It wasn’t so long ago the O’s couldn’t even get their name on ESPN unless they were playing the Yankees. Now look at Nick Markakis showing up on Fast Company.
Even better: Why Nick Markakis is on Fast Company
Fun fact: I remember watching him play in Aberdeen his first year in the minors way back in 2003. (Whoa. Can’t believe it’s been TEN years!) He’s only a few years older than me, and it’s been pretty cool to see him develop from the next big thing into a legit major leaguer with my hometown team.
"Everyone wants to know what Cooper’s teammates think and that’s fine. Their rage or forgiveness is their own. It’s up to them.
They weren’t the ones who got debased, left powerless and humbled though.
So before Riley Cooper closes the book on this, there is one apology that is most important. He needs to go find that guy. He needs to go find that security guard. He needs to go to his home, presumably somewhere in or around Philly, knock on the door, sit down at his kitchen table and apologize, face-to-face, man-to-man. He needs to do without the media around (perhaps he already has).
And then if the guy has a wife, or kids, or parents, Riley Cooper needs to do the same to them.
Because this guy, someone’s dad or husband or brother or son just went to work one afternoon and got threatened and torn down in the most degrading way imaginable, in front of everyone, and no one should ever go through that.”
Yahoo!’s Dan Wetzel makes possibly the most important point in this whole Riley Cooper situation here.
Lane Kiffin’s Decision to Close USC Trojans Practices Only Hurts Himself
I was furious, absolutely furious, at the way Kiffin handled the media last season. Closing this year’s practices to the media is useless but at least he’s doing it up front and across the board.
The bigger question: What is he scared of?
Circling the so-called wagons and controlling every single aspect of every single thing regarding the team doesn’t get you wins. It just makes you crazy and paranoid, and when people don’t like you as it is, you don’t need to make it worse by acting crazy and paranoid.
I would quote Al Davis here (“Just win”) but….yeah. Awkward.
(via USC Trojans Football: Lane Kiffin Closes Practices, Irks Media)
Ryan Swope’s NFL career is over before it began because of a concussion in OTAs. UCLA just announced Dietrich Riley will take a medical retirement due to issues lingering from injuries sustained in 2011. Every day, Eric LeGrand is on my Instagram feed posting photos that brighten my day and inspire me, while also serving as a reminder that everything we have could be gone in an instant.
And then there are the guys who have more God-given talent than most of us could ever hope to have (but apparently no brains to go with it) who throw away all the opportunities football has offered them:
Pac-12 Football: Dismissed Defensive Backs Squandered Opportunity
What a waste.
Ok, so I know I just posted a sappy baseball post/photo yesterday, and I do love baseball, but it’s never too early to look ahead.
Best Returning Pac-12 Wide Receivers.
Click through. Marvel at their accomplishments (or not). Pick your favorites. Get ready for 2013.
Found this image floating around the interwebs in spring training or at the beginning of the season and fell in love with it.
I don’t know if it’s the colors or the focus or the intangibles I see when I look at it, but it’s always hard to tear my eyes away. If I had a house with a big blank wall, I’d have a massive print made to fill up the entire space. And then I would literally sit and stare at the wall.
I don’t have a big blank wall at the moment (probably for the best), so I suppose the blog will have to do.
Here’s hoping the second half is
as good as even better than the first.
The Yoenis Cespedes saga - San Francisco Chronicle
I found the link to the above story about Yoenis Cespedes and his family on Twitter an hour or two after he won the Home Run Derby. It’s complicated and sure to be divisive, but it’s certainly worth the read. (And it’s a rare freebie in the paywall era, so take advantage!)