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Graduate student defensive back Derek Slywka goes down low to wrap up Springfield College senior running back Blane Hart on Nov. 18, 2023. Slywka participated in the University of Buffalo pro day March 14 and Syracuse Universitys on March 18.

Q&A: Bombers’ defensive back makes pro day statement in journey to NFL draft

By Daniel King, Senior Writer March 21, 2024
Since the end of the 2023 Ithaca College Bombers’ football season, All-American graduate student defensive back Derek Slywka has been training to get a shot in the National Football League. 
From left, Dylan Shane 19 and Sam Factor 19, the founders of WalterPicks, an AI-powered fantasy football tool. The pair made the algorithm in a machine learning class in 2019, but have since expanded it to a popular app and TikTok brand.

Fantasy football tool started by alumni finds big audience

By Aidan Charde, Sports Editor August 31, 2022
Not only has WalterPicks, started by Ithaca College alumni Sam Factor ’19 and Dylan Shane ’19, found an audience, but it has been 17% more accurate than ESPN and Yahoo.
Ithaca College alum Trevor Thompson ’17 played shortstop for the Bombers during his time at the college. He now works for the New York Jets as a seasonal intern athletic trainer.

Q&A: Former shortstop steps onto new field as an athletic trainer

By Connor Wood, Staff Writer October 8, 2020
Ithaca College alum Trevor Thompson ’17 played shortstop for the Bombers during his time at the college. He now works for the New York Jets as a seasonal intern athletic trainer.
From left, Mike Urtz, Director of Athletics at SUNY Cortland and Susan Bassett, Associate Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports, shake hands after the announcement of the 61st annual Cortaca Jug being played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Next year’s 61st annual Cortaca Jug moved to MetLife Stadium

By Jack Murray, Assistant Sports Editor November 7, 2018
The 2019 Cortaca Jug will be played at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The stadium is home to two NFL franchises.

The Hot Stove: Renouncing my NFL fandom

By Steve Derderian, Columnist January 26, 2015
Columnist Steve Derderian asserts his take on the Super Bowl and the surrounding NFL controversy

NFL should have given Ray Rice a harsher initial punishment

By Whitman Ives September 16, 2014
Back in March, TMZ released a video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee out of an elevator. Just last week, TMZ released another video that apparently shows Rice hitting his fiancee in that elevator.
Athletes sexual orientation does not affect performance

Athlete’s sexual orientation does not affect performance

By Kyle James September 10, 2014
It hasn’t been the prettiest road to the National Football League for Michael Sam.

Excited for Michael Sam

By Nik DeCosta-Klipa February 10, 2014

Upon hearing University of Missouri football player and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam announce publicly that he’s gay Sunday, I had conflicted reactions. The first was celebratory.  Sam, an All-American...

Football and Concussions: Popularity and Concern Coming to a Head

By Nik DeCosta-Klipa February 2, 2014

This year the National Football League got likely their most ideal conference championship and Super Bowl weekends possible.  While the Denver Broncos’ defeat of the New England Patriots plotted two...

Commentary: NFL’s non-inclusive behavior needs to be flushed away

By Stephen Mosher November 13, 2013

In the week since Richie Incognito’s so-called bullying of his fellow offensive line-mate, Jonathan Martin, bubbled up from the Miami Dolphins’ sewer of a locker room, countless sports journalists...

The ‘Stache Line: Football roster size reasonable or excessive?

By Matt Kelly, Columnist August 27, 2013

When I make my first drive through the Ithaca College campus each August, one sight is always there to greet me. On the lower practice fields, a sea of blue and white Bombers’ football players are running...

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