No Excuses For Chris Cook in 2013

Cook has seen better days (Pioneer Press)

Make the most out of second opportunities.  O.J. Simpson did not, but Chris Cook should.  The injured Minnesota Vikings cornerback misses football too much to make another dim-witted blunder.  It was August 24, 2011 when Cook sat in jail wondering if his NFL career slipped through his fingers.  The justice system gave him new life, so now it’s time to fulfill his potential.

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A Memoir to Shaun Livingston, and Broken Dreams

Livingston before the accident (NBA.com)

If you were born in the 20th century, you most likely witnessed an American tragedy.  On February 26, 2007, NBA point guard Shaun Livingston collapsed from a layup attempt and obliterated his left knee in what was arguably the most grotesque sports injury in United States history.  Prior to the disaster, Livingston was heralded as a basketball prodigy, drawing comparisons to the multifaceted Magic Johnson.  Since his axle snapped, it’s been an uphill climb to remain relevant on the court.

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Amidst “Legatron” Hype, Bryan Anger Blasts On

Anger headlines the Generation Y of punters (Getty Images)

Rarely is an “Employee of the Month” recipient the most deserving.  Through week 7 in the regular season, St. Louis Rams placekicker Greg Zuerlein (aka Legatron) has earned NFL Rookie of the Year consideration for his heart-stopping field goal range, but another special teams newcomer is excelling under the national radar.  Jacksonville Jaguars punter Bryan Anger has set his eyes on a multiple-decade NFL career, and his longevity will be fueled by Pele-esque genetics.

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How Long Can Jason Kidd’s Game Hang On?

Kidd’s tank is running on fumes (Daily Knicks)

In Titanic, Kate Winslet promised Leonardo DiCaprio she would never let go.  Her assurance was meaningless.  In New York, Jason Kidd believes he can play effective basketball until he’s 42.  These are long odds, but the 18 year NBA veteran’s words hold more weight than his peers.  Kidd signed a 3 year, $9 million contract in July, hoping the Knicks would serve as a retirement home.

While Kidd is slated to come off the bench, his ability to make plays and stops is a crucial factor to New York’s upcoming campaign, because starter and fellow import Raymond Felton’s effort is questionable.  Their division features star point men Deron Williams, Kyle Lowry, Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday, so the 10 time NBA All Star will be eventually needed to slow them down.

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