and football civilization recedes with every chop block. Read part I here, part II here and part II 1/2 here

I’d been six days since leaving the exact center of the world. At least it was the exact center of the world on the evening of February 5. By this time, Indianapolis, Indiana had likely retreated to the provincial midwest backwater that typically spent its winters enthralled in the bucolic purity of high school hoops. I was no longer in basketball country; the swampy darkness of the Louisiana night, still as the alligators that patrol its murky waters, is ruled by a much different god.

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CDH Super Bowl Extravaganza Pt. II 1/2

In Football on February 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Part II 1/2 of our Crim Del Harris Super Bowl Extravaganza. Check out Part I here, and then read Part II here. We have top men working on Part III. Top. Men.

[Somewhere, off the coast of Amity Island…]

HOOPER: You played at Indianapolis?
CHIEF BRODY: What happened?
QUINT: New England offense slammed two tight ends into our end zone, Chief. We was comin’ off a high in San Francisco…just won the conference championship. NFC championship. Patriots were 3.5-point favorites. Giants don’t score in the first 12 minutes.

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CDH Super Bowl Extravaganza Pt. II

In Football on February 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Part II of our Crim Del Harris Super Bowl Pick Extravaganza. We’re adding a little something to this year’s contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired…

Well, there are a lot of factors to consider when picking a winner Sunday. Can Eli Manning carve up the Patriots’ secondary? Will Rob Gronkowski’s ankle heal in time for the game? Lots of factors, let me tell you. Lots of factors.

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New York State of Whine

In Football on February 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

Crim Del Harris presents the first in a three-part series, “Scary Monsters and Super Bowl Picks.” Hopefully, that will be the first and last Skrillex reference on the site…

People in New York are going crazy about the Giants, and who can blame them? On Christmas Eve, this was a .500 team coming off an ugly loss to the Washington Redskins. ESPN had them at the 16th spot in the power rankings, and Eli Manning was still being ridiculed for classifying himself as an elite quarterback.

Fast-forward one month. Eli has a chance to show up Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Again. In Peyton’s house, no less.

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Temple of Dome

In Football on February 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

At least the tickets were free. That was the one saving grace. It had started to rain as I drove downtown, and I had to walk five blocks to get to the stadium. A guard patted me down at the gate — I half-expected him to say, “Welcome to Shawshank” as I went inside. I got lost in the labyrinthine hallways and staircases as I searched for my seat. It’s easy to find the cheap seats at a baseball stadium; you just keep going up until you see the sky. But there is no sky in the Edward Jones Dome — only drab, gray sound-absorbing panels…

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