Archive for February 2012

Get to know Marquette Big East Champion – Kyle Winter

February 25, 2012

For the longest time, Kyle Winter (Junior on the Track and Field team at Marquette) had played the game of soccer since he was a little kid. As a junior in High School, his soccer team won the Division I state title, the first ever in school history. After all the success, Kyle was receiving offers from DePaul of the Big East to play soccer in their program. But one day can change your whole life.

Terry Witkowski (one of Kyle’s friends who runs at UW-Stevens Point) came up to him after school and told him that he should try out for the track team. Kyle wasn’t sure about trying out but he did anyone to see what track is really all about. He ran the 3-mile race with his friends and came in last place. He felt embarrassed and almost wanted to leave. Until he ran the 200 meter race.

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A 200 meter run is a sprint on one half of the track from start to finish. Kyle out ran everyone in the race and said, “Yeah, that was pretty cool beating everyone.” After that moment, the love of track came into his life and he put soccer aside because he said, “I knew I was done with soccer when our team won state. I won in soccer and I knew it was time to move on.” Kyle kept working hard in practice everyday during his senior year and top tier programs like USC and Michigan even came to Wisconsin to recruit him.

Unfortunately, those schools didn’t fall through and at the time, Kyle didn’t know where to go to college. So he decided to check out Marquette University with a friend and fell in love with the coaches and the program. After that weekend he said, “I felt coach wanted me here. They were very nice and want to win in the Big East. That was something I wanted.”

In the fall of 2009 he came to Marquette University and now in 2012 of his junior year, he did something no one has ever done. He has won a Big East Championship indoor track title for Marquette.

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It was Sunday February 19th, and Kyle was running in the 800 meter relay for the Big East Championship after qualifying on Saturday. Going into the race he said, “I was seeded 7th and I wasn’t highly regarded.”

He started the race off slow, playing smart on getting the right positioning for the final lap in the race. He started in second, then fell to sixth, and in the final lap he was in last position hoping to make a final push. He moved out to the right and sprinted from the back to the front of the pack where he found Pittsburgh Senior Dontave Cowsette just a few feet in front of him.

Kyle in his head was saying, “We’ve never done this, we’ve never done this! I can do this, I can do this!” Then with just a half stride apart, Kyle leans his body over in front of Dontave right at the finish line. But looking at it from the naked eye, it looked like they both cross the finish line at the same time. Big East Officials had to go to the computer screen for five minutes to see if Kyle or Dontave crossed first.

Kyle said, “Those were the longest five minutes of my life.” After further review, Kyle won by half a second to clinch Marquette’s first ever Big East title. He said, “You can barely see it on video but the photo showed me leaning across the line first.”

After the race, the whole team congratulated him. Jenny Zahn (Senior Long Sprinter on the team) said, “That was sweet. It’s good to see Marquette take a title in something. I’m glad it was Kyle.” Kyle said, “It’s great seeing Marquette in the right direction.”

But why hasn’t anyone heard of this talented track star? Kyle stated that he didn’t really know. He said, “No they didn’t know. I am in Sports Marketing and they didn’t know. We talked about the basketball team moving up to the top 10.” Jenny agreed with Kyle and told me, “People got basketball and other sports on their mind. It gets the most media attention.”

Kyle has got one year left of eligibility but has the future on his mind. He said, “I want to break 1:48:00 and tryout for the Olympics. My best is 1:49:00. If I get fast enough, I can do that.”

Right now, Kyle is focusing on working hard and doing well in the classroom. He is a double major in Finance and Marketing and wants to succeed in those fields just in case track and field doesn’t work out.

Kyle is a Big East champion and ranks third all time in the record books. His life changed from being soccer champion in High School to now a Big East track and field champion in college.

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After a long wait, Ryan Braun wins appeal of suspension

February 23, 2012

Via ESPN:

National League MVP Ryan Braun‘s 50-game suspension has been overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das.

The decision was announced Thursday by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

An outfielder for Milwaukee, Braun tested positive in October for elevated testosterone, and ESPN revealed the positive test in December.

No reasoning was given for Thursday’s decision.

“Today the arbitration panel announced its decision, by a 2-1 vote, to sustain Ryan Braun’s grievance challenging his 50-game suspension by the commissioner’s office,” a statement from the players’ association said.

Good news for Ryan and the Brewers. He is one of the faces of the MLB and now is back to being the face of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are contenders and can win that division again. Let’s have him report to camp tomorrow and then have another awesome MVP season…

I look up to Fordham’s Chris Gaston, but he can’t keep doing this…

February 23, 2012

Hey Fordham Basketball Fans! It’s a rough morning to wake up and realize that your favorite team has lost to St. Bonaventure by 26 at home. It’s time for me to rant and write about my favorite player Chris Gaston.

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The reason I love Chris Gaston is because he is a star talent who fights and wills his way into the lane for rebounds, points, and attempts to the free throw line. This year, he became an integral part to the Maroon-White zone that worked during that winning stretch over Georgia Tech and Harvard. Now, where has he gone?

This is a Chris Gaston who has been suspended for a game for throwing back punches at a URI player and violating team rules. Is Chris Gaston just sick of losing? Is he sick of doing everything Coach Pecora says because frankly, it hasn’t been working? Honestly, I don’t have the answer but what I do know is that he needs to be a leader and he cannot give up on his team like this.

