April 22, 2004
Test Spin: Tamia
| April 22, 2004
It is difficult to speak of the career of Tamia without reference to hubbie Grant Hill. Together they could possibly contend for the title of most disappointing couple — Hill, the NBA good guy and superstar crippled with injuries, and Tamia, the wildly talented singer cramped by awful management. Not much of that picture has changed with the arrival of the album More: Hill is still watching from the sidelines and Tamia could just as well be doing the same in the music industry.
Vocal ability has never been the issue with Tamia, and on More, squandering her talent as usual on poor production her management seems to be getting in the way of any destined ascent to superstardom. Sure, Elektra’s enlisted DJ Clue, R. Kelly, Babyface, Mario Winans, and Jermiane Dupri — the man behind “Imagination,” the lead single on Tamia’s last album — but more importantly Poke and Tone of Trackmaster handle the bulk of production here. To put it bluntly, they couldn’t make a good beat if their life depended on it. With new variations on the heavy bass and not much else and annoying voiceovers, they are responsible for most of the monotony here.
Standouts include the R. Kelly written, produced, arranged “Questions,” the JD-engineered “Still,” the Joshua Nile-produced “Poetry,” and 7-produced “Officially Missing You,” showing what Tamia is truly capable of.
But something mentionable is missing here, and Tamia has to take some credit for that. Could I venture that it is a lack of killer instinct, the same criticism leveled against a Hill that is still missing in action.
Archived article by Jason Rotstein
Red Letter Daze Staff Writer
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April 23, 2004
In what may be the pivotal game in the race for the Ivy League lacrosse crown, the No. 11 men’s lacrosse team will travel to Princeton (7-2, 3-0 Ivy) to take on the Tigers in Class of 1952 Stadium tomorrow at noon. Cornell (6-3, 3-1 Ivy) enters the game following its last-second defeat of Dartmouth last weekend, a win that boosted the team’s chances of getting at least a share of the Ivy title. The Tigers are riding high with four straight wins, and they also have a historical advantage against the Red, winning the last eight and 35 of 73 all-time meetings between the teams . A win for Cornell in this game and another versus Brown next weekend would clinch a share of the Ivy title and ensure an automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. A loss would lay a path for Princeton to cruise the crown. “This game is extremely important. If we’re going to have a chance to hang on to any Ivy League hopes, this game is extremely important,” said head coach Jeff Tambroni. “Any time you compete with a team like Princeton, who’s undefeated, a win is twofold: one it’s essential in the Ivy League race, but it’s also important in the playoff race as well. It’s a quality win.” Last year, the Tigers beat the Red 17-9 in Schoellkopf, and the Red has gone 0-4 in its last trips to Princeton. Despite the unfavorable record and the unenviable task of prying a win out of the Tiger’s den, the Red feels confident the team will rise to the task. ” I think regardless of records, when you go into Ivy League games there seems to be a bit more riding on the outcome,” Tambroni said. “I think you could get wrapped up in the outcome of the game — going against Princeton with 9 Ivy League championships and all the national championships that they’ve one — it tends to detract from the gameplan and what you need to do to be successful. Its gonna be a matter of us focusing on what we do and concentrating on our success in the past.” So far this year, that success has included several record setting performances. Senior co-captain Andrew Collins moved into ninth place overall on the Red’s all-time scoring list with 138 and took over control of the fifth-place spot on the assist board with his 86th. Junior Sean Greenhalgh also reached the century club with his 100th point, and the attack has been named to the Tewaaraton Watch List, which is comprised of the nation’s top lacrosse players. Regardless, the Red knows it will have to bring out its full arsenal to beat this powerful Princeton squad. “We have to play hard. We don’t have to play our very best game to beat Princeton, but you have to play pretty close to it,” Tambroni said. “They’re just so well coached, and they do have a lot of talent on their team. They’ve been able to kind of pull away from the rest of the Ivy League. While the rest of us kind of beat each other up, Princeton tends to be a different animal.” The Tigers will defend their turf with a dangerous attack, which has produced 97 goals, and a stout defense that has relinquished only 76. Moreover, the Tiger’s roster is home to the current Ivy player of the week, Ryan Boyle, and the Ivy rookie of the week, Peter Tambroni. This game is also the team’s senior day and the Tigers’ last home game of the spring, giving the team extra incentive — if any were necessary — to come out fighting. “If you’re going to beat them, you have to erase your mind of any outside distractions and you have to have a clear focus on your game plan and focus on what you have to do as a team and as individuals to be successful,” Tambroni said. “I think in terms of how Princeton stacks up, they have as much talent as Syracuse. They have an attack as good as Michael Powell, he’s one of the best in the country. They have as much talent as any team in the country, and they’re so well coached and so well disciplined, that it will be a difficult battle, but one that our guys are ready to take.” To win, Cornell must improve its ground game, control possession, and take better shots. Against the Green