Denver Men's Soccer: Just Getting Started

On Nov. 22nd Denver’s men’s soccer team concluded their Cinderella Story after falling in overtime to Southern Methodist University in the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Denver’s heartbreaking loss marked the first of the season for the lone-remaining undefeated team in the nation, as well as the first loss at CIBER Field in 29 matches for the Pioneers. Despite losing a well-contested match, the men’s soccer program earned an immense amount of pride and sense of accomplishment to take away from this season’s multiple record-breaking achievements. The team faced adversity coming into the season with a new head coach, an incredibly young roster, and proving doubts about the Pios making an appearance in the Final Four wrong, the team was able to overcome such obstacles and establish a name for the program on a national level.

Cocky #5 Washington Bemoans Seed and Looks Beyond the Pioneers

The University of Denver volleyball team will get tested by No. 5 Washington Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. MT, for their first round NCAA playoff match.

The Huskies, 28-2, co-Pac-12 champion and the No. 2 team in last week’s coaches poll, will face Summit League champion Denver (27-7) in a first-round match Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, where UW led the Pac-12 in attendance for the seventh straight year.

ESPN Hemorrhages 7 Million Subscribers

In a recent article by Ken Fang, Disney has acknowledged that its cable assets including ESPN have lost subscribers, but until last week, it didn’t say exactly how many. When Disney boss Robert Iger said back in August that ESPN had experienced “some subscriber losses,” it sent media stocks spiraling. But in a regulatory filing last week, Iger’s acknowledgement was met with little more than a whimper, but the tempered reaction was due to the fact that the news was released late on Wednesday as investors were getting away for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Iger said ESPN has lost 7 million subscribers standing now at 92 million. In 2013, ESPN was at its peak of 99 million and 95 million in 2014. Cord cutters who now depend on Hulu and Netflix for their viewing are mainly responsible for the drop in subscriptions. Cord shavers who still subscribe to cable, but reduce to smaller, less expensive programming bundles are also seen as a reason for lower ESPN subscriptions.

In the meantime, ESPN remains the most expensive network for providers to carry. It will be interesting to see if future contracts will become protracted carriage fights. Disney and ESPN hope that the trends of consumers dropping cable or dropping ESPN will end soon, but for now, it’s in the midst of a downturn that will likely only get worse.

The current bundling and pricing for cable is no longer acceptable, especially for today's twenty-somethings. They clearly prefer a la carte options. Long-term, there will be reductions to program rights, especially sports programming. The payout outlook for Power Five bloated college football licensing looks to be coming to a close.

DU Grinds Down South Alabama 69-56

The streaking Pioneers pounded the South Alabama Jaguars 69-56 Saturday afternoon at Magness Arena to go 5-0 after an opening loss. A sparse Magness holiday crowd watched the win.

DU Defeats Idaho State 79-69, Moves to 4-1

Photo: DU warms up for tilt against Idaho State

DU took on Idaho State (2-2) this afternoon in a matinee match-up. Idaho State, coming off wins against University of Great Falls and Dickinson and a close loss to Washington State University in Pullman, WA journeyed to Magness Arena.

Happy Thanksgiving?

While many of us are thankful this time of year, there are always contrarians. LetsGoDU wanted to share this article from DU student Hsing Tseng published in Uloop: DU Politics several years ago entitled Why I Hate Thanksgiving.

The author contends that this vile holiday is driven by, "Puritan elite among these Pilgrims (who) later turned against the Native Americans and burned their villages to the ground. This merely continued a history of violence against the Native Americans that had begun since the Spaniards first came to the Americas, a history that would continue for centuries, a history that has still left many Native American peoples as second-class citizens."

After Loss, UNO Eyes DU Volleyball Success

In what is shaping up as a great future volleyball rivalry, UNO women's volleyball is not satisfied with their Summit League final's appearance against DU at Hamilton Arena. In their first year of D1 competition, they gave DU all they could handle in a 5 set loss in the championship tournament. They are eager to continue to build their upstart program and believe they have the capability and facilities to build a championship squad. Nebraska is a volleyball hotbed and they will have plenty of prospects to draw from when they hit the recruiting trail later this year to replace six departing seniors.

In an article in Omaha.Com, Near Miss details their loss to DU and their plans to compete for championships in the future.

Students Given Free Access to Events During Winter Break

On Tuesday morning, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp sent an email to DU students thanking them for a great quarter and announcing that her office has made it possible for all students to attend basketball and hockey games for free during Winter Break.

Scarlet Knight Make-Over

To some,  the endless mascot controversies have left readers numb. Why cover another mascot controversy again? Because, mascots aside, this is emblematic of what is happening across our culture and on our university campuses. The culture wars are under-way and mascots are merely a window into what is happening across the country. While there are surely inequities that must be righted -  rewriting history, eliminating founders, changing nicknames, and changing mascots appear to be window dressing and fail to address real  issues that impact people today. 