Every press game conference when I interviewed Chris he said, “I want to be a leader. I wanted to communicate with everyone.” Chris, where is that communication? Where has it gone? Honestly, I think it has gone to his head and that is what has caused him to be in the trouble he has been in.

With three games left in the conference, he has to leave it all on the floor. He has to make Fordham fans and also scouts around the nation realize that he is the best player at Fordham and he can will them to wins in the Atlantic 10.

In Chris’s behalf I have to say that he has gone through a tough road with changing coaches, a 41 game losing conference streak, and never making it to the Atlantic 10 tournament in his career. But you can’t give up on the team.

I watched the feature YES network did on Chris and the whole team looks to #33 for everything. They look to him for advice, leadership, guidance, and production. Now, with three games left Chris, show your team and yourself that you can do all of that and be a First Team All-Atlantic 10 player.

I am not knocking Chris at all. I am writing this to and for Chris to realize that he has a number one fan right here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am a Senior who should be worrying about jobs, life, and my future but I also care about Fordham Basketball. The team and the program is part of a family to me and when someone gets down, someone needs to pull him out.

So Chris, if you read this, work your tail off and be the best leader you can be. I look up to you every single day you step out on that floor and produce a double-double. Don’t let this funk get to you. Keep working hard and remember, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” La Salle is this Saturday, what are you going to bring to the table…

Donnie Dwyer Resume Tape

February 20, 2012

Here is my Resume Tape Sports Fans. Trying to make it in the world of television and wanted to show you my work and my progress. Tell me what you think?


My name is Donnie Dwyer. I am a graduating Senior at Marquette University 2012. I am from Hawthorne, New York. My email is Donald.Dwyer@marquette.edu. I majored in Broadcast and Electronic Communication with a focus in Marketing.

Get to know Fordham Sophomore Branden Frazier…

February 17, 2012

Here is a video I found on Youtube today featuring Fordham sophomore Guard Branden Frazier. The Rams play tomorrow in St. Louis at 4pm ET…

 

I’m a good luck charm to Fordham Basketball

February 13, 2012

This is what Junior Forward Chris Gaston tweeted to me last night:

When I was home, Fordham won 3 out of 4 home games including upsets over #21 Harvard and Georgia Tech. The connection I have with some of the players is the reason I love being in the media and I love Fordham basketball. Fordham to me = Family. The way they played over that stretch was inspiring basketball and everytime I was there I could feel that energy and passion. Over the past few games there hasn’t been that energy to finish off ball games and sometimes I wish I wasn’t 1,000 miles away. I wish I was Fordham’s good luck charm every single game of the year and could make that impact moving forward. This tweet from Chris has been an honor to one of the biggest Fordham basketball fans since 2004…

Steve Novak having success during Linsanity period

February 10, 2012

Via Zagsblog:

If you believe everything you read these days, Jeremy Lin is single-handedly responsible for the Knicks’ modest three-game winning streak.

And Steve Novak will be the first to give Linsanity its just due.

“Everyone’s been able to see how valuable [he is], the way he gets in the paint on offense and finds guys, how valuable that is,” Novak, whose team meets Kobe Bryant and the Lakers tonight at Madison Square Garden, said earlier this week at the Knicks training facility.

Novak, perhaps more than any other Knick, has benefitted from Lin’s passing.

The former Marquette standout has scored 19 points in each of his last two games — wins over Utah and at Washington — and is 10-for-17 from beyond the arc in those games. Of Lin’s 18 assists in the last two games, 10 have gone to Novak.

“I think you’re really starting to see our offense come together when we have that kind of penetration and that kind of finding guys,” Novak said in crediting Lin, the rookie sensation from Harvard.

“And it’s contagious because other guys know, ‘I’m going to get the ball from him or I’m going to make the next pass because the next time down he’s going to find me again.”

The Knicks picked up the 6-foot-10 Novak — a 41.7 percent career 3-point shooter — in late December after he was released by the San Antonio Spurs

But he never scored more than nine points in a game for the Knicks until this month, when both Amar’e Stoudemire (brother’s death) and Carmelo Anthony (groin) have been absent from the lineup. Both of those players will miss at least two more games.

“At this point, I think we all know, you’re in the NBA for a reason,” Novak, 27, said of his back-to-back 19-point games. “Everybody can play. Anybody can have a huge game.”

Novak played four years at Marquette for former coach Tom Crean and was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.

Even after bouncing around the NBA and the D-League, Novak remains close to his Marquette roots and current coach Buzz Williams.

“I work out there all summer,” he said. “I live five minutes from Marquette and play five-on-five with those guys and stay in touch. It’s definitely still my family.”

During those summer workouts, Novak sometimes goes up against the famous Marquette product of all time, Dwyane Wade, as well as fellow NBA players Jimmy Butler, Wesley Matthews and Lazar Hayward. 

“Whenever you go to a school and you have those bonds with your teammates, it’s special,” he said. “But then to carry it over to another league it’s pretty fun.

“And obviously, Dwyane has kind of paved the way for everybody and he’s done a great job and made a great name for Marquette. And there’s been quite a few guys after.”

One of them is Novak, who appears to have been swallowed up by Linsanity.

...When I was live on Marquette Madness and saw what he did when he came back to campus, I knew he would thrive with the Knicks and Mike D’Antoni. This is a guy that can stroke the ball and he has his entire career and with a pass first point guard like Lin, you are going to get an opportunity. That’s just how it works in the NBA. Plus, if you keep working hard and shoot all day like Novak, you might get more money. But in New York, he’s in an Empire State of Mind…