June 12, 1988 |
The cruelest cut occurs every morning at practice for Angela Rock. That is when and where the line is drawn: "Starters on this side, everyone else over there." This unforgiving reminder, couched in the form of a coach's simple instruction, tells Rock that not only is she no longer the most valuable player on the U.S. women's volleyball team, she is not even a starter. For the first time since she joined the U.S.
May 23, 1996 |
Jim Newton, a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman from Newbury Park High, was certainly tall enough to turn heads Wednesday at the second Ventura County football combine at Rio Mesa High. Unfortunately for the lanky junior, only his stomach was turning as he prepared to run the 40-yard dash. "It's kind of scary, actually," Newton said. Who could blame him?
April 12, 2010 |
My fourth-grade teacher called me "the teeny weeny girl with the teeny weeny voice." My dad delighted in telling about the time he came upon a group of kids playing house in our backyard. He overheard one of my playmates find out I was the mom and comment in disbelief, "That runt the mother?" Now do you wonder why I've had lifelong issues of feeling like a shrimpy impostor cast in the role of adult? As a teacher, mom and runner, I've looked upon successes as happenstance gained more from luck than skill.
April 12, 1990 |
Wilt Chamberlain collected more rebounds than anyone in NBA history, but he cheated himself out of even more. Harvey Pollack, Philadelphia 76er statistician, recalled that Chamberlain once complained that statisticians were short-changing him on rebounds and took the complaint to owner Eddie Gottlieb. At the next game, Gottlieb had a friend of Wilt's, Vince Miller, keep his own rebounding statistics.
September 11, 1998 |
College recruiters were apprehensive about Nevada Blonstein's ankle and back injuries, so the Notre Dame High senior setter began a grueling workout schedule. Sometimes she rises at 4:45 a.m., other days, she begins her workout at 9 p.m. Squats, bench press, more squats, more bench press. In less than a month of working with Mark Hoffman, a pro beach volleyball athletic trainer, Blonstein has added four pounds of muscle and lost 5% body fat.
October 2, 1985 |
Dave Elecciri, Capistrano Valley High School assistant football coach, sits in the Cougars' weight room with the same sense of pride that a young couple has in their first home. The room is filled with enough barbells, weights and weight machines to satisfy the body building appetites of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lou Ferrigno. The walls are lined with slogans such as "If There's No Pain, There's No Gain" and "Whatever a Weak Muscle Can Do, A Stronger One Can Do It Better."
October 3, 2009 |
A psychologist walks into an Oakland Raiders team meeting. Stop if you've heard this one. He's talking about gray matter, a pair of almond-shaped masses in the temporal lobes. He wants to know whether any players are familiar with these regions of the brain that process fear and sadness. Here comes the punch line. A defensive lineman blurts out: "The amygdala." But it's no joke. Last month, the Raiders invited a psychologist to counsel rookies about keeping their cool and the lineman who spoke up was Desmond Bryant, newly graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology.
November 16, 2003 |
Defenseman Maxim Kuznetsov, delayed in Russia for more than two months because of visa problems, continues to work his way into game shape after joining the team last week. "He needs work," Coach Andy Murray said. "He's going to get lots of it. He missed training camp and he's got to get quicker, get better endurance. He's got to do everything." Kuznetsov is expected to take a fitness test Monday or Tuesday that includes bench press, vertical jump and grip strength.