I will never forget watching the Dream Team here in Portland as they qualified for the 92 Olympics. Even as a kid I knew I was watching something special. We had never seen anything like it before and probably won't ever see it again. Here's a article from GQ that takes you through some behind the scene stuff as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team. It's a solid read.
I found this article funny and quite informative on the lives of athletes and their late night activities. The moral of this story is don't allow your wife or girlfriend around pro athletes. Click here for the story.
Sporting News has put out their list of the top 25 players in the country for the upcoming year. It's just one company's view but these are always fun to look at especially when there is some local flavor with D Thomas making his mark at number 14. If he can stay healthy and with the system he plays in, there is no limit to what he is capable of putting up. His size is a bit of a concern though. I just don't know if he can handle being a RB and carrying the rock 20 times a game. But as a hybrid in the Ducks spread he could be the most dangerous player in the country. USC is going to be a beat though, Barkley and his two WR all crack the top 10.
Bert Sugar passed away over the weekend at the age of 75. I can say in all honesty that Bert crammed more life into those 75 years than most of us mere mortals could get in with twice the time. I am grateful I got to call Bert a friend. Over the years he would come on our show, sometimes without prompting, he would just call up and say he wanted to talk with us. Needless to say Bert had a standing invitation on the program. Bert was the best interview we did. He always had a story to tell and joke that would go over our heads. I will miss Bert as will most of the sporting world. He was an icon, a legend, one of kind. A throw back if you will that we may never see again. Years ago I sent Bert some homemade 80 year scotch I got while traveling in Scotland, Bert sent me back one of Castro's cigars he was so found of and a letter typed out on a typewriter on Bert Sugar stationary. I loved that Bert still used a typewriter. The cigar sits in my home office alongside a hat he sent me a while back and our two of my most cherished positions. Each time I look over at them it reminds me of his amazing life and how much he did and saw. It inspires me to try and live my life that way, to get the most of the years I've been given and to be able to say when it’s my time to ago that I did all that I could the best that I could. Just like Bert. Cheers Bert, here’s to a great run. You will be missed.
The Greg Oden saga took yet another sad but not shocking turn on Monday when a minor knee surgery turned into micro fracture number three for the big fella. His odds of coming back to do anything in the NBA went from long shot to no shot with this one. I feel bad for Greg, this wasn't his fault. His body just wasn't meant to play NBA ball. As somebody thats in the multiple knee surgery group (that's 7 for me) I sympathize with his plight, but his career was over years ago, just nobody wanted to admit it. We all have this belief that after surgery you get 100 better, not true. Any time you get cut, or tear or break something it takes a little bit off your game. It saps your athleticism a little bit at a time and for the most part once you get the label of injury prone it tends not to go away because your injuries tend to not go away. There's a reason you get the label. I said that about Greg 3 years ago and anybody who took a objective look at him said the same thing. Here's a good article from 2008 where David Thorpe says the same thing, that GO isn't ever going to turn into a impact player and that the Blazers should have cut ties years ago. I feel bad for him, but he's young, rich, and has his whole life in front of him. Here's hoping Greg can see that through the disappointment of his NBA experience.
Whitney Houston passed away over the weekend and while no official cause has been given, the general public all knows that her addictions to drugs and alcohol over the years will end up being the culprit. If fact those demons over the last decade have over shadowed what was an amazing talent. While I was never huge fan in that I never bought an album or saw her in concert, I will never forget the day in 1991 when Whitey Houston gave what is in my opinion, the greatest rendition of the greatest anthem this world has ever heard. The moment was perfect with the Gulf War fresh in all our minds and the super bowl as her backdrop she went out gave the country the collective chills. I dare you to watch the video and not get goose bumps. Performers would do well to watch this before they go out and butcher the anthem the next time they are asked to step up to the mike. It was simple and beautiful. And I won’t ever forget it.
I get as many personal questions as I do sports related ones when I run into listeners on the street. I actually tend to enjoy those conversations more than the sports related ones. Kind of a nice chance of pace if you will. Well along those lines, I'm a big music guy and here is a someone I recently stumbled across and can't get enough of. The White Buffalo, http://thewhitebuffalo.com/ He's been on constant rotation in my car lately and thought I'd give you a taste of what I'm listening to.