Published by the Students of Johns Hopkins since 1896
August 14, 2020


Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo beams as he holds his 2018-19 MVP award.

Giannis Antetokounmpo deserves more than just MVP

Last October, what seems like eons ago, I made some predictions a week into the National Basketball Association (NBA) season on who would win each regular season award: Most Valuable Player (MVP), Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY), Most Improved Player (MIP) and so on. 

Homewood Field is the home to a number of fall sports programs, including football, men’s and women’s soccer, and field hockey. 

Centennial Conference suspends fall sports until September

The Centennial Conference announced the indefinite suspension of all its fall sports on July 7. 17 out of the 24 Hopkins Division-III athletic teams compete in the Centennial Conference and will not be allowed to play conference games. The Conference noted that this decision would be reevaluated by the end of September. 

Wallace, who drives the no. 43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports, is currently the only Black driver in NASCAR's top division.

NASCAR has a long road ahead of it in the fight against racism

Late Sunday night, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was home to a horrific incident of racial intimidation and harassment. The auto racing body said it is fully investigating after a noose was found in the garage stall of racer Bubba Wallace, who is NASCAR’s only Black driver, on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Ala.

CC By-SA 4.0
The NBA will resume the 2019-2020 season on July 31 with only 22 teams.

The NBA presents its plan to restart basketball

Having not seen a game in nearly three months, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Board of Governors approved a plan last week that would resume play on July 31 and include only 22 out of the 30 teams, per ESPN.

Sports should not be a priority when reopening the economy

Earlier this April, President Trump proposed that sporting events should be brought back as soon as possible, giving them high priority in his plan to reopen the economy. Later in the month, Trump assembled his 200-person advisory committee that would help facilitate restarting economic activities. 

2020 NFL Draft sees some teams stumble while others shine

It has been a very quiet last month for sports. With many states under stay-at-home orders — and all major sports across the country suspended for the foreseeable future — many fans clamored for a taste of sports to distract them from the bleak reality that most Americans are experiencing.

ESPN releases first two episodes of The Last Dance

ESPN and Netflix collaborated to produce arguably the most anticipated basketball-related docuseries: The Last Dance. Following the team’s fifth championship, Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson granted a film crew full access to capture the 1997-98 National Basketball Association (NBA) season and their run at a sixth championship — hence their “last dance.”

The worst sports jerseys of all time

In the midst of the sports desert that the world finds itself in due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the world, people are scrambling to find sources of entertainment. Many sports fans have gone back in time, finding solace in the treasure trove of old games from a number of professional sports leagues.

Men's Lacrosse to move forward without head coach Pietramala

Hopkins Athletic Director Jennifer S. Baker announced in a press release on Tuesday that the men’s lacrosse head coach, Dave Pietramala, will not be returning next season after 20 years of service to the program. The news comes as a shock to many, given Pietramala’s rich history at Hopkins.

How major sports leagues are trying to fill the gap

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to progress with little to no sign of slowing down, the sports world continues to remain on hold. The National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs were slated to start this past weekend, but now, there are pessimistic rumblings concerning the future of the League. 

Hopkins athletes face new challenges after season cancellations

On March 12, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that all remaining winter and spring sporting events were to be cancelled for the rest of the semester. The unprecedented, abrupt end to athletes’ seasons across the nation forced many to adapt to an unfamiliar situation.

Sports seasons should be cancelled

On April 3, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that it is likely that the National Basketball Association (NBA) will decide to cancel the 2019-2020 season outright. He suggested that the likeliest option at this point is that the current season will be abandoned entirely and the league will simply wait until the start of next season to play professional basketball again. 

This is how the NBA would have unfolded

At this very point, the world is in the midst of a serious global pandemic. Multiple countries, including the United States, are ramping up their lockdown restrictions as everyone rushes to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). People are locked inside, hopefully self-quarantining and social distancing, looking for ways to stay busy and entertained. 

For senior athletes, COVID-19 spells the end of athletic careers

The coronavirus has spread chaos around the globe, touching every aspect of life and leaving the country’s physical, mental and emotional well-being in a vulnerable state. Within just a short period, people in the United States went from average day-to-day life to being advised to not leave their homes or be within six feet of others.

Women’s lacrosse moves to 4-3 after a win against the St. Joseph University Hawks.

Women's Lacrosse wins tight game before start of conference play

The Hopkins women’s lacrosse team traveled up to Philadelphia this past Saturday to do battle against the St. Joseph University Hawks. Reeling from their overtime loss to Hofstra the week prior, the Jays faced a tough challenge against St. Joe’s, who were coming off four consecutive victories.

Junior attackman Aurora Cordingley.

AOTW: Aurora Cordingley

The Hopkins women’s lacrosse team traveled to Philadelphia this weekend for a matchup against the St. Joseph’s University Hawks on Sweeney Field. The Jays beat the Hawks 13-10 to capture their fourth win of the season and were led by several standout performances, but especially from junior attackman Aurora Cordingley. 

News-Letter Special Editions