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Megatron for MVP

Quick trivia question: how many wide receivers have been named NFL Most Valuable Player? Answer: a big, fat zero.
That’s right, not even Jerry Rice, the greatest wideout ever, was able to corral an MVP trophy during his Hall of Fame career. Quarterbacks and running backs have always dominated the award, prompting the follow-up trivia question:

Overtime: A message for Red Sox Nation

The Red Sox clinched the 2013 World Series title last week in Boston, and an entire city collectively rejoiced.

The rest of the country collectively rolled their eyes.

As another classic October unfolded in the baseball universe, I was reminded of something I had known for years: I loathe Red Sox Nation.

Hockey captain Matt Bailey on the hot-handed Seawolves

The Seawolf hockey team is off to a hot start at 3-1, with big wins over #10 Quinnipiac and #12 Denver this year. Co-captain Matt Bailey is pacing the team with four goals heading into Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, and the senior co-captain took a moment to talk to the Northern Light about the Seawolves’ hot start.
TNL: You guys got off to a great start after some major offseason changes. How was this team able to come together so quickly?
Bailey: I think everyone was really excited coming into the season with all the new changes and Coach Matt (Thomas) is just a really motivational guy. It’s a good group of guys, a really close knit group and we’re playing within the system and it’s paying off so far.”

Overtime: It’s the most wonderful time of the year

No, it’s not time for Santa and Yuletide carols. I actually don’t even know what Yuletide means. But one thing I do know is it’s October, and I’m excited! This is the best time of the year to be a sports fan. Although October is traditionally reserved for baseball postseason excitement, the month is also a reason for fans of every sport to get pumped.

Keith Hackett named UAA athletic director

Last week, UAA announced the hiring of Keith Hackett as the university’s new athletic director. Hackett joins the Seawolves with 36 years of higher education experience and was most recently the senior associate athletic director for internal affairs at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Alaska Airlines Center starting to take off

As the Seawolf student body makes its way back to UAA for the 2013 fall semester, they will notice significant progress on the latest addition to the main campus: the under-construction Alaska Airlines Center.

The $109 million project isn’t slated to finish construction until June 2014, but a sneak peek of the arena proved it should be well worth the wait.

Overtime: LeBron Unchained: Heat trump Spurs in NBA finals

Game Seven — all that a sports fan can ask for. Even more so than the mighty Super Bowl or a World Cup soccer championship match, Game Seven is the pinnacle of sports excitement. Reaching the championship of a tournament and playing for it all is always going to be a thrilling experience. But Game Seven […]

Getting warmed up for 2013 baseball

As the madness of March basketball subsides, Opening Day signals the start of a long, monotonous baseball season. And I could not be more excited. In just seven short months, teams will be battling it out in the Fall Classic.

NBA: Masters of the sports ‘Twitter-verse’

Each generation puts a spin on their version of the ever-evolving high school popularity contest. Currently, the phenomenon has manifested itself in the form of Facebook “likes” and Twitter “followers.”

Overtime: NBA: Masters of the ‘Twitter-verse’

Each generation puts a spin on their version of the ever-evolving high school popularity contest. Currently, the phenomenon has manifested itself in the form of Facebook “likes” and Twitter “followers.”

Seawolves rank 9th in West Region rankings

The women’s basketball team is getting hot at the right time of year. The Seawolf hoopers (15-8 in Division II play) have rattled off six straight wins and ranked ninth in the NCAA Div. II West Region Women’s Basketball Rankings.

Seawolves top UAF Nanooks in basketball

The Seawolf men’s basketball team escaped a packed Wells Fargo Center Saturday night with a dramatic, 71-69 victory over the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Previewing the Seawolves-Nanooks matchup

The Seawolf men’s basketball team has plenty of time to prepare for its Saturday showdown with in-state rival, UAF Nanooks. Coming off a road trip to Washington, the UAA men only have the Nanooks to prep for this week. The second meeting of the season tips off at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Overtime: Tracking down Alaska’s NHL representatives

Hockey is back. Puck fans all across North America rejoiced last month as the NHL ended a lengthy lockout and players returned to the rink. Some of Alaska’s best players returned to their hometown Aces during the break, but a new NHL season means it’s time for an update on the whereabouts of the Last Frontier’s finest:

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