Mike & Wiley in the Paper Did Gilbride use the right lineups against Trinity?
Mike & Wiley in the Paper Do fantasy sports breed uneducated fandom?
Mike & Wiley in the Paper Mike, Wiley and Matt bid farewell to the Sports section
Mike & Wiley in the Paper Episode 1: Should college stars get paid?
Mike & Wiley in the Paper Episode 4: How do you define a professional superstar in today’s age?
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Mike, Wiley and Matt bid farewell to the Sports section
Matt Glatt: Michael Pineda has been making my Yankees look pretty stupid lately, huh?
Wiley Spears: Getting caught using pine tar against the Red Sox on national TV… twice? He can get comfy on the throne of SportsCenter’s Not Top 10, because I don’t imagine anyone topping that boneheaded decision.
Mikey Jarrell: I think the guy’s brilliant.
WS: I’m sorry, what?
MG: Here we go again.
MJ: Listen, a bunch of baseball guys have said that most pitchers use pine tar to get a better grip on the ball, especially when it’s cold or raining.
WS: But it’s against the rules.
MJ: Yeah, but why? Everybody’s doing it!
WS: It just is. One of the unwritten rules of baseball is that pitchers can use something like that to grip the ball, so long as it’s not blatantly obvious. Pineda broke that rule.
MJ: So his crime wasn’t that he used pine tar, it was that he got caught.
MJ: Well then we have a problem here. Pineda said to the media that he did it so the ball wouldn’t slip out of his hands and hit a batter by mistake, which seems like a reasonable concern. But it would have been easy enough for him to conceal the pine tar, and you’d think he’d try a little harder to do so after having already been caught once. But no, he made it obvious because he wanted to bring this issue into the media spotlight.
WS: You’re kidding, right? You think Pineda put pine tar on his neck on purpose to make a point? Boy, he sure did stick it to Bud Selig and baseball. I hope he has fun during his 10 game suspension.
MJ: We’re talking about it, aren’t we? Then he did his job!
WS: Unbelievable. Pineda could’ve taken a shit on the infield grass, and I still think you would be arguing that he’s a baseball genius.
MG: This sounds to me like an extension of the performance enhancing substance debate. Players are going to constantly try to skirt the rules to get a competitive advantage, because, well, money. Where do you draw the line? Nobody knows, especially not you two. Okay, to celebrate our last (official) Mike and Wiley column, I thought we should take a look back at some of our greatest moments.Best Predictions
MJ: Ozzie Guillen will be fired before the end of the season.
WS: The Pittsburgh Pirates will have their first winning season in 19 years.
MG: There will be a big mishap during the [Sochi Olympics] opening ceremonies.Worst Predictions
MJ: Peyton throws for three touchdowns, takes home the Lombardi Trophy with a 31-23 victory, becomes the first quarterback to lead two different teams to a Super Bowl victory, and solidifies his place in history as the greatest quarterback of all time.
WS: Andrew Bynum will make the world forget about Kobe Bryant during the upcoming NBA playoffs.
MG: I predict that this will be the first and the last Orient article we ever write.Best One-Liners
MG: Did someone take a shit in the bathroom? Oh wait, it’s just the pathetic remains of Mikey’s common sense.
MG: There is a reason why baseball isn’t played in the Olympics anymore, and the World Baseball Classic is about as popular as express dinner.
WS: Texas has to be one of the only states where people know more about the I-Formation than the iPhone.
MG: I’d rather be watching Cougar Town.Dumbest Things Said
MG: Misrepresentative sampling! Obviously all 44 of those players were gay.
MG: Tom Brady is worthless. He’s not even top 20 in my book.
WS: Fantasy football is ruining the NFL.
MJ: If you gave most NBA players those shots, they would probably do just as well. Give Brian Scalabrine 26 shot attempts (and 13 free throw attempts), and he’ll score 36 points, no problem.
MG: I’d rather be watching Cougar Town.
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Will Northwestern football's union change the NCAA?
Matt Glatt: Members of the Northwestern football team have been granted permission from the NLRB to form a labor union—the first real blow to the NCAA’s stranglehold on amateurism rules in the US. According to the report, players are essentially unpaid employees of the university. They spend upwards of 50 hours per week on football, and yet many of them can’t afford a Veggie Delight from Subway. Meanwhile, you lazy slugs haven’t left the couch in two weeks because you’ve done nothing but watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Does this change the way you watch the tourney?
