Matthew Benusa Staffwriter

Class of 2021


  • Penalty Shouts: J. R. Smith wants a trade

    *This is the first week of The Tartan’s brand spanking new sports column, Penalty Shouts. Drawing inspiration from The New Yorker’s column Daily Shouts, this satire-fueled column will focus on anything and everything funny in the sports world. The column will be a short piece each week — we would never interrupt the regularly scheduled programming of The Tartan — about something, or somebody, in t...

    Sports | November 12, 2018
  • Barstool Sports feeds toxic masculinity and fandom

    Considering that the economy of the internet is based on how big of a mouth you have, it’s not surprising that David Portnoy, founder and mouthpiece of Barstool Sports, is a multimillionaire with a company valued at around $100 million. There is a long list of controversies to Portnoy’s name — the time he called well-known sports commentator Peter King a “fat f—ing bitch,” the time he said a 20-ye...

    Sports | November 5, 2018
  • CMU Volleyball continues hot streak ahead of playoffs

    In their last three games before the University Athletic Association (UAA) conference tournament begins next weekend, the Tartan’s women volleyball team went 2–0. The final game was cancelled by the university in response to the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. Each of the first two matches went on as planned, with the Tartans taking on 19th-ranked Ithaca College on Friday and unranked Broc...

    Sports | October 29, 2018
  • October baseball: teams move on to pennant races

    It’s already been an extraordinarily eventful October for baseball. There’s been the first ever postseason cycle, a position player pitched in a 16–1 blowout, Aaron Boone telling his players the wrong start time for a game, and that’s all just in the series of the eternal rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox. The big news outside of the games has been the threat of legal trouble for the Dodgers...

    Sports | October 15, 2018
  • Will #MeToo have a voice in sports?

    Last week, well-respected German news outlet Der Spiegel dropped a stunning headline: “The Woman Who Accuses Ronaldo of Rape." In light of the past year of allegations against powerful men in various industries, this is sadly not a shocking headline, but it is shaking soc...

    Sports | October 8, 2018