November 7, 2010 |
In jazz, this is the era of the drummer. On a scene largely defined by the proliferation of creatively ambitious trap set experts, every year seems to bring a new crop of gifted rhythmic explorers. While steeped in jazz history, many of these musicians rove freely across stylistic frontiers, drawing from gospel, funk, folk, Balkan, Cuban and other deep musical wells. Over the next month, three drummer/bandleaders who've forged highly personal group sounds from myriad musical sources perform in the Los Angeles area.
November 11, 2009 |
Some of the NFL's tallest timber this season are mere bonsais in comparison to their football counterparts. The league leaders in touchdowns (Maurice Jones-Drew), yards rushing (Chris Johnson), receptions (Steve Smith) and sacks (Elvis Dumervil) are all sub-6-footers. And at 6 feet, New Orleans star Drew Brees, a most-valuable-player candidate, is the NFL's shortest starting quarterback. From 5-foot-6 Darren Sproles in San Diego to 5-8 Ray Rice in Baltimore, from 175-pound DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia to 185-pound Wes Welker in New England, pros all around the country are proving there's a place for the little man in America's biggest game.
August 11, 2009 |
The pattern will never show up in a New York Giants' playbook, but it's one Steve Smith has known his whole life. It's called deep under cover. Despite his outstanding career at USC and two productive seasons in New York, Smith can still slip past fans the way he does defenders. That's likely to end this NFL season, as Smith steps into a more prominent role with the Giants, who no longer have stars Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress on their roster. "You've just got to put the talk to rest and go out and show them what you can do," said Smith, who will move from the slot to Toomer's spot outside.
January 28, 2008 |
Steve Smith showered, dressed neatly in a suit and found his way out of the visitors' locker room at Lambeau Field, down the hall to where postgame highlights flickered across a television screen. The New York Giants rookie had every reason to be happy. His team had just defeated Green Bay in overtime, winning the NFC title, and he had contributed a couple of fourth-quarter catches. But contentment isn't his style.
October 15, 2007 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Vinny Testaverde hit Steve Smith for a 65-yard touchdown pass, DeAngelo Williams ran for 121 yards and a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 25-10. Testaverde's touchdown pass gives him at least one in 21 straight seasons, extending his NFL record and helping Carolina improve to 4-2. The teams played with quarterbacks who weren't on the roster the previous Sunday -- Tim Rattay for Arizona (3-3) and Testaverde.
September 10, 2007 |
ST. LOUIS -- Steve Smith conjured echoes of the 2003 playoffs with another long touchdown catch that propelled the Carolina Panthers to victory and quieted a road crowd. Smith outsprinted Tye Hill on a 68-yard catch for the go-ahead play in Carolina's 27-13 opening win over the St. Louis Rams. As Smith eased into the end zone, Hill stumbled and then slid on his stomach for several yards.