Mikey Jarrell: Duh! The NCAA is obviously completely broken and needs to be abolished. I’ve seen metaphors comparing college athletics system to slavery, and I don’t think that’s too far off.
Wiley Spears: That is absurd and possibly offensive. How can you say student-athletes aren’t paid when they get professional coaching, access to state-of-the-art equipment, and, oh yeah, a free education!
Dusty barges into the WBOR studio.
Dusty Biron: Hold up a minute, Wiley, you’re a little off base here. I’m not saying we should abolish the NCAA, but the players are clearly being taken advantage of. Changes have to be made. I think players should be able to sign sponsorship deals. Currently, teams are sponsored by Nike and Adidas. But guess who gets paid?
MJ: Not the players?
DB: The coach! A coach gets paid because his star player wears Hyperdunks. The players get nothing and have no say in who sponsors them.
WS: This is the best you can come up with? You think players are being taken advantage of by being given free shoes?
DB: Well, they have to get compensated somehow, and a free education is not at all guaranteed. Coaches can actually decide to cut players between each season to make room for a new recruit. Next thing you know, that kid who got recruited to play basketball lost his scholarship, can’t afford the education, and drops out.
MG: Wait, who invited Dusty?
MJ: I don’t know why we’re even pretending these players are getting an education. Did you see that essay from a UNC athlete? Here’s a sample: On the evening of December Rosa Park decided that she was going to sit in the white people section. Quite the hook, I know. Just wait till you hear the ending, it’ll knock your socks off. Rosa Parks asked them “ why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “ I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.”
WS: Ok great, the kid failed his English class. So what?
DB: He got an A-.
MJ: And he plagiarized. There is no education happening here. This is professional sports, and to call them student-athletes is a joke. These athletes bring in billions of dollars of profit and deserve to be paid for it.
WS: You’re forgetting that this is a very small sample of college athletics. What about smaller Division I schools, where they are lucky to break even? The revenue brought in by the immensely popular men’s sports provides an opportunity of a lifetime for student-athletes at schools like Mercer or Davidson. Not to mention the fact that women’s teams and other less profitable sports like tennis or wrestling are almost entirely funded by the NCAA.
DB: Mikey, we can’t just abolish the NCAA. Without it, we wouldn’t get to call ourselves varsity athletes!
MG: If a golfer is a varsity athlete, then Wiley is Jim Nantz. But you do raise a good point. What would happen to D-III sports?
MJ: I don’t know, some of them would disappear. Boo hoo. Schools that couldn’t afford to pay out of their own pocket—which, by the way, Bowdoin already does for club sports—might have to cut a few programs. I don’t think it’s fair it top-notch D-I athletes to be exploited like they are just so I can whack a ball into the woods.
WS: And when you say, “exploited,” you do you mean, “get the chance to play the sport they love in front of a national audience?” Once again, boo hoo.
MG: Here’s the question you guys are missing: Is this union going to accomplish anything?
DB: Honestly, I don’t think one union at one school will accomplish all that much on its own. However, it may set a legal precedence and therefore set a chain of events in motion that finally brings changes to the NCAA, an organization that has been corrupt and exploitative since its inception. There’s no telling what could happen if teams from a couple other big schools jump on board.
MJ: So…you’re telling me there’s a chance?
WS: One in a million.
MG: I’m definitely interested to see what comes out of this. Who’s got a No-Fail Prediction?
DB: Shabazz Napier pulls a full Kemba Walker and beats the Wisconsin Buzzcuts in the Finals.
MJ: Julius Randle will earn a top-two pick in next year’s draft by winning the tourney.
WS: UK will get whooped by Wisconsin, and Frank Kaminsky will be drafted ahead Randle.
MG: Our column will be the reason the US abolishes free speech.
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Did Gilbride use the right lineups against Trinity?
Mike and Wiley could argue for days about the men's basketball coach's late-game strategy—so they do
Matt Glatt: Man oh man, I hear that men’s basketball game was quite the thriller! Triple overtime, are you kidding me?
Wiley Spears: It was unbelievable. Talk about an absolute heartbreaker for the Polar Bears. Honestly I don’t think I have ever seen a more exciting basketball game.
Mikey Jarrell: It shouldn’t have been close.
WS: Huh? They were the fourth and fifth seeds in the NESCAC and played a really tight game back in January, of course it was going to be a good matchup.
MJ: Maybe so, but if Coach Gilbride had any idea what he was doing, I’m sure things would have turned out differently.
