Melted Dreams

BY PEYTON FINE The Crimson fall to Nebraska-Omaha in NCAA tournament play.  Harvard entered the NCAA tournament on a roll. They had just won the grueling ECAC tournament to earn a spot in the tournament and were poised to make another run in the NCAA tournament. The road before them looked easy as the Crimson watched the first seed in their region lose just minutes before the puck dropped in their first NCAA tournament game since 2006. Standing in front of Harvard’s trip to the quarterfinals was the University of Nebraska-Omaha, a team that had only won two of their …






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The Dutchmen of Union Upset Harvard

BY PEYTON FINE Without McNally, the Crimson struggle to keep Union off the scoreboard. By the looks of the game on paper, Harvard should have easily beaten Union last Friday night. Union, the defending national champion, has had a down year by their standards, as they came into the game unranked and sitting almost at the bottom of the ECAC standings. Harvard is in the midst of one of its best seasons in recent memory and came into the game second in the conference and fourth in the country. However, as the old saying goes, “the game is not played …






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Playing the Field

BY PEYTON FINE Your guide to guys at The Game. For many of Harvard students, Harvard-Yale is their only exposure to football of the year. Many of my friends don’t actually care about the nuances of the sport and instead ask me, “What should I know about the players? Like, can you tell me who is ok to date? I mean, The Game is home to the best after-parties, and you never know who might turn up.” So, here are some sever overgeneralizations of each position for your perusing pleasure. 1. Quarterback—He has the world on the string, the big …






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The NFL: Where “Men” Act Like Boys

BY PEYTON FINE How domestic abuse is handled in the NFL. As I watch football games, I am constantly bombarded with comments about how this is a “man’s” game. Commentators discuss a player’s toughness, strength, and speed. Players brag about how their play gains them respect from fellow “men.” Then, they leave the gridiron and beat their wives, kids, or kill people. These “men” become boys, who have no respect for anyone in a vulnerable position, no respect for life, no respect for basic decency. And, no one stops them. Other “men” turn blind eyes, dole out slaps on the …






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No Differences

BY PEYTON FINE A profile of Harvard running back Paul Stanton. If one were to be asked what is the largest D-1 athletic program in the country, few would correctly name Harvard University whose athletic department’s motto is, “Academic Integration and Competitive Excellence.” These two ideals outline how recruited players not only have to be able to compete on the field, but also survive the daily classroom rigors of an Ivy League education. Coaches scour the country looking for the epitome of student-athletes, and those athletes’ journeys are usually filled with interesting twists and turns. Take the story of Paul …






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Summer Blogs: Revisited

By PEYTON FINE Hanging On: The US World Cup Story Look, I am not saying that anything that happened on a soccer field was that important in the grand scheme of things. That would be asinine. What I am saying is that for two glorious weeks, I was proud to watch “our” team. I was proud because we didn’t pout or complain. We didn’t give up when the going was tough. We kept hanging on, and good things happened.?“Hanging on” was the M.O. of the U.S. soccer team. It is the philosophy, good or bad, for so many of our …






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A World of Success

BY PEYTON FINE With World Cup experience and young players, the Crimson hopes to build on last year’s accomplishments. For the Harvard women’s soccer team, last season ended on a low note with a playoff loss to Boston University. After going undefeated in Ivy League play and winning the Ivy League Championship, the Crimson fell to the BU Terriers in the first round of the NCAA playoff. However, Harvard was and continues to be a team on the rise. Despite possessing the 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Margaret “Midge” Purce, who was also named the 2013 Ivy …






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The Story We Need to Cope

BY PEYTON FINE Honoring those we have lost by the lives that we live. My passion for sports always stemmed from the amazing stories that could come from a game, a season, or a player. As someone could be transported or moved by a piece of fiction or a song or a piece of art, I could be inspired by a story about a player or game. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to carry the stories with us to help us in our moments of need or push us in the right direction. Sometimes though, we forget the important stories, …






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The Decision: Part II

BY PEYTON FINE A letter to LeBron, his haters, and supporters. After the NBA Finals, the focus fell not on the Spurs victory. It fell not on Gregg Popovich’s mastery of pure team basketball where the ball is swung around the court and any player is likely to score. It fell not on the emergence of Kawhi Leonard as a young Finals MVP who successfully limited LeBron James while putting up multiple twenty-point games. No, the focus shifted immediately to the possibility of LeBron James leaving Miami. I have to tell you. I hated it. I rooted against him in …






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Hanging On: The U.S. World Cup Story

BY PEYTON FINE Why U.S. Soccer took hold of a nation. World Cup fever gripped the country for the last two glorious weeks as the U.S. achieved the seemingly impossible by escaping the group of death. It was a fever that emanated from the Brazilian rainforests and cities with foreign names like Manaus and Recife. It was a fever for a foreign game that had never taken root in our country. It was a fever that we all caught because we could relate to our team. In the lead-up to the World Cup in an attempt to increase viewership, commercials …






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Heating Up

BY PEYTON FINE Crimson win three games and advance to the Beanpot Finals. The first half the Harvard baseball team’s season has not been kind. However, some warmer weather at home may be just what the doctor ordered to heat up the Crimson. In a five-game week, the Crimson amassed three of their eight total wins this season in just this weekend. The team is now advancing to the finals of the Beanpot Tournament. Last week’s games began on Wednesday against Boston College for the team. The Crimson fell behind early when Boston College opened the game with four runs …






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Sochi 2014: Failure

BY PEYTON FINE Americans take money, not medals. American failures: allowing Justin Bieber to continue to live here, televising Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives, and twerking. Add to this list the American performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Now, before I get too far, please don’t think I am blaming many of the amateur athletes that poured out their hearts and souls for four straight years for a few moments of competition. Anyone who blames an underfunded speedskater or collegiate hockey player for a country’s athletic failings is crazy. However, blame is not short. It rests on the shoulders …






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Squashing the Competition

BY PEYTON FINE Farag Leads Crimson to Squash National Championship Let me make something very clear. Ali Farag, Harvard’s number one squash player, is really good. We are talking number one junior player in the world good, reigning collegiate national champion good. In this year’s national championship, Farag swept his opponent while never giving up more than four points in a game. Harvard swept all three of its opponents this weekend in route to the Potter Cup; Harvard’s first collegiate squash team championship since 1998. That’s domination no matter what sport you follow. Look, I love sports, but covering the …






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