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Articles by Sam Sheehan (56)


A columnist’s pursuit of understanding

April 26, 2012 0 comments

When I promised a list of “most compelling NBA playoff matchups” for the West last week, I neglected two very important pieces of information. The first was that by the time that column ran, nearly all of the playoff matchups would have been decided, making the point of the column moot. The second was that this column will be my final column for The Herald. (A moment of silence from my seven fans and thunderous applause from the three dozen people who send me what I would tentatively describe as “you’re an idiotic, uninformed hack” mail.)


Sheehan ’12: Beasts of the East

April 19, 2012 0 comments

The time is first semester of this school year. One of my housemates and I gather in our living room on a Monday night. He opens up his laptop, and I grab one of the three felt-tipped markers we have lining the base of our giant whiteboard. This whiteboard will go on to host a giant Final Four bracket and my sister’s original Spongebob Squarepants art, but at this particular moment, it has a much greater purpose.


Sheehan ’12: A bandwagon fan’s conversation survival guide

April 13, 2012 0 comments

It’s pretty awkward that the NHL playoffs have started. With the Boston Red Sox on pace for 135 losses this season and the Boston Celtics re-emerging as the team I knew they could be, I forgot to hold true to my hockey-watching pattern this year. The NHL, though I regularly enjoy watching a Boston Bruins game more than a Sox game, regularly slips through the cracks for me. 


Sheehan ’12: Gambino, Gronk and a self-aware generation

April 6, 2012 0 comments

With all due respect to the Walkmen and my sophomore year of high school, the must-see act of this Spring Weekend is without a doubt Childish Gambino.


The business of sports: What’s behind the curtain

March 9, 2012 0 comments

“Sports are a


Sheehan ’12: Putting on the NBA on the silver screen

March 2, 2012 0 comments

Oh, Netflix. You saucy minx. I always see you around my Internet browser. Trying to make me jealous with your “free month trial” or your ability to let me watch so many “How I Met Your Mother” episodes in a row that I feel kind of sick. But it’s over, Netflix. I’ve moved on.

Columns, Sports

Sheehan ’12: All-Star selection in compromising position

February 24, 2012 0 comments

As the last NBA games of the first half of the season wrap up, and we prepare for the All-Star game, I would like to point out something that has really bothered me over the past couple of years. 


Killer Linstinct: The onslaught of Linsanity

February 17, 2012 0 comments

As a sports columnist, I try to write stories about people or events in the sports world that have slipped under the radar. I set out this week to write about Brandon Roy, what he meant to the Trail Blazers, and how his genuinely sad retirement didn’t get the attention it deserved because we were in the middle of one of the craziest free-agent periods of all time. Thanks, lockout.


Sheehan ’12: Open heart surgery on a Patriots fan

February 10, 2012 0 comments

In the days following the Super Bowl, I’ve been watching a lot of Scrubs. It is one of my favorite shows of all time. The problem with Scrubs was that, for all of its potential, it wasn’t able to maintain the high level of entertainment that it set for itself in the first four or five seasons. I think the best way to picture the show is as a top-of-the-line race car. Scrubs rolled off the conveyor belt as a fantastic piece of machinery. It was a great construction that its engineers could be proud of. 


Sheehan ’12: We shouldn’t be here

February 3, 2012 0 comments

An unimposing, awkward pre-teen, I wasn’t typically interested in watching most sports because I was so uncoordinated and unable to play them myself. The exception was the Patriots, a tortured team that had lost two Super Bowls and won none. I had been watching the team for four years. And it was only the second time they had made the playoffs.