A Rangers Fan’s Ode To “Fatso,” The Goalie I Should Hate But Can’t

At the risk of being that guy who over-eulogizes sports, every season has certain patterns. You start and there’s hope; rookies and new acquisitions have theoretically unlimited potential and, as the cliche says, everyone’s record is 0-0.

Then come the doldrums, when the playoffs seem an eternity away and no one seems to really like anything about the game they love. Then, the season finishes. One team is happy while everyone else starts golfing. Players are traded, leave as free agents or retire. The team never leaves but, next season when the hope returns, it won’t be the same.

That latter part may have happened yesterday, as Marty Brodeur skated off the Prudential Center ice for the final time this season. In a Sparknotes summary: Brodeur has been with the Devils his entire career (since 1991) and is arguably the best goalie of modern hockey. The NHL made a rule that was essentially because of him. He’s won three Stanley Cups and four Vezinas (for the season’s best goaltender). He’s everything I should hate, but I can’t. Read more…


GridIron G-Chat: Cross-Sport March Madness Edition

Once upon a time (ok last year), NYU Brocal had this lovely little series called Gridiron G-chat. The concept was simple: every week, two bros would gather around the warmth of their laptops and chat about that weekend’s games. After a season away, we’ve decided to pull together our very own answer to Cotton McKnight and Pepper Brooks and bring it back, just in time for the greatest sporting event of the year, March Madness. Yes, we’re aware that basketball isn’t played on a gridiron, but you can’t say no to alliteration.

Joe Kozlowski: So as we all know March Madness reduces the majority of America’s workforce to a state of absolute uselessness. What do you think it is that just makes it so irresistible?

Paul Sondhi: Gambling. Duh. Read more…


NYU’s Arthur Miller Sits Down To Discuss The Miami Dolphins White Paper

Over the past few months, the sports world has followed the unfortunate saga of the Miami Dolphin’s Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Without rehashing the entire story, Incognito and Martin were teammates and offensive linemen; as one of the veterans, Incognito would theoretically serve as a mentor/’big brother’ to Martin. Instead, he bullied and harassed Martin, who eventually left the team to seek external help.

While most of the details were unclear, Ted Wells, a criminal attorney, assembled what became known as the “Wells Report.” In addition to revealing some unsavory behavior, the report also concluded that Incognito, along with two other players, engaged in a “pattern of harassment” towards Martin and others in the organization.

Inspired by those events and sensing that they were representative of a larger problem, Stephen Ross, the owner of the Dolphins, approached Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law (Ross’ alma mater). He in turn went to Professor Arthur Miller, the chairman of NYU’s Sports and Society Program; Miller then gathered a team and began working on a white paper on the issue. Last week, that paper, which proposed an “initiative to promote civility and respect in sports,” was released and we sat down with Miller to discuss the project and the issue of bullying in sports.

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The Official NYU Local Olympic Hockey Cheat Sheet

Hey, all you Olympic sports fans/people pretending to follow the Olympics, are you ready for the best sport of the tournament to begin this afternoon? I’m not talking about curling, but ice hockey. You know, the game where large men slide around the ice with razor blades attached to their feet while hitting each other and swinging sticks. If that doesn’t sound like a sport, I don’t know what does.

You’re probably saying right now, “But NYU Local, I go to NYU and am not Canadian, so I have no idea how hockey works.” Then you’re in luck today because, for some bizarre reasons, I love this crazy game. By the end of this post, you’ll be more than qualified to tell your roommates what’s going on in these games, and they’ll think you’re the most knowledgeable sports person to ever shoot a hockey basket or whatever they call it. We’ve got the cheat sheet for the top four teams to run through, plus a few notes on all the other teams, so let’s drop the gloves and get started. (Note: you can’t actually drop the gloves, because this is the Olympics and a hulking Canadian fighting a tiny Latvian guy just isn’t fair.) Read more…


GridIron G-Chat II: The Super Bowl Revival

Once upon a time (ok last year), NYU Brocal had this lovely little series called Gridiron G-chat. The concept was simple: every week, two bros would gather around the warmth of their laptops and chat about that weekend’s games. After a season away, we’ve decided to bring it back, just in time for New York’s very own Super Bowl (yes, we know it’s in New Jersey, but it’s still ours.)