WS: Tim Gilbride is the most successful coach in Bowdoin men’s basketball history and he led the team to a 19-5 record this year. You can’t possibly tell me he’s a bad coach.
MJ: Gilbride didn’t lead them to anything, the players did. As my dad always says, “A coach is like a doctor: his job is to do no harm.” Gilbride cost his team two games this year on bone-headed decisions, and if I were one of his players, I would be absolutely livid.
MG: What do you think he did wrong?
MJ: Other than call timeouts––which, as we learned from the Middlebury game, Gilbride struggles with––the primary in-game responsibility of the head coach is to make the correct substitutions. Wiley, there is no way in hell you can convince me that Gilbride had the right players in at the right times.
WS: I thought he coached a really good game. The starters weren’t getting it done out there in the first half and Bowdoin was down by six at halftime. Trinity pushed the lead to 14 in the first six minutes of the second half, so Gilbride brought in the bench and they were able to close the game, send it to overtime, and almost pull off one of the most exciting comebacks in Bowdoin history. He changed his whole game plan and prevented a blowout.
MJ: Yeah, the bench played an unbelievable game, but they shouldn’t have been out there down the stretch. Grant White and Matt Mathias absolutely, unequivocally, without a doubt, have to be in at the end of the game. Grant played 16 minutes in the first half and first four minutes of the second, and then didn’t see the floor again until the end of the first overtime. Mathias, meanwhile, played 19 of the first 25 minutes of the game, and then played a total of 7 seconds the rest of the game.
WS: Gilbride was riding the hot hand. You can’t blame him for that.
MG: You dance with the girl you came with!
MJ: No, no, no, no, no. You can’t leave your starters on the bench. They’re the ones who beat Trinity the first time they played, they’re the ones who won 19 games, and they have to be the ones to close out this game.
WS: Then whom should Gilbride have taken out? Lucas Hausman played phenomenally and hit some clutch free throws and layups in huge moments, Bryan Hurley hit a ridiculous three-pointer to save us and send it to triple OT despite practically playing on one leg, and Matt “Bear” Palecki had ten rebounds, three blocks, and didn’t miss a shot.
MJ: I don’t care. Mathias is a senior, a captain, a 44 percent three-point shooter, 90 percent free throw shooter, and is in the top ten in the conference in assists and assist/turnover ratio, and has been the undisputed leader of the team. Grant, meanwhile, was shooting an absurd 48 percent from three heading into the game, good for second best in the NESCAC, and is quite possibly the best athlete at this school. Are you’re trying to tell me that these guys should be on the bench? That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
WS: They had their chance in the first half and at the start of the second half. The starters created a fourteen-point deficit for the bench to overcome, and they did an amazing job erasing that gap.
MJ: Obviously I don’t mean to discredit the guys who came off the bench, and you need to bring them in to give the starters a rest, but after that the best players on the team need to be on the court. Palecki made a put-back with 7:41 to go in regulation to make it a two-point game, and right when that happened I turned to Dusty [Biron ’15] and said, “OK, where are the starters?”
MG: Hey, speaking of Dusty, it sounds to me like you’re just sticking up for your golf teammates. [Mathias is also on the golf team.] Don’t let your emotions compromise your objectivity!
MJ: You want to take emotions out of it? Fine, let’s take the statistical approach. We have a pretty large performance sample from the starters and the bench players over the course of the season. Mathias, White and Andrew Madlinger, the three seniors on the team, established themselves as some of the best three-point shooters in the NESCAC. Mathias, Madlinger, and Pieri all shot over 80 percent on free throws. White and Mathias had the two best assist-to-turnover ratios on the team, and Madlinger is the only player on the team with more steals than turnovers. There’s a reason these guys started every single game this year. The way I saw it, the starters were just cold. It happens. They were taking good shots that they normally make and they weren’t going in. If you’ve ever taken a statistics class or played fantasy baseball, you know about the concept of regression to the mean: there’s always going to be random variation, but over the long run a player is going to perform at his “mean”––in this case, his season averages should be a good approximation. And I firmly believe that you have to trust the statistics here, and the statistics say that a team is most likely to win if its best players on the court, regardless of how they have been playing recently.
WS: Right, nobody’s debating whether they’re good players. But they were absolutely ice cold all day. Excluding Swords, the starters shot terribly: 26 percent overall, including 22 percent on three-pointers. That’s why they sat on the bench the rest of the game. Meanwhile, you could point to a boatload of statistics to argue the merits of the guys coming off the bench. Hausman led the team on a per minute basis in points, free throw attempts and makes, and steals. Palecki led the team in rebounds per minute played. And although we have a smaller sample size for Hurley, he did end the year with the best three-point percentage on the team, and he led the NESCAC in assists last year by a mile. Coach Gilbride had weapons coming in off the bench and he used them to his advantage this game.
