Posts Tagged ‘football’

Sports | Apr. 2 12:51 pm EST
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Mangurian answers fans’ questions

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Football head coach Pete Mangurian took to Twitter for 90 minutes to answer questions from fans on Tuesday night. The Light Blue bench boss of two years largely addressed the team’s progress from spring practice and how the Lions will attempt to rebound from last season.

The older players have gone through hell and overcome it. They feel good about where they are & I do too,” he explained. “Our team will be better. Our players will play better. We’ll coach better. We won’t change our philosophy or try to be something we’re not.”

Mangurian later expanded upon the failures from last year’s 0-10 season, which resulted in calls from alumni to fire him.

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News | Feb. 7 4:45 pm EST

Chad Washington case formally dismissed today

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After his final appearance at the New York City Criminal Court today, Chad Washington, CC ’15, the football player arrested last spring after allegedly shouting racial slurs and assaulting another student, has had all charges formally dropped in an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, or ACD.

The Lion first reported on the decision earlier today.

Today’s decision is more of a formality—in August, we reported that Washington received the ACD and was on track to have the case dismissed. New York City Criminal Court records show that Washington completed the 10 days of community service assigned in Oct. 2013.

At the time, Washington was charged with one count of aggravated harrassment based on race/religion and one count of physical assault.

The incident sparked significant debate across campus over racism and homophobia within the Columbia athletic community after students uncovered examples of homophobic or racist tweets by several athletes—some of whom were followed by Columbia Athletics’ Twitter.


Spectrum | Feb. 3 10:31 pm EST
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Super Bowls give me my religious fill

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Watching Super “Doobie” Bowl 2014—named, in case you haven’t heard, since both teams this year were from marijuana-positive states—was not the same experience, for many of us, as watching the Superbowl in 2012. During the 2012 Superbowl, I felt moved. I felt Manning’s pain on the defensive-end sack; I shared Bradshaw’s triumph. I breathed with New York’s collective sigh of relief at the failed Hail Mary.

During “Doobie” Bowl 2014, neither the out-of-state teams nor the subpar commercials interested me (although the Scientology one definitely weirded me out.) My mind wandered—why had I felt so in-tune with the Giants in 2012? The last time I had felt so instantly “universal” in my emotion, I reflected, was when I sat in church as a sixth grade choirboy. As it turns out, the sociological connection between sport fanaticism and religion has been well documented. Michael Stein, from University of Nebraska (1977) argued that:

“…for some fans, [sports] take on the quality of a secular religion which serves to offer continuity in life, an institutionalized agency for catharsis, a transcendent experience giving followers an escape from the mundane, and a sense of belonging.”

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Spectrum | Feb. 2 1:26 pm EST
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Pretending like you know what the hell is going on: 5 tips for Super Bowl amateurs

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Some of us don’t watch football. And by that I mean we’ll watch one football game a year with the proper incentives—free food and booze. The Super Bowl is usually this event. Normal, non-sports observing Americans find that they’ve willingly subjected themselves to being thrown into a chaotic, highly charged situation, and must ask themselves: What the hell is going on? Well here are some tips for faking it till you make it (or just until next year…).

1. Remember it’s just like being at a dance party: Pretend you know that popular song you’ve never heard of, and put your hands up when everyone else puts their hands up. Bonus points for being able to shape your arms into goal posts or being able to differentiate between angry jumping and excited jumping.

2. Choose an allegiance. This requires some research. Google the colors of the teams (also who’s playing, if you haven’t gotten there yet), and choose the team whose colors look the best on you. Also, root for the team closest to your hometown! Be lenient with the miles radius.

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Opinion | Jan. 26 1:05 pm EST

Considering the culture of football

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Next Sunday, Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off in East Rutherford, N.J. As these warriors of the day prepare for battle, more than 82,000 fans will huddle in MetLife Stadium. It’s not unlike the violent gladiator games of ancient Rome and the Colosseum. In fact, a fourth-century engraving of the Colosseum boasted of its ability to seat 87,000 people. Gaius Julius Caesar spent a gratuitous amount of wealth, his own and eventually the state’s, on these death-match style games. Caesar was said to have used games as a way to sway political and public favor.

