September 29, 2011 |
One wonders if Jose Reyes would understand the juxtaposition of what he did Wednesday. One also wonders if there could be any better illustration of the difference between sports stars of the past and of today. Reyes started for the New York Mets, collected a bunt single and sat down for the rest of the game. He hoped his one-for-one day would boost him to a National League batting title, which it did. Going to the plate for the rest of the game would have endangered that.
June 24, 2010 |
How many times have we heard, over the years, the word "unassailable" in terms of sports records? It has gotten difficult, however, to hold off on adding the qualifier "seemingly unassailable" to all but the most otherworldly records. Still there are marks surely able to survive the test of time. (Well, seemingly able to survive). Add to that list the three-day, record-setting tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon, the longest by far in the sport's history, both in terms of time (11 hours 5 minutes)
March 29, 2010 |
The road to Storrs runs through small towns and stretches of wooded countryside where the trees are still mostly bare. On a drizzly afternoon with few cars around, it is hard to imagine that day in 1995 when the people of Connecticut lined this route for miles on end, waving flags, cheering as their college basketball team came home with a championship trophy. Their women's college basketball team. "From the airport all the way to campus," recalled Geno Auriemma, the women's coach at the University of Connecticut.
February 10, 2010 |
In mid-2008 when the NHRA indefinitely shortened its top-fuel and funny car races for safety reasons, it raised a question: Should there be record speeds and times kept for that distance? The National Hot Rod Assn. initially decided no. But starting last September, the sanctioning body started allowing records for the shorter distance, partly because the records earn their drivers championship bonus points in the sport's top-level Full Throttle Series. The distance for NHRA drag racing always had been one-quarter mile, or 1,320 feet.
February 3, 2010 |
The Lakers are more than a basketball team, they are a social glue, connecting a diverse city with brightly splashed layers of entertainment and excellence. The Lakers are not about individual statistics, they are about team championships, the annual push by parts that are never greater than the whole, the quiet owner who never closes his wallet, the humble late announcer who never missed a game. The Lakers have become Southern California's strongest and most enduring sports fabric not only because they win, but because of how they continually sacrifice their egos and agenda in the attainment of that victory.
January 16, 2010 |
The swimsuit controversy threatening to overtake swimming officially came to a close at the end of 2009. This doesn't mean, however, there won't be a ripple effect in 2010 and beyond. With a return to the textile suit, and a recently imposed ban on high-tech polyurethane bodysuits, there are several remaining questions. World records almost lost their prestige during the frenzy of the last two years, so, how hard will it be to break one now? "I think it'll be interesting to see which record goes down first," said swim star Michael Phelps.