MG: Mikey, you have yet to come up with convincing argument here. Everything statistic you’ve cited, Wiley has matched it. You better come up with something good. It sounds to me like the classic conflict between two simple yet contradictory philosophies. Wiley believes that if a guy is hot he’s more likely to stay hot or if he’s cold he’s more likely to stay cold, a concept the media often refers to as “momentum.” Mikey believes that hot or cold streaks are just statistical noise, and that no matter the previous result, a player is still most likely to play at his mean performance level, much like a coin flip is still 50-50 even if you’ve hit 20 tails in a row. This is one of the most highly debated topics in the world of sports, and I doubt you two idiots are going to solve anything here.
MJ: Do I get one more chance to show you Gilbride screwed up?
MG: Ugh…I guess.
MJ: All right, let’s just look at the strengths and weaknesses of the players on the team. Hurley is solid from beyond the arc, but his real gift is distributing the ball. He does that best when he’s surrounded by spot-up shooters, like Madlinger. Swords is an absolute monster in the post, especially when he’s surrounded by good outside shooting and has more room to operate in the paint. That’s where Mathias and White come in. And Pieri takes advantage of slower, bigger power forwards by constantly knocking down the tough in-between jumpers. This starting lineup is perfectly designed to play together as a unit, exploiting their triangle offense, getting the ball into the posts, and forcing their opposing defense to decide between giving up an open three or letting Swords go to work one-on-one. Pick your poison.
As for the reserves, Hausman is a pure slasher who’s at his best when he’s making layups and free throws. Palecki is going to get tough rebounds and make hustle plays all day, but he doesn’t really create his own offense, as you can see by the fact that he took only two shots in 26 minutes on Saturday. Neil Fuller ’17 is in a similar boat as Palecki, and the two work excellently together on defense and fill the paint in Bowdoin’s 2-3 zone defense almost as well as Swords does. Hausman works really well in the bench unit because he’s not afraid to take on a double team and try to get to the rim, and he’s used to taking a lot of shots when he’s on the court. Hurley would rather pass than shoot, and last year he had almost as many assists as shot attempts.
So what went wrong towards the end of the game? Taking away minutes from White and, to a greater extent, Mathias, had several repercussions. The most apparent to those at the game was the effect it had on Swords. He played 10 minutes more than his season average, and he was clearly exhausted by the end of the game and was unable to play at his normal level. Palecki, though, played a whopping 20 minutes over his season average, and without him Swords would probably have passed out on the court. He played extremely well in his expanded role. But Palecki’s and Hausman’s extra minutes have a subtle domino effect that change the entire structure of the offense and is what I think was the biggest factor that contributed to their loss. With Palecki and tired Swords on the court together at most of the end of the game, Trinity’s post defenders were very quick to double or even triple team any Bowdoin player that ventured into the paint. So an extra body or two met Hausman every time he tried to get to the hoop. I think that’s a big reason why he finished the game 3-13 from the field, even though he averages six for 14. Madlinger played the most minutes of anyone, but during pretty much the entire second half and during the three OTs he was the only three-point threat on the court, meaning he got fewer open looks than he normally would when paired with Mathias and/or White. Madlinger is much more comfortable taking set shots, and Saturday he was forced into taking several shots off the dribble, which is not his forte. Pieri, meanwhile, had very little space to operate inside and never found his signature midrange jump shot. He took only three shots in 36 minutes.
So, with much of the offense essentially out of commission, the ball stuck to the hands of the point guard. Many possessions consisted almost entirely of Hurley prodding into the paint, looking for passing lanes, not finding anything, and being forced into a difficult shot. He finished the game with four assists and 17 shot attempts, whereas last year he averaged an incredible eight assists and only nine shots. Against Trinity, the offense as a whole went stagnant and as a result the guards who played the most minutes––Hausman, Hurley and Madlinger––combined to shoot 26 percent from the field, including 21 percent from three. How do you like them apples?
WS: Uh, what? My eyes glazed over 467 sentences ago.
MG: I don’t think anybody’s still reading at this point. Can we get a TL;DR?
WS: Essentially, Mikey has too much time on his hands.
