The WWE legend formerly known as Mankind famously took a long time to make it as a wrestler. He's spent much of his life since then giving back, and not at all in the ways you might expect. A conversation with one of the very best humans in sports.
Tom Thibodeau isn't just the NBA's hoarsest and hardest-driving coach. He's that, too, but he's also a harsh and hard-working worldview come to life. It's a gift, and it makes him great, but it's not any easier on him than it sounds.
"When I looked back through time, I saw that sportswriters seem to have taken delight in reporting on facial hair in particular for a hundred years. I think it has to do with Homo sapiens’ discomfort with its membership in the animal kingdom."
In 1963, the A's wore new gold and kelly green uniforms, and the sheep in the outfield wore gold and kelly green blankets. The sheep were a popular attraction, though not universally. They baaahed, they pooped, they smelled like sheep.
Okay, so look, what about this, the devil says. Maybe let me just erase the NFL completely from your mind. What about college football, you say. The devil thinks about it for a minute. Okay, it has to be all football, all of it gone.