I haven't worked at Spectator for a while now—16 months to be exact. So when I sat down to write this column, it occurred to me that a lot has probably changed in the office above Pinkberry. I'm sure quite a bit has stayed the same too, but as each managing board directs the paper to new places, it begins to feel foreign to those who came before....
When I was a kid, sports bored me. I equated them with my dad getting upset about the many failures in Chicago sports. And believe me, there are many.
No. 54 junior Winston Lin and No. 95 sophomore Kanika Vaidya had dominant performances on the court last week. Both tennis players won the singles title in the Northeast ITA Regional. Lin defeated six Ivy opponents on his way to the title. He also overcame a 3-6 loss in his first set against Harvard's Denis Nguyen. Lin took the next two sets 6-3, 6-1. Vaidya defeated fellow Lion and her own doubles partner, No. 104 senior Bianca Sanon, in straight sets 7-6, 7-6 in order to claim her title. Because of their accomplishments on the courts during ITA Regionals, Vaidya and Lin are Spectator's Athletes of the Week....
"In baseball, they joke about the Chicago Cubs not having won a world series since 1908," says Ernest Brod, CC '58 and a former Spectator sports editor. In Ivy football, he points out, the joke is on Columbia. It's been 52 years since the football program won its only Ivy League title, an accomplishment that the Lions shared with Harvard in 1961....
With many Light Blue squads on the rise and others looking to stay near the top, there are plenty of questions to be answered in 2013-14.
Junior Alex Rosenberg gave the Lions a second chance against Elon on Sunday. With less than a second left on the clock, the 6-foot-7-inch forward tied the game with a three-pointer. He had a total of 19 points during his 27 minutes of playing time. Rosenberg has scored 78 points so far this season, averaging just shy of 10 points per game. Although the season is still in its early stages, Rosenberg has contributed quite a bit of playing time to the team. He has the third highest scoring average on the team, behind only sophomores Maodo Lo and Grant Mullins, respectively. For his efforts, Rosenberg is Spectator's Athlete of the Week....