Much like Caesar’s Roman games, American football is synonymous with violence and opulence. What’s worse is the NFL maintains its widespread popularity not in spite of its Patrick Bateman-like nature, but because of it. Football is nearly omnipresent in American education. It generates huge profits for TV conglomerates, advertisers, franchise owners and athletes; and the football elite’s strong political ties all culminate in an immovable institution: the Industrial Football Complex.

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Opinion | Nov. 24 10:00 am EST

Getting Graphic: Thankful Edition

Dear readers, thank you for taking the time to read Getting Graphic. If I could, I would fly a plane above campus with the banner “THX READERS GO LIONS LUV U!!”

Football season wrapped up yesterday in at atmosphere of frustration that literally reached new heights. A plane trailing a banner that read “THX SENIORS GO LIONS LUV U!! MANG & MURPHY…JUST GO” flew ahead during the second quarter.

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Spectrum | Nov. 23 3:50 pm EST

NY Times shout-out for the last football game

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Today marks the last football game of the season for the resilient Columbia Lions. The athletics department is giving away free shirts to the first 200 students in attendance, and the 21 seniors on the team will be celebrated for their many seasons of dedication. The game is at 1:30pm at Baker Field against Brown University.

The New York Times highlighted our players’ persistence and loyalty in Juliet Macur’s article Columbia Football’s Dogged Futility. Macur explains that although we may be finishing a winless football season—something not entirely shocking to the Columbia community—we need to recognize the effort and resilience of our players. They have brutal training schedules along with school work and still manage to keep their heads up and optimistically plow onward. More »


Sports | Nov. 22 12:43 pm EST

Bad football mistakes and how not to make them

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Mistake-free football. Executing plays. These are the things that Lions coach Pete Mangurian talks about constantly. Limiting turnovers is the name of the game, and all the well-designed plays in the world aren’t enough if the decision-making by the quarterback isn’t good. Columbia committed only one turnover against Cornell, and it ended their chance to come back in the fourth quarter.

We haven’t talked much about different types of defending pass plays. There are two basic ways to defend the pass. In man-to-man, each defender is assigned a specific receiver and follows that person around the field, trying to prevent a catch. In zone, the defenders are each assigned a zone of the field that they are responsible for, covering the guys who end up in their area. Most defensive schemes actually rely on some combination of the two, but Cornell’s zone—and Columbia’s inability to read it correctly—cost the Lions last Saturday. More »


Opinion | Nov. 20 6:06 pm EST

A little respect for the Lions

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The Columbia football team is nearing the end of a tremendous, tragic, winless season. This weekend’s final game against Brown could put Columbia football at 0-10 for the first time since the 1987 season.

There’s been a lot of discussion about what to do about our unlucky Lions. Some people think we should just dismantle our team and put the money from the football program towards scholarships, better facilities, and other school-wide initiatives. Others think that football players don’t deserve respect on our campus because they’re “not good at school and not good at football” or because some of them are hateful and mean.

All of this discussion, objective or otherwise, makes me wonder what our community stands for—who we are, what we value, and what behavior we are willing to tolerate from each other. I’m not talking about valuing doing homework over going to pep rallies, or preferring jazz clubs to frat parties. I’m talking about supporting each other’s talents and ideas.

The same way that we respect and support the existence of the Intercultural Resource Center and Q House, we need to respect and support the athletes on this campus. They are our neighbors. They are our classmates. We are all Lions. More »


Opinion | Nov. 17 10:55 am EST
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Getting graphic

Hi, Columbia. I am writing this in a NyQuil induced haze for I am finding things hard to swallow — both literally and figuratively.

First off, it appears that the semester is ending.

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