One would think that the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, looking to become the first back-to-back champions since the Patriots in 2003-04, would rule the headlines before this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Throw in a miraculous comeback in the NFC Championship Game and a vocal leader such as cornerback Richard Sherman, and it seems like a sure bet that Seattle would be in the spotlight.
On second thought, St. Louisans, the Patriots are the enemy this year; Boston teams have so battered their St. Louis counterparts in recent years that everyone in our area should be rooting against the Patriots come Sunday.
Despite the Seahawks’ 35-point victory last year, all of us this year believe the margin of victory will be no greater than 10, with some predicting a game coming down to the final seconds.
While those of us on the Student Life Sports staff have fanatically counted down the days until Super Bowl Sunday, we acknowledge that the Super Bowl is the only game of the year that many people watch. For those of you who fall into that category, we’ve listed five important questions that many viewers may find themselves too embarrassed to ask their die-hard sports friends.
For the fourth straight year, the Washington University men’s track-and-field team cruised to the I-55 Triangular Invitational title, and the women’s team placed third on Saturday in Bloomington, Ill. The men’s team (111 points) bested the University of Chicago (90) and host Illinois Wesleyan University (24), but the women’s team (69 points) was edged by both UChicago (90.5) and Illinois Wesleyan (73.5).
In a conference battle between two teams ranked in the top 10, No. 3 Washington University fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 64-58 road loss against No. 7 New York University on Friday. But Wash. U. turned things around on Sunday, erasing a 12-point halftime deficit against Brandeis University to salvage a split of the road trip and improve to 15-1 overall and 4-1 in the University Athletic Association.
During a busy weekend of back-to-back double dual meets, the Washington University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams battled fatigue to combine for three wins and five losses against NCAA Division II opponents.
Faced with an early 11-0 deficit, the No. 4 Washington University men’s basketball team needed its sharpshooters to close the gap on the road against New York University. Instead, the Bears were hampered by strong perimeter defense from the Violets while NYU hit three-pointer after three-pointer en route to a 91-67 beat down of the Bears on Friday, its second 20-point loss of the month.
A typical Wash. U. sporting event lasting around an hour and a half requires over 10 hours of preparation away from the microphone. This is the goal that Murry strives for as the lead announcer for women’s and men’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, and football for the Bear Sports Network, an Internet platform that streams Wash. U. sports live.
In case you weren’t actively monitoring Wash. U. sports over the break, here are a few other key athletic accomplishments.