Posts Tagged ‘Play Magazine’

The Kick Is Up and It's … A Career Killer

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

New York Times – Play Magazine (October 28, 2007)

The Saints had the ball, and a field goal would win it — except the ball was in the Saints’ half of the field, on the 43-yard line. And the record distance the ball would have to travel — 63 yards — was only the first of the kicker’s problems. He was kicking from a dirt surface churned up like a World War I battlefield. The ball would need to cut through the thick, humid New Orleans air and into the closed end of Tulane Stadium, where the wind swirled unpredictably. On top of all that, the kicker lacked the most basic requirement for his job: a foot.

via The Kick Is Up and It’s … A Career Killer – New York Times

What Keeps Bill Parcells Awake at Night

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

New York Times – Play Magazine (October 29, 2006)

After racing out to a 10-0 lead, the Cowboys collapsed. They threw interceptions, dropped passes, allowed sacks, committed penalties. The journalists know this, but they also know that they saw only the same tiny slice of the game that the fans saw on TV. They don’t really know why the team fell apart, and the only way to find out is from the inside — from some coach with a knowledge of the plays, who has studied the game film. But since the head coach, Bill Parcells, forbids his 14 assistant coaches from talking to the news media, the pool of possible informants is one. It’s as if a sensational crime has occurred in broad daylight and there’s only one witness. And he is an extraordinarily reluctant witness.

via What Keeps Bill Parcells Awake at Night – New York Times