RedHawks take care of business at home

Miami’s cross country runners ran further than their travel bus for Saturday’s meet. The bus was not needed because the Red and White competed on their own home course for the RedHawk Rumble. The RedHawks competed at home for the first time since 2014, dominating in both the women’s six-kilometer race and men’s eight-kilometer race. Both teams had eight runners in the top ten and scored 20 points — the men winning by 33 and the women by 37. Sophomore Sean Torpy continued his hot streak, coming away with his first collegiate victory. Last week’s Mid-American Conference Runner of...

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Made-up Mailbag: Week 3

Welcome to the third installment of the Made-Up Mailbag. This week we received an avalanche of mail about the NFL’s wacky week three, so I decided to give the people want they want and dedicate the column to those questions. Without further ado, this week’s Made-Up Mailbag: Q. What in the world happened this weekend in the NFL? My game picks were way off. I feel like everything I learned in the first two weeks was a lie. Who can I trust anymore? A. The NFL indeed had a crazy week. Nearly every game was an upset, a near upset, or a last-minute finish. Washington, the New York Jets, Buffalo, Jacksonville, New Orleans, and Chicago all knocked off favored opponents. And they didn’t just knock them off, they annihilated them. These six supposed underdogs won by an average of 17.5 points. Nobody could’ve seen that coming. Weeks like this one are a useful reminder of the massive week-to-week variance in the NFL. A small sample size is lethal too. Between the pre-season and the first two weeks we have learned a lot, but it’s poor practice to put too much stock into anything we see until after at least a couple weeks of byes. Although, oftentimes we try and look at the game too objectively, myself included. Over the long run, with good process, this may lead to a...

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Varsity Esports gear-up for Fall season

On Wednesday September 13, Miami Varsity Esports announced its 2017-2018 team roster. After a week of tryouts, the full team consists of 22 members. Within each game — Overwatch, League of Legends, and Hearthstone — the teams are led by a faculty or graduate student team manager but primarily coached by student team analysts. The Miami Overwatch team had great success late last year within the Tespa League Spring Series, and they look to continue that success within the Tespa Collegiate Series this fall. The ’Hawks’ expanded their roster from last year’s eight-person team to a team of ten. With four returning players — all who take on a different role within the game — working with new players to fill the gaps may prove difficult. However, according to returning player Sam Yancer, the team still has big aspirations for the season. “A big goal of ours is to get to the live finals,” Yancer said. “It’s a huge thing for us. It’s going to be hard this year, but we’re going to try our best. Then, I think we want to win the spring season, because spring is naturally where we’re better.” Miami’s League of Legend team has had a weekend full of competition during the group stage of the American Video Game League: Collegiate League of Legends Championship (AVGL). In the group stage, Miami is currently ranked...

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RedHawks drop MAC openers, remain winless

The Miami University soccer team lost both games on their weekend road trip, falling to 0-9-0 on the season. Friday’s 3-1 loss to the University of Toledo, coupled with Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at Bowling Green State University dashed hopes of starting Mid-American Conference play with a victory, or two. The RedHawks have failed to put a tally in the win column thus far, losing four games by only one goal. Heading into the weekend, the RedHawks had only managed to produce one goal on the season and were looking to add to that total. The Toledo Rockets got off...

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