March 8, 2014 |
There was no getting past it. Ryan Kelly could be the best Lakers teammate Kendall Marshall ever had, and it still wouldn't compensate for two things. Kelly went to Duke. Marshall went to North Carolina. Those rivals go together about as well as ketchup and coffee. "Oh, I've never liked him," Marshall conceded when asked about his reaction to sharing a locker room with a Blue Devil upon joining the Lakers in December. "I didn't care for him at all. " The feeling was, predictably, mutual.
February 28, 2014 |
NFL locker room culture has been under the microscope in recent months due to the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin scandal and NFL prospect Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay. These recent developments have led to some explanations of football locker room culture by current and former NFL players, but perhaps the most vivid depiction of football camaraderie on and off the field comes in a piece written by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker...
February 22, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Sam stepped onto stage and looked into what might have been the largest media gathering in the history of the NFL scouting combine. Hundreds of reporters clustered in, and there were three rows of TV and video cameras. "I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player," the Missouri defensive end said, "instead of Michael Sam the gay football player. " Then again, it was Sam who generated the story with his announcement two weeks ago he is homosexual, telling his story to the New York Times and ESPN.
February 19, 2014 |
The reigning Coolest Guy on the Planet is on the phone, sounding a lot like your old man. What? "I think when an employer pays you $2, you ought to give him $3 worth of work," Pete Carroll is saying from Seattle. Gather 'round, folks, for I'm about to pass along a gateway to the future - shiny as a Lombardi Trophy - where you make the most of every moment, don't whine, never quit, and refuse to worry about what your opponents are up to. It's a liberating new approach based on some fatherly old advice.
February 11, 2014 |
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Craig Kuligowski heard the words, but at first they didn't register. In nearly three decades in college football, the University of Missouri defensive line coach had come to view summer team-building sessions as a typically uneventful training camp exercise. So he wasn't expecting different on a sweltering day last August when he gathered 15 players in a nondescript, windowless meeting room on the first floor of the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex. There, beneath seven black-and-gold placards professing an adherence to teamwork, camaraderie and character, one of the players tested whether those were core values or just empty words.
January 25, 2014 |
TORONTO - J.J. Redick was full of doubt about being able to return after he left the Clippers' game Saturday against the Toronto Raptors in the first quarter, saying "No, three times," about the prospect. Redick, already dealing with a sore right shoulder and bruised left knee, suffered back spasms and was forced to the locker room to get treatment. However, once Redick got what he needed, , he went to work for the Clippers, scoring 10 points in the final six minutes, 22 seconds of their victory over the Raptors.