It’s been the best of times, and the worst of times for the University of Miami athletics. On the one hand, the Hurricanes have the number two men’s basketball team in the country, which is quite something for a school that usually sees basketball as simply a bridge between bowl season and spring football.
Last week a sports writer visited campus to talk with students. Before the big presentation, a student asked him what he thought about Orlando Cruz, a professional boxer who recently announced he is gay, the first and only professional boxer to do so. And the writer simply said this issue is going to be the Jackie Robinson of this generation. The handful of 20 year olds sitting around the table got what he meant, maybe even more than 70 year olds that lived through baseball’s integration.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with team captains center field shortly after tossing the coin at the start of the Army vs. Navy college football game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Saturday, December 10, 2011.
The President of the United States has some tough questions to answer. And how he answers might determine what he can do over the next four years, whether he’s effective or lame-duck, an elitist or a man of the people.
So maybe in one way, the Super Bowl is a bit like a Jewish Holiday. You start celebrating the night before. For the big game, it’s actually the week before, or technically the week before the week before, to be exact. That’s where we are right now, which puts us squarely in the thick of unnecessary hype. So if you don’t like what you hear right now, just wait. Because you’ll hate it even more the 500th time 10 days from now.
Brook Lopez strengthened his push for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping the Brooklyn Nets hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-83 on Wednesday night.
The Nets improved to 12 and 2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Lopez, the NBA's highest-scoring center, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. Williams and Johnson scored 18 points apiece, and the Nets never trailed despite some sloppy stretches of play.
In the wake of Lance Armstrong’s mea culpa that he took performance enhancing drugs – and the recent Baseball Hall of Fame vote (where NOBODY got in) – we ask you: Does it matter to you if athletes use performance enhancing drugs?
So as years go, 2012 may not have been our finest. But, alas, and mercifully, it is coming to a close. Yet generally time is not the best aid to remembrance nor perspective. And with that we look back on the year that’s nearly past, not with an acute vision on recent events but with a more reflective eye on this year’s whole body of work. In other words, sometimes it’s hard to remember something that happened even a month ago, much less 10 or 11.
Peyton Manning threw for 310 yards and had his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive to help the Denver Broncos roll to their eighth straight victory, 26-13 over the Oakland Raiders.
Coming up on Sunday, the Jets will play in Jacksonville, Buffalo hosts St. Louis at home and the Giants take on the Saints in the Meadowlands. New England will play the Texans on Monday night.
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.