Tag: sports column

Through Scanlan’s Eyes

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR The Franciscan University men’s tennis team has received much good news over the past two years. I have, however, never seen a reaction so unique as the one elicited when the team was informed that we…

The art of not listening

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR The spring athletics season is upon us, and it sounds a lot like my morning alarm. It looks like one more workout repetition than I can comfortably complete, smells like the addictive combination of perspiration and…

Our common language

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR- “English?” He shakes his head, still staring into my eyes as though if he stared long enough, he could somehow scale the language barrier currently plaguing our shallow excuse for a conversation. “Habla español?” Another shake…

Intramural America

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR Intramural athletics is a strange wonder to an athlete. An authentic athlete, one dedicated to his sport to the extent that he or she will augment form and endurance with supplemental workouts, ice baths, correct nutrition,…

To break a tie

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR Two minutes left, tie game. The athletes come out of a timeout, and take the field of play, and in that moment not a single soul in the stands would rather find itself anywhere else in…

They want it

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR There’s a concept in the world of athletics that to this day fascinates me. When two teams compete – be that two men on a tennis court, or eleven women on a soccer field – all…

The athlete understands

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR The athlete understands. We establish “I can’t, I have practice” as perhaps the most employed excuse on campus behind “I can’t, I have (insert household commitment).” We hide limps and bruises and bandages and ice packs…

Of Goats and Faith

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR The ball was actually in the air when I heard the noise for the first time. It was an uncharacteristically hot day in San Diego, but with high school tennis finally in full swing (pun fully…

Thanks for the memories

ERIN MADDEN SPORTS EDITOR Just two short years ago, I walked into my first-ever Troubadour writers’ meeting with no prior journalism experience. I took just one story at that first meeting — a story about the women’s volleyball home opener.…