Gridiron G-Chat — Week Three: Competent Kirk Cousin And Untimely Timeouts

Once upon a time (ok, two years ago), 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. With Jeremy and Eric doing real, adult things now, Joe Kozlowski and Paul Sondhi will be guiding you through the world of #sports.

Joe Kozlowski: So two weeks in the books and I just changed a light bulb in my bathroom. Feeling like I can get the job done. Ready to chat about some gridirons?

Paul Sondhi: The Eagles had a massive comeback and I missed it. Let’s do this.

JK: And hey, the Chiefs didn’t embarrass themselves when their two best players left the game with injuries; that counts for something somehow. Also there’s no one threatening in the NFC East, so I hate you for that.

PS: Hey! Washington might go on a crazy winning streak with Kirk Cousins at the helm!

JK: He is surprisingly competent. But anyway, this week’s games.

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Gridiron G-Chat — Week Two: Mike Francesa, Cranky Coughlin, And Donkey Kong

Once upon a time (ok, two years ago), 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. With Jeremy and Eric doing real, adult things now, Joe Kozlowski and Paul Sondhi will be guiding you through the world of #sports.

JK: So one week of sportsball in the books. And the Chiefs are already down two defensive starters. At least the Eagles came back after an embarrassing first half.

PS: You’re damn right they came back. So that premature smack talk you texted me about my prediction that the Eagles would score 50? Suck it. Considering they scored 34 in the second half, I wouldn’t say it was too far off.

JK: I will be the adult here and admit we were both wrong. But anyway, what was your biggest surprise of week one? Read more…


Gridiron G-Chat — Week One: Cheesesteaks, Johnny Football, And Bold Predictions

Once upon a time (ok, two years ago), 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. With Jeremy and Eric doing real, adult things now, Joe Kozlowski and Paul Sondhi will be guiding you through the world of #sports.

Paul Sondhi: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOOTBALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Kozlowski: Yes, although not quite that enthusiastically.

PS: CHIP KELLY! NICK FOLES! LESEAN MCCOY! YOOOOOOUR E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES EAGLES EAGLES. (I’m not a homer, I promise.)

JK: I like the Chiefs (thanks dad!), so yeah. We’ve got Peyton Manning in our division and let most of our secondary walk this offseason. But Jamaal Charles and newly rich(er) Alex Smith. Woo

PS: Sad, sad, sad. All I know is, this is going to be the Season of Chip, when he pushes the Belichicks and Harbaughs of the world aside and ascends the throne to become the greatest coach in the entire league, with a little help from his friends on the offense. Are you ready? ‘Cause I’m ready!

JK: I heard Andy Reid tried to ascend to the BBQ eating throne this summer, but lost out. He apparently stopped eating two minutes before the contest was over. Something with that guy and clock management, man… Read more…


A Burger Studio Employee Saved A Woman’s Life, Proves Burger Studio Employees The Best

It’s easy to gripe about the impersonal nature of NYU. We really don’t do the entire campus sporting events/frat party thing, it’s not the easiest to make friends after freshman year, and the finical aid office runs with as much of a loving, personal touch as a chainsaw. With all of that being said, there are occasional bright spots in our NYU experiences. One that most people have in common: awesome dining hall employees.

Throughout your four year on campus, you’ll undoubtedly hear love stories about certain employees. There’s just something comforting about receiving a smile and some kind words with your meal; it’s almost like you’re getting your food from mom or dad. But on Wednesday evening, one Burger Studio employee did even more than brighten someone’s day: he saved a life.

As reported by DNAinfo, Joshua Garcia was standing on the Union Square subway platform with his manager, Lourdes Munoz. It was shaping up to be an ordinary rush hour commute home when Stephanie Xue, who was standing about 50 feet away from Garcia, began to sway and fell on the subway tracks. She struck her head on the tracks, which knocked her unconscious; the fall also opened up a gash in her head, which Garcia said exposed her skull.

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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…