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.
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.
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.
Versatility is a major boon in the workforce. Look at Tim Tebow, who plays fullback and punt coverage, which earns his NFL salary. As for Oakland Raiders free safety Michael Huff, he is accustomed to shifting positions around the secondary. Due to injuries to the team’s starting corners, Huff made an emergency start at right cornerback on Sunday. We’ll see this for a while because the NFL veteran should emerge as the best cover corner in the Silver and Black.
According to various studies, the US adult population will be nearly 50% obese in 2030. It would be safe to include Eddy Curry in the demographic. The 29 year old center is jobless, in part to a decade-long struggle with buffet addiction. Curry’s avidity for food helped him cope with personal tragedies throughout his career, but he faces a crossroads after playing only 24 NBA games since 2008. Following a failed tryout with Brooklyn in August, it’s now or never to contact Jenny Craig and resume filling buckets.
Brandon Weeden is the most powerful man in Cleveland. Few quarterbacks can spur an entire town to openly weep in a three hour span. Weeden triggered the event with an apocalyptic week one performance that made Tim Couch cringe: 12 completions in 35 attempts, 118 yards, 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles and a 5.1 quarterback rating. It was the worst opening start for an NFL rookie since 1960.
See my first published story(!) @ Radio Survivor:
The most disappointing moment in my life occurred November 9, 2011. I had spent three days pouring my soul into an intimate love letter, only to discover that a 20 year old reincarnation of Aphrodite was in fact a lesbian. I have also admired photogenic quarterback Kyle Boller from afar, and while I’ve learned a lesson about judging a book by its cover, the sum of his NFL career has been similarly dismaying. The Southern California native retired on July 29, a day after signing with the San Diego Chargers, closing the chapter on an underwhelming tale of three-and-outs and untimely injuries. I once believed in Boller, but like many attractive individuals, he was merely a tease.
Germany, November 10, 1938. To German and Austrian Jews who survived to see the morning, there was no imminent hope in the aftermath of Kristallnacht. Fast forward to today, and a majority of NBA general managers acknowledge the necessity of collective team suffrage, before great times return. For a handful of NBA clubs, bad times may equate to tweaking personnel and treading water on the cusp of the playoffs, but for others, it means tearing down the roster and establishing an indefinite presence in the NBA cellar. A GM’s recognition to hit the reset button on a stalling franchise requires maturity, patience, and a sparkly new vision.