Sports should be about more than just doom, gloom

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Last Thursday was a dark, dark day for me. As in a throw-my-phone-at-the-wall, break-down-in-sobs-with-mascara-running, question-the-meaning-of-life kind of day. Troy Polamalu had retired. Now, I’ve been a Steelers fan for about as long as I can remember, and there hasn’t been a player I’ve loved more than Troy. I’m on my
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

I spent Monday morning watching the Minnesota Twins play the Detroit Tigers from behind a small computer screen in between (and during) my classes. I don’t have a particular investment in the AL Central but, you see, it was baseball’s opening day, my favorite day of the year. Even the
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Ode to my plush green couch

Over spring break, my Instagram feed was a dangerous thing to look at — I saw friends sipping wine on the Amalfi Coast, riding camels in Morocco, exploring the ocean in Cabo San Lucas and watching breathtaking sunsets in Prague. Still, I’m pretty sure I had the best break. I
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‘Showtime’ really just ‘fauxtime’

Watching the Lakers play now is a chore. I realize that true fans stick to their colors through thick and thin, but I feel somewhat betrayed by the only team I’ve pledged my loyalty to in my NBA fandom. How the Lakers are being managed seems less “Shark Tank” and
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Love affair with the Patriots

Throughout the semester, it isn’t uncommon to see me looking as if I’m about to combust, staring at my phone, constantly refreshing, waiting for a score to come in. But Feb. 1, 2015, wasn’t just any old day in the semester. This was Super Bowl day, and I was checking
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Crazy little thing called love

At age 16, I fell in love. Not that young puppy-love you chuckle at fondly when flipping through your middle school diary. Like in sixth grade, when I refused to speak to my crush or look directly at him for fear of throwing up. What some people described as butterflies
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Farewell column: Peace out, [redacted]

This column is not about me. I mean, it is, in the sense that my face is hovering above these words and my name just below it. It is in the sense that I’m engaging in the most egregious form of navel-gazing, that of the explicit variety. But this very
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Farewell column: Blank space

I’m going to be as open and honest about this as I can. I don’t want to write this column. It’s not that I don’t want my own Daily Cal farewell column — I know that a year or two or three from now, I’ll regret it if I don’t
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Macho culture and a league of violence

A little girl trips and falls on the playground. Her dad, worried something will mar her perfect skin, runs over to her, kisses her boo-boo, holds her tight against his chest and whispers that everything will be all right as she wails and wails and wails. A little boy trips
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