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.
A big topic of discussion in professional football recently has been whether or not the game is worth the risk of injury that players put themselves in. As more research surfaces about the danger of concussions in the NFL, should we protect players with more rules and fines at the cost of the spectacle of the game? If the essence of the game is the sheer physicality of the sport,…
by Sarah Brennan-Athas and Steven Cameron The injury report gets longer by the day with football season in full-swing. Here is a list of major injuries for each team in the NFL as well as a brief analysis of what these injuries could mean for their future. We have compiled the list in order of record-per-division, starting with the NFC then moving to the AFC.
On Saturday August 23, 2014 in Denver, Broncos’ wide receiver Wes Welker received his third concussion in 10 months during a preseason game against the Houston Texans.