Paul: Joe, I could beat you in a typing race.

Joe: Well on the subject of beating, we’ve got to address the most important question: could a Bronco beat a Seahawk in a fight? Read more…


What Am I? A Grandson Of Immigrants Reflects

As some of you know, I grew up in New York City, Staten Island to be precise. A question I’m always asked is, “What was it like to be a kid here?” Having lived through just under 21 years of my life and feeling relatively confident that I’m done “growing up” in the sense that the question means it, I can say it’s been great, weird, and like nothing else anyone could imagine.

On the most basic level, I’ve traded some conventional experiences for ‘New York experiences.’ I commuted to school from pre-k through high school, with the latter four by ferry and subway. I did not get my drivers license until last summer. I did not really have friends on my block, but I did have friends in just about every borough–plus New Jersey and Connecticut. There are countless other things I could rattle off, but there’s one I want to focus on today: how to deal with various ethnic identities, including your own. Read more…


Pots Were Allocated For The 2014 World Cup And You Should Vaguely Care

Soccer. Football. Futbol. Fußball. Advanced kickball. Wickershams and Ducklers. That game with the black and white ball that the entire world cares (if you overlook the fact that most of America is technically part of the world.) Whatever you call it, the 2014 World Cup is almost here and that means it’s time to become literate in the lovely technical intricacies of FIFA.

As of this morning, the 32 teams who qualified for the tournament were sorted into pots. On Friday, they will be drawn into eight groups of play. Does this mean absolutely nothing to you? Don’t worry, we’ll give you enough of a sparknotes-style guide to be that cool guy/girl in your friend group who’s cultured enough to know what the fuck is happening. Read more…


Delta Lambda Phi Holds LGBTQ In The Workplace Panel

While we might not like to admit it, just about everyone at NYU is constantly stressing out about jobs and internships; between trying to get one for next semester and surviving your current commitment, we all have a lot on our plates. And that’s not even touching our concerns about finding a job after graduation.

Even if you do get a job, the stress isn’t over there. You still have to fit into the corporate culture of your office; hope you’re ready to don a lot of conservative ties/pants/suits and make some non-offensive chit chat at office parties. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that if you’re gay, you can be fired just for being yourself. Not exactly a positive workplace environment.

Thankfully, though, not everyone has a terrible experience in the workplace. That’s what Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity of fraternity of gay, bisexual, and progressive men, attempted to show with their “LGBTQ in the Workplace” Panel on Friday night. Read more…


Lilian Thuram, Former World Class Footballer, Speaks At NYU Law About Racism In Sports

It’s easy to think that the life of a professional athlete is easy. They get to play a game for a living, earn exorbitant sums of money, and find themselves basking in the international spotlight. But that spotlight has a way of turning into a target, and fans will often stoop to inhuman tactics to shake an opposing player. Because of that, race is often on the table. French soccer star Lilian Thuram has heard those firsthand.

Thuram, who played for Monaco, Parma, Juventus, and Barcelona during his club career, has seen both the positive and negative sides of race in sports. On one hand, he heard his share of monkey chants, particularly during his time playing in Italy. On the other, he was a member of the 1998 World Cup-winning French national team that was symbolic of the modern France in its ethnic diversity (the 23-man roster could trace its heritage to the Caribbean, Africa, and various European nations besides France, itself). With those experiences under his belt, Thuram sat down at NYU Law on Friday night to have a conversation with Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl regarding racism in soccer. Read more…


Talking Points: The NHL Is Killing Itself

Without thinking, name your favorite sport. Then your second favorite. And your third. I’d be willing to bet you didn’t name hockey as one of them.

Despite the fervor of its fans, the NHL is firmly entrenched in last place behind the NFL, MLB, NBA, college sports. It’s not because the game is boring; if anything, a game featuring large men with razor blades attached to their feet hitting each other should be exciting. If you want to know where hockey falls short, look no further than Friday night’s Philadelphia Flyers-Washington Capitals game. With his team trailing 7-0, Flyers goalie Ray Emery skated the length of the ice to essentially assault fight Caps goalie Brayden Holtby. The next day, when everyone was expecting a hefty suspension, the league virtually shrugged their collective shoulders and said “you didn’t do anything that bad.”

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