Posts Tagged ‘New York Times Magazine’

The No-Stats All-Star

Friday, February 13th, 2009

New York Times Magazine (February 13, 2009)

Tonight the Rockets were playing the Los Angeles Lakers, and so Battier would guard Kobe Bryant, the player he says is the most capable of humiliating him. Both Battier and the Rockets’ front office were familiar with the story line. “I’m certain that Kobe is ready to just destroy Shane,” Daryl Morey, the Rockets’ general manager, told me. “Because there’s been story after story about how Shane shut Kobe down the last time.”

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The Changing Room

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

New York Times Magazine (February 3, 2008)

The first time I walked into an N.F.L. locker room — the locker room of the New York Giants, as it happens — I was shocked by how little effort went into making me feel as if I didn’t belong. I’d grown used to baseball locker rooms, where the players’ edginess made outsiders feel instantly unwelcome and rendered useful human interaction all but impossible. In their private sanctums, baseball players behave as if someone might walk in at any moment and ask them to leave; they’re a bit like starving dogs who have just stumbled upon a slab of raw meat. Not all of them, of course — the effect is atmospheric, produced by the sum of the personalities. Give 25 professional baseball players a place to call their own and they give it a forbidding name: clubhouse. If you aren’t a member, you don’t belong.

via The Changing Room – New York Times

In Nature's Casino

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

New York Times Magazine (August 26, 2007)

If, after World War II, you had set out to redistribute wealth to maximize the sums that might be lost to nature, you couldn’t have done much better than Americans had done. And virtually no one — not even the weather bookies — fully understood the true odds.

But there was an exception: an American so improbably prepared for the havoc Tropical Depression 12 was about to wreak that he might as well have planned it. His name was John Seo, he was 39 years old and he ran a hedge fund in Westport, Conn., whose chief purpose was to persuade investors to think about catastrophe in the same peculiar way that he did.

via New Orleans – Hurricane Katrina – Housing – Insurance – Natural Disasters and Storms – Real Estate – New York Times

The Ballad of Big Mike

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

New York Times Magazine (September 24, 2006)

From the tape alone, Lemming couldn’t say how much Michael Oher had helped his team, just that he was big, fast and fantastically explosive. The last time he met a player with this awesome array of physical gifts was back in 1993, when he went to the Sizzler Steakhouse in Sandusky, Ohio, and interviewed a high-school junior working behind the counter named Orlando Pace.

via The Ballad of Big Mike – New York Times

First to the Ball

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

New York Times Magazine (February 5, 2006)

Willie Wood was never the fastest defensive back on the field, but he was often the first to the ball. He was never given a fixed assignment; he really was a free safety. During a game, he felt like the quarterback of the Packers’ defense. His gift was for making judgments (about the flow of the play, the weaknesses of his teammates, the strengths of his opponents) and turning them into big hits and interceptions. The Packers listed him at 5-feet-10 and 190 pounds, but he weighed only 175. He made up for the missing pounds with instinct and need.

via First to the Ball – New York Times

Coach Leach Goes Deep, Very Deep

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

New York Times Magazine (December 4, 2005)

A sound: of surgical tape ripping, as Texas Tech’s quarterback, Cody Hodges, affixed to his wrist a piece of laminated paper listing all the plays he might run tonight. Four years ago, Hodges was a high-school senior with just one other offer to be a college quarterback, from the University of Wyoming. Now, two-thirds of the way through the 2005 N.C.A.A. football season, and with a throwing arm so dead that he required a cortisone shot to move it, Hodges was the nation’s leader in yards passed, total offense and touchdowns. Three weeks earlier, against a competent Kansas State defense, he threw for 643 yards and, had Coach Leach not pulled him in the fourth quarter, might well have broken the N.C.A.A. record for passing yards in a single game (716).

via Coach Leach Goes Deep, Very Deep – New York Times

Wading Toward Home

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

New York Times (October 9, 2005)

There’s a fine line between stability and stagnation, and by the time I was born, New Orleans had already crossed it. The difference between growing up in New Orleans, starting in 1960, and growing up most other places in America was how easy it was to believe, in New Orleans, that nothing meaningful occurred outside it. No one of importance ever seemed to move in, just as no one of importance ever moved away. The absence of any sort of movement into or out of the upper and upper-middle classes was obviously bad for business, but it was great for what are now called family values.

via Wading Toward Home – New York Times

Absolutely, Power Corrupts

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

New York Times Magazine (April 24, 2005)

He could live with being the least likely player on the field to hit the ball over the wall; what drove him nuts was the thought of bigger players using drugs to widen the power gap even further between him and them. The season before, he’d actually watched some hulking bomber taking batting practice hit a high fly ball to the warning track, turn to a teammate and, referring to a steroid, say, ”One cycle of Deca and that’s out.” And he had no doubt that the slugger would make sure that, next time, the ball left the park.

via The New York Times > Magazine > Absolutely, Power Corrupts

The Eli Experiment

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

New York Times Magazine (December 19, 2004)

When Eli was a star quarterback at the University of Mississippi, Montgomery recalls, Archie would drive up from his home in New Orleans to see his son play at the school where he once filled the same role himself. Ole Miss fans still speak of these visits as a Roman Catholic might speak of a trip by the pope. There are streets in Oxford, Miss., named for Archie Manning, halls devoted to his memory, ballads written and actually sung to commemorate Archie Manning. The speed limit on the Ole Miss campus is Archie’s old number, 18. Archie played games in the late 1960’s that they still talk about.

Yet so far as anyone could tell, Eli hadn’t read his Scripture — hadn’t even bothered to skim the Cliff Notes. Archie can recall Eli wanting to discuss his legendary performances only once: ”When he called me after he got to Ole Miss and said he came across my stats in the media guide, and that they weren’t very good.”

via The New York Times > Magazine > The Eli Experiment