Cup of Joe

Cup of Joe: Peyton Manning’s Legacy

Peyton Manning never fails to amaze me.   He’s certainly succeeded in wowing me, and the rest of the nation, with his special 2013 season.   Critics decrying a lack of Super Bowl jewelry on Manning’s fingers have been silenced by his record-busting season.   But with a win on Super Bowl Sunday, does Manning…

Cup of Joe: Change translates into wins for JCU women’s basketball team

Few knew what to expect when the season began for the John Carroll women’s basketball team in November.   Senior leaders Missy Spahar and Allie Lustig were back to lead the Blue Streaks, but change was in the air.   A new head coach (Kelly Morrone), injuries and departures sowed uncertainty.   Morrone’s fellow coaches…

Cup of Joe: Time to give up on the Browns?

Sadness. Anger. Disgust. Shock. Each of these emotions flowed through me as I watched the Cleveland Browns blow a 12-point lead in the final 2:39 of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. With kickoff imminent at 1 p.m., I pondered whether to watch the game. We’re going to get blown out anyway, I reasoned,…

Cup of Joe: Kreuz clinches Nationals bid with special finish

Senior Gabriella Kreuz almost accepted her fate with one mile left during last Saturday’s NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich.   But Kreuz refused to end her cross country career at John Carroll with a loss. Drawing from deep within, the senior instead made the 6K race the most memorable of her…

Cup of Joe: Orange and Brown Forever

Many of my friends at JCU who hail from places other than Cleveland often ask me, “How can you be a Browns fan amidst all the heartbreak?” The answer is deeper than you might think. I still remember my first Browns game. The New York Giants were in town to play a sub-par 2-8 Browns…

Cup of Joe: A Miraculous Turnaround

A crazy thought popped into my head while I was sitting in my seat before first pitch at the Cleveland Indians’ home opener on Monday, April 8. What if the Indians make the playoffs? That thought did not cross my mind during the Tribe’s home opener just one year before. The Indians struggled mightily in…

Cup of Joe: This Year

I am sick of waiting for next year. I am done with talking about the NFL Draft in September and about Opening Day in August. Beaten down by years of suffering, Cleveland has become a town  that dreams of future victory parades rather than watching a team today. I refuse to follow along and do…

Cup of Joe: The rebirth of JCU athletics

Blue Streaks fans have often departed athletic events feeling more blue than gold in recent years. John Carroll has garnered a reputation as a successful athletic school in the Ohio Athletic Conference, but not the best. Such an honor is typically reserved for Mount Union. But that time has come and gone. A new age…

Cup of Joe: The Good Old Hockey Game

I love baseball and I am a big basketball fan. Each is well-discussed and followed this time of the year. But for me, this is hockey season: nothing compares to the playoffs in the NHL. Each sport holds a certain appeal. Baseball will live in eternity as America’s game for its history and pageantry. Football’s…

Cup of Joe: Boston Strong

Few will forget the 117th Boston Marathon. But though coverage of the event was both heart-breaking and unforgettable, one event will forever remain in my memory: the performance of the National Anthem before a Sabres–Bruins game a couple of days after the tragedy. Rene Rancourt has been singing the U.S. and Canadian National Anthems at…

Cup of Joe: Cup of Joe: The Lake Catholic-JCU Pipeline

Next year, John Carroll might reconsider naming its women’s basketball squad the Lake Catholic Blue Streaks. Current team members junior Missy Spahar, sophomore Beth Switzler and freshman Erin Mog all hail from Lake Catholic. Now adding to that list is Spahar’s sister, Katlyn, who has decided to play basketball at JCU. The pipeline opened in…