San Diego State coach Steve Fisher does not script what he’ll say to his players in the huddle. But at the end of close games, if he senses any doubt or worry, he tells them to capture a positive thought. “Take a deep breath,” he’ll say, “and envision running off the floor with the victory.” Or, as he said earlier this month at Kansas, as an 11-point second half lead shrunk to one: “Imagine you just played the best 30 minutes of basketball of your life.” The Aztecs made four straight free throws to seal the win. They have won 108 games in a row when leading with five minutes to play.
Posted by Andrew Kahn on January 22, 2014 at 11:12 am
Why is the Heisman Trophy essentially reserved for quarterbacks and running backs? My latest college football column attempts to answer that. I attended the press conference for the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class, which included 1996 Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel, Orlando Pace, and Tedy Bruschi (pictured above), among others, and I spoke to them about the Heisman’s skill position bias.
I’ve been doing a lot of college basketball reporting as well, covering several games at Madison Square Garden for Newsday. I’ve also started a weekly column for CBS Local in which I profile a “Rising Star” in the sport (I’ve written the two from this season). Remember, this blog is home to most all of my freelance work. If you have any suggestions for my next “Rising Star,” or any other story ideas, send them my way. Even if it’s a local story that received little attention, I’d love to give it a bigger audience. Thanks for reading. Happy holidays.
Posted by Andrew Kahn on December 13, 2013 at 10:31 am
Missouri was picked to finish sixth in the seven-team SEC East. Having gone 2-6 in the conference last season after coming over from the Big 12, perhaps there was a feeling that Missouri wasn’t ready for the big, bad SEC. The Tigers are now one win away from reaching the SEC championship game. Their success comes a season after Texas A&M, which also left the Big 12 for the SEC, took the league by storm. Assuming these teams didn’t magically get better simply by joining the SEC, their success proves that every conference has good teams and bad teams. This is useful to remember in a year where fans and media are once again making generalizations about conferences and applying them to specific teams.
To read my take on that, check out my Saturday Blitz column: http://saturdayblitz.com/2013/11/25/sec-football-missouri-texas-am/. You’ll also find two amazing plays from the past week, as well as quick thoughts on first-year head coaches and Florida’s struggles.
Posted by Andrew Kahn on November 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm