WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with NFL and College Football Hall of Famer and Syracuse University special assistant to the athletic director Floyd Little, whose new memoir is Promises to Keep: My Inspired Run from Syracuse to Denver to the Hall.
The word underdog is overused in the context of sports, but when it comes to Little, it’s an apt term. Little was born into poverty, one of six children raised by a single mother in Waterbury, Connecticut who struggled in school and had to keep his burgeoning football talent a secret from his protective and worried mother.
WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with legendary football coach John Heisman’s grand nephew, John M. Heisman, the keeper of the family’s flame and the author of a new biography called Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy, which is published by Simon and Schuster.
When the Heisman Trophy is awarded December 8 to the nation’s best college football player, the sports world will look back fondly on the past recipients and their stellar careers, and then begin looking forward to the bowl season with anticipation.
One tradition that continues tomorrow is the Dallas Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving. But America’s Team didn’t always have Dallas’ undivided loyalties. WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with John Eisenberg, author of Ten-Gallon War: The NFL’s Cowboys, The AFL’s Texans, and the Feud for Dallas’ Pro Football Future.
The football-mad state of Texas didn’t always look the way it does now, with the Dallas Cowboys, America’s team, playing in a super-stadium and the Houston Texans a legitimate force of their own.
Well the Knicks have added a Kidd to their backcourt – but they haven’t gotten any younger…
ESPN reports this morning that veteran point guard Jason Kidd has decided to leave the Mavericks and join the Knicks to the tune of roughly $9 million dollars over three years. This move comes as Houston and restricted free agent point guard Jeremy Lin have reportedly come to terms on a four year, $29 million dollar deal - the Knicks have three days to match the Rockets’ offer.
Well one NBA club celebrated our nation’s independence by bringing a Canadian to town…
The Lakers have acquired point guard Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade deal with the Suns, who receive four draft picks in return: first rounders in 2013 and 2015, and second rounders in 2013 and 2014. Nash agreed to a three-year deal worth $27 million dollars.
To replace Nash, the Suns have re-acquired point guard Goran Dragic to the tune of $34 million dollars over four years.
Well according league sources, the Nets have made a major move – and the deal does not include the names Dwight or Howard.
The Hawks and Nets have reportedly agreed to a trade that would send All-Star guard Joe Johnson to Brooklyn. Johnson has four years and $90 million left on his contract. The Hawks will receive five players and a draft pick from the Nets, who are also trying to re-sign free agent point guard Deron Williams.
Well the Yankees starting rotation has taken a major hit…
Hours after the Yankees placed C.C. Sabathia on the DL with a strained groin, Andy Pettitte was hit by a line drive back through the box, breaking his left fibula right near the ankle. Robinson Cano supplied a go-ahead, two-run shot to prevent the day from being a total loss, as the Yankees edged Cleveland 5-4.
In Boston, David Ortiz smacked his 399th career home run to help power the Red Sox, who scored six first-inning runs, to a 10-4 rout of Toronto.
Well the trade of Kevin Youkilis failed to spark the White Sox or Red Sox…
Last night in Boston, Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia each slammed two-run homers, powering the Blue Jays to a 9-6 win over the Red Sox. David Ortiz went deep twice for Boston in the loss, tying Ted Williams for the most multi-homer games in Red Sox history with 37.
In Minnesota, Kevin Youkilis went 1-for-4 in his White Sox debut, as his new club fell to the Twins 4-1.