Jeff Nelson

Departing Editor’s Farewell: Putting college to rest

As my senior year comes to an end and I examine how I spent my four years at GW, I come up with one overwhelming regret, one perfect answer to the “If I could do it all over again” question. Naps, ladies and gentlemen. I would take more naps. All of you know what I’m […]

When to play and when to sit

Some of sports’ most memorable moments have been made by athletes playing through pain. Willis Reed with a torn thigh muscle, making his first two shots in Game Seven of the 1970 NBA Finals. Kirk Gibson with a bum leg, hitting the game-winning home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series. The list […]

GW basketball eyes top Philly prep star

GW men’s basketball head coach Karl Hobbs came to Foggy Bottom three years ago with a reputation for recruiting star talent, and it appears he is on the verge of attracting one of the greatest high school players in Philadelphia history. There are strong indications that Maureece Rice, who broke Wilt Chamberlain’s high school career […]

GW alum sees MLB ownership dream fading

As the Major League Baseball season began one year ago, the Montreal Expos were said to be starting their final season before relocation. The three primary areas looking to acquire the Expos – the District, Northern Virginia and Portland, Ore. – all thought a decision would be made by the All-Star break. It wasn’t. Now […]

The Full Nelson: AL forecast: Cloudy with rain

With baseball season almost under way, we at The Hatchet thought it was time to jump on the prognosticating bandwagon. So the following is my take on the American League, with each team’s predicted order of finish followed by a brief comment. Alan Siegel’s National League picks will be available next week. AL East Yankees […]

Golf wins own invitational

The GW golf team won the GW Invitational this weekend in Issue, Md., marking the Colonials’ second victory of the year while moving them closer to the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 1947. Following last week’s fourth-place finish at the William and Mary Colonial Invitational, the Colonials shot a two-round team score of 596 […]

The Full Nelson:Time for women to fulfill potential

From high school to college to professional sports, teams frequently create maxims, words that they plan to live by. The most famous of these is employed at Notre Dame, where football players run down the locker room stairs and touch a sign that reads, “Play like a champion today.” While GW has no famous signs […]

The Full Nelson: Elite status becomes a thing of the past

Take any political science class and one of the first things you learn is the ‘expectations game.’ Be it debates or elections or performance in office, success is predicated on exceeding expectations and looking like a winner in the public eye, regardless of actual performance. Considering politics constantly uses sports cliches, it seems fair to […]

Hobbs’ gamble pays off

PHILADELPHIA – With a first round bye in the Atlantic 10 Tournament riding on Saturday’s game at La Salle, GW men’s basketball coach Karl Hobbs made an unprecedented decision. He didn’t start T. J. Thompson for the first time in the junior guard’s three-year career, replacing him instead with freshman J.R. Pinnock. The move not […]

Women still look NCAA-bound

PHILADELPHIA – After failing to win the Atlantic 10 Tournament and the automatic NCAA Tournament berth that comes with it, the GW women’s basketball team will have a week to wait and ponder its fate. Will the NCAA selection committee award the Colonials an at-large berth Sunday when the brackets are announced? Or will GW […]