MJ: Essentially, the bench did their job and provided a spark when the team desperately needed one, but their success on offense was largely unsustainable due to several players being forced into playing outside their comfort zones, a problem that Gilbride could easily been solved by putting the starters back in right when every other coach would have done so. And for that I think he owes his team an apology. I can’t possibly fathom what made Gilbride think it was a good idea to leave several of his starters on the bench for much of the end of the game, not to mention one of his senior captains.
MG: Well, I don’t know if I’m entirely convinced that it was the wrong basketball decision, but I guess Mikey makes a pretty strong case that Gilbride misallocated the minutes. Either way, it’s a shame that the college basketball careers of Madlinger, White and Mathias ended like this. Do we have any No-Fail Predictions this week?
MJ: Despite my beautifully crafted argument, Tim Gilbride will remain the head coach of our men’s basketball team.
WS: Mikey won’t be asked to speak at the Winter Athletics dinner.
MG: Dave Caputi will be fired as head coach of our football team and immediately re-hired as the basketball coach.
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Will Michael Sam be welcomed by the NFL?
Matt Glatt: How about that USA hockey team, huh? Miracle on Ice 2.0!
Mikey Jarrell: Say what you want about the Olympics, but the biggest story of the past couple weeks has to be Michael Sam. Sorry, Putin.
Wiley Spears: For those of you who haven’t heard yet, defensive end Michael Sam of the University of Missouri will become the first active openly gay player in any of the four major North American sports leagues, which are the MLB, NFL, NBA, and—
MJ: —the PGA tour.
MG: Yay! Progress!
MJ: Assuming he gets drafted, that is.
WS: He’s the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, of course he’s going to get drafted! Mel Kiper projected him as a fourth-round pick. The dude will be suiting up on Sundays this fall, no doubt about it.
MJ: I’ll tell you what, if I were a GM, I wouldn’t touch him.
MG: I can’t wait to hear this.
MJ: I’d look at it the same as any other off-the-field issue. It’s a risk you have to be willing to take, and given the crapshoot known as “talent evaluation,” I’d rather take somebody without the baggage.
WS: Off-the-field issue?! Ray Rice beating his fiancée is an off-the-field issue. Aaron Hernandez being charged with murder is an off-the-field issue. Michael Sam’s sexual preference is not an off-the-field issue. In fact, by lumping them together you just look like an intolerant jerk.
MJ: No, I look like a businessman. It’s very clear to me that the NFL locker-room environment is a very volatile place, and some players are definitely not ready to have a gay teammate.
WS: Then explain to me why the Missouri locker room accepted him? Sam came out to them back in August, before he even told his parents, and yet the media never found out about it. Plus, Sports Illustrated asked 51 players if they would comfortable with a gay teammate and 44 said yes! Boy, locker rooms sure are unwelcoming places.
MG: Misrepresentative sampling! Obviously all 44 of those players were gay.
MJ: That still leaves seven who weren’t OK with it. All it takes is one guy to make a scene and destroy all that team chemistry that they say is so important.
MG: Oh my God, Mikey.
WS: And I’m sure there are more than seven players that wouldn’t be comfortable playing with Riley Cooper after he was caught dropping the n-word on camera this past summer. But all of Cooper’s teammates forgave him and he went on to have a career season with the Eagles.
MJ: And yet Chris Kluwe doesn’t have a job. Kluwe made public his moderately progressive views on gay rights and called out a member of the Vikings’ coaching staff for saying, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” And now a solid NFL punter can’t find a spot on an NFL roster. Meanwhile, exactly zero NBA teams have offered Jason Collins even a 10-day contract since he came out as being gay last year. He would’ve become the first openly gay athlete, but now nobody wants anything to do with him!
WS: Those are both old guys who can’t play anymore. These teams want to win, and they want the players who can help them do it. Michael Sam can help teams win. For Pete’s sake, if Michael Vick can get a second chance, why blacklist a gay athlete?
MG: Did someone take a shit in the bathroom? Oh wait, it’s just the pathetic remains of Mikey’s common sense.
MJ: Oh, come on. There’s still a very disturbing trend here, and it leads me to believe that the NFL isn’t ready for this. And I heard Chris Webber say the exact same thing about the NBA.
WS: Chris Webber doesn’t know jack about NBA culture these days anyway. When was the last time he played? 2001?
MG: And I think you guys are forgetting the fact that it only takes one team to draft him. I wouldn’t be surprised if a team with good veteran leadership like the Patriots or the Ravens took him sometime in the mid-to-late rounds. Case closed. No-Fail Prediction time.
