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The Blue & Gray Press | April 22, 2019

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UMW varsity football remains a fantasy for students

October 4, 2018 |

Staff Writer
The UMW Athletics Department has no plans to create an official university football program now or in the near future. Read More

NFL underdogs upset clinched games in week 3

September 27, 2018 |

Staff Writer
Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season seemed to be filled with easy wins for several playoff contenders. Read More

UMW works on its retention rates

March 1, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Over the course of 20 years, Mary Washington’s retention rate has been maintained at a steady rate; however a decline during the 2013 school year has caused this to be a topic of interest.

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After a hectic Week 5, NFL teams prepare themselves for Week 6

October 12, 2017 |


Sports Editor

With a little bit over a quarter of the 2017 NFL season in the books, the league took a huge turn during Week five with numerous key injuries and the trade sending Adrian Peterson to Arizona.Read More

UMW student athletes respond to national anthem protests

October 12, 2017 |


Staff Writer

NFL players kneeling during the national anthem recently set off a storm that swept up all of America, sparking discussions in homes across the United States — including here at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Virginia football shines this week, earning national spotlight

October 5, 2017 |


Staff writer

After five weeks of college football, Virginia’s teams are still finding a way to be in the national spotlight. Following a great outing in the opening weekend, Virginia college football saves their spot on ESPN every week and hosting ESPN’s College Gameday.Read More

NFL stands strong against Trump’s divisive words

September 28, 2017 |


At a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, President Donald Trump spent a portion of his time on stage talking about the National Football League. What started as a tangent about how penalties for hard hits are making the game soft and “ruining it,” quickly became a tirade on the National Anthem protests started last year by former forty-niners’ quarter back, Colin Kaepernick, and how the players “disrespect our flag,” according to President Trump.Read More

Redskins steal a big win, preparing for a rough road ahead

September 21, 2017 |


Sports Editor

The Washington Redskins avoided their usual 0-2 record start this season, with a big 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Following their brutal loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at home, Redskins fans were relieved to see them get a big win. Even though Washington will be coming home with a victory, they struggled to get it. Although rookie, Samaje Perine got most of the touches on offense, running back Chris Thompson carried the team early in the game by setting the bar at two rushing touchdowns along with 77 yards on only three carries.Read More

NFL: National Football….Los Angeles?

September 13, 2017 |


Staff Writer

A little more than a year ago, the city of Los Angeles had not housed an NFL team in more than 20 years. Now, both the Chargers and the Rams call it home. Living in close proximity to D.C. many of us take for granted the omnipresent influence of a local NFL franchise, especially one that can’t be claimed by a specific state. The Redskins are a staple in Northern Virginia, with this in mind, one can begin to understand the frustration and confusion felt by the jilted fans these two franchises left behind.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Requesting The Blue & Gray Press not use the name or logo of the Washington NFL team

September 24, 2014 |

To the Editors of The Blue & Gray Press:

We are writing to ask that the newspaper cease using the team name and logo for the Washington NFL team in its coverage of professional sports.Read More

Kirk Cousins steps up in place of RGIII, leads Redskins to big win

September 17, 2014 |


The home crowd fell silent at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland as the Washington Redskins’ star quarterback laid face-down on the ground only five minutes into the team’s home opener.Read More

Class debates creation of football team

October 30, 2013 |

The University of Mary Washington Public Debate Practicum class tackled the question of whether the school should start a varsity football program. The debate was held on Thursday, Oct 24; Yireda Jilili and Teddy Dillon argued the affirmative and Tom Pacheco and David Carpenter argued against a football program.Read More

In the endzone: Numbers add up the season thus far

October 9, 2013 |

Numbers and statistics are important aspects of modern sports. They provide sports fanatics with ammunition for sports bar banter with buddies and give sports writers evidence for their arguments. This week’s column is all about presenting the numbers most relevant to each NFL team five weeks into the season.Read More

NFL in London breaks tradition

October 2, 2013 |

Following the NFL’s annual tradition of playing one game outside the U.S. in order to spread football across the globe, the Pittsburgh Steelers battled the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, Sept. 29.Read More

Despite Lack of Football Team, School Spirit is Still a Touchdown

October 3, 2012 |


As many of you surely know, college football season is officially in full-swing. On campuses all over the country, Thursday through Saturday is now irrevocably consumed by beer guzzling, fight song screaming and victory partying or, in … Read More