last weekend, the Red failed to lead in any statistical category except scoring, dropping to Dartmouth in critical areas as ground balls, clears, faceoffs and shots. “We were fortunate pull off the win against Dartmouth with four seconds left. We only played 1:45 on offense in the third quarter of that game. We were just atrocious in the third quarter,” Tambroni said. “Just maintaining possession and giving ourselves the opportunity to get some rhythm going will be key. Faceoffs will be key too. Princeton has two very capable guys at the faceoff, both big and strong. And, when we get the ball in the offensive end, we have to be smart. They’re so good defensively that they force you into turnovers.” Outcome aside, the contest will showcase two of the best lacrosse programs and one of the most heated rivalries in the country with the Ivy championship at stake. “We still have a long road to travel after this Princeton game, but we try to put all our eggs in the each basket we’ve traveled to,” Tambroni said. “They’re out to win the League as well.” Archived article by Everett HullversonSun Assistant Sports Editor
April 23, 2004
With only two Ivy League games remaining in the softball team’s regular season, conventional wisdom would say that the 2004 league champion must already be somewhat decided. Yet, as Cornell’s quest for the Ivy title leads it to the fields of Penn and Princeton this weekend, it is clear that neither the streaking Red nor the defending champ Tigers have a stranglehold on that championship banner. In fact, an uncanny amount of league parity has given six squads in the Ancient Eight equal positioning to snatch the title going into one of the last weekends of Ivy match-ups. Yet, according to the Red, there is only one true heir to the throne. “This weekend are must-win games,” said junior shortstop Lauren May. “We just need to do our job and hope that everything else falls into place.” After systematically dismantling renowned Big East opponent Syracuse in two come-from-behind victories yesterday, the Red (29-11, 6-4 Ivy) feels prepared for any challenge that may lie ahead. With power hitters Lauren May and Kate Varde cranking out runs and RBIs with the efficiency of an automated machine and pitchers Sarah Sterman and Whitney Smith consistently stupefying batters with clutch throws from the mound, head coach Dick Blood knows his team is in good position to challenge for the league title. The last time the Red won the Ivy championship outright was in 1999. “This year we have a bunch of solid freshmen and a solid senior core, which is similar to the team we had in 1999,” Blood said. “The league is very competitive this year, but we have a tough ball club.” The race to overthrow two-time defending champion Princeton is tightly packed, convoluted, and with no certain outcome at this point. Cornell and Princeton (20-16, 6-4) are tied for fourth place in league heading into this weekend, yet both teams are just one game behind leader Yale (26-16, 6-2). Columbia (19-24, 4-6), who also plays the Tigers this weekend, resides in fifth place at three games back while the other squads in the running, Brown and Harvard, have league games to play both this weekend and next weekend. As a result, the final champion likely will not be decided until the end of next weekend. “Between seventh and second place there is only one game separating the teams,” Blood said. “We need to win four games this weekend.” No matter what the eventual outcome, the Red still has the business of winning to take of. Cornell will head to New Jersey first to take on the defending champion Tigers in a doubleheader at 1895 Field set to begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Princeton has been on a short hot streak of late, winning their four of their last five outings after dropping the previous three. The Tigers’ main strength has been their pitching, as team leaders Erin Snyder (9-10, 1.51 ERA) and Melissa Finley (5-5, 1.86 ERA) have combined to strike out 190 batters in 34 appearances. Princeton is second in the Ivy League with a team ERA of 1.75. “Princeton is a very formidable ball club,” Blood said. “Their pitching is great throughout.” Yet, the Tigers would not be 14-time Ivy champions if they could not produce runs in the batters box as well. This season, pitcher Finley has been terrorizing opposing pitchers just as often as she manhandles opposing batters, having belted six home runs and notched a team-leading 21 RBIs. The uber-athlete out of London, Ont. has also accumulated a .308 batting average. Finley is protected in the lineup by California native Kristin Lueke, whose 36 hits (.295 BA) are the most by any Tigers hitter. Despite of these glowing statistics, the Red is treating the game at 1895 just like any other. “We just need to win each game at a time,” May said. “We’re pretty confident that we can beat Princeton. Anyone can beat any other team in this league on any given day.” Penn (10-26, 1-9) will not present quite the same challenge as Princeton, yet the Red will still be on the lookout for senior slugger Erin O’Brien, whose four home runs and 16 RBIs have provided the backbone of the Quakers’ offense. Cornell will also likely see rookie Lindsey Permar (7-10), who leads Penn throwers with a 2.62 ERA and has recorded 106 strikeouts. The Quakers are 2-10 when playing at Warren Field. Yet, rather than worry about the critical nature of the upcoming games, the players on the Red are quick to brush off the perceived pressure. “We’re pretty psyched because these are our biggest games of the season,” said left fielder Melissa Cannon. “But we need to keep a cool demeanor. Everyone knows how important these games are.”Archived article by Kyle SheahenSun Assistant Sports Editor