Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's That Time of Season: 6 NFL Teams Fire Head Coaches

Just hours following the conclusion of the 2013 NFL regular season, six teams have already fired their head coaches due to their team’s under-performance. When a team wins it’s because of the players, but unfortunately when a team loses, the head coach is to blame. The Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, and Washington Redskins have all fired their head coaches, after entering the season with much promise to succeed with the talent available on each team.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Feeding the Soul: What You Need to Know

As I start to write this blog post, I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas and is looking forward to a Happy New Year. Quickly, I would like to give a brief overview of what this post will contain. As stated in the title, I am starting to compose stories I have come across that feed the soul through the use of sport. I plan on continuing a series of posts highlighting a new story every two weeks. I hope that everyone enjoys the stories and learn as much from them as I have.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Leaving Your Mark: Mack Brown and Mike Shanahan Teach Lessons About a Proper Exit

Mack Brown recently resigned from his Head Coach post at the University of Texas.  Mike Shanahan is still employed as Head Coach of the Washington Redskins…for now.  The way each has gone about their respective departures (or soon-to-be departures) has been much different.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Guard The Post: Nelson Mandela: Sport Can Change The World

Now that we are two weeks since the passing of Nelson Mandela, and we are approaching the new year, I think it is an important time to realize how vital Sport is for the furtherance of our culture and society. Nelson, who led beyond the world of sport, spoke so eloquently about its value to our society as a whole and that it really can "change the world".

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Under Further Review: NBC and ESPN trade rights

We see players traded nearly every day in sports. Unless a couple of super stars are involved in the swap, we tend to just ignore them. Outlets like ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS, NBC break the news about a lot of these player trades, something we're all used to by now. But rarely do the media outlets ever make trades like ESPN and NBC Sports made earlier this week when ESPN gave NBC the rights to the Ryder Cup in exchange for the ability to show English Premier League highlights.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cano: Bye New York, Hello Seattle

This season’s prized free agent and new member of the Seattle Mariners, second baseman Robinson Cano did the unthinkable when he Yankee’d the New York Yankees. It is almost impossible to recall a time in the history of baseball when another team outbid the excessive-paying Yankees. But after many failed signings of exceedingly long contracts with players into their late thirties and forties, it seems as if the Yankees have learned their lesson.

Guard the Post: Keys to Interviewing Success

With Drexel Co-op interviewing continuing and the new year right around the corner, it is time to improve your interviewing skills. Below are a few tips to doing your best at every interview and hopefully getting that dream job!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The 114th Army Navy Football Game

PHILADELPHIA - Football and the military. There really is not a pair of things in this world more American than that. Army versus Navy, part 114. America's game is what they call it. Navy took the game 34-7, making quick work of Army. Army has now dropped the last dozen match-ups.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Under Further Review: Separating Rights and Compensation

Stand-up comedy is predicated on the comedian pulling at the strings of people's insecurities, humility, and repression, which is kind of why every time NCAA president Mark Emmert takes the stage at a major conference or convention a comedy show breaks out. I know, I know. It doesn't sound logical. How can talking about an organization hinging its business on such archaic concepts be comical? Well, just as the NCAA always finds a dodge the ordinary and predictable, Emmert found a way to make his speech hilarious and today's stage was at the Sports Business Journal Intercollegiate Athletics Forum.

Black Mamba Back in Action

Sunday night, Dec. 8, marked the return of LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Bryant returned from an Achilles injury that put an unexpected early end to Kobe's 2012-13 season.  Bryant, the fierce competitor that he is, swore to be back for most of the 2013-2014 season to help his Lakers to make the play offs after missing them last year.  Fresh off a two-year contract extension worth $48.5 million, signed on Nov. 25, 2013, Bryant returned to action at home Sunday to face the visiting Toronto Raptors.  This year's Lakers team with out Kobe played a lot better, entering Sunday night's game with a 10-8 record.  However, Bryant's return did not result in victory, leaving the team with a 10-9 record.

Global Scope: FIFA World Cup Prediction

The 2014 FIFA World Cup final draw, held in Costa do Sauipe last Friday December 6th, decided which teams are facing each other in the tournament's group stages. It also awarded fans with the possibility of simulating what the road could be like for each team in order to go all the way. As of right now we still have to wait 182 days until Brazil and Croatia take to the field in Sao Paulo for the inaugural match on June 12, 2014. It is obviously too early for a real prediction, but it is never too early to feed our curiosity and see which match-ups could arise through a simulation.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Drexel Connection: Michael Lawson

This week the Drexel Connection spotlights Michael Lawson. Michael currently is the CEO and President of 4A Management as well as being a professional sports agent. Some of his more popular and known clients include Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Michael is very relatable to us as college kids because he too started off as an intern somewhere very small. Specifically he started off interning with the Cincinnati Cyclones. From there he went on to work alongside our fellow Drexel SMT Professor Brett Burchette with Nelligan Sports Marketing as the regional director.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

State of the Student Union: December 2013

It's that holiday time of the year, but more importantly, it's the end of  the fall term. For some, that means their first term at Drexel is now under the belt. For others, it means their time at Drexel is ending. It's a time of excitement and a time of change. To me, it's a time to look back at how far we have all come and look ahead to where we are all going.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Yankees and Cano at a Crossroads

By: Alexa Fontanella

Robinson Cano, a five-time All-Star, whom many consider the top free agent this offseason was originally looking for a 10-year deal worth approximately $300 million. The Yankees however refuse to land another A-Rod like deal and do not want to go down the same path again. Although Cano’s representatives have lowered their bargaining price, the two sides are still nearly $100 million apart. Many experts and fans believe no player is worth that much money, but the Yankees need Cano more than Cano needs the Yankees. The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers are also legitimate contenders to land Cano due to their presence in the playoffs the past few years, but this top tier free agent wants to stay in the big apple and remain close to his friend and agent, Jay Z. If Cano really wants to make the big bucks, he needs to sign major endorsement deals, and New York City has the largest market for him to achieve that. Roc Nation Sports has already helped Cano land his first big endorsement with Pepsi this year and as long as he continues to produce on the field, he should have no problem receiving more multi-million dollar deals. In the past, the Yankees would give a player of Cano’s caliber, and whom many consider the best second baseman in the game at the prime of his career, the illustrious contract he is asking for, but not this season.

Becoming a Professional MVP: Pre-Game Routine

By: Patrick Gallagher

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out,” stated Robert Collier, an American author who wrote about the psychology of confident action and becoming your best.