After a brief, one-week hiatus thanks to three St. Joe’s men’s basketball games in five days, and the subsequent wrist exhaustion, we’re back to give you the best articles in brief.
After a distinctly underwhelming Pro Bowl (hey, at least Mario Williams managed two sacks in that defensive masquerade) that did somehow squeak out strong ratings, it’s Super Bowl week! Bring on the lame coverage over-dissecting each angle, and created several erroneous ones of their own, until you’re so nauseated you don’t even care who wins!!
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In the way of interesting coverage, this year’s BCS Championship Game has opened up the now obligatory questioning of back-up quarterbacks heading into each big game from here to kingdom come (thank you Marcell Dareus). I’m sure Colt McCoy is thrilled that his lasting legacy to this point is as the moniker for quarterbacks injured in big games. Of course, no coverage of Super Bowl XLIV would be complete without delving into the Manning family lineage.
We might as well stay on football, albeit that of a different continent, with a trio of sports stories. Sports Illustrated gives a nice look at American’s abroad, while ESPN’s Ives Galarcep looks at just one special member of that group, Charlie Davies. When he suits up in the red, white and blue in South Africa, you can bet it will be thanks to one of the greatest comeback stories you will ever hear.
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On a not so touching note, or note that involves a much different type of touching, there’s the latest scandal out of England as to the competence of Chelsea’s John Terry to continue on as England’s captain at the World Cup because he allegedly slept with a former teammate’s wife. I just want a “Team Bridge” t-shirt
For the sports scientist out there, we’ve got a few advanced sports theories articles. Jayson Stark’s entry from last week covers the formation of an award just for relievers. ESPN’s David Schoenfield also contemplates a rotating divisional system to restore competitive balance in Major League Baseball, while the conundrum of the two-point conversion is mulled in terms usually reserved for theoretical physics.
On the business side of things, corporations are not exploring the notion of insuring sponsors against indiscretions like Tiger Woods‘ that now seem all too familiar. The politics behind a possible move by the Obama Administration to push for anti-trust laws against the BCS is explained (though Orrin Hatch’s anti-BCS position thanks to his Utah Utes’ inability to break through to a National Championship game is pretty self-explanatory).
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Rounding out the Reads this week are what could be two feel-good stories. One still has quite a bit of work, and a few months in jail, before earning that distinction. But the story of Hank Gathers 20 years after his untimely death (rife with St. Joe’s connections though former coach and St. Joe’s alum Paul Westhead and nephew and former Hawk D.J. Rivera) is one that is sure to bring tears to the eyes of just about any reader.
Hot Reads is a new weekly feature compiled by The Hawk sports staff that packages the best offerings from the world of sports into a tidy, 500-word package. It will appear every Monday.
– Matthew De George ’10