Thought this is just the team’s second varsity season, Rood is actively working to create traditions and rivalries for the players to rally around, such as The Kimball Cup, a helmet that serves as a trophy for the victor of the matchup with neighboring Roosevelt High.
“We chose to come to the University of Chicago!” [coach Chris] Wilkerson shouts inside the cramped space, voice hoarse from yelling during the game. The players shush each other in anticipation and look to Wilkerson, standing in the middle of the huddle.
Glass liked Miller’s DNA as the youngest, brashest branch of a coaching tree that began with Miller’s father, John, a Hall of Fame high school coach hailing from the Pittsburgh region, and gave way to Sean, the Wildcats’ coach of nine years. He loved Miller’s tenacity, how he willed into existence a prodigious career as an ACC point guard (he remains NC State’s fourth-leading 3-point scorer of all time) despite no height and lackluster athleticism. And he downright coveted Miller’s full embrace of the expectations Glass laid bare for Indiana basketball.
Prescott’s rookie contract with the Cowboys will earn him about $2.7 million, but back when Peggy was battling cancer and he was still in school, like many families taking on the disease, they were stretched thin financially.
When Peggy gave up her manager job to move down and care for her parents, she lost her health insurance; her parents helped as much as they could with the means of retired teachers. Second in importance to only her treatment was that Peggy make it to as many of Dak’s games as she was physically able; these trips cost around $1,000 per week, but they improved her outlook more than anything else possibly could.
It wasn’t until the fall of 2013—the season when Prescott took over as Mississippi State’s starter after previously being used as a change-of-pace phenom—when the disease attacking Peggy on the inside became obvious on the outside.
It’s not outrageous to ask an NFL team’s quarterback to hold a post-game press availability and a mid-week press availability during the season. In baseball, the starting pitcher is almost always available at his locker after a game.
In basketball, the superstars hold court with varying degrees of frequency and then after every postseason game. Every other quarterback in the league does these press conferences, and they’re largely uneventful because you stand out there, act civil, give some boilerplate answers then everybody goes home . . . not so much happy, but at least feeling nothing.
The biggest boy of all? That would be linebacker/quarterback Joel Lanning, college football’s folk hero, who stuffs TCU’s Sewo Olonilua on third-and-3 at the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs’ own 30-yard line. Iowa State leads 7-0 with 1:19 left in the first quarter. The Cyclones beat Oklahoma on Oct. 7. Is lightning striking twice inside this tornado?
Throughout this piece, I’ll be referencing “OTD.” OTD stands for opportunity-adjusted touchdowns. It is a statistic that weighs every carry/target and converts the data into one number that indicates a player’s scoring opportunity. For example, if a player has an OTD of 3.0, it means that a league-average player who saw the same number of carries/targets in the same area of the field would have scored three touchdowns.
“I wasn’t trying to prove a point,” he says. “I never in a million years thought the players were going to go on strike.”
When Schlopy reported to the Bills after the strike, he remembers there being a tremendous amount of animosity from the regular players. At one point, in the lobby of the hotel that the team had placed the replacement players in, one of the Bills’ regular players showed up with two dogs and confronted a group of the scab players.