As a young skateboarder in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Greg Lutzka had to be creative to track his improvements on his deck. He often tried impromptu tricks and stacked skateboards to ollie over, using each new board as a measure of progress.
Over the past 17 years, Lutzka has become a skater known for his work ethic, tactical skills, and professional success. He’s a two-time X Games gold medalist and the only person to win the Tampa Pro competition three times.
And he has finally found a reliable way to measure what he does on his board.
When it comes to what happens on the field, we tend to focus on things like no-hitters, epic home runs, and wacky plays. But sometimes the best moments happen before the first pitch — and that was certainly true in Boston last night.
Dick Flavin is the Official Laureate of the Boston Red Sox. That means he gets to write poetry about baseball! He has compiled all his poems in one book, Red Sox Rhymes, Verses and Curses, which was released in July. This new book appeals to all Red Sox fans, young and old, as Flavin shares the joys, struggles, victories, and losses throughout the years of Red Sox Nation. His poems are historical, hysterical, and memorable. With his charismatic personality, sense of humor, and oratory skills, he never fails to delight the audience when he recites his poems. (If the poetry wasn’t enough, Flavin is also an Emmy-award winning television writer and commentator. And he serves as a Red Sox PA announcer at games.)
I recently had a chance to speak with Flavin about his poetry, writing Red Sox poems, and what he does when not thinking in verse.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Given a third straight chance to finally win a major, Jason Day promised a fight to the finish in the PGA Championship.
Turns out the biggest fight was to hold back the tears.
Worried that this year might turn out to be a major failure, Day never gave Jordan Spieth or anyone else a chance Sunday. He delivered a record-setting performance at Whistling Straits that brought him a major championship he started to wonder might never happen.
Day was in tears before he even tapped in for par and a 5-under 67 for a three-shot victory. He sobbed on the shoulder of Colin Swatton, his caddie and longtime coach who rescued Day as a 12-year-old struggling to overcome the death of his father.
And then came high praise from Spieth in the scoring trailer when golf's new No. 1 player told him, "There's nothing I could do."
After carrying her team to the finals last year, the WNBA star leads the league in scoring and free throw shooting.
She had missed 17 games due to complications from Lyme disease, was suffering from a stiff lower back, and was on the verge of an early postseason exit last season when her team was down by double-digit points in a decisive playoff game. Elena Delle Donne, however, was not giving up. Instead, the Chicago Sky star strapped her team to her ailing back and went to work.
This season, the NFL will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. The game has certainly evolved since Super Bowl I, but the league has been slow to adapt to new sideline and on-field technology.
Microsoft, the official technology partner of the NFL, has been working to change that. And administrators from the tech company see this season’s celebration of five decades of NFL tradition as a perfect time to bring the league more into the 21st century.
“We want to celebrate the NFL’s history, but Microsoft also wants to look forward to the next 50 years,” said Jeff Tran, director of sports alliances at Microsoft.
Microsoft is entering its third year of an exclusive relationship with the NFL. The partnership has brought new advancements on the field, as well as innovative ways to watch games at home.
People from Ezekiel Elliott's hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, warned him that it would happen. When the four-star prospect ventured to Ohio State University, they said, he would be quickly forgotten. The school was too big, the competition too strong — he couldn't possibly succeed as a Buckeye.
For a while it seemed his critics were correct. Elliott had been a backup as a freshman and began playing the 2014 season, his second at Ohio State, with his left hand in a cast. (He suffered a broken wrist during August camp.) Heisman hopefuls and other talented teammates consistently eclipsed Elliott's efforts. Leading up to the Big Ten championship game, the running back ranked seventh in the conference in rushing (1,182 yards) and remained largely unnoticed.
Over Ohio State's final three games, however — against Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon — Elliott ran for 696 yards, thriving as the competition intensified. He powered the Buckeyes through the inaugural College Football Playoff. He was named offensive MVP of the Sugar Bowl, and after breaking the FBS record for most rushing yards in a championship game (246), he was named offensive MVP of that game too.