I’ve been such a fan and supporter of @ericlegrand52 since his injury. I’ve wanted to read his book since it came out and just happened to pick it up today, which I didn’t know was his birthday until I started reading it. So if you saw me alternately laughing and sobbing on the beach today, this is why
Jake Olson defying odds as OLU’s blind long snapper
My last post, entirely too long ago (sorry, life, etc.) was about Lane Kiffin’s job security. THAT’S how long it’s been.
Ed Orgeron has since gotten the program on track, been passed over for the permanent gig and resigned (#LongLiveCoachO) and NO I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE NEW COACHING HIRE SITUATION BECAUSE I CANNOT EVEN. UGH.
Instead, I wanted to share this story about someone USC fans, and College Gameday junkies, might remember: Jake Olson.
Olson is a big USC football fan, and he’s also blind after having surgery to remove a rare eye cancer. The team sort of took him under its wing a few years back when he was about to have the surgery that would leave him blind. ESPN’s College Gameday did a big feature on it, most likely narrated by Tom Rinaldi because I remember sobbing big fat tears watching it in bed on a Saturday morning.
This is the update, with a happy middle (not ending, because it’s just getting started.) Olson made it back on the football field, not as a D-I team’s pet project but as a varsity long snapper. He still can’t see, but he can play, and his determination and others’ willingness to give him the opportunity is beyond inspiring.
Shoutout to my friend and colleague Patrick Schmidt for bringing the article to my attention! It was just what I needed to read this week :)
"I always thought Kiffin was a suitable interim answer to an impossible situation…. His job would be to hold the fort through the sanctions until a bigger name became interested."
This is pretty much what I’ve thought for awhile, which is why I wouldn’t have been surprised if Kiffin had hung on until the end of the year. Of course, I can’t say that I’m sad to see him go.
Hey blog friends!
I’m in Athens and I’m headed to Gameday!
While this isn’t quite the elaborate glittery Sports in Stilettos sign I had last year in LA, I still kind of like it :)
Look for it, and me!, on ESPN this morning and tweet me (@SportsStilettos) if you see it!
My baby sister went to Georgia and all I got was a Gameday shirt and an excuse to go to one of the biggest SEC games this season!
What. A. Mess.
Marqise Lee Claims Team Held Players-Only Meeting Despite Lane Kiffin’s Denial | Bleacher Report
I usually don’t source B/R but the above quote seems accurate, particularly in context of all the contradictions coming from players and Kiffin. I have no idea what is and is not the truth from the situation, but the tweets embedded in this post add up to pretty much this: What. A. Mess.
Even if you believe Manziel is behaving badly, he’s still good for college football. You can’t take your eyes off him. You might be eager to watch him fail, but mostly you’re just eager to watch. And if you’re worried about what effect watching Manziel’s histrionics might have on your kids’ view of sportsmanship — because after all, WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN??? — here’s some free advice: Be an involved parent. You’ll have far more influence over your kids than Johnny Manziel ever could.
Manziel’s not one of the most intriguing players to come along in years just because he can carve up a defense with his arm and his legs. (Robert Griffin III could do both just as easily when he was at Baylor.) It’s because it feels as though he jumped off the pages of a Dan Jenkins novel, grabbed the last cold one out of your fridge (without asking) and started hitting on your date. He’s cocky and unpolished and emotional, but that swagger is also what makes him great fun.
Texas A&M Aggies QB Johnny Manziel should embrace his outlaw image - ESPN
I love this. All of this. (Seriously, all of it.)
Another great ESPN piece from a former Baltimore Sun sportswriter. Love that, too.