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Drew Brees, Landon Donovan Own Spotlight at ESPYs

The day after the Major League Baseball All-Star game is one of only two days on the calender where there are no major professional sport’s games scheduled. So ESPN has seized that day as an opportunity to do an annual award show, the ESPYs.espys

Started in 1993, the show has grown in size and stature much like ESPN. There are awards given in a variety of categories, some so similar it’s impossible to differentiate (best moment and best play?). Others, like the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and the Arthur Ashe Courage award, take the focus off sports.

This year’s event was held Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl received the Jimmy V award, named after former NCAA basketball coach Jim Valvano. Karl is battling throat and neck cancer. The Courage award was given to the family of Ed Thomas, the Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa) coach who was killed in the school’s weight room by one of his former players. Read the rest of this entry »



Basketball Players Leaving High School Early

high schoolI stumbled across a story on ESPN about an emerging trend in basketball: High school players enrolling in college early.

Now, before we go bemoaning the priorities of the youth of today, it’s worth noting that the young men profiled in ESPN’s story seem to be strongly focused on academics.

But every time I hear about athletes leaving college early to go to the pros – or now, high school to go to college – I think about an antecdote I heard about Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.

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