Catching Up With Trinity College Senior Safety Spencer Donahue

Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue was tabbed this week's NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive performance against Middlebury College last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Trinity College Athletics)

Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue was tabbed this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive performance against Middlebury College last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Trinity College Athletics | David B. Newman)


Last weekend, Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue turned in an impressive defensive performance, tallying six solo stops, including a pair of sacks, three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups to help the Bantams secure an important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win over Middlebury College.

Donahue’s effort last Saturday earned him this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Our defense prepared extremely well for (last weekend’s game) against Middlebury,” said Donahue. “Middlebury had been having success (through the air), so that was definitely a point of emphasis for us during the week, but we couldn’t overlook their running game, too.”

Trinity’s defense limited Middlebury’s air attack to a season-low 126 passing yards, while finishing the game with five interceptions and five sacks.

Earlier this week, we caught up with Donahue to talk about his team’s impressive win against the Panthers, Trinity’s final home game of the season against Amherst College on Saturday, and if he watched the Chicago Cubs break a 108-yard-old curse.

Did you imagine your defense would record five interceptions and five sacks against a talented offense? 

Our coaches prepared a great game plan, so we knew as long as we executed good things would (happen).

You had a big game individually – earned this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors – what worked for you this past week? 

My teammates did an incredible job at executing and making plays when the opportunities arose, so I just tried to follow their lead.

This Saturday marks your final home game as a member of the Bantams’ football program. Care to share a favorite memory/moment of playing in front of the hometown fans? 

Unfortunately, I cannot think of a specific moment (or memory), but the atmosphere here at Trinity on a Saturday is electric. It is something I will really miss once my career is over.

What does your team need to do to be successful this weekend against Amherst? 

We really just need to stay focused. We need to continue to approach each day with the same intensity and energy that we have done throughout season.

A few non-football questions, starting with your major: economics. How did you choose your major and what do you hope to do with it? 

I took an (econ class) my sophomore year and really enjoyed it. Although it was one of the more difficult classes I took here at Trinity, I felt that it taught me more about how the world functioned, as well as how finance and economics impact our society. After graduation, I am hoping to go into commercial real estate.

Being from Illinois, I would presume you’re a Chicago sports fan, so have you been following the Chicago Cubs in the World Series? 

I am actually not a true Chicago sports fan. The Minnesota Vikings are my favorite NFL team, but I do root for the Chicago Cubs. I enjoy going to their games in the summer, but it’s been great for Chicago to have the Cubs back in the World Series and win their first World Series since 1908.

What has been the greatest advice you have received from a football Coach – either past or current?

I would say that the greatest advice any coach has given me is to just have fun and enjoy the game. Football is a tough sport and I have had a lot of ups and downs while playing it, but any time that I get to put my pads on and compete alongside my teammates is truly a blessing. I just try to cherish every moment of it.

Have you always played safety? If not, what other positions have you played? 

I started playing football in third grade – I played running back before transitioning into a receiver and cornerback my freshman year of high school. One year later, I transitioned into a safety and have played the position ever since.

Do you idol your game after a current or past professional football player? 

Yes, I would have to say that my favorite player is Tyrann Mathieu, who is a safety for the Arizona Cardinals. I love the way he plays – I try to do my best to play with the same intensity and fearlessness that he does.

Three favorite movies of all-time? 

Forrest Gump, The Dark Night, and Saving Private Ryan

Finally, your favorite non-football activity? 


Noonan: The Pack Continue To Impress

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers picked up an impress victory on Monday against the Minnesota Vikings!

By Matt Noonan 

It’s official, Week 10 of the NFL season is in the books, and now, we’re left with seven significant weeks to go. It’s been a topsy-turvy season, but once it’s over, I’m expecting a few more surprises, as well as a title game that should certainly live up to its hype.

Of course, the front-runner at the moment is the Green Bay Packers, a team that has flattened their opponents, and made it look too darn easy. They have a quarterback by the name of Aaron Rodgers, who’s technically on pace to shatter Tom Brady’s record of 50 touchdowns, along with a group of “cheese-heads” that posses speed, endurance, quickness, as well as a defensive linebacker that needs a haircut, (sorry, Clay Matthews, but it’s the absolute truth).

The Packers are destined to win their remaining seven matchups, but against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, anything’s possible, right?

America won’t be too happy if this season’s Thanksgiving clash between Green Bay and Detroit doesn’t live up to its hype, especially since many thought both squads would enter Ford Field with undefeated records.

However, if the Packers finish the season undefeated, what’s their chances of winning the Super Bowl?

Well, again, they’re the number one squad in the NFC, and I doubt any team could truly challenge or beat them, but again, that’s just an educated guess. I’d presume New Orleans or San Francisco might have the best shot of dethroning the former NFC champs, but again, that’s just a thought.

I’d consider mentioning Chicago, Detroit, Dallas or New York as contenders, but I’m not entirely sure if any of those squads could play consistent football against Green Bay. Sure, they might pressure Rodgers or force the Packers to make a few mistakes, but in the end, Green Bay would most likely prevail.

