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Raised in Arkansas as a Razorbacks fan during the Hatfield and Sutton/early Richardson era. I also developed a rabid adulation of the Whiteyball era St. Louis Cardinals, and particularly admired the Wizard of Oz. Since Arkansas is a pro sports wasteland I never developed an affinity for the NFL or NBA, and the NHL was barely a vague notion.
Then I went to college at Duke and got a whole new appreciation of sports. I was class of Carrawell (2000), and was crushed when Langdon et al fell short in the 99 championship game against UConn. But I made it back to campus, along with my girlfriend and my roommate for the 01 title game and finally basked in the bonfire glow.
I camped all four years for UNC with varying levels of success. The best result came in 98, which is also my most memorable sporting event. I was on the 2nd row directly across from the UNC bench, and my entire torso was painted blue. Well, at least at the start of the game. By the end of the game everyone else around me had absorbed my paint. At any rate, I was even with Cota and Haywood as they missed 4 consecutive FT attempts which would have tied and won the game for UNC, and Duke's 17 point comeback succeeded. Chaos ensued, and I ended up high-fiving Duke president Nan Keohane with a sweaty blue palm.
I went to grad school at UVa and got a Master's and now I'm living in Philadelphia and doing research at Penn. So my loyalties lie first with the Razorbacks, Blue Devils, and Cardinals in cfb, cbb, and MLB respectively. Then I pull for the Philly franchises. And I adopted Tottenham Hotspurs as my Premier league team.
The Ballad of Big Mike: What happened next was the strangest encounter of Lemming's 28-year career as a football scout. Michael Oher sat down at the table across from him ... and refused to speak. "He shook my hand and then didnít say a word," Lemming recalled. ("His hands ó they were huge!") Lemming asked a few questions; Michael Oher just kept staring right through him. And soon enough Lemming decided further interaction was pointless. Michael Oher left, and he left behind blank forms and unanswered questions. Every other high-school football player in America was dying for Lemming to invite him to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Michael Oher had left his invitation on the table. A fantastic article in the NYT Magazine by Michael Lewis, detailing the unusual story behind Michael Oher. via kottke
posted by mbd1 to football at 07:02 PM on September 23 - 14 comments
Deadspin invite, anyone?: Does anyone out there have a Deadspin comments account and an invite to share? Will is doing a great job over there and I want to occasionally throw my two cents in. Many thanks.
posted by mbd1 to navel gazing at 10:19 AM on May 02 - 34 comments
The Road from Bristol: A March Madness style bracket to determine which ESPN broadcasting personality is the most totally loathsome. Voting for the Egregious Eight takes place this week.
posted by mbd1 to general at 10:21 AM on August 15 - 17 comments