Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"The older Chamberlain got, the better he could see that that he would never really be permitted to enjoy victory is others do. If he won, so? — he should have. If he lost, he was a loser. It was his function to be played ‘against.’"

Frank Deford on Wilt Chamberlain “Sports Illustrated (1982)

Jar Jar’s 29-37 favorable-unfavorable spread, which puts him at -8 overall, makes him better-liked than Congress. I got to write this sentence today thanks to an awesome FiveThirtyEight survey. And by the way, the Congress thing is totally true. (via ericgeller)
There is a moment, somewhere, when the most beautiful and accomplished part of a sport turns to art. But athletes are probably wrongly identified as artists. Rather, they are the art, not the author of it. Frank Deford, “When All the World is Young, Lad,” (1977)
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Roll with the Life Changes

BLOG: Roll with the Life Changes

A lot can change in 11 months.

In August 2013, there was quite a bit I hadn’t done career wise. I had never covered, let alone attended, a NBA or WNBA game. I had never written about a college football or basketball game that had any lasting impact outside the Sun Belt Conference.

Even though I hope to someday be a regular reporter in the auto racing world, I had never had the opportunity to…

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If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn’t be a human being. You’d be a game-show host. Veronica Sawyer, “Heathers”
Friday, July 18, 2014
Make the hard ones look easy, and the easy ones look hard. Walter Hagen, golfer (1892-1969)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jeter’s Game - a comedic scene

BLOG: FOX’s love fest over Derek Jeter could have been worse - a comedic scene

If you didn’t notice, tonight was Derek Jeter’s final All-Star Game as a player. It was kind of hard not to know this, with FOX trying to tie every aspect of the game back to Jeter. But it could have been worse.


Voice Over: We now join the broadcast of the MLB All-Star Game already in-progress.

(Fade in on two actors who look like Joe Buck and Harold Reynolds…kind of)

Buck: Welcome back to…

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Nevertheless, there always lurk, around the corner in a pocket of our knowledge of the odds, an indefensible hope, and this is one of those times, which you now and then find in sports, when a density of expectation hangs in the air. John Updike, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” The New Yorker (1960)
Monday, July 14, 2014
Trust people, until they give you a reason not to. And then never turn your back. Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride (via simply-quotes)