So what is happening at Rutgers?

Prior to the current Mascot the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers was represented by the Chanticleer, However, the choice of Chanticleer as a mascot was often the subject of ridicule because of its association with "being chicken". In 1955, the mascot was changed to the Scarlet Knight after a campus-wide election, beating out other contenders such as Queensmen, the Scarlet, the Red Lions, the Redmen and the Flying Dutchmen.

However, recent efforts by the student assembly seek to present a more diverse Scarlet Knight that is representative of the entire student body. Quoting a story in the Rutgers school newspaper The Daily Targum, the Rutgers University Student Assembly recently passed a bill intended to support ethnic and gender diversity by adding multiple Scarlet Knights that could be black, Latino, Asian, female or third gender in addition to the existing Caucasian Scarlet Knight. “What we were really hoping is that this would be a discussion with the entire student body,” he said. “So we would have a working committee of the different multicultural (organizations), possibly the Queer Caucus — basically students who represent a unique voice, and have them all working together at the same table to make sure red flags that arise with any of those groups — that mascot would immediately be tabled.”

The current Scarlet Knight is a caucasian male, blue eyes, frozen smile, giant foam burgonet helmet, a scarlet plume, and huge hands made to look like gauntlets.

So what could the future look like in New Brunswick with multiple Scarlet Knights portrayed as:
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Indian (Asia)
  • Native American
  • Hispanic
  • Gay
  • Transsexual
  • Lesbian
  • Bi-Sexual
  • Transequal
  • Queer
  • Sex Neutral  
While we certainly missed a few, this shows the absurdity of trying to represent everyone or everything in a mascot. How does one even decide which 'Scarlet Knight' goes to which event? They will need to hire a full-time mascot traffic cop. And after all, does a Boiler Maker, a Corn Husker, a Tiger, a Jayhawk, or a Tree truly represent all stakeholders at a university?

David Jones in PennLive states in his opinion piece, "Honestly, I want to see the new third-gender Knight. I might actually pay to attend a Rutgers football game just to see this."

One student comment on the issue in The Daily Targum, “If student body representation is such an issue, perhaps someone should point out that nobody in the student body wears armor, either. With few exceptions, mascots -- even those designed as humans -- are not meant to represent anyone or anything. They're simply characters designed for entertainment, fan engagement and marketing. You don't see Chicago Bulls fans complaining because the mascot is a furry red bull and not a human, do you?”

DU Basketball Transfers - A View on Recent Hoops Departures

LetsGoDU wanted to go back and take a look at how recent DU hoops transfer players are doing with their new programs. We also wanted to gain insight into why they left and finally, the potential impact of their departure on the University of Denver basketball program.

Dom Somac - Senior Forward, DU 2012 - 2014 (2 yrs.)

After exhibition drubbings by the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats, Dom Somac’s Fort Hays (KS) team is now 3-0 in non-conference games coming off a 32 point win against Central Christian and wins against Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls. The team should do well with two upcoming holiday home games in Hayes, Kansas against Newman and Stirling College. When not in Hays, Kansas, the Tigers will be taking bus trips to outposts in Warrensville, Missouri, Bolliver, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, Kansas in the MIAA conference (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics).

Volleyball Team Rallies for Summit League Crown & NCAA Bid

A young Pioneers squad with only one senior, Sarah Schmidt, fell behind the red-hot Omaha Mavericks 2 sets (26-28, 23-25) to none. At that point, things changed. While many of us were ready to write DU off, the Pioneers refused to give up and rallied to claim the final three sets (25-20, 25-18, 15-10) to claim their second consecutive Summit League Crown and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Men's Soccer Season Ends with Extra Time Heartbreak

The DU Men's Soccer team lost at CIBER field for the first time in almost two years tonight in a thrilling 1-0 AET NCAA Tournament second round match with SMU. In the 94th minute, a long SMU throw-in found Stanton Garcia in a dangerous spot in the box in front of the net and he buried his only shot of the game to end the Pioneers' season.

DU Freshmen Trump Wisconsin Youth

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison— The Wisconsin Badgers hockey team wilted under the freshmen onslaught that Denver threw at them in a 6-2 loss on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

The Pioneers (7-3-2), who saw five of their six goals come courtesy of first-year players, put the Badgers (3-5-4) in a hole by scoring twice in the first period.

DU Volleyball Advances to Title Game 3-1

Championship match against Omaha today at 2:00 p.m. for an NCAA berth.

Badgers Hail Terry Hit in 3-3 'Win'

After blowing a 3-1 lead at home, Wisconsin Head Coach Mike Eaves said the 3-3 tie with Denver "feels like a win for us and we have to look at it like that". The turning point, according to the Badgers, was a hit from Badger defenseman Patrick Sexton on freshman Troy Terry that ignited three goals by Wisconsin in the second period.