MJ: Bubba Watson takes the Accenture Match Play crown for his second consecutive PGA Tour win.
WS: Good work, Mikey, I bet none of the three people who read this column will have any idea what you’re talking about. My prediction: Mikey won’t be asked to join “Out Allies” anytime soon.
MG: Mikey is one off-color remark away from getting J-Boarded.
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Will Sochi shape up in time for Olympics opening ceremony?
Matt Glatt: You smell that? That’s the smell of my favorite sporting event of all time. Are you guys as excited for the Olympics as I am?
Mikey Jarrell: Definitely! I love the gymnastics, the ping-pong, the track and field, the jujitsu, the swimming, all that jazz. I really can’t get enough of it.
Wiley Spears: Literally all of those are from the Summer Olympics.
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Could the Super Bowl survive a polar vortex?
Matt Glatt: So who’s excited for Super Bowl Sunday in a week?
Wiley Spears: You mean Super Bowl Monday.
Are recent coaching antics fair play, or has gamesmanship gone too far?
Matt Glatt: There’s been a recurring theme to this week’s news.
Wiley Spears: Instantaneous delivery of online purchases via remote-controlled miniature aircrafts?
MG: No, sports news. I assume everybody saw what Jason Kidd and Mike Tomlin did last week.Mikey Jarrell: Why don’t you bring our listeners up to speed?
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Does NFL locker-room culture need a change?
Matt Glatt: There’s been pretty much one story blowing up all the sports media these past couple weeks.
Wiley Spears: The Jaguars’ first win of the season?
MG: Close. The Jonathan Martin story. I want to hear where you two stand on this crazy story.
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Do fantasy sports breed uneducated fandom?
Matt Glatt: This Seahawks-Rams game is really stressing me out. I can’t handle this!
Wiley Spears: Wait, why do you care? Can you even name three players on either team?
MG: Easy! Steven Hauschka, Austin Pettis, and the Seahawks D/ST.
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Was it okay for Texans fans to boo Matt Schaub?
After becoming jealous of his friend Wiley Spears’ radio show, Mikey Jarrell got in on the action and the two recruited IT master Matt Glatt to assist them in their radio endeavours. In addition to working Bowdoin sports broadcasts, they have a weekly show with Dusty Biron on WBOR, “Mike and Wiley in the Morning,” which airs Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:30. And now they’re back in the Orient for the first time since Peyton left Indy.
Matt Glatt: Did you see that Texans game on Sunday?
Wiley Spears: DID I SEE THE TEXANS GAME ON SUNDAY? Who do you think I am? Someone who doesn’t obsessively follow football?
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Episode 4: How do you define a professional superstar in today’s age?
Mikey Jarrell, Wiley Spears and Matt Glatt, who also broadcast Bowdoin sports live and have a radio show, muse on sports at Bowdoin and beyond. Matt Glatt: So how about Paul Pierce's game last night? Pretty impressive, especially with Rajon Rondo suspended for a game and Ray Allen injured. Wiley Spears: That's what true superstars do; they step up when they're needed most.
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Episode 3: Protect players or game in kickoff debate?
Mikey Jarrell: Wiley, what were you were saying about the NFL getting rid of kickoffs? Wiley Spears: John Mara, the New York Giants owner, recently said that NFL owners are considering eliminating the kickoffs from the game entirely. I guess they would just have teams start from the 20-yard line. Matt Glatt: That'd be like taking the ugly out of "Ugly Betty."
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Episode 2: Our dying national pastime?
Sophomores Mikey Jarrell, Wiley Spears and Matt Glatt, who also broadcast Bowdoin sports live for WBOR and have a weekly radio show, muse on sports at Bowdoin and beyond. Mikey Jarrell (while watching the Mariners vs. Astros Spring Training game): Baseball has become really exciting over the past few years, huh guys? Matt Glatt: I'd rather be watching Cougar Town. Wiley Spears: Okay, for one, this is a spring training game, and, for another, it's probably the worst teams in baseball squaring off. What did you expect?
Mike & Wiley in the Paper: Episode 1: Should college stars get paid?
After becoming jealous of his friend Wiley Spears' radio show, Mikey Jarrell got in on the action and the two recruited IT master Matt Glatt to assist them in their quest. In addition to broadcasting Bowdoin sports live for WBOR, they have a weekly show, "Mike and Wiley in the Morning," that airs on Wednesday afternoons, from 2 to 3 p.m. And now begins their venture into print.