Tag: sports column

If I have not love

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR Statistics are conditional. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.…

Dear Dad

JOHN GALLAGHER SPORTS EDITOR Dear Dad, Mom always wanted me to get out of the kitchen. To be fair, I was parading around the house in those new cleats you bought me. Every night at 7:30, you’d leave just enough…

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…