The Knicks’ Struggles

By: Jacob Tal

It’s no secret the New York Knicks season has been a huge disappointment with a current 20-32 record. Metta World Peace, one of the Knicks’ forwards, still believes that his team can make the playoffs, “We are good enough to make the playoffs. I believe the team has what it takes”, he recently said.

Some fans are blaming the losses on Mike Woodson, the Head Coach. Asked about whether or not he thinks he will be the coach next season, Woodson said, “Sure I do. Sure I expect to be coaching [the Knicks],” Woodson said Sunday. “Absolutely…The coach, yeah he plays a major role but at the end of the day the players have to be together to play at a high level.”

However, despite the positivity from players and the coach, injuries may keep the Knicks from making the playoffs. Bargnani (elbow) and Kenyon Martin (ankle) remain sidelined for the Knicks and JR Smith, the shooting guard, recently sustained a small fracture in his cheekbone and had to wear a mask during Wednesday’s game.

What to Watch for in Sochi

By: Eric Bernstein

Norway is known for their "ugly" competition pants.

Norway is known for their “ugly” competition pants.

High Fashion: They said plaid was good for curling, but I didn’t think they were serious! These plaid pants are a pretty bold statement for such a worldwide event. The Norwegian curling team has been known for some crazy uniforms in the past, but you guys definitely need to watch for these.

Better Together: Skating together since they were kids, the team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White is the frontrunner in the figure skating competition.  They will be attempting to win the first gold for America. Their biggest rivals are the defending gold medalists from Canada, with the team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

The Under Dogs:  American skiers Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso are former olympic medalists, but this year, they have tough competition in each of their events, so though they still have a strong chance of reaching the podiums in their events, they aren’t quite the favorites they always were.  Figure skater Jeremy Abbott has a decent shot at a medal if he skates some clean programs.  Americans also have never won a medal in the men’s biathlon, but Team USA  believes they have a great shot in Sochi (no pun intended.)

Car Review: Porshe 911

By Elliot Esterman

In 1971, a Car and Driver magazine editor called the 911 Porshe an “ass-engined Nazi slot car”.  Created by Ferdinand Porsche, one of the leading car engineers in Nazi Germany, the 911 became one of the best sports cars ever known to man. Over the last 50 years, there has been little competition against such a masterpiece of engineering.

The famed Porshe 911

The famed Porshe 911

Little has changed in the model’s exterior over the 50 years the 911 has been in production; it is a conservative design with only minor evolutionary changes to its original shape. The 911 still draws its design from the original Volkswagen Beetle which was also designed by Ferdinand Porsche, by order of Hitler. The idea was to make a “people’s car” available to any German citizen, which is exactly what the name ‘Volkswagen’ translates to.

Over the years, the engineers in Zuffenhausen worked on improving their production sport car without the thrills of superficial innovations and fancy detailing. The 2014 Porsche 911 is the newest to date. It is arguable the most civilized Porsche yet with all the amenities of a highway cruiser and the heart of the a true race car.

The base model Carrera starts at $85,250, uses a 3.4L flat 6 cylinder engine with 350 hp @ 7400 rpm and 287 ft-lbs of torque @ 5600 rpm. The flat 6- cylinder engine Porsche uses in all of its 911 models is very famous. It is highly refined and shows just how great the quality of engineering is when it comes to this car.

All 911s have been known for communicative-direct steering, precise handling, effortless acceleration, powerful brakes, and are also highly fuel efficient. The base Carrera has a rating of 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. If $85,250 doesn’t lighten your wallet as much as you’d like, Porsche offers a bunch of options for the 911, to upgrade your ride. One option, called the Sport Chrono package, costs $9,000 and  equips the car with a lap timer on the dashboard and launch control.

While many may question the need for all the expensive options, for a true Porsche aficionado, the certainty of knowing you own and operate one of the best and well-equipped cars ever made, is answer enough.