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NBA Basketball Starts Up Again

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by Justin Thomas

courtesy of ESPN

courtesy of ESPN

It’s that time of year again. NBA basketball is finally back in season starting tonight with a matchup between the two-time defending champion Miami Heat and the finally health-restored Chicago Bulls.

The question on everyone’s mind heading into this season is, “can anyone stop the Miami Heat from winning a third straight NBA title?” There are a couple of different teams that might threaten the Heat’s chances at a third straight title.

The first two threats to the Heat can be seen in the Western Conference. First is the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers have been getting better every year and pressing for the title in the Western Conference. With the addition of a couple of solid 3-point shooters and Doc Rivers as head coach, the Clippers should be a team to look out for.

The next team of course is the team that fell just short in the NBA championship against the Heat this past year, the San Antonio Spurs. While it is true that the Spurs are aging, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down Tony Parker or Manu Ginobli. Besides, as long as Gregg Popovich is the head coach, you can never fully count out the Spurs.

Moving over to the Eastern Conference, it would be pretty easy to say that the Chicago Bulls pose a decent threat to the Heat. With a healthy Derrick Rose for the first time in almost two years, the Bulls should be able to close games out better than they did last year and find themselves pushing up at the top of the Eastern Conference.

The other big threat to the Heat in the East would have to be the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are a young, close knit team that now has a solid amount of playoff experience after pushing the Miami Heat to a 7-game series in the Eastern Conference finals. With that young experience, the Pacers should be a big threat for years to come.

No matter who decides to emerge in the NBA this year, we can be sure we will see some great basketball this year.

 



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Sports Saturdays: Loyola Basketball is Back!

Saturday, October 26th, 2013 by Justin Thomas

9364498What: Shippensburg vs. Loyola

When: Thursday October 31st, 7:30PM

The wait is finally over! Greyhounds basketball is officially back here at Loyola. This year Halloween is bringing more to Loyola’s campus than costumes and candy.

The men’s basketball team will be kicking off their 2013-14 season at home in Reitz Arena against the Shippensburg Raiders this Thursday, October 31st, at 7:30PM.

The Hounds are hoping for a great start to their first season in the Patriot League. Their conference schedule starts in January, but they will face some familiar foes in the first half of the season, including Fairfield and UMBC.

The women’s basketball team starts their season on November 10th in College Park against the Maryland Terrapins. Come on down to Reitz Arena this Thursday and help the Hounds start the new season in style! For ticket information go to the Greyhounds website.



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The Fall Classic

Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Justin Thomas

UnknownThe World Series officially kicked off this week, and started with a very interesting opening two games. This year’s World Series sees the feel-good story Boston Red Sox facing the ridiculously experienced St. Louis Cardinals. It’s the series of the Beards vs the Birds.

Strangely enough, this is the first time in a while that the World Series is between the two teams with the best records in their respective conferences. Both teams finished the regular season with a record of 97-65, and the argument can be made that they have been the two best teams in baseball all year. (more…)



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Sports Saturdays: A Weekend of Women’s Volleyball

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 by Justin Thomas

9290135-1What: Lafayette vs. Loyola; Lehigh vs. Loyola

When: Friday November 1st, 7:00PM; Saturday November 2nd, 4:00PM

The Loyola Women’s Volleyball Team will be hosting a weekend of conference volleyball to kick off the month of November. The Hounds kicked off a long month of conference games in the Patriot League with a very respectable 1-2 record, slowly working their way back into contention.

The last month of the season presents a lot of opportunities for home match-ups at Reitz Arena. The Hounds currently find themselves in the middle of the pack in the Patriot League, with a chance for a couple of statement matches at home.

First, on Friday November 1st, they will play host to the Lafayette Leopards, who currently occupy the basement of the Patriot League for women’s volleyball. The Hounds then have an opportunity to make a big statement in a home match against the American Eagles, who are at the top of the conference with an almost flawless record on the season.

Start off your November right by coming out and supporting the Hounds at Reitz Arena!



