Web Exclusives: From the P-Nut Gallery
a column by Nate Sellwyn firstname.lastname@example.org
Forecasting a fall filled
hockey, men's water polo, and women's soccer are the best bets
First, before any of this week's wisdom, let's take a moment to
congratulate me on my last column's prediction that football would
defeat Brown. It was a tough pick, I'll admit, and I appreciate
your letters of awe and amazement. When you have the sporting acumen
that I do, you just develop the ability to see these things coming.
Among my other predictions for the coming year:
Men's lacrosse will have a winning record.
The Los Angeles Lakers will have more than three players average
double figures in scoring.
A goalie will win the NHL's Vezina Trophy.
Super Bowl XXXVIII will be held in Houston.
You can bet the mortgage on any of these. However, there are other
arenas where I can be a little more speculative. The first semester
is not even two months old, but several sporting seasons are already
entering the home stretch. Who has a shot at a championship? The
Field Hockey The Tigers, who have yet to drop an
Ivy game, defeated No. 7 Old Dominion in an October 19 match-up.
They're definitely peaking at the right time, and have proven they
can take the big games. I see an Ivy title for field hockey, and
could even see goalie Allison Nemeth '07 taking the team deep into
the NCAA Championships in late November. The P-Nut grew up watching
Patrick Roy, so I know that if there's one thing that can bring
a team to unexpected glory, it's good goalkeeping. (Of course, if
there's one thing that can remove all chances of a team gaining
unexpected glory, it's Steve Bartman.)
Men's water polo Come on, you knew I'd have them
in here. Before a disappointing loss to Navy on October 19, they
were the No. 1 team in the CWPA. Of course, the Tigers had already
beaten the boys from the Academy twice this season. They'll likely
meet again on November 16 in the Eastern Championships final at
Navy. This may be the team's best shot a trip to the NCAA tournament,
and the P-Nut believes Princeton will sink the Midshipmen.
Women's Soccer This one will likely be settled not
by orange and black, but by Green. The Tigers have already lost
to Dartmouth this season, a loss they may regret more and more as
the season draws to a close. Esmerelda Negron '05 and Emily Behncke
'06 will make short work of Princeton's next two Ivy opponents,
Cornell and Penn. But if Dartmouth (4-0-1) doesn't drop an Ivy match,
the Tigers will have to settle for second. It's a shame, but fans
can count on an Ivy title next year for this young squad, regardless
of what happens in November.
Football The P-Nut thinks the football team has
a real shot at righting the ship, if only they can ... ah, who am
I kidding? No chance.
Finally, the P-Nut again implores readers to e-mail in their thoughts,
without regard for relevance or even politeness. A quick look through
my inbox reveals only the following:
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draft on Tuesday
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Larry Robinson Canadiens Jersey NICE (Item #2760111938)
Those are good ... but not exactly column-inspired. So, please,
send your thoughts to the Nut.
You can reach Nate at nsellyn@Princeton.EDU