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ASTLE: Looking back, football should not have been played the week after JFK’s death

Daniel Astle, Assistant Sports Editor

November 20, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Showcase, Sports

As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination this Friday, schedules around pro sports will continue uninterrupted as they do any other weekend. But 50 years ago, after the president was killed on the Friday precluding Sunday football, retaining normalcy in pro sports was anything but possible. Seven NFL games were scheduled for that Sunday following the assassination, and in hindsight,...

PIRDY: 49ers in position for big 2014 season

Spencer Pirdy, Assistant Sports Editor

November 18, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Sports, Men's Water Polo, Sports

They say that good things come to those who wait. Well, after patiently watching the Long Beach State men’s water polo team make a slow rise in the rankings over the past six years, 49er fans can rest easy knowing that the program’s best days are just beyond the horizon. Coming off of a surprise fifth-place finish in 2012, the 49ers began the 2013 season with ambitions of repeating their strong finish from a year before. However,...

BASKETBALL GUIDE COMMENTARY: New-look 49ers can still contend for a Big West title

Daniel Van Hoosier, Staff Writer

November 6, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

Understatement of the year candidate: The Long Beach State men’s basketball team — which is set to take the Walter Pyramid floor Saturday against Hawaii-Pacific — will look more than slightly different than it did a year ago. Anybody who followed 49er hoops last season will not need to clean their glasses, adjust their TV sets or double-check their ticket stubs. This is still going to be LBSU basketball they are witnessing. Regardless...

CLARK: Winning is the simplest solution for Long Beach State

CLARK: Winning is the simplest solution for Long Beach State

October 29, 2013

We tried. We tried to give you a breakdown of all the different scenarios surrounding the final weekend of regular-season Big West women’s soccer. We tried to explain it, spell it out possibility...

ASTLE: Fifth-place standing is the result of unhelpful draws

Daniel Astle, Assistant Sports Editor

October 23, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports

The Long Beach State women’s soccer team currently sits in fifth place in the Big West Conference with three games remaining, and that’s a result of two draws in games the ‘Niners should have won. Had the 49ers (8-5-2, 2-1-2 Big West) managed to score an additional goal against UC Davis and just one at all against Hawaii, they would be sitting comfortably in second place, where they were predicted to finish before...

MORRIS: Redskins owner Dan Snyder should change team name

Michael Morris, Assistant Sports Editor

October 15, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports

Despite the lack of success that the Washington Redskins have had in recent memory, they are a team that always seems to make the news around this time of the year. The Redskins hosted the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday and much was said about the name of the team, which just so happens to reside in our nation’s capital. Last week, the Daily 49er’s Shane Newell wrote an op-ed that said, “at the end of the day,...

CLARK: Parity is apparent after two weeks of conference play

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

October 15, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports

Big West Conference women’s soccer has been in season for two weeks, and the standings aren’t what anyone would have expected. Three teams are tied for first place at 3-1. Neither of those teams are Cal State Fullerton or Long Beach State, which were picked to finish in first and second, respectively, in the Big West preseason poll. The 49ers and Titans are currently tied for fifth. There is still a long way to go...

ASTLE: Expanded division series would be better than wild card game

ASTLE: Expanded division series would be better than wild card game

Daniel Astle, Assistant Sports Editor

October 8, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports

Major League Baseball will never find a playoff format that suits everybody, but a one-game wild card series is far from the best solution. In both years of the one-game wild card era so far, two of...