Web Exclusives: From the P-Nut Gallery
a column by Nate Sellwyn firstname.lastname@example.org
From World Series to
Saying it was a quick summer is like saying I'm fairly handsome.
No, that means it's an understatement.
Between the Montreal Expos' improbable try at a wild-card spot,
some glorious days at Pac-Bell stadium in San Francisco, and
of course a decadent weekend with Hef and Charlie Sheen at
the Mansion, I had a pretty hectic three months. That's all done,
sadly (I'll miss you, Barbie from Baton Rouge). The school year
is in full swing again, and the athletic season has already begun.
So, without further ado, here are some of the P-Nut's predictions
for the upcoming year:
Nathan Walton '01, despite a great first name, will not be elected
governor of California. He is trying his best, though. Don't believe
A winning season was a brief but beautiful change. Despite looking
good on the defensive side of things, Princeton Football will not
be able to recover from the loss of Chisom Opara '03 and Cameron
Atkinson '03. Look for an upset win Nov. 15th, though, when Yale
visits Old Nassau.
The Return of the King for Best Picture. No Best Actor nominations,
though, as even the Academy feels Sean Astin was better as Rudy.
A great season for Men's Soccer, which will ride a strong group
of seniors to an Ivy title.
A 10th straight Ivy title for Women's Field Hockey, who despite
losing a large group to graduation will continue to dominate within
A White Sox-Braves World Series. You can't stop a hot team in
the fall, and the White Sox are just underestimated enough to really
surprise some people. It won't be enough, though, to defeat the
Braves' combination of a great closer and several big bats. This
is sad, because the P-Nut hates the Braves.
Another dismal season for Men's Hockey, which will continue to
have trouble finding the net. Look for an outstanding season from
Matt Maglione '04, though, who jumped up from the line to help on
offense on more than one occasion last year.
Another zero for Sprint Football in the Wins column.
My thesis, done by Christmas.
A legendary year from Yasser El-Halaby '06, who will go undefeated
as he continues to win everything put in front of him on the squash
More big numbers on the hardwood from Becky Brown '06, who will
follow up a huge freshman campaign with an even bigger sophomore
year. Brown has the potential to become Princeton's best female
hoopster ever, and she'll show why as early as November 23rd against
A surprising year from Men's Water Polo. The team dreamed big
last year under the guidance of the giant Kevin Foster '03, but
never seemed to fully realize its potential. Look for Danny Holligan
'04, Daniel McKenna '04, and the gifted John Stover '06 to give
Tigers fans more than they expect.
Some NHL surprises. The Colorado Avalance, despite more firepower
than North Korea, will feel the retirement of Patrick Roy, and the
Mighty Ducks will return to the Stanley Cup Finals... where, of
course, they will be swept by the Montreal Canadiens.
Another Women's Lacrosse title? It could happen. The Tigers will
certainly miss a truly gifted bunch of seniors, but Elizabeth Pillion
'05 and Theresa Sherry '04 will at least give the team a chance.
More lightweight rowing dominance, plain and simple.
A high-paying job for me, courtesy of some wise and far-sighted
A building year for Men's Basketball, which will likely challenge
for the Ivy title regardless. Expect the biggest things next year,
though, when Will Venable '05 and Judson Wallace '05 will surely
send the Tigers to the NCAA tournament.
A Lakers' sweep in the NBA championship, over anyone. Even if
Larry Legend steps on the court himself, Shaq and the gang are reclaiming
A vengeful season from Men's Lacrosse, which will atone for last
year's poor finish and claim the NCAA title. Ryan Boyle '04 wouldn't
end his legendary Princeton career any other way.
While those are predictions, here are some things I can guarantee
you'll see over the coming year they'll all be right here,
in the P-Nut Gallery:
The P-Nut practices with a varsity team. Inevitably, I will surprise
them and be invited to join.
The P-Nut catches up with some athletic alumni.
PAW flies the P-Nut to the World Series. Really, you'll see them
all here. So stay tuned, sportsfans, 'cause I've only got nine months
You can reach P-Nut, aka Nate Sellyn at nsellyn@Princeton.EDU