No one probably assumed that the Packers, excluding themselves, would experience this much success. Green Bay has outscored their opponents this year by a score of 320-186, and leads the conference with 39 touchdowns. They’ve won seven conference matchups, two AFC meetings, three divisional contest, and five road games.

They’re also on pace to shatter Bill Belichick’s ’07 records, and become the second NFL team to cap off a season with no losses, (the Miami Dolphins in ’72 finished their season, 17-0, as well as beat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII), but again, nothing is certain, especially in the NFL.

The Packers have been a great story, but what would make their magical season even more memorable would be winning Super Bowl XLVI, and stretching their current winning streak, which started on December 5, 2010 to 28 games.

Daily Noontime – November 15, 2011

Don't expect anything drastic to occur for the NBA anytime soon!

Alright, it’s Tuesday, which means the current week is motoring along, right? Here’s the latest news, headlines and more! 


* In case you haven’t heard, the NBA Players Association rejected the Owners proposal on Monday, which means the Lockout has shifted to a “nuclear winter,” according to commissioner David Stern.

* The Green Bay Packers pulverized the Minnesota Vikings on Monday evening, as well as earned their ninth win in a row.

* According to multiple sources, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel have suffered serious injuries, and will most likely miss the remainder of the season.

* On Monday, the Philadelphia media confirmed that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played Sunday with two broken ribs, and also hurt two more too.

* Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky proclaimed on a recent NBC interview that he is innocent.

* Apparently Aaron Rodgers is on target to shatter Tom Brady‘s 50 TD record this season. Rodgers currently has 28 TDs, and certainly is on par to tie the record.

Games to Watch: 

* New Jersey at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Ottawa at Calgary (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern 

* No. 2 Kentucky at No. 11 Kansas (NCAA Basketball) – 9:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Wow! Here’s Aaron Rodgers talking after a community college football game! 

Analyzing Three NFL QB Controversies

Can Tim Tebow save Denver's season? We'll find out on Sunday against Miami!

By Brian Willwerth 

We’re just past the one-month mark of the NFL season, and several teams are either changing their starting quarterbacks, or thinking about it.

Here’s a look at three such cases.

DENVER BRONCOS – It’s Tebow time, as the much-hyped QB will start for the Broncos on Sunday against the winless Dolphins in Miami. The fans have been screaming for Tim Tebow since day one. Kyle Orton was doomed from the start, and his performance against the Chargers, (6-of 13 for 34 yards) was the icing on the cake. Head coach John Fox had to do something to spark his team. Denver is ranked 27th in passing offense and 22nd in rushing. Tebow has the ability to improve both of those numbers. He’ll be returning to the state where he had so much success in college.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS – The Vikes are 1-4, and Donovan McNabb may have seen his last action for quite some time. He was benched in the second half of Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Bears in favor of rookie Christian Ponder. Of course, you can’t blame McNabb for letting Devin Hester do what he does best, and you can’t blame him for letting Jay Cutler light up the secondary. That said, Minnesota has already blown two big leads already this season vs. Tampa Bay and Detroit. Head coach Leslie Frazier is expected to decide Wednesday whether Ponder will make his first career start against the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Washington is over .500 [3-2] but when you have Rex Grossman on your team, well I think you know where I’m heading with this. After playing decent football through the first four weeks of the season, Grossman threw four interceptions in the loss to the Eagles – three of them to Philadelphia safety Kurt Coleman. Mike Shanahan benched Grossman in the second half in favor of John Beck. Will this be a permanent change? We’ll see who lines up under center on Sunday in Carolina.

NFL Surprises and Disappointments Through Week Five

Did anyone really expect the Lions to be this good?

By Brian Willwerth 

We are just over a month into the 2011 NFL season. Most teams have played five games, while a few have played four due to byes.

Here’s a look at the biggest surprises – and disappointments – through the first month:


DETROIT LIONS [5-0] – The Lions are THE story of the league right now. A lot of the so-called experts thought they’d be improved over last year, but this?  They’ve averaging over 31 points per game. Matthew Stafford has thrown 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while nine of those strikes have gone to Calvin Johnson. Their defense is middle-of-the-pack (12th), but the offense has more than made up for it. Detroit and Green Bay are the only two unbeatens remaining. Guess who the Lions host for their annual Thanksgiving game? Could both teams still be perfect on November 24th?

BUFFALO BILLS [4-1] – The AFC East is not a New England Patriots or New York Jets division anymore, at least for the moment. Buffalo is averaging over 32 points a game. The Bills have come back from huge second-half deficits twice to win, against Oakland and New England. Running back Fred Jackson is almost halfway to 1,000 yards already. This is a fun team to watch, but the question is can the Bills keep it up? We shall see.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS [4-1] – How about the job head coach Jim Harbaugh is doing out west? Behind a strong running attack led by Frank Gore, and a solid defense, San Francisco has an early two-game advantage in the NFC West. And based on how the competition has looked so far, the ‘Niners definitely have to be considered the favorites in that division right now. Next week, they go to Detroit.  Before the season began, who thought that would be the marquee game on the Week 6 schedule?


