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Which Sports Teams Should We Root For?

What sports teams should Ephs route for? As always, EphBlog takes the view that, in all areas, you should route for the person/organization most closely associated with Williams. Even Republican Ephs should, for example, vote for Democratic Senator Chris Murphy ’96 to be re-elected.

When it comes to sports, my suggestions would be:

Football: The New England Patriots, largely run by team president Jonathan Kraft ’86, a former Williams trustee and heir apparent in the Kraft Group, which owns the team. That the Patriots are also geographically close to Williamstown is also a plus. Is there another football team with a meaningful Eph connection?

Baseball: The Yankees (in the American league) and Pirates (in the National League) are both owned by Eph families, the Steinbrenners and the Nuttings. What other baseball teams have Eph connections?

Basketball: The best I can do is the San Antonio Spurs, whose assistant coach is Will Hardy ’10. Other suggestions?

US Soccer: Perhaps the New England Revolution, also owned by the Kraft family? Dan Calichman ’89 is an assistant coach at Toronto FC. I think there are some Ephs associated with the expansion franchise Los Angeles FC. Others?

On hockey and more international leagues (La Liga? Premier League?), I have no suggestions. Help us out, readers!

And, this evening, go Patriots!

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#1 Comment By John C. Drew, Ph.D. On January 22, 2017 @ 6:36 pm

I was impressed by the article on Jonathan Kraft ’86. He sounds like a decent guy, like one of the Trump children. I never met him. He was a history major. I interviewed for my job in the political science department just as Kraft was getting ready to finish his senior year. I enjoyed watching the Atlanta Falcons win today, but I’m okay rooting for The New England Patriots later this evening. It will remind me of the bright promise I associated with Williams College back in the day.

#2 Comment By Dick Swart ’56 On January 22, 2017 @ 7:45 pm

Under ‘baseball” let us include Ogden Nutting ’56.

http://be.wvu.edu/hall_fame/nutting.htm

#3 Comment By Fendertweed On January 27, 2017 @ 9:59 pm

The Steinbrenners, George Sr. In particular, are a-holes who turned this lifelong (former) Yankee fan away in disgust years ago. Root fior a team just because of a Williams connection? Not when they’re as repugnant as George Steinbrenner was.

BTW one of my classmate’s father was in Steinbrenner’s class and said he was an asshole even back c. 1950 or so.

Go Nats!