As I normally do for a story, last Monday I publicized on Twitter and Facebook and my instant-message status and through e-mail that I needed sources for a story for Metro, the free daily newspaper with editions in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.
Looking for Yankee fans living in Philly and Phillies fans living in NYC for a story. Who can help me out? [Source]
Just a few hours later, after wading through the responses, I had more than a dozen examples and more trickling in.
I finished today’s Broad Street Run, my first organized race ever.
I finished then 10 miles in more than 90 minutes. Not exactly lightning quick, but good for, of course, quicker than 10 minute miles over the run.
It is a great experience to be running along the damn -near straight and flat Broad Street 10 miles through the city of Philadelphia, through various neighborhoods, with fans lining up much of the way, and 30,000 people shouting at you and cheering you along the way.
My lessons? Pee early because the lines get crazy the closer to launch time.
The former heavyweight champion of the world is 65 now, and his mind isn’t nearly as quick as his fists once were. His days are often spent traveling for appearances, doing interviews and signing autographs. He maintains the same workout routine he had in his prime, and he still rises at 4 a.m., restless and beholden to a schedule he no longer has to keep. [Source]
Go read the full story, comment and then come back here for some of the backstory.
What do sports fans spend the most time grousing about? Above all else, it’s lousy teams or high ticket prices.
Woe is the fan forced to put up with both at once. Who wants to pay premium prices to sit in the stands and watch the losses mount? Fans in Miami know about that. Over the past year, the city’s four major sports teams–the Dolphins, Marlins, Heat and Panthers–have combined to win just 40% of their games while fans have forked over money for tickets and accouterments at the seventh-highest rate among 29 major sports metros.
It came as no surprise that Temple University, my alma mater, was among them – ranked 20th.
20. TEMPLE OWLS, Atlantic 10 Positives: 13 conference titles (6 regular-season, 7 tourney); 15 20-win seasons; 17 NCAA berths; 5 Elite Eights; 6 NITs Negatives: 1 losing season; 0 first team All-Americans; 0 Final Fours Total points: 179 Did you know? The 2007-08 season was the first 20-win season for Temple since the 2000-01 season, but the Owls have been respectable in that downturn, falling under .500 just once (2006-07). The Owls have five Elite Eight appearances since 1985, a tally that helps them fly up the charts, but we’d be remiss not to mention that they are 0-5 in those chances to reach the Final Four.
I’m slow this week with posting because I am finishing up finals in the last week of my college career.
So I leave you with another finals, the Flyers lost game 7 to the Oilers in 1987. Afterwards, famed goalie Ron Hextall was interview and, thankfully, the camera man made sure that we knew Hextall was naked. This is for Sean Blanda.