Breaking Down Super Bowl XLVI

February 1, 2012 |

This past summer, with the NFL lockout still on in full force, it was unclear if this Sunday was going to actually be Super Bowl Sunday or just another ordinary Sabbath. Fortunately for the American public, the commissioner’s office and … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

November 30, 2011 |

Start ‘Em QB: Vince Young (Philadelphia) RB: LaGarrette Blount (Tampa Bay) WR: Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City) RB: C.J. Spiller (Buffalo) WR: Victor Cruz (New York Giants) TE: Vernon Davis (San Francisco) K: Conor Barth (Tampa Bay) DEF: Dallas Cowboys

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Fantasy Football Corner

November 10, 2011 |

Start ‘Em QB: Mark Sanchez (Jets) RB: Steven Jackson (Rams) WR: Dez Bryant (Cowboys) RB: Willis McGahee (Broncos) WR: Reggie Wayne (Colts) TE: Heath Miller (Steelers) K: Alex Henery (Eagles) DEF: Washington Redskins

Sit ‘Em QB: Tom Brady (Patriots) RB: Brandon … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

November 3, 2011 |

Start ‘Em

QB: Tim Tebow (DEN)- Let’s be clear, Tebow is an awful real life quarterback who appears completely overmatched at the moment. Fortunately for fantasy players, his real life value doesn’t matter. Tebow’s rushing  ability inflates his fantasy … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

October 26, 2011 |

Start ’Em

QB: Matt Hasselbeck (TEN)- The longtime Seahawk and first year Titan was fantastic through the first four games of his 2011 campaign, but has tailed off in his last two contests. However, there’s no better way to … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

October 12, 2011 |

Start Em QB: Matt Ryan (ATL): Besides being the guy with the worst nickname in sports, “Matty Ice” has been equally disapointing on the field in 2011. He ranks 17th among quarterbacks in fantasy points and his yards per attempt … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

October 5, 2011 |

Start Em

QB: Matt Schaub (HOU) RB: Mark Ingram (NO) WR: Santontio Holmes (NYJ) RB: Joseph Addai (IND) WR: Percy Harvin (MIN) TE: Kevin Boss (OAK) K: Mike Nugent (CIN) DEF: Tennessee Titans

Sit Em

QB: Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) RB: … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

September 21, 2011 |

Start Em QB: Cam Newton (Panthers): Despite the history of rookie quarterback’s lack of success in the NFL, Newton has proved to be the exception to that rule. He has thrown for over 420 yards in each of his two … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

September 14, 2011 |

Start Em: QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF)– The Harvard grad tore up last year’s AFC West champion Chiefs in Arrowhead in Week 1, passing for four touchdown passes in Buffalo’s blowout win. With a home game against the Raiders on slate … Read More

Why the Lombardi Trophy is Headed to Pittsburgh

February 2, 2011 |

Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tx. is soon to be flooded with cheese heads and terrible towels, as two of the most historic NFL teams square off in Super Bowl XLV. With the biggest game of America’s most popular sport now … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

December 1, 2010 |

Start Em QB- Jay Cutler (Bears): I know, I know, I can’t believe I’m trusting him either. But the fact is that since coming off his bye week, Cutler has been rather reliable, throwing for nine touchdowns and only three interceptions. … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

November 25, 2010 |

Start Em:

QB- Shaun Hill (Lions)

RB- Ronnie Brown (Dolphins)

RB- Mike Tolbert (Chargers)

WR- Mario Manningham (Giants)

WR- Sidney Rice (Vikings)

WR- Michael Crabtree (49ers)

TE- Bo Scaife (Titans)

K- Shayne Graham (Patriots)

DEF- Cleveland Browns

Sit Em:

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Fantasy Football Corner

November 17, 2010 |

Start Em: QB- Mark Sanchez (Jets) RB- Ray Rice (Ravens) RB- BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Patriots) WR- Reggie Wayne (Colts) WR- Danny Amendola (Rams) TE- Ben Watson (Browns) K- Dan Carpenter (Dolphins) DEF- Kansas City Chiefs

Sit Em: QB- Kyle Orton (Broncos) … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

November 3, 2010 |

Start Em:

QB- Michael Vick (Eagles): Vick returns from his injury hiatus and is set to take control of the Philadelphia offense once again. Stud wideout DaSean Jackson is expected to return from his concussion as well, meaning Vick will … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

October 27, 2010 |

Start Em

QB- Carson Palmer (Bengals): Palmer is far from the quarterback he was before his torn-ACL, but he has been occasionally useful for fantasy purposes. Palmer has mainly feasted on weak pass defenses, and this week he happens to … Read More