Former Michigan football player Jibreel Black gave the NFL a try after graduating. He moved to the corporate world and tried acting before jumping at the opportunity of a lifetime — traveling across the country in a bus to inspire volunteerism. As part of a U.S. Bank initiative, Black is building homes, cleaning parks, and working with children. Read about his journey in my story for Michigan Today.
Carol Hutchins has Michigan softball on the brink of another College World Series appearance. In this, her 32nd season, she became the winningest coach in NCAA history. How does she recruit in a sport typically dominated by warm weather schools? How does she mold that talent into perennial champions? Find out in my profile for Excelle Sports, a website dedicated to women’s sports.
Sports bring people together. I’ve written, said, and thought this often. Taking interest in the performance of athletic teams automatically gives you potential connections to millions of people all over the world. During my recent honeymoon, this was reaffirmed yet again.
Charles Barkley went on the radio yesterday and said the 2015 Golden State Warriors would have no chance against the 1995 Chicago Bulls. “That Bulls team would kill this little team,” he said. More specifically, he said, Michael Jordan would score a bunch of points, Dennis Robinson would grab a bunch of rebounds, and Scottie Pippen would be a matchup nightmare.* Whether he’s right or wrong, there is no surprise the 52-year-old Barkley prefers the team from 20 years ago. Far more often than not, fans side with players and teams from their era over the current one.
Davidson College will not retire Stephen Curry’s jersey. It has nothing to do with basketball accomplishments, obviously. Curry took the small North Carolina school to athletic heights it had never reached. As you may have heard, his NBA career has also been successful. From a hoops standpoint, if Curry’s jersey were not worthy of retirement than there is no sense in hanging jerseys anywhere.
A fun afternoon on the sideline for a Michigan football game launched a career for Michigan alum Haley Geffen, an executive creative director at Bodega Studios. Geffen, who oversees the award-winning open for Sunday Night Football, also worked for nine years at ESPN. I profiled her for Michigan Today.
Is there a singular moment when you fall in love? Even if there were, would it be possible to pinpoint? Isn’t love more about little moments that happen over the course of months or years? Then one day you say, “I love you,” but it’s not like you woke up with that feeling; you realized you’ve felt that way for a while. What, too mushy for a sports blog? You getting stuck in all the sap? Well I’m getting married on Saturday, so deal with it!
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