This story appears in the February 2 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Last season, while I was posing for magazine covers and calling out wide receivers in unconventional ways, I was also negotiating for an extension on my rookie contract. Seahawks general manager John Schneider asked me an important question: “Who are you going to be when you get paid?” As a fan, you’ve seen the scenario play out dozens of times — Player X gets a megadeal and never lives up to the paycheck; he stops playing hard and starts making business decisions with his body. I told John that I’m not playing football for the money, that I want to be the best to ever play. I said, “I’ll be the guy who has $50 million in the bank and plays like he has $5.”
At a big-deal event in New York last Thursday, Adidas gave the world its first look at the latest in running footwear: the Ultra Boost. "It's a game-changer for runners, and a step change for our industry," adidas executive board member Eric Liedtke said. "We feel like we have the best running shoe ever made."
Here's some news you Dallas Mavericks, basketball, and Disney XD fans will be excited about: Mavs forward Chandler Parson drops by the Disney XD show Kirby Buckets on Monday, February 9. And we have your exclusive first look!
In Tiffany Mitchell’s short time playing college basketball, the junior guard has developed into a powerful force on the court. She has helped South Carolina reach the top of the national rankings for the first time in school history, while simultaneously becoming the school’s first (preseason) All-America selection.
Mitchell credits much of her success to her coach, Hall of Famer Dawn Staley.
“I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else,” Mitchell says. “That’s why I came to South Carolina, and that [she is my coach] makes everything that much better.”
The relationship between player and coach began long before Mitchell ever stepped on campus.
On a nasty, icy say in New York City, when the talk of the town seemed to be the Patriots and their deflated footballs, many New Yorkers gathered to discuss our national pastime at the New York Public Library.
Saturday was the sixth-annual SABR Day, which takes place at chapters across the country, including in New York. The conference opened with some sadness. Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks passed away the night before. But there was excitement, too, as folks SABR’s Casey Stengel Chapter began to settle in to hear a great lineup of speakers. The three panels on the agenda included one about baseball legend Frank Robinson, another about what it's like to be an MLB scorekeeper, and a presentation about new information about Babe Ruth.
So while you were all finalizing your plans to watch the NHL All-Star Game and NFL Pro Bowl (ahem), Golden State Warriors guard was making history. On Friday night, Thompson dropped an NBA-record 37 points in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings en route to a 52-point night (which included 11 threes, tying a Warriors record). The Warriors would go on to win, of course, 126-101. The previous mark was 33, set in 1978 by George Gervin and match in 2008 by Carmelo Anthony.
It's been more than a month since the Saints were eliminated from playoff contention. Now 36, Drew Brees can only hope the franchise learns from its mistakes and turns things around before it's too late for him.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — On Sunday, an appropriate bow will be put on the 2014 NFL season when the Seahawks and Patriots meet in Super Bowl XLIX. It’s best on best, from the players to the head coaches, and that feels right.
But before we file one of the league’s strangest seasons away for posterity, we can’t let one of the most vexing questions go quietly into the night: What the heck happened to the Saints? Drew Brees still hasn’t quite wrapped his head around it.
“It was my most frustrating season,” said Brees, walking out of the losing Team Carter locker room at the Pro Bowl on Sunday night. “You never want to go 7-9. It’s no fun.”