JO 514: A Legacy of Greatness

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BOSTON — It is the time of year every show becomes “super.”

Store-fronts are decorated with team colors, athletes from other sports pick sides, and comedy shows have Super Bowl themed sketches. Saturday Night Live impersonated various celebrity Patriots and Flacons fans on “Celebrity Family Feud.” Jimmy Fallon’s annual Puppy Bowl had shelter dogs pick the winner.

But for the game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, it is about more than the scoreline for one Tom Brady.

Brady, a Patriots sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Michigan in 2000, has started 235 games for the Patriots in his 17-year career. The 12-time Pro Bowler has won the league’s Most Valuable Player title twice, finishing second in voting to Matt Ryan of the Falcons this season.

The win would “secure him as the GOAT [Greatest of All Time] for sure,” said Joe of Concord, Massachusetts.

All-time, Brady sits fourth in touchdown passes with 456. Drew Brees, at 465 TD passes, is the only active quarterback ahead of Brady. The other two, Brett Favre (508) and Peyton Manning (539) are recently retired, with Favre going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

In six appearances in the Super Bowl, Brady is 4-2, with both losses coming against Eli Manning and the New York Giants. A fifth championship would give him the most wins by a quaterback in the title game, passing Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.

“It is the greatest accomplishment any one player can have in this sport” said Kyle Floyd of Philadelphia. “It would make the on-paper argument a lot stronger,” he continued. Floyd thinks the Patriots will ultimately win against the Falcons.

This season’s Patriots had to play the opening four games of the season without their starting quarterback. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady four games for his role in the Deflategate controversy that loomed over the 2014 Super Bowl win against the Seattle Seahawks.

Initially, the suspension was for the first four games of the 2015 season. A lengthy court fight secured Brady the chance to play all of that season, but the 2nd U.S  Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the suspension in April of 2016. Brady opted not to appeal further, accepting the suspension.

Gavin of Abbington, Masscachusetts thinks his legacy is already cemented. “It would probably be about the same at this point, since they won one of their first Super Bowls.” New England’s first title came in the 2001-02 season with a 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams. The Rams were 14-point favorites in that game.

Backup quarterbacks Jimmy Garrapolo and Jacoby Brisset combined to go 3-1 in the games without Brady, only losing to the Buffalo Bills in week four.

Vibhav of Dover, New Hampshire thinks Montana — a four-time Super Bowl winner with the San Francisco 49ers — is better at this point in time, but a fifth title would give Brady the edge.


JO 304 NEWSTRACK: Mashable

Pardon the pun, but Mashable is a mis-mash of news coverage, boasting ¬†a global audience and five different international versions — France, India, United Kingdom, Australia, and Asia.

The service, founded in 2005 by Pete Cashmore, claims 28 million social media followers across all platforms. 8.26 million of those followers are on Twitter, this writer included.

“Watercooler,” based on that place in the office where conversation is stimulated, is the most frequent category put on the homescreen. Headlines from today include “Jason Momoa’s two ‘bodyguards’ are giving Twitter a good LOL right now,” “Donald Trump is absolutely terrible at handshakes,” and “Denis Leary knows he looks like Kellyanne Conway and he’s not ruling out a biopic.”

Each tweet from today has a similar or identical headline to the one on the website, each story often posted a few times.

Mashable bills itself in its “About Us” page as “go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe.” At 7.5 million shares a month and 45 million unique page views, the global reach is not understated.

Though there is no section devoted to politics, Mashable’s site provides news on how politics affects various subsections of life, such as business ( and technology (

The goal of this Newstrack is to see how various news events are portrayed on the website and across their social media. On top of events that are covered by more traditional outlets, Mashable finds other stories that they think will generate a buzz.

JO 514: A Breif Intro to Max

Max Wolpoff

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It started entirely by accident.

Max Wolpoff walked out of his journalism exam and checked his phone. Normally, there are anywhere from 10 to 20 notifications after four hours of being on silent. That day, he estimates about 100 different alerts, most of them about him.

Two days earlier, he provided play-by-play for Boston University’s 6-5 overtime win against Minnesota in Women’s hockey. He put his call of the overtime winner online that night and thought nothing of it.

“Suddenly, I’m famous,” Wolpoff said. “This was not supposed to happen at 20.”

If not for sports, Wolpoff would be an actor. He once dreamed of the bright lights of Broadway and the flashbulbs of Hollywood as he slept at home in Maryland. His first searches for universities were based on conservatory versus open theater schools. That was were Boston University ended up on his radar.

“I needed more than just the smiling pictures online to convince me,” Wolpoff said. This philosophy guided his decision to apply for the Boston University Summer Theater Institute — a live-in summer program for prospective theater students.

Right away, Wolpoff knew something was not right. He was the lone visible sports fan of the group. His roommate understood none of his idioms or references when he spoke. “The transition sucked,” he said.

Then 16-year-old Wolpoff toughed it out for the five-week program, often not buying into the program’s teachings. “As much as I enjoyed the theatrical aspect, that was all it was to me: theater. I never thought like an actor when I was off-stage,” he said.

He continued to act in high school when he returned home, but “nothing felt right anymore,” as he put it. “I did everything I used to do leading up to a show, but I did not get the same excitement I used to get.”

Four years ago, he did not envision broadcasting a hockey game at Madison Square Garden in his freshman year. Three years ago, right before graduation, there was no indication he would go viral while calling a Women’s hockey game in his sophomore year. “I was just worried about doing something in sports,” he said.

Wolpoff settled on broadcasting because it joined his stage presence from eight years of theater with his passion for sports. “I had no experience when I came to BU. All I had was a dream.”