Author Brandon Hickey

18 entries

Venturing Into Enemy Territory

Let's get this out of the way first: I loathe all things Kent State. I am an Akron fan (and current student) first and foremost, and making that fifteen minute drive east on Interstate 76 is something I only want to do during basketball season. When I finally get into the Memorial Athletic Convocation Center (MACC)...

The Road-Weary Nomads of College Basketball

Poor Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Golden Lions have logged more miles on the road than your favorite band. They probably have more hotel reward points than actual points this season. They have been on a long and arduous adventure, but when you're in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, this is all too much the norm....

Jumping into a Zips Win

As I began to prepare to research Akron's opponent, the Florida A&M Rattlers of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, I thought about what I already knew about this university located in Tallahassee, Florida. I had recently heard about a terrible and deadly hazing incident that happened to a band member there...

The Annual Unofficial MAC-Horizon Challenge

The Penguins from Youngstown State visited the James A. Rhodes Arena Monday as they continued their swing through MAC competition. After losing to Buffalo (80-74) and Toledo (86-76), the Penguins were looking for the third time to be the charm against Akron. When the officiating crew came out during warm-ups,...

The Last of the Cupcakes

Who's ready for another Akron Zips game recap? Four games in seven days is tough enough for a player, much less someone trying to do a write-up for four games that were pretty much the same. I've been studying for the GMAT over my Christmas break, so these basketball games have been a nice study break for me....

No Love Lost

We all know the big rivalries in sports -- Duke-North Carolina, Ohio State-Michigan, USC-UCLA, etc. However, there are also some schools that are not main rivals, but whenever the two get together it truly feels like a rivalry. Akron's main rival is Kent State, and Ohio's main rival is Miami University. Whenever...

A Lesson in Business

15 miles. That's all that separates Kent State University and The University of Akron. As an Akron student, one of the first things that is ingrained in you as a freshman is the intensity of the rivalry. I'm really surprised that there isn't a class that is taught at either institution about the rivalry. A good...

Anticipation

6:25 couldn't get there soon enough. That's what time my Business Law class ended, and while I enjoy learning about leasehold agreements and evictions (who doesn't? ), I was ready to get out of there. I went through the same process that typical 9-5ers do at 4:30 every day: constantly checking the clock. Everyone...

The Anatomy of a Blowout

Everyone knows how being part of a blowout feels. The winning side is clearly overjoyed with utter domination of an opponent while the losing side is left scratching their heads wondering what just happened. That's what happened Wednesday when Akron took out visiting Eastern Michigan 77-47 at the James A. Rhodes...

A Battle for the Ages

When you hear "Vikings" and "Crusaders," you harken back to the Middle Ages when people like Pope Alexander II, Constantine and Leif Eriksson were famous. The 10th and 11th centuries were marked by wars, religious uprisings, and numerous dynasties ruling the free world. Now fast-forward to 2011. The Cleveland...

BREAKFAST AND BASKETBALL

NOT ONCE IN MY LIFE HAD I EVER DREAMED THAT I'D BE ATTENDING A COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAME AT 11 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. I HAD NEVER REALLY EVEN HEARD OF SUCH A THING UNTIL THIS YEAR, WHEN A COUPLE GAMES STARTED COMING ON TELEVISION BEFORE NOON. AS A TYPICAL COLLEGE STUDENT, WAKING UP BEFORE NOON ON A SATURDAY IS...

BUILDING FROM THE BOTTOM UP

The second game of my ALLCAPSDAY experience was the battle between the Northern Illinois Huskies and the hometown Akron Zips. Looking at the archives from this year, it looks like the Huskies have only been recapped once. Let's dig a little deeper into the Huskies' problematic season. Mark Montgomery was announced...

The Legend of Charlie Coles

The normal retirement age in the United States is around 65. Most people are ready to end their working life at this age, if not earlier. They can look forward to vacations in Florida, cruises to Alaska, and following their favorite soap opera. Americans over the age of 55 start counting down the days, months,...

The Tall and Short of it

The Bowling Green Falcons invaded James A. Rhodes Arena on Wednesday night in another pivotal Mid-American Conference showdown. The Zips came in hot, riding an 8-game conference winning streak and sitting comfortably atop the MAC table. The Falcons were doing their best to stay up with the top four teams in the...

Missed Opportunities

I apologize for getting this recap up so late. It wasn't until yesterday until I had totally gotten over the outcome of this game, which you'll see why in my next post. As an unabashed Akron fan and Northeastern Ohio sports fan, losing big games just becomes the norm. The only true national success that The University...

Oh What a Night

Since Jody Michael has already recapped this game (and did a great job), I won't go too much into the details. I'll simply give you an Akron fan's experience of the wondrous occasion that was claiming the outright Mid-American Conference Championship. The day of the Kent State game is truly that: an entire day....

OHIO Spoils the Mitchell Watt Show

The MAC Player of the Year did all that he could to keep the 2 seed Buffalo Bulls in the second semi-final game of the MAC Tournament. But, in the end, it just wasn't enough, as the 3 seed OHIO Bobcats and their barrage of 3-pointers ended the Bulls' chance at a NCAA Tournament bid. Buffalo's Mitchell Watt scored...

Kent State-Akron III

The sport of boxing has its memorable rivalries. Ali-Frazier. Tyson-Holyfield. Whenever they matched up in the ring, it wasn't really about the fight. It was about the event as a whole. The weigh-in, the verbal sparring, and the actual fight all played in to the experience that was a boxing match. That's why you...

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