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES [1-4] – We can only imagine what sports radio must be like In Philly these days. The Phillies get knocked out of the playoffs in the first round, and now the Eagles have lost four straight after a season-opening win against the winless St. Louis Rams. There is a lot of talent on this team, but they’ve been doomed by mistakes. Quarterback Michael Vick has been picked off seven times and lost three fumbles, while head coach Andy Reid remains on the hot seat. He’s turned seasons around before, but this may be his biggest challenge yet.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS [1-4] – They finally broke into the win column last Sunday against Arizona, but it’s a rough opening act for the Vikes. They blew a 17-0 lead and lost to Tampa Bay. Then the next week, they blew a 20-0 lead against the Lions. Both of those games were at home. Adrian Peterson is just about halfway to 1,000 yards and has found the end zone six times, three of them coming against the Cardinals. Maybe he should be getting the ball more?

Drew Bledsoe Highlights from WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Morning Show

Drew Bledsoe joined WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show on Friday to discuss his career!

By Matt Noonan 

Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe joined WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to talk about his career. Bledsoe will be honored on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, as one of the newest members of the Patriots Hall of Fame, along with center Jon Morris. Here are some highlights from the discussion.

* Bledsoe expressed his sincere enjoyment of being a member of the Patriots organization. He didn’t state anything negative, but admitted there were some teams that struggled compared to others, yet one of the finest moments he recalled was a game against the Minnesota Vikings in ’94. Against the “Purple People Eaters,” Bledsoe completed 45-of-70 passes for 426 yards, which helped the Patriots pull out an emotional overtime win.

* He’s certainly pleased about the recent success of the Patriots, as well as his former co-worker, Tom Brady. Although, Bledsoe admitted that he would have loved to have his job back in ’01, but again, he’s happy that his former team remains competitive and continues to be one of the marquee squads to watch every year.

* When asked about his current life in Oregon, Bledsoe commented by saying, he keeps busy doing a variety of things, such as working out, skiing, and spending time with his family. He’s currently involved in the wine business that he, as well as his childhood friend Chris Figgins launched in ’08.

* Throughout his career, Bledsoe sported the number 11 on his chest, which is now worn by wide receiver Julian Edelman. The former quarterback chuckled when asked about Edelman wearing his number, but stated, he’s holding up the legacy.  

* When asked about Tedy Bruschi’s comments toward Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocino, Bledsoe commented by saying, “When you’re in it, your part of that thing – you don’t sit back and watch it.” Also, he stated Ochocinco shouldn’t be a fan, but instead, a football player.

* Finally, the conversation concluded with the former signal caller expressing his love for the late Myra Kraft, who past away this summer after her long battle with cancer. He said, “That woman was truly a unique person in the world.”

NFL 2011: NFC North Predictions

Can Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers win another Super Bowl?

By Matt Noonan 

One of the toughest divisions in the NFL just got a tad bit better. In fact, all four teams will compete against one another, but when it’s all said and done, Chicago and Minnesota should rue the day, while Detroit leaps past them in the standings. Green Bay is most likely the favorite, however, any injuries or Super Bowl hangover could allow the Lions a chance to sneak into the top spot.

1.) Green Bay Packers [11-5] – It’s hard to think that the Packers won’t experience a “Super Bowl” hiccup, but then again, anything’s possible. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is primed to improve this year, as well as build off the success he experienced last year. The Packers also get a few key components back to their offense, tight end Jermichael Finley and running back Ryan Grant, who sustained serious season ending injuries last season. Expect the defense to ramp up their intensity, as well as support their offense too, especially if they’re in trouble, but all in all, the Packers are certainly a lock to make a run toward Super Bowl XLVI.

2.) Detroit Lions [9-7] – The key for the Lions is to remain healthy. Quarterback Matthew Stafford hasn’t finished an entire season, so here’s hope that he, as well as running back Jahvid Best can overcome any bumps and bruises this year. Also, expect their defense to provide loads of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, especially defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

3.) Chicago Bears [8-8] – Does anyone truly believe that Jay Cutler is a legit quarterback in this league? Seriously, who thinks he’s amazing? Cutler isn’t exactly a leader or Mr. Clutch, but this season, expect him, as well as his Bears teammates to take a step backward. There are injuries and other issues, as well as linebacker Lance Briggs’s “trade drama.” Also, does anyone expect Roy Williams to make a major impact on offense? Overall, it should be another typical year in the “Windy City” for the Bears and their fans.

4.) Minnesota Vikings [6-10] – Who truly believes that Donovan McNabb is the answer for this team? Anyone else believe that Christian Ponder will earn the starting job mid-way through the season? The Vikings have a lot of questions marks on offense and defense, but hopefully first year head coach Leslie Frazier can salvage six or seven wins.