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After the "Dream Team" Philadelphia Eagles lost to my New York Giants Sunday in a game during which Eagles quarterback Michael Vick suffered a broken hand, the multi-talented quarterback called out NFL referees for not protecting him the way they do other quarterbacks. Vick suffered a concussion in the Eagles week two loss to the Atlanta Falcons and while his injury from Sunday has been downgraded from a broken hand to a bone contusion, he said he still felt he was not being protected by officials the way he should be.
My first year playing youth soccer, my team's name was Rainbow Lightning. The name was born from a heated debate between the girls, who wanted to be the Rainbows, and the boys, who wanted to be the Lightning.
Everyone knew that one kid when they were little. Lets call him...Charles. He was the kid who told you Santa Claus wasn't real a little too early. You wanted to be Superman when you grew up, and Charles wanted to be an accountant. Your mind was filled with lollipops and rainbows, and Charles's was filled with SAT scores and college apps. You had imagination. Charles was a realist. As much as we hated Charles, and proclaimed him as the Debby Downer, we knew in the back of our heads that he was right, he was always right.
At nearly every sporting event leading up to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, fans were asked to bow their heads for a moment of silence to reflect on the victims and the heroes who died, and for the thousands of Americans who lost loved ones that day.
College athletes deserve to be paid for what they do. Sorry, I should be clear. When I say college athletes should be paid, I mean the money-generating big-men on campus also known as the basketball and football players.
Is it better to have led and lost or to have never led at all? That is the question that I find myself trying in vein to answer this week. It is a nearly impossible task to discriminate between the two. After all is said and done, a loss is a loss. But you can't ignore the way you lose. Let me explain.
The scoreboard read 7-3 at the end of the first half in favor of the University of Richmond over Wagner College Saturday night, but the feeling of the game was very different from the score.
Richmond's first home football game of the season is Saturday. What do you plan on wearing? Will you dress up in pearls and a sundress or pinstripe shorts and Ray-bans?
DURHAM, N.C. — Let's be clear here: Richmond could have lost its season opener -- and maybe should have lost it. Richmond's coach was appointed to that position just 10 days before the start of the seaon, 26 freshmen and sophomores had their names listed on the two-deep pre-game depth chart and Richmond's starting quarterback was coming back from a blown-out knee.
Latrell Scott was born on July 15, 1975, in Richmond, Va. He was only 14 when the likes of his future players Tre Gray and Aaron Corp were born. He graduated from Hampton University in 1999 and entered coaching at the age of 24. When he accepted the University of Richmond head coaching job, he was 34, and became the youngest Division 1 head football coach in the country at the time.
Last week, Pat Summitt, 59, the Tennessee women's basketball coach, announced that she has early-onset Alzheimer's. If you don't follow women's college basketball closely, you may not know who she is, but those who do know she is a legend, inspiration and hero.
Pick up any newspaper this time of year, and I'll bet 80 percent of the articles in the sports section are football-related, covering every aspect of the sport from the NFL to high school. At home in Tennessee, reading the local paper, I can always expect to find a splash of Volunteer orange among the black and white: a photo accompanying a detailed article, the latest on the Vols, much to the delight of Rocky Top's football fanatics. Football season hasn't started yet, but the anticipation of America's most watched sport has journalists penning stories including scouting reports and updates on injured players.
Last year, football returned to campus with much fanfare. This year, a pair of sports teams return back home with not as much attention paid to them.
Welcome Spider fans. Welcome to another year of Richmond sports. Welcome to the realm of A-10 titles and Sweet 16s, with some pretty great players on some damn great teams. It's where the legends are made and where all the players get paid. (Nah, just kidding).
Checklist: paper, project, exam, finished. I'm sure you've made a similar list in your head, eagerly awaiting beach week, graduation or summer. Congratulations. You've almost reached the finish line.
For my last column this year, I felt it would be best to reflect on 2010-11 University of Richmond sports in its entirety. The problem with that idea is that I'm not the right guy to tell you. I can't tell you how amazing it was to see women's tennis win an Atlantic 10 championship or even football win its first game back on campus, because I wasn't there to see it (wondering how I got this job?). So instead of me trying to bullshit about things I don't know, I did the next best thing. I talked to the head honcho of UR sports: Athletic Director Jim Miller.
We all probably know of Dennis Rodman for different reasons. Some know him for being that other guy on the '90s Chicago Bulls team alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Others may know him for his off the court antics, which included part-time professional wrestling, wearing a wedding dress to promote his autobiography, having relationships with Madonna and Carmen Electra and recently being on the show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."
Charl Schwartzel looked pretty fashionable at the Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday when he wore a bright green blazer.
This weekend as I watched the Richmond baseball team take on St. Bonaventure University, I was reminded of my childhood.
Live life with no regrets. It's a saying I try to live by, even though I've never fully understood it. I can't comprehend how it is possible to live life without regret. How can someone not want to take back a single thing throughout the course of an entire life? Hell, I can recall six different things I regret doing just this past weekend. Maybe you don't call it regret, but the reflective thought "What if I had done this?" has most likely crept into your mind at some point in your life.