Mark Macyk has written for Newsdayand Lacrosse Magazine. He tweets @MarkMacyk.
It was announced yesterday that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will have surgery and miss 10 weeks after injuring his thumb diving for a ball. For most fans, this was a hilarious story about the most underachieving member of the most underachieving team in the league. For fantasy owners, it was time to grieve.
For a couple of movies about the rejects from District 5, the Mighty Ducks trilogy has remarkable resonance with an entire generation of sports fans. Other than the proper Knuckle-puck technique and the intricacies of the triple-deke, if we learned anything from them, it's to never stop asking "What if"?
Johnny Football's Heisman story may follow the same narrative line as the New Radicals: an immense amount of potential squandered because of an inablity to perform under pressure and conform to the rigors of a life in the spotlight. But let's not worry about that now, as Someday We'll Know, one way or another.
The story of Miladin Kovacevic is one of international intrigue, pipe dreams and poor decisions. But, ultimately, the story of Minja, as nearly everyone calls him, isn't about any of that. It's about Bryan Steinhauer.
Brook Lopez needs to be a lot of things to a lot of people and given that he's smart, sophisticated and self-assured; it appears he has the tools to be the Big Man for the Nets. The only question that remains is whether or not he can do it while still being the Big Dude he's been all along.