As contributors to a sports-centered website, the writers of Skyboxjocks.net know that media coverage plays a large role in crafting the identities of teams and players alike. This week we’ve decided to step away from our focus on football coverage and tackle athletic profiles that deal with how various teams, players, and sports are viewed in the public eye.
He may not be his brother, and he also is no Brady or Rodgers, but Eli Manning’s success as the New York Giants’ franchise quarterback cannot be overlooked.
Jordan Morris, a 20-year-old junior at Stanford University, has just finished a summer playing with the U.S. Men’s National Team against countries like Brazil, Mexico, and Germany. Morris has seen a lot of playing time as a rising star forward, scoring the winning goal in the match against Mexico, and setting up Bobby Wood to score a goal against the defending world champions. Morris is unique. At 20, he is…
The Serbian Gladiator, The Elastic Man Novak Djokovic, the number one men’s tennis player in the world, goes by many names. Professionally, he is Djokovic. Athletically, he is the Serbian Gladiator. To his native country, he is Nole. And to his enemies, he is the Djoker. Nicknames aside, it goes without question that Djokovic is the new dominant force in the pro circuit.
Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia’s glorious but decrepit coliseum, stood on the corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue housing some of professional sports’ worst teams and most passionate fans. With its infamous 700 level and in-stadium courtroom— the leaky, rat infested sanctuary was a perfect symbol of the crime-ridden, blue-collar city came to represent. When he first set foot on the Vet’s unforgiving Astroturf in 2003, Chase Utley embodied everything Veterans…
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been reading a number of iconic profiles of professional athletes, including John Updike’s New Yorker salute to Ted Williams’ last game at Fenway Park, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” Gay Talese’s poignant portrait of prize-fighter Floyd Patterson for Esquire, “The Loser,” and David Foster Wallace’s immortal paean to “Roger Federer as Religious Experience,” which he wrote for The New York Times in 2006.
This week, the contributors of Skyboxjocks.net have written a series of articles about the safety of football, specifically the huge risk of concussions and brain damage that players are likely to receive playing the game.