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The Dark Side Of Sports

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 by Justin Thomas

imagesThe Houston Texans’ quarterback, Matt Schaub, has started the NFL season on a terrible note by setting the NFL record for most consecutive games with a pick-six with four in a row. The fans of the Texans were rightfully very frustrated with their team’s quarterback, but that was no excuse for what happened on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

This past Sunday, the Texans took on the Rams at home in Houston. Schaub went down with what looked like a very bad ankle injury, and at that moment, the home-town Texans fans cheered in excitement that Schaub was injured. (more…)



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What’s Wrong With Eli?

Friday, October 11th, 2013 by Justin Thomas

Carolina Panthers v New York GiantsEli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl MVP, with two rings under his belt and the title of leader of the comeback kids that are the New York Giants. But as his brother Peyton is looking like he’s going to have a record-breaking season at quarterback, Eli is also breaking records, just not the kind you’d want to break.

Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, Eli has led the Giants to a dismal 0-6 record, the Giants’ worst start since 1976 when the team started the season 0-9. There are a lot of pieces that factor into the poor play of the Giants this year, but Eli has to be at the top of the list.
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NFL Invading Europe?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by Justin Thomas

nfl_a_london1x_300x300It seems that the NFL is attempting to invade our brothers from across the pond. Since Roger Goodell became Commissioner of the NFL in 2006, he has pushed heavily to involve Europe in the NFL. Since 2007, there has been an annual game in London between two NFL teams in the regular season. This year it was bumped up to two games in London, and now the NFL has agreed to play three games at Wembley Stadium in London next season.

The three home teams have already been determined as the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, and Oakland Raiders for these three games next season. (more…)



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Sports Saturdays: Hockey in the Nation’s Capital

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 by Justin Thomas

imagesWhat: Colorado Avalanche @ Washington Capitals

When: Saturday October 12th, 7:00PM

It’s that time of year again!  Hockey returns as the 2013-2014 NHL season gets underway. If you’re looking to go see some great hockey, look no further than our nation’s capital.

The Washington Capitals will be in the midst of a 5-game home-stand next weekend that will include a game against the Colorado Avalanche. Any match-up between these two teams always promises to be a good one. (more…)



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Government Shutdown Effecting…Sports?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Justin Thomas

courtesy of Denver Post

courtesy of Denver Post

I know it sounds like a joke, but this is more than serious. The recent partial government shutdown due to a budget impasse in Congress has now officially infected the world of sports.

The shutdown has caused the sports programs at the service academies (Army, Navy, Air Force) to be temporarily suspended. As a result of the temporary program suspension, the three teams are in jeopardy of having to skip their games for this upcoming weekend, leaving two games at risk of being abandoned.

The first game at risk of falling victim to the shutdown is Army vs. Boston College. Boston College has been in contact with Army athletics in an attempt to find some sort of means of making the game happen, but so far to no avail.

The second game at risk of being cancelled has a little bit more riding on it. This Saturday, Navy and Air Force were set to play their annual rivalry game that has been a tradition between the two academies since 1972, with the rivalry itself dating back to 1960. The game is one in a series of games between the academies that determines the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is an annual trophy given to the service academy with the best record against one another.

I know that you could very easily say, “So what? It’s just a trophy.” This is true, but the revenue those games pull in is very real. The Navy vs. Air Force game for Saturday has already sold out, presenting a couple of major problems!

It’s still not a definite yet that these games will be cancelled, but let’s just say that the chances of those games actually happening are looking like a resounding slim-to-none right now.



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Sports Saturdays: Army Black Knights @ Loyola Greyhounds

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 by Justin Thomas

NCAA Women Soccer: George Mason at Loyola MarylandWhat: Army @ Loyola

When: Saturday October 5th, 7:00PM

Next Saturday, the Loyola Women’s Soccer Team continues their Patriot League season by playing host to the Army Black Knights at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds will be coming off of a three game streak on the road. The game is in the heart of the conference schedule for the Hounds. The Hounds come back to Ridley looking for their first home win of the season, so fan support will be thoroughly appreciated. The game is free for students. Tickets range from $7 on down for non-students, so come on out and support the Greyhounds!

For more information on tickets, visit the Greyhounds website.



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