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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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Will Riddell


Charissa Thompson’s comments hurt female sportscasters

Women in sports media have a tall hill to climb. They work in an industry dominated by men. Their physical appearance on camera is scrutinized. And if they cover football, then they might face a question like this: “You’ve never played the sport, so how would you know?”


The Pacers have a star power shortage in a league built on stars

The Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Bucks have Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard. The Suns have Devin Booker and Kevin Durant. The Celtics have Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. And the Nuggets — who also happen to be the defending champs — have Nikola Jokić, who won back-to-back MVPs in 2021 and 2022. The Pacers have Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner? Yeah, that’s not going to cut it.


Q&A with commentator Robbie Hummel

With Nov. 6 and the start of the college basketball season rapidly approaching, I needed answers. Because Matthew Mayer is no longer playing at the college level, who is the next player to get caffeine poisoning from five Monster energy drinks and a night of gaming? Okay, maybe we didn’t talk about that (missed opportunity). But no sport is more unpredictable than college hoops. With the season on the horizon, I hopped on the phone with FOX/NBC commentator Robbie Hummel to talk about the Big 10 and beyond.

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Don't cry because it's over - savor the Pac-12 before it’s gone

“It’s a blackout, a packed house, and there’s no escape from the ferocious heat,” ESPN’s Dave Pasch said as Herm Edwards and the Arizona State University (ASU) Sun Devils prepared to storm onto the turf in Tempe. This was September 2018, and ASU was welcoming a ranked Michigan State team to Sun Devil Stadium on a 100 degree night.


Colts Corner: Looking at what The Shoe needs to address

A breeze in the air and a colorful collection of leaves on trees can only mean one thing: It’s NFL season. While many are focused on a Taylor Swift sighting in Kansas City and a crushing injury in the Big Apple, the Indianapolis Colts are — as of this writing — quietly off to a 2-1 start. After week three, they’re sitting in first place in the AFC South.


Nine staff and faculty retire at end of year

While many tend to think the conclusion of an academic year means farewell to students, the same holds true for some university faculty and staff. Just as dorms are cleared, some will find themselves cleaning out their desks for the final time. At the conclusion of the 2023 school year, three faculty ...

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Press Start: students participate in 19th GameJam

From April 27-29, Taylor’s computer science majors had the opportunity to level up their game design skills thanks to the 19th semiannual GameJam.With April 27 set aside for more brainstorming, designers had just 24 hours to develop a functioning game starting the following evening at 6 p.m. By Saturday ...


Parkhurst contract terminated

Taylor announced April 18 that it will be ending its relationship with Parkhurst Dining at the conclusion of the academic year.The decision to part ways with Parkhurst was announced in an email from Stephen Olson, vice president for finance and chief financial officer.“Last year, after a long partnership ...


Foodie Fix: Editor takes on local LA cuisine

New York and Chicago may be great food cities, but there’s no competing with Los Angeles. It’s a vast metropolis that would take multiple lifetimes to taste every taco, savor every sandwich and devour every donut. Why is The Echo dedicating a Foodie Fix to LA? Because someday you might find yourself ...

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